Apple And Three Oranges – Free And Easy: The Complete Works 1970-1975 CD/2xLP (Now Again)
Soul and funk from the L.A. drummer/singer/songwriter Ed “Apple” Nelson and his band. “Thick slices of rhythmic soul that are clearly indebted to J.B. and Sly, yet are completely their own things, loose, at once joyous and accusatory, and grounded in that distinctive New Orleans drumming that blows today’s beat-heads’ lids” – L.A. Weekly
Ólöf Arnalds – Sudden Elevation CD/LP (One Little Indian)
Recorded in her native Iceland, Sudden Elevation, Ólöf Arnald’s third full album and her first sung entirely in English, captures a rare and idiosyncratic songwriting talent in full bloom. From the breezily skipping rhythm of opener “German Fields” to the pealing vocals of closer, “Perfect,” Sudden Elevation’s particular brand of heartache is magical, dislocated and otherworldly; its harmonies complex and quietly electrifying.
At The Drive-In – Acrobatic Tenement [Reissue/1996] CD (Twenty First Chapter)
ATDI’s 1996 debut is back in print.
Autechre – Exai 2xCD/4xLP (Warp)
“As Autechre, Sean Booth and Rob Brown have produced some of the best electronic music of the past 20 years. Characterized from the beginning by gloom and intricacy, their sound has grown more complex and austere over time.” – BBC
Stefano Battaglia Trio – The River Of Anyder CD (ECM)
Stefano Battaglia first made waves as a classical pianist, playing music from baroque and early music to 20th century composition touring the European festivals in this capacity, before making the transition to music that incorporated improvisation. A strong feeling for structure, a legacy from the ‘classical’ years, continues to inform all his work.
B/B/S/ – Brick Mask CD/LP (Miasmah)
Debut album from collaboration between Miasmah label boss Erik Skodvin (Svarte Greiner, Deaf Center), experimental don Andrea Belfi, and metal stalwart Aidan Baker (Nadja). Like Supersilent, but rooted in metal instead of jazz.
Blue Hawaii – Untogether CD/LP (Arbutus)
Untogether frames a time of warmth and novelty, featuring dense female harmonies, tape saturated synths, guitars and drum machines.
Marcus Canty – This Is Marcus Canty CD (Epic)
Guided by his idol, Epic president L.A. Reid, R&Bs latest breakthrough vocal powerhouse Canty describes his sound as R&B with a pop twist, a la Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Usher.
The Cave Singers – Naomi CD/LP (Jagjaguwar)
On Naomi, The Cave Singers have charted new territory for the band, both musically and spiritually, while remaining true to their distinctive brand of brushfired folk. After some time in the dark wealth of the unknown, they have returned to the light with a revitalized purpose.
Chelsea Light Moving – Chelsea Light Moving CD/LP+7” (Matador)
New band from Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, featuring the backing talents of Keith Wood, Samara Lubelski and John Moloney, all of whom featured as Thurston’s backing band on his last solo record, Demolished Thoughts — but this time it hits hard with rock noise.
Cloud Cult – Love CD (Earthology)
“Love is packed with optimistic theories about how we connect to each other and the world around us. Also true to form, the music that surrounds those messages bursts with warmth, whether in spare examinations of faith or in big-hearted explosions of ecstatic celebration.” – NPR
Dirty Beaches – Water Park OST CD/10” (A Records)
The instrumentation of oscillators, heavily reverberated strings, mellotron/chamberlain, and experimental electric guitar sets the mood for this bizarre plastic tropical paradise that’s within a shopping mall. Also available on 10″ white vinyl.
Family Atlantica – Family Atlantica CD/2xLP (Soundway)
Musicians from London, Venezuela and Nigeria/Ghana, fuse blues, calypso, spiritual jazz and psychedelia.
Fiction – The Big Other CD (Cooperative Music)
Debut album and a bit of a cracker if you like ‘80s inflicted classic angular indie pop. Think Field Music mixed with a large dash of prime time Orange Juice.
Gnod – Chaudelande CD (Rocket)
Beat-driven, shamanistic space-noise.
Helado Negro – Invisible Life CD (Asthmatic Kitty)
Press play on Invisible Life and you lose your season. Roberto Lange AKA Helado Negro is talking to you in Spanish. He’s talking to you, perhaps with more volume, in the language he’s been teaching us all over the past three years through the lessons of the seductive full-length Canta Lechuza, the sub-narrative exploration EP Island Universe Story One, and the all-in collaboration, OMBRE, with Juliana Barwick. This immersive curriculum, paired with our own capacity for feeling, will make Invisible Life visible. At least as much Roberto Lange wants us to see of himself.
Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell & Angels CD/2xLP (Sony Legacy)
People, Hell & Angels is a new album of twelve never before released Jimi Hendrix studio recordings. It showcases the legendary guitarist working outside of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience trio.
Robin Hitchcock – Love From London CD/LP (Yep Roc)
New album from Robyn Hitchcock celebrates life in a culture imperiled by economic and environmental collapse. “These are exciting times,” Robyn says. “We are surfing on the momentum of chaos. If a consensus on global warming comes from the people, then the media, the politicians, and the corporations will have to adapt to it. Rock & roll is an old man’s game now, so I’m staying in it.”
Hollis Brown – Ride On The Train CD/LP (Alive)
The NYC-based band releases a debut album full of gritty jams and soft, sweet ballads.
How To Destroy Angels – Welcome To Oblivion CD (Columbia)
New album from the project of Trent Reznor, Mariqueen Maandig (Reznor’s wife), Rob Sheridan, and Atticus Ross. Vinyl version due March 19.
Icona Pop – Iconic CD (Big Beat)
Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post and Pitchfork appointed Icona Pop’s summer single, “I Love It” as one of the best of 2012, while MTV picked the single as the official theme tune for the current season of J-Wow And Snooki. Iconic gathers their first two EPs ahead of their forthcoming LP.
Javelin – Hi Beams CD (Luaka Bop)
“Unlike their first album which the band made themselves on the cheap with a computer, Hi Beams was recorded at Machine With Magnets studio in Pawtucket, RI using vintage equipment, real microphones and the like.” – Brooklyn Vegan
Marsen Jules – Endless Change Of Colour CD (12k)
Endless Change Of Colour ripples and pulses, set within a field of color that sometimes feels like water, sometimes like air and sometimes like glass. Electronic tones hum with warmth and the softness of slumber.
Julia Kent – Character CD/LP (Leaf)
Third album from the cellist and arranger. For fans of Nils Frahm, Low, Dirty Three, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Colleen, Hauschka, Rachel’s, and Ólöf Arnalds.
The Kingsbury Manx – Bronze Age CD/LP (Odessa)
The Kingsbury Manx’s sixth (say that really fast ten times in a row) album pushes their blend of folk-pop melodicism further out into the reaches of psychedelia and even ’70s prog rock territory. Also available on white vinyl.
Krokus – Dirty Dynamite CD (The End)
For almost 40 years, Krokus has stood for high-quality, honest-to-goodness, hand-made power rock. Krokus guitarist Mark Kohler has this to say: “This is not just another Krokus album. I think we have definitely passed another rock milestone with this record.”
Lady – Lady CD/LP (Truth & Soul)
Lady unites the mellowness and pop flair of ‘60s soul with the driving beat of hip-hop, and the silky rhythms of modern R&B.
The Last Bison – Inheritance CD (Universal Republic)
The Last Bison transports listeners into the untamed heart of Virginia with sweet melodies and intricate instrumentation. These elements converge and yield the band’s self-proclaimed ‘mountaintop chamber’ sound, as they channel a rustic spirit through an artful amalgam of folk, classical, and rock. Vinyl version due March 26.
Long Tall Deb – Raise Your Hands CD (Vizztone)
Features striking performances on ten of Long Tall Deb’s original songs with help from some heavy hitters in the blues world including Jimmy Thackery, Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan), Victor Wainwright, Damon Fowler, JP Soars, Sean Carney, Big Llou, Colin John and members of Roomful Of Blues, among others.
The Men – New Moon CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
New Moon is simultaneously an expansion of palette and a contraction of focus, hedged with as much leaden dirge and ecstatic abandon as it is genuine saccharine steel-string levity and an ever-tightening, no apologies pop concision.
Stephan Micus – Panagia CD (ECM)
“On Panagia I focused mainly on strings,” explains Micus about the recording, made in his own studio on the island of Mallorca, where he has lived for many years. “The string instruments come from Bavaria, India, Pakistan, Chinese Xinjiang plus my own invention, a 14-string guitar.”
Modestep – Evolution Theory CD (Interscope)
Debut album from London dubstep-rock band.
Ashley Monroe – Like A Rose CD (WB)
Monroe has been creating music for more than half of her life — attracting along the way kudos from such music world giants as Dolly Parton, Guy Clark, Vince Gill and Jack White.
MopMop – Isle Of Magic CD/LP (Agogo)
Isle Of Magic contains 13 tracks of pure Voodoo jazz, Caribbean flavors, Afro funk, exotic rhythms and soul music.
Kate Nash – Girl Talk CD/2xLP (Ingrooves)
Third album from UK pop singer/songwriter, which introduces her new rockin’ sound with the first singles “3AM” and “Deathproof” (which was inspired by the Quentin Tarantino film of the same name).
Madeleine Peyroux – The Blue Room CD (Decca)
The Blue Room features Madeleine reinterpreting songs from Ray Charles seminal album Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music, as well as other artists including Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen, whose legacies are herein enveloped into a similar melting pot of the variety of American popular song.
Benoit Pioulard – Hymnal CD/LP (Kranky)
“Hymnal” contains some of Thomas Meluch’s (aka Benoit Pioulard) most expansive instrumental works and fully realized pop compositions, making for a rich and dynamic long-playing arc. “Benoit Pioulard finds beauty in the raw and corroded.” – NPR
Raekwon – The Tonight Show CD (Siccness)
New album from the Wu-Tang rapper.
Otis Redding – Lonely & Blue: The Definitive Soul Of Otis Redding CD (Fantasy)
A stunning album combining the soul legend’s most poignant and heart-breaking ballads, including “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” “These Arms Of Mine,” “My Lover’s Prayer,” and more. Vinyl version (blue wax) due March 12.
Rhye – Women CD (Loma Vista)
L.A.-based duo, Rhye, formed under the guise of creating art inspired by classic beauty and honest emotion. Recorded in Copenhagen and Los Angeles, their sound brings together elements of their modern cultural aesthetics mixed with an homage to classic sensibilities; lush strings and melodies intertwined with simple electronic production and soft and sultry vocals — a marriage between refined decadence and modern elegance. Vinyl version due March 12.
Josh Ritter – The Beast In Its Tracks CD/LP+CD/LP+CD+7” (Pytheas)
The Beast In Its Tracks is Ritter’s first studio album in almost three years. It may as well go down as his divorce record, as it was written and recorded in the wake of his 18-month marriage suddenly dissolving. Vinyl version is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a bonus 7” with two unreleased tracks, and is pressed on HQ-180 clear vinyl.
Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In CD/LP (ATO)
Rose is the former front woman for Nashville group Save Macaulay. Her vocal performance and lyrics have led to comparisons to Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Iris DeMent.
Rotting Christ – Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy (Do What Thou Wilt) CD/2xLP (Season Of Mist)
On Kata Ton Daimona Eytoy, Rotting Christ embellish their signature dark metal with Sumerian and Incan poetry and as well as flourishes from Romanian folk song, and lyrics inspired by tales of undead Russian water spirits, Voodoo, Zoroastrianism and other sources.
Boz Scaggs – Memphis CD/LP (Savoy)
The Grammy-award winning rock legend returns with a mix of new originals and choice covers.
Soilwork – The Living Infinite 2xCD (Nuclear Blast)
Ninth studio album from the Swedish death metal band. Vinyl version due April 2.
Son Volt – Honkey Tonk CD (Rounder)
From his earliest recordings in the 1990s as a founding member of Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar has been a keen observer of the American landscape: its beauties and its tragedies, salvations and poisons. His two-decades of touring and travel as the leader of Son Volt as well as a solo artist have deepened and sharpened his gift for capturing the sights and sounds of his American journey a gift which is in evidence once again on Son Volt’s sixth studio album, Honky Tonk. Vinyl version due March 19.
Suuns – Images du Futur CD/LP (Secretly Canadian)
Images du Futur builds upon the intensity of Suuns’ 2010 debut, but often does so through new textures and subtler dynamic maneuvering. Album standout “Edie’s Dream” begins with a single bass line repeated from which layers build and rise first drums, then a wash of white noise; echoes of guitar, then chanted vocals. The song’s clever shifts are jazz-touched and delicate, almost subliminal. It all makes for a stark, skeletal boogie more an astral projection than a song.
Swamp Dogg – Total Destruction To Your Mind [Reissue/1970] CD/LP (Alive)
Swamp Dogg – Rat On! [Reissue/1971] CD/LP (Alive)
Total Destruction To Your Mind has been called ”one of the most gloriously gonzo soul recordings of all time.” Swamp Dogg’s second album, Rat On!, was ranked as having one of the top ten worst album covers of all time, an achievement he is rightfully proud of. Vocally, Mr. Dogg sounds like a cross between General Johnson (of Chairmen Of The Board) and Van Morrison; as a songwriter, he’s his own man.
They Might Be Giants – Nanobots CD (Idlewild)
Nanobots features 25 tracks; most of them are extremely short songs. The album features guest appearances from Stan Harrison, Jon Graboff, Mike Doughty, Jedediah Parish, and Chris Thompson. Vinyl version due March 19.
Ulfur – White Mountain CD/LP (Western Vinyl)
With influences ranging from cult cinema, esoteric literature and contemporary music, Ulfur presents a unique twist on the supernatural.
Various Artists – Elektronische Musik 2: Experimental German 1971-83 2xCD/2xLP (Soul Jazz)
Soul Jazz’ second voyage into the world of Krautrock and German electronic music from the 1970s and early 1980s, including Can, Faust, Popul Vuh, Neu!, Cluster, Amon Duul II, La Dusseldorf) as well as lesser known and more obscure groups and artists such as Agitation Free, Broselmachine, Niagara and many more. (Vinyl version is spread across two separate double-disc volumes.)
Brooke Waggoner – Originator CD (Ingrooves)
“In the span of time between the release of my last album, Go Easy Little Doves, in 2009 and the beginning of production on Originator in 2011, I spent my time producing albums for other bands, writing music for short films, and playing piano in Jack White’s all-female band, The Peacocks,” Brooke remarked. “It’s been a good time to ‘fill my well’ so to speak.” – Direct Current. Vinyl version due March 26.
Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt CD/LP+MP3 (Don Giovanni)
On her second full-length record as Waxahatchee, former P.S. Eliot singer Katie Crutchfield’s compelling hyper-personal poetry is continuously crushing. Cerulean Salt is a collection of minimal acoustic-guitar pop with sharp and hooky songwriting. Also available on blue vinyl with download.
Young Dreams – Between Places CD/LP (Modular)
Young Dreams is a Norwegian symphonic pop outfit led by Matias Tellez. With a fluctuating line up that blossoms up to as many as 12 members, they have already captured the imaginations of dreamy pop lovers internationally. Tellez composes the lion’s share of the Young Dreams sound, after which a variety of instruments and voices are added by a clutch of likeminded optimists.
Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse CD/2xLP (Fat Possum)
Sophomore album from Boise native Trevor Powers AKA Youth Lagoon. Powers says this album spawned from what he describes as becoming more ”fascinated by the human psyche and where the spiritual world meets the physical world.” He describes the writing process of his first album as a way for his mind to communicate with his body, not the other way around. It seems the same can be said for Wondrous Bughouse.
DVD + Blu-ray:
Noel Gallagher – International Magic Live At The O2 2xDVD/Blu-ray+CD (UME)
International Magic Live At The O2 features Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds live at London’s O2 on Feb 26, 2012, along with an acoustic set by Noel at The Mod Club Toronto, the Ride The Tiger video trilogy plus footage of live performances from 2012’s NME Awards. Blu-ray adds a CD Faster Than The Speed Of Magic, featuring album demos and B-sides.
Sigur Ros – Valtari Experiment DVD (XL)
Sigur Ros gave a dozen filmmakers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever came into their head when they listened to songs from their most recent album Valtari. Among the filmmakers are Floria Sigismondi, Ramin Bahrani, Alma Har’el, John Cameron Mitchell, and many more. All 16 films are collected here for a limited edition, one-time pressing.
Apache Dropout – Magnetic Heads LP (Family Vineyard)
This is not a new Apache Dropout platter, but an archival sidestep into the Fugs n’ fried view of their early beginnings. Before the Indiana trio cemented their unique red-level, distorto proto-punk they focused on a more obliterated bent on traditional forms. Fiddle, distortion and echo drive most of these songs, as sung by Sonny Blood, that tout distrust of banks, ballot uncertainties and magnetic heads.
Badbadnotgood – Flashing Lights 12” (Innovative Leisure)
Toronto musicians Matthew A. Tavares, Chester Hansen and Alex Sowinski first met in Humber College’s Music Performance program, bonding over a common love for Odd Future, Gucci Mane and Lil B. This is their first physical release.
Julianna Barwick – Pacing 7” (Suicide Squeeze)
Two new compositions — one vocal arrangement, one solo piano.
B/B/S/ – Half Moon 7” (Miasmah)
Three songs from trio of Miasmah label boss Erik Skodvin (Svarte Greiner, Deaf Center), experimental don Andrea Belfi, and metal stalwart Aidan Baker (Nadja). Like Supersilent, but rooted in metal instead of jazz.
Big Boys – Where’s My Towel/Industry Standard LP+MP3 (Modern Classics)
Reissue of the skate punk’s 1981 debut.
Bloody Amateur – Bloody Amateur LP (Teenbeat)
Andy Comer (Prosiacs) began Bloody Amateur in late 2009 as a two-night stint by Andy at NYC’s storied space, The Kitchen. It’s a recording of dark and personal beauty — spare and assertive, intricate and electric. RIYL: The Feelies, Colin Newman, Unrest, The Chills, Roy Montgomery and The Go-Betweens.
The Blue Angel Lounge – Narcotica  LP (A. Records)
The Blue Angel Lounge (Hagen, Germany) re-release their second studio album on Anton Newcombe’s A Records. While staying true to their Nico and Velvet Underground inspired colors, broader timeless inspiration of new wave, post punk, and shoegaze are accentuated throughout Narcotica.
BOY – Mutual Friends LP (Nettwerk)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. An intoxicating mixture to lift even the dullest day out of the doldrums and the direct result of the refreshingly lively and humorous personalities of the band members. BOY sing smart, sharply observed songs with catchy hooks and heartfelt lyrics.
John Carpenter/Alan Howarth – They Live 2xLP (Death Waltz)
For the score to one of his most iconic films, Carpenter and Howarth created what can only be described as electronic blues. They Live has a dusty, slow pulsating western feel that really does give it a life of its own. HQ-180 yellow vinyl.
Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind 2xLP (Deathwish Inc.)
2012 album now available on vinyl. All We Love continues to blaze a new path over 17 tracks of desperation led by the scathing guitar work of Kurt Ballou and tortured howls of frontman Jacob Bannon, creating what is being considered the best album of their legendary two decade long reign as kings of metallic hardcore.
Dead C Vs. Rangda – Dead C Vs. Rangda LP (Ba Da Bing!)
Split album between US and New Zealand “supergroups.” Dead C tracks date to the late ’80s and are outtakes from the sessions for their Eusa Kills album. Rangda tracks were recorded recently at Russian Recording in Bloomington, IN.
Deafheaven – Demo  12” (Sargent House)
In advance of their upcoming full-length slated for late 2013, Deafheaven’s Demo has been remastered and is available for the first time on vinyl.
Falty DL – She Sleeps: Part 1 12” (Ninja Tune)
FaltyDL – She Sleeps: Part 2 12” (Ninja Tune)
New two-part single from Hardcourage features a collaboration with Friendly Fires’ vocalist Ed Macfarlane. Part 1 includes remixes by Gang Gang Dance and Ital, while Part 2 features remixes by Martyn and 2000 Black.
Fireworks – Lit Up! LP (Bang!)
This slab of brutally loud and distorted swamp-noise psychobilly conjures Pussy Galore covering The Scientists and The Cramps on a psycho bad trip of metallic, rusted scrap.
Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse LP (Atlantic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Frightened Rabbit is one of the most acclaimed bands of the past decade, earning wide-ranging applause and a fervent international fan following with their emotionally exhilarating melodies and scathingly frank lyricism.
Ghost – Tune In Turn On Free Tibet  2xLP (Drag City)
Originally released in 1999 on CD – now available for the first time on vinyl. “What can one man do? Does he dare disturb the universe? Ghost insist ‘tune in, turn on, and do the nonviolent sabotage!’ Free Tibet while you’re at it.”
Justin Greaves – Devil’s Business 2xLP (Death Waltz)
Dealth Waltz’s first foray into new contemporary film music. The score by Greaves, the main protagonist of Crippled Black Phoenix, is a beautiful eerie listen, minimal yet epic and soaked in a smoky atmosphere.
Guided By Voices – Islands 7” (GBV Inc.)
The second single from the upcoming LP English Little League features a typically lush Tobin Sprout pop construction, “Islands (She Talks in Rainbows),” which could have come off an early (very early) Bee Gees record. It’s backed with the sweet acoustic ballad “She Wore Blue And Green” and a deranged piano and echo soaked psych workout, “Full Framed Luberon.”
Hair Police – Mercurial Rites LP (Type)
As dirt-sodden and gruesome as the band has ever sounded, Mercurial Rites marks an evolution in industrial noise without straying far from their original intentions. Tape-saturated bells and gongs push up awkwardly against pounding, funereal percussion and the kind of disembodied screams we last heard on ’80s-era Whitehouse sides. While the result might terrify some, it re-affirms what made the noise scene so alluring in the first place.
Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced? [Mono] LP (Sony Legacy)
Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced? [UK Sequence/Mono] LP (Sony Legacy)
Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold As Love [Mono] LP (Sony Legacy)
HQ-200 gram mono pressings of these two Hendrix classics are now available.
Herbcraft – Astral Body Electric LP (Woodsist)
Once the isolationist bedroom-psych project of Matt Lajoie, Herbcraft has in recent years sprawled out in many different full-band incarnations — duo, trio, quartet, sextet — for tours and heady super-sessions at their HQ in Maine. Their third album finds the most enduring lineup of the band at its peak: songs half-composed, half-improvised, and played with freewheeling first-take intensity.
Lena Hughes – Queen Of The Flat Top Guitar LP (Tompkins Square)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Impossibly rare recordings by the legendary finger-picker. Notes by John Renbourn.
Syl Johnson – Total Explosion [Reissue/1976] LP (Hi Records/Fat Possum)
“During his eight-year stint with Hi Records, Johnson was in the shadows of both Al Green and Ann Peebles. His albums never flew off the shelves but he could be trusted to release two or three good singles a year. By 1975, Johnson’s partnership with Hi Records started to yield even more success. As this album’s predecessors had Johnson vacillating between being a romantic and a wretch, Total Explosion explores his unrepentant side with good results.” – AllMusic
Jon Mueller – Death Blues LP (Taiga)
The six songs that comprise Death Blues are each their own doorway to both a bold new musical statement from the renowned drummer/percussionist and an unprecedented journey into a conscious contemplation of death — and the life that surrounds it. Released in tandem with a multi-part manifesto, Death Blues transcends its own existence as a 34-minute, earth-cracking rock album.
The Ouroboros – Ouroboros LP (Innovative Leisure)
The Ouroboros often represents self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things perceived as cycles that begin anew as soon as they end. It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished.
Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Two Weeks 7” (Critical Heights)
A shuddering feat of shaggy-dog jangle and perfectly bruised lyrics. B-side is a tale of unexpected betrayal, lost romance and falling out of love with sausages.
Survival Knife – Traces Of Me 7” (Sub Pop)
Debut release from two-thirds of Unwound. “Traces Of Me” pulls together elements of Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes, Black Flag’s mid-period mathematical lurch, King Crimson and of course Unwound for a taut and catchy post-hardcore crunch.
The Thermals – More Parts Per Million [Reissue/2003] LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
The Thermals – F##kin A [Reissue/2004] LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
The Thermals – The Body, The Blood, The Machine [Reissue/2006] LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Vinyl reissues now available. New album, Desperate Ground, due April 16.
Underworld – Rez (Bassnectar Mix) 12” (OM)
Underworld’s “Rez” is remixed by Bassnectar.
Various Artists – CiTR Pop Alliance Vol. 3 LP (Mint)
CiTR’s Duncan McHugh (the host of CiTR FM’s Duncan’s Donuts) has recruited fourteen of Vancouver’s finest, including Jay Arner, Movieland, Korean Gut (RIP), Peace and more. Many songs are unreleased, and all proceeds from the release will go back to CiTR 101.9 FM — the birthplace of Mint Records.
Various Artists – RZA Presents: Shaolin Soul Selections Vol. 1 3xLP (Soul Temple)
Legendary soul from the vaults of Stax Records that inspired the classic sound of The Wu-Tang Clan. Heavy cuts from Isaac hayes, Booker T & The MGs, Albert King, The Emotions, and more.
Various Artists – West Of Memphis: Voices For Justice 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Voices For Justice is music from and inspired by the documentary West Of Memphis. Features tracks by: Henry Rollins (featuring Nick Cave and Warren Ellis), Lucinda Williams, Tonto’s Giant Nuts (Johnny Depp & co.) Marilyn Manson, Band Of Horses, Citizen Cope, Eddie Vedder, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, and more.
Woolen Men – Woolen Men LP (Woodsist)
Punk-influenced DIY music in the Pacific Northwest tradition of Dead Moon and The Wipers.
Savvas Ysatis + Taylor Deupree – Origin LP (12k)
Cryptic, noisy and warm, Origin searches for details in the layers.