released 29 JANUARY 2016
>CDs + Vinyl:

Adna – Run, Lucifer CD/LP (Despotz)
Run, Lucifer is the now Berlin based Adna's second LP following 2014's Night, it marks a huge step-up from the Swedish native. A release that takes her haunting songcraft and beautiful, affecting vocals and adds compelling electronics and devastating atmosphere to beguiling results that both soothes and resonates with wounded souls.” – Just Music I Like
>Audio Visceral
– Cildce Bihaver CD (Sudden Death)
Audio Visceral is all about earnest, catchy, energetic punk rock. The music is raw and upbeat, the songs are short and bittersweet. Influenced by everything from surf to hardcore, the members of A/V are all veterans of the Ontario underground punk rock scene.

– Ghostlights CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Appearing alongside one of symphonic metal’s most recognized names on
Ghostlights is Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation), Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche Operation Mindcrime), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, Helloween), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad, etc.) and more.
– Promise Everything CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Run For Cover)
“Ipswich band Basement went on indefinite hiatus in 2013, just after releasing their second record
Colourmeinkindness. Accruing a dedicated posthumous following, the band came back with a three song EP in 2014, showing that a break hadn't stopped their progression in style. If Colourmeinkindness epitomized the grunge worship that defined 2012, then Promise Everything sees Basement finding the perfect balance between aggressive and melodic. It sounds like Jimmy Eat World via Soundgarden, so, basically it has everything you've been waiting for in a rock record since forever.” – Noisey [Music By Vice]
>Black Tusk
– Pillars Of Ash CD/LP+MP3 (Relapse)
After four full-lengths, numerous splits and EPs and thousands of shows under their belts, punk/metal power trio Black Tusk was faced with an immense and unexpected tragedy in late 2014 when founding bassist/vocalist Jonathan Athon passed away after a motorcycle accident in his hometown. Now, as a testament to his profound and lasting legacy on the heavy music scene, the band release
Pillars Of Ash, their final recordings with Athon.
>Bloc Party
– Hymns CD/2xLP (Vagrant)
Hymns is the fifth studio album by British indie rock band Bloc Party and the first to feature new members Justin Harris (formerly of Menomena) and 21-year-old YouTube-discovery drummer Louise Bartle. In a press release, co-founder Russell Lissak stated “It’s still a very live record. Everything has been played, though it doesn’t necessarily sound like that. We take a lot of influence from electronic music, for example, and then try to bring that into a completely different environment.” Meanwhile, Kele Okereke said, “What Russell is doing now is completely blowing my mind. He’s using the guitar as an instrument of white noise, as well as a melodic tool. I’m super-excited about getting this music in front of people.”

>Brimstone Coven
– Black Magic CD (Metal Blade)
New album from the West Virginian dark occult rockers. Inspired by the Appalachian’s darkness and mysticism (such as the Mothman, a winged creature that emerged in the ’60s; Screaming Jenny; and the Phantom Of Flatwoods), the quartet’s heavy rock also pushes the atmospheric envelope when the mood fits.

>Bury Tomorrow
– Earthbound CD (Nuclear Blast)
F fourth studio album by the British melodic metalcore band.

- Le Dernier Crépuscule CD (Profound Lore)
An insane and dark masterwork on which the Montreal band’s old-school Finnish death metal influences (Crematory, Abhorrence, early Xysma and of course the aforementioned Demilich) blend with echoes of Pestilence, Nocturnus, Timeghoul and Ripping Corpse throughout seven massive and ambitious pieces.

>Choke Chains
– Choke Chains CD/LP (Black Gladiator/Slovenly)
Black Gladiator is in the business of pushing punk crudity like it’s going out of style (it ain’t), and with this debut LP by Michigan’s Choke Chains there’s no mistaking the label’s intentions.

>Phil Collins
– Face Value [Reissue/1981] 2xCD/2xLP (Rhino)
Phil Collins – Both Sides [Reissue/1993] 2xCD/2xLP (Rhino)
Phil Collins – Take A Look At Me Now 4xCD/4xLP (Rhino)
Remastered reissues, each featuring a bonus disc of demos and B-sides. (
Take A Look At Me Now combines the two titles into one package with empty spaces for future re-releases. Next up: Hello I Must Be Going and Dance Into The Light due February 26.)
– Revengeance CD/LP (Napalm)
Fresh from battle, dripping from the gore exposed by Blood Eagle, Conan return with their newest release. With inspiration taken from video games, retro sword and sorcery movies, ancient battle scenes and the hum and aroma of warm output valves,
Revengeance is six songs of total heaviness, unsurpassed in their blend of brutality and tone, groove and flow.
>Cornelius Asperger and The Bi-Curious Unicorns
- Cornelius Asperger and The Bi-Curious Unicorns CD (Reptilian/Boner)
The highly dubious idea known as Cornelius Asperger and the Bi-Curious Unicorns was concocted when vocalist Sammytown (from distorto-punk virtuosos Fang) got back together after a 30-year hiatus with original Fang guitarist Tom Flynn (formerly of Star Pimp, Duh and the Melvins) for a cruise into the musical unknown. Also buying a ticket for this weird and wonderful three-hour-tour were bassist Dave Chavez (Verbal Abuse, Sick Pleasure, Code of Honor) and local clown-around-town drummist Stark Raving Brad (Hellbillys, Marginal Prophets).
Cornelius Asperger and The Bi-Curious Unicorns includes various examples of dirtbag heavy-ness, blues-metal arty-ness and punk rock noisey-ness.
>The Crookes
– Lucky Ones CD/LP (Modern Outsider)
The Crookes have always been well read and versed in tales of love and the space in-between, but with
Lucky Ones they prove they are dreamers who resonate more with a life well lived. “I Wanna Waste My Time On You” is a pertinent departure from the melancholy, and reinvents Romance in a bold and engaging light. The Line Of Best Fit said, “Its enchanting, distorted refrains build into a pop chorus purpose-built to sweep you off your feet.”
>Cross Record
– Wabi Sabi CD/LP (Ba Da Bing!)
Emily Cross’s wispy, silvery singing and minimal presentation contrast with the dark intensity of booming drums, thick guitar and destabilized electronics. It can be loud, stirring and unsettling, but also quietly still and serene. Husband Dan Dusynski produced and engineered the record, alongside production from one of Cross’s close friends Theo Karon, while Austin-based musician Thor Harris (Swans, Bill Callahan) also contributed.

>Danko Jones
– Live At Wacken CD+DVD/Blu-ray (UDR)
Featuring their 18-song 2015 set and various bonus material items spread across the formats,
Live At Wacken provides fiery bursts of energy, quirky alternative riffery and Jones’ own electric personality, one which has seen him become an independent commentator, spoken word artist and columnist for The Huffington Post. Bonus material includes a track-by-track commentary, an exclusive backstage interview with Jones and his spoken word performance from the 2012 Wacken Festival. (Also available on stand-alone Blu-ray.) Vinyl edition due February 19.
– Fever 121614 CD (Polyvinyl)
Released last November on vinyl – now available on CD. In December 2014, Japanese fans were treated to a borderline unheard of 13-date tour spanning the length of their small country. On one special night, the band took to the bandstand in a tiny Tokyo club while the tape was rolling. The result is
Fever 121614. With gems from throughout the band’s ridiculously deep back catalog, this 12-song set represents Deerhoof at their rawest.
>Dream Theater
– The Astonishing 2xCD (Roadrunner)
Thirteenth studio album by the veteran prog metal band – an ambitious double-act rock opera. The episodic narrative, in the tradition of earlier concept albums like 2002’s
Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence, turns on an effort by the Ravenskill Rebel Militia to overthrow the Great Northern Empire of the Americas in the year 2285.
– Raging Tides CD (Metal Blade)
New album from the influential German thrash veterans.

– The Birds Outside Sang CD/LP+MP3 (Double Whammy)
The Birds Outside Sang is an unassuming, deeply personal record that manages to shoehorn some big ideas into three-minute pop songs. It’s an album that invites us to appreciate the mundane, to look out at the world and be awed by the majesty and fragility of it all.” -- Pitchfork
>Bill Frisell
– When You Wish Upon A Star CD (Okeh/Sony Masterworks)
When You Wish Upon A Star features jazz guitarist Bill Frisell’s arrangements and interpretations of music for film and television. The album is more than an homage to a set of iconic scores and the choice of music is both inspired and carefully balanced. For the first time in many years, Frisell used vocals on many of the tracks. Petra Haden, daughter of the late bass player Charlie Haden, is the featured vocalist and her vocal style is a perfect fit for Frisell’s arrangements. Included on the album are the classic music themes from To Kill A Mockingbird, Psycho, Once Upon A Time In The West and The Godfather all with Bill’s refined interpretations.
>Kevin Gates
– Islah CD (Atlantic)
New hip-hop from New Orleans. In a statement via Hot New Hip Hop, Gates explained the meaning of the album title
Islah. “’Islah’ means to reform, to improve, to make better, and I believe that's what my first daughter did to me. So I named my first album after my first daughter; because it improved me, it made me better.”
>The Giraffes
– Usury CD/LP (Silver Sleeve/Lightyear)
“The Giraffes’ story is a long and tempestuous one, filled with member switches, a few temporary break-ups, a gun fight at a White Castle and loads of insane shows across the land, leaving a growing legion of fans with dented heads from the band’s pummeling, feral rock. But when, after more than a decade, singer Aaron Lazar called it a day onstage in 2011—and the band answered with a rarities comp called
Farewell Fat Astronaut in 2012—things really seemed kaput this time.
Well think again, as the band that can’t be stopped is back with their sixth full-length album,
Usury, [which] amps up the Giraffes’ herky-jerk rhythms and spindly guitar elements to a level which they ought to be able to bring to full loud fruition in the live setting.” – CMJ
– When We Are Death CD/LP+CD (Century Media)
Psychedelic forest folk.

>Benji Hughes
– Songs In The Key Of Animals 2xCD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Charlotte, North Carolina’s Benji Hughes fronted a rock band in the ‘90s. He’s written commercial jingles (“Got A Little Captain In You?” for Captain Morgan rum). He’s made music for film and television (
Walk Hard, Eastbound & Down). He released 2008’s A Love Extreme, his excellent double-LP debut record. But these ventures aren’t different hats Hughes wears. They’re not different paths traveled. This is Hughes playing in different keys. Now, for his first record on Merge, Benji Hughes is playing Songs In The Key Of Animals. Recorded over two years mostly at Frisbie studios in New York, the album is 41 minutes of pop-music exploration.
>Sierra Hull
– Weighted Mind CD/LP (Rounder)
With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best, with production by Béla Fleck and special harmony vocal guests Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens adding to the luster. Béla Fleck special guests on banjo on two tracks and duo partner, Ethan Jodziewicz provides the bass.

>Karsh Kale
– Up CD (Six Degrees)
Up is the new album from Britishborn, NYC-raised producer and multi-instrumentalist of Indian heritage, Karsh Kale. He has been featured legend Zakir Hussain in Bill Laswell's Tabla Beat Science, opened at the Hollywood Bowl for Bollywood's biggest composer, AR Rahman and spun records at the White House for President Obama.
>Conrad Keely
– Original Machines CD/2xLP (Superball Music)
Debut solo album from the co-frontman of …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. The material was written while travelling, largely in Cambodia, where Keely currently lives. Recording took place this past summer in Montreal, and the album apparently finds the songwriter exploring styles outside of Trail Of Dead's noisy indie rock sound. According to a press release, the songwriter has been “collaborating with other musicians, both expat and Cambodian, on material as diverse as Irish folk and American bluegrass, to Khmer classics from the golden age of Cambodian psychedelic rock.”

– Starless CD (Metal Blade)
With a freshly inked deal with Metal Blade, Ketzer bids farewell to muscle-bound goats and blackened thrash metal in favor of a more mature and introspective dark rock ’n’ roll. – Team Rock

– The Greatest Video Game Music III: Choral Edition CD (Decca)
A choir of 140 singers comes together in thrilling arrangements of selections from
Final Fantasy X, Assassin’s Creed IV, Dragon Age Inquisition, Portal 2 and many more.
>Walter Martin
– Arts & Leisure CD/LP (Ile Flottante)
Walter Martin (co-writer, lyricist and multi-instrumentalist of The Walkmen) follows up 2014's
We're All Young Together with Arts & Leisure, a collection of songs that take inspiration from Martin's years of world travel as a musician, his younger days working in art museums and what he refers to as his 'shaky grasp of college art history.' The inventive use of drums and percussion, conversational lyrical approach, and trademark vintage instrumentation that Martin brought to The Walkmen are employed to new effect on his first big production since the band split.
>Mark Masri
– Beating Heart CD (Green Hill)
A pop-classical crossover collection featuring a Canadian vocal phenom.

>The Miamis
– We Deliver: The Lost Band Of The CBGB Era (1974-1979) CD (Omnivore)
The Miamis were legends in New York in the 1970s, playing shows at CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, and The Mudd Club with artists like Blondie, Television, Ramones, Talking Heads, and even Kiss. And, while the crowds loved them, the record business at the time couldn’t decide whether they were too pop for punk, or too punk for pop. The best of the band’s studio material is collected on
We Deliver, as well as demos and live tracks from CBGB – including a cover of Sinatra’s “That’s Life,” recorded two years before Sid Vicious would tackle “My Way.”
>Buddy Miller & Friends
– Cayamo Sesssions At Sea CD/LP+MP3 (New West)
In 2012, Cayamo veteran Buddy Miller brought along some recording gear and set up a studio in the ship's library where he and his Sirius XM co-host Jim Lauderdale recorded episodes for their Buddy & Jim Radio Show. Buddy thought the radio show recordings sounded really good so, in 2014, he brought more gear, an engineer and some great musicians. They took over the Bliss Lounge where Buddy set up a temporary recording studio between the lanes of the bowling alley. For two days and nights, guest artists came to record and fans came to watch. It was so much fun, they did it all again in 2015. The audio presented on
Cayamo Sesssions At Sea comes from those sessions.
– Suicide Songs CD/LP (Bella Union)
Sophomore album from the Manchester trio. “From the ethereal echoing of introductory track ‘I Am The Lord’ to the somber build-up of its 8 minute behemoth ‘Night Came,’
Suicide Songs relies on a wall of strings and glittering accompaniment. Whether it refuses to relent for its entirety or peaks and dips as in ‘Night Came,’ the bright and unrelenting sounds play against both the morbid poetic lyricism and strong vocal performance of Jamie Lee.” – Renowned For Sound
– Nevermen CD/LP (Ipecac)
Nevermen is the leaderless trio of Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), Adam “Doseone” Drucker (Anticon/cLOUDDEAD) and Mike Patton (Faith No More/Tomahawk). It is neither side-project nor super group; it's merely meant to be — a years-in-the-making partnership in which these men shared all duties, discovering their collective sound with the sort of glee and freedom usually reserved for first-timers. Amid this wild, weird churn of rock, pop, rap, soul, and other, it's shockingly easy to lose track of who's singing at what moment, and that's the point: to quote Tunde/Adam/Mike in song, “The frontman digests its self.”

>Night Beats
– Who Sold My Generation CD/LP (Heavenly/PIAS)
“Seattle-based garage-psych berserkers take it to the 99th floor on an album that positions them alongside Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees as cutting edge garage rock innovators. Opener ‘Celebration #1’ kicks off with an antique found-sound snippet before pitching straight into an intense trance groove that brings to mind Alan Vega jamming with The Red Krayola. ‘60s garage rock enthusiasts might hear echoes of Higher Elevation’s tripped-out nugget ‘The Diamond Mine,’ but then we’re quickly speeding into ‘Power Child’, and it becomes crystal clear that Night Beats are on a purposeful trip on their Heavenly Recordings debut. The second track encapsulates the satisfying rawness and louche, bohemian spirit that suffuses this album, as Danny Lee Blackwell’s guitar cascades shards of ‘60s soul, early Stones/Pretty Things and untrammelled psych freakout.” – Louder Than War

- Souvenir CD/LP (POP ETC/Rough Trade)
Second full length album from the NYC-based indie band (formerly The Morning Benders).

>Primal Fear
– Rulebreaker CD/CD+DVD (Frontiers)
New album from the German metal band – available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds two bonus tracks plus a DVD featuring music videos and a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the making of the album.

>Charlie Puth
– Nine Track Mind CD/LP (Artist Partner Group/Atlantic)
Debut studio album by the songwriter/pianist. Includes duets with Meghan Trainor (“Marvin Gaye”) and Selena Gomez (“We Don’t Talk Anymore”).

>Resurrection Kings
– Resurrection Kings CD (Frontiers)
Resurrection Kings is a new band centered around Craig Goldy, former Dio guitar player.

>Aubrie Sellers
– New City Blues CD/LP+MP3 (Aubrie Sellers Music)
The daughter of country star Lee Ann Womack and hit songwriter Jason Sellers, Aubrie's influences owe as much to Led Zeppelin as to icons like George Jones and Ralph Stanley. After honing her craft on-stage for a number of years, Sellers began working with veteran producer (and stepfather) Frank Liddell on a set of songs that framed her dulcet voice against a dark backdrop of electric guitars and plenty of attitude.

– Codex Atlanticus CD (Napalm)
New album from the symphonic metal giants.

– This Is Acting CD (RCA)
“On her seventh LP, Sia reclaims songs that Adele, Rihanna and others turned down.
This Is Acting opens with two songs that Sia hoped to land on Adele's 25. Her approximation of the phrasing and tone of the world's most beloved singer over the roiling piano on ‘Bird Set Free’ is uncanny, while ‘Alive’ is a throwback soul crusher that would've been the hardest-hitting thing on that blockbuster LP. ‘Footprints’ is an orphan from a Beyoncé writing session with refrigerator-magnet-level lyrics (comparing a relationship's progress to ‘two footprints in the sand’) that Bey [passed] on. The high point is ‘One Million Bullets,’ the only song she wrote with herself in mind. Against a dusky minor-key piano, Sia offers herself as her lover's protector, muse and martyr – her voice cracking perfectly in the chorus as she asks if they'd take a shot for her too. If this is acting, it's the kind of performance that hits as hard as life itself.” – Rolling Stone
– Let Love Show The Way CD/LP+MP3 (Provogue)
Simo is an adventurous rock & roll trinity, a thriving creative partnership completed by JD Simo's combustible guitar playing and soulful vocals. J. D. Simo spins soulful psychedelic blues rock with an improvisational bent reminiscent of the Grateful Dead and Stevie Ray Vaughan.” -- Rolling Stone

>Dr. Lonnie Smith
– Evolution CD (Blue Note)
“Evolution is Smith's first album for Blue Note in forty-five years, and it's a real humdinger. Everything we've come to expect from him, included the unexpected, is here. The album is populated with raunchy riffs, greasy grooves, soulful sermons, tidal organ shifts, moody statements, hard-hitting solos, and punchy interjections, all of which help to enliven throwback songs, standards, and new pieces alike. This is past, present, and future Smith rolled into one.” – All About Jazz

>St. Lucia
– Matter CD/2xLP (Columbia)
Matter produced by Chris Zane (Passion Pit, The Walkmen), and is a departure for principal songwriter and bandleader Jean-Philip Grobler, who takes a more direct, essential approach. In his words, “If the last album sounded like the tropics, this album is the desert.” St. Lucia's version of the desert is still an inviting place, though, one inspired by blending Grobler's fearless embrace of ‘80s pop, R&B, and alternative rock influences into an instantly captivating concoction.
>Tedeschi Trucks Band
– Let Me Get By CD/2xCD/2xLP (Fantasy)
Let Me Get By is the third studio album from Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring ten new, original songs that stand together as a testament to the spirit and commitment of the tightly-knit 12-member ensemble. Driven by Susan's soaring, spiritually charged vocals and Derek's masterfully lyrical slide-guitar, the band's musical talents are on display in full force. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe includes an 8-track bonus disc that features live recordings from the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York as well as alternate mixes, early song takes and additional studio material, an expanded booklet with exclusive studio and live photos, and a custom-designed vintage amp box.
– Nocturnal Masquerade CD/LP (Spinefarm)
“Not unlike a techier Every Time I Die,
Nocturnal Masquerade combines a f**k-all attitude, tightly riveted melodies and rhythms, and a sense of abrasive aggression into a 42-minute package that feels like getting a piece of steel wool shoved down your throat—yet it remains hooky enough to wash it down with something sweet afterward.” – Angry Metal Guy
>Franck Vigroux & Matthew Bourne
- Radioland: Radio-Activity Revisited CD+Book/LP+CD (Leaf)
Radioland weaves its own highly individual mesh of electronics, including blizzards of analog, antique futurist percussive patterns, rewired melodies, processed versions of sounds recently discovered in space by NASA, short and longwave radio samples, hurricanes of modulated electronics, vocoders ebbing and throbbing; it’s like the detritus of 40 years of electropop all colliding at once. However, Vigroux and Bourne’s backgrounds in improvisation enable them to master all these forces unleashed, occasionally dropping back into periods of near-silence, Stockhausen-esque moments of eerie free floating, in which all that’s audible is the sound of the universe breathing.
>Emily Wells
– Promise CD (Thesis + Instinct/Lefse)
Eighth album from the composer/multi-instrumentalist – “a soul record in baroque clothing… a pauper’s opera.” Wells’ songwriting combines electronics, orchestral strings, jazz structures, pop sensibilities, and vibrato-laden vocals into one eclectic package. Vinyl edition due February 19.

– Don’t You CD/LP (Columbia)
New album from Brooklyn-based electronic pop trio. “…slow, stately, soul-inflected synthpop.” – Stereogum

>Wet Ones
– Wet Ones CD/LP (Black Gladiator/Slovenly)
Punk rock courtesy of ex-members of Fag Cop.

>Daniel Wohl
– Holographic CD (New Amsterdam)
The music of Paris-born electroacoustic composer Daniel Wohl has been called “beautiful and maze-like” (Pitchfork) and “boldly surreal” (New York Times). Wohl's second album of original compositions,
Holographic, represents a leap forward in the blending of electronic sounds and acoustic instruments. Co-produced and mixed by Paul Corley (Oneohtrix Point Never, Ben Frost), Holographic features collaborations and appearances by musical luminaries Lucky Dragons, Caroline Shaw, Olga Bell, and ensembles Bang On A Can All-Stars, Mantra Percussion, Mivos Quartet and Iktus Percussion.
>Saul Williams
– MartyrLoserKing CD/LP (The Fader Label)
MartyrLoserKing is the fifth studio album from musician, actor, poet, and activist Saul Williams. A thinly veiled concept album carved from the tales of its main character a computer hacker living in Burundi with the screen name mrtyr_lsr_kng the album confronts a bevy of timely issues head on and unapologetically, from economic disparity and police brutality to issues of privacy in the digital age. “Hacking is the main theme and undercurrent of Saul Williams’ new album Martyr Loser King in which he wraps every line and sample in cyberpunk clothing, especially with the warping of ‘glitch art’. Glitch is a movement which involves breaking down and subverting reality, intentionally distorting and manipulating photography, artwork or (in this case) sound to be something else entirely. The album is layered in loops and awash with these glitch effects. For a man so enamoured with words, it’s an interesting challenge to make them sound so off kilter with this manipulation.” – God Is In The TV
– Sensuous Chill CD (Portrait)
A lush sonic experience featuring 10 brand new tracks inspired by his seeming infinite world travels.

>Your Friend
– Gumpton CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Taryn Miller is the Kansas native that makes music under the moniker Your Friend and
Gumption is her debut album. Gumption was recorded with producer Nicolas Vernhes (The War On Drugs, Deerhunter). He helped channel Taryn’s penchant for drones, loops and found sounds into melodic elements that when married create powerfully catchy, sonic meditations. From the thoughtful and brooding opener “Heathering” to “Come Back From It,” an almost ‘pop’ song, built around a drum loop and some crackling, droning guitars from a scrapped demo to the album closer “Who Will I Be In The Morning” a bright and shimmering tune that ponders the moment between sleep and consciousness. Taryn has made a stunning guitar record that encompasses modern recording technologies and incredible musical technique but leaves her humanity and creative vision complete intact.

DVDs + Blu-ray:
>Jack Bruce
– The Lost Tapes DVD+CD (Laser Media/MRI Associated)
Four live tracks (recorded in 1991 and 2001) on the DVD, and nine rare/alternate cuts on the CD from the late Cream bassist/songwriter.

>Danko Jones
– Live At Wacken Blu-ray (UDR)
Featuring their 18 song 2015 set and various bonus material items spread across the formats,
Live At Wacken provides fiery bursts of energy, quirky alternative riffery and Jones’ own electric personality, one which has seen him become an independent commentator, spoken word artist and columnist for The Huffington Post. Bonus material includes a track-by-track commentary, an exclusive backstage interview with Jones and his spoken word performance from the 2012 Wacken Festival. (Also available on stand-alone Blu-ray.)

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
– We All Fall Down 7” (Fool’s Gold)
A-Trak's single “We All Fall Down” transcends dance music's genres and trends. It's a welcome blend of throwback attitude ('80s electro soul, '90s Chicago house, two-stepping Y2K chart toppers), thoroughly modern production, and earworm melodies that feel timeless from the very first listen. Features Jamie Lidell. Limited clear vinyl.

>Benny Boeldt
– 8 Of Cups LP+MP3 (Carpark)
8 Of Cups is the beginning of a new chapter for Benny Boeldt, the Baltimore artist also known as Adventure. It’s the first record under Boeldt’s own name after releasing three albums as Adventure on Carpark Records. 8 Of Cups veers from wacky to beautiful to chaotic; using gorgeous melodies, hyperactive noise, and off-the-wall samples. The title is a reference to the tarot card, which Boeldt found to be an accurate representation of his life as he made the album.
>Alessia Cara
– Know It All LP (Def Jam)
Recently released on CD – now available on (pink) vinyl. “Alessia Cara –19-year-old singer/songwriter from Brampton, outside Toronto – is lightly famous. She's a wearable degree of known due to her anthem for introverts, this year's ‘Here.’ With it she hoisted a flag for the anti-social butterflies and issued a challenge of sorts to those who dream about embracing their true outside-the-lines selves. Her level gaze out, from a life just grazed by the commercial music machine, turns our own thoughts inward. She's caught the ear of the cool kids and the uncertain, and she doesn't let go of either affinity group throughout her full-length debut album,
Know It All.” – NPR
>Eric Clapton
- The Studio Album Collection 1970-1981 9xLP (Polydor)
This impressive vinyl-only box set brings together all of Eric Clapton's solo studio albums from his time with the Polydor/RSO label, spanning the period 1971-1981. Each album has been faithfully replicated and pressed on HQ-180gm vinyl and two of them,
Eric Clapton and Derek And The Dominos’ Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, have been re-mastered for this release.
>Crooked Fingers
– Crooked Fingers [2000] LP+MP3 (Merge)
Crooked Fingers – Bring On The Snakes [2001] LP+MP3 (Merge)
Crooked Fingers is the solo project of singer/guitarist Eric Bachmann. In the wake of the 1998 dissolution of his much-beloved previous band Archers Of Loaf, Bachmann founded Crooked Fingers in early 2000. Since then, Crooked Fingers has morphed and evolved to include many band members and tours extensively. Bachmann is also an in-demand record producer and guest player in other touring bands. This is the first time either title has been available on vinyl.

- Humanidad En La Obscuridad 7” (Deranged)
Desgraciados is a blazing Spanish hardcore band hailing from Calgary, Vancouver.

– Stand Up And Speak LP (Loma Vista)
DJDS (formerly DJ Dodger Stadium) are the young champions and shrewd standard bearers of L.A.'s revitalized music and art scene. SPIN calls them “L.A.'s foremost underground electronic duo.” While the duo's 2014 debut was steeped in the hypnotic loneliness of L.A.,
Stand Up And Speak is a total thematic counterpoint, capturing a distinctly Californian sense of community and pioneer spirit. A modern reinvention of electronic music used to cultivate a larger dance music culture building out of Southern California.
– Stick The Knife In 7” (In The Red)
Three brand new blazing tracks from Memphis's Ex-Cult. Watch for a new album on In The Red in 2016.

>Philip Glass
– Candyman II [OST/1995] LP/Cassette (One Way Static)
Philip Glass’ soundtrack for Clive Barker's 1995 film
Candyman II on vinyl.
- She Got Harder b/w Billy Is A Runaway 7” (In The Red)
Gøggs is the brainchild of Chris Shaw (Ex-Cult) and Ty Segall. In the planning stages for a long time, the band finally came together in 2015 in Segall's Los Angeles studio to record an album, which will be released next year. Other participants in the project include Cory Hanson (Wand), Charles Moothart (Fuzz) and Mikal Cronin.

– And After That, We Didn’t Talk LP (Soulection)
“On GoldLink's 2014 debut mixtape
The God Complex, the then-20-year-old rapper nailed a difficult balance: soft sounds, hard rhymes. The music—an uptempo mixture of house music and hip-hop signifiers (GoldLink coined the term ‘future bounce’ for it)—offset lyrics full of hypermasculine, purposefully exaggerated sexual boasts and street-savvy narratives. There was something indescribable about hearing the high-voiced rapper spit something like ‘Dick to the face, might choke’ over bubbly champagne synths, and the tape caught on, along with its signature hit ‘Ay Ay.’ The Washington, D.C. rapper toured alongside Mac Miller, as well as electronic producers like SBTRKT and Kaytranada. He even caught the attention of Def Jam founder/music visionary Rick Rubin, who has served as a mentor for his debut album, And After That, We Didn't Talk.” -- Pitchfork
>Grave Pleasures
– Dreamcrash LP (Metal Blade)
Dreamcrash is the second album by the apocalyptic death metal from Finland.
– Ruckers Hill LP+MP3 (Nevado Music)
Released last summer on CD – now available on vinyl. Australia's Husky is frontman Husky Gawenda and keyboard player Gideon Preiss cousins who grew up together plus bassist Evan Tweedie and drummer Luke Collins. Their shared passion for rich harmonies and artful songwriting points back to the artists they grew up on: Crosby Stills & Nash, Dylan, Leonard Cohen, The Beach Boys. “It’s rare to find a band comprised entirely of stunning vocalists, however Melbourne’s Husky are a shining example. Fronted by the proficient Husky Gawenda, the combination of the four members’ voices is haunting and demonstrates a unique sensitivity to composing and playing music. This has been beautifully captured on their new studio release,
Ruckers Hill, which comes as a much-awaited follow-up to their 2012 debut, Forever So (Sub Pop).” – Renowned For Sound
>Idiot Glee
– Idiot Glee LP (Hop Hop)
New release from Lexington, KY's James Friley, follows a string of releases on Moshi Moshi, Ateleir Ciseaux, Burger, Night People and Hop Hop. This ambitious and wide ranging recording is a piano heavy affair, with Friley playing nearly all of the instrumentation himself. The LP is packed with undeniable grooves, peppered with synths and instrumental work in the vein of Eno or Harmonia, and combined with Friley's songwriting influences of John Cale, Nilsson, Brian Wilson, Fleetwood Mac and many more. Artwork by Robert Beatty.

>The Lavender Flu
– Heavy Air 2xLP (Meds)
This new album from Chris Gunn (Hospitals, The Hunches) is extremely psychedelic and dense with layers and layers yielding new secrets with each listen. Songs/melodies/lyrics appear and reappear as half remembered dreams or reconstructed memories. It's a circuitous path through pop songs.

>Magic Circle
– Journey Blind LP (20 Buck Spin)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Tunes are rude, vicious. Some lumber ominously along, bare-fisting the downbeat through riffs risen from basements held in the odors of stale beer, mold and want. Others stuff the song’s shape with directional changes—tipping a cap to Trouble and Saint Vitus via Sabbath. All the dots are easily connected.”

>Melt Yourself Down
– Melt Yourself Down [Reissue/2013] LP+CD (Leaf)
Melt Yourself Down – Dot To Dot LP+CD (Leaf)
“Melt Yourself Down is the sound of Cairo ’57, Cologne ’72, New York ’78, London today. North and south, east and west. Horns blowing, drums vibrating, a suffocating fever dream. Primal. Vital. The house band from hell. Making music you can see, sounds you can smell, vibrations you can taste. Fierce funk and punk and detonated jazz. Rhythms to rearrange your DNA.”

>Van Morrison
– Common One [Reissue/1980] LP (Rhino)
Van Morrison – Beautiful Vision [Reissue/1982] LP (Rhino)
Van Morrison – Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart [Reissue/1983] LP (Rhino)
Vinyl reissue of the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth studio albums by the Northern Irish singer/songwriter.

– Martes + Utopia [Reissue/2002] 3xLP+CD (Leaf)
Murcof’s 2002 masterpiece
Martes reissued as part of Leaf 20. Now available on limited edition triple vinyl, it has been re-sequenced with the original tracks from the subsequent Utopía CD, plus three rarities from the Martes era, in new, updated artwork. Includes a CD of the original Martes album.
>Naked Lights
– On Nature LP (Castle Face)
Shades of post-punk, dub, even anarcho-punk are thrillingly blended into wholly futuristic shapes that defy easy categorization.

>Neville Brothers
– Yellow Moon [Reissue/1989] LP (A&M)
The Neville Brothers made a bid for pop/rock stardom with the well-produced A&M debut album
Yellow Moon. For this album, they enlisted the help of producer Daniel Lanois to meld their voices and rhythms with his swampy dreamscapes. Part of UMe’s ongoing Respect The Classics vinyl reissue campaign.
– Sister, Brother, Lover… [Reissue/1971] LP (Beatball)
The sole album from Scottish rock band Northwind reissued officially for the first time in over 40 years. Originally issued by Regal Zonophone in 1971, this highly sought after release has never been reissued on LP officially. The band's sound has been likened to that of the twin lead guitar style of Help Yourself/early Wishbone Ash with refined vocals. The songs are spiced with tasteful organ/piano and additional percussion throughout.

>Cian Nugent
– Night Fiction LP (Woodsist)
Night Fiction is Cian Nugent’s third proper album but his first taking on the role of singer/songwriter. Where his previous two (2013’s Born With The Caul and 2011’s Doubles) explore extended guitar-based instrumentals with his band, The Cosmos, here he reigns things in and focuses his songwriting skills. Guitar fans, do not fear-there is still plenty of soloing and fingerpicking here. Comprised of both solo and full-band material, Night Fiction amalgamates everything Nugent has done up to this point and reveals a broader palate of influences, including The Velvet Underground, Richard Thompson, Television, Neil Young, John Lennon, Fred Neil, etc.
>Pernice Brothers
– Yours, Mine & Ours [2003] LP (American Dust)
Written and conceived in the summer and fall of 2002,
Yours, Mine & Ours, the third Pernice Brothers album, may have been a joy to record, but it’s hardly a musical exercise in uplift. To quote the original 2003 press release, “The record may share its title with a breezy, feel-good Doris Day motion picture, but to quote the colossal talent that is Rip Torn, ‘This ain’t that.’”
Including modern power-pop classics such as “The Weakest Shade Of Blue,” “Baby In Two” and “One Foot In The Grave,”
Yours, Mine & Ours received near-universal acclaim from critics with stellar notices from both Pitchfork and The A.V. Club. The album also ranked #22 on The Village Voice’s 2003 Pazz And Jop poll.
>Seinabo Sey
– Pretend 2xLP (Virgin)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl.
Pretend is a pop album saturated in soul and full of big melodic songs and forward thinking production (courtesy of Madonna collaborator Magnus Lidehäll) that draws on real, sometimes painfully relatable moments. Features 16 tracks including “Younger (Kygo Remix)” and “Hard Time.”
>Frank Sinatra
– Songs For Swingin’ Lovers [Reissue/1956] LP (Capitol)
Frank Sinatra's romantic masterpiece, arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle. Originally released in 1956 and celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016,
Songs For Swingin' Lovers features classic standards and signature Sinatra recordings including “I've Got You Under My Skin,” “Love Is Here To Stay” and “You Make Me Feel So Young.”
>Troye Sivan
– Blue Neighborhood 2xLP (Capitol)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Debut full length from South African-born Australian actor, singer, songwriter, and YouTuber Troye Sivan.
Blue Neighborhood is a musical trip full of twists and turns, cutting-edge production, sparse booming beats, majestic flourishes and beautiful modern poetry.
– High Fidelity [Reissue/2000] 2xLP (Geffen)
High Fidelity is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears. It stars John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Jack Black, Todd Louiso, Tim Robbins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Lisa Bonet. The film is based on the 1995 British novel of the same name by Nick Hornby, with the setting moved from London to Chicago and the name of the lead character changed. After seeing the film, Hornby expressed his happiness with Cusack's performance, saying that "at times, it appears to be a film in which John Cusack reads my book". The soundtrack includes songs by The Kinks, 13th Floor Elevators, The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and many others.
– Pretty Woman [Reissue/1990] LP (Capitol)
If you ever wanted songs by David Bowie, Robert Palmer, Roxette, Natalie Cole, Peter Cetera, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane Wiedlin, Go West, Roy Orbison, Christopher Otcasek, and Lauren Wood on a single vinyl disc and package in a sleeve featuring a picture of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, you’re in luck -- this soundtrack is totally for you.

>The Triffids
– Born Sandy Devotional [Reissue/1986] LP+MP3 (Domino)
Like some unholy trinity, The Triffids, along with Nick Cave and The Go Betweens seemingly conspired to change people's attitude towards Antipodean rock in the mid-eighties, never before taken even remotely seriously. 1984 was the pivotal year when The Go Betweens released
Spring Hill Fair, Cave debuted with From Her To Eternity and, in late August, The Triffids arrived in the UK with two albums in tow, Treeless Plain and the mini-LP Raining Pleasure, recorded and released in Australia for Hot Records and, before the year was out, released in the UK by Rough Trade. For this very special HQ-180gm vinyl reissue the band’s 1986 album Born Sandy Devotional, digitally re-mastered tracks were transferred back to tape to enable the creation of new production masters through a fully analog signal chain. “A true audiophile release of one of the most influential Australian bands ever!”
– Spirit Island 12” (Deranged)
Waveless is a three-piece from Minneapolis, Minnesota, playing layered, reverberating music. Its members formed the group after the demise of their short-lived noisy punk band Total Trash.
Finding inspiration in the likes of Slowdive, Neil Young and Sonic Youth,
Spirit Island is moody without being saccharine, sincere without being self-indulgent.
>Wildbirds & Peacedrums
– Rivers [2010] LP+CD (Leaf)
Wildbirds & Peacedrums 2010 album
Rivers is available on vinyl for the first time. It features the track Peeling Off the Layers, used to devastating effect this year as the title music for Sky Atlantic’s (UK) flagship series Fortitude.
released 22 JANUARY 2015
>CDs + Vinyl:

Abbath – Abbath CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Debut album from Abbath, the band led by ex-Immortal frontman Olve Eikemo. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe fold-out box edition adds a bonus track, an exclusive patch, wristband, pin, and postcard. “Abbath is an explosive introduction to what happens when an idiosyncratic talent is compelled to redefine their own art while consolidating everything that made him great in the first place. Play it loud and watch as the heavens disintegrate and a new dark power takes to the throne.” – Metal Hammer

>Agoraphobic Nosebleed
– Arc CDEP/12”+MP3 (Relapse)
“Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s
Arc is a masterpiece. And while your response to that news might be ‘Well yeah no duh!’ if Arc were a grind record, it’s not: the first of four separate albums, each in a different style, Arc is a doom album, its charge befittingly led by vocalist Kat Katz, who made her name fronting the slower-than-slow, heavier-than-heavy Salome. That the music on Arc is every bit as good as more ‘traditional’ ANb material is a testament to the genius of Katz and guitarist/producer Scott Hull. In other words: Arc cements Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s position as one of the best metal bands of their time.” – MetalSucks
>Cyrille Aimée
– Let’s Get Lost CD (Mack Avenue)
In her second Mack Avenue Records recording, the groove-spirited
Let’s Get Lost, rising-star vocalist and bandleader Cyrille Aimée wonderfully displays her versatility as a sweet-sounding jazz songbird with a catchy repertoire—from new takes on old-time standards to crowd-pleasing originals and even a hip singer/songwriter tune that closes the 12-song collection.
– Ceremonial CD (Tru Thoughts)
Ceremonial continues the progression of 2014’s incredibly well-received Mawa EP (BBE), on which this ever-curious musician first began to blend the minimalist, catchy melodic phrasing and attention-grabbing beats of his Tru Thoughts debut LP Chapters with a newfound love for vintage African music. Influences from Orchestre Poly-Rythmo to Fela Kuti-style Afrobeat to bluesy High Life now hold sway, while Anchorsong retains the crisp production sensibility and deep, immersive arrangements that have always set his music apart.
>Badly Drawn Boy
– The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast [Reissue/2000] 2xCD/2xLP/3xLP (XL)
The Hour Of Bewilderbeast was originally released in 2000, it was met with critical acclaim and won the Mercury Prize that year. The album is both ambitious and extremely entertaining and while it's not a traditional pop album, it's a continually beguiling trip through lo-fi postmodern folk, drawing as much from Harry Nilsson as it does Beck. This 15th Anniversary reissue features 16 bonus tracks. ((Vinyl edition is available as a double-LP (Regular) and triple-LP (Deluxe) set.))
>Lucian Ban
– Songs From Afar CD (Sunnyside Communications)
Featuring saxophonist Abraham Burton, bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson with special guest violist Mat Maneri,
Songs From Afar incorporates their extensive knowledge of modern jazz and creative music with the astonishing voice of Transylvanian folk singer Gavril Tarmure to create a program of music with a unique identity that spans continents and styles.
>Besnard Lakes
– A Coliseum Complex Museum CD/LP+MP3 (Jagjaguwar)
Unique among their furrowed brow peers, The Besnard Lakes are unafraid to marry textured, questing headphone sonics to the honeyed pleasure of radio hits past: the rapture of My Bloody Valentine entwined with the romance of Fleetwood Mac. Imagine dreamy Beach House riding Led Zeppelin dynamics, with unabashedly androgynous vocal harmonies. Channeling their obsessions with the paranormal as well as the dark arts,
A Coliseum Complex Museum is populated by crypto-zoological creatures (“The Bray Road Beast,” “Golden Lion”) while also luxuriating in natural phenomena and beauty (“The Plain Moon,” “Nightingale”). These themes are sincere yet good-humored. The LP's title jokily refers to a landmark-heavy road sign spotted on tour in Texas, the varied emotional impulses within reflected by its environmentally warped artwork.
>Black Sabbath
– Black Sabbath [Reissue/1970] 2xCD/2xLP (Rhino)
Black Sabbath – Paranoid [Reissue/1970] 2xCD/2xLP (Rhino)
Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality [Reissue/1971] 2xCD/2xLP (Rhino)
Black Sabbath – Past Lives [Reissue/2002] 2xCD/2xLP (Rhino)
Remastered and expanded editions of Black Sabbath’s first three albums, each featuring a bonus disc of outtakes.
Past Lives was originally released in 2002, but consists of original live recordings from the band's heyday. The double-disc set includes performances recorded between 1970 and 1975 when the band was at the height of it's dark powers and includes live versions of “War Pigs,” “Paranoid,” “Snowblind” and “N.I.B.” (Vinyl editions are HQ-180gm.)
>Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
– Pond Scum CD/LP/Cassette (Drag City)
There are no Peel sessions anymore -- that tradition was buried in the pyramids with John Peel himself upon the great man’s passing. Of the thousands left in the wake, six are ascribed to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and of those six, three have been combined to form the deeply congruous experience of
Pond Scum.
– Winter Thrice CD/2xLP (Century Media)
New album from the Norwegian epic black metal pioneers.

– Sea Of Ignorance CD (Ceremonial)
Fourth album from the extreme death metal band.

>Kate Campbell
– The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol. 1) CD (Large River)
Organic, sparse, and profoundly simple, The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol. 1) was recorded on Kate's iPhone 5 and/or using two microphones in her living room and at various impromptu locations across America. A select cast of stellar musicians including the legendary Spooner Oldham (B-3 Organ), Missy Raines (Upright Bass), Sally Van Meter (Dobro), Joey Miskulin (Accordion), Laura Boosinger (Banjo), Steve Smith (Mandolin), and John Kirk (Fiddle) added a flourish of subtle embellishments to make The K. O. A Tapes a hum-along listening pleasure.

>The Casualties
– Chaos Sound CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
The Casualties have been an American punk rock institution for over 25 years. With
Failure Sound, the New York stalwarts give voice to the street with a three fists full of smashing anthems. In an age of austerity, corporate takeover of this planet, and rising anger Chaos Sound bristles with counter-culture rage translated into energetic riffing, barking vocals and a heavy dose of rock. Fierce but always melodic, The Casualties remain a far cry from teenage poster-boy industry created sell-outs that have become associated with their style. Instead the band openly draw inspiration from the early punk legends such as The Exploited, Sex Pistols and G.B.H. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe features a 70cm x 100cm flag and black carabiner with The Casualties logo.
– Moth CD/LP (Columbia)
Third album by the Brooklyn, New York-based synthpop duo.
Moth was written and produced by Chairlift over the course of two years in the band's own studio, which they built in an old pharmaceutical factory in Brooklyn. Throughout the recording process, Patrick Wimberly and Caroline Polachek both pursued other recording projects and collaborations - from Caroline penning a song for Beyoncé and collaborating with SBTRKT and Blood Orange, to Patrick producing for Solange and Wet. Alongside these collaborations, Moth was born. It has strong pop and R&B leanings, but pared with their own distinctly Chairlift style, and led by Caroline's expressive vocals.
– Sowiesoso [Reissue/1976] CD/LP (Bureau B)
2016 re-release of Bureau B's 2009 reissue. The fourth full-length album by legendary German electronic music duo Cluster, originally released on Sky Records in 1976.

– Coasts CD/2xLP (Sony)
A spirited and hook-driven electro-indie rock outfit based in Bristol, England, Coasts formed in 2011 around the talents of Chris Caines (vocals), Liam Willford (guitar), James Gamage (bass), David Goulbourn (keyboards), and Ben Street (drums). Album single “A Rush Of Blood” was named Zane Lowe’s (BBC Radio 1, Beats 1) ‘Hottest Record’ in October 2014. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds six bonus tracks.

>Miles Davis
– Paul’s Mall. Boston, September 1972 CD (Hi Hat)
By 1972 Miles Davis was firmly established as the most innovative and influential jazz artist on the planet. Taped between the recording and release of his controversial 1972
On The Corner album, this dense, polyrhythmic set from September 14, 1972, captures the first of four consecutive performances he gave at Paul's Mall in Boston, showcasing a new Indian-influenced sound, and was originally broadcast on the local WBCN-FM station. The complete broadcast is presented here in digitally remastered sound together with background notes and images.
>Death Angel
– Frolic Through The Park [Reissue/1988] CD/LP (Metal Blade)
Death Angel – Fall From Grace [Reissue/1990] CD (Metal Blade)
Reissues of the San Francisco thrash metal band’s second and third albums.

- Kronet Til Konge [Reissue/1995] 2xCD/LP (Peaceville)
DHG was originally formed in 1994 under the moniker Dødheimsgard is a conjunction of three words: Død which means death, Heim which means home and Gard which means (at least in this context) mansion. Starting out as a pure black metal band featuring Aldrahn, Vicotnik, and Fenriz, they eventually incorporated more electronic, industrial, and experimental elements into their music until they resembled nothing like what they started as, and have now changed their name to DHG. This is a reissue of the band’s debut album, originally released by Malicious Records in 1995. (CD version features a bonus disc.)

– Wastes Of Life CD (Moribund)
On their tenth album, Greece’s Dodsferd deliver an epic metal album filled with acoustic passages and clean vocals, both majestic and avant-garde in its scope and composition.

- The Dwarves Are Younger & Even Better Looking [Reissue/1996] CD/Cassette (Burger)
Dwarves – Lick It (The Psychedelic Years) 1983-1986 [Reissue/1998] CD/Cassette (Burger)
Dwarves – Free Cocaine 1986-1988 CD/Cassette (Burger)
Burger Records reissues a few of their favorite albums by the San Francisco punk rock mainstays.

- Douve CD (Kathexis)
The Boston based ensemble Ehnahre has been pioneering an effort to rethink and redefine what metal and extreme music can be, since their debut release in 2008—to equal parts acclaim and condemnation for their sins against the tradition. Their new release,
Douve, pushes things even farther into the muddy perimeter, incorporating elements of contemporary classical music, serialism, free improvisation, aleatory, free meter, noise and other experimental techniques.
>Failure Anthem
– First World Problems CD (Razor & Tie)
Failure Anthem get right to the point on their full-length debut album, First World Problems. The Greensboro, NC quintet—JD [vocals], Ryan [bass, backup vocals], Kile [guitar], Zane [drums], and Wil [rhythm guitars]—architect eleven impactful, invigorating, and infectious anthems with hooks so robust that modern bells and whistles just aren't necessary. It's a tried-and-true approach that feels timeless as the boys make hard rock hypnotic again. Like a big screen blockbuster you can't turn away from, they don't waste any time reaching the climax.

>Fat White Family
– Songs For Our Mothers CD/LP (Fat Possum)
Some will hail this hair-raising, pulse-quickening and indignant collection of glitterball disco, smacked out psych, glam funk, heart-breaking torch songs and otherworldly slabs of kraut n’ western as the shot in the arm that independent rock has been ailing after. And a shot in the arm is exactly what this album is. For if modern indie rock, DIY, alt-country – call it what you will – is sick, then the Fat Whites are the pretty nurse with Munchausen’s Syndrome by proxy, pushing down the plunger on the syringe; murdering the bed-ridden patient with a tainted injection right under everyone’s noses. They have witnessed an entire musical scene teetering on the verge of terminal irrelevancy and given it a hard shove void-wards.

>Eleanor Friedberger
– New View CD/LP (Frenchkiss)
Friedberger and her band recorded this one live-to-tape with producer Clemens Knieper. It opens with first single “He Didn’t Mention His Mother,” a beautifully lush ramble that evokes the greats of the ’70s without aping any of them too closely.

>Green River Ordinance
– Fifteen CD (Residence Music)
Texas group Green River Ordinance has paired warm melodies and rambunctious Southern rock with songs that center around both enjoying life and the things that matter into their new album,
– Grieved CD (Prosthetic)
Grieved is a pure dark mid-tempo hardcore sickness in the vein of Cursed -- well crafted, passionate and with killer production. Vinyl due February 12.

>Half Japanese
– Perfect CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
Half Japanese’s new album is a collection of songs that feature otherworldly sounds, chaotic rhythms, and weird time signatures, topped off with Jad Fair's brash vocals and oddball lyrics. Its tracks run the gamut from sweet love songs with overtly sincere lyrics to manic, almost abrasive tracks that seem to end before you can fully wrap your head around them. With
Perfect, the legendary indie band manages to combine elements of every genre imaginable into one strange, unpredictable, and undeniably-catchy package.
>The High Lamas
– Here Come The Rattling Trees CD/LP (Drag City)
With witty, artful musical strokes, Sean O'Hagen and The High Llamas have crafted deft musical sketches with the signature Llamas sound that has evolved over ten album releases since 1992. A colorful array of electric, acoustic, and synthetic instruments, alongside Sean O'Hagan's gentled vocals, are deployed to transport the listener to the low-key highs and lows of the British working week an incisive, sympathetic view to the wonders slipped in between the pages and too often passed over in everyday life.

>Charlie Hilton
– Palana CD/LP+MP3 (Captured Tracks)
Enlisting Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Jacob Portrait as producer, Hilton freely experimented with diverse sounds and moods -- some minimal and some cacophonous -- out of the confines of a band structure. “Funny Anyway” is truly stark, featuring only string accompaniments, with Hilton assuming a role akin to a confessional French chanteuse, while “Let's Go To A Party” is Hilton's cheeky take on an icy dance track with thick, bouncing synths and a chorus that echoes “I'm only happy when I'm dancing.” Alternatively, tracks like “Pony” harken back to the psychedelic strengths of Blouse, saluting bands like Broadcast and United States of America, and then there's “100 Million,” the sole track produced by Woods' Jarvis Taveniere that rounds out the album in a soft, acoustic and light-hearted way with labelmate Mac DeMarco lending his talents on percussion and back-up vocals.

>The I Don’t Cares
– Wild Stab CD (Dry Wood Music)
Paul Westerberg and Julian Hatfield are The I Don't Cares.

>Jazz Funk Soul
– More Serious Business CD (Shanachie)
New album from the smooth jazz trio comprised of Jeff Lorber, Everett Harp and Chuck Loeb.

>Jesu/Sun Kil Moon
– Jesu/Sun Kil Moon CD (Caldo Verde)
Debut collaboration between Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon) and Justin Broadrick (Jesu), and featuring guests Will Oldham aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, members of Low, Rachel Goswell of Slowdive and Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse.

>Aidan Knight
– Each Other CD (Full Time Hobby/Outside Music)
New album from the Canadian singer/songwriter. “
Each Other was recorded with producer Marcus Paquin (The National, Local Natives) and his band in Bathouse Studio near Millhaven Maximum Security Prison. The process was arduous and detailed, ‘piecing together the raw energy of the live show along with the layered textures that could only be captured in the studio.’ Speaking about the process, Knight says: ‘Marcus, guided an unruly collection of ideas and a sometimes impulsive person (me) with remarkable patience (Marcus is also a new father).’ Each Other was mixed over a very cold winter by Mathieu Parisian, known for his work with Patrick Watson and Karkwa, and very familiar with intricately elaborate recordings.” – The Line Of Best Fit
– Chorus 5xCD (4AD)
Formed in London in 1988 by childhood friends Emma Anderson and Miki Berenyi, Lush expertly fused melody and guitars to create a sound that was christened ‘shoegaze’ well after they released their first records. Over the course of a decade, the band (which also included Chris Acland on drums and Steve Rippon on bass, later replaced by Phil King) released three studio albums –
Spooky (1992), Split (1994) and Lovelife (1996). In addition, they put out a mini-album Scar (1989) and a string of EPs that were used to create the compilations Gala (1990) and Topolino (1996), two albums that would ultimately bookend their story. Following the death of Chris Acland in late 1996, the band called it quits. Now, coinciding with the news that the remaining members are to reunite next year, the long-awaited Lush anthology is finally here. Spread over five CDs and housed in a beautiful hardbound book (designed by long-time associate and former v23 collaborator Chris Bigg), Chorus consists of all three studio albums, both singles compilations and a wealth of previously unreleased demos, radio sessions, remixes and rarities.
– Dystopia CD/LP (T-Boy)
The thrash metal titans storm back onto the scene with their 15th studio album,
Dystopia. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a Ceek VR cardboard headset and a download code which allows access to a virtual five-song mini-concert.
>Milk ‘n’ Cookies
– Milk ‘n’ Cookies 2xCD (Captured Tracks)
Milk 'n' Cookies are the stuff of legends -- or would be legends. Forming in the early ‘70s in Long Island, New York, this power pop group was originally signed to Island Records and seemed destined for greatness. Yet, through many cases of “wrong place, wrong time,” the band never managed to break. The core line-up of the band was made up of Ian North, Justin Strauss, Sal Maida and Mike Ruiz and, in their time, they played classic NYC venues like CBGB's and Max's Kansas City. They shared bills with everyone from Talking Heads to The Ramones and have amassed a cult following, influencing the likes of Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and Debbie Harry (Blondie). After working extensively with the band members, Milk 'n' Cookies is a lavish reissue of the group's entire recorded output. Vinyl edition due February 5.

>Mueran Humanos
– Miseress CD/LP (ATP Recordings)
On their sophomore album, Mueran Humanos, the Argentinian but Berlin based duo made up by Carmen Burguess and Tomás Nochteff, continue their post punk, industrial inflected synth explorations first introduced on their 2011 self-titled debut album.

- Abyssinia Selasie CD (Staalplaat)
Muslimgauze – Libya Tour Guide CD (Staalplaat)
Although Bryn Jones's work as Muslimgauze certainly counts dub among it's influences, rarely is that influence treated as directly or centrally as it is on many of the tracks found on
Abyssinia Selasie. A rarity among the material Jones left behind after his death in 1999, this release features previously unreleased material that Jones had titled, unlike many of the tapes he had submitted but hadn't gotten around to preparing for release. Originally issued as the third LP in the limited-edition Tandoori Dog box set (1998), Libya Tour Guide is reissued here as a standalone CD following corresponding editions of the box's first two discs, Jaagheed Zarb (2008) and Tandoor Dog, and again the increased space of the CD medium has allowed for the inclusion of previously unreleased material from the original tape.
– Bye CD (Cuneiform)
NAIMA is a modern jazz piano trio that looks to split the difference between the high-energy of The Bad Plus and the spirited elegance of Brad Mehldau’s trio.

– Aura Obelisk CD/2xLP/Cassette (Sounds Familyre)
San Diego garage rockers return with their new full-length recorded with Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall) and Ben Moore (Hot Snakes, Pinback). “This San Diego combo exercise some blowtorch psychedelic punk in the spirit of Mainliner, Swell Maps, Major Stars and other faves of this program.” – Brian Turner, WFMU

>Aoife O'Donovan
– In The Magic Hour 2xCD/LP (Yep Roc)
In The Magic Hour, Aoife (pronounced EEE-fah) O’Donovans follow-up to her debut, Fossils, was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Neko Case) and includes special guest musicians Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz on many songs. Lead single “Magic Hour” displays O’Donovan’s ever-evolving style and strength in songwriting. “The King Of All Birds” brings a lush orchestral arrangement, odd timing, and an erratic melody that you wont soon forget. In The Magic Hour expands past Aoife’s roots in folk and bluegrass, however, she hasn’t forgotten her roots. Limited edition double-CD adds a six-track bonus disc.
>The Ed Palermo Big Band
– One Child Left Behind CD (Cuneiform)
The Ed Palermo Big Band is led by alto saxist and arranger Ed Palermo; he has had this big band with much of the same personnel for 35 years. The band is a 16-piece ensemble of five woodwind players, two trumpeters, three trombonists, two keyboardists, guitar, violin, bass and drums. Ed made his and his big band's name as an interpreter of the music of Frank Zappa. There are plenty of works by Zappa on this disc, but you will also find works by Los Lobos, Neil Young, Giorgio Moroder and Lieber & Stoller.

>Paquito & Manzanero
- Paquito D'Rivera Plays The Music Of Armando Manzanero CD (Sunnyside Communication)
For his latest recording, the great woodwind master Paquito D’Rivera illuminates the incredible work of Manzanero in Paquito’s favored idiom: Latin jazz. Along with his fantastic ensemble, featuring members like trumpeter Diego Urcola, drummer Antonio Sanchez and Manzanero himself, on vocals. D Rivera shows why Manzanero has been celebrated across the globe.

>Penetration Moon
– Penetration Moon CD/Cassette (Burger)
Penetration Moon’s unreleased 1991 full-length of snotty punk classics featuring Blag Dahlia of the Dwarves.

>Pillar Point
– Marble Mouth CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
Marble Mouth speaks for itself as loudly as the records Scott Reitherman blasted in his childhood bedroom, from the twitchy post-punk of Talking Heads to the Top 40 takeovers of Michael and Janet Jackson. Featuring a hybrid approach to the presentation of its heavyweight pop hooks, the album plants one foot firmly in the '80s, with the other exploring the outer realm of ultramodern electronic music.
>Pop. 1280
– Paradise CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
Paradise builds on 2013's Imps Of Perversion LP by venturing further outside of traditional notions of punk, and diving even deeper into outer sounds. Synthesizers, mechanized drum machines, and samplers play as critical a role on the record as the more familiar squall of Ivan Drip's buzzsaw guitar and Chris Bug's vocals.
>Promise & The Monster
– Feed The Fire CD/LP (Bella Union)
“There’s something darkly seductive about Billie Lindahl’s debut release for Bella Union as Promise & The Monster, drawing you in to a Wicker Man-like web that’s simultaneously unnerving and exhilarating. Ostensibly an alt-folk album,
Feed The Fire is a slow-burner, only tentatively pushed along by vapour-thin vocals and gentle acoustics that can occasionally drift over towards the intangible.” – Loud And Quiet
>Roly Porter
– Third Law CD/LP (Tri Angle)
As one half of pioneering duo Vex'd (alongside Jamie Teasdale, aka, Kuedo), Roly Porter was intrinsic in the development of what would come to be known as dubstep. When Vex'd decided to go their separate ways in the mid ‘00s Roly pursued a solo career in an attempt to escape the genre constraints he felt had become a restriction. With two solo albums behind him (
Aftertime and Life Cycle Of A Massive Star), his output has primarily been fueled by a desire to write beat-less music, something Roly is keen to specify he doesn't view as being the same as ambient music.
– Adore Life CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Savages’ sophomore album
is “audibly the work of a band making efforts to outrun their initial influences and trying to find a path beyond a debut that seemed so fully formed – image, sound and manifesto all neatly worked out – that it was hard to imagine how they might develop it further without tumbling into self-parody. The guitars are still serrated, but Adore Life feels looser and slightly more relaxed than its predecessor. The listener feels a little less like every song is being screamed at them, an inch and a half away from their face. The mood is, well, moodier. The lyrics are less ascetic, immersed as they mostly are in the vagaries of love and relationships.” – The Guardian
>Ty Segal
– Emotional Mugger CD/LP/Cassette (Drag City)
Emotional Mugger neither abandons Segall’s penchant for classically raw rock ‘n’ roll attitude nor does it find him resting in place. The record makes adjustments toward more sophisticated compositions, with sudden shifts in tempo, more varied guitar effects, and unexpectedly complex drum patterns taking a more forward position in Segall’s previously slim arsenal. It’s also his messiest, most caustic album yet, taking the grit of his beloved garage rock to extreme new levels even he has never played with in his extensive discography.” – Pop Matters
– Jet Plane And Oxbow CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
“Formed in 1999 by Okkervil River’s multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff as an outlet for their quieter songs, Shearwater has evolved to cinematic music on a grand scale.
Jet Plane And Oxbow is perhaps their loudest and boldest album, yet it is populated with intricate patterns and delicate passages linking it all together. Listening to the dynamic opening track ‘Prime’ with its unusual instrumentation (including hammered dulcimer), you are instantly sucked into its dreamy soundscape. Meiburg keeps the listener riveted by both the song’s beauty and its ambitious reach. “Quiet Americans” is an odd choice for the album’s first single, maybe because of the uneasiness it evokes. Even as the song’s bridge entrances you, Meiburg’s slightly dour outlook puts the listener off kilter. Yet, there is a bit of lightness in the song’s final third with some sparkling piano to tie it all up with a bow. Now, to me, ‘A Long Time Away’ is a better choice for a single, perhaps because it amps up the volume, has a great set of lyrics, and a wonderful sing-along chorus. The beat surges along with the song’s tempo and ends with the faint ringing of bells.” – Big Takeover
>Bruce Soord
– Bruce Soord CD/LP (Kscope)
Having wanted to make a solo album for many years, Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) found himself taking surprising paths to create this record; here he has explored the softer, dreamier side of his song-writing – more acoustic in nature, whilst retaining depth in its arrangement.

>Sweet Honey In The Rock
- #LoveInEvolution CD (Appleseed)
Now in its fourth decade, the renowned female African-American a cappella group Sweet Honey In The Rock shows off a new four-voice line-up that continues its ongoing evolution. Their first first studio recording in nine years,
#LoveInEvolution’s breathtaking layers of voices often carry a strong sense of social and ecological urgency on original songs such as “Second Line Blues,” which challenges the current eruption of racial violence, and “Oh, Sankofa,” an angry summation of the last century of historical injustice against blacks.
– Sex, Love & Pain II CD (Atlantic)
Follow-up to the smoove R&B singer’s 2007 album
Sex, Love & Pain.
– The Waiting Room CD/LP (City Slang)
“There’s something very elemental about Tindersticks’ new album/video project, like a frayed nerve spewing forth pure, unadulterated feeling. Yet the album accomplishes this with impressively few components. It’s a quiet and tense work, with arrangements stripped to their bare essentials, emphasizing the negative space in much the same way as the donkey-headed figure sits in front of blackness on the album’s cover, made all the more striking for the simplicity of the background. Whilst Tindersticks have been making music since 1991, they have never sounded more present and more urgent than they do on
The Waiting Room” – Renowned For Sound. (Vinyl format includes a companion DVD showcasing renowned filmmakers from around the globe. A track by track interpretation of the music on the album, it features new work from Christoph Girardet, Pierre Vinour, Claire Denis, Rosie Pedlow and Joe King, Gregorio Graziosi, Richard Dumas and Gabriel Sanna, and Stuart Staples.)
– The Catastrophist CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Simply put, Tortoise has spent nearly 25 years making music that defies description. While the Chicago-based instrumental quintet has nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout its revered and influential six-album discography, the resulting sounds have always been distinctly, even stubbornly, their own. It’s a fact that remains true on
The Catastrophist, Tortoise’s first studio album in nearly seven years. And it’s an album where moody, synth-swept jams like the opening title track cozy up next to hypnotic, bass-and-beat missives like “Shake Hands With Danger” and a downright strange cover of David Essex’s 1973 radio smash “Rock On” sung by U.S. Maple’s Todd Rittman. Also included is the bittersweet, honest-to-goodness soul ballad “Yonder Blue,” sung by Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley.
>Tricky presents Skilled Mechanics
– Skilled Mechanics CD/LP+CD (False Idols/!K7)
Formed by Tricky after a move to Berlin earlier this year, Skilled Mechanics is a collaborative project that allows the producer and vocalist to work with many different artists, while at the same time pushing his unique vocal talents to the forefront.

– ATGCLVLSSCAP CD/2xLP (House Of Mythology)
ATGCLVLSSCAP consists of multi-tracked and studio-enhanced live, mostly improvisational, rock and electronic soundscapes, two-thirds of which has never been heard before.
>Various Artists
– 2016 Grammy Nominees CD (Republic)
The 22nd installment of the series features 21 Grammy-nominated artists, including Album Of The Year nominees Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, as well as Best New Artist nominees Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly and Meghan Trainor among others.

>Various Artists
– Beating The Bars: Twisted Tales From Vinyl Wastelands CD/LP (Trailer Park)
Twisted Tales From The Vinyl Wastelands series takes the listener on a dark adventure, a wrong turn into a bizarre, alternate world of American country music performed by small town, unknown hicks. The second volume, Beating On The Bars, collects eighteen ultra-rare hillbilly 45s recorded for long-lost independent record labels. The theme this time is incarceration the county lock-ups, state pens and prisons. When Johnny Cash released his live at Fulsom Prison and San Quentin LPs to critical acclaim and commercial success, small-town hopefuls rushed into backwoods recording studio across the South to tell their own tales of crime and punishment. Until now, most of these records lay forgotten in the solitary confinement of the bargin bins.
>Various Artists
– The Boston Creative Jazz Scene: 1970-1983 CD/2xLP (Cultures Of Soul)
In the 1970s Boston was a fertile ground for a very creative jazz scene. Small, independent venues ranging from lofts to churches to clubs opened up to support this thriving backdrop while jazz musicians set up their own labels. The music here runs the gamut of funky jazz from Arnie Cheatham's "Thing" to the deep free jazz of the Phill Musra Group or the spoken word brilliance of Worlds, to the complex metric structures of Stanton Davis' “Play Sleep.” Includes 80-page book.

>Various Artists
– Disco Love Vol. 4 2xCD/2xLP (BBE)
Scotland’s foremost (possibly only) disco obsessive returns with a fourth volume in the critically acclaimed
Disco Love series. Previous volumes had critics saying things like “Some of it is risqué, cheesy and (may I say) sexy. Great stuff for us disco-geeks” and “A real gem for the disco connoisseurs” and “This will enhance any deep disco collection” and “the ever-reliable Glaswegian crate digger unearths even more dusty gems” and “Just when you think that Al Kent guy is not going to get you again, he assembles a third Disco Love that is more stimulating than the first two volumes” and, less excitingly, “The mastering and sound quality is great.” Vol. 4 features fifteen more obscure disco tracks (or at the very least soul records you could dance to), most of which were pressed in limited quantities before sinking without trace, including five very special edited and extended versions and a DJ mixed second CD.
>Various Artists
– Studio One Showcase: The Sound Of Studio One In The 1970s CD/2xLP (Soul Jazz)
This compilation presents an overview of the ground-breaking decade of the 1970s at Studio One, during an era where, despite challenges from new producers, political turmoil, and almost constant musical and technological innovations in reggae, Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd was able to maintain his position as the pioneering leader in reggae music, and to maintain Studio One is the number one sound in reggae music. A fine selection of classic tracks from Horace Andy, Freddy McGregor, Johnny Osbourne, Lone Ranger, Sugar Minott, The Heptones, Wailing Souls and other seminal reggae artists.

>Steven Wilson
– 4 ½ CD/LP/Blu-ray Audio (Kscope)
An interim release between
Hand. Cannot. Erase. and his next album, Steven Wilson's 4 ½ comprises six tracks with a total running time of 37 minutes. Four of the songs originated during the sessions for Hand. Cannot. Erase. and one from the recording sessions for The Raven That Refused To Sing. The final track is a new version of “Don't Hate Me” -- a song recorded by Porcupine Tree in 1998 -- based on a live recording made on the recent tour of Europe, with additional recording in the studio. The vocals on this new version are sung as a duet between Steven and Ninet Tayeb. (The Blu-ray Audio edition includes high res stereo, a 5.1 mix of the album, plus six bonus instrumentals and alternative mixes including a 5.1 mix of the 2015 version of “Lazarus.”)
>Adrian Younge presents Venice Dawn
– Something About April II CD/2xLP (Linear Labs)
Recorded with a collection of rare instruments,
Something About April II advances Younge’s musical paradigm with enterprising concepts, and grander compositions, synthesizing the boundaries between dark American soul, and classic European cinema. This latest release features an array of entrancing vocalists: Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab) and Bilal, perform duets on “Step Beyond” and “La Ballade,” reminiscent of duets from Serge Gainsborg & Jane Birkin; Raphael Saadiq blends “Black Jazz” vocals with psychedelic soul on “Magic Music,” while Israeli star, Karolina, delivers haunting chants over concertos like “Hear My Love” and “Winter Is Here.” Long time Adrian Younge collaborator Loren Oden croons as if the apparent ghost of Donnie Hathaway created one last love song with “Sandrine” and “Sittin’ by the Radio.”

DVDs + Blu-ray:
>Ritchie Blackmore
– The Ritchie Blackmore Story DVD/Blu-ray (Eagle Vision)
From his pop roots with The Outlaws and his many session recordings in the sixties, through defining hard rock with Deep Purple and Rainbow in the ‘70s and ‘80s and on to the renaissance rock of Blackmore’s Night, Ritchie has proved that he is a master of the guitar across a multitude of styles.
The Ritchie Blackmore Story tells the story of his remarkable career through extensive specially recorded new interviews with Ritchie himself plus contributions from many of his colleagues and admirers including: Brian May, Glenn Hughes, Lars Ulrich, Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, the late Jon Lord, David Coverdale, Gene Simmons, Joe Lynn Turner, Steve Vai, Graham Bonnet and Ian Anderson.
>The Jam
– About The Young Idea DVD/2xDVD+CD/Blu-ray+DVD (Eagle Vision)
About The Young Idea is the story of The Jam. It charts their career from formation in the early ‘70s, through the heady days of chart success and on to their break up in 1982. The program features extensive, brand new interviews with Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler alongside archive performance footage and new contributions from fans, journalists and many involved in the band’s career. The package contains About The Young Idea on the Blu-ray and When You’re Young, The Jam’s previously unreleased performance on famous German TV show Rockpalast from 1980 on the DVD.
>Straight Outta Compton
– DVD/Blu-ray (Universal Studios)
Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how five young cultural rebels -- armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent -- stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today. “An electrifying piece of hip-hop history that speaks urgently to right now.” -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>African Head Charge
– My Life In A Hole In The Ground [Reissue/1981] LP+MP3 (On-U Sound)
African Head Charge – Environmental Studies [Reissue/1982] LP+MP3 (On-U Sound)
African Head Charge – Drastic Season [Reissue/1983] LP+MP3 (On-U Sound)
African Head Charge – Off The Beaten Track [Reissue/1986] LP+MP3 (On-U Sound)
African Head Charge was famously born in Berry Street Studios “Hole In The Ground.” A punk face pulled at the pretentions of Eno & Byrne’s “vision of a psychedelic Africa.” Taking the piss yet still fascinated by the possibilities. The “group” centered on Adrian Sherwood, Kishi Yamamoto, drummers Charlie “Eskimo” Fox & Style Scott, Crucial Tony’s guitar, Doctor Pablo on a variety of keys, and master percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah, with the late night sessions, as with collectives Singers & Players and New Age Steppers, pulling in a variety of orbiting On-U sympathizers.
My Life In A Hole In The Ground saw cameos from Prince Far I (as Prince Cry Cry), George Oban, Mr. Magoo, Maximum Joy’s Tony Wrafter and the Pop Group’s John Waddington. Environmental Studies added the horns of Deadly Headley, Dave “Flash” Wright and Steve Beresford. London Underground`s Martin Frederix sat in on Drastic Season, while Jah Wobble and Ministry`s Al Jourgensen contributed to Off The Beaten Track.
>Agoraphobic Nosebleed
– Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope [Reissue/2002] LP+MP3 (Relapse)
Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Altered States Of America [Reissue/2003] LP+MP3 (Relapse)
A pair of reissues by the grindcore band that have been out of print on vinyl for over a decade.

– The Goat Of Mendes [2001] LP (Peaceville)
Akercocke was a British death metal band with overt black metal, progressive rock and electronic influences. This is the first time the band’s second album,
The Goat Of Mendes, has been available on vinyl.
– Mutant 2xLP (Mute)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New album from Kanye West and Björk affiliate Arca. Spanning 20 tracks, “
Mutant is about sensuality and impulsiveness as escape routes out of rigidity,” the Venezuelan producer explained in a press release. “Softness as a weapon when the mind attacks itself.”
>Best Friends
- Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane. LP (FatCat)
Released last July on CD – now available on vinyl. “Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Richard Hawley: the hulking shadow cast by the greats of Sheffield is long. But if the debut album from garage-punk rockers Best Friends is anything to go by, then the city remains a source of promise and talent.
Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane. is characterized by filthy guitar riffs, apocalyptic levels of bass, and the raw, sweat 'n' spittle vocals of lead singer Lewis Sharman. It's a ramshackle, scuzzy and endearingly shambolic affair, evoking at times comparisons with Palma Violets, Howler and The Cribs.” – Clash Music
>Marc Bolan
– Love And Death LP (Let Them Eat Vinyl)
These very early recordings were supplied by Simon Napier-Bell, Marc Bolan's first manager and are a fascinating historical archive. The bulk of this release consists of a dozen demos that Bolan did in 1966, augmented by plenty of additional full rock instrumentation and backup vocals added in 1981, several years after Bolan's death.

>The Peter Brötzmann Sextet/Quartet
– Nipples [Reissue/1969] LP (Cien Fuegos)
Nipples stands as one of the rarest and most influential European “energy-jazz” recordings of all time; virtually everything about the album is truly the stuff of legend. The incendiary Sextet lineup featured an international cast of musical giants.
– Elefanté LP (Cleopatra)
Released last June on CD – now available on vinyl. New album from L.A. hard rock band -- the group’s first album of original material since 2009.

>The Byrds
– Untitled [Reissue/1972] 2xLP (Friday Music)
The Byrds’ unique
Untitled double album is comprised of one LP of live recordings (the first official release of any live recordings by the band) from two early 1970 performances in New York City and a second LP of studio recordings. For the concert side, you get seven classic rock champions like “So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,” “Mr. Spaceman” and “Mr. Tambourine Man,” plus an entire side two taken up by the amazing “Eight Miles High.” The nine-track studio sides feature such distinct '70s Byrds fare as “Chestnut Mare,” “Just A Season,” “Take A Whiff On Me” and “Hungry Planet.” HQ-180gm translucent blue vinyl.
>John Cale
– Music For A New Society [Reissue/1982] LP+MP3 (Domino)
John Cale – M:FANS [Reissue/1982] 2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
Cale’s long out-of-print 1982 masterpiece,
Music For A New Society, has been remastered and is back in print on vinyl. In addition, M: FANS -- a radical new reworking of that critically-lauded album -- is also available. All pressed on heavyweight HQ-180-gm vinyl. (Double-CD collecting both releases due February 5.)
>Captain Beefheart
– Full Moon – Hot Sun: Live In Kansas LP (Keyhole)
Following the collapse of the original Magic Band in early 1974, Captain Beefheart swiftly assembled an all-new line-up to promote his controversial 1974
Unconditionally Guaranteed LP. Comprising Fuzzy Fuscaldo and Dean Smith (guitar), Del Simmons (sax, flute), Michael Smotherman (keyboards), Paul Uhrig (bass), and Ty Grimes (drums), they played in a markedly more straightforward style, in keeping with Beefheart's stated ambition to hug the world. This fine gig, live from the Cowtown Ballroom, Kansas City, MO, was taped for broadcast on KUDL-FM radio on April 22, 1974, and is presented here in it's entirety together with contemporaneous notes and rare photos. HQ-180gm.
– Cluster [Reissue/1971] LP (Bureau B)
2016 re-release of Bureau B's 2010 reissue. 140gm LP. Cluster's self-titled debut was originally released by Philips in 1971; this edition is the first reissue to restore the track running order of the original Philips release. Includes liner notes by electronic avant-garde pioneer Asmus Tietchens. In 1998, The Wire listed Cluster's self-titled debut as one of ‘100 Records That Set The World On Fire (When No One Was Listening).’

– Heartache City LP+7” (Lost Girl)
Released last year on CD – now available on limited-edition colored vinyl with bonus 7”. “Whilst they have undoubtedly produced many a moment of weird beauty over the last decade or so, CocoRosie are rarely a cosy listening experience. Sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady have a history of tapping into the uncomfortable, taboo and offbeat, both musically and lyrically. Sixth album
Heartache City continues the CR lineage of both beauty and discomfort. Whilst not as overtly provocative as some of CocoRosie’s early work, there is still a raw creeping darkness to the melodies. Even during its most beautiful glimmers the album is not a relaxing experience. But neither is it an unrewarding one.” – Drowned In Sound
>Death Angel
– Ultra-Violence [Reissue/1987] LP (Metal Blade)
Vinyl reissue of the San Francisco thrash metal band’s first album.

>Eddy Detroit
– Shock-A-Lock-A-Lickum LP (Assophon)
This LP contains recordings made from 1979 to 2010. They run the gamut of Detroit's musical landscape, from the UK acid-folk of Tyrannosaurus Rex and The Incredible String Band through bongo-fueled satanic calypso to his new phase as a troubadour recounting tales of hobos, whores, and one-eyed jacks from the old west.

>Four Tet
– Pink [2012] 2xLP+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
Pink primarily comprises tracks that had already been issued as 12” singles; only “Lion” and “Peace For Earth” were previously unreleased.
>Erroll Garner
– The Complete Concert By The Sea [Reissue/1956] 2xLP (Friday Music)
Iconic jazz artist Erroll Garner's greatest concert album and one of the best selling jazz albums of all time,
The Complete Concert By The Sea, celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the original concert from September 19, 1955. HQ-180gm.
>Evan Geesman
– Coils LP (Ubiquity)
While Evan's previous material crossed several genres and had more of an experimental bent with influences varying from Aphex Twin, Wu-Tang, Mahavishnu Orchestra and world folk music, ''Coils'' represents a natural synthesis of his beat heavy electronic compositions and strong songwriting sensibilities.

– Sometimes LP (Western Vinyl)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Though he may not be a household name, Keith Kenniff aka Goldmund’s evocative, distinctly American music has become quietly ubiquitous in the past few years, often appearing on NPR, in films, on TV, and in ads for Apple, Facebook, and Google among others. Recorded over the course of three years, the material on his new album
Sometimes functions as a journal, documenting brief moments in Kenniff's day when he could turn to the piano as a source of solace and unending creative possibilities. Kenniff wrote and recorded everything on the album with the exception of the track "A Word I Give", which is a collaboration with preeminent Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, who once described Goldmund's music as “, so, so beautiful.”
– Yume LP (Unseen Music)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl.
Yume takes it's title from the Japanese word for dream and delivers an otherworldly ambient-electronic hybrid that's cinematic in scope yet intimate in emotion. In making the album, composer and multi-instrumentalist Keith Kenniff (the sole artist behind Helios) has created a warm sonic tapestry from luminous guitar lines, elegant piano work, ingeniously-crafted rhythms, and lo-fi electronic elements.
>Rafael Anton Irisarri
– Fragile Geography LP+MP3 (Room40)
Rafael Anton Irisarri's
A Fragile Geography is a record cast in a climate of unsteadiness and transition, reflecting upon the current state of everyday living. Recorded over 2014 and '15, the record bears the marks of difficult terrain -- personal, political, social, and cultural. It tips its hat to the complex and unpredictable dynamics of the contemporary world, correlating concerns both macro and micro. Compositionally, the music mirrors the tensions of contemporary America, contrasting passages of great beauty and calm with harrowing waves of density and pressure.
>Jefferson Airplane
– After Bathing At Baxter’s [Reissue/1967] 2xLP (Friday Music)
Jefferson Airplane’s instant follow up to
Surrealistic Pillow is an experimental, pointedly non-commercial affair (“among the purest of rock's psychedelic albums, offering few concessions to popular taste and none to the needs of AM radio” – AllMusic). HQ-180gm clear vinyl.
>Mick Jenkins
– Wave(s) LP (Cinematic Music)
Jayson Jenkins, better known as Mick Jenkins (his stage name), is a hip-hop recording artist born in Huntsville, Alabama. “His biggest strength as an artist is his pen: as a writer, Jenkins has a gift for poetic turns of phrase and clever wordplay, delivered with potent urgency.” -- Pitchfork

>Justin Trouble
– Justin Trouble [Reissue/1982] LP (Mono-Tone)
A perfect mix of New York Dolls' punkiness, psych pop ballads, Alex Chilton's twisted rock 'n' roll, Big Star's power pop, and The Byrds' jangle on this 1982 ultra-cult classic reissued on vinyl for the first time. A perfect soundtrack for urban romances.

– Bl_ck B_st_ards [Reissue/1994] 2xLP (Metal Face Music)
MF Doom's first group and their controversial sophomore release
Bl_ck B_st_ards is now available in a deluxe double vinyl pressing. The gatefold jacket includes a pop-up featuring the KMD mascot.
>Mick Karn
– The Concrete Twin [2010] LP (Kscope)
The sixth and last solo album from the former Japan member, released shortly before his death in 2011. First time on vinyl -- HQ-180gm.

>Kishi Bashi
– String Quartet Live LP (Joyful Noise)
Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym for violin virtuoso, singer, and composer K Ishibashi, who has recorded, toured, and collaborated with artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal.
String Quartet Live consists of nine songs from both 151a and Lighght, performed live by K and an accompanying string ensemble. Where his first two releases featured an array of stringed instruments, percussion and electronic elements, the new live album finds K's familiar songs reimagined, allowing his soaring vocals to take center stage above a foundation of interweaving strings.
>Laddio Bolocko
- Live & Unreleased 1997-2000 3xLP+DVD (No Quarter)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Laddio Bolocko was a band from New York City in the mid-‘90s who toured the US and Europe relentlessly during their four year run. Pitchfork wrote in 2003 that the group, “effortlessly converged at the service of drive and trance, occasionally jutting out unpredictably into harsher realms. Live, they were a powerhouse, and though their recorded history is brief, it demonstrates a remarkable range of expression, precision and raw power.” This set collects all unreleased material from the bands time living in a DUMBO (Brooklyn) rehearsal space and an abandoned ski lodge in the Catskill mountains, as well as live recordings from Slovenia. The DVD includes over two hours of footage shot on Super 8 film.

>Lord RAJA
– PARA LP+MP3 (Ghostly Int’l)
The Brooklyn-based producer follows up 2014’s
A Constant Moth. The album is based on synth sounds he recorded at Austin’s famed Switched On store, and recorded with his Lexicon PCM 90 and an Eventide H3000 that he modified himself “to get the effects he heard in his head.” It was recorded while on tour and during his travels through the Indian state of Rajasthan.
– Eraser b/w Pure Audio 7” (Three One G)
Limited green colored vinyl LP pressing. Both “Eraser” and “Pure Auto” were produced by METZ, recorded by Graham Walsh at Union Sound Company, and mastered by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering Service.

>Charles Mingus
– Shadows [OST/1959] LP (Doxy)
For the first time on vinyl, Charles Mingus's great score for the legendary 1959 directorial debut of John Cassavetes,
Shadows. Much has been said about the controversial relationship between these two masters. “The score encapsulates Cassavetes' and Mingus's unique approaches to both improvisation and composition in their respective media, illuminating the oppositional nature of jazz to mainstream cultural production and the underbelly of race relations in 1950's America.”
>Missing Souls
- Gotta Have Your Lovin 7” (Hidden Volume)
Amazing slab of wax from this Lyon, France quartet -- two sides of bumping R&B-infected garage stomp.

>Judy Mowatt
– Black Woman [Reissue/1979] LP (Shanachie)
Black Woman is widely regarded as a roots reggae classic – one of the greatest reggae albums ever recorded by a female artist. Highlights include “Joseph,” Judy's moving gospel infused balled tribute to Bob Marley.
>The Notwist
– 12 [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (Outer Battery)
Neon Golden there was the groundbreaking Shrink, and before Shrink there was 12. Originally released in 1995, 12 is an adventurous double LP and marked The Notwist's transition between their earlier punk days and their later electronica. Influenced by the likes of Dinosaur Jr and Built To Spill, 12 has been out of print on vinyl since the late '90s.
>Augustus Pablo
– This Is Augustus Pablo [Reissue/1974] LP (Get On Down)
This Is Augustus Pablo is considered among the greatest collections of Jamaican instrumental music and is an essential part of reggae history.
– Eat It 7” (Total Punk)
Two solid hook filled punk tunes.

>Pineapple Thief
– 10 Stories Down [2005] 2xLP (Kscope)
Limited double HQ-180gm vinyl LP pressing of this 2005 edition in a gatefold sleeve. Formed in 1999 by founder and chief songwriter Bruce Soord, the Pineapple Thief have continued to evolve and refine their sound ever since and they're seen by many as one of the most interesting and innovative rock bands the UK have produced in recent years.

>Iggy Pop
- Sadistic Summer Live 2011 LP (Let Them Eat Vinyl)
Recorded live at the 2011 Isle Of Wright Festival.

>Radio Burns
– Untitled 7” (Solid Sexy Lovie Doll)
Radio Burns’ debut rips through four primeval cuts courting guitars with the perfect amount of crutch, leads with the correct amount of swagger, and vocals that demand shouting along with. Fans of New York Dolls and Turbonegro.

– Threat To Survival LP+CD (Atlantic)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl. Multi-platinum band Shinedown unveils first new album in three years.

>Sparrows Gate
– Ghost Blue 7” (Royal Oakie)
Two tracks of surrealist folk-rock invoke the sublime. For fans of the transcendent tunes of Cass McCombs, Bill Callahan, and Little Wings.

>Talk Talk
– Laughing Stock [Reissue/1991] LP (Polydor)
Laughing Stock is the fifth and final studio album by Talk Talk. Released in 1991, it was the only album the band released on the jazz-based Verve Records, after acrimoniously leaving EMI. Virtually ignored upon its initial release, Laughing Stock continues to grow in stature and influence by leaps and bounds. Picking up where Spirit Of Eden left off, the album operates outside of the accepted sphere of rock to create music which is both delicate and intense; recorded with a large classical ensemble, it defies easy categorization, conforming to very few structural precedents. Like its predecessor, Spirit Of Eden, the album featured improvised instrumentation from a large ensemble of musicians, including as many as seven violists on occasion, and the lyrical themes are often religious.
>The Thing
– Shake 2xLP (The Thing)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. The Norwegian-Sweden free jazz trio -- intense, passionate, and precise -- continue to define their own genre within a genre on their new album,
Shake. Mats Gustafsson: tenor and baritone saxophones; Ingebrigt Haker Flaten: electric and double bass; Paal Nilssen-Love: drums and percussion. Additional guests on Aim: Anna Hogberg (alto saxophone) and Goran Kajfes (cornet).
>This Heat
– This Heat [Reissue/1979] LP (Modern Classics)
This Heat – Health And Efficiency [Reissue/1980] 12” (Modern Classics)
This Heat – Deceit [Reissue/1981] LP (Modern Classics)
Isn't it so often the case that the most innovative works of art – the ones that break the ground where others follow – are the ones that seem to reach only the ears of those who take those ideas and run with them? So it is with This Heat and their releases – 1979’s
This Heat, 1980’s Health And Efficiency, and 1981’s Deceit. Within each of these, the seeds of post-punk, avant rock, noise rock and post-rock can be found.
>Prins Thomas
– Paradise Goulash Versions 2x12” (Eskimo)
This double-12” set contains previously unreleased Prins Thomas versions of tracks used in his 2015
Paradise Goulash mix. Includes tracks by Actress, Blacknecks, Box Saga, Joachim Holm & Alejandro Mosso, Hieroglyphic Being, and Ü, each of which received a special individual treatment from Prins Thomas.
>Tomorrows Tulips
– Indy Rock Royalty Comb 12”+MP3/Cassette (Burger)
Brand new EP of lo-fi grunge pop from goldie-locked surfers Alex Knost and Ford Archbold.

>Turkish Techno
– Number Two LP+MP3 (Dirt Cult)
Not actually Turkish, nor are the contents of their new album
Number Two techno or electronic, but rather solid, self-deprecating pop-punk sing-alongs.
>TV Baby
– Half A Chance b/w Come Back 7” (Deus)
Two thick cuts of booming hard-wired soul. “Half A Chance” mixes rapid-fire drum-machine kicks and hats with a high-pitched electronic squeal and lyrics wrestling with the strain of unrequited love. The flip, “Come Back,” is a markedly grander more melancholic piece. As the title suggests, it’s a call for a former lover to return, but also an attempt to move on.

>Various Artists
– American Originals 2xLP (Fanfare Cincinnati)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl.
American Originals is the latest release from the Cincinnati Pops conducted by John Morris Russell and features iconic American songs interpreted by a diverse array of acclaimed musical collaborators including Rosanne Cash, Dom Flemons, Over The Rhine, Joe Henry, Aoife O’Donovan and the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. The first-ever Cincinnati Pops album to be recorded live in concert, American Originals breathes new life into the first chapter of the Great American Songbook and the music of Stephen Foster.
>Various Artists
- Coco May May: 1955-1962 Spanish Harlem Dancefloor Fillers LP (Grosso Recordings)
Great Latin groovers from the end of the ‘50s and start of the ‘60s – all tracks that are tight, upbeat, and filled with a lively mix of rhythm and jazz – all at a level that's designed to showcase the sorts of modes that led to the development of Latin Soul and boogaloo a few years later. These tracks aren't your usual cha cha or charanga numbers – and instead, many of them have some pretty fierce percussion, and strong solos that break out from the pack and really give the music a lot of spirit – the kind of subtle hipper touches the younger scene was bringing to bear against the bigger, more standard orchestras of the period.

>Various Artists
- Criminale Vol. 1, Paura [Reissue/2013] LP+CD (Penny)
2016 repress; originally released in 2013. 140gm LP. Includes CD. Tracks from the vault of Italy’s Flipper Music.
Vol. 1 includes music by Giorgio and Franco Bracardi, Alessandro Alessandroni, Amedeo Tommasi, Peymont, Ugo Busoni, Paolo Ferrara, and Massimo di Cicco, Giuliano Sorgini, Gerardo Iacoucci, Lamartine, Daniela Casa, Joel Vandroogenbroeck, Fabio Frizzi, and Sandro Brugnolini.
>Various Artists
- Senegal 70: Sonic Gems & Previously Unreleased Recordings From The ‘70s 2xLP (Analog Africa)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. An insight into the musical adventures that were taking place in the major Senegalese cities during the '60s and '70s. This compilation reflects the unique fusions of funk, mbalax, son cubano, and Mandingue guitar sounds that transformed Dakar into West Africa's most vibrant city.

>Various Artists
- Sugar's Delight: 1955-1962 Spanish Harlem Dancefloor Fillers LP (Grosso)
Soulful music that will make you move your hips, and a necessary collection for understanding the boogaloo and salsa that would come later.
released 15 JANUARY 2015
>CDs + Vinyl:

7 Year Bitch – Live At Moe CD/LP (Moe)
Live archive release from the indie rockers. Features the bands classic lineup with original members Selene Vigil-Wilk, Elizabeth Davis-Simpson, Valerie Agnew, and Roisin Dunne. In the early ‘90s, Seattle rock band 7 Year Bitch burst onto the scene with their raw songwriting and raucous live performances. After releasing their third (and final) studio album in 1996, the band was undeniably at their peak and electrified with their intense stage shows.

>All Them Witches
– Lightning At The Door [Reissue/2013] CD/LP+MP3 (New West)
Lightning At The Door is an eight-song, kick you in the teeth, swirling mixture of blues, psych, boogie and jam rock. Originally released in 2013, this reissue features two bonus tracks from the original recording sessions. “A brooding feel pervades, and some of Lightning At The Door‘s most effective moments are in its quieter, ambient reaches, beginning with the walk-into-water intro to opener ‘Funeral For A Great Drunken Bird,’ volume swells of guitar feedback shifting smoothly into warm, natural-sounding fuzz given melodic breadth by [Fender Rhodes specialist] Allan Van Cleave‘s keys.” —The Obelisk
– Biscuit CD/LP (La Castanya)
Biscuit bid farewell to their first golden era with their rawest, rocking-est offering to date. This is (not) the end! Just the beginning of their third decade of unrelenting electric guitar-from-the-gut assault a la The Jam.

>Blaze Ya Dead Homie
– The Casket Factory CD/LP+MP3 (Majik Ninja)
New album the Michigan-based rapper features Twiztid, The R.O.C., Lex the Hex Master, Prozak, ABK, Kung Fu Vampire, DJ Swamp and Boondox.

– Bloodiest CD/LP+MP3 (Replapse)
“In a city saturated with innovative heavy music, Chicago’s Bloodiest offers an eclectic sonic palette that bears the stamp of its hometown on its sleeve while forging new musical terrain. The group formed in the late 2000s as an assembly of friends and scene veterans (including current and former members of Yakuza, 90 Day Men, Atombombpocketknife, and Follows) and by the release of its 2011 debut,
Descent, had become a staple of the local music community and beyond for its unwieldy combination of underground rock, avant-garde, classical, neofolk, drone, and metal.” – Noisey (Music By Vice)
>Brothers Osborne
– Pawn Shop CD/LP (EMI Nashville)
Brothers Osborne's rural blue-collar upbringing infiltrates the music they make as a twang-and-crunch duo that blends equal parts country and rock. “Brothers Osborne don’t take a sledgehammer to mainstream country on their full-length debut,
Pawn Shop — they just do it better. The lyrical thoughtfulness, the character of the production, and the sheer quality of the playing are all exemplary, setting the bar for the genre in 2016. Take opener ‘Dirt Rich,’ a stomping ode to the modesty of down-home living that borrows some of the chorus melody from Zac Brown Band’s ‘Homegrown,’ and could’ve very easily come off like a lesser riff on that 2015 smash.” – SPIN
>Johnny Cash
– With His Hot And Blue Guitar [Reissue/1957] CD (ORG Music)
Released in 1957,
With His Hot And Blue Guitar was not only Johnny Cash’s debut album, but also the first LP ever issued on Sam Phillips' Sun Record Company. The album features the hit singles: “I Walk The Line,” “Cry! Cry! Cry!,” “So Doggone Lonesome,” and “Folsom Prison Blues.”
>Casualties Of Cool
– Casualties Of Cool [Reissue/2014] CD+DVD (Inside Out U.S.)
For Devin Townsend, Casualties Of Cool is more than just the latest release of a prolific career -- it's an escape from over 20 years of relentless productivity, and of the pre-conceptions of him. Via his band Casualties Of Cool, he revisited the rootsy country and North American folk music of his youth. The album was originally a PledgeMusic project -- this version includes a bonus album of David Townsend Project demos and a DVD with exclusive Casualties Of Cool content that was not available to the Pledge fans.

>Jonny Cohen’s Love
Machine – Quiet Reminder CD (Quiet Reminder)
Singer and songwriter Jonny Cohen founded The Love Machine in 1987 after moving into a Silver Spring, Maryland house he shared with DC rock legend Root Boy Slim. The house was the site of frequent basement jam sessions with Unrest, Butch Willis & The Rocks, and other local bands. Those sessions inspired Jonny to form his own band. After hearing a tape of the song “I'm Not An Anorexic,” Teen Beat released their debut album in 1989. This is the band's first album in 19 years. Jonny Cohen evokes the outsider music of Daniel Johnston, Jad Fair, and The Shaggs.

– Not To Disappear CD/LP (Glassnote/4AD)
Nearly three years after the release of their debut album
If You Leave, Daughter -- the London-based trio of Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella – return with a new album. “The slow, improbable rise of gorgeous slowcore-folk trio Daughter brings me great pleasure. Elena Tonra is a masterful lyricist and vocalist, but it’s not just her that makes Daughter such a well-balanced, elegant act. Guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella expertly and carefully construct the kind of wounded, dark pop prisms that let Tonra’s voice, and the stories of pain it tells, take front and center.” – Stereogum
– War Of Kings [Special Edition] CD+DVD+Blu-ray (UDR)
Europe – War Of Kings [Special Edition] 2xCD+DVD+Blu-ray (UDR)
Europe – War Of Kings [Special Edition] 2xCD+Blu-ray (UDR)
Deluxe edition of the classic hair metal band’s latest album – available in three expanded flavors, each featuring their Live At Wacken Open Air 2015 set.

>Julia Brown
– An Abundance Of Strawberries CD/LP (Joy Void)
Largely eschewing traditional band arrangements, five-piece band Julia Brown worked heavily with samples – drum machines, breaks, and bird calls in lieu of traditional percussion, 808s in place of basslines – before layering arrangements of strings, pianos, horns, and omnichord on top alongside lush harmonies and oft-affected vocals. The result is a meticulous record that is both celebratory and melancholy, as it nods toward a lineage of pop and indie-pop artists from Ellie Greenwich to Heavenly and more experimental acts like Fog, Cotton Candy Collective, Spiritualized and Duster.

>Garrett Klahn
- Garrett Klahn CD/LP+CD (Rise)
First proper solo album from the former Texas Is The Reason frontman. “Garrett Klahn has been making music for two-plus decades, singing and playing guitar in a variety of amped-up rock bands (most notably Texas Is The Reason, but also Solea, the New Rising Sons and more). Yet 2016 is his first foray into the world of being an honest-to-god solo artist. On his self-titled debut LP, Garrett Klahn slows down the tempo and dials down the volume to focus on mood and ambience. That doesn’t mean it’s a folk record, though.” – Substream Magazine

>Dylan LeBlanc
– Cautionary Tale CD/LP (Single Lock)
“Singer/songwriter Dylan LeBlanc comes through with an absolutely beautiful album here. It’s teeters between folk and blues very well which creates a nice dynamic in the lyricism and instrumentation. Add in LeBlanc’s soothing vocals and you have yourself one hell of an album.” – Genius

– Illuminations CD/LP (1965 Records/PIAS America)
“Driven by records much older than they, Lusts are more than happy to show off what's informed this debut. The DNA of The Psychedelic Furs, Echo and Bunnymen, pre-
Kick era INXS and New Order run heavily through this album (there’s even a track called ‘Temptation,’ which is just as ear-wormy as Barney and co’s track of the same name). In the wrong hands this kind of influence devotion can, of course, be a derivative and futile exercise. Luckily, Illuminations is a solid collection of mid-‘80s college rock, jangle, shoegaze and pop which, despite being recorded in their bedroom, contains some of the biggest choruses this side of Florence And The Machine.” – The Line Of Best Fit
– Chasm CD/LP+MP3 (Relapse/Ozium)
Oakland, CA quartet Lycus return with
Chasms, an intensely powerful and emotive masterpiece of funereal doom metal.
>Magic Sword
– Volume 1 CD/2xLP+MP3 (Tender Loving Empire)
“The two-person production crew plays epic sci-fi electro-pop that sounds something like John Carpenter producing the next Justice album, and indeed, it's pretty rad.” – Willamette Week

>Bill O’Connell And The Latin All-Stars
– Heart Beat CD (Savant)
The latest offering by Latin Jazz great Bill O’Connell makes for his fourth release for the Savant label. Always one to seek out new ways to express his music vision, the pianist has throughout his career embraced a broad stylistic swath of jazz, Latin and Brazilian idioms while experimenting with an equally diverse orchestral formats, from a duo to unconventional trio settings and ensembles of various sizes. Here Bill is joined by his acclaimed group The Latin Jazz All-Stars, featuring Conrad Herwig, Steve Slagle and Cuban percussion great Roman Diaz.

– Serpent Temptation [Reissue/1988] CD/LP+MP3 (Relapse)
Deluxe reissue of Opprobrium’s (formerly known as Incubus) highly influential 1988 death/thrash masterwork. Now remastered with four bonus tracks.

>Panic! At The Disco
– Death Of A Bachelor CD (Decaydance)
Produced by Jake Sinclair (Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy),
Death Of A Bachelor marks the first release from Panic! At the Disco in nearly two years, following 2013's acclaimed Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! The album's title track, “Death Of A Bachelor,” has been described as, “It's like some Beyoncé beats with some Sinatra vocals. It's really crazy... [Sinatra's] music has been a major player in the soundtrack of my life. So it's only right that I return the favor and/or pay it forward.”
>Jeremy Pelt
- #Jiveculture CD (HighNote)
Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt is a firebrand jazz artist in the tradition of Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. On his new album,
#Jiveculture, he is joined by ‘Greatest Living Bassist’ Ron Carter, Danny Grissett and Billy Drummond.
>Alan Price
- Savaloy Dip: Words & Music By Alan Price CD (Ominovore)
The follow-up to Price's ever-popular soundtrack to 1973's
O Lucky Man!, Savaloy Dip emerged instead as one of the great lost albums of the 1970s, as Reprise canceled the release on the very eve of its release -- by which time the eight-track cartridge pressings (which necessarily took longer to produce) had not simply been manufactured, they had also been distributed. A hasty recall program brought most of the errant tapes back for destruction, but a handful did remain on the loose, to bedevil collectors ever more -- all the more so since the lost songs (since made available on bootleg) merited a lot more attention than they were ever permitted. However, one shouldn't complain -- stung by the rejection, Price returned to the studio and, retaining just one track from the abandoned project, created his most successful album in its stead, then titled it for that survivor, 1974’s Between Today And Yesterday.
>Randy Rogers Band
– Nothing Shines Like Neon CD/LP (Tommy Jackson)
Seventh album from the Texas country group.

- Wake Up Applauding CD/LP (Castle Face)
Delivered loudly, dripping in unintelligible menace with the occasional flash of dark humor, Running’s bathtub mixture of dope-sick guitars claws at your purse, ramming into an unhealthy sense of propulsion and repetition that seems chemical, unreal. This is villains-plotting-evil kinda punk, mutants in the sewers emerging and wreaking havoc... Mothra shorting out high-voltage power lines and melting, screaming, onto a fleeing populace.

>Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto
– The Revenant [OST] CD (Milan)
Vinyl due February 26. “In Alejandro G. Iñárritu's new film
The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio plays frontiersman Hugh Glass as he, his son, and his hunting team raid Native American land in 1832. After DiCaprio is unexpectedly mauled by a bear, the crew buries him, murders his son, and abandons their bodies, continuing the journey unaware that DiCaprio escaped the grave to seek revenge. Calling The Revenant ‘intense’ doesn't begin to do it justice; among other things, it's a meditation on the unholy perseverance of the human soul. Yet its soundtrack—co-created by Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, German electronic musician Alva Noto, and multi-instrumentalist Bryce Dessner of The National—wisely opts to complement that savagery rather than illustrate it.” – Pitchfork
>The Shrine
– Rare Breed CD/LP (Century Media)
Produced by Dave Jerden (the venerated knobsman behind such classics as Alice In Chains'
Dirt, Jane's Addition's Nothing's Shocking, Social Distortion's self-titled, The Offspring's Ixnay On The Hombre and Eno/Byrne's My Life In The Bush of Ghosts) and recorded through the very amp that Greg Ginn recorded Black Flag's Damaged on, Rare Breed exists in a space that once was was bleeding with razor sharp lines separating punks, metal heads and hippies, where a violent clash in the parking lot of the Cuckoo's nest was inevitable.
– Rubble Kings: The Album CD (Mass Appeal)
Rubble Kings tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, during the gang era of NYC and how their actions impacted the city and the world over by planting the seeds to what would become hip-hop culture. The soundtrack was produced by long time Run The Jewels collaborator, Little Shalimar, and features contributions by Run The Jewels, Killer Mike & Bun B, Mr Muthaf*kin Exquire, Ka, Roxiny and others. Vinyl edition due February 5.
>Tattered Syntax
– Alone Gone CD (Oxen)
Harsh noise cut ups by William Hutson of Anthracite, Rale, and Clipping. Nine tracks, fifty minutes, the complete works.

>There Is No Mountain
– Luna CD (Owsla)
Combining elements of psychedelic pop, Americana, ancient melodies and world music, TINM members Matt Harmon and Kali Giaritta pieced these songs together while touring the US constantly for a couple years. Aside from ten original songs, the collection also presents a very stark, heavy cover of Dirk Powell's bluegrass tune “Waterbound” and a psyched-out arrangement of the oldest-known fully notated song in the world (taken from a 2000-year-old tombstone in modern-day Turkey).

- Das Ende aller Lügen CD (Napalm)
New album from the German pagan metal band.

– Nucleus CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Nucleus is a new album from the Swedish classic/doom rock masters. “Along the run of these size-shifting songs, the band shows its chops in the realms of heavy rock, traditional doom, psychedelic (more Jefferson Airplane than The Fifth Dimension), hard rock, blues, light touches of folk rock, and little splashes of pop to the melodies and hookier riffs. The bluesier sections meshed with the hard rock or doom lead to a vaguely Danzig-like atmosphere, though generally more upbeat and optimistic in attitude; also, the sprawling long-form tracks churning through the various styles in intriguing combinations really justify the length of the longer tracks. As a tribute to/near-worship of the heavier side of oldies rock, it’s much more effective and authentic-seeming than the latest stuff from, say, Kadavar or The Sword.” – Metal Blast

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
– Termination Redux 12” (Century Media)
New EP from the Belgian death metallers. Contains three new tracks and a re-recording of
Engineering The Dead (2001) opener “The Holocaust Incarnate.”
>The Ataris/Useless ID
– Let It Burn [Reissue/2000] 12” (Kung Fu)
Punk rock band The Ataris hooked up with their Israeli tour buds, Useless ID for some serious Kung Fu-styled spank and created
Let It Burn. Extremely limited non-metallic gold colored vinyl reissue.
>The B-52s
– Live In London 2013 LP (Let Them Eat Vinyl)
Exclusive live recording of The B-52s at London's IndigO2 in August 2013. Features founding members Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider and Cindy Wilson performing their hits, including: “Rock Lobster,” “Private Idaho,” “Dance This Mess Around,” “Love Shack” and “Roam.”

>The Band Perry
– The Band Perry [2010] LP (Big Machine)
Self-titled debut album by the country music group – first time on vinyl. The Band Perry's “modern throwback” style combines classic country with an eclectic infusion of rock and soul. As songwriters and musicians, their sound is rounded out by perfect three-part harmonies.

>Johnny Cash
– Original Sun Sound Of Johnny Cash [Reissue/1964] LP (Sundazed)
Original Sun Sound Of Johnny Cash gathers a dozen of his Sun recordings, including fan favorites “Country Boy” and “Big River,” and Lead Belly's “Goodnight Irene.”
>Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
– Method To My Madness LP (Alligator)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. From the opening one-two punch of everyman anthems “Common Ground” and “Shine A Light” to the full-tilt energy of the title track to the searing, deep soul ballad “Died And Gone To Heaven,” Tommy and the band are firing on all cylinders. From the bayou rock of “Got A Lot” and the atmospheric, autobiographical “Ride” to the reinvented version of the Clarence Carter hit “I'm Qualified” and the emotional cover of B.B. King's “Bad Luck,” Tommy Castro & The Painkillers continue to break new ground while simultaneously having an incredible amount of fun.

>The Church
– Starfish [Reissue/1988] LP (Plain)
Translucent green vinyl repress. “Signing to Arista might have seemed an unusual move to start with, getting produced by L.A. studio types like Waddy Wachtel even more so. But for The Church the rewards were great -- if sometimes too clean around the corners in comparison to the song-for-song masterpiece
Heyday, Starfish set up the band's well-deserved breakthrough in the States. The reason was ‘Under The Milky Way,’ still one of the most haunting and elegant songs ever to make the Top 40.” -- AllMusic
>Cold Fronts
– Forever, Whatever LP+MP3 (Sire/London)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. Chiming guitars mix with cruising bass lines, drums punch, and leader Craig Almquist’s vocals clip along joyfully, often hitting falsetto high notes before soaring into power choruses. His lyrics toe the line of mystery, with cryptic references to relationships of unknown size and shape. White vinyl pressing.

>Comets On Fire
– Comets On Fire [Reissue/2001] LP (Silver Current)
The first full-length release by psycho-psych freaks Comets Of Fire delivers dark and damaged acid rock served in a crude and blown-out speedball of Blue Cheer, High Rise, James Williamson and a shit-faced-drunk Roxy-era Eno. Methamphetamine and Schnapps-drenched lullabies take it straight into the sonic shitstorm, shifting from 4/4 power rock to imploding free form. Echoplex-treated tales tell of drug-crazed space travelers, grave-robbers in love and cosmic cannibals.

>Elizabeth Cotten
– Vol. 2: Shake Sugaree [Reissue/1965] LP (Folkways)
Originally released in 1965, Elizabeth Cotton’s second album
Vol. 2: Shake Sugaree is another gem featuring her idiosyncratic, self-taught upside-down left-handed guitar playing, plus banjo. The song “Shake Sugaree” is a folk classic featuring her great granddaughter Brenda Evans on vocals. This is an absolutely essential collection from an American folk legend.
– Skeletons LP (Nuclear Blast)
Recently released on CD -- now available on vinyl. New album from the metal/punk band fronted by vocalist Glenn Danzig, best known for his work with the Misfits and Samhain.
Skeletons is an album of cover versions with Danzig's unique take on songs originally performed by artists ranging from Elvis Presley to Black Sabbath. “My attitude with covers is, make it your own or else leave it alone.” -- Glenn Danzig
>Dark Blue
– Vicious Romance 7” (12XU)
After three releases in 2014, Philadelphia’s Dark Blue return with two songs about blue collar depression in a changing Philadelphian landscape for their debut 7” on Austin’s 12XU.

>Defect Defect
– My Life Is Like Death 7” (Dirt Cult)
Defect Defect has been a longtime favorite at Dirt Cult. In case you’re not acquainted, the band hails from Portland, OR and plays pissed off, catchy, no-frills hardcore, and this is their final release. Featuring ex and current members of The Observers, Clorox Girls, The Stops, Autistic Youth, The Minds, Steel Chains, etc.

>Giovanni Di Domenico/Jim O'Rourke/Tatsuhisa Yamamoto
– Delivery Health LP (Silent Water)
Giovanni Di Domenico/Jim O'Rourke/Tatsuhisa Yamamoto – Duos With Guitars LP (Silent Water)
Delivery Health is a highly idiosyncratic album, recorded in Tokyo at GOK Sound and mixed at Steamroom, blends early ’70s ECM drum sonics with long, unfolding travelogues, the transparency of the mix, electronic drones, and a most organic rock sound. Duos With Guitars is comprised of two side-long improvisations recorded between 2011 and 2013 at various locations in Brussels and Tokyo.
>Earth, Wind & Fire
– I Am [Reissue/1979] LP (Friday Music)
Limited HQ-180gm blue colored audiophile vinyl LP pressing in a gatefold sleeve.

>Enemy Anemone/Cougar Vox
– Split EP 7” (Emotional Response)
Enemy Anemone is Jen Turrell’s new project, (Boyracer, Rabbit In Red). Vocally inspired by ‘70s femme post punkers Girls At Our Best, Jen squeezes three slabs of melodic pop wonderment onto one side of this split. The flip contains Australia’s Cougar Vox, and they jump for the jugular with Slits-esque inspired shamble and ramble.

>The Everly Brothers
– The Songs Of 2xLP (Sundazed)
A collection of 36 selections, recorded as publishing demos during The Everly Brothers' tenure at Cadence Records. At the peak of their abilities both as performers and writers -- most tracks feature only The Everly's voices and guitars. Hear familiar songs like “Maybe Tomorrow” and “When Will I Be Loved” near their genesis, along with many other strong works in the sweet romantic style in which the brothers specialized.

>Florida Georgia Line
– Anything Goes [2014] (Republic)
Anything Goes is the 2014 follow-up to the country music duo’s debut Here’s To The Good Times, and is now available for the first time on vinyl.
- Free Your Mind... And Your Ass Will Follow [Reissue/1970] LP (4 Men With Beards)
Funkadelic – Let’s Take It To The Stage [Reissue/1975] LP (4 Men With Beards)
Free Your Mind… And Your Ass Will follow, Funkadelic's second LP, is a straight up masterpiece from the stoniest, strangest funk and R&B group of all-time. Let's Take It To The Stage was the work of a group that had turned a corner, a combination of all the disparate aspects of Funkadelic’s music up to that point: the extended jams, abrasive guitars, smooth ballads, direct vocals, psychedelic ingredients, sexual lyrics and dirty funk into the most short and to-the-point songs they’d ever recorded. Reissued on clear and gold vinyl (respectively).
>The Get Up Kids
– Four Minute Mile [Reissue/1997] LP (Doghouse)
Limited white vinyl with royal blue splatter colored vinyl repress of the debut album by the Kansas City, Missouri EMO/punk band.

>Honey Radar
– Giraffe 7” (Chunklet)
For a band known for punctuating the landscape with countless small run singles, Honey Radar doesn’t disappoint on the
Giraffe EP. Recorded by HR mastermind Jason Henn in Philadephia, this single serves as probably one of their easier to find releases.
>Ice Cube
– War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc) [Reissue/1998] 2xLP (UMe)
Ice Cube – War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc) [Reissue/1998] 2xLP (UMe)
Ice Cube’s fifth and sixth albums were released as a two-part affair; the first featuring intense street-oriented jams and rap-metal fusions, and the second featuring guest appearances by Dr. Dre and MC Ren. Part of UMe’s ongoing Respect The Classics vinyl reissue campaign.

>Linton & Stewart/The Aislers Set
- Searching For A Stranger On The Shore b/w Big Ocean 7”+MP3 (Emotional Response)
AV Linton (The Aislers Set) commands huge respect within the indie-pop and queer-core community for a remarkable string of melody driven contributions to the ‘90s alt underground scene, as a member of Henry’s Dress and The Aisler Set. The A-Side is a new song from Linton and Boyracer drummer/noise-nik Stewart Anderson, with all the hooks and melodious trademarks that will leave Linton/Anderson fans foaming at the mouth. The flip is an original, “Big Ocean” from The Aislers Set, and the download includes an extra The Aislers Set track, “Pigeons.”

>Yo-Yo Ma
and Bach - Unaccompanied Cello Suites 3xLP (Sony Masterworks)
Yo-Yo Ma performing the
Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites in it's entirety -- nearly three hours -- in London at The Proms concert.
– I Don’t Care/Zombie Girl 12” (Misfits Records)
Recently released on CD -- now available on vinyl. The first official studio material from yet a new Misfits lineup, centered around founding member Jerry Only.

>Justin Moore
– Outlaws Like Me [2011] LP (Valory)
Second studio album by the country music artist – available for the first time on vinyl.

>The Piano Guys
– The Piano Guys [2012] LP (Razor & Tie)
First time on vinyl. Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys became an Internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. Their debut album features more of the imaginative mash-up arrangements that The Piano Guys are already famous for, including sources ranging from Michael Jackson to Mozart,
The Bourne Identity to David Guetta. It also includes an original song and innovative takes on hits by One Direction, Adele and Christina Perri.
>Rolling Stones
– From The Vault: Live In Leeds 1982 3xLP+DVD (Eagle Vision)
Now available on vinyl. Latest installment in the
From The Vault series of previously unreleased Rolling Stones live shows. This set is taken from performance at Roundhay Park in Leeds, England on July 25th 1982. This show was the last concert on their 1982 European Tour in support of 1981's Tattoo You album which would be their last live tour for seven years. Includes a copy of the DVD.
– Feedback [Reissue/2004] LP (Mercury)
Rush – Snakes & Arrows [Reissue/2007] 2xLP (Mercury)
Latest installments in Rush’s 40
th anniversary HQ-200gm vinyl reissue campaign.
>Sam Smith
– In The Lonely Hour: Drowning Shadows Edition 2xLP (Capitol)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Expanded double-disc edition of the British singer/songwriter’s 2014 album includes a bonus disc that contains nine tracks additional tracks, including collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, and Disclosure.

>Sonny Smith
– Sees All Knows All LP (Empty Cellar)
Sonny Smith (Sonny & The Sunsets) has written a monologue, an hour long story, called
Sees All Knows All. A tale of love, sex, drugs, spaceships, romance, hallucinations, bitter tears and champagne. Guests include Kelley Stoltz, Shayde Sartin, Rusty Miller, James Finch, German Carracosca, and Jordi Llobet. The result is a Joe Frank meets Michael Hurley meets R. Crumb production: a dry, witty, autobiographical look at the meaning(s) of life from an underdog with deep nostalgia for America's lost folk culture and a strong sense kinship with the marginalized.
– Beat Street [Reissue/1984] LP (Friday Music)
The classic 1984 major motion picture
Beat Street centered around the New York City hip-hop culture of the early 1980s while the film's integral soundtrack was produced by Harry Belafonte and helped not only jumpstart the rap, breakdance and freestyle movements but the careers of many of it's pioneering artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Melle Mel and Arthur Baker as well.
– Total Freedom LP (Richie)
Long-overdue long-form platter from Philadelphia’s Spacin’, the low-key torchbearers of both John Sinclair’s bold program and the fuzzy truth that less is often more (much more) as demonstrated by Lou’s time with Morrison, Tucker & Cale. On
Total Freedom, guitarist & vocalist Jason Killinger blazes the path, lead guitarist Paul Sukeena and bassist Sean Hamilton vamp on economical electric chugs while drummer Eva Killinger reprises in her role as thee undisputed master of basement motorik.
>UK Subs
– Occupied [Reissue/1996] LP (Let Them Eat Vinyl)
Classic Subs reissued on colored vinyl.

>Sundays & Cybele
– Heaven LP (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
Describing music of great power and great expanse as “cinematic” can be fitting, if perhaps overused. When it comes to the music of Tokyo's Sundays & Cybele—a Japanese band speaking the universal language of explosive, kaleidoscopic sound, for a result easily translated as both heavy and heavenly—it's incredibly appropriate. Sundays & Cybele seem always to be reaching for peak experience, demonstrated herein by lead guitar breaks that seems to merge the differences between Ash Ra Tempel and The Dead Boys into a single, illuminating whole where Orange amps threaten to explode in a transcendent array of colors.

– Wall 7” (Wharf Cat)
A certain self-awareness of the very question is at the heart of the Wall apparatus and listening along as they discover themselves throughout this EP is invigorating and scary. Tone and rhythm whirl together, like an emergency exit door choreographed to swing flawlessly in time to its damned and chaotic Pavlovian alarm bell. From the first rigid and cautious seconds of their EP, Wall unleash an uncanny self-awareness that methodically slips pages ripped from demented no wave legacies through a shredder of their own design.

>Mike Watt
– Ball-Hog Or Tugboat? [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (ORG Music)
Ball-Hog Or Tugboat? is the debut solo album from bass legend Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Stooges, etc.). Watt recruited an all-star group of musicians to participate in the recording, including Henry Rollins, members of Sonic Youth, Frank Black, Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl (their first appearance on a record since Cobain’s death), Red Hot Chili Peppers’s Flea, Nels Cline, Mike D and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, Eddie Vedder, J Mascis, and many others.
- Diminished Composition LP (Scissor Tail)
Willamette is the project of two brothers Davin & Kevin Chong joined with Joseph Yonker.
Diminished Composition marks the third effort from the group. Their first LP Echo Park can be considered one of the most gorgeous ambient albums ever recorded easily in tow with albums by Harold Budd, Eno, and William Basinski.
released 08 JANUARY 2015
>CDs + Vinyl:

Joey Anderson – Invisible Switch CD/LP (Dekmantel)
"Anderson comes from the same corner of the house and techno universe that has given us artists like Levon Vincent, Anthony Parasole, and DJ Qu, a fellow dancer. Like them, he favors analog drum machines, hardware synthesizers, and what sounds, above all, like a lot of playing of keys and twisting of knobs in real time. Much contemporary electronic music is composed visually, assembled brick by brick on a computer screen, but Anderson's snake-in-the-grass meanderings suggest live takes stacked one on top of another, thanks to the magic of multi-tracking." – Pitchfork

>Albert Ayler
- Bells / Prophecy: Expanded Edition 2xCD (ESP-Disk Ltd.)
Albert Ayler's trio with Gary Peacock and Sunny Murray is best known for the July 10, 1964, recording of
Spiritual Unity, the album that made both Ayler and ESP-Disk' famous when it was released in 1965. A decade after that, in 1975, ESP-Disk' also released, as Prophecy, the first documentation of the group, recorded a month before Spiritual Unity by Canadian poet Paul Haines at a concert at a 91st Street club. These Cellar Café recordings are augmented here beyond the five cuts from the original Prophecy release by another six tracks from the same gig. 1965 yielded Ayler treasures as his style shifted. The transitional Bells was just under 20 minutes, originally released in 1965 as one side of a clear vinyl LP, with the other side empty of music. It was recorded at a May 1, 1965, Town Hall concert of ESP artists, displaying Ayler's new group.
– The Poison Of Self Refinement CD/LP (6131)
"Hailing from Tampa and schooled in the storied tradition of FLHC, Blistered formed around 2012, and made themselves known abroad last spring following the release of their sophomore EP,
Soul Erosion. Citing both Culture and Morning Again, as well as their northern contemporaries in Arma Angelus, Buried Alive, and All Out War as major influences, Blistered channels the grit and aggression of '90s metalcore to punishing effect, which they deftly demonstrated on Soul Erosion. Following a year's worth of tour experience, Blistered have returned with their debut full-length, The Poison Of Self-Confinement. The album feels like a worthy successor to the era of metallic hardcore that influenced them in both tone and spirit, bringing a modern reinterpretation to the chugging mosh-riffs of yesteryear, and switching the past's derisive message with accessible, personal lyrics while retaining the former's sense of disillusionment and outrage." – The Rainbow Hub
>David Bowie
(Blackstar) CD/LP (Columbia)
Blackstar is David Bowie's 28th studio album, and was released on his 69th birthday—his last. It is his first since 2013's The Next Day. "The arty, unsettling Blackstar is Bowie's best anti-pop masterpiece since the Seventies. Produced with longtime collaborator Tony Visconti and cut with a small combo of New York-based jazz musicians whose sound is wreathed in arctic electronics, Blackstar is a ricochet of textural eccentricity and pictorial-shrapnel writing." – Rolling Stone
– Murwgebeukt CD (Willowtip)
Second album from the Dutch death metal band.

– Lucy [Reissue/1995] CD (Friday Music)
Remastered reissue of the sophomore album by Candlebox.

– In Ruin CD/LP (The End)
Toronto's Cauldron is a three-piece traditional heavy metal band. They were nominated for a Juno award (Canada's version of the Grammys) and have played Metallica's Orion festival.

>Crippled Black Phoenix
– New Dark Age Tour EP 2015 AD CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
The eclectic UK rock band continues to subconsciously draw from influences as diverse as Type O Negative and Pink Floyd -- the latter receiving a respectful yet unique homage in the shape of a 37-minute cover version of their classic composition "Echoes." Despite the wide range of musical leanings, there are a unifying dark streak and somber melancholy running through the songs.

– Ride Forth CD/LP (Prosthetic)
"Exmortus do not dick around — it's a big part of what I love about this band. There is no following of trends; simply riffs, and hair. So much hair." – Metalsucks

>Get The Blessing
– Astronautilus CD/LP (Naim Music)
Literally composed between crashing waves and deserted estuary sands,
Astronautilus is an album of pounding rhythms, spacious atmospheres, and strongly-crafted melodies from one of Britain's premier indie bands. "A head-on collision between Ornette Coleman and Lalo Schifrin. Quite a treat." -- The Times
- Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt [Reissue/2009] CD/LP (Soulseller)
Reissue of the eighth studio album by the Norwegian black metal band.

>The Grascals
– And Then There's This… CD (Mountain Home Music Company)
They're three-time Grammy nominated, and twice named IBMA Entertainer Of The Year. They've made numerous appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, and nationally syndicated TV shows. Their new album
And Then There's This… continues their legacy as one of the most powerful and groundbreaking bands in bluegrass.
– Leave Me Alone CD/LP (Mom + Pop)
Twelve perfectly imperfect and charmingly lo-fi tracks inspired by contemporary American garage rockers like Mac DeMarco, Ty Segall and The Black Lips. "Sometimes the change you don't think you're ready for is exactly the one you need. At the end of 2014, the Spanish quartet Deers had to abandon its name for legal reasons. It wasn't a revision the band wanted to make, but the moniker it chose instead, Hinds (hind being another word for a female red deer), is one that might take the Madrid-based group to garage-pop stardom.
Leave Me Alone, Hinds' debut full-length, is the sound of a band settling into exactly what it wanted to be all along." – NPR
– A War Against You CD/LP (Century Media)
A War Against You proves Ignite is still rooted in the energy and melodicism of hardcore's salad days.
>Invocation Spells
‎– Descendent The Black Throne CD/LP (Hell's Headbangers)
Second album by the Chilean black metal band.

– Profan CD (Фоно/Indie Recordings)
"Much like its predecessors,
Profan blends massive, cutting-edge riffage and raucous, almost punkish, energy with a sense of dark majesty and grandeur that's both firmly rooted in the ancestral traditions of black metal, yet not utterly beholden to them. And, much like its predecessors, it continues to set an almost ludicrously high bar for those who follow after." – No Clean Singing
>King Crimson
– Thrak [Reissue/1995] CD+DVD-Audio (Discipline Global Music)
A new "21st century stereo reimagining" of
Thrak by Jakko Jakszyk and Robert Fripp, with accompanying DVD-Audio disc featuring 5.1 surround sound and hi-res stereo mixes by Jakszyk and Fripp, alongside a hi-res copy of the album's original stereo mix. Digipak in slipcase with booklet with sleeve notes, rare photos and archive material.
>The Lion's Daughter
– Existence Is Horror CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
New album from the St. Louis-based blackened sludge act -- a crushing assault of dense riffs, pummeling rhythms, and throat-shredding vocals.

>Magic Sam
– Black Magic [Reissue/1968] CD (Delmark)
Recorded in late 1968,
Black Magic was released only days before Magic Sam's untimely passing on December 1, 1969 at 32. The album went on to win a W.C. Handy Award in the classic blues album category. This digipak reissue contains more than an hour of west-side Chicago blues at it's finest, remastered from the original analog tapes.
>The Mamas And The Papas
- The Complete Singles: 50th Anniversary Collection 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
Released 50 years to the day after "California Dreamin'" entered the Billboard Hot 100 on January 8, 1966, this double-CD, 53-track set includes every A and B-side of each single the group released, all in their original mono single mixes.

>Jason Marsalis
– Heirs Of The Crescent City: Soundtrack To The Documentary Heirs CD (Elm)
A gumbo of New Orleans music.

>Max Richter
– Sleep 8xCD+Blu-ray (Deutsche Grammophon)
Acclaimed British composer Max Richter releases one of the longest single pieces of music ever recorded -- an eight-hour lullaby entitled
Sleep. The set is an exploration of music, consciousness and human connectivity and is actually intended to send the listener to (you guessed it) sleep, and is performed on piano, strings, with subtle electronic touches and vocals but no words. "It's my personal lullaby for a frenetic world. A manifesto for a slower pace of existence. It would be great if people were to start playing it while they are getting ready for bed, so that they hear it in their sleep." -- Max Richter
>Sons Of Klemet
- Lest We Forget What We Came Here to Do CD/LP (Naim)
Sons Of Kemet deliver an album stuffed to the rafters with the euphoric, danceable grooves and riffs. "One of the most original ensembles in recent British jazz ... a very welcome addition to the canon." -- Jazzwise

- Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection 10xCD+DVD (Sony Classical)
Soundtrack - Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection 11xLP+MP3 (Sony Classical)
The original soundtracks for
Star Wars Episodes I - VI are now issued as deluxe CD and HQ-180gm gatefold vinyl box sets.
- Straight Outta Compton: Music From The Motion Picture CD/2xLP (Capitol)
Classic tracks from gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, along with some old school cuts by funk and soul legends Parliament, Funkadelic, Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame, and Roy Ayers Ubiquity.

>J.D. Souther
– John David Souther [Reissue/1972]
Before he was co-writing Eagles hits like "Best Of My Love," "New Kid In Town," and "Heartache Tonight" with Glenn Frey and Don Henley, J.D. Souther formed Longbranch/Pennywhistle with Frey when they were roommates. Their downstairs neighbor was a fellow by the name of Jackson Browne, who took Souther to audition for his boss, David Geffen, who had recently formed the Asylum Records label. After hearing two songs, Geffen told Souther to "go make a record." And, that's exactly what he did.
John David Souther arrived in 1971, and was immediately a critical success and established Souther as a, if not the songwriter to watch.
>Bob Theil
– Songs From The Margin CD/LP (Strawberry Rain)
Bob Theil's self proclaimed opus,
Songs From The Margin was supposed to be the follow-up album to So Far which debuted in 1982. The project spanned seven years with "Fading Ways, Fadings Faces" being written as far back as 1977, and the remainder of the album being written between 1982 and 1984. Sadly this project was finished but never went as far as being released until now. The material on So Far didn't translate well to the climate of the folk club scene of that time, so the Margin songs that Bob was writing at the time (along with other material) were an effort on his part to create music that reflected his admiration for the Sandy Denny/Richard Thompson area of modernized folk and rock.
>Various Artists [T-Bone Walker]
– Texas Guitar: From Dallas To L.A. [Reissue/1972] CD (Friday Music)
Atlantic issued this smokin' set of Texas-blues in '72; it's been out of print for four decades. For the set, T-Bone Walker was joined by Al King, Lawyer Houston, Ray Agee, and R.S. Rankin.

>Venomous Concept
– Kick Me Silly VCIII CD/LP/Cassette (Season Of Mist)
The international grind punk supergroup featuring Brutal Truth vocalist Kevin Sharp and bassist Danny Lilker alongside Napalm Death members Shane Embury (bass) and Danny Herrera (drums), plus guitarist John Cooke, release their third full-length album.

– Where Have You Been All My Life? CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Villagers, a solo vehicle for Irish singer/songwriter Conor J. O'Brien, specializes in atmospheric, indie folk/chamber pop that balances the youthful exuberance of contemporaries Jens Lekman, Eugene McGuinness, and Johnny Flynn with the classic rock and pop of artists like Paul Simon and Robert Wyatt.
Where Have You Been All My Life? is a collection of songs that distils five years and three albums of Villagers' songwriting into one flowing narrative.
– Sólverv CD (Фоно/Indie Recordings)
"Sólverv, the seventh album released by Vreid in their tenure of just over a decade, comes across as a strong instance of modern Norwegian black metal (at least compared to the admittedly small portion of similar efforts I've seen in the past couple of years)." – Metal Blast

This Week's Vinyl Exclusives:
– Where Where You? [Reissue/1992] LP (Gummopunx)
Reissue of a fine 1992 punk album. ADZ was supposed to be kind of a restart for The Adolescents under another name, and features members from both Adolescents and D.I.

>The All-American Rejects
– The All-American Rejects [Reissue/2002] LP (Doghouse)
Limited vinyl LP pressing of the 2002 debut album by the alt-rock band.

>Pierre Bastien
– Blue As An Orange LP (Morphine)
Active since the mid-'70s, Bastien is best known for building automated orchestras. His previous album,
Machinations, was released on Aphex Twin's Rephlex label in 2012. For Blue As An Orange, Bastien recycled components of his Silent Motors live set and assembled mechanical organisms -- using amplified Meccano parts, motors, fans, rattles, paper, and nails -- to generate rhythmic scaffolding. Live instrumentals, created with prepared trumpets, African kundi harp, Javanese rabab, sanza, electric harpsichord, bass, drums, and gongs, were then superimposed on top.
– Vulnicura Strings LP (One Little Indian)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Bj
örk presents a strings version of her eighth studio studio album, Vulnicura. The original version of Vulnicura layered the boom and crack of electronic beats with an intense vocal melody and incredible string arrangements by Björk which have been performed live with a fifteen chair orchestra. This new version is musically wholly comprised of strings, with new violin solos by Una Sveinbjarnardóttir and strings recorded by a Viola Organista. Björk used the only Viola Organista in the world to perform some of the arrangements; an instrument which was designed originally by Leonardo Da Vinci but not built until after his lifetime. The instrument uses a friction belt to vibrate individual strings (similar to a violin), with the strings selected by pressing keys on the keyboard (similar to an organ). The instrument was recorded in Krakow, Poland by it's constructor Slawomir Zubrzycki and here is where the album reached completion.
>Bless The Fall
– To Those Left Behind LP (Fearless)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl. New album from the Arizona metalcore band.

>Bones & Beeker
– Bones & Beeker LP (Wax Poetics)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Anthony Newes (vocals, guitar, keys, and other sounds) and Brendan Kelly (production, drum programming, keys, glockenspiel, kalimba)—known in hip-hop circles as BK-One—were introduced through their work with the developmentally disabled. Their first meeting was a five-minute conversation about Tom Waits. Their second was at a client's deathbed. Flanked by bassist Chris Bierden (Poliça and Pony Trash) and guitarist Nate Collis (Atmosphere and Attracted to Gods), Bones & Beeker delivers an album full of surprises.

>Dave Brubeck Octet
– The Dave Brubeck Octet [Reissue/1956] LP (Fantasy)
This eponymous album features early compositions by legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, who was a student of composer Darius Milhaud during the time that he recorded many of the selections on this album.
The Dave Brubeck Octet was released in 1956 although it compiles the octet's complete recorded output made between 1946 and 1950, which was originally released in other forms. The 10 songs on this album were released starting in 1950 by Fantasy under the title Old Sounds From San Francisco, first as two EPs then as a single 10" LP. The album features the likes of Paul Desmond, Dick Collins and Dave Van Kriedt.
>Bud Bronson & The Good Timers
– Fantasy Machine LP (The Greater Than Collective)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Bud Bronson & The Good Timers, reigning Denver Rock City champs since 2012 release their full-length studio debut,
Fantasy Machine. Exploding with stadium-sized riffs, dual-lead pyrotechnics and storytelling that splits the atom between earnestness and absurdity, Fantasy Machine tells of the struggle to maintain the wide-eyed wonder of adolescence -- when a Squier strat could transform a suburban bedroom into an arena of screaming fans -- during the long stretch between the twilight of childhood and the rest of your life.
>Johnny Cash
– Johnny99 [Reissue/1983] LP (Friday Music) HQ-180gm clear vinyl. In 1983, after a plethora of chart topping albums and a treasure trove of smash country and pop songs, Johnny Cash put together Johnny 99. Recorded in L.A. with some of the greatest musicians of our time, Cash picked a selection of songs written by some of his good friends, including Bruce Springsteen's "Highway Patrolman" and "Johnny 99" from Nebraska.
>Catch 22
– Alone In A Crowd [Reissue/2000] LP (Victory)
Over five albums hardworking East Brunswick Township, New Jersey act Catch 22 have proven themselves to be one of the top ska influenced punk rock bands in the world along with groups like Less Than Jake, Suicide Machines and The Mighty Might Bosstones. On their infectious sophomore album
Alone In A Crowd (2000), the band pumps out an intense and inspirational 14-track set that marvelously blends traditional pop punk with a saluting three-piece horn section amidst themes of alienation and the loss of innocence.
>Christian Death
– Atrocities [Reissue/1986] LP (Season Of Mist)
Christian Death – The Scriptures [Reissue/1987] LP (Season Of Mist)
Christian Death's 1986 album
Atrocities continued their evolution as both the gothic/death rock genre's leading architects and provocateurs. Spearheaded by Valor Kand with long-time members Gitane Demone and David Glass, Atrocities marked a lyrical shift to a more direct attack on organized religion rather than a subversive approach. The Scriptures (1987) saw bandleader Valor Kand take an even bolder step forward with the emphasis on world religion inside the group's grandiose goth-rock framework. Gatefold colored vinyl reissues.
– Black Devotion LP (Avant)
Six songs of self-described as "devotional synth" by London-based Nathalia Bruno (of Phosphor and Leave The Planet). Some bright and shiny tracks; others are more ethereal.

>Family Fodder
– Sunday Girls (Director's Cut) [Reissue/1979] LP (Staubgold)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. The legendary first 12" EP by UK underground heroes Family Fodder, originally released in 1979, is now reissued for the first time.
Sunday Girls (Director's Cut) features the complete Sunday Girls EP, the debut Family Fodder 7" "Playing Golf (With My Flesh Crawling)" b/w "My Baby Takes Valium" (1979), the "Debbie Harrry" b/w "A 'Version'" 7" from 1980, the 7" A-side "Warm" (1980), and two tracks from the rare Te Deum 12" (1979) by Alig Fodder's pre-Fodder project Frank Sumatra. Family Fodder was originally formed in 1979 by Alig Pearce, with a cast of thousands joining over the ensuing three decades. They emerged from the melting-pot of '70s/'80s London alongside This Heat, The Flying Lizards, The Pop Group, The Slits, and many others. The original formula consisted of psychedelic and new wave influences, incisive songwriting, improvisation, experimentation, and far-out dub mixing.
>Khwanta Fasawang
- Lam Phaen Motorsai Tham Saep: The Best of Lam Phaen Sister No. 1 LP (EM)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The best of Khwanta Fasawang, the number-one soulful sister of 1980s lam phaen, queen of the cassette era. She was chosen, from over a thousand demo tapes, by legendary producer and songwriter Doi Inthanon, who wanted to create a new streetwise dance music. The lam phaen genre was the result, and Khwanta Fasawang was the singer he chose to be its representative. Combining earlier musical trajectories with electronic elements and lyrics dealing with drinking and love, money and motorcycles, Khwanta led the cassette-format lam phaen boom of the early '80s, gaining great popularity in both her native Isan and across the whole country.

>Fire Deuce
– Children Of The Deuce [2005] 10" (Evil Ink)
Limited red 10" vinyl pressing of the 2005 debut EP by this alt-rock side-project formed by Travis Stever of Coheed and Cambria. A description on the official Fire Deuce website describes their style as: "elements of Coheed and Cambria's unique style alongside the hard-rock influence of bands such as AC/DC and Guns N' Roses, the raw energy of The Stooges, and the rocking punk riffage of Turbonegro, to create a brilliant, must-have record any Coheed and Cambria fan will love..."

– U.S.A. Hardcore LP+MP3 (Triple B.)
New album from the Detroit hardcore band.

>The Freeze
– Freak Show [1994] LP (Gummopunx)
The Freeze – Crawling Blind [1994] LP (Gummopunx)
A pair of the Boston punk/hardcore legend's albums on vinyl for the first time.

>Marvin Gaye
– That Stubborn Kinda' Fellow [Reissue/1962] LP (Rumble)
Marvin Gaye's second LP was a who's who of the Motor City, featuring background vocals from The Supremes, The Temptations, and The Vandellas, songwriting help from Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, and the undeniable musicianship of the Funk Brothers. One of the earliest hits for Motown's Tamla label,
That Stubborn Kinda' Fellow, was instrumental in establishing both Marvin Gaye and the Motor City Sound. A classic piece of Detroit R&B history reissued here on LP.
>Gentleman's Dub Club
– The Big Smoke LP (Easy Star)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
The Big Smoke takes listeners on a well-paced and diverse musical journey, with guest appearances by major UK reggae talent and "Bedroom Eyes" writer Natty (on "One Night Only") and tenor sax star Josh Arcoleo (best known for his work with the legendary Pee Wee Ellis as well as Joss Stone, Katy B, and many others).
>German Army
– Kalash Tirich Mir LP (Yerevan Tapes)
From the dehydrated and dilapidated outskirts of Los Angles in San Bernardino County comes this mysterious duo's fifth full-length LP—a non-stop stream with truly weird approaches that mix early industrial and exotic infatuations, cheap electronics and world music sound bites, primitive toy drumming and Eastern traditions heritage, twanging guitars and dub reverberations obnoxious drones and beach-like radiance. Previous releases on Opal Tapes, Handmade Birds, Beläten and Chondritic Sound.

>The Hell
– Brutopia LP (Prosthetic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. "Last summer, anonymous hardcore outfit The Hell turned our heads with
Groovehammer and they had us asking two questions: who on earth were they and why were they calling us all dickheads? Neither of those things mattered, because we found ourselves becoming big fans of their tongue-in-cheek take on the hardcore genre, so when they announced their follow-up Brutopia we jumped out of our seats with joy. We thought that The Hell couldn't get any better, but with Brutopia they've proved us wrong." – Bring The Noise
>The Jack Moves
– The Jack Moves LP (Wax Poetics)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Jack Moves is a Newark, NJ old school soul style duo consisting of singer and multi-instrumentalist Zee Desmondes -- who has a mean falsetto -- and drummer/producer Teddy Powell.

– Dear You [Reissue/1995] LP (Geffen)
Blue vinyl reissue of Jawbreaker's seminal 1995 album, which many say, ushered in the next wave of emo and pop-punk.

>Jimmy Eat World
– Static Prevails [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (Interscope)
Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American [Reissue/2001] LP (Interscope)
Jimmy Eat World – Futures [Reissue/2004] 2xLP (Interscope)
Jimmy Eat World – Stay On My Side Tonight [Reissue/2005] LP (Interscope)
Limited vinyl reissues of a handful of the Arizona emo-rock band's albums, as well as their 2005 EP
Stay On My Side Tonight.
>Last Exit
– Iron Path [Reissue/1988] LP (ESP-Disk)
Reissued last June on CD – now available on vinyl. A pioneering hybrid of abstract heavy metal, unsettling ambient music and free improvisation from Last Exit: Sonny Sharrock (guitar), Peter Brötzmann (saxophone), Bill Laswell (bass), and Ronald Shannon Jackson (drums).

>Loretta Lynn
– Van Lear Rose [Reissue/2004] LP (Third Man)
Jack White's collaboration with the country music legend is back in print on vinyl.

>Yo-Yo Ma
– Plays Ennio Morricone [2004] 2xLP (Masterworks)
Features cello-driven interpretations of themes from
Cinema Paradiso, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, The Mission and The Untouchables. First time on vinyl.
>Machine Gun Kelly
– General Admission 2xLP (Bad Boy/Interscope)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. The second album from the rapper features guest appearances from Kid Rock, Leroy Sanchez, Lzzy Hale, and more.

– A Sun To Scorch 10" (Ajna Offensive)
To paraphrase our fiends at No Clean Singing: "you enjoy writhing black metal extremity, and riffs that swarm with reptilian menace and hammer powerfully at the gates of doom; your pulse quickens at the sound of a drummer who rocks and blasts with mechanistic precision; you relish bestial growls that go straight for your throat with teeth bared; you crave black metal that gets stuck in your head like a pick-axe, and atmospheres of infernal menace, befitting the rising of a vengeful sun that emanates death. You know what comes next."

>Tarquin Manek
– Tarquin Magnet LP (Blackest Ever Black)
A unique synthesis of time-dilating folk-jazz romanticism, brittle chamber dub, and plasmic post-techno electronics.

– Turn Onto Music [Reissue/1973] LP (Universal Music NZ)
Mantis recorded the legendary
Turn On To Music LP during a four month visit to Wellington, New Zealand in 1973. Some serious Fijian funk with a garagey-Santana feel, and sometimes almost Stooge-like in parts, the album was released in NZ only on local Vertigo in a limited run of 300 copies.
>Marriage & Cancer
- Killjoy 7" (Dirt Cult)
Described by the Portland Mercury as, "crooked, anxious, punk-flecked rock," Marriage & Cancer is a band that writes disturbing songs about the real things that keep paranoid and aware people up at night. Through catchy melodies and warm tones balanced by distorted noise, hard rhythms, and a mix of reserved reverbed-out vocals and cracked screams, there is a pervasive unease, a warning about the real demons that haunt this world.

>Tim McGraw
– Damn Country Music 2xLP (Big Machine)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. 14th studio album from the country superstar.

>Mouse Sluts
– Mouse Sluts LP (Bruit Direct Disques)
Dan Melchior, Graham Lambkin, Letha Rodman Melchior and Glen (who we hope Guinness will recognize as the world's most recorded budgie) under the influence of oddball reports from regional newspapers. Highlights include Letha's keyboard-playing and Glen's chimpanzee impressions.

– Vitals LP (Wojtek)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Mutemath is a Grammy-nominated alt-soul/rock band from New Orleans that formed in 2002. The band consists of members Paul Meany (vocals, keyboards, piano, keytar), Darren King (drums, percussion), Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas (bass, vocals), and Todd Gummerman (guitar, vocals). They meld hip-hop styled beats, moments of beauty and grandeur, big hooks, and vocals that pay homage to classic rock.

>Koichi Namiki/Katsuhiro Hayashi/Shigeru Ohwada
– Super Hang-On LP (Data Disc)
For their fourth release in partnership with Sega, Data Disc is proud to present the soundtrack to one of the defining arcade games of the 1980s:
Super Hang-On. Using audio sourced directly from the original 1987 arcade machine sound board, this carefully restored and remastered edition presents the unforgettable soundtrack to Sega and Yu Suzuki's classic racer on vinyl for the first time outside of Japan.
– Country Grammar [Reissue/2000] 2xLP (Motown)
Vinyl reissue of the Midwest rapper's debut album. Part of UMe's ongoing Respect The Classics campaign.

>Oceans Ate Alaska
– Lost Isles LP (Fearless)
Released early last year on CD – now available on vinyl. Stemming from Birmingham, UK, the furious five-piece Oceans Ate Alaska offers a progressive strain of experimental modern metalcore.

>The Oh Hellos
– Dear Wormwood LP (Elektra)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. The Oh Hellos began in a cluttered bedroom, where siblings Maggie and Tyler Heath (born and raised in southern Texas) recorded their self-titled EP in 2011. Their second full-length album,
Dear Wormwood, is a collection of songs inspired in part by C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters and Patrick Rothfuss' The Name Of The Wind, mythology and folklore, and apocalyptic literature. Their influences range from Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens to The Middle East and the Muppets, bending and blending styles and genres into a unique mixture of eclectic folk rock.
– Protest Music LP (Ideal)
Growing's Joe Denardo tests audiences' decibel tolerances with sounds ranging from guitar-based rawness to deeply effected, screwed-up percussion. The complex sounds and images here contend with the absolute grayness of existence.

– Limbo LP (Federal Prism)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New Orleans rapper Pell's new album
Limbo features production from Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio and Tomas Barfod of WhoMadeWho. "I would describe it as futuristic soul. It's something that definitely resonates with people when they listen to it for the first time because it has an air of nostalgia." – Pell. "Pell's tool belt of talents goes hand-in-hand with Sitek's seasoned sound library, and there's a little bit of everything as a result: the dance floor ('Almighty Dollar,' 'Queso') and introspection ('The Wild,' 'Sandlot') are given equal time and care." – Pigeons & Planes
>Art Pepper Quintet
– Smack Up [Reissue/1960] LP (Fantasy)
On this 1960 album, Pepper's impassioned alto sax is appropriately applied to the compositions of six saxophonists, among them Benny Carter, Ornette Coleman, and Pepper himself. Includes trumpeter Jack Sheldon in a rare performance.
Smack Up also includes musical assistance from Pete Jolly, Jimmy Bond and Frank Butler.
>Rev. Leon Pinson
– The George Mitchell Collection LP (Big Legal Mess)
Available on vinyl for the first time, this 12-track collection of stripped down traditional blues songs performed by Rev. Leon Pinson alone on vocals and guitar was recorded in Cleveland, Mississippi in 1967 by folklorist George Mitchell.

>Play Date
– We All Shine LP (Asian Man)
Released last July on CD – now available on vinyl. The kindie-rock duo featuring Greg Attonito (Bouncing Souls) and Shanti Wintergate offers up a new album full of stellar, fun, upbeat music for the whole family.

>Elvis Presley
- Raised On Rock / For Ol' Times Sake [Reissue/1973] LP (Friday Music)
HQ-180gm clear vinyl repress.
Raised On Rock / For Ol' Times Sake contains several smashes including the Jimmy Reed blues classic "Just A Little Bit," the soulful Memphis groovers "Three Corn Patches," "Find Out What's Happening," and the ballad "Are You Sincere."
>Dieter Roth/Richard Hamilton
- Canciones De Cadaques [Reissue/1976] 2x7" (Primary Information)
Dieter Roth and Richard Hamilton alternately perform on vocals and guitar, with assistance from a Cadaqués dog, Chispas Luis who periodically takes over vocal duties with a particularly sharp bark. The duo worked together from 1961 to 1998 and produced several projects across many mediums, including this double-7" originally release in 1976 by Hansjörg Mayer.

– Grace Under Pressure [Reissue/1984] LP+MP3 (Mercury)
Rush – Power Windows [Reissue/1985] LP+MP3 (Mercury)
Rush – Hold Your Fire [Reissue/1987] LP+MP3 (Mercury)
Latest installments in Rush's 40
th anniversary HQ-200gm vinyl reissue campaign.
>Sex Church
– Flowers LP (Limited Appeal)
Sex Church is and was a band from Vancouver, BC. From 2008 until going on a permanent hiatus in 2014, they played their own brand of hypnotic, downtrodden psychedelic "punk". Their music is greatly influenced by the rainy, gloomy atmosphere of their home city, the monotony of daily life and what we all do to try and escape it.

>Rae Sremmurd
– Sremmlife LP (Eardruma/Interscope)
Released early last year on CD – now available on vinyl. Debut studio album from hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd. The album includes the singles "No Flex Zone," "No Type" and "Throw Sum Mo."

>Lindsey Stirling
– Lindsey Stirling [2012] LP (Lindseystomp Music)
Lindsey Stirling is an electronic violinist whose use of big beats and animation has landed her over seven million YouTube subscribers, over 1 billion views on her YouTube channel, a Billboard music award, and sold out tours worldwide.

>Tangerine Dream
– Thief [OST/Reissue/1981] LP (Audio Fidelity)
Tangerine Dream was chosen by Michael Mann to write and produce the original score for
Thief, his 1981 directorial debut. The group added their patented pulses, blips and whooshes to the film's highly stylized visual scenes. Up to this time, no one had ever used a sequencer for a neo-noir film, and this score was rather unusual for American cinema upon release.
>Various Artists
– Alright In The City LP (Universal Music NZ)
Alright In The City is a collection of late 60s/early '70s F-U-N-K-Y hard rock from New Zealand. Post-Woodstock, the NZ rock scene accelerated from the beat years of the mid sixties, gobbling some psychedelics on the way and concentrated on the G-R-O-O-V-E.
>A Will Away
– Bliss LP (Triple Crown)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. A Will Away's sound draws influences from elements of melodic pop and the early 2000s emo movement.

>Link Wray & The Wraymen
- Rare Demos & Alternate Takes 1958-1961 LP (Rumble)
Link Wray's incredible influence on 50 years of rock and roll following his debut single is no mystery to anyone. Everything that was handed down to today's current crop of head-bangers from the likes of Led Zeppelin and the Who can be traced back to this hero from Dunn, North Carolina. This LP compiles rare and unissued cuts, demos and B-sides from his early, and best, years on the Cadence and Epic labels.

– Son Of Perdition [2012] LP (Victory)
First-time vinyl edition of the the third album by the American death metal band.

>The Zombies
- Still Got That Hunger LP (The End)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. By the start of the new Millennium, Blunstone and Argent were inspired to resurrect The Zombies, recruiting bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of Argent and The Kinks), Rodford's son Steve on drums, and renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey. The Zombies returned to the studio in early 2015 to begin work on a new album – only taking breaks to debut new songs live during a triumphant return to SXSW, a live Yahoo! Screen broadcast from House Of Blues New Orleans, and their first appearances at the UK's Great Escape and Glastonbury Festivals.