new vinyl love...

for the week of 29 APRIL 2016
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>Red House Painters – Old Ramon [LOSER SMOKE COLORED VINYL ] 2xLP (Sub Pop)
Old Ramon, the sixth Red House Painters album, recorded in the fall of 1997 through the spring of 1998, was intended for release that summer. But the mega-major label merger catastrophe that left hundreds of bands homeless spared few. Red House Painters looked for a brief moment like survivors, but subsequent delays eventually turned into permanent layoff. Old Ramon sat in limbo and grew into legend as another great, lost album only the privileged few would ever properly hear. They’ve unintentionally put the wait back into the term “long-awaited.”
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>Babyfather – BBF - Hosted by DJ Escrow 2xLP (Hyperdub)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New project from Dean Blunt with contributions from Arca and Micachu. “Essentially
BBF - Hosted by DJ Escrow is a definitive UK hip-hop album of the decade so far; a shadow-play of paranoid & surreal atmospheres, ambiguous juxtapositions, upfront infidelity and playful/dreadful intentions that perhaps best reflect street-view observations of the knackered, profane, pagan and pointedly archaic in contrast to supposedly progressive national values and the schizoid political and artistic double-speak of the ‘elite.’ We haven’t a clue who DJ Escrow is -- quite possibly Blunt’s Quasimoto-style sped-up alter-ego, maybe his boy from home -- but he’s crucial to the album; like some pop-up avatar or liminal interpreter reporting back from the zones, culminating in a passionate monologue calling for unity that’s actually undermined by the fact his voice is accelerated to cartoonish levels -- perhaps as many view the situation anyway.” – Boomkat
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>Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
– Lick My Decals Off, Baby [Reissue/1970] LP (Rhino)
– The Spotlight Kid [Reissue/1972] LP (Rhino)

– Clear Spot [Reissue/1972] LP (Rhino)
Limited edition vinyl reissues of Captain Beefheart’s fourth, sixth, and seventh albums.
Lick My Decals Off, Baby was originally released on Frank Zappa's Straight Records label. The follow-up to Trout Mask Replica (1969), it is regarded by some critics and listeners as superior, and was Van Vliet's personal favorite. The Spotlight Kid is the only album formally credited solely to Captain Beefheart. Often cited as one of the most accessible of Beefheart's albums, it is solidly founded in the blues but also uses instruments such as marimba and jingle bells that are not typical of that genre. With Clear Spot, Captain Beefheart was after a more commercial sound, hence his enlisting of producer Ted Templeman and engineer Donn Landee, who also created hits for artists such as the Doobie Brothers, Carly Simon and Van Morrison.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>"A" Trio + Alan Bishop
- Burj al Imam LP (Unrock)
"A" Trio create acoustic improvised drones that range from insistent, chiming resonances with emergency alarm bells to low, thrumming hums; with Bishop's guitar and enigmatic voice in the mix, alternating between gentle crooning and the sounds of a howling dervish, the recording reaches an exceptional depth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>Truckfighters
– Gravity X / Phi 3xLP (Fuzzorama)
This triple-LP box combines the Swedish rock band’s two first albums,
Gravity X (2005) and Phi (2007) along with three bonus tracks.
>Piero Umiliani & I Suoi Oscillatori
- Il Mondo Dei Romani [OST/Reissue/1972] LP (We Release Whatever The F**k We Want)
First vinyl reissue of Italian soundtrack legend Piero Umiliani's sought-after experimental gem
Il Mondo Dei Romani, originally released in 1972 on Umiliani's Omicron label. Originally recorded for a TV documentary about ancient Rome, Il Mondo Dei Romani is a fascinating rendition of what synthesizer-based avant-garde ancient Roman music would sound like; it's a weird and extremely hypnotizing retro-futuristic experience of faux cithara, lyre, organ, and trumpet sounds driven by proto-techno sequences and minimalist rhythms. Limited orange vinyl pressing.
>Various Artists
– Biologia Marina [Reissue/1973] LP (Intervallo)
First reissue of
Biologia Marina, the first of Intervallo's seven reissues of the amazing nature-themed series of library LPs released in the first half of the '70s by Cardium, Chic, Nereide, Musical, Rhombus, Spring, and Weekend labels.
>Wakey Wakey
– Overreactivist LP (The End)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Spend half an hour in the company of Michael Grubbs, the creative force behind indie band Wakey Wakey and you'll come out with a renewed enthusiasm for old school music making.
Overreactivist is Wakey Wakey's third album and a radical departure from the previous pop album, Salvation, in more ways than one. In contrast to the first album which was full of youthful expression and captured the spirit of making music with no money and no expectation of success, Salvation was a collaborative experience with a team of writers, producers and musicians and the end result turned out to be even further from Grubbs' first intention of making a pop album. Whilst acknowledging it was an amazing team experience, Grubbs says this experience and way of making music made him feel ‘disconnected from myself as a musician’ and as a result he returned to the 'old days' and decided the next step would be to write and record an indie rock EP. Happily, they managed to find enough studio time to record enough material for not just an EP but a whole album” – Huffington Post.
>Winterpills
– Love Songs LP (Signature)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Winterpills are back with their first album of original material in four years.
Love Songs is full of those gorgeous chamber-pop songs the band has perfected over the course of their six album career.
for the week of 22 APRIL 2016
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>2Tall
– Lost Stories LP (IZWID)
Lost Stories is a collection of 18 beats from the archives of English producer Jim Coles, best known today as Om Unit, and released by Justin “Kutmah” McNulty’s IZWID label. The album is both a portrait of the artist as a young man, and the completion of a circle, ten years in the making, that stretches from London to Los Angeles.
>The Above
– There Is A Reason 10” (Hidden Volume)
Six gorgeous tunes ranging from Byrds and Kinks-inspired garage rock to baroque pop that brings to mind The Zombies or Left Banke.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>Yes
– Drama [Reissue/1980] LP (Atlantic)
Drama is the tenth studio album from Yes, originally released in 1980 on Atlantic Records. It is their only album to feature Trevor Horn in the band's line-up as lead vocalist, following the departure of Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman in March 1980 after unsuccessful recording sessions in Paris and London for a new album. Horn was joined by Geoffrey Downes, his partner in the new wave band The Buggles. Drama was recorded in a short amount of time as a tour was already booked prior to the change in personnel. It marked a departure in the band's musical direction with songs more accessible and aggressive that featured the use of modern keyboards and a vocoder. HQ-180gm.
for the week of 15 APRIL 2016
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Agnes Strange
– Strange Flavour [Reissue/1975] (Radiation Deluxe Series)
Originally released in 1975 on the BirdsNest label, the sole album by boogie stompers Agnes Strange is an obscure hard rock gem begging to be rediscovered. Formed in Southampton, UK, in the mid- '70s by Alan Green (bass), Dave Rodwell (drums), and John Westwood (guitar, vocals), Agnes Strange failed to reach any glory or fame, but their legacy of heavy rock riffs, raw leads, and tough attitude -- with a spacey Hawkwind-esque touch here and there -- helped them reach cult status among '70s rock fanatics.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>Wax Witches
– Memory Painting LP+MP3 (Burger)
The third long player from Australia's Wax Witches, the solo recording project of Bleeding Knees Club frontman Alex Wall. Following up the well received
Celebrity Beatings (2013) and Centre Of Your Universe (2014), Memory Painting offers up more outer space pop punk madness ushered in by the album's catchy lead single “Habit.”
>The Gary Wilson Trio
– Another Galaxy [Reissue/1974] LP (Feeding Tube)
Before releasing
You Think You Really Know Me in 1977, Gary Wilson released his first album as the leader of a jazz trio in 1974. Playing both bass and piano, Gary cut four tracks with his band that have lain pretty far out of the public's reach for the last 42 years. This is shockingly brilliant jazz-qua-jazz that will slap the faces of anyone who thinks of Wilson as a vocal artist.
>Markus Wormstorm
– Figure In Field LP (M=Maximal)
Markus Wormstorm presents his second solo album,
Figure In Field, a work characterized by an electrifying urban combination play with African voices, percussion, and classical instruments. He experiments with downtempo pulses, Bernard Herrmann-style compositions, anime sampling, Xhosa rapping, and more, leading the listener simultaneously into both his fantasy world and the reality of modern South Africa.
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>Kings Of Convenience
– Quiet Is The New Loud [Reissue/2001] LP (Astralwerks)
– Versus [Reissue/2001] LP (Astralwerks)
– Riot On An Empty Street [Reissue/2004] LP (Astralwerks)
140gm color vinyl reissues of two of the Norwegian folk-pop duo’s (essential) albums plus the remix compilation
Versus (which features Röyksopp, Four Tet, Ladytron, and more).
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>3 Doors Down
– Us And The Night LP (Republic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Sixth album from the Grammy-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>Alan Vega/Alex Chilton/Ben Vaughn
– Candyman b/w Lover Of Love 7” (Light In The Attic)
In December 1994, over two all-night improv sessions at New York's Dessau Studios, Suicide’s Alan Vega, Big Star’s Alex Chilton, and singer/songwriter Ben Vaughn joined forces without a predetermined plan. Out of those two nights came a truly mesmerizing album,
Cubist Blues. This 7” featuring a radio edit of “Candyman” and the live version of album track “Lover Of Love” from their concert at Trans Musicales in France, 1996, one of the only two live performances the ensemble ever did.
>Sammy Walker
– Brown Eyed Georgia Darlin’ [Reissue/1976] LP+CD (Ramseur)
Recorded in the mid-1970s at New York’s famed Record Plant,
Brown Eyed Georgia Darlin’ contains the previously unreleased demos that earned Walker a contract with Warner Bros. Records. “You don’t have to be a music-biz whiz to figure out why Sammy Walker’s career didn’t take off in the wake of his eponymous 1976 Warner Brothers debut and the 1977 follow-up, Blue Ridge Mountain Skyline. At the time, record companies were ostensibly still seeking the next Bob Dylan, but what they really wanted was simply someone who worked in his genre and possessed an equally exciting original style; they weren’t looking for a clone. While Walker may have had the wrong voice at the wrong time, however, he also had a good deal of talent.” –The Morton Report
>Wussy
– Forever Sounds LP (Shake It)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “To certain fans of Lucinda Williams, Crazy Horse, Mekons and R.E.M., Wussy became the best band in America almost instantaneously with the launch of their cult classic debut,
Funeral Dress, in 2005. Their flawless document of ragged songwriting and modestly adventurous arrangements has only grown in dynamism in the years and albums that followed: 2007’s jangly Left For Dead, 2009’s fatalistic self-titled LP, and 2011’s more lighthearted Strawberry, which introduced the pounding Joe Klug on the backbeat. It was 2014’s schizoid Attica!, though, that put them on the map in a whole new way — notoriously cantankerous Village Voice critic Robert Christgau gave them an A+ rating — with anthems like ‘Teenage Wasteland’ interspersed with threadbare items like ‘Acetylene.’ Still, the Cincinnati quintet’s sixth album, Forever Sounds is their most challenging and densely textured to date.” – SPIN
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>Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor LP+MP3 (Decaydance)
Released in January on CD – now available on vinyl. Produced by Jake Sinclair (Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy),
Death Of A Bachelor marks the first release from Panic! At the Disco in nearly two years, following 2013's acclaimed Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! The album's title track, “Death Of A Bachelor,” has been described as, “It's like some Beyoncé beats with some Sinatra vocals. It's really crazy... [Sinatra's] music has been a major player in the soundtrack of my life. So it's only right that I return the favor and/or pay it forward.”
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>Sufjan Stevens – Illinois [Reissue/2005] 2xLP+12” (Asthmatic Kitty)
This 10th anniversary edition of
Illinois replaces balloons (which themselves replaced Superman in 2005) with rising comic book Chicago-born superhero Blue Marvel. This special color edition (“antimatter blue” and “cape white”) is expanded with a red, star-shaped 12” featuring a demo of “Chicago.”
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>Mavis Staples – Livin’ On A High Note LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The soul and gospel music legend takes on a set of 12 original songs written exclusively for her by a group of fine songwriters, including: M .Ward, Ben Harper, Valerie June, Neko Case, tUnE-yArDs, Nick Cave, John Baptiste, Justin Vernon, Aloe Blacc, and more.
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Abysmal Lord – Disciples Of The Inferno LP (Hell’s Headbangers)
Released last November on CD – now available on vinyl. “Lurking in the ghoulish swamps of Louisiana are the members of bestial metal quartet, Abysmal Lord. They dropped their
Storms Of Unholy Black Mass mini-album through Hell’s Headbangers last year, which I was fortunate to get the opportunity to introduce to Cvlt Nation fans. The guys are back with their debut full-length, Disciples Of The Inferno, and they prove on their latest that they have quite the admiration for bands like Proclamation and Blasphemy. More importantly, they up the intensity and tempo on most of their new material.” – Cvlt Nation
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Ellen Allien – LISm [2013] 2xLP (BPitch Control)
First vinyl edition of Ellen Allien's
LISm, originally released on CD in 2013. LISm is a milestone in the history of Ellen Allien's BPitch Control label; rarely has an album from the circle of BPC artists deviated so far from the club context. Ellen Allien radically disposes of all established musical templates and creates space for 45 minutes of sonic experiments that lie well beyond any functional paradigm; a highly emotional soundtrack for one's inner cinema, but also a creative progression with a considerable fun factor.
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Fatima Al Qadiri – Brute LP (Hyperdub)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “After releasing an album with her underground supergroup Future Brown last year, the New York-based, Kuwait-bred musician returns as a solo artist for
Brute, a follow-up to her sinogrime-inspired 2014 debut album Asiatisch. Brute explores themes of authority and ‘the relationship between police, citizens and protest worldwide, particularly of her adopted home in the United States,’ according to the label; concerns made visible in the album’s cover art, which depicts the Josh Kline sculpture ‘Po-Po’ heavily altered by art director Babak Radboy. The album ‘teeters between rage and despair,’ heard through ‘restrained percussion, sampled and processed recordings of urban protest, and [Al Qadiri’s] signature minor progressions,’ the label adds.” – Fact Mag
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Baauer – Aa LP (LuckyMe)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Aa (pronounced 'double a') is a record that could only be made by a kid born of New York inspired by rap and dance music culture, traveling the globe sampling and processing found sounds. This is bright, stadium, urban dance music from the 26-year-old Portuguese New Yorker (via London and Philadelphia) known as Harry Rodrigues. With special guests Future, Pusha T, M.I.A, Novelist, Leikeli47, Rustie and Tirzah, also continuing his visual collaboration with multi-medium artist, Jonathan Zawada.
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Bambara – Swarm LP+MP3 (Arrowhawk)
Brooklyn trio Bambara has been honing its noise/punk brutalism since forming in Athens, GA, in 2009.
Swarm, the band's second full length, pulls its approach into sharp focus, marrying the maniacal ravings of The Birthday Party and the ugliness of early Swans with the tangled cowpunk of The Gun Club and recently, Iceage, creating something wholly idiosyncratic, and ultimately more satisfying than most anything else in the current post-punk landscape. “...a lumbering Western noir...an ugly and alluring piece of noise.” – NPR
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Alex Barnett – Chew From The Mind LP (Midwich Productions)
Alex Barnett is a Chicago-based electronic musician known for his work with dark ambient group Oakeater and collaborative work with Faith Coloccia in Barnett & Coloccia on Blackest Ever Black, in addition to a handful of cassettes and collaborative projects. Barnett's personal blend of sound design and composition comes from many hours building, repairing and breaking electronics.
Chew From The Mind is a raw yet elegant synthesizer album that is surreal, beautiful and evocative of previous horror-score theme work, while expanding his sound toward more raw electronic influences.
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Battles – EP C/B [Reissue/2006] 2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Battles – Mirrored [Reissue/2007] 2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Battles – Gloss Drop [Reissue/2011] 2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Following the 2015 release of
La Di Da Di, Battles' first new LP in over four years, Warp announced that the band's full catalog would be back in print on vinyl. They kept their word.
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Beau – That Thing Reality LP (Kitsune)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Beau consists of New Yorkers Heather Boo and Emma Rose. Their debut,
That Thing Reality, is a blend of ‘70's folk Americana laced with the effortlessly cool sound of the West Coast.
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Blacklisters – Adult LP (MRI Associated)
“Blacklisters’ new album is a potent burst of noise rock that pulls in sounds from hardcore, post-hardcore, and sludge metal. Vocalist Billy Mason-Wood is typically abrasive for this style of music, which doesn’t make the band an easy listen for the layperson. But the rest of the band is tight and interesting enough that Adult starts to work as an album after a few listens, even if Mason-Wood is an acquired taste” – Pop Matters. CD version due May 13.
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James Brown and The Famous Flames – Roots Of Revolution 2xLP (Southern Routes)
This new set from Southern Routes presents a complete collection of the Godfather Of Soul's formative recording for Federal Records with The Famous Flames in late- ‘50s. This package features all of JB's early, explosive hits including “Please, Please, Please,” “Try Me,” “Think” and many more dynamic rhythm and blues gems. Expanded CD version due April 29.
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Brume – Friction LP (Rotorelief)
Friction contains a selection of tracks from the first two official Brume tapes,
Frikture (1985) and Le Jour du Cochon (1987), plus the previously unreleased track “Friktion.” A very experimental electro-ethnic-industrial-oriented period, marking the change from Brume's analog works to his electroacoustic hybrids using synthesizers and computers. Part of the Archives Des Musiques Industrielles De France.
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Canyon Spells - Now That We’re Gone LP (MRI Associated)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Surging guitars, soaring vocals, and songs about cell phones -- this is Canyon Spells, a six-piece alt rock band from Nashville, TN. Their debut
Now That We're Gone serves as a musical calling card and social statement alike, as singers Jimmie Linville and Michaela Thomas take on themes of love, loss, and technology.
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John Carpenter – Dark Star [OST/Reissue/1974] LP+7” (We Release Whatever The F**k We Want)
Comprehensive “alien red” vinyl reissue of John Carpenter’s very feature film soundtrack. CD version due April 15.
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Michael Cerveris – Piety LP (Low Heat)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. After years of high volume punk and alternative rock, Cerveris follows up his indie-rock guest star-studded 2004 Dog Eared solo debut with a return to his southern roots for this album of lushly orchestrated, melodic Americana.
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Chaos UK - Sh*t Man F**ker 7” (540)
Brand new four-song EP -- loud, political, and uncompromising.
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Com Truise – Silicon Tare 12”+MP3 (Ghostly Int’l)
Opening with a skating sheet of synthesizer before easing into a steady, walloping beat,
Silicon Tare moves Haley and the fictional Com Truise even deeper into the cosmos, discovering new lands along the way and offering a glimpse of where he may travel in the future. And if the characters at the center of his ongoing story may be in peril, Haley himself is in control. Tare also sets the stage for the final chapter in Seth Haley's Com Truise saga, which is the first official follow-up to Galactic Melt. It's not only the perfect prelude to that finale, but the perfect representation of Haley's palate of robotic synth funk.
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Loren Connors – The Red Painting 7”+MP3 (Family Vineyard)
The Red Painting is the first release of piano music by iconic avant guitarist Loren Connors. This piece combines Loren's deeply moving palette of melody with a masterful control of pace and drama that ends with a guitar coda twinkling in the darkness. It's wrenching as his glorious 'airs' or the distortion mangled screams of his blues. One-sided red vinyl 7” inside a silk screened sleeve.
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Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place – You’re Doomed. Be Nice. LP+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
You're Doomed. Be Nice. is Rob Crow's first album since his heavily publicized withdrawal from music -- specifically the toxic byproducts of the lifestyle of a touring professional musician attempting to survive in an industry of diminishing returns. Rather than perform, record, and mix every note himself -- a trademark of his previous solo endeavors -- Crow formed Gloomy Place, a band made up of close friends that includes another member of the beloved Heavy Vegetable. Recorded and mixed by Ben Moore (Hot Snakes), You're Doomed presents a fascinating dichotomy: dynamic, eclectic prog-pop backing alarmingly confessional, often acerbic lyrical themes.
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Miles Davis – Birth Of The Cool [Reissue/1956] LP (Rumble)
Eleven tracks recorded by Miles Davis's nonet in 1949 and 1950,
Birth Of The Cool may just be the most accurately titled album ever. The tracks just bleed hipness -- cool, smooth, and swinging -- and practically define the genre of “cool jazz.” Unparalleled recordings required for any fan of mid-century American jazz.
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Die Form – Die Form ÷ Fine Automatic 1 LP (Rotorelief)
Die Form – Die Form ÷ Fine Automatic 2 LP (Rotorelief)
French industrial group Die Form, led by Philippe Fichot, formed in the late- '70s and released
Die Form ÷ Fine Automatic in 1982, a split with Fichot's Fine Automatic project. The complete original album is released as two separate LPs as part of the Archives Des Musiques Industrielles De France.
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Dog Chocolate – Snack Fans LP (Upset The Rhythm)
Debut album by London band Dog Chocolate, a gleeful assemblage of post-punk, noise, and pop held together with Scotch tape and Blu-tac.
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Tashi Dorji and Shane Parish – Expecting LP (Mie)
New collaborative album from guitarists Tashi Dorji and Shane Parish. “The eight improvisations that make up
Expecting grow out of a dynamic of sharing -- one fellow shows up with a tuning and maybe a string preparation, the other works out a response, and out of that comes not only a piece of music but a renewal and confirmation of a relationship in which two humans share what they love…Nowadays writers are quick to lay the term experimental music on anything dissonant. But while one could say that this music actually earns that much-abused term because it comes out of a process of proposal and problem solving, an emotionally truer term would be experiential music.” -- Bill Meyer
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Durutti Column - Amigos Em Portugal [Reissue/1983] LP (Durutti)
Durutti Column – Live At The Venue London [Reissue/1983] LP+CD (Durutti)
HQ-180gm vinyl reissues.
Amigos Em Portugal was the pre-cursor to Without Mercy and it contains some beautiful little tunes and is highly under-rated and overlooked. Live At The Venue London was recorded April 6, 1982. This reissue includes a “reference compact disc” created from two different masters for vinyl and compact disc respectively.
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The Everly Brothers – The Everly Brothers [Reissue/1958] LP (Rumble)
Possibly the most iconic LP of their entire career, The Everly Brothers' 1958 self-titled album feature all-time quintessential jams like “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” and “I Wonder If I Care As Much.” Shockingly, as the legend goes, “Bye Bye Love” was rejected by more than 30 singers and groups before the Everlys agreed to record it, and the rest is history.
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Exhaustion/Wanders – II LP (Feeding Tube)
Second collaboration between Melbourne psych rock thugs Exhaustion and the Dutch-born tenor saxophonist Kris Wanders, a veteran of the early days of European free improvisation who performed widely with legendary figures like Peter Brötzmann, Peter Kowald, and Han Bennink and recorded some classic sides with Alexander von Schlippenbach, Fred van Hove and the obscure Dutch pianist/clarinetist Kees Hazevoet before moving to Australia in the late 1970s, where he has continued to perfect his brand of raw, soulful free jazz.
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Exodus – Temple Of The Damned [Reissue/2004] 2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
The sixth album by the thrash metal band is now available on limited double red/orange colored vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket.
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Foxtrott – Taller Us LP (One Little Indian)
Released last November on CD – now available on vinyl. Foxtrott is the sole musical domain of one Marie-Hélène Delorme -- a self-taught singer, songwriter, producer and beat-maker from French-speaking Montreal. Hailing from an extended musical family, Foxtrott’s musical palette draws inspiration from disparate points on a wide spectrum, some more surprising than others: From old Cumbia to gospel, from hip-hop to reggae and from early dancehall to singer/songwriters (“I stay away from ‘fusion’” she stresses, wisely) -- all have played a significant part in shaping her special musical DNA.
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Lefty Frizell – Time Out For The Blues LP (Southern Routes)
With his warm, drawling vocals and downhome charm, Texas country music innovator Lefty Frizzell was Hank Williams only serious rival in the early 1950s, when Lefty made history by dominating the Top Five with three concurrent hits in early 1950s. He exerted a profound influence on every subsequent generation of singers, from George Jones to Merle Haggard and George Strait. This new compilation captures the singer at his early peak and into his sensational early- ‘60s return to form, capturing Frizzell at his irresistible best. Expanded CD version due April 29.
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Grimes – Halfaxa [Reissue/2010] 2xLP (Arbutus)
Vinyl reissue of Grimes sophomore album – originally released by Lo on the format in 2011. “Lo Recordings have been loving the psychedelic sound of chillwave, glo-fi, drag etc. For them, no other act captured the fractal flow better than Canadian singer Claire Boucher aka Grimes. Amid the deluge of fine mind floss from the likes of Neon Indian, Hype Williams and Laurel Halo, Grimes sound is one of the most unique and delightful of all. Grimes audio universe where Kate Bush jams with Fleetwood Mac in a floatation tank while the spirit of Arthur Russell hovers overhead is simply stunning. One of the most distinctive sound worlds we’ve had the pleasure to inhabit for ooh…aeons.”
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Gunn-Truscinski Duo – Sand City / Ocean Parkway 2xLP+MP3 (Three Lobed)
This double-LP features both of the Gunn-Truscinski Duo's albums,
Sand City and Ocean Parkway, housed together within an old style Stoughton gatefold cover bearing Anjali Bhojani's photography on the outside a new essay by Matt Krefting on the inside. Each of the albums were pressed on two slabs of 140 gram Dutch vinyl by Record Industry.
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HÆLOS – Full Circle LP+MP3 (Matador)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Every generation has their own version of the blues, music that captures a sense of melancholia and provides a sonic reflecting pool for young lovers, old souls, and the eternally heartbroken. For their darkly shaded and radiant debut album
Full Circle, HÆLOS have found their blues where others go to find pure, uncut joy: the dancefloor. The London trio’s version of a night out is a million miles away from mirror balls and sweaty bodies, their rippling electronic pop conjuring the exhilarating privacy of a cavernous club’s dark pockets and the introspective comedowns that accompany rainy 5 A.M. cab rides. Throughout the album, HÆLOS reconstruct the firmament of dance sounds past and present to construct an exquisitely elegiac mood that retains a sense of presence as it conveys the pain of emotional distance.
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Mary Halvorson – Meltframe 2xLP (Firehouse 12)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl. Mary Halvorson’s
Meltframe is the product of three years of gestation and refinement. Initially conceived as a solo guitar album made up of jazz standards, the final document is comprised of modern compositions long admired by Mary, the oldest being Duke Ellington’s Solitude. The remainder of the pieces date from the early 1960s, through to Tomas Fujiwara’s contemporary When. In a twist befitting a player with such an original voice, the compositions Mary chose to interpret are not exclusively from composers who have informed her playing and music from the beginning (such as Roscoe Mitchell, Ornette Coleman, and Oliver Nelson), but also by contemporaries: Chris Lightcap, Noël Akchoté, and Fujiwara. Viewed as the personal and often revealing statement that solo documents often are, Meltframe traces Mary s path from the beginning to the present.
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Helios – Yume LP (Unseen Music)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl.
Yume takes it's title from the Japanese word for dream and delivers an otherworldly ambient-electronic hybrid that's cinematic in scope yet intimate in emotion. In making the album, composer and multi-instrumentalist Keith Kenniff (the sole artist behind Helios) has created a warm sonic tapestry from luminous guitar lines, elegant piano work, ingeniously-crafted rhythms, and lo-fi electronic elements.
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Hide – Flesh For The Living 12” (Midwich)
Hide creates aggressive and sparse haunting music that empowers as it punishes. Hide’s name and visual aesthetic also reflects their ideology of personal autonomy as performers/humans in a world of moral judgment and surveillance. Showcasing top-notch production values and a seamless visual aesthetic, their immersive sound draws the listener into a trance state with dense, throbbing dirges.
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Buddy Holly – Buddy Holly [Reissue/1958] LP (Rumble)
This 1958 LP is Buddy Holly's debut solo album and his second LP overall. Though billed as a solo record, it features the same backing group as his first LP, The Crickets, one of the most legendary rock and roll combos of all time. It was only one year after the LP's February 1958 release that Buddy Holly died in that infamous plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. That info still takes a while to set in -- one of the most famous and enduring icons of rock spent only a few years on the public's radar before passing.
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Janet Jackson – Unbreakable 2xLP (Rhythm Nation/BMG Rights Management)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. Jackson’s first new album since 2008's
Discipline features the singles “No Sleeep” (feat. J. Cole) and “The Great Forever,” as well as the Missy Elliott collaboration “Burnitup!” The overall themes of Unbreakable include Janet’s views on where we stand today as individuals and as the inter-related elements of a planet. Some of these relate to her convictions passionately expressed in Rhythm Nation 1814, including the need to bring things out in the open and to have a dialogue. The album also marks the first time Janet Jackson has opened up about her brother Michael and with reflections concerning her youth.
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James – Girl At The End Of The World 2xLP (BMG Recorded Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “There are plenty of bands doing the rounds at the moment that began their career several decades ago. The nostalgia trip is a profitable one for some. There are fewer of those bands who are still making new music, and even less that are making music that is fresh and enjoyable. It’s easy to trade on past glories and regurgitate a sound that can be sold easily. James has always been the outsiders when it comes to that commercial aspect. Despite the hit singles and ferociously supportive fan base, they never quite get the respect they deserve. To prove their worth far above a legacy band, James [has just released] their fourteen studio album. While 2014’s
La Petite Mort featured a smorgasbord of styles and a common theme through many of the songs, Girl at the End of the World steps up a gear and unleashes a powerhouse of keyboards and dance-fuelled beats that will take many by surprise.” – Louder Than War
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Gavin James – Bitter Pill LP (Capitol)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Debut album from the Irish singer/songwriter. “Up until the start of last year there was chatter from the dogs on the streets that Dublin singer/songwriter Gavin James had left it too late to capitalize on his grassroots following – where, oh where was his debut album? James is mates with Ed (Sheeran), has supported Sam (Smith) in the US, and followed up sold-out shows at Whelan’s with dates in January at the Olympia Theatre. And there is proof on
Bitter Pill that James has enough emotionally depth-charged tunes in his back pocket to take him from here to the top of the charts and back again.” – The Irish Times
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Japanese Breakfast – Psychopomp LP+MP3 (Yellow K)
After a pair of bedroom pop cassettes, Japanese Breakfast (Michelle Zauner) returns with their first vinyl release,
Psychopomp. The album explores Zauner's experimental interests and hosts a wide range of sound: jarring anime samples, minimalist ballads, rhythms and synths reminiscent of Tango In The Night-era Fleetwood Mac paired with the moody intimacy of Mount Eerie. Clear vinyl.
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John Johnson And Friends - Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies For The Film Curious George [OST/2006] LP (Republic)
Limited first-time vinyl LP pressing of this soundtrack to the 2006 animated film. Jack Johnson is the voice of Curious George (through his music). The songs are prominently featured within the film and are an integral part of the story. This soundtrack features nine new (at the time, obvz) Jack songs, including three duets with Ben Harper, G. Love and Matt Costa. Also includes a cover of The White Stripes “We Are Going To Be Friends” which Jack has performed live on tour.
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George Jones – When My Heart Hurts No More LP (Southern Routes)
This new collection from Southern Routes celebrates honky-tonk visionary George Jones at his very best. Drawn from his extraordinary UA-Mercury years (1954-1963), when Jones was at his creative peak, this is an essential for every true country music fan. From his classic duets with Melba Montgomery, to timeless original Jones compositions “Window Up Above” and “Tender Years” to haunting ballads like “Everything Ain’t Right,” this set leaves no doubt that Jones was the King Of Country Music. Expanded CD edition due April 29.
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The Kill Devil Hills – Heathen Songs [Reissue/2004] LP (Bang!)
The Kill Devil Hills are an Australian band from Perth, which, along with The Drones, formed from the ashes of Gutterville Splendour Six. This band has earned a well-deserved reputation with three absolutely magnificent albums and purely intense concerts.
Heathen Songs is their long-unavailable 2004 debut album. One of Bang! Records' all-time favorites from its back catalog, this record is a total must for fans of The Beasts of Bourbon, Johnny Cash, The Drones, and Neil Young.
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Tim Kinsella – Firecracker In A Box Of Mirrors LP (Joyful Noise)
The Chicago native, Tim Kinsella (Cap’n Jazz, Owls, Make Believe, and Joan Of Arc), has cemented his place as one of the more groundbreaking, and unapologetically honest artists in the indie scene. Kinsella, known for his eccentric vocals, takes the listener on a gripping musical voyage while intricately weaving melodic hopefulness with lyrical heartbreak, and life experience.
Firecracker In A Box Of Mirrors is a plethora of emotions involved with the human experience, the heart, and the guitar. Conceived while Kinsella was on a solo tour opening up for Pinback, Firecracker... is kind-of the inverse of “Joan Of Arc’s Greatest Hits”. While the latter reimagines classic JOA songs with full, robust instrumentation, “Firecracker...” has stripped away all the dense layers of these songs - leaving only a single guitar and voice. The basic, stripped-down instrumentation really allows these songs to shine in ways they never have. Orange vinyl.
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Le Syndicat – Audiostatik Repress [Reissue/1983] LP (Rotorelief)
A certified head-cleaner of brutalist/bruitist/rhythmist/industrial noise. Le Syndicat's sound evolved through a process mingling tape loops, overblown drum machine programming, shortwave radio experiments, short-circuited consumer electronics, and eventually rudimentary sampler technology.
Audiostatik Repress is a visionary early- ‘80s vision of what was to come in the next decade. Part of the Archives Des Musiques Industrielles De France.
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Little Howlin' Wolf – The Guardian [Reissue/1982] LP (Family Vineyard)
Little Howlin' Wolf is a street musician, bluesman, actor, storyteller and truth seeker. He is also a true outsider, whose wrenching soulfulness and fire-brained intensity have been captured in a breadcrumb trail of confounding and intentionally obscure self-released records. In the late 1960s Wolf -- born James Pobiega in 1950 -- was already a saxophone wailing fixture at the legendary Chicago hangout, Maxwell Street Market. By the mid- ‘80s he released nearly three dozen 45s. Those singles are sprawling journeys into Wolf's world vision, as told through his gravelly voice and an array of instruments in styles and influences not limited to: American Indian, Polish and gypsy folk musics, Voodoo, vocal chants, blues, calypso and avant jazz.
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Justin Moore – Justin Moore [2006] LP (Valory)
First time vinyl edition of the country singer/songwriter’s debut album.
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Needtobreathe – Daylight [2006] LP (Atlantic)
Needtobreathe – The Heat [2006] 2xLP (Atlantic)
The first two albums by the Christian rock band are now available on vinyl for the first time.
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Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor LP+MP3 (Decaydance)
Released in January on CD – now available on vinyl. Produced by Jake Sinclair (Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy),
Death Of A Bachelor marks the first release from Panic! At the Disco in nearly two years, following 2013's acclaimed Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! The album's title track, “Death Of A Bachelor,” has been described as, “It's like some Beyoncé beats with some Sinatra vocals. It's really crazy... [Sinatra's] music has been a major player in the soundtrack of my life. So it's only right that I return the favor and/or pay it forward.”
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Paul Revere & The Raiders ‎– Just Like Us! [Reissue/1966] LP (Friday Music)
Paul Revere & The Raiders ‎– Midnight Ride [Reissue/1966] LP (Friday Music)
HQ-180gm audiophile white and translucent blue, respectively, vinyl reissues in gatefold sleeves.
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Burnell Pines – Till The Day I Die LP (The Royal Potato Family)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Catskill Mountains’ most notable contemporary bard, Burnell Pines, returns with his latest album,
Till The Day I Die -- a valentine to life in the land where The Band, Van Morrison, and Bob Dylan made legendary music. Burnell taps directly into that tradition with co-producer/drummer Justin Guip, Levon Helm’s three-time Grammy Award-winning producer and right hand man. He’s joined on the recording by keyboardist Marco Benevento, Rachael Yamagata and drummers Joe Magistro (The Black Crowes) and Robert Burke (Toshi Reagon).
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Elvis Presley – For LP Fans Only [Reissue/1959] LP (Friday Music)
Elvis Presley – From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee [Reissue/1976] LP (Friday Music)
Limited HQ-180gm audiophile translucent gold vinyl LP reissues in gatefold jackets.
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Puff Pieces – Bland In D.C. LP (Lovitt)
Puff Pieces intends to cast itself as mere modern shrimps perched upon the shoulders of their gigantic (and benevolent) punk forebears. Their debut,
Bland In D.C., has been pressed on translucent yellow-color vinyl.
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Ramayana Soul – Sabdatanmantra LP (Guruguru Brain)
Jakarta, Indonesia's Ramayana Soul create new musical colors by blending the sound of the East with the psychedelia & soul rock of the '60s, and
Sabdatanmantra is more than just a newfound romance of psychedelia—vocals broken by rhythmic shouts echoing their punk influence, tempo changes, chanting vocals dissolving into sitar and/or guitar freak-outs, this is a synthesis of new global sounds.
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Rascal Flatts – Rewind [2014] 2xLP (Big Machine)
Deluxe double-vinyl edition of Rascal Flatts’ latest album.
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The Replacements – The Sire Years 4xLP (Rhino/WB)
Limited four vinyl LP box set containing The Replacements four albums recorded for Sire Records:
Tim (1985), Pleased To Meet Me (1987), Don’t Tell A Soul (1989), and All Shook Down (1990).
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Ripper - Experiment Of Existence LP (Dark Decent)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Pure, uncompromising, ass-kicking death/thrash from Chile -- on the same level as Sepultura's
Beneath The Remains, Kreator's Pleasure To Kill, or Demolition Hammer's Epidemic Of Violence.
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Rico Rodriguez – Tribute To Don Drummond [Reissue/1969] 10” (Striker Lee)
Reissue of
Tribute To Don Drummond by internationally renowned trombonist Emmanuel “Rico” Rodriguez (1934-2015). All rhythms by the Bunny Lee All Stars, with Rodriguez's trombone overdubs and vocal interjections by Gene Rondo (aka Winston Laro). Rodriguez had the opportunity to blow over contemporary Jamaican rhythms from legendary producer Bunny “Striker” Lee, and he and Lee dedicated the album to Drummond after learning of the legendary trombonist and composer's death in 1969.
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Kim Salmon – My Script 2xLP (Bang)
Fresh solo album from The Scientists mainman -- 20 new tunes of minimalist garage punk meets revved up glam rock with pristine pop hooks.
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Dan Sartain – Century Plaza LP (One Little Indian)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. While Suicide and Alan Vega have long been acknowledged influences,
Century Plaza finds Sartain trolling the British synth-pop wave of ’80-’84 – particularly Depeche Mode – for inspiration.
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Sex Museum – Fuzz Face [Reissue/1987] LP+CD (Munster)
Sex Museum – Independence [Reissue/1989] LP+CD (Munster)
“Sex Museum formed in Madrid in 1985, with the desire to be the musical version of
The Warriors, in the style of a street gang out of the mod scene. We were heavily musically influenced by '60s American garage, English music from the '60s and early '80s garage revival… we shared everything, experiences, tastes, friends, drugs and the desire to grow with the music and open up a new hole in the world as commandos of garage rock.”
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Soundtrack – Amy [OST] 2xLP (Republic)
Double HQ-180gm vinyl LP pressing in gatefold sleeve of the acclaimed 2015 documentary about the tragic rise and fall of British pop star Amy Winehouse.
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Various Artists – Soundtrack To HBO’s Vinyl 2xLP+CD (Atlantic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Volume 1 of the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese's
Vinyl (which debuted on HBO February 12th) is stuffed with soul, blues and rock ‘n’ roll, with tracks by Otis Redding, The Meters, Edgar Winter, Foghat, Ruth Brown, and more. It also features original music by the critically-acclaimed country singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson (who provides the show's theme song “Sugar Daddy”) and The Nasty Bits, a group fronted by Mick Jagger's son James Jagger, who also appears on the show. Meanwhile, David Johansen has re-recorded some jams by New York Dolls.
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Leon Stackpole – Leon 7” (Smart Guy)
Four little gestures by the Ooga Booga frontman and bon vivant. The sound of Lou Reed swapping stories with The Silver Jews in a Manhattan Bar.
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Mavis Staples – Livin’ On A High Note LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The soul and gospel music legend takes on a set of 12 original songs written exclusively for her by a group of fine songwriters, including: M .Ward, Ben Harper, Valerie June, Neko Case, tUnE-yArDs, Nick Cave, John Baptiste, Justin Vernon, Aloe Blacc, and more.
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Sufjan Stevens – Illinois [Reissue/2005] 2xLP+12” (Asthmatic Kitty)
This 10th anniversary edition of
Illinois replaces balloons (which themselves replaced Superman in 2005) with rising comic book Chicago-born superhero Blue Marvel. This special color edition (“antimatter blue” and “cape white”) is expanded with a red, star-shaped 12” featuring a demo of “Chicago.”
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Thy Art Is Murder – Hate [Reissue/2012] LP (Nuclear Blast)
Limited picture disc vinyl LP pressing of the second studio album by the Australian deathcore band.
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Tryptikon – Eparistera Daimones [2010] 2xLP (Century Media)
Vinyl reissue of the debut album by Triptykon, the group founded by former Hellhammer/Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Warrior.
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Umphries McGee – Safety In Numbers [Reissue/2006] 2xLP (Nothing Too Fancy)
Limited vinyl LP reissue containing four never before released Storm Thorgerson album art sketches. Safety In Numbers is Umphrey's McGee's fourth studio album. Huey Lewis and Joshua Redman both make appearances. The album contains many slower, acoustic songs and a simpler, stripped down approach with little jamming or progressive rock elements.
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Unified Highway – Unified Highway LP (Audible Collision/Strange Focus)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Rebelution vocalist/guitarist Eric Rachmany and renowned producer, DJ, and remixer Amp Live (formerly of Zion I) may possess different backgrounds, but they both travel the same creative road. Now, their paths—along with a myriad of musical genres riding shotgun—intersect in Unified Highway. The duo’s self-titled debut explores this intersection via a fascinating fusion of reggae, electronic, hip-hop, alternative, and soul siphoned into unforgettable songs.
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra / SILICON – Phone 7” (Jagjaguwar)
Brothers Ruban and Kody Nielson have been playing, recording and collaborating on music for decades. From the influences of their jazz musician father and dancer mother, Ruban and Kody have gone on to play in New Zealand's The Mint Chicks, and at its end in 2010, moved on to separate projects. Ruban formed Unknown Mortal Orchestra out of Portland, while Kody collaborated with various artists and musicians before his own solo project, SILICON, took shape. At the end of 2015, as UMO's
Multi-Love and SILICON's Personal Computer made the rounds, garnering critical acclaim, Ruban and Kody (who played keyboards and drums on UMO's Multi-Love) took some time to rework tracks from each of their records. The theme of phones led to Kody working on UMO's “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone,” changing it from a bouncy, sprite disco track to a sparser song filled with space, treated vocals and isolated drum breaks. Ruban's rework of SILICON's “Cellphone” is turned moody and dark, with a skittering beat and additional vocals.
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Veruca Salt – Ghost Notes 2xLP+MP3 (El Camino Media, LLC)
Released last summer on CD – now available on limited color vinyl.
Ghost Notes is the first new album from Veruca Salt featuring all original members since 1997's certified gold album, Eight Arms To Hold You. Formed in Chicago, IL in 1993, Veruca Salt took the indie-rock world by storm with their first single “Seether” from their debut album, American Thighs. For their first record in almost two decades Ghost Notes, the band enlisted producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins/Sunny Day Real Estate/Liz Phair) who also produced their debut release.
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Kevin Verwijmeren – Those Glorious Heights LP (Vynilla Vinyl/Icarus)
At the time of this release, Kevin Verwijmeren is a 23-year old science student, living in Delft, Holland. Since 2013, he has used musical patterns and melodies to create contemplative landscapes of sound. Inspired by the sound and emotion of Loscil, Tim Hecker, and Pan American, Verwijmeren constructs a musical cocoon in which to imagine a vision of a different world. Through his dark but beautiful soundscapes, he tries to break daily routine and accept the dark side of life. Those Glorious Heights was mastered by Stephan Mathieu at Schwebung Mastering and features artwork by Jan van der Kleijn. (Limited copies pressed in green marbled color vinyl.)
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Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps - Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps [Reissue/1957] LP (Rumble)
The second LP from Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps, a self-titled affair, was recorded in October 1956, a mere four months after their debut, and released in 1957. Again featuring the searing guitar work of Cliff Gallup, this album captures Gene Vincent at his most mature and confident. The band was capable of running circles around basically all white rock and roll groups around at the time and this LP showcases their depth and breadth fantastically.
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Vivenza – Fondements Bruitistes d'Action 1 [Reissue/1984] LP (Rotorelief)
Vivenza – Fondements Bruitistes d'Action 2 [Reissue/1984] LP (Rotorelief)
Fondements Bruitistes d'Action (Bruitist Foundations of Action), originally released in October 1984, opens the period in Vivenza's work on bruitist sound when he started to incorporate the question of the relationship between the technological and mechanical industrial fabric, on the one hand -- which makes up the reality of the modern world -- and the human and social environment on the other. This is the first-ever release of the entire 1984 Fondements Bruitistes session.
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Hank Williams – Ramblin’ Man [Reissue/1955] LP (Rumble)
Originally released posthumously in 1955 (two years after Hank Williams's death in 1953),
Ramblin' Man is a wicked collection of some of the finest recordings by Hank Williams with His Drifting Cowboys, full of powerful, overwhelming weepers. It's hard to imagine a more recognizable voice in all of country music.
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John Williams – The Star Wars Trilogy [Reissue/1983] LP (Varèse Sarabande)
First released in 1983, this compilation of music from the original three
Star Wars films is one of the best-selling albums ever released by film music label Varèse Sarabande.
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Witchcraft – Legend [Reissue/2012] 2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Limited double brown/gold colored vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket of the fourth album from the Swedish doom metal band.
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Chelsea Wolfe – Hypnos b/w Flame 7” (Sargent House)
New 7” single comprised of
Abyss B-sides. “‘Hypnos’ swirls in the same gloomy pools as Abyss, with weighty guitar plucks that continue its gothic strains. Blurring the divide between metal and neo-folk with gentle yet foreboding arrangements, the track finds Wolfe clawing up from a very dark place. ‘Oh, honey I put up a fight with death,’ she sings.” – Consequence Of Sound
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The World – Managerial Material 7” (Upset The Rhythm)
Oakland, CA’s The World offer the only glimmers of hope in a city rapidly transforming into a wasteland of artisanal toast. Their debut 7” is all double sax attack, dub guitar tremolo, and spare and sturdy drums, anchored by the gravitational pull of Amber's propulsive bass. The World's a post-punk band, sure, but they're also a dance group and a wild and revolutionary art collective. RIYL: Delta 5 and Essential Logic. Neon yellow vinyl.
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La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela - Dream House 78'17 [Reissue/1973] LP (Aguirre)
This classic minimal music album is now available again on vinyl for the first time since the '70s. This LP, initially issued on the French Shandar label in 1973, is a crucial document, preserving two manifestations of Young's pioneering creative imagination. The first side contains a performance by the Theatre of Eternal Music in which the voices of Young and his partner Marian Zazeela are combined with the trombone of Garrett List and the trumpet of Jon Hassell. Although the immediate impression created by the music is that it changes little, close listening reveals intricate activity in the high harmonics where unexpected patterns and phantom melodies skitter across the surface of the music's enveloping drone.
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Zeitkratzer/Keiji Haino - Stockhausen: Aus Den Sieben Tagen LP (Zeitkratzer)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The third collaboration between Keiji Haino, one of the most prolific artists of the Japanese experimental/noise scene, and the critically acclaimed Zeitkratzer ensemble, comprising stunning interpretations of Stockhausen compositions.