released 31 MARCH 2017
>CDs + Vinyl:

50 Cent – Best Of CD (Aftermath)
18 of 50's biggest songs. [Vinyl edition due April 7.]

>Trace Adkins
– Something’s Going On CD (Wheelhouse)
It’s been four years since Adkins’ last studio album
Love Will… released in 2013, which debuted in the top ten on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, and fans have eagerly awaited this follow-up ever since. Some of Nashville’s favorite and most respected songwriters contributed to the range and inspiration of Something’s Going On, boasting credits such as Tyler Farr, Craig Campbell and Shane McAnally to name a few.
>Arch Enemy
– As The Stages Burn CD+DVD/2xLP+DVD (Century Media)
New live set of Swedish melodic death metal band recorded last summer at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. [Silver color vinyl pressing also available.]

>The Artificials
– Heart CD (Tragic Hero)
With a unique use of polyrhythms and odd time signatures, The Artificials will take you on somewhat of a mathematical journey of controlled chaos.

– Promise Everything [Deluxe Edition] CD (Fueled By Ramen)
This deluxe reissue of Basement's critically adored album includes remixed/remastered versions of the original release's ten songs and four bonus tracks: a cover of The Cardigan's “My Favourite Game,” acoustic versions of “Aquasun,” “Blinded Bye,” and the acoustic track “Cloud,” which originally appeared on a limited run 7”. Hailing from Ipswich, Britain's Basement make muscular, lyrical noise-rock influenced by a handful of '90s American guitar bands from Dinosaur Jr. to Braid.
Promise Everything builds upon previous album Colourmeinkindness’ (2012) guitar-heavy emotionality with tracks that trade hardcore punk edginess for soaring melodicism, and white noise for nuanced slabs of harmonic fuzz. Tracks like the lead-off “Brother's Keeper” and “Lose Your Grip” bring to mind a mix of bands like Sebadoh and Mudhoney. Part of what makes Basement's sound so appealing is lead vocalist Andrew Fisher, who surfs the top of his bandmates guitar tsunami with an impassioned croon. It's just that perfect combination of sludgy, distorted noise and Fisher's glassy vocal warmth that helps make cuts like “Aquasun” and “For You The Moon” immediately infectious, lovelorn anthems. [Vinyl edition due May 12.]
– Lands CD/LP (Prosthetic)
The Madison, WI atmospheric doom metal outfit makes their Prosthetic Records debut.

>Manford Best
– Come Go With Me [Reissue/1978] CD/LP (PMG)
Reissue of the chirpy, calypso-influenced debut solo album from Manford Best (of Super Wings).

>The Beta Yama Group
– Free Love [Reissue/1980] CD/LP (PMG)
Nigerian musicians Nash Dodoo, Charlie Cuul and Jonas Caulley put out
Free Love after releasing an album of face-melting gospel boogie as the BML Chapels in 1980. The album is, as Peter Moore puts is, “a belated love letter to San Francisco's Summer of Love,” and, “a small slice of Haight-Ashbury transported to the Polygram Studios in Lagos.”
>Eric Bibb
– Migration Blues CD (Stony Plain Music)
Mainly composed of new tunes,
Migration Blues includes covers of Bob Dylan’s “Masters Of War” and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.” An arrangement of the traditional “Mornin’ Train,” closes the opus.
>Steve Black
– Happy Birthday To ‘U’ [Reissue/1983] CD/LP (PMG)
An irresistible blend of highlife, Afro beat, and Afro funk.

>Body Count
– Bloodlust CD/LP (Century Media)
New album from the metal band fronted by hip-hop legend, actor and director Ice-T.

>Brother Firetribe
– Sunbound CD/LP (Spinefarm)
An AOR band from Finland, Brother Firetribe is influenced by the glory days of such stadium rock giants as Journey and Van Halen coupled with the glam of such acts as Skid Row. “Infectious, contagious, feel good hook laden melodic rock.”

>Bill Brovold & Jamie Saft
– Serenity Knolls CD/2xLP (RareNoise)
An intimate duo project with guitarist Bill Brovold, a former member of such New York no-wave bands as the Rhys Chatham Ensemble, the East Village Orchestra and the Zen Vikings,
Serenity Knolls features Saft alternating between playing dobro and lap steel on a set of 12 ambient type tunes with a distinctive heartland undercurrent to them. An accomplished keyboardist-composer who has been widely acknowledged for his work with various John Zorn projects, including The Dreamers, Electric Masada and Moonchild, the Queens native and current resident of Kingston in upstate New York has nonetheless has maintained a longstanding relationship with the guitar.
>Richard Buckner
– Impasse [Reissue/2002] CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
The words are entrancingly cryptic, as if their simplicity conceals unfathomable depths. The music is sparse, almost whispered at times, like a secret. The title gives everything away, though. During the gestation of his 2002 album
Impasse, Richard Buckner was stuck. But, with perseverance, what began as one of his most troubled recording attempts ended as one of his best and most pivotal—a capstone for his wayfaring early period before he planted roots with Merge.
>Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2
– Star Stuff CD/LP+MP3 (Company)
World-renowned composer/producer extraordinaire Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi, Les Sins) has teamed up with the psychedelic-jazz grooves of The Mattson 2 for an album that unifies a trio's creativity into a refreshing project of unhinged sonic originality. Grounding
Star Stuff are break-beats, synthesizers, acoustic strums, and guitar fuzz reminiscent of David Axelrod and Arthur Verocai. With cosmic structures, timeless influences, rich harmonies, and melodic interplays, the trio brings an intergalactic edge to an album worthy of repeated visits. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]
>The Buttertones
– Gravedigging CD/LP+MP3 (Innovative Leisure)
The Buttertones’
Gravedigging is more a movie waiting to happen than an album—or a soundtrack just waiting to inspire a movie, with scene after scene of action, tension and release set to a sound that takes everything good and true about American music before the Beatles prettied it up (surf, sweet soul, the boss saxophone-overdrive garage of the Northwest wailers like the Sonics) and matches it to punk energy, post-punk precision and the kind of personality that blows the circuit-breakers at a backyard party.
>Charlotte OC
– Careless People CD/LP (Harvest)
Careless People, Charlotte matches the stormy intensity of her music with fearlessly intimate lyrics. SPIN praised how Charlotte “channels the bewitching allure of Stevie Nicks and the big-throated finesse of Alicia Keys." Nylon said, “It's only a matter of time before you get hooked on this U.K. singer and songwriter's gorgeous sound.”
>Rodney Crowell
– Close Ties CD/LP (New West)
Rodney Crowell’s new album demonstrates his strengths as a songwriter and illustrates how he has learned to balance personal recollection, literary sophistication, and his profound musical reach. “It’s a loose concept album, you could say,” Crowell says. “And the concept is related to how you tell stories about yourself. Having a few years ago written a memoir, my sensibilities toward narrative—especially trying to find a common thread in different pieces of writing—had become a part of my songwriting process.”
Close Ties is a roots record, in the sense that Crowell himself has deep roots that stretch back into the alternative country scene of the early ‘70s. The rise of Americana music has struck a nerve with Crowell. “I have declared my loyalty to Americana. It’s a hard category for people to get their heads around, or at least the terminology is. But all the people who represent it—Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and more recent stars like John Paul White and Jason Isbell—share a common thread, and that thread is poetry. Whether they are actual poets or their music exemplifies a poetic sensibility, generally speaking, the Americana artist shuns commercial compromise in favor of a singular vision. Which resonates with me.”
>Daily & Vincent
– Patriots & Poets CD (BFD)
Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent’s eighth album features collaborations with bluegrass music’s top musicians including Steve Martin, Doyle Lawson, Bela Fleck, and David Rawlings.

>Dave Davies & Russ Davies
– Open Road CD (Red River)
“Dave Davies certainly doesn’t have to put any more music out into the world to secure his status as one of rock and roll’s true living legends. The lead guitarist of The Kinks changed the game when he first sliced his amp speaker with a razor blade, and his crunchy riffs have inspired punk and heavy metal bands for no less than half a century. Not what we’d call a shabby legacy. So, why bother with a new album? Well, you can call it a family thing. For his new album
Open Road, Davies collaborated with his son Russ — a successful electronic musician in his own right — to create a collection of “good, honest, traditional songs” that play to each songwriter’s strengths” – Consequence Of Sound. [Vinyl edition due June 2.]
>Demon Hunter
– Outlive CD/2xLP (Solid State)
Demon Hunter embraces brazenly transcendent melodies, without apology, while maintaining a defiant heaviness reminiscent of timeless of metal music. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]

>Neil Diamond
– 50th Anniversary Collection 3xCD (Capitol)
50 songs that range 50 years in Diamond's career.

>The Doors
– The Doors: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 3xCD+LP (Elektra)
Packaged in a 12x12 hardcover book,
The Doors: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition includes a remastered version of the album’s original stereo mix, available on CD for the first time in a decade and remastered for the first time in nearly 30 years. The album’s original mono mix was also remastered for this set and is making its CD debut. An LP-version of the mono mix is also included. The third disc features live performance from The Matrix in San Francisco on March 7. Recordings sourced from the recently discovered, original tapes, previously thought to be lost. Music journalist David Fricke provides detailed liner notes for the set, which includes a selection of rare and previously unseen photographs.
>Emma Dorgu
– Roverman [Reissue/1979] CD/LP (PMG)
A politicized call to action,
Roverman is still funky, with New York ghetto funk, straight-head boogie, and an irresistible pull towards the dancefloor.
– More Life CD (Cash Money)
“Drake's course correction to
VIEWS bursts with energy—more South African house, more grime, more Kanye. It's a long player made for luxuriating and a total immersion into Drake's world-pop lifestyle.” -- Pitchfork
>Bob Dylan
– Triplicate 3xCD/3xLP (Columbia/Sony)
Triplicate is 38th studio set from Bob Dylan, and features 30 brand-new recordings of classic American tunes and marking the first triple-length set of the artist's illustrious career. The titles of the individual ten-track discs are ‘Til The Sun Goes Down, Devil Dolls and Comin' Home Late. For the set, Dylan assembled his touring band in Hollywood's Capitol studios to record hand-chosen songs from an array of American songwriters such as Charles Strouse and Lee Adams (“Once Upon A Time”), Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler (“Stormy Weather”), Harold Hupfield (“As Time Goes By”) and Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh (“The Best Is Yet To Come”). According to Bob Dylan, “I am finding these great songs to be a tremendous source of inspiration that has led me to one of my most satisfying periods in the studio. I've hit upon new ways to uncover and interpret these songs that are right in line with the best recordings of my own songs, and my band and I really seemed to hit our stride on every level with Triplicate.” [Vinyl is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe features hard-book 78rpm-style folio packaging.]
>Elysian Fields
– Adelain [Reissue/1995] CD/2xLP (Nuclear War Now)
Debut album from the Greek black metal band – expanded with three bonus tracks.

>Jackie Evancho
– Two Hearts CD (Masterworks)
The platinum-selling vocal sensation’s new album features a wide variety of classic and popular songs including Lucio Dalla's immortal "Caruso," the intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana, “Attessa,” Enya’s “May It Be” from
Lord Of The Rings, Celine Dion's “Have You Ever Been In Love” and Taylor Swift's "Safe and Sound" all sung in Jackie's angelic style.
>Fleetwood Mac
– Tango In The Night [Reissue/1987] CD/2xCD/3xCD+DVD+LP/LP (Rhino)
Reissue of Fleetwood Mac’s final studio album featuring the quintet of Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks. It contains several hit
singles including “Big Love,” “Seven Wonders,” “Everywhere,” and “Little Lies.” [Available in Regular, Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a disc of rare recordings and non-album tracks. Super Deluxe adds a third CD featuring 12” remixes and more, a DVD containing five music videos, and the 180gm vinyl repress.]

>Nelly Furtado
– The Ride CD/2xLP (Nelstar Music)
The Ride is the Canadian musician Nelly Furtado’s sixth album and first studio set in five years. Speaking to Cosmopolitan about her latest venture, Furtado said: “I came [into the studio] broken. I came there really empty. As cliché as it is, when you're really going through it, it can be so good for songwriting. I hate saying that, because then people feel like they have to go through adversity to write good stuff, which I don't think is true ... but I'm hands down more proud of these lyrics than any I've ever written.” She claimed in a Twitter Q&A that The Ride is similar in style and tone to 2000 hit album Whoa, Nelly. On the album’s second single, “Pipe Dreams,” the singer goes for an airier, lighter sound than the previously released synth-pop dance track “Islands Of Me,” which she debuted two months ago. “Don't sell me no pipe dreams,” she sings on the track. “I want to live in a kaleidoscope.” Speaking with The Fader, which premiered the song, Furtado had this to say about the album and single. “A lot of [The Ride] touches on [the false hope of dreaming], in terms of sanity versus reality,” she said. “The comedown, the hangover after the rush, and how you put the pieces back together, and how you make amends with the realer parts of life.”
>Jake Xerxes Fussell
– What In The Natural World CD/LP (Paradise Of Bachelors)
Entrancing guitarist and singer Jake Xerxes Fussell follows his celebrated self-titled debut (produced by William Tyler) with a moving new album of Natural Questions in the form of transmogrified folk/blues koans. This time these radiant ancient tunes tone several shades darker while amplifying their absurdist humor, illuminating our national, and psychic, predicaments. Featuring art by iconic painter Roger Brown and contributions from three notable Nathans -- Nathan Bowles (Steve Gunn), Nathan Salsburg (Alan Lomax Archive), and Nathan Golub (Mountain Goats) -- as well as Joan Shelley and Casey Toll (Mt. Moriah). RIYL: Michael Hurley, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Dave Van Ronk, Jim Dickinson, Raccoon Records, Joan Shelley, Nathan Bowles, Nathan Salsburg, William Tyler, Daniel Bachman, Wilco.

– Abysma CD/LP+MP3 (Ghostly Int’l)
Ask Will Wiesenfeld to contrast Baths with the music made under his Geotic alias, and you'll get a simple response: Baths is active listening; Geotic is passive listening. But behind this straightforward duality exists two projects that are equally poignant yet starkly distinct, reflective of the emotional complexities of its creator. Don't mistake “passive listening” for anything remotely resembling apathy:
Abysma might be dance music created for at-home listening, but it's replete with a quiet beauty and private communion that can rival anything made to command the totality of your attention span. In a world riven by noise and distraction, Abysma is as subtle as Sunday morning ritual, a tender epiphany in a bombastic fireworks show.
– Stella Polaris CD/LP (Werewolf)
Finnish romantic black metal band founded in 2002 in Helsinki by BlackGoat Gravedesecrator.

– Silver Eye CD/LP (Mute)
Silver Eye, Goldfrapp’s seventh album, is dance music that evokes a pagan ritual rather than a club soundtrack. Cold, metallic electronics with a hot current of blood running through them. A 21st century moon dance. [Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.]
– Fragments Of Psyche CD (Relapse)
Fragments Of Psyche further continues the development of Gruesome’s homage to death metal's progenitors with a two-song slab of Death Human-era worship.
>Kiki Gyan
– Feelin’ Alright [Reissue/1983] CD/LP (PMG)
Reissue of the third and final solo album from Gyan, considered one of the best keyboardists in the world in the '80s, starting out in the Afro funk super group, Osibisa.

>Tigran Hamasyan
– An Ancient Observer CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Nonesuch Records releases its second album from pianist Tigran Hamasyan.
An Ancient Observer's songs—two of which are based on Armenian melodies—were written over the last four years. Some of the pieces are through-composed and completely written out, while others are composed with ample space for Hamasyan to improvise. Many include vocals layered into the mix. As with most of his compositions, Hamasyan cites a wide range of influences, from Baroque dance to hip-hop, with pedals connected to a synthesizer on a few tracks—while the sounds of his native country also are present, as always.
>Yasmine Hamdan
– Al Jamilat CD (Ipecac)
With her debut solo album
Ya Nass (2013), Yasmine Hamdan introduced her personal, modern take on Arabic pop. With follow-up Al Jamilat (‘The Beautiful Ones'), she pursues her musical exploration, while taking a look at the mutations at work within the Arab world. While Yasmine's vocals are connected to traditions of Arabic music (to which she takes an unconventional and fresh approach), the structures and arrangements of the songs are very remote from its codes, and take in elements from contemporary Western electronic, pop and folk music.
>Coco Hames
– Coco Hames CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Though it’s the first album released under her name, Coco Hames is no wide-eyed ingénue. As the singer, songwriter, frontwoman, and indomitable force behind beloved garage-pop combo The Ettes, she blazed a memorable trail across the ’00s underground. Following a final bittersweet album and tour in 2011, Hames decided to bring the curtain down on the Ettes’ run, but never lost the urge to write new songs. “The thing I loved, that I was always drawn to—the magic of creating something out of a fleeting idea and a few chords,” says Hames. “That passion never left me. I began to realize I had more that I wanted to write, and a lot more that I needed to say.” Hunkering down at Nashville’s The Bomb Shelter studio, Hames co-produced her eponymous debut with Andrija Tokic, who’d helped sire career-making albums for Alabama Shakes and Hurray For The Riff Raff, among others. Playing guitar, piano, and electric harpsichord, Hames was aided in her effort by a pair of longtime pals in bassist Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather) and drummer Julian Dorio (The Whigs, Eagles Of Death Metal). Lead guitar was supplied by young Nashville hotshot Adam Meisterhans (The Weight, JP5) while other friends and musical foils contributed, including veteran keyboard/organ wizard Dave Amels of Reigning Sound. Hames also enlisted top Music City vocalists Carey Kotsionis (Bobby Bare, Jr., Clem Snide) and Third Man artist Lillie Mae Rische (Jack White, Jypsi) to form an angelic mini-choir for the sessions.

– What If CD (Temporary Residence)
Since 2004 Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka has steadily earned a remarkable reputation as a purveyor of imaginative, distinctive, prepared piano music. While engaging with his trademark technique of utilizing unusual objects -- art erasers, for example -- to treat (or 'prepare') the piano, Hauschka also programs parts for player pianos, exploiting the speed at which they could play, manipulating the resulting sounds, and building layers to emphasize a composition's meter.
Wha If is overflowing with haunting melodies, mysterious sounds, and complex patterns. [Vinyl edition due April 7.]
>Julia Holter
– In The Same Room CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
The first release in Domino’s new Documents live studio recordings series. Comprised of new arrangements of songs from all of her studio releases to date,
Holter's Domino Document is essential for anyone who has witnessed her brilliant, beguiling band on tour around the world in the last five years, and is a perfect introduction to a truly important and innovative young artist.
>John Lee Hooker
– Whiskey & Wimmen: John Lee Hooker’s Finest CD/LP (Vee-Jay)
John Lee Hooker's Finest salutes the King of the Boogie with celebrated recordings from the prime of his career, spanning the legendary bluesman's time on Vee-Jay, Stax, Riverside and Specialty Records.
>Mary Hopkin
– Live At The Royal Festival 1972 CD (Mary Hopkin Music)
Live archive release, a recording of the Welsh folk singer's performance in 1972 supporting Ralph McTell. Mary was joined on stage by Brian Willoughby, Danny Thompson, Tony Visconti and the Pop Arts String Quartet. There are highlights from her first two albums as well as some of her folk favorites.

>The Hot 8 Brass Band
– On The Spot CD/2xLP (Tru Thoughts)
The fifth album from the New Orleans Grammy nominated band -- hard hitting, sentimental and party-fuelling beats blended with addictive funk and hip-hop styles.

– As The Sun Sleeps CD (Steamhammer)
Invidia is a new band featuring former and current members of Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment and Skinlab. Based in Las Vegas, their style embraces everything from industrial sludge to Bay Area thrash.

– Live VII CD (Ipecac)
A full live set from Isis' final Australian tour in 2010. The 9-track set features material from their fifth and last album
Wavering Radiant, as well as select highlights from all of the band's additional four full-lengths. Although rooted heavy metal and the punk/hardcore aesthetic, Isis' music relies just as heavily on ambience, atmosphere, and tone as it does complexity and aggression. [Vinyl edition due April 14.]
>Leela James
– Did It For Love CD (BMG Rights Management)
The acclaimed R&B/soul singer-songwriter is back with a brand new album.

>Wilko Johnson
– I Keep It To Myself – The Best Of Wilko Johnson 2xCD (Deutsche Grammophon)
This collection draws together 25 tracks recorded between 2008 and 2012 by the legendary guitarist and songwriter with backing largely provided by Blockheads Norman Watt-Roy (bass) and Dylan Howe (drums), the same rhythm section that performed on Wilko's enormously successful
Going Back Home album with Roger Daltrey. It is a splendid collection of high octane rhythm & blues with that unmistakable Wilko Johnson Fender greatness stamped all over it. Songs that are sung from the heart and played from the soul.
– Summa CD/LP (Rarenoise)
New album from the raucous Budapest-based power trio.

>Aimee Mann
– Mental Illness CD/LP (SuperEgo)
“The title of Aimee Mann’s latest solo effort, her ninth, registers like a punch to the gut. In a world full of self-consciously clever and willfully obtuse album titles,
Mental Illness is the equivalent of washing someone’s mouth out with soap. It’s not something you mull over or analyze in search of some hidden subtext or meaning. Instead, it smacks of cold reality. In an interview with Rolling Stone in January, Mann called Mental Illness the ‘saddest, slowest’ record of her 35-plus-year career. She’s not kidding. Her latest collection finds her singing love-spurned tales of heartache, anger, and remorse, giving the emotionally loaded title some added weight. But that doesn’t mean that Mann isn’t putting us on, at least a little bit. ‘I mean, calling it Mental Illness makes me laugh, because it is true,’ she said. ‘It’s so blunt that it’s funny.’ But while she might be having fun with us, she’s nonetheless created a remarkable character sketch. For 44 minutes, Mann slips into the skin of someone walking an emotional tightrope, and it’s an act she pulls off with grace and conviction. Mental Illness lays its hurt and sadness out so effectively that it’s hard to completely accept it as pure fiction. But even if we’re to take Mann’s word for it that these songs were created with some personal distance, it’s still no less powerful of a record” – Rolling Stone. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]
– Emperor Of Sand CD/2xLP (Reprise)
Emperor Of Sand finds Mastodon returning to a deeply imaginative and complex conceptual storyline that ponders the nature of time. Threading together the myth of a man sentenced to death in a majestically malevolent desert, the band conjures the grains of a musical and lyrical odyssey slipping quickly through a cosmic hourglass. “Emperor Of Sand is like the grim reaper,” says drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. “Sand represents time. If you or anyone you know has ever received a terminal diagnosis, the first thought is about time. Invariably, you ask, ‘How much time is left?’” “We're reflecting on mortality,” adds bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders. “To that end, the album ties into our entire discography. It's 17 years in the making, but it's also a direct reaction to the last two years. We tend to draw inspiration from very real things in our lives.” Emperor Of Sand was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside Mastodon's hometown of Atlanta, with producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Neil Young, AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine), who first worked with Mastodon on their seminal 2009 album Crack The Skye.
>The Mavericks
– Brand New Day CD/LP (Mono Mundo Recordings)
More than two decades into a career that’s always avoided the predictable path, the Mavericks – whose Tex-Mex twang, Cuban-influenced country and retro rock made them unlikely stars in the mid- ‘90s and critical darlings during later years – turn another corner with the new album
Brand New Day. “We’re gonna love all our troubles away,” Raul Malo sings on the title track, whose throwback, symphonic sweep recalls the wall of sound arrangements of the 1960s. Malo pulls double duty as frontman and Phil Spector-ish producer, stacking the song high with bells, horns, harmonies and plenty of four-on-the-floor stomp. Also pitching in are three longtime Mavericks — drummer Paul Deakin, guitarist Eddie Perez and keys man Jerry Dale McFadden — and co-producer Niko Bolas, who helped birth songs like Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World” and Don Henley’s “The Boys Of Summer.”
– Fake Famous CD (Mozzy)
New album from the Sacramento rapper features guest appearances by IamSu!, YFN Lucci, G-Eazy, YG, Jadakiss, Dave East, Trae tha Truth, Nef The Pharoah and more.

>Tim O’Brien
– Where The River Meets The Road CD (Howdy Skies)
Sixteenth solo release from the artist, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Each of the 12 tracks on
Where The River Meets The Road is connected to his home state of West Virginia. Two originals, “Guardian Angel” and the title track “Where The River Meets The Road,” tell deeply personal stories of O’Brien’s family -- the death of his older sister when he was a toddler, and the tale of his great grandfather moving to his hometown of Wheeling in the 1850s. The remaining ten songs were collected and compiled after more than a decade collaborating with the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.
>David Onley
– Don’t Try To Fight It CD (Red Parlor)
New album from the prolific singer-songwriter, poet, actor and radio host.

>Orchestra Baobab
– Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng CD/LP (World Circuit)
A decade on from their last album and almost half a century since their formation, Senegal's Orchestra Baobab return with a set of swaying tunes fusing Afro-Cuban rhythms and African tradition in the group's trademark style.

>Kelly Lee Owens
– Kelly Lee Owens CD/LP (Smalltown Supersound)
Released last week on vinyl – now available on CD. Kelly Lee Owens has dabbled in many various form of electronic music, but seems most comfortable and comforting in this atmospheric world with a beat, combining the spectral pop of Grimes with techno and the gentle krautrock of Broadcast.

>Eji Oyewole
– Me & You [Reissue/1985] CD/LP (PMG)
Oyewole, probably the only musician to have ever played with Fela Kuti, Miles Davis, and Bob Marley, combined African highlife with western jazz, creating a smooth and funky hybrid.

>Jennifer Paige
– Starflower CD/LP (Tone Tree Music)
For Jennifer Paige,
Starflower is about sharing a deeper part of herself and rounding out her story musically. With a set of ten emotionally resonant new songs, Paige both covers ground about what she's experienced in recent years, and fully looks to the future as she redefines herself as an independent artist. “It starts and ends with the music,” Paige says. Her intent was to create a cohesive album, simple and direct, that lets the song shine and her voice carry the weight. The striking range and natural power of her vocals, combined with the hard-won strength of her lyrics achieve exactly that, aided by the skillful work of producer Jeremy Bose (Ingrid Michaelson, Joy Williams, Trent Dabbs, etc.), with whom Paige co-wrote the new songs.
– Contact CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
Bestial Burden, the previous album by Margaret Chardiet's Pharmakon project, focused on the disconnect between mind and body, looking at the human as an isolated consciousness stuck inside of a rotting vessel. For Contact, she wanted to look at the other side of the spectrum -- the moments when our mind can come outside of and transcend our bodies. In trance states, music and the body is used to transcend the physical form and make contact with some outside force. Chardiet decided to structure the compositions of each side of Contact after the stages of trance: preparation, onset, climax, and resolution.
– St. Louis ’93 6xCD (Jemp)
A six-disc CD box set containing two live Phish concerts on 4/14/93 and 8/16/93 recorded at the American Theater in St. Louis, MO.

– A Hairshirt Of Purpose CD/LP (Exploding In Sound)
Never afraid to switch styles, Pile’s music has morphed over the years, embracing both the ferocious and gentle sides of punk, indie, folk, and noise rock, delivering their own brand of gnarled intensity.

>La’Porsha Renae
– Already All Ready CD (Motown)
Motown Records singer/songwriter La Porsha Renae was the runner-up on the 15
th and final season of American Idol.
>Bebe Rexha
– All Your Fault Pt. 1 CDEP (WB)
6 tracks off the pop disruptor's debut album project, including her new hit single “I Got You.”
Rexha draws influence from from nineties R&B trailblazers like Destiny's Child, Aaliyah, and Timbaland. Guests include G-Eazy on “F.F.F.” and “Bad Bitch” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign).

– Beyond Spectra CD (Rise Above)
The Swedish metallers return with their sophomore album. “Choosing old mixing tables from the Swedish government controlled public service radio station that embraces that warm, analog feel, Saturn on their second album
Beyond Spectra keep the roots of early metal top of mind, allowing for easy cranium retentio.” – Dead Rhetoric. [Vinyl edition due April 14.]
– It’s A Myth CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Merge)
With little more than a bass, drum machine, and deadpan vocals, Sneaks, a.k.a. Eva Moolchan, makes minimalist music that takes up space—something she herself has made a point of doing in the male-heavy Washington, D.C., DIY punk scene that has been her home.
It’s A Myth builds on Sneaks’ playfully stark approach to post-punk, which, as her hometown City Paper described it, causes listeners to go “from curious to provoked to hungry.” Like most of Sneaks’ music, album closer “Future” is in constant gyroscopic movement—thumping rhythm cutting around deep bass, spoken-word patterns somersaulting through image fragments, childhood nostalgia, and cryptic wordplay. Moolchan calls Sneaks “a character” that she’s playing, and there’s certainly an element of mystery around the persona and her riddles. But it’s also all her, born out of full solo creative control after stints in a number of D.C. bands. “When I'm writing songs, it's actually pretty selfish, because it's like, this is what I need to hear right now in my life,” she has said.
– Petite Afrique CD (Masterworks)
The new album from the superb jazz chanteuse is a song cycle inspired by the vibrant African immigrant community that has become a vital part of Harlem’s cultural dimension and to New York City as a whole. Blending modern jazz, African music and the singer-songwriter tradition,
Petite Afrique is an amalgamation of the musical and cultural worlds that resonate with Somi as an African and American woman and a proud Harlemite.
>Torgeir Waldemar
– No Offending Borders CD/LP (Inkind Music)
A gloriously composite work with both dead honest acoustic laments and grandiose rock songs.

>Troubled Horse
– Revolution On Repeat CD (Rise Above Limited)
“While Graveyard and Witchcraft are probably further along in establishing their discography and live touring escapades,
Revolution On Repeat provides a decent case for Troubled Horse to wedge itself in that retro-‘70s amalgam conversation to be in the mantle race” – Dead Rhetoric. [Vinyl edition due April 14.]
>Uriah Heep
– Look At Yourself [Reissue/1971] 2xCD (Sanctuary)
Uriah Heep
– Demons And Wizards [Reissue/1972] 2xCD (Sanctuary)
Uriah Heep – Magician’s Birthday [Reissue/1972] 2xCD (Sanctuary)
BMG continues the reissue series of the seminal albums by hard rock legends Uriah Heep, one of the “big four” UK rock bands along with Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath. These extensive remastered and expanded editions were curated by founding member Mick Box. Each includes a bonus disc of rare tracks and extensive liner notes.

– Build Your Weapons: The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1986-1988 2xCD (Noise)
Voivod’s three albums for the Noise Records label from '86 to '88 ran the gauntlet from the initial speed metal overkill of
RRRÖÖÖAAARRR, followed by the more experimental studio processes forged on Killing Technology, then onto the more realized progressive tendencies of Dimension Hatröss which used studio sampling for the first time and, in doing so, laid the basis upon which many progressive metal bands have followed ever since.
>Various Artists
- King Jammys Dancehall 2: Digital Roots & Hard Dancehall 1984-1991 CD/2xLP (Dubstore)
“Killer second crop of definitive but often obscure digi-dancehall templates cooked up by King Jammy in his ‘80s heyday and into the ‘90s. The vocals and melodies might be super sweet but the rhythms are super rugged and rude in every part, especially the run of five hard-to-find King Jammy digi productions, including the piquant tang of ‘Nothing Don’t Come Easy’ and the barreling, noisy pressure of ‘Victim Of Babylon’ which goes on as ruff and distorted as a Muslimgauze riddim. The title of his wicked Prince Jammy dub, says it all; ‘Crucial Boy.’” -- Boomkat

– Woe To The Vanquished CD/LP (Napalm)
A unique hybrid strain of thrash and extreme metal.

>White Willow
– Future Hopes CD/LP (Laser’s Edge)
Seventh album by the revered Norwegian prog band.

– Great Cold Steppe CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Windswept is the latest Ukrainian black metal project of Drudkh’s Roman Sayenko.
The Great Cold Steppe is deliberately harsh and raw, which reflects the album's theme inspired by the hostile and fierce Eastern steppes during wintertime. The album was written and recorded in three days without rehearsals and is heavy with improvisation.
>George Winston
– Spring Carousel (A Cancer Research Benefit) CD (RCA)
15 solo piano compositions written by Winston while in recovery from a bone marrow transplant for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) at City Of Hope, in Duarte, California, near Los Angeles. Proceeds from sales of Spring Carousel will directly benefit City Of Hope.

>Yellow Claw
– Los Amsterdam CD (Mad Decent)
Taking a different approach with Los Amsterdam, Yellow Claw still deliver the hard-hitting, Amsterdam trap you know and love, but have also branched out with experimentation.

DVDs + Blu-ray:
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Once More With Feeling 2xDVD/2xBlu-ray (Bad Seeds Ltd.)
One More Time Feeling is a feature film about the making of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ acclaimed
Skeleton Tree directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford). Visually unique, One More Time With Feeling is a stark, fragile and raw documentary. Shot in 3D, color and black & white, the film probes the deeply personal circumstances surrounding the making of Skeleton Tree (the band’s 16th studio album) and features interviews and live performances by the band in the studio, along with interjected voice-over commentary by Nick Cave. This double-disc release features three exclusive short films from Andrew Dominik. “An undeniably moving contemplation of shattering loss… a tremendously moving collage.” -- The Guardian

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
– Colliding By Design LP+MP3 (Rise)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New comeback album from the Seattle-based alt-punk band. Limited color vinyl pressing.

>Olivier Alary
– Fiction / Non-Fiction LP (FatCat)
Montreal-based Frenchman Olivier Alary is a highly talented composer, who has previously collaborated with Björk and released albums on FatCat and Aphex Twin's Rephlex label under the name Ensemble, Over the past five or six years Olivier has moved away from that song-based project to focus on composing material for a stream of films and artistic collaborations. As the album title alludes,
Fiction / Non-Fiction is a compilation of this film music, dating from the past five years, none of which has been previously released. Olivier's material here might sit somewhere among the likes of Jóhann Jóhannsson, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Stars Of The Lid, and Set Fire To Flames, while having the same masterly ear for sonic detail as Oneohtrix Point Never or Tim Hecker, but throughout the tracks are imprinted with Olivier's own, signature sound.
>Bestial Warlust
– Storming Bestial Legions: Live 1996 LP (Hells Headbangers)
Everything that made Bestial Warlust so deadly -- bulldozing heaviness, gnawing violence, hypnotic hatred -- is captured in its rawest, most red-eyed state here, making the album an indispensable component to any Bestial diehard's collection and a rare document of black/death primitivism in the pre-social media era.

>Craig Brown Band
– The Lucky Ones Forget LP (Third Man)
Detroit’s most beloved bartender, cook, and ping-pong champion has gone solo. Well, solo in the sense that he’s put a firecracker musical act together and called it The Craig Brown Band. The debut full-length album,
The Lucky Ones Forget, was recorded “almost live!” by Warren Defever (His Name Is Alive). It’s a long-player filled with songs about heartbreak, drinking, and vans—built upon the work of those daring punks who embraced country music (Replacements, Meat Puppets, Tom Petty, et al.).
>Deana Carter
– Did I Shave My Legs For This? [1996] LP (Capitol Nashville)
Vinyl debut of the 1996 hit album that contains the No. 1 hit and Country Music Award Single of the Year, “Strawberry Wine.”

>Jarvis Cocker/Chilly Gonzales
– Room 29 LP (Deutsche Grammophon)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Jarvis Cocker, former frontman of the famous Brit pop band Pulp and Canadian pianist/rapper/producer/composer Chilly Gonzales have teamed up for this exciting new project.
Room 29 was initially conceived as a theatre piece about the legendary room 29 of Hollywood hotel Chateau Marmont. Cocker wrote the piece during his own stay there, inspired by one of the room’s more unusual features – a baby-grand piano – as a witness of all the countless dramas that must have taken place within. The tales from the Chateau have become so legendary that anyone with even a passing interest in rock 'n' roll – or any facet of the entertainment industry for that matter – will have heard a Hollywood story related to the Chateau.
– Human [Reissue/1991] LP (Relapse)
Vinyl reissue of Death’s legendary fourth album. Limited metallic gold color pressing also available.

>Ramin Djawadi
– The Great Wall [OST] LP+MP3 (Milan)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Best known for his iconic scores to
Game Of Thrones and Iron Man, Djawadi has also provided the music for Warcraft, Pacific Rim and Westworld among countless other projects. His score to The Great Wall is sweeping and grand featuring rumbling drums, an army of strings and traditional Chinese chanting.
>Michael Giacchino
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2xLP (Walt Disney)
Released last December on CD – now available on vinyl. Music from the recent
Star Wars spin-off.
>Gold Connections
– Gold Connections LP (Fat Possum)
RIYL: Car Seat Headrest, The Districts, Pavement, Modest Mouse, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Bright Eyes, Pinegrove, Built to Spill, The Walkmen. “ animal of its own. Languid atmospherics give birth to howlingly aggressive rock ‘n’ roll that ultimately builds to a richly arranged climax.” – Stereogum

>The Ahmad Jamal Trio
– The Awakening [Reissue/1970] LP (Be With)
Vinyl reissue of this landmark deep trio session -- recorded in NYC and released on Impulse! In 1970. As a "Zen master of jazz piano" and one of its greatest innovators, Jamal evolved his elegant sound with this adventurous record.
The Awakening showcases his fast, richly melodic chops in remarkable variation.
>Dadisi Komolafe
- Hassan's Walk [Reissue/1983] LP (PMG)
This modal to slightly free jazz outfit from California takes the listener on a journey back to the late '60s and very early '70s, into the spiritual realms of greats like John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, John McLaughlin, and Miles Davis.

– El Grand Poder LP (Wonderwheel Recordings)
Lagartijeando is the name of producer, musician and DJ Mati Zundel who was born, raised and currently living in a small town on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Strongly influenced by his travels through Latin America, Mati's signature psychedelic dance tracks latch onto everything from traditional folk sounds from the Bolivian altiplano to the jungle beats of Brazil. Mati hypnotically fuses his traditional influences (with an emphasis on shaman chant and charango loops) with contemporary electronic beats.

>Travis Linville
– Up Ahead LP (Cen)
There's something inexplicably authentic about Oklahoma's Travis Linville, and it's carried him from dive bars and classrooms to The Tonight Show and esteemed theaters and festivals across the globe. The Oklahoma Gazette rightly called him a “godfather of modern Oklahoma folk” and noted that his success opened doors for a state teeming with talent: a mentor and contemporary for other Oklahoma acts like Fullbright, Millsap, Turnpike Troubadours and John Moreland.

>Reba McEntire
– Songs Of Faith & Hope 2xLP (Nash Icon)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The country music vocalist’s new double-disc project highlights traditional hymns of faith throughout the first 10 songs while more contemporary tracks of hope round out the back half.

>Monster Movie
– Keep The Voices Distant LP+MP3 (Graveface)
New release from the alt-rock/shoegaze outfit. Limited color vinyl pressing.

>My Chemical Romance
– Welcome To The Black Parade (Steve Aoki 10th Anniversary Remix) 12” (Dim Mak)
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the “Welcome To The Black Parade” single, My Chemical Romance tapped Dim Mak label head Steve Aoki to breathe new life into the 2006 emo classic. Now available on a vibrant limited edition 12” picture disc, Aoki imbued his signature electro flair, keeping the vocals of Gerard Way intact in an amalgamation of new-school and old-school.

>Jean-Jacques Perrey
– Mood Indigo [Reissue/1970] LP (Vanguard)
Sonically adventurous,
Moog Indigo is a kaleidoscopic array of sounds delivered with imagination and a playful sensibility. Perrey's approach blends funk, lounge, and the avant-garde in a meticulously arranged tapestry of Moog, tape loops, and ondioline. An absolute must-have for vintage electronica heads, space-age pop enthusiasts, producers, audiophiles, and all fans of adventurous pop music. Audiophile quality 180gm pressing.
>Raymond Scott
– Soothing Sounds For Baby [Reissue/1963] 3xLP+MP3 (Music On Vinyl)
Raymond Scott – Manhattan Research Inc. [Reissue/2001] 3xLP+MP3 (Music On Vinyl)
During Scott's career as a popular bandleader, there were reports of an alter ego - inventor, professor in the lab coat, electronic music pioneer. But little of this work received public exposure. That changed in 1997 with a reissue of Scott's 1963
Soothing Sounds For Baby (SSFB) trilogy. These albums, largely overlooked upon their original LP release, contained gentle, all-electronic sonic companions designed to calm and delight infants. In retrospect, however, Scott's pioneering and little-heard explorations of synthesized rhythmic minimalism and low-key ambience foreshadowed the subsequent conjuring of Terry Riley, Phillip Glass, Kraftwerk and Brian Eno. Most of Scott's works were performed on vacuum tube- and transistor-rigged music machines which he designed and built. Now, Music On Vinyl presents new editions of the Soothing Sounds For Baby and Manhattan Research Inc. on vinyl, each including full track notes, a historical overview, and newly designed covers. Limited triple 180gm color vinyl pressings.
>Tall Ships
– Impressions LP (FatCat)
Following the release of their acclaimed 2012 debut,
Everything Touching, Tall Ships were championed by both the BBC and NME, selling out shows across the UK and headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival. Their debut earned a wealth of critical praise, with Pitchfork citing its penchant for "the more swashbuckling strains of Okkervil River and Modest Mouse, M83's downcast glimmer, and Sigur Ros' misty yawn," and BBC Music claiming, “the trio's debut displays dizzying craftsmanship.” Impressions bristles with a fresh intensity: it's a set that feels constantly on a knife edge of unpredictability, capable within a single song of being both disconcertingly tender and universal - easily the most ambitious and anthemic music the band has ever written, marking them out as one of the UK's most promising rock bands but one worn with the battle scars of doubt, fragility and lessons learned the hard way.
>Jack Tempchin
– One More Song LP (Blue Elan Records)
Released last year on CD – now available on vinyl. Jack Tempchin is known for penning some of the most durable tunes in American music for a variety of artists that includes the Eagles, George Jones, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner, Glen Campbell, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Hillman, Patty Loveless, Tom Rush, Kate Wolf, and many others. He's also co-written with a who's who of American roots, rock, country, and folk composers that embraces Tom Waits, J.D. Souther, Bobby Whitlock, Jim Lauderdale and Beth Nielsen Chapman.

>Tei Shi
– Crawl Space LP (Interscope)
Debut album from critically-acclaimed solo artist Tei Shi (born Valerie Teicher). The Argenine indie artist has toured with Grimes, Years & Years, Jungle, and Glass Animals. Past press features include W Magazine, Noisey, The Guardian, Spin, The Fader, and more.
Crawl Space was recorded over the span of a year and a half, and hears the singer documenting her transition from a “curious new kid on the block” to a “confident, self-possessed” artist. According to a press release, the record delivers a “palpable physicality” — from the claustrophobic space referenced in the LP title, to active song names like “Keep Running” and “Lift Me,” all the while evoking a feeling of moving forward through constraining situations and being able to center oneself.
>Brett Young
– Brett Young LP (Big Machine)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Good looks, honest lyrics and West Coast-meets-Southern sound, aptly dubbed the “Caliville” style.
released 17 MARCH 2017
>CDs + Vinyl:

2Cellos – Score CD (Sony Masterworks)
Bringing 2Cellos' game-changing sound and style to the most popular melodies ever written for classic and contemporary movies and television,
Score finds Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser exploring a more traditional sound world. Joining them here to provide the ideal aural backdrop to their virtuosity is the London Symphony Orchestra, with conductor/arranger Robin Smith at the helm.
– FREE 6LACK [2016] CD/LP (LoveRenaissance/Interscope)
FREE 6LACK is the dark and moody debut studio album from rising Atlanta, GA R&B/hip-hop recording artist Ricardo Valentine aka 6LACK. Largely produced by go-to-guy Singawd and Nova, his candid lyrics and hypnotizing melodies are undeniably present in the emotional singles “Ex Calling” and “PRBLMS.”
– Closure CD/LP (Despotz)
The Swedish singer’s third album finds her discovering her inner dark side and going back to her roots. “I believe we all have a dark place inside of us, some more aware than others and we all have our way of dealing with it. I tried embracing mine, which led to finding a home within it but, also, to the making of
Closure.” Comprised of nine songs, Closure was written, recorded and produced entirely by Adna herself in her Berlin apartment. “Something that started with sorrow and unwarranted melancholy finally gave me comfort. We all have our different ways of dealing with our dark place, and I just had the urge to make this record in order to see light and beauty in mine, honor my Bosnian roots and to hopefully and finally find a home within all of this.”
– Detroit House Guests CD/LP (Mute)
Adult. is the Detroit duo Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller. Their seventh album (and first on Mute)
Detroit House Guests became a reality after receiving a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant, and is based on the “visual” artist residency model but for musicians. Each musician would come for up to a three-week period with the parameter that we live, work, and collaborate together. The results -- a total anthropological sound experiment and a full-length album.
>Amber Run
– For A Moment, I Was Lost CD/LP (Dine Alone Music)
“Amber Run’s new album sees the band go in a new direction. It differentiates from
5AM with its stripped backed, bare nature of the songs. Whilst 5AM was a collection of mainly upbeat, youthful songs For A Moment, I Was Lost tells a more honest story. There’s no painting over the truth with this album, it’s all set out for the listener to hear. If there’s one song that captures this perfectly it’s ‘Haze’; an atmospheric, acapella like song which digs deep into the personal depths of the band’s writing. There’s something spellbinding about this song. In just two minutes you’ve been through everything from heart break to loneliness to the vacancy of being lost in the moment.” – LS Radio
– Paradise CDEP/10”+MP3 (Secretly Canadian)
Paradise EP is the extension, into 2017, of a language of protest and distress. The songs presented here -- already featured in her arresting live performances -- were made during the same sessions as Hopelessness, but rather than trimmings or bonus material, they are, instead, unique touch points for old problems and newly minted geo-political crises writ macabre.
– Dive Medicine: Chapter One CD/LP (Dirty Version)
From the murky depths of unexplored seas, Apathy takes you on a nautical journey with his first all-instrumental project. After years of producing beats for himself, Demigodz, Army of the Pharaohs, R.A. The Rugged Man, Ras Kass, Styles Of Beyond and many others, Apathy has assembled a collection of 15 original instrumentals. Painstakingly sequenced, mixed and engineered to keep your speakers thumping, this sub-aquatic album showcases Ap's sharp skills behind the boards as he delivers his best sonic works without words. Whether you just like to vibe out to hip-hop beats or practice your own MC skills over chunky production, this project is a welcomed refreshment in the instrumental hip-hop genre.

>Ascended Dead
– Abhorrent Manifestation CD (Dark Descent)
Dark, chaotic death metal from San Diego.

>Richard Barbieri
– Planets + Persona CD/2xLP (Kscope)
The former Japan and Porcupine Tree keyboardist releases third solo studio album.
Planets + Persona is his first to feature a wide pallet of instrumentation. Vintage analogue synthesisers combine with acoustic performances and jazz elements, including some stark and memorable improvisations from a personally handpicked group of musicians. Twisted voices are always present, though not in a language we can recognize.
>Big Country Bluegrass
– Let Them Know I’m From Virginia CD (Rebel)
Big Country Bluegrass has been making music for 30 years, and
Let Them Know I'm From Virginia is a celebration of the bands' commitment to-and love of-traditional bluegrass music.
– V CD/2xLP (Kscope)
“Blackfield is the most accessible band that Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame has been involved in, despite maintaining the melancholic tone present in his main projects. The group has been an outlet for him to shift away from progressive rock and metal in favor of a straightforward brand of art rock, while still retaining the emotional weight present in his music.
V marks a return of equal songwriting credits between Wilson and collaborator Aviv Geffen, the latter being more accustomed to this style in his solo material. The previous two albums were more comprised of his vision while Wilson focused on his own solo albums. This latest from Blackfield returns to the strengths and compositional focus seen on their first two records, despite the expected somberness being largely absent this time. Hallmarks of the more upbeat Porcupine Tree era are notable, with many tracks recalling the more mainstream nature of Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun. Those wishing for more of that sound from Wilson will likely not get anything closer to it than this. Blackfield sound more optimistic and focused than they have in years, with Wilson and Geffen allowing a surprisingly optimistic vision shine through their soaring, blissful concept album.” – Sputnik Music
– Fallen Angel Of Doom [Reissue/1990] CD/LP (Nuclear War Now)
Canada's Blasphemy is one of the original black metal bands of the second wave of black metal and innovators of war metal. This is a reissue of their debut album. [Limited pink and yellow color vinyl pressings also available.]

>Charm The Fury
– The Sick, Dumb & Happy CD/LP (Nuclear Blast America)
“Built around the versatile vocal talents of Caroline Westendorp, Charm The Fury dip in and out of Lamb Of God-aping grooves (‘The Hell In Me’), Bring Me The Horizon’s slam and swing (‘No End In Sight’), Machine Head’s crushing harmonics (‘The Future Feed Us Not’) and straight-up Avenged Sevenfold balladry (‘Silent War’).” – Rock Sound

>Gary Clark Jr.
– Live/ North America 2016 CD/2xLP (WB)
Live North America 2016 was recorded absolutely live, with no overdubs. What you hear is how it went down. The album includes all new and unreleased live recordings from Gary Clark Jr's 2016 tour in support of his internationally acclaimed The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim. It features several songs from that album, including “The Healing,” “Grinder,” “Our Love,” “Cold-Blooded,” and “Shake,” featuring Leon Bridges and his saxophonist Jeff Dazey. The set is characterized by raw soul and funk, classic solo and blues performances, and several lengthy, tour de force guitar jams. It includes two previously unreleased covers, Jimmy Reed's “Honest I Do” and Elmore James' “My Baby's Gone” as well as “You Saved Me” and “When My Train Pulls In” -- fan favorites from Clark's debut Blak And Blu. Much like the great blues, jazz, and soul legends of past, these recordings are lightening in a bottle - historical moments in time for an artist who is ever morphing and one of the truly great improvisers of his generation.
>Jarvis Cocker/Chilly Gonzales
– Room 29 CD (Deutsche Grammophon)
Jarvis Cocker, former frontman of the famous Brit pop band Pulp and Canadian pianist/rapper/producer/composer Chilly Gonzales have teamed up for this exciting new project.
Room 29 was initially conceived as a theatre piece about the legendary room 29 of Hollywood hotel Chateau Marmont. Cocker wrote the piece during his own stay there, inspired by one of the room’s more unusual features – a baby-grand piano – as a witness of all the countless dramas that must have taken place within. The tales from the Chateau have become so legendary that anyone with even a passing interest in rock 'n' roll – or any facet of the entertainment industry for that matter – will have heard a Hollywood story related to the Chateau. [Vinyl edition due March 31.]
>Gabriella Cohen
– Full Closure & No Details CD/LP+MP3 (Captured Tracks)
Melbourne artist Gabriella Cohen's first solo full-length is the product of ten days and two microphones. Co-produced alongside close friend, bandmate, and engineer Kate 'Babyshakes' Dillon, the record is the result of what Cohen describes as the “ceremony” of reflecting on a relationship. The album's raw, personal side could be traced back to its place of birth at Dillon's parents' place in the country, or to the Brisbane streets the songs were composed in. The songs are soaked in the kind of aching nostalgia that is tinged with equal measures of sadness and triumph. On “I Don't Feel So Alive,” Cohen warns: “This could be the last time we get together,” and on one hand it's melancholy, but it's in the spirit of endings that are also beginnings. There are two sides to Cohen's coin though -- for every moment of raw, cutting emotion, there's one of otherworldly ethereality. It's what makes the record feel timeless, which doesn't mean old-fashioned -- it means that the vocoder on “Feelin' Fine” and the fuzzy, frenzied drums of “Alien Anthem” don't feel at odds with the dreamy, ambling melodies and old-school ethos at the heart of Cohen's songwriting.

>The Creation
– Action Painting 2xCD/2xLP (Numero)
Presented here for the first time are the complete Creation studio recordings. All 42 tracks (CD version, 24 tracks on the vinyl) have been remastered from the original tapes by Shel Talmy, and given fresh stereo mixes where previously unavailable. New essays by Dean Rudland and Alec Palao tell the band's story and dive into their complete studio sessions. Scores of previously unpublished photographs adorn the accompanying 80-page hard bound book. We've rounded the whole package out with four tracks by pre-Creation freakbeat quartet the Mark Four, making Action Painting the definitive collection of this legendary UK band.”

>Delta Moon
– Cabbagetown CD (Jumping Jack)
Delta Moon return with their eighth studio album.
Cabbagetown features nine original compositions and a lively cover of Son House’s timeless classic, “Death Letter.” Award-winning songwriter and lead vocalist Tom Gray once again penned most of the new tracks, showcasing great grooves, thought provoking lyrics, infectious hooks, sweet slide guitar work and mountains of superb tone created at the legendary Bakos Amp Works.
>Depeche Mode
– Spirit CD/2xCD/2xLP (Columbia)
Spirit is the new album from Depeche Mode, and the band's 14th studio release. It marks the band's first collaboration with producer James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco (Foals, Florence & The Machine, Arctic Monkeys). “‘We're living in a time of real change,’ says Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan, a vision of intensity dressed head-to-toe in black. ‘As I get older, the things going on in the world affect me more. I think about my kids and what they're growing up into. My daughter, Rosie, was deeply affected by the election last year. ... She just sobbed, and I was like, ‘Wow.’ That sense of worry informed Gahan and his Depeche Mode bandmates while writing Spirit, as many of the LP’s 12 songs deal directly with the general Weltschmerz circulating the planet lately. The record's first single, the Gore-penned ‘Where's The Revolution?’ is a slow-building number which features fuzzy synths, and serves as a call-to-arms as Gahan sings, ‘The train is coming/Get on board,’ along with the title question. It's a mood that continues in another Spirit song ‘Backwards.’ It opens with Gahan singing, ‘We are the bigots/We have not allowed/We have no respect/We have lost control.’ It goes on to lambaste some people's ‘caveman mentality’ and how others ‘feel nothing inside,’ amid jabbing keyboards and pounding rhythms and complete with Gore's backing vocals. ‘If we want things to change, a revolution, we need to talk about it and about caring about what goes on in the world,’ Gahan says” – Rolling Stone. [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a bonus disc of remixes. Double-vinyl LP edition features an etching on Side D.]
– Kwintessens CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
“Wonderfully experimental black metal, tortured and crude but also surprisingly refined and cerebral.” – Screaming Guitars

– Whitey Ford Sings The Blues [Reissue/1998] CD (Rhino)
CD reissue of the second solo album by singer/songwriter/emcee Everlast --his first following his departure from House Of Pain.

>Samantha Fish
– Chills & Fever CD (Ruf)
Chills & Fever Samantha enlisted members of the punk blues band The Detroit Cobras along with producer Bobby Harlow (The GO/ Jack White) to record a futuristic set of songs and a chilling walk through memory lane. Samantha's soulful sultry voice and hot rod guitar slinging is layered against a poly rhythmic horn entrenched background all mixed and mastered by Jim Kissling (The Crystal Method, Fat Boy Slim). [Vinyl edition due May 5.]
>Fit For An Autopsy
– Great Collapse CD (Metal/E1)
The crushing music of Fit For An Autopsy is for any fan of extreme metal, as it’s devoid of preachy politics or grandstanding soapboxing, but its sound and fury is absolutely unflinching in purpose. The band expertly blends excessive-force fueled death metal with atmospheric groove and impassioned personal diatribes, reflecting back the dark state of current events. Their fourth album,
The Great Collapse, doesn’t waste time with fantasy bullsh!t or cliché gore horror. [Vinyl edition due April 28.]
– Things I’ve Never Said CD (Capitol)
From humble beginnings uploading the tender, bedroom-recorded original mix of “Grow,” Frances never dreamt that the single would go on to become one of the most cherished love songs of 2015. Fast forward to today and the 23-year-old Berkshire native can count Greg Kurstin (Adele), Jimmy Napes (Sam Smith, Alicia Keys) and Howard Lawrence (Disclosure) among the star-studded collaborators on her debut album.

- Black Tar Prophecies Vol's 1, 2, & 3 [Reissue/2006] CD/LP+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
Grails – Take Refuge In Clean Living [Reissue/2008] CD/LP+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
Remastered for vinyl and reissued for the first time in over a decade (CD reissues also available),
Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 1, 2, & 3 is a massive evolutionary step in the established Grails sound and is shrouded in change and pain. The somewhat clinical studio sound and recording style with which they had established a tremendous following has been replaced with a much more free and conceptual recording style. This method liberated the group in the studio and these recordings feel much more open, heavy, and psychedelic. Take Refuge In Clean Living sees Grails pulling back their already wide lens on multiple sonic horizons. Opening with a nod to Syd Barret's Pink Floyd (Piper At The Gates Of Dawn) Take Refuge In Clean Living begins with Morse code and drops into one of the heaviest slowburn grooves in the Grails canon. Sounding something like Hawkwind and Ravi Shankar scoring Blade Runner, it's lysergic and earthy for Grails in a new way.
>House Of Pain
– House Of Pain [Reissue/1992] CD (Rhino)
2017 marks the 25th anniversary of House Of Pain’s eponymous debut album, best remembered for the gargantuan and lasting success of the single “Jump Around.”

– KWIATY CD/LP+MP3 (Ghostly Int’l)
Michał Jacaszek is an absolute master of melancholy: the Polish composer who's spun dramatic shades of darkness and light into gold for more than a decade now, from the trickle-down electronics of
Treny and artful gloom of Glimmer to the vapor-trailed verses of their looming spiritual cousin KWIATY. KWIATY -- which was inspired by An English anthology of metaphysical poetry from the 17th century -- is the most vocal-driven material Jacaszek's ever written, melding his stormy melodies with a breakout performance by Hania Malarowska (of the Warsaw-based rock band Hanimal) and the robust supporting roles of Joasia Sobowiec-Jamioł and Natalia Grzebała, with lyrics adapted from poems from Virgil and Robert Herrick.
>The Jazz Passengers
– Still Life With Trouble CD (Thirsty Ear)
The Jazz Passengers is a fantastical fusion of post-bop and musical comedy, once called a perverse mainstream hard-bop group as imagined by Frank Zappa.
Still Life With Trouble is their 13th album.
– The Fall Of Hearts [Reissue/2016] CD (Peaceville)
Expanded Tour Edition of the Swedish dark prog/rock/metal band’s tenth album. Features four live bonus tracks.

>Greg Kihn Band
– Rekihndled CD (Riot)
Rekihndled is the Greg Kihn Band's first studio album in over 20 years.
>Momo Kodama
– Point & Line CD (ECM)
Born in Osaka, educated at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, Momo Kodama is well-placed to approach music from both Eastern and Western vantage points, as she does in this album which interweaves etudes of Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and Toshio Hosokawa (born 1955). Both composers have similarly been border-crossers. Debussy, pointing to music of the future, looked to the Orient for inspiration. Hosokawa has combined aspects of Japanese and European tradition in his contemporary compositions. Momo Kodama: In the music of Toshio Hosokawa I find elements close to Debussy: the freedom of form and tone colour, the sense of poetic design, with a wide range of lyricism and dynamics, between meditation and virtuoso development, between light and shade, between large gestures and minimalist refinement.

– Scatterbrain CD (Rat Pak)
Sophomore release from the super-group featuring drummer Ray Luzier (KoRn), guitarist George Lynch (Lynch Mob) and King's X frontman dUg Pinnick.

– Mastery CD (Nuclear Blast)
Sweden Rock Magazine named Lancer “a new hope for European power metal.”

– II: Morphosis CD (Dark Descent)
“I’ve been eagerly anticipating a new Lantern record since I heard and reviewed their undeniably powerful debut full-length
Below. That thrash/death/black combo, which personified a synthesis of early Napalm Death, Celtic Frost, and Emperor, still holds absolutely true and finds itself achieving new progressive ambition on the band’s sophomore opus II: Morphosis” – No Clean Singing. [Vinyl edition due April 15.]
>Zara Larsson
– So Good CD (Epic)
“Swedish singer Zara Larsson is a postmodern popstar. She’s like a Rihanna-doting teen gatecrashing a tropical house party, gun fingers blazing” – The Guardian. [Vinyl edition due April 7.]

>Mayday Parade
– Lesson In Romantics [Reissue/1997] CD (Fearless)
Digitally remastered and expanded anniversary edition of the debut studio album from the pop/punk band. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]

– Shox Of Violence CD/LP (Hell’s Headbangers)
Since 2003, Cleveland's Midnight has been slaying the metal/punk underground with a highly addictive brand of lust, filth, and sleaze, building up a sizable (and collectible) catalog along the way.
Shox Of Violence collects tracks from their numerous EPs and split releases, along with four new tracks and more.
>Milky Chance
– Blossom CD (Republic)
Time describes
Blossom’s first single “Cocoon” as “somewhere between the folksy rock of Vampire Weekend and the haunting electropop of Beach House.” Indie Shuffle writes, “they have wonderfully upbeat songs and can also put on a pretty solid live performance,” while Indie Obsessive claims, “the band s sound combines deep, organic warmth instrumental arrangements and it also brings forth a palpable sense of returning to a place of serenity.” [Vinyl edition due April 14.]
>Steve Moakler
– Steel Town CD (Soundly Music)
Fourth studio album from the prolific Nashville country music singer/songwriter. Through the years he has helped craft such impressive work as Dierks Bentley's “Riser,” Ashley Monroe's “If Love Was Fair,” Kellie Pickler's “Buzzin',” Ben Rector's “Without You” and countless others.

>Morta Skuld
– Wounds Deeper In Time CD/LP (Peaceville)
The Milwaukee death metallers are back with their first full-length album in 20 years. “A celebration of the spirit of old school death metal.” – Metal Wani

– The Best Of Niyaz CD (Six Degrees)
Niyaz was founded in 2004 by vocalist/composer and two-time JUNO Award nominee Azam Ali and multi-instrumentalist/composer and JUNO Award nominee Loga Ramin Torkian.

>Conor Oberst
– Salutations CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Salutations is a companion piece to 2016's lauded Ruminations. When Oberst wrote and recorded the songs on Ruminations, entirely solo—with just voice, piano, guitar and harmonica—he intended to ultimately record them with a full band. In the midst of putting together that band—upstate New York's The Felice Brothers plus the legendary drummer Jim Keltner (Neil Young, Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and many more)—the passionate responses Oberst was getting to those first solo recordings encouraged him to release the songs as-is, in their original sparse form. The Sunday Times of London called it “the rawest album yet from the forever troubled one-time voice of a generation” and “political and very, very personal,” saying Oberst is “one of the best songwriters around.” Salutations includes full-band versions of the ten songs from Ruminations, plus seven additional songs. Guest contributions come courtesy of Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson.
– Obituary CD/LP (Relapse)
Legendary death metal band Obituary return with their self-titled, tenth studio album, further cementing their legacy as one of the most important metal bands of all time. Picking up where 2014's critically acclaimed
Inked In Blood left off, Obituary show no signs of slowing down as they continue to reign as kings of their genre. Recorded at their home studio in Tampa, FL, Obituary is a 10-track tour-de-force of bone-pulverizing death metal that is as heavy, uncompromising and infectious as anything they've released in their historic, nearly 30-year career. [Limited silver color vinyl pressing also available.]
>The Obsessives
– The Obsessives CD/LP (Lame-O)
Continuing even further along their indie rock inspirations, The Obsessives has found an acclivity for pop hooks and vibrant instrumentation that give a nod to their heroes (even naming a song referencing listening to a Pixies record), while also fitting alongside the top artists of the modern indie/emo scene.

– Earthen CD (Vicisolom Production)
“A couple of years back I reviewed the sophomore album from Finland’s Oceanwake. I commended their compelling fusion of sheer power with delicate atmospherics and it made my year-end list. They’ve now returned with
Earthen and the scope is huger than ever. Comprising just two tracks of over 20 minutes apiece, I feared drone and repetition had taken hold. The succeeding album to the one with which I discover a good band is always a dicey affair as I have expectations as to quality and style. And so it was with trepidation that I clicked play, but I am delighted to report that my fears were unfounded.” – Angry Metal Guy
>Otis Junior & Dr.Dundiff
– Hemispheres CD/LP (Jakarta)
Otis Junior & Dr. Dundiff have a special bond. They originally met at a local R&B contest in Louisville, KY. Dundiff was the DJ of the night and Otis happened to be the only contestant he had never heard of. He took the stage just playing piano and singing and Dundiff was so blown away that they ended up in the studio together shortly after. Despite the fact they hadn't been working together for very long they managed to create a very unique take on hip-hop production influenced soul music right out of the gate. While Otis comes from a classic soul background, Dundiff's previous releases were classic underground leftfield hip-hop records that even had him handle mic duties.

– Some Offcell Voices CD/LP+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
In the early days of Pinback, they were known mostly as two lauded musicians who spent their spare time away from their primary projects (Three Mile Pilot, Thingy, Heavy Vegetable) to hone their home recording skills while experimenting with ideas, tones, and instrumentation that didn't quite fit into those primary projects. Pinback hadn't yet become their day job; it hadn't yet become a well-oiled five-piece touring machine; and it had no idea where it was going to go. In retrospect, that earnest curiosity is what makes those early Pinback recordings so resonant and so unique, and what separated them from every indie rock band of this century. Every bit as powerful and expressive as their first two albums, the 1999 EP,
Some Voices, and the 2003 EP, Offcell, famously bucked the perception of EPs as outtakes and toss-offs. What were ostensibly minor stopgaps between albums became massive fan favorites and staples of Pinback's live show. Having never been released on vinyl, it's only fitting that we revisit these poignant recordings - and take the opportunity to painstakingly remaster and repackage them into the full-length album that never was, the aptly named Some Offcell Voices.
>The Pineapple Thief
– Your Wilderness 2xCD (Kscope)
Expanded Tour Edition of the prog rock band’s 2016 album. Features five bonus acoustic tracks.

>Prince Far I
– Psalms For I [Reissue/1976] CD/LP (Deeper Knowledge)
Produced by Lloydie Slim,
Psalms For I finds Far I chanting Psalms and prayers over a tough selection of mostly Aggrovators-backed rhythms. This was resissued once before over a decade ago, now back again with the original artwork.
>Quiles + Cloud
– Shake Me Now CD (Compass)
Shake Me Now is stripped-down, yet dense. There are musical and lyrical traces of the blues, bluegrass, folk, rock, soul, and classical music.
>CJ Ramone
– American Beauty CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
American Beauty is the record I’ve been working towards since I started putting out records as CJ Ramone. My songwriting has definitely grown up some, but the raw energy is still there. Steve Soto, Dan Root, and Pete Sosa helped me drive every track home in a way that only veterans of the business can do, with engineer/co-producer Paul Miner throwing gas on the fire every step of the way.”
>Real Estate
– In Mind CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
In Mind is the fourth album from the NJ dream pop group, their first to feature Julian Lynch on guitar, and produced by Cole M.G.N. Long respected for their deft lyrical hand and gorgeous melodies, In Mind builds upon the Real Estate’s reputation for crafting perfect songs and carries them even deeper into the pantheon of great songwriters. Here they fine-tune the winsome songwriting and profound earnestness that made previous albums—Real Estate, Days, and Atlas—so beloved, and pushes their craft in compelling new directions. Written primarily by guitarist/vocalist Martin Courtney, In Mind offers a mild shifting of the gears, positing a band engaged in the push/pull of burgeoning adulthood. Reflecting a change in lineup, changes in geography, and a general desire to move forward without looking back, the record recasts the band in a new light—one that replaces the ennui of teen suburbia with an adult version.
– Do Not Deviate CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
“The genre of technical death metal is tricky to do well. Oftentimes the songs are so densely arranged and executed that they are impenetrable and listeners may struggle for something—anything!—to latch onto. There are bands that do it well, and it’s probably time to start paying attention to Replacire, as they’re bringing some new perspectives and ideas to the genre.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

>Righteous Vendetta
– Cursed CD (Century Media)
Righteous Vendetta has come a long way from their humble beginnings at a community college in their small town of Cody, Wyoming. On a mission to cut through the clutter of mediocrity, the band set out on a self-reinvention that would alter their earlier sound into one of the most unique blends of hard hitting rock on the scene today.

>Rick Ross
– Rather You Than Me CD (Sony)
The rapper’s ninth album features Nas, Young Thug, Future, Meek Mill, Wale, Yo Gotta, Chris Rock, Gucci Mane, Ty Dolla $ign, Jeezy, Dej Loaf, Scrilla, Raphael Saadiq, and Anthony Hamilton.

>Paul Shaffer & The World's Most Dangerous Band
- Paul Shaffer & The World's Most Dangerous Band CD (Rhino)
After a 24-year gap since their first album,
The World's Most Dangerous Party produced by Todd Rundgren, the eponymous Paul Shaffer & The World's Most Dangerous Band features appearances by an all-star pan-demographic lineup including guest vocalists Dion, Jenny Lewis, Bill Murray, Darius Rucker, Shaggy, and Valerie Simpson. Shaffer and bandmates Will Lee and Felicia Collins round out the lead vocal duties.
– The Answers CD (Republic)
A new collection of slick serenades from the R&B Romeo.

>Sorority Noise
– You’re Not As _____ As You Think CD/LP (Triple Crown)
“With 2015 sophomore release
Joy, Departed, emo anthem-slingers Sorority Noise converted frontman Cameron Boucher’s struggle with depression, addiction, and mental illness into a hopeful blast of kinetic energy. It was one of the year’s best albums, and it rocketed Sorority Noise out of the shadow of Boucher’s screamo combo Old Gray. The Hartford band shared quite a bit of music in the interim, including last year’s It Kindly Stopped For Me EP, but now they deliver their proper follow-up. Recorded with Brand New producer Mike Sapone over 10 days, You’re Not As _____ As You Think is deeper and darker than its predecessor. Largely informed by several of Boucher’s close friends’ deaths, the album matches the guitar heroics of Joy, Departed with the bleak heaviness of It Kindly Stopped For Me. In a press release, Boucher explains, ‘Things are going to be tough, but it’s going to be fine in the end — and you have to keep going because you just have to. This is how it’s going to be. You’ve just got to do it’” – Stereogum. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Larry Sparks
– Lonesome And Blue: More Favorites CD (Rebel)
Larry Sparks is one of the most respected and beloved figures in bluegrass music. Beginning his career in the 1960s with the legendary Stanley Brothers and then Ralph Stanley, he has carved out his own path in the music with his fine voice, his unique bluesy style of guitar picking and his uncanny knack for finding great material.
Lonesome And Blue: More Favorites is a superb 14-track collection spanning Larry's 40 year relationship with Rebel Records.
>Regina Spektor
– Live On Soundstage CD+DVD (BMG)
On Friday July 29, 2016, singer/songwriter and pianist Regina Spektor performed at WTTW’s Grainger Studio in Chicago to about 400 of her biggest fans, delivering an array of her compositions from past and current projects. [Stand-alone Blu-ray edition also available.]

– Hot Thoughts CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
“In a career that spans more than 20 years, Spoon has perfected a kind of ruthlessly airtight efficiency: Every few years, the Austin band returns with a new batch of perfectly compact three-minute pop-rock songs. As consistent as it is beloved, Spoon never fails to hit its mark — delivered forcefully, and with hooks for days. If the title track on the band’s ninth album
Hot Thoughts is any indication, that impeccably chosen palette's got a few new colors. Thanks in part, no doubt, to Dave Fridmann joining the band as a co-producer, ‘Hot Thoughts’ has a rangy, swirly sparkle to it, portending an album that spreads out for a bit of a journey” – NPR. [Limited red color vinyl pressing also available.]
– Stolas CD/LP (Equal Vision)
New album from the Las Vegas, NV-based progressive rock outfit.

>Svart Crown
– Abreaction CD/LP (Century Media)
“Svart Crown’s brand of blackened death metal sees them wear their influences quite proudly upon their sleeve. Obvious comparisons will be drawn to Behemoth’s infernal riffing style, with some of the more obtuse, atonal guitar parts evoking the music of the likes of Morbid Angel or compatriots Gojira. The black influence is more overt than that seen in the Polish brutes’ more modern material however; with Svart Crown also owing a debt of gratitude to the likes of fellow countrymen Deathspell Omega.” – Midlands Metalheads

>Tedeschi Trucks Band
– Live From The Fox Oakland 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray (Fantasy/Concord)
In September of 2016, Tedeschi Trucks Band set out for the West Coast to make a live album. After 10 shows, there was no shortage of great music to choose from, but for everyone on the tour, one night stood out from the rest: September 9
th at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. Live From The Fox Oakland is a live double album that David Fricke calls “a new peak in the continuing story of a great American rock & roll family band.” The set is available as a Regular double-CD version as well as a Deluxe edition which adds your choice of a DVD or Blu-ray video of the show. In addition to the 15 blistering tracks, the film also features extensive behind the scenes footage, including Derek's recent visit to Marc Maron's garage for the WTF! Podcast, and an interview with Derek and Susan conducted by Rolling Stone critic David Fricke for SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Live From The Fox Oakland was mixed using a vintage Neve console to achieve an exquisitely immersive sound experience, and mastering guru Bob Ludwig added his craft to the full 5.1 surround sound mix and album audio. [Vinyl edition due April 14.]
– Live Sightings 4xCD (Deadline Music)
Deluxe four CD box set of magnificent early '80 live performances by one of the all-time greatest rock bands to take the stage.

>Various Artists
– Lord Have Mercy: The Soulful Gospel Of Checker Records CD/LP (Playback)
A hard-hitting collection of 27 funky, fantastic gospel gems from the Checker catalog. Includes gospel legends The Soul Stirrers, Salem Travelers, The Violinaires and many more, featuring beats, grooves and vocal performances that rival any of R&B recordings of the era -- the best of the label's rich heritage of music the church. Also features: The William Singers, The Gospel Classics, Estella Burke, Charlie Brown, The Inspirational Singers, The Kindly Shepherds, Stevie Hawkins, The Messiahs Of Glory, The Meditation Singers, The Masonic Wonders, The East St. Louis Gospelettes, The Faithful Wonders, Rev. "Singing" Sammy Lewis, Meditations, Lucy Rodgers, The Jordan Singers, Gospel Six, The Gospel Hi-Lites, Martha Bass, and The Harmonizing Four.

>Without Waves
– Lunar CD/2xLP (Prosthetic)
New album from the Chicago-based technical/progressive metal group.

>The Zombies
– Odessey & Oracle: 50th Anniversary Edition CD (Varese Sarabande)
This CD reissue celebrates the 50th anniversary of
Odessey & Oracle, recorded between June and August of 1967 and officially released in 1968. Remastered from the best sources possible, the package includes seven bonus tracks, (alternate versions and outtakes from the original recording sessions), rare photos and new notes.

DVDs + Blu-ray:
Regina Spektor – Live On Soundstage Blu-ray (BMG)
On Friday July 29, 2016, singer/songwriter and pianist Regina Spektor performed at WTTW’s Grainger Studio in Chicago to about 400 of her biggest fans, delivering an array of her compositions from past and current projects. [Stand-alone Blu-ray edition also available.]

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Animals As Leaders
– Animals As Leaders [Reissue/2009] LP (Prosthetic)
Animals As Leaders – Weightless [Reissue/2009] LP (Prosthetic)
Limited silver color vinyl pressings of the instrumental prog metal band’s first two albums.

>Ares Kingdom
– The Unburiable Dead [Reissue/2015] LP (Nuclear War Now)
Thrash/death metal from Kansas City, MO.

>Arrested Development
- 3 Years, 5 Months And 2 Days In The Life Of… [Reissue/1992] 2xLP (Capitol)
Originally released in 1992 to widespread critical acclaim, Arrested Development’s debut album
3 Years, 5 Months And 2 Days In The Life Of… stood in stark contrast to much of the hip-hop around at the time. It helped them become the first rap group to win a Grammy for New Artist, and features hits like “Tennessee,” “People Everyday” and “Mr. Wendel.” Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the album has been reissued on double-vinyl.
>Julien Baker
– Funeral Pyre b/w Distant Solar System 7”+MP3 (Matador)
“Memphis, TN-based songwriter Julien Baker is the latest addition to the renowned Matador Records roster. The 21-year-old’s devastating, delicate, plaintive, vulnerable debut album,
Sprained Ankle (I could keep going with the adjectives, but really, ‘striking’ might be my favorite, as the music completely captivated us and left us no choice but to add it to our roster), which was released in 2015. A previously unreleased song ‘Funeral Pyre,’ is the title-track and A-side for Baker’s new 7”. Only Baker can make such a darkly macabre subject so heartbreakingly gorgeous, her signature hushed-yet- lofty vocals soaring over a quietly fingerpicked melody, crescendoing into layered, almost-orchestral beauty.
>George Barnes
– Country Jazz LP (Modern Harmonic)
Jazz-meets-country in an impossibly hot session circa 1959 -- a platter of lightning-fast picking and impeccable taste from the legendary musician.

– Quicksand / Cradlesnakes [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (Dead Oceans)
In the summer of 2002, Tim Rutili and the rest of Califone had just come out of a busy year that included touring with
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot-era Wilco and collaborating with Issac Brock's alter-ego project, Ugly Casanova. With new creative energy unlocked, the band began work on the follow-up to their breakout full-length debut, Roomsound. The result, the much celebrated Quicksand / Cradlesnakes, brims with earned confidence. Here, Califone began to master the mix of blues, country and technical glitchery so oft-referenced today, all the while creating something timeless.
>Al Cohn Quintet
– Cohn On The Saxophone [Reissue/1956] LP (Modern Harmonic)
Al Cohn first sprung on the national scene as one of the saxophonists on the Woody Herman hit “Four Brothers,” a crazy arrangement of “Jeepers Creepers” featuring each “brother” on a wild-and-crazy swingin' sax solo. Along with fellow “brother” Zoot Sims, Cohn became one of New York's leading sax men, forming with Sims a quintet that played in the hot beatnik jazz scene of the day, even backing up Jack Kerouac on a few poetry recordings.
Cohn On The Saxophone finds our man Cohn taking the lead on a series of great jazz standards. Blue color vinyl pressing.
>Counting Crows
– August And Everything After [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (Geffen)
Counting Crows – Recovering The Satellites [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (Geffen)
Two albums of early-mid- ‘90s multi-platinum alt rock – back in print on vinyl.

>Dead Can Dance
– The Serpent’s Egg [Reissue/1988] LP (4AD)
Dead Can Dance – Aion [Reissue/1990] LP (4AD)
Dead Can Dance – Spiritchaser [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (4AD)
Vinyl reissues of DCD’s fourth, fifth, and seventh albums. This completes the recent vinyl reissue campaign of their classic 4AD back-catalog.

– Wear Your Love Like Heaven [Reissue/1967] LP (Speakers Corner)
Donovan's 1967 release
Wear Your Love Like Heaven is one of his brightest and most upbeat albums. Also released as the first half of the landmark two-CD box set A Gift From A Flower To A Garden, it finds Donovan in mostly electric mode, and taking an increasingly active production role that he would maintain for the rest of his career. In addition to its pristine original mono mix, this definitive LP edition boasts one of Donovan's most memorable cover designs, featuring a haunting infrared photograph of the artist by noted photographer Karl Ferris.
– The Celts [Reissue/1986] LP (Reprise)
Born Eithne Ni Bhraonain, this classically-trained pianist was kid sister in the musical family that became Clannad, joining the Irish band in 1979 but dropping out amicably three years later to pursue her own muse. This music, produced in the mid-'80s as the soundtrack to a BBC series, was released as her debut in 1987 and promptly ignored -- yet its mix of atmospheric soundscapes and Enya's lush, layered vocals, sung in both English and Gaelic, is the template for her subsequent global hits, beginning with
Watermark the following year.
>Lee Fields & The Expressions
– Special Night Instrumentals LP (Big Crown)
Produced by Leon Michels and Thomas Brenneck, and brilliantly performed by The Expressions,
Special Night was written, recorded, mixed, and mastered entirely to tape in three weeks at the legendary Diamond Mine Studios in Queens, NY. A sense of urgency, equal parts fun and inspiration, and a decent amount of beer and Jack Daniels were the driving forces during the sessions that produced Lee Fields & The Expressions latest offering.
>Peter Gabriel
– 1 [Reissue/1977] LP+MP3 (Real World)
Peter Gabriel – 2 [Reissue/1978] LP+MP3 (Real World)
Peter Gabriel – 3 [Reissue/1980] LP+MP3 (Real World)
Peter Gabriel – 4 [Reissue/1982] LP+MP3 (Real World)
Peter Gabriel – So [Reissue/1986] LP+MP3 (Real World)
Peter Gabriel – Us [Reissue/1992] 2xLP+MP3 (Real World)
Peter Gabriel – Up [Reissue/2002] 2xLP+MP3 (Real World)
HQ-180gm vinyl LP (half-speed remastered) pressings in gatefold sleeves, including download cards.

>Insane Clown Posse
– Tunnel Of Love [Reissue/1996] 12” (Psychopathic)
Limited edition pink marble color vinyl pressing. 180gm.

– Great Cold Distance [Reissue/2006] 2xLP (Peaceville)
Limited double vinyl LP pressing of the Swedish metal band’s seventh album.

>Lamb Of God
– New American Gospel [Reissue/2000] LP (Prosthetic)
Limited silver color vinyl pressing of the metal band’s debut album.

>Nikki Lane
– Highway Queen LP+MP3 (New West)
Limited picture disc vinyl edition. Nikki Lane’s third album
Highway Queen sees the young Nashville rebel emerge as one of country and rock’s most gifted songwriters. Produced by Lane and fellow singer/songwriter Jonathan Tyler, and recorded in Denton, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, Highway Queen is an emotional tour-de-force. Blending potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage ‘60s country-pop swagger, Lane’s new music will resonate as easily with Black Keys and Lana Del Rey fans as those of Neil Young and Tom Petty. Highway Queen starts with the whiskey-soaked restlessness of “700,000 Rednecks,” a rowdy call to action, and ends on the profoundly raw “Forever Lasts Forever,” where Lane belts freely, mourning a failed marriage – the “lighter shade of skin” left behind from her wedding ring. Lane’s journey to heartbreak takes exquisite turns. “Companion” is pure Everly Brothers’ dreaminess (“I would spend a lifetime/ Playing catch you if I can”). Elsewhere, she goes on a Vegas bender on the rollicking “Jackpot,” fights last-call blues (“Foolish Heart”) and tosses off brazen one-liners at a backroom piano (“Big Mouth”).
>Let’s Go Bowling
– Music To Bowl By [1991] LP (Asian Man)
Let’s Go Bowling – Mr. Twist [1996] LP (Asian Man)
First time on vinyl! Limited color pressings of the California ska band’s first two albums.

– Epitaph [Reissue/2004] LP (Relapse)
Limited orange color vinyl pressing of the German technical death metal band’s second album.

>New Gen
– New Gen 2xLP (XL)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. An album bringing together the best of the UK’s underground grime and rap scenes with collaborations between 17 young artists “anchored in the half space between trap, grime and new wave R&B, the melting pot which has typically come to represent the New Gen sound.”

– Palisades LP+MP3 (Rise)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New album from the New Jersey “electronicore” band. Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.

>Pia Fraus / Rocketship
– Cloudy Eyes b/w Outer Otherness 7” (Seksound)
The collaborative single of these musical soulmates includes a new track from both bands, recorded specially for this release. Pia Fraus contributes with a dreampop track “Cloudy Eyes,” that, in addition to their usual dreamy boy/girl vocals and hazy guitars, the band flirts with drum machine beats and even dub-like baselines. Rocketship presents their “Outer Otherness” through a slightly lo-fi synth-pop prism, leaving out the guitars but still holding on to a pop sound in vocals and synths.

– Chill, Dummy 2xLP+MP3 (Doomtree)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Minneapolis rapper and founding member of Doomtree, releases his first solo album since 2012's
We Don't Even Live Here. Chill, Dummy marks the rapper's return to form following a 2014 kidney transplant. Features Justin Vernon, Astronautalis, Kathleen Hanna, Lizzo, Allan Kingdom, Busdriver and Open Mike Eagle and many others.
>Prins Thomas
- Dungen / Sun Araw Remixes 12” (Smalltown Supersound)
Remixes of “D” by experimentalist Sun Araw, “B” by Swedish prog rockers Dungen, plus previously unreleased / unfinished Prins Thomas original track “J”.

>Public Memory
– Veil Of Council LP (Felte)
Public Memory is a concoction of damaged dubbed-out percussion, unfurling tape-delayed synths and sparse sampling - all strung together by producer Robert Toher's snarling tenor. This music is a kind of exotic crossroads between krautrock, trip-hop and coldwave, with traces of Radiohead's
Kid A drifting up through its floor.
– Different Class [Reissue/1995] LP (Plain)
Limited peach color vinyl pressing of Pulp’s Mercury Prize winning fifth LP.

>Jimmy Raney
– Visits Paris [Reissue/1958] LP (Modern Harmonic)
By the time Jimmy Raney recorded the ultra-cool
Visits Paris, he was already at the peak of his career. Having started in 1944 with the Jerry Wald band, he'd pass through a passel of great jazz combos before ending up with Stan Getz in his classic quintet. There, the guitarist became world-renowned, and just weeks before cutting this album, in 1954, he was voted the number one guitarist in the world by French magazine Le Hot Jazz. The album finds Raney on a (very) brief break from touring France, taking the opportunity to cut an album with some local musicians and putting himself very much in the foreground after having been a sideman on previous projects. Red color vinyl pressing.
>Linda Ronstadt
– Living In The USA [Reissue/1978] LP (Friday Music)
Limited 180gm audiophile translucent blue vinyl pressing featuring the long out-of-print gatefold album cover graphics.

– King Of Rock [Reissue/1985] LP (Get On Down)
Run-D.M.C.'s self-titled 1984 debut pushed the doors of pop music wide open, showing that hip-hop was not the fad that haters had prophesized. As they proved decisively on Run-D.M.C., rap was a legit art form, fully capable of producing long-players full of no-fast-forward cuts. By 1985, any doubters were running on fumes, as the group's
King Of Rock blew the aforementioned pop doors off their hinges.
>Secret Shine
– There Is Only Now LP (Saint Marie)
New release from the twee/shoegaze/dream pop legends originally signed to the Sarah Records label. Limited assorted color vinyl pressings also available.

– Beyond The Permafrost [Reissue/2007] LP (Prosthetic)
Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed [Reissue/2013] LP (Prosthetic)
Limited vinyl reissues of the Ohio thrash metal band’s second and fifth albums. [
Serpents Unleased is pressed on silver color vinyl.]
>Roosevelt Sykes
– Music Is My Business [Reissue/1977] LP (Fat Possum)
1999 Blues Hall Of Fame inductee Roosevelt Sykes' piano blues classic
Music Is My Business reissued on vinyl for the first time in a decade. Recorded September 17, 1975, it also includes appearances by Johnny Shines and Louisiana Red.
>Toots And The Maytals
– In The Dark [Reissue/1973] LP (Get On Down)
Vinyl reissue of the reggae group’s classic second LP. “
In The Dark is a ska/reggae classic that captures the Maytals in their prime, brimming with energy. In the group's music, the positive vibrations of reggae and the deep soul of singer Frederick "Toots" Hibbert are united and elevated by a pervasive spirituality. Exuding warmth and goodwill, Toots & The Maytals seek to excise their sorrows through joyful celebration and praise.” -- AllMusic
>Slim Willet
– Texas Oil Patch Songs [Reissue/1959] LP (Modern Harmonic)
Country singer and disc jockey Slim Willet's ode to tool-pushing,
Texas Oil Patch Songs, was originally issued in 1959 by the artist on his own Winston label, and now is an impossibly-rare LP to dig up – and this Modern Harmonic edition is faithful to the original, including all twelve tracks, liner notes, and restored artwork. Color vinyl.
>Steve Winwood
– Back In The High Life [Reissue/1986] LP (Island)
Steve Winwood – Roll With It [Reissue/1988] LP (Island)
Vinyl reissues of the British rock icon’s fourth and fifth albums.

– Tyhjyys LP (Spinefarm)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Tyhjyys ('Emptiness' to non-Finnish speakers) is the majestic soundtrack to all things with fangs that trot in the wilderness. Over eight majestic new tracks, Wolfheart convey the harsh beauty of Mother Nature while challenging the boundaries of extreme metal.
released 03 MARCH 2017
>CDs + Vinyl:

Ann-Margret – The Definitive Collection 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
She was the ultimate bombshell, a Swedish seductress with hair of flame, a fulsome figure, and a taste for Triumph motorcycles. But with Ann-Margret, her irresistible beauty took a back seat to her incandescent talent; this was no mere starlet, but a performer whose singing, dancing, and acting skills—all imbued with a devil-may-care charisma—caused record execs to groom her as the female Elvis Presley. This double-CD set captures those magical early days of Ann-Margret’s career, featuring 30 tracks chosen from her 1961-1966 RCA recordings.

>Artful Dodger
– The Complete Columbia Recordings 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
Artful Dodger was a band ahead of its time, casting hard-edged hooks into a mid-‘70s pond that wasn’t quite ready to bite on the genre that came to be known as power pop. Had they come along a few years later, things might have been quite different for this outfit hailing from Fairfax, VA, for their three albums for the Columbia label hold up to this day as shining examples of the style. This double-disc set includes the band’s three albums plus a couple of single versions.

>A Will Away
– Here Again CD/LP (Triple Crown)
A Will Away is a band with a sound that draws influences from elements of melodic pop and the nostalgically heartfelt early 2000s emo movement. Alternative Press named them one of the 10 up and coming bands who pack an emotional punch. [Limited yellow with red splatter vinyl pressing also available.]

>Banteay Ampil Band
- Cambodian Liberation Songs [Reissue/1983] CD/LP (Akuphone)
Cambodian Liberation Songs is a painful call from forgotten resistance fighters—it is a captivating and moving record. It works as a witness of Cambodian history, bringing to the world the breathless voice of the members of the resistance from the Banteay Ampil Band. Released in 1983, Cambodian Liberation Songs is a mysterious and overwhelming record. As a genuine piece of history, this "call from sorrow and fierce passion" makes use of a whole range of Cambodian music, from folk to rock, to express sufferings and complaints.
>Blanck Mass
– World Eater CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
“As half of the experimental electronic duo F--- Buttons, Benjamin John Power has spent most of his musical career pushing toward extremes. His solo affair Blanck Mass has been a little more subtle; while never shying away from overload, Blanck Mass' instrumental vistas have been less blinding and more illuminating—to the point where ‘Sundowner,’ a track from the project's 2011 debut, was rerecorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and played during the 2012 Olympics. It was a perfect fit, seeing as how Power's edgier, noisier impulses mask a symphonic scope of veritable Vangelis proportions. Those two sides of his aesthetic don't vie for dominance as much as strike a nervy balance on Blanck Mass' third full-length,
World Eater.” – WUWM Milwaukee
– Fences CD/LP (Ramseur)
Bombadil is a three-piece folk-pop band from Durham, North Carolina with guitar, bass, piano, and drums as their primary instruments. The band are known for their creative and heartfelt lyrics, lush vocal harmonies, thoughtful arrangements, and engaging live show.

– The Nature Of Being New CD (Innerstrength)
New album from the Buffalo, NY hardcore trio.

>Chicano Batman
– Freedom Is Free CD/LP (ATO)
“Chicano Batman has always exuded soulfulness in a broad sense of the term, but with
Freedom Is Free, they're deliberately playing with '60s and '70s R&B influences. Ample credit goes to new collaborator Leon Michels, the Brooklyn-based soul producer who's worked with everyone from Lee Fields and the late Sharon Jones to the Black Keys and Wu-Tang's Raekwon. Together, he and Chicano Batman don't transform the group's sound so much as subtly expand it. Gabriel Villa's funky drumming becomes a more prominent anchor, especially on the album's outstanding, mid-tempo stepper, "Jealousy," while the title track still hums with dream-pop guitars, but now adds a boogie bounce on bass. As Freedom Is Free's title suggests, Chicano Batman is also making a statement on the current moment, a deliberate rejoinder to the militaristic bromide that ‘freedom is not free.’ I'm not sure Chicano Batman has ever cut a track as explicitly political as the album's penultimate song, ‘The Taker Story.’ Martinez, normally so languorous on vocals, brings a more forceful presence, like a latter-day Gil Scott-Heron or Eugene McDaniels, singing about the predatory nature of mankind and how it leads to ‘genocide and extinction, all the functions of civilization.’” – WUWM Milwaukee
>Guy Clark
– The Best Of The Dualtone Years CD/2xLP (Dualtone)
Guy Clark, channeler of the human condition, plain-spoken poet, master luthier, seasoned painter and damn fine guitar player, was above all a man. Probably the closest thing to Hemingway Nashville – or the Lone Star State – would ever see: lean prose, gut strings ringing and a hard-won dignity that embraced tenderness as the ultimate manifest of toughness. By the time he arrived at Dualtone, he was already a legend for his exacting song craft that elixired truth tempered with compassion, grounded by vivid detail. This set collects 19 tracks including studio and live recordings plus three unreleased demos.

>Del Paxton
– All Day, Every Day, All Night CD/LP (Topshelf)
All Day, Every Day, All Night, the Buffalo band's debut album, is a collection of material written between 2013-2015, a reflection on their upstate NY punk scene upbringing, drawing nostalgic influence from bands they grew up watching like Polar Bear Club and Fire When Ready while still retaining a contemporary feel.
>Desecrate The Faith
– Unholy Infestation CD (Comatose Music)
“It’s pretty much guaranteed that if you’re a death metal band with a heavy anti-Christian theme to your lyrics, you’re going to drum up a substantial amount of interest rather quickly. If you then add in some furious blast beats, slamming riffs and all round satisfying technicality into the mix then you’re creating an album that certainly won’t disappoint any death metal fan, which is exactly what five piece Desecrate the Faith have created with their second full length release
Unholy Infestation.” -- Ave Noctum
– Look At Yourself CD (Sharptone)
Barebones, punishing, death metal-flavored metallic hardcore.

– Forgotten Pleasures CD/LP (The End)
A cat scratching in her throat, full of banter and insolent, tearing cracks through nature: Natalie Findlay, 25, comes from the same bloodline as PJ Harvey or The Kills’ Alison Mosshart. Her first album
Forgotten Pleasure is representing her inner world by 13 songs that fit together despite their stark contrast. The sparse melancholic piano in “Sunday Morning In The Afternoon” rubs against the rough textures of “Electric Bones”, then we take a trip to the ‘80s with the intoxicating “Waste My Time”, illuminating the night sky with synth flashes of purple and white, before moving on to the more introspective “Monomania,” a kind of pagan prayer with its roots from minimal blues. With “On & Off” the young musician clashes a sensual and cinematic ‘50s rock vibe with a torrent of garage rock. Both nonchalant and vulnerable, Findlay goes more riot grrrl than ever on “Junk Food”, which contrasts with the deep, almost siren-like “Forgotten Pleasures.” On the title track she remembers her darkest days and heals the wounds of the past, the ones that helped her rebuild into a stronger self. The album jitters with her indie rock influences – Beck, Tame Impala, The Velvet Underground – but she seizes the listener with her own firm grasp on music mythology and makes it her own.
>Béla Fleck
– Juno Concerto CD (Rounder/Concord)
Béla Fleck is the world's premier banjo player, a 16-time Grammy Award winner nominated in more categories than any other musician, a genre-busting collaborator, a film producer and a composer. Foremost, though, he is a dad. The impact of fatherhood on Béla is reflected in
Juno Concerto, named for his firstborn son with fellow folk musician Abigail Washburn. The album was recorded with the Colorado Symphony, conducted by José Luis Gomez and also includes two tracks with the Brooklyn Rider string quartet: “Griff” and the second movement of “Quintet For Banjo And Strings,” the latter a previously unrecorded collaboration with friend and mentor Edgar Meyer, representing Béla's first experimentation with classical music. The banjo in these movements embodies the voice of doom, interrupting the music with dark, dissonant interjections culminating in a melancholy banjo solo-a contemplative end to the album that reveals Béla's true depth as a composer. Juno Concerto is a reminder that Béla Fleck is among the most innovative and virtuosic musicians of our time.
>Dia Frampton
– Bruises CD (Nettwerk)
Dia Frampton writes cinematic pop that inspires and pulls at the heart. She has spent the past ten years building towards this moment, beginning at just fifteen with her sister (in Meg and Dia) and enchanting millions on a then-upstart show called The Voice. Her new music draws from all of the elements she has learned from -- soaring pop vocals, orchestral grandeur and a never-ending DIY spirit.

– Severed Monolith CD (Dark Descent)
Second album from the Finnish death dealers.

– Last Place CD/LP+MP3 (30th Century)
Last Place, Grandaddy’s first new album since 2006, is a perfect addition to the band's celebrated, critically-acclaimed catalogue, that includes their breakthrough sophomore album, Sophtware Slump, and their debut, Under The Western Freeway. It's a symphonic swirl of lo-fi sonics and mile-high harmonies, found sounds and electronics-gone-awry mingling with perfect, power pop guitar tones. Lytle's voice sounds as warm and intimate as ever, giving graceful levity to the doomsday narratives that have dominated the Grandaddy output. “Grandaddy‘s comeback album finds Jason Lytle and crew picking up right where they left off over a decade ago. The band’s easygoing style, fuzzy guitars, arpeggiating synths and Lytle’s world-weary vocals, is ageless and Lytle’s lyrical themes of alienation in a world of creeping urban development and technological advances seem more pertinent than ever. It’s welcome return for fans and doesn’t make a bad entry point for the initiated” – Brooklyn Vegan. [Limited brown color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Ethan Gruska
– Slowmotionary CD (Sire)
Ethan Gruska's solo debut, the luminous
Slowmotionary, embraces a range of sounds and styles, with influences from jazz and folk to ambient and alternative. It integrates everything into a whole that is original, idiosyncratic, and embraces its own imperfections. “I really tried to let that humanity in and to not only leave these quirky blemishes in, but to highlight them,” says Gruska. “I didn't want perfect. I wanted true. I wanted honest.” He made room for a little serendipity in his creative process, sensing that too calculated an approach would diminish the impact of the music. That spontaneity provided a wonderful counterpoint to his thoughtful and revealing lyrics. Showcasing Gruska's hushed vocals and subtle arrangements, these songs resonate with the intimacy of an internal monologue, as though we're sharing in his darkest worries. The results are beautifully minimalist: songs as whispered confidences, with what Gruska calls an "arctic" sound, windswept and cold, befitting lyrics that depict moments frozen in time.
>Ibibio Sound Machine
– Uyai CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Fronted by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine is a clash of African and electronic elements inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West African funk, disco, modern post-punk, and electro. The album title
Uyai means “beauty” in Ibibio language and refers to the strength and free spirit of women in general and, in particular, the courage of the women in Eno’s family, to whom she often refers in her writing. “It is a continuation of Ibibio Sound Machine’s story in which the worlds of West African highlife and electronic London collide via the storytelling lyrical thread of frontwoman Eno Williams’ vocals in the Ibibio language of Nigeria,” the band explains. “There is a darker, edgier quality to the sound that maybe reflects the difficult journey the band took from making the first album to completing the second one. The songs are based more around themes of empowerment, freedom, and the liberation of dance for women, and people in general.” The songs of Uyai tackle the stories of life—both large and small. Weird and wonderful folk stories, recounted to Eno by her family as a child in her mother’s Ibibio tongue, form the creative fabric from which the band’s unique musical tapestry is woven. Evocative poetic imagery and empowering messages set against an edgy, Afro-Electro soundscape give the band a unique space within the current wave of modern Afrocentric sounds sweeping across the globe. [Limited blue color vinyl pressing also abailable.]
– Eternal Rituals For The Accretion Of Light CD/LP (Prosthetic)
Junius’ anthemic post punk/post metal reaches new levels on their new album. [Limited clear/dark green color vinyl pressing also available.]

>Tim Kasher
– No Resolution CD/LP (15 Passenger)
Brand new album from indie rocker Tim Kasher, best known as the frontman for Cursive and the Good Life. The follow up to 2013’s
Adult Film, No Resolution finds Kasher employing lush arrangements of strings to color the indecision and despair of an engaged couple on the brink of a break-up.
>The Kernal
– Light Country CD/LP (Single Lock)
The Kernal is a throwback acid-country quartet hailing from Jackson, Tennessee.

– American Teen CD (RCA)
18-year-old El Paso-native singer/songwriter Khalid burst onto the music scene with his first single “Location,” which received great critical acclaim. By 18-years-old, Khalid, who is classically vocal trained, had drawn on his experiences with moving often and the unique experience of growing up having lived in two continents and parlayed them into the creation of that viral smash. His debut album
American Teen includes that single along with 14 others. [Vinyl edition due April 14.]
– Anti-Hero CD (Motema Music)
New album from the rambunctious quintet consisting of Ben Wendel on tenor sax, Shane Endsley on trumpet, Adam Benjamin on keyboards, Kaveh Rastegar on bass, and Nate Wood on drums.

>Les Ton Mité
- Passé Composé Futur Conditionnel CD/2xLP (Crammed Discs)
Les Ton Mité is a musical cooperative that revolves around the compositions of itinerant musician, instrument maker and fine artist McCloud Zicmuse, an American expatriate in permanent residence in Brussels. In addition to a core group of Belgian master musicians, a number of songs on
Passé Composé Futur Conditionnel feature the fruitful intervention of Deerhoof's John Dieterich as well as a keyboard cameo from Heather Trost (A Hawk And A Hacksaw), with the resolutely pop sound of the LTM group rendered dynamic by infusions of jazz, baroque, folk and R&B.
>Holly Macve
– Golden Eagle CD/LP+MP3 (Bella Union)
“The singer/songwriter as a storyteller is the foundation of country music, yet as a genre it’s often perceived on these shores to be a one-dimensional world, where lonesome cowboys muse upon why their girl has gone and doggone left them. With her debut
Golden Eagle, Holly Macve proves such thinking to be a fallacy ... Golden Eagle is a wonderful collection of songs and tales that ultimately find a sense of redemption. Over its ten songs Macve displays an innate talent for exquisite songwriting and storytelling in a voice that is just jaw-dropping. In doing so, she’s given country music an enthralling new spin that sounds both out of time and modern, and shown that the modern incarnation of the genre has stories to tell that are just as engrossing.” – The Line Of Best Fit
>Methyl Ethel
– Everything Is Forgotten CD/LP (4AD)
Methyl Ethel’s new album was co-produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals), in collaboration with the Perth trio’s frontman Jake Webb. Written and recorded by Webb,
Everything Is Forgotten finds Methyl Ethel refining sounds and rendering them in 3D, thanks in part to London-based James Ford, who has been working with Webb on the follow-up to debut album Oh Inhuman Spectacle. The pair’s collaboration across the coming release has infused their shoegaze dream-pop palate with electronic flourishes, further evolving Methyl Ethel’s sound from initial EPs Guts and Teeth.
>Minus The Bear
– VOIDS CD/LP/Cassette (Suicide Squeeze)
On their sixth album
VOIDS, Minus the Bear started with a blank slate, and inadvertently found themselves applying the same starting-from-scratch strategies that fueled their initial creative process. Album opener “Last Kiss” immediately establishes the band's renewed fervor. An appropriately dizzying guitar line plunges into a propulsive groove before the chorus unfolds into a multi-tiered pop chorus. From there the album flows into “Give & Take,” a tightly wound exercise in syncopation that recalls the celebratory pulse of early Bear classics like “Fine + 2 Pts” while exploring new textures and timbres. "Invisible" is arguably the catchiest song of the band's career, with Jake Snider's vocal melodies and Knudson's imaginative guitar work battling for the strongest hooks. “What About The Boat?” reminds us of the “math-rock” tag that followed the band in their early years, with understated instrumentation disguising an odd-time beat. “Erase,” recalls the merging of forlorn indie pop and electronica that the band dabbled with on their early EPs, but demonstrates the Bear's ongoing melodic sophistication and tonal exploration. By the time the band reaches album closer “Lighthouse,” they've traversed so much sonic territory that the only appropriate tactic left at their disposal is a climactic crescendo, driven at its peak by Cory Murchy's thunderous bass.
>Moonshine Bandits
– Baptized In Bourbon CD (Average Joe’s Ent.)
Baptized In Bourbon features the Moonshine Bandits collaborating with heavyweights Uncle Kracker, legendary country songwriter David Allan Coe, country star Colt Ford, Bubba Sparxxx, Demun Jones, Jelly Roll, Youtube sensation Jared ‘Outlaw Dipper’, The Lacs, Matt Borden, plus an electric cameo from legendary guitarist Kenny Olson, known for being one of the founders of Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band.

>The Muffs
– Happy Birthday To Me [Reissue/1997] CD/LP (Omnivore)
When singer, songwriter and guitarist Kim Shattuck took the production reins for her band’s third album, The Muffs knew they were going to deliver something special. As she writes in the liner notes for the album’s rerelease, “It was the first time I ever produced, and I was super proud of my new batch of songs. “
Happy Birthday To Me had more hooks than my daddy’s fishing hat,” according to drummer Roy McDonald, and, bassist Ronnie Barnett says, “All cylinders were firing, our collective dream was being lived, and it was on our terms.” Twenty years later, Happy Birthday To Me has been reissued on CD (expanded with a UK B-side and six previously unissued demos) as well as on vinyl for the first time in almost two decades (first reissue pressing on white vinyl, with black to follow). Both formats feature photos, liner notes from the band, track-by-track commentary from Shattuck, and new mastering from multiple Grammy winners Gavin Lurssen and Reuben Cohen.
>Noam Pikelny
– Universal Favorite CD (Rounder/Concord)
Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation. He is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a three-time Grammy Nominee and was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass in 2010.
Universal Favorite is the fourth record Noam Pikelny has released under his own name, but it's truly his solo debut. The album features Pikelny playing lovely originals and covers that showcase his unique approach to the banjo and compositional flair. He recorded the tracks without accompaniment, coaxing a wide array of sounds and colors out of his instruments, embracing the challenges and exploring the new possibilities of the solo setting. And, for the first time in his career, Pikelny even sings. It turns out he has a striking deadpan baritone that conveys humor and melancholy in equal measure. This album, he says, is 'the most personal statement I've put forward. The setting couldn’t be more stark and I think it lays bare my musical core. Most importantly, it’s an incredibly honest solo album, in that there are honestly no other people on this record other than me.” [Vinyl edition due March 24.]
>Queen Ifrica
– Climb CD (VP)
The award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist Queen Ifrica returns with her new studio album. Her exacting lyrics and strong female voice have earned her the nick name “Fyah Muma.” Her new album speaks to a mother’s concerns for the family: communication, peace, justice, truth and love. The lyrical crusader calls for global change on the album and rallies comrades like Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley on the opening hip-hop tinged track “Truvosation.” The album covers the subjects of police brutality in the black community and on the song “Black Woman” she implores young ladies to know their worth and not be swayed by objectifying trends in popular culture.

>The Rascals
– The Complete Singles A’s & B’s 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
With two fantastic singers and songwriters in Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, an underrated guitarist and songwriter in Gene Cornish, and the great Dino Danelli on drums (plus a pair of studio Svengalis in engineer Tom Dowd and arranger Arif Mardin to rival George Martin), The Rascals were the closest answer America had to The Beatles during the ’60s. At 47 songs,
The Complete Singles A’s & B’s includes every single The Rascals ever cut, both their hit Atlantic tracks and—for the first time on CD—their later Columbia 7” releases.
>The Real McKenzies
– Two Devils Will Talk CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
14 rousing songs that incorporate classic punk, hard folk, acoustic and electric instruments, all weaving in the Celtic influence for which the band is known.

>Dawn Richard
– Redemption CD/LP (Local Action)
Released last December on vinyl – now available on CD.
Redemption strikes the perfect balance between future-facing electronic music (with production from Machinedrum and Noisecastle III) and the music of DΔWN's New Orleans upbringing, bound together by an untouchable approach to songwriting and flawless vocal range. Features contributions by Trombone Shorty and PJ Morton.
>Senses Fail
– In Your Absence CDEP/12” (Pure Noise)
New EP from the post-hardcore band containing acoustic versions of old and new tracks.

>Ed Sheeran
– ÷ (Divide) CD/2xLP (Atlantic)
Ed’s third studio album – is on course to become one of the most significant global album releases of 2017 and sees the 25-year-old Suffolk native in his finest form yet. The genre-defying LP is the result of an artist who consistently pushes himself in new directions, uncovering fresh musical ground using a seemingly limitless musical vocabulary. Drawing inspiration from a host of personal experiences and subjects, Ed takes you through a hugely personal journey; be that reflecting on past relationships, family memories, his musical career or his time off travelling the world in 2016. Musically
÷ (Divide) is an array of beautifully orchestrated and emotive ballads, impassioned raps laid over hip-hop beats, timeless acoustic guitar masterpieces and innovative, idiosyncratic pop music. Ed’s record-breaking dual comeback singles perfectly highlight one of the distinct divides in his musical spectrum with “Castle On The Hill” (an ode to his hometown of Framlingham, Suffolk) positioning itself towards a stadium-ready, rockier sound and “Shape Of You” dismantling and rebuilding modern-pop using little more than a loop pedal. The album reveal everything in-between whilst showcasing Ed’s impeccable guitar playing, peerless lyricism, boundless musical palate and jarringly-honest, and often autobiographical, storytelling. [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds four bonus tracks. Vinyl edition is 180gm mastered at 45RPM.]
>Sleaford Mods
– English Tapas CD/LP (Rough Trade)
Call them minimalist agit-rock, beat-based political punk, or…don’t, but what you can’t call Sleaford Mods is half-arsed. They’re aggressive, abrasive, and unabashed in their lyrical support for England’s working class and in railing against the oligarchs who deny people their basic human and civil rights. Vocalist Jason Wiliamson shouts against austerity-era Britain’s malaise and stagnation with plenty of profanity, but even more cleverness and wit; and while his lyrics specify conditions in his home country, his anger and call-to-arms can unite all of us who witness and work under a system that privileges the wealth of the few over the bare comfort, and even the survival, of the just-as-worthy many. With Andrew Fearn’s deceptively simple beats and melodies underpinning Williamson’s virtuosic vocal performances, this would be a fascinating record, message or no; but the drive, meaning, and compassion behind these catchy, and even dancefloor-ready tunes make this album as vital politically as it is artistically. Sleaford Mods are at their sneering, yowling best with
English Tapas. [Limited red color vinyl pressing also available.]
– T2 Trainspotting CD (Universal)
Soundtrack to the sequel to 1996’s
Trainspotting. Includes a newly commissioned remix of Iggy Pop's “Lust For Life” (Prodigy Remix) along with two new cuts from Underworld “Slow Slippy” (a new take on the classic “Born Slippy”) and “Eventually But (Spud's Letter To Gail)” that features Ewen Bremner. Other highlights include Wolf Alice’s “Silk,” “Rain Or Shine” by Young Fathers, and more.
– We Are X CD (Sony Legacy)
Soundtrack to the documentary film about the band X Japan.

>Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes
– The Fever: The Remastered Epic Recordings 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
Southside Johnny is one of the great white R&B singers, backed by a crack band including The Miami Horns and with such special guests as Ronnie Spector, The Coasters, The Drifters, and The Five Satins. This set features all four of his albums and more -- 40 tracks of joyful, soulful music.

– Volcano CD/LP (Fat Possum)
It doesn’t take too long with Volcano to realize that, while all the things that made Temples special the first time around remain intact, a noticeable evolution has taken place. It’s there from the outset: the beefed-up beats of “Certainty” reveal an expanded sonic firmament, one in which bright synth hooks and insistent choruses circle around each other over chord sequences that strike just the right balance between nice and queasy. it’s harder to spot the influences this time around. It would be disingenuous to evade the psych-pop tag, for sure, but mystical language has been supplanted by something a more direct – and while those influences are still there, it’s no longer possible to pick them out. They’ve been broken down and blended together – fossilized into a single source of creative fuel, so that what you can hear this time around, sounds like nothing so much as Temples. [Limited edition neon orange color vinyl edition also available.]

>Thin Lizzy
– Renegade [Reissue/1981] LP (Friday Music)
180gm audiophile vinyl reissue of classic rock band’s eleventh album.

>Prins Thomas
– The Orb Remixes 12” (Smalltown Supersound)
“My initial excitement when The Orb agreed to do a remix for me was almost too much for me to handle, them being the kings of ambient and all…Luckily they delivered and I couldn’t be happier with the result. Thomas Fehlmann & Dr. Alex Patterson delivered two contrasting takes on their picks from my ‘Principe Del Norte’ album. One for the pirate ship and one for the spaceship.”

>The Tossers
– Smash The Windows CD (Victory)
New album from the bar-brawlin’ Celtic punk band.

>Clint Walker And The Sunset Serenaders
– Inspiration [1959] CD (Real Gone Music)
Much like his namesake Clint Eastwood, Clint Walker was the star of a TV western (Cheyenne) who parlayed his TV stardom into a recording contract, and, like Clint, being a TV cowboy he went country on this 1959 Warner Bros. release. Or rather country gospel, for Clint’s Crosby-like croonings reveal a somewhat gentler soul than his steely-eyed counterpart. In fact, Clint is a heck of a singer, and the label surrounded him with top-notch talent, in this case arranger/conductor Ralph Carmichael, vocal arranger Jimmy Joyce and Hollywood's finest session men including organist Buddy Cole for what is an unexpectedly musically satisfying affair that has since become something of a cult classic.

– Moh Lhean CD/LP+MP3 (Joyful Noise)
The final words sung on the sixth album by Why? are an apt place to begin: “Hold on, what's going on?” Because while there's much familiar about the oddly named
Moh Lhean -- mastermind Yoni Wolf's sour-sweet croon, his deadpan poet's drawl and ear for stunningly fluid psych-pop-folk-whatever arrangement -- a great deal has changed in the four years that've passed since 2012's Mumps, Etc., an LP that honed the band's orchestral precision and self-deprecating swagger to a fine point. It's significant that this is the first fully home-recorded Why? album since the project's 2003 debut. Made mostly in Wolf's studio and co-produced by his brother Josiah, the result is obsessive, of course, but also intimate, and flush with warmth and looseness. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Within The Ruins
– Halfway Human CD/2xLP (E1)
Within The Ruins was born and bred in the same heavy metal rich Northeast soil as new wave of American heavy metal progenitors Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Unearth and Shadows Fall, weaned on the dark sounds of classic death metal, the technical melodicism of Scandinavia and the precision staccato crunch of Meshuggah.

– Tyhjyys CD (Spinefarm)
Tyhjyys ('Emptiness' to non-Finnish speakers) is the majestic soundtrack to all things with fangs that trot in the wilderness. Over eight majestic new tracks, Wolfheart convey the harsh beauty of Mother Nature while challenging the boundaries of extreme metal. [Vinyl edition due March 17.]

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Animal Collective
– Hollinndagain [Reissue/2002] LP (My Animal Home)
Hollinndagain documents Animal Collective’s live performances from their 2001 US tour with Black Dice. Tracks 1-3 are taken from a performance on Scott William's radio show on WFMU. 4-7 are from performances in New York, Nashville, and Austin (these latter two shows occurring on their tour with Black Dice).
>The Besnard Lakes
– The Besnard Lakes Are The Divine Wind 12” (Jagjaguwar)
Two exclusive tracks written and recorded at the same time as their 2016 album
A Coliseum Complex Museum. “Laura Lee” is a sibling track to the album's illustrious first single, “The Golden Lion” -- spacious reverb-y drums echo around an almost sci-fi vocal line sung by Olga Goreas. Meanwhile, the title track “The Divine Wind” is the Besnard Lakes at their expansive, psychedelic best: a sustained keyboard building through to a bombastic coda, complete with Jace Lasek's unmistakable falsetto.
>Bill + Phil
– Songs Of Darkness And Despair LP (Housecore)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “This mini-album is a strange creature in which every track has a different feel, but opener ‘Dirty Eye’ is the only one to feature any straightforward metal, a mid-paced chugfest with few surprises. In contrast, ‘Corpus Crispy’ is an unsettling piece of southern blues, laying down psychedelic lyrics over a traditional beat while a distorted guitar screams incoherently through the fog. ‘Tonight’s The Night We Die’ is a largely acoustic piece that calls Johnny Cash to mind, and ‘Widder Woman’ is a 30-second skit containing a jangling xylophone, a cackling witch and a horror poem about the titular character. It’s a strange and a rather creepy affair that seems thrown together over a hazy weekend.” – Angry Metal Guy

– Can You Deal? LP (Dead Oceans)
Fueled by the experiences they've had as women in their calling for music,
Can You Deal? takes on the complexities of issues female musicians encounter in an industry dominated by men. Four tracks featuring their triumphant mix of sunny melodies, thrashing guitars and lyrics highlighting the darker sides of life. White color vinyl pressing.
>City And Colour
– Peaceful Road b/w Rain 12”+MP3 (Dine Alone)
Two never-before-released tracks from the
If I Should Go Before You sessions recorded in Nashville. Dallas Green is a Canadian singer/songwriter who records under the alias City And Colour. He plays melodic acoustic and folk music and is often accompanied by a rotating number of Canadian indie rock musicians. He is also known for his contributions as the vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire.
>Dark Lotus
– Tales From The Lotus Pod 2xLP (Psychopathic)
The debut album from the horror rap supergroup (featuring members of Insane Clown Posse and Twizted) – available for the first time on 180gm vinyl.

>Emily Estefan
– Take Whatever You Want LP (Alien Shrimp)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Emilio and Gloria Estefan's daughter, Emily, steps into the spotlight. The 22 year-old singer/songwriter eschews stereotypes and societal expectations through thought-provoking originals, cool harmonies, and world rhythms on her debut album,
Take Whatever You Want.
>FKA Twigs
– EP1 [Reissue/2012] 12” (XL Recordings)
FKA twigs self-released debut EP is now available via Young Turks. An original super-limited run of 500 units was pressed back in 2012.

>Nick Grant
– Return Of The Cool LP+MP3 (Epic)
Debut album from the South Carolina rapper. Includes collaborations with Dominic Gordon, B. Hess, BJ The Chicago Kid, Miloh Smith and WatchTheDuck.

– Is A Woman [Reissue/2002] 2xLP+MP3 (Merge)
Deluxe vinyl reissue of Lamchop’s 2002 album.
Is A Woman is a very quiet album best heard loud. On a musical landscape of sophisticated, uncluttered melancholy, Kurt Wagner’s lyrics are given unprecedented space, allowing every guttural detail of every single word to be heard, revealing densely poetic texts as intimate as they were incisive, as comic as they were confessional.
>Tim Maia
– Tim Maia [Reissue/1973] LP (Oficial Arquivos)
A great step forward for the legendary Tim Maia – working here in a style that's even tighter and more sophisticated than before – yet still equally filled with funk and soul. The arrangements are a bit bigger than before, and the production a bit more professional – but that change only brings Tim into even more heavenly soul territory – with a mix of grooves and strings that lays somewhere between the best early ‘70s work on labels like Curtom or Motown.

>John Mayall
– Talk About That LP (Forty Below)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “John Mayall is the influential British bluesman who formed his band The Bluesbreakers in 1963. A great guitarist, harmonica player, singer, songwriter and bandleader he is still going strong after more than fifty years. The band on
Talk About That includes Mayall, vocals, Hammond organ, piano, harmonica, and guitar; Rocky Athas, rhythm and lead guitar; Greg Rzab, bass; and Jay Davenport, drums and percussion. The album was recorded in February 2016 at The House of Blues Studios in Encino, CA. Eight of the eleven tracks are new songs written by Mayall. Mayall states that the title track ‘Talk About That’ is a modern bit of funk and a reflection on thoughts that, at the time, were running through his head. Mayall solos on organ. A horn section is added on the New Orleans styled ‘Gimme Some Of That Gumbo’ featuring Ron Dziubla, tenor and baritone sax; Mark Pender, trumpet; and Nick Lane, trombone. This tune with its infectious second line beat is my favorite on this fine album.” – Making A Scene
>The Monkees
– Head Alternate LP (Friday Music)
Produced in 1968, this new version of The Monkees’ soundtrack to the film
Head is pressed on 180gm audiophile translucent gold vinyl.
>Mozart’s Sister
– Field Of Love LP (Arbutus)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Mozart's Sister is the solo project of Montreal's Caila Thompson-Hannant. Her new album is an explosion of glittering, celebratory pop. Intense, yet vulnerable,
Field Of Love marks a distinct growth in her artistry, and a departure from her critically acclaimed debut Being (2014). Limited color vinyl pressing.
– You Won’t Survive The State Of New York 12” (Young Turks)
Incorporating influences from noise, hardcore, and hip-hop, Nolife has created an assaulting take on contemporary experimental electronic music. RIYL: Arca, Amnesia Scanner, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death Grips.

>Panic! At The Disco
– A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (Fueled By Ramen)
Vinyl reissue of the Las Vegas alt-rock band’s debut album.

>Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
– Grand Opening And Closing [2001] 2xLP (Blood Music)
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – Of Natural History [2004] 2xLP (Blood Music)
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum – In Glorious Times [2007] 2xLP (Blood Music)
The legendary avant-rock band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum’s three albums are available on vinyl for the first time. A band that leaps beyond mere categorization, SGM represents a defiance against anything we've come to expect about musical delivery. Steeped somewhere in the pantheon of 19th-century scientific lectures, vaudevillian blasts of excitement, puppet shows, self-made instruments, formless abstraction, soothing atmospheres, man-on-the-street interviews, and death metal - SGM has proven itself as one of the most prominent experimental forces in the musical underground of the last 15 years. Harkening back to the mischievous influences of The Residents, Frank Zappa, and Captain Beefheart; SGM has fashioned their own intense Dadaist universe out of a string of legends that manifest in the mysterious manners of being unable to be proven true or untrue.

– Tales From The Crypt Presents: Demon Knight [OST/Reissue/1994] LP (Real Gone Music)
Limited edition opaque green vinyl LP pressing. Features tracks by Pantera, Ministry, Machine Head, Megadeth, Melvins, Rollins Band, Biohazard, Sepultura, Filter, and Gravediggaz.

– I-Optikon LP (Housecore)
New album from the progressive avant-garde metal band.

>Teddy Williams
– Worry Off My Mind LP (Big Legal Mess)
Recorded by musicologist George Mitchell in Canton, Mississippi in September 1967, and now available on vinyl for the first time.
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