released 28 OCTOBER 2016
>CDs + Vinyl:

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Anaal Nathrakh – Whole Of The Law CD (Metal Blade)
The Whole Of The Law is exactly what you would expect from an Anaal Nathrakh album which is short sharp blasts of industrial/black metal drenched extremity. What stops this lesson in hate becoming nothing more than a wall of unbridled noise is the occasional moments where the band dip their toes into areas that are a little groovier and, while it is a welcome release, these moments are fleeting respites in what is, for the most part, a psychotic display of mechanical rage.” – Pure Grain Audio
>Answer
– Solas CD/LP (Napalm)
Contemporary hard rock with Gaelic influences -- epic arrangements, airy folk melodies.

>Ólafur Arnalds
– Island Songs CD+DVD (Mercury Classics)
The BAFTA-winning instrumentalist and producer brings you a unique and evolving audio-visual portrait of his home country of Iceland. “This project is on a scale that has never been attempted in the classical music world before.” [Vinyl edition due December 2.]

>Joan Baez
– Live In ’75 CD (Air Cuts)
Joan Baez, live from the S.N.A.C.K. Benefit at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, on March 23
rd, 1975 on a bill including Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Band. Presented here is her entire set, originally broadcasted on K101-FM.
>Kurt Baker Combo
– In Orbit CD/LP (Wicked Cool)
A master of hooks and melody, Kurt Baker's music embodies a feel-good spirit wrapped in a punk rock sheen inspired by music of decades past.

>Lou Barlow
– Apocalypse Fetish CDEP (Joyful Noise)
The Dinosaur Jr. bassist and all-around alt rock icon releases an all-ukulele EP. [Vinyl edition due November 11.]

>Brandt Brauer Frick
– Joy CD/LP (Because Music)
With much more grit and growl than before, BBF draw upon genres and styles that are not conventionally associated with joy: krautrock, punk, drum 'n' bass, indie rock, new wave, and pretty much every other “-wave” from the '80s.

>The Brian Jonestown Massacre
– Third World Pyramid CD/LP (A. Records)
BJM’s 15
th album includes guest appearances include Emil Nikolaisen from the Norwegian band Serena-Maneesh, plus vocal performances by Tess Parks and Katy Lane. “‘Good Mourning,’ the opening track is a melancholic song, as the rest eight tracks are loaded with psychedelic garage elements which is endemic of BJM’s sound.” – Last Day Deaf
>Brownout
– Presents Brown Sabbath Vol. II CD (Ubiquity)
Austin's Brownout unleashed the
Brown Sabbath Vol. I project garnering acclaim from outlets such as NPR (50 Best Albums of 2014), Pitchfork, hardcore Black Sabbath fans and most important of all Ozzy Osbourne himself, while staying true to their Latin funk roots. Brown Sabbath Vol. II cranks up the level, rocking harder than the original with a brew of ballistic horns, pummeling guitar-riffs underscored by a funky, driving rhythm section. Ghostland Observatory's Aaron Behrens makes a guest appearance sharing vocal duties with Brown Sabbath lead vocalist Alex Marrero. Hitting harder than its predecessor and keeping closely in line with the original Sabbath material, Brown Sabbath Vol. II crosses over more to hard rock territory.
>Chasms
– On The Legs Of Love Purified CD (Felte)
Chasms is the San Francisco based project of Jess Labrador and Shannon Madden. The duo crafts percussive dirges that are at once beautiful and menacing. Labrador's haunting vocals and hypnotizing guitar work wade between rhythmic bass lines and bursts of Madden's stinging feedback, laid on a bed of pummeling drum programming. The band's affinity for industrial rhythms, swelling textures, precise minimalism, and chaotic eruptions of noise sounds as equally informed by shoegaze as drone and doom metal. [Vinyl edition due November 11.]

>Kenny Chesney
– Cosmic Hallelujah CD (Sony Music Nashville)
New album featuring the single “Setting The World On Fire” with P!nk.

>Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
– Overnight CD/LP (Rough Trade)
British duo Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker have built up a following in their native country over the past five years with their at once fresh and timeless folk-rock sound and dynamic live performances. The ambitious
Overnight focuses on Clarke’s magnificent voice and lyrics alongside Walker’s prodigious guitar-playing and arranging; the album features panoramic orchestration by an eclectic core of acclaimed musicians, including strings, horns, piano, double bass, and drums.
>Cognitive
– Deformity CD/LP (Unique Leader)
Garden State-based brutal death metal legion/recent Unique Leader signees Cognitive drop the molten bounty of their
Deformity full-length.
>Crowbar
– The Serpent Only Lies CD/LP+CD (E1)
New album from the New Orleans sludge masters.

>CRX
– New Skin CD/LP+MP3 (Sony)
New Skin is the debut album from CRX, the new project for Strokes lead guitarist Nick Valensi. Produced by Josh Homme.
>Datura4
– Hairy Mountain CD (Alive)
An album of ass-kickin' rock & roll meets face-melting psychedelic soul from Dom Mariani (The Stems/DM3/Someloves) and Greg Hitchcock (You Am I/New Christs).

>Nina Diaz
– The Beat Is Dead CD (Cosmica)
Debut solo album from lead singer of popular alt-rock trio Girl In A Coma. [Vinyl edition due November 18.]

>Dirty OG’z
– We Got Now & Next CD (RBC)
A supergroup of west coast talent consisting of Kurupt of The Dogg Pound, Big Tray Deee from Tha Eastsidaz, Tha Chill from Compton's Most Wanted, Kokane and introducing Weazel Loc from Pomona City Rydaz.

>Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
– Stranger Things: Volume Two CD (Lakeshore)
“A journey through the work of groups like Goblin, who scored much of horror maestro Dario Argento’s work, and Tangerine Dream, who provided the score for a number of films, including
Sorcerer, Firestarter, and The Keep” – Consequence Of Sound. [Vinyl edition due November 18.]
>DJ Shadow
– Endtroducing [Reissue/1996] 3xCD/6xLP (Mercury)
Endtroducing is 20 years old and to celebrate this milestone DJ Shadow has re-opened the sessions to personally curate a bonus album of remixes by a carefully selected roll call of electronic music luminaries, which he has christened Endtroducing Re-Emagined.
>Nicole Dollanganger
– Ode to Dawn Wiener: Embarrassing Love Songs [Reissue/2013] CD/Cassette (Run For Cover)
Nicole Dollanganger – Observatory Mansions [Reissue/2014] CD/Cassette (Run For Cover)
Nicole Dollanganger has been quietly crafting her own world since 2012. Over a number of self-released albums recorded mostly in her own bedroom and bathroom, her signature style of gothic folk is inspired by countless influences, none more than the archetype of the love song. Dollanganger’s signature lyricism is front-and-center -- usually accompanied by barely more than a few lonesome chords, narratives are idyllic, yet haunting -- dream-like, yet startlingly real. Now available are two early-yet-masterful pieces of Nicole Dollanganger’s catalog on CD and cassette: 2013’s
Ode To Dawn Wiener: Embarrassing Love Songs and 2014’s Observatory Mansions. The thesis of Ode To Dawn Wiener is as straightforward as its subtitle, but over ten songs it becomes clear that there is much more to these songs than what they offer at the surface. Observatory Mansions shows Nicole’s songwriting progressing, with reverb-soaked guitars, echoing synths and stirring samples coming together only to intensify the pull of her stories of love, violence, sexuality and death -- all of which would be horrifying if they weren’t so enchanting -- a recurring yet poetic tension in Nicole Dollanganger’s world. [Vinyl editions due November 11.]
>Dope
– Blood Money Part 1 CD/LP (E1)
New album from the industrial metal band – the first of two parts.

>Dub Spencer & Trance Hill
– Deep Dive Dub CD/LP+CD (Echo Beach)
These Swiss musicians bow down low before space rock, but without bypassing pure dub.

>Empire Of The Sun
– Two Vines CD/LP (Astralwerks)
Australian psych-pop weirdos Empire Of The Sun had a spiritual awakening before they began writing for their third record. “Buddha was revealed to me,” says multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Littlemore. “And the theme really rushed through me: I wanted to write about plants and love and the planet.” To achieve this vision, Littlemore and bandmate Luke Steele recruited Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, Prince’s onetime protegée Wendy Melvoin, and David Bowie collaborators Henry Hey and Tim Lefebvre for a result that’s more akin to the interstellar psychedelia of their 2008 debut than 2013’s more Top 40-radio-baiting
Ice On The Dune. Said Littlemore: “There was an image we talked about very early on with this record, before we wrote the title track, ‘Two Vines,’ and that was this image of a modern city overtaken by jungle, almost like mother nature taking back the planet. He added, “All the buildings will turn back to sand. All it will be is nature again. We wanted to make something that reflected the beauty of that, and the wisdom that plants can give us about living harmoniously on this beautiful planet.”
>Alejandro Escovedo
– Burn Something Beautiful CD (Fantasy)
Alejandro Escovedo is the definition of a songwriter’s songwriter. While his own career has been a modest success, the biggest names in music adore the guy’s work. Bruce Springsteen calls him up at his own shows, and has appeared on Escovedo’s recordings. Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown featured him as a vocalist on several songs during the band’s active years. R.E.M. lead guitarist Peter Buck is a frequent tour-mate—and he’s also the co-writer and co-producer of Escovedo’s new album,
Burn Something Beautiful. Escovedo and Buck were joined on the writing front by indie rock hero Scott McCaughey (The Minus Five), and the three had a deep collaborative process when writing songs on the album. The result is a thirteen-track set that—if single ‘Heartbeat Smile’ is any indication—recalls both vintage Escovedo and the pop-rock sensibilities of his collaborators” – Texas Monthly. [Vinyl edition due November 11.]
>Roman Flügel
– All The Right Noises CD/2xLP (Dial)
Adventures into contemporary/house/techno music, finest ambient works, and unique broken pieces.

>Fluxion
– Vibrant Forms III CD (Subwax Bcn)
If Basic Channel was too maximal for you its sibling label Chain Reaction had you covered. It’s last record was Fluxion’s
Vibrant Forms II and was heralded as one of the greatest in the genre. Returning with Vibrant Forms III to Subwax Bcn its filled with Atmospheric hiss and fuzz, heart palpitating kick drums and bass, all backing warm dubby reverbed chord stabs. [Vinyl edition due November 11.]
>Foreign Fields
– Take Cover CD/2xLP+MP3 (Communion)
Foreign Fields is made up of Nashville-based Brian Holl and Eric Hillman. They have toured with the Counting Crows, The Lone Bellow as well as many others.

>Philip Glass
– The Complete Sony Recordings 24xCD (Sony)
To celebrate the 80th birthday of the legendary American composer,
The Complete Sony Recordings is the first ever release of Philip Glass Sony Classical recordings together in a limited-edition box set. The 24xCD set includes the first ever release of Glassworks specially mixed for your personal cassette player on CD, a 44 minute interview with Philip Glass on Glassworks (previously only available on a Columbia 7 ), a hard bound book with the original liner notes, most penned by Glass himself, plus full discographical notes and complete libretti.
>David Gray
– The Best Of David Gray 2xCD/2xLP (Ith)
The Best Of David Gray is a new collection from the British singer/songwriter featuring a selection of tracks from across his extensive back catalog as well as two brand new tracks. David Gray's early music was in a contemporary folk-rock, singer/songwriter mode; his primary instrument was acoustic guitar, with occasional piano. Starting with the release of 1998's White Ladder, Gray began to make significant use of computer-generated music to accompany his voice and acoustic instrumentation, a technique which differentiated him from many of his peers. Despite the move to more complex music, Gray has used small-scale, often home-based, recording methods and equipment and espoused a do-it-yourself approach to music production.
>Jack Grelle
– Got Dressed Up To Be Let Down CD/LP (Big Muddy)
You wouldn't expect radically progressive views in most honky-tonks, but St. Louis Americana artist Jack Grelle (pronounced Grell-EE) and his new record,
Got Dressed Up To Be Let Down, have done just that. Grelle’s subversive songwriting tactics, like discussing the pitfalls of traditional masculinity within a classic country love song, owe to the person Jack Grelle is: resilient.
>Guerilla Toss
– Flood Dosed [2015] CD/LP (DFA)
Flood Dosed was DFA's first release from the incomparable New York-via-Boston Guerilla Toss. Originally released only on cassette and digitally, it is now available on CD and vinyl for the first time.
>Wayne Hancock
– Slingin’ Rhythm CD/LP (Bloodshot)
Wayne 'The Train' Hancock’s new album,
Slingin' Rhythm, is a finely honed brand of juke joint rhythm sitting in the sweet spot of American music invention between country, hillbilly, jazz, and Western swing.
>Happy Place
– Northfield CD/LP (Exitstencil)
Happy Place is a NYC-based band of two drummers and two guitarists playing a through-composed suite of avant-garde music inspired equally by noise metal and contemporary concert music. Written by acclaimed new music composer and percussionist Will Mason during a state of extreme and protracted sleep deprivation, the music on their debut album
Northfield is an exploration and celebration of the altered states of consciousness that asceticism elicits.
>Steve Hauschildt
– Strands CD/LP (Kranky)
New release from the electronic musician and former member of Emeralds. “
Strands is a song cycle that is about cosmogony and creation/destruction myths. The title alludes to the structural constitution of ropes as I wanted to approach the compositions so that they consisted of strands and fibers which form a unified whole. This was so the songs could have the appearance of being either taut or slack without being fundamentally locked to a grid. So the sounds/tones have a certain malleability to them and sound like they're bending through time. It's also grittier and more distorted than my previous albums. I wanted to try and capture that moment in nature and society where life slowly reemerges through desolation, so it has a layer of optimism looming underneath. The music represents this by seemingly decaying at times but then reforms and morphs in a fluid way back to its original state.” – Steve Hauschildt
>Bobby Hebb
– Sunny [Reissue/1966] CD/LP+CD (Trocadero)
Bobby Hebb – That’s All I Wanna Know [2005] CD/LP+CD (Trocadero)
Reissues of the R&B/soul singer/songwriter’s first and third (and final) albums.

>Helmet
– Dead To The World CD/LP (earMUSIC)
Helmet came out swinging in 1990 and was pretty consistent with album releases up to 1997. After '97, the band took seven years to release
Size Matters due to a hiatus/break up, got fairly consistent again, and then hit another pause in 2010. Now a full six years later, Helmet returns with a new album, Dead To The World. “Catch phrases, punchlines, guns, bluster, ammo, incivility, impatience, murder. You, me, us, them, life, liberty and the pursuit of property. We disagree, we disrespect, discourse disappears in the age of access. When in doubt GET LOUD! It’s my way or the highway, thank you Lawrence Tierney,” says frontman Page Hamilton in a stream of consciousness comment about the new disc, adding, “Religious tchotchkes nailed to the walls of homes above razor-scarred mirrors. Do you meditate, levitate, pray? Live in L.A.! I’m a huge fan, got a perfume line, smell nice, plan my next move. Threats loom, the bad news network blooms, fear sells. Just get ‘em out, the spying neighbors, suspects, terrorists our forefathers intent. ‘If you don’t like it, leave’ and call it democracy.”
>The Hidden Cameras
– Home On Native Land CD (Outside Music)
Joel Gibb is the lead singer, songwriter and choir captain of the band of folk art rockers The Hidden Cameras. Since forming in Toronto in 2001, Gibb and his gang of musical provocateurs have created music and live performances legendary for their raucous celebration of freedom, sexuality and sound.
Home On Native Land was written and recorded over ten years by Gibb with friends, bandmates and icons including Mary Margaret O’Hara, Rufus Wainwright, Feist, Bahamas, Ron Sexsmith and Neil Tennant. Together they form a chorus of voices over a score of dulcet tones and cool banjo rock. [Vinyl edition due November 25.]
>Honeyblood
– Babes Never Die CD/LP (FatCat)
Babes Never Die is the second full-length album by Scottish female duo Honeymoon, composed of Shona McVicar (drums) and Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale (guitar and vocals). “Their sound has been intensified with chunky riffage and punchy rhythms whilst they’ve retained their catchy melodies.”
>Horse
– For Twisted Minds Only [Reissue/1970] CD (Rise Above Relics)
Formed in South London during the late ‘60s, Horse was a band creating occult influenced progressive hard rock, ahead of its time. Guitarist Rod Roach had briefly played in an incarnation of British psych-rock legends Andromeda before forming Horse with other key member, vocalist Adrian Hawkins. Alongside bassist Colin Standring, the band also featured legendary drummer Ric Parnell, later of Atomic Rooster (amongst many others) and future star of
This Is Spinal Tap (aka Mick Shrimpton). [Vinyl edition due November 4.]
>Frank Iero and The Patience
– Parachutes CD/LP+MP3 (Vagrant)
Parachutes sacrifices precision for passion as Iero gasps and wails his way through the turbulent album, with emotionally-charged vocals layered over killer guitar hooks that you can’t get out of your head. Every song is raw and ragged with a unique twist, from the acoustic ‘Miss Me’s’ country tinge to Iero’s cries of, ‘Sometimes the place you’re trying so hard to escape is the only place you f*cking belong,’ in ‘Dear Percocet.’ It’s all renegade and powerful, and much closer to Iero’s My Chemical Romance days than what I’d expected: heavy guitar combined with almost overpowered vocals to create a somehow pleasantly devastating experience. Iero tears himself (and the listener!) to shreds as he howls heart-aching lyrics that are almost painfully relatable to anyone suffering from the human condition in ‘Remedy’ and ‘I’ll Let You Down,’ two of my personal favorites.” – Indientry
>Jeezy
– Trap Or Die 3 CD (Def Jam)
New release from the rapper. Jeezy's street swagger and authentic style has quickly made believers out of some the biggest players in the game, from Fabolous to P. Diddy.

>Laurice
– Balladeer CD (Mighty Mouth Music)
International recording star Laurice is well known as a pioneer in both punk rock and dance music. What is not more generally known is that Laurice is also an accomplished singer and songwriter in the smooth jazz and ballad genres. Laurice has finally released some of his most successful ballad songs, some going as far back as 1965. Enjoy this choice bouquet of aural candy from a master of the ballad genre.

>The Legal Matters
– Conrad CD/LP+MP3 (Omnivore)
The Legal Matters is a guitar pop band based out of Detroit, Mi. Andy Reed, Chris Richards and Keith Klingensmith joined forces in 2014 to make the sort of music they had always loved. Mixing big guitars with big harmonies, their recorded output has one foot in the classic pop era of the ‘60s and ‘70s (Beatles, Beach Boys, Nilsson, Big Star) and one foot with the current era of classic pop (Nada Surf, The Autumn Defense.) “What The Legal Matters have done is recognize the recipe for a great power pop song: Take an inventive set of chords, sing a hummable melody over it, and layer it with harmonies. Lather, rinse, repeat” -- Hook & Harmony. [The vinyl edition includes a bonus download of a vocal-only mix of the entire record.]

>Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
– Madjafalao CD/LP+CD (Because Music)
With half a century of existence, Beninese band Poly-Rythmo can easily be considered a legend of African music, alongside Fela Kuti and Tinariwen. Drawing their name from the extensive mix of influences that forged their sound (American soul and funk, Nigerian Afrobeat, French chanson, Congolese rumba, etc.), they have been impressively productive, releasing hundreds of EPs and dozens of albums from 1969 to 1980 alone. In 2014, orchestra conductor Florent Mazzoleni visited the band and decided to produce Madjafalao, recorded in the legendary African studio Satel.

>Tove Lo
– Lady Wood CD (Island)
“With her second record
Lady Wood, Tove Lo uses a stunning Technicolor pop soundtrack to tackle the preposterous idea that women are here to be objectified by men and passive when it comes to sex. The title of Lady Wood refers to a female hard on and Lo has spoken out about the fact that references to genitalia in language are inherently derogatory to women -- to be brave is to have balls, but to be cowardly is to be a pussy. The title track turns that thinking on its head, the line ‘You give me wood, give me lady wood’ is sexual expression writ large, that women have the same physical response to attraction as men do. The narratives of Lady Wood are universal; desire, love, sex, the thrill of the chase, the ups and downs of love and a demand for equality. It’s pop music of the highest caliber, music for the head, heart, feet and everywhere in between. In the battle against chauvinists at least we have artists like Lo writing brilliant pop songs that are endlessly inventive, intelligent and relatable” – The Line Of Best Fit. [Vinyl edition due November 11.]
>Lotus Thief
– Gramarye CD/LP (Prophecy)
Lotus Thief is a San Francisco band that merges post-black metal, space rock and ambient music, seamlessly blending the genres into a unique and greater musical whole.

>Mannequin Pussy
– Romantic CD (Tiny Engines)
“Punk rock is not terribly romantic, or at least not enough to get an on-air dedication from Delilah. That's not to say punk rock doesn't know, understand and screw up relationships — it's just that the gooey underbelly of love and lust is mostly left to belters and crooners. Opening Mannequin Pussy's second album,
Romantic, guitarist Marisa Dabice screams, ‘I am not ashamed to be lonely, but I'm afraid to feel it so deeply,’ a confession that burns into a jangly, frenzied mess of feedback. Mannequin Pussy may not heal a broken heart quite (or at all) like Celine Dion, but the band sure knows — and sounds like — the hell that is heartbreak” – NPR. [Vinyl edition due November 4.]
>Marching Church
– Telling It Like It Is CD (Sacred Bones)
Marching Church, the onetime solo project and now bona fide big band formed by singer Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, has followed its leader's muse everywhere from their early days of 4-track lo-fi tapes, to Sam Cooke-tinged soul on
This World Is Not Enough, to outré free jazz on their most recent Coming Down 12". For Telling It Like It Is, Rønnenfelt and his bandmates have foregone much of their past proclivity for wild stylistic swings in favor of thematically unified, complicated, but fundamentally cohesive song arrangements; the studio itself at times acting as an auxiliary band member. The result is the most focused vision of Marching Church yet, but one that has lost none of its swagger, and none of its power to enthrall. [Vinyl edition due November 11.]
>Michael Mayer
- & CD/2xLP (!K7)
As is alluded to in its title,
& is a highly collaborative affair, with Mayer teaming up with somebody different on each of its 12 tracks. Having mainly worked in a solo capacity in recent years, the German producer was inspired by a series of back-to-back performances he made last year. The acts invited on board for the LP come from varied backgrounds and include the likes of Joe Goddard (of Hot Chip), Roman Flügel, Miss Kittin, Prins Thomas, Kölsch, as well as Kompakt stalwarts Jörg Burger, Wolfgang and Reinhard Voigt.
>Memphis May Fire
– This Light I Hold CD (Rise)
New album from the Texas metalcore outfit. Features guest appearances by Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix and former My American Heart vocalist Larry Soliman.

>Muslimgauze
– Jerusalaam CD (Staalplaat)
Muslimgauze – Mohammad Ali Jinnah CD (Staalplaat)
Originally issued as the fourth LP in the limited edition box set
Tandoori Dog (1998), Jerusalaam is now available as a stand-alone CD release. While continuing to sort through and release the material Jones left behind with his death in 1999, the Mohammad Ali Jinnah CD features material not included on 2002’s Sarin Israel Nes Ziona.
>Wolfgang Muthspiel
– Rising Grace CD/2xLP (ECM)
Wolfgang Muthspiel whom The New Yorker has called -- a shining light -- among today’s jazz guitarists made his ECM leader debut in 2014 with the trio disc
Driftwood, featuring him alongside two long-time colleagues, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Brian Blade. For his follow-up Rising Grace the Austrian guitarist has convened a very special quintet, adding jazz luminary Brad Mehldau on piano and a star among young trumpeters, Ambrose Akinmusire, to the subtly virtuosic Grenadier/Blade rhythm section.
>Muuy Biien
– Age Of Uncertainty CD/LP+MP3 (Autumn Tone)
Muuy Biien is a quintet based in Athens, Georgia whose sound combines quick bursts of punk rock with ambient breaks.

>My Dying Bride
– Meisterwerk III 3xCD (Peaceville)
My Dying Bride, the longstanding pillar of gothic doom, display why they remain so synonymous with the genre, with a three disc voyage leading us through 25 years of the best possible misery in this complete
Meisterwerk collection. Meisterwerk III is a triple CD release consisting of three volumes of classic tracks spanning the whole era of the band, plus unusual and rare numbers lifted from My Dying Bride's expansive catalogue.
>Nada Surf
– Peaceful Ghosts CD/LP+MP3 (Barsuk)
Nada Surf has played hundreds of live gigs over the course of the band’s 24-year history, but this past summer they tried something new: Performing with an orchestra. The New York-based band played two performances, one with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at a concert hall on June 17, and another with the German-based Babelsberg Film Orchestra at a film studio in front of about 50 people on June 21.
Peaceful Ghosts is comprised of that second performance.
>Nocturnal Habits
– New Skin For Old Children CD/LP (Glacial Pace)
Nocturnal Habits marks a return for influential guitarist/vocalist Justin Trosper. His work in the seminal post hardcore band Unwound and more recently the angular rock of Survival Knife are evident in the overall sound of
New Skin For Old Children, however there is a new tone, focused more sharply on the songwriting and production. The angles have been softened to create crushing, blunt force blows rather than sharp cuts. Recorded throughout the world from Italy to Los Angeles and the backwoods of the Northwest, New Skin For Old Children reunites Trosper with Sara Lund, his Unwound collaborator and so called “secret weapon,” as well as Dale Crover (Melvins), Sherry Fraser, and Scott Seckington (Two Ton Boa).
>Nick Oliveri’s Mondo Generator
– Best Of CD/LP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Next year will mark two decades of existence for the instrument of sonic chaos known as Mondo Generator. The project, formed by then-soon-to-be-Queens Of The Stone Age bassist/vocalist Nick Oliveri (see also Dwarves, Bl’ast, Kyuss, etc.), released their first album,
Cocaine Rodeo, in 2000 via a nascent Southern Lord Recordings and never looked back through a whirlwind of intense punk, speed metal and heavy rock.
>The Olympians
– The Olympians CD/LP+MP3 (Daptone)
A dramatic and cinematic journey to the outer limits of instrumental soul music, built on a foundation laid by the same craftsmen whose bricks built the legacies of Sharon Jones, Lee Fields, Charles Bradley, The Budos Band, and Menahan Street Band, and painted with lush strings, harpsichord, harp, and horns.

>The Orb
– COW / Chill Out World CD/LP+MP3 (Kompakt)
The Orb’s 16
th album features guest appearances from Youth and Roger Eno. Featuring only the occasional presence of buoyant, gently rhythmic pulses and loops, Alex Paterson describes COW as “Our most ambient album yet”. Sounds bubble, flutter and float through various atmospheres and moods, from bucolic and picturesque, childlike wonderment, the texture of bygone memories, to the universe’s infinite depth. Whilst Alex calls it “a protest album in reverse”, Thomas Fehlmann further explains, “We didn’t intend to rehash old chill out vibes. On the contrary. It’s the 21st century and it seems like a good idea for people to sit back and chill the f*ck out, before continuing to act destructively. To chill out is to act consciously, guided from a calm center.”
>Roy Orbison
– The Ultimate Collection CD/2xLP (Sony Legacy)
New definitive career-spanning collection of hits by rock & roll legend Roy Orbison, including tracks from the Sun, Monument and MGM years, plus songs from Roy’s late-career works, both solo and with The Traveling Wilburys.

>Out Came The Wolves
– Strange Fate CD (Roadrunner)
Praised for their electrifying mix of modern rock and post hardcore, Out Came The Wolves release their debut album

>Partybaby
– Golden Age of Bullsh*t CD (WB)
Debut album from the '90s-influenced alt-rockers. [Vinyl edition due December 2.]

>Vinnie Paz
– Cornerstone Of The Corner Store CD (Enemy Soil)
Vinnie Paz, the dynamic front man of Jedi Mind Tricks and orchestrator of the supergroup Army Of The Pharaohs, returns with his third full-length solo album. According to Paz, the sound and aesthetic of ''Cornerstone'' is a heavy dose of grit and grime; “It's a dirty record by design. It's an homage to that era I grew up in.” Indeed,
Cornerstone is filled with the type of ferocious rhymes and snarling delivery that the Philadelphia MC is known for. The growl is thick, the vocal weaponry is heavy, and Paz delivers each track with his unique blend of raw street gospel and philosophical consciousness. [Vinyl edition due November 25.]
>Peals
– Honey CD/LP/Cassette (Friends Records)
Honey, the second full-length album from Baltimore-based duo Peals, elevates their exploratory sound to majestic new heights of otherworldly instrumental pop while preserving the intimacy of their live shows and earlier recordings. William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (ex-Double Dagger) recorded much of Honey in Willen’s Baltimore home. Together they build rapturous melodies of interlocking and looped guitars that channel kosmische musik, ‘70s Eno, and new wave hooks à la Robert Smith into above-the-clouds dream soundtracks.
>Annette Peacock & Paul Bley
– Dual Unity [Reissue/1972] CD (Bamboo)
Using Robert Moog's earliest synthesizers, Bley and Peacock apply the strategic use of silence to indicate its reflective nature with captivating results. Originally released in 1971,
Dual Unity is a statement of immensity through synthetic minimalism and a milestone in the avant-garde, free jazz movement.
>The Piano Guys
– Uncharted CD/CD+DVD (Masterworks)
The Piano Guys, the unstoppable classical/pop crossover music stylists, return with their first new studio album since 2014. [Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a DVD featuring all of their recent music videos.]

>The Pop Group
– Honeymoon On Mars CD/LP+MP3 (Freaks R Us)
The post punk provocateurs return with a new album.
Honeymoon On Mars finds the band unwaveringly incensed and resolute in their mutative sense of innovation, as Stewart elaborates: “it's a stand against manufactured hate, a hypersonic journey into a dystopian future full of alien encounters and sci-fi lullabies.” [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a five-track megamix bonus EP, a zine of cut up art by Mark Stewart, three badges, and a sticker. Limited color vinyl edition also available.]
>Pure Ground
– Giftgarten LP (Chondritic Sound)
The ten dark electronics tracks here largely abandon the hard, one-two rhythms of
Standard Of Living and instead explore murky, acrid wastes of toxic marshes and nervous nights. Altogether sinister and strange, Giftgarten ruminates on shadow worlds and shadow selves, on catastrophes of war and of earth and of the spirit, and, most of all, on sleeplessness and its gifts and thievery.
>Ramones
– My Father’s Place NY 20 July 1982 CD (Rox Vox)
The Ramones released no new album in 1982, but continued to gig prolifically, despite problems within their ranks. Joey and Marky were battling alcoholism, while Dee Dee was in the grip of cocaine addiction, meaning that Johnny was taking more musical control. They were still a formidable live force, as this superb performance attests. Originally broadcast on WLIR 92.7 FM, it's presented here with background notes and images.

>Rebelution
– Live At Red Rocks CD+DVD (Easy Star)
On June 3, 2016, roots reggae band Rebelution graced the stage at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. The eventful night was the launch party for the band’s latest album,
Falling Into Place, and their summer tour. Rebelution has made Red Rocks an annual summer tour stop since their first appearance at Reggae on the Rocks in 2012, and performed again at the one-day festival in 2013 and 2014, the latter as the festival's headlining act. As Billboard writes, “Their dynamic brand of original music weaves hypnotic threads of alt-rock and pop, retro-funk, blues, dub, even traditional Middle Eastern strains. Rachmany’s expressive voice wraps his soul-searching lyrics in beguiling melodies.” [Vinyl edition due November 25.]
>Otis Redding
- Live At The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings 6xCD (Stax)
In chronological order, this six-CD collection presents the entirety of Otis Redding's performances over three nights at the famed Whisky A Go Go, on L.A.'s Sunset Strip in 1966.

>River Tiber
– Indigo CD (River Tiber Inc.)
“On his debut LP, the Toronto producer and singer/songwriter Tommy Paxton-Beesley, aka River Tiber, sums up the chilly, forlorn pop sound that has defined his city.” [7.8] – Pitchfork

>Sam Roberts Band
– Terraform CD (Paper Bag)
In March of 2016, Sam Roberts held themselves up at the Bathhouse, The Tragically Hips' studio near Kingston, Ontario to record their sixth full-length album,
Terraform. They went in with the lake still covered by ice and emerged four weeks later, in the first days of spring, bearing with them new music. In co-producer Graham Walsh of Holy F**k, the band found not just a kindred spirit, but someone willing to lead them away from well-trodden paths and into new, uncertain terrain: “Graham always pushed the sonic elements of the songs to the limit... tweaking sounds until they contributed more than just the sum of their parts... using sound to create emotion in the same way that words and melody can.” says SRB frontman and songwriter, Sam Roberts. [Vinyl edition due January 17.]
>Kevin Ross
– Awakening CD (Motown)
Motown singer/songwriter Kevin Ross' compelling debut is an album of organic melodies and enduring rhythms.

>Selector Dub Narcotic
– This Party Is Just Getting Started CD/LP (K Records)
The debut album by Selector Dub Narcotic is an exercise in ecstatic genre-smashing, blending and up-ending. Calvin Johnson of the K label and such Olympia combos as Dub Narcotic Sound System, Beat Happening, Halo Benders and most recently The Hive Dwellers has been working under the nom de plume Selector Dub Narcotic since founding the Dub Narcotic Studio in 1993.
This Party Is just Getting Started is a collaboration with NW hip-hop producer Smoke M2D6, who first began working with K producing the All Your Friend's Friends compilation. As a member of the Oldominion crew Smoke M2D6 has produced almost every major hip-hop artist in Washington and Oregon. This Party Is Just Getting Started began with the song "All for the Sake of Rhymin'" (which samples K artist Mahjongg) and snowballed into an entire album of dance pop garage soul with Calvin's trademark melodica wafting overall.
>Serpentine Dominion
– Serpentine Dominion CD/LP (Metal Blade)
“A high-profile project a long time in the making, the release of Serpentine Dominion’s debut comes with plenty of expectation. After all, a three piece consisting of Adam Dutkiewicz, George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, and Shannon Lucas is hard to ignore. Serpentine Dominion succeeds largely because they never trap themselves in the box that many people probably expected them to play inside of. Easy to win over any fan of the bands involved, but also to those wanting some melody to accompany their death metal (“melodic death metal” this is not). While it may be the only release of its kind, and feels a tad short, it’s nonetheless an impressive accomplishment that many in the extreme community will enjoy.” – Dead Rhetoric

>The Shacks
– The Shacks CD/10” (Big Crown)
Both vaguely familiar and completely fresh, The Shacks are one of the most interesting NYC bands to surface in a minute. Since the release of their first single, “Strange Boy,” which they recorded with El Michels Affair, The Shacks have been compared to ‘90s indie icons like Mazzy Star, The Jesus & Mary Chain, and Broadcast.

>Shifted
– Appropriation Stories CD/2xLP (Hospital Productions)
On
Appropriation Stories, rigorous processing and studio treatments transform classic breaks into deeply hidden components that add new layers of character to his highly developed techno sound. At first presenting itself as a dense wall-of-sound underpinned by an incessant pulse, Appropriation Stories at length reveals itself to be a much more complex work.
>Slothrust
– Everyone Else CD/LP (Dangerbird)
Composed of Leah Wellbaum (guitars/vocals), Kyle Bann (bass), and Will Gorin (drums), Slothrust have crafted a veritable fireworks display in
Everyone Else—visceral, bone marrow cutting anthems that grab your ear in the short term and sustain their appeal over the long haul thanks to the sheer complexity and originality of the arrangements and lyrical depth. “People have always had trouble comparing us to other bands, but someone recently described us as Nirvana meets Wynton Marsalis, and I loved that,” says Wellbaum. The band, who studied music and honed their sound while enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College, are worthy of such a lofty compliment. “We all studied jazz and blues, so I often use chords and voicings that aren’t quite as conventional for contemporary rock,” she states. “Certain harmonic movement can get stale, so I try to incorporate colorful notes to give it more depth. The improvisational spirit of blues music is also something we try to always keep with us, even in more composed playing.” She goes on to say, “I am drawn to musicians a bit further outside of the rock tradition, such as John Fahey, Elizabeth Cotten, D’Angelo, and Portishead. Growing up I listened to a lot of R&B and classical music. And musicals.”
>Dee Snider
– We Are The Ones CD (Twisted Sister/Red River Entertainment)
We Are The Ones crackles with modern energy, from the call-to-arms manifesto of “Rule The World,” to the anthemic bonding of “So What” to the intensely synth driven “Close To You,” to the thematically soaring “Superhero.” Another significant highlight of the album is a newly re-recorded acoustic version of “We're Not Gonna Take It” which has also been tapped as the official anthem for The Recording Academy's advocacy efforts, including the “Fair Play Fair Pay” Act. [Vinyl edition due November 18.]
>Snowapple
– Tracks CD (Zip)
Amsterdam’s Snowapple lay down exquisite, whimsical folk-pop harmonies on new album,
Tracks.
>Soft Hair
– Soft Hair CD/LP (Weird World)
Soft Hair is Connan Mockasin and Sam Dust (LA Priest/Late Of The Pier).
Soft Hair was written and recorded in a wide array of locations using methods that neither Mockasin nor Dust had used previously. As a result, the record gives the listener a view into an exotic world with a blend of familiar, unfamiliar and unconventionally attractive sounds.
>Aaron Lee Tasjan
– Silver Tears CD/LP+MP3 (New West)
Silver Tears is a collection of songs that offer a glimpse through the eyes of one gifted songwriter and versatile musician. Whether playing guitar in the late incarnation of riotous glam-rock innovators the New York Dolls, the gender-bending, envelope-pushing sleaze ‘n’ tease arena rock band Semi Precious Weapons, the Neil Young-signed alt-country act Everest, British roots rock band Alberta Cross, Southern rock stalwarts Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ or even as frontman of the devilishly cleverly-named Heartbreakers-meets-Replacements rockers Madison Square Gardeners, East Nashville-based musician Aaron Lee Tasjan has always considered himself a songwriter first and foremost, writing his own off-kilter folk-inflected songs since he picked up his first acoustic as a teen guitar prodigy. An inspired and confident set of songs, Silver Tears careens from woozy pot paeans to brooding, cinematic observations to laid back ‘70s country-rock and galloping anthems to introspective folk and rollicking honkytonk.
>Testament
– Brotherhood Of The Snake CD/2xLP/Cassette (Nuclear Blast)
Eleventh studio album by the thrash metal band. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]

>Tower
– Tower CD (The End)
Raised on a diet of pure 20th century rock, New York City’s Tower delivers riffs “like a newly discovered bolt of old cloth hidden away since the days of Scorpions and Judas Priest.” [Vinyl edition due December 2.]

>Titán
– Dama CD (ÉPICO/ATP Recordings)
“Welcome to the world of Titan.
Dama, their new album, is the latest in a long list of projects keeping the Mexican project busy. With their first new major LP in eleven years, they’ve used the time to recruit a stars like Gary Numan, Egyptian Lover and Siobhan Fahey from Bananarama/ Shakespeares Sister. [Vinyl edition due November 25.]
>Tommy ’86
– Transumanism CD (Blood Music)
Heavily influenced by the synthesized sounds of the 1980s, French musician Tommy ’86 has been active since 2011. Creating records with pulsing, Euro disco sounds and a sense of adventure and humor, Tommy ’86 calls to mind the recent work of John Carpenter, and, at times, Zombi.

>TOY
– Clear Shot CD (PIAS America)
“Altered consciousness, dreamy detachment and a healthy streak of escapism have long been hallmarks of psychedelic music. TOY is well aware of this — but at the same time, the British band is savvy enough to know just how far a pop song can be pushed, pulled and stretched. Snatches of everyone from Can to Stereolab to MGMT can be heard in
Clear Shot's chugging-yet-supple anthems to ecstasy. ‘Dream Orchestrator’ is the catchiest of the lot; propelled by a throbbing beat and effervescent synths, it's by far the danciest track on the album, not to mention the most forward-gazing. The chorus alone could be bottled and sold as an antidepressant, fueled as it is by easygoing hooks, squalls of breathless noise and upward-spiraling rapture. Rather than relying too heavily on the work of psychedelia's past masters, frontman Tom Dougall and crew have put a futuristic spin on hallucinatory pop — that is, if the future were something to be viewed with romance and wonder instead of today's all-too-pervasive doom” – NPR. [Vinyl edition due November 11.]
>Ulcerate
– Shrines Of Paralysis CD/2xLP (Relapse)
“Ulcerate continue to refine their strengths and use them to their advantage to create yet another monstrous album of crushing post-death musicianship.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

>Upon A Burning Body
– Straight From The Barrio CD (Sumerian)
New album from the San Antonio deathcore band.

>Various Artists
– African Rumba CD (Putumayo World Music)
Africa meets Cuba on this nonstop celebration of Afro-Latin dance music.

>Various Artists
– Beatfreak!: Rare & Obscure British Beat 1966-1969 Volume 3 CD (Particles)
Rare, obscure and virtually extinct,
Volume 3 offers an intoxicating marriage of fuzz, flute and flare, delivered with disgraceful adolescent abandon.
>Various Artists
– French Disco Boogie Sounds 1978-1985: Selected By Charles Maurice CD/LP (Favorite)
Pursuing his fine work at digging rare music from around the world, DJ and collector Charles Maurice presents another brilliant selection of great music linked to France and French West-Indies: 12 hidden and forgotten titles, all produced between 1978 and 1985, in France, or by French artists abroad. Again, he perfectly browses and defines the great energy and quality of this specific disco/funk scene at that time, both in the underground market, or through bigger labels.

>Various Artists
- Japanese Traditional Music: Songs Of People At Work And Play – Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai 1941 CD (World Arbiter)
The fifth and final volume of World Arbiter's
Japanese Traditional Music marks the completion of the label's excavation and restoration of 60 10" 78 rpm discs of Japanese traditional music, bringing a great body of lost music to light and offering in full a legacy that has been almost entirely unavailable until now, even in Japan.
>Various Artists
- Keb Darge Presents: The Best Of Legendary Deep Funk 2xCD/2xLP (BBE)
Northern soul boy, crate digger and tastemaker, Keb Darge is a name which needs no introduction to lovers of rare music the world over. His ‘Legendary Deep Funk’ night at Soho’s seminal strip club turned music venue Madame Jojo’s introduced obscure dance-floor soul music to an eager London club crowd, sparking a global appetite for raw, visceral funk. To celebrate BBE’s 20th year, Keb was asked to select his greatest hits from the
Deep Funk compilation series.
>Various Artists [David Holmes]
– Late Night Tales CD/2xLP+MP3 (Late Night Tales)
DJ and producer David Holmes is welcomed to the Late Night Tales fraternity with an evocative collection of personal songs and music, peppered with exclusive new material and rare gems. “Memory, Love, Living, Family, Friendship, Healing, Death, and The Afterworld are some of the themes I wanted to explore within this record. Although these strong themes and tracks are personal to me, I also wanted it to be a great listen that was unpredictable yet had a seamless flow - a journey that was personal to me yet to the listener a great compilation of music that they may or may not have heard before. I hope I've succeeded in the later.”

>Various Artists
– The Rough Guide To Delta Blues CD (World Music Network)
Mystery pervades this collection with scant little known about many of these Delta pioneers, from the country blues divas Geechie Wiley and Mattie Delaney to the enigmatic Mississippi Bracey. What we do know is that the first Great Migration from the South to ‘the Promised Land’ of Chicago brought more African Americans from Mississippi than any other state. With the migrants came the Delta blues which became the foundation of the classic post-war Chicago blues style and in turn shaped the development of popular music around the world.

>Various Artists
– Skinhead Reggae 1969: 17 Jamaican Classics CD/LP (Kingston Sounds)
The skinhead movement started around 1968 and by the following year of 1969 became the style and fashion of many British teenagers. The uniform of the skinheads consisted of boots, braces and jeans and the upbeat reggae sound seemed to match the style perfectly. Never before has a music matched a look more perfectly than the pairing of skinhead/rude boy look with the Jamaican reggae sound. Features: Bunny Lee All Stars, Derrick Morgan, SS Binns, King Horror, The Prophets, Max Romeo, The Hippy Boys, The Des All Stars and Lloyd Chambers.

>Vermin Womb
– Decline CD/LP (Translation Loss)
Hatred-eaten blackened deathgrind spearheaded by Ethan Lee McCarthy of Primitive Man. Vermin Womb's abhorrent music is a place where complete annihilation and aural warfare sublimate and ascend to new, inconceivable heights, and where nihilism, misanthropy and abjection in sonic form reach new, unthinkable lows.

>Votaries
– Psychometry CD/LP (Wharf Cat)
After releasing two critically acclaimed albums that evaded the trappings of contemporary psychedelia, Jackson Scott’s heavily drone-rock and shoegaze influenced new outfit, Votaries, reasserts that an unabashed indifference to musical trends continues to suit his songwriting. Undulating guitars and lyrics that wantonly explore themes of eradication, annihilation, temptation, rage, and paradise recall Spaceman 3’s drug-tinged insouciance, while ethereally layered vocal harmonies pay homage to the singular production achievements of pioneers like My Bloody Valentine.

>David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp Duo
– Live In Sant Anna Arresi 2004 CD (AUM Fidelity)
This concert is one continuous long-form improvisation; it spans an incredibly wide range of approaches and dynamics. The ecstatic deep listening experience of free jazz performed at a highest level avails itself here in full. Their delightfully pithy trading fours encore to the concert is also included. Obviously the very deep levels of communion which were developed within the context of Ware’s Quartet inform this work. In equal evidence is each of them embracing the leaderless duo context, challenging and expanding their mutual language throughout.

>Peter White
– Groovin’ CD (Heads Up)
Over the years, British-born, L.A.-based Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. For his fifteenth recording as a leader,
Groovin', he returns to some of his favorite tracks from the '60s and '70s, giving each of them his own interpretation.
>Whores.
– Gold. CD/LP (E1)
“We've spent the ATL summer blasting feedback and pick slides in a sweaty, metal box,” says Whores. frontman/guitarist Christian Lembach. “This is the result. Solid. F*****g. Gold.”

>Daniel Woolhouse
– What’s That Sound? CD (PIAS America)
What’s That Sound? follows Woolhouse’s previous two LPs released as Deptford Goth, which marked him as a creator of sublime and ethereal electronica. Now dropping that moniker, Woolhouse maintains his reputation for crafting spellbinding and chilled out pop records, richly textured and endlessly enjoyable. [Vinyl edition due November 18.]
>Tapper Zukie
– Escape From Hell [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (Jamaican Recordings)
Escape From Hell makes great use of Tapper's extraordinary Channel One rhythms cut with Sly and Robbie's The Revolutionaries. Great rhythms matched the magic from King Tubby's studio at the hands of Prince Jammy.

DVDs + Blu-ray:
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Bob Dylan – No Direction Home (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition) 2xDVD/2xBlu-ray (Sony)
Martin Scorsese's documentary
No Direction Home chronicles Bob Dylan's career in the early ‘60s, featuring never before seen footage of Dylan on tour, in the studio, and more. This Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition includes more than two hours of new footage, including the unedited Apothecary Scene from the 1966 U.K. tour, an interview with Scorsese on the making of the film, extended interviews, and more.
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This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Duane Allman
– An Anthology [Reissue/1972] 2xLP (Mercury)
Duane Allman – Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective [2013] 14xLP (Rounder/UMGD)
An Anthology consists of a selection of 19 songs that Duane contributed to and performed on, such as Aretha Franklin's "The Weight," Derek & The Dominos' "Layla" and the B.B.
King Medley of "Sweet Little Angel/It's My Own." It also includes recordings by The Allman Brothers Band and rare solo work. Originally released in 2013 on CD,
Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective is now available as a limited vinyl box set containing 14 180gm LPs and a 56-page book containing rare photos and essays by Scott Schinder and Galadrielle Allman. As the title indicates, the set contains a wealth of music from throughout Duane's career, including solo stuff, Allman Brothers tracks and recordings by The Escorts, Allman Joys, 31st Of February, Hour Glass, and much more.
>Alsarah And The Nubatones
– Manara LP (Wonderwheel)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Alsarah And The Nubatones are fast establishing themselves as the trailblazers of East African retro pop.

>The Anchoress
– Confessions Of A Romance Novelist 2xLP (Kscope)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Catherine Ann Davies is definitely not the shy, retiring sort. The Anchoress is the latest iteration of her persona following releases under the name Catherine A.D. and collaborating on more projects than you can waft a wand at. Confessions Of A Romance Novelist is bursting at the corset, dressing female identity in a rich and varied wardrobe. Lovingly co-produced with Paul (Mansun) Draper, Davies is on startling form throughout, layering spellbinding vocal harmonies and turning her hand to a long list of instruments with names few will even recognize. Pop, rock, some spoken word and a splash of funk for "Chip On Your Shoulder" give a sense of the musical flavours which marry with the insightful, intelligent songwriting on this hugely entertaining album.” – The Line Of Best Fit

>Artifex Pereo
– Passengers LP (Tooth & Nail)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Sophomore album from progressive rock / post hardcore outfit.

>William Bell
– Bound To Happen [Reissue/1969] LP (Stax)
Bound To Happen kicks off with the magnificent, deep soul classic, “I Forgot To Be Your Lover.” In William Bell's hands this staggeringly beautiful song, written with Booker T. Jones, would melt the coldest of cold hearts, regardless of hair coloring. In 1969, though they had split with Atlantic, the Stax operation was much as it had always been, with the same team of side men and, in this case, Booker T. Jones handling the production alongside engineer Ron Capone at the Stax studio. William Bell had been with Stax Records pretty much since the beginning, but for whatever reason he didn't actually start having hits until the late ‘60s.
>Breakdown
– The ’87 Demo LP (540)
Paving the way for every hard and heavy band to follow, Breakdown’s take on hardcore was balanced with the perfect mix of hip hop’s bounce, the power and dynamics of heavy metal, and an unmistakable New York accent laced across a tough, streetwise sound that could only have come out of 1980’s New York City. This LP contains the full nine-song
‘87 Demo, released here for the first time on vinyl in its entirety, backed with a crushing live set recorded on WNYU radio’s Crucial Chaos during the summer of 1987.
>Apollo Brown & Skyzoo
– The Easy Truth LP+MP3 (Mello Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Soulful, classic, head nodding Detroit boom-bap productions lays the foundation for Brooklyn tales that are part middle Americana and part Reasonable Doubt. (LP comes in one of four different mystery colored vinyl patterns).

>The Beach Boys
– Live In Japan ’66 LP (Rox Vox)
Effervescent 13-track live performance by the sans-Brian Wilson line-up of The Beach Boys recorded at Sankei Hall in Osaka in January 1966.

>Blue Öyster Cult
- Don't Fear The Reaper: The Best Of Blue Oyster Cult [2000] LP (Friday Music)
Limited edition 180gm vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve. The timeless 16-track features such classic BÖC anthems as "Don't Fear The Reaper," "Godzilla," "Burnin' For You," and "This Ain't The Summer Of Love," and more.

>Breakbot
- 2good4me/My Toy Remixes 12” (Because Music)
Following the release of the album
Still Waters earlier this year, Breakbot, which has now turned into a duo, has let other artists take control of his flagship singles “2good4me” and “My Toy.” Four of today’s most prominent producers took on the challenge to create this EP featuring Fatima Yamaha, Canblaster (one fourth of the French quartet Club Cheval), UK techno star Riton and Ed Banger Records recent protége Borussia. Translucent green color vinyl.
>Danny Brown
– Atrocity Exhibition 2xLP (Warp)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Atrocity Exhibition is a fresh, bold rap album -- a sonic swirl inspired by the work of Talking Heads and Joy Division that sounds like nothing else from the past or present. Featuring contributions from producers like Evian Christ, Petite Noir (who also lends vocals to the world-weary clang of ‘Rolling Stone’), Black Milk, The Alchemist and frequent collaborator Paul White, the album is full of laser-beam guitars, gym-teacher whistles, creaking vocal samples, and air-raid drones. It is the most intriguing take on hallucinatory rap since the heady heights of Cold Vein or Madvillainy. Known for his wide range of collaborations, including everyone from Purity Ring, The Avalanches and Rustie to Schoolboy Q, E-40, and Ghostface Killah, Atrocity Exhibition sees a continuation of this carefully curated mix. Kelela lends her snaking vocals to the intriguingly murky “From The Ground,” Cypress Hills B-Real delivers a languid hook on “Get Hi,” and Earl Sweatshirt, Kendrick Lamar, and Ab-Soul all convene for the twinkling ominousness of album standout “Really Doe.” [Deluxe pink color vinyl pressing also available.]
>James Brown and The Famous Flames
– Think! [Reissue/1960] LP+MP3 (Cornbread)
Vinyl reissue of James Brown and The Famous Flames' third studio album. 180gm with two bonus tracks.

>Cara Neir
- Perpetual Despair Is The Human Condition LP (Broken Limbs)
Cara Neir is a two-man project formed in 2008 based in Arlington, Texas. Unrestrained by genre barriers, the band has incorporated a revolving door of stylistic shifts in black metal, punk, screamo, grind, and hints of post-rock throughout its discography. Structurally, Cara Neir is multi-instrumentalist Garry Brents complemented by the introspective and galvanizing lyrics of Chris Francis.

>Sarah Mary Chadwick
- This Fits b/w This Is Familiar 7” (I Dischi Del Barone)
Two tracks of just guitar and vocals, stripped down to the bare minimum and driven by an austere ambience, recorded during the
Roses Always Die sessions.
>James Luther Dickinson
- Dixie Fried [Reissue/1972] LP (Future Days)
The late Jim Dickinson is one of the most eclectic personages rock ‘n’ roll has ever thrown up: a musical maverick. From Sun Records and Ardent Studios in the 1960s, to sessions with the Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder and Bob Dylan, significant productions of Big Star and the Replacements, and the twisted roots rock of his own Mud Boy & The Neutrons, the man was never, ever predictable. Unsuccessful upon release, Dickinson’s solo debut
Dixie Fried is now a cult item that, for many, mirrors the deliciously unexpected twists and turns of his subsequent career.
>Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
– Stranger Things: Volume 1 2xLP (Lakeshore)
Two pressings: “VHS black” and clear with black smoke color LPs, each housed in a gatefold sleeve.

>Drake
– If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late [2015] 2xLP (Republic)
Drake/Future – What A Time To Be Alive P (Republic)
Drake – Views 2xLP (Republic)
Official vinyl editions now available.

>Free Nelson Mandoomjazz
– The Organ Grinder LP (Rarenoise)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Influenced principally by artists such as Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, Sun Ra, Sonny Rollins, Albert Ayler and Wayne Shorter, Free Nelson Mandoomjazz term their music doom jazz.

>Fujiya & Miyagi
– EP2 12” (Impossible Objects)
The second of three vinyl EPs.
EP2 can be stored in the cover of EP1.
>Gaika
– Spaghetto 12” (Warp)
The London artist's first EP for Warp is a comprehensive dive into his post-industrial, dancehall-inflected sound.

>Dan Hartman
– Instant Replay [Reissue/1978] LP (Friday Music)
In 1978, mega artist Dan Hartman (“Free Ride,” “I Can Dream About You,” “Living In America”) was sitting on top of the world. After a long tenure performing with superstars like Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter and The Edgar Winter Group, Dan rewarded his fans once again with one of the most important club and pop songs of the era with “Instant Replay.” Featuring the classic line-up of Dan Hartman, Vinnie Vincent (Kiss), G.E. Smith (Bob Dylan) and former bandmate Edgar Winter, the
Instant Replay album rapidly became a definitive album of his career.
>Hound Dog Taylor's Hand
- Hound Dog Taylor's Hand LP (Abduction)
A heavy dose of jazz, blues, and improvisation.

>Infectious Grooves
- The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move... It's The Infectious Grooves [Reissue/1991] LP (Brookvale)
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the 1991 debut album from the funk-metal supergroup has been repressed on vinyl.

>Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
– Live In Cuba [2015] 4xLP+MP3 (Blue Engine)
From bebop to bolero and beyond,
Live In Cuba captures nine-time Grammy Award-winning Wynton Marsalis and the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis's first and only performances in Cuba. Explore the profound connections between American jazz and Afro-Cuban music on this four-LP edition.
>King Dude
– Sex LP (Not Just Religious)
King Dude returns with this meditation in 11 parts. Following his tradition of songwriting by divination from his good Lord Lucifer, he challenges the listener to explore the theme of sexuality through nothing other than spiritual rock 'n' roll.

>Klangstof
– Close Eyes To Exit LP (Mind Of A Genius)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New release from the Dutch alt-rock band. “The epic soundscapes and guitars remind you of the quiet and fascinating Scandinavian nature, while the synthesizers and drum-machines sound bring an industrial feel. Klangstof continuously and unexpectedly unites the polar ends of the spectrum, in such a way that you want to both dance and cry while listening.”

>Kleenex Girl Wonder
– The Comedy Album 2xLP (Reasonable)
Released last March on CD – now available on vinyl. “Are you tired of the emo revival? Tired of all those beats and blips? Well, then get ready to turn your speakers up and listen to classic power-pop from Kleenex Girl Wonder! Graham Smith and his project bring you a hook-laden record of the most literate piece of pop you’ll hear in 2016, filled with over 8,000 fresh lyrics and spanning over 70 minutes.
The Comedy Album is a statement piece of art that surpasses its peers in this calendar year, and frankly, any of those in the past (I’m looking at you John Darnielle!).” – Austin Town Hall
>Felix Kubin und Das Mineralorchester
– II: Music For Film & Theatre LP (Dekorder)
The long awaited second volume of soundtrack works by German pop and avant-garde futurist, Felix Kubin, following 2008's
Music For Theatre And Radio Play. Some of Kubin's most adventurous and far-reaching music stems from his commissioned works for films, theatre and radio plays. Freed from conventional song formats and genre stereotypes he effortlessly combines musique concrète noises, splashes of haunted virtual orchestras, Gameboy music minuets and voice collage, interspersed with tons of suspense and gloomy industrial atmospheres.
>Larkin Poe
– Reskinned LP (RH Music)
Larkin Poe's album
Kin (originally released in 2014) is relaunched with five new tracks conveying the heavier more rock side of these Atlanta sisters. The album also has three new mixes of “Stubborn Love,” “Don't,” and “Crown Of Fire.”
>Lucifer’s Hammer
– Beyond The Omens LP (Shadow Kingdom)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Like a time-warp to 1984, on both sides of the Atlantic, this is classic heavy metal that combines crushing energy, night-time atmosphere, moody melodicism, and huge choruses that would be ruling the radio if it was indeed 1984.

>Luna
– Long Players 92-99 6xLP (Captured Tracks)
This vinyl box set gathers Luna’s five albums from the ‘90s as well as a compilation of demos and B-sides recorded contemporaneously. Accompanying the records is a book featuring archival imagery, an interview with Dean Wareham conducted by Noah Baumbach, and an oral history with the band and their producers. As the majority of these records were never released on vinyl outside of limited pressings, this is a boon to longtime fans and new listeners alike.

>Mare
– Mare EP [Reissue/2004] 12” (Hydra Head)
Mare remains one of the enigmatic entries in the Hydra Head roster of artists, as this eponymous EP represents the band's one and only recording. On the five songs of their eponymous EP, the band assembled a menacing composite of styles and forms -- sludge-metal, math-rock, classic prog idioms, and the diaphonic harmonies from a Bulgarian chorus.

>Maxwell
– Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Maxwell – BLACKsummers’night [Reissue/2009] LP (Sony Legacy)
Limited metallic gold and metallic silver color vinyl pressings (respectively).

>Katie Melua
– In Winter LP (BMG Rights Management)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Seventh album from the Georgian-British singer, songwriter and musician. For
In Winter, Melua went back to her native Georgia to record an album with the Gori Women's Choir, a Georgian all-woman singing troupe. The recording provided Melua the opportunity to engage in a far richer perspective on two different cultures that are so close to her: the West and the ex-Soviet Union. She didn't only record the album in Gori, Georgia (her country of birth), but has also been drawing from the rich traditions of carols and folk-tales from the region.
>Shawn Mendes
– Illuminate LP (Island)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Sophomore album from the multi-platinum singer/songwriter.

>Mercyful Fate
– Into The Unknown [Reissue/1996] LP (Earache)
Mercyful Fate – Dead Again [Reissue/1998] 2xLP (Earache)
Color vinyl issues (gold and blue, respectively) of metal band’s fifth and sixth albums.

>Tony Molina
– Confront The Truth 7” (Slumberland)
The eight offerings on
Confront The Truth notch a significant advancement in his style and approach. Almost completely absent from these new songs are the overloaded guitar crunch of Dissed a\And Dismissed, or his earlier work with Ovens; it's replaced by gentle acoustic balladry, tasteful Mellotron and piano backing, the kind of musicianship that often takes a lifetime to master. The sadness of this music has precedents in pop's past; Tony's revelatory turn into specific traditions of pop music speak directly to the reasons why we love music in general, and what keeps our finest players driven to create.
>Moon Pool and Dead Band
– Humanizer LP (Midwich)
We’ve all heard bad noise-techno records -- this isn’t one of them. The danceable style is one that grows organically from the duo’s life experience. Moon Pool and Dead Band approach the music with respect, knowledge and humor.
Humanizer is a party-starter that could have only come from Detroit.
>Okkultokrati
– Raspberry Dawn LP (Southern Lord)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Raspberry Dawn is weird, wired and quite possibly the holy grail for those looking for radical rock reinvention and new sensations in the current era.​ Twisted like Bauhaus meets Celtic Frost. On Raspberry Dawn, Okkultokrati thrust the hectic rock and roll that they have cultivated since their 2008 inception into more extraordinary situations. Classic ‘70s riffing, snotty punk and brash old school metal are inventively mixed with pulses and spikes of dark wave and ice cold, psychedelic repetition.
>Bill Orcutt & Chris Corsano
– Live At Various / Various Live 2xLP (Palilalia)
That guitarist Bill Orcutt and drummer Chris Corsano would play as a duo should come as a surprise to no one. As artists, both of them have bent sonic boundaries to the breaking point, especially as regards rock-based music, and they have long flowed through the same international sub-underground arteries. It was only a matter of time. The first fruit of their union was a brain melting LP called
The Raw & The Cooked (2013), recorded on tour in 2012. Live At Various / Various Live is made up of the two Palilalia cassettes that followed it.
>Our Place Of Worship Is Silence
- The Embodiment Of Hate LP (Broken Limbs)
New album from the California death metal project.

>Wilson Pickett
- I Don't Want No Part Time Love: The Early Years Of The Wilson Picket LP+MP3 (Cornbread)
Featuring some of his earliest recordings out of Detroit with The Falcons, and very early solo material, this collection shows the legend of soul music when he was just getting started. Though these are early recordings, Pickett's voice is fully formed and some of these tracks are the equals of later hits like “In The Midnight Hour,” and “Ninety-Nine And A Half.” 180gm.

>Rachel’s
– Systems/Layers [2003] 2xLP+MP3 (Quarterstick)
Louisville-based avant-garde chamber group Rachel's present the vinyl debut of their 2003 full-length album
Systems/Layers. This double LP album release also includes the vinyl debut of Rachel's 2005 EP, Technology Is Killing Music.
>Red Pill
- Instinctive Drowning LP+MP3 (Mello Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Instinctive Drowning is a beautifully sprawling soundscape reminiscent more of The Moody Blues or Pink Floyd than traditional hip-hop. Limited color vinyl pressing.
>ScHoolboy Q
– Blank Face 2xLP (Interscope)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Sophomore album from the rapper featuring guest contributions by Kanye West, Jadakiss, Lance Skiiiwalker, Vince Staples, Candice Pillay, E-40, Tha Dogg Pound, SZA, Anderson Paak, Miguel, and TF.

>Set Your Goals
– Mutiny! [Reissue/2006] LP (Smart Punk)
Tenth anniversary vinyl reissue of the melodic hardcore six-piece band’s debut album.

>Singers & Players
– Staggering Heights [Reissue/1983] LP (On-U Sound)
1983 UK dubbed-up reggae from Singers & Players, the heavyweight collective that included Prince Far I and Mikey Dread, as well as Ashanti Roy of The Congos themselves. Staggering Heights has been re-cut with plenty of bass weight for this reissue on On-U-Sound, which is served up with a bonus poster.

>Soundtrack
– Amer (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) [OST/2009] 10” (We Release Whatever The F**k We Want)
First-time vinyl release of the soundtrack for Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's critically acclaimed Belgian-French giallo
Amer (2009). Filled with superb compositions by Italian movie score legends Ennio Morricone, Stelvio Cipriani, and Bruno Nicolai, all remastered for hardcore audiophile appreciation.
>Rodger Stella
– The Final Programme 7” (I Dischi Del Barone)
Two prime cuts of intense noise bliss from Rodger Stella, sort of in the vein of some
One Dark Eye stuff with a psychedelic twist slightly reminiscent of C.C.C.C. Stuff flies out of everywhere.
>Suburban Homes
– …Are Bored 12” (Total Punk)
As contemptuous, angst ridden, and brash as ever,
…Are Bored is a six track assault on complacency, hypocrisy, and modern life in general. Equal parts Swell Maps, Desperate Bicycles, Billy Childish and 100% total punk.
>Sun Ra And His Arkestra
– Super-Sonic Jazz [Reissue/1957] LP+MP3 (Cornbread)
Recorded in 1956 in Chicago,
Super-Sonic Jazz is one of the earliest and most sought after titles from the Arkestra. Featuring Arkestra mainstays like Pat Patrick, John Gilmore, and Julian Priester, the album is, like Sun Ra always was, years ahead of its time. 180gm.
>Sweetback
– Sweetback [1996] 2xLP (Epic)
Sweetback is: Stuart Matthewman (guitar, saxophone), Andrew Hale (piano, keyboards), and Paul Spencer Denman (bass), musicians primarily known for their work in their band Sade, which formed in London in 1983. Following the conclusion of Sade's Love Deluxe World Tour in 1994, Matthewman, Hale, and Denman set up their own jazz/funk/R&B ensemble project in New York, and the group's eponymous debut album was released on Epic Records in October 1996. Guest artists on
Sweetback include Maxwell, Bahamadia, and Amel Larrieux of Groove Theory.
>Ta-ku & Wafia
– (m)edian 12” (Future Classics)
Two of Australia's most promising prospects have collaborated on this stand-alone release. Renaissance beat maker Ta-Ku and Brisbane-based vocalist Wafia present
(m)edian.
>The Telescopes
– The Telescopes [Reissue/1992] LP (Radiation Deluxe)
Vinyl reissue of The Telescopes's self-titled second album, originally released on Creation in 1992. Formed in 1987, these British shoegaze/space-rock mainstays drew inspiration from the '60s psych and rock scene, particularly The Velvet Underground, The 13th Floor Elevators, Love, and The Byrds, as well as contemporaries such as My Bloody Valentine, and The Jesus & Mary Chain.

>Various Artists
–Compilation #1 [2003] 2xLP (DFA)
The CD release of DFA Records Compilation #1 came out in days of yore, when the iTunes store did not exist, when iPods were more coveted than your phone. The only way to hear the first batch of singles DFA released was to seek out the vinyl and lots of people did. This magical mythical first group of releases from DFA included “House Of Jealous Lovers” by The Rapture, “Losing My Edge” and “Give It Up” by LCD Soundsystem. This is the first time this title has ever been pressed to vinyl.

>Various Artists
– Limbo LP (Grosso Recordings)
A new Caribbean trip through calypso, mambo, cumbia cha-cha-chá, lena, rhythm 'n' blues, Latin jazz and others.

>Various Artists
– The Rough Guide To Calypso Gold [2008] LP (World Music Network)
The anthology of the best calypso from Trinidad from rare early recordings up to the zenith of the 1950s calypso craze. From the 1920s legendary string orchestras through the ‘40s with the emergence of King Radio, to the worldwide recognition of Calypso in the ‘50s with Lord Pretender, and the legends Lord Kitchener and The Mighty Bomber,
The Rough Guide To Calypso Gold delivers a taste of real calypso.
>Laura Veirs
– Carbon Glacier [Reissue/2004] LP (Raven Marching Band)
“With her landmark fourth album, Veirs evoked the Pacific Northwest in climactic imagery” – Uncut. “
Carbon Glacier is a cold, beautiful and engaging record that translates the bleak, isolated vastness of nature into the bleak, isolated vastness of the modern citysprawl, leaving one voice to sing in solitude” – Pitchfork. “This is an oddly beautiful album - far more engaging than you'd expect of one written in a grey Seattle winter, pondering mortality, Moby Dick and the great sheet of blackened ice after which it's named” -- The Guardian.
>The Velvet Underground
– The Legendary Guitar Amp Tapes Vol. 2 LP (Tummy Tapes)
Recorded through a microphone jammed in the back of Lou Reed’s amp right around the release of their third album,
The Legendary Guitar Amp Tapes are formidable in their unadulterated rock & roll fire and fury. They are a revelation for anyone who hasn't paid close attention to Reed's dynamic guitar playing which in this set is a monolithic roar, a pulverizing electronic "kaiju" (strange beast) grinding the whole universe into pebble and sand. Paste-on covers. All tracks recorded at The Boston Tea Party on March 15, 1969.
>Weezer
– Weezer (Blue Album) [Reissue/1994] LP (Geffen)
Weezer – Pinkerton [Reissue/1996] LP (Geffen)
Weezer – Weezer (Green Album) [Reissue/2001] LP (Geffen)
Weezer – Maladroit [Reissue/2002] LP (Geffen)
Weezer – Make Believe [Reissue/2005] LP (Geffen)
Weezer – Weezer (Red Album) [Reissue/1996] LP (Geffen)
Standard weight 120gm vinyl reissues – each with a 12”x12” insert. All self-titled albums are pressed on their respective color vinyl.

>Bobby Womack
– Fly Me To The Moon [Reissue/1968] LP (Premium Cool)
Bobby Womack – My Prescription [Reissue/1968] LP (Premium Cool)
Bobby Womack – The Womack “Live” [Reissue/1970] LP (Premium Cool)
180gm vinyl reissues of the singer/songwriter’s first two albums and a live set from 1970.
released 21 OCTOBER 2016
>CDs + Vinyl:

>
Amaranthe – Maximalism CD/LP (Spinefarm)
A “hyper-modern, metallic beast” from the Swedish metal outfit.

>American Football
– American Football (LP2) CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Polyvinyl)
Not long after Polyvinyl Records released American Football’s self-titled debut album in 1999, the band called it quits, having only played a smattering of Champaign-Urbana college house parties and sets at small clubs like Chicago’s legendary Fireside Bowl. Such an inauspicious turn of events made what followed all the more incredible. Over time, the record went on to become one of Polyvinyl’s bestselling releases to date, and ended up serving as “one of the single most influential rock records of its time” according to Noisey and many others. To most everyone that found them after the fact, the band was no more than an apparition. At a time when reunions have become rote, American Football is decidedly an anomaly. There is no past glory to relive or reignite, nor the burden to branch out and break from a well-worn formula. Seventeen years later everything still feels brand new, because for them it is. “You can’t just forget all the other lives you’ve lived,” Mike Kinsella sings, and every single one of the nearly two decades worth of experiences since they last put pen to paper as American Football seem to bleed through on this record. [Limited 180gm color vinyl pressings also available: one orange, the other red and orange starburst.]

>Archive
– False Foundation CD/2xLP+MP3 (PIAS America)
False Foundation is the tenth studio album by the London-based trip-hop/progressive/alt-rock collective. Following the ominous beat-driven electro onslaught of lead track “Driving In Nails,” “Bright Lights” showcases the more sensitive and soulful side of the Archive sound with Pollard Berrier delivering a beautiful, yearning vocal over a subtle piano and synth backing.
>Bitori
- Legend Of Funaná: Forbidden Music Of The Capes CD/LP (Analog Africa)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. A masterpiece that many Cabo Verdean consider the finest recording of Funaná (a frenetic, soca-style dance music made by and for the working classes). Despite its roots in colonial oppression, here is the sound of absolute joy.

>The Blind Shake
– Celebrate Your Worth CD/LP (Goner)
The Blind Shake, three intense men from Minneapolis creating dense, mystical music.
Celebrate Your Worth is an intense web of strange sounds -- from Chrome through Bailter Space through Michael Yonkers and John Reis -- with tendrils extending throughout an incredible universe of fantastic unknown bands and sounds.
>Bolt Thrower
– The Best Of CD (Earache)
12 tracks which chart the development of the band from early punk-influenced recordings through to the more death metal approach of the later albums.

>Kadhja Bonet
– The Visitor CD/LP (Fat Possum)
L.A.’s Kadhja – pronounced “kod-ya” – creates cosmic neo-R&B 'n' psychedelic jazz perfect for fans of Flying Lotus and Deradoorian. Her new album
The Visitor opens with an awe you’d expect from the golden age of cinema. In its half-mythical atmosphere, “Earth Birth” offers keys and choirs science-fictionally echoing down from deep space. This overture fades and Kadhja’s voice velvetly emerges on “Honeycomb” with a timelessness sending listeners scrambling to find her nearest genre. After running through classical, jazz, soul, folk, and even psychedelia, you find it ultimately impossible to comfortably place her. This is all by Kadhja’s design. For if she were “folk” it would only be the folk of some future aeon, a thousand hears hence. If her rich instrumentation of strings and wind strikes us as a “classic,” it’s not because it harkens to any past era, but because Kadhja paints perennial imagery that could as much be now as then as any other time. The Visitor is an opus unpolluted by the mixed advice or overproductions that plague other albums. It plays through like one individual’s lucid dream in what is sometimes an all-too-dreamless musical landscape. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Zsófia Boros
– Local Objects CD (ECM)
The second album from the Hungarian-born Vienna-based guitarist finds her embracing a broad scope of music, broader even than on her outstanding debut
En Otra Parte. This time the range extends from contemporary composition to jazz etude via music from Brazil, Argentina, Italy and Azerbaijan -- all embraced with imagination and creative flair.
>Bright Eyes
– The Studio Albums 2000-2011 6xCD/10xLP+MP3 (Saddle Creek)
Six Bright Eyes records --
Fevers And Mirrors (2000), Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground (2002), I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005), Digital Ash In A Digital Urn (2005), Cassadaga (2007), and The People’s Key (2007) -- remastered by Bob Ludwig. [CD edition is housed in a foil stamped linen coated board slipcase. Vinyl edition features ten color LPs in tip-on jackets and twelve 8”x10” photo prints.]
>Jonatha Brooke
– Midnight. Hallelujah CD (Bad Dog)
New album from the singer/songwriter. “Jonatha Brooke brilliantly balances the soulfulness of her songs with rock, pop and jazz inflections, while maintaining thought-provoking lyrics.” – M Musicians & Music

>Michael Bublé
– Nobody But Me CD/LP (Reprise)
Nobody But Me is the multi-Grammy, multi-platinum award winning singer's first album in three years and is his ninth studio album. [CD version is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds three bonus tracks.]
>Cakes Da Killa
– Hedonism CD/LP (Ruffians)
The New Jersey rapper follows a series of hot mixtapes with his debut album.
Hedonism, while staying true to the charismatic flows that brought the critical acclaim from the start, shows a new side to Cakes with evolved production work and savage onslaught of raw and untamed storytelling, and features guest contributions from Peaches, Rye Rye, Josh Dst with production from LSDXOXO, BoyGenius, Noah Breakfast and more.
>Vanessa Carleton
– Liberman Live CD (Dine Alone)
Recorded at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN, this live set includes songs from her 2015 album
Liberman. The recordings include John J. McCauley (Deer Tick), and Skye Steele on violin. The Watson Twins are featured on “Operator” singing backup vocals.
>Civilian
– You Won’t Believe What Privilege Costs CD (Tooth & Nail)
New album from the Nashville indie rockers. [Vinyl edition due November 4.]

>Leonard Cohen
– You Want It Darker CD/LP (Columbia)
“For the past 25 years I've had this notion that on every successive Leonard Cohen record his voice would get deeper and deeper until one day he'd put out an album so subsonic that you'd just feel it, not hear it. Well, we're close. ‘You Want It Darker,’ the title track to his 14th studio album in a 49-year recording career, speaks of a world without hope. ‘A million candles burning / for the love that never came. / You want it darker / we kill the flame.’ Despite the depth of his voice and the strength and wisdom of his writing, I discern a frailness. What I hear are multiple takes on just this one track and a few edits within a verse. Listen at 2:06 — you can hear an edit right in mid-breath just after the line ‘middle-class and tame.’ And shortly after, Cohen says, ‘I'm ready my Lord,’ and the choir sullenly and eerily keeps the tone dark. It's sad and difficult, but as good as this is, I can imagine this forthcoming album as Cohen's last statement.” -- NPR

>Dr. John Cooper Clarke and Hugh Cornwell
– This Time It’s Personal CD/LP (Sony Legacy)
Poet Dr. John Cooper Clarke and singer/songwriter (and founding member of The Stranglers) Hugh Cornwell team up on
This Time It's Personal. Ten covers reflecting the pair's shared love of classic American and British pop they grew up with.
>Crocodiles
– Dreamless CD/LP (Zoo Music)
Crocodiles' first two albums made their home within a stew of fuzzed-out psychedelia, and the following three albums explored pop sensibilities placed against whirring guitars and barbed production, but on this album the duo's artistic departure places their guitars in the backseat in favor of a more spacious, synthesizer and piano-driven sound.

>David Crosby
– Lighthouse CD/LP (Ground Up)
Lighthouse is an intimate, stripped-down set that highlights David Crosby’s instantly recognizable voice, incisive songwriting, and incomparable guitar work. The palpable joy in the 9-song collection captures the iconic artist in an unexpected burst of inspiration. For Lighthouse, Crosby received an able assist from Michael League, the bandleader/bassist for Snarky Puppy who executive produced and co-wrote much of the album with Crosby. It features a rare economy of sound, filled primarily by David Crosby’s voice and guitars, and Michael League’s bass. On album opener, “Things We Do For Love,” written for his wife Jan, David’s vocals reflect a poetic tenderness. On “Paint You A Picture,” a cinematic tale of romantic regret co-written with Marc Cohn (Walking In Memphis), they are filled with remorseful resignation. The longtime social activist lands his political punches as he bitingly condemns the craven politicians who send other people’s children to war on “Somebody Other Than You,” and compassionately reminds us that we are all the same on “Look In Their Eyes,” a poignant tale about the Syrian refugee crisis.
>Dangers
– The Bend In The Break CD/LP (Topshelf)
“Smarter, nastier and more f**ked up than most bands will ever be, Dangers play hardcore with the blood and spit left in.” – Rock Sound

>Sarah Davachi
– All My Circles Run CD/LP (Students Of Decay)
All My Circles Run is the third full-length release by Montreal-based electro-acoustic composer Sarah Davachi. In a move that may surprise followers of her previous output, the five compositions on this record eschew synthesizer entirely, each focusing on a different instrument, including strings, voice, organ and piano. What remains consistent, however, is her striking attention to detail and a commitment to tonal possibilities that characterize all of her work.
>Miles Davis Quintet
- Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 3xCD (Columbia/Legacy)
Triple-disc box set collection chronicling Miles' musical evolution in the studio from 1966-1968 working with his "second great quintet," the latest edition in Columbia/Legacy's Miles Davis Bootleg Series provides an unprecedented look into the artist's creative process, drawing on full session reels including all rehearsals, partial and alternate takes, studio conversation and more.

>Deicide
– The Best Of Deicide CD (Earache)
12 track best of compilation spanning the length of Deicide’s notorious and controversial career.

>Destrage
– A Means To No End CD (Metal Blade)
New album from the Italian metal band. [Vinyl edition due November 4.]

>Kevin Devine
– Instigator CD/LP (PMTraitors, LLC)
Devine is a master storyteller, and he imbues his ninth album
Instigator – from the biting power-pop of “Both Ways” and “No Why” to the angular, Nirvana-esque “Guard Your Gates” & gorgeously finger-picked “No One Says You Have To” – with intricate details and often-uncomfortable truths. Their meanings are personal, but their themes are universal. It’s a skill that makes both his albums and his live show so alluring: Even when Devine’s writing about the world at large, he’s pointing a mirror back at himself. And it’s there on “No History,” a string of personal vignettes centered on the September 11, 2001 attacks. It’s a song made much more meaningful by both the din of the 2016 presidential election and current global climate. “The terrorist attacks on 9/11 changed the course of the entire world, and ‘No History’ acts as part recollection and part reflection on what happened that day. Over wistful and crisp instrumentation that wouldn’t sound out of place on many a ’90s rock album, Devine sings, ‘I was frightened by the face of the future/ It had the teeth of perpetual war,’ recalling database entries and football ads that signaled the subtle ways in society irreversibly shifted. The song jumps forward in time with a painful and acute observation: ‘Fifteen years later and we’re still in the future/ The blood and money didn’t fix anything/ We’ve grown accustomed to the depths of the danger/ This is the future: severe and always happening.’” -- Stereogum
>Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
– Stranger Things: Volume 1 CD/2xLP (Lakeshore)
Stranger Things isn’t so much a new series on Netflix about a lost boy and the supernatural circumstances surrounding his disappearance, but rather a full-blown cultural phenomenon. Like Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad before it, Stranger Things is a show that people want to talk about, critique, and dissect. Part of the allure is assuredly the nostalgia: a small town in the 1980s, E.T., Goonies, Alien, The Thing. Trying to pinpoint the inspirations present in the 36 tracks of Stranger Things: Volume 1 is a journey through the work of groups like Goblin, who scored much of horror maestro Dario Argento’s work, and Tangerine Dream, who provided the score for a number of films, including Sorcerer, Firestarter, and The Keep. There seems to be an arbitrary distinction for scores that separates them into three categories: those that serve no purpose when played without their visual accompaniment, those that can stand on their own but bring with them strong connotations of the film in question (think Star Wars, Lord of the Rings), and those that are their own self-sustained creation entirely. The score for Stranger Things, like the work of Jon Brion, Yann Tiersen, and Thomas Newman, is of that rare third breed. While certainly many will picture the ordeals of Mike, Nancy, and Chief Hopper while listening, this is music that also stands on its own, a work by turns eerie and sparse, but also tinged in the warm nostalgia of bike rides at dusk and the loyalty of friends. The score is ultimately more than a mood. It’s a world unto itself.” – Consquence Of Sound
>Ecos de Borinquen
- El Alma de Puerto Rico: Jíbaro Tradition by Ecos de Borinquen CD (Smithsonian Folkways)
With
El Alma de Puerto Rico (the soul of Puerto Rico), the Grammy- and Latin Grammy-nominated ensemble Ecos de Borinquen presents its second Smithsonian Folkways album overflowing with pride in the island’s jíbaro creole folk traditions. The soulful, signature sounds of Miguel Santiago Diaz’s sung poetry in the ten-line décima verse form are cradled in the progressive instrumental arrangements by Ramón Vásquez Lamboy for two cuatro guitars, six-stringed guitar, güiro rasp, and bongo. The crystal-clear voice of Yezenia Cruz, Santiago’s disciple, adds sonoral dimension to this timeless yet contemporary rendition of deep Puerto Rican tradition.
>ELEL
– Geode CD/LP (Mom + Pop)
Nashville eight-piece indie pop collective ELEL sound like a feel good orchestra on their debut LP. Consisting of two horns, two drums, three keys, guitar, bass and whole lot of vocals, ELEL was born from front man Ben Elkins meeting a girl named Eliska. Tied together by the bustling Nashville music scene but from an array of locations, ELEL includes Ben (Arkansas), Zach (Kentucky), Tim (Mississippi), Jo Jo (Queens, NY), Alex (Pennsylvania), and life-long Nashvillians (so far) Fredrick, Jerry and Stefan.

>Piers Faccini
– I Dreamed On An Island CD (Six Degrees)
I Dreamed An Island is a personal quest for Piers Faccini and the album describes his voyage towards an imagined haven through the storms of fear and intolerance currently brewing around the world. Sung mostly in English but in French, Italian dialects and Arabic, too, the album is an impassioned celebration of cultural diversity and pluralism. Searching for a bygone golden era when coexistence and religious tolerance once prevailed, Faccini found a model for his utopian haven in 12th Century Sicily. At the crossroads of Western, Arabic and Byzantine influence, the island briefly flourished as the most enlightened and advanced society in medieval Europe.
I Dreamed On An Island depict this unique moment of creative cohabitation between peoples and faiths. Inspired by traditions centuries old -- but firmly 21st century in its blending of languages, narratives and instrumental arrangements -- electric guitars converse across time with a Baroque viola d'amore, while an oud answers a medieval psaltery and a Moroccan guembri pulses trance-like to the drums. The songs resonate with the voices of his migrant ancestors -- and his island is a Mediterranean multilingual refuge, where orange groves, horseshoe arches, gold leaf, lapis lazuli and stories abound.
>Donna Fargo
– That Was Yesterday CD (Varese Sarabande)
This new collection features selections from Donna Fargo's Warner Bros. years (1976-1980), including the hits: “Do I Love You (Yes Every Way),” “Shame On Me,” “Mockingbird Hill” and “Another Goodbye,” plus two non-album singles making their CD debut.

>The Fat Babies
– Solid Gassuh CD (Delmark)
The Fat Babies is a seven piece jazz band interpreting classic styles of the 1920s and ‘30s.

>Kevin Fowler
– Coming To A Honky Tonk Near You CD (Kevin Fowler)
Fowler is steeped in the old-school charm of classic country music, amped up with a modern energy all his own, and steadily touring from one packed house of honky-tonk diehards to another. “Hardcore troubadour hillbilly blues.”

>Hawkwind
– Charisma Years: 1976-1979 4xCD (Atomhenge)
A collection of four albums released between 1976-1979, housed in replica card sleeves with bonus poster. Includes
Astounding Sounds Amazing Music, Quark, Strangeness & Charm, Hawklords: 25 Years On, and PXR 5.
>Holy Sons
– In The Garden CD/LP+MP3 (PTKF/Partisan)
Avant-garde Portland-based songwriter Emil Amos, or as he is most commonly known Holy Sons, has been releasing albums for over two decades now.
In The Garden is Amos’ thirteenth studio album, and his sound is far more refined than prior. This album is a deep exploration of melody because Amos doesn’t have a traditional structure like verse, chorus and bridge. Still, Amos digs a lot into ‘60s-‘70s singer/songwriter music for inspiration, but he still makes it unique and contemporary. RIYL: Sun Kil Moon, Kurt Vile.
>Hooton Tennis Club
– Big Box Of Chocolates CD/LP+MP3 (PIAS America)
Hooton Tennis Club release their second album,
Big Box Of Chocolates produced by Edwyn Collins at his Clashnarrow Studios in Helmsdale, Scotland. If their debut album, Highest Point In Cliff Town was the band's sprightly statement of intent, Big Box Of Chocolates may well be their coming-of-age record, retaining all the color and invention of their debut, while being elevated by richer instrumentation and lyrics that hint at slightly heavier themes: love and loss, nihilism and the 'non-spaces' of Northern England, all delivered in the band's typically laconic, bittersweet style, like a Mersey Beat Murakami.
>William Hut
– Hafnir Games CD/LP+CD (Karisma)
William Hut (Poor Rich Ones) is considered one of the finest vocalist to emerge from the Norwegian pop/rock scene.

>I Prevail
– Lifelines CD/LP (Fearless)
An explosive hardcore quintet from Rochester Hills, Michigan, I Prevail formed in 2013 around the talents of Brian Burkheiser (vocals), Eric Vanlerberghe (vocals), Steve Menoian (guitar), Jordan Berger (guitar), and Lee Runestad (drums). Employing a blistering blend of metalcore, pop-punk, and post-hardcore that invokes names like Bring Me the Horizon, We Came as Romans, and A Day To Remember, the band issued their debut EP,
Heart vs. Mind, via Fearless Records in December 2014. A hard-hitting cover of Taylor Swift's “Blank Space,” which elicited over two million views on YouTube, helped to further establish the band as rising force within the hardcore scene. Lifelines is the band’s debut album.
>Jimmy Eat World
– Integrity Blues CD/LP+MP3 (RCA)
With warm production and a powerful upbeat groove, the first single on Jimmy Eat World’s new album
Integrity Blues, “Sure And Certain,” pairs a buzzing guitar hum with an unshakable chant. “It’s about the idea of having blinders on for what you want to do and achieve,” the frontman explains. “Since you’re so laser focused on what you think you want, you’re missing out on everything around you. It can be a very limiting way to go about life.” Meanwhile, the gorgeously minimal title track “Integrity Blues” tempers orchestral, cinematic overtones with a stark and striking vocal performance. Elsewhere on the record, “Get Right” snaps into an energetic refrain, while “Through” serves up one of the band’s hookiest moments to date. “You Are Free” flaunts one of the group’s most hummable and heartfelt refrains, serving as another high watermark. “It Matters” illuminates the band’s diverse sonic palette and covers what Adkins describes as “a central theme about the idea that a sense of comfort comes from within and not just external validation.” “Pass The Baby” builds from a delicate heartbeat-style click into a deliberate and distorted explosion. Near seven-minute closer “Pol Roger” carves out an emotional and entrancing climax encased in a rapture of guitars and vocals, which according to Adkins, “Felt like the right way to sum everything up.”
>Joan As Police Woman & Benjamin Lazar Davis
– Let It Be You CD/LP (Reveal)
“Even traditional themes defy convention on the excellent
Let It Be You, Joan Wasser’s new album in cahoots with fellow Brooklynite Benjamin Lazar Davis. Despite its name, [album track] 'Motorway' is not a kraut-rock or drive-pop anthem, but a celestial, tech-orchestral lullaby, and 'Station' is not a launchpad for freedom, but rather a study in stillness: a chiming guitar lament that's resilient enough to weather the dark night and bare its tears – and a celebration of strength and vulnerability that's echoed in the sublime, industrial electro of 'Broke Me in Two'. Environmental machine-pop dirge 'Overloaded', meanwhile, chimes with the latest protest songs from Wasser's former sonic sparring partner Anohni, and serves to remind that over ten years since they first worked together, they remain among pop's most singular voices.” – The List
>Jones
– New Skin CD/LP+MP3 (PIAS America)
New Skin is the debut studio album by London-based emerging soul singer/songwriter Cherie Jones-Mattis, known by her stage name as JONES.
>Mitch Kashmar
– West Coast Toast CD (Delta Groove Music)
With the loss of so many of his peers in the West Coast blues scene over the last few years, Kashmar now honors their memories and the California blues tradition on this release with a toast of the coast featuring the stellar musicianship of Junior Watson (guitar), Fred Kaplan (piano), Bill Stuve (bass) and Marty Dodson (drums).

>Khemmis
– Hunted CD/LP (20 Buck Spin)
An unrivaled synthesis between immense doom riffs and Iron Maiden-esque harmony.

>King Crimson
– Beat [Reissue/1982] CD+DVD-Audio (Discipline Global Music)
King Crimson – Three Of A Perfect Pair [Reissue/1984] CD+DVD-Audio (Discipline Global Music)
King Crimson – On (And Off) The Road 13xCD+3xDVD-Audio+3xBlu-ray (Discipline Global Music)
Beat was originally released in June 1982, just eight months after the ‘80s Crimson lineup debut album Discipline. It marked the first occasion where a King Crimson line-up had remained intact for a two-album stretch and was also the first album by the band to employ a separate producer -- Rhett Davies. The juxtaposition of lyrics is heavily influenced by ‘50s beat luminaries Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady. The complex polyrhythmic musical textures of the '80s Crimson, the strength of the songs and the cohesion of the studio performances, all helped the album chart upon release in the US and the UK. Having released two albums in a nine-month period between October 1981 and July 1982, Three Of A Perfect Pair is the final part of the recorded trilogy begun with Discipline and Beat. Each CD reissue includes a bonus DVD-audio disc. The 19-disc limited edition box set On (and Off) The Road presents a complete overview of the enduringly popular 1980's incarnation of King Crimson.
>Hans Koller & Friends
– Live In Hamburg 1961 CD/LP (Sonorama)
Unique material by one of the most important European postwar jazz musicians being released here for the first time. Tenor saxophonist Hans Koller and his Big Sound recorded live in Hamburg 1961. In addition to his classic quartet, Koller invited six brass players to the set, making arrangements sound more colorful and rich.

>KoЯn
– The Serenity Of Suffering CD/LP+MP3 (Roadrunner)
The Serenity Of Suffering marks the second KoЯn album since the return of guitarist Brian “Head” Welch, who said, “This is a record to me that the intensity of KoЯn is back, and the live energy. Raw energy is there.” Lead single “Rotting In Vain” was written about being in that black place, being in situations that I don't like in life,” frontman Jonathan Davis told Rolling Stone. “Be it relationships, or feeling when you're stuck and you're just being abused, or you don't like where you're at, and you just sit there and rot.” Along with “Rotting In Vain,” The Serenity of Suffering also includes the song “A Different World,” which features vocals from Slipknot 's Corey Taylor.
>Lady Gaga
– Joanne CD (Interscope)
Fifth studio album from the best-selling singer/songwriter. [CD version is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds three bonus tracks.]

>Dan Layus
–Dangerous Things CD/LP (Plated)
Layus’ debut album
Dangerous Things spans influences from Hank Williams to Tom Waits, from Dwight Yoakam to Woody Guthrie.
>Maker
– Maker Vs. Now-Again 3 CD (Now-Again)
Chicago-area beatsmith Maker’s two entries into Now-Again’s Music Library series showcase the verve with which this underground Chicago hip-hop producer undertook an exercise in boom-bap era aesthetics: he dug deep into the Now-Again catalog and found dusty drum breaks to underscore two bar loops. With his latest,
Maker Vs. Now-Again 3, we find that the producer grabbing from the best of both worlds, from the riches of the ever-expanding Now-Again catalog.
>MF Doom
– Special Herbs Volume 7 & 8 [Reissue/2004] CD (Nature Sounds)
MF Doom – Special Herbs Volume 9 & 0 [Reissue/2005] CD (Nature Sounds)
Obscure loops and dusty samples galore – back in print on CD.

>Bette Midler
– The Divine Miss M: Deluxe [Reissue/1972] 2xCD (Atlantic)
Expanded and remastered edition of Bette Midler’s debut album, featuring a bonus disc of singles, outtakes and demos, as well as new liner notes written by Midler.

>Mississippi Heat
– Cab Driving Man CD (Delmark)
A wonderful blend of Mississippi, Chicago, boogie, swing and south of the border styles.

>Mithras
– On Strange Loops CD (Willowtip)
Fourth album from the atmospheric, brutal death metallers. [Vinyl edition due November 4.]

>Roy Montgomery
- R M H Q: Headquarters 4xCD/4xLP (Grapefruit)
It’s been over a decade since Roy Montgomery’s last album, and
R M H Q is a hell of a return. This release contains four distinct records of new material from the legendary New Zealand guitarist. Listening to any of his work is a visceral experience—repeating phrases swell and decay, immersing the listener in the cyclical narrative of his compositions.
>Nico Muhly/Teitur Lassen
– Confessions CD (Nonesuch)
New collaboration between acclaimed American composer Nico Muhly and the Faroese singer/songwriter Teitur. The two musicians began work on the project when Muhly was composer-in-residence at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The songs' lyrics were inspired by or culled from video and commentary the pair found on YouTube. “We came up with this premise of boring videos, home videos," Teitur explains. "It was a time when everyone was posting these meaningless videos. It was just fascinating when we started watching them... The more you watched them the more you started to wonder, 'What is behind this? Why are people doing this?' They are really saying, 'This is really beautiful, this is really sick, this is me,' people
confessing things. And that gave us the title for the record.”

>Nekromantix
– Symphony Of Wolf Tones & Ghost Notes CD/LP+MP3 (Hellcat)
New album from the veteran psychobilly trio.
Symphony Of Wolf Tones & Ghost Notes shows a darkly romantic sensibility shaped by the band's love of monster, zombie, vampire, werewolf, and B-horror fiction.
>NxWorries
– Yes Lawd! CD/2xLP (Stones Throw)
On
Yes Lawd!, Anderson.Paak plays a theatrically brash version of himself who raps and sings like a '70s superstar and talks sh*t like a stone cold player. The performance is seeded with details from his life, which has seen a fair share of struggle and hard-won triumph. Meanwhile Knxwledge weaves a tapestry of sampled bits and live fragments bass, brass and violin that smooths everything over, reminding us that despite whatever struggle it took to get here... well, you already know the name: NxWorries. Anderson .Paak and loop beast Knxwledge — make an exceedingly clean pair, even as they deal almost entirely in the gritty: vocals that sound lived in for a couple of lifetimes; beats that kick up dust as they bump; and an 18-track set that plays like a mixtape merging skits, songs, and snippets into a package of fluid groove and rough-cut rap 'n' soul gems. You may have heard these two out in the world, on their own or sprinkling some of their musical gold dust on someone else's songs, but this is what happens when .Paak and Knx get home, lay back, light up, and let it go.
>Agnes Obel
– Citizen Of Glass CD/LP (PIAS America)
Citizen Of Glass is the new album from Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel. The title comes from the German concept of the gläserner bürger, the human or glass citizen,” says Obel. “It’s actually a legal term about the level of privacy the individual has in a state, and in health it’s become a term about how much we know about a person’s body or biology or history - if they’re completely made of glass we know everything. There’s an increasing sense in this world that you have to make yourself a bit of glass. To be willing to open up, use yourself as material, and not just if you’re an artist or a musician.” “As an album, Citizen Of Glass is much more spellbinding than [previous albums] Philarmonics (2010) or Aventine (2013, thanks to the scope of its ambition. It’s bigger, more ample, fleshed out. Even during the refined, repetitive instrumental sequences (the poignant “Red Virgin Soil”), Obel goes to the essential and is never lost in a vain or free ‘beautiful.’ Many times, she extracted herself from the “pop cocoon” to venture on virgin lands. The beautiful sonorous material of Citizen Of Glass is rich of all this, and much more. Over the listens, the album brings its singular beauty and confirms that the Danish musician is a truly unique artist.” – Qobuz
>Obituary
– Ten Thousand Ways To Die CDEP (Relapse)
The death metal legends return with a special two-song single containing a pair of brand new studio tracks plus a bonus live set of twelve classics and fan favorites from the band's catalog.

>Pantera
– The Great Southern Trendkill 2xCD (Elektra)
Pantera – The Great Southern Outtakes LP (Elektra)
Deluxe digitally remastered and expanded 20
th anniversary edition. The double-CD set includes the original album remastered, plus a dozen previously unreleased mixes, instrumentals, and live recordings. The Great Southern Outtakes vinyl release gathers nine of these rare tracks and adds a 2016 mix of title track “The Great Southern Trendkill.”
>Paul & The Tall Trees
– Our Love In The Light CD/LP (Big Crown)
Paul Schalda, the bandleader, singer and songwriter of Paul & The Tall Trees is from Staten Island. One part of a crazily talented musical family, Paul’s music seems to embody the unexpected overlap of The Band’s Americana, Ian MacKaye's unhinged emotion, Otis Redding’s raw, warm soul, and the doo-wop melodies his father, Bill Schalda Sr. (a member of Brooklyn vocal group, The Montereys) raised him on. On Paul & The Tall Trees' debut album
Our Love In The Light you hear the sum of his experiences.
>Pelander
– Time CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Witchcraft frontman Magnus Pelander releases his debut solo full-length. “If you’ve been missing Witchcraft‘s pioneering retro-doom aesthetic, there are definitely some parts of this record to which you’re going to want to pay particular attention.” – The Obelisk

>Planes Mistaken For Stars
– Prey CD/LP/Cassette (Deathwish Inc.)
After a ten-year absence, the post-hardcore outfit returns with a new album. [Limited edition beer color vinyl pressing also available.]

>Elvis Presley
– Wonder Of You: With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra CD (RCA)
As with last year’s
If I Can Dream, The Wonder Of You focuses on Elvis' unmistakable voice with lush new orchestral accompaniment recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick. The Wonder Of You features Elvis' most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and spans a variety of musical styles that Elvis embraced, from rock and gospel to country and ballads. [Vinyl edition due December 2.]
>Pretenders
– Alone CD/LP (BMG Rights Management)
The first new album in eight years from Chrissie Hynde and Co. Originally intended as a follow-up to Hynde's 2014 solo album
Stockholm, Alone evolved into a bonafide Pretenders album (although she is the only original band member to appear on it). Alone was recorded with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach at his Easy Eye Studio in Nashville and sees Hynde joined by bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Sturgill Simpson), pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl (Blake Shelton), guitarist Kenny Vaughan (Lana Del Rey), keyboardist Leon Michels, and drummer Richard Swift.
>The Pretty Reckless
– Who You Selling For CD/2xLP (Razor & Tie)
Who You Selling For is an arresting collection of rock tunes that expand The Pretty Reckless’ sound to encompass soulful, bluesy undertones, written by front woman Taylor Momsen and guitarist Ben Phillips. This raucous 12-track collection puts Momsen's dark lyrics and raw, charismatic vocals on full display while the band delivers at full intensity with a level of musicianship that raises the bar. The deeply personal album features a diverse set of standout tracks, from the blistering hard rock of “Oh My God” to the classic southern rock of “Back To The River.” Lead single “Take Me Down” features Taylor's distinctively smoky voice rolling over '60s-tinged rock guitar. “Who You Selling For has it all. The Pretty Reckless have not been afraid to experiment on this album. From the foot stomping anthem ‘Prisoner’ to the more fast paced numbers, and not forgetting the blues rooted sound of ‘Wild City,’ it is clear that The Pretty Reckless are ready to shake things up and explore more of the wide landscape that is rock ‘n’ roll.” – Metal Wani
>The Radio Dept.
– Running Out Of Love CD/LP (Labrador)
One of Sweden's most influential indie/electronic pop acts The Radio Dept.’s new album
Running Out Of Love is their first album since the critical and commercial success of 2010’s Clinging To A Scheme which earned a Best New Music rating from Pitchfork. Running Out Of Love has been described by the band as an album about life in Sweden in 2016 moving in the wrong direction: politically, intellectually, morally. It’s about the impatience that turns into anger, hate and ultimately withdrawal and apathy when love for the world and our existence begins to falter. Lead single “Swedish Guns” is a scathing indictment of the Swedish arms industry. The track features an infectious grooving riff underlying dark but moving lyrics, a powerful combination to be sure. “Their discontentedness is paired with delicate vocals and appealing, almost hypnotic beat that betrays the somber overtones. Sometimes the delivery is more powerful when it's paradoxical and subliminal” – Prefix. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Riverside
– Eye Of The Soundscape 2xCD (Inside Out U.S.)
Eye Of The Soundscape features 13 experimental and highly atmospheric compositions, some of which were previously used as bonus tracks for the Shrine Of New Generation Slaves (2103) and Love, Fear And The Time Machine (2015) albums. Alongside rare cuts (a new mix of “Rapid Eye Movement” and the single “Rainbow Trip”), this double-CD features four new songs (“Where The River Flows,” “Shine,” “Sleepwalkers” and "Eye Of The Soundscape").
>Safe To Say
– Down The In Dark CD/LP+MP3 (SideOneDummy)
Second full-length from the Ontario pop-punk band. For fans of Thrice, Title Fight, Brand New & Citizen. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]

>Saint Motel
– saintmotelevision CD (New Elektra)
Saint Motel is an American indie pop band from Los Angeles, whose music has been described as everything from "dream pop" to "indie prog".

>Ryuichi Sakamoto
– Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence [OST/Reissue/1983] CD/LP (Milan)
During World War II, British soldier Jack Celliers (David Bowie) is captured by Japanese forces and held in a prison camp. The officers become intrigued with Celliers' open defiance in the face of their old-world ideas about cowardice and shame. Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto scored the film, with a contribution from vocalist David Sylvian.

>John K Samson
– Winter Wheat CD/2xLP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Singer/songwriter John K. Samson enlists the rhythm section from his renowned band The Weakerthans for much of his second solo album,
Winter Wheat. The album was inspired by the search for connection and community, his hometown of Winnipeg, and our individual and collective struggles with addictions to drugs, screens, and fossil fuels. The spare and thoughtful arrangements also feature Greg Smith of The Weakerthans on electric bass, Ashley Au on double and electric bass, Leanne Zacharias on cello, and Shotgun Jimmie on electric guitar.
>Savoy Motel
– Savoy Motel CD/LP (What’s Your Rupture?)
The debut album by this Nashville four-piece comes from a pedigree of garage, punk, and power-pop groups (bassist Jeffrey Novak founded both Cheap Time and the Rat Traps; drummer Jessica McFarland was also in Cheap Time, and along with guitarists Dillon Watson and Mimi Galbierz, played in Heavy Cream). Savoy Motel transposes the energy and hooks of those groups to an entirely different move: an intensely orchestrated hybrid of glam rock, soul, dance music, and showmanship.

>Dee Dee Sharp
– Songs Of Faith [1962] CD (Abkco)
First-time CD issue of the gospel record from “Mashed Potato Time” songstress, Dee Dee Sharp.

>Sia
– This Is Acting [Deluxe Edition] CD (Monkey Puzzle/RCA)
This deluxe edition of Sia’s recent album features seven additional tracks including “The Greatest” (featuring Kendrick Lamar), her #1 single “Cheap Thrills” (featuring Sean Paul) and five more songs including never-before-heard tracks “Confetti,” “Midnight Decisions,” “Jesus Wept,” a remix of “Move Your Body” by Alan Walker, and a solo version of “The Greatest.”

>Streets Of Laredo
– Wild CD/LP (Dine Alone)
A rousing blend of gospel-tinged folk and psychedelic Americana. The title track essentially sums up their attitude since starting the band in Auckland almost five years ago -- it’s a gorgeous, soul-stirring ballad with a haunting trumpet line, buttery harmonies and a chorus that goes: “They call us wild / Let’s show them wild.”

>Syd Arthur
– Apricity CD/LP (Harvest)
Formed in Canterbury in 2003, Syd Arthur is comprised of brothers Liam (lead vocals and guitar), Joel (bass) and Josh (drums) Magill, and violin player Raven Bush. The name of the band is a nod to Syd Barrett and Arthur Lee. Formed out of the forest party rave scene in their home county, and with a hard-won DIY self-sufficiency, Syd Arthur developed a sound and approach miles beyond their foursquare indie peers. Here was swirling rock with psychedelic textures, guitar-based trance with a funk groove. A band adaptive enough, bold enough, to tour with White Denim and The Strokes. Far from being young crate-diggers spun from a “Canterbury scene” wormhole, 2016 finds Syd Arthur lauded as ahead-of-the-curve trailblazers, pop-psych adventurers who count as peers Tame Impala, Temples and Toy. Their fourth album,
Apricity, is a freshly invigorated take on the psych-pop revolution they helped usher in.
>Tanya Tagaq
– Retribution CD (Six Shooter)
“Tagaq is an Inuk throat singer, whose career has exploded both the global profile of the craft and the boundaries of the practice itself. Traditionally, throat singing (or katajjaq) is a breathing game played by two women standing inches apart, trying to make each other laugh. Tagaq has trained herself to perform alone, maintaining the constant sound usually provided by two cyclical voices because she has learned, staggeringly, to sing with equal force when she inhales and exhales. And she's not playing a game. Tagaq's music is inseparable from her activism, both drawing attention to the still-unsolved murders and disappearances of thousands of indigenous women, the pillaging of the earth and the decimation of Inuit culture.” -- NPR

>That Handsome Devil
– Drugs & Guns For Everyone CD/LP (That Handsome Devil)
That Handsome Devil, often shortened to THD, is an American rock band hailing from Brooklyn, New York, by way of Boston, Massachusetts. The band mixes genres such as rock, funk, jazz, jive, blues, surf, R&B, reggae, rockabilly, rap, and psychedelic. Their sound has also been described as "equal parts Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, bizarre electronica, creepy hip hop and in-your-face gonzo rock". Gypsy jazz has been used in description of the band, while frontman Godforbid describes the band's music as "fringe pop."

>Tygers Of Pan Tang
– Tygers Of Pan Tang LP (Mighty Music)
New “comeback album” from the veteran British heavy metal band. [Limited edition vinyl picture disc also available.]

>Ultar
– Kadath CD (Temple Of Torturous)
An interesting blend of post rock and ‘90s-era melodic black metal.

>Various Artists
– The Musical Mojo Of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac And His Music 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray (Concord)
The Musical Mojo Of Dr. John double-disc live recording captures a star-studded concert at New Orleans' Saenger Theatre, with Dr. John joined by a diverse assortment of notable guest artists who perform 22 songs written, recorded and/or popularized by Dr. John during his prolific six-decade career. The performers include Bruce Springsteen, who duets with Dr. John on the 1973 smash “Right Place Wrong Time”; Jason Isbell, who delivers a heartfelt “Blow Wind Blow”; John Fogerty, who performs the raucous Crescent City anthem “New Orleans”; Mavis Staples, who brings gospel fervor to “Lay My Burden Down”; Widespread Panic, who lend musical muscle to “Familiar Reality”; and Ryan Bingham, who delivers a haunting “Back By The River.” Fittingly, The Musical Mojo of Dr. John also features memorable performances by several New Orleans legends, including Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Terence Blanchard, John Boutté, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste of the Meters, and Aaron, Charles and Cyril Neville. [Stand-alone DVD edition also available.]
>Wardruna
– Runaljod Ragnarok CD/LP (By Norse Music)
New album – the final installment of a trilogy – from the Norwegian dark folk outfit. “Wardruna is a very special band. Part conceptual, part experimental, intensely spiritual and wholly entrancing, Wardruna uses old Norse instruments and atmospheric soundscape samples to take you on an epic journey through each of their albums, which form a triptych based around each of the 24 runes known as the elder futhark.” – Metal Wani

>The Dean Ween Group
– The Deaner Album CD/LP (ATO)
The Deaner Album is the debut album from The Dean Ween Group. On it, guitarist Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo brings his love of classic guitar rock to 14 original compositions (including four instrumentals) that echo everything from classic rock to cracked country to the quirky mix of soul, funk, metal and punk that defined Ween. “My tastes are very mainstream; I love Jimi Hendrix and Santana and Zeppelin, but my ears are always open,” The Deaner says. “P-Funk, they’re right up there with the Beatles. That’s what my influences were – that and punk rock – and I wanted all that in this album.” After Ween stopped, I put my guitar down for almost a year,” he continues. “I’ll never do that again. I’m so into practicing and writing and being good at my craft right now. I’m back in playoff shape. I write and play and record all day, every day, and I’m going to keep it there for the rest of my life.”
>Weyes Blood
– Front Row Seat To Earth CD/LP (Mexican Summer)
“At times on the new album from indie outfit Weyes Blood, you can’t quite tell where you are. The aesthetic (artist presence, voice, song arrangements) feels rather folk, but the way Natalie Mering, who is the band, vocalizes with such thick, haunting tones makes you question what it is you’re actually listening to. I still don’t really know, but I like it.
Front Fow Seat To Earth seems defined by just how transitional and evasive it is. It’s tender and brimming with emotion on songs like ‘Do You Need My Love’ and ‘Seven Words,’ but never lets the audience too close to the artist, or even the subject, for that matter. Her vocal talent is unique, something of a cross between Joan Baez and Judee Sill, but even that’s not quite right. There’s no good category to put her or this album in, except maybe ‘original.’” – Cecil Whig
>White Lies
– Friends CD/LP+MP3 (BMG Rights Management)
With their fourth album Friends, White Lies haven't so much abandoned their trademark synth-rock style as given it a spring clean by exploring new sounds. For many reasons, it felt like a fresh start. The trio was temporarily without a label after a bout of record company reorganization. Rather than re-sign straight away, they decided to record
Friends under their own steam without the pressure of a deadline or a budget, or even the guidance of a producer. The album was recorded in Bryan Ferry's private studio in London's Olympia and was self-produced by the band. [Limited edition vinyl picture disc also available.]
>Wovenwar
– Honor Is Dead CD (Metal Blade)
“The weight of the technical yet lithe riffing -- combined with Jordan Mancino's thunderous, inimitable drumming and vocalist Shane Blay's visceral performance as he delivers lyrics rife with anger and frustration -- makes
Honor Is Dead’s soulful, engaging self-titled debut seem almost lightweight by comparison.”

DVDs + Blu-ray:
>
Fall Out Boy – The Boys Of Zummer Tour: Live In Chicago DVD/Blu-ray (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Join multi-platinum band Fall Out Boy as they travel back to their hometown of Chicago for “a mind-blowing audio-visual extravaganza.” 80 minutes.

>Morphine: Journey Of Dreams
– DVD (Cinema)
A definitive, in-depth tale of Morphine’s compelling career and life together and their resonant musical creativity. The film doesn't just get behind the music but inside the band as its story is primarily told by the trio's surviving members, saxophonist Dana Colley and drummers Billy Conway and Jerome Dupree plus the close-knit familial coterie that worked with them as well as Sandman's girlfriend Sabine Hrechdakian. It's punctuated by incisive commentary and observations from such friends and admirers of the group as Henry Rollins, Joe Strummer and Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. A wealth of live performance footage gathered from across Morphine's career recalls and amplifies the band's innovative yet at the same time classic, timeless and "beautifully bottom-heavy" sound, as Rolling Stone praised it. 93 minutes.

>Santana
– Santana IV: Live At The House Of Blues Las Vegas DVD+CD/Blu-ray+CD (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
On March 21st, 2016, a few weeks prior to the release of the
Santana IV album, the classic line-up of Santana (Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals); Neal Schon (guitar, vocals); Gregg Rolie (keyboards, vocals); Michael Shrieve (drums); Michael Carabello (congas, backing vocals); with Karl Perazzo (percussion, vocals), Benny Rietveld (bass) with special guest vocalist Ronald Isley) took to the stage at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas. 151 minutes.
>Various Artists
– The Musical Mojo Of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac And His Music DVD/Blu-ray (Concord)
The Musical Mojo Of Dr. John was filmed at New Orleans' Saenger Theatre, with Dr. John joined by a diverse assortment of notable guest artists who perform 22 songs written, recorded and/or popularized by Dr. John during his prolific six-decade career.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Erykah Badu
– Baduism [1997] 2xLP (Motown)
Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun [2000] 2xLP (Motown)
Vinyl reissues of the neo soul singer/songwriter’s first two albums.

>The Cowboy Junkies
– The Trinity Session [Reissue/1988] LP (Acoustic Sounds)
200gm gatefold reissue. Featuring the sultry voice of Margo Timmins, the precise musicianship of her brothers Peter (on drums) and Michael (on guitar), and bassist Alan Anton, The Trinity Session is a spare, evocative, countrified-rock classic.

>Gavin Degraw
– Something Worth Saving LP+MP3 (RCA)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Sixth album from the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling singer, performer and songwriter.

>Depeche Mode
– 101 [Reissue/1989] 2xLP (Rhino)
Vinyl reissue of the 1988 live album – the 101
st (and final) of that tour.
>Emerson, Lake & Palmer
– Trilogy [Reissue/1972] LP (BMG Rights Management)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery [Reissue/1973] LP (BMG Rights Management)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends – Ladies And Gentlemen [Reissue/1974] 3xLP (BMG Rights Management)
Recently reissued as expanded double-CD editions – each title is back in print on vinyl. Latest in the ongoing reissue series of ELP’s back catalog. Emerson, Lake & Palmer were one of the most successful, innovative and ground breaking British groups of the golden age of progressive rock. The band is notable for their classical and jazz influenced compositions, virtuoso musicianship and over-the-top live performances.

>Enya
– Watermark [Reissue/1988] LP (Reprise)
Enya – Shepherd’s Moon [Reissue/1991] LP (Reprise)
Enya – Memory Of Trees [1995] LP (Reprise)
The Irish new age singer’s second, third and fourth albums are back in print on vinyl.

>The Fall
– Grotesque (After The Gramme) [Reissue/1980] LP (Superior Viaduct)
Bursting into the 1980s on a new label (the then-upstart, now-legendary Rough Trade) and with an augmented, audibly panicked lineup, The Fall's
Grotesque is the true pure-bred Fall release from the Marc Riley era. Released in the immediate wake of The Fall's most beloved single (Totally Wired), the album carries over that righteously famed teeth-chattering, bolstered in no small part by the drumming of new addition Paul Hanley, brother of bassist Steve Hanley and aged only 15 at the time of recording.
>Feeder
– All Bright Electric LP+MP3 (Cooking Vinyl)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Ninth album from the Welsh rock band.

>The Flesh Eaters
– Forever Came Today [Reissue/1982] LP (Superior Viaduct)
In the wake of the star-filled
A Minute To Pray A Second To Die, The Flesh Eaters’ frontman Chris D. assembled a leaner, meaner band to deliver his next unbound vision. Forever Came Today, the group’s third full-length album, was originally released on Ruby Records in 1982 and features Don Kirk on guitar, Robyn Jameson on bass, Chris Wahl on drums, Steve Berlin on sax and Chris D.’s unmistakable voice. A perfect introduction to The Flesh Eaters’ dark sense of humor and positively bleak form of rock ’n’ roll.
>Foghat
– Under The Influence LP (Foghat)
Released in June on CD – now available on vinyl. New album from the legendary rock band – 180gm pressing.

>Funkadelic
– Maggot Brain [Reissue/1971] LP (4 Men With Beards)
Funkadelic – Let’s Take It To The Stage [Reissue/1975] LP (4 Men With Beards)
Limited “chocofunkalatte” (
Maggot Brain) and blue (Let’s Take It To The Stage) color vinyl reissues.
>Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou
- Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou LP (Mississippi)
More 1960's recordings of Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou’s truly unique solo piano performances. Her playing is somewhere between Erik Satie, Debussy, liturgical music of the Coptic Ethiopian Church, and Ethiopian traditional music. It is some of the most moving piano music you will ever hear. All original compositions available for the first time on vinyl beyond the original early ‘60s editions, which are completely impossible to find.

>Lightnin’ Sam Hopkins
– Lightnin’ Sam Hopkins [Reissue/1962] LP (Arhoolie)
Recorded in Berkeley, CA and Houston, TX during the winter of 1961-‘62,
Lightin' Sam Hopkins features a stripped-down blues trio on some of the most intimate and powerful recordings of Hopkins' long and storied career. An absolute classic of electric Texas blues reissued on purple color vinyl.
>Keefe Jackson/Jason Adasiewicz
– Rows And Rows LP (Delmark)
Shaping their musical heritage together for 15 years, saxophonist Keefe Jackson and vibist Jason Adasiewicz have been vital in defining and refining 'The Chicago Sound'. On
Rows And Rows, six of the nine original compositions were composed specifically for the session, while the remaining three are older tunes re-imagined for duo.
>Janes Addiction
– Sterling Spoon 6xLP (Rhino)
Includes:
Nothing's Shocking (1988), Ritual de lo Habitual (1990), Live From The Palladium (1990), and Selections From Kettle Whistle (demos and rarities). 180gm.
>Eric Johnson
– EJ LP (Provogue)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Eric Johnson shows his acoustic side on his 12th album, which was recorded using piano and steel-string and nylon-string acoustic guitars.

>Mac Dre
– The Genie Of The Lamp [2004] 2xLP (Thizz Entertainment)
Mac Dre – Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics [2004] 2xLP (Thizz Entertainment)
First time color vinyl pressings from the SF rap legend.

>The Marcus King Band
– The Marcus King Band LP (Fantasy)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. At only 20 years of age, Marcus King's dazzling musical ability is on full display throughout
The Marcus King Band, the young phenom's second full-length LP. The album was produced by King's champion Warren Haynes, who expertly wraps the band's muscular live energy around a rising young songwriter of unusual clarity and depth. The album was largely written during this past year on the road while the band played ever-larger venues and festivals to a burgeoning fan base. Haynes expertly captured the group's blazing live sound as well as the restrained and subtle talent of a passionate young singer/songwriter reaching well beyond his years and into the future.
>MF Doom
– Operation: Doomsday [Reissue/1999] 2xLP (Metal Face)
Vinyl reissue of the debut solo album by emcee/producer MF Doom, which marked his return to the hip-hop scene after KMD's demise.

>The Moms
– The Snowbird LP+MP3 (Bar/None)
The Moms is a hard charging three piece from Morris Plains, NJ. Not only are they masters of the mosh pit they also deliver memorable hook-filled songs, often below the two-minute mark.

>Nao
– For All We Know 2xLP (RCA)
For All We Know is the debut studio album by British electronic singer/songwriter Nao. The concept for the album came about when Nao began to feature vocals with other artists, such as Disclosure and Mura Masa. After the collaboration that she did with Disclosure on their song “Superego,” it inspired Nao to work further and deeper into that genre of music. Limited green and yellow color vinyl pressing in gatefold jacket.
>Iggy Pop
– The Idiot [Reissue/1977] LP (4 Men With Beards)
Iggy Pop – Lust For Life [Reissue/1977] LP (4 Men With Beards)
Originally released in 1977,
The Idiot was the first album Iggy Pop made after the dissolution of the Stooges, several jailings and a self-imposed stay in a mental institution. Produced by David Bowie, and including music written almost entirely by him, it is Iggy's most introspective and heavy work. Much more mechanical than the sleazy proto-punk of the Stooges, The Idiot was a huge influence on the post-punk sound of folks like Joy Division and Magazine. An absolute classic on white/clear vinyl. Released less than a year after The Idiot, Lust For Life is a return to the sloppy, sleazy, blues-y, swagger of the Stooges. Though the record is, again produced by David Bowie, he takes much more of a backseat musically, allowing for Iggy Pop to take center stage in his return to form. His best solo album and an absolute classic from this legend. Reissued on yellow vinyl.
>John Prine
– For Better, Or Worse LP (Oh Boy)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “John Prine was once touted, along with every other gravelly young huckster with a guitar, as the new Dylan. If this latest release is any indication, he’s more like the new George Jones.
For Better, Or Worse is an anthology of classic country duets by the likes of Jones and other deities of the Grand Ole Opry. Prine has revisited them accompanied by a sorority of Nashville’s rootsiest songbirds to parry and spar in break-up songs and make-up songs. Prine did something similar with In Spite Of Ourselves in 1999. This follow-up is another almanac of historical pleasures. They include George Jones’s mournful ‘Color Of The Blues,’ sung with Susan Tedeschi, and Buck Owens’s courtroom barney ‘Mental Cruelty’ (with Kacey Musgraves, who once wrote a song called ‘John Prine,’ giving as good as she gets). With Miranda Lambert Prine even sounds cheerful on Hank Williams’s ‘Cold, Cold Heart.’ And why shouldn’t he? He sings the enchanting ‘40s love duet ‘My Happiness’ with Fiona Prine, the third Mrs P. This marriage of Prine and the great country songbook is made in heaven.” – The Art Desk
>Rain Dog
– There Be Monsters 2xLP (Project:Mooncircle)
At almost fifteen years strong now, Berlin-based label Project:Mooncircle has become an authority for left-field, ‘cerebral’ electronic music. In a sense born out of the dominance techno music has in the city, its releases chart an array of ‘post-’s, drawing from a melting-pot of electronic influences, often to a dark but meditative effect. Its latest export comes from Samuel Evans, aka Rain Dog, who follows his acclaimed debut
Two Worlds with his new release There Be Monsters.
>Sixx:A.M.
– We Will Not Go Quietly 12” (Eleven Seven Music)
First single from new album
Prayers For The Damned Vol. 2 (due November 25).
>Sonic Avenues
– Disconnector LP (Dirtnap)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. A conscious effort to offer abrupt contrasts along with new textures has Sonic Avenues turning from dark and quiet into fast, noisy, fuzzed-out sing-alongs. Building on 2014's well-received
Mistakes, Disconnector explores new themes of future and destiny, human potential and its annihilation, self-control, and abandonment. The band's punk roots are still in evidence, though, and if you didn't know what to listen for, this could almost be a different band from the one that released their s/t debut LP back in 2009.
>Sonic Youth
– Murray Street [Reissue/2002] LP (Geffen)
Named after the New York street where their studio is situated -- and where a plane engine landed on September 11, 2001 -- Murray Street is potent, accessible, daring, and often obliteratingly lovely. Obliquely melancholic, tuneful but unorthodox, all are enriched by great cascades of intricate three-guitar noise.

>Springtime Carnivore
– Midnight Room LP (Autumn Tone)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Greta Morgan is Springtime Carnivore.
Midnight Room is a continuation of the strain of melodic psychedelic pop found on her self-titled debut.
>Watts
– The Black Heart Of Rock-N-Roll LP (Rum Bar)
For their fourth album, Watts drew inspiration from the likes of AC/DC, Cheap Trick, Kiss, The Rolling Stones and more.

>Blind Owl Wilson
– Blind Owl Wilson LP (Mississippi)
Blind Owl Wilson was a truly great guitarist and vocalist who's deep well of psychedelic blues songs were buried amongst the catalog of major label rockin' blues band Canned Heat. Blind Owl served as Canned Heat's guitarist and would chip in a song here and there as a frontman. A couple of those songs became huge hits in the ‘60s – “Going Up The Country” and “On The Road Again.” Blind Owl's songs for Canned Heat stood in stark contrast to the bands blustery blues rock -- his was a gentle and nuanced voice and the themes of his song were all about personal heartbreak, grasping for cosmic understanding, and ecological justice. Here we have an LP of Blind Owl's songs from Canned Heat's records -- left to sit alone and take you somewhere unexpected.

>Winterfylleth
– The Dark Hereafter LP (Spinefarm)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The contemporary UK black metal band returns with a new album.

>Adrian Younge
– The Electronique Void: Black Noise Instrumentals LP (Linear Labs)
Younge’s 10-track instrumental LP is his first excursion into the electronic music field. But don’t think it’s compatible to the rave-ready EDM of Skrillex, David Guetta, or Calvin Harris.
The Electronique Void is an updated version of tunes forged by analog synthesizers, tape machines, and microphones from 1968–1973.

Cassettes:
>American Football
– American Football (LP2) (Polyvinyl)
The emo rock back returns with a new LP for the first time in 17 years and yes, it is again self-titled.

>Planes Mistaken For Stars
– Prey (Deathwish Inc.)
After a ten-year absence, post-hardcore outfit Planes Mistaken For Stars return with a new album.
released 14 OCTOBER 2016
>CDs + Vinyl:

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell – Keep It Greasy! CD (Rise Above)
Here’s a band proud to be the soundtrack to your weed smokin’, beer swiggin’ escapes from 2016’s dystopian shitstorm reality; one feverishly decorated with unrelenting commercialism, villainous politicians and godforsaken autotune. There may be thousands of musicians who can play their instruments better, write more intelligent and thought provoking music, but when you listen to rugged and guttural ‘tune in, drop out’ vibes of
Keep It Greasy, none of that seems to matter. From the jolting opening sex-pest boogie of “U Got Wot I Need” to the sandpaper smooth, Zeppelin stomp of “Tired N’ Wired” – its lyrics straight from Lemmy’s freight train of thought – The Shovell make the last three decades crumble away. Longer tracks like “Hairy Brain Part 2,” “Paid In Full” and album closer “Wrong” are peppered with many of rock’s cornerstones – twisting harmonies, driving shuffle rhythms and whirling feedback. Keep It Greasy! doesn’t parade itself as anything immaculate or groundbreaking – and we all know how tiresome such hyperbole infested press releases can be – but it is hellish fun. Stick it on at a neighbor-unfriendly volume and enjoy it for the sordid, f*cked up time warp that it is and see for yourself. [Vinyl edition due October 28.]
>After 7
– Timeless CD (E1)
New release from the platinum R&B trio -- their first in over 20 years.

>Terry Allen
– Lubbock (On Everything) [Reissue/1978] 2xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Paradise Of Bachelors)
Legendary Texan artist Terry Allen occupies a unique position straddling the frontiers of country music and visual art; he has worked with everyone from Guy Clark to David Byrne to Lucinda Williams, and his artwork resides in museums worldwide. Widely acclaimed as a masterpiece, his deeply moving (and hilarious) satirical second album, a complex memory palace to his West Texas hometown Lubbock, is often cited as the urtext of alt-country. Produced in collaboration with the artist and meticulously remastered from the original analog tapes, this is the definitive edition.

>The Anchoress
– Confessions Of A Romance Novelist CD/LP (Kscope)
“Catherine Ann Davies is definitely not the shy, retiring sort. The Anchoress is the latest iteration of her persona following releases under the name Catherine A.D. and collaborating on more projects than you can waft a wand at. Confessions Of A Romance Novelist is bursting at the corset, dressing female identity in a rich and varied wardrobe. Lovingly co-produced with Paul (Mansun) Draper, Davies is on startling form throughout, layering spellbinding vocal harmonies and turning her hand to a long list of instruments with names few will even recognize. Pop, rock, some spoken word and a splash of funk for "Chip On Your Shoulder" give a sense of the musical flavours which marry with the insightful, intelligent songwriting on this hugely entertaining album.” – The Line Of Best Fit

>Anciients
– Voice Of The Void CD/LP/Cassette (Season Of Mist)
Voice Of The Void is the second album from Canada’s Anciients, a band whose sound has gelled into something even more fluid and dynamic than their impressive debut. With nods to established veterans and boundary-pushers like Opeth and Mastodon, they’ve crafted nine sprawling songs that conjure a range of moods across an ambitious but rewarding 67 minutes. Album opener ‘Following The Voice’ is an adrenaline rush with rollicking drums that have a flair for the anthemic, especially under the more melodic riffage, echoing the group’s sentiments right from the beginning. Focusing ‘a bit more on the metal aspects of [their] sound this time around,’ the evidence is found on parts like the mid-section of ‘Worshipper,’ complete with Mikael Akerfeldt-esque growls amidst the beautifully clean song counterparts. ‘In terms of theme/lyrics, this record is far more cynical and less hopeful than the debut’ said guitarist Chris Dyck. ‘It metaphorically addresses some life choices/paths, etc. and what we see happening in the world — it’s a darker and more pissed off album.’”
>Aziza
– Aziza CD/LP (Dare2)
Aziza is a modern jazz quartet comprised of bassist Dave Holland, saxophonist Chris Potter, guitarist Lionel Loueke, and drummer Eric Harland.

>Nils Bech
– Echo CD (DFA)
Echo is the first album for DFA from acclaimed Norwegian avant garde pop vocalist Nils Bech. Where his previous work was strange, ethereal and otherworldly, Echo throbs with a renewed sense of vigor and urgency, without losing any of the idiosyncratic beauty that previously marked Bech’s work. The sound created here is strange and immediate. Stuttering sharp bass kicks combine with clanging five-alarm snare drums made of glass, orchestra stabs and melancholy piano lines jump in and out of the arrangements.
>Bell X1
– Arms CD/LP (BellyUp)
One of Irelands' most beloved bands, Bell X1 is back with their seventh studio album,
Arms. The songs here possess a shabby grace and soft-focus elegance, but there’s also a bruised, bittersweet, romantic mood throughout. Melancholic and lovelorn in places for sure, but also spirited, determined, bolshie, and optimistic by turns.
>Benoit Pioulard
– The Benoit Pioulard Listening Matter CD/LP (Kranky)
The sixth Kranky album from Thomas Meluch under the nom de plume Benoit Pioulard arrives on the 10th anniversary of his first LP
Précis, and offers a rekindled focus on self-examination, as well as a return to vocal-based pop structures following the mostly instrumental Sonnet (2015). Recording for the Listening Matter began during a period of grief, turmoil and self-medication, and continued throughout two years of growth and healing. Reflections on vice ("Layette," "Anchor as the Muse"), virtue ("Narcologue") and death ("A mantle for Charon") feature equally in this concise treatise aimed at the flawed-but-resilient core in us all. By coincidence this album was completed on the very day Meluch's only brother died; accordingly, it's dedicated to him and anyone seeking paths away from their demons.
>The Bevis Frond
– It Just Is [Reissue/1993] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Fire America)
The Bevis Frond – Sprawl [Reissue/1994] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Fire America)
The Bevis Frond – Superseeder [Reissue/1995] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Fire America)
Influential British psych-rock/folk back in print on CD and vinyl. “The main strength of the Bevis Frond is the exquisite songwriting, with pithy and poignant lyrics delivered in a very uncompromising English roots accent. Artists such as Teenage Fanclub, Elliott Smith and Mary Lou Lord have covered their songs, while he’s played with Current 93, The Hawklords, Oneida and Arthur Lee of Love, amongst many others -- ” The Quietus

>Big Star
– Complete Third 3xCD (Omnivore)
Over the years, Big Star’s 1978 album
Third has been re-released, re-sequenced, and reissued as Sister Lovers. Now, all of the album’s recordings—demos, mixes, and alternate versions of songs—have been collected in one place for the first time on this three-disc set, Complete Third. The collection boasts 69 total tracks, 28 of which are previously unheard session recordings, demos and alternate mixes made by producer Jim Dickinson and engineer John Fry. “The small but rabid cult of Big Star, composed initially of rock critics and hometown Memphis hipsters, coalesced around 1972’s #1 Record, which supercharged the legacy of the Beatles and Byrds, and 1974’s Radio City, which brought additional attitude and poignancy to the recipe. The shimmering brilliance of Big Star’s sound and songs on those two LPs, along with its underdog allure, would have been sufficient to perpetuate the band’s legend. But there was a third album, and that strange beast of a record made all the difference for subsequent generations of fans—many of whom formed bands of their own—who turned each other on to this music as if it were a secret religion or a trippy new drug” -- Bud Scoppa’s Complete Third liner notes. [Three separate double LPs to follow, each vinyl volume representing a CD in the boxed set.]
>Blackberry Smoke
– Like An Arrow CD/2xLP (3 Legged)
Blackberry Smoke isn’t just helping to save country music, they’re helping to save Southern rock music, rock music, American music, and music made by real humans sweating on a stage, holding real damn instruments, and testifying. In a time when we can’t agree on anything, music fans from a major swath of the population can agree that Blackberry Smoke is one badass group of hairy dudes. While much of American music has abandoned the authenticity and machismo that’s at the heart of the American sound, Blackberry Smoke has doubled down on it. Remember back to early 2015 before Aaron Watson, Jason Isbell, and Sturgill Simpson were landing #1 records on the country charts? It was actually Blackberry Smoke who claimed the very first independently-released record to go #1 with
Holding All The Roses. Now they return with their new album Like An Arrow. The 12-song set—produced by Brendan O’Brien, whose previous production clients have included AC/DC, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young—showcases the Atlanta-based quintet’s emotion-charged mix of bluesy rock, gospel soul, and country, and includes a guest appearance by Southern rocker Gregg Allman on “Free On The Wing.” [Limited translucent orange color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Black Marble
– It’s Immaterial CD/LP (Ghostly Int’l)
“Recently, Chris Stewart, like many other folks over the past few years who have either seen the writing on the wall, the sand, or the trend pieces in major newspapers, made the move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. It’s Immaterial doesn’t make any seismic adjustments to Black Marble’s era-faithful synthwave which arrived fully formed on the debut Weight Against the Door EP and full length A Different Arrangement, but you can feel the warm California sun—or at least the idea of it and the possibilities that it represents—poking through the bedroom blinds.” – Pop Matters

>Botany
– Deepak Verbera CD/LP (Western Vinyl)
Deepak Verbera is a soundscape record created through methods usually found in hip-hop: vinyl samples, looped vocal phrases, pulsing bass, and warm synths all shimmer with kosmische-indebted splendor, like Popol Vuh with MPCs and a stack of secondhand records. [Limited white vinyl pressing also available.]
>David Bromberg
– The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues CD/LP+MP3 (Red House)
A wonderfully curated selection of deep cuts from the blues genre, in addition to luminous originals and traditional material given the Bromberg treatment.

>Dewa Budjana
– Zentuary 2xCD (Favored Nation)
“Indonesian guitar legend of Balinese ethnic heritage and balinese Hindu faith – Dewa Budjana – marks his initial Favored Nations release in grandiose style, offering his most ambitious album to date,
Zentuary. Supported by an all-star cast of enormous proportions – including jazz drums (and occasional pianist) legend, Jack DeJohnette (Miles Davis; over forty years on the ECM label), the iconic progressive bass and stickman, Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel; King Crimson; Stick Men), and the extraordinary superstar sideman talents of Britain’s Gary Husband (Allan Holdsworth; John McLaughlin; Billy Cobham; Jack Bruce) – Budjana offers a profusion of cross-cultural delicacies which tease, cajole, enthrall and, ultimately, satisfy listeners.” – House Of Prog
>Bushman’s Revenge
– Jazz, Fritt Etter Hukommelsen CD/LP+CD (Rune Grammofon)
Bushman’s Revenge – Bushman’s Fire LP+CD (Rune Grammofon)
This Scandinavian jazz trio has been called the missing link between Albert Ayler and Black Sabbath and a Marshall amp version of John Coltrane's
Interstellar Space.
>Busman’s Holiday
– Popular Cycles CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
Much like the lyrical content, the musical landscape of
Popular Cycles spans grandly, from the booming of a 21-piece orchestra to the solitary sound of a singing bowl. From Western soundtracks to a drone of twelve-strings, tones of forgiveness sweet enough to taste, funky drummers, the splish-splosh of fingers & palms, and melancholy chanting. From Richard Strauss to PeeWee's Playhouse, Busman's Holiday brings a refreshing sound to the stale world of pop music.
>Paul Cauthen
– My Gospel CD/LP (Lightning Rod)
“Co-founder of celebrated Americana band Sons of Fathers, Paul Cauthen left the group three years ago to focus on finding his true voice and building a solo career. Digging deep into the gospel music of his Texas youth, Cauthen‘s lead track from his new album,
My Gospel, is a rousing statement of purpose that preaches of the need for love and the spiritual in this life, whatever form that might take. Cauthen’s voice on this track echoes a bit of Elvis with its deep tones, heavy vibrato and ability to move the listener. He connects right away with you, like Elvis, his voice rising to the heavens like it could move mountains.” – Pop Matters
>Mark Collie & His Reckless Companions
– Alive At Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary CD/2xLP (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Until it closed in 2009, Tennessee's Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary was one of the most notorious penal institutions in America. Located in mountainous Petros, it was a forbidding rockpile hewn out of the rough countryside by its own inmates in 1896. On Oct. 17, 2001, Mark Collie came to Brushy Mountain with a sheaf of newly written songs about crime and punishment and an all-star band for a pair of performances that were recorded for a live album release.
Alive At Brushy Mountain embraces a breadth of American styles -- country, blues, gospel, bluegrass, and rock ‘n’ roll. It largely comprises striking original material, which contemplates the convict's lot with compassion, keen detail, and sometimes boisterous humor.
>Phil Collins
– Singles 2xCD/4xLP (Rhino)
Double-CD singles collection from the pop and adult contemporary singer/songwriter/musician.

>Crying
- Beyond The Fleeting Gales CD/LP+MP3 (Run For Cover)
“Crying is a charming New York trio that got their start doing genre fusions of twee pop and chiptune, somehow managing to make the blend sound good. This was mostly thanks to an exceptional sense of melody and remarkably earnest lyrics from lead singer Elaiza Santos. That was only two years ago, when they released two EPs,
Get Olde and Second Wind. Beyond The Fleeting Gales is their first full-length record. Despite that, the record already serves as a bit of a departure from the group’s stylistic roots, which might seem obvious from the admittedly awful album cover. Despite the album art’s Gaelic typeface and plain images of blue skies and green fields, the album has more in common with Irish rockers Thin Lizzy than with the hypothetical Celtic gospel album it seems to hearken back to. Moving away from the 8-bit and sliding closer to the ‘70s and ‘80s, their debut is chock-full of hair metal shreds and Yes-like arpeggiated synth leads. Impressively, they never seem to fall into the corny clichés that plague the rock music of those decades. The Game Boys are gone, replaced almost entirely by boss-battle-adjacent synths. They provide atmosphere for the LP’s slower forays into prog-ish power ballads, and harmonize with Santos’s voice in a way that still sounds unique. Beyond The Fleeting Gales is Crying ditching their gimmick, while still managing to carve out their own distinctive niche” – BeatRoute. [Limited color vinyl edition also available.]
>Dave Douglas/Frank Woeste/Matt Brewer/Clarence Penn
– Dada People CD (Greenleaf Music)
Grammy-nominated American trumpeter Dave Douglas and award-winning French pianist Frank Woeste join forces on a new project inspired by the life and work of Man Ray and his colleagues in the Dada and Surrealist movements of the 20th century.

>Douglas Dare
– Aforger CD/LP (Erased Tapes)
Following his acclaimed debut, Whelm, London-based singer-songwriter and pianist Douglas Dare returns with his sophomore album. In a digital age where memories are mimicked by pixels and identity is as malleable as static, Douglas Dare's new album
Aforger questions the boundaries between reality and fiction. Inspired by recent events and revelations encountered in his life, these songs depict Dare at his most vulnerable, whilst simultaneously reflecting our own obsession with reality and technology back at us.
>Darkthrone
– Arctic Thunder CD (Peaceville)
A new heavy metal odyssey now awaits you as Fenriz and Nocturno Culto once more show their mastery of “the riff”, demonstrating why Darkthrone remain one of the most respected and enduring acts in the history of extreme metal. An eclectic mix of free-spirited '80s-fueled blackened heavy metal, all executed in Darkthrone's trademark raw and organic style,
Arctic Thunder was recorded and produced by the band themselves, with the sessions conducted at Darkthrone's old rehearsal unit, The Bomb Shelter, which was originally used during 1988-1990. With themes based around hate, contempt, and the inner mind and soul, and with the notable presence of Nocturno Culto on vocal duties across all songs for the first time in recent years, Arctic Thunder retains a grim atmosphere throughout the album's eight tracks.
>D.D Dumbo
– Utopia Defeated CD/LP+MP3 (4AD)
D.D Dumbo’s fantastical debut album conjures a vivid, wide-eyed musical landscape teeming with nervous energy and exotic evocations of the world at large. Backed by skittering sounds,
Utopia Defeated hinges on Perry’s expressive voice, and the dissonance of an artist compelled to question his position in the natural world. The resulting sonic universe is a collision of blues licks, echoes of world music, strident ‘80s pop, the kinetic energy of dance music, and splashes of outsider art akin to Captain Beefheart, one of D.D Dumbo’s touchstones.
>Départe
– Failure, Subside CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Debut album from Australia's extreme metal luminaries. Far beyond just being extreme, Départe's smoldering darkness is colossal; with vast guitarscapes so thick and discordant as to suffocate life under their oppressive weight.

>Dillinger Escape Plan
– Dissociation CD/LP (Party Smasher Inc./Cooking Vinyl)
“The Dillinger Escape Plan never made things easy, either for themselves or for their fans. Their music is as challenging as anything considered, mainstream or not, and their line-up changes (most notably, their vocalist) and evolving sound have caused much frustration for those fans. It's fitting, then, that their perfectly titled new record,
Dissociation, might well be their last. The record is less a progression from One Of Us Is The Killer than the band further rounding off the sharp corners from earlier efforts as they have with each record since Miss Machine. To that end, Dissociation acts as a sort of 'greatest hits' -- or, perhaps, greatest ideas. Everything they do well is featured here: mainstream rock riffing, left-field melodic breakdowns, twitchy, nervous swaying, five-minute prog freakouts, seasick lurching, and, of course, their trademark spastic morse code gymnastics” – The Line Of Best Fit. [Limited edition translucent blue color vinyl edition also available.]
>Mike Doughty
– Heart Watches While The Brain Burns CD (Snackbar)
“The former frontman of alt rock band Soul Coughing, Mike Doughty is on a constant mission to strive for the new. His ninth, and most recent solo album,
The Heart Watches While The Brain Burns, was recorded during the time he moved from New York, which had served as his home base since the 1980s, to Memphis Tennessee, which he described as a ‘fascinating, mysterious town.’ ‘I Can’t Believe I Found You In That Town,’ the first track from the album, was inspired by a failed attempt at romance in England’s north. The song is a rollicking good tune, with Mike’s raspy, almost drawling vocal, and the driving guitar and country style drumming propel the song with a great force right through to the end – when all drops and you’re left with Mike’s vocals alone – poignant and forlorn, suggesting the love has ended” – Essentially Pop. [Vinyl edition due December 9.]
>Duchess Says
– Sciences Nouvelles CD/LP (Slovenly)
Faithfully endorsed by the Church of Budgerigars, this antagonistic workout features chanteuse maniaque Annie-Claude Deschenes and her band of desensitized robot cronies clawing their way through ten tracks of Moog saturated cold/new/dark wave blasters, besmirching your cherished optimism and grinding it into dust.

>C Duncan
– The Midnight Sun CD (Family Vineyard)
Glasgow's prodigious talent C Duncan released his critically acclaimed and Mercury Prize nominated debut album
Architect earlier this year (last summer in the UK). Now, his follow-up The Midnight Sun sees the bedroom producer return with a more expansive and experimental second offering, blending electronic elements and sweeping synth sounds with his signature layered vocals and dreamy instrumentation.
>Steve Earle
– Guitar Town 30th Anniversary [Reissue/1986] 2xCD (MCA Nashville)
Guitar Town is the debut album from singer/songwriter Steve Earle. It topped the Billboard country album charts, and the title song reached #7 on the country singles charts. Earle was also nominated for two 1987 Grammy Awards, Best Male Country Vocalist and Best Country Song, for the title track. This double-disc expanded edition features the classic album remastered from the original tapes by Robert Vosgien along with a previously unreleased 19-song live show recorded on the Guitar Town tour at the Park West in Chicago in 1986 and expanded liner notes.
>Danny Elfman
– Girl On The Train [Score/OST] CD (Sony Classics)
Original score to the 2016 motion picture composed by Danny Elfman.

>Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force
– Yermande CD/LP (Ndagga)
Killer Afro-Germanic grooves from Mark Ernestus Ndagga Rhythm Force. Featuring all members of Jeri-Jeri plus the Basic Channell/Rhythm & Sound boss under a new moniker,
Yermande makes the connections between Senegalese Mbalax, Jamaican dub and Berlin minimalism ever more inseparable.
>Carolina Eyck
– Fantasias For Theremin And String Quartet CD/LP (Butterscotch)
World-renowned theremin virtuosa Carolina Eyck and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) come together for the first time on
Fantasias For Theremin And String Quartet. All performances were recorded in full takes with no editing. The result is an organic virtuosity that leads the listener through a wide range of sonic environments across the six pieces.
>Jonathan Finlayson and Sicilian Defense
– Moving Still CD (Pi)
One of the most highly regarded young musicians on the scene, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson was recently been named the Number One Rising Star Trumpeter in the Downbeat Critics Poll. He has been a member of alto saxophonist Steve Coleman's Five Elements for over 15 years, and plays regularly with the likes of such cutting-edge jazz artists as Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, Muhal Richard Abrams and Henry Threadgill. His music is filled with enthrallingly melodic compositional twists and turns: daring music with a firm sense of purpose.

>The Flat Five
– It’s A World Of Love & Hope CD/LP (Bloodshot)
The Flat Five is a Chicago-based pop vocal supergroup comprised of Kelly Hogan, Nora O Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Alex Hall -- five in-demand musicians who individually spend much of their time touring and recording with bands like Neko Case, NRBQ, The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, Mavis Staples, Iron And Wine, Jakob Dylan, Robbie Fulks, Alejandro Escovedo, The New Pornographers, and many other heavy hitters. Their debut album features 12 irresistibly catchy, instantly hummable, and sweetly twisted pop songs written by longtime Chicago fixture Chris Ligon.

>Jonny Fritz
– Sweet Creep CD/LP (ATO)
Jonny Fritz is a torchbearer in that celebrated country music tradition of giant-sized personalities overflowing into song. John Hartford, Roger Miller, Billy Joe Shaver fans look to these country musicians for more than just music. They look for life, for outrageous legend, for a showmanship on and off stage that Jonny Fritz will never fail to deliver. He might not have shot anybody, or spent any considerable time in prison, but on
Sweet Creep, he reminds himself and his fans, that sometimes great lives can also be pretty good ones. The album includes the lyricism of prior release Dad Country with an added air of hopefulness. Recorded in Jim James' (of My Morning Jacket) makeshift hilltop studio in Montecito Heights, Sweet Creep reverberates with the feeling of sunny vistas. From album opener “Are You Thirsty” to the summer-crushy “Humidifier,” Sweet Creep is a freshly signed lease on life. Jonny throws himself into the new album by stripping things down to the essentials. He gathered Nashville's Joshua Hedley and Dawes' Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith and recorded the whole album in three days. The fresh air, freedom from studio pressures, and strong cups of tea all mix into the music, with ATVs briefly heard in the background and two senior tortoises listening at Hedley's feet as he fiddles away. [Limited color vinyl pressings also available.]
>From Indian Lakes
– Everything Feels Better Now CD/LP/Cassette (Triple Crown)
From Indian Lakes is the project of California native Joey Vannucchi. His new album,
Everything Feels Better Now, was recorded using vintage analog equipment, with no editing on vocals and instrumentation. “Delays were made using tape machines,” says Vannucchi, who played all the instruments heard on the album, “and other effects were made using various vintage equipment leftover from sound city studios. We used vintage synth equipment and vintage drums and guitar amps. When writing and recording this album I was really trying to capture a lo-fi aesthetic, while still retaining a sense of thoughtfulness.” Album track “Blank Tapes” is “a shimmering jam with ringing guitar rising over intricate rolling drums, and deep, sparse bass. He situates his voice in a gauzy nest that flirts falsetto as the instrumentation swells underneath him for a continually engaging excursion” – Stereogum. [Limited color vinyl edition also available.]
>The Game
– 1992 CD (E1)
New album from the Compton rapper. The Game further delves into his childhood and life of gang banging during a time of the nation’s high racial tensions across this set inspired by early ‘90s-era Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and 2pac.

>Courtney Granger
– Beneath Still Waters CD/LP (Valcour)
A master fiddler and extraordinarily talented singer, Courtney hails from the Balfa family lineage, which is evident in his powerful vocals and heavily Balfa-influenced fiddling. While for the past 8 years Courtney has been playing and touring full time with Cajun groups the Pine Leaf Boys and Balfa Toujours, Courtney has always had a deep affinity for and knowledge of classic country music. Featuring a master group of musicians and production by the renowned Dirk Powell,
Beneath Still Waters is Courtney’s solo country debut.
>Gurr
– In My Head CD/LP (Duchess Box)
“First wave gurrlcore” band Gurr pair straightforward garage rock tunes with more psychedelic and wave elements on their debut album. “We didn’t start making music because of Kathleen Hanna,” explains singer Andreya Casablanca. “Musically we were more influenced by bands like Gun Club, Echo & the Bunnymen, the B52s or classics like the Ramones and Beatles.”

>Justin Hayward
– All The Way CD (Eagle Records)
First-ever best of collection covering Hayward’s (The Moody Blues) solo recordings. Features new song “The Wind Of Heaven.”

>John Heneghan & His Henpecked Husbands
– Ever Felt The Pain? CD/LP+MP3 (East River)
First solo album from East River String Band co-founder John Heneghan featuring special guest musicians Robert Crumb (Cheap Suit Serenade), Don Flemons (ex-Carolina Chocolate Drops), Eli Smith (Downhill Strugglers), and others.
Ever Felt The Pain? includes deep country blues guitar tracks like as well as traditional country blazers. Cover art by R. Crumb. [Limited color vinyl edition with poster insert of cover art also available.]
>Hippie Sabotage
– Providence CD (iHipHop Distribution)
Providence fuses Hippie Sabotage’s exciting, pop-sensible brand of electronic music with impressive songwriting, alongside an array of chill vibes and heavy trap.
>Horse
– For Twisted Minds Only [Reissue/1970] CD/LP (Rise Above Relics)
Formed in South London during the late ‘60s, Horse was a band creating occult influenced progressive hard rock, ahead of its time. Guitarist Rod Roach had briefly played in an incarnation of British psych-rock legends Andromeda before forming Horse with other key member, vocalist Adrian Hawkins. Alongside bassist Colin Standring, the band also featured legendary drummer Ric Parnell, later of Atomic Rooster (amongst many others) and future star of
This Is Spinal Tap (aka Mick Shrimpton). [Limited purple color vinyl pressing also available.]
>Isan
– Glass Bird Movement CD/LP+7”+MP3 (Morr Music)
On their first album since 2010's
Glow In The Dark Safari Set, Isan once more weave together electronic soundscapes, delicate rhythms and the occasional odd sound into a pulsating, ever-morphing whole. Glass Bird Movement is Antony Ryan and Robin Saville's eighth studio album since starting the project in the late '90s. Exchanging ideas between England and Denmark, Isan has crafted an album which is reminiscent of heyday Boards Of Canada productions, the friendlier ventures of Aphex Twin or the most focused moments of Ulrich Schnauss, if you will.
>Nicolas Jaar
– Sirens CD/LP (Other People)
Sirens is a thoughtful study in contrasts, both musical and political. It's only Nicolas Jaar's second LP, but it is the mark of an enduring electronic composer” [BNM/8.7] – Pitchfork.
Sirens [is] an ambitious and eclectic album that packs tons of ideas into its runtime and manages to pull them all off with a great deal of style. There’s a lot to digest here. ‘Killing Time’ crackles with his trademark, lush samples and ambient noises, its tinkling piano interjections reminiscent of Alice Coltrane or Laraaji. Midway through its 11 minutes, it morphs into a doleful ballad, Jaar’s tender vocal merging with a slow beat. ‘The Governor’ marries distorted drums and effects with layers of crackling interference, piano and treated saxophone, while ‘Leaves’ is a delicate ambient piece, its samples (of what sounds like a father and son talking in Spanish) adding a transporting quality. The centerpiece though is the superb, affecting ‘No,’ a tune which deserves to be a huge radio hit but will probably remain the secret of Jaar’s (many) fans. On this track Jaar sings in Spanish; his voice has become a hugely versatile instrument, tender one minute, forceful the next. It accompanies a cumbia beat, a nod to his Chilean roots, with a bittersweet melody best experienced through headphones to get the full spine-tingling effect. It’s probably the best thing he’s done so far.” – XLR8R
>Jagwar Ma
– Every Now & Then CD/2xLP (Mom + Pop Music)
New album from the Australian psych/dance project “blends Beach Boys harmonies with fiery nods to Chicago house, Madchester, Love’s
Forever Changes and half-forgotten ’60s soul classics.” – Stereogum
>Colin James
– Blue Highways CD/LP (True North)
18
th album from the Juno Award winning singer/songwriter. Blue Highways pays tribute to some of James’ longtime blues idols including Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Freddie King, Jr. Wells & Buddy Guy, Peter Green, Robert Johnson and William Bell to name a few.
>Johnnyswim
– Georgica Pond CD (Big Picnic)
Hailed by The New York Times as “a pairing of equals, a key finding its lock,” singing/songwriting duo Johnnyswim has amplified the strengths of their debut
Diamonds (2014) with an album that reflects different seasons of life and love, filtered through their rousing fusion of folk, soul, pop, and rock.
>JoJo
– Mad Love. CD (Atlantic)
JoJo's first new album since 2006, sees the talented singer/songwriter partnering with a number of top pop producers including Max Martin/Wolf Cousins' Oscar Holter (P!nk, Haliee Steinfeld, Tori Kelly), Whiskey Water (Nick Jonas Feat. Demi Lovato), and songwriter Justin Tranter (Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani).

>Kayser
– IV: Beyond The Reef Of Sanity CD/LP (Listenable)
Swedish thrash horde Kayser are back with a new album.

>Kings Of Leon
– Walls CD/LP+MP3 (RCA)
Seventh album from multi-platinum selling rock band. [Limited blue color vinyl edition also available.]

>Kuedo
– Slow Knife CD/2xLP+MP3 (Planet Mu)
“Flawless, romantic futurism from Kuedo, channeling the deepest thing for emotive anime scores, coldest trap beats and cinematic sound design into a magisterial second album for Planet Mu.” -- Boomkat

>Lemon Twigs
– Do Hollywood CD/LP+MP3 (4AD)
With their debut album for 4AD, Do Hollywood, The Lemon Twigs have fused tightly constructed pop, modern psych, and British invasion melodies into a ten-song masterpiece.

>Christian Löffler
– Mare CD/3xLP+CD (Ki)
Christian Löffler presents his second album
Mare, building upon on the downtempo melancholic sound he has crafted out when he lasts set sale with A Forrest four years ago. Mare is mostly built from sounds he recorded in a cabin by the Baltic Sea in Germany, where the electronic musician/producer set up a studio to work on the album. In addition to field recordings from the surrounding area, it incorporates an antique marimba, a mandolin zither and some custom-modified synthesizers. Mare includes four tracks with Mohna, the lead singer of Hamburg-based band Me Succeeds, as well as three tracks with Löffler himself singing.
>L’Orange & Mr. Lif
– The Life & Death Of Scenery CD (Mello Music)
In this collaboration with the eccentric North Carolina producer, L'Orange, Lif imagines an adjacent future called the "last society," where culture has been obliterated and survival has taken precedence over art. In L'Orange's words, the collaboration is "a negotiation of influences without compromise." You can hear the producer's trademark alchemy of classic boom-rap with glitchy fuzz, a compressed whimsy that slaps against somber scythe-like piano lines, ominous spaghetti western licks, and celestial saxophone licks. Joining the duo are artists DJ QBert, Gonjasufi and Akrobatik. Wyatt Cenac (
Daily Show, Bojack Horseman) lends his voice as the narrator of our story. [Vinyl edition due November 8.]
>Jamie Lidell
– Building A Beginning CD (Jajulin)
British poly-genre wizard Jamie Lidell's
Building A Beginning is his sixth album and follow-up to 2013's wild-eyed self-titled effort. Whereas his last album was a full-body immersion into strident electro and pop sounds, Building A Beginning is Lidell purifying himself in the waters of smooth, earthy psychedelic soul think the subtle low end of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, the swirling loveliness of Temptations' Cloud Nine, and the beatific radiance of Steve Wonder, all imbued with Lidell's distinctive songwriting touch and impossibly gorgeous vocals. Much of the album addresses the duality of romantic and familial love, with his new family playing a major role in its creation. Not only did his wife, Lindsey Rome, assist and writing many of the lyrics, but their newborn son was a major inspiration. No song makes that more clear than the LP’s latest single, “Julian”. Over bright, hopeful neo-soul, Lidell croons about how welcoming his now-one-year-old son has changed his outlook on life. “Now you’re here and life’s a dream/ You’re the only reality worth understanding,” he sings as he leads into the first chorus of, “I can’t believe/ The way your face/ Is taking over, taking the place/ Of all the dark I always face.” [Vinyl edition due November 11.]
>Walter Lukens
– Never Understood CDEP (Modern Outsider)
Walker Lukens' soulful, emotive tenor and alt-pop songwriting have prompted comparisons to everyone from Harry Nilsson to Tom Waits and Pavement. This four song EP is a preview of his full-length record due in 2017.

>The Mavericks
– All Night Live Vol. 1 CD/2xLP (Mono Mundo)
“The Mavericks have been defying easy categorization since 1989 with a tasty mix of country, roots rock, Tex-Mex, Cubano and other styles into a flavor very much their own. Their spirited live shows have always been where The Mavericks really shine. [Album track ] ‘All Over Again, originally on 2013’s
In Time is a great introduction to the uninitiated, showcasing the band’s multi-culti near-the-border sound, as well as Raul Malo’s powerful, Orbison-esque pipes. Guitarist Eddie Perez agrees, telling us ‘This uptempo joyous song, embodies all the sonic qualities that in my opinion, make up that distinct ‘Mavericks Sound.’ From the opening snare drum intro and ska groove, to the Latin flavored horn lines and crazy cool organ sounds. Adding a touch of Tejano accordion, driving rhythm guitars, some blazing twin guitar solos and then, a vocal performance like only El Maestro can deliver!…This is The Mavericks.’” – Brooklyn Vegan
>Donny McCaslin
– Beyond Now CD (Motema Music)
Deeply influenced by his extraordinary experience collaborating with David Bowie on his final release,
Blackstar, Donny McCaslin created this heartfelt dedication to the Starman.
>Big Dave McLean
– Better The Devil You Know CD (Black Hen Music)
Juno-nominated Canadian blues legend Big Dave McLean swears he didn’t set out to make a record with a theme, but there are a lot of spiritual references on his brand new Steve Dawson-produced recording,
Better The Devil You Know.
>Moby & The Void Pacific Choir
– These Systems Are Failing CD (Mute)
As with much of Moby's output during his nearly three-decade long career, it's not surprising that a spiritual and political questioning underpins
These Systems Are Failing. “That quality of atmospheric sadness I've done so much of before isn't here -- there's nothing quiet or ambient,” he notes. “Sonically, this record isn't subtle: it's big & loud, with huge kick drums & massive choral choruses.” [Vinyl edition due November 18.]
>Mono
– Requiem For Hell CD/2xLP+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
Requiem For Hell finds Mono returning to longtime friend and collaborator, Steve Albini. The album is heavier and scarier than most of Mono's output to this point -- hear the dizzying 18-minute title track for example -- but it also carries some of their most sublime moments. This dichotomy is how one band's obsession with conflict has manifested itself into one of underground music's simultaneously quietest and loudest catalogs.
>Monolake
– VLSI CD (Monolake)
Robert Henke’s new album under his Monolake alias takes its inspiration from early techno, UK breakbeat and dubstep, African dance rhythms, future glitch, ambient and a variety of academic computer music.

>Muddy Magnolias
– Broken People CD (Third Generation)
American music is a mile-wide river that beckons black and white, urban and rural, dreamer and doer alike to launch their vessels. All the streams of style and genre flow into it; its tributaries are blues and jazz, mountain and folk, rock, soul and R&B. The release of the debut album by Muddy Magnolias,
Broken People, marks the launch of a great new vessel onto that waterway. The album showcases a confluence of style and sound as colorful as it is unlikely, steeped in that river of influence, yet bracingly fresh. With Broken People, Jessy Wilson and Kallie North take us on an 11-song journey with its origins in two widely divergent backgrounds that came together in a friendship and creative partnership with world-changing resonance. [Vinyl edition due October 28.]
>Maz
– Idealist CD (GroundUP)
Though he’s primarily known as a trumpeter and composer for Snarky Puppy, Grammy-winner Mike Maz Maher is also lead vocalist for his own soulful jazz collective, Maz, which includes members of Snarky Puppy such as Michael League, Bob Lanzetti, Justin Stanton and Robert Sput Searight, among others.

>Katie Melua
– In Winter CD (BMG Rights Management)
Seventh album from the Georgian-British singer, songwriter and musician. For
In Winter, Melua went back to her native Georgia to record an album with the Gori Women's Choir, a Georgian all-woman singing troupe. The recording provided Melua the opportunity to engage in a far richer perspective on two different cultures that are so close to her: the West and the ex-Soviet Union. She didn't only record the album in Gori, Georgia (her country of birth), but has also been drawing from the rich traditions of carols and folk-tales from the region. [Vinyl edition due October 28.]
>Thurston Moore w/ Tom Surgal
– Not Me [Reissue/1996] CD (Fourth Dimention)
Reissue of Thurston Moore and Tom Surgal's long out-of-print‎ 1996 collaboration. Two pieces of improvisational electronics, guitar, and drums, eleven minutes each. Includes new liner notes by Moore.

>The Naked And The Famous
– Simple Forms CD/LP (Somewhat Damaged)
Simple Forms is the third studio album by Los Angeles-based New Zealand indie electronic band The Naked And Famous. The band took their name from English musician Tricky's song "Tricky Kid", which is ambivalent about the notion of celebrity. “Simple Forms doubles down on their recognizable elements, the vocal interplay between Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith, their knack for earworm melodies, and those soaring sing-along choruses, while introducing an on-trend, high glitz, pop-production style. Xayalith describes it as ‘amplifying’ the band's sound, saying they were inspired by recent albums by pop artists like Taylor Swift. ‘It's a very poppy album, a very vocal album’ she says. ‘Our poppiest to date. We love pop music and wanted to create a pop record. We hadn't done that on our previous records.’” – NZ Herald
>Olivia Newton-John/Beth Neilsen Chapman/Amy Sky
– Liv On CD (UMe)
A collaborative, newly recorded eleven-song collection intended for those who wish to transcend loss while walking a journey toward new-found meaning and hope.

>The Nopes
– Never Heard Of It CD/LP (Magnetic Eye)
Described as ''spazz punk'' and ''fringe punk,'' The Nopes is an Eastbay outfit centered around Oakland and San Francisco. “The Bay Area's well of great scuzzy garage rock never seems to run dry. Add to the list of Thee Oh Sees, Mikal Cronin, Ty Segall, et al, young Oaklanders The Nopes and their Warheads candy formula: lo-fi sourness on the outside, pure melodic sugar underneath.” -- Consequence Of Sound

>The Notwist
– Superheroes, Ghostvillains + Stuff 2xCD/3xLP (Sub Pop/Alien Transistor)
16 live tracks recorded on Dec. 16, 2015 -- the second of three nights at the UT Connewitz in Leipzig. Brothers Markus and Micha Acher have launched various musical vessels, bands and free-floating constellations over the past three decades - and yet: amid all these other speedboats and unlikely sonic barges, The Notwist has always remained the mother ship.
Superheroes, Ghostvillains + Stuff documents the latest live incarnation of this very band, which also features Andi Haberl, Max Punktezahl, Karl Ivar Refseth, and Cico Beck.
>Oasis
– Be Here Now [Reissue/1997] 3xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Big Brother Recordings Ltd.)
Expanded reissue of the third studio album from the iconic English rock band featuring an additional two CDs of rarities & B-sides, including the ‘Mustique Demos.’ [Double-vinyl edition includes a download for all bonus tracks.]

>Conor Oberst
– Ruminations CD/LP (Nonesuch)
This past winter, Conor Oberst found himself hibernating in his hometown of Omaha after living in New York City for more than a decade. He emerged with the unexpectedly raw, unadorned solo album
Ruminations. “I wasn't expecting to write a record,” says Oberst. “I honestly wasn't expecting to do much of anything. Winter in Omaha can have a paralyzing effect on a person but in this case it worked in my favor. I was just staying up late every night playing piano and watching the snow pile up outside the window. Next thing I knew I had burned through all the firewood in the garage and had more than enough songs for a record. I recorded them quick to get them down but then it just felt right to leave them alone.’ With the help of engineer Ben Brodin, he recorded all the songs in the span of 48 hours. The results are almost sketch-like in their sparseness, and they ultimately became the songs that comprise Ruminations. These tracks do not have the multi-layered instrumentation of the most recent Bright Eyes and solo albums: This is Oberst alone with his guitar, piano, and harmonica; the songs connect with some of the rough magic and anxious poetry that first brought him to the attention of the world, while their lyrical complexity and concerns make it obvious they could only have been written in the present.
>Oozing Wound
– Whatever Forever CD/2xLP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Third album from the Chicago thrash trio. A horrifying concoction of apathy and malaise wrapped in a delectable sheet of hatred, drowned in a bath of contempt.

>The Orb
– COW / Chill Out World CD/LP+MP3 (Kompakt)
The Orb’s 16
th album features guest appearances from Youth and Roger Eno. Featuring only the occasional presence of buoyant, gently rhythmic pulses and loops, Alex Paterson describes COW as “Our most ambient album yet”. Sounds bubble, flutter and float through various atmospheres and moods, from bucolic and picturesque, childlike wonderment, the texture of bygone memories, to the universe’s infinite depth. Whilst Alex calls it “a protest album in reverse”, Thomas Fehlmann further explains, “We didn’t intend to rehash old chill out vibes. On the contrary. It’s the 21st century and it seems like a good idea for people to sit back and chill the f*ck out, before continuing to act destructively. To chill out is to act consciously, guided from a calm center.”
>Pentangle
– Finale CD (Topic)
Finale was recorded live during the innovative folk band's 2008 tour -- their first in 35 years and sees the original lineup of Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson and Terry Cox revisiting their classic repertoire.
>Enrico Pieranunzi Quartet
– New Spring: Live At The Village Vanguard CD (CamJazz)
This is a modern, internationally-oriented jazz, entirely featuring original tracks, except for the standard “I Hear A Rhapsody,” and resulting from the interplay among four real jazz giants, who skillfully blend their forceful personalities into excellent music.

>Oval
– Popp CD/LP (UOVOOO)
The German glitch artist’s latest collection is filled with “club tracks” that are apparently not as lean as some of the more minimal textures of his past work.

>Powell
– Sport CD/LP (XL)
“Following in the [XL’s] lineage of fellow left-field electronic (not just 'dance' producers, mind) producers including Prodigy, SL2, and Jonny L, Powell's sound is one that blends tight production talent with a strong knowledge of how to make proper bangers for a jilted generation.
Sport is an eclectic/electric mix of late night, out and about snatches of pub chatter, fizzzzzy synth textures, flocks of angry bees stuck in a rack of Wasp synths and downtown NY, uptown Hackney out on the pi*s swagger.” – Bleep
>Purling Hiss
– High Bias CD/LP (Drag City)
At times carefree and apparently footloose in the world, other times intensely focused and wrathful, Purling Hiss are the orphaned kids of last century's rock and roll generations, lost in a society that has forgotten its way but determined to find their feet again. High Bias moves with rageful, dazed humor and soulfulness against the darkening times in which we find ourselves. With no way out, Purling Hiss hit today's bulls -- head-on, employing pounding psych-rock and punk effects, slipping signature Hissian backup oo-oo-oohs and Polizze's blistering guitar pile-ups in a full-bodied, head-ripping brew.

>Real Numbers
– Wordless Wonder CD/LP+MP3 (Slumberland)
“Minneapolis’s Real Numbers come from a city with a vast and storied history of indie-rock excellence, none of which they’ve chosen to absorb. In a world colonized by disciples of the Replacements’s sad-boy swagger, the quartet instead look further afield on their debut full-length, the excellent
Wordless Wonder. From the opening pings of “Frank Infatuation,” the group barrel through a set of clean, bright, and altogether polite punk songs that sound more Glaswegian than they do Midwestern.” -- Flood Magazine
>Red Fang
– Only Ghosts CD/LP (Relapse)
A record with basically no messing and very few frills,
Only Ghosts begins with a thudding, metronomic drum beat and takes about 12 seconds to kick in with its mighty, thunderous groove. This might be the four piece’s way of saying: “let’s get down to business, shall we?” A little bit leaner, and actually a little meaner than before, the gravel-like delivery and vocal interplay, of ‘Flies’ is perfect for the hook, while the more rock ‘n’ roll infused ‘Cut It Short’ is better still, with its almost sleazy intention driven by the bass of Aaron Beam. And if ‘No Air’ sounds like former touring buddies Mastodon, that’s neither a shock or an insult. Red Fang aren’t going to re-invent themselves as a load of kids in skinny jeans and pretty much everyone who knows anything about the Oregon mob can equally know – give or take – what this is going to sound like. They know what they are good at and work within it, but as the psychedelic tinges to ‘I Am A Ghost’ rather neatly exemplify, they are also up for trying new things. ‘Living In Lye’ on the other hand, just wants to get its head down, horns up and take a hammer to your best china. It concludes a record that shows that after more than a decade as a band Red Fang are rather good at what they do, as well as possessing a tightness and chemistry.” – Maximum Volume
>Luke Roberts
– Sunlit Cross CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Sunlit Cross is the unwaveringly honest and raw new album from Nashville-based Luke Roberts featuring Kurt Vile, Stephen Tanner (Harvey Milk, Music Blues), John Neff (Drive-By Truckers) and Creston Spiers (Harvey Milk).
Sunlit Cross is a lullaby, Roberts says, one that pits darkness and disenchantment and the ugly side of life against levity, love, and childhood.
>Jeff Rosenstock
– Worry. CD/LP+MP3 (SideOneDummy)
Jeff Rosentock normally writes about his own anxiety in the most self-deprecating way possible. For this record, however, he initially challenged himself to write songs about love, but couldn't figure out how to talk about love without addressing all the elements that try to crush it. So through talking about the uncontrollable, external stuff that's often at the root of anxiety and depression, Jeff ended up making the most important album of his career. It is socio-political in nature, covering topics from gentrification to police brutality and more. [Limited baby blue/baby pink color vinyl edition also available.]

>São Paulo Underground and Rob Mazurek
– Cantos Invisíveis CD (Cuneiform)
“With their breathtaking fifth album
Cantos Invisíveis, the multi-national, multi-ethnic, multi-everything São Paulo Underground sounds more confident and intrepid than ever, with a glorious program of music evoking lost haunts, enduring love, and the sheer delirious joy of making music together.”
>The Seshen
– Flames & Figures CD/LP (Tru Thoughts)
The Seshen is a San Francisco Bay Area-based seven-piece led by singer/lyricist Lalin St. Juste and bassist/producer Akiyoshi Ehara. Their forward-thinking sound combines synthesizers, drum machines, live percussion, and entrancing harmonies to create an unmistakable fusion of R&B, synth-pop, and electronic music.

>Keely Smith
– The Intimate Keely Smith [Reissue/1964] CD (Real Gone Music)
You can’t get any more popular in American entertainment than Keely Smith was in the early ‘60s. Having blown the doors out in Las Vegas, winning a Grammy, having hit after hit and lighting up television screens playing straight “man” to husband Louis Prima, she’d navigated the tricky waters of a professional and personal divorce, striking out on her own and starting her own record label, Keely Records, in partnership with close friend and mentor Frank Sinatra, under the auspices of his Reprise label. Produced by Keely’s husband-to-be and Reprise hitmaker Jimmy Bowen, 1964’s
The Intimate Keely Smith is, as the steamy cover and saucy title suggest, a sexy, swinging affair and the quintessential Keely Smith recording from her Reprise period.
>Leo Wadada Smith
– America’s National Parks 2xCD (Cuneiform)
With America's National Parks, visionary composer and Wadada Leo Smith offers his latest epic collection, a suite inspired by the scenic splendor, historic legacy, and political controversies of the country's public landscapes. Writing for his newly expanded Golden Quintet, Smith crafted six extended works that explore, confront and question the preserved natural resources that are considered the most hallowed ground in the US -- and some that should be.

>Sons Of Balaur
– Tenebris Deos CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
New album from the Norwegian black metal outfit.

>Super Unison
– Auto CD/LP (Deathwish Inc.)
Post hardcore from San Francisco/Oakland. [Limited pink color vinyl pressing also available.]

>Swet Shop Boys
– Cashmere CD/LP+MP3 (Customs)
“Kanye West and Jay Z. Drake and Future. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. Sure, you may be able to name a more iconic hip-hop duo than The Swet Shop Boys — Riz MC and Heems — but you'd be hard-pressed to name a pair better suited to address social justice and the unique experience of South Asian people in the U.S. and U.K. Heems, a.k.a. Himanshu Suri, is an Indian-American rapper, activist and New York City native. His counterpart is Riz MC, a.k.a. Rizwan Ahmed, an actor/rapper of Pakistani descent from London (you might recognize him from his starring role in HBO's hit miniseries
The Night Of). Heems is Hindu and Riz is Muslim. Though separated by religion, nationality and the Atlantic Ocean, the two find common ground in hip-hop and engage head-on with a post-9/11 world that's fraught with government surveillance, Islamophobia, xenophobia, police violence and racism.” – NPR
>Sybarite
– Waver The Absolute CD/LP+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
Emerging from a decade-long hiatus, East Coast electronic producer and multi-instrumentalist, Sybarite (Christian Hawkins) returns with new album
Waver The Absolute. “The album defies genre and expectation, and the eclecticism serves it well. The marriage of the electronic and the organic has been one that Hawkins has expertly manipulated since his days in the legendary Silver Apples in the late 1990s.” – Resident Music
>Terry Malts
– Lost At The Party CD/LP+MP3 (Slumberland)
Lost At The Party is Terry Malts’ third album. The driving punk (Buzzcocks, The Undertones) that has been a cornerstone of the group's sound sits snugly with songs steeped in indie-pop and power-pop (The Chills, Dwight Twilley).
>The Travelling Wilburys
– Vol. 1 [Reissue/1988] CD/LP (Concord)
The Travelling Wilburys – Vol. 3 [Reissue/1990] CD/LP (Concord)
The Traveling Wilburys were George Harrison (d. 2001), Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison (d. 1988). The supergroup’s two albums are back in print on CD and vinyl.

>Tuff City Kids
– Labyrinth 12”+MP3 (Permanent Vacation)
Tuff City Kids – Adoldesscent CD/LP+MP3 (Permanent Vacation)
“Tuff City Kids, the production duo of German producer Phillip Lauer and Running Back boss Gerd Janson, return with their stellar new track ‘Labyrinth,’ the first taste off their upcoming first LP
Adoldesscent. The single, which marks the pair’s first full vocal track, is a delicious disco affair featuring vocals from Norwegian electro-pop star Annie. The 10-track album Adoldesscent also features guest appearances from Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, Kelley Polar, and Jasnau. The Labyrinth EP comes complete with a remix by New York house maestro Morgan Geist, a rework by Tuff City Kids themselves, and a “Drum & Bass dub” by mysterious DJ Oyster.” -- Lagasta
>TUNS
– TUNS CD/LP (Royal Mountain)
TUNS is a Canadian indie super-group made up of Chris Murphy (Sloan), Matt Murphy (Super Friendz, Flashing Lights) and Mike O'Neill (The Inbreds). With songs that are summer sweet and jangly, TUNS has been described as “a ‘90s indie fan's dream.”

>Two Door Cinema Club
– Gameshow CD/2xLP+MP3 (Glassnote)
On Two Door Cinema Club's third album,
Gameshow, the band has challenged themselves to indulge a wide and varied range of styles and influences stretching way beyond the traditional Two Door sound to take in Prince, Madonna, McCartney, Chic, Krautrock, neo soul and modernist pop. [Limited translucent blue color vinyl edition also available.]
>Two Tongues
– Two CD/LP+MP3 (Equal Vision)
Two Tongues is the emo supergroup consisting of Say Anything frontman Max Bemis and Saves The Day's Chris Conley.

>Unwill
– Past Life CD (E1)
Unwill has been compared to Linkin Park, Deftones, Chevelle, and Underoath.

>Various Artists [Marcel Dettmann]
– DJ Kicks CD/2xLP+MP3 (K7)
The longtime Berghain resident and famed DJ/producer is the latest in a long line of stars to create a
DJ Kicks mix (recent artists include Jackmaster, Dam-Funk and Actress). On producing the compilation, Dettmann has said: “When it came to the DJ-Kicks mix, I was sitting for weeks in my music room at home listening to records, sometimes together with the kids, editing, researching, playing games… it turned out as a good combination to be at home with the family whilst working on this music project. I was listening to a lot of music which is great, music that I hadn’t listened to for ages and certainly wouldn’t have played in a club set.”
>Various Artists
– Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia 2xCD/2xCD+Blu-ray/2xCD+DVD (Rounder)
Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia was recorded live at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia Maryland on Thursday, May 14, 2015. This historic one-night concert event honored the music of Jerry Garcia, one of the most influential musicians and cultural icons of our time. The two and half hour concert features over 20 once-in-a-lifetime performances by Phil Lesh & Communion, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann's Billy & The Kids, Mickey Hart, Eric Church, Jimmy Cliff, The Disco Biscuits, Peter Frampton, David Grisman, Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, Buddy Miller, Moe., O.A.R., Grace Potter, Allen Toussaint, Trampled By Turtles, Widespread Panic, and Yonder Mountain String Band. Includes covers of Garcia classics like “Touch Of Grey,” “Friend Of The Devil,” “The Wheel” and more. [Stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray editions also available.]
>Various Artists
– Feel Like Going Home: The Songs Of Charlie Rich CD/LP (Memphis International)
Charlie Rich, one of the most successful country-pop crossover acts of the early ‘70s had a recording and performing career more than a decade before those genre-bending tunes earned him numerous awards. But until now, much of his output from the early ‘60s has remained relatively obscure. Rich gets his due with this tribute disc featuring performances of his tunes by Jim Lauderdale, Shooter Jennings, Will Kimbrough, Keith Sykes, Charlie Rich Jr. and more.

>Vaudou Game
– Kidayú CD/LP (Hot Casa)
When recording
Kidayú Peter Solo (aka Vaudou Game) immersed his Lyon companions in the flourishing Afro-beat rhythms of the 1970s along with traditional song. Marked at times by James Brown-style shouts, Kidayú pairs voodoo harmonies with funk and blues.
>Suzanne Vega
– Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers CD/LP (Perpetual Sounds)
Suzanne Vega celebrates the remarkable life distinguished writer Carson McCullers with this new studio album inspired by the novelist. The songs, which she co-wrote with longtime friend and theatrical collaborator Duncan Sheik, richly capture the essence of McCuller's insightful words and forward-thinking philosophies on gender and love.

>Venom Prison
– Animus CD (Prosthetic)
Animus is the debut album from the South Wales death metal filth merchants. Recorded by Tom Dring at Vagrant Recordings (Dragged Into Sunlight, Electric Wizard),
Animus is 10 tracks of aural assaulting brutality. Led by frontwoman, L, Venom Prison tackles such subjects as social Darwinism, misogyny, rape culture and the rejection of God and religion. [Vinyl edition due November 18.]
>Wax Tailor
– By Any Beats Necessary CD/2xLP (Le Plan)
Wax Tailor aims to make you travel with his fifth studio album
By Any Beats Necessary. "The album's title reflects my determination to use all kinds of sounds and textures to get to something musical," says JC Le Saout. "The word 'Beat' also draws a line towards the Beat Generation, Kerouac's famous novel On The Road, and the quest for a better place. And so, in this time when each of us needs a little escape, I conceptualized this album as the soundtrack to a better elsewhere". This new take on the western frontier leads us on a fabled road where blues, psychedelic rock, soul, funk and hip-hop collide. Joining him on this ride are guests Ghostface Killah, R.A. The Rugged Man, who crosses mics with up and comers A-F-R-O & Token. The album also features Tricky in a very personal duet with Charlotte Savary, Lee Fields, the godfather of the retro soul scene, Sara Genn, Mattic and Raashan Ahmad and newcomer Idil. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]
>WOLF!
– 1-800-WOLF! CD/LP (The Royal Potato Family)
Brooklyn trio WOLF! feat. Scott Metzger return with their sophomore effort.
1-800-WOLF! represents everything that eludes chest-thumping power trios and even many small jazz ensembles. Nobody shows off, there are no fireworks, no screaming solos. “This is a first take with all of us—including bassist Jon Shaw and drummer Taylor Floreth—playing together live in the same room with no overdubs to tape,” Metzger told Guitar World regarding album track “Pork n’ Slaw,” noting that the song has been featured in the band’s live sets over the years but “we’ve never been able to get a version of it in the studio we were happy with until now.”
>Wormrot
– Voices CD/LP (Earache)
20 ferocious slabs of punk-fueled grind in the grand tradition of early Earache releases from Napalm Death, Brutal Truth and Terrorizer.

>Wrangler
– White Glue CD/LP (MemeTune)
Wrangler's
White Glue features new nine new tracks, recorded with the 3D depth of analog (the ancient synthesizers in Benge's MemeTune Studios have never sounded so good) but there's less geek and more funk; more mod than modular in the new album's tailored, minimalist design.

DVDs + Blu-ray:
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Bryan Adams – Wembley Live 1996 DVD (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
On July 27, 1996 a sell-out crowd in excess of 70,000 welcomed Bryan Adams to Wembley Stadium on his 18 Til I Die Tour.

>Extreme
– Pornograffitti Live 25 Blu-ray+DVD+CD (Loud & Proud)
For the 25
th anniversary of their multi-platinum album Pornograffitti, the Boston band performed the album its entirety at Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas.
>Various Artists
– Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia DVD/Blu-ray (Rounder)
Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia was recorded live at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia Maryland on Thursday, May 14, 2015. This historic one-night concert event honored the music of Jerry Garcia, one of the most influential musicians and cultural icons of our time. The two and half hour concert features over 20 once-in-a-lifetime performances by Phil Lesh & Communion, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann's Billy & The Kids, Mickey Hart, Eric Church, Jimmy Cliff, The Disco Biscuits, Peter Frampton, David Grisman, Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, Buddy Miller, Moe., O.A.R., Grace Potter, Allen Toussaint, Trampled By Turtles, Widespread Panic, and Yonder Mountain String Band. Captured and presented in HD with Dolby 5.1 surround stereo, the full length concert film includes covers of Garcia classics like “Touch Of Grey,” “Friend Of The Devil,” “The Wheel” and more.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>John Abercrombie
– Timeless [Reissue/1974] LP+MP3 (ECM)
Guitarist John Abercrombie has often been associated with organists, from his formative years in the 1960s with the deep funk of Johnny "Hammond" Smith to the subtle orchestral underpinnings that Dan Wall provides for Abercrombie's 1990s-era bands. This 1974 recording was Abercrombie's first as a leader, and he's joined by Jan Hammer on organ, piano, and synthesizer and Jack DeJohnette on drums.

>Axis: Sova
– Motor Earth LP (God?)
Motor Earth finds Axis: Sova assimilating back down on Earth, soaking in the flawed humanity and broken systems of the world, the repetitive nature of days & days, the course of years. Who's getting off on the mundanity? Kiss the Axis & you will find a parallel world of time. "Motor Earth" trips that trend further, rife with percolating boogie, suicidal punk shredders & cavernous rock, but this time, it's a planet cleared of sonic brush so as to cleanly reflect the star it orbits & the moon it mirrors.”
>Beastie Boys
– Licensed To Ill [Reissue/1986] LP (Def Jam)
This 30th anniversary LP edition of Beastie Boys' debut album is cut from original production masters and pressed on 180gm heavyweight vinyl. The album is back-to-back classic Beastie Boys anthems including “Hold It Now, Hit It,” “Brass Monkey,” “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party),” “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” (featuring Slayer's Kerry King) and “Girls.”

>Blood Quartet
– Deep Red LP (Feeding Tube)
Based in Barcelona, the mostly-instrumental band Blood Quartet plays insanely great avant garde rock music, with electro-Miles trumpet spread across the top like brass icing.

>Califone
– Roomsound [Reissue/2001] 2xLP (Dead Oceans)
Califone’s debut album covers the same rustic, slightly ramshackle back forty that Tim Rutili has been ploughing through since his previous band Red Red Meat. Only this time the tilled bedrock unveils the most vividly colored, luring crop of songs Rutili has ever harvested. The sleepy, country-blues picking and autumnal backwoods melodies are accented with striking splashes of electronic tone color, obsolete keyboards and off-kilter percussion. Lyrically,
Roomsound penetrates the breath of pirates, poison apples at a tango contest and the waiting room between death and canonization where missionaries have quit and 19th-century prostitutes have been rescued for all the wrong reasons.
>Cavern Of Anti-Matter
– I’m The Unknown 12” (Duophonic)
Cavern Of Anti-Matter is the new band from Stereolab mainman Tim Gane, now Berlin-based and collaborating with original Stereolab drummer Joe Dilworth, and synth wizard Holger Zapf.
I’m The Unknown features one brand new track and two outtakes from the Void Beats/Invocation Trex album. The title track finds the band exploring the bright plastic melodies of a lost library music soundtrack, followed by a drum machine-led technoid shuffle that recalls the raw early days of electronic music coming out of Chicago and Detroit, and ending with a shimmering, epic synth anthem.
>Sam Cooke
– Mr. Soul [Reissue/1963] LP (Analog Spark)
180gm audiophile vinyl repress of The King Of Soul’s eleventh studio album.

>Dr. John Cooper Clarke and Hugh Cornwell
– This Time It’s Personal LP (Sony Legacy)
Poet Dr. John Cooper Clarke and singer/songwriter (and founding member of The Stranglers) Hugh Cornwell team up on
This Time It's Personal. Ten covers reflecting the pair's shared love of classic American and British pop they grew up with. [CD edition due October 21.]
>Cowtown
– Paranormal Romance LP (Happy Happy Birthday To Me)
Cowtown play econo, dynamic, over-stimulated rock music that embraces a heavily abridged history of rock n’ roll.

>Creedence Clearwater Revival
– Live In Europe [Reissue/1973] 2xLP (Fantasy)
Originally released in 1973 documenting their Mardi Gras tour this double LP showcases CCR as power trio, after the resignation of Tom Fogerty. Maligned in the past,
Live In Europe documents John Fogerty and Co. at their unhinged best, ripping through a catalog of their greatest hits.
>Buck Curran
- Immortal Light LP (ESP-Disk)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Immortal Light is the debut solo album by guitarist/singer/songwriter Buck Curran. Curran draws inspiration from the deep well of folk and rock of the 1960s, American blues and folk music of the 1930s, British folk and psychedelic folk/rock of the '60s and early '70s, Indian classical music and jazz of the '50s and '60s. RIYL: Peter Green, Robbie Basho, Meg Baird, Pentangle, Sandy Denny, The Doors, Davey Graham, Nick Drake, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee.
>Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon
– Both Will Escape LP (Family Vineyard)
Debut full-length between electric guitarist Tashi Dorji and percussionist Tyler Damon. In the long tradition of string/drum duets -- from Bailey & Bennink to Haino & Yoshida -- these two cleave out their own unmapped continent of sound. Across four pieces they connect lashes of ecstatic intensity and outer reaches of texture and timbre.

>Dubiterian Meets The Scientist
– Tribute To Augustus Pablo [2014] LP+CD (Dub Mir)
Previously digital-only – now available on vinyl. Dubiterian is a Brazilian dub music producer and melodica specialist who graduated in audio engineering in Munich, Germany. He has performed all over the world since 2004 sharing the stage with the likes of The Skatalites, The Roots Radics, Ras Michael, Fully Fullwood, Mad Professor, Sister Nancy, Ranking Joe, Gentleman, Mungos Hi-Fi, Jahtari and Soom T. He has collaborated in the studio with heavyweight producers and artists such as The Scientist, Adrian Sherwood and Dub Syndicate, amongst others. This tribute to Augustus Pablo, the great Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producer active from the 1970s onwards, is mixed by the legendary dub master Scientist.

>Eddy Detroit
– Black Crow Gazebo LP (Assophon)
Eddy Detroit crafts eight new songs full of his trademark twisted folk, satanic Americana, and trance voodoo magic.

>Florida Georgia Line
– Dig Your Roots 2xLP (BMX)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Third album from the country superstars. Guests include Tim McGraw, Ziggy Marley, and Backstreet Boys.

>Flowers Must Die
– Sista Valsen EP 12” (Rocket Recordings)
Flowers Must Die grew to a six-piece when the highly talented vocalist and violinist Lisa Ekelund (formerly of the band Katia) joined the collective; this EP collects of four raw jams recorded during the early sessions with Ekelund, ranging from the fuzz-heavy grooves of "Sista Valsen" through the laid-back space jazz of "Taskig Stämning Annars" and the propulsive motorik of "Kruta" to the repetitive folk drone of "Varför."

>The Front Bottoms
– Needy When I’m Needy 7”+MP3 (Fueled By Ramen)
Includes two previously unreleased songs, “Tighten Up” and “Joanie,” both from the
Back On Top sessions.
>Fu Manchu
– We Must Obey [Reissue/2007] LP (Beat Generation)
Fu Manchu – Signs Of Infinite Power [Reissue/2009] LP (Beat Generation)
Vinyl reissues of the SoCal stoner rock band’s 10
th and 12th albums.
>G.H.
– Housebound Demigod 2xLP+MP3 (Modern Love)
Long in the making debut album from Modern Love’s most elusive operator G. Howell. Recorded with a DR550, a battered Charvel guitar and assorted pedals, recommended if you're into Stephen O’Malley, Autechre, David Lynch, Shackleton, NWW, Demdike Stare.

>Egberto Gismonti
- Dança das Cabeças [Reissue/1977] LP+MP3 (ECM)
Dança das Cabeças (Portuguese for "Dance of the Heads") is the 1977 album by Brazilian composer, guitarist and pianist Egberto Gismonti.
>Wojciech Golczewski
– Reality Check LP (Death Waltz Originals)
Polish born Film and TV composer Wojciech Golczewski (
400 Days, We Are Still Here) delivers his debut solo LP for Death Waltz Originals. Using his knowledge of film scoring and his love of melodic modern electronica he has managed two create an absolutely flawless, beautiful synth record that soars above all others creating this style of music at the moment. 14 tracks of dystopian decayed synth workouts that are both incredibly intricate yet moving and melodic.
>Guerilla Toss
– Flood Dosed [2015] LP (DFA)
Flood Dosed was DFA's first release from the incomparable New York-via-Boston Guerilla Toss. Originally released only on cassette and digitally, it is now available on vinyl for the first time (with CD edition due October 28).
>John Brown’s Body
– Fireflies LP (Easy Star)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Twenty years into their groundbreaking and influential career, John Brown's Body return with an album that shows off the latest evolution of their sound.
Fireflies follows up the critically acclaimed Kings And Queens (2013) and finds lead singer Elliot Martin and the rest of the band delving into even more muscular riddims (heavily influenced by classic Roots Radics and early ‘80s dancehall).
>Junior Boys
– Kiss Me All Night 12” (City Slang)
Junior Boys have popped back up with Kiss Me All Night, a new four-track EP the Canadian duo describes as “one more lap after the finish line” of 2016.
Kiss Me All Night includes two certified Junior Boys minimal-disco cuts, “Yes” and “Baby Fat,” plus a percolating cover of John Martyn’s “Some People Are Crazy,” and the Prince-inspired title track “Kiss Me All Night.”
>Diana Krall
– Christmas Songs [Reissue/2005] LP (Verve)
Limited vinyl LP pressing of this 2005 holiday release from the best-selling jazz/pop vocalist and pianist.

>Fela Kuti
– Shakara [Reissue/1970] LP (Knitting Factory)
Fela Kuti – London Scene [Reissue/1972] LP (Knitting Factory)
Fela Kuti
– Afrodisiac [Reissue/1973] LP (Knitting Factory)
Fela Kuti – Gentleman [Reissue/1973] LP (Knitting Factory)
Fela Kuti – Upside Down [Reissue/1976] LP (Knitting Factory)
Fela Kuti – Zombie [Reissue/1976] LP (Knitting Factory)
Fela Kuti – I.T.T. (International Thief Thief) [Reissue/1980] LP (Knitting Factory)
180gm vinyl reissues now available. 1,260gms of classic Afrobeat total.

>Amos Lee
– Spirit LP (John Varvatos/Republic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Spirit’s 13 songs reflect both the critically acclaimed Philadelphia singer/songwriter’s musical journey over the past few years and his expansive sonic palette. Most notably, this is the first time Amos acted as his own producer. Informed by everything from his performances alongside some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras to a personal taste that spans Robert Glasper, ScHoolboy Q, and Drake, this body of work boasts an aural anatomy all its own.
>Los Amigos Invisibles
– The New Sound Of The Venezuelan Gozadera [1998] LP (Luaka bop)
David Byrne bought a CD in Tower Records on Broadway (when there was such a thing) because he liked the cover. It was band named Los Amigos Invisibles from Venezuela. They play a blend of disco, acid jazz and funk mixed with Latin rhythms. First-time available on vinyl.

>Madonna
– Ray Of Light [Reissue/1998] 2xLP (WB)
180gm vinyl reissue of Madonna’s seventh studio album.

>Mars
– Mars Archives Volume Two: 11000 Volts To Tunnel LP (Feeding Tube)
Recorded at CBGB and Max's in the early months of 1978, this captures the sound of Mars around the time their first single, “3E/11000 Volts,” was released by the French Rebel label (a precursor of ZE). They're still playing their early songs, and working out the material that would be on
No New York.
>Mizmor
– Yodh 2xLP (Gilead Media)
The second full-length album from Portland, OR based one-man blackened-doom band.

>Mr. Oizo
– All Wet 2xLP+CD (Ed Banger)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Quentin Dupieux aka Mr. Oizo offers up a new collection of songs.
All Wet sees Oizo collaborating with a who's who of the current electronic/bass/pop scenes, including Skrillex, Boys Noize, Peaches and Charli XCX.
>MX-80 Sound
– Crowd Control [Reissue/1981] LP (Ship To Shore Phone Co.)
MX-80 Sound – So Funny LP (Feeding Tube)
Released last year digitally – now available on vinyl. Depending on how you count, So Funny is either the ninth or tenth album, MX-80 Sound has released. Regardless, it's their first LP since the classic
Crowd Control back in 1981 (a dizzying mix of free-jazz sax, thrashing guitars and absurdist lyricism, MX-80 Sound remains one of the great undiscovered bands of the late '70s / early '80s post-punk scene), and it's a pretty goddamn amazing spin.
>Navy Gangs
– Navy Gangs 7” (No Roads)
Navy Gangs is a pop quintet currently residing in the washed out and overly demanding area of New York City. Singer/Guitarist Matthew Tillwick, Guitarist Noah Kohll, and Drummer Gavin Cordaro began orchestrating music together in 2012 at Central High School in the red light district of Omaha where they failed their junior years miserably.

>Not Waving
– Redacted LP (Ecstatic)
Swampy, slow techno horror themes vacillate with decayed pastoral panoramas and windows of synthetic optimism, both lush and disquietingly needling, using dissonance and sweeps of hazy noise to ultimately spell out a foreboding but dreamlike sort of electronic subterfuge and suspense that resonates with the nostalgic
Stranger Things score as much as Leyland Kirby's Intrigue & Stuff series.
>Oddarrang
– Agartha LP (Edition)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Finnish quintet Oddarrang has established itself as a band with an undeniably unique sound -- blending monumental riffs and dynamic builds with heart-wrenching melodies that soar over a compelling and absorbing rhythmical drive. With a unique blend of cello and trombone, soaring vocals and electronic soundscapes fusing with the magma intensity of guitar, bass and drums, this is music that achieves profound beauty: elevating and primal.

>Ostara
– Napoleonic Blues LP (Soleilmoon)
Inspired by the famous picture of the defeated emperor at Fontainebleu,
Napoleonic Blues is a reflection on the persistence of the past in the chaos of the present, history’s long shadow that refuses to dissolve. Echoing lines from the Roman poet Horace, the battle hymns of the Crusades, the rebirth of the Islamic Caliphate, the siege of Gaza, the collapse of Detroit and the meditations of St John of the Cross, this is a journey through the night and fog that lingers like the smoke of an eternal flame. Eleven songs, linked by a chain of time, the ancient stalking the modern, the lamp of the golden age lit on the pyre of the darkest days.
>Panabrite
– Pavilion LP (Immune)
Panabrite is Seattle musician Norm Chambers. His music evokes the prime work of ambient music’s pioneers, the top tier of kosmische-musik makers, and the more mystical end of the new-age spectrum. He weaves elements from these styles into his own distinctive tapestries, balancing melodic playfulness with compositional rigor. Pavilion is a love letter to Italian albums from the classic ‘70s era of minimalism and prog.

>Gary Peacock w/ Jan Garbarek, Tomasz Stanko and Jack DeJohnette
– Voice From The Past – Paradigm [Reissue/1982] LP+MP3 (ECM)
This abstract quartet recording by bassist Gary Peacock features Jan Garbarek on tenor and
soprano saxes, Tomasz Stanko on trumpet, and Jack DeJohnette on drums. The interplay
between Peacock and DeJohnette, captured roughly two years before the release of the first
Keith Jarrett standards record, is especially interesting.

>People Of The North
– The Caul LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
People of the North is Kid Millions and Bobby Matador of Oneida. They have a fluency with experimentation that is evident throughout
The Caul. The conversation between their instruments (Kid on drums and Bobby behind the organ, on guitar) on this album translates into some of the band's most linear and stirring work to date. The Caul features performances by multi-instrumentalist Jamie Saft, a renowned keyboardist and composer who scored the Oscar-nominated documentary Murderball.
>Perujazz
– Perujazz [Reissue/1987] LP (Vampisoul)
Inspired by jazz fusion from the '70s, Perujazz mix cajón drums and Afro-Peruvian, Andean and jungle sounds with jazz, rock and funk in a powerful blend full of groove and psychedelia.

>Elvis Presley
– Blue Hawaii [Reissue/1961] LP (Friday Music)
180gm audiophile translucent blue vinyl pressing.

>Prurient
– Pleasure Ground [Reissue/2006] 2xLP (Hospital Productions)
One of Prurient's most captivating raids on the borderlands of power noise and symphonic doom rears its furious head once again for this gatefold vinyl reissue.

>Qui
– How To Get Ideas 10” (ORG Music)
On this 5-track EP L.A. based duo Qui demonstrate skillfully their ability to shape different elements and genres into their own brand of off-the-wall pop music. From the ballad-like acoustic guitar fingerpicking and pitch perfect vocal harmonies on “Treason” to the almost manic math-rock on “Dad,” in a world full of copycats it’s refreshing to find a band so inimitable. Features guest percussion and vocals by Dale Crover (The Melvins).

>Reckless Kelly
– Sunset Motel LP (No Big Deal)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Reckless Kelly celebrates their 20th anniversary with
Sunset Motel, their follow up their Grammy Award winning 2013 release Long Night Moon. “Sunset Motel finds the band in familiar musical territory — bounding fearlessly between the sounds of jangling heartland rock and scrappy, hardscrabble country, with stories that refuse to dumb themselves down for mass appeal.” – Rolling Stone
>Reel Big Fish
– Happy Skalidays LP (Rock Ridge Music)
The first ever holiday/Christmas release from the SoCal ska band. Includes three holiday classics and three holiday originals. Gold vinyl pressing.

>Reel Big Fish
– Skacoustic 2xLP (Rock Ridge Music)
22 of Reel Big Fish’s biggest hits recorded as acoustic versions. Pressed on white and blue color vinyl.

>RX Bandits
- …And The Battle Begun [Reissue/2006] 2xLP+MP3 (Sargent House)
Tenth anniversary vinyl reissue of RX Bandits’ fifth album. Originally starting out as a practical ska band with a heavy SoCal influence, they have created a sound combining soul, reggae, punk, and progressive rock.

>Terje Rypdal
– Waves [Reissue/1978] LP+MP3 (ECM)
Waves is the seventh album by Norwegian jazz guitarist Terje Rypdal recorded in 1977.

>Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub
– The Scientist Meets Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub [2013] LP (Dub Mir)
The debut album from Chicago band Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub was recorded, mixed, and mastered by the legendary "Dub Chemist" Overton H. Brown aka "The Scientist". Sirota, a veteran of the Chicago music scene, decided to address his 30+ year love for Jamaican music by putting this new band together in early 2013.

>Sleaford Mods
– T.C.R. 12” (Rough Trade)
Equal parts classic-era punk, casio minimalism, slam poetry, growling protest chant, and poison ivy rash, Sleaford Mods are singular, and always powerful. And with their
T.C.R. 12”, particularly its title track, named for the 1970s auto toy “Total Control Racing,” the Mods are surprisingly tuneful.
>Sofi Tukker
– Soft Animals 12” (Virtual Label Group)
“Sofi Tukker’s debut EP Soft Animals is an insatiable dance collection of jungle-pop songs with many well-executed nods towards Brazilian instruments, poets and to the national language, Portuguese.” – Paste Magazine

>Tele Novella
– House Of Souls LP (Yellow Year)
Lead vocalist Natalie Ribbons describes Tele Novella’s hard-to-pinpoint sound as “melodic macabre-pop.” The band embraces such retro influences -- The Velvet Underground, 1960s garage bands, surf instrumental guitar licks, late 1960s baroque pop-rock.

>Tenniscoats
– Music Exists Disc 2 LP (Alien Transistor)
The second 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.
>Thou
– Peasant [Reissue/2008] LP (Gilead Media)
The second full-length album from Thou, deftly remastered by Adam Tucker, is finally reissued after 5 years of being out of print. This reissue has been meticulously reconstructed, with new and expanded artwork, and packaged in a thick gatefold jacket.

>Shania Twain
– Shania Twain [1993] LP (Mercury Nashville)
Shania Twain – The Woman In Me [1995] LP (Mercury Nashville)
Shania Twain – Come On Over [1997] 2xLP (Mercury Nashville)
Shania Twain – Up! [Country Version/Green/2002] 2xLP (Mercury Nashville)
Shania Twain – Up! [Pop Version/Red/2002] 2xLP (Mercury Nashville)
First-time vinyl editions of The Queen Of Country Pop’s first four albums.

>The Twilight Sad
- Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters [Reissue/2007] LP (FatCat)
Vinyl reissue of the debut full-length album from the Scottish noise merchants.

>Steve Vai
– Passion And Warfare [25th Anniversary Edition] 2xLP (Friday Music)
180gm audiophile clear vinyl reissue of the guitar wizard’s 1990 album. Includes four bonus tracks.

>Various Artists
– Burkina Faso 1 LP (Sublime Frequencies)
Various Artists – Burkina Faso 2 LP (Sublime Frequencies)
Various Artists – Burkina Faso 3 LP (Sublime Frequencies)
Sublime Frequencies presents a three volume set of contemporary field recordings by Hisham Mayet, recorded in Burkina Faso during three expeditions from 2013-2015.

>Various Artists
– A Capitol Christmas 2xLP (Capitol)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl (each record is a unique color). Celebrating 75 years of Capitol Records,
A Capitol Christmas features classic Christmas tracks from Capitol's vast catalog. Artists include Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin and more.
>Various Artists
– Day Of The Dead 10xLP (4AD)
Released last May on CD – now available as a vinyl box set. This 59-track, six-hour long Grateful Dead tribute album was created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, and features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds. All profits will help fight for AIDS/HIV and related health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organization. Some of the big names included here: Jim James, The War On Drugs, The National, Kurt Vile, Mumford & Sons, Wilco with Bob Weir, The Tallest Man On Earth, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, The Walkmen, The Flaming Lips, and so many more.

>Various Artists
– The Return Of The Living Dead [OST/Reissue/1985] LP (Real Gone Music)
Color vinyl reissue of the soundtrack featuring songs by The Cramps, 45 Grave, The Flesh Eaters, The Damned, Roky Erickson, The Jet Black Berries, T.S.O.L. and SSQ.

>Various Artists
– Studio One Radio Show CD/LP (Studio One)
Winston "The Whip" Williams first entered radio in the 1970's at the now defunct Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation as a newscaster and disc jockey for the afternoon show 'Whip with the Solid Kick'. He also helmed the Studio One radio show that was broadcast on JBC on Saturday Mornings. Williams specialty was his rapid-fire jive rhyming delivery alongside his alter-ego Marcus who "ate chicken on Sundays". To date his career in radio spans four decades as newscaster and radio personality, 'Winston in Kingston' continues to excite listeners as the 'radio rhyme king' on Power 106FM.

>Vatican Shadow
– Media In The Service Of Terror LP (Hospital Productions)
Reflecting on a world much unchanged, even intensified since his last dispatch,
Media In The Service Of Terror works classic VS signatures measured with increased momentum and propulsive energy, divided into seven parts and imbued with that dramatic melodic arrangements that works beyond the club. [This is the second pressing with alternate cover art.]
>Victims
– Form Hell 10” (Death Waltz Originals)
Synthesizer music inspired in equal measure by the highest and lowest expressions of the medium. For every nod to Subotnick and Mort Garson there’s a indiscrete wink aimed at Marcello Giombini and Walter Sear.

>Mike Weis
– Sound Practice LP (Monastral)
Third solo album from Chicago percussionist/sound artist Mike Weis of Zelienople, Kwaidan, and Good Stuff House.

>Kenny Wheeler
– Deer Wan [1978] LP+MP3 (ECM)
"Wheeler emerges a romanticist in the grand heroic mode. His compositions and trumpeting suggest an Olympian majesty. There is a grace and eloquence, as well as a purity of sound and purpose." -- Downbeat

>Tom Zé
– Fabrication Defect: Com Defeito De Fabricação [1998] LP (Luaka Bop)
You don't need to be a polymath to love Tom Zé's's music, but it helps. A seminal figure of the early- '70s Tropicalismo movement in Brazil that launched the careers of Caetano Veloso,
Gilberto Gil and Os Mutantes, among others, Zé's is a card-carrying cultural cannibal inspired equally by both ideas and sounds.
released 07 OCTOBER 2016
New Releases for October 7, 2016
>CDs + Vinyl:

>
Alter Bridge – Last Hero CD/2xLP (Alter Bridge)
Alter Bridge is known for blurring the line between hard rock and heavy metal. They return with
their fifth studio album,
The Last Hero.
>Apoptygma Berzerk
– Exit Popularity Contest CD/Cassette (The End)
On
Exit Popularity Contest, APOP founder Stephan Groth distils the essence of carefully selected pioneers to construct a classic yet refreshingly contemporary sound. Always a musical chameleon, Groth pays homage to his roots through emulating the analogue soundscapes of innovators like Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis and Klaus Schulze, and the driving motorik Krautrock rhythms of Neu!, Cluster and La Düsseldorf, all filtered through his own unique Scandinavian sensibility. In doing so he has created a vibrant, colorful 21st century palette on which to blend these classic influences from the Golden Age of electronic music. Exit Popularity Contest demonstrates an admirable musical purity and sincerity, channeling the best of the past to forge a path into the future.
>Rick Astley
– 50 CD/LP+MP3 (BMG Rights Management)
50 is Astley’s first new album in a decade and his first official US release since 1993's Body & Soul. The set finds Rick returning to his musical roots, with a deeply resonant voice that soars over driving soul, reflective pop and gospel influences.
>Balance And Composure
– Light We Made CD/LP+MP3 (Vagrant)
Light We Made, which was produced by Will Yip (Nothing, Pity Sex), marks a milestone for the band, as this time around they've toned down their hardcore and punk-rock roots, to present a body of work that is dominated by soothing, harmonic tracks. The album’s transcendent mood is driven by new sonic elements – as the band weaves in dreamy synth chords, melodic guitar riffs, and atmospheric bass grooves and drumbeats.
>Eric Benét
– Eric Benét CD (Jordan House/Primary Wave)
Seventh album from the R&B singer/songwriter. The LP contains 13 tracks with features from Tamia, MC Lyte, and Arturo Sandoval.

>Bronze Radio Return
– Light Me Up CD/LP (Digsin)
The fourth album from the six-piece Hartford Connecticut band incorporates different elements of indie, rock and pop.

>Brookzill!
– Throwback To The Future CD/LP (Tommy Boy)
Brookzill! includes producer/DJ Prince Paul (De La Soul, Stetsasonic, Handsome Boy Modeling School), Ladybug Mecca (Digable Planets), Rodrigo Brandão (aka Gorila Urbano) and producer/arranger Don Newkirk. Twelve tracks and ten years deep,
Throwback To The Future is a proud amalgamation of place, spirituality, and time. Recorded in two continents, the LP features a dynamic guest list of acclaimed Brazilian musicians playing instruments including marimbas, cavaquinho, and flute.
>Sandy Bull with Billy Higgins
– Fantasias For Guitar And Banjo [Reissue/1963] CD (Real Gone Music)
CD reissue of the debut release from Sandy Bull, who defined the ‘60s folk guitar explosion. Blending eastern and western styles, living on the jazz/blues line, Bull's guitar playing has influenced anyone and everyone even loosely associated with the new weird America.

>George Cables
– The George Cables Songbook CD (HighNote)
In the 1970s and '80s, George Cables was the pianist of choice for saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Art Pepper and he also recorded a lot with jazz stars Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson and Frank Morgan.
The George Cables Songbook illuminates his gifts as a composer as much as his skill at the keyboard.
>Colbie Caillat
– Malibu Sessions CD/LP (Plummylou)
New album from the pop singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist.

>Michel Camilo & Tomatito
– Spain Forever CD (Verve)
This third installment comes 10 years after
Spain Again (2006) and completes the trilogy of this magical duo, which pioneered the union of a Piano and a Flamenco guitar.
>Candiria
– While They Were Sleeping CD (Metal Blade)
Brooklyn's musical alchemists Candiria is known for fusing metal, hardcore, jazz, and hip-hop in a unique, inimitable blend. [Vinyl edition due October 21.]

>Matt Chamberlain/Brian Haas
– Prometheus Risen CD/LP (The Royal Potato Family)
Out in the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico, some 7,500 feet above sea level in the foothills of the majestic Sangre de Christo Mountains, strange and wonderful things were bubbling up when keyboardist Brian Haas and drummer Matt Chamberlain met in the magical adobe style Frogville Studios for three days of unadulterated improvisation.

>Brent Cobb
– Shine On Rainy Day CD/LP (Elektra)
New album from the country music singer/songwriter.

>Comrades
– Lone/Grey CD (Facedown)
Comrade’s sophomore album “is incredibly balanced, dancing between two primary styles, a Venn Diagram of melodic emotional and heavy grit” – HM Magazine. [Vinyl edition due November 11.]

>Dance Gavin Dance Dance
– Mothership CD/LP+MP3 (Rise)
Sacramento’s Dance Gavin Dance return with their seventh studio album. Formed in 2005, the band fuses elements of emo, post-hardcore, jazz fusion, progressive rock and screamo into their sound. [Limited color vinyl edition also available.]

>Daya
– Sit Still, Look Pretty CD (Artbeatz)
“Daya is driving pop music down a different path. Perhaps, it's a result of her classical piano training, the fact that her multi-ethnicity has been the catalyst for family visits across the globe, or a natural cleverness that's as striking as her dynamic vocal range. It could just be due to the fact that this 17 year old singer and songwriter has always known what she wanted to do. Her debut single ‘Hide Away’ landed in Billboards top 40 with its simplistic synth melodies, a power hook, and an emotionally charged vocal.”

>Devil Wears Prada
– Transit Blues CD/LP+MP3 (Rise)
New album from the metalcore band. [Limited ‘electric blue/milky clear’ color vinyl edition also available.]

>Melissa Etheridge
– Memphis Rock And Soul CD/LP (Stax)
Melissa is paying her respect to the music of Stax Records, a significant source of influence and inspiration for her. She pays homage to the legacy of Stax by covering classic repertoire from its historic catalog. Wanting to be as respectful and true to the tradition as possible, Melissa made the pilgrimage to Memphis to record her new album in Willie Mitchell's historic Royal Studios. Her experience included recording with Willie's son, Lawrence 'Boo' Mitchell and the Hi Records Rhythm section, comprised of Rev. Charles and Leroy Hodges, Archie 'Hubbie' Turner, Michael Toles, James 'JRob' Robertson. Melissa also added some new lyrics of her own, as well as incorporated an assortment of iconic Stax samples in the production of the album.

>Gatecreeper
– Sonoran Depravation CD/LP (Relapse)
New album from death metal band. Of album track “Craving Flesh,” Brookly Vegan wrote: “Scratching a similar Entombed-loving itch as contemporaries Black Breath, but doing it a bit faster and blastier, this song hits all the beats one could want from this. It races through d-beat, blast-beats, and closing slow crush with an agility and skillful riff-mongering that often eludes bands of this ilk.”

>Barry Gibb
– In The Now CD/2xLP+MP3 (Sony)
New solo album from the lone surviving member of The Bee Gees.
In The Now is the second solo effort of Gibb's career and his first album of all new material since the Bee Gees final studio album in 2001. Barry proudly admits, "All of the feelings that I've ever had in life are all in this album."
>GOAT
– Requiem CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
Western exports may have dominated the consciousness of international rock fans for the entirety of the 20th century, but our increasing global awareness has unearthed a treasure trove of transcendental grooves and spellbinding riffage from exotic and remote corners of the planet. With
Requiem, GOAT continue to rock and writhe to a beat beholden to no nation, no state. GOAT’s only outright declaration for Requiem is that it is their “folk” album, and the album is focused more on their subdued bucolic ritualism than psilocybin freakouts. Tracks like “All-Seeing Eye” and “Goatfuzz” conjure the sultry heathen pulsations that ensnared us on their previous albums. Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of Requiem comes with the closing track “Ubuntu.” The song is little more than a melodic delay-driven electric piano line, until we hear the refrain from “Diarabi”—the first song on their first album—sneak into the mix. It creates a kind of musical ouroboros—an infinite cycle of reflection and rejuvenation, death and rebirth.
>Green Day
– Revolution Radio CD/LP (Reprise)
Revolution Radio is Green Day’s twelfth album. Billie Joe Armstrong spoke to Rolling Stone about it, which the band self-produced for the first time since 2000’s Warning, and digressed on how “Bang Bang” was the first track conceived. Eerily enough, it’s from the prospective of a shooter. “It’s about the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media,” Armstrong explains. “There’s this sort of rage happening, but it’s also now being filmed and we all have ourselves under surveillance.” He extrapolated further on the album, adding that he plays “a lot of bow guitar on the record, sort of like Jimmy Page”, that the title track was inspired by a protest he witnessed in New York, and that he gets deep on “Too Dumb to Die”. Naturally, politics factored into the songwriting, as he argues: “I can only go from my own personal life, but this is the most chaos I’ve ever seen in an election. It’s just so freaky. I don’t want to add more of the outrage or anger. I’d just try to reflect it.” “Everybody’s freaked out,” he adds. “Nobody can rationalize with each other because everybody is stuck in fear and in anger, and there’s nothing in between. In a nutshell, that is what the record reflects.”
>GTA
– Good Times Ahead CD (WB)
“For the last few years we've been feeling like things have been getting repetitive. We've always had goals of ascending beyond the festival bangers we're known for, so around a year ago we set out to create a body of work that reflected our depth and growth as producers,” GTA explained to The Fader. “We've always had bigger aspirations than just the dance space which came hand in hand with our 'Death To Genres' mentality. To us, music was more about what made you move rather than what type of music was playing. With this album we're able to explore all facets of music that we love, flip the script and bring everything together into one fluid album that we're really proud of.” [Vinyl edition due November 18.]

>John Hammond
– Mirrors [Reissue/1967] CD (Real Gone Music)
Mirrors is comprised of outtakes from sessions for his John Hammond, Big City Blues, So Many Roads, and Country Blues albums, and displays two sides of the bluesman. The electric side features a backing band for the ages, consisting of Band members Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson plus Mike Bloomfield (on piano) and Charley Musselwhite, while the acoustic side is just Hammond on guitar.
>Hiss Golden Messenger
– Heart Like A Levee CD/LP+MP3/2xLP+MP3 (Merge)
“The writing of the songs that became
Heart Like A Levee started in a hotel room in Washington DC in January of 2015 during a powerful storm that darkened the East Coast. At that I was feeling—more acutely than I had ever felt before—wrenched apart by my responsibilities to my family and to my music. Forgetting, momentarily, that for me, each exists only with the other. How could I forget? Though maybe my lapse was reasonable: I had just quit my job, the most recent and last, in a series of dead-end gigs stretching back 20 years, with the vow that my children would understand their father as a man in love with his world and the inventor of his own days. They would be rare in that regard. And then—driven by monthly bills and pure fear— I left for another tour, carrying a load of guilt that I could just barely lift. But in that snowy hotel room I found the refrain that became my compass: I was a dreamer, babe, when I set out on the road; but did I say I could find my way home?” -- M.C. Taylor. [Deluxe vinyl edition includes the bonus Vestopol LP, gatefold package, and a poster.]
>Julia Jacklin
– Don’t Let The Kids Win CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
Don’t Let The Kids Win courses with the aching current of alt-country and indie-folk, augmented by Jacklin’s undeniable calling cards: her rich, distinctive voice, and her playful, observational wit. [Limited blue color vinyl reissue also available.]
>Jamestown Revival
– The Education Of A Wandering Man CD (Republic)
Jamestown Revival is a critically acclaimed Austin, TX duo made up of Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance who blend literary storytelling, rock
'n' roll grit, indie spirit, and country soul.

>Eric Johnson
– EJ CD (Provogue)
Eric Johnson shows his acoustic side on his 12th album, which was recorded using piano and steel-string and nylon-string acoustic guitars. [Vinyl edition due October 21.]

>Norah Jones
– Day Breaks CD/LP (Blue Note)
Norah Jones’ sixth solo album
Day Breaks is a kindred spirit to the singer’s breakout debut Come Away With Me, and finds the 9-time Grammy-winner returning to the piano and her roots. The album features jazz luminaries including her Blue Note labelmates -- saxophonist Wayne Shorter, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and drummer Brian Blade -- on a 12-song set that presents nine new originals alongside covers of songs by Horace Silver, Duke Ellington and Neil Young. “Day Breaks feels full circle because I'm going back to my early influences," says Norah. "After the first record, I drifted away from the piano a little bit. I still played it, but was more inspired to write on guitar. I really loved playing piano on this record.”
>Joyce Manor
– Cody CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Cody isn’t an album that changed everything for Joyce Manor, but Joyce Manor had to change a bit to make their album Cody. Since the release of their 2014 Epitaph debut Never Hungover Again, guitarist and singer Barry Johnson has taught himself the meditation techniques championed by the Beatles and director David Lynch, and he found he was suddenly wide open. Before, songs were labor; now they were revelations, appearing almost fully formed in his head before he had time to even catch them on a voicemail to himself. For Cody, the band camped out in the studio for two months with producer Rob Schnapf, credited on classics by Elliott Smith, Guided By Voices, Saves The Day and Rancid, all in the Joyce Manor record collections, of course. With Schnapf’s help, they’d explore deeper arrangements, new pre-production techniques, and different ways of working both together and with someone else. “Joyce Manor is one of the country's best rock bands, a fact long obvious to their teenage fans and band peers. With their expansive fourth album Cody, maybe the rest of the world will finally notice too” – SPIN. [Limited pink color vinyl edition also available.]
>Kandodo/McBain
– Lost Chants/Last Chance CD/2xLP (Rooster)
A meeting of like minds surfing the sonic highways to tonal-oblivion, these four castaways on Sonic Island have delivered an album that evokes the long lost and revered genre drug rock -- a true mind melt of acid abandonment. Purely visceral and pummeling workouts of krautrock and psychedelisch from these masters of the art, featuring an original Monster Magnet member and three of The Heads -- this is pedigree not to be overlooked.

>Evelyn “Champagne” King
– The Complete RCA Hits and More! 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
Evelyn “Champagne” King ranks with Donna Summer and Patti LaBelle at the top of the disco diva pantheon. This set collects 24 hits she scored on the R&B and Pop charts for the RCA label, most presented in their 12”, alternate mix, and remix versions.

>The Marcus King Band
– The Marcus King Band CD (Fantasy)
At only 20 years of age, Marcus King's dazzling musical ability is on full display throughout
The Marcus King Band, the young phenom's second full-length LP. The album was produced by King's champion Warren Haynes, who expertly wraps the band's muscular live energy around a rising young songwriter of unusual clarity and depth. The album was largely written during this past year on the road while the band played ever-larger venues and festivals to a burgeoning fan base. Haynes expertly captured the group's blazing live sound as well as the restrained and subtle talent of a passionate young singer/songwriter reaching well beyond his years and into the future. [Vinyl edition due October 21.]
>Sebastian Kole
– Soup CD (Motown)
“Within the kaleidoscope of today’s musical landscape, it is rare that an artist has the ability to produce, write and sing music that can appeal to the masses. Sebastian Kole is redefining the meaning of the triple-threat with his lyrical content, soulful vocals and instrumentation. Sebastian has been influenced by some of the greats throughout music history, from acts like Freddy Mercury and Kurt Cobain to Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. His music can resonate with even the most scrutinizing audience, the inspiration derived from his musical taste is apparent. He is a creator who is meticulous in the production process, reaching into the depths of his creativity towards self-expression.” – ABC Go

>Takuya Kuroda
– Zigzagger CD (Concord)
Whether moving from Japan to the US or navigating between the influences of jazz, soul, hip-hop, Afrobeat and electronica, trumpeter/composer Takuya Kuroda has never followed a straight path. On his fifth studio album, the aptly named
Zigzagger, Kuroda darts between those wide-ranging interests with a funky swagger and an intensely swinging vigor. The deeply infectious album finds the trumpeter snaking his way around the opposing poles of acoustic and electric, bristling grooves and blissed-out vibes, punchy brass and fluid synths, carving his own distinctive sonic path along the way.
>KYNG
– Breathe In The Water CD (Razor & Tie)
Southern California rock trio KYNG’s
Breathe In The Water is frontloaded with the type of impassioned vocals that erupt from the depths of the gut, unforgettable blues-soaked riffs, and pulverizing rhythmic clap. Driven by frontman/guitarist Eddie Veliz, the three-piece band also features drummer Pepe Clarke Magana and bassist Tony Castaneda. They take a no-nonsense approach to music: free of pretense, studio trickery and gimmicks. The result is a collection of songs that is real and raw, addressing themes of anger, loss and desperation.
>Lewis Del Mar
– Lewis Del Mar CD/LP+MP3 (Sony)
Lewis Del Mar is an experimental folk-pop duo comprised of singer/guitarist Danny Miller and drummer/producer Max Harwood. Their sound is a mix of acoustic guitar, mixed media samples and Latin American-inspired drums.

>Loretta Lynn
– White Christmas Blue CD/LP (Sony Legacy)
White Christmas Blue is Lynn’s first collection of seasonal songs since 1966's Country Christmas.
>MakeWar
– Developing A Theory Of Integrity CD (Red Scare Industries)
MakeWar blends Gainesville/Chicago drinking anthems with Long Island emo-punk like Taking Back Sunday and Brand New.

>Sönke Meinen
– Perpetuum Mobile CD (Doctor Heart Music)
Meinen’s style combines virtuoso fingerstyle guitar with influences from jazz, world- and classical music.

>Meshuggah
– The Violent Sleep Of Reason CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Swedish extreme tech-metal pioneers Meshuggah return with their eighth album. “Fans of the band’s technical accomplishments might mention polymetered song structures, polyrhythms and all manner of complex musical descriptions to explain how important and vital this band have become to the evolution of extreme music. When we get down to brass tacks however, we find that it is simply great musicians making great music that strikes a chord within the blackened heart and darkened souls of the listener. Those unfamiliar with the bands work could do much worse than start with the seven-minute album opener “Clockworks” by way of introduction. Thunderous drums and low razor-riffs heralded the next stage of their career. Frontman Jens Kidman’s vocals throughout the album offer a restrained ferocity that allows the music to take center stage but on this track in particular he provides a tortured narrative” – Maximum Volume Music [Limited brown color vinyl edition also available.]

>Mouth Of The Architect
– Path Of Eight CD/LP (Translation Loss)
Dayton, Ohio’s post-metal band Mouth Of The Architect present
Path Of Eight, the long-awaited sixth studio full length album and follow up to 2013's epic and critically acclaimed Dawning. “It’s the most clearly-produced material yet from these guys, and the polish serves them well.” – Brooklyn Vegan
>NOFX
– First Ditch Effort CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
The veteran punk band returns with their 13
th album. First Ditch Effort busts out of the gate with the amped up “Six Years On Dope” and never looks back. From the ultra-melodic wordplay of “Oxy Moronic” to the charging desperation of “I Don’t Like Me Anymore,” the album flexes the broad spectrum of NOFX’s abilities and delivers on the musicianship, wit, and element of surprise that fans have come to expect. [Limited Pink vinyl edition also available -- Part of the Ten Bands One Cause benefit for Gilda’s Club NYC, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers.]
>Oasis
– Be Here Now [Reissue/1997] 3xCD+3xLP+7”+MP3 (Big Brother Recordings Ltd.)
This Super Deluxe box set package of the third studio album from the iconic English rock band includes: the
Be Here Now Deluxe edition triple-CD set containing B-sides, rarities and a full disc of the Mustique demos (due as stand-alone on CD and vinyl October 14); a copy of Be Here Now on heavyweight vinyl including download card containing two additional volumes of content; the Mustique Demo white label LP containing six tracks from the infamous recording session; an exclusive 7” single containing two early demos of “Stand By Me” and “Going Nowhere”; a 12x12, 52-page coffee table photography book with exclusive sleeve notes and rare photos; A Be Here Now embossed enamel key ring; and a set of four postcards.
>One Republic
– Oh My My CD (Interscope)
One Republic’s fourth album includes the new single “Kids,” the summer hit “Wherever I Go” and new collaborations with Peter Gabriel, Santigold, Cassius and more.

>Phantogram
– Three CD/LP (Republic)
The third album from the duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel “moves gracefully from scorn-fueled breakup music to angsty and lustful power-pop, both darkly raw and high-class glam, making this an album worthy of a deeper emotional investment” – Under The Radar. “Phantogram are at their best when blasting out gritty, heavy choruses –
Three has them in spades.” – DIY Magazine
>Phish
– Big Boat CD (Jemp)
Phish’s 13
th album Big Boat was produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss), making this the producer's second collaboration with Phish following 2014's Fuego, and was recorded between Nashville, New York, and their home state of Vermont. Big Boat takes it's title from the Jon Fishman-penned “Friends” and the line “We're on a big boat, like the ones our forefathers sailed.” “Big Boat features frequent references to religion and darkness that evoke a sense of feeling overwhelmed and lost; along the way, allusions to water suggest spiritual searching and emotional rebirth. ‘Breath And Burning,’ with its soulful horns and breezy Latin vibe, combats looming end times with a celebration of life: ‘And what does it matter that the end's in sight / We're not going gently, we're gonna rage with Page at the dying of the light.’ In the stirring gospel blues ‘Tide Turns,’ Anastasio offers relief and community to those in need of salvation from loneliness or depression: ‘When the wolf is at your door, and the mirror holds your nightmare ... Together we can make it through, we've got time.’ ‘More’ is another affirming anthem for those stuck in a ‘world gone mad,’ as it crests with the sing-along chant, ‘There's gotta be something more than this’” – NPR. [Vinyl edition due November 18.]
>Mo Pitney
– Behind This Guitar CD/LP+MP3 (Curb)
Mo Pitney has already been named one of country music’s most named artists to watch by the likes of Rolling Stone Country, The Huffington Post and Billboard who proclaimed Mo as “one of the strongest male vocalists to come along in some time.”
Behind This Guitar is his debut album co-written with who’s who of top Nashville songwriters.
>Placebo
– A Place For Us To Dream – 20 Years Of Placebo 2xCD (Rise)
This expansive 36-track collection ranges from early singles like “Bruise Pristine,” “Come Home,” and “Teenage Angst,” to the career defining “Nancy Boy,” “Every You Every Me,” “Pure Morning” and “The Bitter End” right up to “Meds,” “For What It's Worth” and “Too Many Friends.” The set also includes the new single “Jesus' Son.” [Vinyl edition November 4.]

>Otis Redding
– Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul [Reissue/1966 2xCD/2xLP+7” (Rhino)
New double-disc reissue of the soul legend’s 1966 album includes remastered mono and stereo mixes of the album, plus eight bonus tracks. 180gm vinyl edition includes a bonus 7” reissue of the single “Try A Little Tenderness” b/w “I’m Sick Y’all.”

>Lou Reed
– The RCA & Arista Album Collection 17xCD (RCA)
"This box set was Lou's last project. He oversaw the remastering of all of his solo recordings made for RCA and Arista Records....This work was done at New York's Masterdisk in June and July 2013, with engineer Vlado Meller and Rob Santos of Sony/Legacy," Hal Willner wrote in his liner notes for this 17-disc anthology. “Everyone who was in that room or around Lou during this period witnessed a beautiful thing as he enthusiastically relived that whole period of his work with the joy of rediscovery, excitedly pointing out subtleties in sounds he hadn’t heard in years. In retrospect, reminiscing about these sessions done less than four months before he died, the moments seem even more magnified.”

>Della Reese
– Singles Collection 1955-62 2xCD (Acrobat)
Della Reese is one of those artists whose talent transcends the genres, and she has ensured herself a showbiz career of remarkable longevity and breadth through her ability to perform jazz, R&B, soul, sophisticated easy listening, straight-ahead pop and musical theatre with equal panache. Her rich sultry voice, combined with the rhythmic soulful feel that reflected her gospel background, ensured that she was one of the most distinctive stylists of her generation. This 55-track set covers the first important years of here solo career, and comprises all the A and B sides which she recorded for the Jubilee label from her 1955 debut, and then almost all the A& B sides released on RCA up to 1962.

>Seasick Steve
– Keepin’ The Horse Between Me & The Ground 2xCD/2xLP (There’s A Dead Skunk)
Eighth studio album from Seasick Steve, a blues musician from Oakland, CA -- a great mix of boogie, blues, rock, Americana folk music. It's been 10 years since he first appeared on the BBC as part of Jools Holland's
Hootenanny, a legendary performance which turned him into a household name overnight with his debut solo album, Dog House Music.
>Set It Off
– Upside Down CD (Equal Vision)
Third album from the pop/punk band. [Vinyl edition due November 4.]

>Shovels & Rope
– Little Seeds CD/2xLP+MP3 (New West)
Charleston, South Carolina-based indie folk duo Shovels & Rope consist of married singer/songwriters Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. “
Little Seeds is as loud as we’ve ever been and it’s as quiet as we’ve ever been. It’s our most personal record and reflects some of those extremes we’ve experienced both sonically and lyrically. It has been nothing short of a harrowing couple of years, full of beauty and sorrow. We got served an adult portion. We grew up. From raw and primal electric guitar feedback slammers to mandolin led ballads, it’s just us being ourselves…and stretching” -- Shovels & Rope. [Limited translucent red color vinyl edition also available.]
>Todd Snider
– Eastside Bulldog CD (Aimless)
“Eastside Bulldog finds the singer/songwriter telling tales of his identical twin/nemesis, Elmo Buzz, the hard-partying, Hank Williams Jr.-obsessed character he developed several years ago.
Snider came up with ‘Elmo’ out of frustration over concert rules: ‘You can't play anywhere within 75 miles of the place you just played in for 90 days prior to the show… and another 90 days after the show,’ he explains of common concert promoters' contract stipulations. ‘I am home about 100 nights a year. That's 98 nights without music. Unacceptable. To work around this complicated botheration I came up with the name Elmo Buzz.’
Eastside Bulldog is actually a collection of original, fast-paced bar-band tunes with locally-inspired lyrics like ‘Hey pretty boy/Go back to Franklin’ (on lead single, ‘Hey Pretty Boy’). ‘[It's] songs about East Nashville, chicks, cars, fighting, partying and Bocephus and that’s it. No bullshit... just the good stuff,’ jokes Snider in the album's liner notes.” – Rolling Stone
>Sonata Arctica
– The Ninth Hour CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Ninth album from the Finnish melodic metal quintet. [Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.]

>Sonic Avenues
– Disconnector CD (Dirtnap)
A conscious effort to offer abrupt contrasts along with new textures has Sonic Avenues turning from dark and quiet into fast, noisy, fuzzed-out sing-alongs. Building on 2014's well-received
Mistakes, Disconnector explores new themes of future and destiny, human potential and its annihilation, self-control, and abandonment. The band's punk roots are still in evidence, though, and if you didn't know what to listen for, this could almost be a different band from the one that released their s/t debut LP back in 2009. [Vinyl edition due October 21.]
>Springtime Carnivore
– Midnight Room CD (Autumn Tone)
Greta Morgan is Springtime Carnivore.
Midnight Room is a continuation of the strain of melodic psychedelic pop found on her self-titled debut. [Vinyl edition due October 21.]
>Suburban Living
– Almost Paradise CD/LP (6131)
New album from the Philly dream pop band.

>Sugar Ray and The Bluetones
– Seeing Is Believing CD (Severn)
From the opening Mississippi blues of "Sweet Baby," and the wink-and-a-nod jazz blues of "Misses Blues," to the smoky lounge tune "Not Me" and the downright moving guitar instrumental tribute to B.B. King "You Know I Love You," Sugar Ray and The Bluetones show you how the blues ought to be played.

>Take Over And Destroy
– Take Over And Destroy CD/LP (Prosthetic)
“An American rock & roll band from the 1970's trapped inside of a Scandinavian metal band from the early 1990's, scoring a John Carpenter film.”

>Thor & Friends
– Thor & Friends CD/LP (Lm Dupli-Cation)
Eponymous full-length debut from the avant-chamber ensemble formed by polymath percussionist Thor Harris. The three core members of the band are Peggy Ghorbani on marimba, Sarah "Goat" Gautier on marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, organ, voice, mellotron and piano, and Harris on sundry percussion and wind instruments including some of his own devising. They are joined by Jeremy Barnes on accordion, drum, and mellotron; Heather Trost on violin, voice and marimba; John Dieterich on guitar, bass, castanets and special effects; and Raven on bone flute, and electronic sounds.

>Thy Catafalque
– Meta CD/2xLP (Season Of Mist)
Thy Catafalque is an avant-garde metal band from Makó, Hungary, later Edinburgh, Scotland, after the relocation of its founder. “An alluring amalgamation of metal, progressive rock, traditional folk influences, haunting melodies, cavernous vocals, and more.” – Metal Shock Finland

>Mia Doi Todd
– Songbook CD (City Zen)
Los Angeles singer/songwriter Mia Doi Todd has always been one to skirt the music genres with her diverse imaginative and cultural influences. So it should be no surprise to fans of the song section on her latest endeavor – the 10-track covers album simply titled
Songbook: “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” (Neil Young), “Close To Me” (The Cure), “When The Doves Cry” (Prince), “Between The Bars” (Elliott Smith), “Who Knows Where The Time Goes” (Sandy Denny), “Careful You” (TV On The Radio), “Pancho And Lefty” (Townes Van Zandt), and more.
>To The Wind
– The Brighter View CD/LP (Pure Noise)
New album from the hardcore/metal band.

>Various Artists
– In Case You Missed It: 15 Years Of Dualtone CD (Dualtone)
To celebrate Dualtone's 15-year anniversary, they have put together a compilation of great songs to showcase the talented artists Dualtone has worked with over the years and features some of our favorite tunes you may have missed. Also included are new recordings from The Lumineers, Shakey Graves, Ivan & Alyosha, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Langhorne Slim & The Law. [Vinyl edition due November 11.]

>Various Artists
- Merritone Rock Steady 1: Shanty Town Curfew 1966-1967 CD/2xLP (Dubstore)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. In 1966, the Merritone label was founded as a subsidiary of Federal Records when the Ska beat was slowing down it's tempo to take a next musical form called rocksteady. From the sons of Ken Khouri, Paul and Richard, engineers at the Federal Records to even employees at their pressing plant -- everybody involved at the label followed the Merritone productions with passion.

>Washburn
– Sassy: Old School Side CD (Milan)
Sassy is a collection of jazz/R&B tunes, done in the musical styles of the ‘70s and ‘80’s, which producer Kent Washburn affectionately refers to as the “Old School Style.”
>Watchtower
– Concepts Of Math: Book One CD/LP+MP3 (Prosthetic)
New album from the pioneering prog metal band.

>Xylouris White
– Black Peak CD/LP+MP3 (Bella Union)
Xylouris White is an experimental duo comprised of lutist George Xylouris and Dirty Three drummer Jim White. “Mutual admiration shapes the way the duo operate on
Black Peak, always listening, encouraging, accommodating. ‘Each one has different roles at the same time, accompaniment and lead role,’ explains Xylouris. ‘It’s very fluid.’ This fluidity is clear from the rolling explosion of the title-track, where White’s thunderous rhythm seems to urge, and be urged along in turn, by Xylouris’s chugging lute-rock riff, pirouetting melody and soaring vocal. ‘Forging’ maintains the momentum, Xylouris’s thrashing, thrilling lute melody circling the rock of White’s pulsing drum. Elsewhere, Xylouris White re-write their route map. ‘Hey, Musicians’ is rich and sonorous. The skin-tingling crawl of ‘Erotokritos (Opening)’ draws on romantic renaissance verse; ‘Short Rhapsody’ is a joyous jam of slashing laouto and coiled percussion; ‘Pretty Kondilies’ is dancing and declamatory. Finally, ‘The Feast’ sprawls gorgeously between tradition and invention, its sombre, sighing spaces shared with guest star Psarandonis’s stunning lyra and voice.” – Billetto
>Hank Williams
– 20 Of Hank Williams’ Greatest Hits [Reissue/1997] LP (Curb)
It's still sobering to realize that Hank recorded just 66 songs during his lifetime, almost all of them essential. Here are those that serve as a working definition of country music, and as an admonition to artists who try to get too wordy or try to lose themselves in minor keys. "Your Cheatin' Heart," "HonkyTonk Blues," "Cold, Cold Heart," "Lovesick Blues," "You Win Again," "I Can't Help It," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," and the rest.

>Johnny Winters
– Live Bootleg Series Volume 13 CD (Friday Music)
For Johnny Winter’s
Live Bootleg Series Volume 13, the blues wielding axeman steps out with super-extended workouts on concert classics like his masterful version of Little Walter’s “Last Night” and a newly discovered rare performance of his own classic “Mean Town Blues.”
>Adrian Younge
– Presents: The Electronique Void – Black Noise CD/LP (Linear Labs)
Electronic music as practiced and developed by pioneers like Dick Hyman and Raymond Scott is precise and intentional. In making his first electronic album, Younge took his cues from them, reminding a contemporary audience what a synthesizer, deep in its heart, really could be.


This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Allegaeon
– Proponent For Sentience 2xLP (Metal Blade)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New album from the Fort Collins, CO melodic death metal band.

>Archive
– False Foundation 2xLP+MP3 (PIAS America)
False Foundation is the tenth studio album by the London-based trip-hop/progressive/alt-rock collective. Following the ominous beat-driven electro onslaught of lead track “Driving In Nails,” “Bright Lights” showcases the more sensitive and soulful side of the Archive sound with Pollard Berrier delivering a beautiful, yearning vocal over a subtle piano and synth backing. [CD edition due October 21.]
>Astrodome
– Astrodome 2xLP (HeviSike)
Influenced by the European heavy psychedelic rock scene such as Colour Haze, Causa Sui and The Machine, Astrodome add their own twist to the genre with their heavy riff-laden space rock.

>Bat
– Wings Of Chains LP (Hell’s Headbangers)
Released in June on CD – now available on vinyl. Bat barrel forth like filth hounds of Hades, pounding metal with violence and force.

>The Beach Boys
– Surfer Girl [Reissue/1963] LP (Capitol)
Vinyl reissue of The Beach Boys’ third studio album.
Sufer Girl was the first album by the Beach Boys for which Brian Wilson was given full production credit, a position Wilson would maintain for the next few years.
>The Beach Boys
– Good Vibrations [Reissue/1966] 12” (Capitol)
Sunburst vinyl reissue of the 1966 EP features the original 7” single version, as well as multiple versions of the iconic track “Good Vibrations” plus the single's B-side, “Let's Go Away For A While.” A pullout lithograph of the single's original Japanese cover art, with its “Good Vibrations” title typo intact, is included in the EP package, which features the original 1966 US single cover art on its front.

>James Blake
- The Colour In Anything 2xLP (Republic)
Released last July on CD – now available on vinyl. New album from the UK singer/songwriter/producer with co-writing help from Frank Ocean and additional production by Rick Rubin. 17 tracks including “I Need A Forest Fire” featuring Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver.

>Art Blakey/Thelonious Monk
- Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk [Reissue/1958] LP (Analog Spark)
This 1958 studio album is a collaboration between the Jazz Messengers led by drummer Art Blakey and special guest Thelonious Monk on piano. 180gm vinyl reissue.

>Blink 182
– Cheshire Cat [Reissue/1996] LP (Geffen)
Blink 182 – Dude Ranch [Reissue/1997] LP (Geffen)
Blink 182 – Enema Of The State [Reissue/1999] LP (Geffen)
Blink 182 – The Mark, Tom And Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!) [Reissue/2000] 2xLP (Geffen)
Blink 182 – Take Off Your Pants And Jacket [Reissue/2003] LP (Geffen)
Blink 182 – Blink 182 [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (Geffen)
Blink 182 – Neighbors [Reissue/2011] 2xLP (Geffen)
Blink 182 – Box Set 10xLP (Geffen)
All LPs by the SoCal pop-punk band (sans
Buddha) are back in print on vinyl.
>Boom Bip
– Sun Choke [OST] LP (Lex)
Boom Bip created a beautiful and haunting soundtrack for
Sun Choke, a film written and directed by Ben Cresciman (Negative Space). On creating the dramatic score, Boom Bip says, “The intention of the score was to keep it cerebral and minimal. Adding large dramatic strings or drums didn’t have a place with this film. There were only a few opportunities for that. As the viewer, you’re mainly looking into the faces of the characters throughout the film so I simply wanted to enhance the mood of the space the characters are in without getting in the way.”
>Chixdiggit!
– 2012 12” (Fat Wreck Chords)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Canada’s favorite pop-punk sons return an epic EP consisting of a 24 minute-long opus chronicling every tour stop Chixdiggit! made throughout 2012. From Schiphol to Victoria,
2012 takes the listener on a whirlwind trip via their trademark upbeat, guitar driven sound, addictive melodies, and KJ’s cheeky lyrics.
>Clutch
– La Curandera [Reissue/2015] LP (Weathermaker Music)
La Curandera collects eight deep tracks culled from the Maryland rocker's vast catalog themed around characters that can only be described as formidable female protagonists ("Cyborg Bette," "Night Hag," "Isabella," "The Dragonfly"). Originally released on pink vinyl for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 2015, the cover artwork is by world-renowned illustrator Becky Cloonan, who has worked for DC, Marvel, and Image.
>Miles Davis
– The Birth Of The Cool [Reissue/1957] LP (Sony Legacy)
Miles Davis – Bopping The Blues [Reissue/1987] LP (Sony Legacy)
Miles Davis – The Essential Miles Davis [2001] 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Essential jazz on 180gm vinyl.

>Dio
– A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993 6xLP+7” (Rhino)
Includes:
Holy Diver (1983), The Last In Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Dream Evil (1987), Lock Up The Wolves (1990), Strange Highways (1993) along with the 7” single “Evil Eyes” b/w “Time To Burn.”
>Erasure
– Other People’s Songs [Reissue/2003] LP (Mute)
Erasure – Nightbird [Reissue/2005] LP (Mute)
Erasure – Light At The End Of The World [Reissue/2007] LP (Mute)
Erasure – Union Street [Reissue/2006] LP (Mute)
The celebration of Erasure's (Andy Bell and Vince Clarke) 30th anniversary continues with this latest installment of 180gm vinyl catalog reissues.

>Golden Suits
– Kubla Khan LP+MP3 (Hit City USA)
Brand new album from the solo project of Fred Nicolaus, who is also a member of the indie rock band Department Of Eagles (a collaboration with Daniel Rosen of Grizzly Bear).

>Billy Gomberg
– Slight At That Contact LP (Students Of Decay)
Ambient minimalism conjuring a ruined, futuristic topography from Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist.

>The Eric Grant Orchestra
– Cool At The Casa Montego [Reissue/1960] LP (Dubstore)
A masterpiece of Jamaican Jazz recorded in 1960 by the Eric Grant Orchestra, resident band of the Casa Montego Hotel in Montego Bay. Rhythm & blues, jazz standards, cha cha cha, Merengue and Calypso all combine in this wonderful amalgamation of sounds.

>Haujobb
– Freeze Frame Reality [1995] 2xLP (Artoffact)
Haujobb – Solutions For A Small Planet [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (Artoffact)
Haujobb – Ninetynine [1999] 2xLP (Artoffact)
First-time vinyl editions of the industrial techno group’s second, third and fourth albums. Very-limited edition color pressings.

>Incite
– Oppression LP (Minus Head)
Released last April on CD – now available on vinyl. Incite is an Arizona based metal outfit led by Richie Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy).

>Jack Ingram
– Midnight Motel LP (Rounder)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Midnight Motel is Jack Ingram's eighth studio album, and his first since his 2009 smash Big Dreams & High Hopes. The recording, which marks a creative milestone for the veteran artist, features intimate, dynamic stripped-down instrumental arrangements of nine original compositions written or co-written by Ingram, as well as two songs Ingram found listening to demo tapes of some friends. A true troubadour, Ingram tells stories, dedicates songs and has conversations with the musicians between the songs. Ingram's banter adds an extra level of intimacy to the record, almost like he's brought the listener right in the recording studio with him as the album was being cut live. Midnight Motel’s organic late-night vibe is perfectly suited to the material, and brings out the emotional edge in Ingram's deeply felt vocals which can be heard throughout the album including in the first single “I'm Drinking Through It,” “Nothing To Fix,” “Can't Get Any Better Than This,” and “All Over Again.”
>Bert Jansch
– Bert Jansch [Reissue/1965] LP (Superior Viaduct)
Scottish singer/songwriter Bert Jansch recorded his first album in producer Bill Leader's London flat with a borrowed guitar, sitting on the edge of the bed and singing into a portable tape recorder. As author Richie Unterberger writes in the liner notes, "When Bert Jansch's self-titled debut LP was issued in April 1965, he was already a major figure on the British folk scene. His synthesis of traditional British folk with blues and a bit of jazz was at the vanguard of a new generation of UK folk performers, well versed in past forms but unafraid to venture into new territory. His virtuosic guitar was complemented by a plaintive rough-hewn voice that didn't just document the on-the-road experience, but lived it."

>Cody Jinks
– I’m Not The Devil LP (Cody Jinks Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Cody Jinks' credible grit and meaningful tattoos are no fad. They define exactly who he really is: someone raised on the sounds of country music and metal.

>JONES
– New Skin LP+MP3 (PIAS America)
New Skin is the debut studio album by London-based emerging soul singer/songwriter Cherie Jones-Mattis, known by her stage name as JONES. [CD version due October 21.]
>Kaleidoscope
– Kaleidoscope LP (Now Again)
One of the great psychedelic rock albums is back in print on vinyl.
Kaleidoscope’s roots are in Puerto Rican teenage garage rockers; it was recorded in the Dominican Republic at the high-point of the flower power era; it was only ever pressed in a minuscule run in Mexico.
>Mark Lanegan
– The Winding Sheet [Reissue/1990] LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Mark Lanegan – Whiskey For The Holy Ghost [Reissue/1994] LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
The Winding Sheet is Mark Lanegan's (Screaming Trees) 1990 solo debut. It showcases his adept skills as a lyricist and his deep, soulful voice. The Kurt Cobain lended vocals to "Down In The Dark," and for the folk classic "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" Cobain contributed guitar and vocals and Krist Novoselic played bass. Released during the grunge explosion of the early 1990s, Whiskey For The Holy Ghost showcases Lanegan's growing maturity as a songwriter and vocalist.
>Hopeton Lewis
– Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat [Reissue/1966] LP (Dubstore)
Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat is a fundamental album released in 1966 that determined the way rocksteady was going to journey. In 1966, Rude Boys were at the peak of the fame with their notorious behaviors, while ska gradually started to slow down its tempo. This album paved the way for a newborn music, rocksteady, with a rather slower and tighter rhythm approach.
>Magic In Threes
– IV LP (Ged Soul)
Magic In Threes is an instrumental combo specializing in psychedelic cinematic-soul.

>Marconi Union
– Ghost Stations 2xLP (Proper)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. After fourteen years of writing and performing, the trio Marconi Union -- founding members Richard Talbot and Jamie Crossley with keyboard player Duncan Meadows -- have steadily developed and refined a unique musical identity; evoking emotions from gracefully blending elements of dub, jazz, ambience and electronica within their richly melodic compositions. With
Ghost Stations, Marconi Union’s music continues to straddle the worlds of artistic credibility and musical accessibility.
>Steve Miller
– Fly Like An Eagle [Reissue/1976] LP (Capitol)
Vinyl reissue of the Steve Miller Band’s ninth album. Includes the singles “Fly Like An Eagle,” “Take The Money And Run,” and “Rock’n Me.”

>The Moondoggies
– Don’t Be A Stranger [Reissue/2008] LP (Hardly Art)
Seattle's Moondoggies play timeless American music. Warm three-part harmonies, gothic Rhodes organ, and wanderlust guitar mark a sound rooted in boogie blues and cosmic country. Whipsmart songwriting leads to hook-heavy tunes that bristle with originality. Shades of gospel, blues, rock, and country commingle, and wall-of-sound harmonies radiate joy and passion. The influences of The Band, The Byrds, and especially early Grateful Dead are evident, though The Moondoggies' lyrical economy and compositional sensibility render these tracks fresh and unique.
Don’t Be A Stranger is the band’s debut – now available for the first time on vinyl.
>Moonspell
– Irreligious [Reissue/1996] LP+CD (Century Media)
Moonspell's
Irreligious confirms that the Portuguese band has a grasp on gloomy, morbid metal and knows how to create monolithic, menacing sounds.
>Buck Owens
– Buck Owens [Reissue/1961] LP (Capitol)
Vinyl reissue of the debut album by the country legend.

>ØY
– Space Diaspora LP (Crammed Discs)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The duet consisting of Ghanaian-Swiss vocalist and musician Joy Frempong and producer and musician Lleluja-Ha return with a space opera – a highly danceable avant-garde electronica album based on a core of vocal loops and drumming.

>Elvis Presley
– Elvis’ Christmas Album [Reissue/1957] LP (Friday Music)
Two pressings: Red translucent and green translucent color vinyl, each in a gatefold sleeve.

>Primitive Weapons
- Future Of Death LP (Cooking Vinyl)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Primitive Weapons carries forth the tradition of this original post-hardcore spirit but does so in a thoroughly forward-charging way, bearing no shred of retro-glorification. It is an eight-song thrill ride, full of tribal thunder, hard grooves, dire screams, luminous guitars, and massive, mournful choruses that haunt for days.
>Sandy and The Wild Wombats
– The Girl Can’t Help It LP (Bear Family)
The German rockabilly band covers an assortment of deep cuts spanning the ‘50s – ‘70s.

>Shonen Knife
– Burning Farm [Reissue/1983] LP (Oglio)
Shonen Knife – Yama-no Attchan [Reissue/1984] LP (Oglio)
Shonen Knife – Pretty Little Baka Guy [Reissue/1986] LP (Oglio)
Shonen Knife – 712 [Reissue/1991] LP (Oglio)
Heavily influenced by 1960s girl groups, pop bands, The Beach Boys, and early punk rock bands, such as the Ramones, Shonen Knife crafts stripped-down songs with simplistic lyrics sung both in Japanese and English. Despite their pop-oriented nature, the trio maintains a distinctly underground garage rock sound rooted in edgy instrumentation and D.I.Y. aesthetics.

>Silver Apples
– Clinging To A Dream 2xLP (ChickenCoop Recordings)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Clinging To A Dream is the Silver Apples first album since 1998. It features 11 new songs recorded at the ChickenCoop studios in Fairhope, Alabama. The new songs carry on the band’s tradition begun in 1967 of merging pure, raw electronic sounds with melodic poetic content; it represents 40 years of polishing and refining this experiment.
>Sonic Youth
– Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star [Reissue/1994] LP (Geffen)
Sonic Youth – A Thousand Leaves [Reissue/1998] 2xLP (Geffen)
Sonic Youth – NYC Ghosts & Flowers [Reissue/2000] LP (Geffen)
Vinyl reissues of Sonic Youth’s eighth, tenth, and eleventh albums.
Murray Street due October 21.
>This Wild Life
– Low Tides LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. This Wild Life is an acoustic duo from Long Beach, CA, featuring Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso. Writing songs that mine the same emotional territory as City And Colour, they have created a sound, vibe, and presence that sets them apart from their stripped down peers.

>Tygers Of Pan Tang
– Only The Brave 7” (Mighty Music)
Tygers Of Pan Tang – Tygers Of Pan Tang LP (Mighty Music)
New “comeback” material from the veteran British heavy metal band.

>Various Artists
- Lonesome On'ry And Mean: A Tribute To Waylon Jennings [2003] 2xLP (Dualtone)
First-time vinyl pressing of this Waylon Jennings tribute featuring Guy Clark, Norah Jones, Robert Earl Keen, Kris Kristofferson, Henry Rollins and more.

>Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
– The Essential [2002] 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Limited double vinyl LP pressing of this collection by legendary blues/rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. This set includes songs from 1980 to 1990.

>Dwight Yoakam
– Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars… LP (Sugar Hill)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Has any country artist made a more convincing case for the hipness of hillbilly sensibilities than Dwight Yoakam? He's built a singular career out of challenging the opposition between what's perceived as artless and rustic and what's seen as cultivated and citified. Yoakam once described his music as "electrified bluegrass," and in more recent years he's stepped into the studio with such first-generation bluegrass giants as Ralph Stanley and Earl Scruggs. But
Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars... is billed as Yoakam's first-ever bluegrass album, though it isn't quite the simple, back-to-roots affair the concept suggests. Not only is this album a chance for Yoakam to prove that his material does in fact work in a bluegrass context, but he also reinterprets his songs with some of the genre's most celebrated pickers behind him: guitarist Bryan Sutton, fiddler Stuart Duncan, banjo player Scott Vestal, mandolinist Adam Steffey and bassist Barry Bales. Yoakam made a deliberate choice to amplify his expression in this unamplified setting, because in his memory, bluegrass has always rocked. His version does, too.” -- NPR