Airstrip – Willing CD/LP (Holidays For Quince)
Airstrip’s guitar-driven ”Nightmare Pop” is dark, hypnotic and strangely infectious.
Terry Allen – Bottom Of The World CD (TLA)
Bottom Of The World is Terry Allen’s first studio release in over 14 years. Widely heralded as a progressive artist of contemporary country music, Allen digs into modern-day concerns with a gutsy, liberal perspective, while maintaining a firm musical grounding in regional country and folk traditions.
Apache Dropout – Magnetic Heads CD (Family Vineyard)
“Rawer and bleaker than last year’s Bubblegum Graveyard, the 10-track Magnetic Heads is a combination of two of their early cassette releases, 2008’s Cha Cha Cha and 2009’s Lysergic Caveman Choogle: Not For Pigs, originally released on Magnetic South Recordings. The songs are drenched in fuzz and echo with the occasional fiddle (!?) accompaniment.” – Tiny Mix Tapes. Vinyl version due March 5.
Avant – Face The Music CD (Mo-B)
On his new album, Avant pulls inspiration from R&B legends such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Luther Vandross and Kenny Babyface Edmonds.
Nils Bech – Look Inside CD/LP (Fysisk Format)
New album from the Norwegian art-pop eccentric: Idiosyncratic pop at its best. Look Inside is his darkest and most ambitious project so far. It is a journey through the different emotions and tensions of a relationship and involves the listeners through states of vulnerability and suspicion, but also joy and bliss.
Bette Serveert – Oh, Mayhem! CD/LP (Second Motion)
“Like Wire, Bettie Serveert are only getting fiercer with age. The 50-something Dutch rockers, who found college-radio indie fame in the ‘90s, make a surprise return with an album big on catchy melodies and tough lyrics delivered forcefully by Carol van Dijk. Her strong voice (think Kim Deal or Liz Phair) remains the focal point, though wild guitars and thunderous drumming give Oh Mayhem the foundation it needs to soar.” – Now Toronto
Bjork – Bastards CD/2×12” (One Little Indian)
Collection of remixed tracks from Bjork’s 2011 album Biophilia. Features collaborations with Current Value, Death Grips, Hudson Mohawke, Alva Noto, Matthew Herbert, Omar Souleyman, 16-bit, These New Puritans, and The Slips.
Boats – Fairway Full Of Miners CD (Kill Rock Stars)
There are still plenty of manic, sloppy-on-purpose junk-store pop tunes that burst with pop-rocks-and-Coke energy, but the new record also sees the band stretch out over more ambitious epics and heartfelt ballads.
Erin Boheme – What A Life CD (Heads Up)
Sophomore album from the Wisconsin-based jazz vocalist. The album was produced by Michael Buble and features his touring band as her backing unit.
Broadway Calls – Comfort/Distraction CD/LP (No Sleep)
Broadway Calls is a sometimes pop, sometimes punk, always ultra-catchy band hailing from Rainier, Oregon. Vinyl version due February 19.
The Bronx – The Bronx (IV) CD/LP (ATO)
After two albums under the moniker Mariachi El Bronx, Los Angeles punks the Bronx are back with riotous riffs and howling, shout-along choruses on their fourth self-titled LP.
Brother Lynch Hung – Mannibalector CD (Strange Music)
Sacramento, CA veteran emcee Brotha Lynch Hung wraps up his Strange Music trilogy.
Terri Lyne Carrington – Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue CD (Concord Jazz)
The release of Grammy-winning drummer, composer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington’s homage to Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach is scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of their iconic 1963 album Money Jungle.
Cheatahs – Extended Plays CD/LP (Wichita)
Cheatahs present this compilation of their two 2012 EPs. The sound recalls the glory days of Shoegaze (Swervedriver, My Bloody Valentine, The Boo Radleys, etc.), but with a level of songcraft so many of their contemporaries lack.
Coheed And Cambria – The Afterman: Descension CD (Hundred Handed)
Second volume of their double concept album The Afterman. Musically, The Afterman series sees the band perfecting their powerhouse progressive rock, soul and even pop landscapes.
Como Mamas – Get An Understanding CD/LP (Daptone)
There are only three instruments on this recording: the powerful, raspy voice of Ester Mae Smith, the deep soothing voice of Angela Taylor, and the energetic, spirited vocals of Della Daniels.
Harry Connick Jr. – Smokey Mary CD (Sony)
Named after the famed New Orleans Mardi Gras parade float, Smokey Mary coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Krewe Of Orpheus, the Mardi Gras supergroup which Connick co-founded in 1993.
Darkstar – News From Nowhere CD/2xLP (Warp)
News From Nowhere offers a brighter take on synth-driven pop. Its pace is more rapid, its chords more buoyant. There’s still an eerie quality to Darkstar’s music: ghostly chords waver in and out of tune, while reverb haunts many of the timbres here.
Mark de Clive-Lowe & The Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra – Take The Space Trane CD (Tru Thoughts)
Take The Space Trane is a modern take on the big band sound, with orchestral jazz grooves and a nod to club productions. Alongside brand new original material, the album includes a cover of the classic Caravan as well as Mark de Clive-Lowe’s Masters At Work released tune, “Relax Unwind.”
Robert Delong – Just Movement CD (Glassnote)
Having performed his genre-bending songs since 2010, Delong uses MIDI interfaces, a full drum set, drum pads, keyboards, laptops and game controllers, looping his music live to fuse electronic dance beats with striking melodies and lyrics with emotional heart.
Dogbite – Velvet Changes CD/LP (Carpark)
After self-releasing his sample-based psych-folk records and sitting in the production chair for a few fellow Georgians, Phil Jones was picked up for a single and EP on the Young Turks label. Velvet Changes sees Jones eschewing samples and expanding his palette to incorporate the dreamy aesthetics often associated with vintage 4AD bands like A.R. Kane and Cocteau Twins.
Eels – Wonderful, Glorious CD/2xCD/2×10” (Cobraside)
The tenth studio album from Eels and mastermind, E! It’s the first album to follow his highly successful trilogy Hombre Lobo, End Times, and Tomorrow Morning, which spanned eighteen months in total. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions.
Feeding People – Island Universe CD/LP (Innovative Leisure)
Fresh off of recording their debut album (produced by Hanni El Khatib and Johnny Bell of Crystal Antlers), these teenagers from Orange County make some of the heaviest music around. It sounds like Jefferson Airplane meets Black Sabbath with one of the most powerful female voices in rock music since Janis Joplin and Grace Slick. Beautiful ballads with a dose of psychedelia.
Fire! Orchestra – Exit! CD/LP (Rune Grammofon)
Fire! is a Swedish trio comprising Mats Gustafsson (The Thing), Johan Berthling (Tape) and drummer Andreas Werliin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums). Fire! is where they go to stretch their instrumental skills and to play outside their comfort zones, or collaborate with prestigious guests.
Fonda – Sell Your Memories CD/LP (Minty Fresh)
Fuses classic pop hooks with kaleidoscopic shoegaze.
Frank-N-Dank – 48 Hours [Reissue/2003] CD/LP/2xLP (Delicious Vinyl)
Reissue of the timeless underground classic debut of Frank-N-Dank – which is a strong first full length statement for the duo – and a significant milestone in the J Dilla production canon. It has more of a straight up, street ready rhyme style than was typical for Dilla productions at the time – with smoky, pulsing production and unpredictable beats.
Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse CD (Atlantic)
“Pedestrian Verse sees Frightened Rabbit make a triumphant return to the magnificent songwriting present on their lauded second album, The Midnight Organ Fight. It’s all down to devices like the gorgeously raw, booming components of ‘The Woodpile’, with heavy, staggered drums accompanying a deep instrumental presence and an uncluttered, masterfully-composed guitar solo leading up to the final meaty chorus.” – The Line Of Best Fit. Vinyl version due February 12.
Funeral For A Friend – Conduit CD (The End)
Seminal Welsh rock band release their sixth album, choosing again to work with producer Romesh Dodangoda after their success partnering on the bands last couple of records.
Al Green – Love Songs Collection CD (Fat Possum)
Excellent collection of heart-warming recordings from one of the greatest Soul vocalists of the ’70s (and of all time for that matter). 18 tracks including “Let’s Stay Together,” “L-O-V-E (Love),” “Here I Am (Come And Take Me)” and many more.
Josh Groban – All That Echoes CD (Reprise)
Groban co-wrote seven of the twelve tracks that appear on All That Echoes, which also includes five covers, including Stevie Wonder’s “I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever),” Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s “Falling Slowly” (the Oscar-winning song from the film Once), and Jimmy Webb’s “The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress.” Special guests on the album include trumpet player Arturo Sandoval and Italian superstar vocalist Laura Pausini.
Grouper – Dragging A Dead Dear Up A Hill [Reissue/2008] CD/LP (Kranky)
This album marked a departure of sorts for Liz, which sees her turn down the fuzz boxes which caged her sound and allows her voice to ring out above everything else a bit more than before. An album steeped in the world of dream-pop – a genre pioneered by the likes of Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil and far from shying away from the reference, Liz has instead grabbed on with both hands, creating an album’s worth of perfect, left-field pop songs.
Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat CD/LP (Kranky)
The Man Who Died in His Boat is an album of unreleased songs recorded alongside the Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill album. “On this wonderful, foggy dream of a record, Portland’s Liz Harris has gone & bested nearly everything she’s done as Grouper. Music this lovely could almost change the world.” — XLR8R
Hayden – Us Alone CD/LP (Arts & Crafts)
Having spent nearly two decades creating uniquely affecting music defined by folk and rock flourishes, personal sentiment and a voice that channels Neil Young’s falsetto highs and the wavering, raspy lows of Leonard Cohen, Hayden releases his seventh full length. Vinyl version due February 19.
Helen Money – Arriving Angels CD (Profound Lore)
Avant-classical virtuoso cellist Alison Chesley’s third album mixes classical composition and progressive, dirge-like metal, performed almost entirely on the cello.
Jewel – Greatest Hits CD (Rhino)
Career-spanning collection that includes new recordings of two classic hits with guest vocalists: “Foolish Games” with Kelly Clarkson and “You Were Meant For Me” with the Pistol Annies.
Jim James – Regions Of Light And Sound Of God CD/LP+MP3 (ATO)
Solo release from the My Morning Jacket frontman. Regions Of Light And Sound Of God was written, produced and all instruments performed by Jim James (with the exception of strings and percussion) in Louisville, KY. The music on the album is inspired by life and the novel in woodcuts Gods’ Man by Lynd Ward.
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds – Conjure Man 7” (In The Red)
New single from veteran guitarist and former member of Gun Club, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and The Cramps precedes his upcoming new full-length album Haunted Head. Two exclusive tracks. B-side is a Seeds cover.
Erkin Koray – Elektronik Turkuler  CD/LP (Pharaway Sounds)
Erkin Koray – Arap Saci  2xCD/2xLP (Pharaway Sounds)
Master of the fuzz saz, Turkey’s answer to Eric Clapton brings his burly axe attacks to the snaky folk melodies of Anatolia. Long proven to cause just the brain-rot you’re looking for, here are a few collections taken from singles and LPs for your acid-drenched pleasure.
Fela Kuti – The Best Of The Black President 2 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/LP (Knitting Factory)
This second volume includes more of Kuti’s finest recordings spanning his entire career. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a bonus DVD.
Tim McGraw – Two Lanes Of Freedom CD (Big Machine)
New album available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds bonus tracks. Vinyl version due March 26.
Abbass Mehrpouya – Soul Raga: Anthology 2xCD/3xLP (Pharaway Sounds)
Compilation from Iranian sitarist, collected from several 45s and his sole LP released between 1968-1976.
Mumford & Sons – Babel [Gentlemen Of The Road Edition] 2xCD+DVD/2xCD+DVD+LP+MP3 (Glassnote)
Live performance recorded at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado in summer 2012, bundled with a copy of last year’s Babel and the Road To Red Rocks DVD. A Special Deluxe adds a copy on vinyl and a 96-page book.
Night Beds – Country Sleep CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
Think of a space between Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon, Red House Painters), Gram Parsons and the dreamier side of My Morning Jacket; a heavenly place of pure country soul.
Jenny O. – Automechanic CD/LP (Holy Trinity)
Tracks off her demo, the Home EP, were licensed for campaigns by Subaru, Toyota, Roxy, and Target, TV shows like True Blood, Wilfred, Off The Map, and the video game Rocksmith. Soul legend James Gadson plays drums, Jake Blanton of The Killers plays bass.
Mike Oldfield – Tubular Beats CD (Eagle Rock)
Tubular Beats contains Mike Oldfield’s greatest hits remixed in collaboration with the multi-platinum German producer Torsten York Stenzel (whose credits include Tina Turner, Moby and more).
Matt Pond – The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand CD/LP (BMG)
New album from the Philadelphia-born singer/songwriter. The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand is the follow-up to The Dark Leaves (2010). Removing the ‘PA’ that has accompanied his name for nearly a decade, this is his first official solo release.
Rio En Medio – Peace Sequence CD (Womens Work)
Nine reveries on a borrowed Martin guitar, several of which feature veteran koto master Shoko Hikage. Also guesting on organs on two songs is psychedelic multi-instrumentalist Nathan Shineywater.
Roxy Music – The Complete Studio 1972-1982 Recordings 10xCD (Virgin)
The Complete Studio Recordings includes each of the eight Roxy Music studio albums released in the ten-year period of 1972-1982, plus two discs of rare bonus tracks.
Ron Sexsmith – Forever Endeavour CD (MRI)
Ron Sexsmith isn’t a superstitious man, otherwise he wouldn’t have waited for his 13th album to make what he says is his most personal to date. Forever Endeavour shows the singer/songwriter reflecting on themes of mortality and mutability with his usual gift for incisive writing, all wrapped in an orchestrated wall of guitar, woodwinds and brass.
Wayne Shorter – Without A Net CD (Blue Note)
Without A Net consists of live recordings from the Wayne Shorter Quartet’s European tour in late 2011, the one exception being the 23-minute tone poem “Pegasus” which features the quartet with The lmani Winds recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Silverstein – This Is How The Wind Shifts CD/LP (Hopeless)
A concept album that showcases the bands innovative ability, This Is How The Wind Shifts musically picks up right where the band last left off, showcasing darker, more aggressive sounds and textures while staying true to the soaring melodies the band is known for.
Ballaké Sissoko – At Peace CD (Six Degrees)
The second collaboration with French trip hop cellist Vincent Ségal, who has played with Cesaria Evora and Blackalicious. Sissoko plays the kora, a lute-harp indigenous to Mali and together the two musicians forge a global approach to chamber music that results in a classical style with a fresh edge. The record also features Malian players on guitar, balafon and ngoni, the African ancestor of the banjo.
The Spinto Band – Cool Cocoon CD/LP (Spintonic)
“The key to The Spinto Band sound is that, regardless of your mood, they will put a smile on your face. The lead single ‘Shake It Off’ is laid back yet invigorating melodic trip. ‘What I Love’ is a gorgeous ode that’s seems destined to be a wedding staple for those in the know. Meanwhile, few hooks are as sharp of dig as deeply as the ones you’ll hear coming your way on ‘Enemy.’” – Snob’s Music
Chris Stamey – Lovesick Blues CD/2xLP+CD (Yep Roc)
This project was inspired by Stamey’s work arranging and performing the Big Star Third shows. Many of the musicians, including members of The Old Ceremony, who have collaborated on those shows, play on Lovesick Blues. There are strings, horns, acoustic guitars and big harmonies. This is a late night/early morning record — mellow, moody pop.
The Stark Reality – Acting Thinking Feeling 3xCD (Now Again)
Three-disc set of psychedelic jazz, restored and remastered from the original tapes. Contains the entire Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop, the 1969 album Acting, Thinking, Feeling, and a bonus disc of previously unreleased tracks.
Taj Mahal – Complete Columbia Albums Collection 15xCD (Sony Legacy)
Set contains thirteen albums, including what many consider Mahal’s finest work, chronicling his recording career from its inception to worldwide acclaim. Also includes The Hidden Treasures Of Taj Mahal 1969-1973 which adds a full disc of previously unreleased studio material and a second disc which premiers a live concert recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 18, 1970.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – We The Common CD/LP (Ribbon)
“Produced by John Congleton, your go-to studio hand for musicians who stuff their songs with surprises, We The Common finds room for a fellow iconoclast in Joanna Newsom; in the shuffling ‘Kindness Be Conceived,’ the two find middle ground between Nguyen’s hookiness and Newsom’s eccentricity. But there’s always been room for both of those qualities in any given Thao Nguyen song, where playful punches to the upper arm so often turn into body blows at a moment’s notice.” – Stephen Thompson (NPR)
Richard Thompson – Electric CD/2xCD/2xLP (New West)
The guitar and folk music legend returns with a brand new studio album, produced by Buddy Miller. Electric was made at Buddy Miller’s home studio in Nashville, TN, and features Alison Krauss on the song “The Snow Leopard.” Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe features an additional disc with seven bonus tracks.
Tosca – Odeon CD/2xLP (!K7)
If geography has an impact on music, then Vienna has colored Tosca’s music at every turn. Over the course of a career spanning two decades, the Austrian capital has inspired Richard Dorfmeister (of Kruder & Dorfmeister fame) and Rupert Huber to make electronic mood pieces colored with Mitteleuropean melancholy.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II CD/LP (Jagjaguwar)
II builds on the break-beat, junk-shop charm the 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Ruban Nielson came to be renowned for following Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s self-titled 2011 debut, and signals the solidification of the band’s position as an endlessly intriguing, brave psychedelic band. UMO is unafraid to dig deeper than the rest to lock into their intoxicating, opiate groove and bring rock & roll’s exaggerated myths to life.
Townes Van Zandt – Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos 1971-1972 2xCD (Omnivore)
A double-CD set of previously unavailable music from the Texas singer/songwriter’s classic
albums High, Low & In Between and The Late Great Townes Van Zandt. Disc One features
outtakes and alternate takes/mixes of tracks from the sessions for those LPs; Disc Two highlights
solo demos. 28 tracks total.
Various Artists – L.I.E.S. Presents: American Noise 2xCD (L.I.E.S.)
Double-disc compilation of out-of-print tracks and new and unreleased material from Long Island Electrical System’s stable of modern underground electronic music.
Various Artists – Tisheh O Risheh: Funk Psychedelia Pop CD/2xLP (Pharaway Sounds)
Third compilation of Iranian pop from the 1970s. Features totally remastered tracks spanning Western rock blasters, gypsy fiddles, crime jazz piano and Abba knock-offs.
When Nalda Became Punk – A Farewell To Youth CD (Shelflife)
Spaniard Elena Sestelo started WNBP as a solo project in 2006. Inspired by the classics (Dolly Mixture, Heavenly, and Helen Love) as well as some of Spain’s finest (Moving Pictures, La Pequena Suiza, and Vacaciones), Elena’s vocals simply shine over the jangly guitars and playful synths and drum machines. Their songs are quirky and fresh, with plenty of spirit.
DVD + Blu-ray:
Mumford & Sons – The Road To Red Rocks (The Film) DVD/Blu-ray (Glassnote)
The English folk rock band captured live in performance at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado in summer 2012. As well as footage of the concert itself the journey of the band to Red Rocks is explored, from their humble origins in the West London music scene to their ability to sell out the spectacular 10,000 capacity open-air amphitheater. 88 minutes.
Olivia Wyatt – Pierced Heart & The Machete DVD (Sublime Frequencies)
Latest chapter in Sublime Frequencies’ stunning Folk Cinema series. A vivid, unflinching exploration of two annual Vodou pilgrimages in Haiti.
1991 – High Tech High Life LP (Boomkat Editions)
Vinyl version of 2012 album, originally released on cassette on Opal Tapes. 1991 is reminiscent of Boards of Canada, Oneohtrix Point Never, JD Emmanuel and the hauntological afterglow of Pye Corner Audio or Grouper’s instrumentation.
Bad Indian – Are On The Other Side LP (CQ)
This Michigan band brings their brand of rust belt garage, psych, jangle and rock & roll over 13 tracks on their second full-length. ‘60s style punk rave-ups, organ laced c86 jangle, haunting ballads and psych freak-outs.
Bong – Mana-Yood-Sushai  LP (Ritual Productions)
HQ-180 vinyl version of UK stoner rock/doom metal outfit’s 2011 album.
Circuit Des Yeux – CDY3 10” (Magnetic South/Family Vineyard)
The focus remains Fohr’s haunted, mournful melodies, where the edges of her voice twist toward inner conflict and white light aggression, and intricate feedback architecture of her guitar playing.
Matthew Dear – Fighting Is Futile 12” (Spectral Sound)
Third single off Beams, accompanied by four remixes from Seth Troxler, Kink, Benoit & Sergio, and Laid Back.
Gehenna – Negotium Perambulans In Tenebris  LP+MP3 (A389)
Pure raw brutality, seething with primitive fury and laying waste with barbaric execution. For fans of Integrity, Infest and Hellhammer.
God’s America – Our Bones Will Bleach In The Sun 7”+MP3 (A389)
Crushing and abrasive powerviolence/grindcore from Las Vegas. For fans of Infest, Phobia, and Magrudergrind.
Adam Green/Binki Shapiro – Adam Green/Binki Shapiro LP (Rounder)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. With deceptively pretty arrangements that echo filigreed late-sixties folk-pop and an easygoing rapport between singers, this duets collaboration between Adam Green (Moldy Peaches) and Binki Shapiro takes just one listen to enchant. Both artists are notable figures among indie-pop fans, cherished for their off-kilter sensibility (him) and elegantly quirky style (her).
Gunman & The Holy Ghost – Things To Regret Or Forget LP (A. Records)
From The Third Sound frontman comes this gem of a solo album, melancholic songs that echo Spiritualized, religious dialogs and alt-country music.
Hank IV – Depravity’s Rainbow b/w Your Mind Is A Disco 7” (Holy Mountain)
Recorded in a lacerating hi-fidelity previously unheard on their other 7” singles, “Depravity’s Rainbow” is something of an alternate-universe rock ’n’ roll pop hit vista for Hank IV. But these songs aren’t any sort of gauzy or hazy faux-California summer jams—this is some straight up TV-MA-LSV sh!t and the screen’s inside your eyelids.
Haunted Hearts – Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good 7” (Zoo Music)
Debut single from lead members of Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles. Sounds like a 50/50 split between the two.
J Dilla – 48 Hours Instrumentals 10” [Reissue/2003] (Delicious Vinyl)
Vinyl LP pressing of J. Dilla’s beats used for the Frank-N-Dank album 48 Hours. This 2003 album was produced by the late J. Dilla and shelved for a decade.
J. Dilla – Music From The Lost Scrolls 1 10” (Delicious Vinyl)
Last year, Dilla’s estate announced plans to release more previously-unheard music from the dearly departed producer via a series of releases under the umbrella The Lost Scrolls. The release notes promise that “the beats are prime, vintage Dilla start to finish,” and that the songs also feature Dilla on the mic.
Ladyfinger (NE) – Errant Forms LP+CD (Saddle Creek)
Mixes early ‘70s classic rock with punk and hardcore of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Available as a limited edition (of 500) LP, pressed on clear vinyl. LP jacket includes 3D elements which can be viewed with included glasses. LP also includes copy of entire album on CD. Recorded at ARC Studios by Matt Bayles (Minus the Bear, Cursive, Mastodon).
Left For Dead – Devoid Of Everything LP+MP3 (A389)
Collects Left For Dead’s entire studio recorded output from 1996-1997, taken from the original 1/4″ multi track reels. Featuring members of legendary Canadian hardcore band Chokehold, whose members went on to form Cursed, The Swarm, Haymaker, Pick Your Side and Burning Love. CD version due February 19.
My Chemical Romance – Number Five 7” (Reprise)
The final of the five releases which features “Surrender The Night” and “Burn Bright”. These are unreleased tracks that were recorded prior to Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys.
Thee Open Sex – Thee Open Sex LP (Magnetic South/Family Vineyard)
With their first proper full length, Thee Open Sex approach the midwestern American alienation of Rocket From The Tombs as reductionists, aligning with German art rock robotics from the viewpoint of John Lydon.
Ugandan Methods – A Cold Retreat 12” (Boomkat)
Trio of noise techno neologisms by producers Regis and Ancient Methods.
Umberto – Confrontations LP (Not Not Fun)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Kansas City’s goblin king of neo-Giallo, brood-blooded dark fantasy soundtracking returns with his third official full-length, two years after the badass psychodrama of Prophecy Of The Black Widow.
UUVVWWZ – The Trusted Language LP+CD (Saddle Creek)
An avant-blues quartet from Lincoln, NE. The Trusted Language aspires to braid music theory with experimental poetry, which functions as a conduit toward a schizo-cultural critique and embodied project. Skronk-tastic.
Various Artists – Your Victorian Breasts 2xLP+MP3 (Three Four)
Collection of 20 unreleased tracks by the likes of Alastair Galbraith, Black To Comm, Arp, Pigeons, Ignats, Alvarius B, William Tyler, Supreme Dicks, Filipe Felizardo, Hamilton Yarns, and Circuit Des Yeux. It also hosts three new collective projects: Mendrugo (featuring Josephine Foster joining forces with husband Victor Herrero, Jose Luis Herrero, Jose Luis Rico and Takuhiko Nochimoto); Raajmahal, the reunion of Pat Murano (No-Neck Blues Band), Carla Baker, and Santa Wolanczyk; and Syracuse Ear, a first-class improv gathering featuring David Maranha, Chris Corsano, Manuel Mota, and Margarida Garcia.
Weekend Nachos – Watch You Suffer 7”+MP3 (A389)
Two brand new tracks from Chicago’s reigning champions of hardcore/powerviolence. B-side exclusive to this single. For fans of Despise You, Infest, and Magrudergrind.