CDs + Vinyl:
Absolutely Free – Absolutely Free CD/LP (Lefse)
Absolutely Free is a trio based in Toronto. The group formulates musical experiments based on instrumentation, compositional structure and other formal qualities ubiquitous to popular rock music. Following years of touring and releasing albums with defunct art punk band DD/MM/YYYY, the members of Absolutely Free set out to create a more hypnotic, patient music that integrates analog electronics, African polyrhythms, psychedelia, Bollywood and Krautrock.
Acacia – Coma Witch 2xCD/LP (Rise)
The Acacia Strain are pioneers of the deathcore genre, and for the past 13 years they have been a staple in the metalcore community.
The Aislers Set – How I Learned to Write Backwards [Reissue/2002] CD/LP+MP3 (Slumberland/Suicide Squeeze)
The Aislers Set occupy an enviable place in the pop pantheon. Brimming with drunken romanticism, sharp pop sensibilities, and timeless melodies, The Aislers Set reveled in the history of great pop, spiking their classicist ‘60s-tinged tunes with post-punk energy and originality of bands like the Fire Engines and The June Brides. Every song is a meticulously constructed sound world, where the arrangement and instrumentation sublimely and uncannily bring each tune to completeness. Unfortunately they stopped playing and recording together by 2004 due to life commitments. (Vinyl version pressed on HQ-180gm green wax.)
Edip Akbayram & Dostlar – Nedir Ne Degildir [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (Pharaway Sounds)
As Turkey’s political factions turned more and more violent in the late 1970s, Buscemi-eyed Edip Akbayram was nearly beaten up by rioting audiences for daring to sing about rural points of view that were naturally critical of Istanbul’s political leaders. This second album of Anatolian psychedelia, originally released in 1977, showed defiance even in its gatefold art, with a drawing of the band members seeming to grow straight out the ground, covered in plant tendrils. Akbayram poached members of Mogollar and Bariş Manço’s Kurtalan Ekspres to get the best fuzz breaks and hammond slams and put ‘em straight in your ears. Vinyl comes with exact reproduction of the original gatefold pop-up sleeve.
Tony Allen – Film Of Life CD (Jazz Village)
For his tenth album, Tony Allen, the co-creator of Afrobeat, has pulled out all the stops. At his side are French producers The Jazzbastards and fellow world-class musicians including Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, The Good The Bad & The Queen, Blur). With Film Of Life, Allen has produced an album that has the ring of a true self-portrait, offering an overview of his rich and exemplary career that brings together bebop, Afrobeat jazz and psychedelic pop. Vinyl version due October 27.
The Apartments – The Evening Visits… And Stays For Years CD/2xLP+MP3 (Captured Tracks)
Upon release earlier this year overseas, The Evening Visits received strong praise and drew comparisons to a wide range of acts such as Cocteau Twins, Nick Drake and Bob Dylan. This expanded domestic edition includes several bonus tracks and a collection of demos.
CDs + Vinyl:
Abbhama – Alam Raya  CD/LP (Strawberry Rain)
Abbhama’s lone symphonic progressive effort has been highly regarded within South East Asia for years but is just starting to open ears elsewhere. Named one of the top 100 albums of all time by Rolling Stone Indonesia, Alam Raya was recorded in 1978 and has only been available on cassette until now. For fans of Genesis, Yes, Guruh Gypsy, ELP and Triumvirat.
Affiance – Blackout CD (Bullet Tooth)
Sophomore album from the Cleveland-based metal band produced by Carson Slovak (August Burns Red, Texas In July, Sirens & Sailors).
Olli Ahvenlahti – The Poet [Reissue/1976] CD/LP (Mr. Bong)
Digitally remastered edition of this 1976 album from the Finnish pianist, composer and conductor. Olli Ahvenlahti has been one of Finland’s leading jazz artists since the ’70s. The groove of his ’70s dancefloor jazz made an impact on the Finnish jazz scene, and album track “Grandma’s Rocking Chair” is viewed as a highlight of that era.
Jason Aldean – Old Boots New Dirt CD (Broken Bow)
New album from the two-time ACM Male Vocalist Of The Year. Includes the single ”Burnin It Down.”
Alive Like Me – Only Forever CD (Rise)
Debut album from Oregon-based alternative rock/post-hardcore band.
Alunah – Awakening The Forest CD (Napalm)
Third album from the English doom band.
Arctic Monkeys – Who The F**k Are Arctic Monkeys? [Reissue/2006] CD (Domino)
Who The F**k Are Arctic Monkeys? is a five-track EP originally recorded in 2006 and released four months after their breakout debut full length Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. It has only been available as an import since release, but it is now finally being released in the US.
Audrey Horne – Pure Heavy CD/2xLP+7” (Napalm)
Audrey Horne includes members of Enslaved, Gorgoroth and Sahg. Recommended for fans of Audioslave, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, and Foo Fighters. Limited digipak includes two bonus tracks. Vinyl edition features gatefold design and a 7” single.
A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Atmos CD/2xLP (Kranky)
A Winged Victory For The Sullen’s second full-length album sees the duo introduce flurries of electronics, harp and modular synthesizers to their sound in the follow up to the 2011 self-titled album. Composed for Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance Company (UK), which provided them with the inspiration to expand their sound palette into more electronic territory, whilst keeping their signature chamber sound, resulting in a very unique release. “An immersive, & inevitably cinematic, ambient gem.” — Mojo