released 26 FEBRUARY 2016
>CDs + Vinyl:

The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It CD/2xLP (Interscope)
“When Manchester quartet The 1975 broke out in 2013 with their debut album
The 1975 (and its glammy single ‘Sex’), they were heralded as rock revivalists with a stylish mix of ’80s new-wave melodies and hip-swiveling grooves. But on their anticipated follow-up I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, The 1975 go in a ’90s-style pop direction thanks to an expanded pool of influences, from D’Angelo and early Christina Aguilera to Janet Jackson producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis” – Entertainment Weekly. (Limited copies also pressed on clear vinyl.)
>Ralph Alessi/Gary Versace/Drew Gress/Nasheet Waits
– Quiver CD (ECM)
Quiver, Alessi teams with pianist Gary Versace and the trumpeters longtime rhythm section of choice bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits to create an album of quicksilver melodicism and subtly energized rhythm; there is a lyricism to Alessi’s playing that channels such forebears as Miles Davis and Kenny Wheeler -- the mood reflective, even pensive.
>Matt Andersen
– Honest Man CD (True North)
A powerhouse performer with a giant, soul filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt Andersen has built a formidable following the old fashioned way, touring worldwide and spreading his reputation through word of mouth. Blessed with a rich, gospel soul voice and armed with a new set of songs, the songwriter found a perfect partner in crime in producer Commissioner Gordon (Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, KRS One).

>Horace Andy
– In The Light [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (VP)
Horace Andy – In The Light In Dub [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (VP)
Reissue of 1977 dub classic
In The Light, paired with a long-awaited repress (in the iconic original sleeve) of its crucial dub companion.
– For All Kings CD/2xLP (Megaforce)
“Eleven studio albums and 33 years into their career, Anthrax outputs quite possibly the best thing they’ve ever done Anthrax today, is not the Anthrax of 1987, and
For All Kings is not Among The Living, even though four-fifths of the band are still intact from their peak period. I say that in a good way, because as good as they were then, to put it simply, they’re better now. Better songwriters, better musicians, seasoned bandmates that know that they’re better together than apart. If you loved Worship Music as much as I did, you’ll love this album. When you can be a band that has played together for well over 30 years and still put out quality music like For All Kings, it’s nothing short of magic” – Infrared Mag. (Limited copies also pressed on colored vinyl with accompanying slipmat.)
– Anvil Is Anvil CD/2xLP+CD (Steamhammer)
Canadian metal lifers Anvil are still basking in the success of the 2008 documentary
Anvil! The Story Of Anvil, and having released a couple of albums since then. This is Anvil's first album since 2013's Hope In Hell.
>Black Cobra
– Imperium Simulacra CD/2xLP/Cassette (Season Of Mist)
“Black Cobra have always been good for a solid dose of sludge every two years or so like clockwork. But it’s been over four years since the duo’s last album,
Invernal, dropped its mud-soaked riffs upon the masses with the power of a snake-infested swamp. So why the long wait this time around? We can only guess, but we posit that Jason Landrian (guitars, vocals) and Rafael Martinez (drums) just needed extra time to make sure their jams were extra gnarly, supremely punchy, and even more sludgy than ever before. Listen to ‘Imperium Simulacra,’ the title track, and we’re sure you’ll agree that it was worth the wait.” – Metal Sucks
– One Night Of Blood CD+DVD (AFM)
Bloodbound have evolved from a highly respected insiders' tip to an established act in the metal universe within the last years.
One Night Of Blood is their live set from the Masters Of Rock Festival 2015.
– Repeat Until Death CD/LP+CD (Century Media)
New album from the Gothenburg rockers. After a series of tour dates across the world with Graveyard and Monster Magnet, plus several festival appearances including Download (UK), ROck AM Ring, and Tuska, the user-friendly Bombus returned to the studio to record
Repeat Until Death.
>Paul Burch
– Meridian Rising CD (Plowboy)
'Blue Yodeler' Jimmie Rodgers was arguably one of the most important people in country music history his other nickname is, after all, The Father Of Country Music. On his new album
Meridian Rising, roots musician Paul Burch (loosely) tells the story of Rodgers’ life, delving into how he imagines the Yodeler might have felt at various points throughout his all-too-brief career.
>Toronzo Cannon
– The Chicago Way CD (Alligator)
Alligator label debut for the electrifying Windy City bluesman. “Progressive as he is rootsy... Slow, simmering riffs and smoldering licks.” — Chicago Reader

>Benny Carter
- With The Chocolate Dandies & Mezz Mezzrow And His Orchestra CD (JSP)
Benny Carter took up trumpet aged 13 and made rapid progress, quickly perfecting his sight reading and learning to arrange and compose. By his late teens he had mastered the alto saxophone, the trumpet, soprano and tenor saxophones, clarinet, trombone and piano. This collection presents six complete recording sessions (24 tracks total), featuring Carter as both leader and sideman.

>Bill Carter
– Innocent Victims & Evil Companions CD (Forty Below)
“Austin-based singer-songwriter Bill Carter’s ninth self-produced record,
Innocent Victims & Evil Companions, is thoughtful, reflective, real, dreamy, optimistic and jarring; with unblemished production, often poetic songwriting, adept instrumentation, including his six- and twelve-string acoustic guitar, harmonica and percussion work, not to mention a who’s who of guests (Charlie Sexton, Denny Freeman, John Mills among others) all present in spades.” – The Daily Country
>Celtic Thunder
– Legacy Volume One CD (Sony Legacy)
Legacy is a review of Celtic Thunder’s most popular songs to date, recorded live Casino Rama in Ontario early last year. Known for their crisp vocal harmonies, powerful ensemble numbers, Celtic Thunder bring their own twist to an eclectic mix of songs while introducing music from their homeland and traversing with ease the genres of folk, traditional Irish, adult contemporary, rock and classical crossover. Also available on stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray.
>Chains Over Razors
– Crown The Villain CD (Soulfood)
“Relentless momentum, edgy metal, rock & roll melodies” is how the lads in Chains Over Razors describe the sound that is on display throughout their brand new album.

>Joe Chambers
– Landscape CD (Savant)
Ever since Joe Chambers made his recording debut on Freddie Hubbard's classic LP,
Breaking Point!, he's remained a nearly peerless jazz figure in terms of consummate musicianship. His career throughout the 1960s established Chambers as both a noteworthy hard-bop and avant-garde jazz drummer and as an intriguing composer, particularly through his partnership with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. Chambers released his debut LP, The Almoravid in 1974 for Muse Records. After recording several other releases for the Denon, Candid and Blue Note labels, Chambers reconnected with Muse’s Joe Fields in 2005 and released The Outlaw in 2006. Here on his newest disc, Chambers reflects all of his well-honed talents as superb multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader in a pared down trio setting with bassist Ira Coleman and pianist Rick Germanson.
– Devil On The Balcony CD/LP (E1)
There is something timeless about the music of Coastgaard that, while playing to a listener’s sense of nostalgia, still feels innovative. On their new release,
Devil On The Balcony, the band has meticulously arranged dynamic chord progressions over immediately engaging rhythmic motifs, reminiscent of ‘50s and ‘60s rock & roll. The influence of surf rock luminaries like The Beach Boys and The Ventures (as well as the recent surf rock revival) is apparent in the beachy vibes scattered throughout the record.
>Phil Collins
– Hello, I Must Be Going! [Reissue/1982] 2xCD/LP (Rhino)
Phil Collins – Dance Into The Light [Reissue/1996] 2xCD/2xLP (Rhino)
Remastered reissues (CD versions feature bonus discs of demos and B-sides). Next up:
No Jacket Required, But Seriously…, Testify and Going Back (all TBA).
– Ivory CD (Victory)
The groundwork for electro-R&B duo COLOURS was laid when vocalist Kyle Tamo relocated from Connecticut to Florida to focus on his music. He was introduced to drummer Morgan Alley through mutual connections in the Florida music scene, and the two went on to settle in Sarasota to embark on creating a new sound that was a musical departure from any of their previous rock projects. “A huge sound with dark tones and pulsating electronics serving as the foundation for smooth R&B vocals reminiscent of Abel Tesfaye's (the Weeknd)” -- Alternative Press. “Fusing the sort of dark, electronic undertones of ††† Crosses, with post-modern, Weeknd-tinged R&B, COLOURS have created a lush sound that’s as dangerous as it is seductive.” -- Diffuser.FM

>Crimson Moonlight
– Divine Darkness CD (Ulterium/Endtime Productions)
“The moon glows a deeper shade of blood signaling the return of cult Swedish extreme metallers Crimson Moonlight.”

>Brian Cullman
– The Opposite Of Time CD (Sunnyside)
“The first – and most striking thing – upon first listen to Brian Cullman’s
The Opposite Of Time is how much he reminds me of Lloyd Cole (one of my musical heroes) – both vocally and in his lyrical style. So right there, he won me over. And the comparison is, by no means, a bad thing. For someone described as a ‘rock music Zelig’ (now THAT’s a reference!), it would be safe to say he has, indeed, been something of a chameleon. He’s been a music journalist, producer, performer with his debut album, All Fires The Fire and friend to such luminaries as Iggy, Robert Quine, Nick Drake and the (recently-late) Giorgio Gomelsky. And now on this, his sophomore effort, Cullman paints some dynamic musical portraits, both lyrically and structurally.” -- Popdose
>Michael Daves
– Orchids And Violence 2xCD (Nonesuch)
Daves’ new album is a double-disc set of mostly traditional bluegrass songs. The first disc features straightforward interpretations of them and was recorded live to tape in a 19th-century church by Daves and a band of roots-music innovators: bassist Mike Bub, violinist Brittany Haas, mandolinist Sarah Jarosz, and banjo player and Punch Brother Noam Pikelny. The second disc was recorded in Daves' home studio and includes bass, drums, and electric guitar, mostly played by himself, and takes a raw, experimental rock approach to the same old-time material.

>Death Index
– Death Index CD/LP (Deathwish)
Death Index is a new project of Carson Cox (Merchandise, Neon Blud, Church Whip) and Marco Rapisarda (La Piovra, Sgurd, Archaic). Their debut album has “more in common with the primordial days of art punk than anything out there today.” Roaring out of the gate with a feedback driven gallop, the album brings to mind the swagger of The Birthday Party and others. Simple synth lines and manic guitars swirl heavily throughout. Conjuring the experimental spirit of legends Suicide, while Carson’s infectious vocal croon serves as a melodious anchor through a multitude of unpredictable twists and turns.

>Dena DeRose
– United CD (HighNote)
It's hard to believe that, after a 20-year recording career, anyone in the jazz world still might need an introduction to Dena and her music. But just in case, the simplest introduction will be the best one: Dena is one of the most accomplished, creative, and delightful singer-pianists on today's jazz scene. DeRose swings hard, delivers a ballad with great emotional nuance, plays substantive piano and also writes savvy arrangements and smart original songs.

>Destroyer 666
– Wildfire CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Renegade black/thrash maniacs Destroyer 666 return with a new album.

>The Dirty Nil
– Higher Power CD/LP (Dine Alone)
The debut album from Dundas, ON's The Dirty Nil. Unhinged, destructive rock ‘n’ roll.

– Hills End CD/LP (Mom + Pop)
Hills End is a dream come to fruition for Newtown, New South Wales trio DMA's, a collection of the band's endeavors over the past three years and, sometimes, beyond. It's a record that takes each individual's own influences -- folk artists like Dylan for Johnny Took, “American guitar bands from the '90s,” for Matt Mason and English bands passed down to Thomas O'Dellby his older brother and Liverpudlian dad like The Beatles, The Stone Roses and The La's -- and throws them all in one big mixing pot.
– The Innermost Limits Of Pure Fun [Reissue/1969] CD/LP (Sundazed)
Legendary independent soundtrack recording to the classic 1969 surf movie
The Innermost Limits Of Pure Fun, directed by George Greenough. The soundtrack was written, performed and produced by American surfer group, Farm.
>Entombed A.D.
– Dead Dawn CD/LP (Century Media)
“Just like it's 2014 predecessor
Back To The Front, the commando's newest strike, Dead Dawn, does not rehash the early, pure death metal nor the softer leanings of Entombed in the late- ‘90s, it proudly sports the filth, the roll, the death, the goddamn dose of heaviness you need.”
– Feels CD/LP (Castleface)
New self-titled EP from the native Angeleno four-piece. Scuzzy, slanted guitar interplay, a little grrrlish swagger, flashes of raw emotion and a cement chip of punk attitude propel these songs directly to your dome and down the brain stem. Kinetic, omnivorous, and easy to get stuck in the noggin, Feels has charm and grit to spare and is pushed deeper into the red, weird wilds by Ty Segalls home-cooked production.

>The Flesh Eaters
– Forever Came Today [Reissue/1982] CD (Superior Viaduct)
In the wake of the star-filled
A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die, The Flesh Eaters frontman Chris D. assembled a leaner, meaner band to deliver his next unbound vision. Forever Came Today, the groups third full-length album, was originally released on Ruby Records in 1982 and features Don Kirk on guitar, Robyn Jameson on bass, Chris Wahl on drums, Steve Berlin on sax and Chris D.s unmistakable voice. “My Life To Live” and “Shallow Water” are masterfully wrought punk tunes, reverberating with heart-wrenching vocals that turn on a dime from desperate whispers to blood-curdling screams. “Drag My Name In Mud” dives deeper into full-throttle rock demonology, bluesy primeval swagger and obsessive imagery, inspired in equal parts by William S. Burroughs and Edgar Allan Poe. This first-time reissue has been carefully remastered and comes with lyric sheet. Forever Came Today is the perfect introduction to The Flesh Eaters dark sense of humor and positively bleak form of rock ‘n’ roll.
>Peter Frampton
– Acoustic Classics CD (Phenix Phonograph)
Frampton performs a selection of his favorite Frampton songs from past releases using nothing but his acoustic guitar.

>Andy Frasco & The U.N.
– Happy Bastards CD (Ruf)
Andy Frasco, the 26-year old Los Angeles, CA native singer/songwriter/band maestro/entrepreneur/party starter/everyday hustler, and his band of gypsies “The U.N.” have been dubbed “party blues with a touch of barefoot boogie.” Frasco’s shows can be described as infectious, entertaining, and feel good. His performances are recognized as orchestrated chaos, inciting frenzied, undeniable good times, dancing, and perhaps even a good ole fashion freak out.

>From Ashes To New
– Day One CD/LP (Better Noise)
From Ashes To New is a rap/rock band that hails from Central Pennsylvania, the same scene that spawned Live, Fuel, Halestorm, and August Burns Red.

– Rise Above The Meadow CD/2xLP (Napalm)
Swedish heavy rockers Greenleaf make their debut on Napalm Records with their sixth full-length,
Rise Above The Meadow, and push deeper into a new era of the band along the way. That era began with their last album, 2014’s Trails And Passes, which marked changes in lineup and overall approach both, introducing vocalist Arvid Jonsson and drummer Sebastian Olsson alongside founding guitarist/songwriter Tommi Holappa (also Dozer) and founding bassist Bengt Bäcke, while moving away from the complex arrangements of 2012’s Nest Of Vipers in favor of a more stripped down, stage-ready sound. One of 2016’s best in heavy rock.” – The Obelisk
>Tord Gustavsen and Simin Tander
– What Was Said CD/2xLP (ECM)
What Was Said brings new colors to Tord Gustavsens musical palette. His new project introduces the entrancing German-Afghan vocalist Simin Tander, and builds upon the subtle understanding of his long musical association with drummer Jarle Vespestad. “Within the trio, Tander rises to the challenge of being both a soloistic interpreter of melody and an ensemble member, singing accompanying motifs, and contributing to improvisations in which the three of us are equals in terms of sharing ideas,” says Gustavsen. “She has a unique way of improvising, finding sounds that really work, staying with them, developing them very gradually.”
>Hands Like Houses
– Dissonants CD/LP (Rise)
Third album from the Australian rock band and Vans Warped Tour participants. (Limited copies also pressed on colored vinyl.)

>Danny B Harvey & Annie Marie Lewis
– Barbwire Heart CD (Lanark)
Danny B Harvey is best known as the guitarist for the super group HeadCat (a band he formed with Lemmy from Motörhead and Slim Jim Phantom from Stray Cats) but he was also a founding member of the neo-rockabilly band The Rockats and his dynamic “White Stripes of country” duo The Lonesome Spurs. Danny has produced, recorded, and performed with Wanda Jackson, Nancy Sinatra, Johnny Ramone, Levi Dexter, and The Swing Cats. Annie Marie Lewis is the niece of Jerry Lee Lewis, daughter of Linda Gail Lewis, and cousin of Mickey Gilley she has the genealogy, the roots, and the direct blood connection to the first family of rock ‘n’ roll. Annie Marie has been opening shows for Jerry Lee with her mama ever since she was a teenager and has also sung backups with Van Morrison and toured the world with her mother, Linda Gail.

– All The You Fear Is Gone CD/LP (Inside Out U.S.)
Headspace is a UK progressive-rock band.

>Michael Jackson
– Off The Wall [Reissue/1979] CD+DVD/CD+Blu-ray (Legacy)
This edition of Michael Jackson's revolutionary 1979 recording includes the original album bundled with the new documentary
Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off the Wall, directed by Spike Lee. The deluxe softpak includes a 16-page booklet containing a new essay and photography plus a piece of chalk and inside panels with a chalkboard finish.
>Lani Jane
– Catch A Falling Star CD/LP (Cleopatra)
A compilation of superb solo performances and covers featuring the stunning voice of Warrant frontman, Jani Lane. Includes scintillating takes on UFO’s “Doctor, Doctor,” Def Leppard’s “Photograph,” and Bon Jovi’s “Lay Your Hands On Me” featuring guest appearances by two of Lane’s bandmates Erik Turner and Jerry Dixon.

>Jagged Leaves
– Nightmare Afternoon CD/LP/Cassette (Yellow K)
Dan Penta doesn't have fans -- he has disciples. An outcast of the DC burbs, he arrived in NYC in 1999, quickly becoming a staple of the anti-folk scene. But while friends like Regina Spektor, the Moldy Peaches, and Langhorne Slim went on to earn acclaim, Dan remained unknown. Creating in obscurity, he handmade CD-Rs for the consecrated few who, through the years, came to form a tiny congregation. Finally, now 20 years of retrospection and songwriting come to fruition. “I remember hearing Dan play when I began going to the Sidewalk Cafe open mic. He had interesting lyrics and passionate delivery and always stood out as one of the unique voices in that scene.” -- Regina Spektor

>Jack Jezzro & David Davidson
– Gershwin By Candlelight CD (Green Hill Productions)
Instrumental Gershwin favorites performed on violin and guitar.

>Like Torches
– Keep Your Head High CD (Rude)
New album from the Scandinvian punk rock band and Vans Warped Tour participants.

>Lily And Madeline
– Keep It Together CD/LP+MP3 (New West)
Keep It Together, the third album in just over three years by Indianapolis-based sisters Lily & Madeleine is a spellbinding ten-song statement is the dynamic product of two distinct musical personalities, bound by kinship, melding seamlessly into one ephemeral and dreamy collection. Keep It Together is a bit of a departure from their last two records. They arranged all the songs with their friends Kate Siefker (drums, percussion, synth, bass) and Shannon Hayden (cello, guitar, mandolin, synth). Working with a closer knit team of just four ladies helped tighten their sound and unify each track into a complete collection. It's their voices you'll fall in love with, as well as their exterior beauty. Both have a smoky, haunting voices which colours each song with emotion and depth.
LNZNDRF (pronounced Lanzendorf) is a collaborative project between the Devendorf brothers (Bryan and Scott) from The National and brass player Ben Lanz (Beirut, The National and Sufjan Stevens). First coming in to being when they filled an immediate need for a support band for The National after the scheduled opener was waylaid, LNZNDRF has grown into a fully realized, kraut-psych-prog band.

>Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
– This Unruly Mess I’ve Made CD (Macklemore)
This Unruly Mess I’ve Made includes the Platinum selling single “Downtown” (featuring Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, and Eric Nally), as well as previously unavailable “Growing Up” (featuring Ed Sheeran). The long awaited follow-up to the acclaimed debut LP The Heist, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made was largely recorded over the course of a year in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. “What I couldn’t find in a hotel room, on the road or in Seattle, I found in the middle of nowhere” says Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty. The eclectic, raw, and emotional album is an honest look into the soul of two artists who “needed time to be human again.” It also marks the official release of the stirring “Kevin”, previously performed on the American Music Awards, and featuring Grammy nominated soul crooner Leon Bridges.
>Magic Wands
– Jupiter CD/LP (Cleopatra)
Lovewave duo Chris and Dexy Valentine return with the propulsive guitar-rock epic
Jupiter. The two have expanded their original sound to include even more swirling vocals, spinning, wavy guitars and driving, uptempo beats.
– Sacred Blood, Divine Lies CD/LP (Steamhammer/SPV)
“Magnum to me is the quintessential British rock band, never a band to court controversy nor chase fame by wild antics on or off stage; they remain the gentlemen of rock.
Sacred Blood, Divine Lies is Magnum’s 19th studio album and in my humble opinion is their best yet. The masterful songwriting by Tony Clarkin and Bob’s expressive singing has really helped to raise Magnum’s profile these last few years.” – Planet Mosh
>Steve Mason
– Meet The Humans CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Meet The Humans is an apt title for the third record by the former front man of The Beta Band, Steve Mason. Like his previous two efforts, this album finds him swinging musically across dance, pop, folk, dub, and deep house influences and remaining as lyrically adept and open as anything he’s done going back to The Three EPs. Whilst no ‘happy clappy’ collection, lyrically unafraid to pin its beliefs to its sleeve, Meet The Humans is the sound of a songwriter in full stride, not just in artistic terms, but of the whole 360, full life variety.
>Camila Meza
– Traces CD (Sunnyside Communications)
This rising star on the global jazz scene has been described by The New York Times as “a bright young singer and guitarist with an ear for music of both folkloric and pop intention,” and “a natural multi-talent, an improvising singer-guitarist who is one of the finest in the world in both creative realms,” by pianist Aaron Goldberg.

>Lee Michaels
– Recital [Reissue/1968] CD (Manifesto)
Lee Michaels – Carnival Of Life [Reissue/1968] CD (Manifesto)
Lee Michaels – Lee Michaels [Reissue/1969] CD (Manifesto)
Lee Michaels – Barrel [Reissue/1970] CD (Manifesto)
Lee Michaels – 5th [Reissue/1971] CD (Manifesto)
Lee Michaels – Space And First Takes [Reissue/1972] CD (Manifesto)
Lee Michaels – Live [Reissue/1973] CD (Manifesto)
Lee Michaels - Heighty Hi: The Best Of Lee Michaels LP (Manifesto)
In an era when thousands of unavailable or out-of-print albums have enjoyed re-releases, singer/keyboardist Lee Michaels has remained dormant. After retiring from the business in the early- ‘80s, unlike most beloved musical iconoclasts, he turned his back on interviews and performance opportunities for decades, preferring to focus on his ultra-popular Los Angeles based restaurant Killer Shrimp and playing at home. Manifesto has now reissued (separately) the seven albums he originally released on A&M Records from 1968-1973 (all were collected as a boxed set last November).
Heighty Hi collects 20 of his biggest hits from his A&M years, and is now available on vinyl.
>The Mothers
– When You Walk A Long Distance Are You Tired CD/LP (Grand Jury)
“There's a pervasive sadness to Mothers' songs that's strangely disturbing: When Kristine Leschper sings, "We lived unloved in unmade beds / You wore me like a necklace," it's hard not to want to reach out and lend her hope. When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired is filled with straightforward observations about frailty, broken trust and insecurity. The songs feel like the sole expression of the artist at their core, made with the support of friends like Matthew Anderegg on guitar, keyboards and percussion. It all might sound incredibly depressing, except that what art does best is serve as a means of growth. When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired sounds like the work of an artist who's seeking out an understanding of herself and the world around her. There's a deep underpinning of melancholy and sorrow here, but to watch these songs performed live is to witness a band that's growing into something fuller and more intense every day. These songs feel like a snapshot of a time getting left behind rather than lived in, performed by a riveting, honest band” – NPR. (Limited copies also pressed on colored vinyl.)

– Centerfold CD (Razor & Tie)
Mothxr is a four-piece alternative band from Brooklyn, led by actor/artist Penn Badgley (
Gossip Girl, Margin Call, Greetings From Tim Buckley). Centerfold is the band’s debut album. The group came together when Badgley teamed up with his neighborhood friend and producer Jimmy Giannopoulos. Bassist Darren Will and New Zealand guitarist Simon Oscroft soon joined and the group relocated to a bungalow in East L.A. to write and record music. With minimal analogue recording gear, the group crafted a collection of infectious, brooding, dark, new-wave laced songs bursting with sublime creativity and a fascinating range of absorbing diversity.
>Mount Moriah
– How To Dance CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
The North Carolina-based band Mount Moriah seem insistent to grow. If their self-titled debut showed them standing with sea legs, determined to dream their way free from the dark crevices and corners of alt-country’s stiff template; and if
Miracle Temple, their second album, called that darkness by its Southern name and met it with fire; then their latest collection of songs, How To Dance, is a devotion to the cosmic light itself: moving towards it, moving into it, becoming it. Mount Moriah’s third full-length sees them stretching further to explore their collective interest in the intangible fringes of fate and synchronicity. With How To Dance, the band presents new themes of symbolism, mysticism, alchemy, universality, sacred geometry. There is color, confidence, self-direction, joy. There is also darkness, but only to show you how it found its light. In I’m Not There, a film supposition of Bob Dylan’s life, the version of Dylan played by Cate Blanchett—the pre-motorcycle crash, Blonde On Blonde Dylan—says that “a poem is like a naked person,” and then, blending into the same line, “but a song is something that walks by itself.” Mount Moriah have created a continuous dialogue with humanity, with the metaphysical, with the ecology right in front of us. Here, in How To Dance, everything walks by itself.
>Willie Nelson
- Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin CD/LP (Sony Legacy)
Willie Nelson's new album of pop standards, penned by America's legendary songwriting duo George and Ira Gershwin, follows the selection of Willie as the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Among the 11 Gershwin classics recorded by Willie Nelson for his new album are two duets: “Let's Call The Whole Thing Off” with Cyndi Lauper (the song was originally introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1937 film
Shall We Dance) and “Embraceable You” with Sheryl Crow (the song was performed by Ginger Rogers in Girl Crazy, recorded by Billie Holiday in 1944 and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005).
>Sarah Neufeld
– The Ridge CD/LP (Paper Bag)
Sarah Neufeuld is a violinist and composer based in Montreal, Canada. Best known as a member of Arcade Fire, she is also a founding member of contemporary instrumental ensemble Bell Orchestre, and most recently as half of a new duo with saxophonist Colin Stetson.
The Ridge employs more emphasis on vocalization than Neufeld's previous works; the interplay between Neufeld's voice and violin has become strongly integrated and narrative. Arcade Fire's Jeremy Gara plays drums on the album, adding greater layers to the compositions, creating an intense, dynamic atmosphere, and a captivating listening from start to finish.
>The New Black
– A Monster’s Life CD (AFM)
Fourth album from the German hard rockers.

– Dogs CD/LP (The Royal Potato Family)
Nolatet features legendary New Orleans rhythm section players Johnny Vidacovich (drums), James Singleton (upright bass), Mike Dillon (vibes and percussion) and Brian Haas (piano). While traditional jazz is the backbone and starting point for the Nolatet's musical language, each member's piercing individuality allows innovation to be a constant throughout their debut album,
Dogs — a collection featuring all original material influenced by the diverse lives and perceptions of these four jazz avatars.
– Souvenirs CD (Metalville)
“This lovely and long awaited debut record from French progressive metalcore act Novelists is a great opportunity for the band to finally make a splash in the progressive metalcore community.” – New Noise Magazine

– Dominion Of Misery CD/LP (Unique Leader)
“Part of Omnihility's sound has always revolved around their love affair with old-school death metal riffing within a technical death metal setting, yet at the same time it seems they continue to push into more and more technical territory with each release. Obvious nods to Origin were apparent in some places of
Deathscapes Of The Subconscious, but the old school death metal influence was still a huge part of that records sound. With Dominion Of Misery they've pushed even further into Origin and Archspire style tech-death, and it's damn good stuff!” – Metal Injection
>Omnium Gathering
– Grey Heavens CD/LP (Century Media)
Seventh full-length from the Finnish death metal band.

– Live At The Slaughterhouse CD+DVD (AFM)
2014 live set from the UK thrash metal band recorded during the UK O2 Academy Thrash Assault Tour.

>Jaimee Paul
with The Mason Emery Trio – Too Marvelous CD (Green Hill Productions)
Jazz vocal interpretations of Johnny Mercer classics.

>Oranssi Pazuzu
– Värähtelijä CD/2xLP (20 Buck Spin)
Finland’s Oranssi Pazuzu issued
Valonielu in 2013, an album of timeless creative immensity that was met with ubiquitous praise throughout the world and solidified the groups position as one of the most forward-thinking and interesting metal bands. Oranssi Pazuzu returns in 2016 with their follow-up album and fourth overall, the mind-bending masterwork Värähtelijä.
>Emma Pollock
– In Search Of Harperfield CD/LP (Chemikal Underground)
“As one quarter of The Delgados, Scotland’s most perennially underrated band, Pollock has pedigree in emotionally stirring, widescreen indie-rock, and her last (2010) album
The Law Of Large Numbers is an enduring, ceaselessly enjoyable work. In Search Of Harperfield is, happily, a worthy follow-up. – Drowned In Sound
>Purple Pilgrims
– Eternal Delight CD/LP (Not Not Fun)
New release from the lush ceremonial dream-pop duo. Psychic sisterhood and wistful wanderlust are the twin energies feeding Purple Pilgrims.

– Plaza CD/LP (Mexican Summer)
“For the past five years, Boston quartet Quilt have quietly bubbled under the surface, while laid-back, like-minded peers like Real Estate, Woods and Kurt Vile have floated to the top of the heap. But any discerning listener would wage that 2016 will be their year. Quilt’s third album
Plaza is a masterwork of mood-setting psychedelic rock, jilted enough to rope in lovers of the strange, but just straightforward enough—with eminently hummable melodies and crisp arrangements—to capture the attention of more conservative fans who might shy away from anything ‘acid-soaked.’” -- Relix
>Bonnie Raitt
– Dig In Deep CD/2xLP+MP3 (Redwing)
Veteran singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt follows up her Grammy-winning 2012 LP,
Slipstream, with her 20th studio album, Dig In Deep. “Bonnie Raitt has got chops a mile deep on slide guitar. Within a few seconds, her tone is instantly recognizable, with its bluesy bent and hint of lingering melancholy, as if she were trying to savor a note just a little bit longer before it vanishes. Memories linger in much the same way, and Raitt's 20th album, Dig In” Deep, works as a survey of the singer's past and a mature expression of where she is now.” – The Chicago Tribune
– The Art Of Loss CD/LP (Metal Blade)
New album from the Los Angeles prog-metal outfit. Containing over 70 minutes of their unique blend of passion, melody, aggression and complexity,
The Art Of Loss was produced once again by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pagan’s Mind, Pretty Maids, etc.), who also worked with the band on 2009’s Snowfall On Judgment Day.
>Victoria Reed
– Chariot CD/LP (MRI Associated)
Chariot is a deeply personal collection of Americana pop featuring some of New York's best session players and brings to mind Neko Case's The Fox Confessor Brings The Flood and Jenny Lewis's Acid Tongue.
>The Renderers
– In The Sodium Light CD/LP+MP3 (Ba Da Bing!)
New release from the New Zealand-born/U.S.-based outfit. The seismic rumbling of The Renderers goes beyond the fiendish pastoralia of their music. Long-time Christchurch residents Brian and Maryrose Crook are two of the most distinct voices in New Zealand rock, as they trade off vocal duties, and both contribute toward burying their songs in layers of swelling and swirling guitars. For
In the Sodium Light, The Renderers take a step back from the furious chug of their last album, A Rocket Into Nothing. Instead, they appear to be representing the landscape of their new home. Songs creep out of holes, seep and spread, permeating the room. The album is a languid, calm-waters drift over the abyss in a glass-bottomed boat.
>Emitt Rhodes
– Rainbow Ends CD/LP+MP3 (Omnivore)
Emitt Rhodes began his career in his teens, as drummer for the SoCal band The Palace Guard. He eventually took the reigns as leader of The Merry Go Round, who scored pop hits with “Live” and “You’re A Very Lovely Woman” in the late 1960s. At the release of his critically acclaimed eponymous debut in 1971, he gained a reputation as a “one-man Beatles,” since he wrote, recorded and produced the album in his home studio. But then, the way many music stories unfurl, after battling bad contracts and industry demands, Rhodes saw his last release,
Farewell To Paradise, in 1973. He never recorded or released another full-length LP. Until now. With a band that includes Emitt Rhodes, album producer Chris Price, Roger Joseph Manning Jr, Jason Falkner, Taylor Locke, Fernando Perdomo and Joe Seiders, Rainbow Ends features guest appearances from Aimee Mann, Susanna Hoffs, Jon Brion, Nels Cline & Pat Sansone from Wilco, Bleu, Probyn Gregory & Nelson Bragg from the Brian Wilson Band, and more. (Limited colored vinyl also available.)
>Logan Richardson
– Shift CD (Blue Note)
Assured Blue Note debut from saxophonist and composer Logan Richardson. For the occasion Richardson assembled an impressive band of musical visionaries including guitarist Pat Metheny, pianist Jason Moran, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Nasheet Waits.

>Ritual Chamber
– Obscurations (To Feast On The Seraphim) CD/2xLP (Profound Lore)
Bay Area metal monstrosity Ritual Chamber is commanded solely by multi-instrumentalist and underground death metal veteran Dario Derna (aka Numinas). Like an extension of his work in Infester combined with the doomy atmosphere of Evoken, Ritual Chamber is a culmination of Derna’s 25 years active in the underground and represents a return to his death metal roots.

>Rich Robinson
– Paper [Reissue/2004] CD/2xLP (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Rich Robinson – Llama Blues [Reissue/2011] CDEP/12” (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
In 2002, Rich Robinson (founding member of the Black Crowes) went into the studio with the help of some friends and make a solo record. That's where
Paper began. He had Joe Magistro, Eddie Harsch, Donnie Heron, and Antoine Silverman conducting the strings. They went into Globe Studios in New York's meat packing district and knocked it out. Originally released in December 2011, Llama Blues is a companion EP to Through A Crooked Sun. Intended as a companion to the full-length album, Llama Blues features blues-based tracks similar in sound to the full LP's final track, “Fire Around.” Available on CD and on blue vinyl. (New album due “sometime in May, 2016.”)
>Royal Republic
– Weekend Man CD/LP (Spinefarm)
Swedish rock band Royal Republic play energetic garage rock in the vein of Mando Diao and the Hives.

>Roswell Rudd & Heather Masse
– August Love Song CD (Red House)
August Love Song is a new collaboration between vocal stylist Heather Masse and octogenarian trombone maverick Roswell Rudd. Masse, the New England Conservatory of Music-trained vocalist, is member of the folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys and a regular on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion show. Rudd burst on the free jazz scene in the 1960s; his ensemble work with Archie Shepp and forays into African and world music inform his explorations in sound and rhythm to the present.
>Roswell Rudd/Jamie Saft/Trevor Dunn/Balazs Pandi
– Strength & Power CD/LP (Rarenoise)
“Roswell Rudd’s first record came out in 1965; Jamie Saft, Trevor Dunn and Balazs Pandi weren’t even born yet. And yet, the years between Rudd and his new bandmates melt away in that wonderful cross-generational thing called telepathy when the four convened in Saft’s home studio to spontaneously and collectively make some jazz noises.
Strength & Power, the harvest from these Woodstock, NY-area sessions, is a union of one, eighty-year-old avant-garde power from the generation of Steve Lacy and Cecil Taylor (two of Rudd’s past musical partners) with leading lights from the current generation of outside jazz. The pianist Saft, acoustic bassist Dunn and drummer Pandi engage with the premier free jazz trombonist so easily…” – Something Else!
>Todd Rundgren
– The Complete Bearsville Albums Collection 13xCD (Bearsville)
The Complete Bearsville Albums Collection gathers 11 Todd Rundgren studio albums inside a clamshell box. The set showcases the complete collection of Rundgren’s finest work released on the exceptionally cool Bearsville label, including: Runt (1970), Something/Anything? (1972), A Wizard, A True Star (1973), Todd (1974), Initiation (1975), Faithful (1976), Back To The Bars (1978), Hermit Of Mink Hollow (1978) Runt. The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren (1979), Healing (1981), and The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (1982).
>Run River North
– Drinking From A Salt Pond CD/2xLP+MP3 (Nettwerk)
Based in California's San Fernando Valley, Run River North is a six-member indie pop ensemble that originally formed in 2011 under the name Monsters Calling Home. Boasting a lush, folk-influenced sound built around singers Alex Hwang (vocals/guitar) and Sally Kang (vocals/keys), the band also features guitarist/violinist Daniel Chae, bassist Joseph Chun, drummer John Chong, and violinist Jennifer Rim. For the new album, the band teamed up with producer Lars Stalfors (Cold War Kids, HEALTH, Matt and Kim), who has helped push them out of their indie-folk comfort zone into a fuller, more ambitious rock sound that incorporates the whole band's perspective.

– 99¢ CD/LP/Cassette (Atlantic)
Santigold’s third album,
99¢, features a collaboration with iLoveMakonnen as well as production from Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, Hit-Boy, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Zeds Dead, Patrik Berger, Justin Raisen, Sam Dew, John Hill, and Doc McKinney. “It’s impossible to not move to this album. There’s a wide array of rhythms, grooves, and sensibilities pulling from dancehall, soca, hip-hop, trap, and electro, but it is never overwhelming or underwhelming because it is balanced so well. The album is like pre-packaged diet meals in that respect, because there is just enough to fill you up and keep your senses engaged, but the artistry is in the portion control because it could easily be too much to handle. Santigold’s vocals vary as well, employing rap cadences, holding notes a bit longer for effect, leaning toward a Caribbean accent in spots, and scaling back for harmonies with other artists. The seemingly standard four-year hiatus she takes between albums is justified when it comes out sounding like this.” – Stereogum
>School Of Seven Bells
- SVIIB CD/LP+MP3 (Vagrant)
“‘Ablaze,’ from School Of Seven Bells’ fourth and likely final LP, is composed of the same elements SVIIB have threaded together for years: heroic riffs, a colossus of a percussion track and Alejandra Deheza’s weightless sighs. The emotional clarity, however, is new; the song is an ode to redemptive love, delivered with full earnestness and complete surrender. ‘You saw the stars in me,’ Deheza sings, and her often-glassy voice and SVIIB’s usually-huge mixes turn into something more plaintive, almost a cappella: ‘You told me how you saw the stars/You told me that till I believed.’ It’s among the most life-affirming five minutes of pop music in recent memory. It is quite possibly perfect” – Pitchfork. (Limited purple vinyl pressing also available.)

>J.Peter Schwalm
– The Beauty Of Disaster CD/2xLP (Rarenoise)
The new compositions of J.Peter Schwalm seek to balance the aesthetics of electronic with that of orchestral music. His swelling arrangements mark the difference between opulence (desired) and bombast (to be avoided at all costs), while his electronic sounds highlight his unique techniques, developed way beyond what is achievable by regular plug-ins. Many passages are completely devoid of beat, thus achieving a deep sense of contemplation in music.

>Jake Shimabukuro
– Live In Japan CD (E1)
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jake’s life has always centered on the ukulele. Known for his powerful strumming on the ukulele, Jake’s performances incorporate elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements with spontaneous, improvised passages. Being influenced by legendary ukulele players like Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon, Jake also credits icons like Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan as a source of inspiration. Includes his biggest songs “Dragon,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

– Master Creator CD/LP (AFM)
Impressive third studio album by Germany's new melodic speed metal masters.

>Sin Ropas
– Mirror Bride CD/LP (Jealous Butcher)
On his new release, Sin Ropas' (aka Tim Hurley) fuzz and blur is tightened into something beautifully sparse and rangy thanks to mixing by Brian Deck (Red Red Meat, Modest Mouse). These are bright, searing, imperfect songs that, as the title suggests, may seep into those places that you've been trying to forget or to hide. There's a catharsis in its splattered slow party of music, in its untethered rhythms and evaporating melodies, music that suggests that there's more than what we've seen or will see, how things seem more meaningful when reflected than in reality.
Mirror Bride is the kind of record that reveals itself slowly and evokes the kind of experience you didn't even know you were missing.
– Deadpool CD (Milan)
Junkie XL (
Mad Mad: Fury Road, Divergent) delivers a robust, pulsing score to the movie adaptation of Deadpool that is as energetic and relentless as the Marvel comic book character. It ties in seamlessly with the eclectic mix of songs featured prominently in the film, including tracks by DMX, Wham!, and Salt-N-Pepa.
>Spirit Adrift
– Behind – Beyond CD (Prosthetic)
“For a band who’ve been around for less than five months, you’d expect this debut two-track EP to be a work in progress. Indeed, the average track length of 14 minutes and myriad ideas being brought to the table suggest a group still trying to hone their craft, yet
Behind – Beyond is a remarkably well thought-out and delivered effort. Taking their cues both musically and sonically from the more melodic end of the doom scene, they still find time for both the expansive melancholy and powerful riffs of the likes of Neurosis and Baroness” – Team Rock. Vinyl edition due March 18.
>Kane Strang
– Blue Cheese CD/LP+MP3 (Ba Da Bing!)
New release from the New Zealand-based psych pop artist. Lead-off track “The Web” channels pummeling bass lines punctuated by a twinkling synth that calls upon microscopic pop principalities of restlessness. Its abrupt ending parallels Strang’s own disconnect. “She’s Appealing” weaves Day-Glo guitar motifs into distant, detached ‘80s garage pop vocals. “Never Kissed A Blonde” is driven by a slapping delay on both vocals and guitar. Strang’s path toward a melody is always surprising, and he never misses a hit-on-the-head-obvious-in-retrospect memorable line.

– Fragments Of Creation CD (Inner Wound)
The sound of prog metal band Sunburst can be described as “Dream Theater meets Nevermore and Conception.”

>Supersonic Blues Machine
– West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco CD/2xLP+MP3 (Provogue)
Supersonic Blues Machine isn’t just a band, it’s a melting pot of ideas with likeminded people. As a result, debut album
West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco is a sprawling and emotional journey. An incredible list of collaborators gives the record added warmth and propels it on to a higher level; Billy F. Gibbons, Walter Trout, Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Eric Gales and Chris Duarte all have a deep and personal connection to the main trio of Grossi, Lopez and Aronoff.
>Sworn Amongst
– Under A Titan Sky CD (Soulfood)
Under A Titan Sky is armed to the teeth with ball-crunching riffage and grooves, hypersonic solos, soaring vocals and bludgeoning bass lines, absorbing the influence of pioneering bands such as Death, Carcass and Meshuggah and blending it with the likes of Heart Of A Coward, Upon A Burning Body and Lamb Of God.
– Vargariis CD (Soulseller)
The Norwegian doomheads return with their fourth full-length album. Vinyl version due March 18.

– Kill For Satan [Reissue/2000] CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Tsjuder – Demonic Possession [Reissue/2002] CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
The Norwegian black metal cult act’s first two albums are back in print on CD and vinyl.

>Tsunami Bomb
– Trust No One CD/LP (Kung Fu)
Trust No One is a 14-song collection of rare, out of print, and unreleased tracks from the early years of Tsunami Bomb including songs, from the previously out-of-print limited edition B-Movie Queens 7”, the On The High Seas 7”, and The Invasion From Within EP, as well as some hard to find and previously unreleased tracks from their pre-Kung Fu era.
– Charlene CD (E1)
After a six-year hiatus, R&B songstress Tweet re-emerges with her fourth album.

>Twins Crew
– Veni Vidi Vici CD (Inner Wound)
New album from the Swedish heavy/power metal band -- for fans of Sabaton, Helloween, Hammerfall and Gloryhammer. Vinyl edition due March 18.

>The Unguided
– Lust And Loathing CD (Napalm)
“Once you get past the harsh melodic death metal exterior, epic clean vocals and catchy keyboard tones await. Dynamic and strong songwriting with that special Scandinavian massive production and delicate guitar solos turn
Lust And Loathing into the best gem the band's discography has to offer.” – Blabbermouth
>Unhuman Disease
- De Templi Autem Veteris Serpentis CD (Moribund)
Unhuman Disease is a one-man black metal act from America.

>United Vibrations
– The Myth Of The Golden Ratio CD/LP (Ubiquity)
Music with a message and for community. That's what United Vibrations has brought to the table their entire career. Various writers and reviewers have tried their best to categorize the sound of London's United Vibrations using terms like Afrobeat or jazz. However, this unique group may be best described by the feelings their music instills instead of through a genre classification. Call it spiritual, or call it vibrations, for that matter. Vibrations for the sound waves produced by their instruments and voices as well as for the emotions that it stirs from within. Ubiquity is proud to be a part of this band's unique vision with the release of
The Myth Of The Golden Ratio.
>Various Artists
- George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison 2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray/3xLP (Hot/Vagrant)
Live tribute recorded and filmed on September 28th, 2014 at the The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, and released on what would have been Harrison’s 73
rd birthday. The lineup includes Brian Wilson, Nora Jones, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Conan O Brien, The Flaming Lips, Ben Harper, Britt Daniel from Spoon, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Dhani Harrison, Weird Al Yankovic, The Strokes’ Nick Valensi, Perry Farrell and many others.
>Various Artists
- God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson CD/LP+MP3 (Alligator)
A star studded group of artists celebrate the timeless appeal of legendary gospel bluesman Blind Willie Johnson on this collection of covers. Includes performances by Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Cowboy Junkies, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Sinead O’Connor, Luther Dickinson featuring The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, Maria McKee, and Rickie Lee Jones.

>Various Artists
- Head Rag Hop: Piano Blues 1925-1960 4xCD (JSP)
A search for the roots of blues piano will end up in a swirling mist in which blues guitar germinated. One belief is that blues piano developed from the rhythms with which guitarists accompanied themselves. The piano’s wider musical spectrum then encouraged players to create rhythms and melodies with each hand. When it came to mobility, pianists had to rely on residencies. They could never foresee the condition of the pianos they encountered on their travels. Also, unlike their guitarist confreres, they had to be equally adept singers and players, needing at least one instrumental showpiece to satisfy their audiences. St. Louis, Memphis, Birmingham and New Orleans unsurprisingly had coteries of musicians but so did Houston and Dallas in Texas -- each with something approaching a regional flavor. The last years of the 1920s saw a proliferation of blues pianists, including Cow Cow Davenport, Pine Top Smith, Will Ezell, Henry Brown and Montana Taylor). Their records -- too often overlooked -- reveal them as innovators and gifted musicians.

>Various Artists
– Putumayo Presents Jazz Café CD (Putumayo World Music)
This selection of extraordinary musicians from the US, Brazil, Finland and beyond will transport you to jazz cafes around the world. Featured artists include Lisa Bassenge, Pearl Django, Rosa Passos, Niuver and more.

– Post Society CD (Century Media)
New five-track EP from the veteran Canadian heavy metal band.
Post Society includes previously vinyl-only songs from the limited split 7” EPs with label-mates At The Gates and Napalm Death, two brand new songs, and a cover of Hawkwind's “Silver Machine.”
- :Ktonik: CD (Inner Wound)
With four albums and hundreds of on-stage performances -- including shows with Opeth, Anathema, Pain Of Salvation, Katatonia, Korn and a European tour with Riverside -- Votum is one of the leading artists riding the new wave of Polish prog.

>Waco Brothers
– Going Down In History CD/LP (Bloodshot)
With a devil-may-care attitude towards polish and finesse,
Going Down In History captures the thrill ride rush of the Waco Brothers' live shows. Through the improvisational and fluid approach they adopted at Chicago's Kingsize Sound Labs with longtime collaborator Mike Hagler at the knobs, the songs took on a muscularity and cohesiveness of an album unlike any previous Wacos recordings. Their pioneering Cash-meets-Clash jet engine mash up is still there, to be sure, but the Wacos have turned their well-scuffed boot heels towards their roots as never before.
>Wakey Wakey
– Overreactivist CD/LP (The End)
“Spend half an hour in the company of Michael Grubbs, the creative force behind indie band Wakey Wakey and you'll come out with a renewed enthusiasm for old school music making.
Overreactivist is Wakey Wakey's third album and a radical departure from the previous pop album, Salvation, in more ways than one. In contrast to the first album which was full of youthful expression and captured the spirit of making music with no money and no expectation of success, Salvation was a collaborative experience with a team of writers, producers and musicians and the end result turned out to be even further from Grubbs' first intention of making a pop album. Whilst acknowledging it was an amazing team experience, Grubbs says this experience and way of making music made him feel ‘disconnected from myself as a musician’ and as a result he returned to the 'old days' and decided the next step would be to write and record an indie rock EP. Happily, they managed to find enough studio time to record enough material for not just an EP but a whole album.” – Huffington Post
>Gene Watson
– Real Country Music CD (Fourteen Carat Music)
“I believe you can guess from the title what kind of music you’ll hear. I really like it and I know you will too.” – Gene Watson

>John Zorn
– Flaga: The Book Of Angels Volume 27 CD (Tzadik)
For one of the last CDs in the
Book Of Angels series, Zorn has assembled an astonishing all-star piano trio featuring three of the most powerful and respected musicians in the jazz/new music scene: Craig Taborn, Christian McBride and Tyshawn Sorey. Diving into eight tunes from Zorn’s mystical Masada project they take off in flights of melodic, rhythmic and harmonic fancy that will make your head spin. Visceral and virtuosic, Flaga is one of the most spontaneous and exciting installments in the Masada catalog.

DVDs + Blu-ray:
>Celtic Thunder
– Legacy Volume One DVD/Blu-ray (Sony Legacy)
Legacy is a review of Celtic Thunder’s most popular songs to date, recorded live Casino Rama in Ontario early last year. Known for their crisp vocal harmonies, powerful ensemble numbers, Celtic Thunder bring their own twist to an eclectic mix of songs while introducing music from their homeland and traversing with ease the genres of folk, traditional Irish, adult contemporary, rock and classical crossover. Also available on stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Bad Religion
– 30 Years Live LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Bad Religion’s
30 Years Live was originally released in May 2010, documenting the bands 30th anniversary tour. The album is now available on limited edition vinyl.
>Julien Baker
– Sprained Ankle LP+MP3 (6131)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. For years, Baker and a group of close friends have performed as the band Forrister (formerly The Star Killers), but when college took her four hours away, her need to continue creating found an outlet through solo work. The intent was never to make these songs her main focus, yet the process proved to be startlingly cathartic. As each song came into shape, it became more apparent that Baker had genuinely deep, surprisingly dark stories to tell from her thus far short life (she turns 20 this Fall). Tales of her experiences are staggering, and when set to her haunting guitar playing, the results are gut wrenching and heartfelt, relatable yet very personal. There's something wonderfully hypnotizing about Baker gently confessing her soul with such tremendous honesty. (Limited colored vinyl pressing.)

– Habitual Love Songs LP+MP3 (El Camino Media, LLC)
Third album from the self-described Portland by way of Austin “slacker rockers”.

>David Bowie
– David Bowie aka Space Oddity [Reissue/1969] LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World [Reissue/1970] LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie – Aladdin Sane [Reissue/1971] LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars [Reissue/1972] LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie – Aladdin Sane [Reissue/1973] LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie – Pinups [Reissue/1973] LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie - Bowie At The Beeb: The Best Of The BBC Radio Sessions '68-'72 [2000] 4xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
A quintessential selection of classic, early-period Bowie back in print on HQ-180gm vinyl. (This is the first time
Bowie At The Beeb has been available on the format.)
>Johnny Cash
– Sings Hank Williams [Reissue/1960] LP (Sundazed)
Johnny Cash – Now Here’s Johnny [Reissue/1961] LP (Sundazed)
From the minute he walked into Sun Studios, Johnny Cash began a legendary career that would see him become one of the biggest and most influential musicians of our time. Though only on Sun for three years from 1955-1958, Johnny made some of his most legendary recordings there. When he moved on to Columbia Records, Johnny left behind a large cache of material which Sun happily compiled and released on LPs throughout the ‘60s, mixing Cash's singles-sides with previously unissued recordings. A couple of those records are back in print on vinyl.

>Caleb Caudle
– Carolina Ghost LP+MP3 (This Is American)
Caleb Caudle is a country singer/songwriter from Winston-Salem, NC. Last year, His critically acclaimed album Paint Another Layer On My Heart landed him on many year-end lists last December. He has toured with Justin Townes Earle and Jason Isbell.

>Harry Chapin
– Heads & Tails [Reissue/1972] LP (Friday Music)
Heads & Tails is the debut album from singer/songwriter and human rights activist Harry Chapin. Shortly after it's release in 1972, and thanks in part to Johnny Carson for asking the artist to come back a second night after he blew the audience away with his signature hit “Taxi,” Chapin was soon on his way to the top rungs of the charts. Rock and pop radio also took notice and began to play the nearly 7-minute single relentlessly. Limited edition 180-gram audiophile vinyl LP pressing.
>Cloudland Canyon
– An Arabesque LP (Medical Records)
While past recordings on Holy Mountain and Kranky flirted with drone and krautrock modes,
An Arabesque skews in a more rhythmic direction with shades of naive disco and new age.
– Split E.P. 12”+MP3 (Relapse)
A double dose of crushing, cross-continental death/doom/sludge devastation from two of the scene's leading purveyors of.

>Ornette Coleman
– To Whom Who Keeps A Record [Reissue/1975] LP (Superior Viaduct)
In the late 1950s, Ornette Coleman set the jazz world on fire. From his own unique playing style to his fundamental deconstruction of harmony and complete rethinking of group performance, Coleman at once confounded critics and inspired a new generation. This revolutionary music eventually became known as free jazz, but Coleman’s influence extended well beyond -- into avant-garde rock and art circles -- and today his name is synonymous with artistic freedom. Originally released in Japan only,
To Whom Who Keeps A Record collects outtakes from Coleman’s legendary Atlantic period, sessions from Change Of The Century and This Is Our Music that are as emotionally transfixing as intellectually rigorous.
>Deep Throats
– Good, Bad, Pretty LP (Castleface)
“Deep Throats is something that you should be careful of when Googling, but something you should be Googling nonetheless. The iconic San Francisco-based garage band have announced their never-released final LP entitled
Good, Bad, Pretty, which is a complete and total powerhouse. Recorded 15 years ago at the popular punk fixture called the Starcleaner warehouse in San Francisco’s Mission District, Good, Bad, Pretty is John Dwyer-approved, and for a good reason. Thee Oh See‘s primary member recalls Deep Throats as featuring ‘smirking medicated bass’ and an ‘abstract guitar dance,’ which rings true to us.” – Earmilk
>Drug Church
– Hit Your Head LP (No Sleep)
Released late last October on CD – now available on limited clear with orange and white splatter colored vinyl. “Albany, New York punk outfit Drug Church has been known to operate at extreme levels, in both a technical and personal sense. Fronted by Self Defense Family’s Patrick Kindlon, the band has carried the hardcore torch passed down through the likes of Fugazi and Black Flag, their 2012 self-titled debut EP earning them a reputation for self-loathing songs riddled with bombastic guitar licks and deafening drums. This sound showed up in full force on their first full-length album, 2013’s well-received
Paul Walker. Now, Drug Church is ready for round two with their sophomore LP, Hit Your Head.” – Consequence Of Sound
>Duran Duran
– Duran Duran [Reissue/1981] LP+12” (Parlophone)
Back in print on vinyl with bonus 12”. Duran Duran's eponymous debut artfully coalesced the sonic and stylistic elements of the burgeoning new romantic movement they were soon to spearhead. Features “Girls On Film” and “Planet Earth.”

– Parades [Reissue/2007] 2xLP+CD (Leaf)
The second album by Denmark’s Efterklang comprises 11 majestic, otherworldly pop songs, and manages to be both magnificently ambitious and engagingly intimate; a breathtaking panorama of sound with few clear antecedents. One of a series of ten landmark albums, reissued on vinyl to celebrate The Leaf Label’s 20th year. LP includes original CD album in miniature Leaf 20 design card wallet, Leaf catalogue inner sleeves and spot varnished Leaf 20 logo on front cover. Packaged in non-gatefold 5mm spine sleeve with revised credits.

>Tav Falco’s Panther Burns
- Me & My Chauffeur Blues b/w Whistle Blower Blues 7” (ORG Music)
Equal parts primal, early rock ’n’ roll, deviant hill country blues & avant-garde art – Tav Falco’s Panther Burns is ramshackle, raw, unholy & utterly amazing. This 7” release was recorded during the band’s October 2015 Whistle Blower Tour, and features bass legend Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges) and drummer Toby Dammit (The Stooges, Nick Cave).

>Ben Folds
– Rockin’ The Suburbs [Reissue/2001] 2xLP (ORG Music)
Rockin’ The Suburbs is Ben Folds' first solo album after leaving Ben Folds Five. This 15th anniversary pressing brings the album back to vinyl for the first time since its original 2001 release. Like the original pressing, the album contains the bonus track “Hiro's Song,” only available on the Japanese CD and US vinyl releases. HQ-80gm.
– Space Ritual [Reissue/1973] 2xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Recorded live in December 1972 and released the following year,
Space Ritual is an excellent document of Hawkwind's classic lineup, underscoring the group's status as space rock pioneers. As the quintessential “people's band,” incorporating most of Doremi Fasol Latido (1972), the show for the Space Ritual tour was conceived as a space rock opera, it's blend of sci-fi electronics, mesmerizing psy-fi grooves, and heavy, earthbound jamming punctuated with spoken word interludes from astral poet Bob Calvert. Although his intergalactic musings date the album, coming across now as camp futurism, they still provide fitting atmospheric preambles to Hawkwind's astounding, mind-warping sounds. HQ-180gm audiophile pressing.
>Shooter Jennings
– Countach (For Giorgio) LP (Black Country Rock)
Limited pink vinyl edition. Shooter Jennings returns with his seventh studio LP. In 2014 Shooter released
Don't Wait Up (For George), an EP paying tribute to George Jones, and at the same time announced Countach, his album comprised of songs composed or inspired by production pioneer Giorgio Moroder. But this is no tribute album. Countach is a sound-collage-style journey through the ‘80s and ‘90s culture, innovative songwriting, genre bending, fiddle-meets-synthesizer soundscapes and a shrine to pioneers of books, bytes and beats. The album features guest appearances from modern folk songstress Brandi Carlile, Antichrist Superstar Marilyn Manson, country-rock pioneer Steve Young and even Lord British himself, computer game leviathan Richard Garriott. CD version due March 11.
>Jethro Tull
– Living In The Past [Reissue/1972] 2xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Living In The Past is a 1972 double album quasi-compilation collection by Jethro Tull, which contains album tracks, out-takes, the Life Is A Long Song EP, and all of their singles except for “Aeroplane,” “Sunshine Day,” “One For John Gee,” “17” and the original United Kingdom version of “Teacher” (the United States single version was included instead). Limited HQ-180gm audiophile vinyl LP pressing.
>Kid Rock
– Devil Without A Cause [Reissue/1998] 2xLP (WB)
Kid Rock - Cocky [Reissue/2001] 2xLP (WB)
Limited edition vinyl reissues now available.

>Loner Chic
– Year Of The Goth LP/Cassette (Broken World Media)
Drawing members and influences from disparate corners of the Connecticut underground music scene, Loner Chic blends knowing, sardonic lyrics with a dynamic and various musical framework. On
Year Of The Goth, power pop riffs intersect with postmodern anxiety in an urgent, distinctly contemporary mélange that remains nevertheless referent to the indie rock tradition of Loner Chic's predecessors. Blown out, shout-along choruses buttress elegant guitar work, while the lyrics include references to everything from The Lemonheads to Drake to Virgil’s Aeneid. Catchy and brusque without sacrificing severity, Year Of The Goth offers party punk for the literary set.
>Mack 10
– Mack 10 [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (Priority)
Double-vinyl reissue of the 1995 debut album from the gangsta rapper.

>Jesse Malin
– The Fine Art Of Self Destruction [2002] 2xLP+MP3 (One Little Indian)
Originally released in 2002, Jesse Malin's classic Ryan Adams-produced solo debut has been reissued as a limited run on double vinyl with new sleevenotes by The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon. The second LP adds 11 more tracks originally demoed for the record at Electric Lady studios, only four of which made it to the final version – which gives an insight into the quantity and quality of material to hand at the time.

>John Mayall
– Find A Way To Care LP (Forty Below)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl. New album from the blues rock legend. John adds harmonica on two songs as well as a classic guitar track reminiscent of Huber Sumlin or Muddy Waters on the latter's legendary “Long Distance Call.” He is joined by his killer touring band, Rocky Athas (guitar), Greg Rzab (bass) and Jay Davenport (drums).

– Polysemy LP+MP3 (Sumerian)
Released last November on CD – now available on limited edition clear colored vinyl. Mestis is world renowned guitarist Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders)
. Polysemy is a ten track offering showcasing Reyes' vast musical diversity and features an intriguing variety of instrumentation and assistance by highly acclaimed musicians (Matt Garstka also of Animals As Leaders, Joe Lester of Intronaut, and Mario Camarena and Erick Hansel of CHON).
>Lee Michaels
- Heighty Hi: The Best Of Lee Michaels LP (Manifesto)
Released last November on CD – now available on vinyl. 20 of his biggest hits from Michael’s A&M years.

– Remainder 10” (Mute)
A collection of remixes of the title track by Moderat, the collaborative project from Modeselektor and Apparat.

– Bona Drag [Reissue/1990] 2xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Limited HQ-180gm audiophile vinyl LP pressing.
Bona Drag is a compilation album by Morrissey originally released October 1990. The album features an array of Morrissey's most popular songs from his early solo career, most of which had not been released on any previous album.
>Gerry Mulligan
– The Emarcy Sextet Recordings 5xLP (Mosaic)
The 1955-56 Gerry Mulligan Sextet was an outstanding ensemble on several levels. In Jon Eardley, Bob Brookmeyer and Zoot Sims, Mulligan found soloists with the same high degree of invention and melodic development that he possessed. The light buoyant swing of Peck Morrison and Dave Bailey without the weight of a chordal instrument was inspiring to the soloists and a joy for the listener. But the most compelling characteristic of this sextet was Mulligan's ability to write brilliant arrangements for a small group that possessed the drive and intricacy of a big band.

>Nothing But Thieves
– Nothing But Thieves LP (RCA)
Recently released on CD – now available on limited edition white vinyl. Hailing from Southend-on-Sea in Essex, England, Nothing But Thieves make passionate guitar-based rock that balances indie rock artfulness with a pop sensibility.

>Of Feather And Bone
– Embrace The Wretched Flesh LP (Good Fight Music)
Released last September on CD – now available on colored vinyl. “Of Feather And Bone are a three piece hardcore/power violence band based out of Denver. With their new album,
Embrace The Wretched Flesh, they are looking to make a statement, and if not a statement, a fist-sized hole in your head. With a 24-minute runtime over ten tracks, OFAB waste no time unleashing their ferocity on the listener with first track ‘Ordained In Fire,’ a blistering power violence track that offers not only pure speed and crushing blast beats, but chunky, heavy mosh sections as well, setting the stage for the album to come.” – New Noise Magazine
>Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & The Upsetters
– Return Of The Super Ape [Reissue/1978] LP (Cleopatra)
Limited edition blue colored vinyl pressing of Lee "Scratch" Perry's immortal 1978 Lion Of Judah-produced classic.

>Polar Bear
– Peepers [Reissue/2010] LP+CD (Leaf)
Vinyl reissue of the the fourth album from this outfit led by percussionist Sebastian Rochford. Categorizing Rochford poses problems. Jazz is at the heart of his work, yet his understanding of and engagement with a wide range of genres are such that it's impossible to shoehorn his recordings into neat and tidy boxes.
Peepers sounds very close to a live Polar Bear performance. One of a series of ten landmark albums, reissued on vinyl to celebrate The Leaf Label’s 20th year. LP includes original CD album in miniature Leaf 20 design card wallet, Leaf catalogue inner sleeves and spot varnished Leaf 20 logo on front cover.
>Red Hot Chili Peppers
– Live [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (WB)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You [Reissue/2011] 2xLP (WB)
Back in print on vinyl! (
Live has been repressed on limited edition grey marble colored wax.)
>Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto
– The Revenant [OST] 2xLP (Milan)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “In Alejandro G. Iñárritu's new film
The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio plays frontiersman Hugh Glass as he, his son, and his hunting team raid Native American land in 1832. After DiCaprio is unexpectedly mauled by a bear, the crew buries him, murders his son, and abandons their bodies, continuing the journey unaware that DiCaprio escaped the grave to seek revenge. Calling The Revenant ‘intense’ doesn't begin to do it justice; among other things, it's a meditation on the unholy perseverance of the human soul. Yet its soundtrack—co-created by Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, German electronic musician Alva Noto, and multi-instrumentalist Bryce Dessner of The National—wisely opts to complement that savagery rather than illustrate it.” – Pitchfork
>Frank Sinatra
– Ring-A-Ding Ding! [Reissue/1961] LP (Reprise)
Frank Sinatra – That’s Life [Reissue/1966] LP (Reprise)
“Sinatra Warns Russkies To Knock It Off. Singer Gives Kruschev 24 Hours To ‘Drop That Commie Bunk Or It’s Ring-A-Ding Ding For You Bozos. Calls Soviet Premier ‘World-Class Knuckle Head.” – The Onion/
Our Dumb Century July 17, 1963
>Sonic Youth
– Goo [Reissue/1990] LP (Geffen)
Sonic Youth – Dirty [Reissue/1992] 2xLP (Geffen)
Sonic Youth – Washing Machine [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (Geffen)
Sonic Youth – Diamond Sea [Reissue/1995] 12” (Geffen)
The latest batch of Sonic Youth vinyl reissues, now available.

– Fiddler On The Roof [Reissue/1964] LP (Razor & Tie)
Soundtrack – My Fair Lady [Reissue/1956] LP (Razor & Tie)
Soundtrack – West Side Story [Reissue/1961] LP (Razor & Tie)
You now have two choices when it comes to purchasing the Original Broadway Cast Recordings to these classic musicals on vinyl: either used via the dollar bin,
or as a crisp, fresh, virgin-pure new copy courtesy of Razor & Tie’s mind-boggling reissues.
– Rubble Kings: The Album 2xLP (Mass Appeal)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Rubble Kings tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, during the gang era of NYC and how their actions impacted the city and the world over by planting the seeds to what would become hip-hop culture. The soundtrack was produced by long time Run The Jewels collaborator, Little Shalimar, and features contributions by Run The Jewels, Killer Mike & Bun B, Mr Muthaf*kin Exquire, Ka, Roxiny and others. Grey/white marbled colored.
– Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory [Reissue/1971] LP (Geffen)
Vinyl reissue of the original score written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse.

– Digitonium 2xLP (Techne)
Turkuaz – Stereochrome 12” (Techne)
“It’s hard to listen to a Turkuaz record and not feel instantly transported back to the ‘70s—to that time when there was an all-consuming conflation of funk and disco, and everything seemed to glitter. This Brooklyn-based collective would never deny such influences—as their discography shows so far, they fully embrace the past…” -- Relix

>Various Artists
- CiTR Pop Alliance Compilation, Vol.4 LP (Mint)
From the liner notes: “Another two years, another
CiTR Mint Pop Alliance. We’re pushing the limits of ‘pop’ with this one, so kick back on your sofa, chair, bed or whatever it might be and get ready to be jarred right out of it again. Pop/rock, pop-punk, indie pop, folk pop...underground dance pop? Well, so much for terminology, suffice it to say there are some sounds here. Sounds from machines, sounds from human beings. Songs from old friends and songs from brand new artists who are doing their best to help keep Vancouver an exciting place to live.”
>Various Artists
– Jade Tree: Twenty Five Years LP (Jade Tree)
“25 years of Jade Tree. When Tim Owen asked me to become his partner in the label in 1990, neither he nor I thought that Jade Tree might last this long. As young adults we had dreams that Jade Tree would develop into a label that would not only mimic our mentors, but also eventually impart our own unique brand into the sphere of independent music. With the premise that Jade Tree do nothing more than represent the fickle tastes of Tim and I without focusing on any particular genre, geography or belief system, we forged ahead. Looking back, Tim and I believe Jade Tree has made the impact that we had hoped to make twenty-five years ago. This record is a small document of the label and the artists who have helped Jade Tree achieve that dream over the years.” Includes tracks by: The Promise Ring, Pedro The Lion, Strike Anywhere, Denali, Kid Dynamite, Joan Of Arc, From Ashes Rise, F**ked Up, Swiz, Lifetime, Cap’n Jazz, Paint It Black, and Jets To Brazil.

>Various Artists
– Michigan Nuggets [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (Belvedere)
For vinyl collectors of artifacts from 1960s Michigan, the holy grail is
Michigan Nuggets, an impressive double LP containing 31 cuts from some of the biggest Detroit-area garage band local hits of the era.
– Here Comes Washer LP+MP3 (Exploding In Sound)
“Washer finds a happy medium between the pop sensibilities you may find in the late ‘90s—early 2000’s punk scene and the fuzzy, slightly-math-rock influenced work of their EIS peers.” – Post-Trash
released 19 FEBRUARY 2015
>CDs + Vinyl:

Adept – Sleepless CD (Napalm)
These Swedes have been around since 2004, creating a diverse brand of post hardcore/metalcore.

>After The Burial
– Dig Deep CD (Sumerian)
Fifth studio album by the deathcore/prog metal band.

>Aluk Todolo
– Voix CD (Ajna Offensive)
This rhythmic, dissonant instrumental trio burrow into dark avenues of occult rock. They began working on
Voix after the release of their previous album in 2012. It’s one piece divided in six parts, composed as a multi-directional labyrinth with a constantly changing map. The focus this time is on precision, the space between the notes and beats, articulations, pulse, breath and resonances.
>Animal Collective
– Painting With CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
“Animal Collective’s tenth album,
Painting With, reunites the Merriweather lineup of Lennox, Portner, and Weitz, with Josh Dibb (a.k.a. Deakin) sitting this one out for a side project of his own. Built around modular synths and eccentric percussion instruments, it’s definitely in line with the group’s style. But one reference point tending to crop up in interviews now is the Ramones; stripping away any husk of reverb or ambient interludes for the very first time, the 12-song, 41-minute set distills Animal Collective’s sound to a potent, hypercolor dose. It’s poppier, in a characteristically warped way, than even Merriweather, the group’s most popular album to date. That’s down to the record’s rarely wavering energy; subtle details abound in the interplay between Lennox and Portner’s near-indistinguishably overlapping yawps, or in the giddy, ping-ponging sonic backdrops, but that’s all a bonus when the songs bounce along like Tigger in a 5 Hour Energy ad.” – SPIN
>BJ The Chicago Kid
– In My Mind CD (Motown)
In My Mind’s 15 tracks spin a cinematic narrative of sex, drugs, love, and Chi-Town soul. His croon cruises from a sexy come-hither on “The Resume” to the swaggering, yet guilty confession “I got church in the morning” of “Church” (feat. Chance The Rapper). The funkified gospel swoon and scratching of “The New Cupid” sees BJ reunite with longtime collaborator Kendrick Lamar for a different kind of love song declaring, “Cupid’s too busy in the club.” The snappy beat of “Man Down” [feat. Buddy & Constantine] tempers a strut through the hood with organ swells and a haunting chant. The delicate piano of “Shine” gives way to a heavenly refrain, and “Turnin’ Me Up” leaves off with victorious hands in the air.
>Seth Bogart
- Seth Bogart CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Burger)
Debut solo album (under his given name) from the L.A. renaissance man features a guest appearance by Katherine Hannah on the track “Eating Makeup”. Other guests include Tavi Gevinson, Cherry Glazerr, and Chela. “Seth Bogart used to be a hairdresser. He spent close to a decade working on clients in the Oakland area. Even after he moved to Los Angeles about four years ago, he traveled back to the Bay Area for occasional appointments. Eventually, he was able to put down the scissors, but memories of the salon have stayed with the musician and artist better known as Hunx, from his bands Gravy Train!!! and Hunx And His Punx. As Hunx, he made a 2012 solo album called
Hairdresser Blues that was accompanied by a commercial featuring lots of hair and hand-decorated cans of cream and goop. In Bogart's work, the remnants of salon life mix with objects of musical obsession.” – L.A. Weekly
>David Bragger
– Big Fancy CD (Old Time Tiki Parlour)
21 tunes played on a variety of instruments including fiddle, banjo, guitar, bagpipes & pump organ.

>Tracey Bryant
– Subterranean CD/Cassette (Burger)
“Tracy Bryant, frontman and founder of L.A.’s post-punk experimentalists Corners, debuted his first solo effort in 2014, the split cassette with Billy Changer, appropriately called
2 In 1. Since then, Bryant has been busy mastering and touring with Corners, or so we thought. In January of 2015, Bryant escaped to the Arizona desert to start working on his next album Subterranean with a little help from The Resonars’ Matt Rendon. Cut live with Froth’s Joo-Joo Ashworth and Jeremy Katz, and drummer Cameron Gartung of Mystic Braves, the album was his way of exploring musical boundaries and elaborating on his own prolific style” – What Youth. Vinyl edition due April 15.
– Surgical Steel & Surgical Remission/Surplus Steel 2xCD (Nuclear Blast)
This double-CD set contains a pair of releases from extreme metal icons Carcass.
Surgical Steel is Carcass’s 2013 studio that featured the first songs they recorded since reforming in 2007. The Surgical Remission/Surplus Steel EP contains songs that were recorded during the Surgical Steel sessions.
>The Cave Singers
– Banshee CD/LP+MP3 (Jagjaguwar)
Banshee brings The Cave Singers back to their original three-piece lineup and also their approach to songwriting: an exchange of Derek Fudesco sending lead vocalist Pete Quirk a riff and Pete responding with vocal ideas. From there, the songs come together. Driving guitars, foot-tapping percussion, and Quirk’s powerful vocals make an intricate quilt that blankets the audience in comfort, aggressively communicating a gentle reminder: we are soft bodies trying to survive with one another.

>Cavern Of Anti-Matter
– Void Beats/Invocation Trex CD/3xLP+MP3 (Duophonic)
Cavern Of Anti-Matter is the new band from Stereolab mainman Tim Gane, now Berlin-based and collaborating with original Stereolab drummer Joe Dilworth, and synth wizard Holger Zapf.
Void Beats/Invocation Trex features contributions from Bradford Cox (Deerhunter/Atlas Sound), Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3), and Jan St. Werner (Mouse On Mars/Lithops).
>Cemetery Filth/Ectovoid/Sabbatory/Trenchrot
– 4 Doors To Death CD (Unspeakable Axe/Dark Decent)
“I love a good split release. They're a short, usually inexpensive way to discover new music and support your favorite artists in between bigger releases, and sometimes you strike gold. Unspeakable Axe's upcoming
4 Doors To Death full-length split offers an excellent collection of modern death metal, and fans of both Horrendous and Chthe'ilist will find something to satisfy (though those seeking singalong choruses or In Flames worship would do well to look elsewhere). There are no weak links or disposable tracks, which says quite a lot about the quality of bands herein.” – Noisey (Music By Vice)
>Choir Of Young Believers
– Grasque CD/LP+MP3 (Ghostly Int’l)
Having been inspired by everything from experimental electronic music to Danish '80s and '90s pop, to modern hip-hop and R&B to techno and Westcoast slow jams, Choir Of Young Believers' Jannis Noya Makgrigiannis had made a new, imaginary band in his head called Grasque to reflect those influences.

– 1969-1971: The Ansonia Years CD/LP (Vampisoul)
The best recordings from a trio of albums by the the famous Puerto Rican/Afro-Cuban percussionist and bandleader – a leading ambassador of bomba and Plena music since the '50s until his death in 1982.

>Robert Crumb/Eden Browler/John Henehgan
- John’s Old Time Radio Show 2xCD/3xLP (East River Music)
ohn's Old Time Radio Show is a compilation of John Heneghan's podcast of the same title. This never before released episode features legendary comic artist/record collector Robert Crumb and East River String Band front woman Eden Brower. Robert Crumb and John Heneghan play 78 rpm blues, country, Hawaiian and pop records from their fabulous collections and then along with Eden discuss music, philosophy and the state of the modern world. The record contains some of the greatest forgotten music of the early 20th century including songs by Frank Stokes, Beans Hambone, Piper's Gap Ramblers, Bukka White, Nelstone's Hawaiians, Pigmeat Pete & Catjuice Charlie and many others.
>Miles Davis
– Live In San Juan ’89 CD (Hi Hat)
By the late '80s Miles Davis had radically overhauled his style yet again, incorporating prominent synthesizers and using an ever-changing cast of young backing musicians. This remarkable set took place in the intimate setting of the Coach House Concert Hall in San Juan Capistrano, California, on June 15, 1989, and was broadcast on American Public Radio. It features just two tracks, a tribute to Jaco Pastorius from Davis's 1989
Amandla album and the title-track from 1986's Tutu.
– Lunar Prelude CD (Napalm)
New album from the Dutch symphonic metal band.

>DJ Katapila
– Troto CD/LP (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
DJ Katapila makes Ga traditional music using electronic sounds instead of live percussion to create his own kind of what he calls house music. In the context of Ghana's pop music landscape, Katapila's music is singular. The uptempo, bass-heavy, Roland 808-rooted sounds echo early 1990's Detroit techno and Chicago acid house more than the contemporary hiplife productions blasting across Ghanaian airwaves currently.

– Tales From The Morgue [Reissue/2010] CD (Dark Decent)
Reissue of the second album form the Swedish death metal band.

– She Sleeps, She Sleeps CD (Rune Grammofon)
Fire! Is a Swedish trio comprising Mats Gustafsson (The Thing), Johan Berthling (Tape), and Andreas Werliin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums), which came together with the idea of a fresh approach to improvised music drawing upon a number of influences from free jazz, psychedelic rock, and noise.

>Jack Garratt
– Phase CD (Interscope)
Winner of the 2016 BRITs Critics Choice Award, Jack Garratt is a London-based multi-instrumentalist songwriter who combines elements from the alternative and electronic genres for a unique sound and live show. “Worry And Water” from his 2014
Remnants EP gained heavy traction online and tipped him as Zane Lowe’s Next Hype, which he followed up with “The Love You’re Given” and “Chemical” from his Synesthesiac EP in early 2015 to acclaim. He recently released Weathered (added to BBC A List for four weeks) and Breathe Life from his forthcoming debut album Phase, which builds on his genre-bending sound and will tip him for ones to watch in 2016. Vinyl version due April 29.
– Die Alone CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Hardly Art)
Gazebos rages against the forces of post-millennial, pre-midlife anxiety and
Die Alone is the soundtrack. Given the band's collision of interests, Die Alone's manic diversity makes perfect sense. These songs are patchworks of parts conceived individually as demos and woven together collectively during sessions in guitarist T.V. Coahran's basement—which is also where the album was recorded on 8-track with Seattle garage-rock guru Kurt Bloch as engineer. No song sounds like another and yet the album sustains a dizzying, alluring vibe. It hits you right from the start: Is that vocalist Shannon Perry singing backwards on opener “Just Get High”? Her vocal delivery is bewitchingly unpredictable, the band stretching the song around her like bubblegum. “I Don't Wanna Be Here” is the album's punchiest track, clocking in at two minutes thirty seconds, Perry venting some serious girl-power angst; dig the woozy flange on TV Coahran's guitar throughout.
>Stan Getz
– Moments In Time CD (Resonance)
Stan Getz/João Gilberto – Getz/Gilberto ’76 CD/LP (Resonance)
Newly discovered music by the Stan Getz Quartet featuring pianist Joanne Brackeen, bassist Clint Houston, and drummer Billy Hart, recorded live in 1976 at the famed San Francisco jazz club Keystone Korner. Captured during a week of performances with the legendary bossa nova innovator João Gilberto, these instrumental recordings document the only time this uniquely adventurous configuration of the Stan Getz Quartet recorded together.

>Golden Daze
– Golden Daze CD/LP+MP3 (Autumn Tone)
Formed by Ben Schwab and Jacob Loeb, Golden Daze is a collaborative songwriting duo. Inspired by ‘60s melodic rock and contemporaries like Cass McCombs and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Golden Daze drenches their straightforward earthly pop tunes in ethereal drones and tape flutter.

>Skylar Gudasz
– Oleander CD (Daniel 13)
A native of Ashland, Va., Gudasz started playing flute at age 5. Her brother taught her to play guitar in elementary school, and she began learning piano on her own a few years later. “With guitar and piano, I was too impatient with authority to listen long enough to learn how to properly play, so I worked my own way through them.” Such individualism helped shape her distinctiveness as a songwriter from the outset. Gudasz studied theater and creative writing at the University of North Carolina, then stuck around in Chapel Hill and Durham post-college after connecting with some of the areas most promising young musicians. Early work with the likes of producer Jeff Crawford (Old Ceremony) and bassist Casey Toll (Mount Moriah) resulted in the 2011 EP
Two Headed Monster and a follow-up of B-sides. Together, they served notice of a major new voice in the N.C. Triangles music community.
>Nigel Hall
- Ladies And Gentlemen... Nigel Hall CD (FEEL Music)
Soul provider Nigel Hall is in many ways an artist who needs no introduction. An in-demand sideman, he’s built a mighty foundation of funk over the years onstage and in the studio with collaborators including the Warren Haynes Band, Jon Cleary, Soulive, Oteil Burbridge and Roosevelt Collier, Ledisi, the Soul Rebels, Lettuce and countless others.
Ladies & Gentlemen... Nigel Hall presents a blend of original songs and covers that evoke the timeless sounds of soul and R&B in a contemporary setting. Eric Krasno produced the record and shares songwriting credits on many of the tracks with his fellow Lettuce cohort. Kraz also appears on the album along with ?uestlove, Ivan Neville, Charlie Hunter, James Casey, Maurice Brown, and members of Lettuce.
>John Holt
– 1000 Volts Of Holt [Reissue/1973] CD (Trojan)
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the reggae great's classic 1973 album, expanded with six bonus tracks.

>John Lee Hooker
– The Great John Lee Hooker [Reissue/1963] CD (Southern Routes)
This disc reveals Hooker’s innate power in all its high-voltage, soulful glory. These 26 classic recordings from the late- ‘40s and early- ‘50s ably demonstrate the majestic artistry which kept him at the blues forefront for the next five decades. This is stuff that profoundly altered the course of popular music, anticipated rock & roll and inspired generations of guitarists to reach out for a chance at conjuring one small shred of the almost mystical, downright hypnotic and profoundly compelling blues truths that came so easily to John Lee Hooker.

>Lightnin’ Hopkins
– Lightnin’ And The Blues [Reissue/1954] CD (Southern Routes)
These 30 tracks, comprising the original
Lightnin’ And The Blues LP and additional songs he cut for Herald Records in April 1954, qualify as the ultimate showcase for Hopkins prodigious blues power. Lightnin’ didn’t just sing the blues, he embodied them; his mesmerizing electric guitar doesn’t just walk and talk it howls, growls and testifies, coiling up and striking out with stinging precision.
– Microphones And Sofas CD (Tru Thoughts)
Inspired by '90s jungle and ragga MC's,
Microphones And Sofas offers up a reggae and Future dancehall mix which pays its dues to a deep history of sound clash battles and cites current political issues which are hammered home by a forward-thinking future-bass sound and quick-witted and conscious lyrics.
>Wendy James
– The Price Of The Ticket CD/LP (Wendy James)
Wendy James’ (Transvision Vamp) sophomore solo album was recorded with Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group) on guitar, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) on bass and James Sclavunos (Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds) on drums.

>Jóhann Jóhannsson with Hildur Guðnadóttir and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
– End Of Summer CD+DVD (Sonic Pieces)
End Of Summer captures Jóhann Jóhannsson's journey to the Antarctic Peninsula to discover the calm scenery of a landscape changing seasons, barely influenced or even noticed by humanity. The Super 8 film is a comforting study of a peaceful setting in one of the most crucial and endangered areas of our planet. Accompanied by rich and detailed field recordings of the surroundings, this footage forms a perfect foundation for Jóhannsson's musical compositions, performed together with fellow musicians and friends Hildur Guðnadóttir and Robert A. A. Lowe. The varying use of cello, voice, synthesizer, and electronics creates a listening experience that reflects both the vast beauty of the quiet scenery and the necessary caution of its inhabitants.
>Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra
- All My Yesterdays: The Debut 1966 Village Vanguard Recordings 2xCD (Resonance)
All My Yesterdays is the first official release of the opening night recordings of the mighty Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra at the legendary Village Vanguard in NYC on February 7, 1966 endorsed by the estates of Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and the Village Vanguard. This double-CD set also includes recordings from March 21, 1966, many of which have never been released before (although some of the recordings were unofficially exploited via a limited bootleg in 2000), and comes with an expansive 92-page book providing rare, previously unpublished photos, historic essays, interviews and memoirs.
>Jordan Klassen
- Javelin CD/LP (Nevado)
“The indie-pop performer's latest was tracked at Tornillo, TX's Sonic Ranch studio, with Klassen performing the bulk of the instruments and handling all production duties. The 10 tracks are described in a press release as being ‘among the most confidently and imaginatively arranged Jordan Klassen has ever recorded.’ On the lyric front, Javelin is said to have Klassen exploring his depression and his mother's battles with breast cancer. She is currently in remission. Sonically, parts of the set are apparently in the same wheelhouse as Enya, whom Klassen apparently heard a lot of during his formative years. ‘The record is a nod to the '90s new age music that I grew up with,’ he says. ‘My mom was really into Enya, and I wanted to explore some of those sounds in a very modern way. I wanted to really embrace ethereality.’” – Exclaim

>Ulrich Krieger
- /RAW:ReSpace/ 2xCD (XI)
Ulrich Krieger's
/RAW:ReSpace/ is the first ever experimental noise-metal saxophone solo album, changing and redefining how the saxophone can sound and what saxophone playing means. No saxophone player has ever dared to explore these uncharted outer realms of woodwind expression. RAW brings together noisescapes, electronica, death- and doom-metal approaches, and contemporary instrumental composition techniques, while ReSpace combines soundscapes of dark ambience and controlled feedback with a reductionist approach to create eerie ambient sound-fields. All sounds are saxophone-produced and performed live, with no sampling and no purely electronic sounds.
>Lake Street Dive
– Side Pony CD/LP (Nonesuch)
For their Nonesuch Records debut album,
Side Pony, Lake Stree Dive (drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael "McDuck" Olson) worked with Nashville-based producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Secret Sisters). Title track “Side Pony” refers to a whimsical hairstyle, but it also serves as a metaphor for Lake Street Dive's philosophy and personality as a band. As Kearney puts it, “When we were settling on the album title, that one just stuck out to us as embodying the band's spirit. We've always been this somewhat uncategorizable, weird, outlying, genre-less band. That's the statement we wanted to make with this record: be yourself.” Olson echoes her sentiment: “It has also come to mean anything you're doing for the sheer joy of it. We have always 'rocked our side pony.' Now we have a convenient phrase for it.” (Limited vinyl copies pressed on colored wax.)
>Travis Laplante
– Secret Meeting CD/Cassette (NNA Tapes)
Secret Meeting is the result of a collaboration betweenTravis Laplante (tenor saxophone) and Peter Evans (trumpet). Laplante and Evans are each devoted to creating multi-dimensional improvisational spaces, pushing their instruments to the edge in the service of a musical experience that travels beyond the realm of the mind. The deeply mysterious, epic improvisations on Secret Meeting points toward a seemingly ancient relationship between these two boundary-breaking improvisers. >Like Pacific – Distant Like You Asked CD/LP (Pure Noise)
Like Pacific is Toronto’s best kept punk rock secret.
Distant Like You Asked is the band’s first proper LP and is a great balance of aggressive punk rock and captivating melody. It’s everything that’s right with pop punk with a little bit more edge than some of their sugary peers.
– Ritualize CD/LP (Western Vinyl)
From the moment you hear the bristling boom-bap chorus on album-opener “Totally Mutual Feeling,” it's apparent that Lushlife's third full-length finds the Philadelphia rapper-producer at his most introspective. Themes of isolation and mortality permeate
Ritualize, a cinematic hour-long odyssey co-produced by enigmatic production trio, CSLSX (pronounced “Casual Sex”) and featuring contributions from Ariel Pink, Killer Mike, Marissa Nadler, RJD2, and more. With CSLSX at the boards, an entire universe opens up for Lush, where the pulsating Juno synths of '80s L.A. night music sit side-by-side with gorgeously propulsive indie-leaning jams, and low-fi soul burners too. The resulting LP is a post-blog-era joint that seems to exhale the whole of the 20th century in a single, fascinating breath.
>Gigi Masin/Alessandro Monti/
Alessandro Pizzin – The Wind Collectors / As Witness Our Hands [Reissue/1991] CD (Diplodisc)
A sumptuous 2+ hour collection of adult contemporary ambient music recorded in Padua, Veneto in Northern Italy between 1989 and 1990, including a lot of material made available for the first time. Spanning glistening electro-acoustic minimalism and heart-melting ambient pop along with moonlit solo piano expressions and loosely refined, hypnagogic new age experiments, they cross lines with everything from David Sylvian to Iasos and Brian Eno, and heck, i’ll say it, at times he definitely sounds like Sting, but, don’t let that dissuade you, because there’s a real tenderness and searching sehnsucht to their music that transcends all of the above.” – Boomkat

– Ultimate Care II CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Recorded in the basement studio of their home in Baltimore,
Ultimate Care II was constructed entirely out of the sounds generated by a Whirlpool Ultimate Care II model washing machine. Like its namesake, the album runs across its variations as a single, continuous 38-minute experience that starts with the grinding turn of the wash size selection wheel, and ends with the alert noise that signals that the wash is done. Between these audio-verité book-ends, we experience an exploded view of the machine, hearing it in normal operation, but also as an object being rubbed and stroked and drummed upon and prodded and sampled and sequenced and processed by the duo, with some occasional extra help from an ultra-local crew of guest stars (some of whom regularly do laundry chez Matmos). Dan Deacon, Max Eilbacher (Horse Lords), Sam Haberman (Horse Lords), Jason Willett (Half Japanese), and Duncan Moore (Needle Gun) all took part, either playing the machine like a drum, processing its audio, or sending MIDI data to the duo’s samplers.
>Pat Metheny/Charlie Haden/Jack DeJohnette
– Live Montreal ’89 CD (Hi Hat)
A remastered CD of Canadian radio broadcast live recordings from an explosive 1989 performance. Background notes and images are included.

>Monster Truck
– Sittin’ Heavy CD/2xLP (Dine Alone Music)
Monster Truck are a Canadian rock band from Hamilton, Ontario. The band won the 2013 Juno Award (Canada’s equivalent of The Grammys) for ‘Breakthrough Group of the Year’ with the release of their debut,
Feriocity. Sittin’ Heavy is the group’s second album. “Sittin’ Heavy is packed full of crowd pleasing, groove heavy, crunchy guitar riffs, blistering solos, and infectious rock numbers. Opening tracks include the ferocious ‘Why Are You Not Rocking?’ and ‘Don’t Tell Me How To Live,’ which sets the tone for the rest of the album. A few of the tracks have a retro feel as evidenced by the organ licks of Brandon Bliss, such as ‘She’s A Witch’ where Harvey proclaims, ‘that girl’s got a demon in her soul.’ The atmospheric opening to ‘Black Forest’ conjures up images of Led Zeppelin’s ‘No Quarter;’ at other times he could well be channeling the late great Jon Lord.” – National Rock Review
– Here Be Monsters CD/LP (Rune Grammofon)
Here Be Monsters started life as a commission for the centennial jubilee of the Norwegian Technical Museum in November, 2014. The music was written for the expanded version of Motorpsycho that features everyone's favorite keyboardist Ståle Storløkken (Elephant9, Supersilent, Terje Rypdal, etc.). Performed just once, this music clearly had more life in it, and while Ståle’s commitments meant he had to pass on making an album out of it, Bent, Snah and Kenneth have turned it into a full-blown Motorpsycho project.
>Michael Nau
– Mowing CD/LP (Suicide Squeeze)
“Appalachian singer/songwriter Michael Nau didn’t intend to make an album by himself. Recorded piecemeal on various back porches and down back roads in Burlington, Vermont, Nashville, and his home base of Cumberland, Maryland, his debut solo LP
Mowing came together in quiet moments of downtime between polishing earnest jangle-pop gems with his wife as Cotton Jones. ‘While You Stand,’ the album opener, has a similarly homespun texture without the sepia-toned production; it’s just Nau harmonizing with himself, hitting a reedy and resonant hum — surprisingly indelible for such a wisp of a song — that stays lodged in your ear long after its two minutes’ end.” – SPIN
– Endless Forms Most Beautiful [Tour Edition] CD+DVD (Napalm)
Deluxe CD+DVD Tour Edition of the symphonic metal band's 2015 album. The DVD features 11 videos.

– The Gamble CD/LP (R&S)
“Composer/producer Nils Frahm's latest album with his childhood trio nonkeen highlights that Frahm is best when he's having fun: proposing limitations but then pushing back against them when the musical moment seems to call for it.” – Pitchfork

>Buck Owens
– Buck ‘Em! The Music Of Buck Owens Volumes One & Two 4xCD (Omnivore)
20 years and 100 tracks spread across four CDs.

>Augustus Pablo
– Original Rockers [Reissue/1979] CD (VP) Roots reggae/dub man Augustus Pablo was first introduced to the wider (read: outside Jamaica) world in 1979, with the Original Rockers compilation. Pablo’s melodica sits well with the dubbed rhythms of these tracks. This reissue presents the whole lot again, this time with some rare and heavy extra cuts added into the mix. Vinyl version due March 18.
>Tyla J. Pallas
– A Treasury Of The King Outlaw: Doubloons And Diamonds Raided From 1995-2015 5xCD+DVD (King Outlaw)
Archival box set set from The Dog's D'amour frontman. If you don’t know who that is, you’re not alone. The Dogs D’amour is a glam rock band formed in London, England in July 1983 and broke-up around 1990, but briefly reformed in 2000 and again in 2012. Tyla has had an extensive solo career, and has toured with Alice Cooper.

– Anticosmocrator CD/LP (Hell’s Headbangers)
Firmly committed to the hellish climes of South American black/death madness, Perversor whip up a fury of filthiness and bestiality on
Anticosmocrator that could only come from the cult-metal cauldron of Chile.
>Burnell Pines
– Till The Day I Die CD (The Royal Potato Family)
The Catskill Mountains’ most notable contemporary bard, Burnell Pines, returns with his latest album,
Till The Day I Die -- a valentine to life in the land where The Band, Van Morrison, and Bob Dylan made legendary music. Burnell taps directly into that tradition with co-producer/drummer Justin Guip, Levon Helm’s three-time Grammy Award-winning producer and right hand man. He’s joined on the recording by keyboardist Marco Benevento, Rachael Yamagata and drummers Joe Magistro (The Black Crowes) and Robert Burke (Toshi Reagon). Vinyl version due April 1.
>The Pop Group
– For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? [Reissue/1980] CD/LP (Freaks R Us)
The Pop Group's arrival on the music scene in 1977 caused such a savagely radical commotion, that they are now seen as one of the most wildly innovative, groundbreaking bands of the whole post-punk era. With mystical fire, enraged by global injustices, the group delivered scathing political and society-indicting messages aboard an apocalyptic roller coaster, ferociously straddling their beloved influences such as free jazz, conscious funk, heavyweight dub and audacious experimentalism.

– The Heretic’s Bargain CD/LP (Drag City)
“Psychedelia and dark, wicked folklore has always found a special connection in musical ventures. Rangda is no exception: a supergroup comprising fellow Drag City signees Ben Chasny, Sir Richard Bishop and Cris Corsano, who have borrowed their group name from a Balinese demon queen, like a composite creature born from the inner depths of guitar picking. Though its structure remains pretty much the same as Rangda’s first album – just a few long, instrumental guitar and percussions jams –
The Heretic’s Bargain, released after four years of silence, takes the band a step further from what they were, with a fuller and more consistent sound, extremely fascinating in its lighter and wider psych approach that now includes a mix of world-folk and does away with vacuous virtuosity.” – Loud And Quiet
>Ra Ra Riot
- Need Your Light CD/LP+MP3 (Barsuk)
After being a band for a decade, it's easy to get disillusioned with the tedium of adulthood, but
Need Your Light, the fourth full-length from Ra Ra Riot, is the sound of a band being reinvigorated by their own existence. Correspondingly, the album sees the group—which originated in Syracuse but has now dispersed all over the country—getting back to their house party roots without abandoning the more-heady soundscapes they explored with 2013's Beta Love. The result is an album that's celebratory without being saccharine, and that sees the group collectively mining their prior experiences to craft something that looks toward the future with an optimistic gaze. “Ra Ra Riot’s journeyed state of identity—adapting to several lost members of the years, incorporating synthesizers to their original baroque pop sound—has managed to culminate in their most balanced record to date.” – Flood Magazine
>Blind Alfred Reed
– Appalachian Visionary 2xCD+Book+MP3 (Dust-To-Digital)
Born blind on June 15, 1880, in Floyd County, Virginia, Alfred Reed grew up on a West Virginia farm. In the 1920s, when radio became available in his area, Alfred listened to and enjoyed performances by several of the era's popular singers. Alfred would purchase songbooks and hymnbooks, and his wife Nettie would read the lyrics to him. Because the songs he learned from others did not always express aspects of what he was thinking, feeling, and experiencing, Alfred felt compelled to compose his own songs, and he was exceptionally talented in this endeavor - a craftsman with many things to say. Relying upon his talent to generate money, he gave music lessons, performed at dances and various social and church gatherings, sold printed copies of his own lyrics, and, in 1927 and 1929, made the commercial recordings included on this set. Hardcover 84-page book with CD and streaming/download code.

>Sam Riggs
– Breathless CD (Deep Creek)
“In the crowded field of independent Texan talents seeking to write, perform, and sell their own distinct takes on modern country music, occasionally a voice jumps above the fray. Or at least gets some serious traction on that uphill climb to being the sort of artist that can pack a venue, light up the radio dials and find their audience through some magical combo of talent, relatability, hard work and the best of luck. Austin musician Sam Riggs has been on that kind of trajectory lately, finding the sweet spot between the crowd-pleasing sound of modern country music and the sort of detail-oriented, personality-driven songwriting that makes his best songs among the more memorable ones to dominate Texas radio in recent years.” – Lonestar Music Magazine

>Carrie Rodriguez
– Lola CD (Luz)
A bilingual album by Carrie Rodriguez and The Sacred Hearts featuring guitarist Bill Frisell and guest vocalist Raul Malo. Inspired by 1940s-era recordings of her San Antonio-born great aunt Eva Garza, the bilingual album presents a collection of ranchera-inspired originals by Rodriguez in English, Spanish and “Spanglish,” coupled with Spanish songs written by some of her favorite Mexican composers. Backing band The Sacred Hearts features Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss on bass, Luke Jacobs on pedal steel and guitars, David Pulkingham on nylon string guitar and electric guitar and Brannen Temple on drums and percussion. Vocalists Raul Malo and Gina Chavez and Grammy Award-winning bajo sexto player Max Baca also make appearances.

>Dan Sartain
– Century Plaza CD (One Little Indian)
While Suicide and Alan Vega have long been acknowledged influences,
Century Plaza finds Sartain trolling the British synth-pop wave of ’80-’84 – particularly Depeche Mode – for inspiration. Vinyl edition due April 1.
– Misery CD/LP (Slovenly)
It is with great gusto that Slovenly Recordings thrusts the second LP from San Francisco’s Sraper squarely into the jaws of the desperate.
Misery is an exercise in simplistic, tightly controlled negativity that crushes the fine line between panic and frenzy into oblivion. A rapid attack of artillery-mimicking snare and bass heavy hunch is the canon, wrought in a Bay Area sewer and reveling in a verminous infestation of post-punk pulse: think Wire versus The Spits in a Shaolin death trap.
>The Shivas
– Better Off Dead CD/LP (K Records)
The Shivas -- typically versed in garage and surf and psych, pieces of
Nuggets and Pebbles, touring regularly with The Dandy Warhols and playing Austin Psych Fest -- have laid down Better Off Dead not with the raucous anarchy of the John Cusack movie of the same name, but instead with this lilting grace of static and radio waves from the past century falling all around, studying not the fuzzy chunks that fell off in the wake of the '60s psychedelic crisis.
>Simple Plan
– Taking One For The Team CD (Atlantic)
The multi-platinum band's fifth studio full length and first new album in five years.

>Sister Hazel
– Lighter In The Dark CD (Croakin’ Poet/Average Joe’s Entertainment)
As Sister Hazel’s lucky 13th album release,
Lighter In The Dark ties together the many threads that make up the band’s tapestry: the restless, road-hungry rush of “Fall Off The Map” and “Run Highway Run,” the deep-country dive of “Prettiest Girl At The Dance,” and the sentiment and swagger of “Take It With Me.” You can’t miss Darius Rucker’s voice on “Karaoke Song,” too.
>So Pitted
– Neo CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
“Based in Seattle and signed to Sub Pop, So Pitted don’t so much relive grunge’s heady days as rip up the formula entirely. In fact, the trio don’t remotely resemble their heroes. But it’s difficult to say exactly where their distorted, junk food punk stems from. Whenever debut LP
Neo swerves close to normality, these formula-shunners tear things to shreds. Opener ‘Cat Scratch’ is true to its title, a dastardly graze that won’t fade anytime soon. ‘No Nuke Country’ is frustration epitomized in ultra-disjointed form. So Pitted tend to find the rulebook, chuck it into dynamite before penning their own in smudgy, indecipherable shades.” – DIY
>Mavis Staples
– Livin’ On A High Note CD (ANTI-)
The soul and gospel music legend takes on a set of 12 original songs written exclusively for her by a group of fine songwriters, including: M .Ward, Ben Harper, Valerie June, Neko Case, tUnE-yArDs, Nick Cave, John Baptiste, Justin Vernon, Aloe Blacc, and more. Vinyl edition due April 1.

– From Farthest Known Objects CD/2xLP (Dynamic Tension)
“The UK producer Anthony Child, better known as Surgeon, traffics in toughness. He's long represented one of the most forbidding corners of the techno scene; just consider the name of his turbulent duo with Regis, British Murder Boys. But even at its most bruising, his music is marked by its formal inventiveness and formidable intelligence. With his new album, From Farthest Known Objects, he wades back into techno's roiled waters. All eight tracks employ four-to-the-floor rhythms, flickering triplets or 16th-note syncopations, and studiously greyscale atmospheres. There are no melodies, just gnarled one- and two-bar loops that wend their way across the tracks' blasted expanse like inchworms through radioactive ash.” – Pitchfork

>Steve Taylor & The Danielson Foil
– Wow To The Deadness CDEP/12” (Sounds Familyre)
New release from veteran singer/songwriter Steve Taylor. Opener “Wow To The Deadness” is the perfect example of their effortless fusion. Part eerie campfire sing-a-long, part bruised-up brawler, the song volleys from Taylor's exhortation to “let it slide to the other side” to Daniel Smith's ecstatic declaration, “We have a winner!” On “A Muse,” Taylor plays another glory hound clawing for his 15 minutes over acrid, clawing guitars. And “Wait Up Downstep” is a revved-up Boy Scout marching song, Smith alternating between mantra-like refrain and beautifully swooping verses.

- Love Yes CD/2xLP+MP3 (Carpark)
TEEN’s new album,
Love Yes, explores the disharmony and empowerment that both sexuality and spirituality can create within the modern woman’s psyche. Universal ideas of loyalty, pleasure, purity, power, aging, and love are confronted with a knowable specificity. There is a quality of wholesomeness, but also an edge—a kind of wise anger and electricity. “Love Yes feels like a culmination of the band's initial evolution, and [album track] ‘Tokyo’ signals another bold direction. A driving pop song built from churning synths, a rubbery bass line, and a swaying 6/8 waltz groove, it captures the group's stage-honed interplay, with all four members playing together live without multi-tracking. The chirping sounds and sterling voices on ‘Tokyo’ disguise an all-too-real story about a crumbling marriage and infidelity. Teeny Lieberson's lyrics take a dramatic leap forward as she analyzes the complexities of aging relationships, sensuality, and misogyny that all too often goes unchecked.” – NPR
– Always Coming From The Love Side 2xCD (Eremite)
NYC free jazz cooperative TEST was literally an underground favorite -- as part of the Music Under New York program in the 1990s, TEST was out on the street and subway platforms year-round, playing long-form unadulterated free jazz with an energy and creativity rarely encountered. Even on a scene known for strong personalities, these guys were renegade cats. Eremite heard and recorded TEST many, many times over a ten-year period;
Always Coming From The Love Side, a two-CD set from TEST's 1999 US tour captured live by Malachi Ritscher at Fred Anderson's Velvet Lounge just prior to Y2K (on November 13, to be exact), is right up there among the band's strongest and most memorable performances.
>True Love Always
– Return Of The Wild Style Fashionists CD (Teenbeat)
True Love Always solidified the definition of indie-pop in the late 1990s and early 2000s with their penchant for incredibly catchy melodies and bossa nova inspired pop music.
Return Of The Wild Style Fashionists is both their comeback and return to form. Between 1997 and 2003, the group released four studio albums and a singles comp and countless singles both on Teen Beat and also in Japan and Thailand. This mini-album from the world-renowned Charlottesville, Virginia band may remind folks of releases on the Slumberland label and may also bring to mind the Teen Beat bands Flin Flon, Versus, or Unrest.
>Doug Tuttle
– It Calls On Me CD/LP (Trouble In Mind)
New Hampshire-native Doug Tuttle (ex-MMOSS) presents the follow-up to his acclaimed 2013 solo debut self-titled album with
It Calls On Me. Eschewing the jittery, love-lorn anxiety of his first solo outing, It Calls On Me presents a decidedly dreamier journey through softer, sun-burnt landscapes, while still showcasing Tuttle’s trademark masterful guitar-work and his very own brand of impeccably-crafted, fractured psychedelic pop.
– The Wild Mercury CD/LP (WhiteSpace/MRI Associated)
Vandaveer is the song-singing, record-making, globetrotting project penned and put forth by folk-pop tunesmith Mark Charles Heidinger.
The Wild Mercury is their fifth album. “The opening track is nearly acapella. The mournful tenor is then joined by harmonies, drums, acoustic guitars, and then we arrive to where the fun begins. This album is folksy, country, and rootsy. They have crossed all of those throwback bridges and then lateral the football to the modern times touches of synth, and back to the past with pedal steel guitar accents. To attempt to pigeonhole this album into a single genre would be doing it a disservice. The only way I could classify it is as music from another era.” – Glacially Musical
>Various Artists [Eats Everything]
– Fabric 86 CD (Fabric)
A musical treat for lovers of all shades of house, from the classic to the modern. Kicking off with a classic Danny Tenaglia edit of The Ananda Project’s “Cascades Of Colour,” whose echoing, hypnotic vocals prove an attention-grabbing, nostalgia-tinged start to the 75 minutes. Expertly building pace, the mix takes in laidback deep house groover “Kaimanawa” by Cavalier and the darker “Nostalgia” by Peter Horrevorts, before the distinctive flute melody of Lauren Lane’s “Diary Of A Madwoman” is teased in. Forthcoming on the new Eats Everything album
Edible, it's the first of two special new tracks included on the mix.
>Various Artists [Moodyman]
– DJ-Kicks CD/3xLP (!K7)
!K7’s long-running mix series has invited Detroit’s freakiest MF to curate the latest instalment, following previous editions by Seth Troxler, DJ Koze and Actress. The charismatic Moodyman focuses on creating a “libidinous, blues-drenched mood” for his own
DJ-Kicks, combining soul, hip-hop and house. The 30-track CD versopm features 11 exclusive Moodymann edits. The vinyl release contains 19 tracks with Flying Lotus, Jai Paul and Les Sins all on the bill.
>Various Artists
– Desert Dances And Serpent Sermons CD (Ajna Offensive)
Eduardo Ramirez and his Black Twilight Circle horde of acolytes evoke from the arid, tumbleweed-strewn earth of Southern California a unique strain of esoteric, tribal, truly transcendental black metal of magical Mexican ancestry. This compilation serves as a good introduction to their scene, with new tracks by Volahn, Arizmenda, Shataan and Kallathon.

>Venetian Snares
– Traditional Synthesizer Music 2xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Timesig/Planet Mu)
An LP comprised of songs created and performed live exclusively on a modular synthesizer with no overdubbing or editing. “Each song was approached from the ground up and dismantled upon the completion of it’s recording. The goal was to develop songs with interchangeable structures and sub structures, yet musically pleasing motifs.”

>Wild Nothing
- Life Of Pause CD/LP+MP3 (Captured Tracks/Bella Union)
Life Of Pause is the new LP from dream pop songwriter Jack Tatum, aka Wild Nothing. “Opener ‘Reichpop’ provides the first indication of Wild Nothing’s new direction, with its multiple layers creating a tropical backdrop to Tatum’s airy vocals, which sound remarkably similar to the husky tones of Bombay Bicycle Club frontman Jack Steadman. It may not be a radical transformation – the dream pop label could certainly still be attached – but the natural evolution of the track is evidence of the freedom Tatum allowed himself. The same is true of ‘Lady Blue,’ where the underlying synths and repeated ‘ooohs’ give it a summery, cool swagger, before it breaks down into an infectious hook as Tatum sings ‘Can you wait for ever girl?’. The title track is also wrapped in a cloak of haze as the prominent synths reach their peak on yet another catchy chorus (‘How can we want love?’), while the funky bassline works seamlessly in the background.” – Music OMH
>Marlon Williams
– Marlon Williams CD/LP+MP3 (Dead Oceans)
Marlon Williams is a singer/songwriter and guitarist from Lyttelton, New Zealand. He has performed solo as well as with current backing group the Yarra Benders. He first came to attention as front-man of The Unfaithful Ways and has also performed and recorded as a duo with Delaney Davidson. William's music style straddles folk, country, soul, bluegrass and the blues. “As a former choirboy turned classical music student whose father was a member of a punk band, Marlon Williams was never going to make a conventional country-rock LP. Sure enough, the New Zealander’s solo debut is part Jeff Buckley, part early rock ‘n’ roll, as underlined by his cover of a Billy Fury song (‘I’m Lost Without You’). Williams’s voice is shown off best on another cover, the folk standard ‘When I Was A Young Girl,’ every second of which rings true. And while he doesn’t know quite where his strengths lie yet, tracks such as ‘Strange Things’ and ‘Lonely Side Of Her’ boast a ghostly, weathered quality.” – The Guardian

– Victorious CD/LP (UMe)
Fourth album from the Australian hard rock band. “Possessing a fun lightness (and brevity) that Wolfmother have sorely lacked,
Victorious is an eminently listenable record: ‘Simple Life,’ ‘Baroness’ and ‘City Lights’ are high-order stompers, while ‘Pretty Peggy’ and ‘Best Of A Bad Situation’ are a pair of bucolic Zeppelin III changes of pace.” – Rolling Stone
>Yo Gotti
– The Art Of Hustle CD (Epic)
Yo Gotti’s new album features the #1 Urban Radio single “Down In The DM” and boasts a killer collection of tracks which show off the Memphian's prowess in the hip-hop arena. Guests include Timbaland, Future, Lil Wayne and others. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds two bonus tracks.

>Zeitkratzer/Keiji Haino
- Stockhausen: Aus Den Sieben Tagen CD (Zeitkratzer)
The third collaboration between Keiji Haino, one of the most prolific artists of the Japanese experimental/noise scene, and the critically acclaimed Zeitkratzer ensemble, comprising stunning interpretations of Stockhausen compositions.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Abysmal Lord
– Disciples Of The Inferno LP (Hell’s Headbangers)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Lurking in the ghoulish swamps of Louisiana are the members of bestial metal quartet, Abysmal Lord. They dropped their
Storms Of Unholy Black Mass mini-album through Hell’s Headbangers last year, which I was fortunate to get the opportunity to introduce to Cvlt Nation fans. The guys are back with their debut full-length, Disciples Of The Inferno, and they prove on their latest that they have quite the admiration for bands like Proclamation and Blasphemy. More importantly, they up the intensity and tempo on most of their new material.” – Cvlt Nation
>Agnes Strange
– Strange Flavour [Reissue/1975] LP (Radiation Deluxe)
Originally released in 1975 on the BirdsNest label, the sole album by boogie stompers Agnes Strange is an obscure hard rock gem begging to be rediscovered. Formed in Southampton, UK, in the mid- '70s by Alan Green (bass), Dave Rodwell (drums), and John Westwood (guitar, vocals), Agnes Strange failed to reach any glory or fame, but their legacy of heavy rock riffs, raw leads, and tough attitude -- with a spacey Hawkwind-esque touch here and there -- helped them reach cult status among '70s rock fanatics.

– AMMMusic [Reissue/1967] LP (Black Truffle)
The first recording by these pioneers of electro-acoustic improvisation,
AMMMusic stands the test of time both as a remarkably prescient session and as an utterly powerful and deep piece of 20th century music. Drummer Eddie Prevost's superb and detailed liner notes document AMM's early history, including the confusion engendered not only in audiences and critics but even in the band members themselves, unsure if they were in a free jazz ensemble, a contemporary classical group, neither, or both.
>Roy Ayers
– Everybody Loves The Sunshine [Reissue/1976] LP (Polydor)
This is the 40th anniversary of Roy Ayers's 1976 album, pressed on yellow vinyl. The title track, is a quintessential song from the mid- '70s. The rest of the album contains Ayers classics such as the burning percussive funk of “It Ain't Your Sign It's Your Mind,” the spacey cosmic soul of “The Third Eye,” the bumping rubbery disco of “People And The World,” and the two horn-scorched closers “Tongue Power,” and “Lonesome Cowboy.”

>Bobby Bare
– The Moon Was Blue [2005] LP (Dualtone)
Bobby Bare's
The Moon Was Blue was produced by his son, Bobby Bare, Jr. as well as Mark Nevers (Lambchop, Calexico). The album stays true to his country roots with lazy waltzes and lap-steel but also incorporates distorted guitars, spacey atmospheres, strings, horns, and haunting background vocals. The result is a progressive country album that's rooted in ‘70s retro tradition.
>The Beach Boys
– Little Deuce Coupe [Reissue/1963] LP (Rumble)
Little Deuce Coupe is the fourth album from The Beach Boys. Featuring a small handful of Top 100 hits including the title cut, “Be True to Your School,” and “Shut Down,” Little Deuce Coupe is yet another early classic from Southern California's finest surf-rock outfit, showcasing Brian Wilson's further development into the full-fledged pop genius he'd soon become.
>Joshua Bonnetta
– Lago LP (Shelter Press)
Lago is an LP recording created in dialogue with the photobook of the same title by photographer Ron Jude. The two compositions revisit the sites of Jude's initial photographs in and around the Salton Sea in the Southern California desert, and use site-specific field recordings and analog processing to craft an aural counterpoint to the photographs themselves and the photographic process. Contact microphones and hydrophones were used to gather sounds from flora, desert refuse, architectural ruins, and the Salton Sea itself to create an expanded study of the acoustic ecology of the area.
>The Breeders
– Last Splash [Reissue/1993] LP (Plain)
Limited red vinyl reissue of The Breeder’s phenomenal 1993 album.

>Brood Ma
– Daze LP (Tri Angle)
Marking this as his debut on Tri Angle,
Daze is actually the third in a series of wildly ambitious and confounding albums Brood Ma has put his name to in the last few years, generating a good deal of intrigue and acclaim along the way. His first release Fission turned heads with its juddering, noisy take on EBM, while the follow up, Populous (reissued in 2014 by pioneering dubstep label Hemlock), signaled for many the arrival of a genuinely unique and intriguing talent, bolstered also by his affiliations with the endlessly fascinating and undeniably forward thinking Quantum Natives collective. By stripping back on some of the beat-suffocating distortion that defined some of his earlier work and by zeroing in on some of the more disorienting side effects of immersing oneself in trance and hardcore styles, Brood Ma has made his most radically club-oriented release to date on Daze.
>Don Cherry/Jon Appleton
– Don/Jon 7” (Cacophonic)
Rare, previously unreleased outtakes from electroacoustic pioneer and Synclavier developer Jon Appleton and experimental jazz outrider Don Cherry's controversial electronic jazz experiments, recorded during the sessions for their 1970
Human Music LP at the Bregman Electronic Music Studio at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.
>Jason Collett
– Song And Dance Man LP (Arts & Crafts)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Song And Dance Man,” the title track from Jason Collett’s sixth full-length album, finds the singer/songwriter back at center stage, with three-minutes-and-change and a story to sing. Featuring the bright production touch of Bahamas’ Afie Jurvanen, “Song And Dance Man” covers the trials and triumphs of the modern musician with poignant poetry: If you can tweet something brilliant, you got a marketing plan.
Song And Dance Man’s thirteen songs bear the wit and melody of classic Jason Collett: contemplative reflections on getting older, backed with an affinity for freewheeling ‘70s dance music. The album’s conspiring themes of love and loneliness, sun and shadows, are buoyed by its soaring sound. Each song rises into an easy, spacious groove, lead by Jason’s languid melodies and Afie’s sun-drunk bass.
>Mike Cooper
– New Kiribati [1999] LP (Discrepant)
First vinyl release of
Kiribati, the first installment in the acclaimed Ambient Exotica Soundscapes series by veteran English experimentalist Mike Cooper. The set is comprised of lap steel, electronics, prepared guitar, sampler, live environmental recordings (from Bali, Malaysia, Australia and Italy) and acoustic and electronic percussion.
>Elizabeth Cotten
– Vol. 2: Shake Sugaree [Reissue/1965] LP (Folkways)
Originally released in 1965 Elizabeth Cotten’s second album
Vol. 2: Shake Sugaree is another gem featuring her idiosyncratic, self-taught upside-down left-handed guitar playing, plus banjo. The song “Shake Sugaree” is a folk classic featuring her great granddaughter Brenda Evans on vocals. This is an absolutely essential collection from an American folk legend.
>Julee Cruise
– Floating Into The Night [Reissue/1989] LP (Plain)
Limited red vinyl reissue of Julee Cruise’s (
Twin Peaks) debut album.
– A Glimpse Of Another Time 7” (Damaged Goods)
New 7” EP from Billy Childish’s CTMF. The title-track is about the scene around Slim Chance's Club at London's Wild Western Rooms venue in the 1990s. Billy Childish's group Thee Headcoats used to play there monthly. “Ode To Citrus Heights” and “Throwback” are written and sung by Juju, while “SQ 1” is another Billy Childish composition.

>Danko Jones
– Live At Wacken 2xLP (UDR)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Featuring their 18-song 2015 set and various bonus material items spread across the formats,
Live At Wacken provides fiery bursts of energy, quirky alternative riffery and Jones’ own electric personality, one which has seen him become an independent commentator, spoken word artist and columnist for The Huffington Post. Bonus material includes a track-by-track commentary, an exclusive backstage interview with Jones and his spoken word performance from the 2012 Wacken Festival.
>Kevin Devine
– Put Your Ghost To Rest [Reissue/2006] 2xLP (Bad Timing)
Vinyl reissue of Kevin Devine's fourth studio album. Devine is a singer/songwriter and musician from Brooklyn, New York, who is known for melodic, acoustic songs with alternately introspective, and political lyrics. He is a contemporary member of the underground indie rock and indie folk musical scenes, and his influences range from older indie artists such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Elliott Smith and Pavement to more mainstream and well known acts such as Nirvana and Bob Dylan.

>Doctor L.
– Immigrant Forever LP (Comet)
Following his trilogy of
The Great Depression (2012), We Got Lost (2012), and Wisdom Of Life (2014), Doctor L (aka Liam Farrell) presents a limited vinyl edition of the best tracks from the trilogy. Sound-activist since 1990, Doctor L moves through musical galaxies like an incandescent comet, fusing '80s punk rock with hip-hop, electronica, and Afrobeat.
>Dub Spencer & Trance Hill
– Physical Echoes 2xLP (Echo Beach)
Swiss group Dub Spencer & Trance Hill have been releasing their musical visions and sound designs since 2006, approaching their numerous projects as pop soundtracks referencing the great names of the time, including The Clash, William S. Burroughs, Metallica, Genesis, Deep Purple, Falco, and others - all remix projects that have created a massive stir on the dub scene.
Their love of minimalist electronic dance music with epic endings reaches a climax on
Physical Echoes.
>The Duke St Workshop and Laurence R. Harvey
- Tales Of H.P. Lovecraft LP (Static Caravan)
Tales Of H.P. Lovecraft contains two stories (From Beyond (1920) and The Hound (1922)) by the king of cosmic horror, H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft laid the foundations of modern horror; without him the golden age of horror films in the late 20th century would have been very different. The setting is a perfect meeting ground for both actor and group, who bond over their mutual love of horror history. The artists approached the stories like screenplays to create a soundtrack in the mind to rival the narrative and visual thrust of film.
– Ahh… The Name’s Emotional, Baby! LP (Empty Cellar)
Emotional is the spiritual manifestation of songwriter, singer, director, and Death Records founder Brian Wakefield. Following his heroes Kate Bush, Gram Parsons, and The Smashing Pumpkins, Wakefield casts a spell of irresistible tangy guitar reverb, bending synths, and candid melodies. It is a pop record, it is a true story, and it is a testament to the modern state of feelings.

>Essaie Pas
- Demain Est Une Autre Neut LP (DFA)
The music of this Montreal-based electronic duo is vibrant and varied -- comparisons range from film soundtracks, electronic body music, disco, and minimal techno, with sensually-delivered lyrics exploring the themes of fantasies, obsessions, and the feeling of The Void.

>Foo Fighters
– Saint Cecilia EP 12” (RCA)
Recorded at its namesake the Saint Cecilia Hotel in the midst of the band's two headline sets at this year's Austin City Limits festival, Foo Fighters' five-song
Saint Cecilia EP is both a scrapbook of nearly forgotten moments in the band's 20-year odyssey and a heartfelt thank you to the legions of FF faithful who have made that journey possible.
– Maggot Brain [Reissue/1971] LP (4 Men With Beards)
Funkadelic – Cosmic Slop [Reissue/1973] LP (4 Men With Beards)
Funkadelic – Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On [Reissue/1974] LP (4 Men With Beards)
Funkadelic – Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic [Reissue/1976] LP (4 Men With Beards)
Limited colored vinyl reissues now available.

>Thee Headcoats
– Conundrum [Reissue/1994] LP (Damaged Goods)
Vinyl reissue of the garage rock kings’ long-out-of-print 1994 classic.

– Yume LP (Unseen Music)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl.
Yume takes its title from the Japanese word for dream and delivers an otherworldly ambient-electronic hybrid that's cinematic in scope yet intimate in emotion. In making the album, composer and multi-instrumentalist Keith Kenniff (the sole artist behind Helios) has created a warm sonic tapestry from luminous guitar lines, elegant piano work, ingeniously-crafted rhythms, and lo-fi electronic elements.
>Lightnin’ Hopkins
– Lightnin’ Hopkins [Reissue/1959] LP (Rumble)
Houston, Texas's favorite son Sam John Hopkins, better known as Lightnin', was recorded in 1959 by the legendary musicologist Samuel Charters, predating and predicting the folk-blues revival of the early '60s. Widely regarded as one of the finest acoustic blues albums ever,
Lightnin' Hopkins, originally released in 1959 on Folkways Records, established its hero as a legend.
>Billy Joel
– Greatest Hits Volume III [1997] 2xLP (Friday Music)
Limited edition HQ-180gm translucent gold vinyl LP pressing in a gatefold jacket.

>John Stuart Mill
– Forget Everything [1999] LP (Scioto)
In 1997, John Schmersal (Caribou, Vertical Scratchers, Enon, Brainiac) found himself without a band. Brainiac had broken up following the tragic death of frontman Tim Taylor, so he recorded a solo album on a 4-track machine at an old Masonic Temple in Kentucky. Released in 1999 on CD by SeeThru Broadcasting under the pseudonym John Stuart Mill, the title,
Forget Everything was an homage to Brainiac song of the same name. Shortly after its release, Schmersal went on to form Enon, releasing a series of acclaimed records that blend pop melody and electronic art rock. Largely ignored at the time, Forget Everything now stands as the missing link between Brainiac and Enon, and is available for the first time on vinyl.
>Johnny Moped
– Real Cool Baby b/w Never Never Time 7” (Damaged Goods)
English band Johnny Moped present “Real Cool Baby,” taken from their 2016 album
It's a Real Cool Baby (their first album since 1990's The Search For Xerxes). It's backed here with exclusive track “Never Never Time.”
>Chuck Johnson
– Velvet Arc LP (Trouble In Mind)
Chuck Johnson has cemented his reputation as a master of solo guitar with his critically acclaimed solo albums
Crows In The Basilica and Blood Moon Boulder perfecting his modernist style of American fingerpicking over the course of those two albums. Velvet Arc finds Johnson returning to territory he explored in bands like Idyll Swords and Spatula, utilizing an expanded lineup of like-minded musicians to augment his captivating guitar stylings.
>Khola Cosmica
- Khola Cosmica [2011] LP (New Records)
Hailing from Tokyo, Khola Cosmica is not your average “stoner rock” band. This brutal power trio plays some of the most extreme, psychedelic doom metal you can find. Long tracks featuring devastating, loud, in-your-face fuzz riffing, hypnotic drones, and dark atmospheres destined to destroy your mind.

>King Mud
– Victory Motel Sessions LP (Alive)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Los Angeles isn’t exactly a hotbed for blues rock — most would suggest journeying south for that — however, that didn’t keep King Mud from pulling together a record that sounds as though it was born deep in the Mississippi Delta.” – Consequence Of Sound

>Konstrukt & Peter Peter Brötzmann
- Message: Live at Kargart LP (Holidays)
A meeting with the giant. In this live session recorded in 2014, the Konstruct quartet's basic lineup reunites again with Peter Br
ötzmann, with whom they recorded the amazing studio albums Dolunay (2011) and Eklisia Sunday (2013). As the title states, all are invited to listen to the message hidden in these rhapsodic vibes, where the energy of an elephant stampede is channeled into a coherent structure of percussion (and the drumming here is absolutely mind-blowing), electric guitar, double bass, and two whirling -- but still clearly discernable -- saxophones.
>Gordon Lightfoot
– If You Could Read My Mind [Reissue/1970] LP (Friday Music)
Limited HQ-180gm audiophile vinyl repress of the 1970 album by the Canadian singer/songwriter.

– Creation LP (Drag City/Yoga)
Husband and wife team Johnima and Kalassu Wintergate are Lightstorm: globetrotting musical collaborators retransmitting messages of love from their teacher and Avatar Sathya Sai Baba. Since 1973, the Lightstorm discography has been issued under a variety of aliases (Creation Earth, 33 1/3, Teeth) unknown to all but the most obsessed vinyl casualties. Insofar as the irrepressible J&K are known at all, it’s for their twisted, ridiculously entertaining 1982 shot-on video horror-comedy classic
Boardinghouse. Creation fuses the best tracks from the spiritual concept double LP Who Am I: One (1977) and sensual glam rock killer 33 1/3 (1980, recently featured in the Enjoy The Experience private press book). Eleven pieces of riveting catchy, psych-glam-weirdness.
>Egisto Macchi
– Africa Minima [Reissue/1972] LP (Sonor Music Editions)
Originally released on Ayna Records in 1972 as a private pressing,
Africa Minima is the pinnacle of Egisto Macchi's rare LPs. Super rad percussive music, as minimal as it is experimental, created for an obscure late- ‘70s documentary.
>The Mahavishnu Orchestra
– Inner Mounting Flame [Reissue/1971] LP (Friday Music)
Limited HQ-180gm clear colored vinyl repress housed in a gatefold sleeve. Brilliantly fusing rock, jazz, blues and classical grooves into a masterful progressive work, the 1971 debut by Mahavishnu Orchestra (John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, and Rick Laird) is still amazingly fresh and innovative over 45 years after its initial release.

>Marching Church
– Coming Down 7” (Sacred Bones)
Marching Church, formerly an outlet for the mostly solo musical experiments of Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (Iceage, Vår), metamorphosed into a full band during the sessions for a 2014 LP on Sacred Bones,
This World Is Not Enough. The installation of a permanent supporting cast of collaborators did nothing to tame the project's wild spirit, and that record was an eclectic, eccentric mix of post-punk, improv, soul music, and more. With Coming Down: Sessions In April, Marching Church reaches even further afield, backing an intensely personal A-side with a fully instrumental 21-minute free jazz odyssey.
– White Walker 12” (Reprise)
Extremely limited 12” inch vinyl picture disc pressing. “White Walker” was released digitally last winter as part of the
Game Of Thrones mixtape Catch The Throne: The Mixtape, Volume 2. The B-side features an a cappella version of the single.
>Tift Merritt
– Bramble Rose [Reissue/2002] LP (Yep Roc)
Bramble Rose, the debut album by Tift Merritt, celebrates its 14 year anniversary with a deluxe reissue on limited edition vinyl with new artwork. The New Yorker has called Tift Merritt “the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry.”
– The Thrill Of Living LP+MP3 (Count Your Lucky Stars)
Mimisku hails from Denton, TX and play a style that mixes punk ala The Promise Ring, The Get Up Kids, and Texas Is The Reason.

>Marilyn Monroe
– Marilyn [Reissue/1962] LP (Rumble)
Released in 1962, the same year the Hollywood icon fatally OD’d barbiturates in her Brentwood home, this Marilyn Monroe release compiles her tunes from the classic musicals
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954), The River Of No Return (1954), and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). Performing songs from Hoagy Carmichael and Irving Berlin, Marilyn may not have been the most classically trained vocalist, but her voice is undeniably recognizable.
– Nantucket Sleighride [Reissue/1970] LP (Friday Music)
Limited HQ-180gm clear audiophile vinyl repress in a gatefold jacket. Includes 12" by 24" lyric/photo insert. After a blistering performance at Woodstock in 1969 and a great chart run with “Mississippi Queen” and their first album
Climbing!, Mountain roared back a year later with Nantucket Sleighride.
>The Neighbourhood
- Wiped Out! 2xLP (Columbia/Sony)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl.
Wiped Out! Is The Neighbourhood’s second album and follow-up to 2013's I Love You. The first single “R.I.P. 2 My Youth” – which is actually the last track on the album – blends rocky shades of Foals with minimalist hip-hop. The track is both playful and despairing: ‘I'm just telling the truth / You can play this at my funeral / Tell me sister don't cry and don't be sad / I'm in paradise with Dad.’ Speaking of the song to KROQ Los Angeles, the band said, “Sometimes your youth -- some people have it taken away from them earlier and some people get to wait a little longer before you have to grow up, but either way the world kind of hits you.”
– Whisper LP (Tragic Hero)
Propelled by aggressive dynamics, infectious melodies, and shimmering soundscapes, NIGHTS winds through grooves of jostling rhythm and guitar textures. Barreling past any specific genre, they combine ambient psychedelia and slicing guitar work with haunting, melancholic vocals to deliver chilling performances reminiscent of the early Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine.

– Restless Nights [Reissue/1971] LP (Radiation Deluxe)
Originating in Hatfield, UK, in 1967, Octopus released their lone LP,
Restless Night, in 1971 on the Penny Farthing label. Produced by Tony Murray of The Troggs, the album bridges the gap between '60s psychedelia and a harder-edged '70s sound, drawing on the obvious touchstones of the time including Lennon/McCartney, Argent/Blunstone, and the brothers Davies and Gibb. But Octopus had the songwriting and playing chops to make this album much more than an also-ran; with hooks galore, swirling organ, and fuzz-tone guitars, Restless Nights is a prime piece of early-'70s UK psychedelia that's rare as hen's teeth in it's original form. HQ-180gm.
>Charlemagne Palestine
– Godbear [1998] LP (Black Truffle)
The first vinyl release of Charlemagne Palestine's
Godbear, a 1987 solo piano recording originally scheduled to sit alongside Sonic Youth and Swans in the catalogue of Glenn Branca's Neutral Records but eventually released on CD by the Dutch Barooni label in 1998.
>The Paper Kites
– Twelvefour LP+MP# (Nettwerk)
Released last August on CD – now available on vinyl. Sophomore album from the Australian indie-folk outfit. The Paper Kites’ music has been featured on numerous television shows including ABC’s
Forever and Grey’s Anatomy, as well as The CW’s Reign. (Two pressings: transparent blue and limited glow-in-the-dark vinyl.)
>The People’s Workshop
– Houston Talent Expo ’82 [Reissue/1982] LP (BBE)
HQ-180gm reissue of a private press soul/boogie rarity. Formed in 1976 at Texas Southern University by Howard Harris, then the primary professor of music composition, The Peoples' Workshop began as a space for students to compose, perform and experiment outside the strictures of Western classical musical education, in an effort to accommodate students who showed enthusiasm to create music relative to their own realities. It arose to fill the needs of the young composers in the Houston area to find performers, artists and technicians to realize their works, for them to gain practical insight into performance, studio recording, stage presence and various production techniques, and to grant them meaningful exposure to the public and business side of the music world.
Houston Talent Expo '82 features all original compositions by members of The Peoples' Workshop, performed by musicians from Houston. Naturally, the songs vary in style, but they retain a sensibility centered around gospel, funk and soul. The lyrics deliver positive messages gleaned from struggle but true to the philosophy of togetherness that underpins The Peoples' Workshop.
>Madeleine Peyroux
– Careless Love [Reissue/2004] LP (Rounder)
Vinyl repress in a gatefold jacket. Madeleine Peyroux's 2004 critically-acclaimed sophomore album,
Careless Love, found the smoky-voiced singer at the top of her game, covering a diverse collection of songs by everyone from Elliott Smith to Hank Williams. Breakout track “Don't Wait Too Long” helped push her into the mainstream by topping the jazz charts and appearing in national commercial spots and film soundtracks.
>Picadilly Line
– The Huge World Of Emily Small [Reissue/1967] LP (Radiation Deluxe)
Originally released in 1967, this sought-after obscurity of British psychedelic pop is a delightful confection of high harmonies and a Beatles-via-California melodic sensibility. Twee in the best way possible, Picadilly Line was essentially the duo of Rod Edwards and Roger Hand (who would go on to greater fame as Edwards Hand, releasing two albums produced by George Martin), with help from the cream of the UK's session musician crop and some expert horn and string arrangers. With whimsical slice-of-life lyrics and a true ear for melody,
The Huge World Of Emily Small is a classic piece of UK pop-psych available again on LP for the first time since 2006.
>Iggy Pop/Tarwater/Alva Noto
– Leaves Of Grass LP (Morr Music)
German electronic artist Carsten Nicolai, aka Alva Noto, and instrumental duo Tarwater pay tribute to great poet Walt Whitman with an album voiced by Iggy Pop.

>Problem People
– Problem People LP (Tic Tac Totally)
Chicago's Problem People have quietly slummed in the ranks of numerous debauched bands while kindling this debut album for Tic Tac Totally Records. Sonically a range of melodic rock fronted by the poetic lyrics carried with a visceral and raspy delivery.

>Public Image Ltd.
– Second Edition [Reissue/1979] 2xLP (4 Men With Beards)
Another limited edition colored vinyl repress courtesy of 4 Men With Beards. The second album from John Lydon’s post-Sex Pistols group is widely considered to be their magnum opus. Combining such diverse influences as krautrock, dub, post-punk, and the avant-garde,
Second Edition is four sides of harsh and uncompromising, yet danceable, music. While not the immediate influence and sensation that Never Mind The Bollocks was, this record is certainly John Lydon's finest artistic achievement.
>Purling Hiss
– Something 7”+MP3 (Famous Class)
Mike Polizze, recording as Purling Hiss, has a fuzz-glazed output full of poppy pearls. On the
Something EP, Polizze returns to the original Purling Hiss approach, a vibe harking back to Lounge Lizards and Public Service Announcement. He has collected here four self-recorded tracks made at his home in Philadelphia on which he tackles all instrumentation, giving you a brief peek inside the power pop process.
>Red Hare
– Lexicon Mist 7” (Dischord)
Red Hare is Shawn Brown (Swiz, Fury, and the original-and-current singer of Dag Nasty), Jason Farrell (Swiz, Bluetip), Dave Eight (Swiz, Bluetip), and Joe Gorelick (Garden Variety, Retisonic). This 7” is the band’s first release since their debut full-length,
Nites Of Midnite (2013), and arrives as the group is completing work on its second album. The single contains two original songs and also a cover of the Lungfish composition, “Sphere Of Influence.”
‎– Pop-Paraphrenia..... [Reissue/1972] LP (Sonor Music)
Absolutely one of the best library LPs by Italian jazz pianist Oscar Rocchi. Totally killer jazz-funk vibes with outstanding Tullio de Piscopo drumming to die for, and Oscar Rocchi on Fender Rhodes and organ accompanied by his colleague Giancarlo Barigozzi on flute and soprano sax. A fantastic album, featuring the best jazz-funk breaks for samples on Side A and stellar experimental avant-garde jazz sounds on Side B. Psychedelic and moody, and as beautiful as it's original edition is rare. Some tracks were used in 1972 and 1973 as soundtracks for Italian TV shows.

>Secret Boyfriend
– Memory Care Unit LP (Blackest Ever Black)
Memory Care Unit is a long-form offering of poignant, isolationist machine music from Secret Boyfriend. Eschewing the cryptic and compact song-sketches that characterized his 2013 LP This Is Always Where You've Lived, Ryan Martin instead guides listeners through vast interior topographies and nerve-damaged ambiences that comfort and deceive like memory itself. Beginning with “The Singing Bile”—minimal synth submerged and subjected to an almost oceanic pressure—the tracks are mostly crude, extended live improvisations, recorded straight to tape.
>Self Defense Family
– Superior 12”+MP3 (Run For Cover)
On the new four-song EP, Self Defense Family presents some of its darkest material to date. Themed around the movement to make the Upper Peninsula the 51st state, this is cold winds over permafrost. This is Christian Death meets Death In June meets Death meets actual loss of life. It's Killing Joke in their Iceland apocalypse phase. If you could mainline 'bummer' this would be it. Features an etched B-side.

>Claudio Simonetti
– Demons [OST/1985] LP (Rustblade)
Limited green colored vinyl LP pressing of the original soundtrack to the 1985 horror film.

– The Wash [OST/2001] LP (UMe)
The soundtrack to
The Wash was produced by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. It was Dre's first compilation/soundtrack album. Artists include Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, D12, Bilal, Xzibit, Busta Rhymes, Bubba Sparxxx, and more. Part of UMe’s ongoing Respect The Classics vinyl reissue campaign.
>The Starting Line
– Anyways 7” (Downtown)
New three-song EP – The Starting Line’s first new music since 2007.

>John Tejada & Tin Man
– Acid Test 10 12” (Acid Test)
L.A.-born Vienna resident Tin Man (Johannes Auvinen) and Vienna-born Angeleno John Tejada present a four-track journey through the highways of Los Angeles. Opener “Swiftbox” is a perfect amalgam of Auvinen and Tejada's respective styles, with its tremulous 303, complex minor key melodicism, and deconstructed stabs. “Diamond Lanes” is another muscular acid cut with subtle, swinging percussion, layering widescreen pads and jacking snares, reimagined as a skeletal electro roller in Achterbahn D'Amour's remix. Closer “Deep Traffic” is a bugged-out acid cut that captures the feeling of sitting alone in a crowd of cars crawling toward eternal sunset.

>Thin Lips
– Divorce Year 7” (Lame-O)
Released last year on cassette, this four-song EP from the Philly pop/punk band is now available on vinyl.

– The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam LP (Brainfeeder)
Virtuoso bassist and singer/songwriter Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat returns to the Brainfeeder fold with his first solo material in two years. Mini-album
The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam finds Thundercat collaborating with the likes of Flying Lotus, Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood- Ferguson and Mono/Poly.
>David Toop
– Life On The Inside LP (Sub Rosa)
David Toop's environmental beauty
Life On The Inside is the audio companion (created and recorded in 2015) to French sculptor Pierre Besson's 2014 exhibition D'objets noires et de Choses carrees (Black Objects and Square Things). This 34-minute ambient track was diffused inside of the sculpture and has never been published before.
>Univers Zero
– Univers Zero [Reissue/1977] 2xLP (Sub Rosa)
Univers Zero's 1977 debut album, reissued as a double LP with a bonus track “La Faulx” spread over sides C and D. Long-running Belgian chamber rockers and avant-garde pioneers led by drummer and composer Daniel Denis, Univers Zero formed in 1974 with co-composer and guitarist Roger Trigaux (who left the band in 1980). This is their first album, recorded between August 2-5, 1977. The rhythmic energy and dissonant riffs, the distinctive sound of the bassoon and strings, and the tricky, fragmented time signatures make for a challenging and highly distinctive listening experience.

>Useless Eaters
– Temporary Mutilation 10” (Slovenly Recordings)
Welcome to the latest Useless Eaters installment in the Slovenly Recordings repertoire. Following the unrestrained pummel of 2014’s
Desperate Living 7”, and the strange cohesiveness of their Singles: 2011-2014 collection, the label presents you with this stark and weird new five-track 10” EP. Featuring the instrumental prowess of drummer Miles Luttrell from future Slovenly legends Scraper, Brendan Hagarty on bass, and recorded by Kelley Stoltz and mastered by Mikey Young, this release especially exemplifies singer/guitarist/leader Seth Sutton’s growth as a sonic craftsman—less concerned with “punk” as a sound while inevitably remaining punk, devoting himself to the development of unique noise.
>Various Artists
- Not The Same Old Blues Crap 3 [2004] LP (Fat Possum)
(First time) vinyl edition of the third volume in Fat Possum's
Not The Same Old Blues Crap series features thirteen tracks from Charles Caldwell, The Black Keys, Nathaniel Mayer, Iggy And The Stooges, Little Freddie King, R.L. Burnside, Thee Shams, Kenny Brown, Bob Log III, Grandpa Boy, T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour, and Robert Pete Williams.
>Various Artists
– Root Hog Or Die: 100 Songs, 100 Years – An Alan Lomax Centennial Tribute 6xLP (Mississippi)
In celebration of Alan Lomax’s 100th birthday, Mississippi Records presents this six-LP box set featuring 100 of his finest field recordings. Previously unreleased tracks by Bob Dylan, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Southern Drum And Fife Corps, Bill Broonzy, Rosa Lee Hill, Dennis McGee, Jean Ritchie, Shirley Collins, Bukka White, Vera Ward Hall, The Georgia Sea Island Singers, Son House and many more. 55 unreleased tracks in all on this set. Also features hard to find tracks by Skip James. Fred McDowell, Almeda Riddle, Duke Of Iron, Jeannie Robertson, Bessie Jones, Texas Gladden, and many more.

- Chocolate And Cheese [Reissue/1994] 2xLP (Plain)
Limited chocolate brown/cheese yellow vinyl reissue of Ween’s 1994 classic.

>Emily Wells
– Promise LP (Thesis + Instinct/Lefse)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Eighth album from the composer/multi-instrumentalist – “a soul record in baroque clothing… a pauper’s opera.” Wells’ songwriting combines electronics, orchestral strings, jazz structures, pop sensibilities, and vibrato-laden vocals into one eclectic package.

>Randy Weston
– African Cookbook [Reissue/1964/1972] LP (Pure Pleasure)
When this set was recorded in 1964, pianist Randy Weston had no luck interesting any label to release the music, so he came out with it independently on his tiny Bakton company. In 1972 Atlantic released the performances.

>Various Artists
- Why The Mountains Are Black - Primeval Greek Village Music: 1907-1960 2xLP (Third Man)
Now available on vinyl. Double-disc collection of primal and unhinged Greek village music that at times sounds more like free jazz or doom folk, feral and trance-like as it is. After years of research, fieldwork and collecting, Christopher King—Grammy-winning producer, sound-engineer, curator and writer—has gathered together from his private 78 rpm archive the most mind expanding and libido inducing song and dance music from the rural hinterlands of mainland Greece and its islands. Recorded between 1907 and 1960, this collection contains the first and the last—the alpha and the omega—of Greek demotika—or folk music.

>Young Thug
– Barter 6 2xLP+MP3 (300 Entertainment)
Limited double vinyl LP pressing of this mixtape, originally a digital-only release in 2015. Features appearances by Birdman, T.I. and Boosie.
released 12 FEBRUARY 2015
>CDs + Vinyl:

Anti-Nowhere League – Road To Ramtpon [Reissue/2007] CD (Cleopatra)
Reissue of the 2007 album from the raucous UK rabble rousers. Includes new artwork and two bonus tracks. New album due later this year.

>Marty Balin
– Greatest Love CD (Buckjoy Productions)
New solo album from the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship songwriter.

– Dark Charms CD (E1)
“Amongst the garage rawk acts and synth-pop duos of Echo Park is a coed collective known as Banta. Led by singer/songwriter Sharaya Mikael, the band channels a vintage soft rock vibe via smooth vocals, acoustic strums, and gentle grooves which often conjure an uncanny Fleetwood Mac likeness” – Free Bike Valet (A Beach City Music Blog). Vinyl edition due April 15.

>Michel Benita/Ethics
– River Silver CD (ECM)
“Michel Benita is the Algiers-born double-bassist who has been an influential recent collaborator with Andy Sheppard, but though
River Silver has a Sheppard-like songlike warmth, it’s a more world-folkish venture. It features the zither-like Japanese koto, atmospheric electronics (from another Sheppard sideman, Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset), and the mellifluous sound of Swiss flugelhornist Matthieu Michel.” – The Guardian
>Black Wizard
- New Waste CD (Listenable)
The Vancouver, BC riff master’s new album reeks of denim, leather, sweat, booze, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, and attitude. Vinyl version due March 12.

>Glen Brown/Various Artists
- Dubble Attack: The Original Pantomine Dee-Jay Collection 1972-74 [Reissue/1989] CD/LP (VP)
Glen Brown/Various Artists - Boat To Progress!: The Original Pantomine Vocal Collection 1970-74 [Reissue/1990] CD/LP (VP)
Glen Brown/Various Artists - Check The Winner: The Original Pantomine Instrumental Collection 1970-74 [Reissue/1990] CD/LP (VP)
Glenmore Brown is a reggae singer and producer who ran the Pantomine, Dwyer Records, The Rythm Master, and South East Music labels. Originally released by Greensleeves/Shanachie, these collections have been out-of-print for over 25 years.

>Jaimeo Brown Transcendence
– Work Songs CD (Motema Music)
Echoes of the past meet visions of the future on
Work Songs, the follow-up to Jaimeo Brown Transcendence's 2013 self-titled debut. From recordings of prisoners in Mississippi to stonemasons in Japan, the album brings renewed life to historical work songs through a mixture of powerfully evocative samples and new recordings. Comprised of drummer/producer Jaimeo Brown and guitarist/producer Chris Sholar, Jaimeo Brown Transcendence deftly weaves together the acoustic and the digital, compellingly connecting jazz and blues with contemporary rock, hip-hop and electronic music.
>Basia Bulat
– Good Advice CD/LP (Secret City)
Good Advice is the fizzing, phosphorescing new pop LP by songwriter Basia Bulat. Captured and produced by My Morning Jacket leader Jim James in Louisville, KY, it follows on 2013’s Polaris- and Juno-nominated Tall Tall Shadow and two years of tour-dates alongside acts like Sufjan Stevens, Daniel Lanois and Destroyer. Good Advice mixes classic, sterling songwriting with radiant, contemporary sounds – trembling organ, loose drums, lightning-rod electric guitar. These are 10 songs of desire and redemption, lit up with a bottle-rocket of liberated, faintly psychedelic sound. “Basia has something truly unique,” James says, “and her music was a truly extraordinary thing to witness.” Despite a shared love for classic gospel, soul and country, Bulat and James resolved not to make a throwback record.
>Buried At Sea
– Migration [Reissue/2003] CD/2xLP (War Crime)
Reissue of the debut from Chicago’s cult doom/drone band, Buried At Sea. Features new artwork by vocalist/bassist, Brian Sowell. For fans of Neurosis, Mastodon, Baroness, Eyehategod, etc.

>Captain Beefheart
– Plastic Factory CD (Go Faster)
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band had supported Love at the Avalon Ballroom a month before, but they returned on June 17, 1966 as headliners. Then seen as a blues musician with a big voice, rather than the avant-garde experimentalist he would become, Beefheart didn't disappoint, performing no fewer than four Howlin' Wolf numbers in amongst a number of other blues covers and a smattering of originals.

- Time And Materials CD (Mello Music)
Avant-garde MC Open Mike Eagle teams up with Chicago comedy rapper legend Serengeti to create something creatively absurd and socially poignant. “Time & Materials tackles sociological themes that would be sledgehammer-obvious in less-nuanced hands. But the duo draws you in by skimping on or misdirecting details. Serengeti disappears deeper into his lyrical role than Mike does—understandable from an MC who's been known to do half a live set in the guise of a cranky, bellowing 50-year-old. But for his first full-length production job, Mike sets a tone as raw-nerved and abrasively contemplative as the concept demands.” -- Pitchfork

>The Coffin Daggers
- Aggravatin' Rhythms CD/LP (Cleopatra)
New York’s premiere instrumental surf punk band returns with a brand new album of catchy grooves and hip-shaking rhythms. (Limited copies available on green vinyl.)

>Avishai Cohen
– Into The Silence CD (ECM)
Into The Silence, charismatic Tel Aviv-born trumpeter makes his ECM leader debut in a program of expansive, impressionistic and haunting compositions. Avishai's tender muted trumpet sets the emotional tone of the music in the album's opening moments and his gifted cast of musicians explore its implications. Vinyl version due March 4.
>Albert Collins & The Icebreakers
– Live At Rockpalast 2xCD+DVD (Art Of Groove)
This DVD+2CD is a memorial for this likeable master of the blues.

>Robert Cray Band featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan
– Old Jam, New Blood: Redux Club, Dallas 1987 CD (All Access)
The live performances by the legendary blues guitarists featured on this CD come from a show played at The Redux Club in Dallas on January 21, 1987, which was broadcast via FM radio station Q102.

– It’s Not Over… The Hits So Far CD (RCA)
First greatest hits album from the multi-Platinum rock band. Features two new tracks.

>Lee Deweyze
- Oil & Water CD (Shanachie)
Lee Dewyze is a singer/songwriter who was the 2010 winner of
American Idol. Unlike most American Idol winners, Lee already had a career as a performer prior to winning.
>Alex Dezen
– Alex Dezen CD (Rock Ridge Music)
Debut solo album from Alex Dezen -- the lead singer/songwriter of The Damnwells. “When words alone are not enough, you need to say it in a song,” says Dezen, when asked why he felt now was the right time to write and record his inaugural full-fledged solo album. “And so when I made this record, it was because it had to be made. It was already coming out; I just needed to find some place to put it.” Historically stingy with his use of multiple musical tones, on Alex Dezen, the album’s namesake songsmith manages to marry his sometimes somber, sometimes pithy prose with, for him, a precedent-setting deeper well of rich chords. “Every time that I discover a new chord, I’m kind of like a kid in a candy store. I just kind of go nuts and I want to put it in every song. I definitely expanded the chord vernacular on this record.”

– New York Is My Home CD (Instant)
Nearly six decades after his first hit, Dion Dimucci's real deal voice having lost absolutely nothing, the King of the Bronx teams here with producer/multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Vivino on 10 new tracks, all but two of them co-written by Dion. The one that's getting most of the buzz is the title track, and rightfully so. A duet with Paul Simon, it's filled not so much with nostalgic pining as eternal love: for the place, the attitude and and the sense of belonging the city [of New York] offers. Burrowing down into specifics, the Chuck Berry-esque ‘The Apollo King’ is Dion's homage to first hearing saxophonist Big Al Sears at the local temple of R&B, while ‘Visionary Heart’ could've been a lost Doc Pomus composition. And it wouldn't be Dion without a nod to the blues: his take on Lightnin' Hopkins' ‘Katie Mae’ is, all at once, somehow raw, slick, nasty and smooth.” – Mojo

>The Donkeys
– Midnight Palms CD/LP (Easy Sound)
The Donkeys are a Californian band through and through. A four-piece from San Diego, they’ve spent the past few years developing a close relationship to distinctly homegrown source materials, bridging the gap between the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Buffalo Springfield, and the Grateful Dead.

- Everybody's Dying To Meet You CD/LP+MP3 (Kanine)
Over the course of ten intensely thrilling pop songs, singer Rachel Kenedy's ethereal vocals and Sam Ayres textured guitar is backed by the powerful, metronomic beat of drummer Jordan Hockley. Produced by Brian O'Shaughnessey (The Clientele, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine), the sessions capture the essence of both their dynamic live sound and their distortion-laden home demos. Their musical inspiration from shoegaze, C86 and New Zealand's Flying Nun label is now evident.

>Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus
– The Distance CD (ECM)
The Distance represents a grand creative leap for the bassist-composer, as it showcases his texturally rich compositions for the dynamic 18-piece big band he has playfully dubbed Ensemble Kolossus. The project saw some of the most distinctive musicians on the New York scene bonding to realize Formanek's epic design, as he reimagined what a big-band can be. Channeling sounds from the classic to the modern, he also composed for individual soloists in the Ellingtonian tradition.
>The Frights
– You Are Going To Hate This CD/LP (Dangerbird)
“The Frights, a San Diego surf-punk band tore up the stage with their enormous energy. Some of their number one fans were crowd diving at every opportunity they had, while singing along to their songs. These guys absolutely rip....” -- Grimy Goods. “Swoon-worthy psych guitar riffs rendezvoused with reverb during our hellos. The song then turned 180 degrees and exploded into a raunchy rockabilly tune. Full of raw grit power, Mikey Carnevale's vocals charged into the backbeat-driven snare before flowing back into those luscious psychedelic riffs.” -- Lo Pie. “They drift between drawn-out jangle-pop and sped-up grime-punk riffs, and frontman Mikey Carnevale twists his echoey yells as if Roy Orbison became a surf rat and used an empty metal trashcan as a microphone.” -- The Portland Mercury

>Red Garland
- The Albums Collection Part One: 1956-1959 4xCD (Enlightenment)
Red Garland - The Albums Collection Part Two: 1959-1961 4xCD (Enlightenment)
Red Garland - The Albums Collection Part Three: 1961-1962 4xCD (Enlightenment)
Garland began his musical career studying clarinet and alto saxophone under the tutelage of Buster Prof Smith, who had previously been an early mentor of saxophonist Charlie Parker. Having been drafted into the army in 1941, Garland began to learn piano whilst stationed Fort Huachuca, Arizona, practicing relentlessly until his playing quickly became proficient. By the turn of the 1950s, Garland's stature as a musician had increased incalculably, having performed with a plethora of jazz greats including Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ben Webster and Sonny Stitt, as well as leading his own trio. Garland embarked on without a doubt his most famous collaboration in 1955 when he was invited to join Miles Davis' band, which at the time also featured Coltrane, Philly Joe Jones and Paul Chambers. Spanning three volumes,
The Albums Collection gathers 24 of his albums.
- Too Loud To Live, Too Drunk To Die CD/LP (Metal Blade)
13 tracks of dirty and raw street-metal.

>Vince Gill
– Down To My Last Bad Habit CD (MCA Nashville)
Gill’s first solo album since 2011’s
Guitar Slinger includes guest vocals from Little Big Town and Cam.
>Holy Grail
- Times Of Pride And Peril CD/LP+MP3 (Prosthetic)
Third album from the Los Angeles-based heavy metal warriors.

>Steve Jansen & Richard Barbieri
– Lumen CD (Kscope)
Released last May on CD – now available on vinyl. A recording from November 1, 1996 of the only Steve Jansen/Richard Barbieri concert ever performed to date. Featuring songs from the duo's
Stone To Flesh and Stories Across Borders albums, Jansen and Barbieri were joined on stage by Mick Karn and Steven Wilson.
>James Supercave
– Better Strange CD/LP (Fairfax Recordings)
In 2015 Fairfax Recordings band James Supercave made waves combining Sophie Koko Gate's award winning animation video
Half Wet with their single, “Better Strange.” The video, which premiered via Nerdist, is basically “like if ‘90s cartoons did the same drugs that our music is hooked on. Beautiful, bizarre, hilarious” states the band. Nerdist states that based on this first glimpse that there “appears to be an excellent album on the way with Better Strange...” The title track cuts the familiar slam and glam of psych-pop with the odd details that continually throw James Supercave into the uncanny valley of the pop genre: the lurching groove of the bass, the relentless loop of the synth, the shape-shifting timbre of the vocal. “You're so much better strange. You're so much better when you make mistakes with me,” urges Supercave in a fit against normalcy. “Better Strange” dares the listener to commit to the mistakes they've always wanted to make.
>Wynton Kelly
- Nine Classic Albums: 1951-1961 4xCD (Enlightenment)
This four-disc set contains undoubtedly the finest recordings of a criminally underrated musician. Kelly single-handedly managed to change what it meant to be a sideman, expertly holding together every band he worked with. This compilation, featuring almost five hours of music in total, is a fitting testament to one of the unsung heroes of jazz.

– My Wild West CD/LP (Lionboy)
My Wild West is Lissie’s third studio album and is a fitting tribute to her life in California, from her arrival as a fresh-faced singer/songwriter to the present, leaving for the Midwest wiser and more self-assured. Bookended by the songs “Hollywood” and “Ojai,” it brings out the two extremes of the past decade the dashed hopes and heartbreak of the former and the stability, joy and peace of the latter. My Wild West represents both a new beginning and a return to Lissie s Midwestern roots. “Opening with the electric energy of ‘My Wild West Overture’ provides a significant contrast to the gentle piano chords of the slower, steady ‘Hollywood’. This album remains firmly in the same vein as Lissie’s previous work: strong building guitar with a soft western edge. It captures the nomadic, free-spirited style reflected in the album artwork: darkness surrounds her as she walks, one arm shaking her messy blonde hair.” – Qmunicate
>Lost Society
- Braindead CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Crushing riffs, relentless bass fire and thunderous drum pounding intertwine, creating soundscapes of death and devastation.
II continues developing the trio's punishing hybrid of grindcore, power violence and hardcore punk across fifteen tracks of blistering sonic warfare.
>The Louvin Brothers
- Collection 1949-62 2xCD (Acrobat)
Ira and Charlie Louvin (they were cousins of country singer/songwriter John D. Loudermilk) were a powerful and distinctive force in country music through the '50s until their break-up in 1963. This collection comprises their most successful singles, with a dozen country hits, plus material drawn from their other A & B sides and from their themed concept albums for Capitol.

- II CD/LP+MP3 (Relapse)
One of extreme music's most distinctive modern acts, Magrudergrind returns after a six-year hiatus with a new album on Relapse.

>Amos Milburn
- The Best Of The Aladdin Years 1946-57 2xCD (Acrobat)
Amos Milburn was one of the pioneers of piano-based R&B to emerge from Texas in the post-war years to become one of the artists who helped frame the template for rock 'n' roll, along the way enjoying a run of memorable hits from 1947 through into the mid-'50s.

>Lorrie Morgan
– Letting Go … Slow CD (Shanachie)
Letting Go … Slow is Lorrie's first pure country album in six years.
>Peter Murphy
- Wild Birds Live Tour 2xCD/2xLP (Cleopatra)
A double live album from former Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy recorded during his tour in support of his 2000 best-of compilation
Wild Birds.
- Legacy CD (Nightmare)
Myrath is a rock/metal band from Tunis, Tunisia, a small country well known for it's resort areas on the Mediterranean coast but certainly not for it's metal bands, yet in just few years they've become a very enjoyed and respected band by the international prog-power community.

>Nine Inch Nails feat. David Bowie
– We Prick You CD (Video Music, Inc.) 17-track radio broadcast recorded live in Maryland, 1995.
>Matt Patershuk
– I Was So Fond Of You CD/LP (Idla/Black Hen Music)
Born in Burns Lake, BC, and brought up in Edmonton and other prairie towns across Canada, Matt Patershuk is the real deal. A country man through and through, he wouldn’t waste your time singing about things that don’t matter. Patershuk’s unaffected singing belongs to a different time and his voice reflects a reserve and unspoken toughness that is rarely heard today. His baritone may not be the most delicate voice you’ll ever hear, but it suits his songs so well that you couldn’t imagine him sounding any different.

- Cardinal CD/LP/Cassette (Run For Cover, LLC)
“In the mid-2000s, Pinegrove’s openhearted indie rock could have been huge. Over the course of the Montclair, New Jersey quintet’s five years of existence, frontman Evan Stephens Hall has developed a great many qualities that would have endeared him to alt-minded fans of a different era. A string of EPs and one-offs, compiled in last year’s appropriately titled
Everything So Far, demonstrate the 26-year-old songwriter’s tremendous breadth. He writes in long, verbose, image-rich streams of thought that feel like Hold Steady lyrics, mirrors volcanic emotions like the best Arcade Fire songs, pulls economy out of instrumental excess like Broken Social Scene, and even demonstrates a knack for occasional tasteful banjo parts like a nascent Sufjan Stevens. He’s described his band as the ‘midpoint between math rock and Americana,’ or what might result if Phil Elverum, the existentially minded songwriter behind the Microphones and Mount Eerie, started a funk band.” – SPIN (Album Of The Week)
>Pony Time
– Rumors 2: The Rumors Are True CD/LP (S-S)
“Listening to ‘Time Tells Me’ from Seattle duo Pony Time is akin to playing a Luna album at 78 RPM. Locked grooves, DIY attitude and Velvet guitar fuzz, the lead single from the fortuitous musical coupling of Luke Beetham and Stacy Peck’s fourth album,
Rumours 2: The Rumours Are True, pays homage to the sexual pairings of Fleetwood Mac circa Rumours, albeit with septa intact and little relational acrimony following recording at Earwig Studio.” – Bucket Full Of Nails
>Radiation City
- Synesthetica CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
New album from the Portland, Oregon dream pop quintet, produced by John Vanderslice. “Portland, Oregon, act Radiation City convey this synthy style of dream-pop that takes over your senses. Reminiscent of Portishead and Roxy Music, the band takes bits and pieces of trip-hop and art rock and blends it into an art form that’s truly their own.” -- MoTiV

>The Record Company
– Give It Back To You CD/LP+MP3 (Concord Music Group)
The rock/roots trio of Chris Vos (guitar, lead vocals, harmonica), Alex Stiff (bass, guitar, vocals) and Marc Cazorla (drums, piano, vocals) has already been hailed by L.A. Weekly for making bluesy music that would sound more at home in a sweaty, backwoods Mississippi juke joint, while Time Out Los Angeles has described their sound as reminiscent of some of the best acts of the ‘50s and ‘60s like if John Lee Hooker and the Stooges had a well-behaved love child. The Record Company has developed a reputation as a live act worthy of sharing the stage with B.B. King, Grace Potter, Trombone Shorty, Buddy Guy, Charles Bradley, Robert Randolph, The Wood Brothers, Social Distortion, and Blackberry Smoke with whom they toured the U.K. and across Europe. “Our sound has a lot of early rock n' roll but with a greater emphasis on the drums and bass,” says Vos. “We aim to make the speakers move with our recordings.”

>Steve Reich
– Four Organs / Phase Patterns [Reissue/1970] CD/LP (Superior Viaduct)
Steve Reich remains one of the most important figures in 20th century music. As part of the so-called "Big Four" of New York minimalists (along with La Monte Young, Terry Riley and Philip Glass), Reich influenced both the classical world and contemporary pop music. Originally released on Shandar in 1971,
Four Organs / Phase Patterns is one of the most highly regarded avant-garde recordings of the past 50 years.
>The Residents
- The Gingerbread Man [Reissue/1994] CD (Cryptic Corporation)
The Gingerbread Man is the story or, maybe more accurately, one of the many journeys of an entity that visits the minds of human beings, and spies upon their thoughts. In the center of these personalities, the Gingerbread Man finds each person's individual 'brain song,' an infectious piece of pop music that floats around in their mind. The Gingerbread Man recognizes this 'brain song' as a human's unconscious attempt at creating order in the quagmire of chaos constantly confusing its mental condition. Because of his ultimately detached position, The Gingerbread Man has no real emotional stake in the lives of these people, but they do represent an ongoing sense of amusement for him. In the end he sums up his feelings toward humanity with a brief song of his own. Bonus tracks: instrumental arrangement, edited condensation.”
>Herlin Riley
- New Direction CD (Mack Avenue)
Herlin Riley's
New Direction sees the New Orleans drummer with a fierce musical intelligence and prodigious skills lead a fine group of outstanding young musicians, including players from Haiti and Jamaica. Veteran guitarist Mark Whitfield and Cuba's Pedrito Martinez on percussion are Herlin's special guests.
>Sonny Rollins
featuring Milt Jackson – Newk And Bags: Studio And Live Recordings 1953-65 CD (Acrobat)
This new Acrobat collection assembles all the extant recordings of the Rollins/Jackson partnership: a 1953 EP session, half an LP featuring Rollins guesting with the MJQ rhythm section taped live in 1958, and a further album side recorded by the full band with both Milt Jackson and Rollins in which they set down a definitive account of the vibes-man's classic blues
Bags' Groove. Also included is a rare and exciting festival set, taped in Germany in 1965, during which Rollins and Jackson appeared with an all-star rhythm section including legendary Jazz Messenger leader Art Blakey.
>Rotting Christ
– Rituals CD/LP/Cassette (Season Of Mist)
Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a bonus track. “For almost 30 years, Greek extreme metallers Rotting Christ have blazed a trail for the black metal genre to follow. From their primitive early material through to 2012's epic
Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy, their pioneering spirit has been a flame of inspiration in an increasingly reductive genre. Now the renowned band return with new album Rituals, a diverse collection of new songs influenced by rites and myths from all around the globe. Rituals highlights their unique power and magic, and is the darkest and most personal-sounding Rotting Christ album to date. As Rituals illustrates, there is a reason that Rotting Christ are an international heavy metal institution.” – Blabbermouth
>Klaus Schulze/Pete Namlook
– The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 1-4 5xCD (Made In Germany Music)
The first edition in a series of reissues of the
The Dark Side Of The Moog series by German electronic pioneers Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook (aka Peter Kuhlmann) including bonus material and new liner notes. The first box in the series contains Volumes 1-4 and the ‘best of’ album The Evolution Of The Dark Side Of The Moog.
>Silver Snakes
- Saboteur CD/LP (Evil Ink)
Third studio release from from the L.A. underground rock band.

>Skin, Flesh & Bones
- Dub In Blood [Reissue/1976] CD/LP (Pressure Sounds)
Pressure Sounds return with more from Phil Pratt's Sunshot vaults. This time it is the rare dub album
Dub In Blood aka The Best Dub Album In The World when issued in the UK. Recorded and mixed at Channel One by Ernest Hookim and Ossie Hibbert circa 1976 (except track 12, which is a Black Ark thing) this is genuine mid- ‘70s Jamaican dub/roots music.
>Snarky Puppy
- Family Dinner Volume Two CD+DVD (Ground Up)
This album is the second in the
Family Dinner series; which began with 2014’s Grammy Award-winning album, Family Dinner Volume One. Family Dinner Volume Two includes both the audio album and a companion DVD that features footage of the recording process, artist interviews and behind-the-scenes b-roll. Recorded in New Orleans, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of of the album will be donated to the charity organization Roots Of Music. As their website states, “Roots Of Music empowers the youth of New Orleans through music education, academic support, and mentorship while preserving and promoting the unique musical and cultural heritage of our city.”
>J.D. Souther
– Black Rose [Reissue/1976] CD (Omnivore)
J.D. Souther – Home By Dawn [Reissue/1984] CD (Omnivore)
After his impressive debut, J.D. Souther worked with Chris Hillman (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers) and Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco) in the short lived Souther/Hillman/Furay Band. But, at that same time, his songwriting reputation grew, as friends and colleagues took his material to commercial heights. Five years after John David Souther,
Black Rose appeared. Beautifully helmed by Peter Asher, the album was not only full of incredible songs, but a who’s who of musicians including Lowell George (Little Feat), Joe Walsh, Waddy Wachtel, Jim Keltner, Andrew Gold, Russ Kunkel, Donald Byrd, and Stanley Clarke—with David Crosby, Art Garfunkel, Don Henley and Glen Frey adding their voices. Home By Dawn is Souther’s only album of the ‘80s. Both reissue add bonus tracks including unissued live performances and demos.
– Total Freedom CD (Agitated)
Total Freedom is the long-overdue long-form platter from Philadelphia's Spacin', low-key torchbearers of both John Sinclair's bold program and the “less is more” aesthetic (often much more) exemplified by Lou's time with Morrison and Tucker and Cale. Guitarist and vocalist Jason Killinger blazes the path and lead guitarist Paul Sukeena and bassist Sean Hamilton vamp on economical electric chugs while drummer Eva Killinger reprises her role as thee undisputed master of basement motorik. Vinyl version due March 25.
>Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
– 1978 Roxy Night: The Classic Los Angeles Broadcast 3xCD (Leftfield Media)
Often flagged by fans as the “best gig Bruce & The E Street Band ever played,” although perhaps this a judgment benefiting from the fact that, as with four other shows from the legendary Darkness Tour in 1978, it was broadcast on FM radio (and so tapes and other formats have changed hands routinely ever since). The sound is superb while rather awful versions of the same show are in circulation.

>Jo Stafford
– The Jo Stafford Collection 1939-62 4xCD (Acrobat)
This 103-track set is not simply a hits package, but provides an insightful trawl across the first quarter-century of a career that spanned five decades.

>Statik Kxng
- Statik Kxng CD (Penalty Ent. LLC)
Producer, DJ and radio personality Statik Selektah and lyrical wordsmith and one-quarter of rap supergroup Slaughterhouse, Kxng Crooked (Crooked I of Slaugh-terhouse) collaborate on their first full length project.

>Steely Dan
– Doing It In California: The 1974 Broadcast Collection CD (Sutra)
Partly because of Donald Fagen's reluctance to sing onstage, partly due to he and Walter Becker's perfectionism, and partly because the pairs' compositions and arrangements were so complex -- requiring all manner of studio hardware to reproduce -- Steely Dan played very few live concerts during their early career, indeed by the middle of 1974 they had given up touring entirely. The one album they did promote on the road however was
Pretzel Logic, released earlier that year. The tour started on March 9th, and this CD features the complete second show played by the group, at the University Of California the following night.
>Lacey Sturm
– Life Screams CD/LP (Followspot)
Sturm’s debut solo album following her 2013 departure from Flyleaf is a self-produced collection of urgent, anthemic and lyrically-timely rock.

>The Suffers
- The Suffers CD/LP (Rhyme & Reason)
The Suffers are here to shake up the notion that they're another soul revival band. Just as much influenced by classic rock & roll, country, Latin and Southern hip-hop as they are the Stax/Volt or Muscle Shoals era, The Suffers are bringing a fresh approach to what they have coined Gulf Coast Soul.

>Eliot Sumner
– Information CD (Cherrytree)
“If the name doesn’t exactly sound familiar, there’s no mistaking that furrowed brow — Eliot Sumner is the youngest daughter of Sting (née Gordon Sumner) and his second wife, Trudie Styler. On her solo debut,
Information, the 25-year-old singer/songwriter is quick to establish her own identity while staying true to her family’s unrestrained creative spirit. She assertively lays her husky, androgynous voice over the insistent synthesizer rhythms of songs like ‘Firewood,’ ‘After Dark’ and the soaring ‘I Followed You Home,’ all of which have an elegant, instant appeal. There are shades of her father’s work too, especially on the tracks ‘Species’ and ‘Dead Arms And Dead Legs,’ which sounds like an outtake from Regatta de Blanc. And why not? When everyone else with Fender Precision bass is trying so hard to capture that magic, it helps to have a direct line.” – SF Gate
>Rokia Traoré
- Né So CD (Nonesuch)
Rokia Traoré's sixth album,
Né So (Home) features 10 original songs and a cover of Billie Holiday's “Strange Fruit” and was produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman).
>Frank Turner
- Ten For Ten CD (Xtra Mile Recordings)
Ten For Ten, the English folk singer/songwriter has hand-picked 10 tracks previously unavailable on physical releases, including “Old Flames” featuring Billy The Kid, the original demo of “The Ballad Of Me & My Friends” and “Atlanta Curse.”
– Aeons In Sodom CD/2xLP (Season Of Mist)
Norwegian black metal. Guests include Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone), Nattefrost (Carpathian Forest), Nag (Tsjuder), Niklas Kvarforth (Shining), Hoest (Taake), and Mannevond (Koldbrann).

>Various Artists
- The Hit Songs Of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller 1952-62 2xCD (Acrobat)
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were pivotal figures on the R&B scene of the early '50s and most especially during the rock 'n' roll era of the late '50s and early '60s, as they developed and applied their talents as songwriters and producers to provide a string of hits for some of the most important artists of the time. This collection includes some of their hits as performed/popularized by: Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Coasters, Big Joe Turner, Ben E. King, Little Richard, and more.

>Various Artists
– Psych Box 5xCD+7” (Cleopatra)
Includes tracks by Hawkwind, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Iron Butterfly, The Black Angels, The Warlocks, The Deviants, Allah-Las and more. Comes packaged in a 7”x7” box with a bonus vinyl single featuring sides by Jimmy Page and Timothy Leary.

>Various Artists
– Soundtrack To HBO’s Vinyl CD (Atlantic)
Volume 1 of the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese's
Vinyl (which debuted on HBO February 12th) is stuffed with soul, blues and rock ‘n’ roll, with tracks by Otis Redding, The Meters, Edgar Winter, Foghat, Ruth Brown, and more. It also features original music by the critically-acclaimed country singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson (who provides the show's theme song “Sugar Daddy”) and The Nasty Bits, a group fronted by Mick Jagger's son James Jagger, who also appears on the show. Meanwhile, David Johansen has re-recorded some jams by New York Dolls.
>Various Artists
- Still In A Dream: A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995 5xCD (Cherry Red)
“This 5xCD box set from Cherry Red offers a compelling look at shoegaze's prime era.
Still In A Dream takes a wide trawl approach to its genre, which has upsides and downsides. As with Rhino’s goth box A Life Less Lived, shoegaze is generously interpreted to include antecedents and formative influences, which bulks up the quality.” [8.0] -- Pitchfork
>David Vassalotti
- Broken Rope CD/LP (Wharf Cat)
Vassalotti, a Florida-based songwriter & performer for critically acclaimed 4AD signees Merchandise (amongst numerous other projects), has used this record as an opportunity to delve further into his own diverse world of personal interests.
Broken Rope is a passion project, with Vassalotti handling all of the writing, performing, recording, production, and art design. From lo-fi guitar pop sounds, to elements harsh industrial noise and musique concrete, Vassalotti weaves together a wide array of musical influences with a steady hand. Similarly, the album’s lyrics draw from Portuguese history, Russian folklore, and Spanish poetry.
– Villainy II: Dim CD/LP (Listenable)
“You’d be forgiven for thinking The Netherlands’ Villainy play stoner metal after taking a look at their logo. Rather, they’re a black metal band whose toured with Shining, Inquisition and Entrails. Still, those thick Roger Dean letters give something away: There’s a whole lot of melody and rock and roll song craft in Villainy’s approach. The band’s sophomore LP,
Villainy II: Dim entertains the same guitar hook vs. black metal rasp tug-of-war that Tribulation and Kvelertak do.” – Invisible Oranges
>Daevid Allen Weird Quartet
– Elevenses CD/LP (Cleopatra)
The final recordings of guitarist/vocalist Daevid Allen Weird, founder and integral member of Soft Machine and Gong. Featuring all new compositions,
Elevenses finds Allen mixing styles from throughout his career including blues, Irish folk, ambient and post-punk.
>Wynonna & The Big Noise
– Wynonna & The Big Noise CD/LP+MP3 (Curb)
Wyonna Judd and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband, producer/drummer Cactus Moser, recorded the majority of their eponymous album in the sanctity of their home studio located on the family farm in Tennessee. Wynonna has described the new album as “vintage yet modern” and a “return to the well.” It’s a rootsy work encompassing country, Americana, blues, soul and rock. Guest songwriters and musicians include Chris Stapleton, Raphael Saadiq, Jason Isbell, Susan Tedeschi, and more.

>You Say Party
- You Say Party CD/LP (Paper Bag)
New album from the Vancouver, BC dance-punk band (formerly known as You Say Party! We Say Die!).
You Say Party is more expansive and experimental than their early DIY dance-punk material, and is their first since the death of drummer Devon Clifford in 2010.

DVDs + Blu-ray:
>Charles Bradley And Menahan Street Band
– Live From The House Of Soul DVD (Daptone)
The first installment of Daptone Records' new video series,
Live From The House Of Soul. Directed by Poull Brien and shot in the backyard of Daptone's House Of Soul in Bushwick, Brooklyn, featuring Menahan Street Band.
>Elvis Costello
- Detour Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Featuring Larkin Poe DVD/Blu-ray (Eagle Vision)
The Detour tour allowed Costello to use a
Storytellers style to talk about family, life and his career along with the stories behind such songs as” Watching The Detectives,” “Alison,” “A Good Year For The Roses,” “I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down” and many others. The Detour tour was a solo effort with Costello playing guitar and piano. Joining Costello on a few tracks are Rebecca and Meghan Lovell of Larkin Poe.
>The Dicks
– From Texas DVD (MVD)
The Dicks started out as an Austin, Texas poster band in 1979 and once formed, took off like a hardcore rocket. The Dicks only released one 45 and two LPs and were the house band at legendary Raul's Club. Every hardcore punk act that came to Austin demanded The Dicks play with them, from Fear to Black Flag to Dead Kennedys. This is their story told by die-hard lifelong Dicks fans.

>UK Subs
- Dance & Travel In The Punk Rock Age With The UK Subs DVD (Screen Edge)
“When I started to think about things it was when Charlie told me he was 70 now, and he'd had 50 years on the road already, I thought this sounds like a good story. The beginning few years were captured, and are all out for all to see. I think the story really begins in 1983, which is with Charlie at the helm, stripped of the rest of the band. Then the following year things take off in L.A. big time, showing what the band can do, and going through the gigs how often the line up changes along the way. For Charlie what does not change is the band, he is always there! There a bit of my own stuff here along with other people's footage, it does make good viewing, particularly some of the interview footage and documentary. I can only hope that these tapes given to me by Charlie Harper, are seen as a testament to a great player. I would say there is another one yet, at least...” -- John Bentham, 2015

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Pete Astor
– Spilt Milk LP+MP3 (Slumberland)
Spilt Milk is the brand new album from indie auteur Pete Astor, previously of The Loft, The Weather Prophets, and other esteemed acts. It was recorded onto 1/2-inch tape at the home studio of James Hoare of Ultimate Painting, The Proper Ornaments and Veronica Falls, with James playing guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and singing backing vocals. Other contributions came from members of Astor's live band, with Pam Berry (Black Tambourine, Withered Hand) supplying vocals, Jack Hayter (Hefner) on pedal steel, Alison Cotton (The Left Outsides) on viola, and Robin Christian (Male Bonding) and Susan Milanovic (Feathers) on drums.
>Albert Ayler
- In Greenwich Village [Reissue/1967] LP (Impulse!)
During 1967-69 avant-garde innovator Albert Ayler recorded a series of albums for Impulse!. This LP is Ayler's first Impulse! set. There are two selections apiece from a pair of live appearances with Ayler having a rare outing on alto on the emotional “For John Coltrane” and the more violent “Change Has Come” while backed by cellist Joel Friedman, both Alan Silva and Bill Folwell on basses and drummer Beaver Harris. The other set (with trumpeter Donald Ayler, violinist Michel Sampson, Folwell and Henry Grimes on basses and Harris) has a strong contrast between the simple childlike melodies and the intense solos.

>Justin Bieber
– My World [2009] LP (Def Jam)
Justin Bieber – My World 2.0 [2010] LP (Def Jam)
Justin Bieber – Believe [Reissue/2012] LP (Def Jam)
Justin Bieber – Journals [2013] 2xLP (Def Jam)
With the exception of
Believe (which was limited to 1000 vinyl copies that were pressed for Bieber’s VIP package sold exclusively on the Believe Tour), this is the first time My World, My World 2.0, and Journals have been available on vinyl.
>Charles Bukowski
– Reads His Poetry LP [Reissue/1980] LP (Real Gone Music)
“This is Charles Bukowski. Well, let me just sit here and drink beer.” Thus begins the September 14, 1972 poetry reading from which this 1980 release on John Fahey’s Takoma label is drawn. This is quintessential Bukowski, from the rude ‘n’ crude drawing that adorns the front cover, to the belches that punctuate the poems. As for the work itself, it’s not really what you’d commonly conceive of as poetry, but rather observations and vignettes drawn from life’s darker side, focusing on perversions, poverty, drunkenness, gambling, and bodily functions. But Bukowski’s bemused air and self-deprecating humor blunt the shock value of the words and emphasize the universality of the themes.

>Brandi Carlile
– Brandi Carlile [Reissue/2006] LP (Brookvale)
Limited translucent colored vinyl LP pressing, tip on a gatefold jacket featuring original lyrics and liner notes and individually foil stamped. Reaching No. 1 on the US Folk Albums chart in 2005, Brandi Carlile's critically-acclaimed eponymous debut album finally returns to vinyl just in time for it's 10th anniversary. Music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote of
Brandi Carlile upon it's release, “It's not only a superb debut, it's a hell of a record by any measure.” Three of the album's songs – “Tragedy,” “What Can I Say,” and “Throw It All Away” -- were featured in the TV drama Grey's Anatomy, adding to the album's success.
– In Ruin LP (The End)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Toronto's Cauldron is a three-piece traditional heavy metal band. They were nominated for a Juno award (Canada's version of the Grammys) and have played Metallica's Orion festival.

>Hubert Clarke Jr.
– Al Dente 12”+MP3 (100% Silk)
Impressionistic dub-house devotee Hubert Clark Jr. fluctuates through several deviations of Sydney afterhours circuit specialties on his debut,
Al Dente. Alternately wired and unwound, classic and contempo, vibed soul and lean house, the EP threads soft-focus funk into long-form live voyages, naturalist emotion, dance as relaxed delirium.
>Alice Coltrane
- World Galaxy [Reissue/1972] LP (Impulse!)
Alice Coltrane had become a musical world unto herself by the time she issued
World Galaxy, recorded in late 1971. With jazz-rock fusion taking over the mainstream and the terminal avant-garde heading over to Europe, Coltrane stubbornly forged an insistent, ever-evolving brand of spiritual jazz that bore her own signature as much as it did her late husband's influence.
>John Coltrane
– Ascension [Reissue/1965] LP (Impulse!)
Trane is joined by Pharoah Sanders, Freddie Hubbard and four other horn players for an explosion of fiery solos and free improvisation on this famous 1965 session. Recorded with three tenors (Trane, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp), two altos (Marion Brown, John Tchicai), two trumpet players (Freddie Hubbard, Dewey Johnson), two bassists (Art Davis, Jimmy Garrison), the lone McCoy Tyner on piano, and Elvin Jones on the drums, this large group is both relentless and soulful simultaneously. Includes “Ascension” in two parts (one per side).

>John Coltrane
– A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters 3xLP (Verve)
Easily one of the most important records ever made, John Coltrane's
A Love Supreme was his pinnacle studio outing that at once compiled all of his innovations from his past, spoke of his current deep spirituality, and also gave a glimpse into the next two and a half years. The quartet -- Coltrane, Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner -- recorded the album in one session on December 9, 1964, at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Coltrane's home in Dix Hills, Long Island, has been suggested as the site of inspiration for A Love Supreme. Coltrane's exposure to Ahmadiyya Islam has also been suggested as a source of influence.
– Everyone Alive Wants Answers [Reissue/2003] LP+CD (Leaf)
Just when you thought this kind of tangled, floating, ambient wash -- sometimes with guitars, sometimes without -- couldn't get any better than specific parts of Susumu Yokota's Sakura and
Grinning Cat, Colleen came along with Everyone Alive Wants Answers. Colleen is actually Cecile Schott, a Parisian who wrenches out cobwebbed melodies that are fully fleshed out as frequently as they are stunted and knotted. Her means aren't all that unique. Comprised of barbed glockenspiels, worn music boxes, humming keyboards, happenstance guitar melodies, soft-focus production, her songs seem meticulously stitched together while nearing the brink of collapse at the same time.
>Dead Heavens
– Feel Low 7” (Thrill Me)
Feel Low brings the chunky and heavy elements from the Can cover ‘I’m So Green,’ maximizing the weight and power to make their sound feel like a fifty ton hammer. The guitar lines in the middle break point of the song give it elements of sludge and absolute pure heaviness, enough to satisfy any fan of ultra heavy rock music. In the span of one song, the band can show a myriad of the best elements guitar rock can throw at you.” ––John Hill/Noisey
>Lizzy Mercier Descloux
– Mambo Nassau [Reissue/1981] CD/LP (Light In The Attic)
Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Zulu Rock [Reissue/1984] CD/LP (Light In The Attic)
Lizzy Mercier Descloux – One For The Soul [Reissue/1986] CD/LP (Light In The Attic)
Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Suspense [Reissue/1988] CD/LP (Light In The Attic)
Parisian poet, painter, actor, and prolific self-taught musician, Lizzy Mercier Descloux was a influential character in the late- ‘70s New York underground.

>Desert Suns
- Desert Suns LP (Ripple Music)
Desert Suns from southern California wreak havoc with their doom-filled, stoned out, sludgy psychedelic debut.

>Marvin Gaye
– Moods Of Marvin Gaye [Reissue/1966] LP (Motown)
Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston – Take Two [Reissue/1966] LP (Motown)
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – United [Reissue/1967] LP (Motown)
Marvin Gaye – In The Groove [Reissue/1968] LP (Motown)
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – You’re All I Need [Reissue/1968] (Motown)
Marvin Gaye – M.P.G. [Reissue/1969] LP (Motown)
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Easy [Reissue/1969] LP (Motown)
Marvin Gaye – That’s The Way Love Is [Reissue/1970] LP (Motown)
Classic soul back in print on vinyl.

>Charlie Haden
- Liberation Music Orchestra [Reissue/1970] LP (Impulse!)
A fascinating reissue that comfortably straddles the lines of jazz, folk, and world music, working up a storm by way of a jazz protest album that points toward the Spanish Civil War in particular and the Vietnam War in passing. Haden leads the charge and contributes material, but the real star here may in fact be Carla Bley, who arranged numbers, wrote several, and contributed typically brilliant piano work.

>Johnny Hartman
– I Just Dropped By To Say Hello [Reissue/1964] LP (Impulse!)
The second Impulse! session for ballad singer Johnny Hartman followed his classic collaboration with John Coltrane. Hartman is heard in peak form throughout these 11 pieces, which include “In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning,” “Sleepin' Bee,” “Stairway To The Stars,” and “Charade.” Tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet is on five of the songs, guitarists Kenny Burrell & Jim Hall help out on a few tunes, and Hartman is accompanied by pianist Hank Jones, bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Elvin Jones.

>Iced Earth
– Days Of Purgatory [Reissue/1997] 3xLP (Century Media)
Iced Earth – Something Wicked This Way Comes [Reissue/1998] 2xLP (Century Media)
Iced Earth – Horror Show [Reissue/2001] 2xLP (Century Media)
Latest batch of vinyl reissues of the veteran metal band’s early discography.

– Celestial [Reissue/2000] 2xLP (Robotic Empire)
Isis’s classic debut full-length
Celestial highlights the band’s roots in metal and hardcore while displaying the post-rock and ambient experimentation for which they became best known. It was described by Decibel Magazine as “a transitional record between the band’s early work and the post-metal benchmarks such as Oceanic... the elements of the greatness are present, but rawer, more direct.”
>Keith Jarrett
- Treasure Island [Reissue/1974] LP (Impulse!)
Treasure Island, released in early 1974, was the second of two albums pianist and composer Keith Jarrett recorded for Impulse! Records -- the first was Fort Yawuh, issued a year earlier. Cut at Generation Sound Studios in New York City, the band consisted of Jarrett on piano and soprano saxophone, Dewey Redman on tenor, bassist Charlie Haden, and drummer Paul Motian.
>Jurassic 5
- Power In Numbers [Reissue/2002] 2xLP (Interscope)
Two years after Jurassic 5's 2000 album,
Quality Control, proved that B-boy-oriented retro-rap doesn't have to be corny, the group released their third studio album (second on a major label) Power In Numbers. J5's sophomore major label offering does a good job at extending their sound. Part of UMe’s ongoing Respect The Classics vinyl reissue campaign.
>Kid Rock
– Devil Without A Cause [Reissue/1998] 2xLP (WB)
Kid Rock - Cocky [Reissue/2001] 2xLP (WB)
Limited edition vinyl reissues now available.

>King Dude
- Songs Of Flesh & Blood - In The Key Of Light LP (Not Just Religious Music)
Released last June on CD – now available on vinyl. King Dude's latest full length is not only a spiritual revelation, but also a revelation of the life of the man behind the music. TJ Cowgill's own recent real life experiences with love, loss, death and violence are illuminated and explored herein, sure to be canonized alongside the rest of his work. “The record mixes driving and distorted anthems like ‘Black Butterfly’ and mescaline-fueled, castanet-clacking Tex-Mex shufflers like ‘Holy Water’ alongside more ruminative pieces like ‘Deal With The Devil,’ a song that has the baritone croak of the Dude contemplating a Faustian move in the name of love” – Exclaim. Transparent blue vinyl.

>L.A. Witch
– Drive Your Car b/w Ain’t Comin’ Home 7” (ORG Music)
New single from L.A. Witch -- often compared to early Gun Club, The Black Angels and Brian Jonestown Massacre.

>Yusef Lateef
– Psychicemotus [Reissue/1965] LP (Impulse!)
Psychicemotus was originally released in 1965 and features Yusef Lateef on various flutes and tenor saxophone, Georges Arvanitas on piano, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer James Black. And while the Coltrane era of modal and free jazz was in full swing, Lateef always followed his own muse, and continued looking forward while looking back to ancient music. Yusef was a jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and prominent figure among the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in America, following his conversion to Islam in 1950. Although Lateef's main instruments were the tenor saxophone and flute, he also played oboe and bassoon, both rare in jazz, and also used a number of non-western instruments such as the bamboo flute, shanai, shofar, xun, arghul and koto. He is known for having been an innovator in the blending of jazz with Eastern music.
>Louis C.K.
– Live At Madison Square Garden LP (New Wave Dynamics)
Live audio from Louis’ sold-out performances at Madison Square Garden, pressed on a limited vinyl picture disc.

>Chris Marker
- La Jetée [1962] LP (Superior Viaduct)
First-time release of the soundtrack from
La Jetée. This vinyl album features both French and English voiceover narrations, along with organic textures and Trevor Duncan's impressionistic score. While Marker creates some of the most hauntingly beautiful imagery in cinema, what animates La Jetée's frozen pictures is its sparse and unsettling soundscape. Whispers, breaths and heartbeats offer an unnerving reminder of bodily rhythms that, inside the film and out, will inevitably cease. Fragments of symphonic music at once capture a love affair and underscore the tragedy awaiting it.
- Drift Stage Main Theme b/w Exclusive Coupe 7” (Ghost Ramp)
Two tracks from Hugh Myrone’s soundtrack for retro-style arcade racer
Drift Stage on a car-shaped vinyl. The full soundtrack for Drift Stage will be released alongside the finished game some time this year.
>Gimmer Nicholson
– Christopher Idylls LP (Light In The Attic)
Upon first glance, one could be forgiven for wondering which is the artist and which is the title of this album. Memphis' Larry “Gimmer” Nicholson still remains a great unknown today, despite his having orbited the periphery of the city's music scene since the early '60s, playing with artists ranging from Furry Lewis to William Eggleston and influencing a young Chris Bell (Big Star). Fusing classical and folk music, the sound Gimmer created for
Christopher Idylls was evocative and unusual, it's chiming guitars recalling the music of centuries past while also-when recorded in 1968-being quite desperately ahead of its time.
– Oaf 7” (Deranged)
Evil riffs, raw tones, driving beats and manic vocals mark the self-titled debut 7” from newish Vancouver band Oaf. “... Grimy hardcore punk the way they used to make it and the way it’s supposed to be.” — Beatroute

>Mustafa Özkent
– Genclik Ile Elele [Reissue/1973] LP (Jackpot)
Limited splattered colored vinyl reissue of a Turkish psych/funk instrumental classic. Originally released in Turkey 1973, Özkent's masterpiece (creation) of an all instrumental Turkish psychedelic funk album, filled with classic beats and breaks still inspires long-time fans and first time listeners. The funky rhythms, hypnotic percussions, and heavy break beats makes this a holy grail amongst DJ's and music fans alike.

>Thee Oh Sees
– Fortress 7” (Castle Face)
Eight-armed, kinetic and racing ahead into distinctly dreamy and proggy territory, these two tracks are cut from nightmare cloth as only John P. Dwyer and Co. can weave, with an emphasis on the tossing and turning. A must-have addendum to
Mutilator, and a lovely hors d’oeuvre to whet one’s appetite for another full-length later this year.
>Pressing On
– No Defeat No Capitulation 12” (Deranged)
Portland’s Pressing On is comprised of members of the late and great Talk Is Poison, as well as From Ashes Rise and the still-going Raw Nerves. Expect nothing less than anthemic and defiant hardcore punk. An undeniable clenched-fist-pumper,
No Defeat No Capitulation retains a strong sense of melody in that great Talk Is Poison style but the band defines their own sound.
>The Relatives
– Can’t Feel Nothin’ b/w No Man Is An Island 7” (Ubiquity)
The Temptations-style vocal group is best known by crate-diggers for their 1971 debut single “Don't Let Me Fall,” which is also the title of a collection, released by Heavy Light Records in 2009, that documents their complete 1970's output. The psych-funk pioneers reunited in '09 and have been active ever since, touring the world and releasing their first proper full-length
The Electric Word in 2013. Their new record, Goodbye World set to drop in early 2016 is an elegy of sorts, since it showcases the final recordings of The Relatives' founder and leader Reverend Gean West, who died in February 2015 at the age of 78 in the midst of working on the album. His signature vocals can be heard on the A-side along with his brother Tommie West on top of a slow-rolling, bottom-heavy funk groove. The B-side finds their take on the classic “No Man Is An Island” with haunting guitars and combination of bass-to-falsetto vocals courtesy of their original guitarist Charles Ray “Gypsy” Mitchell.
>Pharoah Sanders
- Karma [Reissue/1969] LP (Impulse!)
Pharoah Sanders' third album as a leader is the one that defines him as a musician to the present day. There are only two tracks on
Karma, the 32-plus minute “The Creator Has A Master Plan” and the five-and-a-half-minute “Colours.” The band is one of Sanders' finest, and features vocalist Leon Thomas, drummer Billy Hart, Julius Watkins, James Spaulding, a pre-funk Lonnie Liston Smith, Richard Davis, Reggie Workman on bass, and Nathaniel Bettis on percussion.
>The Skiffle Players
– Skifflin’ LP (Spiritual Pajamas)
The Skiffle Players is Cass McCombs’ new group along with Neal Casal, Dan Horne, and Beachwood Sparks' “Farmer” Dave Scher and Aaron Sperske. The band takes a very deliberately old-school approach with
Skifflin’: while it isn’t quite straight-up washboard-bass skiffle music, it does sound like it emanates from another time, and features a mixture of originals and old ballads.
>Steep Leans
– Grips On Heat LP (Ghost Ramp)
Steep Leans is the Boston-based project of Gray Somers and the latest signee to Wavves’ label Ghost Ramp. “Steep Leans balances murky garage-rock and bright guitars for a polished sound that still maintains some sort of rawness. ‘Nightmare City’ features sweet dreamy psych-rock riffs and longing vocals of a rougher tone. It’s the kind of track you blast when you’re driving away from your hometown for the last time, cruising in search for anything bigger, if not better. ‘Navigator In The Night’ is the complementing moody surf-rock tune that would follow next on your runaway road trip playlist. Just when echoing guitar reverb chimes your years, ringing lo-fi feedback and loud drums takes you down a darker turn.” – Stereogum

>Stray From The Path
– Subliminal Criminals LP+MP3 (Sumerian)
Released last August on CD – now available on vinyl. Stray From The Path is a four piece alternative hardcore band, hailing from Long Island, New York. Colored vinyl pressing.

>Sun Ra
- Space Is The Place [Reissue/1973] LP (Impulse!)
Space Is The Place provides an excellent introduction to Sun Ra's vast and free-form jazz catalog. Typical of many Sun Ra recordings, the program is varied; earthbound songs, like the swing number “Images” and Egyptian exotica piece “Discipline,” fit right in with more space-age cuts, like the tumultuous “Sea Of Sounds” and the humorous “Rocket Number Nine.”
>Gabor Szabó
- Sorcerer [Reissue/1967] LP (Impulse!)
Gabor Szabó's quintet featuring Jimmy Stewart was one of the guitarist's very best units. Live performances like this, recorded at Boston's Jazz Workshop, document some of the excitement the group stirred in 1967-1968. The playing seems inspired, and the interplay within the group is something to behold -- even when performing lightweight tunes like “The Beat Goes On.” Szabó was an influential jazz guitarist, famous for mixing jazz, pop-rock and his native Hungarian music. Beginning in 1966 he recorded a well-received span of albums under his own name on the Impulse! label.

– The “Angry” Young Them! [Reissue/1965] LP (Sony Legacy)
Them – Them Again [Reissue/1966] LP (Sony Legacy)
The “Angry” Young Them! is the first album from the Northern Irish rock & roll group Them. The album was released in the UK in June 1965. The band's lead singer and songwriter was Van Morrison. In the U.S., the album was released as Them with partly different tracks. Six of the songs on the album were Morrison originals, including the famous garage band anthem “Gloria.” Them Again followed in 1966, and features the Van Morrison originals “My Lonely Sad Eyes” and “Hey Girl,” which can be seen as precursors to the poetic musings of his later Astral Weeks album, released in 1968.
>Total Abuse
– Excluded LP (Deranged)
“Sometimes punk is supposed to be gritty and scary. The music itself can often be made too trendy or palatable by squares, but real bands will still rise to the top with great music. That's what seems to be driving Total Abuse for all this time, who have been putting out records for nine years and keep getting better.
Excluded is a record that sounds like the feeling of being not cool enough for punk. Gritty breakdowns and power chords two-step together to gnarled vocals.” – Noisey (Music By Vice)
>Wild Throne
– Harvest Of Darkness LP (Roadrunner)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. “With elements in hardcore, metal, and prog-rock, Wild Throne are really pushing the boundaries of today's scene.” – Metal Injection

>Amy Winehouse
– Frank [Reissue/2003] LP (Republic)
Second repress (within a year) of Amy Winehouse’s debut album,
Frank, which was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize upon it’s original release. She also won an Ivor Novello award in 2004 for album opener (and her debut single) “Stronger Than Me.” If you missed out on last August’s reissue, now is your chance to pick up this classic on vinyl.
released 05 FEBRUARY 2015
>CDs + Vinyl:
>Patti Austin – Street Of Dreams CD (Water Music)
From queen of the jingle to the diva behind R&B's jazziest pop, Patti Austin is one of the clearest voices in contemporary pop music. This collection of classic standards and some newer tracks showcases Austin at her best.

>Eddie Baird
– Hard Graft [Reissue/1976] CD (Prog Temple)
Lincolnshire, England-born multi-instrumentalist Eddie Baird is best known as a member of Amazing Blondel. This solo album is, however, far removed from that band's renaissance folk style. A classy set of concise pop rock songs played entirely by Baird, it was recorded in Cornwall, England, in the summer of 1975 and released in 1976. It makes its long-overdue CD debut here.

– Baumann/Koek [Reissue/1979] CD (Bureau B)
Baumann/Koek is another hitherto undiscovered treasure of German electronic music, the only album by the electronic music pairing of Wolfgang Baumann and Ata Koek, both from Kempten, Bavaria, Germany. It was mixed in Conny Plank's studio and distributed, without a label, by the duo themselves in 1978. The music owes much to the Berlin School; layered sequencer patterns, swirling chord tapestries, a computer beat here and there. Eastern elements or hints thereof add a particular charm to Baumann/Koek, reissued here for the first time.
– Escapements CD/LP+MP3 (Ghostly Int’l)
“Our very own 2011 Band To Watch honorees Beacon tinker with beat-driven, addictive electro-pop goodness that works just as well on the dance floor or in headphones, and their newest single ‘Preserve’ is no exception to the rule. The Brooklyn band start off with hard-hitting bass beats alongside a sparkling flurry of synths, driven by anchored, steadied resolution. It flits towards the more ambient-pop side of the spectrum and leans away from the likes of R&B, but its frothy beats will be hard to resist under the lights of the disco ball. “Preserve” is pulled from Beacon’s LP titled
Escapements.” – Stereogum
>Jacob Bellens
– Polyester Skin CD (HFN)
Jacob Bellens's
Polyester Skin is sure to amaze left-field pop enthusiasts and singer-songwriter fans alike. The locally celebrated and award-winning singer-songwriter's third solo album is a wonderful mix of heartfelt lyrics, crisp and modern pop production, and Bellens's signature vocals, which never fail to captivate.
>Billion Dollar Babies
– Chemical God CD (Metalville)
New album from the Swedish hard rockers.

>John Cale
– Music For A New Society/M:FANS [Reissue/1982] 2xCD (Domino)
Cale’s long out-of-print 1982 masterpiece,
Music For A New Society, has been remastered and is now reissued along side a radical new reworking of that critically-lauded album entitled M:FANS. (Both were released on vinyl a few weeks ago.)
>Michael Cerveris
– Piety CD (Low Heat)
After years of high volume punk and alternative rock, Cerveris follows up his indie-rock guest star-studded 2004 Dog Eared solo debut with a return to his southern roots for this album of lushly orchestrated, melodic Americana. Vinyl edition due March 4.

>Circle Jerks
– VI [Reissue/1987] CD (Real Gone Music)
Digitally remastered edition of an overlooked punk classic.

>Cirque Du Soleil
- Toruk - The First Flight CD (Cirque Du Soleil)
Inspired by James Cameron’s
Avatar, Toruk – The First Flight, a live experience by Cirque du Soleil, envisions a world beyond imagination thousands of years before the events depicted in the film.
>Jason Collett
– Song And Dance Man CD/LP (Arts & Crafts)
“Song And Dance Man,” the title track from Jason Collett’s sixth full-length album, finds the singer/songwriter back at center stage, with three-minutes-and-change and a story to sing. Featuring the bright production touch of Bahamas’ Afie Jurvanen, “Song And Dance Man” covers the trials and triumphs of the modern musician with poignant poetry: If you can tweet something brilliant, you got a marketing plan.
Song And Dance Man’s thirteen songs bear the wit and melody of classic Jason Collett: contemplative reflections on getting older, backed with an affinity for freewheeling ‘70s dance music. The album’s conspiring themes of love and loneliness, sun and shadows, are buoyed by its soaring sound. Each song rises into an easy, spacious groove, lead by Jason’s languid melodies and Afie’s sun-drunk bass.
>Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari
- Tales Of Mozambique [Reissue/1975] CD/2xLP (Soul Jazz)
Count Ossie is the central character in the development of Rastafarian roots music, nowadays an almost mythical and iconic figure. His importance in bringing Rastafarian music to a populist audience is matched only by Bob Marley's promotion of the faith internationally in the 1970s. Soul Jazz Records reissues Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation's seminal 1975 album
Tales Of Mozambique in a fully remastered edition, expanded with two bonus rare single-only tracks.
>The Cult
– Hidden City CD/2xLP (Cooking Vinyl)
Following up their 2012 album,
Choice Of Weapon, singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy teamed up for the writing as the band’s only remaining original members. Explaining the concept behind the new record, Astbury said, “Hidden City is a metaphor for our spiritual lives, our intimate interior lives,” adding “I find today’s gurus are trying to peddle some cure, product or insight as if it’s a new phenomenon. My place is to respond, not react, to observe, participate and share through words and music. There is no higher authority than the heart.” The song “Dark Energy,” opens the album with a jumpy, swinging rhythm that sees Astbury’s signature croon enter shortly after. Keeping the bouncing rhythm, Duffy injects his ethereal, textured guitar playing hinting back at the band’s post-punk and goth rock days while maintaining their modern day sound.
– Degraded CD (Metalville)
Fifth album from the Swedish melodic death metal band.

>Luther Dickinson
– Blues & Ballads (A Folksingers Songbook) Volumes I & II CD/2xLP+MP3 (New West)
“This acoustic collection of songs interpreted simply, recorded live, solo or with a small group of friends, celebrates my relationship between music, songs, the written word and legacy.
Blues & Ballads celebrates the American oral tradition of blues and folk songs, not only being passed down and evolving but being transcribed (the original recording technique) and entered into the discipline of written sheet music and songbooks. I represent the Memphis underground and the mid-south region's music. This art is not for the masses. It is meant to wither and fade and then rise from the ashes again and again, evolving and mutating.” -- Luther Dickinson 2015
– Is The Is Are CD/2xLP (Captured Tracks)
“There are plenty of bands that have served as their own worst enemies. DIIV had all the makings of a band banging on the door to stardom—hooks for days, a distinctive aesthetic in a crowded field, an edgy frontman who has acquired his own mythos. So the wait between their debut and sophomore efforts was an unwelcome wrinkle. After curating one of the finer entries into the Captured Tracks discography, the Brooklyn genre-melders hit a few snags, most notably Zachary Cole Smith’s arrest in late 2013 and drummer Colby Hewitt’s departure due to drug addiction. It all made a one-and-done affair seem like a real possibility.
Is The Is Are’s opening line captures this sentiment perfectly: ‘You’re out of sight/And out of mind.’ DIIV were essentially off the grid for three years, more than enough time to be supplanted by a new rival. But rather than a distraction, the tabloid drama surrounding the band became the fodder for their new album. Is The Is Are takes everything that DIIV did well on Oshin, deepens it, broadens it, fiddles with more permutations, and does it all to excess.” – Pretty Much Amazing
>Lou Doillon
– Lay Low CD (Verve)
New release from the French singer/songwriter. Lou is Charlotte Gainsbourg's half-sister, the daughter of Jane Birkin and French filmmaker Jacques Doillon. Like her famous half-sibling, Lou also dabbles regularly in both music and film.

>Dr. Dog
– The Psychedelic Swamp CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
“Philly's Dr. Dog made their first record,
The Psychedelic Swamp, in 2000 but never officially released it. Sure, there've been bootlegs, and any long-time Dr. Dog diehard can list the LP's songs — but the collection never got a chance to really shine. Now 15 years later, the album has gotten a complete makeover. The strange thing is not that the band is returning to the first thing they ever created together, but that returning was their intention all the while. ‘The concept behind it is that we were always going to redo it and make it super-accessible pop, which was built into the concept of The Psychedelic Swamp. Part of the original record that is so unlistenable is that," he pauses to laugh, ‘it was trapped in a psychedelic swamp.’” – Charleston City Paper
>Dressy Bessy
– Kingsized CD/LP (Yep Roc)
First new album from the Denver “sweet-and-tart power-poppers” (Stereogum) four-piece since 2008 – features guest appearances from e R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, Wild Flag keyboardist Rebecca Cole, the Polyphonic Spree drummer Jason Garner, Young Fresh Fellows/The Minus 5’s Scott McCaughey, Apples In Stereo’s Eric Allen, and more.

>Drowning Pool
– Hellelujah CD (E1)
The platinum-plus conquerors from The Lone Star State deliver their heaviest batch of hell raising anthems, each burning with fiery adrenaline destined to light the radio ablaze and ignite crowds into impassioned sing-alongs.

>C Duncan
– Architect CD/LP (FatCat)
The son of two classical musicians, Christopher was drawn so persuasively to indie and alternative music and playing in school bands as a teen that he added guitar, bass guitar and drums to his existing repertoire of viola and piano, studying all five instruments at the same time. His debut LP for FatCat,
Architect, is full of achingly personal songcraft that's been recognized by NME, BBC Music, The Gurardian, Stereogum and most recently nominated for the UK's Mercury Prize.
– Connection CD (Cuneiform)
New album from the forward-looking sax/vibes-led quartet. Having won a MOBO in 2010 for Best Jazz Act, Empirical have established themselves through a sharply defined sound revolving around vibist Lewis Wright’s probing chords and melodies, saxophonist Nathaniel Facey’s cutting alto lines and the propulsive interaction of bassist Tom Farmer and drummer Shaney Forbes.

>Endless Tapes
– Brilliant Waves CD (Hard World)
Endless Tapes is a collaboration between bassist and composer Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree, Metallic Taste of Blood, Twinscapes, O.R.k., etc.) and drummer and multi-instrumentalist Alessandro "Petrol" Pedretti. Following their eponymous 2013 EP,
Brilliant Waves is the duo's dazzling debut album. Setting out their plan for an immersive and engaging album, Endless Tapes road tested their material in early 2014 over a series of well received live dates in Italy (with the duo expanded to a full four-piece band and working in conjunction with stunning visuals by video artist Danilo di Prizio). Building on the duo's previously released material, Brilliant Waves showcases a kaleidoscopic collection of instrumentals.
– As Subtle As Tomorrow CD (Cuneiform)
Drawing on the spirit of the avant-garde, inflections of minimalism and cutting-edge electro-acoustic techniques, Ergo mines areas of sound unique in modern jazz. With pianist/keyboardist Sam Harris, drummer Shawn Baltazor, and led by Brett Sroka on trombone and computer, the band release their fourth album,
As Subtle As Tomorrow. The record documents a suite of pieces in which overlapping melodies, motifs and improvisations played by the ensemble are organically transformed into electronic elements of the music in real time -- inspired by the stark intensity and hymn-like clarity of the Emily Dickinson poem it's named after.
>Fat White Family
– Songs For Our Mothers CD/LP (Fat Possum)
Some will hail this hair-raising, pulse-quickening and indignant collection of glitterball disco, smacked out psych, glam funk, heart-breaking torch songs and otherworldly slabs of kraut n’ western as the shot in the arm that independent rock has been ailing after. And a shot in the arm is exactly what this album is. For if modern indie rock, DIY, alt-country – call it what you will – is sick, then the Fat Whites are the pretty nurse with Munchausen’s Syndrome by proxy, pushing down the plunger on the syringe; murdering the bed-ridden patient with a tainted injection right under everyone’s noses. They have witnessed an entire musical scene teetering on the verge of terminal irrelevancy and given it a hard shove void-wards.

>Field Music
– Common Time CD/2xLP+MP3 (Memphis Industries)
“The first thing to note is the title. Field Music, aka the brothers Brewis, are not known for writing songs in ‘common time’, with regular numbers of beats to the bar. Their last, quite brill album
Plumb was full of tunes in wonky time signatures, just like their other three studio albums. Intelligent pop music like Hot Chip, Steely Dan and Pet Shop Boys are the models, but Field Music have a real claim on being their own genre. For all the lop-sidedness of their tunes, there are still tunes within them.” – Press PLAY
>Fleshgod Apocalypse
– King CD (Nuclear Blast)
New album from the Italian symphonic-death metal masters.

>Josephine Foster
- No More Lamps in the Morning CD/LP (Fire America)
Josephine Foster’s
No More Lamps In the Morning is a new folk route, a stripped down starsailor vector connecting heller to highwater. Foster, on nylon string guitar, and husband Victor Herrero, accompanying on Portuguese guitar, together weave intimate readings of songs spanning Foster's songwriting career.
– Scheherazade CD/LP (Bloodshot)
“After 10 years of no new material, Freakwater have released an eighth kickass album,
Scheherazade. This Kentucky-recorded album is both haunting and alluring. Scheherazade is diverse in style but consistent in talent, an album divided between fiddling murder ballads like ‘What The People Want’ and Southern-beachy-feeling tracks like ‘Velveteen Matador.’ This electric-folk album presents a track that is instrumentally upbeat, and then the next is slow-going and grave. Lyrically, Scheherazade reflects on affliction and imminent death. With distant-sounding harmonies and soothing electric-sets, Freakwater manifests the best elements of a bluesy, electric, country-folk band.” – Slug Magazine
>Dori Freeman
– Dori Freeman CD/LP (Free Dirt)
Dori Freeman’s eponymous debut album a gorgeous, lyrically rich country-folk record, produced by Teddy Thompson (son of Richard & Linda Thompson).

>Game Theory
– Lolita Nation [Reissue/1987] 2xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Omnivore)
This expanded reissue of Game Theory’s ambitious fourth album adds a disc of alternate mixes, live recordings, and radio sessions – 48 tracks total. “Game Theory leader Scott Miller has never made much of a secret of his fondness for Big Star, but while Real Nighttime favored the sound of
#1 Record and The Big Shot Chronicles suggested the harder-edged tone of Radio City, Lolita Nation sounded like Game Theory's variation on the themes of Big Star's masterfully damaged swan song, Third/Sister Lovers. Certainly Game Theory's most ambitious album, Lolita Nation was a two-LP set that combined some of Miller's most user-friendly power pop with dark, moody ruminations on betrayal, failed love, and mortality, bursts of avant-garde noise, and fragments of unclassifiable studio doodling, all thrown into a sonic Cuisinart through Miller's aggressive use of aural montage.” – AllMusic
>GoGo Penguin
– Man Made Object CD (Blue Note)
GoGo Penguin’s trademark mash-up of minimalist piano themes, deeply propulsive bass lines & electronica-inspired drums has seen them shortlisted for the Mercury Prize w/ their last album v2.0 & has fuelled their exhilarating live shows around the world. Vinyl version due March 4.

>Josh Groban
– Stages Live CD+DVD/CD+Blu-ray (Reprise)
2015 live set as seen on PBS in promotion of Groban’s seventh album,
Stages, which has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
>Buddy Guy
– I’ll Play The Blues For You – Live CD (Klondike)
WHCN-FM broadcast of Buddy Guy live from The Sting in Connecticut on January 9, 1992. Professionally remastered original broadcast with background liners and rare archival photos.

>Herbie Hancock
– Live In Chicago 1977 CD (Hi Hat)
By 1977 Herbie Hancock was firmly established as America's leading purveyor of jazz-funk. This superb performance at the Ivanhoe Theater in Chicago on February 16, 1977, finds him playing with Weather Report's legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius, as well as Bennie Maupin (tenor sax, bass clarinet) and James Levi (drums). Broadcast on the local WXRT-FM, it offers a setlist anchored in Hancock's
Head Hunters (1973) era, but also includes a track from Maupin's superb Slow Traffic To The Right album (1977).
>Randy Hansen
– Funtown CD (Jazzhaus)
Randy Hansen's first studio album release in over 11 years surprises with spherical sounds à la Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa, as well as innovative sounds à la Jimi Hendrix.

>Michael Head & The Strands
– The Olde World CD/LP (Megaphone)
The Olde World collects previously unreleased tracks and remixes from the sessions of the classic 1997 album The Magical World Of The Strands, co- produced by Oasis producer Mark Coyle. “An absolutely magnificent record - full of vim and vigour and a hazy kind of folky introspection. The Magical World is near perfection; The Olde World runs it very close.” – Norman Records UK
>Hey Marseilles
- Hey Marseilles CD (Shanachie)
Breaking out of the fertile Seattle music scene, where they have been quite popular, Hey Marseilles has won critical acclaim with their distinctive “chamber pop” sound. “The now five-piece group have traded some of their sweeping, orchestral arrangements for more succinct, pop production techniques courtesy of Grammy-winning hip-hop producer Anthony Kilhoffer.” – Sun Times

>High Highs
– Cascades CD/LP (PIAS)
Cascades, the title of the second record from the Brooklyn group High Highs, could be read in a number of ways. It could be taken as a nod to the group’s hometown -- the coastal Australian city of Sydney, which rests against the beautiful, blue Pacific Ocean. Or it could be a nod to the record’s sound, which retains the broad scope of the group’s debut, Open Season, but feels bigger, and grander sheets of sound, raining down softly. In reality, though, the title is a memory a moment Jack Milas and Oli Chang remember while driving through the Cascade Mountains on tour. The song it comes from, also called, “Cascades,” is bright and expansive, silver threads of guitar laced through soft layers of synths. It builds softly and steadily, Milas voice swooping up to an aching falsetto on the chorus, synths pooling gently beneath him. More than anything else, the song is an indication of how far the group has come in a short period of time from working together in a recording studio in Australia to opening for Sky Ferreira and Vampire Weekend.
>Anna Homler and Steve Moshier
- Breadwoman & Other Tales CD/LP (RVNG Intl.)
“Brooklyn label RVNG Intl. has really earned a reputation for digging up essential reissues in recent years, putting out all manner of avant-garde obscurities and cult experimental records we never knew we needed, from Kerry Leimer’s ‘artificial band’ Savant to ‘70s psych-folk artist Bobby Brown. The next vintage record to be given a second life on the label is a curious relic from Los Angeles’ 1980s art scene, an exercise in DIY myth-making by multi-disciplinary artists Anna Homler and Steve Moshier.
Breadwoman & Other Tales is the collected recordings of their unique collaboration, which pairs performance artist Homler’s far-out vocalese with music composed, mixed and engineered by Moshier.” – Fact Mag
>The Hound Of Love
– Careful Houndy CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Burger)
Infectious solo pop debut from Eans Wilder of The Mean Jeans. “For the most part,
Careful Houndy explores the various sub-genres of '80s synth pop. Album opener ‘Action Sequence’ balances the bopping dance cadence of an '80s club along with the darker undercurrents of the then-rising goth scene, creating an instrumental that could have fit on the more threatening Flock of Seagulls tracks. On ‘ParabolsebalouieGOAL’ the dystopian, cold sounds of Tubeway Army are explored across a buzzing instrumental that could have fit in Blade Runner.” –
>The Ides Of March
– Vehicle [Reissue/1970] CD (Real Gone Music)
When The Ides Of March's “Vehicle”
roared up to #2 in the spring of 1970, it might have seemed to most of North America that the band had come out of nowhere, so swift and sudden was the single's rise up the charts. In fact, however, the groups had been recording and performing since the mid-1960s, putting in years of honing their craft in both the studio and Chicago-area gigs before the big payoff. The horn-driven soul-rock of “Vehicle” might have been what first caught the ears of many listeners, but the band's extensive experience in all forms of rock music was reflected in the Vehicle album itself, whose diverse material also encompassed folk-rock and extended progressive workouts.
>The James Hunter Six
– Hold On! CD/LP (Daptone)
“In early 2013, the James Hunter Six’s long-awaited release,
Minute By Minute, a collaboration with producer Gabe Roth of Daptone Records fame, was released via Fantasy Records although Daptone secured the vinyl issue rights. Now, the two entities have gone even deeper as the James Hunter Six’s new album, Hold On!, is a full-on Daptone release. Across ten tracks, their signature sound—one they call retrogressive—is instantly recognizable. With a thump of bass and warm horns adorned throughout, it’s easily just as good as their previous album, which was one of the highlights in all of 2013” – Wax Poetics. “The UK’s best soul singer.” – Mojo
>Elton John
– Wonderful Crazy Night CD/LP (Island)
rd album from Elton John -- co-produced by Elton and T-Bone Burnett. In addition to working again with longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin and producer Burnett, Wonderful Crazy Night finds John reuniting with some vital band members for the first time in nearly a decade: Drummer Nigel Olsson and guitarist Davey Johnstone, who first performed alongside John in the late- ‘60s and early- ‘70s, respectively, both appear on an Elton John album for the first time since 2006's The Captain & The Kid. Percussionist Ray Cooper, bassist Matt Bissonette, keyboardist Kim Bullard and percussionist John Mahon round out the Wonderful Crazy Night crew. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds two bonus tracks.
>Majid Jordan
– Majid Jordan CD (OVO Sounds)
Majid Jordan is an emerging Toronto record producing and performing duo comprised of Jordan Ullman and Majid Al Maskati. Their self-titled debut album includes the song “My Love” featuring Drake.

>Junior Boys
– Big Black Coat CD/LP+MP3 (City Slang)
Big Black Coat is a rich, direct, synth-pop record that introduces a new side to Junior Boys. It finds their signature sound counterbalanced by a new minimal approach. The second half of the album embraces a boiled down simplicity, incorporating elements of industrial and dubstep, reminiscent of long nights on the dance floor.
>Charles Kelley
– The Driver CD (Capitol Nashville)
Stepping outside of Lady Antebellum, Kelley explores new territory with a raw sound that pushes his vocals into a lower, grittier key. Includes a cover of Tom Petty’s “Southern Accents” featuring Stevie Nicks.

>Sammy Kershaw
- Anthology - Rare Masters 1958-1969 2xCD (Cleopatra)
A treasure trove of 50+ vintage unreleased studio recordings and demos by Cajun country and folk legend Doug Kershaw performing both with his brother Rusty and solo.

>King Mud
– Victory Motel Sessions CD (Alive)
Vinyl version due February 19. “Los Angeles isn’t exactly a hotbed for blues rock — most would suggest journeying south for that — however, that didn’t keep King Mud from pulling together a record that sounds as though it was born deep in the Mississippi Delta.” – Consequence Of Sound

– One Fine Morning [Reissue/1971] CD (Prog Temple)
Originally formed in 1968, this legendary Canadian horn-rock band spanned rock 'n' roll, jazz, and classical music. Released in June 1971,
One Fine Morning is their fourth album, and its title-track became an international hit. Originally issued on the legendary Vertigo imprint in the UK, it makes its long-overdue return to CD here.
>The London Suede
– Night Thoughts [Deluxe Edition] CD+DVD (Rhino)
This Deluxe edition of The London Suede’s seventh album includes a bonus DVD containing a film based on the album. “The mark of a successful relationship is if its parties can evolve together. Britpop luminaries Suede proved theirs could be built to last when they reunited after a decade apart for
Bloodsports in 2013, and lord knows they faced challenges during their ’90s heyday: industry pressure, member turnover (founding guitarist Bernard Butler acrimoniously left after 1994’s Dog Man Star), a frustrating name change (a lounge singer’s early ’90s lawsuit forced them to be billed as ‘The London Suede’ in the US), rampant drug abuse, and, ultimately, burnout. But breaks can lead to happy reunions, and on their second album post-comeback, Night Thoughts, the glam-rock revivalists again sound physically rejuvenated despite carrying an emotional albatross.” -- SPIN
>Gary Lucas’ Fleischerei featuring Sarah Stiles
- Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons CD (Cuneiform)
Next to Walt Disney, Max Fleischer is one of the best known cartoonist of the 20th century, creating the one and only Betty Boop. In addition to creating Betty, Fleischer Studios brought the newspaper comic Popeye the Sailor and the cast there to (animated) life. Guitarist Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley) has long been a fan of Fleischer's work and has long wished to develop a band to present the music that was used in these cartoons (some of it written for the cartoons, but most of them standards of the ‘20s and ‘30s). With Fleischerei, he has done exactly that.

>Mass Gothic
– Mass Gothic CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
Mass Gothic is led by former Boston-based band Hooray For Earth singer Noel Heroux. “If you've spent any time around rock and roll, you know that some great music has come out of depression, oftentimes when the musician explores it alone. In attempt to get back to his four-track days, Heroux made an album of weird synth-rock largely on his own, under the moniker Mass Gothic. It's a surprising album, mostly in its ability to sound buoyant and tense simultaneously; its first single, ‘Nice Night,’ is the apex of the latter.” – Vulture

>Mikkel Metal
– Resemblance CD (Echocord)
Mikkel Metal was the first artist on Echocord and the main reason for the label's inception. After many releases, he returns to Echocord in 2016 with his first full-length album since 2008's
Peaks And Troughs. Bypassing dub-techno as the starting point, this is music clearly consistent with his earlier output. Its ten tracks evolve around a melancholic melodic framework, and while there is clearly a nod to Detroit and another to dub-techno, the overall impression is consistently and unmistakably of Mikkel Metal himself. A hypnotic, very enjoyable, and thorough return from the Danish artist.
>Nap Eyes
– Thought Rock Fish Scale CD/LP+MP3 (Paradise Of Bachelors)
Recorded live to tape, with no overdubs, on the North Shore of Nova Scotia, Nap Eyes' quietly contemplative sophomore record refines and elaborates their debut, offering an airier, more spacious second chapter, a bracing blast of bright oceanic sunshine after the moonlit alleys of
Whine Of The Mystic. But the briny, cold Atlantic roils beneath these exquisite, literate guitar pop songs, posing riddles about friendship, faith, mortality, and self-doubt. For fans of The Only Ones/England's Glory, The Modern Lovers, The Clean, The Verlaines, The Go-Betweens, Bedhead, and all things Lou Reed.
>Nothing But Thieves
– Nothing But Thieves CD (RCA)
Hailing from Southend-on-Sea in Essex, England, Nothing But Thieves make passionate guitar-based rock that balances indie rock artfulness with a pop sensibility.

– Akróasis CD/2xLP+MP3 (Relapse)
“It has been five years since the release of Obscura's universally acclaimed
Omnivium album. Now the progressive metal masters return with their strongest and most dynamic release to date. The aptly named Akróasis (Greek for ‘hearing’ or ‘listening’) draws on all the various elements of Obscura's signature sound and combines those qualities into a cohesive and mind-blowing whole. Produced by the band and V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence) Akróasis is eight songs diverse enough to serve as a near-comprehensive introduction to all of extreme metal. Packed to the gills with virtuosic musicianship, compelling themes, and airtight songwriting, Akróasis will undoubtedly breathe new life into death metal, progressive metal and beyond.” – Blabbermouth
>The Pines
– Above The Prairie CD/LP (Red House)
“Reminiscent of Ryan Adams, Alpha Rev and even some latter-day Bob Dylan, the pride of Minneapolis goes full-bore reflective in this bluegrass, country and Americana record that is deep in mood and lyric alike.” – The Washington Times

– Pool CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Pool marks a major step forward for Porches frontman Aaron Maine—as an evolving singer/songwriter, and as a nascent producer. Written and recorded almost entirely in his Manhattan apartment, Pool is an elegant set of gorgeous synth-driven pop songs. The album is a fully immersive listening experience highlighting Maine’s insightfully filtered melancholy. “Musical and romantic partner Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos lays her vocals like a cool sheet on ‘Hour,’ the album’s reflective first listen, a calming salve to Maine’s ragged loner stonerisms…” – SPIN
>Product Of Hate
– Buried In Violence CD (Napalm)
This five-piece honed their brutal and groovy thrash sound/NWOAHM on tour with bands Lamb Of God, Meshuggah and Job For A Cowboy.

– X: No Absolutes CD/2xLP+CD (Steamhammer/SPV)
Tenth album from the American thrash metal icons.

>Eric Prydz
– Opus 2xCD (Astralwerks)
From the golden-age of Swedish techno that dragged him into club culture, to the synth-pop of the 1980s that sparked his love affair with electronic music,
Opus reveals the influences that have shaped Prydz’ style.
>Rhapsody Of Fire
– Into The Legend CD (AFM)
Into The Legend is an album full of epic metal, enchanting sound landscapes, (real) orchestra and huge choirs. Available in Regular and Deluxe (digipak) editions. Deluxe adds two bonus tracks.
>Rival Choir
– I Believe, Help My Unbelief CD (Facedown)
Formerly known as Mouth Of The South, Rival Choir is the beginning of a new chapter for this Texas band.
I Believe, Help My Unbelief provides continuity of sound for the band, showcasing their hardcore and metal roots.
>Steve Roach
– Emotions Revealed CD (Projekt)
Discovered serendipitously in 2015, these lost tracks created just prior to the
Structures From Silence era (1984) represent two then-emerging sides of Steve’s artistic muse. “Emotion Revealed” is a mesmerizing, yearning sequencer exploration connected to the German school of electronic music. “Firelight’ was his first long-form atmospheric composition of emotional introspection stillness, silence, and solitude. Two essential touchstones of Steve’s sonic origin.
>Renee Rosnes
– Written In The Rocks CD (Smoke Sessions)
Canadian jazz pianist and composer Renee Rosnes has enjoyed an expansive career, having toured and recorded with many legendary artists including Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson, Bobby Hutcherson, James Moody, Ron Carter, and was an original member of the SFJAZZ Collective. As a leader, Rosnes has released twelve recordings, four of which have garnered Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy. On her new recording
Written In The Rocks, Rosnes features an inspired quintet of frequent collaborators including vibraphonist Steve Nelson, saxophonist/flutist Steve Wilson, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Bill Stewart.
– Desert Hellfire CD (New Density)
A three-track CD from from experimental dark folk project S.R.B.M., aka Sonoran Rebel Black Magick. Western folk combined with influence of doom and ambient black metal performed by Andrew Markuszewski of Avichi, Nachmystium and Lord Mantis fame.

>Seven Sisters Of Sleep
– Ezekiel’s Hags CD/2xLP+MP3 (Relapse)
A venomous mixture of doom, death metal, black metal, d-beat and grind from the infamous Southern California quintet.

– Supernatural Love CD/LP (Real World)
“The Anglo-Colombian troupe led by Richard Blair have been pioneers of the electro-Latin sound, mixing beats with Colombia’s loping, accordion-led cumbia. Here, Sidestepper take a contrary turn with an essentially acoustic set shot through with unobtrusive electronica and led by melodic female vocals.” – The Guardian

>Elliott Smith
– Heaven Adores You Soundtrack CD (UMe)
Heaven Adores You is the soundtrack to the 2014 documentary about the life and music of indie singer/songwriter Elliott Smith. In addition to having at least one song from each of his albums, the track listing contains over a dozen previously unreleased Elliott Smith songs, spanning the length of his career. Vinyl edition due March 18.
>Stanley and The Ten Sleepless Knights
- Quelbe! Music Of The U.S. Virgin Islands CD (Smithsonian Folkways)
Stanley Jacobs and The Ten Sleepless Knights wrap the old-time Virgin Islands quelbe sound of squash (gourd rasp), steel (triangle), flute, and banjo uke, in the contemporary trappings of electric keyboard, drum set, conga, and electric bass. The distinctively Caribbean, yet uniquely Virgin Islands, sound of quelbe music is an old but new dance music. Declared the “official” music of the United States Virgin Islands, classic songs such as “Queen Mary” and “LaBega Carousel” tell of historical events on the island of St. Croix, while other pieces accompany the local traditions of quadrille dance.

>Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys
– The Complete Jessup Recordings Plus! 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
This 34-track double-CD collection brings together all three albums that Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys cut with Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley, plus both albums they recorded for the Jessup Label.

>Stephen Stills & Manassas
- Bananafish Gardens, NY CD (Air Cuts)
This superb set at the Bananafish Garden in Brooklyn on April 16, 1973, took place shortly before the release of Stephen Stills & Manassas’ second album,
Down The Road, in May of that year, and features material from both of their LPs, as well as material by Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, and CSNY. The complete WBCN-FM broadcast is presented here in digitally remastered sound with background notes and images.
>Sultans Of String
– Subcontinental Drift CD (Century Media)
The award-winning Sultans of String create “energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn” according to Maverick Magazine. Thrilling their audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban and South Asian rhythms, the group celebrates musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar, while bass and percussion lay down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance.

>Sunflower Bean
– Human Ceremony CD/LP (Fat Possum)
“As a band, Sunflower Bean have grown exceptionally fast. On the heels of strong live shows around their Brooklyn hometown and festivals like CMJ, the three-piece dropped an EP earlier this year. Since then, they’ve nailed down tours with the likes of Wolf Alice, DIIV, Best Coast, and others, leading to a staggering 100 performances in the span of just one year. That’s a lot for a fresh outfit. Recorded in just seven days, Hum
an Ceremony sees them refining their psych rock ways into something with a bit more of a fuzzy pop edge, with a press release referencing influences like The Cure, The Velvet Underground, and The Feelies.” – Consequence Of Sound
– Still CD (Mass Appeal/E1)
“It’s been 24 years since teenaged singers Cheryl “Coko” Clemons, Tamara “Taj” Johnson-George and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons—better known as SWV (Sisters With Voices)—released their 1992 debut It’s About Time, but the women are still doing their thing on the road and in the studio. Although SWV originally disbanded in 1998 (a year after the release of their third and least favorite album Release Some Tension, featuring production from Missy Elliott and Sean “Puffy Combs), they’ve been back together since 2005.
Still features the singles ‘Ain’t No Man’ (a wicked mid-tempo tribute to the loves in their lives) and ‘Man Crush Everyday’ (a beautiful bubble bath ballad). Recorded in Miami between tour dates, the women worked with producer/songwriter Cainon Lamb (Beyoncé, Keyshia Cole).” -- Ebony
– Phenotype CD (Nuclear Blast)
“Dutch metalcore band, Textures, has been delivering complex and experimental music since 2001. Melding progressive, melodic, and metalcore, Textures is at last spewing forth
Phenotype, their fifth album and part one of their musical diptych, with the second half, Genotype, releasing in 2017. Short, gorgeous in the right places, metal in others, Phenotype is an album that coalesces your love for all rock genres into one collection of audial art.” – Rock Revolt Magazine
– Venomizer CD (Soulfood)
The second album by Swabian thrashers Traitor will not disappoint fans of Teutonic metal.

>Various Artists [London Orion Orchestra]
- Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here Symphonic CD (Decca)
This new symphonic reworking of
Wish You Were Here was recorded at Abbey Road Studios where Pink Floyd recorded the original, and marks the 40th anniversary of the original album release. The diverse line-up of contributors features Alice Cooper (vocals), Dave Fowler & Stephen McElroy of the Australian Pink Floyd Show (guitars), Rick Wakeman (keyboards) and the London Orion Orchestra with Peter Scholes (conductor and arranger).
>Various Artists
- Soul Sok Séga CD/2xLP (Strut)
Séga is the traditional music of Mauritius (a small island off the coast of Madagascar) and is known as the “blues” of the Indian Ocean. The music was born during the 17th to 19th centuries by African slaves seeking relief from harsh conditions in sugar cane fields and on colonial land by dancing to improvised music incorporating rhythms from their homelands in West Africa, Mozambique, Zanzibar or Madagascar. From these diverse African influences sprang a new, insular dance and music, the séga.

>Various Artists
- The Red Bird Girls Very First Time in True Stereo 1964 – 1966 CD (Real Gone Music)
Founded in 1964 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and run by George Goldner, Red Bird is considered to this day as the girl group label of the ‘60s, and this collection features the biggest stars on the label roster, and sources its first-time stereo mixes straight from the original master tapes.

>Various Artists
- Why The Mountains Are Black - Primeval Greek Village Music: 1907-1960 CD/2xLP (Third Man)
Double-disc collection of primal and unhinged Greek village music that at times sounds more like free jazz or doom folk, feral and trance-like as it is. After years of research, fieldwork and collecting, Christopher King—Grammy-winning producer, sound-engineer, curator and writer—has gathered together from his private 78 rpm archive the most mind expanding and libido inducing song and dance music from the rural hinterlands of mainland Greece and its islands. Recorded between 1907 and 1960, this collection contains the first and the last—the alpha and the omega—of Greek demotika—or folk music.

>Trixie Whitley
– Porta Bohemica CD (MRI/IUnday)
“Based in Brooklyn, the Belgian-American multi-instrumentalist Trixie Whitley delves into dark, bluesy rock that sits adrift more sinister-sounding undertones. [Album track] ‘Soft Spoken Words’ simmers and boils in angry waters, the shadowy instrumentation of guitars billowing under Whitley’s own soulful vocals, both doing well to balance the other. It’s fearless and unwavering, the content of the lyrics anything but soft.” -- Stereogum

>Lucinda Williams
– The Ghosts Of Highway 20 CD/LP (Highway 20)
We’ve all heard about the iconic vibe of Route 66, the neon lights on Broadway and the ocean air of the Pacific Coast Highway. But there are untold stories emanating from countless blue highways across the land like Interstate 20, which cuts a 1500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas, and cuts deep into the spirit of those who’ve spent their lives traversing it. Lucinda Williams is one of those people, and with the expansive, enveloping
The Ghosts Of Highway 20, she brings those stories to life and gives listeners a remarkably vivid look at how the highway has been a literal and figurative backdrop throughout her entire life.
>Johnny Winter
– Live Bootleg Series Vol. 12 CD (Friday Music)
The never-ending cavalcade of rare live sets from the late blues-rock guitarist rolls forth, unabated, into its twelfth hour.

>Erik Wøllo
– Visions – A Collection Of Music By… CD (Projekt)
This budget-priced collection brings together standout tracks from the twelve Projekt releases by this renowned Norwegian electronic artist.
Visions highlights the cascading melodic and consonant lyrical side of Erik’s intuitively-crafted soundworlds. On these eight expressively performed and immaculately produced instrumentals, his luscious sense of harmony and narrative mix with insistent electronic rhythms.
>Daniel Zamir
– Forth & Back CD (Jazzhaus)
Over the past decade, 35-year-old saxophonist and composer Daniel Zamir has become one of the most important virtuosos in Israel. With his 11th CD release -- and his first with a German label -- comes the opportunity to get to know this amazing representative of Jewish jazz.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Beat Connection
– Product 3 LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Regular black vinyl edition of a late- 2015 release. What began as a party-starting DJ duo at the University of Washington, has since blossomed into a four-piece that brings the beats with an incandescent, sample-heavy sound that has quickly evolved to a rock fan’s fantasy of exactly what a live electronic show should be. Their latest single “So Good” has been garnering rave reviews in the blogosphere where calls it “a breezy, pop-confection that seems to subtly channel Junip and classic ‘80s synth pop where shimmering guitar chords… and swirling electronics are paired with an effortlessly soulful voice and an incredibly catchy, arena-friendly hook.”
Product 3 also features “Another Go Around”, which COS calls “peppered with the wondrous echo of groovy sitar strings, the track is equal parts funk jam and breezy pop ballad. They may be from one of the nation’s most overcast cities, but their bubbly electropop is a sunny afternoon jam of the highest order.”
>Birds In Row
– You, Me, & The Violence LP (Deathwish, Inc.)
Released late last October on CD – now available on vinyl. Debut studio album by the French hardcore punk band.

>Cloudland Canyon
– An Arabesque LP (Medical Records)
While past recordings on Holy Mountain and Kranky flirted with drone and krautrock modes,
An Arabesque skews in a more rhythmic direction with shades of naive disco and new age.
>Philip Corner
– OM Entering, And Once Enterd LP (Kye)
The latest LP from veteran fluxus composer Philip Corner.
OM Entering, And Once Enterd comprises four previously unreleased recordings with the Barton Workshop, taken from performances in the Netherlands, and South Korea, between 2000-2007.
>Current 93
– Moons At Your Door LP (The Spheres)
Gnostic cartoon supergroup Current 93 present their 93rd (!) album,
The Moons At Your Door. The work consists of two long tracks, “The Moons At Your Door” and “There Is A GraveYard That Dwells In Man,” and reveals, yet again, an unexpected sidereal shift in C93's vision and voice. This album follows the January 2016 publication of David Tibet's The Moons At Your Door: An Anthology Of Strange Tales, of whom this album is the sister. Opaque white LP in black gatefold sleeve bearing outer and inner artwork by David Tibet, including back cover art unique to the vinyl version.
– Hungers LP (FDH)
Deletions offer up a genre bending sound on their first full length record. Maximum Rocknroll called them “smart and swampy keyboard driven raw garage punk.”

– Mama LP+MP3 (Hydra Head)
Grindcore. Black metal. Harsh noise. Many fans of these genres tend to gravitate towards them because they push the boundaries of sound, testing our limits of how sonically extreme it is possible to go. And Endon is fighting to lead the offensive. Self-described “catastrophic noise metal,” the Japanese quintet have harnessed the most severe aspects of the aforementioned genres on their six-song, 40-minute LP
– Mahler Remix 2xLP (Touch)
Mahler Remix was recorded live at RadioKulturhaus, Vienna, in May 2011. This recording is mostly based on samples taken from Gustav Mahler's symphonies. The performance also includes an early version of “Liminality” from the Becs album, released in 2014 on Editions Mego. Mahler Remixed was a commissioned work performed together with the visual artist Lillevan. The piece was only performed live three times, at Radio Kulturhaus in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and Borusan Music House in Istanbul.
>The Frozen Autumn
– Time Is Just A Memory LP (Dark Entries)
A six-track overview of songs from the Italian darkwave band’s first three albums. Characterized by a blend of melancholic vocals, atmospheric gothic-wave and 1980s-style electropop, the duo call their style “frozen wave.” The Frozen Autumn have stated that labelmates Clan of Xymox have been their main source of inspiration over the years. Other influences include Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, The Sisters of Mercy, Xmal Deutschland, David Sylvian and Depeche Mode.

>Jesse Fuller
– Working On The Railroad With Jesse Fuller 10” (Secret Seven/Mississippi)
Secret Seven and Mississippi Records have joined forces to re-release Jesse Fuller's debut EP, available for the first time in its original 10" vinyl format in sixty years.
Working On The Railroad includes six of Jesse Fuller's finest recordings, including the original version of “San Francisco Bay Blues” which has been covered by Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and many others. Includes an insert with recently uncovered photos of The Lone Cat.
– Geidi Primes [Reissue/2010] LP (Arbutus)
Geidi Primes has a strange air of being created unconsciously while the artist herself was asleep. It is a vastly intriguing set of pop tunes highlighted by its amazing fifth and sixth songs: “Avi” and “Feyd Rautha Dark Heart,” which are each frighteningly reminiscent of an unaccountable psychic experience you may have never had. It seems like an album made for very tall people about what it's like to be very small. It calls to mind the glowering of a child king amidst the many vestments and decorations of his coronation. Listening to Geidi Primes is what its like to suddenly realize you are being watched while taking a cold shower... on the moon.
– Reducer LP (Tri Angle)
With a penchant for the cinematic, Georgia-born, Durham, North Carolina-based producer Brandon Juhanz cuts blasted, abstract beats on post-punk textures, resulting in a sound that somehow manages to echo RZA, Rammellzee, This Heat and PIL, whilst carving out a unique identity all of his own.

>Geneva Jacuzzi
– Technophelia LP (Medical Records)
To say Jacuzzi is a multifaceted artist would be an understatement. She is well known for her uncompromisingly obtuse synth-driven pop and one-of-a-kind performance art that is comprised of one time only spectacles and installations. Her works have been presented in famous art institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA and numerous other venues across the globe. She has developed a very focused cult following in the art and music scenes.
Technophelia is the culmination of a hybrid of DIY and professional studio recordings (with the help of esteemed producer Chris Coady) that resulted in this exquisite album.
>King Cyst
– King Of New York LP (Underwater Peoples)
King Of New York by King Cyst is a 42-minute odyssey about the limits of carnal adventure in New York City. Songs weave together circuitous paths, dead-ends and social impasses; the humanism of it's heroes and heroines is strained by their undying libidos. Seductive in the same way a disproportionate painting might be, King Of New York is candid series of portraits. Luka Usmiani is the principal storyteller on the album. Usmiani, who adopted the moniker King Cyst for his madcap debut Real Pussy on Underwater Peoples in 2012, is a rueful vocalist with a baritone reminiscent of Kevin Ayers, and a guitar player of unlimited range.
– Nothing 2xLP+MP3 (Hyperdub)
Released last November on CD – now available on vinyl.
Nothing is Kode9's first solo album and throws horror soundtracks, sampled library and j-pop records into a no man's land between grime, early dubstep and Chicago footwork. Mostly instrumental, it zigzags between hypnotic, downcast loops, growling drones, and jagged cut- ups of androids gone haywire, threaded through twitchy, transatlantic rhythms and sub-bass inaudible through your laptop speakers.
– Night Driver LP (Foreseen)
“The sweet and subtle sounds from Laser’s new album
Night Driver are spectacular. Band members Lisa Lobsinger (who you may recognize from popular indie band Broken Social Scene), Paul Pfisterer, and Martin Kinack have formed an electronic meets pop style of music that will have you feeling relaxed and tranquil.” – Lithium Magazine
>Last Exit
– Iron Path [Reissue/1988] LP (ESP-Disk)
Reissued last June on CD – now available on vinyl. A pioneering hybrid of abstract heavy metal, unsettling ambient music and free improvisation from Last Exit: Sonny Sharrock (guitar), Peter Brötzmann (saxophone) Bill Laswell (bass), and Ronald Shannon Jackson (drums).

– Hello, We’re The Lemons LP+MP3/Cassette (Burger)
Hello, We're The Lemons is in the running for Most Charming Chicago Release of 2013. Not only are the songs cute, funny, weird and quirky...they're also expertly recorded (and I mean that in the most DIY/lo-fi way possible) and instantly memorable. The good times are palpable on these recordings and, just like their live shows, the sound of this band is like a pure nitrous oxide hit straight to the makes you smile, feel stupid and want to hug the next person you see (especially if the person is dressed up like a giant teddy bear). It’s bubblegum completely unleashed in the happiest, catchiest way possible. Group vocals, tasty licks, infectious melodies shine through a veritable cornucopia of production styles.” – Why Pick On Me
>Milk ‘n’ Cookies
– Milk ‘n’ Cookies 3xLP+Book (Captured Tracks)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Milk 'n' Cookies are the stuff of legends -- or would be legends. Forming in the early ‘70s in Long Island, New York, this power pop group was originally signed to Island Records and seemed destined for greatness. Yet, through many cases of “wrong place, wrong time,” the band never managed to break. The core line-up of the band was made up of Ian North, Justin Strauss, Sal Maida and Mike Ruiz and, in their time, they played classic NYC venues like CBGB's and Max's Kansas City. They shared bills with everyone from Talking Heads to The Ramones and have amassed a cult following, influencing the likes of Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and Debbie Harry (Blondie). After working extensively with the band members, Milk 'n' Cookies is a lavish reissue of the group's entire recorded output. HQ-180gm colored vinyl with accompanying book.

>The Moody Blues
– The Other Side Of Life [Reissue/1986] LP (Friday Music)
Limited edition 30th Anniversary HQ-180gm colored audiophile vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve.

>No Use For A Name
– All The Best Songs 2xLP (Fat Wreck Chords)
Originally released on CD in 2007 -- now available on vinyl with two additional tracks. Twenty-eight song best-of collection commemorating NUFAN’s 29 years as a band. Melodic, ‘90s skate-punk from a Fat original.

– Hyperboreal LP (Further)
Italian DJ and producer Manuel Fogliata hasn't released a lot of records since emerging in 2006, but the few he has put out have all been worth tracking down. Perhaps best known for his work alongside Donato Dozzy in creating the much sought-after
Aquaplano records at the tail-end of the 2000s, Nuel has been just as consistent and impressive on his solo outings. Whether taking on metallic electro or syrupy, bass-heavy ambience, Nuel's attention to detail and his keen ear for a groove have made each release something to treasure.
– Sign Of The Witch 12” (Nuclear Blast)
“While it's become increasingly common for bands like Witchcraft and Graveyard to distance themselves from overt Sabbath worship by retreating into the broader confines of ‘70s-inflected rock in general, San Francisco stalwarts Orchid continue fighting the good fight: their latest EP,
Sign Of The Witch, is a lean four songs in 18 minutes, any given one of which unapologetically narrows the band's influences down to two: Osborne and Iommi.” – Metal Injection
>The Pharcyde
– Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde [Reissue1992] LP (Bicycle Music)
Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde is the debut album from The Pharcyde. The album was produced entirely by J-Swift with easily some of the tightest and most inventive beats of the era, and features only one guest appearance -- provided by little known Los Angeles rapper Buckwheat (who would become known as 'Bucwheed' from The Wascals). Released during the dominant Gangsta Rap era of the West Coast, the music was described as 'refreshing' due to its playful, light-hearted humor and lush, jazzy production.
>Pizza Time
– Todo LP+MP3/Cassette (Burger)
Todo is the third and final studio album from Denver-based group Pizza Time which began as a kind of bubblegum band with weird, introspective lyrics, and a tendency to play really short guitar solos. Through the years, their sound has developed into a strange mix of pop rhythms, chill acid house, glam atmospheres, Latin American trash art moves, often all at the same time.
>The Prettiots
– Funs Cool LP+MP3 (Rough Trade)
With their debut album,
Funs Cool, The Prettiots reveal themselves to be a powerhouse: led by Kay Kasparhauser, a ukulele shredder (?!) who writes some of the sharpest lyrics in the indie pop world right now, with Lulu Prat’s bass and vocal harmonies bringing serious rock muscle into the equation.
>Marty Robbins
– Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs [Reissue/1959] LP (Real Gone Music)
Extremely limited HQ-180gm pressing of the long-unavailable mono edition comes housed in the original iconic ‘quick draw’ cover art.

>Doug Sahm And Band
– Doug Sahm And Band [Reissue/1973] LP (Real Gone Music)
After The Sir Douglas Quintet concluded its contract with Smash/Mercury, Jerry Wexler convinced Sahm to sign with Atlantic and brought him to New York for the sessions that were to become Doug Sahm and Band.

>Ánde Sombe
- Yoiking with the Winged Ones LP (Ash International)
Yoiking With The Winged Ones is a vinyl record with yoiks yoiked by Ánde Somby and recorded and mixed by Chris Watson. Yoiking is the ancient chanting practice of the Sámi people, the indigenous inhabitants of the Arctic area of Sápmi, today encompassing the far north of Europe. Yoiking's origins date from time immemorial -- legend has it that it was the fairies and elves of the Arctic lands who gave yoiks to the Sámi. Yoiking was an important element of the religious rituals in pre-Christian times and has survived Christianity, imperialism, and the confiscation of Sámi areas by Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Russia. As you would expect, Ánde Somby is deeply rooted in the yoik tradition.
>Two Inch Astronaut
– Personal Life LP+MP3 (Exploding In Sound)
“Maryland’s Two Inch Astronaut may have a name that brings to mind outer space, but their sound is rooted in the filth and sweat of post-hardcore acts like Jawbox and Nomeansno.” – Consequence Of Sound

>Uncle Funkle
– Supernatural LP+MP3/Cassette (Burger)
Fans of Ween take note. White Fang's Unkle Funkle is a producer and songwriter from Portland, Oregon who creates surreal and often hilarious music. You will believe in the unbelievable when you hear Unkle Funkle's amazing electronic magic pop odyssey
>Various Aritsts
- Music Of Xinjiang: Kazakh And Uyghur Music Of Central Asia LP (Sublime Frequencies)
Xinjiang (Eastern Turkestan) is China's biggest province. The musical landscape here is one of the world's richest. The Uyghur and the Kazakh are the two main ethnicities represented on these recordings made by Laurent Jeanneau and Shi Tanding in June of 2009. The Kazakh (nomadic) and Uyghur (agricultural) have multiple linguistic ties. Much of this music shares many influences from the Arab world, Turkey, and Persia. The sound is that of the Islamic tradition stretching from Turkey to the most eastern frontier of the Chinese empire. These recordings and performances feature some of the area's greatest musicians playing instruments like the satar, tanbur, dotar, rawab, rushtar, and dongbra, among many others.

>Various Artists
- Outlier: Recordings From Madagascar LP (Sublime Frequencies)
This collection is an impeccable and crystalline assortment of beautiful music from the deep southwestern provinces of Menabe and Tulear in Madagascar, recorded and assembled by Charles Brooks. Brooks has made many friends in these lesser-travelled regions since the 1990s.
Outlier: Recordings From Madagascar represents a compilation of his encounters from 2011-2012.
- The Sparrows And The Nightingales [Reissue/1991] 12” (Dark Entries)
Wolfsheim’s musical style takes cues from the 1980s New Romantics, new wave, synthpop, and darkwave.