released 27 JANUARY 2017
>CDs + Vinyl:

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Lauren Alaina – Road Less Traveled CD (Mercury Nashville)
New album from the country star. The title track is a triumphant anthem written with Meghan Trainor and Jesse Frasure, Lauren's empowering message of embracing your own individuality is made even more poignant by her impressive vocals.

>ALO
– Love Songs CDEP (Brushfire)
In honor of Tour D'Amour XI, a fresh four-song studio-recorded EP featuring covers of some of ALO's favorite love songs.

>Annihilator
– Triple Threat 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray (UDR)
A double and triple-disc collection of Annihilator’s music presented in a variety of scenarios: The main CD comprises a set of Annihilator’s classics performed acoustically; the second CD features the band’s vicious set from the 2016 Bang Your Head Festival; while the Blu-ray and DVD adds hi-res audio and visual content featuring a mini documentary and more.

>Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie CD (Debumur Morti)
Au Champ Des Morts unveils an extremely assertive personality, forged in analog sound and integrity, deeply rooted solid musical foundations including post black metal, old school black metal, early hard rock and cold wave. “The music surges with driving strength, trailing fire and black smoke, propelled by piston-like percussion and a penetrating, emotionally affecting melody that’s dark as night — with a bleak aura that’s made even more desperate by the scalding intensity of the vocals." -- No Clean Singing

>Beheaded
– Beast Incarnate CD/LP (Unique Leader)
Death metal from Fgura, Malta.

>Belle Biv DeVoe
– Three Stripes CD (E1)
New album from the R&B group. Includes the single “One More Try” featuring Boyz II Men.

>Betraying The Martyrs
– Resiliant CD (Sumerian)
French deathcore.

>Debashish Bhattacharya
- Hawaii To Calcutta: A Tribute To Tau Moe CD (Riverboat)
The story of the Hawaiian slide guitar’s arrival in India is every historian’s dream – a twisting tale of great wonder and subtle mystery.
Hawaii To Calcutta: A Tribute To Tau Moe is Pandit Debashish Bhattcharya’s dedication to Tau Moe, veritable musical folk legend and one of the first to introduce the instrument to India’s enthusiastic shores.
>Theo Bleckmann
– Elegy CD (ECM)
The German-born New Yorker, after appearing on two ECM albums by Meredith Monk and another by Julia Hülsmann, makes his striking label debut as a leader with
Elegy. This album showcases Bleckmann as a composer as much as a singer, with several instrumental pieces voiced by what he calls his ambient band of kindred-spirit guitarist Ben Monder, keyboardist Shai Maestro and the subtle rhythm team of Chris Tordini and John Hollenbeck.
>Deni Bonet
– Bright Shiny Objects CD (Zip)
Quirky, melodic, violin-based pop-rock.

>Julie Byrne
– Not Even Happiness CD/LP (Ba Da Bing)
New release from the singer/songwriter. Sometimes it can take years to find your calling. Not so for Julie Byrne, whose power of lyrical expression and musical nous seems inborn. Her second album,
Not Even Happiness, has evolved at its own pace. It spans recollections of bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the aching weariness of change, the wildflowers of the California coast, and the irresolvable mysteries of love.
>Brent Cash
– The New High CD/LP (Marina)
“Brent Cash is a pop mastermind like they used to make ‘em, building songs with an almost symphonic level of lush detail. He even plays all the instruments himself (apart from the strings). As you can imagine, all that takes time, so
The New High is his first album in five years, but it's well worth the wait if you like Van Dyke Parks-esque vintage super-pop.” – Norman UK
>Chicago
– Chicago II: Steven Wilson Remix CD (Rhino)
For the first time, a stereo remix from the 16-track multi-track tapes made it possible for Steven Wilson to bring out elements that were muffled or submerged in the mix. The result is a new stereo version of 1970’s
Chicago II that boasts clearness, punch and definition that it didn’t have before.
>Guy Clark
– Live From Austin TX [Reissue/2007] CD+DVD/2xLP (New West)
Guy Clark’s 1989 performance is a career-spanning retrospective of legendary proportions featuring classics such as, “Desperados Waiting For A Train,” “Texas 1947” and “Homegrown Tomatoes.” Remastered and pressed onto 180gm vinyl, this title is also being made available on a CD+DVD combo in redesigned packaging with 5.1 surround sound.

>Cloud Nothings
– Life Without Sound CD/LP+MP3 (Carpark)
Dylan Baldi maintains simple, admirable standards in quality. “A thing I like to do with all of my records is drive around with them,” the 25-year-old Cloud Nothings frontman says. “In high school, I would listen to music for hours like that: just driving through the suburbs of Cleveland. And if it sounds good to me in that context and I can think of high school me listening to it and saying, ‘That’s okay,’ I feel good about the record. This is the one that’s felt best.” “This” is
Life Without Sound, the radiant, far-far-better-than-okay fourth full-length his rock outfit has recorded since he began writing and releasing songs on his own under the Cloud Nothings alias in 2008. You can hear it in the aerodynamic guitar pop of album tracks “Modern Act,” and feel it in the devastating wisdom of “Internal World,” a lullaby-like howler that dwells on “the fact that being yourself can be uncomfortable and even potentially dangerous at times.” “Generally, it seems like my work has been about finding my place in the world,” Baldi says. “But there was a point in which I realized that you can be missing something important in your life, a part you didn't realize you were missing until it's there—hence the title. This record is like my version of new age music,” he adds. “It’s supposed to be inspiring.” It is. [Limited green marbled color vinyl edition also available.]
>John Wesley Coleman III
– Microwave Dreams CD/LP (Super Secret)
Ten great songs (much drawn from the singer/songwriter’s own life experiences) ranging from the country-tinged “See You Tomorrow” to the summer-feeling rock ‘n’ roll hits “Hang Tight” and “Shovel”. The other seven songs on
Microwave Dreams range in pace and brevity somewhere between those songs. Each is just as strong, each as independent, yet each is also part of an overall narrative that highlights an artist’s recognition of his own increasing maturity and real life responsibility, while maintaining just the right amount of his ironic and funny personal reputation.
>Vivian Cook
– The Long Shot CD (Omnivore)
When you see Vivian Cook play live you’ll hear a woman with a voice you won’t forget, backed by a killer rock ‘n’ roll band. Her lyrics and melodies would have you believe she’s twice her age of 25. That’s because she’s lived a lot of life in those short years. She grew up in Palo Alto, CA, and graduated from Georgetown University with degrees in Theatre and Theology. Vivian then moved to Los Angeles to record
The Long Shot, named after the subject of the e-mail Vivian sent to gold record producer R. Walt Vincent asking if he would like to work with her. About those songs, Vivian says, “My songs are mainly about my friends. I figured out a long time ago that they’re my most valuable asset, that I wouldn’t be me without them. They’re about navigating the stormy waters of adolescence and surviving, which isn’t a given. They’re about getting dealt a winning hand, only to get fuck-all in the next round. And composting, because even shit can be turned into something beautiful.”
>Cream
– Fresh Cream [Deluxe Edition] 3xCD+Blu-ray-Audio (Polydor)
Fresh Cream is the 1966 debut from the world's first power trio, featuring the scorching guitar of Eric Clapton and a rhythm section comprised of Bruce and Ginger Baker. It’s a rock & roll album grounded heavily in blues with the fluidity of a jazz band. Classic blues covers comprise half the album, and they take tracks like Willie Dixon's “Spoonful” and Robert Johnson's “Four Until Late” and make them their own. This 98 track Deluxe four-CD set features mono and stereo mixes, outtakes and alternate mixes.
>Allison Crutchfield
– Tourist In This Town CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Merge)
Alabama native Allison Crutchfield has immersed herself in music since her teenage years, forming notable bands such as P.S. Eliot and Bad Banana (both with her twin sister Katie of Waxahatchee). In 2012, she co-founded Swearin’—the band in which she would truly begin to formulate and understand her full potential as a songwriter.
Tourist In This Town recorded with Jeff Zeigler, who is known for his work with Kurt Vile, Steve Gunn, and Mary Lattimore, among others. His synthesizer collection and related expertise proved an alluring draw for Crutchfield, who had started incorporating synths into her work when she branched off into a solo career. “This album marked a sonic transition in the way I think about the element of space in music, and I attribute that mainly to Jeff,” says Allison. “His arsenal and knowledge of analog synths, along with his ear for spatial addition and subtraction within a song, really sculpted this album and impacted me artistically forever.” “Tourist In This Town is completely made up of heightened anxiety and became a clearly defined puzzle that I slowly put together over the course of a year,” says Crutchfield. “It’s a record about change—change of scenery, of partner, of band, of home, of friends, of outlook—and how that change can cause a temporary panic but ultimate triumph in most of us.”
>Charlie Cunningham
– Lines CD/LP (Dumont Dumont)
Taking the percussive qualities of flamenco, British singer/songwriter Charlie Cunningham began to thread his melodies and lyrics together producing his first EP to critical acclaim. His work is laden with delicate flourishes, intricate melodic turns, and moments of stark introspection -- songs that are both expansive and intimate.

>Denzel Curry
– Imperial CD/LP (Loma Vista)
“When rap albums are thrown around as contenders of the year, chances are that you'll hear Kendrick Lamar, Run The Jewels, Death Grips, Childish Gambino, A Tribe Called Quest or other big names, according to what year we're in.
To Pimp A Butterfly stood head and shoulders above the rest last year, without much competition, but this year we've got a lot more options in the running. Denzel Curry is one of the lesser names leading the pack and if anything, one listen of Imperial, and you'll find yourself rummaging through any and everything that he's done so far. Infectious and jaw-dropping to say the least.” – Punknews.org
>Dead Man Winter
– Furnace CD/LP (Gndwire)
Furnace is a highly revealing and deeply personal offering from accomplished singer/songwriter Dave Simonett, who performs under the pseudonym Dead Man Winter (also the lead vocalist and songwriter for Trampled By Turtles). The 10 songs that comprise Furnace reflect a man coming to terms with a painful divorce and the heartbreaking separation from his two children.
>Dead Witches
– Ouija CD/LP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
“Forming member of Electric Wizard and Ramesses gives Mark Greening all the qualifications needed to set up a truly awe inspiring doom project, so teaming up with Virginia Monti of Psychedelic Witchcraft they finally shed some candlelight over their new gloomy, groovy doom project Dead Witches. Heavy. Purist Heavy” – Norman UK. [Limited purple color vinyl pressing also available.]

>Deaf Havana
– All These Countless Nights CD (SO Recordings)
Deaf Havana is an English alternative rock band from Hunstanton and King's Lynn in Norfolk.
All These Countless Nights is their fourth album. “In many ways, this album is where the band ties the extremely personal storytelling and classic rock excursions of [previous albums] Old Souls English Hearts (2013) together with the more modern, hard-hitting sound of Fools And Worthless Liars (2011). The result is a listening experience that is truly more than the sum of its parts, one that can be described as that of a band coming into its definitive sound. Where Old Souls occasionally felt a little too on-the-nose in its Springsteen adoration, here the band manages to take the many great elements of that album and give them a more contemporary makeover. “Ashes, Ashes” is easily the best opening track this band has ever produced, beginning with Veck-Gilodi softly leading the listener in over the mellow strumming of an acoustic guitar, before expanding into a thundering stadium-ready chorus: ‘And if we drive away / To the place I love the most / When my lungs collapse and my heart turns black / I’ll give my ashes to the coast.’” – Sputnik Music
>Manu Delago
– Metromonk CD/LP (Tru Thoughts)
Metromonk is the third solo album from celebrated Hang player, percussionist, producer and composer, Manu Delago. The LP finds this boundary-testing artist distilling and delicately exploring extremes of dynamics and mood; manipulating the Hang in experimental and inventive ways, the many voices and tones of this rare instrument are given top billing among a minimalistic palette of beats and acoustic sources.
>Delicate Steve
– This Is Steve CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
“Don’t let the cheesy artwork fool you, Steve is one talented guy. There are few instrumentalists out there who can say they have worked with everyone from David Byrne to Mac DeMarco, Tame Impala to Paul Simon. His latest album is an instrumental tour de force showcasing his musical talents, having played and produced everything himself. Steve has the uncanny ability to pen catchy and memorable instrumental tracks in a way that few can. ‘Tomorrow’ is a mellow slice of southern rock, whilst ‘Nightlife’ boasts hints of funk and reggae. ‘Driving’ drifts by as a wispy folk interlude and the full throttle ‘Cartoon Rock’ sounds like Houses of the Holy era Led Zeppelin on drugs… well, more drugs than normal anyway.
This Is Steve plays like a musical resume, detailing his eclectic tastes and diverse talents in a short space of time.” – Bellwood Music
>Mark Eitzel
– Hey Mr. Ferryman CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Hey Mr. Ferryman is Eitzel’s first full studio album recorded entirely in London. It was made at 355 Studios with Mercury Prize winner Bernard Butler (ex-Suede, McAlmont & Butler), who has produced and/or recorded albums with Tricky, Ben Watt, Bert Jansch, Edwyn Collins, and more. Butler produced Hey Mr Ferryman and played all of the electric guitar, bass, and keyboard parts on the album. It features the vivid melodies long associated with Eitzel’s former band American Music Club—which remains a cult favorite to this day—as well as Butler’s distinctive guitar that serves to complement Eitzel’s expressive vocals. Of that voice, Pitchfork once wrote: “If Leonard Cohen’s voice is a story about the passage of time and Levon Helm’s is a story about losing what is most precious to you, Eitzel’s is about the circuitous roads we take in search of ourselves.” “The songs on this record are about celebrating musicians and music, about misogyny, the long shadow of history, getting one’s head out of one’s ass,” quips Eitzel on the themes of Ferryman. “Also oceans, blood, skies, hearts, gay pioneers, carpenters, weeping women, and how death waits for you even in the happiest place on earth: Las Vegas.”
>Emptyset
– Borders CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Emptyset is the innovative electronic duo of James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas. The duo composes within a complex set of self-imposed parameters or rule sets and the results of their expeditions on Borders are at once minimal and visceral. Focusing on shifting timbral changes over melody, Emptyset’s work is an exploration of the relationship between rhythm, texture and space. "
Borders meets a brutalist aesthetic that's been going around in British techno for a while now, but Emptyset stand out from that crowd due to the poetry in their reductionism." -- Uncut
>John Garcia
– Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues CD/LP (Napalm)
Kyuss, Slo-Burn, Unida, Hermano, Vista Chino – desert crooner John Garcia is a stoner rock veteran. His second solo album,
The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues, is a comparatively relaxed and purely acoustic affair.
>Gabriel Garzón-Montano
– Jardín CD (Stones Throw)
Gabriel Garzón-Montano is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with a progressive, often breezy, and slightly psychedelic sound firmly rooted in soul and funk. A Brooklyn-born and raised child of immigrant parents, Gabriel’s aesthetic is an extension of his French-Colombian heritage. His influence is a pastiche of Bach sonatas, Cumbia records, and the machine gun funk that echoes up and down Nostrand Ave. He recorded
Jardín with his mentor, analog guru Henry Hirsch, at Waterfront Studios in Hudson, NY in 2016. Gabriel tracked drums, bass, guitar, piano, and synthesizers direct to 2-inch tape, adding percussion, digital programming, and several layers of his own vocals to create a lush sonic environment that recalls a contemporary, streetwise Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants. “I wanted to make music that would remind people how beautiful life is – how delicate their hearts are,” says Garzón-Montano. “A garden is full of life, and growth, and beauty. I named the album Jardín hoping for it to create a space for healing when people put it on. I’ve always wanted to make music that is healing, comforting, and funky.”
>Rayna Gellert
– Workin’s Too Hard CD (StorySound)
On 2012’s
Old Light: Songs From My Childhood & Other Gone Worlds, old-time fiddler Rayna Gellert first established herself as a songwriter and vocalist. Workin's Too Hard, her latest collection of original and traditional songs, carries that promise forward, along a tradition now of her own devising, and demonstrates how deep immersion in our musical past can point the way toward the future of American music.
>Brantley Gilbert
– The Devil Don’t Sleep CD/2xCD (Valory Music Co.)
“They say art imitates life, and Brantley Gilbert is applying that prophecy to his new album,
The Devil Don’t Sleep. The new album reflects Brantley’s life experiences over the past couple of years since the release of his last album, 2014’s Just As I Am. With past hit songs like ‘Country Must Be Country Wide,’ ‘You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,’ ‘Bottoms Up’ and ‘The Weekend’”—the lead single from his new album—Brantley maintains a certain party-boy-rocker style, a sound that fans have come to expect from the Georgia native. ‘We’re staying in that vein,’ said Brantley about his fourth studio album. “I always go back and listen to all my old records and listen through my whole entire catalog—even before I start writing a new record—because a lot of times, like I said, you’ll find some unfinished ideas that may have not fit the last chapter but fit it now’” – Nash Country Daily. [Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a bonus disc featuring live and demo recordings. Vinyl edition due April 7.]
>The Great Old Ones
– EOD: A Tale Of Dark Legacy CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
“Lovecraftian atmosphere in music is a tricky thing to nail down. The number of metal bands attempting to emulate H.P. Lovecraft’s pioneering brand of cosmic horror in aural form seems to increase exponentially from year to year, and while many of them come close, most fall short. Make no mistake: France’s post-black metal outfit The Great Old Ones get Lovecraft, perhaps more than any other band I’ve encountered. Their third outing,
EOD: A Tale Of Dark Legacy, is the best product of their vision to date.” – Angry Metal Guy
>Merle Haggard
– Live From Austin TX CD+DVD/LP (New West)
Reissue of a quintessential title from New West’s
Live From Austin, TX performance series. Merle Haggard’s 1985 performance is highlighted by many of his all-time fan-favorite tracks. Pressed on 180gm vinyl and also available as a CD+DVD combo.
>Keiji Haino/Jozef Dumoulin/Teun Verbruggen
– The Miracles Of Only One Thing CD/LP (Sub Rosa)
Keiji Haino guitar/vocals/flute/gongs, Jozef Dumoulin Fender Rhodes, Teun Verbruggen drums/electronics.

>Half Japanese
– Hear The Lions Roar CD/LP+MP3 (Fire)
Half Japanese shines like a beacon to those looking beyond rock’s accepted molds. Emerging around 1975 as a brotherly duo, the gradually expanding and shifting outfit has amassed one of modern music’s more unusual yet dependably comforting discographies. After a long hiatus, leader and sole constant member Jad Fair snapped the group back to action in 2014 and they’ve been busy ever since.
Hear The Lions Roar is their 16th album. “This is a beautiful album, full of tight three minute tracks. It has the sixties’ sound of The 13th Floor Elevators but with humour and fun. It doesn’t sound old, it sounds right. There are plenty of rackety guitars and keyboards as well as Gilles-Vincent Rieder’s reliable and assertive drumming. Fair also has the voice of a far younger man, a youthful Michael Stipe” – God Is In The TV Zine. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Ellie Holcomb
– Red Sea Road CD (Full Heart Music)
New album from the Christian singer/songwriter. Holcomb is the daughter of Grammy and Dove Award winning producer Brown Bannister (Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman). Ellie has toured with Christian acts such as Third Day, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Crowder, and others.

>Horse Thief
– Trials & Truths CD/LP+MP3 (Bella Union)
Two years after their widely feted Bella Union album debut Fear In Bliss, Oklahoma quintet Horse Thief have created another surging, crafted beauty in
Trials & Truths. Introduced to Bella Union through the band’s friends/admirers The Flaming Lips, Horse Thief released Fear In Bliss, with Clash Music noting, “punchy riffs and sunshine melodies, lovely harmonies and production” while The Line Of Best Fit heard how, “twinkling guitars and keys sashay around Neal’s tender voice, creating a warm, melodic bath of sound. It’s a thing of beauty.” Trials & Truths’ unified feel still contains many contrasting elements, sounding both panoramic and nuanced, intimate and anthemic and vibrant and contemplative, while frontman Cameron Neal’s lyrics range from the confessional to the metaphorical as he surveys the passing of time. “All the songs have guided me through the writing process and comforted me, which is part of what the whole record is contemplating – making something to comfort someone, to write songs they can relate to. And with this record, the band is in a great place.”
>Hour Of Penance
– Cast The First Stone CD/LP (Prosthetic)
Technical death metal from Rome. [Limited green color vinyl edition also available.]

>Bert Jansch
– Live In Australia CD/LP (Earth Recordings)
There is something quite special about a live album—provided you can get over the envy at not having been present (!) It can sound a lot better than the gig itself without the risk of one’s toes being trodden or a shower of a fellow reveler’s beer. Certainly a Bert Jansch gig was a treat however you experienced it, especially when he was at the top of his game, as captured on
Live In Australia (recorded at The Continental Café, March 1998). There is a warmth about this recording which echoes that of Live at The 12 Bar, recorded three years before. It’s mostly just Bert and his guitar, with a welcome addition of intuitively placed flourishes of bass and percussion.
>Japandroids
– Near To The Wild Heart Of Life CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Japandroids is a two-piece band from Vancouver, BC., which began in 2006 and consists of Brian King and David Prowse. The duo consists of one guitar, one set of drums, and two vocalizers, yet are maximal in their delivery; a two- piece band sounding like a five-piece band. Like their prior albums
Post-Nothing (2009) and Celebration Rock (2012), Near To The Wild Heart Of Life is comprised of eight songs. This is because eight songs is the standard template for a great rock ‘n’ roll album. “Rock 'n' roll so often boils down to simple pursuits: the search for love, sex, escape, revenge, satisfaction, or some signifier of freedom and home. But for Brian King and David Prowse of Japandroids, that central pursuit is often majesty itself. Japandroids' new album is titled Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, so those themes remain in full effect from the opening drum fills of the title track. But the themes here are a bit more expansive: Released four and a half years after Celebration Rock, these eight songs are clearly the product of reflection, upheaval and the soul-searching that so often comes with travel and time off” – NPR. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]
>James Johnston
– The Starless Room CD/LP+CD (Clouds Hill)
German record label Clouds Hill present James Johnston's debut solo album
The Starless Room. The Starless Room is vast in its scope - visceral, intimate and instinctive. The Starless Room represents a remarkable distillation of both Johnston's lyrical obsessions and prodigious, arguably under-acknowledged talent. Suitably, it's the title track that encapsulates the romantic sweep of the record best, with its star at his most intense and Sebastian Hoffman's string arrangements at their most ambitious. For James Johnston, however, the greatest pleasure of all is a simple one: the slow tempo of the songs.
>Kehlani
– SweetSexySavage CD (Artist Partner Group/Atlantic)
The album artwork for Kehlani’s debut album artwork features the 21-year-old R&B musician in front of a pink cloud backdrop, holding her topless body in a tasteful manner. The clouds seem to follow the trend of similar backgrounds Kehlani has used for her previous EPs,
Cloud 19 and the Grammy-nominated, You Should Be Here. “As women we are told that we cannot be multi layered… we are put in boxes… we can’t be all the above… reclaim yourself,” she wrote on Twitter of the album. “We have been hurt, we have inflicted hurt, we have been right, we have been wrong, we’ve been shy AND overly confident. We are women. The name is supposed to challenge you. The name is supposed to make you question… only to let u find your own answer. But really.., it’s me reclaiming myself. Me accepting myself. Good & bad. All the way around. It’s me. Thank you for loving me.”
>Garth Knox and The Saltarello Trio
– Play Masada Book Two: Leonard (The Book Of Angels 30) CD (Tzadik)
Drawing on his vast experience as viola player of the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble InterContemporain and his close collaboration with many of the today’s leading composers, Garth Knox has become a master of many styles. Presenting a completely new interpretation of the Book of Angels, the beautiful medieval-tinged arrangements produced by Garth Knox and his group capture the folk song quality of Zorn’s compositions with a lovely and intimate ensemble of strings and percussion. Playing viola and viola d’amore, Garth presents these enigmatic compositions in a new and refreshing light. This penultimate installment of the Book Of Angels is also one of the most charmingly beautiful.

>Kreator
– Gods Of Violence CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast America)
“On their fourteenth studio album, thrash legends Kreator give us more of the same jackhammer style they built the band's name on” – Pitchfork. [Limited dark red and black color vinyl pressing also available.]

>The Last Badoleros
– The Last Bandoleros CDEP (Warner Music Nashville)
Featuring soaring vocal harmonies and top class musicianship,
The Last Bandoleros EP gives listeners just a taste of what’s to come from a band Rolling Stone calls “a ferocious Tex-Mex tinged band” with a “sound that's hard to get out of your head.”
>K. Leimer
– Land Of Look Behind [Reissue/1982] CD/LP (Palace Of Lights)
Alan Greenberg, who wrote and directed this film documenting the funeral of Bob Marley, provided K. Leimer with location tapes which were used to originate many of the rhythmic patterns for
Land Of Look Behind. A persistent favorite since its original release in 1982, Land Of Look Behind has been remastered by Greg Davis, revealing new detail and depth in the studio and field recordings of this almost-soundtrack for the film. Featuring contributions by Steve Fisk, Kevin Hodges and David and James Keller.
>Leopold And His Fiction
– Darling Destroyer CD/LP (Native Fiction)
Led by Daniel James Leopold, Austin, TX-based Leopold And His Fiction deliver soul-drenched, bare-bones rock 'n' roll that shakes with the power of ‘73-era Stooges while seducing with the R&B of Motown.

>Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
- Bootleg Archives Volumes 6-10 5xCD (Crammed Disc/Creature Music)
“Manfred Mann's Earth Band is one of those obscure and underrated bands of the 80's... if you missed on all their great concerts during their heyday of the ‘80s especially in north America where they never toured, this set provides a good taste of raw live material. Excellent guitar work, vocals and most of all Manfred's keyboard work.”

>John Mayall
– Talk About That CD (Forty Below)
“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. [Vinyl edition due March 3.]
>Delbert Mcclinton & Self-Made Men
– Prick Of The Litter CD/LP (Hot Shot/Thirty Tigers)
The multi-Grammy Award winning artist is at the top of his game with his 19th studio album. The new offering captures the balance of soulful energy and restraint that the legendary performer has been delivering in his live performances for decades all over the world. On
Prick Of The Litter, Delbert incorporates a variety of styles, and as always, just enough to keep him comfortably outside the traditional marketing categories.
>Menace Beach
– Lemon Memory CD/LP+MP3 (Memphis Industries)
Menace Beach, Leeds, England-based Liza Violet and Ryan Needham, release their new album. “
Lemon Memory is, for Menace Beach at least, an exercise in restraint, the fuzz and distortion turned down, big last choruses avoided. Written in Ibiza and recorded in Sheffield with Ross Orton (MIA, Arctic Monkeys, The Fall), Lemon Memory is in part an effort to lift a citrus based curse -- trust us, it's a real thing -- Ryan and Liza believe was placed on their house, via the hex-breaking power of music. It's also the sound of a band finding their own identity, edging closer to some sort of grimy truth.” [Limited yellow color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Tift Merritt
– Stitch Of The World CD/LP (Yep Roc)
Stitch Of The World, Tift Merritt's sixth studio album, was written on a friend's farm in Marfa, Texas, at Merritt's California cabin, and in New York City in the wake of several major changes in her life. The album was recorded in Los Angeles while Merritt was six months pregnant, after which she relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. Merritt work-shopped the songs on Stitch Of The World with longtime friend Sam Beam of Iron & Wine after bumping into him in an airport. “With wry, talking-blues affection, she contrasts inexperience and scarred worldliness in ‘Dusty Old Man,’ whose shambling groove gains its shape from drummer Jay Bellerose’s pleasingly capricious outbursts. ‘Heartache Is An Uphill Climb’ starts off more gingerly. Once Merritt’s performance gathers steam, the song turns into a strong-willed, AM soul-pop tune that portrays heartache not as a season to be passively endured so much as one to be slowly, strenuously overcome. In “Wait For Me,” one of three tracks that feature Beam’s harmonies, Merritt sings in cursive, cascading lines of two battered souls determined to treat themselves and each other well in a fresh go-round. Disappointment and desire, regret and equanimity coexist in Merritt’s sensuous meditations. Within them, she gives her listeners room to breathe” – KCRW. [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions.]
>Nick Oliveri
– N.O. Hits At All Vol. 1 CD (Heavy Psych Sounds)
“Oliveri is, as everyone reading this knows, no longer in QOTSA (clothed or otherwise) but he is one of rock n roll’s most prolific recorders. Appearing on over 50 releases in his 25 years, some of which have seen the light of day and some have not. Which is where this comes in.
N.O Hits At All aims to collect some of these together and Vol. 1 features six tracks that do just that. ‘Lockdown’ by Komatsu is a real thumper, ‘Anything And Everything’ with Death Acoustic is filthy punk rock done on an acoustic guitar and ‘Revenge’ with Winnebago Deal is 54 seconds of furious rage, which is exactly the kind of thing that used to be on B-sides back in the day.” – Maximum Volume Music
>Carla Olson
– Rubies And Diamonds CD (Sunset Blvd)
Previously unreleased 1988 debut album sessions. Writers on
Rubies And Diamonds included guitarist George Callins and drummer Rick Hemmert of the Textones, Danny Wilde of The Rembrandts, Danny Tate (whose songs have been covered by Tim McGraw, Rick Springfield, the Smithereens, and Jeff Healey), and George Green, who co-wrote some of John Mellencamp's best including "Hurts So Good." This set includes bonus tracks featuring Swedish rock star Mikael Rickfords (The Hollies, Bamboo) and Mick Taylor (The Rolling Stones, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers).
>Once & Future Band
– Once & Future Band CD/LP (Castle Face)
The very mid-’70s vibe at work here surpasses pastiche, and crests that lovely anachronistic conceptual peak: a fully realized and meticulously arranged psych record, meant to be listened to from top to bottom, with the lights down low and in a comfy chair perhaps, or while gazing out the window of your life pod.
The Dark Side Of The Moon feel, with shades of early Yes’s technicality, a dash of Steely Dan’s vocal prowess and effortless sheen, and some seriously outsized hooks that call to mind the mighty ELO, Le Orme and, yes, even the unsinkable Queen powered on Brian May’s tape echo jet fuel and sequined power cells.
>Richard Osborn
– Endless CD/LP (Tompkins Square)
First-generation American Primitive guitarist Richard Osborn studied with Robbie Basho in the late '60s. 40 years later, Osborn finally recorded, appearing on Tompkins Square's
Beyond Berkeley Guitar compilation in 2010. Endless is his first widely available solo guitar album. "He's a student of mine and he's better technically than me or Fahey."—Robbie Basho
>P.O.S.
– Chill, Dummy CD (Doomtree)
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. [Vinyl edition due March 17.]
>Tom Paxton
– Boat In The Water CD (Pax)
Folk icon and Grammy Lifetime Achievemnt Award winner Tom Paxton's 63rd recording includes 13 songs, a mix of brand new songs and a few not heard in a very long time.

>Piano Magic
– Closure CD/LP (Second Language)
“All good things must come to an end. The sort of cult band you’ve either taken for granted, or simply remained oblivious to throughout their lifespan, Piano Magic’s twelfth album will also be their final one, and what a way to bow out. The elegiac grace that coats this aptly-titled record has always clung limpet-like to Glen Johnson’s forever-in-flux collective, demonstrated most beautifully here by the soothing balm of strings on closer ‘I Left You Twice, Not Once,’ as though trying to ease the blow of the final notes we’ll ever hear from a band who deserved more than relative obscurity.” – The Skinny

>Priests
– Nothing Feels Natural CD/LP (Sister Polygon)
Nothing Feels Naturals expands on Priests’ lo-fi post-punk bona-fides with ideas drawn from pop, R&B, and industrial noise.
>Steve Reich + Sō Percussion
– Drumming Live CD (Dog W/A Bone)
Drumming Live was recorded live in New York City at (Le) Poisson Rouge in 2013 at the Steve Reich Benefit Concert to support the Aldrich Museum. It features Steve Reich's Drumming performed by acclaimed Brooklyn based quartet, Sō Percussion, and includes a 3+ minute version of Clapping Music, performed by Steve Reich and Sō Percussion.
>Dawn Richard
– Infra Red CD/LP+MP3 (Fade To Mind)
New Deluxe edition of this collaborative project from rising R&B star Dawn Richard and highly respected producer Kingdom. Alongside the EPs original four tracks come ten new remixes from Fade To Mind regulars and extended family: Rizzla, Ikonika (Hyperdub), Helix (Night Slugs), Divoli S’vere and more, all available on vinyl and CD for the first time.

>Max Richter
- Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works CD (Deutsche Grammophon)
The brand new album from Max Richter features music crafted from 2015’s outstanding ballet production
Woolf Works, a critically-acclaimed ballet triptych by choreographer Wayne McGregor, inspired by the life and works of English novelist Virginia Woolf. Following the success of Sleep, this album showcases different sides of Max Richter’s vast palette of sounds, Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works shows Max’s passion for both lavish string and piano melodies, but also his virtuoso electronic side.
>Whitney Rose
– South Texas Suite CD/LP (Six Shooter)
“The latest release from Whitney Rose finds the Canadian native embracing all things Texas with a lovingly compiled short-but-sweet set of songs that beautifully capture the sound, feel and traditions of the Lone Star state.” – Red Guitar Music

>Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk
– Passage CD/LP (Azure Vista)
“Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk have collaborated before to great effect on their album
Epic released in 2010. Ulrich Schnauss is no stranger to the shoegaze crowd given his initial releases such as A Strangely Isolated Place in 2003. He also works inside the genres of electronic and ambient music. His many projects include Tangerine Dream, Engineers, Longview and others. He’s also well known for the many remixes he has done for other artists. Jonas Munk is a master at repetitive modes and phrases, taking what ought to be monotonous and making it entirely interesting and beautiful. He slides from electronic modes of instrumentation to beautiful psychedelic guitar pieces. Together, their collaboration brings a symbiosis to create beautifully constructed compositions.” – Somewherecold
>Jimmy Scott
– I Go Back Home CD/2xLP (Eden River)
Many of the most talented musicians in the worldwide jazz scene pay tribute to Jimmy Scott on
I Go Back Home: Dee Dee Bridgewater, James Moody, Kenny Barron, Peter Erskine, Arturo Sandoval, Joey DeFrancesco, Monica Mancini, Till Brönner, Oscar Castro Neves, Bob Mintzer, John Pisano, Renee Olstead, Gregorie Maret. Also the legendary HBR Studio Symphony Orchestra are performing throughout the album and even the actor Joe Pesci got two songs with Jimmy Scott.
>Ty Segall
– Ty Segall CD/LP/Cassette (Drag City)
On the prolific songwriter’s eponymous new album Segall is backed by a full band Emmett Kelly, Mikal Cronin, Charles Moothart and Ben Boye “A clean flow; something real for a world that doesn't know what it's holding. Ty keeps us guessing while splashing our collective face with no shortage of astringent tunes of all colors.”

>Charlie Sepúlveda & The Turnaround
– Mr. EP: A Tribute To Eddie Palmieri CD (HighNote)
Charlie Sepúlveda is trumpeter of power and nuance. On this new recording, Sepúlveda takes on the challenge of preserving culture without being trapped by it. He can take a tried-and-true classic like ‘Besamé Mucho,’ and instead of falling into the routine he completely modernizes it, stripping the tune of his sometime over-emphasized bolero rhythm and makes something completely new and communicative. Here paying tribute to his former boss, Eddie Palmieri, Sepúlveda brings his distinctive style to eight imaginative tracks with Palmieri delivering two solo tracks. This isn't salsa and it isn't jazz, and it's not exactly a fusion of the two but an exciting and imaginative place between them.

>Matthew Shipp Trio
– Piano Song CD (Thirsty Ear)
“Like
The Conduct Of Jazz that precedes it, Piano Song is a trio album featuring Michael Bisio on bass and Newman Taylor Baker on drums. If you find yourself thinking “Oh, piano trio, jazz, I know how this goes,” then you’ve obviously not come across the likes of Matthew Shipp. His approach to the piano isn’t so much tuneful as it is orchestral, pulling melodies out thick, dense harmonies. Having Bisio and Baker along for the ride doesn’t blunt this approach. He could have used this occasion, a final release for a particular label, as an excuse to show off yet another angle of his rare musical intuition, as he did when he celebrated his 50th birthday. But The Conduct Of Jazz and Piano Song seem to suggest a sense of momentum in Shipp’s way of thinking, and he’s riding that train for all that it’s worth.” – Pop Matters
>Sinai Vessel
– Brokenlegged CD/LP (Tiny Engines)
While Sinai Vessel began as a one-man project for singer/guitarist Caleb Cordes the band actually formed in the aftermath of
Profanity, a record helmed by Cordes and executed with a rotating cast of volunteers. Only after the album saw the light of day did the project turn into a more active, concrete group, filled out by drummer Joshua Herron and bassist Daniel Hernandez, both high school classmates of Cordes’ and — perhaps essentially – – fellow natives of the space and communities that so define Sinai Vessel.
>Sleater-Kinney
– Live In Paris CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
Live In Paris is the first official record of Sleater-Kinney’s famously blistering stage performance. The thirteen-track album, which features Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss, and touring member Katie Harkin, was captured on March 20th, 2015 at the Paris’s historic La Cigale venue, during the band’s sold-out, international tour in support of their acclaimed eighth album, 2015’s No Cities To Love. Live In Paris includes songs from nearly every Sleater-Kinney album, including No Cities To Love, The Woods, One Beat, The Hot Rock, Dig Me Out, and Call The Doctor. [Limited translucent vinyl pressing also available.]
>Sloppy Heads
– Useless Smile CD/LP (Shrimper)
“The slow-paced and calming psych-folk track “Always Running” is our first exposure to new Shrimper Records act Sloppy Heads and their debut album Useless Smile. The Brooklyn trio comprises Bill the Drummer (aka V. Stiles), Ariella Stok (aka Starmaiden), and Jimmy Jumpjump (aka Frow #1), but their album also features a lot of playing by producer James McNew of Yo La Tengo/Dump fame.” – Stereogum

>Tobin Sprout
– The Universe & Me CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Burger)
“Former Guided By Voices multi-instrumentalist Tobin Sprout has lived inside the vast universe of indie rock for most of his adult life, but his sixth solo album deals more with the universe of his own imagination — a sprawling, imperfect place filled with melodic treasures hidden amid waves of glorious distortion.
The Universe And Me is the product of a lifetime of knowledge in more ways than one. Its lyrical content explores the gap between childhood and adulthood, alternating between a kind of sweet naivety and a heartbroken understanding of life’s many tragedies. Its production is similarly all over the place, focusing more on feel than on any kind of unified aesthetic. The result is raw, honest, and oftentimes revelatory.” – Consequence Of Sound
>Quinn Sullivan
– Midnight Highway CD/LP+MP3 (Provogue)
“Quinn Sullivan may also be the most gifted guitar prodigy on the planet, a blues player of jaw-dropping virtuosity and depth who could turn out to be the Clapton of his generation.” -- The Washington Post

>T.S.O.L.
– The Trigger Complex CD/LP+MP3 (Rise)
The influential Southern California punk rock pioneers make their awaited return with a new record label and their 11th studio album. “Nearly four decades later, original members Ron Emory, Mike Roche and Jack Grisham have returned to creative heights with one of their most inspired albums in decades with
The Trigger Complex. Comprising of thirteen songs, the band’s new record runs the gamut of charging punk anthems to brooding rock songs that will no doubt please listeners. Given the country’s turbulent, divisive political climate it could not be better timing for the return of one of punk’s most important and vocal bands” – Decibel Geek. [Limited clear color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Taake
– Stidens Hus CD (Karisma)
The traditional three year wait is over, and Hoest has now completed the sixth Taake album.
Stridens Hus takes the unique Taake sound and develops it further. Still true to the spirit of the old Norwegian black metal, Hoest breathes new life into the genre by introducing different elements that ensure the sound remains fresh and relevant. Some parts are more groove and rock orientated, whilst some have a distinctly punk attitude.
>Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
- Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau 2xCD/2xLP (Nonesuch)
Nonesuch Records labelmates mandolinist/singer Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau, longtime admirers of each other’s work, first toured as a duo in 2013. At the end of 2015, they played a two-night stand at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom before going into the studio to record
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, a mix of covers and original songs
>Throwing Snow
– Embers CD/2xLP (Houndstooth)
“At this point, Ross Tones, more commonly known as Throwing Snow, can really do no wrong. Less than a year after his
Axioms EP blew us all away, he’s back with a new full-length on Houndstooth. Tones has made a name for himself making some of the most varied and intriguing electronic music currently being produced. Never willing to rest on his laurels however, Embers represents some of his most challenging work to date. That’s by no means a criticism, over the course of the the LP’s 60-minute run time, the album contorts and billows into every shape and sound imaginable. Twisting from floating synths to dark oppressive bass lines to joyously shuffling drum hits and back again, often within a single song. It is a tour de force of complex, captivating electronic music…” – Hyponik. [Limited translucent orange and red color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Train
– A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat CD (Sony)
A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat is Train's first album without lead guitarist and founding member Jimmy Stafford. Although he is not on the new album, he is currently still partially involved with the band, as he continues to play with them at some live performances and events. It marks the band's first new music since their 2014 album Bulletproof Picasso. The album’s first single "Play That Song" borrows the central melody from the 1938 single "Heart And Soul" by Howard Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael.
>Townes Van Zandt & Guy Clark
– Live … Texas ’91 CD (Klondike)
Six years before Townes Van Zandt's untimely death in 1997, his renewed studio activity produced a clutch of new material and re-workings, most of which sadly, still resides on tape. However, recordings such as this, offers fans a valuable opportunity to hear exactly what was going on underneath. His appearance alongside lifelong friend Guy Clark on February 16
th, 1991 at the Cactus Café in Austin, Texas, remains one of his most prized performances of the period. This is the entire original KUT 90.5FM broadcast from that show.
>Frank Turner
– Sleep Is For The Week [Reissue/2007] 2xCD+MP3/2xLP+MP3 (Xtra Mile Recordings)
Tenth anniversary of Turner’s debut album includes a bonus CD featuring six demos and a download code for a full live set from 2006. [Vinyl edition features an etching on the D-side.]

>Twiztid
- The Continuous Evilution Of Life's ?'s CD/2xLP+MP3 (Majik Ninja Entertainment)
“12 brand new tracks that take you through a journey from rock, to rap, to a horror movie!” [Limited clear vinyl pressing with white and blue smoky swirls also available.]

>Colin Vallon / Patrice Moret / Julian Sartorius
– Danse CD (ECM)
The Colin Vallon Trio has found its own space in the crowded world of the piano trio by quietly challenging its conventions. On his third ECM album Vallon again leads the group not with virtuosic solo display but by patient outlining of melody and establishing of frameworks in which layered group improvising can take place. [Vinyl edition February 10.]

>Various Artists [Matthew Dear]
– DJ Kicks CD/2xLP+CD (!K7)
An exciting start for 2017 in the always high-class
DJ Kicks series, this time with Texan subversive electronica mastermind Matthew Dear in charge. In addition to three of his own previously unreleased tracks, this mix contains songs by Simian Mobile Disco, ItaloJohnson, and Groovesh, and others, both well-known and underground.
>Various Artists
– The Men In The Glass Booth: Ground Breaking Re-Edits And Remixes By The Disco Era’s Most Influential DJs 3xCD/5xLP/5xLP (BBE)
Previously unissued versions of classic tracks by pioneering DJs of the disco era, mixed by Al Kent. [Vinyl edition is divided into two five-disc parts (A & B). Part A contains a 40-page coffee table book telling the story of the DJ as remixer and featuring previously unseen vintage photographs.]

>Various Artists
– Mixed Up Minds Part Twelve: Obscure Rock & Pop From The British Isles 1968-1973 CD (Particles)
The
Mixed Up Minds compilation series investigates the overlooked underbelly of British rock and pop from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Part Twelve captures a further glimpse of the verbal rumblings from British suburbia with twenty melodic musings from a variety of unsung wonders whose place in the British pop phenomena is now safely secure.
>Various Artists
- Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie's 26 Northwest Songs 2xCD (Smithsonian Folkways)
For fans of Woody Guthrie,
Roll Columbia is a trove of new discoveries, and a celebration of his genius and lasting contributions to both the history and musical traditions of the Pacific Northwest. In 1941, the Bonneville Power Administration commissioned Guthrie to write 26 songs that would help promote to the public the construction of dams and hydroelectric power plants along the Columbia River. 75 years later, present-day artists with ties to the Pacific Northwest who have been influenced by this fruitful time in Guthrie’s career have gathered together to record their own interpretations of the songs. Roll Columbia is the first and only complete collection of these songs, including nine never before recorded, such as “Eleckatricity And All” and “Portland Town To Klamath Falls,” as well as classic Guthrie tunes “Pastures Of Plenty” and “Hard Travelin’.”
>Various Artists
– The Rough Guide To Hillbilly Blues CD (Rough Guide)
A diverse selection of tracks which highlights how early white country musicians were heavily influenced by the blues. Includes tracks by early country music pioneers Jimmie Rodgers, Charlie Poole and Dock Boggs. The album has been lovingly remastered using pioneering restoration techniques.

>Various Artists
– Studio One Rocksteady Volume 2: The Soul Of Young Jamaica CD/2xLP (Soul Jazz)
Soul Jazz Records’ new journey into the mighty vaults of Clement Dodd’s Studio One steps once more into the fertile musical environment of Jamaican music in the late 1960s and early 1970s, from the sweet harmony vocals of seminal 1960s rocksteady right up to the nascent birth of reggae and roots music at the start of the 1970s. While ska at the start of the 1960s had taken American rhythm and blues as its main influence, rocksteady focused on the emergence of American soul music – with Jamaican vocal harmony groups such as The Gaylads, John Holt & The Paragons, Carlton & The Shoes showing a particular fascination with the close harmonies of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions and other US soul acts. Here The Heptones even feature with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.”

>Slyford Walker
– Lamb’s Bread [Reissue/1988] CD/LP (Greensleeves)
Sylford Walker's killer debut album, recorded in 1978 but not fully released till 10 years later.Produced by Glen Brown and mixed by King Tubby. Includes roots classics as "Lamb's Bread" "Chant Down Babylon" and the awesome “Deuteronomy.” [CD version contains Welton Irie's 1977 album
Ghettoman Corner as extra tracks.]
>Wiley
– Godfather CD (Wiley)
“It’s an unmissable return to root, with a frankly starving Wiley flanked by practically everyone – Frisco, Devlin, Jamakabi, Manga, Footsie, Flowdan, Pres T, Ghetts, Ice Kid, a.o. – all demanding your attention over fierce AF production from a mix of veteran producers – JME, Scratchy, Rude Kid, Maniac, Dot Rotten – and a sharp-shooting yung squad; Darq E Freaker, Preditah, Swifta Beater, Morfius, Teeza. At seventeen tracks and just under an hour long,
Godfather is quantitatively substantial. And the quality? It’s got that in buckets; a firmest balance of OG grime aggression, gyal tunes and bubbling club trax that lends itself to earbuds, German whips and raves alike.” – Music Is My Sanctuary
>Xandria
– Theater Of Dimensions CD/2xCD (Napalm)
New album from the German symphonic metal stalwarts. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a disc featuring 5 bonus tracks.

>Zos Kia/Coil
– Transparent [Reissue/1983] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Cold Spring)
The entire
Transparent recordings released for the first time, completely remastered from the unedited tapes. Zos Kia was formed by John Gosling (Mekon), John Balance (Coil) and Min—with guest Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson (Throbbing Gristle). Their one and only album, Transparent, was released on August 23rd, 1983 in a cassette only edition on the now defunct Austria label Nekrophile. They were the first released recordings of both Coil and Zos Kia.

DVDs + Blu-ray:
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Arcade Fire – The Reflektor Tapes 2xDVD/2xBlu-ray (Eagle Vision)
The Reflektor Tapes is a documentary about the making of Arcade Fire's hugely successful 2013 studio album, directed by Kahlil Joseph (who also directed Beyonce's Lemonade). This documentary captures recording sessions, live performances and the band's time in Haiti, a country with which they have a long-standing relationship. The second disc in the set features Arcade Fire's full length live concert from Earl's Court in London on June 6th, 2014 during the Reflektor tour.
>The Man Who Fell To Earth
– 2xDVD+Blu-ray (Lion’s Gate)
Collector’s edition of the 1976 David Bowie-starring cult classic with three discs, a 72-page booklet, collectible art, new interviews and more.


This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Advent
– Pain & Suffering LP (Bridge 9)
Brutally heavy, metal-infused hardcore. [CD edition due February 3.]

>Alkaline Trio
– From Here To Infirmary [Reissue/2001] LP (Vagrant)
Alkaline Trio – Good Mourning [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (Vagrant)
Alkaline Trio – Crimson [Reissue/2005] LP (Vagrant)
180gm vinyl reissues of Alkaline Trio’s third, fourth and fifth albums are now available.

>Amon Amarth
– Once Sent From The Golden Hall [Reissue/1998] LP (Metal Blade)
Amon Amarth – The Avenger [Reissue/1999] LP (Metal Blade)
Vinyl reissues of the death metal band’s second and third albums.

>Animal Collective
– Here Comes The Indian [Reissue/2003] LP (My Animal Home)
At the beginning there were two of them -- Avey Tare and Panda Bear -- banging drums and tweaking synths in their bedrooms, singing strange and sometimes heartbreaking songs about imaginary friends and childhood pets. Carried along by washes of squalling feedback, the music was noisy, and it was weird, but it was, at heart, pop music. This was the start of Animal Collective. For fifteen years Dave Porter (Tare), Noah Lennox (Bear), Brian "Geologist” Weitz and Josh “Deakin” Dibb have been rewriting the musical map, their line-up and aesthetic shifting with each astonishing release as they continue their pursuit of a new psychedelia.
Here Comes The Indian was the first album to use the name Animal Collective and the first release on their Paw Tracks label. [Hollindagain vinyl reissue due March 3.]
>Annie Anxiety
– Soul Possession [Reissue/1984] LP (Dais)
Employing the expertise of legendary dub producer Adrian Sherwood to realize this vision, Annie pulled together members of Crass, Flux of Pink Indians, Family Fodder, African Head Charge, London Underground and Art Interface to record her groundbreaking dub industrial masterpiece. Upon its initial release by the unofficial Crass off-shoot label Corpus Christi in 1984,
Soul Possession started the avalanche of activity that would include dozens of releases and collaborations with Nurse With Wound, Coil, Current 93, Baby Dee, Swans and Marc Almond.
>The Ape
– Give In LP (Bang!)
The Ape is Tex Perkins's (The Beasts Of Bourbon, The Butcher Shop, The Cruel Sea, The Dark Horses, etc.) new project. On this occasion, Mr. Perkins delivers six long tracks with darker sounds and more anxious atmospheres, taking this project into a new stage of music. The Ape has the unique stamp and signature of Tex Perkins and features members of Magic Dirt, among other Australian recognized musicians.

>Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood
– Myths 002 12” (Mexican Summer)
Weyes Blood and Ariel Pink join forces on
Myths 002 for the second installment of Mexican Summer's collaboration series. Composed and captured in Marfa, Texas during the annual Marfa Myths music and arts festival, the four songs of Myths 002 capture musicians at play—two distinct voices in pop music inexplicably, effortlessly folding into harmony.
>Arkona
- Lunaris LP (Debemur Morti)
Released late last year on CD – now available on vinyl. Consolidating and updating the earthen grandiosity perfected on classic 1996 debut
Imperium, Arkona has created the perfect synthesis of forward-reaching pagan black metal, dark neo-classical melodicism, corrupted romanticism and raging existential power.
>Auroch
– Mute Books LP (Profound Lore)
Released last autumn on CD – now available on vinyl. Vancouver, BC-based Auroch have gained recognition as one of Canada's most active death metal bands.

>Banteay Ampil Band
- Cambodian Liberation Songs [Reissue/1983] 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.
>Kostas Bezos And The White Birds
- Kostas Bezos And The White Birds LP+CD (Olvido/Mississippi)
The first-ever compilation of "Xabagies", the nearly forgotten Hawaiian-influenced music of 1930s Greece, focused on the compositions of Kostas Bezos and his ensemble The White Birdsfa. A world-class slide guitarist, political cartoonist, and sleepless Bohemian, Kostas Bezos created some of the most unique music of any era: surrealist guitar portraits blurring Athens and Honolulu, haunting tropical serenades, wild acoustic orchestras, and heartbreaking steel guitar duets. This LP includes a 28-page booklet with extensive notes by Tony Klein and Dimitri Kourtis, unpublished photographs, lyrics, obituaries, and a bonus CD containing 18 additional tracks. Mastered from original 78s by Michael Graves.

>Biosphere
– Cirque [Reissue/2000] 3xLP (Biophon)
Triple-vinyl reissue of the Norwegian electronic musician’s first album for the polarizing Touch label – expanded with six bonus tracks. “
Cirque is a perfectly constructed 47-minute sequence: cold clarity up against real depth of field, synth cycles dissolving into sudden moments of sonic revelation that sound like a waking dream.” -- MOJO
>Black Mecha
– I.M. Mentalizing LP (Profound Lore)
Black Mecha is the very strange, minimalist electronic project of Wold mastermind Fortress Crookedjaw. A theory of mind/aural operation inspires these raw sound waves, directed by the electric musical poetry of Internal Masonry, supplemented with sci-fi driven surreal and minimalist analogue patterns.
I.M. Mentalizing presents audio realms of glitchy system mental warfare through spazzed robotic thought inducement mechanisms, churned out by penetrating ever-scanning inner lasers.
>Blank Spots
– Blank Spots LP (Green Recordings)
The debut album from San Francisco street-punk band Blank Spots. Led by Andrew Boak of legendary 1980s New Zealand punk band No Tag, this dynamic three-piece outfit have tuned up sixteen cylinders of driving punk rock 'n' roll action. Pressed on green vinyl.

>Blind Melon
– Soup [Reissue/1995] LP (Analog Sparks)
Limited edition audiophile pressing. Cut from the original stereo tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and pressed and plated at RTI. Housed in a Stoughton deluxe gatefold old style tip-on jacket with original insert.
Soup is the second studio album by rock band Blind Melon, released on August 15, 1995, eight weeks before vocalist Shannon Hoon's fatal drug overdose.
>Brian Jonestown Massacre
– Open Minds Now Close 12” (A. Recordings)
The second of three singles from the forthcoming album
Don’t Get Lost. Limited 180gm white vinyl.
>James Brown
– Mr. Dynamite [Reissue/1962] LP+MP3 (Cornbread)
Vinyl reissue of James Brown's
Mr. Dynamite, originally released as Good, Good, Twistin' With James Brown in 1962, and known alternatively through different issues as Shout And Shimmy (1963), and Excitement Mr. Dynamite (1964), and a myriad other titles.
>John Cage / Christian Wolff
– John Cage / Christian Wolff [Reissue/1963] LP (Jeanne Dielman)
This album was an early showcase of both 20th century composer’s experimental chops, and is highly regarded as some of their finest work. Cage's piece, which spans the whole of the first side, was originally composed in 1960, and like many of his pieces, would never be performed the same way twice. It involves the overlaying of transparencies to create the "score," while performers manipulate phonographic cartridges in a variety of ways to create amplified sound. To add to the effect, this particular performance is actually the superimposition of four performances. In all, it is a truly groundbreaking piece of 20th century classical. Wolff's side, while less extreme, is equally innovative, and a window into his particular pointillist vision of music.

>Johnny Cash
– All Aboard The Blue Train With Johnny Cash [Reissue/1962] LP (ORG Music)
All Aboard The Blue Train With Johnny Cash is a collection of train-themed songs that was originally released by the legendary Sun Record Company in 1962. The album features prime selections of the Man In Black’s recordings between 1955 and 1958, including classic songs like “Hey Porter” and “Folsom Prison Blues.”
>Cavern Of Anti-Matter
– Blood Drums [Reissue/2013] 3xLP+MP3 (Duophonic)
Vinyl reissue of Cavern Of Anti-Matter’s (the krautrock-inspired band, featuring ex-Stereolab members Tim Gane and Joe Dilworth and synth player Holger Zapf) much sought-after debut album, originally issued as a vinyl-only edition of 500 copies on Berlin label Grautag Records.

>Vic Chesnutt
– Little [1990] LP (New West)
For the first time, Vic Chesnutt’s seminal debut album has been remastered and pressed on vinyl, complete with five bonus tracks. Originally produced by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe,
Little was the world’s introduction to Vic. Recorded and mixed in less than 24 hours, the recordings are sparse but potent and offer a glimpse into the mind of the now-revered songwriter who would have a prolific two-decade output. “Little served notice of Chesnutt's singular gift for finding deep truths in the commonplace, and unfurled his affectionate embrace of the sad and funny foibles that comprise the bulk of our lives." -- No Depression
>Stef Chura
– Messes LP (Urinal Cake)
Stef Chura is one of Michigan’s DIY VIPs. The rocker has been roving across the Great Lakes State for years now, uprooting at least 20 times while coordinating underground concerts and honing her musical vision all the while. Now all that development is ready to be displayed on Messes, Chura’s full-length debut album. "Dim-lit guitar-pop with moody, twisting vocals" – Impose

>John Coltrane
– My Favorite Things [Reissue/1961] LP (Jeanne Dielman)
Credit for this album is partially due to Miles Davis, who had somewhat recently purchased Coltrane's first soprano saxophone. Previously, the soprano saxophone had been little used in jazz. This 1961 album also seems to fully mark Coltrane's transformation into modal jazz, another Davis influence, and his modal take on the classic standard, "My Favorite Things", from
The Sound Of Music soundtrack (1965), remains one of the more iconic jazz songs in history. Rounded out by three more standards, performed in modal interpretations that completely redefined the meaning of a "standards" album, My Favorite Things is one of the many transcendent jazz albums the legendary John Coltrane is responsible for.
>Lol Coxhill
– Ear Of Beholder [Reissue/1971] 2xLP (Radiation Deluxe Series)
Ear Of Beholder is one of the most beguiling and adventurous records of the 1970s, which is saying a lot as that is a musical decade marked by groundbreaking creativity. Originally released on John Peel's Dandelion label, Lol Coxhill's sprawling double album debut is an avant-garde jazz masterstroke that features Robert Wyatt and much of the Whole World group, Kevin Ayers' backing band at the time (of which Lol was a member). Ranging from straight-up feedback to re-workings of standards, outdoor recordings to spoken word, improvisation to vaudeville, Ear Of Beholder covers more ground in two LPs than most artists do in a lifetime. Difficult, adventurous listening from one of British jazz's most brilliant innovators.
>Death Fetishist
– Clandestine Sacrament LP (Debemur Morti)
Death Fetishist enmesh cascades of swirling, alienating phrases inside claustrophobic songcraft to inspire grim hypnosis. Guesting vocalists D.G. (Mis.yrming) and Doug Moore (Pyrrhon) bring immense guttural and lyrical power, hammering home the violence of self-preservation. Synth orchestration of twisted profundity is provided by Jürgen Bartsch (Bethlehem) and Mories (Gnaw Their Tongues).

>Dion
– Lovers Who Wander [Reissue/1962] LP+MP3 (Cornbread)
Featuring Dion DiMucci's unforgettable voice, and his classic NYC R&B/doo-wop backing, this is the sound of the Bronx circa 1962. Though one might dismiss Dion as merely teeny-bopper fare, he's a massively talented songwriter which is reflected by his introspective work from the mid to late '60s.

>Bill Dixon Orchestra
– Intents And Purposes [Reissue/1967] LP (Superior Viaduct)
After spending the early '60s playing in groups with Cecil Taylor and Archie Shepp, trumpeter Bill Dixon recorded his singular and visionary masterpiece in 1967.
Intents And Purposes remains not only Dixon's defining statement as a composer, but also one of the most luminous moments in the history of avant-garde jazz. Combining orchestral timbres with free jazz intensity, Dixon leads a ten-piece ensemble including such heavyweights as Byard Lancaster, Robin Kenyatta, Jimmy Garrison and Reggie Workman. This first-time vinyl reissue is recommended for fans of Art Ensemble of Chicago, Anthony Braxton and Henry Cow.
>D.O.A.
– Murder [Reissue/1990] LP (Rip Snortin’)
Vinyl reissue of this 1990 album from the Canadian punk band.
Murder came out at the height of the band’s fame and mixes in all the right ingredients: ear-splitting guitar riffs, bombastic drumming, humor and lots of “right to the chin” politics.
>Driftmachine
– Radiations LP+MP3 (Umor Rex)
The fourth album of Driftmachine is not an album in the classical context, it´s a collection of new studio music, with remixes from Shackleton and The Sight Below, and material previously available only in digital formats.
Radiations is an excellent showcase of Driftmachine’s sound: obsessive, symmetrical, multilayered; a deep and elegant language based on the shaky, unpredictable foundations of modular synthesis.
>Bob Dylan
– The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991) [1991] 5xLP (Sony Legacy)
Released in 1991 to satisfy enormous demand for Dylan's much-bootlegged unissued material,
The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 contains rarities and unreleased works from the sessions for 1962's eponymous debut Bob Dylan to 1989's Oh Mercy. Of the tracks, most are session outtakes from recording sessions for Dylan studio albums. The material is spread across five vinyl records, each labeled in the box set as "volumes."
>Esplendor Geométrico
- Fungus Cerebri: Selected Tracks From Cassettes 1981-1989 2xLP (Geometrik)
The '80s are a period particularly appreciated by the followers of this cult band, pioneers of the more rhythmic strain of industrial music. Minimalism, raw and harsh analog electronica, distortion, Arabic sounds, shortwave radio recordings are all typical elements of their style during this first period of Esplendor Geométrico, when they achieved a sound ahead of its time and is still imitated nowadays. Esplendor Geométrico were always very present within the '80s international scene of underground cassette labels. This double LP is the first one of a series dedicated to this movement in Spain, still fairly unknown despite its activity at the time, with dozens of labels operating from different cities.

>Mark Feehan
– MFII LP (Richie)
Mark Feehan is a guitarist. In the '80s he bummed Floridian punks in Broken Talent. In the '90s he strangled strings and blew minds in Harry Pussy. Currently he is in post no-wave noiseniks Taiwan Housing Project.
MF 2 features moments of surprising acoustic beauty bookend perplexing electronic sound pools, buzzing almost-punk, and Germanic vocal narration.
>Marcello Giombini
– Computer Disco [Reissue/1982] LP (Mondo Groove)
Marcello Giombini was a pioneer of early sequencers and on this cult LP he produced cheesy, cosmic synth pop, with a little bit of Italo disco mixed in.

>Billie Holiday
– Lady Love [Reissue/1962] LP+MP3 (Cornbread)
Though she had been performing professionally since the late 1920s, as a teenager in Harlem during its Renaissance, the immortal Billie Holiday didn't play a single night on the European continent until 1954. It was in that year that the great journalist and musician Leonard Feather, and a Swedish promoter, organized the Jazz Club U.S.A. tour, named after Feather's wildly popular radio program. Featuring Red Norvo, Sonny Clark, and more, the centerpiece of Jazz Club U.S.A. was undoubtedly, Lady Day. Recorded at various dates across the tour,
Lady Love shows Holiday still had it, despite the turmoil, and drug and alcohol abuse, her voice remained strong, a stunning document of one of America's greatest treasures on her first ever tour of Europe.
>The Holydrug Couple
– Soundtrack For Pantanal LP (BYM)
The Holydrug Couple (THC) unleashes their fully-dreamy pop-rock under BYM Records after their acclaimed two records for the NYC based Sacred Bones Records. Conceived to be part of the recently released
Moonlust, these original and never released set of songs continues to display the same elaborate and delightful compositions that group together to become the soundtrack of an imaginary film, “one of the best non-existing movies of all time.” Pressed on limited edition white vinyl.
>Howlin’ Wolf
– Best Of The Sun Records Sessions LP (ORG Music)
Howlin’ Wolf recorded some of his finest work while in Memphis, TN with legendary producer and Sun Records founder, Sam Phillips. This album features the very best of those sessions from 1951 and 1952.

>Milt Jackson with John Lewis, Percy Heath, Kenny Clarke, Lou Donaldson And The Thelonious Monk Quintet Heath
– Milt Jackson with John Lewis, Percy Heath, Kenny Clarke, Lou Donaldson And The Thelonious Monk Quintet [Reissue/1955] LP (Jeanne Dielman)
Vinyl reissue of this compilation of recordings Milt Jackson made with The Modern Jazz Quartet (with Lou Donaldson on saxophone) and The Thelonious Monk Quartet from 1948-1952, originally released in 1955. This release highlights the bebop brilliance of vibraphonist master.

>Elmore James and The Broom Dusters
– Blues After Hours [Reissue/1960] LP (Rumble)
Compiling singles originally released on the Flair label (a subsidiary of the legendary Modern label, known for making a star out of B.B. King, among others), this 1960 LP was released only two years before the death of electric blues man Elmore James. One of the most important and influential slide guitarists and vocalists of the early electric blues era, James was born and raised in Richland, Mississippi before, like so many other blues legends, ending up in Chicago, performing in the legendary juke joints of the south side. A truly electric performance from one of the finest blues men of the era.

>Bert Jansch
– Jack Orion [Reissue/1966] LP (Superior Viaduct)
Jack Orion, Bert Jansch's third album, may have surprised some fans upon its 1966 release, as it features no original compositions by Jansch. While nearly all the eight tracks (four of which include guitarist John Renbourn) are interpretations of traditional folk songs, Jansch's experimental approach breathes new life into this repertoire through his exploratory use of open tunings and passionate, gritty vocals.
>Glenn Jones
– This Is The Wind That Blows It Out [2004] LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Glenn Jones’ debut album
This Is The Wind That Blows It Out was originally released in 2004 on CD-only by Strange Attractors Audio House. Thrill Jockey is proud to give this timeless classic a first-time vinyl issue. LP is pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a heavy stock jacket with inner sleeve including notes and tunings for each song and free download card. Limited red color vinyl pressing also available. “[Jones] continues to push the American primitive tradition into new directions using a narrative style that’s become his trademark.” - Acoustic Guitar
>Robert Earl Keen
– Live Dinner Reunion 2xLP (Dualtone)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Live album from Robert Earl Keen with special guests celebrating the 20th year anniversary of his most successful album
No. 2 Live Dinner. Joining Keen on stage for the historic event were Joe Ely, Cory Morrow, Cody Canada, Cody Braun of Reckless Kelly, Bruce Robison and former college roommate and touring compadre, Lyle Lovett.
>Alicia Keys
– HERE LP (RCA)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New (sixth) album from the singer/songwriter. Includes the song “Blended Family (What You Do For Love),” featuring A$AP Rocky. “On this album, I've arrived
HERE,” Keys says. “A place where I'm willing to truthfully look at myself in the mirror and to also see the reality of who we have become in this world. The good, the ugly, the shadows and the light. I've come to realize that in order for us to grow and to understand and accept each other we have to recognize the complexity of ourselves. We have to be able to talk about it and meet each other where we are, HERE.”
>Cate LeBon
– Rock Pool 12” (Drag City)
Rock Pool spins and swirls the waters with carnival pop, synth, drone and dance, all beamed along the panelectric ray of Cate’s immutable blank stare. Short-and-sweet-play fun of a highly ambiguous nature.
>Les Rallizes Dénudés
- Live 77 Tachikawa 2xLP (Mono-Tone)
Vinyl a reissue of Les Rallizes Dénudés's historic performance from 1977 in Tachikawa. This double LP has everything Les Rallizes Dénudés are known for: ear piercing feedback, languid guitar strumming, wild reverberated solos, lurid volume, blasé vocals, and unbelievable intensity, combined for a total sensory assault. Revolutionary and psychedelic, the unlikely meeting of The Velvet Underground and the Japanese Red Army, Les Rallizes Dénudés are among the earliest and most outer Japanese psyche/noise rock 'n' roll bands who existed.

>Mica Levi
– Jackie [OST] LP+MP3 (Milan)
Mournful and eerie with a touch of the surreal, Levi has delivered an unmistakable musical tapestry every bit as iconic as Jackie O herself. The mastered-for-vinyl score comes pressed on 180gm LP and is housed in a heavy stock euro sleeve featuring black-and-white artwork of Jackie.

>Abbey Lincoln
– Abbey Is Blue [Reissue/1959] LP+MP3 (Cornbread)
Abbey Lincoln was perhaps the most talented in a series of jazz singers to quickly follow in the footsteps of Billie Holiday.

>Lydia Lunch
– Honeymoon In Red [Reissue/1987] LP (Bang!)
A vinyl reissue of this masterpiece by Lydia Lunch, originally recorded in 1982 and released in 1987. Lydia Lunch recorded this album with The Birthday Party as well as other friends and mixed it at legendary B.C. Studio in Brooklyn. Performers include: Rowland S. Howard, Nick Cave, Tracy Pew, Mick Harvey, Genevieve Mcguckin, Thurston Moore and Barry Adamson.

>Charles Mingus
– The Eldridge Session LP (Doxy)
The great bassist and band leader Charles Mingus cut some of his most exciting and rewarding recordings in 1960. Taped during the apex of Mingus's creativity, this incredible session showcases such stars as Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, Eric Dolphy on alto saxophone, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Jo Jones on drums. Clear vinyl pressing.

>Minor Victories
– Orchestral Variations 2xLP (Fat Possum)
The fantastic debut from members of Slowdive, Mogwai and The Editors has been reinterpreted as an orchestral arrangement. Standard black vinyl pressing.

>Modern Art
– Underwater Kites [1982] LP (Color Tapes)
First time reissue of Modern Art's 1982 debut cassette album includes three previously unissued tracks from the album session. Welcome to the darkly enchanting minimal synth-pop and psych-tinged world of The Modern Art. As an introduction to the world of Coil and Current 93 collaborator Gary Ramon and his orbiting bandmates, you can't do better. On
Underwater Kites you will find examples of what was going on in England during the pinnacle of the post-punk scene-an inspired time that encouraged young musicians to develop music influenced by the likes of Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle and Clock DVA.
>Monopol
– Weltweit [Reissue/1982] LP (Medical Records)
Inspired by the greats such as Kraftwerk, YMO and Klaus Schulze, Monopol crafted an exquisite collection of pop songs played on a very impressive collection of analog synthesizers, self-builds and drum machines that were considered cutting edge at the time.

>Mordecai
– Abstract Recipe LP (Richie)
Abstract Recipe is the fourth full-length from Mordecai of the great Upper Plains. Is it punk? Or garage? Post-punk? Indie rock? Blech - it's a no-frills rock album that oughta perk up the ears of those interested in things like thwarted freedom, advanced mathematics, Lou Reed’s The Blue Mask, bum notes, and staring at the wall.
>Morricone Youth
– Mad Max LP (Morricone Youth)
Original live re-score composed and performed by Morricone Youth inspired by George Miller's classic 1979 Australian dystopian action film. Limited transparent gold swirl color vinyl LP pressing.

>Mouse On The Keys
– Out Of Body LP (Topshelf)
Out Of Body is as dark as it is beautiful and its seamless transmutation between styles and genres is something that mouse on the keys become more confident on with every release. Out Of Body is a journey through the bands emotional and mental condition on both dark and incredibly touching subjects, which evokes feelings of empathy and also attainment.
>My Cat Is An Alien & Jean Marc Montera
– Union Of The Supreme Light LP (Starlight Furnature Inc.)
Joining Maurizio and Roberto Opalio on their fourth album for Starlight Furniture Co., legendary French-Corsican guitarist and co-founder of Groupe de Recherche et d'Improvisation Musicales brings his noisy lyricism to three long tracks of oddly sensual and animalistic space howl. As their past collaborations attest, My Cat Is An Alien's self-sustaining biosphere is an environment where the surreal dreamscapes of mavericks and eccentrics flourish. On this live recording, Jean-Marc Montera's home-made guitar table, objects, and electronics forge metallic ribbons that twitch between the distant clangs of gigantic spores, while Maurizio (on home-made double-bodied string instrument and effects) and Roberto (on alientronics, effects, and modified electronic devices) set worms adrift in a zero-gravity aviary stocked with narcotized satsuma fowl.

>Naaahhh
– Themes 12” (Blackest Ever Black)
Five tracks of dark-side slither from somewhere under London—sidereal downers for all hardcore ravers. The dread energy of grime and bleep techno distilled into pungent electroacoustic ooze. Paranoid street music meets the cosmic disturbances of musique concrete, the spine-freeze of isolationism and Nurse With Wound/Current 93/Coil’s
England's Hidden Reverse (2003). Staccato string stabs, murmured voices, black holes of reverb and pulverizing, body-numbing bass. Drums optional; Unwanted side-effects include nosebleeds, earaches, stomach cramps, and nausea.
>The Nazgûl
- De Expugnatione Elfmuth [2002] LP (Zolfo)
Nazgûl was a mysterious two-piece band formed in 1996 in Monreale, a small village right outside of Palermo, Sicily. Their peculiar history and the consequent "cult" status, built within the extreme metal scene, makes them a story all their own. The due was inspired by Tolkien's literature (Nazgûl is a word from the "Black Speech" used to indicate the nine men corrupted by Sauron, and transformed into his dark and deathless servants) and the first wave of European black metal.
De Expugnatione Elfmuth is a wonderful example of folk-black metal.
>Nine Pound Shadow
– Nine Pound Shadow 12” (Columbia)
New EP from the Bay Area pop duo.

>Nuclear Simphony
– Lost In Wonderland [Reissue/1980] LP (Zolfo)
Recorded in Berlin in 1988 with engineer Harris Johns (Sodom, Voivod, Kreator),
Lost In Wonderland is still considered by many as an unmissable chapter in European thrash metal history, and the absolute masterpiece for this criminally underrated band, whose place is deserved right next to Schizo and Incinerator—the "holy trinity" of the Sicilian '80s thrash metal scene.
>Opeth
– Orchid [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (Spinefarm)
Opeth – Morningrise [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (Spinefarm)
Opeth – My Arms, Your Hearse [Reissue/1998] 2xLP (Spinefarm)
Limited 180gm color vinyl reissues of the Swedish prog metal band’s first three albums.

>Panda Bear
– Young Prayer [Reissue/2004] LP (My Animal Home)
Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, aka one-fourth of the founding members of Animal Collective.
Young Prayer is his second full length solo album, and was recorded in Panda Bear’s childhood home in 2002 by Deakin and further produced by the mysterious Animal Collective brothers known as Come Winter.
>PARTYNEXTDOOR
– PX3 2xLP (OVO Sound)
Released last autumn on CD – now available on vinyl. PARTYNEXTDOOR is a 21-year old all-caps producer, songwriter and singer from Mississauga, Ontario, who has some affiliation with Canadian superstar Drake.

>Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
- Feed The Rats LP (Rocket Recordings)
Channeling the grimy trip hazards of Monster Magnet's
Spine Of God (1991) through a prism of kraut-derived repetition and Part Chimp style bloody-mindedness, the resulting hallucinatory vortex appears constantly on the realm of breaking point. A feverish and demented collision of psych-drone dementia and riff-driven salvation.
>Poison Idea
– War All The Time [Reissue/1987] LP (TKO)
Long a favorite of diehard Poison Idea fans,
War All The Time was a pivotal moment in the punk band’s evolution. With the addition of a second guitarist, and the debut of legendary powerhouse drummer Steve “Thee Slayer Hippie” Handford, this album established the direction Poison Idea would follow into the second decade of their career. Pressed on red vinyl.
>Pontiak
– Sun On Sun [Reissue/2006] LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Pontiak’s Thrill Jockey debut
Sun On Sun is back on vinyl after being sold out for over 8 years. This 2017 re-issue is pressed on virgin vinyl, freshly cut at TruTone Mastering and includes a free download card. “Pontiak could tear the roof off any coliseum with their arena-sized riffs. Hailing from rural Virginia, the Carney brothers — Van, Jennings and Lain — have crafted a long string of albums filled with fuzzy, feedback-laden neo-psych stoner jams” -- NPR Music/KEXP
>Rank / Xerox
– M.Y.T.H. 12” (Adagio830)
Rank / Xerox from San Francisco finally return with four songs of messy post-punk with hidden pop jams and dark guitar scratchers and synth screamers. Distorting messy and catchy at the same time.

>Max Roach
– We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite [Reissue/1960] LP+MP3 (Cornbread)
Max Roach's 1960 masterwork
We Insist! is a suite based on the Civil Rights Movement, and involves variations on the theme of the struggle for African Americans to achieve equality in the United States, a struggle that is still all too relevant. Roach began composing with lyricist Oscar Brown Jr. in 1959, with the initial intention of having the suite performed in 1963, on the 100th anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation. Featuring the wonderful Abbey Lincoln on vocals, as well as Booker Little, Julian Priester, Coleman Hawkins, Olatunji, and more, We Insist! is a truly stunning album, one that knows no equal from that time or since.
>Ryuichi Sakamoto
– Plankton [OST] LP (Milan)
Plankton is a unique artistic collaboration between biologist Christian Sardet, artist Shiro Takatani and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto. In 2016 at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, the three men created an art installation showcasing Sardet's unbelievable images of microscopic plankton paired with a video installation by Takatani and music composed by Sakamoto. Elegant and astral, Ryuichi Sakamoto's musical contribution is now available as a standalone release.

>The Archie Shepp-Bill Dixon Quartet
- The Archie Shepp-Bill Dixon Quartet [Reissue/1962] LP (Jeanne Dielman)
The debut as a leader for both Archie Shepp and Bill Dixon, two formidable members of the free jazz and avant-garde elite. Rounding out the quartet are bassists Reggie Workman and Don Moore, and drummers Paul Cohen and Howard McRae, each on various tracks. While the album undoubtedly swings, this piano-less quartet definitely prefigures the trailblazing free jazz work the two leaders would be involved in for the remainder of the decade, and beyond. An essential piece of early free jazz.

>The Shirelles
– Tonight’s The Night [Reissue/1961] LP+MP3 (Cornbread)
The Shirelles – Shirelles Sing To Trumpets And Strings [Reissue/1961] LP+MP3 (Cornbread)
The pride of Passaic, New Jersey, The Shirelles were formed in 1957 by four friends from high school. After some early singles with chart success, they released their debut album in 1961,
Tonight's The Night. Blending pop with doo-wop and R&B sensibilities, along with songwriting from the classic team of Goffin/King, Tonight's The Night is notable for "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", the very first Billboard #1 hit pop single from an African-American girl group.
>Sinoath
– Research [1995] LP (Zolfo)
A popular name in the tape trading years of thrash metal, Catania, Sicily's renowned death metal band Sinoath's first two demos
Forged In Blood from 1991 and Still In The Grey Dying from 1993 allowed the band to build a huge legion of fans all over Europe, mainly thanks to their huge use of keyboards and their professional approach to studio recording. Research was their first full length, originally released in 1995 on the small Polyphemus label right before going into a hiatus that lasted many years (their follow up is from 2007), a fact which did not help Sinoath reach the popularity they deserved. A pure gem of melodic old school black/death metal, Research finds this underground group of the Italian extreme metal scene at the peak of their powers.
>Sleep
– Sleep’s Holy Mountain [Reissue/1992] LP (Earache)
Limited edition “Full Dynamic Range” purple color vinyl pressing of this stoner rock classic.

>Sparrow Steeple
– Steeple Two LP (Richie)
Lightly swirling wah. Is-it-wrong-or-is-it-right leads. Intermittent odd percussion flourishes. Songs about shrimp rolls to go. Loosey goosey warbling atmosphere turned to 10. This is the world of Sparrow Steeple, comprised of almost all of Philly's legendary Strapping Fieldhands fronted by noted visual artist Barry Goldberg.

>Sum 41
– All Killer No Filler [Reissue/2001] LP (Island)
Formed by four members from rival high school bands in Toronto, Sum 41 developed their fun and funky sound while touring with bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Offspring and Blink 182. Their second album,
All Killer No Filler, features punk mixed with metal, hip-hop and rock, and includes the single “Fat Lip.” 150gm.
>The Telescopes
– The Telescopes [Reissue/1992] LP (Radiation Deluxe)
Vinyl reissue of The Telescopes's self-titled second album, originally released on Creation in 1992. Formed in 1987, these British shoegaze/space-rock mainstays drew inspiration from the '60s psych and rock scene, particularly The Velvet Underground, The 13th Floor Elevators, Love, and The Byrds, as well as contemporaries such as My Bloody Valentine, and The Jesus & Mary Chain.

>Fred Thomas
– Changer LP+MP3/Cassette (Polyvinyl)
Following the release of his critically-lauded 2015 album
All Are Saved, songwriter/producer Fred Thomas entered a period of enormous transition. He quit his job, got married and moved to Canada, all between multiple tours that ran the spectrum from sold out opening slots to sleeping in the car after empty gigs. At the end of yet another tour he returned to Athens, Georgia, to again work with producer Drew Vandenberg (of Montreal, Mothers) on an album aiming to encapsulate the nonstop changes that had sprung out of this phase of his life. Naturally, this record is named Changer. Limited yellow color vinyl pressing.
>Gregg Turner
– Chartbusterz LP (Feeding Tube)
Opening track, “Kremlin Dogs,” with stinging lead autoharp by Billy Bill Miller (of Blieb Alien and Cold Sun) should remind everyone how deeply involved Turner was with Roky Erickson's post-prison revival. Roaring psych puss of the highest order. “The Box,” Turner's splattery next chapter to the tale begun by the Velvets with “The Gift,” is another chunk of most excellent gore. As is the solid garage grunt of “Look In The Mirror.”

>Twin Limb
– Haplo LP (Suretone)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Twin Limb is a trio from Louisville, KY formed by Maryliz Bender (drums, vocals), Lacey Guthrie (accordion, vocals), and Kevin Ratterman (sampled sounds, guitar, percussion), who have also served as Jim James’ backup band. Guthrie’s accordion does some very sinister things, underpinning the music with a luxurious darkness that connects folk and psychedelia. It's the same with the vocals, as Guthrie and Bender wrap their voices one around the other like they're telling secrets, creating another bridge between the familiar and the disarming. Bender keeps the drums simple and purposeful, often parsing out her beats in short, sharp bursts with a precision that never feels forced. Ratterman is the final wild card, using guitars and samples in unexpected ways that feel both post-punk and experimental. “While some records want to take you to another world or aspect of your being, this novel/album is all about another, picturesque dimension. Although Haplo is loaded with so much human sentiment, that you might find yourself crying from its pretty words and rhythms, i.e. "Sara", what makes it phenomenal is that it seems from another dimension. In this dimension, magic is not only real, but it enacted by your feelings with light emanating from love and darkness descending from doubt, which is true of one's spirit.” – Diandra Reviews It All

>Uranium Club
– All Of Them Naturals LP (Static Shock)
All Of Them Naturals is a fully realized, inclusive world of faux-corporation sponsored surrealist new wave punk music rife with satire and discordance. Robotically tight. Delightfully warped. Ideas as vast as Nebraska’s GMO cornfields and as lethal as the pesticides they spray on them.
>Urochromes
– Night Bully 7” (Wharf Cat)
Urochromes continue an amazing run with the release of their first fully realized extended player,
Night Bully. The A-Side is comprised of three full throttle and perfectly condensed punk songs, while the B-Side charts new territory for the group.
>Various Artists
- Hillbillies In Hell Vol. 3 LP (Iron Mountain Analogue Research)
More unknown and unheralded Hillbillies and Delinquent Hayseed Balladeers. They croon. They yodel. And the flames leap ever higher. Cut on microscopic or private-press labels and distributed in minuscule amounts, these Tormented Troubadours sing of Satan, His diabolical offspring, the Grim Reaper, sinful trysts, suicide, murder, Devil trains, inebriates, cuckolds and lustful cadavers—all in one handy LP package. 16 timeless testaments of sin, tribulation, cold graves and warm temptations.

>Various Artists
- Ishq Ke Maare: Sufi Songs From Sindh And Punjab, Pakistan LP (Sublime Frequencies)
A searing assemblage of Islamic Sufi spiritual music from the hinterlands of Sindh and Punjab, this compilation marks Sublime Frequencies' debut release of field recordings from Pakistan. Recorded and compiled by Arshia Tatima Haq, founder of Discostan—a collective of artists from an imagined federation of states from Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay—this is a rare, unfiltered collection of devotional music ranging from hypnotic solo instrumentals and vocal lamentations to euphoric ensemble qawwalis. Presenting voices that are imperiled in the country's contemporary political landscape—where renowned singers are assassinated in broad daylight and performance spaces are regularly bombed—this record continues Haq's ongoing project of engaging complex and controversial Islamic practices and rituals that operate in resistance to religious orthodoxy.

>Various Artists
- Macondo Revisitado: Roots Of Subtropical Music – Uruguay 1975-1979 LP (Vampisoul)
Macondo Revisitado features a selection of some of the best recordings from Uruguayan independent label Macondo between 1975 and 1979. Artists emulated tropical music styles popular in Caribbean and Central American countries like Cuba (guaguancó, guaracha), Puerto Rico, Panama (bomba, plena, merengue) and Colombia (porro, vallenato, cumbia), but within this process of adaptation and hybridization, elements, procedures and codes spawned a music that possesses its own post-territorial identity and universe.
>Various Artists
– The Sounds Of Durban Vol. 1 LP (Gqom Oh!)
“Gqom (pronounced Gome) is a blistering variant of South African house which finds its roots in the coastal city of Durban. Like lots of the home-brewed genres of music in South Africa and beyond, a treasure trove of tracks is easily available on the Internet. The 15 tracks that compose
Sounds Of Durban Vol. 1 successfully capture the very essence of gqom: the rough-and-tumble vibe, the impressionistic and asymmetrical kickdrums, the hypnotic chanting, and the music's brash youthfulness.” [8.1] -- Pitchfork
>Watchout!
– Revive The Vibe LP (BYM)
The band goes further into Latin psych adding some heavy riffs that could convert any person into Watchout!’s cult and become part of the fuzz ritual. Songs that go in the Hendrix line end up as an amazing one-shot jam and tunes that follow a classic composition with catchy-mellow choruses that turn into an epic riff.
released 20 JANUARY 2017
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AFI – AFI (The Blood Album) CD/LP (Concord)
“Eclectic punk godfathers AFI are the kings of keeping going, progressing over more than twenty-five years from outsiders to insiders to chart-topping legends. At this point, they have little to prove – but AFI are not yet ready to settle back on their laurels and fossilize into a nostalgia act. They still have plenty left to give – and more than a few fans hungry for more music. AFI – also known as “The Blood Album” – is precision-engineered to satisfy AFI fans old and new. As a whole, it feels like a relay race started off by AFI’s slicker, more commercially oriented side (the pace set by ‘Dark Snow,’ ‘Still A Stranger,’ ‘Aurelia,’ ‘Hidden Knives,’ ‘Get Hurt,’ and ‘Above The Bridge’) and continued with raw, aggressive style that proves AFI haven’t forgotten their roots (‘Dumb Kids,’ ‘Pink Eyes,’ ‘Feed From The Floor,’ ‘White Offerings,’ and ‘She Speaks The Language’) before finally finishing with a self-stretching, end-of-the-line blues dirge (‘The Wind That Carries Me Away’). In the middle, there’s also an anticipation-building changeover as ‘So Beneath You’ bursts out as AFI’s old-school punky herald, gives way to accessible sing-along ‘Snow Cats,’ and the aforementioned aggression really gets going from ‘Dumb Kids’ onwards” – TheMusicalMeltingPot. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]

>Bill Anschell
– Rumbler CD (Origin)
After a decade of recording mostly unscripted, improvised albums focused on his deep musical relationships with a few key players, pianist Bill Anschell returns to recording his own compositions and arrangements on
Rumbler, his fifteenth as a leader or co-leader. Anschell penned eight of the eleven tracks as well as arrangements of Thelonious Monk's “Misterioso” and Paul McCartney's “For No One.”
>As It Is
– okay. CD/LP (Fearless)
New album from the British pop/punk band. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]

>As Lions
– Selfish Age CD/LP (Better Noise)
New release from the British hard rock quintet.

>Austra
– Future Politics CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
“The notion of Utopia doesn't have a lot of currency these days, but that hasn't stopped Katie Stelmanis. The creative force behind the Canadian electronic outfit Austra, she's used the project's new album,
Future Politics, to foment a kind of radicalism in an age of doom and gloom: making music that questions, confronts and uplifts without scaremongering or sugarcoating. She's also not being shy. ‘Utopia,’ the album's lead single, telegraphs her intent with unabashed optimism. Amid sculpted beats and soaring melodies, Stelmanis sings of urban life and alienation in an era of social division and injustice. But she's militant about lining those dark clouds with silver — or, as she puts it, ‘I can picture a place where everybody feels it, too / It might be fiction, but I see it ahead.’ Whether cloaking itself in code, dipping into metaphor or flying proclamations up the flagpole, these 11 songs offer a bracing, coolly tuneful vision of tomorrow that refuses to submit to inertia. In an era when simply resisting dystopia can seem idealistic, Future Politics dares to hope big.” – NPR
>Avec le Soleil Sortant de sa Bouche
– Pas Pire Pop, I Love You So Much CD/LP (Constellation)
Psychedelic rock, krautrock, desert rock, punk rock, noise rock, Afrobeat, experimental pop, post-rock, electronic; all are touchstones for Avec le Soleil Sortant de sa Bouche. Their multi-movement durational music arguably combines trance rock and audio collage above all -- a diced and spliced approach to longform multi-movement groove music played by a stripped down quartet of two guitars, bass and drums, synched to pre-recorded electronics and musique concrète.

>Aversions Crown
– Xenocide CD (Nuclear Blast)
“Aversions Crown are keeping up the time-honored tradition of Australian metal bands doing what they do best: playing stupidly heavy music that makes you want to commit heinous acts of violence in the mosh pit.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

>Bash & Pop
- Anything Could Happen CD/LP (Fat Possum)
“Tommy Stinson formed Bash & Pop after the Replacements broke up in the early 1990s, then abandoned the project after one album. Now, B&P is back with the ragged but right rocked-out
Anything Could Happen, which captures a measure of the 'Mats' offhand grace.” – Philly.com
>William Basinski
– A Shadow In Time CD/LP+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
World-renowned as one of experimental music's most vital and impressionistic composers of the past few decades, William Basinski's tape loop works have been especially influential, particularly on the historic series,
The Disintegration Loops, where distorted, orchestral tape samples burrow deep into the listener's psyche through meditative repetition. On his new album, A Shadow In Time, Basinski plunges deeper than ever for the plaintive, solitary eulogy to David Bowie, aptly titled “For David Robert Jones.” Conversely, the title track, “A Shadow In Time,” is a subtle, celestial escalation of melody and drone.
>Bennink/Gjerstad
– Han & Frode CD (Cadence Jazz)
An hour of serious interplay by two of the most naturally creative minds-both of them having fun without being cute. 'Inderoy' in six parts with flow and energy-this is anything other than more of the same.

>Bill + Phil
– Songs Of Darkness And Despair CD (Housecore)
“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

>The Blaze
– Burning Point CD (AFM)
Finnish power metallers Burning Point have been an active part of the European metal scene since the late ‘90s.

>Botony
– Dimming Awe, The Light Is Raw LP (Western Vinyl)
Under the Botany moniker, Spencer Stephenson creates rich psychological and emotional experiences through audio. His music is a thoughtful attempt to convey the non-verbal through his particular mental prism, where sounds have potent symbolism in ways that are all but forgotten in the modern world. On
Dimming Awe, The Light Is Raw, the 28-year-old producer and composer continues dissolving the borders between his disparate-yet-beloved psych, hip-hop, and ambient influences. Pink color vinyl pressing.
>Ronnie Baker Brooks
– Times Have Changed CD/LP (Provogue)
The son of blues great Lonnie Brooks releases his first album in 10 years. Features contributions by the Memphis Horns and the mighty Hi Rhythm section along with Angie Stone, Al Kapone, Big Head Todd, and Bobby “Blue” Bland.

>Cadaveric Fumes
– The Forsaken Triptych CD (Blood Harvest)
A compilation of the Swedish death metal band’s complete discography from 2012 to 2016.

>Erasmo Carlos
– Erasmo Carlos [Reissue/1971] CD/LP+MP3 (Light In The Attic)
Digitally remastered edition of this album from the veteran Brazilian singer/songwriter.
Erasmo Carlos finds this maturing teeny-bopper delivering a mix of world class psychedelic rock, traditional rock 'n' roll, soul, funk, folk, bossa nova, and samba-rock to an unsuspecting Brazilian audience.
>Michael Chapman
– 50 CD/LP+MP3 (Paradise Of Bachelors)
After five decades of recording and touring, veteran British songwriter and guitar sage Michael Chapman has finally made what he calls his “American record,” and the aptly titled
50 now stands as his late career masterwork, a moving legacy statement by a legend. Backed by a collaborative group of friends and acolytes—Steve Gunn (who also produced), Nathan Bowles (Pelt), James Elkington (Jeff Tweedy), Jason Meagher (No-Neck Blues Band), Jimi SeiTang (Rhyton), and fellow UK songwriting luminary Bridget St John—Chapman tears into both bold renderings of new songs and radical reinterpretations of material from his revered catalog, the crack band adeptly scaling the same rarefied sonic heights of classic Harvest albums like Fully Qualified Survivor, guided by a true survivor’s instinct, wit, and wisdom.
>Cherry Glazerr
– Apocalipstick CD/LP+MP3 (Secretly Canadian)
Society would deem a prodigious girl can't be in a progressive rock band while also being in complete control of its creative vision, business plan and social messaging. Society is wrong. Clem, a 19 year old teen Queen dreamed up Cherry Glazerr in her L.A. bedroom alone and is perhaps more capable of figuring a music career out than anyone who attempts this treacherous life path. Back in 2014, much-loved Cali imprint Burger Records released their intoxicating debut
Haxel Princess and Suicide Squeeze released the Had Ten Dollaz 7”. On Apocalipstick the band worked with “rock 'n' roll wizard” Joe Chicarelli (White Stripes, The Shins, The Strokes) and Carlos de la Garza (Bleached, M83, Tegan and Sara). With their help and the band's newfound self-discipline and motivation, Cherry Glazerr has evolved into a wildly complex, hugely guitar heavy, and unapologetically loud machine. [Limited color vinyl pressings also available.]
>Alex Clare
– Tail Of Lions CD/LP (ETC Recordings)
New release from the London-born singer/songwriter/producer. Written and recorded in a few short weeks,
Tail Of Lions comes from a place where soul, rock and funk meet steel-sharp electronica and iced-out drum and bass.
>Tim Cohen
– Luck Man CD/LP (Sinderlyn/Captured Tracks)
On
Luck Man, The Fresh & Only's and Magic Trick frontman's first solo record for Sinderlyn, Cohen has created a lush, insular world that deals with the uneasiness of accepting life's inherent flaws. Recorded in his attic and at El Studio in San Francisco after recently moving back to a city he longed called home, Luck Man is a personal statement distilled from Cohen's own experiences.
>Dot Hacker
– N°3 CD/LP (ORG Music)
Dot Hacker is the project of California-based musicians Josh Klinghoffer, Clint Walsh, Eric Gardner, and Jonathan Hischke. Collectively, the members have played with a seemingly never-ending list of artists, including Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells, PJ Harvey, Morrissey, The Shins, Beck, Hella, Tom Morello, and so many more. Most notably, guitarist and lead singer Josh Klinghoffer plays guitar in the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

>Drab Majesty
– The Demonstration CD/LP (Dais)
“Drab Majesty is L.A.-based artist Deb Demure, an alter ego of Andrew Clinco of Marriages. Starting off in 2012 with a cassette release called
Unarian Dances, Deb progressed to 2015’s excellent post punk release Careless. Demure dabbles in the sort of icy, elegant post punk offered up in the ‘80s from bands such as The Cure. There are drum machines and synths, as expected, but then we have Demure’s notable guitar playing and strong sense of melody, which elevates his work to something rather special.” – Ech(((o)))es And Dust
>Nathan East
– Reverence CD (Yamaha Entertainment Group)
With over 2,000 album credits to his name and several Grammy-winning songs including “Get Lucky,” “Footloose” and “Change The World,” East has performed with artists including Daft Punk, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Beyoncé. His new album
Reverence features guest contributions from Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Phillip Bailey and Yolanda Adams, Kirk Whalum, and more.
>David “Honeyboy” Edwards
– I’m Gonna Tell You Somethin’ That I Know: Live At The G Spot CD+DVD (Omnivore)
David “Honeyboy” Edwards was the last of the great Mississippi Delta bluesmen. Born is Shaw, Mississippi, on June 28, 1915, his life was intertwined with almost every blues legend including Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Sunnlyand Slim, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and many more. In early 2010, Honeyboy was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and later that year returned to Los Angeles to perform at the G Spot, nimbly accompanied by Jeff Dale & The South Woodlawners and his long-time friend and manager, Michael Frank. Even at 95 years old, Honeyboy was still singing and playing like a man of less than half that age. That show turned out to be the last time Honeyboy was filmed and recorded. The shows’ 9 songs (both originals and classics) are contained on the CD and accompanying DVD, which also contains “Honeyboy Tells You Something That He Knows” – over 20 minutes of Edwards giving advice to musicians and telling stories of his life, including vividly recalling the night Robert Johnson died, tales of Charlie Patton, Big Walter Horton, and others, and much more.

>Emptiness
– Not For Music CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
New album from the Belgian experimental death/black metal band.

>Fapardokly
– Fapardokly [Reissue/1967] CD (Gear Fab)
Back on CD after being out of print for many years -- an ultra-rare 1968 psychedelic masterpiece recorded by Merrell Fankhauser and his Southern California group The Exiles.

>Foxygen
– Hang CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Jagjaguwar)
Foxygen is the Big Bang of two combusting minds. It's the splayed Galaxy of polar geniuses Sam France and Jonathan Rado. It's a handshake with a knife behind your back. A sleepless night in a five star hotel. You listen to
Hang properly. You take in each moment. Each new melody that threads forward from the fingertips of one of this generation's finest piano men in Jonathan Rado. And you fall in line behind Sam France's sprawling and reckless lyric. Witness his mastery. Feel them struggle against the walls of their own creations. Follow them there. To the perimeter. To the exit sign. Notice that the two young guys aren't there anymore. They're outside looking for another joint to haunt. They're already out of sight. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Gentoo
– Structures CD (Simulacra)
If you are in need of a healthy dose of IDM, then look no further than the experimental electronic band, Gentoo. Gentoo is the brainchild of electronic producer and multi-instrumentalist Damon Kelly, and this exciting group has put together a stunning new album. On
Structures, Kelly used live drums, guitar, and bass creating a rich, and enchanting mixture of live and electronic production. Structures still embraces Gentoo’s trademark minimalism, slow arching waveforms, and transcendental vocals that invite us to explore our own perceived universe.
>Philip Glass and Miranda Cuckson
– Glass: Music For The Crucible CD (Orange Mountain)
Glass composed about 40 minutes of new music for violin and cello as the main body of his score
The Crucible. Only half of that music was used in the 2016 production on Broadway and it was
supplemented with Glass arranging several traditional hymns. What is presented on this album is the complete original music for violin and cello that Glass wrote for the play omitting the hymn songs as well as one short piece for violin cello and organ that was something of a last-minute addition.

>Philip Glass/Kronos Quartet
– Dracula [Reissue/1999] CD (Orange Mountain)
Philip Glass's 1998 score to the 1931 film
Dracula starring Bela Lugosi. For his score, Philip Glass tapped the all-star Kronos Quartet and wrote specifically for them. In the late-1990s Universal Pictures approached composer Philip Glass to compose a new score for one of its classic monster movies.
>The Grateful Dead
– The Grateful Dead [Reissue/1967] 2xCD/LP (Grateful Dead Production)
50th Anniversary Deluxe double-CD set includes the original album remastered as well as the unreleased show from P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 29th, 1966. Also includes four additional tracks from the subsequent night at same venue. [A limited edition picture disc vinyl pressing of the original album is also available.]

>Erik Griswold
– Ecstatic Decent CD (Cold Blue Music)
The composer writes about
Ecstatic Descent: "Every note of the piano is altered (‘prepared’) with bolts, screws, strips of rubber, cardboard, and paper- transforming the instrument into a miniature percussion orchestra... On this singular instrument I perform cascades of rapid-fire textures that start at the very top of the keyboard and wend their way down, bubbling and glinting as they descend."
>Mick Harvey
– Intoxicated Women CD/LP (Mute)
Fourth volume of Serge Gainsbourg covers from Mick Harvey (The Bad Seeds, The Birthday Party).

>Lee Hazlewood
– 13 [Reissue/1972] CD/LP+MP3 (Light In The Attic)
13 was never supposed to be a Lee Hazlewood album. It is perhaps the strangest record in one of the most varied discographies in music. The bombastic brass heavy funk, deep blues and soul paired with Hazlewood's subterranean baritone would be best enjoyed with a tall Chivas in an off-strip seedy Vegas lounge.
>Heat
– Overnight CD/LP (Topshelf)
Heat are from Montreal, and they formed in the early ‘10s, but their music sounds like it comes from the UK in the early ‘80s—the exact moment when the dour nihilism of bands like Joy Division and Section 25 were giving way to the romantic disaffection of the Psychedelic Furs and Echo & the Bunnymen. Like those bands, Heat have mastered the classic trick of dressing up pristine pop choruses in rain macs, fingerless gloves, and army boots so that they can convincingly bum cigs from the art kids after school.

>Hush Point
– Hush Point III CD (Sunny Side)
Hush Point, the quartet of trumpeter John McNeil, saxophonist Jeremy Udden, bassist Aryeh Kobrinsky and drummer Anthony Pinciotti have used rehearsal techniques to broaden their expression and develop a sort of group ESP. This work has produced brilliant compositions that require a high level of musicianship and group interplay.

>Jean-Michel Jarre
– Oxygene Trilogy 3xCD/6xLP+3xCD (Sony Legacy)
40 years after the huge international impact of
Oxygene, and 20 years from its second volume Oxygene 7-13, Jean-Michel Jarre is fulfilling a trilogy of albums with Oxygene 3, containing seven newly composed and recorded pieces, consistently titled parts 14-20. His inspiration for the newly added parts on Oxygene 3 was not to go back in time, but to add a sense of “now” to his iconic piece of work. [Deluxe vinyl box set includes copies on CD and a coffee-table book featuring rare photos and notes.]
>Joan Of Arc
- He's Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands CD/LP+MP3 (Joyful Noise)
“Twenty years now there's been this thing, our band, Joan Of Arc. Sometimes we forget about it and let it fizzle out for a year while we tend to our lives. Sometimes we cling to it for a year and wake up surprised and exhausted every day for months on end, given walking tours of old Italian towns, browsing dreary British pedestrian malls or barefooted organic grocers on the Pacific coast. We know how lucky we are. The less we feel like a band -- the more we can continue to be a band, but escape that feeling of doing all those shitty, corny things expected of bands -- the truer to ourselves we feel. And you all know it, everyone knows it even if everyone has to bury it to get on with their day-to-day: the truer to ourselves we feel, the better everything gets. This time, finally, we trusted each other enough to throw all the songs away, to even throw away every preconceived idea about which one of us should take position at which instrument. We hit Record and played, and our collective tastes emerged. And they, our tastes in the moment, were the only standards in all the expanse of the stupefying and beautiful unknown universe, that we regarded as relevant in the least.”

>Kid Koala featuring Emilíana Torrini
- Music To Draw To: Satellite CD/2xLP (Arts & Crafts)
An uncharted journey for the legendary scratch DJ, producer, and composer, Kid Koala’s fifth studio album is an emotional work of expansive instrumental soundscapes and chilling vocal ballads. A record of many firsts for Eric San, the inaugural volume in the
Music To Draw To series finds Kid Koala collaborating with a singer, writing lyrics, and producing and performing all instruments. Satellite is the renowned audio-collagist’s first non-sample-based record, using an array of synthesizers, keys, guitars, basses, strings, turntables, noisemakers, and inventive recording techniques to create its celestial atmosphere. Written during the gelid Montreal winter, Music To Draw To: Satellite tells a heartrending tale of discovery and loss through the lens of lovers separated by a one-way space mission to Mars. The album’s eighteen spacious movements are threaded with eight lyrical songs written by Kid Koala in collaboration with Icelandic singer Emilíana Torrini.
>Danny Kusz
– Eruption CD (Innervision)
Named "one of the hippest cats in Minneapolis" by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, saxophonist Danny Kusz's versatility has let him to perform with Eric Leeds, Joey De Francesco, Root City and Marcus Miller's saxman Alex Han. On his new album
Eruption, he creates an explosive hybrid of top alto influence, David Sanborn, and favorite funk-rocker, fellow Minneapolis native Prince.
>David Lange
– Mélange CD (Modern Hot)
Mélange is the newest recording project from David Lange, accordionist with gypsy jazz ensemble, Pearl Django. This second solo project explores blending accordion with a mixture of musical instruments in an array of musical settings. All, but one of the compositions on the CD were written by David. This is not your 'typical' accordion CD.
>Magnum
– The Valley Of Tears: The Ballads CD (Steamhammer/SPV)
Ten of the British rock band’s most accomplished ballads, all of them remastered (and in parts re-recorded and remixed).

>The McIntosh County Shouters
- Spirituals & Shout Songs From The Georgia Coast CD (Smithsonian/Folkways)
Acclaimed upholders of the African American ring shout, the McIntosh County Shouters keep the faith, form, and fervor of the generations-old tradition rooted in their small community of coastal Georgia. Companion songs to the shuffle-step devotional movement called “shouting” have resisted slavery, strengthened spirit, and left us a cultural keystone for the future. Through their classic shout songs and spirituals, the Shouters beckon us to remember the past while envisioning the future of the African American cultural legacy.

>Augie Meyers
– When You Used To Be Mine CD (El Sendero)
Often imitated, never duplicated, Augie Meyers’ keyboard sound is his own and instantly recognizable from his years with the Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornadoes, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and a host of others. Genre-wise, he plays Texas music. Is that rock, blues, psychedelic, Tex-Mex, polka or country depends on the occasion. This CD is a country record with some Augie originals and some covers of songs by the Masters (Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, Lee Hazelwood).

>Oui’3
– Occupy Your Mind CD (Iti)
Formed in 2009 in Los Angeles, neo-jazz trio Oui’3 is comprised of guitarist Billy Joe Wiseman (Joe Sample, Ed Shaughnessy), bassist/vocalist Lou Castro (Slash, Albert Lee, Allan Holdsworth), and drummer/percussionist Jim Xavier (Dennis Yost, Jerry Cole, Tony Newton and Bobby Kimball).
Occupy Your Mind features jazz legend John Klemmer and Jimmy Kimmel Live bandleader and saxophonist Cleto Escobedo III.
>Palisades
– Palisades CD (Rise)
New album from the New Jersey “electronicore” band. [Vinyl edition due March 3.]

>Evan Parker/Andrea Centazzo
– Duets 71977 CD (Ictus)
Never released before historical duets of two of the masters of free improvisation. Recorded live in concert in San Marcello (PT) and at Ictus Studio, Pistoia, Italy, July 1977. Cover notes by John Zorn.

>Lloyd Parks
– Time A Go Dread 2xLP (Pressure Sounds)
Parks is a veteran session bass player and leader of Skin, Flesh & Bones and We The People Band, who sang on a few rocksteady tunes with The Termites and The Invincibles in his youth. This compilation brings together a dozen singles and some dub versions.

>Jeremy Pelt
– Make Noise! CD (HighNote)
In addition to leading his own bands since the turn of the new millennium, Pelt worked with such legendary jazz veterans as Johnny Griffin, Cedar Walton, Wayne Shorter, James Moody and Louis Hayes. Throughout
Make Noise!, Pelt incorporates his accumulated knowledge of still vital jazz conventions, while also blending dynamic contemporary rhythmic and harmonic ploys in to the mix.
>Pink Martini
– Je Dis Oui! CD (Heinz)
Deluxe Edition. 15 new songs from Portland, Oregon's globe-trotting “little orchestra” featuring songs in 8 languages, including the band's first forays into Armenian and Xhosa. Caramel-voiced Rufus Wainwright contributes a memorable rendition of “Blue Moon.”

>Matt Pond PA
– Winter Lives CD/LP+MP3 (131 Records)
“Ranging from the jangly heartland chamber rock of ‘The Glow’ to the poignant folk arrow of ‘Dirty Looks,’
Winter Lives is punctuated by little instrumental vignettes such as ‘Leggings In The Living Room,’ which Pond asserts were not afterthoughts but intentionally purposed connective tissue.” – Magnet Magazine
>Awa Poulo
– Poulo Warali CD/LP (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Awa Poulo is a singer of Peulh origin from Dilly commune, Mali, near the border with Mauritania. Largely pastoral and often nomadic, Peulh- (or Fula-) speaking peoples are found from Senegal to Ethiopia but predominate in the Sahel region of West Africa.
Poulo Warali is her newest recording of highly virtuosic folk-pop, fresh from the studio, broadcasting her vision of Peulh music beyond the grazing grounds and central markets of her remote home region in southwestern Mali.
>Powerwolf
– Blessed & Possessed [2015] 2xCD (Napalm)
Limited Tour Edition of the German power metal band’s 2015 album, expanded with a 15 track live CD.

>Prodigy Of Mobb Deep
– Hegelian Dialectic (The Book Of Revelation) CD (Vodka & Milk)
The veteran rapper returns with the first installment of a new album series.

>The Proper Ornaments
– Foxhole CD/LP (Slumberland)
Proper Ornaments is the project of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy, Pink Flames). The band germinated slowly from their friendship, which began when Max distracted James from shop-keeping, as his then girlfriend attempted to steal shoes. The chance meeting blossomed into The Proper Ornaments: an epicurean riot of luminous highs and cold, dismal crashes that conversely produced music that was very well ordered and faintly angelic.

>Nelson Riddle
– Batman: The Movie [OST/Reissue/1966] CD (La La Land)
50th Anniversary reissue of our previously sold-out release of Nelson Riddle's original motion picture score to the 1966 Twentieth Century Fox feature film
Batman: The Movie, starring Adam West, Burt Ward, and Lee Meriwether and directed by Leslie H. Martinson. Mr. Riddle's propulsive, jazzy score exemplifies the classic ‘60s incarnation of the beloved Batman icon and is the perfect complement to the film's campy excitement.
>Steve Roach
– Spiral Revelation CD (Projekt)
The sound of life, interconnected and unfurling. The spiral -- a visual symbol of eternity -- is a reoccurring metaphoric theme in Steve Roach's pioneering electronic work. Interpreted into musical form, these six spiraling sonic experiences offer a living activation that connects with a sense of the infinite. Roach's long history and love of analog sequencer-based styles reveal a continuing, evolving awakening within
Spiral Revelation's 63 minutes.
>Martin Schulte
– Seasons CD (Lantern)
Martin Schulte is a techno producer from Russia who has been delivering new albums once a year.
Seasons is his latest album which he describes as “expressing the echoes of each season -- a mixture of cold winter, fresh spring, sunny summer and bright autumn packed with 60 minutes of harmonious chords.”
>Raymond Scott
and The Secret 7 - The Unexpected [Reissue/1960] CD (Basta)
Raymond Scott's and The Secret 7’s
The Unexpected was recorded in 1960 for Scott's own Top Rank label. The featured artists, who are never supposed to be named, are all jazz legends. This well-kept secret from the '60s reveals another side of the musical genius of Raymond Scott.
>The Show Ponies
– How It All Goes Down CD (Free Man)
“There are other bands capable of delivering rousing revelry and conveying heartfelt emotion, but over the course of their two albums and one EP, The Show Ponies have shown their commitment to delivering a sound that resonates with every listen. Their new outing, the appropriately titled How It All Goes Down, offers definitive proof of that prognosis, thanks to songs that are so robust, so resolute, so instantly engaging, they offer the impression the band’s ready to ascend to the next level.” – No Depression

>SOHN
– Rennen CD/LP (4AD)
Rennen is a German verb that translates in English to “run,” and as soon as SOHN begins to describe his journey over the last two years, it becomes obvious why it’s also the title of his stunning new album for 4AD. Musically, SOHN exercised restraint in the productions, limiting each song to three main elements. His goal was to hone in on the essence of the tracks, and to ensure that he recorded only the strongest material that could stand on its own without studio magic. It’s an ambitious exhibition of both his personal and artistic growth, a confident display of the evolution he’s undergone in just two short years.

>Sons Of The San Joaquin
– One More Ride CD (Western Jubilee Recording Company)
Sons Of The San Joaquin are the barometer for all contemporary Western vocal groups;
One More Ride showcases why.
>Starset
– Vessels CD (Razor & Tie)
Starset's follow-up to their debut album
Transmissions highlights their writing ability, modern rock production, and the wide-ranging vocal talents of frontman Dustin Bates. Vessels contains 15 modern rock songs with hints of electronic music, pop, rock and metal influences woven throughout, with the continuation of their science and space related sci-fi themes. [Vinyl edition due February 3.]
>Curtis Stigers/Danish Radio Big Band
– One More For The Road CD (Concord Jazz)
Recorded live in Copenhagen,
One More For The Road features Curtis Stigers along with The Danish Radio Big Band celebrating some of Frank Sinatra's most cherished songs. Encompassing 10 covers, each song was hand-picked by Stigers to honor one of his musical heroes.
>The Stray Trolleys
- Barricades And Angels CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
Before there was The Cleaners From Venus, prolific singer/songwriter and national treasure of Wivenhoe, England, Martin Newell was in a band called The Stray Trolleys. In 1980, he and a few youngish unknowns got together in a little home-built country studio and recorded a handful of songs for an album that eventually emerged on a DIY cassette,
Barricades And Angels. They weren't perfect, but there is something very special about this collection. The music captures a time.
>Sweet Maya
– Sweet Maya [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (Luv N Haight/Ubiquity)
A Midwest jazz-funk classic with elements of folk, jazz, soul, funk and rock combining to create a heady blend reminiscent of '70s work by French band Cortex and songwriting maestro Terry Callier.

>Tycho
– Epoch CD/LP+MP3 (Ghostly International)
An epoch is defined as an extended period of time typically characterized by a distinctive development or by a memorable series of events, and Scott Hansen, leader of the band Tycho, has named their new album
Epoch with that in mind. The last installment in a trilogy, Epoch is the culmination of more than a decade’s work that has seen the band evolving and maturing through two sublime releases Dive (2011) and Awake (2014), and developing from featuring Hansen as a delicate solo performer into the iconic frontman of a powerful multi-layered live band performing on the world’s largest stages. “Dive was where the whole thing crystallized,” said Hansen. “I found that crossover space between what I was doing before, which was more IDM electronic stuff, and the rock music that reflected more of what I was listening to and not necessarily what I was making. Awake was a prototype of pushing it as far into the rock realm as I was comfortable with. Epoch is basically coming full circle. All the lessons of Dive and Awake were applied and then expanded upon. Epoch leverages the sonic aesthetic of Dive’s down-tempo vintage-style synthesizers and beautiful melodies while drawing on the kinetic energy of Awake’s progressive composition and organic instrumentation. [A limited red vinyl edition with bundled slipmat is also available.]
>Uniform
– Wake In Fright CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
Wake In Fright, the second full-length by the New York City duo Uniform, is a harrowing exploration of self-medication, painted in the colors of war. Following the Ghosthouse 12”, whose A-side Pitchfork called “their most relentless track yet,” vocalist Michael Berdan and guitarist/producer Ben Greenberg return with a new batch of even more punishing tracks that incorporate elements of industrial music, thrash metal, harsh noise, and power electronics.
>Various Artists [Waddie Mitchell]
– Cohorts & Collaborators (Songs Written With Waddie)
Waddie Mitchell, who produced this 12-selection recording, for many years has been largely recognized, celebrated, and awarded as the world's number one Buckaroo Poet. Recently a new form of creative muse struck, and Waddie shared some of his poetry with talented friends in the world of professional Western music. These collaborations sparked a breadth of expression bringing Waddie's words into a vivid new life, surprising even the artists involved.

>Various Artists
– 2017 Grammy Nominees CD (Atlantic)
2017 Grammy Nominees is an installment in the best-selling series, now in its 23rd year. This release features a collection of the biggest and brightest Grammy-nominated music for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. A portion of album proceeds benefit the year-round work of the Grammy Museum Foundation and MusiCares Foundation, the Recording Academy's charitable organizations focused on music education programs and critical assistance for music people in need.
>Various Artists
- Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds From South Eastern Nigeria (1972-1982) CD (Comb & Razor Sound)
When most people think about Nigerian music, the first thing that comes to mind is Lagos, the country's main commercial center, the glittering megacity that spawned Yoruba-speaking music luminaries such as Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Sir Shina Peters and Wizkid. But Nigeria is a country of rich diversity, especially in its music: From the Igbo highlife and rock bands of east-central region, to the deep Edo roots rhythms from the midwest, to the keening, ornamented Fulani melodies of the north. But one region whose music has remained largely under-explored is the south eastern land of the Efik and Ibibio ethnic groups in Cross River and Akwa Ibom State, the region colloquially referred to as "Calabar." A cradle of culture, this region was one of the earliest outposts of Nigerian popular music.

>Vipassi
– Śūnyatā CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Vipassi is an instrumental technical death-metal outfit from Melbourne.

>Wells Fargo
– Watch Out CD/LP (Now Again)
Just as the hippie era came to an end in America, a second ‘60s was beginning. In what is now Zimbabwe, young people created a rock and roll counterculture that drew inspiration from hippie ideals and the sounds of Hendrix and Deep Purple. The kids in the scene called their music “heavy,” because they could feel its impact, and it resonated from Zambia to Nigeria. At its peak in the mid-70s, the heavy rock scene united tens of thousands of young progressives of all racial and social backgrounds. The country was called Rhodesia then, one of the last bastions of white rule in Africa, and heavy rockers defied segregation laws and secret police to make a stand for democratic change. Wells Fargo was at the forefront of the scene, and the title track of this album,
Watch Out, was the anthem of the counterculture.
>Chip Wickham
– La Sombra CD/LP (Love Monk Spain)
Translated from Spanish as 'The Shade', Chip Wickham's 2017 debut album
La Sombra drops after a 25-year career touring, recording and experimenting across three decades of jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, Latin and electronica. The album takes a more rooted direction than Chip's recent collaborative work, with the jazz of the late '60s and early '70s a dominating influence to the recordings. Comprising of seven tracks recorded in Madrid with musicians assembled by Chip from Madrid's jazz scene, it combines contemplative explorations akin to Yusef Lateef's early work.
>Keller Williams
– Raw CD (Keller Williams)
Keller's first solo acoustic guitar album.
Raw showcases the artist and his instrument.
>A Winged Victory For The Sullen
– Iris [Musique Originale] CD/LP (Erased Tapes)
Recent. “A Winged Victory for the Sullen’s third studio album,
Iris, wilts in the winter and blossoms once again in the ripening of spring. With surprising additions and slightly harsher elements, Iris is a sub-zero score, and while it may be cold outside, the breaking of the sun can still lead to a beautifully crisp, bright day. Musically, the record is less a natural development and more a slight departure. While 2014’s sophomore Atomos inflated their modern classical-slash-ambient sound, their score for Jalil Lespert’s film expands it even more.” – A Closer Listen
>Wyldlife
– Out On Your Block CD/LP (Wicked Cool)
Straight out of New York City, Wyldlife's bright and brash rock & roll attitude updates ‘70's punk, glam, and garage rock for the modern age.


This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>311
– Transistor [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
311’s fourth album is back in print on vinyl.

>Aerosmith
– Done With Mirrors [Reissue/1985] LP (Geffen)
Aerosmith – Get A Grip [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (Geffen)
180gm vinyl reissue of Aerosmith’s eighth album.

>The Allman Brothers Band
– Hittin’ The Note [2003] 2xLP (Peach)
First time vinyl edition of the 12
th (and final) studio album from The Allman Brothers Band.
>Animotion
– Raise Your Expectations LP (Invisible Hands Music)
The first studio album from Animotion in 26 years. The newly reformed band includes both original frontpeople, Bill Wadhams and Astrid Plane, and the first offering from the band's return strikes an effective balance between the distinctive sound of '80s pop and more modern production techniques.

>Baast
– Bazaar LP (Ubiquity)
Baast returns with a follow-up to their cosmic jazz funk opus
Dimensions, with another set of esoteric kosmiche musik on their new offering. Channeling the same energy filtered through a worldlier vibe, the heavy focus is on polyrhythmic percussion producing a decidedly Middle Eastern flavor in a similar vein to krautrock standouts Embryo and Passport.
>BJ Barham
– Rockingham LP (BJ Barham)
New album from American Aquarium frontman/singer/songwriter. “Named for the North Carolina county where he was raised,
Rockingham takes an unflinching look at the lives of people in rural areas and how they shaped his own development. The title track uses a stuttering acoustic guitar pattern and sharp blasts of harmonica to accompany Barham’s plainspoken musings about returning to the place where, as he sings, ‘I was born, where I was raised, on broken promises and glory days.’” – Rolling Stone
>Philippe Besombes
- Libra (Un Film Du Groupe Pattern) [Reissue/1975] LP (Purple Pyramid)
Limited blue vinyl LP reissue of the incredible experimental soundtrack from one of France's pioneers of electronic ambient music. Philippe Besombes was commissioned by the filmmakers' collective Pattern to write and record a soundtrack for their 1973 project,
Libra. The young musician dove in headfirst, and the resulting LP released in 1974 is a testimonial to the flurry of ideas Besombes -- and the filmmakers -- had. Fragmented into 17 short episodes, mostly in the one- to three- minute range, the music touches bases with dozens of styles, from acid rock to musique concrète, from country to Stockhausen.
>Big D and The Kid's Table
– Good Luck [Live/Reissue/2014] 7” (Strictly Rude)
All tracks recorded and performed on Boston radio station WBCN, 1999, as part of a live-in-studio performance.

>Blacksage
– Shivers LP (Friends Records)
Since their debut EP
Sixtape in 2014, Baltimore-based duo Blacksage has been possessing listeners with the devastating coo of folk singer Josephine Olivia and the bass heavy beats of producer Drew Scott. Melting gothic-tinged elements of modern R&B and ‘90s trip-hop with old-fashioned pop, their 2015 full-length Basement Vows expanded on this dynamic to stunning effect. Their songs tread on the darker side of love and lust while remaining aware of the experimental and danceable nature of the music scene brewing in Baltimore. [CD edition due February 17.]
>Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
– Geisterfaust [2005] 2xLP (PIAS America)
Geisterfaust, by one of the slowest bands on Earth, is presented in an even more reduced and slow motion style -- back in full glory, with 58 minutes of playtime over five astonishing tracks for the first time on vinyl. Geisterfaust might be translated as "the fist of a ghost" and the individual tracks are "trigger finger", "ring finger", "middle finger", "thumb" and "little finger". The doom jazz group, who are much loved by musicians like Mike Patton (of Faith No More and who releases their albums on the Ipecac label) or Stephen O'Malley (sunn O)))), deliver outstanding music. For fans of sunn O))), OM, Max Richter, Fennesz and David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti. Instrumental music of the highest caliber.
>Glen Campbell
– Rhinestone Cowboy Live LP (Goldenlane)
Limited picture disc vinyl LP pressing of a live recording by the country/pop legend. Includes performances of "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Gentle On My Mind," "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and more.

>Chavez
– Cockfighters 12” (Matador)
“It’s been 20 years since Chavez released their second and final studio album
Ride The Fader but in late 2015, Matt Sweeney, Clay Tarver, Scott Marshall and The James Lo resumed operations, once again ensconcing themselves with John Agnello at NJ’s Water Music, ignoring the label’s demands for a full-length album and instead delivering three knockout punches that prove these godfathers of art metal are as idiosyncratic, inventive and anthemic as the last time they told us they weren’t going to tour.”
>Comet Gain
– Réalistes [Reissue/2002] LP (M’lady’s)
Comet Gain – City Fallen Leaves [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (M’lady’s)
Digitally remastered vinyl reissues of the British indie band's fourth and fifth albums.

>The Delfonics
- Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics [Reissue/2013] LP (Linear Labs)
“Delfonics founding member and lead vocalist William Hart teams up with Adrian Younge for a surprisingly radical late-career record: Younge places Hart in a stylized version of the past that works as a tribute, deconstruction, and revamp of his band's once-vanguard Philly sound template.” [7.5] – Pitchfork

>Diana
– Familiar Touch LP (Caroline)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. In 2012, the success of Diana's first single—which drew comparisons to the soft-focus pop of Roxy Music and Cocteau Twins—came as a surprise. Initially a one-off project, the Toronto-based trio quickly recorded more. Within a year they were touring internationally, remixed by Four Tet, and longlisted for Canada's prestigious Polaris Music Prize. Ahead of
Familiar Touch, their eagerly anticipated sophomore LP, the band took extended time to reflect and consider what's next, eventually finding their way over sessions at a rented cottage in rural Québec. "Well worth the wait," says Thump, who note the album's more rhythmically driven sound. This from newfound inspiration: early '90s dance music and the rich, ambitious studio production that defined in the '70s and '80s.
>False Prophet
– Second Death [Reissue/2013] 2xLP (Blood Harvest)
Thrash/death metal from Greensboro, North Carolina. This pressing features new artwork.

>Funkadelic
– Finest [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Tidal Waves Music)
Comprised out of sixteen carefully selected tracks and covering a six-year period (1970-1976),
Finest may be the best-assembled Funkadelic collection from this period yet, as both renowned band standards share space with several oft-overlooked tracks.
>Funkadelic
– Funkadelic Live: Meadowbrook, Rochester Michigan, 12th September 1971 2xLP (Tidal Waves Music)
Funkadelic Live: Meadowbrook, Rochester, Michigan 12th September 1971 is a 1996 live release featuring the only official in-concert recording from early in the career of Funkadelic. Westbound Records owner Armen Boladian had decided to record the show without the band's prior notice, for a possible official live album release. Boladian then decided not to go forward with the project. The soundboard recording resided with engineer Ed Wolfram until being unearthed in 1996. The album contains the entire live performance of September 12, 1971 minus approximately three minutes of between-song chatter. Issued for the first time on vinyl.
>Funkadelic
‎– Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On [Reissue/1974] LP (4 Men With Beards)
2016 color vinyl repress. Originally released in 1974,
Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On is the sixth album from George Clinton's pioneering, funk-rock outfit. After a brief hiatus this album features the return of the blistering guitar work of Eddie Hazel, along with the consistently brilliant keyboards of future Talking Head Bernie Worrell.
>Masahiro Ikumi
– Perfect Blue [OST/1997] LP (Tiger Lab)
Masahiro Ikumi's original score to to the classic 1997 psychological thriller is available on vinyl for the first time. Not so different from the sounds of Brooklyn's own Sacred Bones or the Tri Angle Records catalog, Ikumi's score is an electronic tour de force filled with ambient layers, eerie vocal choirs, infectious rhythms, and ghostly melodies. Limited blue marble color pressing in gatefold jacket. Artwork created by Sam Pfannkuche.

>Invisible Boy
– Invisible Boy LP (Totally Gross Nation)
Invisible Boy is a project fronted by Chris Bierden, bassist for Poliça and vital contributor to many Minneapolis-based projects. Bierden has been performing solo shows under the moniker Invisible Boy for the last 10 years. The name is taken from the title of a song by Vampire Hands, a beloved psych/punk band in which Bierden was a founding member. This is the first Invisible Boy effort at arranging the material into fully formed songs.

>King’s X
– Out Of The Silent Planet [Reissue/1988] 3xLP (Metal Blade)
King’s X – King’s X [Reissue/1992] 2xLP (Metal Blade)
King’s X – Dogman [1994] 2xLP (Metal Blade)
King’s X – Ear Candy [1996] 2xLP (Metal Blade)
The prog rock band’s first four albums are back in print on vinyl.

>Abel Korzeniowski
– Nocturnal Animals LP (Silva Screen)
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival,
Nocturnal Animals, Tom Ford's haunting romantic thriller has been hailed as “a tour de force” (The Independent). Nocturnal Animals marks the second film from writer/director Ford, and his second collaboration with composer Korzeniowski. Korzeniowski has described his latest score to Nocturnal Animals as “embracing two extremes, but switching their traditional genre characterization. The crime plot is scored as an intimate, personal story, while the psychological drama is treated as a thriller. The cold and detached intertwines with poignant and excruciating, the simple and intimate becomes grand and bold.” Red color vinyl pressing.
>Kreator
– Violent Revolution [Reissue/2001] 2xLP LP (Steamhammer)
Double-vinyl reissue of the thrash metal band’s 2001 album.

>k.d. lang
– Hymns Of The 49th Parallel [2004] LP (Nonesuch)
First-time vinyl edition of k.d. lang’s 2004 covers album. Along with one original, she takes on songs by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Jane Siberry, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Cockburn, and Ron Sexsmith.

>Lincoln
– Constant State Of Ohio LP (I Surrender)
Cincinnati native Lincoln is “a smart and sardonic songwriter who lays sharp lyricism over a punchy barrage of emo-backed alternative rock.” – Consequence Of Sound

>Lite
– Cubic LP (Topshelf)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Lite is a Japanese instrumental rock band known for thrilling and emotional compositions, progressive, edgy riffs and complex rhythms.

>Lucifericon
– Brimstone Altar LP (Blood Harvest)
One-man Swedish death metal.

>Mono
– Under The Pipal Tree 2001] 2xLP (Temporary Residence)
First time on vinyl with alternate artwork.
Under The Pipal Tree is the debut album by Japanese experimental rock band, Mono. Released in 2001 on avant-garde icon John Zorn's Tzadik label, the album showcased a young Japanese quartet whose wide range of influences -- most notably Sonic Youth, Mogwai, The Velvet Underground, and Neil Young's Crazy Horse -- were on ferocious and ambitious display.
>Nearr
– History Repeats Itself LP (Jigsaw)
A beautiful example of lo-fi bedroom pop, Nearr combines acoustic and electric guitars with keyboards and drum machines. Take the distant vocals of the Radio Dept., the stark but melodic guitar sound of
Seventeen Seconds-era Cure and the overall feel of a Famous Boyfriend record, and you'll get an idea of what to expect here.
>Randy Newman
– A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country b/w Putin 7” (Nonesuch)
Two Randy Newman songs released in conjunction with Inauguration Day. “A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country” is from the recent
Randy Newman Songbook box set, while the B-side “Putin,” is a new song released digitally this past October.
>Pepper
– No Shame [2006] 2xLP (Law)
First time on vinyl.
No Shame is full of all the mellow grooves and smooth vocals that fans have come to expect from pop/rock/ska/reggae band Pepper: light percussion and bright riffing rolling things along without a hitch. The Hawaiian trio understands the charm of effortless hooks and buoyant melodies, making their pop/rock/ska/reggae blend frothy and gentle.
>Pink Floyd
– The Final Cut [Reissue/1983] LP (Legacy)
Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason [Reissue/1987] LP (Legacy)
Pink Floyd’s 12
th and 13th studio albums are back in print on vinyl.
>Sam Roberts Band
– Terraform 2xLP (Paper Bag)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. In March of 2016, Sam Roberts held themselves up at the Bathhouse, The Tragically Hips' studio near Kingston, Ontario to record their sixth full-length album,
Terraform. They went in with the lake still covered by ice and emerged four weeks later, in the first days of spring, bearing with them new music. In co-producer Graham Walsh of Holy F**k, the band found not just a kindred spirit, but someone willing to lead them away from well-trodden paths and into new, uncertain terrain: “Graham always pushed the sonic elements of the songs to the limit... tweaking sounds until they contributed more than just the sum of their parts... using sound to create emotion in the same way that words and melody can.” says SRB frontman and songwriter, Sam Roberts.
>Pete Rock & CL Smooth
– T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You) b/w Straighten It Out 7” (Get On Down)
“Only a few people have ever changed the way that records are made. Pete Rock is one of them,” veteran hip-hop A&R man and producer Dante Ross told Brian Coleman in the book
Check The Technique Vol. 1. “People like Pete change the sound palette for the whole world. He had a signature sound, and that’s so hard to get.” It is a tall boast, but it’s backed up two different ways: by fans of the group from back in the ‘90s who knocked each other over in record stores to get the latest Pete Rock production; and by record buyers today, who still hear the same freshness in the group’s sound that people did more than two decades ago. These two songs are taken from the group’s legendary first full-length from 1992, Mecca & The Soul Brother.
>Run-D.M.C.
– Run-D.M.C. [Reissue/1984] LP (Get On Down)
Future archaeologists will discuss two periods in 1980s: before Run-DMC and after Run-DMC. It’s no exaggeration to say that the group changed the course of music in the ‘80s, bringing the old-school of rap into the new with one simple piece of flat, black plastic.
Run-D.M.C. was the first rap full-length to achieve Gold status. A classic that still sounds fresh today as it did more than 30 years ago.
>Gus Russo
– Basket Case [OST/1982] LP+MP3 (Terror Vision)
First time vinyl edition of the soundtrack to the cult early- ‘80s horror film. Color vinyl pressing.

>Aubrie Sellers
– New City Blues 2xLP (Warner Music Nashville)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl. From the cutlery in the blender indictment of surface beauty “Paper Doll” to the Lone Star drive of “Just To Be With You” and the tumbledown melody of “Sit Here and Cry,” this is a high energy box cutter of emotion: 14 songs marked by the bite and punch of smart girls who know there’s more to life than a cold beer and cut-offs. “I tell people there’s not a lot of happy songs,” the Texas/Nashville hybrid cautions. “But they’re not unhappy songs, either. It’s life... the way it is, and what’s wrong with that?” There’s a definite viscerality to
New City Blues.
>Howard Shore
- The Fly [OST/Reissue/1986] LP (Varese Sarabande)
20th anniversary pressing on “teleporter fog green” color vinyl with lenticular cover depicting Seth Brundle's early transition to The Fly.

>Shy Girls
– Salt LP+MP3 (Hit City USA)
New album from Portland-based alternative R&B singer/songwriter and producer Dan Vidmar. Has opened for HAIM, Little Dragon and Maxwell.

>Shintaro Sakamoto/VIDEOTAPEMUSIC
– A Night In Bangkok 12” (Em)
This collaboration by Tokyo producers/musicians Shintaro Sakamoto and VIDEOTAPEMUSIC is the first of two Em Records 12” vinyl-only "tribute releases" in support of the film
Bangkok Nites, produced by Kuzoku. Based on samples from Dao Bandon, Hongthong Dao-udon, Phairin Phonphibun, Thailand and Tokyo, dream worlds meet in these songs.
>Sodom
– Get What You Deserve [Reissue/1994] 2xLP (Wax Maniax)
For the first time in over 20 years, the sixth studio album from the German thrash legends appears on vinyl. As a bonus, the original four studio tracks from the
Aber bit mit Sahn EP (also released in 1994) have been added, compiling all 20 studio tracks recorded with this lineup on one album for the first time.
>Soundtrack
– A Dog Story (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording) LP (Broadway)
A Dog Story is a charming new musical comedy with music and lyrics by Gayla D. Morgan and a book by Eric H. Weinberger about Roland, a career-driven lawyer, who thinks he must be married to make partner. To solve his dilemma, he gets a puppy as a chick magnet. Through first dates, angry tangos, and a sudden disappearance, Roland discovers there's more to life when you “get a dog!”
>Soundtrack
– The Edge Of Seventeen 2xLP (Music On Vinyl)
2016’s
The Edge Of Seventeen is a coming of age film that has been compared to John Hughes' The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, but it's mostly modern soundtrack helps set it apart from those '80s classics: Santigold's new rollicking “Who I Thought You Were” opens the movie and a pivotal party scene is filled with tracks by festival favorites like Two Door Cinema Club and Anderson Paak. Other artists included are Aimee Mann, Phantogram, Birdy, Handsome Poets, Miike Snow and others.
>Third Eye Blind
– We Are Drugs 12” (Mega Collider)
Third Eye Blind’s new EP “maintains the eclectic blend of electric, acoustic, and rock sounds of previous Third Eye Blind songs.” – Cryptic Rock

>T2
– T2 (aka Fantasy) LP (Acme)
Even though fame and fortune never came to pass for T2, their Decca album
It'll All Work Out In Boomland has become an all-time classic amongst collectors of progressive and psychedelic music. Apart from a BBC radio session, fans long assumed that Boomland was both the beginning and the end of the group's recorded legacy. But some time back, Acme Records unearthed an eponymous second album of material, recorded in 1970 with the original line-up as demo tracks for a planned second album. This second T2 album, had it been released in 1970, could have put the band on the same level of fame with the likes of Deep Purple, Free, and King Crimson (bands with whom T2 shared a stage).
>Uniform Choice
– Screaming For Change [Reissue/1986] LP (Southern Lord)
A slab of ‘80s hardcore gets the deluxe Southern Lord reissue treatment.

>Various Artists
– Cold Waves Of Color: Volume 4 LP (Color Tapes)
As with the other volumes you can find great examples of cold wave, minimal wave and synth electronics made by obscure British bands such as Disintegrators, Mystery Plane, Berserk In A Hayfield and Lives Of Angels -- all recorded between 1980-1985, vestiges of the 1980's UK cassette underground scene.

>Various Artists
– Wayfaring Strangers: Ladies From The Canyon [2006] LP (Numero)
By 1970, the folk revival had all but ended. Gone were the heady days of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and “If I Had A Hammer.” Hootenanny had been cancelled. Broadside was out, Rolling Stone in. Richard Fariña was dead; Bob Dylan had plugged in. Paths paved by Joan Baez and Judy Collins had led a younger, more introspective generation of songwriters into the woods, while the ethos forged in weather-beaten hills and tempered on the lower east side of Manhattan was being reborn in the canyons of California, as songs for seagulls crafted in Joni Mitchell's visage. Culled from beyond the crop of crit-revisionist darlings Linda Perhacs, Judee Sill, or Vashti Bunyan,
Ladies From The Canyon examines the world of private folk via the works of 15 unlikely heroines who sang beneath the infrastructure of the music business, playing to coffeehouse chatter and church picnic silence. Each of these Wayfaring Strangers walk in the handmade aesthetic of lyrics scribbled into faded denim, of delicate movements captured and released. First time on vinyl.
>Vibration Black Finger
– Blackism LP (Enid)
Lascelle Lascelles (aka Lascelle Gordon) is the man behind Vibration Black Finger. One of the house DJs at London's hipper-than-hip Wag Club in the 1980s (and occasional A Certain Ratio's tour DJ), he went on to be one of the founder members of acid jazz pioneers The Brand New Heavies, staying with the band for five years. While Lascelle says that his main inspiration for the project was his love of ‘70s spiritual jazz, Vibration Black Finger's music also has that post punk attitude -- throwing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks.

>Andre Williams
– Don’t Ever Give Up LP (Pravda)
With his new 12 song LP, 80 year-old Andre Williams has teamed up with some of the finest New Orleans musicians to assemble a collection of songs that reflect his current mind-set and attitude. One part rock, one part R&B, and one part Andre Williams, this is a soulful record, a serious record and a reflective record of an icon still at work as a world-class entertainer.

>Wtchs
– She Walks, She Creeps LP (Sonic Unyon)
“Post-punk perfection… a mesmerizing soundscape of decadent noise and haunting vocals that are larger than the harvest moon.” -- Diamond Deposits

>Y Pants
– Y Pants 12” (Water Wing)
Y Pants – Beat It Down [Reissue/1982] (Water Wing)
Y Pants was a three-woman New York band: Barbara Ess, Virginia (Verge) Piersol and Gail Vachon, all visual artists. They played in clubs, galleries and performance spaces between 1979 and 1982. Gail found a toy piano on the street and started jamming with Barbara on the ukulele. When they were invited to play a few weeks later at TR3 (the short-lived but influential downtown NY music club), they electrified their instruments and recruited the neophyte drummer Verge for percussion on a children's drum set. Here is an expanded version of their 1980 EP
Off The Hook along with a vinyl reissue of their sole album, Beat It Down.
released 13 JANUARY 2017
>CDs + Vinyl:

>
Acrania – Beginning Of The End [Reissue/2013] CDEP/12” (Unique Leader)
Reissue of the UK death metal band’s self-released 2013 EP.

>Amas
– Grill [Reissue/1981] CD/LP (PMG)
Grill by Gbubemi Amas is as smooth as the red cardigan artfully slung around his shoulders on the cover. Whether he is running through the scales on a cover version of “Fire And Rain,” or trying on his calypso highlife moves on “Ereyon,” you know Amas is a man with a smooth line for every occasion.
>The Band Of Heathens
– Duende CD/LP (BOH)
Duende is The Band Of Heathens’ fifth studio album and adds some new sounds to their palette, including the pop-driven number ‘All I’m Asking.’ Don’t be fooled into thinking Duende is all pop, though; this album shows the greatest degree of musical exploration centered around their Americana core. You’re going to hear some rockers, country twang, honky-tonk blues, New Orleans R&B, and boogie-woogie. Ed Jurdi says, ‘I feel the album brings together all our influences, everything we’ve done over the years as a band. We’ve touched on every part of our career, our roots, some singer/songwriter contemplative stuff, some high-energy rock ‘n’ roll. It’s all us, the record we were supposed to make. Ten years later, that’s what keeps us coming back.’ Meanwhile, Duende explores some potent themes throughout the album, including consumer culture, the lonely side of technology and social media, a feeling of connection with those to be hardest hit by Donald Trump’s policies, and the loss of love.” – Pop Matters
>Black Anvil
– As Was CD/2xLP (Relapse)
“A staggering, complex, and thought-provoking work of modern black metal art!”

>Black Children Sledge Funk Co. Band
– Vol. 3: Aviation Grand Father [Reissue/1979] CD/LP (PMG)
In the mid-‘70s Nigeria, everybody loved the Black Children Sledge Funk Co. Band. Blasting out of the bustling river port of Onitsha, their infectious, feel-good grooves were the perfect antidote to the dark economic clouds gathering over the country. Their music -- a sunny African blend of jazz, R&B, rock and funk -- was extraordinary.

>Bonobo
– Migration CD/2xLP+MP3 (Ninja Tune)
Simon Green aka Bonobo returns with his sixth album, the masterful, magisterial
Migration -- a record which cements his place in the very highest echelons of electronic music and beyond. By turns lush, manic, beautiful, melancholy, joyful, and packed with both emotion and technical skill, this is perhaps his most ambitious attempt yet to capture the very textures of human existence in his work, as Green says of the broad dynamics on the album, “Life has highs, lows, loud and quiet moments, beautiful ones and ugly ones. Music is a reflection of life.” In particular, there is a theme here of migration, eruditely put by Green as “The study of people and spaces,” he expands, “It's interesting how one person will take an influence from one part of the world and move with that influence and effect another part of the world. Over time, the identities of new places evolve.” It is a theme with a personal as well as a sociological aspect to it. Opener and title track “Migration” sets the tone for the record -- a shifting, gradually building combination of complex electronic programming (Green programmed a special algorithm to create the drum sequencing) and live piano playing, the sense of movement in the music is palpable.
>Brandon Can’t Dance
– Graveyard Of Good Times CD/LP (Lucky Numbers)
Brandon Can't Dance is the pseudonym of Brandon Ayres -- a reticent cult figure in Philadelphia's local DIY scene. Entirely self-recorded and produced, Brandon's music is unique and diverse, whilst hinting at a songwriting lineage absorbed through the somber tones of Elliott Smith, the aggressive electronics of Nine Inch Nails, a grunge attitude by way of early Nirvana and
The Idiot-era Iggy Pop.
>Tom Chaplin
– The Wave CD/2xLP (Arts & Crafts)
The Wave is the debut solo album from the former Keane frontman Tom Chaplin. Chaplin has called the process of recording a solo album a “daunting prospect for someone who knows nothing else.” Following the band's split, Chaplin began using drugs due to anxiety over the album and “thought [he] was going to die” in early 2015: “When I finally liberated myself from years of spiraling addiction, a place of inspiration and creativity became available to me. I set about writing an album that documents my transition from the darkest recesses of human experience to a place of resolution, fulfillment and happiness. At long last I am comfortable in my own skin and have achieved that elusive dream of writing a set of songs I can truly call my own.” “[The Wave] has a clean-cut MOR sheen. It is aglow with mid-paced piano-led ballads with crowd-pleasing choruses. There’s also a strong streak of melancholy. Opening track ‘Still Waiting’ paints a scene of death and destruction: ‘Buried in the rubble, there’s a boy in trouble’” – The Guardian. [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds five bonus tracks.]
>Code Orange
– Forever CD/LP (Roadrunner)
“Dissonance. Unbridled aggression. Code Orange‘s
Forever is an aural punch to the f**king throat. Their third release in a growing catalogue of equal parts hardcore punk and equal parts metal, Forever, the band’s first for metal heavyweight label Roadrunner, is a thriving live wire of experimentation and possibility. It’s also an ear shattering, stomach punching aggression bible. It can all be heard in the leadoff track, ‘Forever,’ which helps set an aesthetic precedent for the album to follow. It’s a grinding, unsettling haymaker of a song. You can feel the energy that went into creating it, the frustration and anger, the guttural chants alongside percussive deluge of hardcore punk patterns and death styled guitars. Forever is a gruesome affair. It contains trace elements of sludge, metalcore, and post-hardcore, flirtations with doom and death alike, and successfully fuses countless permutations of digital and stylistic experimentation embedded in a brutal series of soundscapes often purposefully robbed of catharsis.” – Treble Zine
>Colony House
– Only The Lonely CD/LP+MP3 (Descendant/RCA)
Colony House consists of brothers Caleb Chapman and Will Chapman (sons of Christian superstar Steven Curtis Chapman), Scott Mills and Parke Avery. The four-piece band hails from Franklin, TN.
Only The Lonely is the follow up to Colony House’s debut album When I Was Younger. The band began working together while in high school in 2009 and have described their sound as rock ‘n’ roll with stripped-down instruments influenced by U2 and Cold War Kids. “If new track ‘Lonely’ is any indication, Colony House’s new music will carry on the group’s penchant for reverb-drenched, driving guitar, airborne melodies and spiritual lyrics” – Paste. [Limited gold-brown color vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket also available.]
>Condenados
– The Tree Of Death CD (Shadow Kingdom)
Condenados is a relatively new doom metal band hailing from Chile.

>The Drip
– Haunting Fear Of Inevitability CD/LP (Relapse)
Fusing together the rawest elements of crust, powerviolence, d-beat and grind, The Drip deliver an uncompromising debut full-length of merciless grindcore ferocity.

>Dan England & John Ford Coley
– All-Time Greatest Hits CD (Varese Sarabande)
Features the duo’s top 10 hits “I'd Really Love To See You Tonight,” “Nights Are Forever Without You,” “We'll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again,” and “Love Is the Answer,” as well as “It's Sad To Belong” and “Gone To Far.” The set also includes the rare Japanese single “Keep Your Smile” and two songs from the soundtrack to the film
Just Tell Me You Love Me, including the title track, which has never been on CD.
>The Flaming Lips
– Oczy Mlody CD/LP+MP3/2xLP+MP3 (WB)
Produced by The Flaming Lips and their long-time producer Dave Fridmann,
Oczy Mlody is the follow-up to their 2013 album, The Terror. The album is available in several configurations: a 12-song CD, a 12-song double-LP vinyl edition (pressed on purple and orange color vinyl) and an 11-song single-LP vinyl edition (both of which include a digital download card of all 12 songs. “Rightly cast as sonic extremists, The Flaming Lips have spent three decades mining the depths of noise rock, bubbling electronica, and heady psychedelia. They're just as thematically extreme, shifting from the fantastical euphoria of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots to the dystopian fever dreams of their last two releases, most notably 2013's claustrophobic The Terror. It's finally on Oczy Mlody where the band combines its sober and whimsical sides, extolling the weird virtues of unicorns and fairies not with abandon, but with intent. This tempered approach gives Oczy Mlody the unnerving and absurdist charm of a neon parade accidentally routed through a patch of scorched earth, making it the realest encapsulation of the whole Flaming Lips universe. It stands clearly as a curious thing of its own, a masterstroke of rhythm and tone that neither trips head-on into bliss nor spins into dismay.” – Slant
>Hard Proof
– Stinger CD/LP (Modern Outsider)
The Austin-based 10-piece collective of musicians known as Hard Proof was founded in 2008. Hard Proof features members of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, The Calm Blue Sea, Cougar, Ocote Soul Sounds, Spanish Gold, and several other notable Austin acts.

>Joe Kemfa
– Jungle Juice [Reissue/1978] CD/LP (PMG)
Jungle Juice is a paean to the redemptive powers of boogie -- a slab of New York ghetto grooves getting its freak on in the jungles of Africa.
>Kid Cudi
– Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ CD (Republic)
Recent. 18 new tracks with guest appearances by André Benjamin of OutKast, Willow Smith, Pharrell Williams, and Travi$ Scott. [Vinyl edition TBA.]

>Andrés Landero
– Yo Amaneci CD/2xLP (Vampisol)
Andrés Gregorio Landero Guerra, born in 1931 in San Jacinto, Colombia brought cumbia to the world. Synonymous with the evolution of this musical genre, Landero managed to charm audiences through a complex weave of compositions, shot through with local nuances and diverse derivations from his native Caribbean province. He constantly sought to create his own language while remaining acutely alive to tradition.
Yo Amaneci gathers tracks from 1966 to 1982, taken from his albums on Discos Fuentes and other labels.
>Louden Swain
– No Time Like The Present CD (3 Car Wreckords/Omnivore)
Over the course of nearly two decades, the world-class D.I.Y. rock quartet known as Louden Swain has quietly built a powerful body of recordings, earning a fervent grassroots fan base and an impressive backlog of critical acclaim. The resourceful Los Angeles combo has released a series of impressively accomplished albums, toured successfully throughout North America and Europe, and emerged as a popular YouTube sensation—all without the support of a mainstream record label. The upbeat energy and irresistible melodic sensibility that have already endeared Louden Swain to their loyal fans are all over the band's seventh album,
No Time Like The Present. The sterling set offers 12 powerful examples of the band's dynamic songcraft, from such infectious, lyrically evocative tunes as “Leg Up,” “Juliet,” “Change The Locks,” and “This Is How,” to more intimate acoustic numbers like “Numb” and “Over Before It Began.”
>Madness
– Can’t Touch Us Now CD/LP (UMe)
New album from the veteran British pop band. Tracks such as “Mr Apples,” “Mumbo Jumbo,” the Amy Winehouse referencing “Blackbird” and the title track “Can't Touch Us Now” capture the band's inimitable combination of pop, reggae and soul influences. As on many of Madness greatest moments, the lyrics are gloriously observational and humorous, beautifully framing life in London.

>Mere
– Mere III CD/LP (Home Normal)
Mere, the trio of Gareth Davis (bass clarinet), Thomas Cruijsen (guitar), and Leo Fabriek (drums), complete the Mere trilogy with the third part of a live recording of improvised free jazz. Intricate interplay and the subtleties of incredible musicianship provide the perfect antithesis to the diagnosis of modern-day apathy.

>Merzbow / Balázs Pándi
– Live At FAC251 CD (Cold Spring)
The king of Japanese noise, Merzbow, joined on stage by Hungarian drummer extraordinaire, Balázs Pándi (known for his work with The Sun Ra Arkestra, Bill Laswell, Justin Broadrick, Bong-Ra, Venetian Snares and more). The special event on September 29th, 2016 took place under the roof of the legendary FAC251 building, the original home of Factory Records' headquarters and where many of Manchester's musical elite set foot. The show features an exemplary performance of Masami Akita's trademark Japanoise, but the addition of Balázs Pándi's improv drumming gives the whole evening an almost musical, jazz feel.

>Mighty Flames
– Metalik Funk Band [Reissue/1978] CD/LP (PMG)
The Mighty Flames were a crack bunch of Cameroonian musicians, drawn to Nigeria by the heavy funk sounds booming across the border like musical moths. For a short time in the late ‘70s they 'owned' Port Harcourt, destroying dancefloors with an incendiary sound that burned so heavily that it was phosphorescent.

>Bala Miller and The Great Music Pirameeds Of Africa
– Pyramids [Reissue/1979] CD/LP (PMG)
Bala Miller was famous for pushing boundaries. His first job was selling beer in the Muslim north. And as a musician he'd always try to sneak in 'local' flourishes while playing trumpet with Bobby Benson and Victor Olaiya. It was with his band, The Pirameeds, however, that he was able to realize his dream of incorporating northern tunes into mainstream highlife. Honed razor sharp from a residency at the Costain Club in Kuduna, the band recorded
Pyramids, a breathtaking fusion of hausa rhythms, jazz and funk.
>Mirko
– LP1 CD (ROOM40)
Debut album from London based artist Mirko Vogel. Recorded across almost three years, the record is a sprawling mass of ambient texture, remote harmony and uneasy pulse.

>Moderat
– Live CD (Mute)
Live is Moderat’s first-ever live album, recorded at Berlin’s Velodrom on June 5, 2016 during a sold out hometown show. In an age where technology develops at an exponential rate, the band crafted a live experience that truly exemplifies three of their homeland’s core competencies: technological innovation, musicianship and artistic expression. Instead of “pushing play”, Moderat works throughout their 90-minute performance to re-work their own music. They are constantly shaping, stretching, contouring and weaving special live versions of songs taken from I, II, and III.
>Flo Morrissey / Matthew E. White
– Gentlewoman Ruby Man CD/LP (Glassnote)
Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White team up on a new album of covers. Features renditions of songs originally written/performed by James Blake, The Velvet Underground, Frankie Valli, Frank Ocean, Leonard Cohen, and more.

>John Nilsen & Swimfish
– Local Ocean CD (MRI Associated)
John Nilsen & Swimfish features original rock, sometimes with a folk underlying and always very good three part harmonies and clever lyrics.

>Emma Ogosi
– Nobody Knows [Reissue/1981] CD/LP (PMG)
Emma Ogosi has worn a lot of different hats in his career: former air force officer, guitarist with Benin-based Pogo Limited, and husband and manager of Nigerian reggae superstar, Evi-Edna Ogholi. In 1981, he donned a sequined cowboy hat and released
Nobody Knows -- Nigeria's best (and perhaps only) disco/country album.
>One Ok Rock
– Ambitions CD (Fueled By Ramen)
Eighth album from the Japanese rockers.

>Pain Of Salvation
– In The Passing Light Of Day 2xCD (Inside Out U.S.)
New album from the Swedish progressive rock/metal innovators.

>A Projection
– Framework CD/LP+CD (Tapete)
A Projection spins a dizzy web of dark '80s post-punk, energetic indie rock, and alternative electronic music on
Framework.
>Gerry Rafferty
– The Best Of CD (Varese Sarabande)
This new Gerry Rafferty hits collection features “Stuck In The Middle With You,” with Stealers Wheel, as well as his solo hits “Baker Street,” “Right Down The Line,” “Home And Dry” and “Days Gone Down.” The collection features seven US and UK single edits, six of which have never been available on CD. In addition, the album includes two non-LP single B-Sides, “Big Change In The Weather” and “In Transit,” that have never been available on CD.

>The Regrettes
– Feel Your Feelings, Fool! CD (WB)
Perfectly imperfect - that’s one way to describe L.A. based punk act, The Regrettes. Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O -- with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of ‘50s and ‘60s acts a la The Temptations or Buddy Holly -- the four piece create infectious, punk driven tracks. Lead by outspoken front woman, Lydia Night, and comprised of Genessa Gariano on guitar, Sage Chavis on bass and drummer Maxx Morando, the group have left the rock scene floored, managing to capture the hearts of jaded rock critics while opening for acts like Sleigh Bells, Kate Nash, Jack Off Jill, Bleached, Pins and more. With a handful of singles released, the group have already caught the attention from outlets like NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, The Observer, Vogue, Noisey and more, with NYLON heralding them as a “punk act you should be listening to.”

>Rock Town Express
– Rock Town Express [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (PMG)
There was a time in the 1970s when the best band in the Nigeria was actually from Cameroon. Rock Town Express, formed out of the ashes of Wrinkar Experience by Yaoundé boys, Edjo'o Jacques Racine and Ginger Forcha -- hit it hard, hit it loud and hit it funky.

>Run The Jewels
– Run The Jewels 3 CD/2xLP (Run The Jewels Inc.)
RTJ3 is essentially the Run The Jewels manifesto, an outpouring of rage and defiance that never loses sight of the objectives: rallying the troops, holding all accountable, and toppling oppression. [It] is a well-timed, finely tuned rap epic that confronts the ruling class (here addressed as ‘the masters’) with deadly precision; it’s rap as resistance. With a demagogue waiting in the wings to assume the presidency, their particular Molotov mix of explosive sh*t-talking and unfiltered insubordination feels vital. Their interplay is instinctual this time around; the songs move and shuffle with its MCs intuitively trading bars, filling the gaps in each others’ phrases, and feeding off each others’ energies, using their booming voices to cut through the startling noises of a future dystopia. The key to RTJ3 is closer ‘A Report To The Shareholders,’ which is plainspoken about the duo’s message and intent: ‘Maybe that’s why me and Mike get along / Not from the same part of town, but we both hear the same sound coming / And it sounds like war.’ Seconds later, Killer Mike goes full Malcolm X: ‘Choose the lesser of the evil people, and the devil still gon’ win / It could all be over tomorrow, kill our masters and start again.’ This is the ire of a group that’s tired of saying I told you so.” [Best New Music/8.6] -- Pitchfork
>Sepultura
– Machine Messiah CD (Nuclear Blast)
The Brazilian thrash metal band returns with their 14th full-length album and the first since 2013’s
The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart. Thrillingly broad in musical scope but always firmly rooted in the spirit and fire of no-nonsense heavy metal, Machine Messiah is an album that the band have crafted with great love, passion and determination.
>Jack Sollo
– Coming Home CD/LP (PMG)
After his band The Funkees had imploded in London, and the Afro super-band Osibisa was cut short, Sollo returned to Nigeria to record his first solo album,
Coming Home.
>Sun Ra and His Interplanetary Vocal Arkestra
– The Space Age Is Here To Stay CD/2xLP (Modern Harmonic)
The very first collection of Sun Ra’s vocal tracks — mind-blowing tunes from the mind of the Man from Saturn himself. Features album art interpreted from the work of “the father of modern space art,” Chesley Bonestell, plus extensive liner notes.

>Susto
- & I’m Fine Today CD/LP (Missing Piece)
“Susto are the current embodiment of ‘hotly tipped’: The band has been featured on Daytrotter and NPR, toured with Iron And Wine and Band Of Horses, and are poised to hit the road with The Lumineers. Susto's sound is that curious mix of lullabye sweet and darkness-on-the-edge-of-town sour, like a piece of caramel wrapped in barbed wire. Big choruses and soaring harmonies are tempered by just enough compositional eccentricity. The overall effect is something between the aforementioned Iron and Wine and a frazzled cosmic country sweet spot.” – Orlando Weekly

>Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor
– Sweeter Than Honey, Calypso “Mahuno” And High Lifes Celebration [Reissue/1980] CD/LP (PMG)
Pat Thomas and Ebo Taylor are the Jagger and Richards of Nigerian highlife. Drawn together by a mutual love of the genre -- and an equally intense desire to stop it becoming moribund and bereft of ideas -- Ghana's two most progressive musicians added a western twist to this traditional form of African music and gave it relevance again.

>Two Cow Garage
– Brand New Flag CD/LP (Last Chance)
Balancing archetypical punk qualities with folk attributes, and powered by tight grooves and melodic arrangements,
Brand New Flag offers personal insights ripe with reflection on contemporary issues, as well as existential considerations that showcase the lyrical prowess of the band's two songwriters, Micah Schnabel and Shane Sweeney.
>Tornado Wallace
– Lonely Planet CD/LP (Running Back)
Merging functionality with a musical playfulness,
Lonely Planet might sound something like new age sounds meeting new wave melodies or Grace Jones running into the Dire Straits at Compass Point.
>Hans Zimmer
– The Classics CD (Sony Classics)
For the first time, Zimmer's most highly prized movie themes have been arranged for and recorded by the stars of the classical-music world: Lang Lang, the Piano Guys, 2CELLOS, Leona Lewis, Lindsey Stirling, Till Brönner and more.


This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Axis / Seraph The Light
– Axis / Seraph The Light LP (Good Fight Music)
Axis / Seraph the Light is a collaboration between Orlando, Florida's Axis and Memphis, Tennessee's Seraph the Light – recording as one eight-man supergroup. Produced by Jon Nunez of Torche and mastered by Brad Boatright (Nails, Full Of Hell), the collab sees the new unit pound out an almighty-heavy sound inspired by Neurosis, Isis, Cult of Luna, Chelsea Wolfe, and more. Limited pink color vinyl pressing.

>Rashad Becker
- Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. II LP (Pan)
Traditional Music Of Notional Species Vol. II pays a return visit to the otherworldly noumenal ecosystem inside Rashad Becker's head, relaying indecipherable messages in something resembling an expressive language of psychoacoustic, cuneiform glyphs. No Rosetta Stone is required to comprehend these deeply abstract auditory tableaus; all you need is an open mind and functioning set of lugs for reception, whilst whatever counts for your sense of consciousness will fill in the gaps, and that’s where the “fun” starts.
>Bond St. District
– A Church On Vulcan LP (Friends Records)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “About two summers ago local Baltimore hip-hop giant DDM ran into producer Paul Hutson and formed Bond St. District. A few short months later and they dropped their debut EP,
Everybody’s So Sleepy. With guest appearances by Katrina Ford, Josephine Olivia and EZE Jackson – people were hyped on the release and still are all these months later. Now though, they’ve got their full length, A Church On Vulcan … it’s a got a lot of bells, whistles and throwbacks.” – Coming Up Magazine
>The Brian Jonestown Massacre
– Groove Is In The Heart 10” (A. Recordings)
Groove Is In The Heart is the first of three singles from the forthcoming Brian Jonestown Massacre album, Don't Get Lost. Both tracks (“Groove Is In The Heart” and “Throbbing Gristle”) feature heavy hypnotic beating drums and smoky vocals by Tess Parks.
>The Chemical Brothers
– Exit Planet Dust [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (Astralwerks)
The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Astralwerks)
The Chemical Brothers – Surrender [Reissue/1999] 2xLP (Astralwerks)
The Chemical Brothers – Come With Us [Reissue/2001] 2xLP (Astralwerks)
The Chemical Brothers – Push The Button [Reissue/2004] 2xLP (Astralwerks)
The Chemical Brothers – We Are The Night [Reissue/2007] 2xLP (Astralwerks)
The Chemical Brothers – Further [Reissue/2010] 2xLP (Astralwerks)
Limited edition color vinyl reissues of The Chemical Brothers’ first seven albums.

>Dwell
– Innate LP (Blood & Ink)
Relelased last September on CD – now available on vinyl. 10-tracks of pummeling chaos, reminiscence of '90s metalcore.

>Bob Dylan
– Folksinger’s Choice Radio Broadcast LP (Jambalaya)
Cynthia Gooding was a folk singer best known for her radio show, which was broadcast on New York's WBAI. It was on this show in early 1962 that she recorded an interview and performance with the then unknown Bob Dylan, whose first album had yet been released.

>Emperor
– In The Nightside Eclipse [Reissue/1995] LP (Caroline)
Emperor – IX Equilibrium [Reissue/1999] LP (Caroline)
Emperor – Emperial Live Ceremony [Reissue/2000] LP (Caroline)
Emperor – Prometheus – The Discipline Of Fire & Demise [Reissue/2001] LP (Caroline)
Emperor – Live Inferno [Reissue/2009] 2xLP (Caroline)
Emperor – Live At Wacken Open Air 2006 - "A Night Of Emperial Wrath" [Reissue/2009] 2xLP (Caroline)
Limited vinyl reissues from the Norwegian black metal band’s catalog.

>Tom Glazer & Dottie Evans
– Space Songs [Reissue/1959] LP (Modern Harmonic)
Space Songs is an album in the Ballads For The Age Of Science Or Singing Science series of scientific music for children from the late 1950s and early 1960s. Songs were written by Hy Zaret (lyrics) and Lou Singer (music). Space Songs was released in 1959 by Hy Zaret's label Motivation
Records (a division of Argosy Music Corp.) and was performed by Tom Glazer and Dottie Evans.

>Jimi Hendrix
– Stone Free b/w Lover Man 7” (Sundazed)
New 7” vinyl pressing of the lost 1969 Jimi Hendrix single, originally recorded in April, 1969, with key musicians from his inner circle: Billy Cox on bass, Mitch Mitchell on drums, along with friends Roger Chapman and Andy Fairweather Low on backing vocals. Reprise scheduled this axe anthem as a single not long after the sessions, but for reasons unknown, they issued an earlier version that was recorded in 1966 and had previously appeared as a 1966 B-side in the UK. Also included is “Lover Man,” a killer, funkified blues track with Cox on bass and Mitchell on drums, recorded summer, 1970.

>Ice Choir
– Designs In Rhythm LP+MP3 (Shelflife)
Ice Choir is the project of NYC based artist Kurt Feldman. Feldman's experience as a musician boasts both depth and breadth (a commercial sound designer and composer by trade, it informed many of the decisions made on
Designs In Rhythm). The album's 10 tracks are shimmering, infectious, maximalist pop gems.
>The Killers
– Hot Fuss [Reissue/2004] LP (Island)
The Killers match postpunk guitars with a synthesizer overlay that recalls ‘80s new wave without burying their sound in nostalgia. On their debut,
Hot Fuss, frontman Brandon Flowers plumbs his imagination for tales of murdered lovers (“Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine,” “Midnight Show”), voyeurism (“Mr. Brightside”), and sexual confusion (the single “Somebody Told Me”). On standard vinyl.
>Matt Kivel
– Fires On The Plain 2xLP (Driftless Recordings)
Fires On The Plain is an 82-minute record featuring performances by Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Sophia Knapp. Horns blend with raindrops. Vocal howls give way to field recordings of rivers and backyards. The songs are sweet, dark, and always, brave.
>Attilio Mineo
– Man In Space With Sounds [Reissue/1962] LP (Modern Harmonic)
Recorded in 1951 but only released in conjunction with the 1962 Seattle World's Fair as the musical accompaniment to the Bubbelator, a transparent, spherical elevator that carried as many as 150 passengers, Attilio Mineo's
Man In Space With Sounds remains one of the most foreboding and complex records in the cosmic exotica canon. A dark, dissonant exploration of interstellar travel rooted in the avant-garde ethos of Cage and Stockhausen, this is music that's alien not only in its presentation but also in its orientation, fusing traditional instrumentation and sound effects to the point that one becomes indistinguishable from the other.
>Mr. Tophat feat. Robyn
– Trust Me 12” (Smalltown Supersound)
Swedish electronic producer Mr. Tophat and pop-star extraordinaire Robyn have joined forces for a new collaborative EP. “It’s a gliding, 10-minute disco-house song with a gyrating pulse that builds while Robyn delivers speak-sing backup vocals. They also got help from ABBA drummer Per Lindvall and his brother David Lindvall on bass.” -- SPIN

>Elvis Presley
– For LP Fans Only [Reissue/1959] LP (Friday Music)
Limited 180gm audiophile translucent gold vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket.
For LP Fans Only is the seventh album by Elvis Presley, originally issued by RCA Victor in February 1959. It is a selection of material from an August 1956 recording session at 20th Century Fox Stage One, a September 1956 session at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, sessions on January 10th and 11th at RCA Studios in Nashville, two more at RCA Studios in New York, and multiple sessions at Sun Studio.
>Arum Rae
– Loners LP (Secret Road)
Indie soul singer and songwriter Arum Rae went from performing on any stage possible to touring with the likes of Gary Clark, Jr. and B.B. King, and independently releasing her 2014
Warranted Queen EP acclaimed by Noisey, Spin, Paste, and more.
>Satan
– Satan LP (Monster Melodies)
An absolute must-have in terms of French progressive music, recorded in 1973 and never before released.

>Shadow
– Sweet Sweet Dreams [Reissue/1984] LP (Analog Africa)
Shadow first emerged in Trinidad and Tobago during the 1970s and became a part of the tapestry of Caribbean music, reinvigorating calypso. Their 1984 album
Sweet Sweet Dreams delivers a fantastic sound with monster soca-boogie tunes, fusing a range of rhythms and new sounds, primarily heavy synth riffs -- a proto-electronic cocktail.
>Sly And The Family Stone
– Anthology [Reissue/1981] 2xLP (Friday Music)
Limited edition 180gm audiophile translucent gold color vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve.

>Sun Ra
– El Is A Sound Of Joy b/w Black Sky & Blue Moon [1956] 7” (Modern Harmonic)
Sun Ra – Saturn b/w Mystery Mr. Ra [1958] 7” (Modern Harmonic)
Sun Ra – Plutonian Nights b/w Reflects Motion (Part One) [1959] 7” (Modern Harmonic)
Select cuts from the albums
Super-Sonic Jazz, Saturn, and Nubians Of Plutonia are paired with rare B-sides and pressed for the first time as limited 7” singles.
>Various Artists
– The Soul Of Disco Volume One (Compiled By Joey Negro and Sean P) 2xLP (Z)
A collection of disco's more soulful jewels, with an R&B slant and more song-based material, spanning 1976-’82.
released 06 JANUARY 2017
>CDs + Vinyl:

>
Chasing Safety – Nomad CD (Cooking Vinyl)
Hailing from Cherry Hill, NJ, Chasing Safety is a captivating band best known for delivering a barrage of ferociously intricate guitar riffs, explosive choruses, and hauntingly cinematic flares.

>Dropkick Murphys
– 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory CD/LP+MP3 (Dropkick Murphys)
The Dropkick Murphys’ new album contains moments of ass-kicking Celtic punk attitude, ball-busting wisecracks, tear-jerking confessions, and upbeat words of wisdom.

>Brian Eno
– Reflection CD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Reflection is the latest work in a long series. It started (as far as record releases are concerned) with Discreet Music in 1975… The pedigree of this piece includes Thursday Afternoon, Neroli (whose subtitle is Thinking Music IV) and LUX. I’ve made a lot of thinking music, but most of it I’ve kept for myself. Now I notice that people are using some of those earlier records in the way that I use them -- as provocative spaces for thinking -- so I feel more inclined to make them public. Pieces like this have another name: they’re GENERATIVE. By that I mean they make themselves. My job as a composer is to set in place a group of sounds and phrases, and then some rules which decide what happens to them. I then set the whole system playing and see what it does, adjusting the sounds and the phrases and the rules until I get something I’m happy with. Because those rules are probabilistic (often taking the form perform operation x, y percent of the time) the piece unfolds differently every time it is activated. What you have here is a recording of one of those unfoldings.”
>Janeane Garofalo
– If I May CD (Comedy Dynamics)
Janeane Garofalo’s
If I May, her first special in five years, takes on society’s intolerance of gluten and House Hunters International. With her unapologetic attitude, Janeane proudly states her AARP membership, her love for Febreze but the disdain for their commercials, and her disinterest in doctors.
>Gone Is Gone
– Echolocation CD/LP+MP3 (Rise)
Gone Is Gone is a “supergroup” featuring members of Mastodon, Queens Of The Stone Age, and At The Drive-In. [Limited edition white color vinyl pressing also available.]

>Halestorm
– ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP CDEP (Atlantic)
Includes covers of Whitesnake, Sophie B. Hawkins, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Twenty One Pilots, Soundgarden, and Metallica.

>Nightwish
– Vehicle Of Spirit 2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray (Nuclear Blast)
New live release from the Finnish symphonic metal band.

>Nurse With Wound
– The Great Ecstasy Of The Basic Corrupt CD (United Dirter)
Available for the first time since being issued privately as a limited vinyl, United Dirter presents the CD issue of NWW’s ultra-rare 2014 two track LP,
The Great Ecstasy Of The Basic Corrupt. The additional track “Circles Of Confusion" comes from the equally rare Silver Bromide LP (2013). Indulge yourself in these three immersive, ocean deep and intensely powerful tracks of sinister whimsy for the wretched.
>Spill
– Top Ten CD/LP+MP3 (No Sleep)
Top Ten is an instant beer and blood-soaked Rickenbacker rock ‘n’ roll signaling. The musical equivalent of a movie scene where the protagonist wakes up in their clothes, lights a cigarette, chugs a beer, and walks outside to face the terror of everyday life with a sadistic smile and understanding of the mess ahead of him. For Fans of: Archers of Loaf, Superchunk, Cheap Girls, Beach Slang. [Limited coke bottle clear vinyl pressing also available.]
>Violent Arrest
– Violent Arrest CD (Deranged)
Twenty years later and they're still at it. Featuring three quarters of the former members of UK's original hardcore blasters Ripcord, Violent Arrest burst forth with twelve brand new rippers, rippling with the same urgency and controlled rage that brought about the original notoriety of these thrashers.

>Ron Wood
– I’ve Got My Own Album To Do / Now Look [Reissue/1974/1975] 2xCD (Friday Music)
Twofer CD reissue of the Jeff Beck Group/Faces/The Rolling Stones guitarist’s first two solo albums.

>You Me At Six
– Night People CD/LP+MP3 (BMG Rights Management)
Fifth studio album by the British rockers.


This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>The Agnes Circle
– Some Vague Desire LP (Avant!)
This London-based duo draws on elements of English post-punk and French cold wave. The eight songs on their first full-length combine angular guitars, lush and driven bass lines, hypnotic rhythms, and melodic croons.

>Rashied Ali/Frank Lowe
– Duo Exchange [Reissue/1973] LP (No Label)
“[Drummer] Rashied Ali is perhaps best remembered for his spare backing behind Coltrane's solo sax on the record
Interstellar Space – and we're tempted to say that there's a similar vibe going on here – as the record just features Ali on drums and percussion, and the great Frank Lowe on tenor, plus Japanese flute and a bit of percussion too. The approach is nice and open, in a loft jazz mode – and Frank blows with a rough-hewn emotion that brings a lot to the session, and which provides a good grounding for Ali's sometimes loose work on drums.” – Dusty Groove
>Attila
– Chaos LP (Sharp Tone)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. For over 10 years Atlanta's Attila have been making uncompromising metal with a penchant for fun and partying.

>David Bowie
– Legacy 2xLP (Columbia/Sony Legacy)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Legacy collects together some of Bowie's finest singles from his first hit, 1969's “Space Oddity” through to “Lazarus.” All formats feature a previously unreleased version of the classic 1971 single “Life On Mars?” mixed by its original producer Ken Scott.
>Holly Bowling
– Better Left Unsung 3xLP (The Royal Potato Family)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Holly Bowling’s
Better Left Unsung is a collection of classical solo piano arrangements of the music of The Grateful Dead.
>Jakob Bro/Thomas Morgan/Joey Baron
– Streams LP (ECM)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl. On his second leader album for ECM following on from the prizewinning
Gefion, Danish guitarist Jakob Bro continues to refine his trio project, with its emphases on melody, sound, space, layered textures and interaction.
>Call Of The Void
– AYFKM 12” (Translation Loss)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New five-song EP from Colorado's grinding hardcore cult.

>The Chainsmokers
– Collage 12” (Sony)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Chainsmokers is a DJ/EDM duo consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. “If you haven’t heard of The Chainsmokers yet, it’s about time you do. Aside from topping the Hype Machine charts this year with their electro-pop-infused remixes of killer indie tracks, sassy East Coast natives Alex Pall and Drew Taggart are very cool customers, flawlessly operating the enigma that is the NYC club scene.” – Raver Rafting

>Cherub
– Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence 2xLP+CD (Sony)
New release from the electro-indie duo from Nashville, Tennessee. Cherub is inspired by '80s post-disco, synth pop, and funk.

>Coil
– Astral Disaster (Prescription Edition) [Reissue/1999] LP (Prescription)
This rare Coil album was part of the legendary subscription-only Prescription label album series in the late 1990's, issued in an edition of 99 signed and numbered copies, long since sold-out.

>Sam Cooke
– One Night Stand! Live At Harlem Square [Reissue/1985] LP (Analog Sparks)
Limited 180gm audiophile vinyl LP pressing housed in an old-style tip-on jacket. Initially recorded to be released as a live album entitled
One Night Stand, the concert at the Harlem Square club (in Miami's historically African American neighborhood of Overtown) was not released until 1985. RCA Victor, at the time, viewed the album as too gritty and raw and possibly damaging to his pop image, and quietly kept the recordings in their archive.
>Carson Cox with Sam York & Austin Brown
– Fire Dance b/w Rene 7” (Wharf Cat)
New single from Carson Cox (Merchandise), Sam York (Wall), and Austin Brown (Parquet Courts). The collaborators channel the glitz of Sam Falls’ shimmering cover artwork on tracks that resonate heat like August concrete in the city. These tracks are constructed from spliced disco rhythms, modulated synth lines, and searing guitars with Sam and Carson’s fevered vocals pulsing from all sides.

>Deströyer 666
– Defiance [Reissue/2009] LP (Season Of Mist)
Deströyer 666 – Wildfire [Reissue/2016] LP (Season Of Mist)
Limited edition vinyl reissues of the Australian death/black/thrash metal band’s last two albums. [2016’s
Wildfire is pressed on silver color vinyl.]
>Art Farmer
– Big Blues [Reissue/1978] LP (ORG Music)
Art Farmer and Jim Hall had a regular group for a time in the ’60s but -- except for one occasion -- had not played together since, until this 1978 LP. Since Farmer and Hall have long had very complementary styles (both being lyrical, harmonically advanced and thoughtful in their improvisations), it is little surprise that this set is a complete success. Now this classic record gets ORG Music’s audiophile treatment with this 180gm LP reissue, mastered from original tapes by Bernie Grundman and pressed at Pallas Group in Germany.

>Fraser & DeBolt
– Flight Of The Light Air Force 7”+MP3 (Roaratorio)
The majestic title track—an outtake from their second Columbia LP
With Pleasure (1973)—left off for reasons of space (it clocks in at eight minutes)—could’ve been a highlight of this outsider-folk duo’s career. On the flipside are two cuts recorded live at a February 1970 concert in upstate New York with violinist Ian Guenther: their signature song “Dance Hall Girls” and a rollicking version of the Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
>Funkadelic
– Finest [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Tidal Waves Music)
Comprised out of sixteen carefully selected tracks and covering a six year period (1970-1976),
Finest may be the best-assembled Funkadelic collection from this period yet, as both renowned band standards share space with several oft-overlooked tracks.
>The Griswolds
– High Times For Low Lives LP (Wind-Up)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Aussie alt-rockers are back with a new album.

>Hassler
– Fed, Worked, And Watered LP (Deranged)
Hardcore punk from Toronto.

>Honus Honus
– Use Your Delusion LP (MRI Associated)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The first-ever solo album from Man Man’s Honus Honus showcases his uncanny ability to write brilliant pop songs without falling victim to convention or formula. Captivating and catchy, the songs will stick with you long after the record stops spinning. Short and sweet dystopian pop that leans hard into the hooks.

>Antonio Carlos Jobim
– Stone Flower [Reissue/1970] LP (ORG Music)
Recorded in 1970 at Rudy Van Gelder's studio under the production auspices of Creed Taylor, the arrangement and conducting skills of Deodato, and the engineering expertise of Van Gelder himself, Jobim's Stone Flower is quite simply one of his most quietly stunning works. The album is a simply brilliant, velvety, late-night snapshot of Jobim at his peak. This 180gm vinyl reissue was mastered from analog tapes by Bernie Grundman and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas in Germany.

>k.d. lang
– Shadowland [Reissue/1988] LP (Sire)
Vinyl reissue of the Canadian pop and country singer/songwriter’s solo debut.
Shadowland includes lang’s collaboration with Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn and Brenda Lee on “Honky Tonk Angels' Medley” and was produced by Owen Bradley, who produced Patsy Cline's best-known work.
>Joe McPhee & Chris Corsano
– Under A Double Moon LP+MP3 (Roaratorio)
With a career now spanning over forty years and more than one-hundred recordings, Joe McPhee has shown that in the world of creative improvised music, emotional content and theoretical underpinnings are thoroughly compatible—and, in fact, a critically important pairing. Since recording
The Hated Music with Paul Flaherty in 2000, Chris Corsano has been active in far-reaching corners of the free improvised world. Recorded live in Paris during their spring 2010 tour of Europe, Under A Double Moon is McPhee and Corsano's first album together.
>Misery Index
– The Killing Gods [Reissue/2014] LP (Season Of Mist)
Limited edition clear vinyl pressing of the political death/metal/grindcore band’s most recent album.

>The Modern Art
– Underwater Kites [1982] LP (Lion Productions)
Welcome to the darkly enchanting minimal synth-pop and psych-tinged world of The Modern Art. As an introduction to the world of Coil and Current 93 collaborator Gary Ramon and his orbiting bandmates, you can't do better. Formed by Ramon in the early 1980's, The Modern Art released two albums on vinyl, and a significant amount of impossible-to-find cassettes.

>Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation
– Mirage LP (Rocket)
Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation’s
second effort Mirage sees the band sculpting sprawling, hypnotic jams into elegant nocturnal serenades with such serendipity that their actual creation remains a little hazy even to themselves. True to form, Mirage sees the band taking a chic tradition of avant-pop that extends all the way from Serge Gainsbourg and Françoise Hardy to Broadcast and Saint Etienne, and warping it mercilessly to their own darker ends.
>People Skills
– Gunshots At Crestridge LP (Blackest Ever Black)
Ten sunken songs, derisively adorned with rhythm and rudimentary dub effects.

>Phobocosm
– Bringer Of Drought LP (Dark Descent)
Released last May on CD – now available on vinyl. Sophomore album from the brooding and crushing Canadian death metal band.

>Savoy
– Lackluster Me [Reissue/1997] LP (Apollon/Karisma)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Savoy is a Norwegian-American rock trio consisting of Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (famous from Norwegian band a-ha) (vocals/guitars/bass/keyboards).
Lackluster Me is the band’s sophomore album, originally released in 1997. “An astonishing masterpiece: dangerously catchy and unpredictably intellectual in its gloomy, monumental beauty” (Stavanger Aftenblad, October 1997).
>Soundtrack
– Kinky Boots: The New Musical Based On A True Story [Original Broadway Cast Recording/2013] 2xLP+MP3 (Masterworks)
Inspired by a true story and based on the Miramax motion picture written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth,
Kinky Boots features a warm and witty book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage, Torch Song Trilogy, Hairspray, Newsies) and a richly diverse musical score from Grammy Award-winning singer Cyndi Lauper, in her theatrical debut.
>T2
– T2 (aka Fantasy) LP (Acme)
Even though fame and fortune never came to pass for T2, their Decca album
It'll All Work Out In Boomland has become an all-time classic amongst collectors of progressive and psychedelic music. Apart from a BBC radio session, fans long assumed that Boomland was both the beginning and the end of the group's recorded legacy. But some time back, Acme Records unearthed an eponymous second album of material, recorded in 1970 with the original line-up as demo tracks for a planned second album. This second T2 album, had it been released in 1970, could have put the band on the same level of fame with the likes of Deep Purple, Free, and King Crimson (bands with whom T2 shared a stage).
>Thollem/Oliveros/Cline
- Molecular Affinity LP+MP3 (Roaratorio)
The third in pianist Thollem McDonas and guitarist Nels Cline’s series of free improv trios (with a different third player each time) brings in Pauline Oliveros on v-accordion. Together they build evocative whodunit-scapes with understated tension worthy of a noirish thriller from the 1970s.

>Thrawsunblat
– Metachthonia 2xLP (Broken Limbs)
Thrawsunblat is a raw folk/melodic black metal band from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, fronted by Juno-winning Woods Of Ypres’ guitarist Joel Violette. "With
Metachthonia they have created something near-impossible for the style: an album that’s equally ferocious, somber, void of pretense and utterly majestic.”—Metal Bandcamp
>Uj3rk5
– Live From The Commodore Ballroom 2xLP (Primary Information)
A legendary 1980 performance (opening for Gang Of Four) by this strongly visual Canadian post-punk/art-rock group with an affinity for Devo, Talking Heads, and the Vancouver School of photo conceptualism.

>Vanhelgd
– Temple Of Phobos LP (Dark Descent)
Vinyl reissue of the Swedish death metal band’s 2016 album.

>Various Artists
– Cold Waves Of Color: Volume 4 LP (Color Tapes)
As with the other volumes you can find great examples of cold wave, minimal wave and synth electronics made by obscure British bands such as Disintegrators, Mystery Plane, Berserk In A Hayfield and Lives Of Angels -- all recorded between 1980-1985, vestiges of the 1980's UK cassette underground scene.

>Vicious Cycle
– Pale Blue Dot LP (Deranged)
Pale Blue Dot is a blend of traditional 1980's American hardcore and experimental instrumentation.
>Neil Young
– Peace Trail LP (Reprise)
Recently released on CD and cassette – now available on vinyl.
Peace Trail features all new songs that Young wrote since the release of his album Earth, this past June. This new album is primarily acoustic and reflects an intimate, sparse approach to each of the ten songs within. It was recorded at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-la Studios and features Young on vocals and guitar, Jim Keltner on drums, and Paul Bushnell on bass.