CDs + Vinyl:

Able Tasmans – A Cuppa Tea & A Lye Down [Reissue/1986] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Flying Nun)
Reissue of 1986 debut (vinyl version features a bonus 12″ containing Able Tasmans’ first EP The Tired Sun (1985) and three bonus tracks). Able Tasmans’ songwriting and arrangement crossed lines between baroque and indie pop integrating field recordings and bringing keyboards to the forefront of their music.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – Benzaiten CD/2xLP (Important)
An In C-style homage to the classic Osamu Kitajima record from 1973. Uses the original composition as a departure point for further instrumental explorations.

Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker [Reissue/2000] CD/2xLP (Pax Americana)
Adams’ debut solo album has been in and out of print many times, but is here reissued on his own Pax Am imprint.

Admiral Fallow – Tiny Rewards CD (Nettwerk)
Tiny Rewards follows-up 2012’s critically acclaimed Tree Bursts In Snow, an album that saw the band shed the constraints of nu-folk and swell into a more organic design, blending traditional with electronic, orchestral and indie. This album sees the band continue on the same expansive path.

Alesso – Forever CD (Def Jam)
Alessandro Lindblad, more commonly known as Alesso, is a Grammy-nominated DJ and dance music producer from Stockholm, Sweden. His career quickly gained mainstream recognition for his remixes of Tiesto, Swedish House Mafia and Avicii, as well as his own productions. Forever includes collaborations with Calvin Harris, OneRepublic, Ryan Tedder and more.

Annabel – Having It All CD/LP (Tiny Engines)
On appearances alone, Akron, Ohio’s Annabel could be any modest Midwestern rock band-scrawny, bespectacled, with grins as permanent as their tattoos. A similar innocence might be perceived in their songs, in guitars that jingle and a bass that romps puppy-like, in vocals that compete with the music like a little brother for attention. But subsequent listens will reveal Annabel to be a band whose elements tangle into something complex and complete and. Indeed, Having It All feels orchestral at times, with guitars that intertwine and sometimes collapse into harmonic hums.

Anti Flag – American Spring CD/LP (Spinefarm)
The American Spring album title is likely derived from the Arab Spring — a term to describe the revolutionary wave of recent protests throughout the Middle East. The uprising forced rulers from Egypt, Tunisia, Libia and Yemen out of power, while many other countries were swarmed with legions of protestors. The album feature appearances by Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong on the track “Brandenburg Gate” and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello on “Without End.”

Arcturus – Arcturian CD/LP (Prophecy)
New album from the avant-garde metal band.

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman – The Bad Plus Joshua Redman CD (Nonesuch)
In 2011, The Bad Plus invited saxophonist Joshua Redman to join them for a week of enthusiastically received performances at the Blue Note in New York City. They then played a handful of dates before heading into the studio in 2014 to record their debut album, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman. Seven of the nine tracks on the album are new compositions by the quartet members who, in addition to Reid Anderson and Redman, include The Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King. The other two songs on the album, “Dirty Blonde” and “Silence Is the Question,” are new arrangements of Bad Plus favorites.

Best Kissers In The World – Skinned My Heart Broke My Knee CD (American Dust)
Best Kissers In The World – Yellow Brick Roadkill 2xCD (American Dust)
Best Kissers in the World was a beloved early ‘90s Seattle quartet. Frontman Gerald Collier possesses one of the great rock voices of the era with a mind for witty and irreverent lyrics. Combine these with the band’s expert power-pop riffs and hooks and it’s clear why their multitude of diehard fans put them in the lineage of artists such as The Replacements, Joan Jett, and Cheap Trick.

Terence Blanchard Featuring The E Collective – Breathless CD (Blue Note)
Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective set off on a new musical journey with his new album Breathless. An innovative and electric exploration into the fusion of jazz, funk, blues featuring Oscar Seaton on drums, Donald Ramsey on bass, Charles Altura on guitar and Fabian Almazan on keyboard/piano/synths.
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Daniel Bachman – River CD/LP (Three Lobed)
“Bachman turns his strings into solemn meditations on existence or emphatic explorations of the same. [He is] a musician poised to explore an old form in ways both reverent and newly inspired.” — Grayson Currin, Hopscotch Festival

Kelsea Ballerini – The First Time CD (Black River Entertainment)
Hailing from Knoxville, TN, singer/songwriter Kelsea Ballerini moved to Nashville, TN at age 15 to chase the dream of becoming a songwriter. The First Time is her debut album.

Barbarossa – Imager CD/LP+MP3 (Memphis Industries)
Barbarossa, the nom de plume of Londoner James Mathe, follows up his 2013 album Bloodlines with a cerebral, slow-burning album, tinged with melancholy and an alluring humanism. Mathe’s musical journey started with folk-tinged balladry that saw him become part Fence Collective, and subsequently a band member for the likes of Jose Gonzalez, Johnny Flynn and Junip.

Geoff Barrow/Ben Salisbury – Ex-Machina [OST] CD (Invada)
Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and composer Ben Salisbury continue their sci-fi streak with the score for Ex-Machina, a low-budget thriller that marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine).

Jeff Beck – Live + CD (Rhino)
New live release spanning the legendary guitarist’s vast and varied career along with two new studio tracks.

Bhi Bhiman – Rhythm & Reason CD/LP (Boocoo Music)
Bhi Bhiman’s music has drawn a wide range of comparisons from Rodriguez and Woody Guthrie to Nina Simone and Bill Withers. Bhiman credits his upbringing — the son of Sri Lankan immigrants, growing up in St. Louis, MO — for his diverse sound. An accomplished guitarist and clever lyricist, it is Bhiman’s striking voice that sets him apart.

Peter Broderick – Colours Of The Night CD/LP (Bella Union)
“The product of an unlikely collaboration between an Oregon singer-songwriter and a small group of Swiss musicians, recorded in a studio more usually associated with Alpine hip-hop, Colours Of The Night is a beguiling and yet joyously engaging set that brings the best out in Peter Broderick’s voice and takes him far beyond his established musical milieu. It’s a brave departure for him, a shift away from the studied arrangements of many previous albums towards a greater sense of spontaneity and a (thoroughly justified) trust in his accompanists.” – The Line Of Best Fit

Camp Lo – Ragtime Hightimes CD (Nature Sounds)
Ragtime Hightimes finds the legendary Bronx duo and the equally heralded beat smith utilizing live instrumentation in order to build what they like to call “time-traveling art.”
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CDs + Vinyl:

Abandon Kansas – Alligator CD (BadChristian Music)
Abandon Kansas is a four-piece indie Christian rock outfit from Wichita, Kansas, and Alligator is their first album on the BadChristian label. “‘I Hope God Don’t Mind If We Talk Awhile,’ the record’s first single, embodies the flow of the record, jumpy and honest. Touching on topics of manhood and the struggle of healing old wounds, it’s not an easy one to listen to.” – Jesus Freak Hideout

Abrahama – Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird CD (Small Stone)
Like the main thread of this heavy odyssey peppered with Hindu mysticism and voodoo convolutions, Abrahama’s sound is hulking and hypnotic, while vocals resound like a distant and irresistible incantation; an appeal that is amped-up by guest appearances from the likes of Ed Mundell (Monster Magnet) and Thomas Bellier (Blaak Heat Shujaa, Spindrift).

After The Fall – Dedication CD (Bridge Nine)
“Albany, New York, quartet After The Fall play the type of melodic hardcore that the world sorely lacks in 2015: It’s impressively speedy and technical, with hooks aplenty and more than enough aggression to get you off of your barstool and up to the front of the stage. But their new album, Dedication, is more than just your average pit-starter; the entire album is dedicated to a fallen bandmate, which results in some seriously heavy lyrics.” — Substream

Steve Aoki – Neon Future II CD (Ultra)
Following the success of last year’s Neon Future I, the international DJ and producer releases the second part of the Neon Future package. Neon Future II comes packed with featured artists including Snoop Lion, Matthew Koma, Linkin Park and many more.

Aqua – In Loving Memory Of Aqua (1982-1988) CD (Spittle)
A collection of tracks recorded between 1982-1988 by the Turin four-piece, a stellar re-discovery from the heyday of the Italian post-punk scene. Their 1985 self-titled mini-album was praised for its melodic, surreal, new wave style that combined goth influences with dream-pop, highly reminiscent of the British scene. RIYL: Echo & The Bunnymen, Bauhaus, The Cure.

Arcturus – Arcturian CD/LP (Prophecy)
Arcturian is the Norwegian metal band’s first album in over a decade.
Banditos – Banditos CD (Bloodshot)
Mixing elements of ’60s blues-fused acid rock, jangly boogie, garage punk scuzz, and doo-wop sweetness, the Banditos recall many, but sound like no one but themselves. Jem is a multi-faceted jewel, from the lush Cocteaus-shiver of “Crocodiles” to the exquisite Eastern climes of “China” and the R&B twist of “Poppy.” What unites all 13 tracks is a beguiling fusion of intimacy and sensuality with something more mysterious and spectral. Vinyl version due May 26.

Bernard & Edith – Jem CD (Bella Union)
Debut album from hotly tipped Manchester-based electronic-pop duo. Vinyl version due May 19.

Jello Biafra – Walk On Jindals Splinters CD/LP (Alternative Tentacles)
The long-rumored, sweat-soaked live album from the night Bill Davis (Dash Rip Rock) and Fred Le Blanc (Cowboy Mouth) dared Jello Biafra to join them during Jazzfest and sing all classic New Orleans soul, rhythm and blues, and (at Jello’s request) garage songs.

Black Devil – Disco Club [Reissue/1978] CD/LP (Anthology Recordings)
Disco Club is a groundbreaking 1978 EP of experimental electronic disco produced by French library music composer Bernard Fèvre and producer Jacky Giordano. The Aphex Twin-backed Rephlex label notably reworked a handful of Disco Club tracks in 2004, however this is the first ever reissue of the EP in its original, intended sequence.

Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh CD/2xLP (Sacred Bones)
Benjamin John Power’s newest solo offering as Blanck Mass was written, produced and recorded in a number of different locations over the space of a year. It began life in F**k Buttons’ Space Mountain studio, moved into a windowless attic space in Hatch End, North London, then was finished up at Ben’s new home in Edinburgh. The geographical spread of the sessions is reflected in the shifting landscapes of the tracks and the ever changing sound-palette used to realize Dumb Flesh as an expansive body of work. As a work of art, Dumb Flesh is a comment on the flaws of the human form in its current evolutionary state. The frailty of the human body naturally became a resonant and inescapable part of the album’s gestation.

Brass Tacks – Just The Facts: 15th Anniversary Edition CD (Beer City)
Contains the original full length album Just The Facts plus the tracks from The Good Life 7″ as well as the demo track and only recorded version of the song “Just the Facts” for a grand total of 18 blistering, boot- stomping cuts. This reissue has been given the deluxe treatment of a brand new layout including a 24-page booklet filled with lyrics, photos and flyers from the band’s 15 plus year existence.

Tyondai Braxton – HIVE1 CD/LP (Nonesuch)
HIVE1 is the composer’s first fully realized work of purely electronic music since his earlier loop-based music in the early 2000s, and an unmistakable swerve away from Braxton’s signature materials and musical concerns to date. The album draws from the mid-20th century avant-garde, a world inhabited by the likes of Varèse, Xenakis, and Stockhausen — along with the more contemporary examples of Florian Hecker, Carston Nicolai/Raster Noton, and Braxton’s frequent collaborator Ben Vida, who appears as a performer on HIVE1. Where Central Market was scored for a small army of strings, guitars, horns, kazoos, and singers, the music of HIVE1 derives from the abrasive textures and manipulation of organic and synthesized sounds.

Lenny Breau – The Velvet Touch Of Lenny Breau Live! [Reissue/1969] CD (Wounded Bird)
Lenny Breau was an American guitarist and music educator. He possessed the ability to play chords, melody and a baseline simultaneously and blended many styles including jazz, country, classical and flamenco. He approached the guitar like a piano, which opened up lots of possibilities with the instrument and allowed him to do many things which other guitarists deemed impossible.

Canibus & Bronze Nazareth – Time Flies, Life Dies… Phoenix Rise CD (RBC)
For his latest album Canibus called upon Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Bronze Nazareth to steer most of the project’s production. The 17-track album also features guest appearances from Raekwon, Kurupt, Pete Rock, Killah Priest, Craig G and Dizaster.
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