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.