CDs + Vinyl:

Nat Adderly – For Duke And Cannon (Sextet Live At Sweet Basil) CD (Squatty Roo Recordings)
Cornetist Nat Adderley, brother and musical partner of alto sax great Cannonball Adderley, is featured here fourteen years after his brother’s death, but still going strong, live at Greenwich Village’s legendary Sweet Basil. Never replacing his brother, but at very least, two great alto men are needed to fill the master’s shoes: in this case Vincent Herring and Sonny Fortune, who are playing snakes throughout, doing justice to their predecessor.

Ahab – The Boats Of The Glen Carrig CD/2xLP (Napalm)
The Boats Of The Glen Carrig is a novel by William Hope Hodgson from 1907 that tells the gruesome story of survival after shipwreck – a fitting subject for the German funeral doom metal four-piece.

Ruby Amanfu – Standing Still CD/LP (Rival & Co.)
Standing Still, the new album from Nashville songbird Ruby Amanfu, was recorded live in just five days in a remote log cabin near Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. Upon arrival, the furniture was moved out and the six-piece band set up in the cabin’s picturesque great room. Producer Mark Howard strategically set up amps around the house in bedrooms, bathrooms, closets and even the basement. Candles were lit and incense burned, and the mood was set for Ruby to sing. The first single, “Shadow On The Wall”, was produced by special guest Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) and was mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele, U2, Mark Ronson, Arcade Fire, Lana Del Rey, Amy Winehouse, The Black Keys).

Atlas Genius – Inanimate Objects CD (WB)
Produced by Atlas Genius and Frederik Thaae, Inanimate Objects is the follow-up to the band’s 2013 full-length debut, When It Was Now, which was hailed by Rolling Stone as a “spritely, melodic debut album.”

Stefano Battaglia Trio – In The Morning CD (ECM)
On his sixth album for ECM the Italian pianist and his trio reflect on the work of composer Alec Wilder (1907-1980).

Beach House – Depression Cherry CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Fifth album from the Baltimore, MD duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. “If you view a band as a long-term artistic project, then Beach House have always been perfect. Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have done everything right: They’ve found the ideal balance of dim, lush tones; their sound progresses at a graceful, even clip; they leave just the right amount of time between albums. Even their name is perfect: Beach houses are rickety, inviting spaces that, by nature of their existence, live outside of time. If a beach house were to change noticeably—if that paperback you left there last May isn’t still sitting upside-down and open to the same page, gathering dust on the same shelf you left it—you’d be upset.” [BNM/8.4] — Pitchfork

Willis Earl Beal – Noctunes CD/2xLP+MP3 (Tender Loving Empire)
“Enigmatic experimenter Willis Earl Beal has had a bit of a rough lead-up to his album Noctunes, as he recently spent a couple of weeks in jail on charges of criminal mischief and harassment. Now, he’s putting that behind him by streaming his album in full. The album makes good on the nocturnal implications of its title, as it begins with the ambient sprawl of the softly crooned opener ‘Under You.’ From there, the synth textures throughout the LP are pillowy and Beal’s crooning is warm and soothing, while a few electronic beats slightly spice up the soundscape from time to time.” – Exclaim

Bichcraft – Mascot CD/LP (Wharf Cat)
As fluent in Jesus And Mary Chain’s Psychocandy as they are with Sonic Youth and Big Black, Bichkraft is heavy, paranoid music with frenetic jams of dueling and weaving guitars, digitized howls, amped up brutality and chaos, and even some undeniably pretty moments of love and decay.

Soren Bryce – Soren Bryce CDEP (Razor & Tie)
New EP from the singer/songwriter, produced by David Kahne (Lana Del Rey, Ingrid Michaelson). Soren Bryce was the Newport Award Winner in the 11th Annual IAMA Awards for folk/Americana/roots music. Soren featured in three episodes of Producers Closet, a web series showcasing “Next To Breakthrough” artists introduced by Grammy-Award winning producer Kahne.

Carousel – 2113 CD/LP (Tee Pee)
“The double guitar attack of Thin Lizzy, the racing engine drive of Motörhead and the melodic majesty of Angel Witch and Diamond Head… Carousel leaps confidently in front of the crowd, twin guitars flying” – Blurt. “A vice grip on the balls of ’70s rock ‘n’ roll…with middle fingers shoved high in the air.” – Decibel

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Act Of Defiance – Birth And The Burial CD (Metal Blade)
In a time of endless sub-genre classifications being thrown at bands Act Of Defiance cut to the quick, offering 100% in-your-face, uncompromising metal. “If you invited fans of all kinds of metal — from thrash to Scandinavian metal to metal to modern American metal — and had them all in a mosh pit, Act Of Defiance would be their soundtrack,” asserts guitarist Chris Broderick. Vinyl version due August 28.

Adversarial – Death, Endless Nothing And The Black Knife Of Nihilism CD (Dark Decent)
“It’s clear that Adversarial’s goal on their latest album, Death, Endless Nothing And The Black Knife Of Nihilism, is to shanghai the hapless listener into a world of complete and abject devastation. The album offers no respite from its barrage of dissonant, aggressive black/death barbarism; there are no spooky interludes or acoustic frippery to be found, no self-indulgent excess to be hacked off in slivers.” – Noisey/Vice

AFX – Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-2008 CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
For the first time since the Analord series released through 2003-2005 on his own Rephlex Records imprint, Richard D. James revises his legendary AFX guise with a collection of tracks for the alien dancefloor. “Appearing under the AFX sobriquet, last active a decade ago, the eight-track EP belies James’s reputation for fearsome abstruseness with almost 30 minutes of concise and entertaining music. It sets off at a gallop with an upfront series of techno tracks, all squiggly acid bleeps and fast bass; ghostly textures, like the horror-film keyboard effects in ‘serge fenix Rendered 2,’ add depth to the adrenalin rush. The pace slows in the latter stages, with James at one point coaxing from his computers a sound like rusty signs swinging in the wind, as though advertising (or satirizing) his status as the enigmatic hermit of electronic music.” – Financial Times Limited

Eric Alexander – The Real Thing CD (HighNote)
More than one jazz critic has claimed that listening to tenor saxman Eric Alexander unfettered and at length, is one of the greatest treats in jazz. This imposing improviser is reunited here with his mentor, the veteran pianist Harold Mabern and joined by another hot favorite, the legendary and amazing guitarist Pat Martino on three of the eight tracks.

Avengers – Avengers [Reissue/1983] CD/LP (Superior Viaduct)
Though not released until 1983 the Avengers’ self-titled record (aka The Pink Album) features the band’s recorded output from 1977-78, from the glorious first wave of punk rock. The Avengers were San Francisco’s preeminent punk band, led by Penelope Houston’s snarling vocals and Greg Ingraham’s distorted guitar riffs, and one of the first anywhere to feature a female lead singer. One of punk rock’s most important original documents. Expanded with their classic Dangerhouse EP, sessions recorded with the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones, and a half-dozen revelatory demos.

Battlecross – Rise To Power CD (Metal Blade)
Disinterested in simply recycling the ‘classic’ thrash sound, the Canton, MI quintet have consistently brought new fire, energy, and dynamics to their metallic assault, and with Rise To Power they raise the stakes once more.

The Bellfuries – Workingman’s Bellfuries CD (Hi-Style Enterprises)
If you go back and listen to early rockabilly, you’ll see how much it has in common with R&B and rock and roll. (That’s early R&B, not the electronic and vocal stuff that passes for R&B these days). When you put the two together, it’s clear that one grew from the other. The Bellfuries prove the connection between rockabilly and early R&B with the new album Workingman’s Bellfuries. Vinyl version due September 18.

Louie Belogenis – Blue Buddha CD (Tzadik)
Tenor saxophonist Louie Belogenis plays with a luminous open heart, and a tone reminiscent of Albert Ayler. Cutting his teeth with masters such as Rashied Ali, Sunny Murray and Borah Bergman he has recorded several CDs under his own name, and now presents his most unique and adventurous group to date. Featuring an all-star ensemble of three of the most exciting musicians working today, this brilliant group performs as if part of a sacred ceremony, seamlessly weaving together diverse traditions. Uncompromising improvisational music that speaks to the spiritual.

The Blind Shake – Live In San Francisco CD (Castle Face)
The long overdue seventh entry in Castle Face’s Live In San Francisco series, starring The Blind Shake. Captured to tape at the same shows as the OBN IIIs’ live record, The Blind Shake were tour-greased and fully torqued over three-night at The Chapel in San Francisco way back in 2013. For those unfamiliar: the sheer bodily reaction to seeing these guys is a unique pleasure. They are consistently one of the most fun bands doin’ it to it these days-such a direct channel to your inner teenager it’s more often than not you end up in the pit, awash in baritone guitar and that “let’s wig out” beat.

The Bohicas – The Making Of CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
The Bohicas are rock and roll painted in vivid primary colors. Hi def, loud, fast, shiny and above all fun. A barrage of killer hooks, razor blade riffs and choruses that slap you in the face, grab your hand and lead you onto the dance floor. All shot through with pulp imagery torn from the pages of a graphic novel. “The title track proves you can combine post-millennium garage rock with cock-rocking guitar solos and even some anthemic ‘doop doops’ to get the crowd singing along. Just when you think the energy levels are red-lining, the wall-to-wall, machine-gun lyrics and urgent tempo of ‘Where You At,’ followed by with the pissed-off sneer of ‘XXX,’ and capped off with the relentless attack of ‘Swarm,’ knock it all up another notch.” – The Music

Bonehunter – Evil Triumphs Again CD (Hell’s Headbangers)
“This is the sort of vile, primitive metal I often seek – eager to taste that corroded, metallic guitar sound which speeds along with high doses of distortion attached. These satanic curses and whips lash hard against the backdrop of a squalid bass and fast-paced, murky drum sound; all complementing one another like some wretched creation of Mendes and rounded off by that Quorthon (Bathory)-like bark and puke” – Metal Forces Magazine. Vinyl version due September 4.
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CDs + Vinyl:

The Alchemist/Oh No (Gangrene) – You Disgust Me CD (Mass Appeal)
Producers extraordinaire Alchemist and Oh No have been working together as Gangrene since 2010. The duo’s seventh collaborative project in five years, You Disgust Me, features guest contributions by Havoc, Sean Price, Action Bronson, Chuck Strangers, Your Old Droog, and more. Vinyl version due September 25.

Will Archer (Slime) – Company CD (Weird World)
Company is the debut album by Slime, the nom-de-plume of producer and multi-instrumentalist Will Archer. At a time when electronic music feels dominated by bombast and hype, these ten elusive, unsettling and emotional tracks offer a master-class in nuance and sincerity. Coalescing into one unique statement, Company feels borne of that same late-night 3AM spiritual culture that defined late ‘90s electronic/instrumental hip-hop: songs that are large, but personal and private. Vinyl version due August 28.

Rayland Baxter – Imaginary Man CD/LP (ATO)
“Baxter is the son of moderately-famous slide guitar player Bucky Baxter, who jammed with Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Ryan Adams and R.E.M., and it’s easy to imagine son eagerly listening and internalizing each of these artists while his father was off recording or touring. Raised in Nashville, Baxter eventually struck out as a musician in 2012 with Feathers & Fishhooks. Three years later he’s left such explicit signifiers in the past, and emerged with an impeccable sophomore break-out. And it’s immediately clear why he’s escaped the country/roots pigeonhole: his voice has the same pliant dreaminess as Marcus Mumford. Arguably, Mumford’s gorgeous tenor is a huge part of the reason his folksy band shot to fame, he’s that compelling a vocalist — but Imaginary Man doesn’t go anywhere near the blender-bluegrass and always-soaring heights of Sigh No More or Babel. Instead, it’s all about balance.” – Stereogum

Marco Beltrami – Fantastic Four [Score/OST] CD (Sony Classics)
Original soundtrack to the recent motion picture with music composed by Academy Award winner Marco Beltrami and Academy Award nominee Philip Glass.

Bullet For My Valentine – Venom CD/2xLP (RCA)
“What do you do when your last two albums have drawn receptions that have been, at the very best, decidedly muted? When you’re sliding down festival bills and the venues you headline are getting smaller? Well, if you’re Welsh metallers Bullet For My Valentine, you go right back to basics. The Bridgend quartet’s fifth studio album cribs from 2005 debut The Poison to the extent that it’s even titled Venom (see what they did there?). It’s full of all the things that made them a success in the first place, namely, dueling guitars, pounding breakdowns and choruses built for fields full of delirious metalheads to scream along to” – NME. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe CD adds four bonus tracks. Deluxe vinyl features a lenticular cover.
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CDs + Vinyl:

Gregg Allman – Gregg Allman Live: Back To Macon, GA January 14, 2014 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/2xDVD+Blu-ray/3xLP (Rounder)
Captured at the venerable Grand Opera House in the town where the Allmans got their start, Gregg performs 16 fan favorites with the help of his eight-piece band and special guest Devon Allman. Includes: “Whipping Post,” “Melissa,” and “Midnight Rider.” Also available on stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray.

Biotoxic Warfare – Lobotomized CD (Static Tension)
Biotoxic Warfare is a thrash/death metal band from Heraklion, Greece, formed in October 2012. Their main influences are European and American thrash and the American old-school death metal scene (Obituary, Morbid Angel, Death).

Biters – Electric Blood CD/LP (Earache)
“It’s been a considerable amount of time since an up-and-coming no-nonsense rock ‘n’ roll band has had the natural swagger and sophistication to turn heads in the music scene. The infinite effect and influence from bands like AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses in the height of ‘80’s rock music has had on the genre is still present to this very day and hoping to keep it very much alive in the modern age come four feisty guys from Atlanta, hungry to party hard and channel the spirit of rock under the banner of Biters, and their brand new hard-hitting album Electric Blood.” – Rock Revolt Magazine

Black Fast – Terms Of Surrender CD (E1)
Creating a modern twist on the energetic riffs of metal s glory days, Black Fast harness the spirit of their metal forefathers, whether exploring hand-cramp-inducing riffs or blazing through straightforward thrash.

Mike Bloomfield/Nick Gravenites – Steelyard Blues [OST/Reissue/1972] CD (Real Gone Music)
Digitally remastered edition of this soundtrack composed by former Electric Flag members Nick Gravenites and, in his first release of any kind in three years, legendary guitarist Mike Bloomfield Bloomfield and Gravenites had previously composed the soundtrack to Roger Corman’s notorious B-movie The Trip. The album features performances by a young Maria Muldaur and by former Bloomfield band-mate Paul Butterfield, along with Annie Sampson of Stoneground and Merl Saunders, later to collaborate with Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. This soundtrack offers a spirited mixture of blues, rock and country, with stinging guitar licks from Bloomfield.

Dee Dee Bridgewater – Dee Dee’s Feathers CD/LP (OKeh)
Dee Dee Bridgewater’s new album, Dee Dee’s Feathers, is her debut album on OKeh Records. It is also the first collaboration of the three-time Grammy Award®-winning jazz singer and the Grammy Award®- winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), founded by artistic director and trumpeter Irvin Mayfield. Dee Dee’s Feathers is a modern vision of New Orleans and features traditional songs such as “Big Chief,” “St. James Infirmary” and “What a Wonderful World” along with new compositions “Congo Square” and “C’est ici que je t’aime.”

Luke Bryan – Kill The Lights CD (Capitol Nashville)
New album from the country superstar.
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