CDs + Vinyl:

Alborosie – Sound The System Showcase CD (VP Records)

Alborosie is an accomplished composer, performer, producer and dubmaster. This album features 10 extended dub workouts on tracks from his 2013 album Sound The System. The album is a bridge between the 2013 album and a 2015 dub project with Alborosie and legendary producer King Jammy titled Dub Of Thrones. 

Alphaville – So8os Presents Alphaville (Curated By Blank & Jones) 2xCD (Soulfood)

Alphaville, one of the most famous and successful German bands ever, are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. For the first time ever So8os Presents Alphaville brings together all original 12” mixes from the ‘80s plus B-Sides. 

Aphex Twin – Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments, Pt. 2 CDEP/12” (Warp)

New and unheard material from Richard D. James as Aphex Twin following his first new album in 13 years, Syro. Total runtime of over 28 minutes. Artwork by The Designers Republic

BC Camplight – How To Die In The North CD/LP (Bella Union)

New album from maverick songwriter BC Camplight (the alter-ego of Brian Christinzio). From dramatic, layered pop to a haunted take on ‘60s sunshine-pop, from blue-eyed soul to speedy surf-pop, from sparser piano balladry to psychedelic showstoppers and a grand finale that’s part Nilsson and part Broadway showtune, How To Die In The North is a stylistically diverse trip.

Belle & Sebastian – Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance CD/2xCD/2xLP/4xLP+MP3 (Matador)

Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance is the long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s Write About Love. Produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, and Raury, among others, the band — who have been listening vintage Detroit techno and Giorgio Moroder — have brought a dance party element into their gorgeous tales of sensitive souls navigating a world gone awry. (Vinyl edition is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe features four extra songs plus extended mixes of two album tracks and a poster. Packaged in an outer box with four individual LPs with unique album art. Includes a download card for all of the tracks.)

Betty Ford Boys – Retox CD/LP (Melting Pot Music)

The second album by the Austro-German producer super group consisting of Suff Daddy, Dexter and Brenk Sinatra. Their brand of instrumental hip-hop pairs low-tuned and bass-heavy stoner beats with moog-driven 808 workouts.

Billy Talent – Hits CD (The End)

Since the release of their self-titled debut in 2003, Billy Talent has cemented themselves as a generation-defining rock band.

Ryan Bingham – Fear And Saturday Night CD/LP (Axter Bingham)

Recorded mostly live with a brand new backing band, Fear And Saturday Night shows Bingham facing down his past with a poetic grace throughout. The lead single “Radio” is about coping with a darkness that does not want to let go, searching for a safe place to make sense of your life and the strength to stay on the right track through it all. Some of the most affecting moments on the album are in the harmonica-driven, wistful waltz “Broken Heart Tattoos,” a song written to an unborn child, and in the title track, “Fear And Saturday Night.”

Norman Blake – Wood, Wire & Words CD (Western Jubilee)

With a career that started in the mid-‘50s and continues to this day, Norman Blake continues to astound with his country-folk-bluegrass guitar technique that transcends genre, technological changes and the whims of pop culture.

Anthony Braxton – Trio And Duet CD (Delmark)

This 1974 session features Leo Smith (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Richard Teitelbaum (Moog synthesizer) on the one trio piece on the album. The remainder of the program is composed of duets with bassist Dave Holland playing jazz standards including two previously unissued songs, “I Remember You” and “On Green Dolphin Street.”

Andy Brown – Soloist CD (Delmark)

Praised by Just Jazz magazine as a “world-class guitarist who is more than capable of giving a clinic on solo guitar performance,” this recording captures Andy’s nuanced playing on a beautiful array of standard songs, bossa novas, and jazz tunes.

Jim Ed Brown – In Style Again CD (Plowboy)

The country singer returns with his first solo recording in three decades with the release of his debut project for Plowboy Records.

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Béatrice Alunni/Marc Peillon – Dance With Me CD (ITI)
Dance With Me is a musical book of poems composed and interpreted by Béatrice Alunni

(piano) and Marc Peillon (double bass) who both reside on the Côte d’Azur in France.

American Heritage – Prolapse CD/LP (Solar Flare)

Fourth LP from the tech metal/hardcore band.

Arthur – Dreams And Images [Reissue/1968] CD/LP (Light In The Attic)

Released on Lee Hazlewood’s LHI label, the haunted Dreams And Images is the first of two albums from the Melbourne, Florida-born singer/songwriter. Though his lonely, intimate music, shy demeanor, and stutter might not have suggested a man of great ambition, Arthur moved to Hollywood chasing the music industry dream.

Robin Bacior – Water Dreams CD (Good Mountain)

New album from the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter. Water dreams are common and full of multi-faceted meaning, but in general they signify emotional change. This album is about ideas and paths not working out, and how humbling that can be to process. The instrumentation is meant to reflect various bodies of water, and the feeling of wading through your own life’s current.

Black Knives – Thirteenth Hour CD (Innerstrength)

This hardcore quintet mixes massive mosh parts and heavy riffs for fans of bands like Terror, Hatebreed, Stick To Your Guns and Walls Of Jericho.

California X – Nights In The Dark CD/LP+MP3 (Don Giovanni)

After last years impressive grunge influenced debut, California X return with grubby 1980s thrash and alt-rock reworked with catchier melodies and dense guitar layers. Head-nodding teen angst is great, but by blending a diverse range of influences from small scenes they create something original enough to stand outside all those references.

C’mon Tigre – C’mon Tigre CD/2xLP (Africantape)

Having collaborated with artist G. Toccafando on a vibrant football-themed animated video, C’mon Tigre drop their debut album. The duo specializes in a sinewy lo-fi funk pop with slightly Sun City Girls-ish Eastern-inflected guitar and soulfully mumbled vocals, gritty drum machines and a whole raft of international collaborators.

The Crown – Death Is Not Dead CD (Century Media)

Reactivated Swedish death/thrash metallers The Crown celebrate their 25th anniversary with a new studio album.

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CDs + Vinyl:

Maurizio Bianchi - Untitled 1980/Untitled 2013 CD (Important)

CD reissue of cassette-only Untitled 1980 by Italian pioneer of noise and industrial music, paired with a 2013 re-working of the original material into four entirely new compositions.

Blackguard – Storm CD (Victory)

New album from the Canadian death metal band.

Catfish And The Bottlemen – The Balcony CD/LP (Communion)

“If it’s a nostalgia trip to 2004 you’re after, then look no further than this Llandudno rock group’s debut. What The Balcony lacks in subtlety (‘Craving your calls like a soldier’s wife’) and elegance (‘your friends can f##king do one’), it makes up for in confidence. Well produced, its burly riffs and youthful energy recall the turbocharged feeling of a fresher’s week club night. That may not suggest the most cultured sound, but it is far from lifeless. Unlike the Kaisers and Courteeners’s success with their indie rock 2.0, there’s something more stubbornly retrospective about this album.” – The Guardian 

Cybotron – Cybotron [Reissue/1976] CD/LP (Dual Planet)

Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. Digitally remastered edition of the 1976 debut album from the legendary Australian electronic duo. Cybotron was the synthesis of progressive rock and electronic music experimentation. Conceived by pioneers of the Australian electronic underground, Steve Maxwell Von Braund and keyboardist Geoff Green, together they produced a series of mind-altering cosmic albums throughout the 1970s which set the tone for the minimal wave and electronic post punk scene of early 1980s Melbourne. Part Tangerine Dream, part Ash Ra Tempel, Cybotron channeled the spirit of Krautrock to create their own unique brand of throbbing komische electronica rivaling the futuristic vision of their German counterparts.

Redd Foxx – You Gotta Wash Your Ass [Reissue/1976] CD (Real Gone Music)

Digitally remastered reissue of this 1976 album from the comedian/actor. Ne’er a truer word was spoken. And, lest someone be offended by the title of this album, let’s just remember that this is Redd Foxx, the guy who practically invented off-color humor.

Dylan Gardner – Adventures In Real Time CD/LP (WB)

“Simply put, this is one hell of an accomplished debut. If Gardner’s occasionally guilty of wearing his influences a little too enthusiastically on his sleeve (the record’s first lines are ‘I’ll be John and you be Yoko’) and there’s a puppyish eagerness to the aggressively layered production, the overall effect is more ingratiating than irritating. Gardner’s energy is infectious, and no matter how hard these arrangements push the line between clever and cluttered, they never let you forget that there are honest-to-God songs keeping things anchored under all the oohs, aahs, and handclaps. You can tell they were built from the ground up rather than bloated out as a misguided means to an end.” — Popdose

Go Dark – Bitchsword CD (Abandoned Building)

Bitchsword, is the debut EP from Oakland duo Go Dark (Doseone and Ash). Go Dark met on the streets of Oakland one eve when they stopped to watch the same street fight. Amidst the pushes and shoves, sticks and jabs the two made eye contact and noticed the other one smiling back at them. A moment of telepathy occurred in which they said let’s make some music. They’ve been thrashing buttons and cutting analog kick-drum-centric electronic music ever since.

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