released 29 APRIL 2016
>CDs + Vinyl:
>Abandoned By Bears – The Years Ahead CD (Victory)
Abandoned By Bears is a Swedish easycore band that specializes in heavy breakdowns and melody-rich pop-punk.

>Abnormality
- Mechanisms of Omniscience CD/LP (Metal Blade)
Sophomore album from the Massachusetts-based extreme metal outfit.

>Aesop Rock
– The Impossible Kid CD/2xLP+MP3 (Rhymesayers)
On his first new album since 2012’s
Skelethon, Aesop continues finding new ways to improve on the skills that have made him one of the kings of indie hip-hop. His creative process now includes a newfound willingness to open up about his personal life, going deep on topics like depression, his sometimes rocky relationship with his family, and the turbulent handful of years that culminated in Aesop leaving his adopted home of San Francisco to live in a barn out in the woods, where he recorded the foundations of The Impossible Kid. There’s also moments of levity though, as he taps into the funny side of his persona that he suppressed during the period where being taken as a serious lyricist was more of a priority. [Limited pink/green neon vinyl in custom die cut jacket also available.]
>American Hi-Fi
– American Hi-Fi Acoustic CD (Rude)
Acoustic version of the Boston-based pop punk band’s self-titled debut. Vinyl edition due June 10.

>Anti-Nowhere League
– Kings & Queens [Reissue/2005] CD/LP (Cleopatra)
Reissue of the English punk band’s 2005 album – available on CD and on red vinyl.

>Antwood
– Virtuous.scr CD (Planet Mu)
Following a few online releases using the literary world-punning name of Margaret Antwood, Canadian producer Tristan Douglas has chopped the moniker in half for a full-length debut.
Virtuous.scr is themed around the development of artificial intelligence. Via a mix of mechanical sounds and melody, the record is said to contemplate whether or not an AI can have a set of ethics, and if not, how close can it get to being like human intelligence? Sonically, the album possesses a dark cartoonish cinematic feel, with the results pushing it somewhere near the realms of computer game music and anime soundtracks. Vinyl version due May 13.
>Juan Atkins and Moritz Von Oswald present Borderland
– Transport CD/2xLP (Tresor)
Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald -- the two indispensable protagonists of the “Electric Garden” -- plug back into the wilderness.
Transport brings together a set of studio-refined sequences aimed at colonizing some of the dark energy that pulsates through those areas that are thoroughly electrified, even if not on the grid. The Detroit-Berlin axis triangulates to a third point that, like the atomic particle that lives in two places at once, flickers between a form of techno-charged ambience and a futuristic club-jazz that cannot be broken down into constitutive parts. Borderland remains caught in a state of enraptured stillness, invisibly moving between every imagined future for electronic sound making. The result: a font from which springs serene and exhilarating musical ideas that vibrate with refined energy for 60 seconds in every minute.
>Bad Company
– Live In Concert 1977 & 1979 2xCD (Atlantic)
This archive collection includes more than two-and-half hours of unreleased music taken from 24-track tapes in Bad Company’s vault. The music heard on this live collection features absolutely no enhancements or overdubs -- nothing but the band as they performed live on the night of the concert.

>Bobby Blue Bland
– Further On Up The Road 2xCD/2xLP (Southern Routes)
This compilation presents a powerful set of Bobby Blue Bland's sublime recordings for Don Robey's Houston TX-based, Duke Records, originally released from 1955 through the end of 1962. During this term his music was a tour de force, Bland's powerhouse vocals backed by savage, slashing guitars. He delivered hit after hit and by 1961 with the release of his legendary LP
Two Steps From The Blues (included herein) Bobby Bland had redefined Texas electric blues and Southern soul simultaneously. This is excellent, essential music -- without a doubt, some of the greatest blues and soul material ever recorded. 57 tracks.
>Sugar Blue
– Voyage CD (M.C.)
Sugar Blue began his career as a street musician and made his first recordings in 1975 with legendary blues figures Brownie McGhee and Roosevelt Sykes. While in France, Blue hooked up with members of the Rolling Stones, who instantly fell in love with his sound. The Stones invited
Blue to join them in the studio. Besides his work on the
Some Girls album, he can be heard on Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You. “One of the foremost harmonica blowers in all of modern blues.” -- Rolling Stone
>The Bo-Keys
– Heartaches By The Number CD/LP (Omnivore/Electraphonic)
The Bo-Keys, a contemporary soul music group that signifies both tradition and innovation, releases their third studio album,
Heartaches By The Numbers. The set is an exploration of the intersection of country, folk and soul, combining stunning originals with inspired interpretations of jukebox classics from Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, Swamp Dogg, Charlie Rich, and Ray Price. “You need to invent a new genre to put this stuff in. Country soul comes close. It's head-bending music, funky and soul-saturated, but country as a pair of battered cowboy boots. The Bo-Keys don't just replicate the sound, they inhabit it. This is hoo-haa music that makes you wanna weep, holler, dance, drink, and bust up somethin' all at the same time. You may get in trouble with what you do while you're listening, but you'll have the time of your life.” – No Depression
>The Boxer Rebellion
– Ocean By Ocean CD/LP (Absentee)
The Boxer Rebellion is an international indie band formed in London, United Kingdom around 2001, consisting of Tennessee-native Nathan Nicholson (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Andrew Smith (lead guitar), and Englishmen Adam Harrison (bass guitar) and Piers Hewitt (drums).
“Despite a nearly three year break and a lineup change (founding lead guitarist Todd Howe was replaced by Andrew Smith), The Boxer Rebellion have only gotten bigger and better with age, slowly and subtly transfiguring
The Bends-esque alternative of early albums Exits and Unions into the arena-ready sound of [Ocean By Ocean single] ‘Big Ideas.’ Over guitars that seem to bounce from wall to wall and gain strength with each echo, frontman Nathan Nicholson croons "I have big ideas for you and me". His intent is nebulous: he could be speaking of a romantic partner or the newly rejuvenated band he shares the stage with.” – The Line Of Best Fit
>James Brown and The Fabulous Flames
– The Roots Of Revolution: Classic Federal Recordings 1956-1960 2xCD/2xLP (Southern Routes)
This set presents a complete collection of the Godfather of Soul's formative recording for Federal Records with The Famous Flames in late 1950s. It features all of JB's early, explosive hits including “Please, Please, Please,” “Try Me,” “Think” and many more dynamic rhythm and blues gems.

>Cilver
– Not The End Of The World CD (E1)
Cilver is a New York rock ‘n’ roll band, similar in style to Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless and Lacuna Coil.

>Kyle Craft
– Dolls Of Highland CD/2xLP+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
Kyle Craft grew up in a tiny Louisiana town on the banks of the Mississippi, where he spent most of his time catching alligators and rattlesnakes instead of playing football or picking up the guitar. He’s not the product of a musical family, and bands never came through town. It was only a chance trip to K-Mart that gave him his first album, a David Bowie hits compilation that helped inspire him eventually to channel his innate feral energy into songwriting and rock and roll. That self-made talent drives every note of
Dolls Of Highland, Craft’s exhilarating, fearless solo debut. “Like many artists from the South, Craft has a conflicted relationship with the region's cultural duality, a topic he tackles on [Dolls Of Highland’s] ‘Lady Of The Ark.’ Shrouded in guitars and organ, he caustically wails, ‘Swing low, low sweet heathen / Swing for the wretch and the rock and roll kid,’ a line he says he wrote in response to the ‘shame, shame thing that 'church folk' tend to do so often,’ and which doesn't sit well with Craft. ‘Roam this earth repeat it / All this sin until this wicked world makes sense in time,’ he defiantly growls near the song's end. Craft's roaming days may be done for now, but ‘Lady Of The Ark’ shows his music as wild-eyed and restless.” – NPR
>Dead Forest Index
– In All That Drifts From Summit Down CD/LP+MP3 (Sargent House)
Forsaking instrumental complexity in favor of richly dense vocals and an otherwise minimal palette, Dead Forest Index evokes heaviness with the atmosphere they create rather than through blunt force. Though basing themselves periodically in locales as far-flung as Melbourne and London, the oceanic grandeur of A Dead Forest Index's songs suggests a spiritual mooring in their homeland of New Zealand. Their influences are rich and untapped: the poetic, archaic 'deep song' of Indian and Andalusian origin, Romanian lautari troupe Taraf de Haidouks, and the allegorical symbolism found in William Blake have all been cited as antecedents. The group have themselves been compared to The Velvet Underground with Nico, Scott Walker, Swans with Jarboe, and Antony And The Johnsons, to name a few.

>Deadsmoke
– Deadsmoke CD/LP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Deadsmoke is an Italian doom sludge band that sounds like amplifiers buried in the deep, with down-tuned monolithic guitar riffs scraping the soil down to the core of the earth. Slow, hypnotic, dissonant cadences recall the eternal need for isolation and the atavistic fear of nothingness.

>Death Angel
– The Art Of Dying/Killing Season 2xCD (Nuclear Blast)
Limited double-CD digipak release containing a pair of albums by the Bay Area-based metal band:
The Art of Dying (2004) and Killing Season (2008). Death Angel was initially active from 1982 to 1991 but reappeared on the scene again in 2001.
>Mike Dillon
– Functioning Broke CD/LP (The Royal Potato Family)
Over the past decade, Mike Dillon has released a number of acclaimed albums, intertwining a range of influences, from Zappe-esque eccentricity to Fishbone punk funk, from DC Go-Go to Milt Jackson-esqe vibraphone majesty. Never before, however, has he recorded music so personal and committed to a sustained mood.
Functioning Broke presents Dillon alone on vibraphone and percussion, building each song into its own minimalist auditory landscape. The choice of material distinguishes the collection even further; as he reimagines six Elliott Smith compositions, including “Behind The Bars,” “Christian Brothers” and “Independence Day,” Neil Young's “The Needle & The Damage Done,” Martin Denny's “The Enchanted Sea” as well as four originals.
>John Doe
– The Westerner CD/LP (Cool Rock)
John Doe calls his new album
The Westerner his “psychedelic soul record from the Arizona desert.” The album features 10 new tracks from Doe with guest appearances from Chan Marshall of Cat Power, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Cindy Wasserman of Dead Rock West and Tom Brosseau. The Westerner was produced by Howe Gelb (Neko Case, M. Ward), Dave Way (Fiona Apple) and Doe. The album's artwork was designed by Shepard Fairey and Aaron Huey to support Native American rights via a campaign called Protect The Sacred, with additional photography by Jim Herrington. Of the album Doe says, “The Westerner is dedicated to Michael Blake, author of many books, including Dances With Wolves, who was a scholar and advocate for Native American rights. He was also one of my best friends for over 30 years. Michael taught me how to ride horses (we knocked each other off them several times) and we taught each other about writing, music and art. Many of these songs are about him or use him as the main character. His presence has been with me throughout the making of the record. It's a wild, spread-out, desert-like life that we've lived.”
>Doomsquad
– Total Time CD/LP (Bella Union)
Inspiration for the Toronto-based family band’s sophomore album was pulled from artists including author George Bataille, Canadian voice expressionist Tanya Tagaq and Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV leader Genesis P-Orridge. Avant-garde artist Mary Margaret O'Hara contributed vocals on “The Very Large Array,” while F**ked Up's Mike Haliechuk, David Foster (aka Huren) and members of Not The Wind, Not The Flag also make appearances.

>Egyptian Lover
– 1983-1988 CD/4xLP (Stones Throw)
Los Angeles native Egyptian Lover (Greg Broussard) is recognized as a pioneer of West Coast hip-hop, helping bring electro rap to the masses in the early '80s and influencing DJs and MCs the world over in his wake. The first West Coast rapper/producer to achieve international success, Egyptian Lover paved the way for early West Coast hip-hop pioneers like Dr. Dre and the World Class Wrecking Crew, N.W.A., Ice T, Rodney O & Joe Cooley, King Tee & DJ Pooh among others. In the mid '80s, L.A. was becoming the electro rap capital and Egyptian Lover was at the forefront of this new West Coast rap sound, inventing the innovative sound of combining up-tempo, synth-heavy electro beats with rap vocals. His influence cannot be overstated – not only did he change the face of West Coast hip-hop, but also greatly influenced electronic, techno, R&B and pop music to this day.

>Brian Eno
– The Ship CD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
The Ship is Brian Eno's first solo record since 2012's Grammy-nominated Lux. Originally conceived from experiments with three dimensional recording techniques and formed in two, interconnected parts, The Ship is almost as much musical novel as traditional album. Eno brings together beautiful songs, minimalist ambience, physical electronics, omniscient narratives and technical innovation into a single, cinematic suite. [Both CD and vinyl are available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe CD is packaged in a cloth bound case with a spot gloss cover and four art cards, while the Deluxe vinyl is a limited transparent edition.]
>Fallujah
– Dreamless CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Third full-length album from the progressive death metallers. Fallujah’s last album,
The Flesh Prevails, topped several Best Of 2014 lists with their melodic and atmospheric take on death metal.
>Fire! Orchestra
– Ritual CD (Rune Grammofon)
Slimming the ensemble down from 28 of northern Europe's finest jazz and improvisational musicians to a mere 21, Fire! Orchestra combine free improvisations, spontaneous horns, keyboard frenzy, abstract electronics, and guitar mayhem, and two glorious vocalists. Vinyl version due May 27.

>Lefty Frizell
– Time Out For The Blues CD/LP (Southern Routes)
With his warm, drawling vocals and downhome charm, Texas country music innovator Lefty Frizzell was Hank Williams only serious rival in the early 1950s, when Lefty made history by dominating the Top Five with three concurrent hits. He exerted a profound influence on every subsequent generation of singers, from George Jones to Merle Haggard and George Strait. This newly compiled import compilation captures the singer at his early peak and into his sensational early 1960 s return to form, capturing Frizzell at his best.

>Ghoul
– We Came For The Dead [Reissue/2002] CD (Tank Crimes)
Ghoul – Maniaxe [Reissue/2003] CD (Tank Crimes)
Ghoul is supposedly a group of mutants from Creepsylvania that were tricked into signing a record deal with Razorback Records. The characters that make up the group are Cremator, Digestor, Dissector, and Fermentor, with various other characters periodically joining them onstage. Here you have two reissues of the grindcore/death metal band’s first two albums.

>Kenneth James Gibson
– The Evening Falls CD/LP+MP3 (Kompakt)
Composer and musician Kenneth James Gibson presents a journey through vast aural landscapes with an intricately woven tapestry of swelling string drones, shimmering pedal steel, and minimalist piano motives. The fourth installment in Kompakt's Pop Ambient album series.

>Greyhounds
– Change Of Pace CD/LP (Ardent Music)
Change Of Pace is Greyhounds' second collection of funky, blues-and-R&B-laced rock & roll. Where their last album, 2014's Accumulator, focused on internal emotional turmoil and personal relationships, Change Of Pace draws its inspiration from the outside world and the struggles the duo sees every day in Texas and on the road.
>Haken
– Affinity 2xCD/LP+MP3 (Inside Out)
Haken have become a major name on the prog scene since the release of their third album,
The Mountain in 2013. While that album was inspired by the 70s ‘golden age of prog’ Affinity fully embraces their love of ‘80s music. “Everybody knows the 1970s was a golden age for prog music” explains guitarist Charles Griffiths. “In the past we’ve taken a lot from bands of that era whom we enjoyed, especially Gentle Giant, but this time, we have gone more towards the next decade for our inspiration. For me, it means albums like 90125 from Yes, Toto IV and King Crimson’s Three Of A Perfect Pair and even Vince DiCola’s score from Transformers The Movie. We all love the sounds they used; the keyboard and drum sounds gave the music a cool flavor and we've incorporated some of that approach throughout Affinity, but especially on the track ‘1985’. Of course there’s still a modern edge to the drums and heavy guitar tones on what you'll hear.”
>Bella Hardy
– With The Dawn CD (Magenta Label Group)
Bella Hardy's seventh solo album,
With The Dawn, is her first since being named BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer Of The Year in 2014 These are songs written on the road, full of that sense of displacement, longing and contemplation that all itinerant musicians know. On With The Dawn, Bella Hardy's soaring kite-like voice is married to lyrics that poetically question everything she's seen and done up till now; letting go of expectations, both other people's and her own.
>Robin Hayward
– Stop Time CD (Important)
A recording of microtonal tubist and composer Robin Hayward's 2013 composition
Stop Time. The piece explores harmonic space with acoustic instruments and color-coding made explicit by spotlighting each musician according to the color of the pitch played; the idea is not so much to simulate synesthesia as to explore possible interactions between sound, vision, space, and time -- harmonic space is projected over time onto physical space, thus “stopping time.”
>Judith Hill
– Back In Time CD (NPG)
Back In Time was recorded at Paisley Park Studios. Prince plays guitar, bass and drums and provides background vocals. Prince also co- produced the album with Judith. Other associated Prince players on the album include John Blackwell on drums. “It’s called Back In Time because it celebrates my roots growing up in a household where funk and soul music was always celebrated,” Hill said. “One of the songs is called ‘Jammin’ In The Basement.’ It reminds me of my childhood and my family, we’d all be jamming in the basement. It was a family affair and it was special.” “It’s the fastest album I’ve ever made,” Prince said. “Ask your questions now. She’s going to be a superstar and you won’t be able to talk to her.”
>Holy Grove
– Holy Grove CD/LP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Remember when heavy rock bands wrote songs? In the early '70s, Grand Funk, Bang, and Deep Purple brought hooks and choruses to seriously weighty tunes. Portland, Oregon's Holy Grove walk in the footsteps of tradition, pitting soulful vocals, searing guitar solos, and swinging grooves into their own dinosaur stomp. [Limited color vinyl edition also available.]

>Honey Island Swamp Band
– Demolition Day CD (Ruf)
Take a late-night stroll through downtown New Orleans and you'll hear a thousand flavors of music spill from the clubs. Spin this album by the Crescent City's new favorite sons, meanwhile, and you'll hear a band who embody that eclectic spirit.

>Hookfoot
– Headlines [Reissue/1975] 2xCD (Prog Temple)
Caleb Quaye, Ian Duck, David Glover (later replaced by Freddy Gandy), and Roger Pope were session musicians who'd acted as Elton John's backing band before embarking on a recording career themselves in 1971. Over the course of four studio LPs and one live set, they established themselves as one of the UK's most musical rock bands, drawing on rock 'n' roll, country, funk, blues, and more, with Quaye standing out as a truly exceptional guitarist. This double compilation initially appeared in 1975, following their split in 1974, and includes a cross-section of material from their studio albums, as well as four previously unreleased tracks.

>Horse Lords
– Interventions CD/LP (Northern Spy)
“It’s tempting to call Horse Lords a math- or prog-rock band, and neither would be wrong. But both would be misleading. Even though there’s nerdy precision and structural complexity in this Baltimore quartet’s music, the overarching feeling is joyous. Their jagged figures and skilled repetitions all serve an experience, one that’s much more exhilarating than anything achievable through honing musical chops or solving numerical equations. On
Interventions, their third full-length, Horse Lords make the pointillist puzzle-pieces in their guitars, drums, electronics, and sax clearer than ever before. Yet what’s even more obvious is how blissfully those elements meld together.” -- Pitchfork
>Horsepower Productions
– Crooks, Crime & Corruption CD/2xLP (Tempa)
Horsepower Productions and their ever-present head honcho Benny Ill, revered in underground music circles as among the key early innovators of dubstep, return with their much-anticipated fourth album,
Crooks, Crime & Corruption. An ambitious, varied work and a compelling, immersive journey, the album finds the group expanding their horizons and broadening their sound palette to draw from numerous facets of the UK underground and further afield, while maintaining the unparalleled production chops that first made them such a force in the scene.
>Ilian
– Love Me Crazy [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (Anthology Recordings)
lian’s
Love Me Crazy is a lovely piece of ‘70s guitar rock songwriting, and one that has been almost lost to the world due to its out of print nature. But this Anthology Recordings reissue (the first authorized by the artist) solves that problem, opening up the free-flowing vibes (the album was recorded quickly and keenly) to new listeners.
>Imarhan
– Imarhan CD/LP (City Slang)
Imarhan were born in Tamanrasset, Southern Algeria, a city where the Tuareg community of Northern Mali, Kel Tamashek people, ended their exile in the early 1990s, following the multiple struggles they have been experiencing since the 1960s. Imarhan, meaning “the ones I care about,” started out around 2008, a loose collection of friends who began to play together under the watchful eye of Sadam’s cousin, Eyadou Ag Leche, bass guitarist of their older brothers Tinariwen. Imarhan have a sound that reflects their cultural and generational background; dry guitar riffs, pop melodies and pan-African rhythms which draw on traditional Tuareg music, African ballads and the modern pop and rock the band heard growing up.

>Izegrim
– Ferryman’s End CD/LP (Listenable)
New album from the Dutch death thrash band.

>Bryony James
– Feeling Good [Reissue/1969] CD (Zeitgeist)
This New York-born half-Cuban vocalist came to London in 1967 and had her sole album released in the UK in 1969. It finds her tackling a number of jazz and popular standards in sultry style, backed by the percussive, jazzy grooves of the Laurie Holloway Quartet. A considerable rarity in its original vinyl form, it's reissued here on CD for the first time.

>The Jayhawks
– Paging Mr. Proust CD/LP (Sham)
Paging Mr. Proust features the long-time core of the Jayhawks: Gary Louris (lead vox/guitars), Marc Perlman (bass), Tim O’Reagan (drums/vox), and Karen Grotberg (keyboards/vox). The album was co-produced by Louris, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket) and recorded at Martine’s Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, OR. From the jangle of album opener “Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces” to the trademark harmonies of “Isabel’s Daughter” to the more pensive “Lover Of The Sun”, it is clear that The Jayhawks’ power remains undiminished from their initial national impact, 1992’s Hollywood Town Hall. Other tracks such as the sludgy rocker “Lost The Summer”, the kraut-rock groove of “Ace” and the taut minimalism of “Comeback Kids” bring new sounds to the palette. “Leaving The Monsters Behind” features a trademark vocal turn special guest Mike Mills. “We worked harder in pre-production than any previous Jayhawks record,” says Louris, having demoed most of the songs in his home studio before extensive workshopping with the band, and eventually recording in the hospitable confines of Martine’s studio.
>George Jones
– When My Heart Hurts No More CD/LP (Southern Routes)
Drawn from his UA-Mercury years (1954-1963), when Jones was at his creative peak, this is an essential for every true country music fan. From his classic duets with Melba Montgomery, to timeless original Jones compositions “Window Up Above” and “Tender Years” to haunting ballads like “Everything Ain't Right,” this set confirms that Jones was one of the kings of country music.

>Joy
– Ride Along! CD/LP (Tee Pee)
The sound of Joy has been described as “a spaced-out sonic groove-ride” and “outer reach freak out,” but that hyperbole alone doesn't do justice to the group's measured mode of attack. Joy deliver a deafening gauntlet of heavy psychedelia where no riff is left unturned.

>Jungle: Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/Hamid
Drake – Live At Okuden 2xCD (ESP-Disk)
Mat Walerian: alto saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute; Matthew Shipp: piano; Hamid Drake: drums, percussion. Recorded November 19, 2012, at the Okuden Music concert series. From William Parker's liner notes: “Stepping into the Silence, this is literary music, epic little bouts of brilliance. That expands and stretches across what you might call instant reality, the lining or other side of the cosmic blanket where ordinary yet extraordinary people live; it swings and is balanced, it knows where to stop and begin again. It Bees and it Bops, it is and isn't at the same time, but the main thing is they don't scream -- not that the scream and the shout are bad. It's that you have to play inside your destiny rather than a musical style. It's all about playing free instead of asking others for freedom, so I celebrate Drake, Shipp, and Walerian for choosing life over music. Choosing intuition over tradition.”

>King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
– Nonagon Infinity CD/LP+MP3 (ATO)
Coming only six months after the softer, folksy
Paper Mache Dream Balloon, Nonagon Infinity finds King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard returning to form on this relentless psychedelic shred fest. “King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard have released four albums in less than two years; that lack of downtime might have resulted in an absence of transformative, life-altering experiences to insert into their lyrics, but these Australian psych-rock kooks have always been more about melody, frenzy and impact rather than compelling storytelling. There is a sense of urgency to this latest offering, as if last year’s fey and breezy LP Paper Mâché Dream Balloon acted as a process of blissed-out creative rehab. The rusty screech of ‘Robot Stop’ kickstarts the record before ‘Gamma Knife’ careens down a midnight motorway on a flame-streaked motorbike. ‘People Vultures’ is a satanic summoning, ‘Invisible Face’ indulges a gorgeously groovy wig-out, and a gnarly guitar rains down on the metal-spirited ‘Road Train,’ crashing this tight-knit chaos wagon of sound for good. Until somewhere around mid-August, anyway” – The Guardian. [Limited marble black/green vinyl also available.]
>Konono N°1
- Konono N°1 Meets Batida CD/2xLP+MP3 (Crammed Disc)
Masters of the electric thumb piano, Kinshasa’s Konono No.1 have joined forces with Angolan-Portuguese producer Batida for a new album of bass-driven Afro-electro.

>Larkin Poe
– Reskinned CD (RH Music)
Larkin Poe's 2014 album
Kin is re-launched with five new tracks conveying the heavier, more rock side of these Atlanta Sisters.
>Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes
– Junjo Presents: Wins The World Cup 2xCD/2xLP (Greensleeves)
Previously released as a Scientist album, Greensleeves’ classic 1982 dub set
Wins The World Cup now gets a deluxe double-CD/double-LP revamp under the moniker of producer Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes. Newly remastered and paired with a second disc of the original vocal versions and a selection of DJ cuts.
>Lawrence
– Yoyogi Park CD/2xLP (Mule Musiq)
Hamburg-based DJ and producer Lawrence presents a work of shimmering brilliance that goes far beyond the usual club music euphoria into Lawrence's unique world of intimate, subtly shifting grooves and tones. A one-of-a-kind blend of varied, deep, widescreen, and star-crossed electronica, romantic and enchanting.

>Levitation Room
– Ethos CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Burger)
“The Southern California psychedelic garage rockers Levitation Room take inspiration from all the obvious '60s sources on their debut album,
Ethos. One can hear traces of every band that ever showed up on a Nuggets comp, as well as all the weird groups who probably never even saw a tab of acid but were happy to pretend. The swirling and exotic guitar lines, whirling organs and Mellotrons, sneery, bleary vocals, and reverb-baked sound all scream 1966 -- but also 1986.” – AllMusic
>Lonestar
– Never Enders CD (4 Star/Shanachie)
New album from the veteran country group.

>Lord Mantis
– NTW CDEP/12” (New Density)
“Lord Mantis is f**king back, and their new EP is just as sonically diseased as their previous works. They are one band that has a trademark sound that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand to attention. I really don’t care about all of the drama surrounding this band, all I care is that not too many bands can f**k with them when it comes to creating music that is pure audio filth eating away at human flesh in an inhuman way.”—Cvlt Nation

>Mark Lyken
– The Terrestrial Sea CD (Important)
Mark Lyken is an artist, composer, and filmmaker based in rural Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. He creates musical and sound pieces, films, paintings, and installations. His music combines real-world, electronic, and processed sounds, creating a sometimes incongruous soundworld of corroded melodies, percussive clangs, drilling platform drones, pile-driving booms, intensifying boat noise, local voices, the simulated sounds of weather, and the ever-present sea itself.

>Lera Lynn
– Resistor CD (Sands Foley)
“With each successive release — her 2011 debut
Have You Met Lera Lynn?, the Lying In The Sun EP, 2014's The Avenues and this latest one — Lynn has moved further and further from the torch-and-twang territory and Americana affinities with which she was first associated. The transition has been smooth, given that she never identified all that closely with country and folk songwriting traditions that rely on lyrics to set a mood; she's about lovely, low-spirited melodies and atmospheric, enveloping performances.” -- NPR
>Mars Red Sky
– Apex III (Praise For The Burning Soul) CD/LP (Listenable)
Mars Red Sky started making waves early on in 2011 when they released their self-titled debut. On this album, the Bordeaux three-piece showed a penchant for 60s space rock filled with doomy tones and tempos, accentuated with pop sensibilities. That they could effortlessly combine these elements to create something that was just as soft and graceful as it was heavy and heady was a testament to their prowess as song writers.
Apex III (Praise For The Burning Soul) is a crazy psychedelic trip … From the album’s plodding bookends to Side B’s catchy space rock explorations, there’s a gorgeous chemistry at play here. The result is one damn fine psychedelic stoner rock record.” – The Sludgelord
>Del McCoury & David Grisman
– Del & Dawg Live! 2xCD (Acoustic Disc)
Del McCoury met David Grisman at the first show Del played (on banjo) with Bill Monroe on February 8, 1963 at New York University in Greenwich Village. Three years later, Del & Dawg played their first gig together in Troy, NY at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For decades they have shared stages at venues and festivals across the country, and in 2014 began the unique duo collaboration heard on this recording.
Del & Dawg Live! celebrates the continuing 53-year bluegrass friendship of these two legendary musicians.
>Midnight Eternal
– Midnight Eternal CD (Inner Wound)
What characterizes the sound of the symphonic metal band Midnight Eternal is the sense of melody - a synthesis of melody and power, crushing guitars, double bass and beautiful multi-layered vocals. Led by the beautiful and emotional vocals of Raine Hilai, the future of Midnight Eternal looks very bright.

>Tisziji Muñoz & John Medeski
- When Coltrane Calls! Session 3: Living Immortality CD (MRI)
Here is yet another intense journey into the original sound space of guitar master Tisziji Muñoz. This third installment from the
When Coltrane Coltrane Calls trilogy closes with six original pieces and three Coltrane tunes stretched to the limit. John Lam Sobo Medeski easily transcends his jazz peers and himself as Tisziji continues to blaze forth a new path of ecstatic guitar playing.
>Museum Mouth
– Popcorn Fish Guinea Pig CD (Equal Vision)
“North Carolina lo-fi punks Museum Mouth have signed to Say Anything frontman Max Bemis’ Equal Vision Records imprint Rory Records for the follow-up to 2013’s
Alex I Am Nothing. As I’ve written before about Museum Mouth, singer Karl Kuehn’s eccentric vocals are what instantly set this band apart from their peers. It’s the thing that will make you either hate the band or love them (hopefully the latter!), but either way you’ll never mistake them for someone else.” – Brooklyn Vegan
>Nemesea
– Uprise CD (Napalm)
“A beautiful and timeless rock masterpiece in the tradition of Within Temptation and Delain.”

>New Madrid
– magnetkingmagnetqueen CD/2xLP+MP3 (Normaltown)
New Madrid’s chemistry and singular sonic stamp are undeniable. Years of relentless touring, hundreds of shows and several thousand hours playing together have yielded a battle-hardened brotherhood – a band on a mission. Their new record,
magnetkingmagnetqueen, comprises a sprawling 15 tracks, equal parts groove and jangle, psyche and fuzz, rock, grit and slow burners. Co-produced with esteemed engineer David Barbe (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Drive-By Truckers), the album rewards the careful listener with unfolding layers of experimental soundscapes and grooves, bearing new discoveries with each enthralling listen. “Compact in some ways, yet expansive,” is how New Madrid’s Phil McGill describes their new album. magnetkingmagnetqueen takes a wide swath of influences ranging from the guitar tangle of Television and the tripped-out introspection of Yo La Tengo, to the angular experimentation of Can and the harmonic bath of Magical Mystery Tour, and combines them into something entirely unique.
>Nurse With Wound
– Chromanatron CD/LP (Rotorelief)
Chromanatron consists of Nurse With Wound’s collages of no less than five albums by the mythical German band Sand from the late '60s and '70s. These five experimental psychedelic krautrock albums include their first oddity, Golem (1974), which has long been a great source of inspiration for Nurse With Wound. A hallucination on the music of Sand by Andrew Liles and Steven Stapleton, with Ian Hinton-Smith, guitar; Rick Tomlinson, French horn; and Matt Waldron, atmospheric grooves. Recorded at The Bear Den, West Yorkshire.
>Panhandle
– Panhandle [Reissue/1972] CD (Prog Temple)
Though producer Rodger Bain is principally known for his influential collaborations with Black Sabbath and other hard rock acts, in 1971 he oversaw this obscure one-off studio project. Featuring (among others) the legendary guitarist Chris Spedding, bassist Herbie Flowers, singer P. P. Arnold, and even Dudley Moore on keyboards, it's a superb set of tough-edged rock and pop standards, and is reissued here for the first time since its 1972 release.

>Pepper
– Ohana CD/LP (LAW)
Over the years, Pepper have toured extensively with groups like 311, Slightly Stoopid, Flogging Molly and Sublime With Rome, and spent several summers on Warped Tour – and this live sensibility shows on
Ohana. Bassist Bret Bollinger describes the album’s first single as “... if James Brown and The Beach Boys got together and had way too many Mai Tai's.”
>Pere Ubu
– Picnic Time [Reissue/1979] CD (Fire)
Pere Ubu – The Art Of Walking [Reissue/1980] CD (Fire)
Pere Ubu – Song Of The Bailing Man [Reissue/1982] CD (Fire)
Pere Ubu – The Hearpin Singles 1975-1977 CD (Fire)
Recently collected in a vinyl box set, Pere Ubu’s third through fifth albums have also been reissued on CD courtesy of Fire Records, along with the singles collection
The Hearpin Singles 1975-1977, which was previously available as a 7” vinyl box set back in 1995, and collects the band’s first four 7” singles.
>Britta Phillips
– Luck Or Magic CD/LP+MP3 (Double Feature)
“Britta Phillips started off her career as the singing voice of Jem, the ’80s cartoon-fantasy pop star. Then she played bass in Luna. That’s a pretty wide swing! More recently, she’s been half of Dean & Britta with her husband, the former Galaxie 500 and Luna frontman Dean Wareham. (And since Luna reunited not long ago, maybe it’d make more sense to say they’re both still in Luna.) And for a few years, on and off, Phillips has been working on Luck Or Magic, her solo debut, which started off as a collaboration with the late dance producer Scott Hardkiss.” -- Stereogum

>Pity Sex
– White Hot Moon CD/LP+MP3 (Run For Cover)
On their sophomore record,
White Hot Moon, Michigan quartet Pity Sex take all of the elements that made its predecessor, Feast Of Love, so endearing and fine-tune them. The guitars still buzz and roar, but there’s a greater dynamic range. The heartbreaking “Plum” starts soft and tender, Britty Drake’s voice standing stark against a skeletal guitar, but it gets stormier as it goes on; the title track boasts the kind of grinding riffs that wouldn’t sound out of place on an early Dinosaur Jr. record. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Plants And Animals
– Waltzed In From The Rumbling CD/LP (Secret City)
Plants And Animals are a Montreal-based trio that began playing together as kids, emerged on the international scene in 2008 and have developed a varied cult following ever since, built this on the shoulders of their self-produced records, their intense live show, or both—depending on who you ask.
Waltzed In From The Rumbling follows 2012’s The End Of That, and is said to have been inspired by everything from Serge Gainsbourg, to J Dilla, to Twin Peaks composer Angelo Badalamenti. Contained within are touches of folk, rock, funk and more cinematic work. “Singer/guitarist Warren Spicer has recorded and mixed his band's fourth full-length to near perfection. This cannot be overstated. Each instrument on Waltzed In From The Rumbling is so exactly in tune and at the optimum volume and placement in the speakers that it feels like each note is tangible. From the chop of the stereo-panned acoustic guitars to the gentle golf claps on last month's single, ‘No Worries Gonna Find Us,’ to the train-brakes flute on ‘So Many Nights,’ to the string and horn arrangements that bring so much texture to this album, everything is in its right place. If that sounds like I'm referencing a different band, this is because Plants And Animals sound like a different band, namely a combination of turn-of-the-century Radiohead and turn-of-the-century Flaming Lips.” – Pitchfork
>Prince
- HITNRUN Phase Two CD (NPG/Roc Nation)
“From the opening notes of Prince’s
HITNRUN Phase Two, it seems like a return to the days of the Purple One’s midcareer classics like ‘Cream,’ ‘Most Beautiful Girl In The World’ and even ‘Kiss.’ ‘Baltimore’ feels good—churning, sleek, a bouncing to a rubbery beat—and that vibe permeates his latest collaboration with the New Power Generation. But even through the positive musical vibes, HnR2 shows Prince sowing seeds of social commentary. He sings in ‘Baltimore,’ ‘Does anybody hear us pray for Michael Brown or Freddie Gray / Peace is more than the absence of war… We’re gonna see another bloody day / We’re tired of crying, and people dying / Let’s take all the guns away.’ Like Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone, hard truths are best served in a way they’re actually heard. The serious elements don’t overtake HnR2, though. It’s not steeped in decrying social injustice. Instead, the album is a call to the kind of funk that closes over your head like too much champagne. Undulating, fizzy, and almost light-headed, this is music to induce a euphoria that lifts skirts and spirits.” – Paste
>Purson
– Desire’s Magic Theatre CD/LP (Spinefarm)
Desire's Magic Theatre is a technicolor trip through the mind's eye of songstress/vocalist/guitarist Rosalie Cunningham, whose signature approach to her craft is bravely center stage, as she deftly mixes progressive rock and cabaret romp into a compelling, multifaceted rock ‘n’ roll show. The album was inspired by the rock operas of the late ‘60s and ‘70s; musically, visually and lyrically— it touches on a variety of areas, including folk, prog, psychedelic, gothic rock and even classical, making telling use of a variety of instruments and complex arrangements, to fully explore the outer limits of the reel-to-reel tape.
>Recent Arts
– Recent Arts CD (Non Standard Productions)
Recent Arts (Chilean visual artist Valentina Berthelon and German musician Tobias Freund) present their self-titled debut, created and performed by means of an application developed by Max Loderbauer and Tom Thiel, which repeats and processes sounds in a free and natural way, constantly modulating its repetitions and combining its structure with a full range of analog synthesis to achieve a wide spectrum of frequencies.

>The Relatives
– Goodbye World CD/LP (Ubiquity)
“I got a little more work for you to do.'' That's what the late Reverend Gean West sings or rather testifies on the opening track of
Goodbye World, the new and deeply emotional album from the triumphantly unlikely gospel funk band The Relatives. The group started working on the record in the summer of 2014, but Gean was able to lay down his signature gravelly vocals on only two songs before he became ill and fell into a coma. He remained unconscious for twelve days, and it was during that time he heard God's voice telling him to get back to work. “Don't let me down, son,” the voice commanded.
>Ritornell
– If Nine Was Eight CD/LP (Karaoke Kalk)
If Nine Was Eight sees percussionist Richard Eigner and pianist Roman Gerold create states of suspension and illusion that not only blur the lines between pop and art but also between acoustic and electronic sounds. The ambiguous beauty of their music has been compared to a detailed botanical still life -- one half-expects to see movement among the leaves. Contrabass flute, cello, piano, Rhodes -- these are only some of the ingredients that make up the album’s ten tracks.
>Steve Roach and Robert Logan
– Biosonic CD (Project)
Steve Roach and Robert Logan – Second Nature CD (Project)
Pushing the boundaries of perception-expanding music, Steve Roach and Robert Logan release two vastly different transmissions of powerful emotion and exploration. Biosonic's elegant futurism and Second Nature's romantic minimalism are distinct yet linked through a passion for engaging, subtle body-mind states. The former's darkly ecstatic, deeply-layered, electro-neural atmosphere contrasts with the latter's nuanced, sparse, ambient-atmospherics and processed-piano tone paintings.

>Rob(u)rang
– Ofo CD (Sub Rosa)
Contrasting directions from techno to modern tribal, the Rob(u)rang project deals in experimentation, repetition, and the use of rhythm boxes. Gabriel Séverin initiated Rob(u)rang in 2000, but has only released handful of albums since. Here, Séverin draws his inspiration from yorùbá spells (collected in Nigeria and Benin) initially designed to cure diseases or solve problems. The results resemble raw Afro-rock full of lively percussion (warming up the chill of drum machines) led by a possessed, trance-inducing voice. Now and then, lighter moments and dub-like surprises pop up, pleasantly cooling things down before entering the next entranced state.

>Rogue Wave
– Delusions Of Grand Fur CD (Easy Sound)
Delusions Of Grand Fur marks the sixth album from Rogue Wave and is their first since 2013’s Nightingale Floors. Longtime bandmates Zach Rogue & Pat Spurgeon recorded and produced the album on their own at their home studio. Instead of recording demo versions that would evolve into a song, the band wrote and recorded these demo’s as the songs. The album is easily Rogue Wave’s least predictable, where ambient synth tones, mottled textures, and electronic beats stand in for the breezy, acoustic gems fans have long come to expect. Vinyl edition due May 13.
>Otis Rush and Guy Buddy
– Live In Chicago ’88 CD (Klondike)
WBEZ-FM broadcast of a joint performance from two genuine blues innovators performing live at Grant Park, Chicago for the fifth annual Chicago Blues Festival on June 10
th 1988.
>A Sagittariun
– Elasticity CD/LP (Elastic Dreams)
Ambient techno exponent A Sagittariun fires off another full-length album transmission on his own Elastic Dreams label.
Elasticity delves into a myriad of textured sounds and pliable rhythms, touching on ambient, industrial, breaks, and dub influences.
>Sand
– His First Steps CD/LP (Rotorelief)
Sand – Sylph Ballet CD/LP (Rotorelief)
Sand – North Atlantic Raven CD/LP (Rotorelief)
Previously unreleased albums by German psychedelic proto-industrial visionaries Sand. All cover paintings by cover paintings by Babs Santini.

>Schammasch
– Triangle 3xCD/3xLP (Prosthetic)
Swiss avant-garde metal titans Schammasch have earned a worldwide metal audience with their spellbinding mixture of dark atmospherics, forward-thinking black metal, doom and Hermetic mysticism.

>Bernie Schwartz
– The Wheel [Reissue/1970] CD (Zeitgeist)
By the time he released this solo album in 1970, Bernie Schwartz was a veteran of the Hollywood music scene, having collaborated with The Everly Brothers on some unsuccessful singles, written songs for The East Side Kids and The Yellow Payges, and played with psych-pop band The Comfortable Chair. Co-produced with Wesley Watt and Bill Lincoln of Euphoria,
The Wheel effortlessly spans wild psychedelic rock and gentle ballads. Expertly written, played, and sung, it's a lost classic, reissued here on CD for the first time.
>Se Delan
– Drifter CD/LP+MP3 (Kscope)
Se Delan are a dark, alternative/new wave duo made up of Justin Greaves, the multi-instrumentalist leader of Crippled Black Phoenix, and Belinda Kordic on vocals, a Swedish singer who previously recorded as Killing Mood. Together with their shared influences (music, film and life) and a mutual understanding of the way each other works has led to Se Delan creating an album that musically and lyrically looks at madness and how the line between sanity and insanity can at times appear frighteningly thin. Belinda comments, “sometimes it can take a lot off effort and hard work, to stay grounded and stay on the right side of that line. Life vs Death. The unknown.”

>Setenta
– Paris To Nueva York CD/LP (Latin Big Note)
Paris-based septet Setenta mixes Latin, soul, hip-hop, funk, modern jazz, psychedelic boogaloo, and more, with strong percussive and vocal sections and lyrics in Spanish, English, Creole, Yoruba, and French.

>Sixx:A.M.
– Prayers For The Damned 2xCD/2xLP (Eleven Seven Music)
Prayers For The Damned is the fourth studio album from the hard rock trio of Nikki Sixx, Dj Ashba and James Michael. Ashba quit Guns N’ Roses last summer while Sixx brought the black curtain down on 30-years of raising glorious, musical hell with Mötley Crüe with both hell-bent on moving Sixx:A.M. into the top tier of rock. “Packed with radio friendly rock hits the trio have produced the kind of record which burrows deep down into your ear, makes itself at home and refuses to leave. Infesting your head with infectious hooks, built around sugary sweet melodies and enough guitar solos to woo even the coldest musical soul. Album opener ‘Rise’ signals the band’s intent from the off. Rising vocals kick the door to the record off the hinges before the twin towers of Sixx and Ashba burst through in perfect unison. The album’s title track is another belter. An anthem for change which beckons you in close before booting you up the ass with a kicking riff. ‘Better Man’ continues the theme which includes an alluring solo in the middle which has been dunked headfirst in a pit of bluesy rock. The final song on the album ‘The Rise Of The Melancholy Empire’ is an anthem of defiance, of overcoming adversity, saying ‘f**k you’ and with a promise to return. Nikki Sixx has a new crew. And while a motley bunch they aint, they more than tick all the boxes for a party pleasing rock n’ roll band.” – The New Rock Times
>Snarky Puppy
– Culcha Vulcha CD (Ground Up)
“High among the variously outstanding qualities of the band Snarky Puppy is its fecundity. This new music heard here isn't even the first Snarky record to come out this year — that would be the live album and concert film of collaborations called
Family Dinner Vol. 2, released in February. Count back and you arrive at seven full-length releases in the last five years, 11 in total. Culcha Vulcha is Snarky Puppy's first true studio record in many years, with no studio audience or guest-star collaborators. Given their work ethic, it's hard to imagine that League and the ‘family’ would commit such a document to tape haphazardly; it certainly sounds more post-produced than their typical live-to-tape recordings. The intentional nature of the project seems to surface something more at the core of their ethos. At very least, Culcha Vulcha is big, rich and funky” – NPR. Vinyl version due June 10.
>Soulwax
– Belgica [OST] CD (PIAS America)
“Soulwax's first LP in eleven years is a soundtrack to a Belgian film about two brothers who run a hedonistic nightclub in Ghent, Soulwax's hometown. For the sixteen-track album, the band invented fifteen fictional personas, each with its own sound, aesthetic, and backstory that draw from different decades of club culture. During their most active period, Soulwax had an uncanny ability to stay on trend, seeming to predict mashup culture, European electro and big-tent EDM consecutively. Today, you could either laud them for their foresight or accuse them of carpetbagging, but it'd be wrong to undersell just how influential they were at their peak.” – Pitchfork

>Soundtrack
– Empire Season 2 Volume 2 CD (Sony)
The third album release from the Fox hip-hop drama.

>Soundtrack
– On Your Feet! The Story Of Gloria & Emilio Estefan CD (Masterworks)
On Your Feet! is the new Broadway musical that follows the Estefan’s journey to superstardom and stars Ana Villafañe making her Broadway debut as Gloria and Josh Segarra as Emilio.
>Stimming
– Alpe Lusia CD/LP (Diynamic)
Hamburg-based electronic musician Stimming presents his fourth album. Produced over the course of solitary month in a remote little hut in the Italian Alps,
Alpe Lusia begins with the rippling noise of a little creek, and in a way, the album itself resembles a river -- it takes in other tributaries yet remains itself; at times it's as powerful as a rapid, and at others calm as a river bend, but it always originates from the same spring. “I am amazed. Incredibly warm, stripped down, deep, playful and most of all personal! Almost as if someone sat in front of his gear while cruising on a cutter boat over the ocean all by himself (and on Ritalin).” -- DJ Koze
>Linval Thompson
– Linval Presents: Space Invaders 2xCD/2xLP (Greensleeves)
Previously released as a Scientist album, Greensleeves’ classic 1981 dub set
Space Invaders now gets a deluxe double-CD/double-LP revamp under the moniker of producer Linval Thompson. Newly remastered and paired with a second disc of the original vocal versions.
>Jean Tonique
– You CD/LP (Partyfine)
Jean Tonique makes an effort to distance himself from genre-defining elements while approaching his music from an organic and raw songwriting perspective. Using elements from hip hop, house, and '70s/'80s funk, the multifaceted producer likes to draw people in with the malleable dynamics of his music.

>U.K. Subs
– Friends & Relations CD/LP (Cleopatra)
A collection of rare U.K. Subs (and) related side-project tracks, including frontman Charlie Harper performing as Charlie Harper & Captain Sensible, and Urban Dogs, and longtime guitarist Nicky Garratt and bassist Alvin Gibbs performing as Target Generation. [Limited clear vinyl edition also available.]

>Ultha
– Pain Cleanses Every Doubt CD (Translation Loss)
Ultha’s debut album features four epic songs of dark, moody black metal somewhere between the traditional Scandinavian school and a more contemporary US approach.

>Universal Mind Project
– The Jaguar Priest CD (Inner Wound Recordings)
Universal Mind Project is a modern progressive/power metal band featuring Elina Laivera, Henrik Båth (Darkwater), Michael Alexander and Alex Landenburg (Luca Turilli's Rhapsody).

>Valley Of The Sun
– Volume Rock CD/LP (Fuzzorama)
Compared to the likes of Corrosion Of Conformity, Alice in Chains and
Badmotorfinger-era Soundgarden, the Cincinnati power trio runs the gamut of blues, hard rock, grunge and heavy metal on their new album Volume Rock.
>Various Artists [Patrice Bäumel]
- Balance Presents Patrice Bäumel CD (Balance)
DJ and producer Patrice Bäumel joins the illustrious
Balance Presents series with a truly cohesive and imaginative mix that blends and contrasts the soaring melodies of M83 and ethereal magic of Nils Frahm with the guttural throb of Plastikman, the glistening highs of Max Cooper (remixing Stephan Bodzin) with the dark lows of FKA Twigs, and many others, in addition to three exclusive productions by Bäumel.
>Various Artists [DJ Koze]
Pampa Vol. 1 2xCD/3xLP (Pampa)
DJ Koze presents the first compilation from his Pampa label. From 2014-2016, the label chased down friends and admired artists, making sure that every single track is a star. All tracks have been produced exclusively for this compilation and haven't been released before. Includes tracks by Lianne La Havas remixed by Matthew Herbert, Roman Flügel (including a remix by DJ Koze), Ada, Axel Boman, Nasrawi, Funkstörung, Jackmate feat. Nik Reiff, Lawrence, Dntel, Josef, Michel Cleis, Die Vögel, Mount Kimbie, Stimming, Isolée, Jamie xx & Kosi Kos, Gold Panda, and Acid Pauli.

>Various Artists [Alan Fitzpatrick]
– Fabric 87 CD (Fabric)
There can be no doubting Alan Fitzpatrick's position as one of the most influential electronic artists of the moment. Already a universally respected and in-demand producer, Fitzpatrick has succeeded in carving out his own musical niche within the ever-expanding genre of techno.
Fabric 87 conveys the rollercoaster rave that is a Fitzpatrick closing set in the club's Room 2, and stands as an expression of the influences and tastes of the audio architect himself. Artists include: 2000 and One, Roman Lindau, Mark Broom, Audion, Bjarki, Charlotte de Witte, Drewxhill, Ilario Alicante, Marcel Fengler, Markus Suckut, Mike Dehnert, Mike Dehnert, Monoloc, Operator, Psyk, Reset Robot, Roberto, Scuba, Session Restore and Truncate & Jimmy Edgar.
>Various Artists
- An Anthology of Turkish Experimental Music 1961-2014 2xCD/2xLP (Sub Rosa)
A diverse collection of Turkish experimental music ranging from the electronic music of the 1960s to all forms of experimental music of the 2010s. The beauty of this collection lies in its multifaceted nature; it features purely formal music, hijacked electronica, remnants of Turkish harmonies, and pieces that are more conceptual or even political (vaguely or strongly) in design.

>Various Artists
– The Ladies Of Too Slow To Disco CD/2xLP+MP3 (How Do You Are)
The third installment in DJ Supermarkt's acclaimed West Coast pop compilation series
Too Slow To Disco, focusing on the women who kick-started the female pop revolution in the '70s. Covers the big names and unearths overlooked and lost gems of the 1970s L.A. music scene, with tracks by Carole King, Carly Simon, Rickie Lee Jones, Evie Sands, Melissa Manchester, Teri DeSario, Renée Geyer, Lyn Christopher, and more.
>Visions Of Atlantis
– Old Routes – New Waters CD (Napalm)
Australian symphonic power metal.

>Wrong
– Wrong CD/LP (Relapse)
High-energy Miami noise rock quartet WRONG formed in 2014 from the ashes of punk/hardcore trio Capsule and streamrolled onto the scene in 2014 with its promising debut EP Stop Giving (Robotic Empire). Featuring former members of Torche and Kylesa amongst their ranks, WRONG play Helmet / Unsane inspired heavy noise rock and put on an appropriately unrelenting live show along with the music. In its brief lifespan, the band has already been described by Noisey as an “outfit with impeccable credentials and a firm handle on the art of the bludgeoning groove” and by PunkNews as “very promising indeed.” Their self-titled full-length debut is a raucous and modern take on ‘90s grunge and alternative metal comprised of eleven riff-driven, powerhouse songs replete with battering grooves, dissonant melodies and cathartic vocals. Call it noise rock for a new millennium.

>Greg Yoder
– Dreamer Of Life [Reissue/1976] CD/LP (Favorite)
Remastered reissue of a killer private-press AOR LP.
Dreamer Of Life is infused with folk, jazz, and soul notes, and is one of the best albums from the Hawaiian scene in this style.
>Dennis Young
- Wave: Electronic Music 1984-1988 CD/LP (Bureau B)
Dennis Young is best known as the percussionist of the New York band Liquid Liquid, who are themselves known for their 1983 track “Cavern,” sampled the same year by Grandmaster Flash for “White Lines.”
Wave is a selection of tracks from his three-cassette tribute to the pioneers of electronic music, originally released between 1985 and 1988.
>Rob Zombie
- The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser CD/LP (UMe)
“Even in the worlds of metal and horror Rob Zombie is a divisive figure; praised as a dreadlocked visionary and lampooned as a horror hack. What prompts this reaction is that Zombie is the very definition of an auteur. In a career split between shock rock outrage and directing lurid ultra-violent movies, every release is unmistakably the product of a singular fevered mind. He's the center of his own self-perpetuating micro-scene, the trashy electro-thrash anthems feeding into his gore-soaked grindhouse features, and vice versa. What most critics miss is the wicked gallows humor running through all Zombie's best work.
The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser is a pick and mix of Zombie staples: retro horror samples, industrial electronics, sound clips and grinding guitars.” – The List

DVDs + Blu-ray:
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Glen Campbell – The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour: Country Special DVD (Shout Factory)
Some of the greatest stars in Nashville history-including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Minnie Pearl, Jerry Reed, Marty Robbins, and Mel Tillis-join host Glen Campbell in this song-filled, country-flavored special episode from the “Wichita Lineman's” 1968-‘72 CBS variety series.

>Wishbone Ash
– Live In Paris 2015 DVD (Soulfood)
This intimate eight camera shoot of Wishbone Ash playing in Paris over the course of three nights features the best performances of the concert residency at Le Triton Theatre during the spring of 2015.


This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>"A" Trio + Alan Bishop
- Burj al Imam LP (Unrock)
"A" Trio create acoustic improvised drones that range from insistent, chiming resonances with emergency alarm bells to low, thrumming hums; with Bishop's guitar and enigmatic voice in the mix, alternating between gentle crooning and the sounds of a howling dervish, the recording reaches an exceptional depth.

>Babyfather
– BBF - Hosted by DJ Escrow 2xLP (Hyperdub)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New project from Dean Blunt with contributions from Arca and Micachu. “Essentially
BBF - Hosted by DJ Escrow is a definitive UK hip-hop album of the decade so far; a shadow-play of paranoid & surreal atmospheres, ambiguous juxtapositions, upfront infidelity and playful/dreadful intentions that perhaps best reflect street-view observations of the knackered, profane, pagan and pointedly archaic in contrast to supposedly progressive national values and the schizoid political and artistic double-speak of the ‘elite.’ We haven’t a clue who DJ Escrow is -- quite possibly Blunt’s Quasimoto-style sped-up alter-ego, maybe his boy from home -- but he’s crucial to the album; like some pop-up avatar or liminal interpreter reporting back from the zones, culminating in a passionate monologue calling for unity that’s actually undermined by the fact his voice is accelerated to cartoonish levels -- perhaps as many view the situation anyway.” – Boomkat
>Matthew Barber & Jill Barber
– The Family Album LP (Outside Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Channeling a vintage spirit while remaining thoroughly contemporary, Jill Barber has carved out a unique niche in the Canadian music landscape with her distinct voice and repertoire rarely confined to any one genre. She returns to Banff with her brother Matthew Barber, a Toronto-based troubadour known for his soul-searching ballads and clever hooks. His latest release,
Big Romance was nominated for a Juno last year. The Family Album is a collection of songs written by the renowned Canadian siblings and songs by the likes of Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Ian Tyson and more.
>Blood Ceremony
– Lord Of Misrule LP (Rise Above)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “In a tradition that dates back to Late Antiquity, the Lord Of Misrule or ‘Abbot Of Unreason’ was the doomed figure elected to preside over the Feast Of Fools, an annual Saturnalian bacchanalia in which masters became servants and servants masters, while drunken revelry and strange entertainments pervaded Britain and parts of mainland Europe for 30 days. At the end of the month's festivities, the Lord Of Misrule's throat was cut in sacrifice to Saturn. Taking its title from this fascinating slice of religious history, Blood Ceremony's fourth album evokes pagan rites and the bizarre mystical underbelly of rural Britain. Embracing the psychedelic and progressive in their indelible songcraft, guitarist Sean Kennedy, bassist Lucas Gadke, drummer Michael Carrillo and triple threat vocalist/flautist/organist Alia O'Brien have created what Kennedy calls ‘a very English album,’ despite the band's very Canadian heritage. Recorded to analogue tape with producer Liam Watson at Toe Rag Studios in London,
Lord Of Misrule possesses a timeless quality within the rock epoch: It could stand alongside a Shocking Blue or Deep Purple record as easily as it will take its place among 2016's finest albums” – BraveWords
>David Bowie
– Live Radio Broadcast Australia 1987 7” (Laser Media)
Live recordings of “Absolute Beginners” and “China Girl” recorded live in 1987.

>Matt Carlson/Michael Stirling/Doug Theriault
– Aakash LP+MP3 (Root Strata)
Aakash marks the debut recording of the Portland, Oregon-based trio of Matt Carlson (Golden Retriever), Michael Stirling (a disciple of the late Hindustani master Pandit Pran Nath and a student of Terry Riley), and Doug Theriault. Derived from live improvisational performances, the record finds Carlson's rich analog synthesizers joined by real-time processing of Stirling's lilting voice and Theriault's idiosyncratic guitar work and electronics. Dipping into a kind of liminal void, Aakash isn't just cosmic raga. It's a subtle journey; microvisions of inner terrain.
>Suzanne Ciani
– Buchla Concerts 1975 LP (Finders Keepers)
The lost synth manifesto that could have changed the course of electronic music history by the first lady of modular synth history, Suzanne Ciani,
Buchla Concerts 1975 is an archival project that not only redefines musical history but boasts genuine claim to such overused buzzwords as pioneering, maverick, experimental, groundbreaking, and esoteric, while questioning social politics and the evolution of music technology as we've come to understand it. To describe this record as a game-changer is an understatement. This record represents a musical revolution, a scientific benchmark, and a trophy in the cabinet of counterculture creativity. This record is a triumphant yardstick in the synthesizer space race and the untold story of the first woman on the proverbial moon.
>Clark
– The Last Panthers LP+MP3 (Warp)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Chris Clark, aka Clark, composed the score for a moody British TV serial called
The Last Panthers. Here, he shapes this incidental music into a flowing 48-minute suite that conjures almost as much of a story as the show itself.” – Pitchfork
>Guy Clark
– Dublin Blues [1995] LP (Dualtone)
First time vinyl pressing of Guy Clark's seminal 1995 album
Dublin Blues. Guests include Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Verlon Thompson, Kenny Malone, and Suzy Ragsdale, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Nanci Griffith, and Kathy Mattea.
>John Coltrane
– Düsseldorf March 28th 1960 LP (Doxy)
This 1960 live set captures the evolution of John Coltrane's journey from sideman to bandleader. Coltrane was unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight when Miles Davis was unable play that day. It's basically a performance of the Miles Davis Quintet without Davis. The lineup includes Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. This European tour was billed as “Norman Granz's Jazz at the Philharmonic Presents Jazz Winners of 1960.” Two of the other “Jazz Winners” were Stan Getz and Oscar Peterson, both of whom join Coltrane and the band near the end of the Düsseldorf set.

>Chick Corea & Béla Fleck
– Two 3xLP (Concord Jazz)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl. Chick Corea and Béla Fleck meet once again in a historic duet of piano and banjo. With a mix of jazz and pop standards, crossing a myriad of genres, from jazz, bluegrass, rock, flamenco and gospel, this album captures the casual, intimate playing by both legends from different musical worlds.

>Crisix
– From Blue To Black LP (Listenable)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Crisix have gone from fearsome youthful talented thrash metallers winning Wacken Metal Battle contest in 2009, being voted as best Spanish upcoming band in Rock Zone magazine for their debut album
The Menace, to one of the most revered new European powerhouse in the thrash metal genre.
>Crywank
- Tomorrow Is Nearly Yesterday And Everyday Is Stupid [2013] LP (Mutant League)
Crywank is a Manchester based anti-folk band. They mostly write sad songs and have been told they are the worst named band in the country.

>Miles Davis & John Coltrane
– Copenhagen March 24th 1960 LP (Doxy)
This is one of the few 1960 recordings by the legendary formation in its only European tour, before Coltrane's departure to form his own band; one can hear the master musician just on the cusp of breaking forward to his more progressive-leaning phase, while still completely rooted in tradition.

>Andra Day
– Cheers To The Fall LP (WB)
Released last August on CD – now available on vinyl.
Cheers To The Fall, Andra's debut album, is what she calls "a biography told in the form of soul music." The 13 tracks see her exploring relationships with both others and herself, grappling with past mistakes but ultimately finding forgiveness and truth. “Andra Day is a true artist. Obsessed with jazz, soul and rock, the 30-year-old Warner Brother Records signee various elements into her classically trained vocals to create a modern, yet vintage and powerful sound.” – Essence
>DJ Cam Quartet
– The Soulshine Session LP (Inflamable)
DJ Cam returns with his one-man Quartet for
The Soulshine Session, which is comprised of previously unreleased instrumental versions of his 2001 album Soulshine. The Soulshine Session consists of eight songs full of groovy, jazzy, and funky vibes. While the previous releases have been closer to hip-hop, this project is all about live instruments and jazz sounds.
>DMX
– …And Then There Was X [Reissue/1999] 2xLP (Def Jam)
Vinyl reissue of the rapper’s 1999 album, which was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2001 Grammys.

>Dorothy
– Dorothy 12” (Roc Nation)
Debut EP from The L.A.-based rock band (and Skullcandy ambassador). On Jay-Z’s Roc Nation imprint.

>Jack Garratt
– Phase LP (Interscope)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Winner of the 2016 BRIT Critics Choice Award, Jack Garratt is a London-based multi-instrumentalist songwriter who combines elements from the alternative and electronic genres for a unique sound and live show. “Worry And Water” from his 2014
Remnants EP gained heavy traction online and tipped him as Zane Lowe’s Next Hype, which he followed up with “The Love You’re Given” and “Chemical” from his Synesthesiac EP in early 2015 to acclaim. New singles “Weathered” (added to BBC ‘A List’ for four weeks) and “Breathe Life” from his debut album Phase build on his genre-bending sound.
>Generation X
– Live At Sheffield LP (Munster)
Generation X – Sweet Revenge LP (Munster)
Live At Sheffield is the first vinyl release of this live show from December 1978, which mainly features tracks from Generation X's first two albums and displays all their angst and attitude. Sweet Revenge is the band’s third LP, recorded in 1979 with the original lineup and unreleased until 1998. Both HQ-180gm.
>Googoosh
– Googoosh [Reissue/2011] LP (Finders Keepers)
Googoosh collects some of the rarest records from the East's best-kept secret songbird, Googoosh, including forgotten B-sides and mythical LP tracks. Despite her reputation as one of the most legendary Iranian pop stars, Faegheh Atashin aka Googoosh is also the performer of some of the rarest heart-melting pop music in the world, originally pressed on the diminishing vinyl format. Her 1970s songs and performances were banned after the Iranian Revolution of 1979, resulting in her records being forbidden, hidden, and destroyed.
>Hammock
– Everything And Nothing 2xLP (Hammock Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Hammock returns with their first full-length album since 2013s critically-acclaimed
Oblivion Hymns. “Largely instrumental, with occasional (and often ethereal) male and female vocals used sparingly to complement the whole and magnify the human relevance, Everything And Nothing is a collection of rangy mood pieces. Musically and emotionally, it ebbs and flows with the kind of brooding atmospheric ambience that people like to call ‘post-rock.’ Conceptually, we are told, it’s about ‘enduring life’s trials and tribulations, and letting hope be the beacon to guide you through it.’ The sixteen tracks here represent personal struggle, taking the listener on a journey of doubt and change, hinting at oblivion but leaving us with hope and optimism.” –Über Röck
>Brett Harris
– Up In The Air LP (Hit The Deck)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New solo album by this acclaimed musician who collaborated with The dB's and Big Star. “From the moment the
Revolver-esque riff and harmonies kick in on ‘End Of The Rope,’ it’s just chills of delight and melody – completely sing-along and ripe with subtle keyboard touches; ‘Don’t Look Back’ has no less than a fine melody, but the wonderful contradiction is that there is an air of melancholy in the song – a little slower but still filled with sweetness (‘…I’d trade all my yesterdays at a chance for one tomorrow…’) and ‘Lies’ sounds like something that would easily fit in on side two of Radio City – tight, tense and yet packing a groove. And ‘Out Of The Blue’ wouldn’t seem out of place in the more subdued style of Big Star’s Third, with its somber and semi-soul/gospel feel and full-bodied arrangements (simply glorious).” – Popdose
>David Hillyard and The Rocksteady 7
– United Front [2002] LP+MP3 (ORG Music)
Having gotten together in 1997 for the sake creating a sound that combed Jamaican rooted reggae, ska, and jazz with added solo improvisations, Dave Hillyard (The Slackers, Hepcat) recruited a number of top musicians in those genres to create Dave Hillyard and The Rocksteady 7. Hillyard's backing band includes The Slackers's frontman Vic Ruggerio and reggae legend Larry MacDonald, among others. This is the first time
United Front is available on vinyl.
>Hiram And Direct
– Love Flight b/w Turn It Around (SOL Discos)
Favorite Recordings launches its SOL Discos sublabel, a partnership between Pascal Rioux and Waxist dedicated to reissues of rare and forgotten music with a tropical disco flavor. This is an official reissue of “Turn It Around”/“Love Flight” by Hiram And Direct, originally recorded and released in Detroit and hard to find ever since‎. This edition switches the sides, putting the focus on “Love Flight” as the A-side. The track has some strong dancefloor potential for any DJ into underground disco and modern soul -- just listen to those synths. “Turn It Around” is an excellent ballad with beautiful vocals and harmonies.

>Hurry
– Guided Meditation LP (Lame-O)
Up until recently, Hurry consisted exclusively of one man--Matthew Scottoline (of Philadelphia's Everyone Everywhere), joined by a revolving group of friends for performances, while recording and writing and doing all of the work on his own. The band cites influence in Guided By Voices, Teenage Fanclub, Weezer, and Dinosaur Jr.

>Khanate
– Khanate [Reissue/2001] 2xLP (Hydra Head)
Khanate – Things Viral [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (Hydra Head)
Vinyl reissues of the (now-disbanded) drone metal band’s first two albums. Khanate was a drone metal supergroup that brought together James Plotkin and Alan Dubin, two members of the defunct band OLD, as well as Tim Wyskida of Blind Idiot God and Manbyrd) and Stephen O'Malley of Burning Witch and Sunn O))). Keeping some similarity to O'Malley's previous band Burning Witch, Khanate produced songs that usually exceeded the 10-minute mark, characterized by extremely slow tempos, harsh layers of feedback and vocalist Alan Dubin's torturous shrieking.

>Księżyc
– Rabbit Eclipse LP (Penultimate Press)
Rabbit Eclipse is the second full-length recording from legendary Polish neofolk group Księżyc, following their self-titled debut from 1996. The album presents a rich and subtle environment of beguiling narratives hanging in suspended tension. This opens up an entirely new phase in the cycle of the band where an enchanting discrete musical continuum of rich and subtle sound excursions is enveloped in a mysterious melancholia. Another exemplary presentation from one of Poland's most idiosyncratic and respected outfits.
>La Máquina Insular
- Somos La Plena/Ven A Bailar 7” (Vampisoul)
Vampisoul presents the second 7" in its Saoco Now! series dedicated to presenting contemporary recordings that celebrate the legacies of key figures of Puerto Rican music from the '50s and '60s. La Máquina Insular (Héctor "Tito" Matos, Luis "Lagarto" Figueroa, Erik Noel Rosado, Guillermo "Willie" Cubero, Joksan "Joko" Ramos, Ricardo Pons) play a repertoire of classic and new plenas with the strength and rhythm typical of the best of the genre. “Ven A Bailar” is a composition by Rafael Cepeda, author of Cortijo y su Combo's first hit, “El bombón de Elena,” among many others.

>Leer
– Spring Break No Parents LP (Lauren)
Leer is a band that packs punch and energy but infuses so many elements of indie, math rock and post-hardcore, that you can’t help but love their stuff.
Spring Break No Parents will leave you wanting more. “Leer’s magic comes from singer Brandon Holder as the perfect foil to the sumptuous musical spine that guitarist Dan Vo and team paint. They make varying sounds come to a linear progression of skramz and a few other genres that shows their expertise is very much underrated. I’d bet on them. Heavily.”—Dying Scene
>Like Rats
– Like Rats LP (Southern Lord)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Like Rats feature members of Chicago power-violence legends Weekend Nachos. This compact disc compiles every filthy f*cking note they have ever recorded. Most importantly it features their brand new album
II. Nachos have spawned a different beast with Like Rats. The focus of the beatdown is heavily death metal influenced with generous helpings of caveman swing. Think of the old school slaughter of Celtic Frost, and Obituary with the modern ass kicking of Nails, Black Breath etc.. Riff worshiping posers need not apply.”
>Maybird
– Turning Into Water EP 12” (Sony)
Maybird modernizes blissful space-rock with a playful sense of songwriting, sounding like Father John Misty, Band Of Horses, The Black Keys and Kings Of Leon.

>Ennio Morricone
- Il Grande Silenzio [OST/Reissue/1968] LP (Dagored)
Ennio Morricone's legendary soundtrack for the 1968 film
Il Grande Silenzio (The Great Silence), directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski. This melancholic, emotive score, deeply moving and as cold as the snow-covered landscape of the film (an unusual stylistic choice for a Western), is considered one of the best Western works by Morricone. Limited color vinyl pressing.
>Ne-Yo
– In My Own Words [Reissue/2006] 2xLP (Def Jam)
New in UMe’s ongoing Respect The Classics vinyl reissue campaign.

>New Keepers Of The Water Towers
– Infernal Machine LP (Listenable)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New album from the Swedish sci-fi prog-rock act.
Infernal Machine is a concept record based on the classic sci-fi novel The Forever War, transforming the tale of an interstellar Galactic battle into a musical odyssey
>Peach Kelli Pop
– Halloween Mask 7” (Lauren)
Peach Kelli Pop is known for her catchy and tongue-in-cheek songs inspired by video games, Chinese food and conspiracy theorists, illustrating not only her playfulness but also her wit and her angst. “PKP has the gleam & cheerfulness of boldly feminine ‘60s girl groups & is suited for any listener with a short attention span: She fits a good amount of melody into a relatively short amount of time.”—Consequence of Sound

>Ruby The Hatchet
– Ouroboros LP (Outer Battery)
“Philly rock and roll outfit Ruby The Hatchet have guitar riffs that push through muddy waters and their lead singer, Jillian Taylor, has a voice that will bring the ship ashore. As you jettison the liner, get ready to rock as soon as you touch the ground.” --Philadelphia City Paper

>Arthur Russell
– Tower Of Meaning [Reissue/1983] LP (Audika)
Vinyl reissue of Arthur Russell’s epic minimalist orchestral composition conducted by the late Julius Eastman. Stunningly beautiful, mercurial, and moving.

>Sioux Falls
– Rot Forever 2xLP+MP3 (Broken World Media)
After Sioux Falls relocated from Montana to Portland OR they immediately began leaving their mark on the city with a slew of EP and splits as well as forming the Semi-OK music collective. Their new release
Rot Forever is not only their first full­length, but an expansive 73-minute double album. It’s marked by their characteristically vast soundscape that seems at least in part inspired by their Montana roots.
>Eleanor Tallie
– No Turning Back EP 12” (Mighty River)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Rising onto the scene with a timeless and breathtaking voice, Eleanor Tallie makes her musical debut with
No Turning Back. The record falls into the definition of neo-funk, however it is hard to overlook the variety of genres and subgenres which emerge when drifting from track to track.
>Sébastien Tellier
- Marie et les Naufrages (La Bande Originale du Film) LP+MP3 (Record Makers)
Sébastien Tellier's score for Sébastien Betbeder's 2015 film. Tellier chooses a retro-futuristic electronic path in the tradition of Giorgio Moroder's music, delivering instrumental music with a deeply sensual twist punctuated by tributes to Marvin Gaye and Ennio Morricone.

>Tenniscoats
– Music Exists Disc 1 LP (Alien Transistor)
The first part of a four-part vinyl edition of Tenniscoats' masterpiece
Music Exists, a work of intimate, wonderful, psychedelic folk music. They wrote and recorded the album themselves using an analog console, a microphone, and what few instruments they had; as the project developed, they were surprised to find that they had amassed several albums' worth of material, showcasing their unique combination of melodies and unexaggerated arrangements.
>Johnny Thunders
– In Cold Blood [Reissue/1983] LP (Easy Action)
The original
In Cold Blood was a double vinyl affair that came out in 1983 while the outlaw guitarist was still breathing. It paired bare bones studio recordings by ex-Stones producer Jimmy Miller to a disc taken from a 1982 UK gig. This updated reissue adds a Rare Acoustic Session as the B-side.
>Tiga
- No Fantasy Required 2xLP+MP3 (Counter)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The new album from the Montreal DJ/electronic music composer features production from Matthew Dear and a guest spot from Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, among others. There's also a collaboration with Hudson Mohawke called “Planet E.”

>Tonight Alive
- Limitless LP (Fearless)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Hailing all the way from Sydney, Australia, feisty fivesome Tonight Alive attack the US with their irrepressible, female-fronted power pop- punk.

>Truckfighters
– Gravity X / Phi 3xLP (Fuzzorama)
This triple-LP box combines the Swedish rock band’s two first albums,
Gravity X (2005) and Phi (2007) along with three bonus tracks.
>Piero Umiliani & I Suoi Oscillatori
- Il Mondo Dei Romani [OST/Reissue/1972] LP (We Release Whatever The F**k We Want)
First vinyl reissue of Italian soundtrack legend Piero Umiliani's sought-after experimental gem
Il Mondo Dei Romani, originally released in 1972 on Umiliani's Omicron label. Originally recorded for a TV documentary about ancient Rome, Il Mondo Dei Romani is a fascinating rendition of what synthesizer-based avant-garde ancient Roman music would sound like; it's a weird and extremely hypnotizing retro-futuristic experience of faux cithara, lyre, organ, and trumpet sounds driven by proto-techno sequences and minimalist rhythms. Limited orange vinyl pressing.
>Various Artists
– Biologia Marina [Reissue/1973] LP (Intervallo)
First reissue of
Biologia Marina, the first of Intervallo's seven reissues of the amazing nature-themed series of library LPs released in the first half of the '70s by Cardium, Chic, Nereide, Musical, Rhombus, Spring, and Weekend labels.
>Wakey Wakey
– Overreactivist LP (The End)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Spend half an hour in the company of Michael Grubbs, the creative force behind indie band Wakey Wakey and you'll come out with a renewed enthusiasm for old school music making.
Overreactivist is Wakey Wakey's third album and a radical departure from the previous pop album, Salvation, in more ways than one. In contrast to the first album which was full of youthful expression and captured the spirit of making music with no money and no expectation of success, Salvation was a collaborative experience with a team of writers, producers and musicians and the end result turned out to be even further from Grubbs' first intention of making a pop album. Whilst acknowledging it was an amazing team experience, Grubbs says this experience and way of making music made him feel ‘disconnected from myself as a musician’ and as a result he returned to the 'old days' and decided the next step would be to write and record an indie rock EP. Happily, they managed to find enough studio time to record enough material for not just an EP but a whole album” – Huffington Post.
>Winterpills
– Love Songs LP (Signature)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Winterpills are back with their first album of original material in four years.
Love Songs is full of those gorgeous chamber-pop songs the band has perfected over the course of their six album career.
released 22 APRIL 2016
>CDs + Vinyl:

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The 69 Eyes – Universal Monsters CD (Nuclear Blast)
12th album from the Helsinki, Finland-based death/goth rock band.

>Aborted
– Retrogore CD/2xLP+CD (Century Media)
Fans should expect nothing less than one of the most relentless and fiercest albums from one of Belgium’s favorite extreme metal bands.

>A$AP Ferg
– Always Strive And Prosper CD (RCA)
New album from the member of the A$AP Mob (along with A$AP Rocky and A$AP Yams).
Always Strive And Prosper is the follow-up to 2013's Trap Lord, and features collaborations with $cHoolboy Q, Future, Big $ean, Chri$ Brown & Ty Dolla $ign, Rick Ro$$, Chuck D & Mama Ferg, Future, $krillex, and more.
>Billy Bao
– Lagos Sessions CD/LP+MP3 (Night School/Munster)
A furious mash-up of afrobeat, distorted drone and thrashing noise.

>Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile
– Continuum CD/2xLP (ECM)
After four ECM recordings with his other band Ronin, Bärtsch presents this new album featuring Mobile augmented on three pieces by a string quintet. Textures from jazz, funk, new music, minimal as well as ritual and sacred music are organically interwoven with Bärtsch and his partners aiming for an energetic total group sound rather than displays of soloistic virtuosity.

>Bob Berg
– New Birth [Reissue1978] CD (Elemental Music)
Digitally remastered edition of this 1978 album from the jazz saxophonist. The deluxe packaging includes a 16-page booklet with original liner notes and new essay by jazz journalist Bill Milkowski plus restored artwork, photos and session notes.

>Alpha Blondy
– Positive Energy CD (VP)
In his home country Côte d’Ivoire the retirement age is 60. The grand seigneur of Ivorian reggae is 62 years old now, but shows no desire to retire anytime soon. Positive Energy is Blondy’s 18th studio album.

>Blue Man Group
– 3 CD (Rhino)
Third studio album from the acclaimed performance artists, comprised of 14 new percussive, instrumental tracks.

>Blue October
– Home CD/LP (Up/Down)
Blue October is the San Marcos, TX-based band known for their shimmering melodies and heart-string pulling lyrics, and boasts one of the more emotionally charged and magnetic frontmen in music today in Justin Furstenfeld. “Justin Furstenfeld is a happy man these days, as chronicled on Blue October's new album
Home. And the singer, who's gone through the wringer of well-chronicled drug addiction and personal issues (including a fierce child custody battle) over the years is well aware of how unusual a little bit of bonhomie seems. ‘It's crazy how life happens that way,’ he tells Billboard. ‘Honestly, some people are like, 'Hey man, what's up? What are you taking that makes you so positive?' Honestly I'm not taking anything. I continually am blown away by how good life can be when you just treat it like it's special.’ Sonically, meanwhile, Home was inspired by drives Furstenfeld made through the desert from west Texas to California while making radio promotion visits for Sway. He refers to the sound as ‘desert rock’ -- although not to be confused with something as heavy as, say, Kyuss. ‘The desert was very inspiring,’ Furstenfeld says. ‘I wanted to make the album more about the beat and the bass and the atmosphere and the hook of the vocal than a rock power chord album. It makes me feel like less was more as long as that central beauty was there, as long as the lyric and the meaning was there and the melody was memorable and timeless.’” – Billboard
>Frank Butler
– Stepper [Reissue/1977] CD (Elemental Music)
Digitally remastered edition of this 1977 album from the jazz drummer. Butler never became well known but was highly regarded by fellow musicians and performed with jazz notables like Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Art Pepper in the 1950s and 1960s. In the mid-to-late 1950s, he was a member of the Curtis Counce Quintet. Sidelined for many years by an addiction to heroin, he did not record an album under his own name until the 1970s.

>BWB [Rick Braun/Kirk Whalum/Norman Brown]
– BWB CD (Artistry Music)
Trumpet, sax and guitar. Any way you call it; three men of deep talent, genre-busting chops, and musical influences deeper than the collective American pop and soul songbook.

>Candlebox
– Disappearing In Airports CD/LP (Pavement Music)
Sixth album from the alt-rock/grunge band. “From start to finish
Disappearing In Airports is a solid and complete piece of music. I would definitely call this a rock album, but don’t expect any ear splitting guitar riffs or even slightly rough lyrics; expect perfectly laid out and timed tracks that are going to speak to you and just make you disappear into this album.” – Rock Revolt Magazine
>Eric Carmen
– Eric Carmen [Reissue/1975] CD (Varese Sarabande)
Eric Carmen's second self-titled album has been unavailable on CD for more than 20 years. It features the bonus track of the previously unavailable single mix of the top 40 hit, “I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips.”

>The Comet Is Coming
– Channel The Spirits CD/LP+CD (Leaf)
“Sixty years after Sun Ra released his debut album, the influence of the late avant garde jazz musician and ‘cosmic philosopher’ persists. Ra is a clear touchstone for futurists The Comet Is Coming. ‘The truest link we have to Sun Ra is being exploratory with ways of approaching conventional instruments.’ It’s an ethos as much as a style, starting with an ‘orthodox jazz sensibility’ and taking it to the dancefloor. That’s where The Comet Is Coming really tear it up, with tracks such as the pulsating ‘Star Furnace’ and the dirty sax-fueled ‘Neon Baby’ aimed squarely at making feet move.” – The Guardian

>Sonny Criss
– Saturday Morning [Reissue/1975] CD (Elemental Music)
Digitally remastered edition of this 1975 album by the jazz saxophonist. Deluxe packaging with a 16-page booklet containing original liner notes and new essay by jazz journalist Ted Panken plus restored artwork, photos and session notes.

>Dälek
– Asphalt For Eden CD (Profound Lore)
The first new album since 2009’s
Gutter Tactics marks the return of the cult hip-hop/noise originators after a long hiatus. Vinyl edition due May 6.
>Darkness Divided
– Darkness Divided CD (Victory)
Debut alburm from the Christian metalcore band.

>D.O.A.
– Something Better Change [Reissue/1980] CD (Sudden Death)
New remastered version of one of punk’s seminal albums. CD version is housed in new digipak packaging. Vinyl due May 17.

>Doomsday Ceremony
– Black Heart CD (Greyhaze)
Doomsday Ceremony is a Brazilian band that harnesses the feeling of ‘80s traditional heavy metal with the brutality of black metal. Their second album,
Black Heart, should please fans of Immortal and Mercyful Fate.
>Eths
– Ankaa CD/2xLP (Season Of Mist)
New album from the French modern metallers.
Ankaa delivers heightened aggression propelled by crushing riffs and menacing breakdowns amidst the ambitious arrangements that are Eths' calling card.
>Bill Evans
– Some Other Time: The Lost Sessions From The Black Forest 2xCD (Resonance)
This double-disc set contains a newly discovered studio album recorded by the legendary Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer in Villingen. These tapes were recorded five days after Evans’ live performance at the 1968 Montreux Jazz Festival, which was released on Verve and won a Grammy. This is the only Evans studio album for trio featuring bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette. Liner notes include new historical essays, interviews and previously unpublished photos.

>Everything In Slow Motion
– Laid Low CD/LP (Facedown)
Everything In Slow Motion is an ever evolving hard rock-meets-post hardcore project.

>Nicolas Godin
– Centrepoint CD/LP+CD (Because Music)
Solo album from the French musician best known as one-half of Air. Godin was inspired by the work of pianist Glenn Gould's performances of Bach when making the album. Each track uses a different Bach piece as a jumping-off point. Godin says, "We (Air) weren't surprising ourselves anymore, like other bands after ten years or more. The big challenge for an artist is to have a reason to be, because there are already plenty of records out there. I'd made a statement with Air and I wanted to go back to the classical world, to grow up musically, to renew myself."

>Good Tiger
– A Head Full Of Moonlight CD/LP (Metal Blade)
“The music on
A Head Full Of Moonlight is familiar enough to get you interested, but when it sinks its claws into you is when you begin to realize just how unique these songs are. The distinct guitar sounds of Joaquin and Derya of [their previous band] The Safety Fire allow the material to be immediately set apart from your run of the mill progressive metal band. At the same time, the unique vocals of Elliot Coleman carry the material into another realm entirely. If you’re not paying the utmost attention to a guitar hook, you’re hooked on a vocal melody. It’s a vicious cycle that this record doesn’t mind putting you through more than a handful of times. Songs like ‘Aspirations,’ ‘Enjoy The Rain’ and ‘All Her Own Teeth’ show the record’s two driving forces at their deadliest. However, in stating that vocals and guitars are the driving force of this album, some would think of that as sending jabs towards Morgan Sinclair’s bass playing or Alex Rüdinger’s drumming prowess. That’s hardly what’s happening though, as they both carry the record along with aplomb. Ultimately, they end up taking a bit of a back seat to the overwhelming (in the best possible way) performances by the guitars and vocals but are still an important part of the core that pulses through the album.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy
>Greys
– Outer Heaven CD/LP+MP3 (Carpark)
Outer Heaven is a massive leap forward for Toronto post-punks Greys. Delivering on the promises made on 2015’s Repulsion EP, the band tempers their trademark onslaught of discordance with new textures and subtle dynamics, building a more spacious and melody-driven environment atop their noise rock foundation. “Outer Heaven's heightened ambitions are best measured in terms of density rather than sprawl: the most bracing songs here pack in more radiant guitar textures, a greater lyrical depth, and sharper hooks without sacrificing Greys' innate moshability and punk-schooled economy. Ironically, the more self-consciously outré material feels staid by comparison: the sudden grindcore shocks of ‘Strange World’ can't quite force the song to shake off its dirgey gait, and though the drum machine-ticked ‘My Life As A Cloud’ taps into the spectral beauty of Halcyon Digest-era Deerhunter, its trickling guitar outro closes this highly charged album on an oddly resigned note. But even if Greys are still learning how to stretch out with purpose, Outer Heaven serves as a most welcome reminder of indie rock's iconoclastic potential, from a band committed to the belief that it could be your life” – Pitchfork. [Limited copies also pressed on white color vinyl.]
>Guided By Voices
– Please Be Honest CD/LP (GBV Inc.)
Robert Pollard wrote and recorded and played all the instruments on
Please Be Honest, and when he finished, it felt to him like a Guided By Voices record. He's not wrong. The songs are compact and tuneful, the playing expertly slack, the production raw and unpolished: sounds pretty much like every review of Bee Thousand. A better cognate, however, might be Vampire On Titus, Pollard's 1993 pre-Bee Thousand lo-fi tour de force.
>Harassor
– Hater Of Man/Harassor CD (Universal Consciousness)
Los Angeles black metal masters Harassor unleash their first two DIY full-lengths on one CD.
Hater Of Man was recorded in 2006 and originally released in 2012 on cassette. Harassor was recorded in 2005 and originally released on CDR, with subsequent cassette and vinyl issues.
>Higher Authorities
– Neptune CD (Domino)
Higher Authorities is the new project from a duo of shadowy, psychedelic adventurers. Their debut album, Neptune – a collection of dub influenced, electronic explorations. They were assisted in this excursion by legendary producer Adrian Sherwood.

>The Impressions
– The Best Of The Impressions: The Curtom Years CD (Varese Sarabande)
This collection features all of the hits The Impressions recorded for Curtom Records (the label Curtis Mayfield formed in 1968), including such Mayfield-penned classics as “This Is My Country,” “Choice Of Colors,” “Check Out Your Mind,” and “Fool For You.”

>Incite
– Oppression CD/LP (Minus Head)
Incite is an Arizona based metal outfit led by Richie Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy).

>Jethro Tull
– Aqualung [Reissue/1971] 2xCD+2xDVD (Rhino/Parlophone)
Aqualung was the first Jethro Tull album remixed by Steven Wilson and was originally reissued as a 40th Anniversary package in 2011. This more accessible release features the remixes as Steven delivered them and a flat transfer of the EP Life Is A Long Song. Three additional tracks – “Just Trying To Be,” “Wind Up” (early version) and “Wond’ring Aloud, Again” (full Morgan version) are now available as 5.1 mixes. Two of the tracks – “Life Is A Long Song” and “Up The Pool” have never previously been available on CD in this form. Also included is an 80-page booklet with articles and photos from the 40th anniversary edition. The 1971 “Life Is A Long Song” promotional film with new remixed stereo soundtrack is also available for the first time on the second DVD.
>Meilyr Jones
– 2013 CD/LP (PIAS America)
“Using a similar approach to hip-hop, Meilyr Jones [ex-Race Horses] combines musical samples of others' songs with his own but plays them on live instruments instead. These instruments include guitar, bass and drums but also all manner of strings, piano and brass which lends
2013 a panorama of musical depth that’s held together by Jones wonderfully impassioned voice. 2013 is so wide-eyed and confessional one can’t ascribe any cynicism to it, such is the joy of the songs it comes across as an affirmation of his love of music rather than plagiarism. There are two key reasons to fall in love with 2013. Firstly, it has an irresistible love of music, be that of the pop or classical form but secondly, and most importantly, it’s a record that as a body of work is one of the most exhilarating and emotional released so far this year.” – The Line Of Best Fit
>Josh Kelley
– New Lane Road CD/LP (Sugar Hill)
First album in five years from singer/songwriter/actor/multi-instrumentalist and Top 40 recording artist Josh Kelley. His most honest work to date, Josh achieves organic warmth guided by the influences of Otis Redding, Al Green, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Joe Cocker.

>Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds
- La Araña Es La Vida CD/LP (In The Red)
La Araña Es La Vida rocks 'n' rolls its way through a planet of glamazons ("Psychic Future"), blisters with the tricks of a "Magic Machine," then gets to work out a low-rider groove on "Chicano Studies." Tales of gender-bending disembodied heads, gente from La Puente and even a TCB-era Elvis-inspired rave up on "Karate Monkey" are merely a smattering of the mythic magic on this platter. The world is a wild and wooly place and with the help of La Araña Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds will continue to reflect it. Orale! Living La Vida Araña!
>Janel Leppin
– Mellow Diamond CD (Wedderburn)
Janel Leppin – Songs For Voice & Mellotron (Wedderburn)
Janel Leppin is a cello virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist; an architect of acoustic and analog sound; a haunting and mythic singer with a sharp political consciousness, celebrated by the likes of Stephen O'Malley, Nels Cline (Wilco), Marissa Nadler, Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio) among others. A lauded young voice with a dedicated following on DC's jazz and improvised music scene, Leppin shows off another side on
Mellow Diamond, her solo debut, venturing even further down the ethereal path she's blazed with the acclaimed duo Janel & Anthony, and lands her in the realm of experimental dream-pop. On the five tracks of Songs For Voice & Mellotron, Leppin draws from the songcraft of Bjork and Portishead, Ai Wei Wei’s art, Sufi poetry, and the hardcore DC punk and noise-music scenes that reared her.
>Lord Finesse
– The Remixes: A Midas Era Retrospective 2xCD (Slice Of Spice)
Over the last 10 years Lord Finesse has released several great remixes of his classics on limited edition vinyl.
The Remixes: A Midas Era Retrospective brings all of those rare and hard to find tracks together. Includes remixes by DJ Premier, Large Pro, DJ Spinna and DJ Muro, with all the instrumental versions on a separate disc.
>Lush
– Blind Spot CDEP/10”+MP3 (Edamame)
“As sure as night follows day, there would be a Lush reunion. Back in the past bands didn't always reform -- the Beatles for example -- but thing have changed and as we all age at a rate that is truly frightening we like to nestle in the soft bosom of things from the past. Not just content with playing live shows, Lush have actually made new music too....and it's quite good. The good news I'm pleased to report is that the first track ‘Out Of Control’ is rather superb. A lovely lilting mature track that has a wistful edge, hinting at the sounds of yesteryear but presenting it in new ways. It’s like the shoegaze answer to Duran Duran's ‘Ordinary World’ -- file under: older people looking back with panache.” – Norman Records UK

>Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
– Sing Me Home CD (Masterworks Broadway)
Sing Me Home examines the ever-changing idea of home, with original and traditional tunes composed or arranged by members of the Ensemble’s unique collective of global artists. Each piece invites listeners to explore the music of home through the individual experiences of Ensemble members, many of whom are immigrants. The result is a compelling collection of innovative and deeply moving tributes to the rich cultural heritage of the Balkans, China, Galicia, India, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Mali people of Roma, Syria and the United States. Guests include Rhiannon Giddens, Sarah Jarosz, Abagail Washburn, Gregory Porter, Lisa Fischer, Bill Frisell and more.
>The Maxies
– Nuuk ‘Em All CD (Rock Ridge Music)
This group of masked super villains from Nuuk, Greenland, create a diabolical mix of power pop and punk music.

>Mean Jeans
– Tight New Dimension CD (Fat Wreck Chords)
Since forming in 2006, Mean Jeans have become one of the better-known bands of the Pacific Northwest punk scene for their chaotic but relentless attack, raucous live shows, and fierce commitment to the art of partying.
Tight New Dimension furthers the band’s absurdist party-punk agenda. The music is tight, Ramones-influenced pop-punk with garage-rock attitude. Vinyl version due May 20.
>Messenger
– Threnodies CD (Inside Out U.S.)
New album from the London-based progressive, psychedelic rockers.

>Mirrors Are For Psychic Warfare
– Mirrors Are For Psychic Warfare CD/LP (Neurot)
Debut from this new project featuring Scott Kelly (Neurosis) and producer Sanford Parker project.
Mirrors Are For Psychic Warfare is the sonic manifestation of insomnia, complete with the tossing, the turning, and the perennial dread that comes with facing another shabby daylight. The five songs lurch and pulsate across a desolate landscape with an almost curious obsessive quality. While it may remind some of the best work on the classic Cold Meat Industry label, there is enough familiar Kelly/Parker-isms scattered throughout to keep the album stimulating. It is a work with more in common with a fever or a fitful wraith than a record.
>Phil Pratt
– Star Wars Dub [Reissue/1978] CD/LP (Burning Sounds)
Phill Pratt was a producer who helmed releases from Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown to Horace Andy.
Star Wars Dub is his classic dub album with backing by The Revolutionaries.
>Pvris
– White Noise [Deluxe] CD+DVD (Rise)
Deluxe edition reissue of Pvris’ 2014 album, expanded with three bonus tracks and music video DVD. Vinyl version due May 20. Massachusetts trio Pvris were originally a high-decibel metalcore band. Encouraged by producer Blake Harnage of emo-rockers VersaEmerge though, they’ve embraced emotive synth-pop on this debut.

>Ragnarok
– Psychopathology CD (Agonia)
“Ragnarok, like Urgehal, are one of the most underrated black metal acts on the planet.” – Angry Metal Guy

>Saib
– Around The World CD (Cold Busted)
Historically Casablanca has been known as a global melting pot; a place where cultures mingle and fuse. This quality is evident in the dazzling music of Casablanca-based beat-maker and guitarist Saib, who has revealed his debut long-player, the appropriately titled
Around The World album for Cold Busted. Around The World is indeed a non-stop flight, touching down on all of Saib’s influences and predilections, creating a memorable album along the way.
>Scorpions
– Return To Forever: Tour Edition CD+2xDVD (Century Media)
This set showcases the band in the live arena with two DVDs with content from two live shows from their tour last year, including Hellfest in France and a show in Brooklyn, New York. The 15-minute video documentary
On The Road In America by Dennis Dirksen gets to the heart of the matter that the Scorpions are able to consistently attract new generations of fans. In an extensive track-by-track interview, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs offer insight into the band's musical universe with anecdotes about the origin and meaning of the songs on Return To Forever.
>Skold
– The Undoing CD (Metropolis)
Skold is the solo project of Tim Sköld (born Thim Sköld), a Swedish multi-instrumentalist who, in addition to producing solo work, has also collaborated with multiple musical groups including Shotgun Messiah, KMFDM, Marilyn Manson and Motionless In White where he acted as producer/songwriter/guitarist/bassist. Vinyl edition due May 6.

>Andy Stott
– Too Many Voices CD/2xLP (Modern Love)
Too Many Voices is the fourth album from Andy Stott, a follow-up to 2014's Faith In Strangers. It was recorded from 2014-2016 and sees a diverse spectrum of influences bleed into nine tracks that are as searching as they are memorable. The album draws inspiration from the fourth-world pop of Japan's Yellow Magic Orchestra as much as it does Triton-fueled grime made 25 years later. Somewhere between these two points there's an oddly aligned vision of the future that seeps through the pores of each of the tracks. It's a vision of the future as it was once imagined; artificial, strange, and immaculate. Too Many Voices once again features vocal contributions from Alison Skidmore.
>The Strumbrellas
– Hope CD/LP (Glassnote)
“Six-piece folk-pop act The Strumbellas first broke out in their home country of Canada back in 2009 with their self-titled EP. Their debut full length,
My Father And The Hunter, released in 2012 earned the group a Juno Award nod for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. They didn’t win, but it didn’t take long before they got another chance — their 2013 follow-up, We Still Move On Dance Floors, was nominated in the same category the next year and took home the statuette. The band share similarities with the pre-plugged in music of labelmates Mumford & Sons: Enormous hooks, taut songcrafting, and arena rock catharsis achieved with bare-bones instrumentation. ‘I’m a huge pop element guy,’ frontman Simon Ward says. ‘I love big drops, I love huge drums and bass. We’re trying to fuse the melodies that we make in our folk band with pop elements. That’s our goal: Make a really big sound, using all of those elements.’” – Entertainment Weekly
>Sundy Best
– It’s So Good Live 2xCD (E1)
Sundy Best's first live album, recorded fall of 2015, features 24 songs and over two hours of music (including five new songs plus a cover of Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane's Last Dance”).

>Texas Hippie Coalition
– Dark Side Of Black CD (Carved)
Dark Side Of Black embraces Texas Hippie Coalitions’ southern roots while exploring the harder side of the band. The group is not simply about making sure the outlaw rock style they champion stays alive, they want it to continue to evolve infusing it with a heavier groove.
>Katie Von Schleicher
– Bleaksploitation CD/LP (Ba Da Bing!)
Issued on cassette last year, Katie Von Schleicher's
Bleaksploitation took the tape world by enough of a storm to thunder demand for more formats. Consequence Of Sound described her songs as "like ghosts trying to communicate through a cassette deck"; Paste claims they "sound like a vintage girl group playing in the basement of a haunted house." Bleaksploitation was recorded in a dark room on a Tascam 4-track cassette machine. The result is hazy, terrifying and playful. This is what happens when well-crafted songs are made in the moment, warped, drunk on themselves. Von Schleicher's voice sinks like anchors and rises like a Phoenix, wrestling its way through its very own form of basement tapes. '70s piano rock provides the core, sad lyrics form the shell.
>Rufus Wainwright
– Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets CD (Deutsche Grammophon)
Rufus Wainwright celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare s death in typically dramatic fashion by releasing a unique collection of nine sonnets in stunning performances by both actors and vocalists: Florence Welch (Florence + The Machine), Martha Wainwright, Anna Prohaska and, of course, Rufus himself, as well as actors Sian Phillips, Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher and William Shatner. Vinyl version due June 10.

>Johnny Winter with Dr. John
– Live In Sweden 1987 CD/LP (MVD)
Blues legend Johnny Winter is joined by the equally legendary Dr. John on Swedish TV, recorded in 1987. From the opening notes of “’Sound The Bell” to the finale of a positively incendiary “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” Winter is in great form. The blues and rock take a side trip to New Orleans when the masterful Dr. John joins the band on piano. [Also available on stand-alone DVD.]

>Keke Wyatt
– Rated Love CD (Aratek Entertainment)
First album in five years from the R&B/soul singing diva -- her fourth full length overall.

>Yellowjackets
– Cohearence CD (Mack Avenue)
With its pockets of halcyon, buoyance, mystery, tumult and whimsy,
Cohearence plays out as a multifaceted documentation of how far the once fusion band has come.
>Zmei3
– Rough Romanian Soul CD (Six Degrees)
Zmei3 (pronounced ‘zemay-tray’) is a band whose core are Romanian immigrants that write songs about the harsh realities of post-Communist rule. Their debut album,
Rough Romanian Soul, was produced in Transylvania by Grammy winner, Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Malawi Mouse Boys, Zomba Prison Project).

DVDs + Blu-ray:
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Stretch and Bobbito – Stretch and Bobbito: Music That Changed Lives DVD (Saboteur Media)
During the 1990s, Stretch and Bobbito introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang, and Big Pun as well as an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem, and the Fugees. The total record sales for all the artists that premiered on their radio show exceed 300 million. The late night program had a cult following in the art/fashion world and prison population as well. All would loyally tune in for the humor just as much for the exclusive tunes. (98 minutes/documentary.)

>Johnny Winter with Dr. John
– Live In Sweden 1987 DVD (MVD)
Blues legend Johnny Winter is joined by the equally legendary Dr. John on Swedish TV, recorded in 1987. From the opening notes of “Sound The Bell” to the finale of a positively incendiary “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” Winter is in great form. The blues and rock take a side trip to New Orleans when the masterful Dr. John joins the band on piano.


This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>2Tall
– Lost Stories LP (IZWID)
Lost Stories is a collection of 18 beats from the archives of English producer Jim Coles, best known today as Om Unit, and released by Justin “Kutmah” McNulty’s IZWID label. The album is both a portrait of the artist as a young man, and the completion of a circle, ten years in the making, that stretches from London to Los Angeles.
>The Above
– There Is A Reason 10” (Hidden Volume)
Six gorgeous tunes ranging from Byrds and Kinks-inspired garage rock to baroque pop that brings to mind The Zombies or Left Banke.

>Astronautica
– Gemini LP+MP3 (Alpha Pup)
Astronautica’s new
Gemini LP pieces together 12 new tracks that bridge the gaps between sultry R&B, uptempo club rhythms and future electronica. As one of Los Angeles’ emerging talents in this era, Astronautica’s defining herself as a prominent and in-demand producer that can pull off intricate guitar harmonies and powerful vocal lines over fully composed song structures.
>Bullnettle
– Bullnettle LP (Dirt Cult)
Bullnettle plays urgent, melodic, raspy, and lo-fi rock ‘n’ roll, which would've been labeled as "college rock" when that meant something cool.

>California
– California LP (Blackball)
California is the band featuring Jason White (vocals/guitar), Dustin Clark (bass/vocals) and Adam Pfahler (drums). You know White as the other guy in Green Day and Pinhead Gunpowder. Clark was in Soophie Nun Squad. Pfahler you might remember as the other other guy from Jawbreaker. This self-titled LP is their debut album and was recorded over several months that included the birth of two children, a throat cancer diagnosis for the singer and accompanying radiation and chemotherapy treatments (long story short-he's fine). California plays power pop, rock, punk.

>Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
– Lick My Decals Off, Baby [Reissue/1970] LP (Rhino)
Captain Beefheart – The Spotlight Kid [Reissue/1972] LP (Rhino)
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Clear Spot [Reissue/1972] LP (Rhino)
Limited edition vinyl reissues of Captain Beefheart’s fourth, sixth, and seventh albums.
Lick My Decals Off, Baby was originally released on Frank Zappa's Straight Records label. The follow-up to Trout Mask Replica (1969), it is regarded by some critics and listeners as superior, and was Van Vliet's personal favorite. The Spotlight Kid is the only album formally credited solely to Captain Beefheart. Often cited as one of the most accessible of Beefheart's albums, it is solidly founded in the blues but also uses instruments such as marimba and jingle bells that are not typical of that genre. With Clear Spot, Captain Beefheart was after a more commercial sound, hence his enlisting of producer Ted Templeman and engineer Donn Landee, who also created hits for artists such as the Doobie Brothers, Carly Simon and Van Morrison.
>The Cosmic Dead
– Rainbow Head LP (Blackest Rainbow)
For the uninitiated The Cosmic Dead is a quartet from Glasgow, Scotland, making some of the best raging freak out psych right now.
Rainbowhead is a brand new LP, featuring four tracks of spaced out, heavy psych formed from insane chugging bass, trippy synth blasts, krautrock infused metallic guitar riffin' and furious cascading drum cycles.
>Justin Cudmore
– Crystal 12” (Honey Soundsystem)
As a kid growing up in the state’s tucked-away capital of Springfield, Justin Cudmore played the drums at home and in school as a jazz percussionist. In his college days Justin dove into electronic music, workshopping new-wave influenced beats in bands and DJing parties. Currently, Justin is a fixture across Brooklyn, popping up on dance floors and behind booths.

>Damu The Fudgemunk
– Fragments 7” (Redefinition)
Fragments includes odds and ends connected to Damu The Fudgemunk’s long running How It Should Sound Series. Includes three tracks that were previously unavailable on vinyl including a vocal track that was previously only available as the music bed for an old YouTube promo clip from 2010.
>Darkest Hour
– So Sedated, So Secure [Reissue/2001] LP+MP3 (Victory)
Classic Victory Records titles, long out-of-print or never before issued on the format, on vinyl by popular demand.

>Miles Davis
– Birth Of The Cool [Reissue/1956] LP (Rumble)
Eleven tracks recorded by Miles Davis's nonet in 1949 and 1950,
Birth Of The Cool may just be the most accurately titled album ever. The tracks just bleed hipness -- cool, smooth, and swinging -- and practically define the genre of “cool jazz.” Unparalleled recordings required for any fan of mid-century American jazz.
>Divers
- Achin' On b/w You Can't Do That 7” (Dirt Cult)
“Sounds like Bruce Springsteen & Paul Westerberg took over as the house band at a blue-collar bar somewhere in the Rust Belt—then robbed the bar, ran from the cops, and wrong songs while on the lam.”—Willamette Weekly

>The Ex-Boyfriends
– Disease LP+MP3 (Rad Girlfriend)
Hailing from McAllen, TX, The Ex-Boyfriends are a hodge-podge mix of many different pop punk elements and the songs on this release all have their own character. There are Screeching Weasel-style guitar solos, MXPX-style vocals, snare-heavy punk drums, and gritty bass lines. “The Ex-Boyfriends are a melting pot of pop-punk.”—Razorcake

>William Fitzsimmons
- The Pittsburgh Collection Volumes 1 & 2: Pittsburgh & Charleroi LP (Nettwerk)
The companion piece to last year’s
Pittsburgh, Charleroi is the second half of a story about Fitzsimmons' two grandmothers. Pittsburgh was about the grandmother Fitzsimmons' knew. Charleroi is about the one he never did. This vinyl edition brings the two mini albums together as a single piece.
>Fraternal Twin
– Skin Gets Hot LP (Ghost Ramp)
“Fraternal Twin started off as the solo recording project of Quarterbacks bassist Tom Christie, but his debut album grew to contain a multitude of voices. On ‘Skin Gets Hot,’ the title track of said album, he enlists the help of Porches’ Aaron Maine and Leslie Bear (who records under the name Long Beard) to flesh out what was once a simply-strummed demo on an earlier split into something with a lot of muscle and clarity. There’s a soggy, downbeat inevitability to the track, like something has to happen because of course it’s going to happen.” – Stereogum

>Grave
– You’ll Never See [Reissue/1992] LP (Century Media)
Vinyl reissue of the second album by one of the longest-running Swedish death metal bands.

>Petra Haden
– Imaginaryland [1996] LP+MP3 (Bar/None)
Petra Haden – Petra Haden Sings: Who Sell Out [2005] LP+MP3 (Bar/None)
First time on vinyl! Petra Haden made a career performing or recording alongside everyone from Beck to Mike Watt, Susanna Hoffs to Bill Frisell. On her solo debut,
Imaginaryland, originally released in 1996, she introduces a new phase of her career by overdubbing wordless a-cappella adventures into pop soundscapes creating original compositions as well as covers of Enya and Miranda Sex Garden. Haden’s unique vision and voice takes you to a land filled with cartwheels, tingly mint tea and razzle-dazzle raspberry twigs. Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out is an entirely a-cappella interpretation of The Who classic on which Haden supplies all of the vocals.
>The Isley Brothers
– This Old Heart Of Mine [Reissue/1966] LP (Motown)
1966's
This Old Heart Of Mine is the fourth album released by The Isley Brothers, and was issued on the Tamla (Motown) label. The album, their first with the seminal Detroit-based music label, yielded the Isleys' biggest hit in their early period with the title track. Other charted singles including “Take Some Time Out For Love” and “I Guess I'll Always Love You.” The album's cover was not controversial at the time, but was criticized years later by activists because it did not depict the three African American brothers, instead using a picture of two white teenage lovers on a beach.
>Kill The Noise
– Occult Classic LP+MP3 (Owsla, LLC)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. Bass music stalwart Kill The Noise has been a staple in electronic music since 2008.
Occult Classic is his first full-length on Skrillex's Owsla, following a string of singles and EP's that have made him one of the most recognizable artists and personalities on the scene. It features twelve hard hitting and dynamic tracks that features a wide array of artists including Dillon Francis, Feed Me, Tommy Trash, Madsonik, Bryn Christopher, 2ton and Aaron from Awolnation. HQ-180gm.
>Lyonnais
– Anatomy Of The Image LP+MP3 (Geographic North)
Atlanta's Lyonnas return with their second LP. The quartet, featuring members TJ Blake (drums, also of Lotus Plaza) and Lee Tesche (guitars, also of Algiers), Farzad Moghaddam (bass, synths, Geographic North co-founder), and Farbod Kokabi (guitar, vocals, Geographic North co-founder), parallel the frostbitten modes of This Heat and Clan Of Xymox. Pressed on purple vinyl.

>Majid Jordan
– Majid Jordan LP (OVO Sounds)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Majid Jordan is an emerging Toronto record producing and performing duo comprised of Jordan Ullman and Majid Al Maskati. Their self-titled debut album includes the song “My Love” featuring Drake.

>Sean McCaul
– Midnight At Purple Palace LP (Underwater Peoples)
Vibraphonist Sean McCaul is a highly accomplished New York City based musician/composer who has performed and recorded with many notable and diverse artists, such as, Philip Glass and Yo Yo Ma, Dean and Britta, Lucy Woodward, and Shilpa Ray. Playing many solo and group performances around the city, Sean has established himself as one of New York's finest mallet percussionists.

>The New Mastersounds
– The Nashville Session LP (The Royal Potato Family)
The New Mastersounds from their inception nearly two decades ago in Leeds, UK have always wholeheartedly embraced the “old school” label. Their sound and approach rooted deeply in those classic soul jazz, boogaloo and funk albums on labels like Blue Note and Prestige by artists like Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff and Lou Donaldson.
The Nashville Session takes that devotion one step further by recording in the very same tradition that many of those rare groove gems were made.
>Carlos Niño & Friends
- Flutes, Echoes, It's All Happening! LP+MP3 (Leaving)
Influential & prolific Los Angeles artist, DJ, producer, composer, and poet Carlos Niño crafts his Space Collage Hybrid Music master opus. Flutes, Echoes, It’s all happening! is the fourth in a series of highly collaborative records by Carlos Niño & Friends. Featuring: Iasos, Luis Pérez Ixoneztli, Madlib, Miguel Atwood- Ferguson, Kamasi Washington, Dexter Story, and more.

>Jimmy Page
– She Just Satisfies b/w Keep Moving [Reissue/1965] 7” (Fontana)
Exact 45RPM vinyl single replica of Page’s highly collectable, cracking ‘60s beat debut.

>Lee Ritenour
– The Vinyl LP Collection 5xLP (Concord)
Celebrating the solo career of Lee Ritenour, The
Vinyl LP Collection is a limited-edition, individually numbered box set containing five classic albums by the renowned guitarist; each remastered and pressed on HQ-180gm vinyl, and restored with original artwork and liner notes. An accompanying 40-plus page book contains new liner notes by Ritenour, plus never-before-seen photos and memorabilia, all sourced from his personal scrapbook collection. Includes: Earth Run (1986), Portrait (1987), Festival (1988), Color Rit (1989), and Wes Bound (1993).
>Sons Of Frod
– Songs About H.E.R. LP (Rarebreed)
“As a fan of the members of Sons Of Frod, I was extremely excited to hear about this collaborative project betweeen VA beatmith/producer DJ Harrison and the enigma that is Sir Froderick. As expected, the 11 track listen is a blend of jazz & hip-hop that will please listeners of either genre. Tracks range from loops to arranged creations and regardless of its composition the headnod factor is always in effect. This is indeed one to add to the collection...” – DJ Rahdu

>Soundtrack
– Deadpool 2xLP (Milan)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL,
Mad Mad: Fury Road, Divergent) delivers a robust, pulsing score to the movie adaptation of Deadpool that is as energetic and relentless as the Marvel comic book character. It ties in seamlessly with the eclectic mix of songs featured prominently in the film, including tracks by DMX, Wham!, and Salt-N-Pepa. Limited red/black starburst color pressing.
>Soundtrack
– Spectre 2xLP (Decca)
Released last November on CD – now available on vinyl. For the 24th movie in the James Bond oeuvre,
Spectre, Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes has again enlisted six-time Grammy winner Thomas Newman (Skyfall, American Beauty) to write a breathtaking original score. The soundtrack has the added bonus of an instrumental version of the new Bond theme song, “Writing's On The Wall.” The Spectre theme song is sung by fellow multiple Grammy-winner Sam Smith, the first time a male has sung the theme song since Thunderball.
>Sweet Valley
– So Serene LP (Ghost Ramp)
Sweet Valley is a Bermuda-Triangle-like place where cannabis crumbs, spilt beer, record dust and that mysterious sh*t you had to blow out of game cartridges all collect as if pulled by some gigantic junkyard magnet. It is a blood pact between two brothers, Nathan (of Wavves) and Kynan Williams gone awesomely off the rails.
So Serene is a single 27-minute track that shifts through ideas relatively quickly. There's rarely a dull moment as this thing is packed with fascinating samples, video game sounds and synths aplenty.
>Robin Trower
– Where Are You Going To LP (V-12)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Continuing his productive creative surge, the guitar master rediscovers his rock chops in this new studio package. Ten great new songs, phenomenal guitar playing, and that signature tone that only Robin Trower can cultivate from his Strat.

>Ty Dolla $ign
– Free T.C. LP+CD (Atlantic)
Released last November on CD – now available on vinyl. The rapper’s debut album features contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Fetty Wap, Future, Rae Sremmurd, YG, Babyface, Wiz Khalifa, E-40, Kanye West, and more.

>Various Artists
– Brown Acid: The Second Trip LP (Riding Easy)
The celebrated compilation series of long-lost vintage '60s-'70s proto-stoner-psych singles,
Brown Acid reaches a second volume. Assembled by L.A.'s Permanent Records along with Riding Easy), this second volume features rippers from Ash, Sweet Crystal, Raving Maniac, Crossfield, Spiny Normen, Glas Sun, Votrush Band, Buck, Iron Knowledge, and Sonny Hugg.
>Various Artists
– Frazetta LP (Metal Blade)
Limited picture disc tribute compilation to artist Frank Frazetta (whose work has been used by Nazareth, Molly Hatchet, Wolfmother, and others.)

>Vivid Low Sky
– II LP+MP3 (Slimstyle)
Vivid Low Sky is back with their long-awaited follow-up, simply entitled
II. Culminated from songs David Koslowski has written over the years, the music became his therapy, while battling depression to the point of suicidal thoughts, almost losing his eyesight due to a detached retina, the death of his wife's (Shirlé) parents and most recently his own father's death. This is reflected in II with it's sense of growth as both an individual and a musician. The songs are both expansive and freeing at the same time introspective. The post-punk of “Cold Hands, Warm Heart” evokes the struggle of his father's battle with a terminal disease, while the Eno-esque “Home” provides a sense of reflection and the comfort of being back in Baltimore.
>Vulcano
– Bloody Vengeance [Reissue/1986] LP (Greyhaze)
Vulcano is an extreme metal band from Santos, São Paulo, Brazil. Founded in 1981, it is one of the first Brazilian heavy metal bands of note.

>Wavves/Cloud Nothings
– Wavves/Cloud Nothings [Split] 7” (Ghost Ramp)
The second in a series of limited edition 7” singles featuring Wavves and a guest group.

>Wolfpack
– A New Dawn Fades [Reissue/1996] LP (Southern Lord)
Wolfpack – Lycathro Punk [Reissue/1998] LP (Southern Lord)
Wolfpack – Allday Hell [Reissue/1999] LP (Southern Lord)
Vinyl reissues of the savage Swedish crust-punk band's first three (and only) LPs. Wolfpack was one of the main factors in the renaissance of d-beat driven hardcore punk that ruled the world in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with a legion of bands and labels forming a globally recognized network of crushing momentum, siren-like leads and earnest anger sourced from political dissatisfaction and the need to build from the ground up a DIY system.

>Word Alive
– Dark Matter LP (Fearless)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New album from the experimental metalcore outfit.

>Yes
– Drama [Reissue/1980] LP (Atlantic)
Drama is the tenth studio album from Yes, originally released in 1980 on Atlantic Records. It is their only album to feature Trevor Horn in the band's line-up as lead vocalist, following the departure of Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman in March 1980 after unsuccessful recording sessions in Paris and London for a new album. Horn was joined by Geoffrey Downes, his partner in the new wave band The Buggles. Drama was recorded in a short amount of time as a tour was already booked prior to the change in personnel. It marked a departure in the band's musical direction with songs more accessible and aggressive that featured the use of modern keyboards and a vocoder. HQ-180gm.
released 15 APRIL 2016
>CDs + Vinyl:

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Chris Abrahams – Fluid To The Influence CD/LP+MP3 (ROOM40)
Abrahams (The Necks) charts out a divergent course through lilting piano flows, distended organ passages, thunderous electronic eruptions, and focused concrète explorations, with each movement calling forward to the next in a flowing motion that demonstrates Abrahams's commitment to and interest in the album as an artistic form.

>Shola Adisa-Farrar & Florian Pellissier Quintet
– Lost Myself CD/LP (Hot Casa)
American vocalist Shola Adisa-Farrar and French pianist and composer Florian Pellissier combine their talents for the jazz exploration of
Lost Myself -- a musical voyage that blends New York hard-bop aesthetics and reggae-inspired elements with the jazz of today for a fresh spin on jazz classics and original compositions.
>Artillery
– Penalty By Perception CD (Metal Blade)
New album from the veteran Danish power thrash metallers.

>Babyfather
– BBF - Hosted by DJ Escrow CD (Hyperdub)
New project from Dean Blunt with contributions from Arca and Micachu. “Essentially
BBF - Hosted by DJ Escrow is a definitive UK hip-hop album of the decade so far; a shadow-play of paranoid & surreal atmospheres, ambiguous juxtapositions, upfront infidelity and playful/dreadful intentions that perhaps best reflect street-view observations of the knackered, profane, pagan and pointedly archaic in contrast to supposedly progressive national values and the schizoid political and artistic double-speak of the ‘elite.’ We haven’t a clue who DJ Escrow is -- quite possibly Blunt’s Quasimoto-style sped-up alter-ego, maybe his boy from home -- but he’s crucial to the album; like some pop-up avatar or liminal interpreter reporting back from the zones, culminating in a passionate monologue calling for unity that’s actually undermined by the fact his voice is accelerated to cartoonish levels -- perhaps as many view the situation anyway” – Boomkat. Vinyl edition due April 29.
>Del Barber & The No Regretzkys
– The Puck Drops Here CD (True North)
With a rockin’ Americana sound,
The Puck Drops Here features new versions of hockey fan favorites like “The Hockey Theme” broadcast for decades at the start of televised games in Canada with new versions of Stompin’ Tom Connors’ “The Hockey Song” and “Flame Of Victory” (the Coach’s Corner theme), arena anthems like “Rock And Roll Part 1 & 2” (the “Hey Song” by Gary Glitter) and perennial hockey hits by Tom Cochrane, The Hanson Brothers and The Pursuit Of Happiness.
>Sam Beam/Jessica Hoop
– Love Letter For Fire CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam spent much of 2015 working the studio with other artists. He and Band Of Horses’ Ben Bridwell linked up to release
Sing Into My Mouth, an album in which they covered the likes of Talking Heads and Spiritualized. Beam also contributed to Glen Hansard’s second solo LP, Didn’t He Ramble. Now, the Iron & Wine troubadour continues his collaborative streak with Love Letter For Fire, a full-length of duets with California singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop. The 13-track effort counts Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and multi-instrumentalist Robert Burger as special guests. Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse) served as producer.
>Bear Hands
– You’ll Pay For This CD/LP+MP3 (Spensive Sounds)
You'll Pay For This is the third album from Brooklyn indie rock outfit Bear Hands. It is a potent mix of sticky ‘70s songwriting, CBGB's and Factory Records-era post-punk guitars, and the high drive of modern pop and hip-hop. The music is intense, relentless, and totally dreamy. However, the lyrics maintain a snarky playfulness that keeps things grounded. The first single “2AM” is a groove-heavy burner, written collectively over time. In the chorus, Dylan Rau laments “Nothing good happens past 2AM.” Sonically, it's perfectly suited for one of those personal apocalypse climax scenes in an indie flick. Lyrically, it is indicative of the band's evolving mentality. Then there is “Boss,” which starts out whimsically before launching into a torrent of angular riffs and the semi-snarled one-liner “I'm the bitch and you're the boss.” Meanwhile, “Too Young” features a riff written in a car driving through Belgium, and imagines the future of a precarious relationship. “Purpose Filled Life” is a song that Rau penned while alone in his railroad apartment in Brooklyn.
>Bixio/Frizzi/Tempera
– Magnetic Systems CD/LP (Finders Keepers)
From the same vibrant cinematic landscape of '70s studio supergroups as Goblin, The Pawnshop, The Feedback, and The Braen's Machine comes the Magnetic System, the Italian incognito dream-team composed of Milano prog keyboardist Vince Tempera, Cinevox sibling Franco Bixio, and video nasty maestro Fabio Frizzi (whose career it launched). Masterminded in the mid- '70s at the apex of Italian film music's most exciting transitional period, the Magnetic System was created to encapsulate the combined efforts of three of the country's most prolific and adventurous soundtrack composers and retarget their lauded behind-the-scenes personas toward the Italian commercial instrumental pop market. This compilation gathers a wider selection of the trio's compositions that fall within the stylistic parameters of the Magnetic System's creative blueprint; culling drum-heavy synthesized psychedelic soundtracks with sympathetic leanings to the white funk/cosmic disco murmurings of the era.

>Blaqk Audio
– Material CD/LP (Blaqknoise)
Material is the new album from Davey Havok and Jade Pugets electronic alter ego, Blaqk Audio. Though best known for their work with multi-platinum rock band AFI, Havok and Pugets shared love of electronic music runs deep. Havok, who counts Devo’s Freedom Of Choice and Duran Duran’s self-titled debut among the first albums he owned, saw his tastes evolve over the years from the synth pop of Erasure and Pet Shop Boys to Depeche Mode and ultimately to the heavier, darker Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Front 242 and Lords Of Acid. Later, Havok immersed himself in the future-pop genre, which combined dark dance-y electronica with melodic vocals. From roughly 1999 to 2003, his contemporary musical diet consisted almost exclusively of artists falling under the industrial/EDM/futurepop/bigbeat/trance umbrella.
>Megan Bonnell
– Magnolia CD (Fontana North)
Megan Bonnell is an alternative folk singer/songwriter based in Toronto, Canada. Born and raised in Caledon, Ontario, she became proficient on the piano and guitar, and crafts music that carries a quiet but intense disposition led by the singer's breathy vocal delivery.

>Boosie Badazz/C-Murder
– Penitentiary Chances CD (RBC)
New collaboration between rappers C-Murder and Boosie Badazz with guest contributions by Snoop Dogg, TRU-Bossalinie Records artist Vs and Calliope Bub.

>Nimrod Borenstein
– Suspended Opus 69 CD (Solaire)
Nimrod Borenstein's hauntingly beautiful original score for Gandini Juggling's 2015
4×4 Ephemeral Architectures performance. Complex rhythmical layers run on top of each other in one moment, only to give way to a thrilling tango, waltz, or Charleston in the next; in some of the most arresting moments, the pulse seems to be dying down completely, resulting in a form of glacial acoustic ambient.
>Brass Bed
– In The Yellow Leaf CD/LP+MP3 (Modern Outsider)
Yellow Leaf finds Brass Bed in much the same headspace as their 2013 album The Secret Will Keep You: angsty vortices of sound draped over pop idioms constructed with a grad student's eye for abstraction and musical grammar. With the help of guitarist Ben Jones (Generationals, Youth Lagoon) and engineer Chris Woodhouse (Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees), the band rediscovered the exuberance of guitar rock and forced it to grow up.
>Big Bill Broonzy
– Live In Amsterdam 1953 CD (Rockbeat)
Legendary blues guitarist and singer recorded live in Amsterdam in 1953. Bill was one of the first American blues artists to play Europe, and this fine recording shows why his playing influenced a generation of players including Eric Clapton, John Lennon and Ray Davies.

>Peter Brötzmann & ICI Ensemble
- Beautiful Lies CD (Neos Music)
Reedist Peter Brötzmann, a grand old master of European free jazz, has created a body of music that is considered among the most influential and pioneering of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Brötzmann's recording presented here, a 72-minute document made in collaboration with the Munich ICI Ensemble, consciously alternates between the intimacy of contemporary chamber music and virtuosic brilliance -- brought together within a large-scale form designed as if agreed upon in advance, yet somehow created purely out of the present moment.

>Clairy Browne
– Pool CD (Vanguard)
Australian singer/songwriter Clairy Browne’s new solo album is about letting go, detaching, empowering and exploring her love for R&B music and pop music of all styles and eras. On
Pool she channels a lineage of fierce women, inspired by the likes of Grace Jones, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, over 11 tracks that are stuffed with unique pop culture references, pop rhythms and big soulful ballads.
>Arjun Bruggeman
– Arjun Bruggeman CD (Mantralogy)
Arjun Bruggeman, world percussionist and session recording artist, is highly acclaimed for his unique hybrid of East-meets-West rhythms.

>John Carpenter
– Lost Themes II CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
“For
Lost Themes II, Carpenter and his bandmates (namely his son and godson, both television composers themselves) still have the chops, but also show some restraint. The menacing guitars at the start of ‘Distant Dream,’ as well as the throbbing arpeggio of the synth line, suggest a panicked run through a corridor of a space station. Bombastic drums send the song hurtling along, but Carpenter and his collaborators also give the song more space, his cinematic sensibilities always favoring the kind of dread that emptiness could conjure. ‘Angel's Asylum’ follows a similar strategy, as a minor-key motif set to ‘glass menagerie’ suddenly merges with a hard-driving backbeat that keeps gathering velocity. But just when you'd expect the three musicians to keep pushing, they peel everything back for a gentle coda marked by nylon-string guitar and airy chords. Chalk it up to their professionalism, but there's an interconnectedness and looseness to the trio's playing throughout Lost Themes II that allows them to change moods at a moment's notice” – NPR. [Limited copies have been pressed on purple and white vinyl.]
>Seamus Cater
– The Three Things You Can Hear CD (Annihaya)
English musician Seamus Cater presents his first solo album, composed of a group of songs written and performed using a duet concertina made in 1941, which Cater found in a junk shop in Amsterdam. Cater mentions Scottish folk singer Ivor Cutler and English folk singer Peter Bellamy as influences on the album, as well as music from other cultures, chiefly African, Arabic, South American, Indonesian… his distinctive phrasing recalls at times the fragile music of Robert Wyatt's solo releases, and at others the elaborate folk constructions of Peter Blegvad and John Greaves, particularly their surreal 1977 concept album
Kew. Rhone.
>Causa Sui
– Return To Sky CD/LP (El Paraiso)
Causa Sui present a condensed piece of acutely experimental yet immensely engaging instrumental rock. Their music is now earthier and heavier than ever before, but its ability to absorb everything from shoegaze and vintage Italian film music to spiritual jazz, Afrobeat, and minimalism into its fabric has matured as well.

>Cluster
– 1971-1981 9xCD (Bureau B)
Collected reissues of all eight albums released by legendary electronic duo between 1971 and 1981, including their two collaborations with Brian Eno. Also includes a previously unreleased album of two live recordings from 1972 and 1977. [Vinyl edition due May 6.]

>The Coathangers
– Nosebleed Weekend CD/LP+MP3 (Suicide Squeeze)
Nosebleed Weekend kicks off with “Perfume,” a song that marries sultry pop vocals with toothy guitar riffs in a manner that would make Ann and Nancy Wilson proud. It’s hard to imagine The Coathangers writing a song this accessible in their early years, but in 2016 it fits perfectly into their canon. From there the band launches into “Dumb Baby,” which harkens back to the gritty neo-garage rock of Murder City Devils. Longtime fans who still clamor for their brash post-punk angle will be immediately satiated by “Squeeki Tiki.” And after hearing the noisy loud-quiet-loud bombast of “Excuse Me?” it’s no wonder that Kim Gordon has become an outspoken fan of the band. It’s an eclectic album inspired by life on the road, and lost loved ones. [Limited copies pressed on color vinyl.]
>Phil Collins
– No Jacket Required [Reissue/1985] 2xCD/LP (Rhino)
Phil Collins – Testify [Reissue/2002] 2xCD/2xLP (Rhino)
Digitally remastered and expanded double-CD editions, expanded with bonus discs containing live and demo recordings and B-sides. [HQ-180gm vinyl editions are just the remastered stand-alone albums.]

>Javier Colon
– Gravity CD (Concord)
Javier Colon is best known for winning the 2011 first season of
The Voice. His music career began much earlier, hooking up with the Derek Trucks Band straight out of college and touring for two years. He's performed with Joss Stone, Darius Rucker, Indigo Girls, Stevie Nicks, Adam Levine and Anthony Hamilton, and being featured as a singer/songwriter for one song on Vanessa Williams’ 2009 album The Real Thing.
>Current 93
– When The May Rain Comes CD/LP (Rotorelief)
“When The May Rain Comes” is a cover of a track by German trio Sand, whose work has had a profound effect on David Tibet. The track first appeared on Current 93's 1992 album
Thunder Perfect Mind. It appears here with an alternate version of the same track, originally released as a CD single accompanying the first 1,000 copies of Ultrasonic Seraphim (1996), David Tibet and Steven Stapleton’s collection of material by Sand.
>East Of Venus
– Memory Box CD/LP+MP3 (Omnivore)
“To give you a brief background on East Of Venus – they were (I hate having to use the past tense) Michael Carlucci (Winter Hours), Glenn Mercer (The Feelies, Wake Ooloo), Stan Demeski (The Feelies, Luna) and Rob Norris (The Bongos, Living With Elephants). We lost Michael Carlucci quite suddenly late last year, and in many ways,
Memory Box reflects his influences (which were communally shared in the Hoboken music scene of that era – Lou Reed, Rolling Stones, Faces, Dylan, Television, Gene Clark, etc.). ‘Faded Pictures’ was a Winter Hours song in 1990 and performed by them prior to their break up. It’s a great, lost song that is given new life here; ‘Let’s Find A Way’ has the perfect blend of pop jangle, country runs and well, everything (and listen to that water-tight rhythm section of Rob Norris and Stan Demeski – purely natural); ‘You Started Something’ has this wonderful intensity, wrapped in a clean sound (production was by the band and helped in mixing by Matthew Davis) and ‘Who’s To Know?’ is joyfully reminiscent (to me) of a very uptempo Rain Parade. In a word – and without wanting to give it all away – every song in this collection is a delight” – Popdose. [Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.]
>Eating Snow
– Eating Snow CD (Freude-Am-Tanzen)
Debut album by the duo of Douglas Greed and Mooryc. Mooryc's unique voice joins with the melancholia and euphoria of Douglas Greed's musical tendencies, shedding any dancefloor categorization; the full scope of the pair's musical roots, which range from sensual indietronica to powerful house and perfectly-grooving pop moments, gives rise to a magical combination of electronic beats, melodies, and lyrics.

>Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros
– PersonA CD/LP+MP3 (Community Music)
PersonA is the fourth album from one of your favorite indie-folk bands. Since their founding, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros has undergone several iterations. Most notably, singer Jade Castrinos left the band in 2014. According to lead singer Alex Ebert, this marked a transformation in the band's music. “We had long been a social experiment first, musicians second. Over time, though, we were emerging, by virtue of hours spent, into a group of musicians who could really play together. When Jade left, that confirmed our new fate: music first.” The shift is tangible on the album. “‘No Love Like Yours’ is their first official single off PersonA. While ‘Hot Coals’ was released last year, it was not announced as the album’s first song. However, both tracks have set the tone for the album, so fans can start to gather an idea of what to expect. ‘No Love Like Yours’ is a simple upbeat sound, taking you back to the classic Beatles. On the other hand, ‘Hot Coals’ begins with a dark sound while using subtly positive notes on the piano to accompany the deep trumpets and elegant drumbeats” – Indie Shuffle. [Limited 150gm white vinyl edition also available.]
>Eskimeaux
– Year Of The Rabbit CD (Double Double Whammy)
Eskimeaux is the musical project of Gabrielle Smith, a founding member of Brooklyn collective The Epoch. Begun in 2007, it has served as an umbrella for everything from noise experiments to rock combos, while currently existing as a tight four-member bedroom-pop band.

>The Family Of Apostolic
– The Family Of Apostolic [Reissue/1968] CD/2xLP (Future Days Recordings)
The Family Of Apostolic is a utopian album inspired by global cultures ranging from Pakistani folk songs to Scottish traditional music and Chinese opera. It was made by a cast of 19, bonded by a desire to create “primitive performance art” from surrealist happenings in an open, idealist society of artists.
>Foghat
– The Complete Bearsville Albums Collection 13xCD (Bearsville)
All 13 of the albums Foghat released for Bearsville Records have been freshly remastered and crammed into a clamshell box. Take a day off and relive the magic, stem-to-stern.

>Lita Ford
– Time Capsule CD/LP+MP3 (Steamhammer)
Time Capsule is a “throwback” record that boasts identifiable voices and brilliant players jamming without any planning or pressure. Some of the album's highlights: Billy Sheehan (bass), Rodger Carter (drums), Dave Navarro (mandolin), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander (backing vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass).
>Ace Frehley
– Origins Vol. 1 CD/LP (E1)
Origins Vol. 1 is a collection of 12 newly recorded classic rockers from Ace’s formative years, and features some notable guests including fellow bandmate Paul Stanley, as well as the equally leathered Slash, Lita Ford, guitarist John 5 (Rob Zombie), and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready.
>F.S. Blumm and Nils Frahm
- Tag Eins Tag Zwei CD (Sonic Pieces)
F.S. Blumm and Nils Frahm present their third full-length collaboration -- the most soothing and life-affirming recording the two have produced thusfar; guitars and toys flow next to piano and harmonium in an organic combination, shaping nine improvisational pieces that incorporate classical, jazz, and folk influences, in a vivid portrait of two artists at the peak of their game.

>Game Over
– Crimes Against Reality CD/LP (Scartlet)
New album from the European thrash metallers.

>Awalom Gebremariam
– Desdes CD/LP (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
At the age of 28, Awalom Gebremariam arrived in the United States, following a years-long journey from Eritrea. He'd made it to a refugee camp in Ethiopia several years ago and eventually attained asylum status for passage to America. But before he left his hometown, Eritrea's capital Asmara, he made his first and only recording so far,
Desdes. Awalom completed Desdes in 2007, not long before he departed Eritrea. Because Awalom left after the recording he never received any money for cassette and CD sales. But he also didn't get to find out how much of an impact the songs have had locally. “…features traditional folk instruments—the one-string wata and the five-string krar—playing what ATFA's Brian Shimkovitz called ‘legit modern sounds culled from relatively ancient means.’” – Resident Advisor
>Grand Puba
– Back From The Future CD (iHipHop Distribution)
New release from rapper Maxwell Dixon aka Grand Puba, best known as a member of the group Brand Nubian from New Rochelle, New York.
Black From The Future is the emcee's first album in seven years.
>Hackensaw Boys
– Charismo CD (Free Dirt)
Traditional Appalachian and Delta music lay the groundwork, but it's injected with a heavy dose of the contemporary, good-times-roll kind of spit and vinegar the band has become known for over the years.

>Bella Hardy
– With The Dawn CD (Magenta Marketing)
Bella Hardy’s seventh solo album
With The Dawn is her first since being named BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer Of The Year in 2014. “Ultimately, what Hardy has done here is make a folk album for people who don't normally like folk music. In doing so, it's both a credit to her and the genre.” -- Q Magazine
>PJ Harvey
– The Hope Six Demolition Project CD/LP (Vagrant)
The Hope Six Demolition Project draws from several journeys undertaken by Harvey, who spent time in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. over a four-year period. “When I'm writing a song I visualize the entire scene. I can see the colors, I can tell the time of day, I can sense the mood, I can see the light changing, the shadows moving, everything in that picture. Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with,” says Harvey. “Just as Let England Shake made use of a sense of the horror of the First World War far more than provide literal commentary on it, so the restless The Hope Six Demolition Project is more about a sense of a fractured, disordered globe, bursting with life and catastrophe, ancient cultures, new wars and old wounds. It makes you puzzle its meaning, ponder on it, burrow nagging ideas into your head. And it is another stupendous record, of the sort nobody else is making, or probably could make. Through all her changing shapes, Harvey remains one of a kind.” – Drowned In Sound
>Catherine Christer Hennix
– Live At Issue Project Room CD (Important)
Catherine Christer Hennix – Central Palace Music From 100 Model Subjects for Hegikan Roku CD (Important)
Catherine Christer Hennix (born 1948 in Stockholm) is an artist, poet, composer, and philosopher with a strong interest in logic and formal music theory; her interest in drone music and the meditative, trance-like state it induces is apparent in her exploration of similar music in many other cultures and traditions, including, for example, Japanese gagaku music and the 13th-century vocal music of Pérotin and Léonin. These are the first in a series of archival Hennix releases to be issued via Important Records. “She has created a sound that reliably taps into our subconscious and frees us from linear time.” --The Quietus

>Hestina
– Blossom Talk CD/LP (Autumn Tone)
Formed by Kimberly Vice and Michelle Ausman, Hestina is a folk-soul duo who call New Orleans home. Their Autumn Tone Records debut,
Blossom Talk, is filled with beautiful harmonies that dreamily orbit around the plucking of dueling ukuleles.
>Bill Hicks
– Rant In E-Minor: Variations 2xCD/2xLP (Comedy Dynamics)
Rant In E-Minor: Variations is Bill Hicks' most brilliant album in it's raw form with no music interludes. The original release was compiled from multiple shows in Austin, Texas and other locations; this version is one of those Austin evenings, October 24th, 1993. It contains Hicks' classic material, never-before-heard bits, and some new twists on some of everyone's favorites.
>Jane Lee Hooker
– No B! CD (Ruf)
Jane Lee Hooker is a band of five women from New York City who infuse the grit and attitude of their hometown into the blues. With double lead guitars, a heavy rhythm section, and soul-scouring vocals, JLH honors the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Johnny Winter, Big Mama Thornton, and other blues greats.

>Lightnin’ Hopkins
– Live In Munich June 23, 1977 CD (Rockbeat)
Sam Lightnin' Hopkins was an often recorded and highly influential Texas blues guitarist whose ramshackle lifestyle and easy going music still resonate today.
Live In Munich was recorded with an electric band in 1977 in front of an appreciate and enthusiastic crowd.
>J Dilla
– The Diary CD (Mass Appeal)
“After nearly 15 years of label troubles, legal battles, file rescuing and sample clearing, J Dilla's lost 2002 vocal album
The Diary [finally sees] release. Originally recorded for MCA, the iconic beatmaker, who passed away in 2006, had recruited a slew of producers to help create the 14-track LP — its beats are by Pete Rock, Madlib, Hi-Tek, Supa Dave West, Bink!, House Shoes, Nottz, Karriem Riggins and, of course, Dilla himself. Though it follows a decade of posthumous releases of varying quality, Dilla estate creative director and former Stones Throw general manager Eothen ‘Egon’ Alapatt told Rolling Stone that The Diary is ‘the last record that he actually wanted out — i.e., he said, in his own words, this record should come out during his lifetime. The last one.’” – Rolling Stone
>Johnny Moped
– It’s A Real Cool Baby CD/LP (Damaged Goods)
UK punk band Johnny Moped, who debuted in 1978, return with new album,
It's A Real Cool Baby. Original members Johnny Moped, Slimy Toad, and Dave Berk showcase some new songs and revisit a few live favorites that never got recorded back in their heyday, including “I Wanna Die” and “I Believed Her Lies.”
>Keb’ Mo’
– Live: That Hot Pink Blues Album 2xCD (Kind Of Blue Music)
Keb' Mo' delivers some of his best material in the most authentic form, through live recordings. Recorded throughout the past year while on tour, and produced by Casey Wasner, the double-disc album features 16 live recorded songs from Keb' Mo's extensive catalog.

>Robert Kidney
– Jackleg CD/LP (Exit Stencil)
“Robert Kidney still brings it strong at almost 70 years young if you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing him perform on stage. As a founding member and lead singer of 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band), Robert has been mastering this trade for over 45 years.
Jackleg, his first solo venture, is just Kidney recorded alone with an acoustic guitar. Recorded live with just two edits by engineer Tony Maimone at Studio G in Brooklyn, New York, the dark and haunting blues album transports Kidney right into your living room. The eleven tracks found on Jackleg drips with the same depth as Johnny Cash did on his American Recordings.” – No Depression
>Ash Koosha
– I Aka I CD (Ninja Tune)
Wobbling electronica rhythms 'n' fractal sound waves from the Iranian-born, London-based composer. For fans of Arca and Burial. Vinyl edition due May 27.

>Kate Le Bon
– Crab Day CD/LP/Cassette (Drag City)
The third full-length release for the Welsh singer-/songwriter, “
Crab Day, like its predecessor (the staggering Mug Museum), is underpinned by a bold stoicism far removed from calculable, sweetened melodics. Yet, when it really sparks, as on the mesmerizing coda of eight-minute closer ‘What's Not Mine Or We Might Revolve’ (a spare, insistent pummel that recalls the fidgety formalism of early Throwing Muses), it yields an emotional resonance that is difficult to deny and impossible to resist.” – The Skinny
>Lighthouse
– Thoughts Of Movin’ On [Reissue/1971] CD (Prog Temple)
Originally formed in 1968, this legendary Canadian horn-rock band spanned rock 'n' roll, jazz, progressive, and classical music. Released in December 1971,
Thoughts Of Movin' On was their fifth album, and appeared on the legendary Vertigo imprint in the UK. It makes its long-overdue CD debut here.
>Mikael Lind
– Intentions And Variations CD/LP+MP3 (Morr Music)
Iceland-based composer Mikael Lind presents an ambient work of weightless soundscapes and sound manipulation. Lind's tracks are based on simple themes -- often performed by a piano or a viola -- but his compositions gradually evolve into more complex creations and mature textures as he lets the electronically manipulated sounds interact. RIYL Christopher Bissonnette, Deaf Center, Stephan Mathieu.

>Eric Lindell
– Matters Of The Heart CD (Red Parlor)
On
Matters Of The Heart roots musician Eric Lindell continues his long-time collaboration with legendary Texas guitarist, Anson Funderburgh, whose phenomenal lead playing adds even more layers of blues and soul to the album. Another friend of Lindell's, Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, The Black Crowes), co-produced some of the tracks and adds some fantastic resonator slide guitar.
>Lyrics Born
- Now Look What You've Done, Lyrics Born! Greatest Hits! CD/2xLP (Mobile Home)
Greatest hits collection from one of the underground west coast scene’s most consistent and respected MCs. From the instantaneously grooving Stereo MCs remix of “I Changed My Mind,” originally taken from the 2005
Same Sh*t Different Day album, if you’re not already familiar with Lyric Born’s energetic, upbeat and classy style, you’ll be guaranteed to be hooked from this great first song. This is followed by “Callin’ Out,” from his 2003 LP Later That Day, and the funky, authentic west coast feel of this, along with Born’s incredibly melodic delivery, makes the track one that still sounds as fresh as it did when the album first dropped. If you’re not already a fan of Lyrics Born, this is a great introductory project to check out.
>Barış Manço and Kurtalan Ekspres
- Sözüm Meclisten Disari [Reissue/1981] CD/LP (Pharaway Sounds)
Originally released in 1981, this is another killer album by the Turkish legend, recorded with the same line-up as 1979's
Yeni Bir Gün. Psych/funk/progressive sounds full of heavy drums and basslines, Moog/analog keyboards, and psychedelic guitar.
>Mantar
– Ode To The Flame CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
“Infernal extreme metal” from Germany.

>Del McCoury Band
– Del And Woody CD (McCoury Music)
You could almost say that the cover of the new release from the Del McCoury Band tells you everything you need to know: two giants of American music, both known far and wide by their first names, guitars in hand, looking out at the world with a bold gaze and a characteristic expression. But there’s a story behind
Del And Woody, a collection of Woody Guthrie lyrics set to music by Del McCoury. Though it took the process years to come to fruition the result is an album that really transcends the concept of collaboration. For while Del McCoury is not quite of Guthrie's generation, these two American masters share an unsurpassed breadth of experience, outlook, shared interests and common backgrounds. So what you hear is the simple and easy unity of these two artists.
>Merzbow
– Live Performance [Reissue/1985] CD (Cold Spring)
Remastered reissue of the extremely rare
Live Performance cassette.
>Metallica
– Kill ‘Em All [Reissue/1983] 5xCD+4xLP+DVD (Blackened Recordings)
Metallica
– Ride The Lightning [Reissue/1984] 5xCD+4xLP+DVD (Blackened Recordings)
Deluxe box sets of Metallica’s first two albums, each complete with a 64-page book, a Metallica logo patch, and more.

>Kevin Morby
– Singing Saw CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
Singing Saw is a record written simply and realized orchestrally. In it, Kevin Morby faces the reality that true beauty -- deep and earned -- demands a whole-world balance that includes our darker sides. It is a record of duality, one that marks another stage of growth for this young, gifted songwriter with a kind face and a complicated mind. Morby opens Singing Saw with “Cut Me Down,” a song of tears, debts and a prescient vision of being reduced to nothing. “I Have Been To The Mountain,” “Destroyer” and “Black Flowers” continue to explore beauty and freedom, seizing upon the rot that seeps into even the supposedly safest of realms; peace, family and romantic love. By the end of the record on “Water,” Morby is literally begging to be put out once and for all, like a fire that might burn all the visions away. Travels beyond his mountain walks, near his Mount Washington home in Los Angeles, inform songs like “Dorothy,” which recounts a trip to Portugal, witnessing a fishing ritual and luxuriating in the aura of a bar light-tinged reunion with old friends. The touching innocence of “Ferris Wheel” stands alone in stark simplicity amidst the lush sonic textures of the album. Here, the album is balanced by Morby's signature sweetness and joie de vivre.
>Mr. Lif
– Don’t Look Down CD/LP (Mello Music)
The first album in seven years from one of hip-hop's most pioneering and creative rappers,
Don’t Look Down features Del The Funky Homosapien, Edan and more.
>Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
– Sacred Memories CD (Rebel)
New music from some of the top writers of bluegrass and gospel music: Jerry Salley, Paul Williams, Billy Smith and a never-before-recorded song from the late Randall Hylton. Guests include Ricky Skaggs and his wife Sharon and Rhonda Vincent.

>Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio
– Perfection CD (Motema)
The debut from the new jazz supergroup (featuring David Murray, Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington is dedicated to Ornette Coleman, who passed just days before the recording. The album features (and is named after) Coleman's never before recorded composition, “Perfection.”

>Musiq Soulchild
– Life On Earth CD (E1)
“It's been a while since we heard from the soul gawd Musiq Soulchild. In fact, last time we heard from Musiq, he was rapping under his alter-ego 'The Husel.' Thankfully, Musiq is back to doing what he does best, crooning over chill jazzy electric piano. On his newest single ‘I Do,’ the Philly-bred singer speaks to his significant other. While admitting that he doesn't always like her, he vows to always love and care for her. Now that's commitment.” – Hot New Hip-Hop

>Graham Nash
– This Path Tonight CD/LP+MP3 (Blue Castle)
“Graham Nash's new album,
This Path Tonight, is his first collection of new songs since 2002's Songs For Survivors. In that time, he's entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Hollies, published his memoirs, launched two tours with CSNY and watched the group once again dissolve, and separated from his wife Susan after 38 years of marriage. That last fact was weighing most heavily on Nash's mind when he wrote the tunes for This Path Tonight. This Path Tonight is my emotional journey at this point in my life,’ he says. ‘Many changes are happening and, as a musician, I'm trying to find the courage to face my future and grab a hold of it. ... My producer Shane Fontayne and I wanted to make a funkier, more intimate feeling and started the album with the song ‘This Path Tonight.’’ The disc wraps up with ‘Encore.’ ‘No matter how many songs I've written, no matter how many songs I've sung, there's always room for just one more,’ says Nash. ‘’Encore’ is a perfect way for me to end this album.’” – Rolling Stone
>Necrot
– The Labyrinth CD/LP (Tankcrimes)
“Oakland, California’s Necrot are as old-school death metal as old-school death metal gets. Their songs would have been welcome presences on early classics by Master, Bolt Thrower and Autopsy and yet, Necrot has a punk rock soul that refuses to die. This was the same spirit that one heard from Venom as they did their best to play metal songs well out of their technical reach, or from Motörhead as they kept their music short and to the point over their 40-year career.” – Invisible Oranges

>Henrik Björkk Nordvargr and Margaux Renaudin
- Anima Nostra CD (Cold Spring)
A collaboration between Henrik Nordvargr Björkk (Pouppée Fabrikk, Mz.412) and Margaux Renaudin. Combines the ritual aspects of Mz.412, the darkest ambience of Nordvargr, vocals, and a rising spiritual awakening. Features guest vocals by death metal mastermind Nader Sadek, recorded inside the sacred Sneferu pyramid in Cairo.

>Nova Express Quintet
– Andras: The Book Of Angels Volume 28 CD (Tzadik)
Nova Express is one of Zorn’s most dynamic and sensitive ensembles, an MJQ-tinged quartet featuring piano, vibraphone, bass and drums. For their first foray into the world of Masada, they are joined by the ever-popular Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista to create a fabulous program of space-age bachelor pad music for the 21st century. Relaxing and unique instrumental music performed by an all-star quintet of musical masters touching upon the exotic language of The Dreamers, Les Baxter, Martin Denny, Bert Kaempfert, Afro-Cuban bop and more.

>Oz Noy
– Who Gives A Funk CD (Abstract Logix)
Internationally acclaimed guitarist and composer Oz Noy follows his provocative two-volume exploration and reinvention of his blues roots (
Twisted Blues) with Who Gives A Funk – an examination of classic funk and R&B grooves, spiked with his uniquely unhinged improvisational instincts.
>Omophagia
– In The Name Of Chaos CD/LP (Unique Leader)
Omophagia is a death metal band from Switzerland and this is their second album.

>Marie Osmond
– Music Is Medicine CD (All Of Me)
New album from the veteran pop/country entertainer. Enlisting the expertise of veteran country/pop/Latin producer Jason Deere, Marie captures her expected contemporary style, mixing it with new flavors and notable guest artists such as Olivia Newton-John, Diamond Rio, SisQó (Dru Hill), John Rich (Big & Rich), Marty Roe, and Alex Boyé. [Vinyl version due August 5.]

>Otep
– Generation Doom CD/LP+MP3 (Napalm)
“Formed from the poetic marrow of creative intercourse. Otep is an art project/band/movement/revolution; Breaking ground, breaking rules, breaking barriers. Articulate. Aggressive. Pure adrenaline. ARTCore of Heavy Mental Rock.” This is how Otep Shamaya and her allies choose to describe themselves. The Californians unleash a fascinatingly meandering beast in shape of
Generation Doom boasting thunderous nu-metal grooves that shapeshift into dark industrial fury that flow into hard rock melodies at any moment. [CD edition is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds three bonus tracks. Limited picture disc edition pressed for RSD 2016.]
>Lucky Peterson
– Long Nights CD (JSP)
As insiders know, some of the best blues and jazz is played after hours and behind closed doors. Musicians play around with technique and material. And, of course, they relax and have fun.
This is Lucky and his sidemen exploring that magical late night vibe.

>The Power Quintet
– High Art CD (HighNote)
This post-bop supergroup, which has honed its rapport on tour in Europe, consists of the trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, the vibraphonist Steve Nelson, the pianist Danny Grissett, the bassist Peter Washington and the drummer Bill Stewart. The band cooks up a swinging brew of mostly original tunes with a decidedly post-hard-bop influence.

>Praed
– Fabrication Of Silver Dreams CD (Annihaya)
Praed's body of work explores the connections between shaabi (Arabic popular music), the mouled music played in religious trance ceremonies, and other popular music from around the world that employs forms of sonic delirium, such as free jazz, space jazz, and psychedelic rock.

>Prism Tats
– Prism Tats CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Prism Tats’ self-titled debut album is bookended by the reverb-laden “Pacifist Masochist” at the start and the back-to-back tag-team of “Haunt Me” and “Know It All” at the finish. This trio of songs recalls the ghostly throwback groove-stomp and fuzzy warmth of bands like The Jesus & Mary Chain and The Raveonettes, with frontman Garett van der Spek flexing his vocal chops in different registers.

>Professor Longhair
– Live In Chicago CD/LP (Orleans)
Previously unreleased live album recorded at the University of Chicago Folk Festival, February 1, 1976, and originally broadcast by WFMT-FM Chicago.

>Masha Qrella
– Keys CD/LP+MP3 (Morr Music)
Berlin-based musician Masha Qrella's fifth album finds her elegantly fusing disco-pop and songwriting. Written and produced by Qrella in her studio within one year, the album's 11 songs feature well-known elements of fragility, perfection, and understatement, while walking a fine line between laconic coolness and passionate, up-tempo melancholia.

>Rarity
– I Couldn’t Be Weaker CD (Rise)
Canadian pop/punk. Vinyl edition due May 20.

>Maja S.K. Ratkje
– Crepuscular Hour CD+DVD/2xLP+CD+DVD (Rune Grammophon)
An epic, hypnotic work for three choirs, three pairs of noise musicians, and church organ. Includes a DVD of the whole concert, beautifully directed by Kathy Hinde (DVD is PAL format, region-free, with 5.1 and stereo audio).

>Rich Robinson
– Through A Crooked Sun [Reissue/2011] CD/2xLP (Eagle)
Rich Robinson – The Woodstock Sessions Vol. 3 [Reissue/2011] CD/2xLP (Eagle)
Latest in a series of back catalogue reissues from The Black Crowes lead guitarist. While available on CD, most will want the color vinyl (brown and white, respectively) versions.

>Sonny Rollins
– Holding The Stage (Road Shows Vol. 4) CD (Sony Masterworks)
Holding The Stage (Road Shows Vol. 4) is pure Sonny Rollins it is the essence of Sonny Rollins as a musician. The music is some of his most expressive live recordings, from 1979 at the Pori Jazz festival in Finland to 2012 in Marseille and Prague.
>Royce Da 5'9"
– Layers CD (Bad Half Entertainment)
After touring with PRhyme, writing and recording new music, Royce returns to his solo roots with new album,
Layers. This is the first solo release since 2011 from the Detroit, Michigan MC known for Slaughterhouse, PRhyme, and Bad Meets Evil. The album features appearances by Rick Ross, Pusha T and Tiara.
>Amber Rubarth
– Scribbled Folk Symphonies CD (Chesky)
Backed by a string section that includes world renowned Cellist, Dave Eggar, Amber Rubarth returns for her sophomore Chesky album to follow up her successful,
Sessions From The 17th Ward. Scribbled Folk Symphonies features a combination of original tunes and unique takes on classic songs, such as her rendition of R.E.M’s “Losing My Religion.”
>Dino Sabatini
– Omonimo CD/LP (Outis)
Omonimo is techno producer Dino Sabatini's second full-length, following 2012's Shaman's Paths For Prologue. The album features a relatively slow, trip-hop-inspired aesthetic, while still retaining parts of the classic Italian deep techno sound Sabatini helped popularize alongside the likes of Donato Dozzy and Giorgio Gigli.
>Sand
– Golem [Reissue/1974] CD/LP (Rotorelief)
Sand – Desert Navigation CD/LP (Rotorelief)
German trio Sand's first album,
Golem, is a legendary work of cosmic psychedelic genius. Not dependent on a classic krautrock style, Sand is nevertheless part of this movement of German cosmic/psychedelic bands, in addition to being the originators of proto-industrial musics. Desert Navigation is a previously unreleased album, recorded 1973-1982.
>Santana
– Santana IV CD/2xLP+MP3 (Santana IV/Thirty Tigers)
Santana IV reunites the revered early- ‘70s lineup of guitar icon Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums). The album signifies the first time in 45 years since 1971’s classic Santana III that the quintet has recorded together. “It was magical,” Santana says of the sessions. “We didn’t have to try to force the vibe – it was immense. From there, we then needed to come up with a balance of songs and jams that people would immediately identify as Santana.” The iconic guitarist adds, “When you can go back and break new ground with joy and determination – and some whoop-ass energy – it gets you going. I think we achieved something very rare. This music was screaming to come out of us. It wasn’t about nostalgia. It was about passion.”
>Satin Jackets
– Panorama Pacifico CD/LP+MP3 (Eskimo)
Satin Jackets deal in an original brand of diva funk and smooth disco.
Panorama Pacifico is their debut album.
>Say Anything
– I Don’t Think It Is CD (Equal Vision)
One of the most commendable aspects of Say Anything is their willingness to grow and explore new sounds, or “challenge myself musically,” as lead singer Max Bemis describes it. Sure, the band’s rebellious message is present throughout the entire discography, and Bemis can still produce endless witticisms seemingly at random, but this album is different.
I Don’t Think It Is starts with “Give A Damn,” the anthem of not caring what anyone has to say, which suits the band’s new style. The song is aggressive with loud vocals, intrusive lyrics, and edgy guitars. The third track, “Rum,” is a slower song with raspy vocals and impressive drums. Following is the 1 ½ minute upbeat, punk sounding “So Numb.” “Jiminy,” the sixth track is more melodious with rhythmic guitar riffs, emotional vocals, and laid-back beats. Vinyl edition due May 20.
>Scullion
– Balance And Control [Reissue/1980] CD (Prog Temple)
Formed in Dublin in 1979 by Tír na nÓg singer and guitarist Sonny Condell, vocalist Philip King, and guitarist Greg Boland, Scullion made a considerable impact in Ireland with the release of their self-titled debut album later that year. Produced by the legendary John Martyn, their second LP,
Balance And Control, appeared toward the end of 1980. This is the first reissue of this wonderful set of acoustic material with a distinctive Celtic flavor, touching on pop, jazz, and more.
>Ashley Shadow
– Ashley Shadow CD/LP (Felte)
“Ashley Shadow is Ashley Webber, a longtime contributor to Vancover’s music scene. Besides playing bass in the early-aughts post-punk combo The Organ, she’s sung on albums including Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s ‘Lie Down In The Light,’ Pink Mountaintops’ ‘Outside Love,’ and The Cave Singers’ ‘Welcome Joy,’ landing her voice on releases by some of the world’s most prominent indie labels (Drag City, Jagjaguwar, and Matador respectively). Plus her sister is Lightning Dust leader Amber Webber. With a pedigree like that, it’s about time Webber released a project of her own.” – Stereogum

>Sturgill Simpson
– A Sailor’s Guide To Earth CD/LP+CD (Atlantic)
A Sailor's Guide To Earth was written-beginning to end-as a letter to his first child who arrived during the summer of 2014 and features eight original songs as well as a rendition of Nirvana's “In Bloom.” “Psych-country songwriter Sturgill Simpson impressed fans of the genre back in 2014 with the release of his sophomore Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. In anticipation of his follow-up record, the Nashville-based performer appeared on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show to shed some light on [his new album] A Sailor's Guide to Earth. ‘I wanted to express a lot of influences outside of country music, I think there's a lot of room to explore in terms of sonic templates in the genre,’ he told Lowe. ‘If there was any intentional approach it was that I wanted to sort of reverse engineer the song craft this time around. In country music especially, it can get very formulaic. You have to have your verses and a chorus but a lot of these songs were written as plain and simple poetry on the road. I decided I was going to frame those poems to music in the studio. We already did Metamodern... so I didn't want to make another psychedelic country album.’” – Exclaim
>Solids
– Else CDEP/12” (Topshelf)
Solids’ new EP serves as a melancholic deconstruction of the '90s slacker ethos explored on their first LP. But it also charts the band’s transition into a wider and more experimental sound, borrowing strands from Dinosaur Jr., Hum and Unwound and coiling them into an anxious, alienated sound. [Vinyl edition is one-sided featuring an etched B-side.]

>Soundtrack
– Hardcore Henry [OST] CD (Masterworks Broadway)
The music for
Hardcore Henry is as frenetic as the action in the movie. Recalling many memorable moments from the film, the soundtrack features songs from The Sonics, The Temptations, Devendra Barnhart, The Drums and The Stranglers, along with songs written for the movie from writer/director Illya Naishuller's band, Biting Elbows, and Dasha Charusha, who also appears in the film.
>Spectres
– Dead CD/2xLP (Sonic Cathedral)
Tracks from Bristol band Spectres' 2015 debut
Dying, remixed by Mogwai, Factory Floor, Hookworms, Richard Fearless (Death In Vegas), Andy Bell (Ride), Robert Hampson (Loop), and many more.
>Marcus Strickland's Twi-Life
– Nihil Novi CD (Blue Note)
Strickland’s desire to preach above and beyond the jazz choir is rooted in his affinity toward a multitude of musical styles. Growing up in a household which encouraged the arts, Strickland’s musical palette had been vast long before his professional endeavors. This broad creative range, along with his emergence as a singular voice on his instrument, helped Strickland land his first recording deal as a leader with the Fresh Sound label, soon after the Miami native graduated from New York’s esteemed New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music; a breeding ground for many who would become today’s most relevant figures in jazz.

>Surgical Meth Machine
– Surgical Meth Machine CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
New project from Al Jourgenson (Ministry). According to Jourgensen, the sound of Surgical Meth Machine’s debut release leans heavily on the aggressive side, but fans can also expect to hear a few surprises. “There's a couple of real poppy things on there, which brings me full circle, because, literally, I don't give a f**k anymore,” he said. “So I'm actually almost acknowledging that first horrible pop record I did in 1983. I'm crooning on some songs, I've got some pop songs on there, and then there's just brutal assault for the rest of it.”

>Suuns
– Hold/Still CD/LP+MP3 (Secretly Canadian)
“Suuns’ third proper album exists at the intersection of
20 Jazz Funk Greats and Kid A -- a serpent's hiss that is also yearning and hot-blooded. Its contents are the proof as to why Suuns absolutely deserve to be listed next to the names of dark groove adventurers like Stott, Forest Swords, Arca and Haxan Cloak.”
>James Tatum
- Contemporary Jazz Mass/Live At The Orchestra Hall & Paradise Theatre [Reissue/1974/1980] CD (Jazzman)
James Tatum - Contemporary Jazz Mass [Reissue/1974] LP (Jazzman)
First reissue of James Tatum's stunning, spiritualized Contemporary Jazz Mass, a unique work of sanctified vocal jazz inspired by Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts, with lyrics drawn straight from liturgy, originally privately released in 1974. [CD version adds
Live At The Orchestra Hall & Paradise Theater (1980), Tatum's independent second release and another breathtaking long-form vocal jazz composition.]
>Trupa Trupa
– Headache CD (Blue Tapes & X-Ray)
Polish quartet Trupa Trupa present a work of exquisitely executed tension-and-release rock music sharp as a migraine and twice as psychedelic. “Always clever, often beautiful, and at times very angry guitar music that defies definition… Razor-edged no wave rumblings, anguished Bad Seed shanties, sopping wet blue-eyed soul ballads -- Trupa Trupa touch on it all… This is incredible work.” --The Quietus

>Various Artists [Ragnar Johnson]
- Sacred Flute Music From New Guinea: Madang/Windim Mambu [Reissue/1977]1979] 2xCD (Idealogic Organ)
First combined release of Ragnar Johnson and Jessica Mayer's
Sacred Flute Music From New Guinea LPs, originally released in two volumes by David Toop's Quartz Publications in 1977 and 1979. Includes recordings of men in the Madang region of Papua New Guinea blowing sacred flutes to make the cries of spirits, pairs of long bamboo male and female flutes played for ceremonies in the coastal villages near the Ramu river, Ravoi flutes from Bak accompanied by two garamut (carved wooden slit gongs), Jarvan flutes from Awar accompanied by a shell rattle, Mo-mo resonating tubes recorded in the Finisterre Range, and more.
>Various Artists [Charles Maurice]
- AOR Global Sounds 1975-1983 Volume 2 CD/LP (Favorite)
DJ and producer Charles Maurice follows 2015's
AOR Global Sounds 1977-1982 with Volume 2, digging even deeper lost international productions for eight forgotten, rare tracks produced between 1975 and 1983 around the globe. At the end of the '70s, many artists all over the world were deeply influenced by such AOR stars as Steely Dan and their classic 1977 Aja LP and strove for the same attention to sound production and detail; this specific West Coast style mixed with pop rock standards, soul, disco, and jazz influences.
>Various Artists
- Curiosity Shop: A Rare Collection of Aural Antiquities and Objets d'Art: Volume Three 1968-1971 CD (Particles)
The third volume in the
Curiosity Shop series, a colorful variety of rare and obscure pop nuggets recorded from 1968-1971.
>Various Artists
- Various Artists: Every Song Has Its End: Sonic Dispatches From Traditional Mali CD+DVD/2xLP+DVD (Glitterbeat)
Bamako-based producer/educator Paul Chandler has been documenting the sonic and cultural complexities of traditional Malian music for more than a decade and
Every Song Has Its End is and out-of-time, visceral collection of sounds from Chandler's unparalleled archive. Includes a DVD featuring 11 mini-documentaries profiling the musicians and their culture.]
>Victims
– Sirens CD/LP (Tankcrimes)
New album from Stockholm's d-beat champions.

>Rick Wakeman
– Starship Trooper CD (Cleopatra)
A collection of live performances, including a rendition of Tool’s “Sober,” plus several more cover songs of The Who, Pink Floyd, and The Doors.

>Muddy Waters
– Live ’76 At Paul’s Mall, Boston CD (Echoes)
Complete radio broadcast of Muddy Waters and his band performing live at Paul's Mall in Boston, MA, on June 15, 1976.

>Wild Belle
– Dreamland CD/LP+MP3 (Sony)
The duo that forms the core of this Chicago based group are siblings Elliott and Natalie Bergman, and have created a sound known for infusing it's psychedelic pop sound with grooves based on reggae and ska. Their new album,
Dreamland, features the single “Throw Down Your Guns” that, according to the siblings, started out as a love song, but ultimately found the group riding a roughed up rhythm track with Natalie delivering a more emphatic lyricism than ever before. The song features Natalie Bergman's dusty yet joyous vocals over a bass heavy dance rhythm and a Jamaican pop-esque instrumental hook.
>Don Williams
– Don Williams In Ireland: The Gentle Giant In Concert CD (Don Williams Music)
Country Music Hall of Famer and CMA/ACM award winner Don Williams, who became one of the biggest country stars known as the “Gentle Giant” with his relaxed songs and 6-foot-1-inch frame, is retiring after six decades of making music and entertaining crowds. This is his last recording. [Also available on stand-alone DVD.]

>Anthony Wilson
– Frogtown CD/LP (Goat Hill Recordings)
Wilson enlisted Grammy-winning producer/bassist Mike Elizondo and a cast of musicians including legendary drummer Jim Keltner, violinist Petra Haden, and iconic saxophonist Charles Lloyd, to help him realize his vision. Virtuosic guitar and ensemble work, well-crafted songs, and intimate vocals drive this album, rooted deeply in jazz while summoning an array of diverse influences.

>Jeff Zagers
– All For The Love Of Sunshine CD/LP (Wharf Cat)
All For The Love Of Sunshine is a departure from Zagers' debut of original compositions, Still/Alive. The collection of covers from the American songbook is as much a salute to the singers and songwriters of past generations as it is a reminder that our travails in matters of the heart are nothing new. It asks these questions in their original voice and answers them to the tune of Zagers' distinct brand of ambient/industrial Americana.
>The Zenith Passage
– The Solipsist CD/LP (Unique Leader)
Los Angeles death metal unit The Zenith Passage features within its ranks current and former members of The Faceless, Fallujah and All Shall Perish.
The Solipsist is their debut full-length. Across forty minutes of music, the band examines the idea of solipsism, a philosophical theory that the self is all that can be known to exist, anything else outside of one’s own mind is uncertain. The Zenith Passage builds upon this foundation, expanding into themes of nonexistence and a computer-generated fictional reality experienced by all of humanity. Solipsist demands that listeners join the band on their voyage to explore the unsettlingly complex and improbable world they’ve uncovered in this bold experiment, this gut-wrenching visceral transmission of disturbing intellectual revelation.

DVDs + Blu-ray:
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Don Williams – Don Williams In Ireland: The Gentle Giant In Concert DVD (Don Williams Music)
Country Music Hall of Famer and CMA/ACM award winner Don Williams, who became one of the biggest country stars known as the “Gentle Giant” with his relaxed songs and 6-foot-1-inch frame, is retiring after six decades of making music and entertaining crowds. This is his last recording.


This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Agnes Strange
– Strange Flavour [Reissue/1975] (Radiation Deluxe Series)
Originally released in 1975 on the BirdsNest label, the sole album by boogie stompers Agnes Strange is an obscure hard rock gem begging to be rediscovered. Formed in Southampton, UK, in the mid- '70s by Alan Green (bass), Dave Rodwell (drums), and John Westwood (guitar, vocals), Agnes Strange failed to reach any glory or fame, but their legacy of heavy rock riffs, raw leads, and tough attitude -- with a spacey Hawkwind-esque touch here and there -- helped them reach cult status among '70s rock fanatics.

>Aurora
– All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend LP (Glassnote)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. 2015 was a big year for Norwegian teenager Aurora Aksnes; aside from releasing the
Running With The Wolves EP and the “Murder Song (5,4,3,2,1)” single, she scored a surprise hit with her cover of Oasis' “Half The World Away.” Recorded as the music for UK retailer John Lewis' coveted Christmas advert, “Half The World Away” gave Aurora her first UK Top 10 hit. Her debut album, All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend, features previous singles “Runaway,” “Running With The Wolves” and “Murder Song (5,4,3,2,1)” as well as “Conqueror” and eight other brand new tracks. “Conqueror” is uplifting and anthemic in equal parts, a tale of yearning and independence, showcasing Aurora's uncanny ability to write a hook.
>Albert Ayler
– My Name Is Albert Ayler [Reissue/1964] LP (Jeanne Dielman)
Originally released in 1964,
My Name Is Albert Ayler is the debut album by the legendary free jazz saxophonist. Recorded in Copenhagen with a Scandinavian rhythm section, this album sets the stage for the sheer brilliance that was to come. Although the backing band plays fairly straight-ahead bop and feels out of place at times, it doesn't detract from the program as a whole, as Ayler's singular sound shines through.
>Battleme
– Habitual Love Songs LP+MP3 (El Camino Media, LLC)
Portland by way of Austin indie sensation Battleme (the musical alter ego of Matt Drenik) has survived a deadly autoimmune disease, torn up SXSW stages, and written no small number of wicked tracks to soundtrack FX’s less than lovey dovey hit show
Sons Of Anarchy. Esquire even described one Battleme song as, “If The Flaming Lips had written an original song for Dark Side Of The Moon.” So it’s surprise, new album Habitual Love Songs is full of sexually charged, slithery, Stones-like blues rockers. Billboard even compared first single, “Shake Shake,” to Queens Of The Stone Age. HQ-180gm.
>Marco Benevento
– The Story Of Fred Short LP (The Royal Potato Family)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. For his new album, Marco Benevento cites everything from LCD Soundsystem, Harry Nilsson, Manu Chau and Gorillaz as inspiration. Divided into two sides,
The Story Of Fred Short oozes with Marco’s relentless creative spirit in songwriting, performance and production. Side A is stuffed with mesmerizing dance rock gold. Marco doubles down on the groove, using a rare Casio drum machine that's become a recurring muse in addition to a live drummer. The B Side tells the real and imagined story of Fred Short in seven chapters of wild, heavy rock ‘n’ roll. Fred Short was a Native American man known for throwing musical bacchanals on the property Marco now lives on, in Woodstock, NY.
>Bombino
– Azel LP (PTKF)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. After a brief 25-hour delay in Morocco on his way from Niger, Bombino arrived in Woodstock, New York to record his 2016 album at Applehead Studio with Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors). Longstreth proved to be a fantastic match for Bombino as this album's producer. He has a deep respect for the Saharan music tradition and guided their sessions with a gentle but skilled hand. Fans of Bombino and Tuareg music in general will notice a few remarkable innovations on
Azel.
>The Bonnevilles
– Arrow Pierced My Heart LP (Alive)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Great garage punk blues in the style of Left Lane Cruiser, Black Keys, and James Leg.

>The Brian Jonestown Massacre
- La Façon Dont La Machine Vers l'Arrière 7” (Hoga Nord Rekords)
Necessary evil activities -- messy but clean -- from The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Here, they deliver dark organic beats with “La Façon Dont La Machine Vers L'Arrière.” On the B-side, Al Lover -- San Francisco's own DJ Shadow -- takes the listener on a remixed space odyssey.

>Dave Brubeck and Tony Bennett
– The White House Sessions: Live 1962 2xLP (Impex)
Two remarkable visionaries at the peak of the powers, Dave Brubeck and his quartet and Tony Bennett (both with his group and with Bennett with trio) give hot performances of some of their biggest hits: Brubeck's revved up “Take Five,” Tony Bennett's soulful “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” and both together on the hard-swinging “Lullaby Of Broadway.” Playing the popular White House Sessions concert on the Washington Mall for President John F. Kennedy, these titans of popular jazz have a great time informing, joking and playing the lights out.

>Tracy Bryant
– Subterranean LP+MP3 (Burger)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Tracy Bryant, frontman and founder of L.A.’s post-punk experimentalists Corners, debuted his first solo effort in 2014, the split cassette with Billy Changer, appropriately called
2 In 1. Since then, Bryant has been busy mastering and touring with Corners, or so we thought. In January of 2015, Bryant escaped to the Arizona desert to start working on his next album Subterranean with a little help from The Resonars’ Matt Rendon. Cut live with Froth’s Joo-Joo Ashworth and Jeremy Katz, and drummer Cameron Gartung of Mystic Braves, the album was his way of exploring musical boundaries and elaborating on his own prolific style.” – What Youth
>R.L. Burnside
– Sound Machine Groove [Reissue/1981] LP (Highwater)
Limited 150gm vinyl LP pressing of the seminal first studio recording by the legendary R.L. Burnside. Recorded by folklorist David Evans for High Water Records in 1979 and 1980, these are Burnside's first recordings with electric guitar and also his first with a band.

>Glen Campbell
– Ghost On The Canvas [Reissue/2011] LP+MP3 (Surfdog)
Glen Campbell – See You There [Reissue/2013] LP+MP3 (Surfdog)
Limited edition picture disc vinyl reissues of Glen Campbell’s final two studio albums (
Ghost On The Canvas is a set of original songs, while See You There is a collection of updated versions of his past hits).
>Johnny Cash
– I Walk The Line [Reissue/1964] LP (Friday Music)
Johnny Cash – Man In Black [Reissue/1971] LP (Friday Music)
Limited HQ-180gm translucent color (gold and blue, respectively) vinyl LP represses in gatefold jackets.

>Cavanaugh
- Time And Materials LP (Mello Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Avant-garde MC Open Mike Eagle teams up with Chicago comedy rapper legend Serengeti to create something creatively absurd and socially poignant. “
Time And Materials tackles sociological themes that would be sledgehammer-obvious in less-nuanced hands. But the duo draws you in by skimping on or misdirecting details. Serengeti disappears deeper into his lyrical role than Mike does—understandable from an MC who's been known to do half a live set in the guise of a cranky, bellowing 50-year-old. But for his first full-length production job, Mike sets a tone as raw-nerved and abrasively contemplative as the concept demands.” – Pitchfork
>The Chainsmokers
– Bouquet 12” (Sony Legacy)
2015 EP from the DJ duo consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. The Chainsmokers were formed as an EDM DJ duo in 2012 in New York City. They started out by making remixes of indie bands.

>The Church
– Priest=Aura [Reissue/1992] 2xLP (Plain)
HQ-180gm vinyl reissue of The Church’s eighth LP. This sprawling, psychedelic, surreal album is a creative peak for the band with a richly detailed widescreen production courtesy of producer Gavin Mackillop.

>Stelvio Cipriani
– Tentacles [OST/1977] 2xLP (Dagored)
A fabulous, jazzy, psyched-out score with extremely '70s vibes and high-energy mood composed by the maestro Stelvio Cipriani (
Concorde Affaire '79) for Tentacoli (Tentacles), a 1977 thriller directed by Ovidio Assonitis and starring a bunch of Hollywood stars including Shelley Winters, John Huston, and Henry Fonda. This is the first-ever release of the complete soundtrack on vinyl. Two transparent LPs in deluxe embossed gatefold sleeve.
>Leonard Cohen
– Toronto ’88 2xLP (Rox Vox)
By 1988 Leonard Cohen had undergone something of a renaissance in North America, propelled by the success of Jennifer Warnes’ 1987
Famous Blue Raincoat album. He supported his widely acclaimed synthesizer-heavy I'm Your Man album (1988) with a tour of Europe, the US, and his native Canada. This superb performance at Massey Hall in Toronto on November 9, 1988, was broadcast live on CBC Radio and is now available on HQ-180gm vinyl.
>Dalhous
- Composite Moods Collection 1: House Number 44 2xLP (Blackest Ever Black)
Like the Scottish duo's previous work,
House Number 44 concerns itself with mental health, centering around the protagonist's co-habitant who “appears distinctly unwell—detached, isolated, often feeling helpless and unable to influence the world around them.” The album tackles this with individual mood pieces meant to “convey a bipolarity of mood, each movement contradicting or erasing what came before, making progress impossible.” “This album is one of those slow-burning, dark-ambient/broken-techno synthesizer albums that crawls forward with a destination in mind, but takes the long way through some sketchy back alleys to get there.” – Slug Magazine
>Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse
– Dark Night Of The Soul [Reissue/2009] 2xLP (Parlophone)
Second repress – HQ-180gm.
Dark Night Of The Soul features a wide range of collaborators, including James Mercer of The Shins, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Black Francis of the Pixies, Iggy Pop, Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Suzanne Vega, Vic Chesnutt, David Lynch and Scott Spillane of Neutral Milk Hotel and The Gerbils; these singers also had a hand in composing and producing the work.
>Alex Dezen
– California b/w Iowa (That’s Who We Are) 7” (Rock Ridge)
You know Alex Dezen as the the lead singer for The Damnwells. His resume is pretty impressive.

>Dixie Chicks
– Wide Open Spaces [1998] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Dixie Chicks
– Fly [1999] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Dixie Chicks – Home [2002] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Dixie Chicks – Taking The Long Way [2006] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
First time on vinyl!

>Bob Dylan
– New Morning [Reissue/1970] LP (Mobile Fidelity)
Second Mo-Fi repress of a sublime Dylan album.

>Ellison
– Ellison [Reissue/1971] LP (Guerssen)
Blastin' underground hard rock from Canada, 1971. Ultra-raw guitars and lots of attitude. Think Black Sabbath and Elias Hulk.

>Rino de Filippi
– Oriente Oggi [Reissue/1973] LP (Cinedelic)
Rino de Filippi is one of those undercover maestros of library music that Italy is so good at producing.
Oriente Oggi (a collection dating from 1972) finds him producing with an ‘Oriental’ theme in mind.
>The Fine Machine
– Habitat [Reissue/1972] LP (Cinedelic)
The Fine Machine were Oscar Lindok (Giacomo Dell'Orso), Donimak (Nico Fidenco), and Proluton (Gianni Dell'Orso). Their sole LP, 1972's
Habitat, simply exemplifies the variety and quality of Italian library music and its impeccable interpreters, with all the elements that characterize the unique style of the sound produced in Italy at the beginning of the '70s. There are a bunch of breakbeats, lots of percussion, and liberal use of flute, piano, organ, and electric guitar.
>Flight Facilities
- Live With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 3xLP+MP3 (Future Classics)
Australian producer duo Flight Facilities present Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, recorded under the stars at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, Australia, on October 17, 2015. That night 12,000 fans witnessed Flight Facilities recreate their journey from their first DJ mix in 2009 to the release of their acclaimed debut album
Down To Earth in 2014. The 15-track performance was captured live and mixed by ARIA-winning engineer Eric J Dubowsky; it features musical guests Touch Sensitive, Surahn, Kurt Kristen, Owl Eyes, Katie Noonan, George Maple, Reggie Watts, and Emma Louise.
>The Frames
– Longitude 2xLP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Irish band The Frames celebrate their 25th anniversary with the release of
Longitude. The record is a stirring compilation of songs chosen by the band, including new recordings of favorites “Revelate” and “Fitzcaraldo” as well as a brand new composition recorded just for this set.
>Free Cake For Every Creature
– Talking Quietly Of Anything With You LP+MP3 (Double Double Whammy)
Free Cake For Every Creature started as a secret collection of home-recordings by Katie Bennett on a four-track. Encouragement and nagging from friends persuaded her to share her songs with them. Two years later, after self-booked tours around the country, several solo and full-band self-recorded tapes, and a move from upstate New York to Philadelphia, the band went back upstate to record their first record,
Talking Quietly of Anything With You, with Chris Daly (Fraternal Twin, Porches., PWR BTTM, Long Beard) at Salvation Recording Co. The album is a collection of quiet pop songs that explore topics like moving to a new city, looking for answers in books, making muffins, and being in love.
>Patty Griffin
– 1000 Kisses [2001] LP+MP3 (ATO)
First-time vinyl edition of Patty Griffin’s third studio album,
1000 Kisses, which features guest background vocals by Emmylou Harris and also contains Patty's version of “Stolen Car” by Bruce Springsteen.
>Arlo Guthrie
– Alice’s Restaurant [Reissue/1967] LP (Pure Pleasure)
HQ-180gm vinyl reissue of the folk singer/songwriter’s debut album.

>Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex
– Denver LP (Drag City)
This nine-song set follows the “rock ‘n’ roll alchemy” of more recent vinyl singles, employing “the modding-up of ethnic idioms from regional traditional American sounds and the refitting of these rhythms with expressions of new youth, reckless within the contemporary lifestyle.” More directly,
Denver features a mix of beats supporting the “gnarl of Neil's classic guitar playing.” [Available on standard LP, limited edition LP (with hand-painted cover art), and alternate cassette mix.]
>Glen Hansard
– A Season On The Line 12”+MP3 (ANTI-)
New EP from the celebrated principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for the influential Irish group The Frames.

>Françoise Hardy
– La Question [Reissue/1971] LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Françoise Hardy - Et Si Je M'En Vais Avant Toi [Reissue/1972] LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Limited vinyl reissues of a pair of albums from the French singer/songwriter/actress.
La Question remains one of her finest and most distinctive efforts. Initially considered a departure from her more commercial hits from the '60s, La Question has become a virtual calling-card for Hardy and has proven to be extremely influential on the modern French pop scene. Temporarily sidestepping her familiar French pop sound in favor of a country-blues flavored feel, Hardy penned most of the laid-back mellow Et Si Je M'En Vais Avant Toi herself.
>The Dave Harrington Group
– Become Alive LP (Other People)
Dave Harrington (of Darkside with Nicolas Jaar) debuts his first solo endeavor, The Dave Harrington Group, with
Become Alive. Inspired by the classic jazz albums of the late '60s and early '70s, which experimented with contemporary studio recording techniques and effects, Harrington assembled about a dozen players and recorded days of improvised material, later manipulating it into something that, while fundamentally live, takes full advantage of Harrington's penchant for electronic manipulations of organic sound, applying the same conceptual approach he takes with his heavily effected live-sampling guitar work.
>Honeycutters
– On The Ropes 2xLP (Organic/Select-O-Hits)
“Fitting in at country honky-tonks and hard-scrabble bars alike, the Honeycutters have built a reputation for high energy shows coupled with tight harmonies and wistfully delicate lyrics of longing, heartbreak, and the American experience” -- Alan Cackett. [CD version due May 20.]

>Japanther
– Instant Money Magic LP (Bufu)
Veteran DIY art-punk duo Japanther return to their roots with the gleeful
Instant Money Magic, their 12th LP in 13 prolific years. With an ever steady backbeat and a wall of fierce fuzz guitar, the group pounds out a stream of quick bites, like mouthfuls of pop rocks that crackle in the ears with an acidic sweetness. Pairing their noisy tendencies and speedy grooves with infectious, bang-along melodies, the group balances their improvisational, oft-kilter tendencies with an accessible, almost jubilant, pop sensibility to an irresistible, effect.
>The Jefferson Airplane
– Crown Of Creation [Reissue/1968] LP (Friday Music)
Limited HQ-180gm clear vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket including poster.

>The Jesus & Mary Chain
– Automatic [Reissue/1989] LP (Plain Recordings)
Plain Recording’s second reissue of JAMC’s 1989 album – this time on green vinyl.

>Elton John
– The Thom Bell Sessions [Reissue/1979] 12” (Mercury)
The Thom Bell Sessions (internationally titled as The Thom Bell Sessions '77) is an EP recorded by Elton John in the second half of 1977, but was not released by MCA Records until June 1979. The project was a departure for John at the time. Up until that time, he had worked almost exclusively with lyricist Bernie Taupin and record producer Gus Dudgeon. Also, John's band was not used at these sessions. This project brought Elton John together with R&B songwriter and producer Thom Bell, who had previously worked with such artists as The Stylistics, The Delfonics and The Spinners.
>Fletcher C. Johnson
– Lesson In Tenderness LP+MP3 (Burger)
Hailing from Southern Vermont and now residing in Brooklyn, NY, garage pop-rock wunderkind Fletcher C. Johnson returns with new album,
Lesson In Tenderness. Includes the infectious lead single “Wilder Than Me.” Noisey sums it up this way: “For those of you too young to ever savor the experience of driving up the coast in the mid- ‘60s summer sun with nothing but some buds, beers, and a busted radio... now's your chance to get in on the feeling.”
>The Joy Formidable
– Hitch LP (C’Mon Lets Drift)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Welsh trio The Joy Formidable return with their highly anticipated new album Hitch. Once described by Rolling Stone as “wickedly bracing and Himalaya-huge,” the fantastic live band went to work on their third studio album with one mission: to make sure their unique live performance and energy was captured on record. “We realized we needed to build a space and do it ourselves, go back to being three people in a room again” said Ritzy Bryan regarding the band's decision to self-produce
Hitch. Following suit with their decision to take the reigns on the record, The Joy Formidable chose to “work with people who feel as strong as we do about the music, who listen to albums, love the art and let that take control.” One such early supporter was the legendary Alan Moulder (The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins) who mixed the album. The band states “on this album, we've been lucky enough to feel that same enthusiasm from everyone involved.”
>Ben Katzman’s Degreaser
– Venus In Pisces LP (Bufu)
The undeniably fun Miami-via-Boston “basement glam” rockers Ben Katzman’s Degreaser have been making a name for themselves in the garage rock community over the past couple years, bouncing between Florida and Massachusetts (and soon to be home of New York), bringing their signature “chillin’ hard” attitude with them everywhere they go. There’s the unabashed Kiss, Van Halen and Judas Priest worship, the never ending quest for the ultimate shred, a deep love for astrology, and a good deal of homage to
Grease and the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle of the past. It’s all very tongue-in-cheek, but in the case of Katzman’s DeGreaser, it’s also quite genuine and sincere.
>Keyes/Wearing Thin
– Wearing Thin/Keyes [Split] 7” (Tragic Heros)
Limited (some on color vinyl) split 7” release, dropped in conjunction with a tour by these two melodic indie/punk bands.

>King Khan
– America Goddamn b/w Mule Train 7”+MP3 (Khannibalism)
King Khan – Never Hold On b/w A Tree Not A Leaf I Am 7”+MP3 (Khannibalism)
King Khan returns on his own Khannibalism imprint with four songs from the motion picture soundtrack to
The Invaders. Each pressed on color vinyl (neon orange and ‘military marijuana’, respectively).
>Okkyung Lee and Bill Orcutt
– Live At Café Oto LP (Otoroko)
The full recording of the first meeting between Bill Orcutt (USA) and Okkyung Lee (South Korea). Individually these players have focused on an idiosyncratic approach to their chosen instruments and technique. Okkyung is one of the most singular voices to compromise the cello’s ‘classical’ origin, whilst Orcutt has spent many years developing a unique abstraction of traditional guitar blues. HQ-180gm.

>Little Green Cars
– Ephemera 2xLP (Glassnote)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. When
Ephemera was completed in 2015, its theme became clear. A dozen exquisitely-crafted, exceptionally-sung, sumptuously-produced songs shimmered with the myriad of emotions the band had been through – restlessness, regret, love, heartbreak, hope and acceptance among them. Vivid lines of lyrics began to stand out. You won't have your heart tugged harder this year than when Stevie depicts the disintegration of his relationship on “You Vs Me.” The death of Adam's dad inspired the almost unbearably beautiful “Brother” – written by Adam, sung sensationally by Faye. The death of Stevie's grandmother gave birth to “The Garden Of Death,” a number with breathtaking harmonies in which the singer seeks beauty in the afterlife.
>Menomena
– Friend And Foe [Reissue/2007] LP+MP3 (Barsuk)
Limited vinyl repress in a gatefold jacket. “
Friend And Foe has all the hallmarks of an underground classic that's here to stay” -- NME. “No filler, not one outtake, Friend And Foe succeeds in living up to the hype of Menomena's first LP by growing wiser with every loop of sax and blast” -- Austin Chronicle. “Best New Music” [8.5] -- Pitchfork
>Charles Mingus
– Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus [Reissue/1964] LP (Jeanne Dielman)
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus is bassist and composer Charles Mingus's legendary experiment in a large group setting. Featuring an 11-piece group with new arrangements of some of his best-known compositions, this album is one of Mingus's most timeless and influential releases. Originally released in 1964, the album is an essential title from one of jazz's most enduring figures.
>Augustus Pablo
– Original Rockers [Reissue/1979] 2xLP (VP)
Deluxe double-vinyl repress of a quintessential dub reggae classic. 23 tracks total.

>Pacific 231
– Ethnicities LP (Rotorelief)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Ethnicities is a collection of previously unreleased recordings from Pacific 231's post-industrial period. Successive and consecutive cuts were made before the artist put together the concept of the album as a plural-cultural diversity of sounds, with tropical steams, exotic journeys, electronic manipulations, urban dins, and industrial mazes. An unexpected psychedelic patchwork from Pacific 231.
>Parachute
– Wide Awake LP (Vanguard)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Parachute returns with this decidedly infectious collection of pop-rock anthems chocked full of the sticky sweet melodies and indelible hooks that have become their stock-and-trade.

>Paradise Lost
– In Requiem [Reissue/2007] LP (Century Media)
Paradise Lost’s monumental latter day 2007 album
In Requiem finds the band simultaneously revisiting their gothic metal roots and daringly transcending them. [Limited copies pressed on color vinyl.]
>Jorginho Pessanha
- To Muito Na Minha [Reissue/1971] LP (Soul Patrol)
Remastered limited-edition reissue of this 1971 Brazilian samba/jazz rarity.

>Pinact
– Stand Still And Rot LP+MP3 (Kanine)
A lot of bands are compared to the likes of Sonic Youth, Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr., but very few are capable of living up to the billing. Enter Pinact, whom has harnessed the spirit of Glasgow’s music scene incredibly. Green color vinyl.

>Placebo
– Sleeping With Ghosts [Reissue/2003] LP (UMe)
Placebo – Meds [Reissue/2007] LP (UMe)
Placebo’s fourth and fifth albums, remastered and reissued as part of the series celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band's debut album.

>Puce Mary
– The Spiral LP (Posh Isolation)
The Spiral binds the listener in a tight web of sharp synthesizers, hammering percussion, obscured vocals, field recordings, and blistering noise. Intimidatingly personal, though never allowing the introspection to become aimless, Puce Mary manages to honor the history of industrial music and noise while simultaneously transforming it.
>Purple
– Bodacious LP (PIAS America)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The gritty Texas trio, Purple, whose music encompasses reggae, funk, pop, rock and hip-hop seamlessly, are back with their sophomore album,
Bodacious.
>Rustie
– EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE 2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
“Rustie pummels the subs along with the best of contemporary bass assailants, yet the beats are contorted so that they can live alongside emotive, often psychedelic melodies. While last year’s
Green Language featured the likes of Danny Brown and Gorgeous Children, EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE is designed as a vehicle for Rustie to more intimately connect with all who dare challenge themselves with these dynamics. This third full-length effort is rife with all the chaos associated with underground bass culture, but without any of its aggressive underpinnings. If the colorful cover art isn’t enough of an indicator of Rustie’s light-hearted approach, the ambiance and aquatic samples of opener ‘Coral Elixrr’ properly set the mood.” – Consequence Of Sound
>Santana
- Live At The Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, MI, 25th May 1975 LP (Klondike)
Santana's appearance at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, MI, on May 25, 1975, was originally broadcast on the
King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show. Opening with an inspired pairing of Peter Green's “Black Magic Woman” and Gábor Szabó's “Gypsy Queen,” Santana display an explosive showcase of virtuosity and improvisational flare throughout the show, with familiar material from the band's earlier repertoire receiving a rapturous response. HQ-180gm.
>Boz Scaggs
– Hits [Reissue/1980] LP (Friday Music)
Limited HQ-180gm clear vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket.

>Sia
– This Is Acting 2xLP+MP3 (RCA)
Released in January on CD – now available on vinyl. “On her seventh LP, Sia reclaims songs that Adele, Rihanna and others turned down.
This Is Acting opens with two songs that Sia hoped to land on Adele's 25. Her approximation of the phrasing and tone of the world's most beloved singer over the roiling piano on ‘Bird Set Free’ is uncanny, while ‘Alive’ is a throwback soul crusher that would've been the hardest-hitting thing on that blockbuster LP. ‘Footprints’ is an orphan from a Beyoncé writing session with refrigerator-magnet-level lyrics (comparing a relationship's progress to ‘two footprints in the sand’) that Bey [passed] on. The high point is ‘One Million Bullets,’ the only song she wrote with herself in mind. Against a dusky minor-key piano, Sia offers herself as her lover's protector, muse and martyr – her voice cracking perfectly in the chorus as she asks if they'd take a shot for her too. If this is acting, it's the kind of performance that hits as hard as life itself.” – Rolling Stone
>Frank Sinatra
– All The Way [Reissue/1961] LP (Capitol)
Limited vinyl LP 55th Anniversary repress. Originally released on Capitol Records in 1961,
All The Way features the Oscar-winning title track, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard singles chart, while the album reached #4 on the album chart. It is the fourth Capitol compilation album of Sinatra singles and B-sides from the period 1957 to 1960.
>Small Faces
– The Autumn Stone 7” (Snapper)
Originally planned as a single in 1968, the mono mix of Steve Marriott's “The Autumn Stone” was never released due to Immediate label boss Andrew Loog Oldham’s dislike of the song (the title of which he later used for the final Small Faces album).

>Sourvein
– Aquatic Cult LP (Metal Blade)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. Doom-laden Southern noise featuring guest performances from D. Randall Blythe (Lamb Of God), “Stig” Miller (Amebix), Keith Kirkum (Weedeater), Dean Berry (Iron Monkey), Dave Capps (All Tore Up), Chris Holcombe and Joel Martin (Subrig Destroyer), and Kevin Rochelle (Sea Of Tyrants).

>Soundtrack
– Hamilton [Original Broadway Cast Recording] 4xLP (Atlantic)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. The original Broadway cast album of
Hamilton, a fusion of hip-hop and pop-driven musical theater, is now available as a quadruple LP set.
>Strawberry Girls
– French Ghetto [2013] LP (Tragic Hero)
“Strawberry Girls have walked a fine line between being really ***ing cool and incredibly cheesy since their beginnings in early 2011. On one hand this power trio possesses the knack for writing fast-paced progressive jams similar to ‘The Fall Of Troy’ and on the other, a desire to make covers of Carly Rae Jepson’s ‘Call Me Maybe.’ Call it what you want this is band eager to try new things (even though their lead guitarist has already released about a dozen full-length solo albums). [It is] An effort from a band that, when at its best, is capable of creating some uniquely catchy songs with tremendous playback value.” – Sputnik Music

>Suicide Silence
– The Cleansing [Reissue/2007] LP (Century Media)
Limited color vinyl reissue of the Suicide Silence’s 2007 debut, expanded with two bonus tracks.

>Sun Ra
- The Saturn Singles Vol. 1: 1954-1958 LP (Jeanne Dielman)
Essential early Sun Ra performances and productions from 1954-1958. Though the genres showcased here are more pop than the world has come to expect from Sun Ra, the vibe and feel is purely cosmic, producing some of the wildest, strangest R&B ever created this side of the sun.

>Logan Takahashi
– NoGeo LP+MP3 (Ghostly Int’l)
As half of Teengirl Fantasy, Logan Takahashi is best known for making glassy, expansive tracks. On his debut solo album,
NoGeo however, he creates an intimate world of fertile, furtive rhythms. Throughout the album, techno-tinged patterns unfurl with zeal and digital melodies slowly rise and fall.
>Tee Mac
– Nepa Oh Nepa LP (Hot Casa)
Dr. Tee Mac Omatshola Iseli aka Tee Mac is a Nigerian multi-talented maestro flutist with cross-cultural Itsekiri and Swiss roots. This best-of collection gathers seven beautiful and rare tracks from his albums
Party Fever (1978), Mixed Grill (1979), and Night Illusion (1980), with top musicians individually displaying their skill and collectively delivering a classic repertoire.
>Johnny Thunders
– Critics Choice/So Alone 10” (Easy Action)
“Critics Choice,” recorded with The Chesterfield Kings (& Stevie Klasson and Jamie Heath) in New York March 1991, is possibly the last ever recording Johnny made. “So Alone” is an unknown recording from the mid- ‘70s, predating The Heartbreakers live version from 1975 but postdating the Actress version. Quite possibly Thunders’ first solo recording. Translucent blue color 10”.

>Tiamat
– Wild Honey [Reissue/1994] LP (Century Media)
Limited red vinyl LP repress of the Swedish metal band’s fourth album.

>Pierro Umiliani
– Effetti Musicali [Reissue/1968] LP (Cinedelic)
Piero Umiliani's self-released 1968
Effetti Musicali LP exposes his art and his versatility; among his keyboards and other implements, Umiliani creates overlapping sounds and situations with full artistic autonomy, free from the influence of any outside producer. The result is a stunning psychedelic experiment.
>Various Artists [Coilectif]
- In Memory Ov John Balance & Homage To Coil LP (Rotorelief)
An alchemical, magical, mystical homage to the legacy of Coil, featuring works by Ilitch, Pacific 231, Vivenza, Vox Populi!, Étant Donnés, and more.

>Various Artists
- Jean-Luc Godard: Bandes Originales 1959-1963 LP (Jeanne Dielman)
A selection of tracks from some of Jean-Luc Godard's earliest and most memorable films including
À Bout De Souffle (Breathless) (1960), Une Femme Est Une Femme (A Woman Is a Woman) (1961), Vivre Sa Vie (My Life To Live) (1962), and Le Mépris (Contempt) (1963). With works by legendary composers Martial Solal, Michel Legrand, and Georges Delerue, this is an essential collection of music from the films of one of the most important directors of the French New Wave.
>Various Artists
- Loma Volume Three - A Soul Music Love Affair: Sad, Sad Feeling 1964-68 LP (Future Days)
Various Artists - Loma Volume Four - A Soul Music Love Affair: Sweeter Than Sweet Things 1964-68 LP (Future Days)
From late 1964 until late 1968, Loma stood as the subsidiary of Warner Brothers Records aimed directly at the singles market. During its four-year lifespan, the label released over 100 singles and a handful of albums, the vast majority of which reflected the collective taste of the men that guided Loma and thereby the evolution of a distinctive art form: soul music. Viewed objectively, it would be incorrect to compare Loma to the other great R&B repositories of the mid- 1960s. It was strictly an adjunct of a bigger label, a commercially-minded operation that threw product at the wall hoping for a hit to stick.

>Various Artists
– The Music Of David Lynch 2xLP (Communion)
Limited edition double vinyl release
The Music Of David Lynch benefits the David Lynch Foundation which promotes the use of transcendental mediation in every day life and in treating traumatic stress. Musical Director Rob Mathes leads a wide array of special guests across multiple genres and decades including long-time collaborator Angelo Badalamenti (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, The Straight Story, Mulholland Drive), Chrysta Bell, Donovan, Duran Duran, Jim James, Karen O, Lykke Li, Moby, Rebekah Del Rio, Sky Fereira, Tennis, Twin Peaks, Wayne Cohyne, Steven Drozd and Zola Jesus. HQ-180gm.
>Various Artists
– Rockabilly Rebels Volume 3 LP (Icehouse)
Various Artists – Rockabilly Rebels Volume 4 LP (Icehouse)
If country and hillbilly music were the soundtrack of the rural South, rockabilly was the equivalent in the white urban south, a music that seemed to follow the migrations of its creators and fans, with one foot in the country they left behind and one in the city they had moved to. The classic era of rockabilly was fairly brief, encompassing the years from 1954 to 1960, but those years produced quintessential American records and artists that remain American icons, and helped lay the foundation for rock & roll. These sets collect a solid representation of that historic scene with cuts from some major players. HQ-180gm yellow color vinyl.

>Sid Vicious
- Live At The Electric Ballroom London August 15th 1978 LP (Radiation Reissues)
Backed by the likes of original Pistols’ bass player Glen Matlock, Rat Scabies from The Damned, and Steve New from The Rich Kids, this is Sid Vicious last UK performance before leaving for the US and his ultimate demise. Recorded at the Electric Ballroom in London, 1978 and featuring all the classics from his solo repertoire, this is a limited edition yellow vinyl with red and black splatter release, hand numbered to 300 copies only.

>Vivisick
– Nuked Identity LP (Tank Crimes)
Japanese hardcore punk – released last September on CD – now available on vinyl.

>Wax Witches
– Memory Painting LP+MP3 (Burger)
The third long player from Australia's Wax Witches, the solo recording project of Bleeding Knees Club frontman Alex Wall. Following up the well received
Celebrity Beatings (2013) and Centre Of Your Universe (2014), Memory Painting offers up more outer space pop punk madness ushered in by the album's catchy lead single “Habit.”
>The Gary Wilson Trio
– Another Galaxy [Reissue/1974] LP (Feeding Tube)
Before releasing
You Think You Really Know Me in 1977, Gary Wilson released his first album as the leader of a jazz trio in 1974. Playing both bass and piano, Gary cut four tracks with his band that have lain pretty far out of the public's reach for the last 42 years. This is shockingly brilliant jazz-qua-jazz that will slap the faces of anyone who thinks of Wilson as a vocal artist.
>Markus Wormstorm
– Figure In Field LP (M=Maximal)
Markus Wormstorm presents his second solo album,
Figure In Field, a work characterized by an electrifying urban combination play with African voices, percussion, and classical instruments. He experiments with downtempo pulses, Bernard Herrmann-style compositions, anime sampling, Xhosa rapping, and more, leading the listener simultaneously into both his fantasy world and the reality of modern South Africa.
released 08 APRIL 2016
>CDs + Vinyl:

>
Daniel Ash – Stripped CD (Main Man)
Released on vinyl for RSD 2015 -- now available on CD. For over 35 years, he has been one of the seminal figures in alternative music; whether for his wildly experimental guitar playing or for his sardonic vocal stylings, or perhaps even for throwing in a bit of saxophone, Daniel Ash has been one of modern music’s most engaging figures. Having defied categorization by fusing elements of electronica with punk, goth, and glam rock, Ash has earned the status of a living legend. In 2014, he embarked on a new solo outing with the help of his fans, launching a successful PledgeMusic campaign that would result in an album of revisited classics from throughout his repertoire.

>Jon Balke
– Warp CD (ECM)
Warp situates the solo piano of Norway’s Jon Balke within a subtle architecture of composed soundscapes, in fluctuating dimensions of space.
>Tony Banks
– A Curious Feeling [Reissue/1979] CD+DVD-A/LP (Cherry Red)
Tony Banks – The Fugitive [Reissue/1983] CD+DVD-A/LP (Cherry Red)
Reissues of the first two proper solo studio albums by the Genesis founding member and keyboard player. CD versions add 5.1 surround sound DVD-Audio discs, while the vinyl editions are single-disc, HQ-180gm. [Deluxe
hardbook CD+DVD-A edition of The Fugitive is also available.]
>Boxcars
– Familiar With The Ground CD (Mountain Home)
New album from the two-time Bluegrass Instrumental Band of the Year.

>Hayes Carll
– Lovers And Leavers CD/LP+MP3 (Hwy 87)
Hayes Carll is at the forefront of a generation of American singer/songwriters. A Texas native, his style of roots-oriented songwriting has been noted for its plain-spoken poetry and sarcastic humor. He was nominated for a 2016 Grammy award for Best Country Song, and American Songwriter awarded him with Song of the Year for “Another Like You” in 2011, the same year he was nominated for Artist of the Year at the Americana Awards. Now Hayes returns with a powerful and raw set of songs produced by Joe Henry entitled
Lovers And Leavers. The record marks a new chapter for Hayes -- he has gone through much personal change in the five years since his last release, and he mines the depths of these experiences on this record. Sonically, he has stripped away some of the country sounds that marked his previous records, thus highlighting his well-worn voice and placing his straightforward and heartfelt lyrics at the center.
>Tony Conrad with Faust
- Outside The Dream Syndicate [Reissue/1973] CD/LP (Superior Viaduct)
Outside The Dream Syndicate, originally released in Europe only in 1973, is Conrad’s stunning debut. Two side-long tracks—“The Side Of Man And Womankind” and “The Side Of The Machine”—show just how far Conrad had moved beyond his minimalist peers. Werner Diermaier’s repetitive drum beat and Jean-Hervé Peron’s stripped-down bassline conjure a tense, ascetic groove, while Conrad’s seamless violin, initially so controlled, reveals a surprising adaptability. The music shifts almost on a subliminal level, pushing and pulling to the drone’s internal pulse.
>Cult Of Luna
– Mariner CD/2xLP (Indie Recordings North America)
“Since its formation in 1998, Cult Of Luna has released seven albums, been awarded the top rock/ metal award at the Swedish national radio awards and cemented their status as one of the true progressors of the metal genre, respected by most metal aficionados. For their eight effort, the post-metal pioneers join forces with the talented Julie Christmas (Battle Of Mice, Made Out Of Babies) from Brooklyn, whom bring an even larger depth to Cult Of Luna’s sound — powerfully displayed on
Mariner.” – Blabbermouth
>The Dandy Warhols
– Distortland CD/LP+MP3 (Dine Alone)
Distortland was first recorded in frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor's basement on an ‘80s cassette recorder with the band adding the finishing touches in the studio. Jim Lowe, best known for his work with Taylor Swift and Beyonce, mixed the album and Taylor says the end result is an album that is “organised like a pop record but still has the sonic garbage in there.” “People don’t really talk about them these days, but back in the late ’90s and early ’00s, the Dandy Warhols perfected a certain brand of casually glamorous swagger that I’d never seen a rock band nail so hard. They were my favorite American Britpop band, if that makes any sense at all.” – Stereogum
>Deep Purple
– Stormbringer [Reissue/1974] 2xCD (Rhino)
Deep Purple – Come Taste The Band [Reissue/1975] 2xCD (Rhino)
Expanded reissues of Deep Purple’s ninth and tenth albums.
Stormbringer includes the full remastered album (2010) along with the new remixes on the first disc and a disc containing the quadraphonic mix in 5.1 audio as originally released in the US on Quad reel back in ‘74. Come Taste The Band includes the full remastered album (2010) plus a rare US single edit of “You Keep On Moving” on the first disc, and a full album remix and two unissued tracks on the second disc: “Same In L.A.,” a three-minute outtake from the final release in 1975; and “Bolin/Paice Jam,” a five-minute instrumental jam with Ian Paice and Tommy Bolin.
>Deftones
– Gore CD/2xLP (Reprise/WB)
“The road to the release of Deftones’ eighth full-length album
Gore has been a rocky one as far as the press is concerned. There were missed release dates thanks to issues with mixing. And of course, there was the elephant in the room: the negative comments guitarist Stephen Carpenter made about his initial lack of interest in taking part in the writing sessions. A solid listen to Gore is all it takes to assure you that Carpenter did indeed show up on the effort. His crushing input populates a number of the included songs, and not just here and there. He may be somewhat underutilized to a small degree, but he certainly makes his presence felt. What stands out most about Gore though isn’t his aggression or frontman Chino Moreno‘s melancholic shades of new wave and sparkling alt rock. No, it’s the spacious room to breathe and fine attention paid to the smaller details in each song. As with any Deftones release, Gore isn’t an album that you’ll easily digest. It’s something you’ll likely be dissecting and finding new puzzle pieces for with each listen for weeks to come. A brave display of just how far this band have come since their nu metal days and definitive proof that the creative flame they share is still burning bright” – The PRP. [Limited copies pressed on 140gm white vinyl with two-pocket gatefold jacket and lyric sheet insert.]
>Desaster
– Oath Of An Iron Ritual CD (Metal Blade)
“The reigning overlords of overkill are back for an eighth album full of lunatic blackened speed/thrash loaded with nods to the deep roots of metal and NWoBHM.” – Angry Metal Guy

>Matt Elliott
– The Calm Before CD/LP (Ici D'ailleurs)
Matt Elliott (Third Eye Foundation) presents the seventh album under his own name. Continuing his unique path through contemporary folk music, the six tracks collected here fit the logical continuum of his previous work while deepening its strengths, with folk guitar virtuosity influenced by the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe, songs that start with whispered melodies and end with noisy storms, truly poetic lyrics, and a tendency to avoid any well-known way of making music.

>Erra
– Drift CD (Sumerian)
New release from the progressive metalcore act. Originating in Birmingham, AL, the foursome adopted their name from Akkadian mythology, where Erra is the God of mayhem.

>Brad Fiedel
– The Terminator [OST/1984] CD/2xLP (Milan)
The original score to the
Terminator is now available on CD and color vinyl.
>Filter
– Crazy Eyes CD/LP (Wind-Up)
“Produced by mastermind/vocalist/front man Richard Patrick,
Crazy Eyes is a sonic rollercoaster through Filter’s rich history. It has some of the heaviest, catchiest, and just down and dirtiest Filter material yet. From the opening of ‘Mother E’ and Patrick’s barely contained aggression hidden in a whisper that builds to that uncanny scream, Crazy Eyes is immediately recognizable as not only a really heavy Filter album, but also a pretty strange one with it’s electro intricacies.” – Rock And Roll Fables
>Anat Fort Trio and Gianluigi Trovesi
– Birdwatching CD (ECM)
For her third ECM album, Israeli pianist Anat Fort augments her long-established trio with bassist Gary Wang and drummer Roland Schneider with a special guest: Italian reedman Gianluigi Trovesi.

>Frightened Rabbit
– Painting Of A Panic Attack CD/LP (Atlantic)
Painting Of A Panic Attack is certainly more polished than Frightened Rabbit’s first album, but it’s remarkable how many variables remain constant. Despite the line-up changes, shifts in location and personal life traumas that have been played out on successive records over the past decade, the core and essence of the band remain the same, and it’s still as brilliant as it has ever been.
Just as it was impossible not to be seduced by the lyrics Scott Hutchison penned ten years ago, so it remains… the decision to democratize the songwriting process with their last record has opened up new channels of melody to explore: the celestial chorus lines of ‘Woke Up Hurting’ and ‘Little Drum’ on this new LP are among those moments of pure magic an artist might hope to unearth once in a lifetime. Without fail, Frightened Rabbit dig a few out for every new release.” – The Skinny

>Geryon
– Wound & The Bow CD (Profound Lore)
New York avant-garde technical prog/death metal two piece Geryon is comprised of one half of Krallice: Nicholas McMaster and Lev Weinstein. Employing simply bass guitar, drums and vocals, the pair conjures complex layers of meticulously crafted tones, maintaining a volatile equilibrium of dissonance and melody. [Vinyl edition due April 22.]

>The Gloaming
– 2 CD (Brassland)
The Gloaming enhance traditional Irish music with the best sounds from contemporary classical, post-rock, jazz and experimental music. RIYL: Sigur Ros, The Chieftans, Explosions In The Sky, Keith Jarrett, The Pogues.

>Great American Canyon Band
– Only You Remain CD/LP (Six Degrees)
“Baltimore's Great American Canyon Band is an indie-folk duo whose members, Paul and Krystal Jean Masson, are partners in both life and sound. Since 2011, when they first began creating music together, the transient troubadours have roamed around the country, living in a Holiday Inn in Athens, Georgia, Paul's grandmother's old house in Chicago, and West Hollywood. As Paul and Krystal moved through the broad expanse of the United States, the country began to seep into their world-weary, wide open, acoustic, cinematic songs, with artists like Hank Williams, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons and the 1970s Laurel Canyon singer/songwriters, including Neil Young, revealing themselves as inspirations. Title track ‘Crash’ showcases a floating kind of folk-pop, drifting on gentle harmonies, lots of open space, simple seductive chords and celestial guitar fills.” – NPR

>Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
– Call It What It Is CD/LP+MP3 (Stax/Concord Music Group)
“On his new album, Ben Harper reflects on police brutality, ageing, and a pink balloon.
Call It What It Is is unpredictable, lacking much cohesion, weird—and brilliant. It was recorded over the course of a year, with sessions sometimes happening months apart. I theorized to Harper that the record’s melodic, lyrical, and thematic inconsistency was related to the intervals between sessions, and he didn’t disagree. “Oftentimes what you are doing and what you think you are doing aren’t the same thing,” he said. He needed time in between sessions to let the recordings settle, to give himself some critical distance. He ended up with an album that tacks between the dark—images of the literal end of the world—and the light, with a girl carried aloft by a pink balloon. Call It What It Is is an exercise in getting jerked around; it’s an 11-track tilt-a-whirl.” – The Atlantic
>Mayer Hawthorne
– Man About Town CD/LP+MP3 (Vagrant)
“It’s been nearly three years since his last solo album, but Mayer Hawthorne has returned. With
Man About Town, he’s gone back to some basics, in a sense. Hawthorne is known for trying different sounds among projects and even between solo albums. Where some of his earlier material more or less recreated ’60s and ’70s soul soundscapes, his newer material has used those references more sparingly, which has resulted in a more modern sound, combined with some nods to late ’70s and early ’80s blue-eyed-soul à la the other cat in the hat, Bobby Caldwell.” – Wax Poetics
>Tim Hecker
– Love Streams CD/2xLP (4AD)
Love Streams takes its cues from the avant-classical orchestration and extreme electronic processing of his previous full-length, 2013’s Virgins, but shaped into more melancholic, ultraviolet hues. Inspired by notions of 15th century choral scores (particularly those by Josquin des Prez), transposed to an artificial intelligence-era language of digital resonance and bright synths, the album was assembled gradually, with layers of studio-tracked keyboards, choir and woodwinds being woven into the mix, then molded and disfigured through complex programming. Like hearing some ancient strain of sacred music corrupted by encryption, Hecker admits to thinking about ideas like “liturgical aesthetics after Yeezus” and the “transcendental voice in the age of auto-tune,” during its creation.
>Ihsahn
– Arktis. CD/2xLP (Spinefarm/Candlelight)
Sixth solo album from Emperor frontman Ihsahn (real name: Vegard Sverre Tveitan). [Vinyl edition due May 13.]

>Inherit Disease
– Ephemeral CD/LP (Unique Leader)
Third full-length album from the Ventura, CA death metal band.

>Krizz Kaliko
– Go CD (Strange Music)
New album from Kansas City's Krizz Kaliko, featuring Tech N9ne, Ces Cru, Rittz, Stevie Stone, and more.

>Fela Ransome Kuti and His Koola Lobitos
– Highlife-Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963-1969) 3xCD (Knitting Factory)
This compilation traces Fela’s musical evolution in the decade before he formed the famous Africa 70 band.
Highlife-Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963-1969) contains all the Koola Lobitos recordings with a 12-page booklet, including a full discography and essay by Fela Kuti scholar and author Michael Veal. The significant collection of 39 tracks, recorded live at the Afro-Spot in Lagos, Nigeria, in the mid- ‘60s demonstrates how Fela used a mix of jazz and high-life to create the early beginnings of what was soon to become his characteristic Afrobeat.
>Lex The Hex Master
– The Black Season CDEP (Majik Ninja)
Lex The Hex Master is the newest signing to Majik Ninja Entertainment -- home of Twiztid.

>Lights
– Midnight Machines CD/LP (WB) New release from Canadian electro-pop artist Valerie Anne Poxleitner aka Lights. Midnight Machines is comprised of six acoustic songs from her most recent album Little Machines, plus two brand new songs. [Limited copies also available on clear vinyl.]
>The Lumineers
– Cleopatra CD/LP (Dualtone)
“It’s been a lingering 4 years, but Denver natives The Lumineers have finally resurfaced with new material, their highly anticipated sophomore release,
Cleopatra. And it’s the home of 11 striking tracks, from delicate narratives, to haunting poems of songs; you’re truly in for a touching ride. Aptly named title track ‘Cleopatra’ is the perfect taste of the material that makes up this new LP, with it’s slow building beat, infectious chorus and an intriguing tale, each of its elements plays a role in tracks to come. Take the incredibly smooth, and even catchier, ‘Ophelia,’ crooning, ‘Ophelia, you’ve been on my mind girl since the flood. / Ophelia, heaven help a food who falls in love.’ And then, stripping back the padding, ‘Gun Song,’ ‘Angela’ and ‘Sick In The Head’ feature a poem-like quality to them, with nothing but a simplistic combination of melody and beat as the backing for the vocals. While these don’t necessarily make an immediate impact like some of the higher tempo tunes, their lyrical quality more than makes up for it once you delve deeper. The entire album is truly a stunning journey.” – Renowned For Sound
>Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Pronouced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd & Second Helping Live 2xCD (Eagle Vision)
Released last October on DVD and Blu-ray -- stand-alone audio CD version now available. Early last year, Lynyrd Skynyrd performed their first two studio albums,
Pronounced 'L h-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd and Second Helping, live in their entirety for the first time, at two specially staged concerts at the Florida Theater in their home town of Jacksonville, Florida.
>M83
– Junk CD/2xLP (Mute)
With
Junk, M83 has succeeded in making what Anthony Gonzalez called “an organized mess -- a collection of songs that aren’t made to live with each other, yet somehow work together. From album opener “Do It Try It,” a fractured yet catchy mélange of old-school house music pianos and pop-art bubblegum hooks worthy of ABBA, to “Moon Crystal,” an instrumental whose mutant retro-futurist grooves evoke Genesis doing a prog-disco remix of The Love Boat theme, to the smooth new wave-meets-electro funk workout “Time Wind” (featuring vocals by Beck) to “Go!,” an exultant synth-pop charmer featuring vocals from new M83 collaborator Mai Lan and guitar solo from legendary shredder, Steve Vai, one thing is perfectly clear: “Every time I make a M83 album, I’m trying to do it on my own terms – and it’s the same for this one,” Gonzalez says. “Whatever I do, whatever influences I have, it ends up sounding like me. As a musician, I’m just trying to take you somewhere else, beyond your world.”
>Malawi Mouse Boys
– Forever Is 4 You CD (Omnivore)
Landlocked in southeastern Africa, Malawi is among the world’s least-developed nations and now ranks as the world’s #1 poorest.
Forever Is 4 You is the newest release from Malawi Mouse Boys, who take their name from the job the Boys had—selling mice on sticks, as snacks or meals to passing travelers, which is what they were doing when Grammy-winning producer Ian Brennan (Tinariwen’s Tassili) discovered them in 2011. Forever Is 4 You bears the influence of their travels abroad to the UK, USA, and Australia/NZ, while also continuing to center around their vocals, four-string, homemade, sheet metal guitar and makeshift percussion.
>Allison Miller
– Otis Was A Polar Bear CD/LP (The Royal Potato Family)
New album from Allison Miller, the drummer, composer and leader of Boom Tic Boom.
Otis Was A Polar Bear features violinist Jenny Scheinman, cornet player Kirk Knuffke, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, upright bassist Todd Sickafoose, pianist Myra Melford, and Miller on drums.
>Dylan Mondegreen
– Every Little Step CD/LP (Shelflife)
Dylan Mondegreen is a pseudonym for Norwegian recording artist Børge Sildnes. Pop music with nylon stringed guitars, brilliant musicians and family oriented lyrics mark
Every Little Step with an intimate tone, with Mondegreen's trademark melancholy pitted against uplifting tunes.
>Nils Økland Band
– Kjølvatn CD (ECM)
Nils Økland mixes Norwegian folk themes with jazz, church music, Americana and more on this terrific set of original songs.

>Parquet Courts
– Human Performance CD/LP (Rough Trade)
“New York jitter-rock kings Parquet Courts have been teasing a new album called
Human Performance with a Brooklyn mural, and they’ve been playing new songs live. They took a year recording it, and according to singer/guitarist Austin Brown, it tackles circa-now anxieties: ‘The unavoidable noise of NYC that can be maddening, the kind of the impossible struggle against clutter, whether it’s physical or mental or social.’ First single ‘Dust’ is a fierce, propulsive rocker, a sort of garage-punk take on krautrock.” -- Stereogum
>Samiyam
– Animals Have Feelings CD/LP (Stones Throw)
“A series of 21 short tracks, most well under three minutes,
Animals Have Feelings still has its share of slightly glitchy moments and odd juxtapositions, but it might be Baker's most directly hip-hop collection to date. There's not a lot of raps on the album—Baker's always been primarily an instrumental artist, and Animals Have Feelings only features three vocal cuts—but the LP just feels hip-hop, in a way that's hard to pin down. ‘Lord Of The Rings,’ with Jeremiah Jae and Oliver the 2nd on the mike, layers the lyrics over sci-fi synths and plucked arpeggio; the Action Bronson–led ‘Mr. Wonderful’ (somewhat confusingly, its a track not found on Bronson's album of the same name), sputters and glides to hypnotic effect; and Earl Sweatshirt returns for the psyche-hop-gets-tough track ‘Mirror.’ Straightforward hip-hop? Not quite—the weirdness quotient of Animals Have Feelings is a bit too high for that—but it's hip-hop nonetheless, and another success for Samiyam.” – XLR8R
>Sinistro
– Semente CD/2xLP (Season Of Mist)
“Portugal’s Sinistro delivers an eerie and beautifully unsettling track with ‘Semente,’ the title tune of the group’s upcoming full-length. A dark and unsettling music bed that summons memories of Antimatter, Portishead or Ulver’s stopover in the realm of motion picture soundtracks while vocalist Patricia Andrade evokes even more mystery with her seductive and deeply emotive voice.” – Pop Matters

>Sleeping With Sirens
– Live And Unplugged CD (Epitaph)
“In the mood for something a little bit quieter than normal? No problem.” – Kerrang

>Ferenc Snétberger
– In Concert CD (ECM)
The ECM debut of Ferenc Snétberger features the widely-acclaimed Hungarian guitarist in solo performance before a rapt audience at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. Snétberger’s richly improvisational eight-part suite subtly draws upon influences from Brazilian music and flamenco, from jazz and classical tradition, as well as his own gypsy background.

>Sonic Youth
– Sister [Reissue/1987] CD/LP+MP3 (Goofin’)
Reissue of Sonic Youth's fifth album, which is loosely inspired by the writings of Philip K. Dick. One of the group’s most beloved albums, 1987's
Sister incorporated the dissonance of their earlier releases into more traditional song structures.
>Soundtrack
– Everybody Wants Some! Music From The Motion Picture CD/Cassette (WB)
The official soundtrack curated by the film's director Richard Linklater, featuring classic songs from Van Halen, The Cars, The Knack, and many more. Quote from Linklater: “The
Everybody Wants Some soundtrack tries to capture the amazing diversity of what was on the table musically at that time. So many artists were at the top of their game, and it seemed like a lot of popular genres were viable. Metal and R&B were as big as ever, disco was still hanging in there (although it would be ‘dead' within a year or so), and, thanks to the movie Urban Cowboy, country was suddenly cool in places it hadn't been before. Even more exciting was the immediacy of punk and new wave, and the first examples of this thing you'd eventually know as hip-hop. Over the years some of this has been parodied and made to look ridiculous, but this movie is asking you to experience it as if for the first time -- from those opening drum beats of ‘My Sharona' to the utter newness of ‘Rapper's Delight.’”
>Sourvein
– Aquatic Cult CD/LP (Metal Blade)
Doom-laden Southern noise featuring guest performances from D. Randall Blythe (Lamb Of God), “Stig” Miller (Amebix), Keith Kirkum (Weedeater), Dean Berry (Iron Monkey), Dave Capps (All Tore Up), Chris Holcombe and Joel Martin (Subrig Destroyer), and Kevin Rochelle (Sea Of Tyrants).

>Ronnie Spector
– English Heart CD/LP (429)
Ronnie Spector was part of the heart and soul of the 1960's, and she has never stopped. You might know her as the leader of The Ronettes, the girl group that gave us “Be My Baby” and “Baby, I Love You.” She also helped turn rock ‘n’ roll into a worldwide force. Her new album,
English Heart, is full of hits from British artists from the 1960s.
>The Traditional Fools
– Fool’s Gold CD/LP (In The Red)
The Traditional Fools were David Fox, Andrew Luttrell and Ty Segall. They splashed onto the underground music scene around 2006 with a no-frills, lo-fi, fun, sloppy brand of budget garage-surf-punk sadly absent from music at the time. The trio released one cassette, one full-length album, a single and then knocked it on the head.
Fools Gold collects the four tracks from their eponymous 2007 7” single along with 13 previously unreleased recordings that have been languishing in their garage for years. Taken together, this is a barn-burner for those who can appreciate trash rock at its finest-soaked in reverb, feedback and cheap beer.
>Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil
- Dois Amigos, Um Século de Música: Multishow Live 2xCD (Nonesuch)
An entire concert, comprising 28 songs across two CDs. Reviews of the shows have noted the intimacy between Veloso's and Gil's voices and guitars, with Reuters calling their Montreux performance “pure and poignant,” and the Guardian calling it “historic … a classy and emotional performance,” saying, “They are now in their early 70s, and they are still remarkable.” Their friendship began in the early 1960s, in Salvador, Bahia, and has endured many triumphs and difficulties over the decades: from their first, historic concerts at the Teatro Vila Velha to performances in music festivals, moves to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, incarceration, and exile to London, among many other experiences.

>Ben Watt
– Fever Dream CD/LP+MP3 (Unmade Road, Ltd.)
Previously one half of Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt returns with his third solo album.
Fever Dream – self-produced at London’s famous RAK Studio 2, and mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering in Maine – takes the sonic template of the open-tuned folk-jazz, distorted string-bent rock, and soulful rumination of his last album, Hendra, and adds a fresh grainy intensity. It renews key partnerships with Hendra’s vaunted guitarist/sideman Bernard Butler and engineer Bruno Ellingham, and sprinkles guest vocal cameos from Boston’s dream-folk singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler and Hiss Golden Messenger’s M.C. Taylor.
>Peter Wolf
– A Cure For Loneliness CD (Concord Music Group)
“On his new solo album,
A Cure For Loneliness, Peter Wolf considers his place in today’s rock-and-pop world. In ‘Peace Of Mind,’ he sings: ‘When I was a young man I believed in everything / Now I’m not a young man. I don’t know what song to sing.’ Through the disc, Mr. Wolf, the vocalist and composer for the J. Geils Band, which had a string of hits in the ’70s and early ’80s, examines his standing at this stage in his life. The 70-year-old shows his respect for yesteryear by tapping into the music of his youth, including R&B, Cajun, gospel and bluegrass. He brought his touring band into the studio and it supports him with alluring self-assurance. The album includes covers of Moe Bandy’s 1974 country hit ‘It Was Always So Easy (To Find an Unhappy Woman),’ Thomas Wayne and the DeLons’s 1959 tearjerker ‘Tragedy’—and a live, amped-up bluegrass version of the J. Geils Band’s 1980 hit single, ‘Love Stinks.’ A Cure For Loneliness balances the gravitas of its theme with Mr. Wolf’s appreciation for what music has long been for him” – The Wall Street Journal. [Vinyl version due May 13.]
>Woods
– City Sun Eater In The River Of Light CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Woodsist)
Woods have always been experts at distilling life epiphanies into compact chunks of psychedelic folk that exists just outside of any sort of tangible time or place. Maybe those epiphanies were buried under cassette manipulation or drum-and-drone freakouts, or maybe they were cloaked in Jeremy Earl’s lilting falsetto, but over the course of an impressive eight albums, Woods refined and drilled down their sound into
City Sun Eater In The River Of Light, their ninth LP and second recorded in a proper studio. It s a dense record of rippling guitar, lush horns and seductive, bustling anxiety about the state of the world.
>Zakk Wylde
– Book Of Shadows II CD (E1)
Wylde has been feverishly working on new material since he wrapped up Black Label Society’s Unblackened spring tour last year.
Book Of Shadows II is his first solo album in 20 years.
>Youth Code
– Commitment To Complications CD/LP (Dais)
The year 2015 saw hardcore inspired EBM outfit Youth Code step into line with what most would consider is their well-earned stake in the current world of industrial music. Spending most of that time touring selectively on their own in Europe and then sweeping through North America with Skinny Puppy, Youth Code pulled together their newest songs.
Commitment To Complications reflects Youth Code’s time spent with various electronic alumni and scales up the aggressive notch left behind in their previous releases.
>Zhrine
– Unortheta CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
“Zhrine has been slinging noxious, elevated Icelandic extreme metal since before anyone was really looking to the wintery island nation for anything of the sort. [
Unortheta] is an imposing, dissonant mass of unorthodox death, heavily atmospheric and weirdly progressive. It balances moments of soulless ferocity with dark, brooding melody (see "World"), stepping beyond the boring typicalities of black/death to explore its outer edges.” -- Noisey

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>3 Doors Down
– Us And The Night LP (Republic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Sixth album from the Grammy-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band.

>Brand Image
– Are You Loving? [Reissue/1983] 12” (Dark Entries)
Rare Italo disco reissued on vinyl! Brand Image formed in Bergamo, Italy in 1983 by the same group of musicians as their previous project Some Bizarre. The band created their signature sound using a Mini Moog, Prophet 5, Korg Synthesizer, Linn Drum.

>The Broadways
– Broken Star [Reissue/1997] LP (Asian Man)
Debut album from the melodic Chicago punk band -- back in print on vinyl for the first time in eight years. Limited color vinyl pressing.

>The Color Morale
- We All Have Demons + My Devil in Your Eyes + Know Hope 3xLP (Rise)
First three albums from the post-hardcore band collected as a deluxe three-LP set with special artwork.

>Comet Is Coming
– Channel The Spirits LP+CD (Leaf)
“Sixty years after Sun Ra released his debut album, the influence of the late avant garde jazz musician and ‘cosmic philosopher’ persists. Ra is a clear touchstone for futurists The Comet Is Coming. ‘The truest link we have to Sun Ra is being exploratory with ways of approaching conventional instruments.’ It’s an ethos as much as a style, starting with an ‘orthodox jazz sensibility’ and taking it to the dancefloor. That’s where The Comet Is Coming really tear it up, with tracks such as the pulsating ‘Star Furnace’ and the dirty sax-fuelled ‘Neon Baby’ aimed squarely at making feet move” – The Guardian [Stand-alone CD version due April 22.]

>Cotopaxi
– Having All The Fun LP+MP3 (Count Your Lucky Stars)
Cotopaxi is the new project from Anthony Heubel (Run, Forever). Dark, brooding guitars and driving drums swim over somber vocals and poignant lyrics that match the weight of the music word for word. Think Pedro the Lion, Red House Painters, and Damien Jurado.

>The Deadly Ones
– It’s Monster Surfing Time [Reissue/1964] LP (Vee-Jay)
Limited special edition translucent, slime green vinyl LP pressing. This ultra-rare, 1964 surf rock oddity has been a sought-after title by crate diggers for decades.
It's Monster Surfing Time melds vintage twang and spacy reverb of classic 60s surf rock with the sounds of... monsters surfing.
>Deep Purple
– In Rock [Reissue/1970] LP (Rhino)
Deep Purple – Fireball [Reissue/1971] LP (Rhino)
HQ-180gm vinyl reissues of Deep Purple’s fourth and fifth studio albums, which feature the band’s classic Mark II lineup.

>Dario Dell’Aere
– Eagles In The Night [Reissue/1985] 12” (Dark Entries)
Dario Dell’Aere is a new wave musician, producer and singer from Milan, Italy. At the end of the 1970’s Dario performed in a mime show influenced by the glam clichés of David Bowie. “Eagles In The Night” is one of the more coveted Italo disco 12”s of the ‘80s. Clocking in at over 8-minutes, the song features xylophone-esque synth hooks and Dario’s powerful, booming vocals.

>Drose
– Boy Man Machine LP (Orange Milk)
Drose is on the forefront of the evolving experimental/outsider metal scene. Containing the power and aggression of traditional metal music without the macho posturing, Drose's heaviness takes on a sense of beauty or the bittersweet, aided by a sometimes hushed, sometimes scathing unconventional vocal performance.
Boy Man Machine is built on a foundation of industrial machine samples, creating a rigid, mechanical base that perfectly contrasts the overarching human elements.
>Empty Markets
– Stainless Steel LP (12XU)
“Austin is a city spoiled by quality punk rock bands. From Spray Paint to Ghetto Ghouls, Massageinist to Breakout, many of the rowdier bands that call the Texas capital home feature on 2015’s excellent
We Jam By Condos compilation. One of the highlights of that comp was Empty Markets, a three piece led by Drew Schmitz, a musician who has done time in Brain Attack, Gremlins UK, Party Garbage and the Hex Dispensers. The band [has just released] their debut LP Stainless Steel.” – Noisey
>FKA Twigs
– EP1 [Reissue/2012] 12” (Young Turks/XL)
FKA Twigs' self-released debut EP is back in print on 12" vinyl via Young Turks.

>Ghibli
– I’m Looking For You [Reissue/1985] 12” (Dark Entries)
Dark Entries has always been rather canny when it comes to their Italo-disco reissues, often unearthing obscurities from one-shot artists who disappeared just as quickly as they arrived. Ghibli was one such artist. He only ever released one single, “I'm Looking For You,” back in 1985. That it still sounds fresh, despite its' obvious period features -- bubbling, Bobby Orlando style synthesizer sequences, bold chords and heavily accented Italian vocals -- is testament to the skill of the record's original producer, Alfredo Baraldi.

>Jose Gonzalez
– Open Book b/w With The Ink Of A Ghost 7” (Mute)
Exclusive recordings of two tracks from 2015's
Vestiges & Claws with classical ensemble Y Music.
>Hogg
– Carnal Lust And Carnivorous Eating LP (Rotted Tooth)
Primordial rock with and without 'real' drums but always with a hard grind. Inverted rainbow rockers.

>Hot Water Music
– Forever And Counting [Reissue/1998] LP (Rise)
Eighth color vinyl LP repress – this time around: black/gold.

>Houston Stackhouse
‎– Houston Stackhouse And Friends LP (Big Legal Mess)
Part of Fat Possum's 25th Anniversary celebration, this twelve-track collection of stripped down traditional blues songs performed by Houston Stackhouse And His Friends was recorded by folklorist George Mitchell in Dundee, Mississippi in 1967 and is appearing on vinyl for the first time. The album serves as the next installment in the George Mitchell Collection series of early blues recordings which also includes releases from the likes of Mississippi Fred McDowell, R.L. Burnside, Joe Callicott, Furry Lewis and J.W. Warren.

>Kings Of Convenience
– Quiet Is The New Loud [Reissue/2001] LP (Astralwerks)
Kings Of Convenience – Versus [Reissue/2001] LP (Astralwerks)
Kings Of Convenience – Riot On An Empty Street [Reissue/2004] LP (Astralwerks)
140gm color vinyl reissues of two of the Norwegian folk-pop duo’s (essential) albums plus the remix compilation
Versus (which features Röyksopp, Four Tet, Ladytron, and more).
>Furry Lewis
– Good Morning Judge LP (Big Legal Mess)
An American country blues guitarist and songwriter from Memphis, TN, Furry Lewis was one of the first of the old-time blues musicians of the 1920s to be brought out of retirement, and given a new lease of recording life, by the folk blues revival of the 1960s. Lewis twice opened for The Rolling Stones, played on
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, had a part in a Burt Reynolds movie W.W. and The Dixie Dancekings (1975), and had a profile in Playboy magazine. This limited edition first time pressing of Good Morning Judge, 1962 recordings he made with George Mitchell, is released as part of Fat Possum's 25th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign.
>Megadeth
– Dystopia LP (T-Boy)
Limited edition picture disc pressing of the thrash metal band’s (recent) 15th studio album.

>Method Man and Redman
– How High [OST/Reissue/2001] 2xLP (Def Jam)
Standard weight vinyl reissue of the soundtrack to the 2001 film starring Method Man & Redman. The set does a good job of collecting B-sides and radio hits from the time period, and comes pretty close to being an official Method Man and Redman album.

>Miss May I
- Apologies Are For The Weak + Monument 2xLP (Rise)
Miss May I's first two albums as one double-LP (color) vinyl set.

>Ennio Morricone
– Paura: A Collection Of Scary & Thrilling Soundtracks LP (Rustblade)
This collection shows the darker experimental side of Ennio Morricone with pieces that have accompanied such films as
The Cat O' Nine Tails, The Devil In The Brain, Il Serpente, Drammi Gotici, The Infernal and many more. Frightening orchestrations, dark jazz tapestries and unsettling piano movements are brought to life. Transparent vinyl pressing.
>Mystery Plane
– Still Life LP (Color Tapes)
Mystery Plane formed in 1980 from the ashes of '70s new wave band 3D5 who's line-up also featured future Cure member Porl Thompson. This record was originally a demo cassette made in 1981 that was hawked around record labels with a view for release.

>Neutral Milk Hotel
– Neutral Milk Hotel [Reissue/2011] 2xLP+2x10"+2x7"+7" Picture Disc (Neutral Milk Hotel)
This self-released vinyl-only box set collects two LPs (
In the Aeroplane Over The Sea and On Avery Island), two 10” records (Everything Is EP with bonus tracks and Ferris Wheel On Fire EP featuring eight previously unreleased acoustic recordings), two 7” records (Little Birds and ‘You’ve Passed’ b/w ‘Where You’ll Find Me Now’), one 7” picture disc with fold-out poster (‘Holland, 1945’ b/w ‘Engine’), and two 24“x24” posters.
>Of Mice & Men
– Of Mice & Men [2010] LP (Rise)
First-time color vinyl edition of the metalcore band’s 2010 debut.

>A Place To Bury Strangers
– Kicking Out Jams 7” (Famous Class)
“I always wanted to have a band that would just come up with real pop songs on the spot,” explains A Place To Bury Strangers frontman Oliver Ackerman. “This is that minus the pop and plus the f**ked up rock and roll. This is our raw, uncut, thought-of-on-the-spot A Place To Bury Strangers.”

>Steve Reich
– Four Organs / Phase Patterns [Reissue/1970] LP (Superior Viaduct)
Recently reissued on CD – now available on vinyl. Steve Reich remains one of the most important figures in 20th century music. As part of the so-called "Big Four" of New York minimalists (along with La Monte Young, Terry Riley and Philip Glass), Reich influenced both the classical world and contemporary pop music. Originally released on Shandar in 1971,
Four Organs / Phase Patterns is one of the most highly regarded avant-garde recordings of the past 50 years.
>Arthur Russell
– Tower Of Meaning [Reissue/1983] LP (Audika)
Vinyl reissue of Arthur Russell’s epic minimalist orchestral composition conducted by the late Julius Eastman. Stunningly beautiful, mercurial, and moving.

>Curtis Salgado
– The Beautiful Lowdown CD (Alligator)
With a career spanning forty years, award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist/harmonicist/songwriter Curtis Salgado is a one-of-a-kind talent whose music is as compelling as his story. From co-fronting The Robert Cray Band to leading his own band (and recording nine solo albums) to helping transform John Belushi into “Joliet” Jake Blues to touring the country with Steve Miller and Santana, Salgado has earned a reputation for high-intensity performances and a repertoire inspired by his encyclopedic knowledge of soul, blues and R&B music.

>The Shark Toys
– Outsider Sect LP (Mt. St. Mtn.)
The Shark Toys deliver ten bursts of weirdo punk. Get ready for nine originals and a cover of the Mekons' classic “Where Were You.”

>Sleeping With Sirens
– The Rise Years 4xLP (Rise)
Limited edition quadruple color vinyl LP set from the Florida-born/Michigan-based post-hardcore band containing their albums originally released by Rise Records (they moved on to Epitaph in 2014).

>Some Bizarre
– Don’t Be Afraid [Reissue/1983] 12” (Dark Entries)
Rare Italo disco reissued on vinyl! Some Bizarre’s first production, “Don't Be Afraid,” was released in 1983 on Il Discotto and the vocal melody is lifted from Bach's “Toccata And Fugue in D Minor.”

>Soundtrack
– Next Friday [Reissue/2000] LP (Priority)
Vinyl reissue of the soundtrack to the
Friday sequel includes music from Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Lil' Zane, Pharoahe Monch, Krayzie Bone, and Ron Isley. Part of UMe’s ongoing Respect The Classics vinyl reissue campaign.
>Summer Flake
– Hello Flake LP (Rice Is Nice)
Hello Friends is the sophomore full-length from Australian musician Stephanie Crase aka Summer Flake. Drenched in a timeless reverb, Summer Flake's transcendent songs float on the ethereal wings of pop, via The Crystals and The Paris Sisters, wander down the lonely byways of Karen Dalton and Laurel Canyon folkies, amble up alongside the hard-edged '90s alternative rock of Hole and Sonic Youth, before finally emerging into the sunshine of other dream-pop contemporaries like Best Coast or Mac DeMarco.
>Träd, Gräs Och Stenar
- Djungelns Lag [Reissue/1972] 2xLP+MP3 (Anthology Recordings)
Träd, Gräs Och Stenar - Mors Mors [Reissue/1973] 2xLP+MP3 (Anthology Recordings)
Träd, Gräs Och Stenar - Träd, Gräs Och Stenar 6xLP+MP3 (Anthology Recordings)
First-time vinyl reissues of the psychedelic rock band’s rare Tall Records LPs, expanded as double-LP sets with bonus material. [The
Träd, Gräs Och Stenar six-LP box set includes Djungelns Lag and Mors Mors, plus Kom Tillsammans, an exclusive double-LP comprised entirely of unreleased live material from 1972.]
>Robin Trower
– Where Are You Going To LP (V-12)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Continuing his productive creative surge, the guitar master rediscovers his rock chops in this new studio package. Ten great new songs, phenomenal guitar playing, and that signature tone that only Robin Trower can cultivate from his Strat.

>Tuesday
– Freewheelin’ [Reissue/1997] LP (Asian Man)
Back in print for the first time in many many years. Tuesday is the pre-Alkaline Trio band fronted by Dan Andriano. Also features Rob Kellenberger and Matt Stamps from Slapstick. Pressed on color vinyl.

>Ulver
– Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr I 5 Capitler [Reissue/1995] LP (Century Media)
Ulver – Kveldssanger [Reissue/1996] LP (Century Media)
Ulver – Nattens Madrigal - Aatte Hymne Til Ulven I Manden[Reissue/1997] LP (Century Media)
Limited vinyl reissues of the Norwegian experimental folk/black metal band’s first three albums.

>Various Artists
– Cold Waves Of Color Volume 3 LP (Color Tapes)
The third volume in this essential series of the 1980s UK cassette underground scene. The majority of these tracks from these UK garage cold wave bands used mostly synthesizer, drum machines and sequencers such as EMS VCS3, Minimoog, Korg MS-20, Roland Juno 6, SH-09, TR-808.

>Alan Vega/Alex Chilton/Ben Vaughn
– Candyman b/w Lover Of Love 7” (Light In The Attic)
In December 1994, over two all-night improv sessions at New York's Dessau Studios, Suicide’s Alan Vega, Big Star’s Alex Chilton, and singer/songwriter Ben Vaughn joined forces without a predetermined plan. Out of those two nights came a truly mesmerizing album,
Cubist Blues. This 7” featuring a radio edit of “Candyman” and the live version of album track “Lover Of Love” from their concert at Trans Musicales in France, 1996, one of the only two live performances the ensemble ever did.
>Sammy Walker
– Brown Eyed Georgia Darlin’ [Reissue/1976] LP+CD (Ramseur)
Recorded in the mid-1970s at New York’s famed Record Plant,
Brown Eyed Georgia Darlin’ contains the previously unreleased demos that earned Walker a contract with Warner Bros. Records. “You don’t have to be a music-biz whiz to figure out why Sammy Walker’s career didn’t take off in the wake of his eponymous 1976 Warner Brothers debut and the 1977 follow-up, Blue Ridge Mountain Skyline. At the time, record companies were ostensibly still seeking the next Bob Dylan, but what they really wanted was simply someone who worked in his genre and possessed an equally exciting original style; they weren’t looking for a clone. While Walker may have had the wrong voice at the wrong time, however, he also had a good deal of talent.” –The Morton Report
>Wussy
– Forever Sounds LP (Shake It)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “To certain fans of Lucinda Williams, Crazy Horse, Mekons and R.E.M., Wussy became the best band in America almost instantaneously with the launch of their cult classic debut,
Funeral Dress, in 2005. Their flawless document of ragged songwriting and modestly adventurous arrangements has only grown in dynamism in the years and albums that followed: 2007’s jangly Left For Dead, 2009’s fatalistic self-titled LP, and 2011’s more lighthearted Strawberry, which introduced the pounding Joe Klug on the backbeat. It was 2014’s schizoid Attica!, though, that put them on the map in a whole new way — notoriously cantankerous Village Voice critic Robert Christgau gave them an A+ rating — with anthems like ‘Teenage Wasteland’ interspersed with threadbare items like ‘Acetylene.’ Still, the Cincinnati quintet’s sixth album, Forever Sounds is their most challenging and densely textured to date.” – SPIN
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The Allman Brothers Band – Live From A&R Studios: New York, August 26, 1971 CD (Allman Brothers Band Recording Company)
Live From A&R Studios was initially a radio broadcast that originally aired on WPLJ. This set features the band steamrolling through a set of songs including “Statesboro Blues,” “Trouble No More,” “One Way Out,” “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed” and “Hot 'lanta.”
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Audacity – Hyper Vessels CD/LP+MP3 (Suicide Squeeze)
From the opening bedlam of barnburner “Counting The Days,” Audacity demonstrate that while their songwriting has become more nuanced, their delivery has gotten more savagely precise. With recording duties handled by longtime friend and tour-mate Ty Segall, Audacity sound like they've finally found someone who can capture the frenetic drive of a song like “Hypo,” the off-kilter hook of “Riot Train,” the undeniable melodic appeal of “Fire,” and the cowpunk influence of “Previous Cast.” It can be tricky to juggle the bubblegum with the piss-and-vinegar, but it's a duality Audacity embraces.
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Autolux – Pussy’s Dead CD/LP+MP3 (30th Century Records/Columbia)
Experimental pop outfit Autolux releases their new LP via Danger Mouse's 30th Century Records. “For those of us who like our shoegaze spiked with noise, menace, stylistic experimentation, and jarring dynamic shifts, there are few greater sonic pleasures than Autolux. The only trouble is that the Los Angeles trio has eked out just two full-length albums since forming in 2001, the last of which,
Transit Transit, is approaching its sixth birthday. Devotees swooned when principal member Greg Edwards revived his criminally under-appreciated prior band Failure in recent years, but worried that such a move would delay fresh Autolux music even longer. Thankfully, with the help of producer Boots, best known for his work on Beyoncé’s 2013 self-titled album, the group has wrapped work on the awesomely named new LP Pussy’s Dead.” -- Noisey
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Banquet – Jupiter Rose CD/LP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
The debut album by San Francisco quartet Banquet, part of the California scene that also includes bands such as Earthless, Hot Lunch, Wild Eyes, Joy, and Loom. This is the perfect soundtrack for a biker living the dream coast to coast; a musical trip on the road. Retro '70s-style fuzzy psych rock with ripping twin lead guitars, howling vocals, and a pulverizing rhythm section. For fans of: Blue Cheer, MC5, Jefferson Airplane, Kadavar, Blues Pills. (Limited violet color vinyl also available.)
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Matthew Barber & Jill Barber – The Family Album CD (Outside Music)
Channeling a vintage spirit while remaining thoroughly contemporary, Jill Barber has carved out a unique niche in the Canadian music landscape with her distinct voice and repertoire rarely confined to any one genre. She returns to Banff with her brother Matthew Barber, a Toronto-based troubadour known for his soul-searching ballads and clever hooks. His latest release,
Big Romance was nominated for a Juno last year. The Family Album is a collection of songs written by the renowned Canadian siblings and songs by the likes of Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Ian Tyson and more. Vinyl version due April 29.
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Karl Bartos – Communication [Reissue/2003] CD (Trocadero)
Communication is the debut solo album by ex-Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos. Originally released by Sony Music in 2003, 13 years after Bartos left the legendary electronic group, it has now been fully remastered for this reissue, complete with the bonus track “Camera Obscura.”
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B Boys – No Worry, No Mind CD/LP+MP3 (Captured Tracks)
Three psychos that came to be through fate by way of necessity, B Boys offer up to the world their sonic manifesto,
No Worry No Mind. A relief from the mania, an expression of duality, an extension of Dada. Abstraction takes a triangular form: effortless guitar melodies, undulating bass lines, deep swirling grooves. Interlocking vocals bob and weave over top, resounding their mantras. You’ve got something growing out your neck, my friend. Open your self to the frequencies, and let the vibrations illuminate your being.
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Marco Benevento – The Story Of Fred Short CD (MRI)
For his new album, Marco Benevento cites everything from LCD Soundsystem, Harry Nilsson, Manu Chau and Gorillaz as inspiration. Divided into two sides,
The Story Of Fred Short oozes with Marco’s relentless creative spirit in songwriting, performance and production. Side A is stuffed with mesmerizing dance rock gold. Marco doubles down on the groove, using a rare Casio drum machine that's become a recurring muse in addition to a live drummer. The B Side tells the real and imagined story of Fred Short in seven chapters of wild, heavy rock ‘n’ roll. Fred Short was a Native American man known for throwing musical bacchanals on the property Marco now lives on, in Woodstock, NY. Vinyl version due April 15.
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Bibio – A Mineral Love CD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Bibio reaches album number seven with the carefully constructed tales found within
A Mineral Love. Picking up where his The Green EP left off, A Mineral Love beautifully ties together its influences from the ghosts of music that surrounded him during his childhood from '90s jungle and hardcore dance tracks to late '70s and into early '80s American TV show themes.
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Andrew Bird – Are You Serious CD/LP+7”+MP3/LP+7”+10”+MP3 (Loma Vista)
“American singer-songwriter, violinist and professional whistler, Andrew Bird, has released his 10th studio album,
Are You Serious. [The album] features collaborations from singer/songwriter and classical pianist, Fiona Apple, and Blake Mills on guitar who has previously collaborated with the likes of Conor Oberst and Lana Del Rey. Are You Serious gets off to a steady start: the first track, ‘Capsized’, is a slightly more ‘indie-rock’ than the usual ‘indie-folk’ songs of Bird that sums up just how experimental Andrew Bird can be with his instruments. ‘Capsized’ is a perfect example of him ‘manipulating’ the violin to get a metallic sound that’s similar to an electric guitar. Overall, Are You Serious is an album of opposites that somehow seem to attract, this creates a strong mix of different songs that fit together flawlessly, although it feels like they shouldn’t” – Hit The Floor. [Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe edition includes “Shoulder Mountain” and “Pulaski,” two tracks that don't appear on the standard version (Deluxe color vinyl edition adds these tracks as a bonus 7”). Additionally, a Deluxe Box Set is available, containing the LP, 7”, and the exclusive Are We Not Burning? The Devolution Of Capsized 10”, which features four previously-unheard tracks (plus a “Sound City version” of “Capsized”). The box set also includes a 64-page book with artwork for each song on the album.]
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Black Mountain – IV CD/2xLP+MP3 (Jagjaguwar)
The rock canon has many anti-heroes, Black Mountain being the latest. In the past, Can's
Tago Mago established that the only rule in rock and roll is that there are no rules. Pink Floyd's prodigious output in the ‘70s showed us that architecture can be cool, while unskilled laborers Black Sabbath demonstrated you can make a lot from not that much. Now Black Mountain teach us that you don't have to be afraid of the past to move bravely into the future, defining what it is to be a classic rock band in the new millennium. IV is their Houses Of The Holy, an unapologetically ambitious record made by a group of musicians who are at the peak of their powers.
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Black Stone Cherry – Kentucky CD/LP+MP3 (Mascot)
They say you can't go home again, but Black Stone Cherry proves otherwise on
Kentucky. The hard-rocking Bluegrass State quartet recorded its fifth album, and follow-up to 2014's Magic Mountain, at Barrick Recording in Glasgow, KY, where it recorded its 2006 debut album. [Limited copies available on white vinyl.]
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Bleached – Welcome The Worms CD/LP+MP3 (Dead Oceans)
L.A.-based sister duo Jennifer and Jessie Clavin knew things were going to be different for their band Bleached sophomore LP
Welcome The Worms. Not only had they managed to charm world renowned producer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, The Strokes, Elton John) to join the sisters and their bassist Micayla Grace in the studio, but Jen and Jessie had been crawling out of their own personal dramas. While emotionally spinning, they dove head first into music. The three girls spent time writing the 10-song LP at a remote house in Joshua Tree, away from the distractions of the city. Other times Jen and Jessie worked alone, just like when they were teenaged punk brats playing in their parents’ garage, imitating their heroes The Slits, Black Flag and Minor Threat. In the studio, Chiccarelli and co-producer Carlos de la Garza (Paramore, YACHT) helped the band perfect their fervent songs into fearlessly big pop melodies. They drew inspiration from the iconic hits of everyone from Fleetwood Mac to Heart to Roy Ayers. The result is an ambitious rock record with a new found pop refinement that somehow still feels like the Shangri-Las on speed, driven forward in a wind of pot and petals, a wall of guitars in the back seat.
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Bombino – Azel CD (PTKF)
After a brief 25-hour delay in Morocco on his way from Niger, Bombino arrived in Woodstock, New York to record his 2016 album at Applehead Studio with Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors). Longstreth proved to be a fantastic match for Bombino as this album's producer. He has a deep respect for the Saharan music tradition and guided their sessions with a gentle but skilled hand. Fans of Bombino and Tuareg music in general will notice a few remarkable innovations on
Azel. Vinyl version due April 15.
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Bossk – Audio Noir CD/LP (Deathwish)
Bossk are an atmospheric post-everything band from Ashford, Kent, England. Over the course of a decade Bossk have blurred the lines between the post metal and post rock sub-genres, earning respect in the underground music scene. Opener “The Reverie” transports the listener to new dimensions through hypnotic repetition and layered instrumentation before taking a turn into stoner doom territory with “Heliopause.” Emotional instrumental “Relancer” builds to a sonic crescendo while leading to the awesome “Kobe.” A song that shifts a multitude of gears before setting into one of the more chaotic hooks the band has ever produced. “Atom Smasher” then carries some of the heaviest moments of the album before beautifully disintegrating into the touching track “Nadir.”
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Boulevards – Groove! CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
Jamil Rashad, aka Boulevards, is the embodiment of funk. He evokes a spirit from a time that combined intricate production with a focus on rhythm and getting people back on the dance floor. Taking queues from pioneers such as Prince, Rick James, and Earth Wind & Fire, Boulevards seamlessly delivers cheeky, party-themed jams that range from raw and risque to soulful on his debut LP
Groove!
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Charles Bradley – Changes CD/LP (Dunham/Daptone)
Soul singer Charles Bradleys star has been on the rise since the release of his widely praised 2011 debut album
No Time For Dreaming, and his ascent has continued long after the release of his triumphant second album, 2013s Victim Of Love. Dubbed ‘The Screaming Eagle Of Soul,’ the singer is proud to present his third album Changes, which is named for his popular, “smoldering” (SPIN) cover of the Black Sabbath track. “Bradley's third album, Changes, continues in the general path of his previous work, with some key alterations. The rhythms inch closer to modernity, and the material suggests Bradley and his songwriting partners in the Menahan Street Band recognize there's a limit to how many visits he can make to the well of autobiographical woe. The lyrics are a touch more upbeat — there are songs celebrating the redeeming power of love alongside ones that chronicle devastation. The music pulses with 2016 energy, achieving an appropriate, and conceptually clever, balance of vintage and modern. It's the perfect platform for a singer determined to make up for lost time, and Bradley seizes it, transforming the trappings of classic soul into music that's thrillingly, undeniably alive.” – NPR
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Anthony Braxton – 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 3xCD/Blu-ray Audio (Firehouse 12)
Braxton’s latest immersive musical system,
Echo Echo Mirror House Music, is available as triple-CD box set or as a 5.1 surround sound pure audio Blu-ray, with composer’s notes and score illustrations. “Here, Braxton and six bandmates play their usual instruments, while also ‘wielding’ iPods that contain the bulk of Braxton’s discography. Each musician uses their hardware to pipe selections of old recordings into the live-performance mix. Over time, the resulting blend of improvisation, score-reading and fragmentary drops from past albums has a compelling, hypnotic effect.” [8.2] -- Pitchfork
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Buzzcocks – British Live Performance Series CD (Rainman)
Seminal British punk band Buzzcocks reunited in the late- ‘80s after 10 years around the time of this performance, recorded live for British “Central TV.” The same tight, fast, lyrically sharp songs that first brought them acclaim in 1977 are present here, including “Ever Fallen In Love,” “Walking Distance,” and “Autonomy,” along with some lesser-known tracks.
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Bill Charlap – Notes From New York CD (Verve/¡Impulse!)
One of the world's premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. Charlap and Bennet recently collaborated on a record of Jerome Kern songs and now, over nine classic songs, Charlap's new album,
Notes From New York, provides an accomplished and generously warm sample of the talent of this inimitable musician.
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Cheap Trick – Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello CD (Big Machine)
Now into their fourth decade of recording,
Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello marks Cheap Trick s 17th studio album and was produced by Grammy winner Julian Raymond. Pulsating riffs intertwine with the anthemic chorus in this first taste of new music in over five years from the iconic four-piece from Rockford, IL. “Power pop greats Cheap Trick made headlines a few years back for fighting against unsafe stage conditions, but now they're back in the news for making more music. Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello is prefaced by a new single titled ‘No Direction Home,’ which delivers a heaping helping of the guitar riffs and catchy choruses that the band have built their career on.” – Exclaim
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Child Bite – Negative Noise CD/LP (Housecore)
What started as a thoughtful-yet-spazzy art rock band in a Detroit suburb back in late 2005 has now fully mutated into an aggressive, dissonant blend of all things punk, hardcore, sludge, surf, prog rock, noise rock and metal.
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CoH – Music Vol. CD (Editions Mego)
Ivan Pavlov aka CoH presents
Music Vol., immersing the listener in a delicate sonic space of gentle, intimate tones. Pavlov places variations of volume and soft progressions of sound at the fore, forcing the listener to pay attention to the inner qualities of each sound -- its color and vibration -- while simultaneously revealing its tactile and corporeal qualities; these atmospheric settings invite the listener into complete immersion and meditation in a painstakingly continuous arc of suspense that never dissolves.
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John Congleton and The Nighty Nite – Until The Horror Goes CD/LP (Fat Possum)
Until The Horror Goes, Grammy award-winning producer (St. Vincent, David Byrne, Explosions In The Sky) John Congleton's debut full-length album as John Congleton and The Nighty Nite, is a howling, sardonic document of existential angst. It is a raw record compelled by an anxiety particular to our time and place, squarely out of fashion with the post-industrial morass of music conceived and created to sell a lifestyle. One is reminded of John Cale, whose angry, emphatic Fear debuted the week “Rock Me Gently” by Andy Kim, a saccharine soft-rock ballad, sat at the top of the charts. Like Fear, and Lou Reed's Berlin, and Suicide's self-titled debut, chronicles of the f**ked up human condition all, Until The Horror Goes unsettles the listener with troublesome subject matter, enhancing that discomfort with screaming violins and machine-like repetitions.
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Lucy Dacus – No Burden CD/LP (Egghunt)
“Richmond-based singer/songwriter Lucy Dacus'
No Burden is an uncommonly warm indie rock record. Lead guitar lines pour in like slow columns of sunlight, and Dacus' voice itself is a comforting blur.” – Pitchfork
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Miles Davis – Melbourne ’88 CD (Hi Hat)
Toward the end of his long career, Miles Davis paid his only visit down under, performing gigs in Adelaide, Sydney, and Melbourne. This superb set at the Melbourne Concert Hall on May 2, 1988, was broadcast on ABC-FM on his final night in Australia, and finds the great man focusing on his more recent material, as well as the immortal
In A Silent Way. He also tackles tracks by Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper, backed by one of his very best bands.
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Miles Davis – Chicago Jazz Festival ’90 CD (Hi Hat)
Though it was performed as he approached the final year of his life, this remarkable live set at the 12th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park, Chicago, on August 30, 1990, shows no decrease in Miles Davis's awesome power and musicality. Originally broadcast on Washington, D.C.'s WPFW-FM, it finds him tackling material from his 1980s albums
Star People, You're Under Arrest, Tutu, and Amandla, backed by arguably his finest latter-day band.
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Devour The Day – S.O.A.R. CD (Razor & Tie)
The acronym for the Memphis, TN hard rock band’s new album stands for acronym “suffer, overcome and recover.”
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Dinner – Psychic Lovers CD (Captured Tracks)
Dinner is Danish producer and singer Anders Rhedin. Musically, the album exists in its own space between the 80's, 90's and the present. The songs are pop songs held together by somewhat idiosyncratic arrangements. Opener “Cool As Ice” sounds like the soundtrack to David Lynch directing Miami Vice with overdriven synthetic strings and an equally eerie and funky slap bass that slowly grow into a pop structure. Vinyl edition due April 15.
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Drab Majesty – Completely Careless (2012-2015) CD (Dais)
This release presents the full discography, to date, of Drab Majesty, the atmospheric goth/pop project of Deb Demure: that’s a couple of EP’s and an album’s worth of ‘80s-feeling tunes.
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Duel – Fears Of The Dead CD/LP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Austin, Texas-based Duel are hugely influenced by the darker sounds of early- '70s proto-metal. Featuring two alumni of Scorpion Child (Nuclear Blast), their sound is menacing and brutally old school. Total purists, they cut right to the bone with heavy, deep grooves and blistering tone. Tough and loud; hard rock as it should be. Cover artwork by Branca Studio. For fans of: Clutch, Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, Kadavar, Scorpion Child. (Limited red color vinyl also available.)
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Duo Taufic/Barbara Casini – Terras CD (Via Veneto Jazz)
The debut collaboration between Duo Taufic and vocalist Barbara Casini, exploring the musicians' Brazilian roots.
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Duran Duran – Girls On Film: 1979 Demo CDEP/12” (Cleopatra)
Rare demo recordings by a pre-Simon LeBon Duran Duran, with Andy Wickett alongside Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor. Includes the original version of “Girls On Film” plus “See Me Repeat Me,” which would later become “Rio,” and two other songs that the group shopped around to various labels, eventually signing with EMI.
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Elephant Revival – Petals CD/LP (Itz Evolving)
Fifth album from the Boulder, CO transcendental folks band. Formed in 2006, Elephant Revival is known for their thoughtful, literary inspired lyrics combined with an eclectic blend of arrangements performed with traditional folk instrumentation. RIYL: The Decemberists, Bon Iver, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings & Gillian Welch, Josh Ritter, Emmylou Harris.
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Chiemi Eri – Chiemi Eri CD/LP (Akuphone)
A collection of the work of Japanese singer Chiemi Eri (1937-1982), showcasing her magical mixture of traditional min'yō and Latin jazz. Supported by Tadaaki Misago & Tokyo Cuban Boys, the oldest and most prolific Latin jazz group in Japan, Chiemi Eri sang themes, in Japanese, mainly taken from traditional folklore, creating an original musical syncretism of so-called Western and Japanese musics.
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Explosions In The Sky – The Wilderness CD/2xLP+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
The Wilderness is Explosions In The Sky's sixth album, and first non-soundtrack release since 2011's Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. True to its title, The Wilderness explores the infinite unknown, utilizing several of the band's own definitions of “space” (outer space, mental space, physical geography of space) as compositional tools. The band uses their gift for dynamics and texture in new and unique ways -- rather than intuitively fill those empty spaces, they shine a light into them to illuminate all the colors of the dark. From the electronic textures of the opening track to the ambient dissolve of closer “Landing Cliffs,” The Wilderness is an aggressively modern and forward-thinking work -- one that wouldn't seem the slightest bit out of place on a shelf between original pressings of Meddle and Obscured By Clouds. It is an album where shoegaze, electronic experimentation, punk damaged dub, noise, and ambient folk somehow coexist without a hint of contrivance. The progressive ambience of early Peter Gabriel, the triumphant romanticism of The Cure in their prime, and the melancholy moments of Fleetwood Mac all inform the curious beauty of The Wilderness. [Limited transparent red and opaque white color vinyl pressing also available.]
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Dana Falconberry and Medicine Bow – From The Forest Came The Fire CD/LP (Modern Outsider)
“To borrow from a Jack Kerouac album title, the lyrics to Dana Falconberry's ‘Cormorant’ feel like an amalgam of blues and haikus. The Dearborn-bred/Austin-based troubadour is adept at using natural imagery, and on this stand-out track from her new album,
From The Forest Came The Fire, the themes and concision of haikus blend with the simple AAB format of traditional blues within Falconberry's personalized indie-folk and chamber-pop framework. Over the gentle picking of banjo and pizzicato cello, Falconberry's cool, crystalline tones quietly deliver verses that put her in an undefined relationship to natural environments, a relationship that seems to shift as the song goes along. In the first few verses, she is aloft with avian associations, being ‘as pale as a white bird’ at the start and watching ‘a cormorant in flight,’ the simple intelligence of the imagery beautifully reflecting the sparseness of the production. But then the whole track opens up with a flurry of plangent electric guitar lines, syncopated drum patterns, and wordless vocal harmonies. By the time the dynamics are dialed back down for the next set of verses, Falconberry's perspective has altered. She has either become the cormorant or is desperately wishing that she could.” – NPR
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The Field – The Follower CD/2xLP+MP3 (Kompakt)
Celebrated Kompakt staple The Field returns to the spotlight with
The Follower, his fifth full-length album. His most floor-attuned work yet, The Follower continues Swedish soundsmith Axel Willner's rich trademark sound and goes further than ever in blurring the lines between concrete experimentation, body music, and precisely laid-out arrangement.
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Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing CD/LP (Bayonet)
Greta Kline’s musical output as Frankie Cosmos exemplifies the generation of musicians born out of online self-releasing. Kline initially built a reputation with her prolific catalog of bedroom recordings and as a performer and advocate of New York’s All Ages DIY scene. The beauty in Kline’s writing does not lie within immense statements and large gestures, but instead can be found in her ability to examine situations and relationships with heartbreaking sincerity. She makes a funny and dense experimental pop, sure, that pays reference to songwriters like Jeffrey Lewis, but also the arrangements of a group like Belle & Sebastian. On
Next Thing she keeps the bedroom, DIY attitude, but also expands it with a range of instruments and styles. “‘I’m 20, washed up already,' sings Frankie Cosmos on the appositely-titled ‘I’m 20,’ in what may just be the most misleading lyric of the year. With over 30 releases to her name and associated acts since 2012, the young New Yorker has been carving out a name alongside the likes of Car Seat Headrest and Alex G at the vanguard of the hyper-prolific Bandcamp generation.” – The Skinny
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Robbie Fulks – Upland Stories CD/LP (Bloodshot)
Upland Stories continues and -- with sprinklings of pedal steel, drums, electric guitar, and keyboards -- expands the sound of Fulks’ last acoustic set. His richly emotional storytelling is illuminated by his instrumental prowess and emotional voice. At 53, he is philosophically reflective, writing “with clear eyes and a full heart.” -- NPR
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Giant Sand – proVISIONS [Reissue/2008] 2xCD (Fire America)
Arizonian desert-rock band Giant Sand initially released
proVISIONS in 2008. The album features appearances from Gelb favorites Neko Case, Isobel Campbell and M Ward. “The Desperate Kingdom Of Love” is a cover penned by friend PJ Harvey. Recorded partly in Tucson and partly in Denmark, it's an “array of peyote rock, twilight ballads, space cowboy soundtracks, and spooky sidetracks off the beaten path on par with the band's best work.” – Pitchfork
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Laura Gibson – Empire Builder CD/LP (Barsuk)
Singer/songwriter Laura Gibson gathered a stellar band of old friends to complement the intimate
Empire Builder: guitarist/bassist Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie, Menomena), drummer/percussionist Dan Hunt (Neko Case) and composer/violinist Peter Broderick. Other contributors include Nate Query of the Decemberists and vocalist Alela Diane.
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Graves At Sea – The Curse That Is CD/2xLP+MP3 (Relapse)
Take industrial drones, Black Sabbath-inspired riffing and super sludgy production and you get
The Curse That Is, the debut from Graves At Sea. This collection of doomy sludge has taken almost fifteen years to emerge, but the band’s dense and distorted sound has always sounded modern.
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Hammock – Everything And Nothing CD (Hammock Music)
Hammock returns with
Everything And Nothing, the Nashville duos first full-length album since 2013s critically-acclaimed Oblivion Hymns. “Largely instrumental, with occasional (and often ethereal) male and female vocals used sparingly to complement the whole and magnify the human relevance, Everything And Nothing is a collection of rangy mood pieces. Musically and emotionally, it ebbs and flows with the kind of brooding atmospheric ambience that people like to call ‘post-rock.’ Conceptually, we are told, it’s about ‘enduring life’s trials and tribulations, and letting hope be the beacon to guide you through it.’ The sixteen tracks here represent personal struggle, taking the listener on a journey of doubt and change, hinting at oblivion but leaving us with hope and optimism” –Über Röck. Vinyl version due April 29.
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Harmonia – Documents 1975 CD/LP (Gröenland)
“Grönland casually drop a rocket's worth of virgin krautrock fuel with the previously unreleased
Documents 1975 tape capturing Moebius, Roedelius, Rother and Eno playing live between their idyllic Forst studio and venues in Hamburg.” -- Boomkat
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The Heavy – Hurt & The Merciless CD/LP+MP3 (Bad Son)
Hurt & The Merciless marks a musical culmination for The Heavy, a mesmerizing blend of their trademark rock ‘n’ roll classicism and funk and soul grooves, with added sonic experimentation. Self-produced, the band's main aim when recording was to capture the powerful energy of their live show—that life-affirming spark of rock ‘n’ roll when anything feels possible. The 12 track album features lead single “Since You Been Gone,” with its lolloping groove, plus the spiky garage-rock anthem “What Happened To The Love?”
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iamthemorning – Lighthouse CD (Kscope)
New studio album from Russian progressive duo.
Lighthouse is a rich and eclectic album, with echoes of classical music, the Canterbury scene, northern folk, jazz and electronic sounds. Vinyl version due April 15.
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Isaak – Sermonize CD (Small Stone)
“With their second full-length under their current moniker, Genova-based heavy rockers Isaak hit their stride. Their earlier-2015
Heavy Psych Sounds split with Mos Generator gave advance notice of some significant growth in their sound since the 2012 release of their Small Stone debut, The Longer The Beard The Harder The Sound, but with Sermonize, they affirm more open stylizations and increased penchant for atmosphere, making the 12 included tracks a richer, more engaging listening experience.” – The Obelisk
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Kaada/Patton – Bacteria Cult CD/LP (Ipecac)
Norwegian composer John Kaada and Mike Patton have partnered for
Bacteria Cult, the pair’s first Kaada/Patton release since 2007’s Kaada/Patton Live DVD and the first album from the musicians since 2004’s Romances. “Working with John Kaada on this latest release was an honor and pure pleasure,” said Patton of resuming work Kaada. “His compositions have always resonated deeply with me and his orchestral arrangements for this project are harmonically dense and delicious! Each individual piece is so well constructed and inventively assembled that my vocal passages practically sang themselves. I’m hoping very much that we can seduce some eardrums and welcome listeners into this lush sonic ‘otherworld.’” “We wanted to try new things,” explains Kaada. “Fully utilizing new technologies, combined with a large orchestra, while putting more attention towards melody and structure.” The eight-song, orchestral collection exudes the music Ipecac has become well known for: eclectic, experimental and cinematic. Similar in feel to Fantômas’ Director’s Cut, as Kaada describes it, Bacteria Cult “dwells in the twilight zone where spooky and seductive meet.”
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King Tubby vs Channel One – Dub Soundclash CD/LP (Jamaican Recordings)
Anyone who knows anything about dub will know that the names King Tubby and Channel One are synonymous with the finest deep-grade dub.
Dub Soundclash delivers just what it promises as the two institutions go head to head. Available on vinyl or CD (six bonus tracks have been added to the CD edition).
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La Chinga – Freewheelin’ CD (Small Stone)
New album from the Vancouver heavy rock band “[ranges] from psychedelic Pink Floyd rock to groovin’ ZZ Top blues, mixing Zeppelin with Buffalo and Motörhead with AC/DC.” – Angry Metal Guy
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The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything You’ve Come To Expect CD/LP+MP3/LP+7”+MP3 (Domino)
Everything You’ve Come To Expect finds The Last Shadow Puppets’ Alex Turner and Miles Kane reunited with James Ford (production and drums) and Owen Pallett (string arrangements) and joined by Zachary Dawes (Mini Mansions) on bass. The album is a more open and expansive work than its predecessor, wearing its influences less obviously on its sleeve – by turns the album is soaring, snarling and breathlessly seductive. “Unlike their debut, Everything You’ve Come To Expect isn’t fixated on the ’60s baroque-pop of Scott Walker and David Axelrod, although a different vibe and era – ’70s soft-rock and blue-eyed soul – does prevail in places. The standout moments tend to be the softer, sweeter ones, with Turner putting that sardonic croon to good use on ‘Sweet Dreams, TN’ and the surreal ‘The Dream Synopsis’, while the honeyed soul-pop of ‘Miracle Aligner’ and ‘The Element Of Surprise’ sound custom-made for sunset cruises along the Pacific Coast Highway” – NME. [CD and vinyl both available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe CD features hard-book-style packaging with a 40-page booklet, while the Deluxe vinyl edition is HQ-180gm, packaged in a board-mounted gatefold sleeve with a 32-page booklet and a translucent yellow 7” featuring the bonus track “The Bourne Identity.”]
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Lil Keke – Slfmade CD (Hustletown)
New album from the rapper featuring guests Scarface, Paul Wall, Z-Ro, Big Pokey and more.
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Egisto Macchi - Il Deserto/Pittura Contemporanea/Pittura Moderna N.1 & 2 3xCD (Cinedelic)
Remastered reissues of four rare '70s gems by Italian composer Egisto Macchi, collected in a deluxe box with canvas cover. Includes
Il Deserto (1974), Pittura Contemporanea (1975), and Pittura Moderna No.1 and No.2 (originally released together as a double LP in 1975). Macchi cofounded the Association of New Consonance in 1960, cofounded the experimental electronic lab Studio R7 in 1967, and joined the Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza that same year; in the '70s he experimented with library music and film scores, releasing numerous noteworthy soundtracks on the Ayna label (including those reissued here), which gave him full artistic freedom.
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Dave McDonnell Group – Eidetic CD (Whistler)
On this thrilling new live recording, Cincy-based saxophonist/composer Dave McDonnell rips through the workhorses in the songbook he's been developing over the years with his Chicago ensemble. Featuring Jason Adasiewcz on vibraphone, Joshua Abrams on bass, and Quin Kirchner (Nomo, Wild Belle) on drums, the group re-interprets his songs by embracing an Occam's Razor-like approach, opting for the most direct method of channeling his music through the ensemble.
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McGuinn, Clark & Hillman - Armadillo World Headquarters Austin, TX, 1979 CD (Air Cuts)
Complete radio broadcast of original Byrds Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, and Chris Hillman performing together at the famed Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas, on May 22, 1979. One of only a handful of FM broadcasts that capture the pivotal essence of the legendary Byrds, with a glorious smattering of classics from The Byrds songbook.
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Mike & The Melvins – Three Men And A Baby CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
Three Men And A Baby was supposed to come out sixteen years ago. These are the facts we can be sure of: in 1998, around the time his band godheadSilo went on hiatus, bassist/vocalist Mike Kunka busied himself by tagging along on a tour with his friends The Melvins. Somewhere along the way, Mike And The Melvins – King Buzzo (guitar/bass/vocals), Dale Crover (drums/vocals), and Kevin Rutmanis (bass/vocals), at the time – decided to make a record together, and gave the project the imaginative moniker Mike And The Melvins. Sub Pop, ever on the hunt for music’s Next Big Thing, enthusiastically agreed to fund and release the super-group’s debut, and recording commenced sometime in 1999. It’s at that point that things got hazy. Whatever the reasons for the delay, the incomplete recording languished on a shelf from 1999 until 2015, when, much to everyone’s surprise, the involved parties reconvened, finished the recording, and delivered it post-haste to Sub Pop International Headquarters.
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Guido Möbius - Batagur Baska CD/LP+MP3 (Shitkatapult)
Berlin-based musician Guido Möbius presents his fifth album, Batagur Baska. From bouncy analog synths to bossa moods, grinding industrial percussion, backward vocals, screams, and more, Möbius deals in sudden shifts from the mild and friendly to the darkly morbid, exploring the interplay between friction and harmony -- sound and noise -- to hold a suspenseful balance between melodiousness and discord.
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Moderat – III CD/2xLP (Mute)
Intent on creating something that contrasted their own individual projects, Moderat — the trio comprised of Gernot Bronsert, Sebastian Szary (aka Modeselektor) and Sascha Ring (aka Apparat) — complete the trilogy with
III. III pairs an emotional pull with sensual imagery, creating dynamic sound and depth with sophisticated lyrics and themes as they direct their gaze inward. Apparat gives unfiltered insight into his personal take on the journey we call life – he is opening up, discussing his shadow, his fears and doubts. Modeselektor reach another level, develop an intoxicating energy with their distinct rhythmical textures. One of the best parts of Moderat is their use of electronics to achieve orchestral diversity.
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Deiter Moebius – Blotch [Reissue/1999] CD/LP (Bureau B)
Deiter Moebius – Nurton [Reissue/2006] CD/LP (Bureau B)
Dieter Moebius -- half of the legendary duo Cluster and the godfather of electronic krautrock -- passed away in the summer of 2015. In 2016, Bureau B begins rereleasing his final four solo albums, starting with his 1999 album
Blotch – a work of loop-based pieces that playfully and sensuously hypnotize the listener, delving into experimental sonic atmospheres that recall Cluster's somewhat more oblique early material. With Nurton, Moebius demonstrates his true greatness, harnessing unexpected flaws and layering seemingly arbitrary noise-based loops for supremely comforting, hypnotic atmospheres while incorporating playful digital lead sounds and a diverse sonic palette.
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The Monochrome Set – Volume, Contrast, Brilliance… Unreleased & Rare Vol. 2 CD/LP (Tapete)
A collection of previously unreleased and rare gems by English post-punk band The Monochrome Set, spanning 1978 to 1991. As part of the first wave of post-punk bands, the band earned a solid reputation as purveyors of fine pop and won praise from '80s contemporaries such as Morrissey and Edwyn Collins; later artists including Franz Ferdinand, The Divine Comedy, and Graham Coxon have cited The Monochrome Set as a key influence on their own work.
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Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika CD/2xCD/2xLP+CD (Century Media)
Seventh full-length album by Finnish pagan metal band. [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a two track bonus disc of covers and a patch with alternate digipak packaging. Limited copies also pressed on clear vinyl.]
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New Keepers Of The Water Towers – Infernal Machine CD (Listenable)
New album from the Swedish sci-fi prog-rock act. Vinyl version due April 15.
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Willie Nile – World War Willie CD (River House)
“The dozen-song set lives up to Nile’s reputation as a world-class songwriter, a singularly energetic performer and a true rock ‘n’ roll believer. Currently in the fourth decade of a recording career that’s yielded a panoply of musical riches, the New York-bred artist is currently experiencing an exciting renaissance at a time when many of his contemporaries are winding down or giving up.
World War Willie embodies the distinctive mix of urgency, introspection, idealism and self-effacing humor that’s long endeared Willie Nile to his admirers.” – The Daily Country
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Novembre – Ursa CD/LP (Peaceville)
Ursa is the seventh and latest album from Italy’s atmospheric death/doom metal purveyors.
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Operators – Blue Wave CD/LP (Last Gang)
Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) presents the debut album from his band Operators. Boeckner has shown his diverse musical taste over the years; consequently, his decision to focus his attention on a new, analog post-punk project shouldn't be surprising as it feels like nothing more than a natural progression from the first synth he bought for the debut Wolf Parade EP, to the primarily stark, digital sounds of Handsome Furs, and now the organic, melted, deeply dance driven Operators. “[Title track] ‘Blue Wave’ continues to ride the crest of ’80s sounds that propel much of Operators’ music. Kraut rock guitars slice through the electronic haze of the track as synth and horns skip hand-in-hand along the bouncy rhythm. Still, the arc of the song feels like it’s heading downwards the entire time, and like body surfing a killer curl, you know that eventually it’s all going to crash.” – Consequence Of Sound
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Oranjjoolius – Oranjjoolius 2xCD (Cleopatra)
Oranjjoolius boasts an array of styles careening from grandiose rock to Dick Dale-esque surf to electro punk -- all blended together in perfect chaotic harmony, and packaged here with a full-length live concert bonus disc. Guest performers include Kishi Bashi (Of Montreal, Jupiter One) and theremin player Armen Ra.
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Sunny Ozell – Take A Trip With Me CD (MRI Associated)
Take It With Me is a brilliant introduction to songstress Sunny Ozell. Combining tunes that include both brand new, original songs and spellbinding re-imaginings of rarities from the American songbook, the album showcases Ozell’s stellar vocal talents. Infused with a soulful patchwork of blues, jazz, classic country, gospel and roots music, Take It With Me offers a mesmerizing journey through different musical styles and eras in a unique way.
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Pacific 231 – Ethnicities CD (Rotorelief)
Ethnicities is a collection of previously unreleased recordings from Pacific 231's post-industrial period. Successive and consecutive cuts were made before the artist put together the concept of the album as a multicultural diversity of sounds, with tropical steams, exotic journeys, electronic manipulations, urban dins, and industrial mazes. Vinyl version due April 15.
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Pacific 231 & Vox Populi! – Aramesh CD (Rotorelief)
A synthesis of East-meets-West colliding with the most experimental sounds and collages. Building up stacks of multi-directional creations using binaural technology to fully immerse the listener.
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Felix Pappalardi & Creation - Travelling In The Dark: Live... Denver '76 CD (Air Cuts)
As Cream's “fourth member,” Felix Pappalardi was already a rock legend by the time he founded Mountain in 1969. Having enjoyed worldwide success with them, in 1973 he departed to collaborate with Japanese rockers Creation. This superb live set at the Ebbets Field club in Denver, Colorado, on July 30, 1976, was broadcast on KCUV-FM shortly after the release of their first album together, and includes contemporary material as well as an epic 20-minute rendition of Mountain's classic “Nantucket Sleighride.”
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Pears – Green Star CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
Pears laid siege to the punk world with their 2014 debut release
Go To Prison and have been on buzz-generating rampage ever since. After spending the better part of two years turning the hardcore scene on its ear, Pears continue along the warpath with their anticipated follow up full-length Green Star. Songs tear in and out of furious hardcore and melodic punk, with ankle breaking tempo changes, frenetic guitar riffs, and impelling vocals.
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Pet Shop Boys – Super CD/LP (x2)
“The Pet Shop Boys, one of the most prolific acts in electronic pop, return yet again with their Stuart Price-helmed 13th studio album
Super. (Fun fact: The duo’s very first record, Please, came out in March of 1986 — almost exactly 30 years ago.) The new album, according to PSB, is meant to evoke the ‘London club scene of the early ’90s,’ which makes lead single ‘The Pop Kids’ a suitably nostalgic way to formally kick off the campaign. ‘Remember those days, the early ’90s?’ Neil declares above a dreamy throwback ’90s club pulsations while wistfully reminiscing about those halcyon days at university. ‘They called us the pop kids ’cause we loved the pop hits / And quoted the best bits, so we were the pop kids / I loved you…’ PSB have always championed an unapologetic love of disco music and pop hits, and this thumping tune is no exception: ‘We were young, but imagined we were so sophisticated / Telling everyone we knew that rock was overrated,’ Neil sings. It’s like a lyrical nod to ‘Paninaro’ (‘I don’t like rockabilly or rock ‘n’ roll particularly’) and ‘Can You Forgive Her?’ (‘She’s made you some kind of laughing stock / Because you dance to disco and you don’t like rock.’) Hey, some themes are forever.” – Pop Crush
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Purple – Bodacious CD/LP (PIAS America)
The gritty Texas trio, Purple, whose music encompasses reggae, funk, pop, rock and hip-hop seamlessly are back with their sophomore album,
Bodacious.
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Ray Rocket – Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana CD/LP+MP3 (Rise)
Debut solo album from Ray Rocket (better known as Ray Carlisle from Teenage Bottlerocket). [Color vinyl also available.]
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Anoushka Shankar – Land Of Gold CD (Deutsche Grammophon)
Anoushka Shankar returns with her fourth album on Deutsche Grammophon,
Land Of Gold, a fervent response to the humanitarian crisis of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty. With exquisite arrangements blending genres and musical collaborations, Land Of Gold is a message of enduring hope from the virtuoso sitar player, featuring guest vocalists M.I.A. (“Jump In (Cross the Line)”) and Alev Lenz (“Land Of Gold”) as well as actress Vanessa Redgrave (“Remain The Sea”).
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The Sheep – War Babies CD (Stoned Circle)
Clearly taking their musical influences from bands like Jefferson Airplane while dedicated to a full-on declaration of gospel truth, and armed with fuzz guitars, Hammond organ, and the leading talents of Greg Nancarrow, The Sheep took the Christian rock scene by storm with two albums and a rock opera soundtrack. Stoned Circle takes a precarious leap into psychedelic Christian rock and invites you to an alternative heavy sabbath.
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Skeletons – Am I Home? CD/LP/Cassette (Shinkoyo)
Am I Home? Is the ninth album by Skeletons, the fluctuating ensemble of musicians around composer, songwriter, and filmmaker Matthew Mehlan. The album also features Jason McMahon and an assembled wrecking crew of Greg Fox (Liturgy, Zs, Guardian Angel), Justin Frye (Pc Worship), Matt Nelson, Sam Sowyrda (Cloud Becomes Your Hand), Mike Pride, Mike Gallope (Janka Nabay, Starring), as well as Nathaniel Morgan and Caley Monahan-Ward (Extra Life, Voice Coils). The aim being the pursuit of the aesthetic of classic ‘70s epic, extended, uninterrupted recording time, with studio as instrument. This has been pushed off from the banks of jazz, pop, chamber music and has set sail for the sort of inimitable space only these musicians can create.
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Slobberbone – Bees And Seas: The Best Of Slobberbone CD/2xLP+MP3 (New West)
The story goes, Slobberbone was born in a Denton, TX Park ‘n’ Go beer store parking lot in early 1992. Over the course of the next four years the band would cut their teeth and earn their chops across the Texas music landscape. 1996 brought forth the release of the band’s debut album,
Crow Pot Pie. The band would release three more albums -- Barrel Chested (1997), Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today (2000), and Slippage (2000) -- before calling it quits. Bees And Seas: The Best of Slobberbone is a not a mere greatest hits album but more a creative retrospective, a painstakingly selected group of songs that best represent who the band is and was.
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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Ears CD/LP (Western Vinyl)
“Smith has been building a reputation over the past few years for her otherworldly synthesizer transmissions, typically composed on a Buchla Music Easel. Speaking on the instrument, she says ‘nothing compares to the sound of a Buchla. In my mind a Buchla synthesizer has the most human sound in it.’ For
Ears she sought to avoid a computer whenever possible, using the Buchla before arranging for woodwinds and implementing granular synthesis techniques.” – Resident Advisor
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Soundtrack – Miles Ahead CD (Sony Legacy)
Soundtrack to Don Cheadle's wildly entertaining and moving exploration of Miles Davis, featuring musical highlights from Miles' career and new recordings overseen by Grammy Award-winning jazz/hip-hop artist Robert Glasper.
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Jan St. Werner – Felder CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Jan St. Werner, a well-respected artist and musician known for his solo compositions, his work with Mouse On Mars, and art pieces, has created a beautifully rhythmic, instantly gripping work with his new album
Felder. Werner meticulously cultivates unexpected sounds and uses them to create an album that is beautiful and complex, but also incredibly approachable. He incorporates elements of jazz, folk, drone, IDM, and various other styles into the album, highlighting his ability to effortlessly build compositions that are boundless and intricate.
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The Summer Set – Stories For Monday CD (Fearless)
An infectious brand of feel-good, edgy pop-rock.
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Tacocat – Lost Time CD/LP+MP3 (Hardly Art)
“Seattle punk four-piece Tacocat were ahead of their time eight years ago when they chose a moniker combining two things that would blow up on the internet. That’s just a minor observation but it’s indicative of the progressive thinking and songwriting the band laces into shoegazing awesomeness. They’re a feminist punk band, but they’re also humanist. I agree with this sentiment because I feel if you see someone dealing with the same shitty feelings as you are, even when resulting from a different system of oppression and discrimination, it’s narrow minded and ultimately detrimental to your struggle to ignore theirs. So in addition to the obvious and unapologetic feminism on
Lost Time, there is a relatability that resonates and elevates it to something much bigger than this specific body of work at this moment in time. It also helps that the songs are excellent.” -- Stereogum
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Tancred – Out Of The Garden CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Polyvinyl)
Out Of The Garden is a mission statement that underscores the “power” in power-pop and is punctuated by lyrics as razor-sharp as the hooks. Written over a two-year period during a break from touring, the album’s emphasis on re-defining feminine expectations was shaped by primary songwriter Jess Abbott’s experiences living in Minneapolis and working at a liquor store in a rough part of town. Abbott’s fearlessness to discuss personal topics is referenced in the album’s title, an allusion to exiting Eden and leaving behind all the restrictive cultural norms engrained in the Biblical “paradise”: tradition, purity, holiness, binary gender, heterosexuality, and the idea that anything is forbidden (especially for women). (Limited copies available on HQ-180gm translucent teal vinyl.)
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Teen Suicide – It’s The Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir The Honeypot CD/LP (Run For Cover)
Teen Suicide’s new album, It’s the
Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir The Honeypot is also, according to the band, their final record. Recorded over fourteen months with a Robert Altman-sized group of collaborators and performers, it’s both a skeleton key for the band’s earlier work and a great corrective addition to it. Updating rather than refuting all of the past themes and styles of their revered first LP I Will Be My Own Hell Because There Is A Devil Inside My Body and numerous EPs, Big Joyous Celebration shifts between punk, noise, country, house and a myriad of other electric dance genres to create something as messy, sprawling, and captivating as its mouthful of a title. Spread over 26 tracks, there is plenty that Teen Suicide’s swansong has to say for itself in the band’s distinct, captivating, and refreshingly enjoyable voice.
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Ten Years After – British Live Performance Series CD (Rainman)
1989 live set from iconic blues-rock band Ten Years After. Featuring the band’s classic line-up with guitarist Alvin Lee, the set covers the band’s whole storied career.
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Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones – Little Windows CD/LP (Cooking Vinyl)
Teddy and Kelly first sang together on a George Jones track at LA’s Club Largo in 2011. It was love at first note and not long after they embarked on a bi-coastal musical relationship (she in L.A., he in NYC) writing the songs that would become
Little Windows along with partner Bill DeMain. Inspired by the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and Sam Cooke, the ten gorgeous songs that comprise this album explore the joy and sorrows of love and the vagaries of the human heart.
Highlights include the wide-eyed wonderment of “Wondering,” the lingering nostalgia of the Instant Grat track “I Thought That We Said Goodbye,” the promises of “Make A Wish On Me,” the pleas of “Don’t Remind Me” and the self-deception of “Better At Lying.” In keeping with this classic sound, vocally reminiscent of Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons, the album was recorded live to a 16 track tape machine by producer Mike Viola with a crackerjack band featuring Pete Thomas (drums), Davey Farragher (bass), Steve Elliot (guitar), Daniel Clarke (keys) and Teddy Thompson (guitar). Linda Thompson is the executive producer.
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Henry Threadgill and Ensemble Double Up – Old Locks And Irregular Verbs CD (Pi)
“Threadgill doesn't play a note here, but his presence is felt in the way that Ensemble Double Up—a band with two pianos, two alto saxophones, cello, tuba, and drums—coalesces and comes apart. His signatures—layered thoughts, focal shifts—are all over the piece. Solo episodes, dense environments, and strokes of individuality followed or overlapped with fearless ripostes share space as this sui generis septet does its work.” – All About Jazz
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Tombs – All Empires Fall CD/LP+MP3 (Relapse)
“If [2014’s]
Savage Gold was both the human and animal brain of Tombs, then All Empires Fall is pure animal: riff-based, completely ripping black metal. It’s my favorite production of a Tombs record to date, aided by the compositional atmospherics of keyboardist and second vocalist Fade Keiner.” – Metal Sucks
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Trapper Schoepp – Rangers & Valentines CD/LP (Xtra Mile)
On
Rangers & Valentines, Schoepp defies the limitations of the standard-issue Americana platter, hopping genres you'll hear lots of brass, backing singers and B3 -- as the songs build to delirious musical highs. His narratives, meanwhile, find subjects in the narrow margins of society, the strange twists (literal and metaphorical) in the weather, and the vagaries of a troubadour's transient life with lyrics that flash a lacerating wit and humanist streak that's at the core of his craft. Produced by pop polymath and Raconteurs member Brendan Benson at his Readymade Studios in Nashville, the record finds Schoepp handling vocals, guitar and harmonica.
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The Underground Set – War In The Night Before [Reissue/1971] CD (Cindelic)
First reissue of one of the most important and rare Italian rock albums of the '70s. The Underground Set was Italian band Nuova Idea, releasing under an assumed name for contractual reasons;
War In The Night Before, their second album under this name, is heavier than their debut, with fuzz guitar, Mellotron, and Black Sabbath-style riffs that anticipate what would be defined, decades later, as “stoner rock.”
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Jozef van Wissem - When Shall This Bright Day Begin CD (Consouling Sounds)
Van Wissem’s new eight-song effort features a couple vocal collaborations with Zola Jesus. Which is no surprise; the singer also worked on van Wissem’s score for the Jim Jarmusch movie
Only Lovers Left Alive, opening the door to the “experimental dark folk/rock-orientated emphasis” he embraced this time around.
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Various Artists [Paul Bowles] - Music Of Morocco: Recorded by Paul Bowles, 1959 4xCD+Book (Dust-To-Digital)
Traditional Moroccan music recorded by Paul Bowles during a four-month journey through the country in 1959. Silkscreened cigar box with foil stamping details throughout, 120-page leatherette book, and four CDs containing 4 ½ hours of audio.
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Various Artists [Coilectif] - In Memory Ov John Balance & Homage To Coil CD (Rotorelief)
An alchemical, magical, mystical homage to the legacy of Coil, featuring works by Ilitch, Pacific 231, Vivenza, Vox Populi!, Étant Donnés, and more. Vinyl edition due April 15.
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Various Artists [Larry Levan] – Genius Of Time 2xCD (EMI)
A compilation of most of Levan's best-known work, including mixes and remixes of Gwen Guthrie, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Ross, Loose Joints and Grace Jones. “The twenty-two tracks on this definitive best-of compilation capture the slippery, pliant, ecstatic sound that defined Larry Levan as a producer, DJ and high priest for a club night deemed "Saturday Mass" by its attendees.” [8.8/Best New Reissue] – Pitchfork
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Various Artists [Sasha] - Late Night Tales Presents Sasha: Scene Delete CD+MP3/3xLP+MP3 (Late Night Tales)
“Imagine listening to music inspired by Frahm, Richter and Steve Reich, but made by one of the UK's leading house and techno DJs. Away from the hubbub of the club, the craziness of Ibiza, there's a contemplative side to everybody. Forget the beats and the sweat and the billowing anthems; this quiet, undulating, at times pastoral piece is less about songs and anthems and more about texture and atmosphere.
Scene Delete is a side of Sasha you've never heard before. Think of Scene Delete as somewhere between a mix album, an artist album and a gentle stroll through the soundtrack in your mind. Make sure you switch off the lights before you enter.” [Includes a download code for album in continuous and unmixed modes.]
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Various Artists - Algo Salvaje (Untamed 60s Beat And Garage Nuggets From Spain Vol. 2) CD/2xLP (Munster)
The second volume of Munster's
Algo Salvaje series, continuing the first legal anthology devoted to a rich period when hundreds of bands appeared all over Spain and vented their teenage rebellion through loud guitars -- with amazing results. Many of the 28 tracks are reissued for the first time, including very hard-to-find records. Both formats include extensive notes by Vicente Fabuel featuring artist photos and all the original record sleeves.
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Various Artists - Hamburg Elektronisch 3 2xCD (Hafendisko)
The third installment in the Hamburg Elektronisch compilation series, collecting electronic music from Hamburg. Includes tracks by DJ Koze, Remute, Smallpeople, Extrawelt, Isolée, Lawrence, Vincenzo, Boris Dlugosch remixed by Session Victim, and more, in addition to 15 exclusives by artists including Wareika, Erobique, Oliver Huntemann, RVDS, and more.
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Various Artists - Upside Down: Coloured Dreams From Underworld CD (Particles)
A lysergic pop extravaganza featuring original flower power wonders from the psychedelic age way down under in Australasia, 1966-'71. From the luminous void that yields such pleasures as Peter Best and The Expression to other lysergic pop platters promising menacing feats of apocalyptic punch courtesy of Cam-Pact, The La De Das, Travis Wellington Hedge, The Wheelbarrow, Sons of Bacchus, Zoot, and The Clik,
Upside Down delivers 20 long-forgotten relics with a potent collection of psychedelic misadventure. Also includes tracks by Larry's Rebels, The Simple Image, Dave 'n' Lee, Autumn, The Society, Steve and the Board, and Climax 5.
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Orlando Voorn – In My World CD (Rush Hour)
Released last month on vinyl – now available on CD. Dutch legend Orlando Voorn restates his unique approach to techno with
In My World. With his sense for abstract melodies and drum programming, Voorn has always ranked as a true master. In My World confirms it -- beautiful, suspended, rich in detail... it's that high-tech funk.
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Leon Vynehall – Rojus (Designed To Dance) CD/2xLP (Running Back)
English DJ and producer Leon Vynehall presents a work of functional club music created with samples of birds-of-paradise.
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Wedding Present – Live 1993 2xCD (Scopitones)
Two beautifully mastered mixing-desk recordings of 1993 performances by The Wedding Present in Tokyo and Windsor, England.
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Weezer – Weezer (White Album) CD/LP+MP3 (Crush Music)
Rivers Cuomo described Weezer’s tenth album as a “beach album,” based on his experiences “hanging around the Westside of Los Angeles, with people in Venice and Santa Monica, the beach, the Hare Krishnas, the Sikh on roller blades with the guitar, girls on Tinder within a 4-mile radius, seeing other bands, the kids from La Sera.” Sonically, Cuomo credited The Beach Boys as a major influence. The album's producer, Jake Sinclair, was also “determined to return Weezer to their '90s glory,” combining the “brashness and unpredictability of
Pinkerton with the summer Beach Boys grunge pop of the Blue Album.”
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Norman Westberg – MRI CD (ROOM40)
Newly mastered and post-produced edition of American guitarist and composer Norman Westberg's
MRI, recorded in 2012 and initially self-released. A collection of reductive rolling guitar pieces that are embedded strongly in the American minimalism tradition, expanded here to include a brand-new piece, “Lost Mine,” recorded in 2015 as an echo of the processes that led to the original recordings.
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World Be Free - The Anti-Circle CD/LP+MP3 (Revelation)
World Be Free was formed with a love and appreciation for classic hardcore music and the intent to create something new and refreshing.
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Yeasayer – Amen & Goodbye CD/LP+MP3 (Mute)
Amen & Goodbye is the fourth album by Brooklyn’s Yeasayer. It follows up their 2012 album Fragrant World but eschews its penchant for all things digital. The lead single, I am Chemistry features vocals from Suzzy Roche of legendary folkies, The Roches. The band recorded the album to tape, it was then given some studio sparkle by Beck drummer Joey Waronker. Amen & Goodbye is unlike any of their previous work but still retains the sounds the band are known for. Album track “Gerson's Whistle” “flows so well that the time that passes doesn't affect you. The driving beat behind the melodic over- and undertones will have you zoning out and bouncing your head. It's catchy too. You really get a sense that Yeasayer has plenty of crossover potential, but they're probably past that point of their career. ‘Gerson's Whistle’ is one of the most enjoyable songs I've heard in 2016, and it could hold that place in my mind for the remainder of the year.” – Music Times

DVDs + Blu-ray:
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Pentatonix – On My Way Home DVD (RCA)
The first documentary from Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling recording artists Pentatonix,
On My Way Home follows the quintet on their sold out 2015 tour featuring behind-the-scenes footage, live performances and the making of their debut album.

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Abysmal Lord – Disciples Of The Inferno LP (Hell’s Headbangers)
Released last November on CD – now available on vinyl. “Lurking in the ghoulish swamps of Louisiana are the members of bestial metal quartet, Abysmal Lord. They dropped their
Storms Of Unholy Black Mass mini-album through Hell’s Headbangers last year, which I was fortunate to get the opportunity to introduce to Cvlt Nation fans. The guys are back with their debut full-length, Disciples Of The Inferno, and they prove on their latest that they have quite the admiration for bands like Proclamation and Blasphemy. More importantly, they up the intensity and tempo on most of their new material.” – Cvlt Nation
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Ellen Allien – LISm [2013] 2xLP (BPitch Control)
First vinyl edition of Ellen Allien's
LISm, originally released on CD in 2013. LISm is a milestone in the history of Ellen Allien's BPitch Control label; rarely has an album from the circle of BPC artists deviated so far from the club context. Ellen Allien radically disposes of all established musical templates and creates space for 45 minutes of sonic experiments that lie well beyond any functional paradigm; a highly emotional soundtrack for one's inner cinema, but also a creative progression with a considerable fun factor.
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Fatima Al Qadiri – Brute LP (Hyperdub)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “After releasing an album with her underground supergroup Future Brown last year, the New York-based, Kuwait-bred musician returns as a solo artist for
Brute, a follow-up to her sinogrime-inspired 2014 debut album Asiatisch. Brute explores themes of authority and ‘the relationship between police, citizens and protest worldwide, particularly of her adopted home in the United States,’ according to the label; concerns made visible in the album’s cover art, which depicts the Josh Kline sculpture ‘Po-Po’ heavily altered by art director Babak Radboy. The album ‘teeters between rage and despair,’ heard through ‘restrained percussion, sampled and processed recordings of urban protest, and [Al Qadiri’s] signature minor progressions,’ the label adds.” – Fact Mag
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Baauer – Aa LP (LuckyMe)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Aa (pronounced 'double a') is a record that could only be made by a kid born of New York inspired by rap and dance music culture, traveling the globe sampling and processing found sounds. This is bright, stadium, urban dance music from the 26-year-old Portuguese New Yorker (via London and Philadelphia) known as Harry Rodrigues. With special guests Future, Pusha T, M.I.A, Novelist, Leikeli47, Rustie and Tirzah, also continuing his visual collaboration with multi-medium artist, Jonathan Zawada.
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Bambara – Swarm LP+MP3 (Arrowhawk)
Brooklyn trio Bambara has been honing its noise/punk brutalism since forming in Athens, GA, in 2009.
Swarm, the band's second full length, pulls its approach into sharp focus, marrying the maniacal ravings of The Birthday Party and the ugliness of early Swans with the tangled cowpunk of The Gun Club and recently, Iceage, creating something wholly idiosyncratic, and ultimately more satisfying than most anything else in the current post-punk landscape. “...a lumbering Western noir...an ugly and alluring piece of noise.” – NPR
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Alex Barnett – Chew From The Mind LP (Midwich Productions)
Alex Barnett is a Chicago-based electronic musician known for his work with dark ambient group Oakeater and collaborative work with Faith Coloccia in Barnett & Coloccia on Blackest Ever Black, in addition to a handful of cassettes and collaborative projects. Barnett's personal blend of sound design and composition comes from many hours building, repairing and breaking electronics.
Chew From The Mind is a raw yet elegant synthesizer album that is surreal, beautiful and evocative of previous horror-score theme work, while expanding his sound toward more raw electronic influences.
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Battles – EP C/B [Reissue/2006] 2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Battles – Mirrored [Reissue/2007] 2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Battles – Gloss Drop [Reissue/2011] 2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Following the 2015 release of
La Di Da Di, Battles' first new LP in over four years, Warp announced that the band's full catalog would be back in print on vinyl. They kept their word.
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Beau – That Thing Reality LP (Kitsune)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Beau consists of New Yorkers Heather Boo and Emma Rose. Their debut,
That Thing Reality, is a blend of ‘70's folk Americana laced with the effortlessly cool sound of the West Coast.
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Blacklisters – Adult LP (MRI Associated)
“Blacklisters’ new album is a potent burst of noise rock that pulls in sounds from hardcore, post-hardcore, and sludge metal. Vocalist Billy Mason-Wood is typically abrasive for this style of music, which doesn’t make the band an easy listen for the layperson. But the rest of the band is tight and interesting enough that Adult starts to work as an album after a few listens, even if Mason-Wood is an acquired taste” – Pop Matters. CD version due May 13.
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James Brown and The Famous Flames – Roots Of Revolution 2xLP (Southern Routes)
This new set from Southern Routes presents a complete collection of the Godfather Of Soul's formative recording for Federal Records with The Famous Flames in late- ‘50s. This package features all of JB's early, explosive hits including “Please, Please, Please,” “Try Me,” “Think” and many more dynamic rhythm and blues gems. Expanded CD version due April 29.
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Brume – Friction LP (Rotorelief)
Friction contains a selection of tracks from the first two official Brume tapes,
Frikture (1985) and Le Jour du Cochon (1987), plus the previously unreleased track “Friktion.” A very experimental electro-ethnic-industrial-oriented period, marking the change from Brume's analog works to his electroacoustic hybrids using synthesizers and computers. Part of the Archives Des Musiques Industrielles De France.
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Canyon Spells - Now That We’re Gone LP (MRI Associated)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Surging guitars, soaring vocals, and songs about cell phones -- this is Canyon Spells, a six-piece alt rock band from Nashville, TN. Their debut
Now That We're Gone serves as a musical calling card and social statement alike, as singers Jimmie Linville and Michaela Thomas take on themes of love, loss, and technology.
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John Carpenter – Dark Star [OST/Reissue/1974] LP+7” (We Release Whatever The F**k We Want)
Comprehensive “alien red” vinyl reissue of John Carpenter’s very feature film soundtrack. CD version due April 15.
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Michael Cerveris – Piety LP (Low Heat)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. After years of high volume punk and alternative rock, Cerveris follows up his indie-rock guest star-studded 2004 Dog Eared solo debut with a return to his southern roots for this album of lushly orchestrated, melodic Americana.
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Chaos UK - Sh*t Man F**ker 7” (540)
Brand new four-song EP -- loud, political, and uncompromising.
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Com Truise – Silicon Tare 12”+MP3 (Ghostly Int’l)
Opening with a skating sheet of synthesizer before easing into a steady, walloping beat,
Silicon Tare moves Haley and the fictional Com Truise even deeper into the cosmos, discovering new lands along the way and offering a glimpse of where he may travel in the future. And if the characters at the center of his ongoing story may be in peril, Haley himself is in control. Tare also sets the stage for the final chapter in Seth Haley's Com Truise saga, which is the first official follow-up to Galactic Melt. It's not only the perfect prelude to that finale, but the perfect representation of Haley's palate of robotic synth funk.
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Loren Connors – The Red Painting 7”+MP3 (Family Vineyard)
The Red Painting is the first release of piano music by iconic avant guitarist Loren Connors. This piece combines Loren's deeply moving palette of melody with a masterful control of pace and drama that ends with a guitar coda twinkling in the darkness. It's wrenching as his glorious 'airs' or the distortion mangled screams of his blues. One-sided red vinyl 7” inside a silk screened sleeve.
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Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place – You’re Doomed. Be Nice. LP+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
You're Doomed. Be Nice. is Rob Crow's first album since his heavily publicized withdrawal from music -- specifically the toxic byproducts of the lifestyle of a touring professional musician attempting to survive in an industry of diminishing returns. Rather than perform, record, and mix every note himself -- a trademark of his previous solo endeavors -- Crow formed Gloomy Place, a band made up of close friends that includes another member of the beloved Heavy Vegetable. Recorded and mixed by Ben Moore (Hot Snakes), You're Doomed presents a fascinating dichotomy: dynamic, eclectic prog-pop backing alarmingly confessional, often acerbic lyrical themes.
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Miles Davis – Birth Of The Cool [Reissue/1956] LP (Rumble)
Eleven tracks recorded by Miles Davis's nonet in 1949 and 1950,
Birth Of The Cool may just be the most accurately titled album ever. The tracks just bleed hipness -- cool, smooth, and swinging -- and practically define the genre of “cool jazz.” Unparalleled recordings required for any fan of mid-century American jazz.
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Die Form – Die Form ÷ Fine Automatic 1 LP (Rotorelief)
Die Form – Die Form ÷ Fine Automatic 2 LP (Rotorelief)
French industrial group Die Form, led by Philippe Fichot, formed in the late- '70s and released
Die Form ÷ Fine Automatic in 1982, a split with Fichot's Fine Automatic project. The complete original album is released as two separate LPs as part of the Archives Des Musiques Industrielles De France.
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Dog Chocolate – Snack Fans LP (Upset The Rhythm)
Debut album by London band Dog Chocolate, a gleeful assemblage of post-punk, noise, and pop held together with Scotch tape and Blu-tac.
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Tashi Dorji and Shane Parish – Expecting LP (Mie)
New collaborative album from guitarists Tashi Dorji and Shane Parish. “The eight improvisations that make up
Expecting grow out of a dynamic of sharing -- one fellow shows up with a tuning and maybe a string preparation, the other works out a response, and out of that comes not only a piece of music but a renewal and confirmation of a relationship in which two humans share what they love…Nowadays writers are quick to lay the term experimental music on anything dissonant. But while one could say that this music actually earns that much-abused term because it comes out of a process of proposal and problem solving, an emotionally truer term would be experiential music.” -- Bill Meyer
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Durutti Column - Amigos Em Portugal [Reissue/1983] LP (Durutti)
Durutti Column – Live At The Venue London [Reissue/1983] LP+CD (Durutti)
HQ-180gm vinyl reissues.
Amigos Em Portugal was the pre-cursor to Without Mercy and it contains some beautiful little tunes and is highly under-rated and overlooked. Live At The Venue London was recorded April 6, 1982. This reissue includes a “reference compact disc” created from two different masters for vinyl and compact disc respectively.
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The Everly Brothers – The Everly Brothers [Reissue/1958] LP (Rumble)
Possibly the most iconic LP of their entire career, The Everly Brothers' 1958 self-titled album feature all-time quintessential jams like “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” and “I Wonder If I Care As Much.” Shockingly, as the legend goes, “Bye Bye Love” was rejected by more than 30 singers and groups before the Everlys agreed to record it, and the rest is history.
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Exhaustion/Wanders – II LP (Feeding Tube)
Second collaboration between Melbourne psych rock thugs Exhaustion and the Dutch-born tenor saxophonist Kris Wanders, a veteran of the early days of European free improvisation who performed widely with legendary figures like Peter Brötzmann, Peter Kowald, and Han Bennink and recorded some classic sides with Alexander von Schlippenbach, Fred van Hove and the obscure Dutch pianist/clarinetist Kees Hazevoet before moving to Australia in the late 1970s, where he has continued to perfect his brand of raw, soulful free jazz.
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Exodus – Temple Of The Damned [Reissue/2004] 2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
The sixth album by the thrash metal band is now available on limited double red/orange colored vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket.
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Foxtrott – Taller Us LP (One Little Indian)
Released last November on CD – now available on vinyl. Foxtrott is the sole musical domain of one Marie-Hélène Delorme -- a self-taught singer, songwriter, producer and beat-maker from French-speaking Montreal. Hailing from an extended musical family, Foxtrott’s musical palette draws inspiration from disparate points on a wide spectrum, some more surprising than others: From old Cumbia to gospel, from hip-hop to reggae and from early dancehall to singer/songwriters (“I stay away from ‘fusion’” she stresses, wisely) -- all have played a significant part in shaping her special musical DNA.
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Lefty Frizell – Time Out For The Blues LP (Southern Routes)
With his warm, drawling vocals and downhome charm, Texas country music innovator Lefty Frizzell was Hank Williams only serious rival in the early 1950s, when Lefty made history by dominating the Top Five with three concurrent hits in early 1950s. He exerted a profound influence on every subsequent generation of singers, from George Jones to Merle Haggard and George Strait. This new compilation captures the singer at his early peak and into his sensational early- ‘60s return to form, capturing Frizzell at his irresistible best. Expanded CD version due April 29.
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Grimes – Halfaxa [Reissue/2010] 2xLP (Arbutus)
Vinyl reissue of Grimes sophomore album – originally released by Lo on the format in 2011. “Lo Recordings have been loving the psychedelic sound of chillwave, glo-fi, drag etc. For them, no other act captured the fractal flow better than Canadian singer Claire Boucher aka Grimes. Amid the deluge of fine mind floss from the likes of Neon Indian, Hype Williams and Laurel Halo, Grimes sound is one of the most unique and delightful of all. Grimes audio universe where Kate Bush jams with Fleetwood Mac in a floatation tank while the spirit of Arthur Russell hovers overhead is simply stunning. One of the most distinctive sound worlds we’ve had the pleasure to inhabit for ooh…aeons.”
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Gunn-Truscinski Duo – Sand City / Ocean Parkway 2xLP+MP3 (Three Lobed)
This double-LP features both of the Gunn-Truscinski Duo's albums,
Sand City and Ocean Parkway, housed together within an old style Stoughton gatefold cover bearing Anjali Bhojani's photography on the outside a new essay by Matt Krefting on the inside. Each of the albums were pressed on two slabs of 140 gram Dutch vinyl by Record Industry.
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HÆLOS – Full Circle LP+MP3 (Matador)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Every generation has their own version of the blues, music that captures a sense of melancholia and provides a sonic reflecting pool for young lovers, old souls, and the eternally heartbroken. For their darkly shaded and radiant debut album
Full Circle, HÆLOS have found their blues where others go to find pure, uncut joy: the dancefloor. The London trio’s version of a night out is a million miles away from mirror balls and sweaty bodies, their rippling electronic pop conjuring the exhilarating privacy of a cavernous club’s dark pockets and the introspective comedowns that accompany rainy 5 A.M. cab rides. Throughout the album, HÆLOS reconstruct the firmament of dance sounds past and present to construct an exquisitely elegiac mood that retains a sense of presence as it conveys the pain of emotional distance.
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Mary Halvorson – Meltframe 2xLP (Firehouse 12)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl. Mary Halvorson’s
Meltframe is the product of three years of gestation and refinement. Initially conceived as a solo guitar album made up of jazz standards, the final document is comprised of modern compositions long admired by Mary, the oldest being Duke Ellington’s Solitude. The remainder of the pieces date from the early 1960s, through to Tomas Fujiwara’s contemporary When. In a twist befitting a player with such an original voice, the compositions Mary chose to interpret are not exclusively from composers who have informed her playing and music from the beginning (such as Roscoe Mitchell, Ornette Coleman, and Oliver Nelson), but also by contemporaries: Chris Lightcap, Noël Akchoté, and Fujiwara. Viewed as the personal and often revealing statement that solo documents often are, Meltframe traces Mary s path from the beginning to the present.
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Helios – Yume LP (Unseen Music)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl.
Yume takes it's title from the Japanese word for dream and delivers an otherworldly ambient-electronic hybrid that's cinematic in scope yet intimate in emotion. In making the album, composer and multi-instrumentalist Keith Kenniff (the sole artist behind Helios) has created a warm sonic tapestry from luminous guitar lines, elegant piano work, ingeniously-crafted rhythms, and lo-fi electronic elements.
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Hide – Flesh For The Living 12” (Midwich)
Hide creates aggressive and sparse haunting music that empowers as it punishes. Hide’s name and visual aesthetic also reflects their ideology of personal autonomy as performers/humans in a world of moral judgment and surveillance. Showcasing top-notch production values and a seamless visual aesthetic, their immersive sound draws the listener into a trance state with dense, throbbing dirges.
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Buddy Holly – Buddy Holly [Reissue/1958] LP (Rumble)
This 1958 LP is Buddy Holly's debut solo album and his second LP overall. Though billed as a solo record, it features the same backing group as his first LP, The Crickets, one of the most legendary rock and roll combos of all time. It was only one year after the LP's February 1958 release that Buddy Holly died in that infamous plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. That info still takes a while to set in -- one of the most famous and enduring icons of rock spent only a few years on the public's radar before passing.
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Janet Jackson – Unbreakable 2xLP (Rhythm Nation/BMG Rights Management)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. Jackson’s first new album since 2008's
Discipline features the singles “No Sleeep” (feat. J. Cole) and “The Great Forever,” as well as the Missy Elliott collaboration “Burnitup!” The overall themes of Unbreakable include Janet’s views on where we stand today as individuals and as the inter-related elements of a planet. Some of these relate to her convictions passionately expressed in Rhythm Nation 1814, including the need to bring things out in the open and to have a dialogue. The album also marks the first time Janet Jackson has opened up about her brother Michael and with reflections concerning her youth.
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James – Girl At The End Of The World 2xLP (BMG Recorded Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “There are plenty of bands doing the rounds at the moment that began their career several decades ago. The nostalgia trip is a profitable one for some. There are fewer of those bands who are still making new music, and even less that are making music that is fresh and enjoyable. It’s easy to trade on past glories and regurgitate a sound that can be sold easily. James has always been the outsiders when it comes to that commercial aspect. Despite the hit singles and ferociously supportive fan base, they never quite get the respect they deserve. To prove their worth far above a legacy band, James [has just released] their fourteen studio album. While 2014’s
La Petite Mort featured a smorgasbord of styles and a common theme through many of the songs, Girl at the End of the World steps up a gear and unleashes a powerhouse of keyboards and dance-fuelled beats that will take many by surprise.” – Louder Than War
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Gavin James – Bitter Pill LP (Capitol)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Debut album from the Irish singer/songwriter. “Up until the start of last year there was chatter from the dogs on the streets that Dublin singer/songwriter Gavin James had left it too late to capitalize on his grassroots following – where, oh where was his debut album? James is mates with Ed (Sheeran), has supported Sam (Smith) in the US, and followed up sold-out shows at Whelan’s with dates in January at the Olympia Theatre. And there is proof on
Bitter Pill that James has enough emotionally depth-charged tunes in his back pocket to take him from here to the top of the charts and back again.” – The Irish Times
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Japanese Breakfast – Psychopomp LP+MP3 (Yellow K)
After a pair of bedroom pop cassettes, Japanese Breakfast (Michelle Zauner) returns with their first vinyl release,
Psychopomp. The album explores Zauner's experimental interests and hosts a wide range of sound: jarring anime samples, minimalist ballads, rhythms and synths reminiscent of Tango In The Night-era Fleetwood Mac paired with the moody intimacy of Mount Eerie. Clear vinyl.
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John Johnson And Friends - Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies For The Film Curious George [OST/2006] LP (Republic)
Limited first-time vinyl LP pressing of this soundtrack to the 2006 animated film. Jack Johnson is the voice of Curious George (through his music). The songs are prominently featured within the film and are an integral part of the story. This soundtrack features nine new (at the time, obvz) Jack songs, including three duets with Ben Harper, G. Love and Matt Costa. Also includes a cover of The White Stripes “We Are Going To Be Friends” which Jack has performed live on tour.
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George Jones – When My Heart Hurts No More LP (Southern Routes)
This new collection from Southern Routes celebrates honky-tonk visionary George Jones at his very best. Drawn from his extraordinary UA-Mercury years (1954-1963), when Jones was at his creative peak, this is an essential for every true country music fan. From his classic duets with Melba Montgomery, to timeless original Jones compositions “Window Up Above” and “Tender Years” to haunting ballads like “Everything Ain’t Right,” this set leaves no doubt that Jones was the King Of Country Music. Expanded CD edition due April 29.
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The Kill Devil Hills – Heathen Songs [Reissue/2004] LP (Bang!)
The Kill Devil Hills are an Australian band from Perth, which, along with The Drones, formed from the ashes of Gutterville Splendour Six. This band has earned a well-deserved reputation with three absolutely magnificent albums and purely intense concerts.
Heathen Songs is their long-unavailable 2004 debut album. One of Bang! Records' all-time favorites from its back catalog, this record is a total must for fans of The Beasts of Bourbon, Johnny Cash, The Drones, and Neil Young.
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Tim Kinsella – Firecracker In A Box Of Mirrors LP (Joyful Noise)
The Chicago native, Tim Kinsella (Cap’n Jazz, Owls, Make Believe, and Joan Of Arc), has cemented his place as one of the more groundbreaking, and unapologetically honest artists in the indie scene. Kinsella, known for his eccentric vocals, takes the listener on a gripping musical voyage while intricately weaving melodic hopefulness with lyrical heartbreak, and life experience.
Firecracker In A Box Of Mirrors is a plethora of emotions involved with the human experience, the heart, and the guitar. Conceived while Kinsella was on a solo tour opening up for Pinback, Firecracker... is kind-of the inverse of “Joan Of Arc’s Greatest Hits”. While the latter reimagines classic JOA songs with full, robust instrumentation, “Firecracker...” has stripped away all the dense layers of these songs - leaving only a single guitar and voice. The basic, stripped-down instrumentation really allows these songs to shine in ways they never have. Orange vinyl.
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Le Syndicat – Audiostatik Repress [Reissue/1983] LP (Rotorelief)
A certified head-cleaner of brutalist/bruitist/rhythmist/industrial noise. Le Syndicat's sound evolved through a process mingling tape loops, overblown drum machine programming, shortwave radio experiments, short-circuited consumer electronics, and eventually rudimentary sampler technology.
Audiostatik Repress is a visionary early- ‘80s vision of what was to come in the next decade. Part of the Archives Des Musiques Industrielles De France.
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Little Howlin' Wolf – The Guardian [Reissue/1982] LP (Family Vineyard)
Little Howlin' Wolf is a street musician, bluesman, actor, storyteller and truth seeker. He is also a true outsider, whose wrenching soulfulness and fire-brained intensity have been captured in a breadcrumb trail of confounding and intentionally obscure self-released records. In the late 1960s Wolf -- born James Pobiega in 1950 -- was already a saxophone wailing fixture at the legendary Chicago hangout, Maxwell Street Market. By the mid- ‘80s he released nearly three dozen 45s. Those singles are sprawling journeys into Wolf's world vision, as told through his gravelly voice and an array of instruments in styles and influences not limited to: American Indian, Polish and gypsy folk musics, Voodoo, vocal chants, blues, calypso and avant jazz.
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Justin Moore – Justin Moore [2006] LP (Valory)
First time vinyl edition of the country singer/songwriter’s debut album.
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Needtobreathe – Daylight [2006] LP (Atlantic)
Needtobreathe – The Heat [2006] 2xLP (Atlantic)
The first two albums by the Christian rock band are now available on vinyl for the first time.
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Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor LP+MP3 (Decaydance)
Released in January on CD – now available on vinyl. Produced by Jake Sinclair (Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy),
Death Of A Bachelor marks the first release from Panic! At the Disco in nearly two years, following 2013's acclaimed Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! The album's title track, “Death Of A Bachelor,” has been described as, “It's like some Beyoncé beats with some Sinatra vocals. It's really crazy... [Sinatra's] music has been a major player in the soundtrack of my life. So it's only right that I return the favor and/or pay it forward.”
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Paul Revere & The Raiders ‎– Just Like Us! [Reissue/1966] LP (Friday Music)
Paul Revere & The Raiders ‎– Midnight Ride [Reissue/1966] LP (Friday Music)
HQ-180gm audiophile white and translucent blue, respectively, vinyl reissues in gatefold sleeves.
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Burnell Pines – Till The Day I Die LP (The Royal Potato Family)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Catskill Mountains’ most notable contemporary bard, Burnell Pines, returns with his latest album,
Till The Day I Die -- a valentine to life in the land where The Band, Van Morrison, and Bob Dylan made legendary music. Burnell taps directly into that tradition with co-producer/drummer Justin Guip, Levon Helm’s three-time Grammy Award-winning producer and right hand man. He’s joined on the recording by keyboardist Marco Benevento, Rachael Yamagata and drummers Joe Magistro (The Black Crowes) and Robert Burke (Toshi Reagon).
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Elvis Presley – For LP Fans Only [Reissue/1959] LP (Friday Music)
Elvis Presley – From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee [Reissue/1976] LP (Friday Music)
Limited HQ-180gm audiophile translucent gold vinyl LP reissues in gatefold jackets.
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Puff Pieces – Bland In D.C. LP (Lovitt)
Puff Pieces intends to cast itself as mere modern shrimps perched upon the shoulders of their gigantic (and benevolent) punk forebears. Their debut,
Bland In D.C., has been pressed on translucent yellow-color vinyl.
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Ramayana Soul – Sabdatanmantra LP (Guruguru Brain)
Jakarta, Indonesia's Ramayana Soul create new musical colors by blending the sound of the East with the psychedelia & soul rock of the '60s, and
Sabdatanmantra is more than just a newfound romance of psychedelia—vocals broken by rhythmic shouts echoing their punk influence, tempo changes, chanting vocals dissolving into sitar and/or guitar freak-outs, this is a synthesis of new global sounds.
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Rascal Flatts – Rewind [2014] 2xLP (Big Machine)
Deluxe double-vinyl edition of Rascal Flatts’ latest album.
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The Replacements – The Sire Years 4xLP (Rhino/WB)
Limited four vinyl LP box set containing The Replacements four albums recorded for Sire Records:
Tim (1985), Pleased To Meet Me (1987), Don’t Tell A Soul (1989), and All Shook Down (1990).
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Ripper - Experiment Of Existence LP (Dark Decent)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Pure, uncompromising, ass-kicking death/thrash from Chile -- on the same level as Sepultura's
Beneath The Remains, Kreator's Pleasure To Kill, or Demolition Hammer's Epidemic Of Violence.
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Rico Rodriguez – Tribute To Don Drummond [Reissue/1969] 10” (Striker Lee)
Reissue of
Tribute To Don Drummond by internationally renowned trombonist Emmanuel “Rico” Rodriguez (1934-2015). All rhythms by the Bunny Lee All Stars, with Rodriguez's trombone overdubs and vocal interjections by Gene Rondo (aka Winston Laro). Rodriguez had the opportunity to blow over contemporary Jamaican rhythms from legendary producer Bunny “Striker” Lee, and he and Lee dedicated the album to Drummond after learning of the legendary trombonist and composer's death in 1969.
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Kim Salmon – My Script 2xLP (Bang)
Fresh solo album from The Scientists mainman -- 20 new tunes of minimalist garage punk meets revved up glam rock with pristine pop hooks.
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Dan Sartain – Century Plaza LP (One Little Indian)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. While Suicide and Alan Vega have long been acknowledged influences,
Century Plaza finds Sartain trolling the British synth-pop wave of ’80-’84 – particularly Depeche Mode – for inspiration.
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Sex Museum – Fuzz Face [Reissue/1987] LP+CD (Munster)
Sex Museum – Independence [Reissue/1989] LP+CD (Munster)
“Sex Museum formed in Madrid in 1985, with the desire to be the musical version of
The Warriors, in the style of a street gang out of the mod scene. We were heavily musically influenced by '60s American garage, English music from the '60s and early '80s garage revival… we shared everything, experiences, tastes, friends, drugs and the desire to grow with the music and open up a new hole in the world as commandos of garage rock.”
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Soundtrack – Amy [OST] 2xLP (Republic)
Double HQ-180gm vinyl LP pressing in gatefold sleeve of the acclaimed 2015 documentary about the tragic rise and fall of British pop star Amy Winehouse.
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Various Artists – Soundtrack To HBO’s Vinyl 2xLP+CD (Atlantic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Volume 1 of the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese's
Vinyl (which debuted on HBO February 12th) is stuffed with soul, blues and rock ‘n’ roll, with tracks by Otis Redding, The Meters, Edgar Winter, Foghat, Ruth Brown, and more. It also features original music by the critically-acclaimed country singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson (who provides the show's theme song “Sugar Daddy”) and The Nasty Bits, a group fronted by Mick Jagger's son James Jagger, who also appears on the show. Meanwhile, David Johansen has re-recorded some jams by New York Dolls.
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Leon Stackpole – Leon 7” (Smart Guy)
Four little gestures by the Ooga Booga frontman and bon vivant. The sound of Lou Reed swapping stories with The Silver Jews in a Manhattan Bar.
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Mavis Staples – Livin’ On A High Note LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The soul and gospel music legend takes on a set of 12 original songs written exclusively for her by a group of fine songwriters, including: M .Ward, Ben Harper, Valerie June, Neko Case, tUnE-yArDs, Nick Cave, John Baptiste, Justin Vernon, Aloe Blacc, and more.
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Sufjan Stevens – Illinois [Reissue/2005] 2xLP+12” (Asthmatic Kitty)
This 10th anniversary edition of
Illinois replaces balloons (which themselves replaced Superman in 2005) with rising comic book Chicago-born superhero Blue Marvel. This special color edition (“antimatter blue” and “cape white”) is expanded with a red, star-shaped 12” featuring a demo of “Chicago.”
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Thy Art Is Murder – Hate [Reissue/2012] LP (Nuclear Blast)
Limited picture disc vinyl LP pressing of the second studio album by the Australian deathcore band.
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Tryptikon – Eparistera Daimones [2010] 2xLP (Century Media)
Vinyl reissue of the debut album by Triptykon, the group founded by former Hellhammer/Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior.
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Umphries McGee – Safety In Numbers [Reissue/2006] 2xLP (Nothing Too Fancy)
Limited vinyl LP reissue containing four never before released Storm Thorgerson album art sketches. Safety In Numbers is Umphrey's McGee's fourth studio album. Huey Lewis and Joshua Redman both make appearances. The album contains many slower, acoustic songs and a simpler, stripped down approach with little jamming or progressive rock elements.
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Unified Highway – Unified Highway LP (Audible Collision/Strange Focus)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Rebelution vocalist/guitarist Eric Rachmany and renowned producer, DJ, and remixer Amp Live (formerly of Zion I) may possess different backgrounds, but they both travel the same creative road. Now, their paths—along with a myriad of musical genres riding shotgun—intersect in Unified Highway. The duo’s self-titled debut explores this intersection via a fascinating fusion of reggae, electronic, hip-hop, alternative, and soul siphoned into unforgettable songs.
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra / SILICON – Phone 7” (Jagjaguwar)
Brothers Ruban and Kody Nielson have been playing, recording and collaborating on music for decades. From the influences of their jazz musician father and dancer mother, Ruban and Kody have gone on to play in New Zealand's The Mint Chicks, and at its end in 2010, moved on to separate projects. Ruban formed Unknown Mortal Orchestra out of Portland, while Kody collaborated with various artists and musicians before his own solo project, SILICON, took shape. At the end of 2015, as UMO's
Multi-Love and SILICON's Personal Computer made the rounds, garnering critical acclaim, Ruban and Kody (who played keyboards and drums on UMO's Multi-Love) took some time to rework tracks from each of their records. The theme of phones led to Kody working on UMO's “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone,” changing it from a bouncy, sprite disco track to a sparser song filled with space, treated vocals and isolated drum breaks. Ruban's rework of SILICON's “Cellphone” is turned moody and dark, with a skittering beat and additional vocals.
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Veruca Salt – Ghost Notes 2xLP+MP3 (El Camino Media, LLC)
Released last summer on CD – now available on limited color vinyl.
Ghost Notes is the first new album from Veruca Salt featuring all original members since 1997's certified gold album, Eight Arms To Hold You. Formed in Chicago, IL in 1993, Veruca Salt took the indie-rock world by storm with their first single “Seether” from their debut album, American Thighs. For their first record in almost two decades Ghost Notes, the band enlisted producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins/Sunny Day Real Estate/Liz Phair) who also produced their debut release.
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Kevin Verwijmeren – Those Glorious Heights LP (Vynilla Vinyl/Icarus)
At the time of this release, Kevin Verwijmeren is a 23-year old science student, living in Delft, Holland. Since 2013, he has used musical patterns and melodies to create contemplative landscapes of sound. Inspired by the sound and emotion of Loscil, Tim Hecker, and Pan American, Verwijmeren constructs a musical cocoon in which to imagine a vision of a different world. Through his dark but beautiful soundscapes, he tries to break daily routine and accept the dark side of life. Those Glorious Heights was mastered by Stephan Mathieu at Schwebung Mastering and features artwork by Jan van der Kleijn. (Limited copies pressed in green marbled color vinyl.)
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Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps - Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps [Reissue/1957] LP (Rumble)
The second LP from Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps, a self-titled affair, was recorded in October 1956, a mere four months after their debut, and released in 1957. Again featuring the searing guitar work of Cliff Gallup, this album captures Gene Vincent at his most mature and confident. The band was capable of running circles around basically all white rock and roll groups around at the time and this LP showcases their depth and breadth fantastically.
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Vivenza – Fondements Bruitistes d'Action 1 [Reissue/1984] LP (Rotorelief)
Vivenza – Fondements Bruitistes d'Action 2 [Reissue/1984] LP (Rotorelief)
Fondements Bruitistes d'Action (Bruitist Foundations of Action), originally released in October 1984, opens the period in Vivenza's work on bruitist sound when he started to incorporate the question of the relationship between the technological and mechanical industrial fabric, on the one hand -- which makes up the reality of the modern world -- and the human and social environment on the other. This is the first-ever release of the entire 1984 Fondements Bruitistes session.
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Hank Williams – Ramblin’ Man [Reissue/1955] LP (Rumble)
Originally released posthumously in 1955 (two years after Hank Williams's death in 1953),
Ramblin' Man is a wicked collection of some of the finest recordings by Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys, full of powerful, overwhelming weepers. It's hard to imagine a more recognizable voice in all of country music.
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John Williams – The Star Wars Trilogy [Reissue/1983] LP (Varèse Sarabande)
First released in 1983, this compilation of music from the original three
Star Wars films is one of the best-selling albums ever released by film music label Varèse Sarabande.
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Witchcraft – Legend [Reissue/2012] 2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Limited double brown/gold colored vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket of the fourth album from the Swedish doom metal band.
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Chelsea Wolfe – Hypnos b/w Flame 7” (Sargent House)
New 7” single comprised of
Abyss B-sides. “‘Hypnos’ swirls in the same gloomy pools as Abyss, with weighty guitar plucks that continue its gothic strains. Blurring the divide between metal and neo-folk with gentle yet foreboding arrangements, the track finds Wolfe clawing up from a very dark place. ‘Oh, honey I put up a fight with death,’ she sings.” – Consequence Of Sound
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The World – Managerial Material 7” (Upset The Rhythm)
Oakland, CA’s The World offer the only glimmers of hope in a city rapidly transforming into a wasteland of artisanal toast. Their debut 7” is all double sax attack, dub guitar tremolo, and spare and sturdy drums, anchored by the gravitational pull of Amber's propulsive bass. The World's a post-punk band, sure, but they're also a dance group and a wild and revolutionary art collective. RIYL: Delta 5 and Essential Logic. Neon yellow vinyl.
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La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela - Dream House 78'17 [Reissue/1973] LP (Aguirre)
This classic minimal music album is now available again on vinyl for the first time since the '70s. This LP, initially issued on the French Shandar label in 1973, is a crucial document, preserving two manifestations of Young's pioneering creative imagination. The first side contains a performance by the Theatre of Eternal Music in which the voices of Young and his partner Marian Zazeela are combined with the trombone of Garrett List and the trumpet of Jon Hassell. Although the immediate impression created by the music is that it changes little, close listening reveals intricate activity in the high harmonics where unexpected patterns and phantom melodies skitter across the surface of the music's enveloping drone.
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Zeitkratzer/Keiji Haino - Stockhausen: Aus Den Sieben Tagen LP (Zeitkratzer)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The third collaboration between Keiji Haino, one of the most prolific artists of the Japanese experimental/noise scene, and the critically acclaimed Zeitkratzer ensemble, comprising stunning interpretations of Stockhausen compositions.