CDs + Vinyl:
Abbhama – Alam Raya  CD/LP (Strawberry Rain)
Abbhama’s lone symphonic progressive effort has been highly regarded within South East Asia for years but is just starting to open ears elsewhere. Named one of the top 100 albums of all time by Rolling Stone Indonesia, Alam Raya was recorded in 1978 and has only been available on cassette until now. For fans of Genesis, Yes, Guruh Gypsy, ELP and Triumvirat.
Affiance – Blackout CD (Bullet Tooth)
Sophomore album from the Cleveland-based metal band produced by Carson Slovak (August Burns Red, Texas In July, Sirens & Sailors).
Olli Ahvenlahti – The Poet [Reissue/1976] CD/LP (Mr. Bong)
Digitally remastered edition of this 1976 album from the Finnish pianist, composer and conductor. Olli Ahvenlahti has been one of Finland’s leading jazz artists since the ’70s. The groove of his ’70s dancefloor jazz made an impact on the Finnish jazz scene, and album track “Grandma’s Rocking Chair” is viewed as a highlight of that era.
Jason Aldean – Old Boots New Dirt CD (Broken Bow)
New album from the two-time ACM Male Vocalist Of The Year. Includes the single ”Burnin It Down.”
Alive Like Me – Only Forever CD (Rise)
Debut album from Oregon-based alternative rock/post-hardcore band.
Alunah – Awakening The Forest CD (Napalm)
Third album from the English doom band.
Arctic Monkeys – Who The F**k Are Arctic Monkeys? [Reissue/2006] CD (Domino)
Who The F**k Are Arctic Monkeys? is a five-track EP originally recorded in 2006 and released four months after their breakout debut full length Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. It has only been available as an import since release, but it is now finally being released in the US.
Audrey Horne – Pure Heavy CD/2xLP+7” (Napalm)
Audrey Horne includes members of Enslaved, Gorgoroth and Sahg. Recommended for fans of Audioslave, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, and Foo Fighters. Limited digipak includes two bonus tracks. Vinyl edition features gatefold design and a 7” single.
A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Atmos CD/2xLP (Kranky)
A Winged Victory For The Sullen’s second full-length album sees the duo introduce flurries of electronics, harp and modular synthesizers to their sound in the follow up to the 2011 self-titled album. Composed for Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance Company (UK), which provided them with the inspiration to expand their sound palette into more electronic territory, whilst keeping their signature chamber sound, resulting in a very unique release. “An immersive, & inevitably cinematic, ambient gem.” — Mojo
The Barr Brothers – Sleeping Operator CD/2xLP (Secret City)
Sleeping Operator is meditative and explosive, exploring the far reaches of folk laced with West African influences, hypnotic modernist pulsing and beyond. While the record extends into cinematic and otherworldly territories, it maintains a campfire-like intimacy throughout. The band was joined by local neighborhood guests from Arcade Fire (Richard Reed Parry), Patrick Watson’s band, The Luyas, Bassekou Kouyate’s band and Little Scream along the way. Known for their unique orchestrations, The Barr Brothers used a plethora of instruments to embellish this album including a variety of horns, marimba, ngoni (West African stringed instrument), an instrument made by a fan called a cardboardium, hammered dulcimer, and pedal steel to make a sound that is sui generis.
Bass Drum Of Death – Rip This CD/LP (Innovative Leisure)
Rip This retains BDoD’s trademark sorry-for-partyin swagger while scrapping the crackling hiss and lo-fi fuzz. The result is a record that still relies on an obliterating attack of heavy guitars, danceable hooks, and kinetic drumming, but will appeal as much to Kiss fans as the music freaks and geeks who worship Nuggets.
Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister [Reissue/1996] LP+MP3 (Matador)
Belle & Sebastian – Tigermilk [Reissue/1997] LP+MP3 (Matador)
Belle & Sebastian – Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant [Reissue/2000] LP+MP3 (Matador)
Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress [Reissue/2003] 2xLP+MP3 (Matador)
Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit [Reissue/2006] 2xLP+MP3 (Matador)
Belle & Sebastian – The BBC Sessions [Reissue/2008] 2xLP+MP3 (Matador)
Belle & Sebastian – Write About Love [Reissue/2010] LP+MP3 (Matador)
First round of Belle & Sebastian vinyl reissues – back in print for the first time in years. (The Boy With The Arab Strap, Push Barman To Open Old Wounds, and The Third Eye Center due November 4.
Black Strobe – Godforsaken Roads CD/LP (Black Strobe)
“What do you do when your passion for electronic music is just as strong as your love of country and blues? If you’re French musician Arnaud Rebotini, you marry them. Godforsaken Roads boasts Black Strobe’s trademark electronic twist on traditional blues sounds and is propelled by Rebotini’s deep, Nick Cave-esque growl.” – USA Today
Bonobo – The North Borders Tour: Live CD/CD+DVD/2xLP (Ninja Tune)
Live album recorded at The Roundhouse in London and Pula Arena, available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe features expanded packaging with a 70-page hardback book of photographs and stories from members of the band, as well as a bonus DVD featuring glimpses of hi-speed photography.
Traci Braxton – Crash & Burn CD (eOne)
R&B singer and reality TV celebrity Traci Braxton releases her first debut album.
Jackson Browne – Standing In The Breach CD/LP (Inside Recordings)
Jackson’s fourteenth studio album is a collection of ten songs, at turns deeply personal and political, exploring love, hope, and defiance in the face of the advancing uncertainties of modern life.
Vashti Bunyan – Heartleap CD (DiCristina Stair Builders)
Nine years after Lookaftering, her last album of new material, legendary British singer/songwriter Vashti Bunyan returns with a breathtaking new LP. Recorded largely in her home studio, Heartleap is a unique and entrancing collection of ten songs forming what Vashti is adamant will be her final album. Vinyl version due October 7.
Skyla Burrell Band – Blues Scars CD (VizzTone)
The Skyla Burrell Band is a full time, hardworking traveling blues band, known for their high-energy electric blues. Onstage and on record, they play 100% original material — singer/guitarist Skyla Burrell and co-founder/guitarist Mark Tomlinson share songwriting credits.
Caribou – Our Love CD/LP (Merge)
Our Love is Dan Snaith aka Caribou’s most soulful record to date, chock-full of heartfelt lyrics and organic nature that cuts through bubbling synths and blissful euphoria of their synthetic construction. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Snaith said that his “initial impulse was to make something for everybody to listen to,” adding, “And that’s such a shift for me. There’s more of me in the music than there ever has been, for sure. It used to be that I closed the doors, and the only thing that ended up in the music was whatever was spontaneously generated there and then. Now it’s much more typical that I’ll get to work for a couple hours on something, then I’ll take my daughter to a museum with some friends of ours. Everything is happening all at the same time and bottled up together. And I think that’s good.
Caribou – The Milk Of Human Kindness [Reissue/2001] 2xCD (Leaf)
Caribou – Up In Flames [Reissue/2003] 2xCD (Leaf)
Caribou – The Milk Of Human Kindness [Reissue/2005] CD (Leaf)
Reissued last year on vinyl, Caribou’s first three albums are back in print on CD. The Milk Of Human Kindness and Up In Flames have each been expanded with an additional disc of out-of-print EP tracks.
Cha Cha Guitri – French Synth Wave: St. Etienne – 1981 CD/LP (Born Bad)
Unless you are a monomaniacal specialist of the 1980s, there is very little chance that Cha Cha Guitry will ring any bells. And yet this band, buried away in Saint-Etienne—in the very heart of France—could have easily rivaled Elli & Jacno or Telex. Emblematic of that French touch which tinged new wave with a bit of sunshine, their electro, retro-futuristic songs have that slightly sweet and sour flavor between casualness and sophistication.
Kory Clarke – Payback’s A Bitch CD (Live Wire)
Kory Clarke is many things: singer, songwriter, painter, actor and even hot sauce maker. He has also been the driving force behind Warrior Soul.
Keisha Cole – Point Of No Return CD (Interscope)
New album from the R&B vocalist. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds bonus tracks.
Ry Cooder – Soundtracks 7xCD (Rhino)
This seven-CD box set focuses on guitarist Ry Cooder’s soundtrack work from 1980s and early ’90s. The CDs are presented in a clamshell box and the films in question are The Long Riders, Alamo Bay, Paris Texas, Blue City, Crossroads, Johnny Handsome, and Trespass. The set contains a number of soundtracks for director Walter Hill and a handful produced in a productive two year period, 1985-86.
Coolzey – Hit Factory CD/LP (Fake Four Inc.)
Born and raised in Central Iowa, alternative hip-hop artist Coolzey is now stomping the streets of Hollywood, where dreams are born, legends are made, and many starve chasing a check. Inspired by the likes of his predecessors, De La Soul, The Beastie Boys, Neil Young, Outkast and a host of the others, the cornfield raised rapper also draws inspiration from the world around him. “My songs are mostly inspired by observations, experiences, relationships, and events in the microcosm and macrocosm of the world around me.”
Co-Pilgrim – Plumes CD/LP (Battle Worldwide)
Gorgeously opining countrified mellowness ached out by the silken swoon of pedal steel dimples.
Daedelus – The Light Brigade CD (Brainfeeder)
“Been around yonks has Daedelus but the fact that he’s still going strong and signed to Brainfeeder is proof enough he ain’t no flash in the pan. This is a much more downtempo album than I’m used to from him and if you want some Brainfeeder-like avant hop/electro-wibbliness, you could be in the wrong place. From the get go there’s something different about this album, an intro of IDM noise is followed by a lengthy doomy guitar piece, probably sampled before the odd choraled vocals of ‘Onward.’ Not heard a beat yet and there could be a reason for its serious ‘n’ downbeat feel, the album is a requiem for the Crimean war. Upbeat joyous sample-hop might not be in the right place.” – [8/10] Norman Records
Dark Blue – Pure Reality CD/LP (Jade Tree)
Dark Blue consists of of John Sharkey III (Clockcleaner, Puerto Rico Flowers) Andrew Mackie Nelson (Ceremony, Paint it Black), and Mike Sneeringer (Strand Of Oaks, formerly from Purling Hiss). Pure Reality was recorded and produced by Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, The War On Drugs, Nothing). A grandiose delivery and burly, wide open guitar sound by such ‘80s bands as Comsat Angels, The Stone Roses, and Blitz.
The Dead Milkmen – Pretty Music For Pretty People CD (Quid Ergo)
The new album from The Dead Milkmen includes so many hit songs you’ll be forced to ask yourself “Why are these guys still living below the poverty line?” Creators of the hits “Bitchin’ Camaro” and “Punk Rock Girl,” the band reunited in 2008 and have be writing new material and playing shows ever since.
Dinosaur Feathers – Control CD (Ernest Jenning)
Brooklyn’s Dinosaur Feathers look to Janet Jackson for spiritual guidance on their groove-laden third album Control. Insistent drum machines and lithe pulsing bass lines meet shimmering synths, coked-out horns and soulful vocals, dragging 1983 pop/R&B kicking and screaming into the new millennium. Vinyl version due November 4.
Dirtyphonic – Irreverence CD (Dim Mak)
Dirtyphonic’s 2013 debut merges heavy bass music, drum and bass, dubstep, and electro.
Dot Hacker – How’s Your Process? (Play) CD (ORG Music)
“Devoid of song structure or any overriding influence, Dot Hacker careen carelessly between melodious dream pop, electronic production and boisterous hard rock at a moments notice.” – Sputnik Music
Minnie Driver – Ask Me To Dance CD (Rounder)
On this covers album, the actress brings her own inimitable style on songs by Elliott Smith, The Cure, Neil Young, John Prine, as well as Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra, among others.
El Michels Affair – Sounding Out The City/Loose Change [Reissue/2005] 2xCD (Truth & Soul)
Upon it’s release in 2005 El Michels Affair’s debut Sounding Out The City received some rave reviews and the small deep funk community ate it up, but due to the lack luster promotion and distribution the rest of the world was slow to catch on to the instrumental gems featured on the album, which Michels appropriately labeled as “cinematic soul”. This deluxe reissue features the original album remastered as well as some alternate remixes and previously unreleased songs that were recorded during the same period as SOTC on the second disc Loose Change.
Peter Escott – The Long O CD (Bedroom Suck)
Known best for his work in Tasmanian freak-rock outfit The Native Cats, long-time Australian poet and sometimes stand-up comedian Peter Escott has recently put to tape a magnificent solo opus, The Long O. Featuring no other performers and limited to the only instruments Escott knows how to play – piano, synth, melodica, and a solitary, awkwardly self-taught guitar chord – the album is as haunting as it is direct, with Escott’s voice lending a reserved gravity to the often soaring arrangements. Vinyl version due November 4.
Cameron Esposito – Same Sex Symbol CD (Kill Rock Stars)
Known for her inviting, Punky Brewster-as-a-grown-up energy, Cameron will be featured in upcoming episodes of Maron (IFC) and Adventure Time (Cartoon Network).
Ex Hex – Rips CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
“Mary Timony has indie rock O.G. status. She started out in the D.C. punk trio Autoclave, led the great and underrated Helium for most of the ’90s, and, most recently, held down co-frontlady duties with Carrie Brownstein in Wild Flag. Timony’s new band is Ex Hex, a D.C. trio that plays a simplistic and supremely catchy punk rock take on power-pop. This time around, Timony seems to be doing a sort of Ramones/Cheap Trick hybrid, and it is awesome.” – Stereogum
Exotype – Exotype CD (Rise)
New album from the Orlando, FL electronic metal outfit.
Paloma Faith – Perfect Contradiction CD (Epic)
Third full-length album from the British singer/songwriter and actress. Perfect Contradiction features production and songwriting collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Raphael Saadiq, Diane Warren, Chris Braide, Ben Drew, Taura Stinson and many others.
Field Report – Marigolden CD/LP (Partisan)
“There’s an echelon of modern folk legends building their legacies in the state of Wisconsin. A cold expanse of rough roads, farmland fields, and glacial hills, the only wonder is that this folk renaissance didn’t happen sooner. Perhaps these artists beavered away, like forest critters in hibernation, incubating in their shelters during the cold of winters. But as soon as Justin Vernon of Bon Iver broke down the doors with For Emma Forever Ago, a legend of an album in its own right, the Wisconsin folk scene seemed to regurgitate dozens of pristine and much-heralded folk acts. Few of these acts have come as close to the prestige of Bon Iver as Chris Porterfield’s Field Report.” – The 405
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn – Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn CD (Rounder)
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn present their eponymous debut album as a duo, after many years of prominence as banjo players and composers in their own eclectic avenues. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues; the culmination of a yearlong tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno.
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! CD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Youre Dead! is a shamanic pilgrimage into the psychedelic unknown of the infinite afterlife. A sonic, visual and metaphysical fusion of technological innovation and technical virtuosity that amounts to a transcendent, mind-expanding plasm that could only exist between our world and another. The enduring universe of Lotus supporting cast has expanded and evolved to feature in order of appearance, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, Niki Randa, alongside mind-blowing original artwork by Japanese comic book artist Shintaro Kago. The album isn’t about the end, it’s really the beginning. It’s a celebration of the next experience.
John Foxx – B-Movie: Ballardian Video Neuronica CD (Metamatic)
John Foxx – Evidence Of Time Travel CD (Metamatic)
B-Movie: Ballardian Video Neuronica was recorded and assembled for a cut-up/collage movie by Foxx and visual artist Karborn, inspired by the themes, influence and text of British writer J G Ballard. The album features two collaborations – “Geometry, Collision And Coincidence” with Benge from John Foxx And The Maths, and “Disaster Series,” which was co-written with Steve D’Agostino. All the music is exclusive to this soundtrack except “The Other Side,” an extract from the forthcoming album due for release in 2015, which just happened to fit with the visuals. Evidence Of Time Travel is a unique investigation of the terrors and pleasures of temporal displacement. A sinister sonic architecture of drum-machine-music and analogue synthesizers. Opens with “The Forbidden Experiment,” as surveillance TV glitches and the ghostly, ripped-up multi-temporal universe of Evidence Of Time Travel infiltrates the labyrinth of dark electronica.
Bill Frisell – Guitar In The Space Age! CD (Masterworks)
For his new album, guitarist and composer Bill Frisell mines the catalog of guitar-based music from the ’50s and ’60s that first inspired him to pick up the instrument. Joining Frisell for this album of musical memories are the members of his working trio, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen, along with frequent collaborator Greg Leisz, a master of the lap and pedal steel guitars. This superb quartet explores the music of Pete Seeger, The Byrds, Junior Wells, Dick Dale, The Ventures, The Astronauts, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and others with Frisell’s own compositions sprinkled in.
From Indian Lakes – Absent Sounds CD/LP (Triple Crown)
From Indian Lakes is an American indie rock band founded by Joey Vannucchi in early 2009. Vannucchi began songwriting in a small mountain community just outside Yosemite National Park and later enlisted the help of friends to perform his material. From Indian Lakes independently released The Man With Wooden Legs in the winter of 2009. However, it was the band’s sophomore album Able Bodies that gained acclaim when it was released independently in 2012. Vannucchi continues to evolve the band’s sound into music that “blurs the boundaries of genres like indie, post-rock and alternative.” (Limited vinyl copies pressed on ‘cream splash’ wax.)
Generationals – Alix CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, friends since high school, sought producer Richard Swift to shake things up on this album. Alix materialized as perhaps Generationals’ most confident record, full of history and as multiphase as Ted and Grant’s friendship. Built up with layer upon layer of rhythmic lines, computer noises, RZA beats, and poppy vocals that sometimes sound like a Janet Jackson/Prince face-off, Alix is everything T&G like about music: old and new, vinyl and YouTube, vocal chord and Microkorg, gathered up and arranged with great care into a good-smelling, subtly sexy, catchy-or-die mish-mosh of sensibilities and time warp senselessness, lightly peppered with that signature Swiftian element, but undeniably Generationals in taste. Available on CD and on green vinyl.
Gnarlwolves – Gnarlwolves CD (Pure Noise)
Gnarwolves are the hardest partying punks in Brighton, England. Over the past two years, the band has released a slew of EPs and 7” singles and shared stages with The Story So Far, The Flatliners and Funeral For A Friend all across the United Kingdom and Europe.
Gormathon – Following The Beast CD (Napalm)
Debut album from this up and coming Swedish melodic death metal act.
Macy Gray – The Way CD (Moonslice)
New album from the award-winning singer/songwriter. Macy Gray’s impressive catalog of work is filled with highlights. She has released six studio albums, and received five Grammy Award nominations. The Way is a beautifully crafted pop and R&B album and features the hit “Hands.”
Hieroglyphic Being And The Configurative Or Modular Me Trio – The Seer Of Cosmic Visions CD (Planet Mu)
Producer and boss of Mathematics records, Chicago’s Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being is a one-off musical explorer. Jamal’s music takes cues from the EBM and house that played a huge part in the city’s musical underground in the late eighties and early nineties, notably Ron Hardy and Adonis, but also Industrial, avant-jazz and noise. Vinyl version due November 4.
Herbert Grönemeyer – A Most Wanted Man [OST] CD (Groenland)
Herbert Grönemeyer, Germany’s top-selling rock musician, not only appears in Anton Corbijn’s new spy thriller A Most Wanted Man, he wrote the film’s score.
Tommy Guerrero – No Man’s Land CD (Too Good)
Tommyʼ s music, like his graphic design, is beguilingly simple. He sounds like a guy messing around on his front stoop, and maybe thatʼs exactly what he is doing—but the result will touch you down to your toes. From Mission District punkers to Shibuya-ku hipsters—his melodies dance lightly around your head while the rhythms build under your feet and move your hips. His is soul music, made by a street kid raised on Santana and Bill Withers (with more than a little nod to the Clash and Public Enemy in there, too).
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather CD/LP+MP3 (Paradise Of Bachelors)
“It can take many years and several albums for artists to fully test the limits of their creativity. Guitarist Steve Gunn fits into that category; over the past decade and a half, his records have gravitated slowly from inward-facing reflections built around his hypnotic acoustic guitar work to fleshed-out works that feature a growing cast of musicians. Way Out Weather marks the completion of Gunn’s transformation from a master guitarist into a songwriter who can trust in his own voice and arrangements as much as his spectacular fretwork. He’s thrown open the windows and let the light in, as he embraces pristine, lush production that makes guitars sparkle and drums crack.” – NPR
Handsome Jack – Do What Comes Naturally CD (Alive)
Produced by Zachary Gabbard of the Buffalo Killers and featuring Bob Nave (of the legendary Lemon Pipers) on Hammond organ, among others, Do What Comes Naturally seamlessly flows through deep dark mid-tempo boogies, smoky upbeat burners, and soulful feel-good rockers all with a natural ease. Vinyl version due October 21.
The Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles – The Last Transmission 2xCD/LP (Now Again)
Melvin Van Peebles, the filmmaker, musician, author behind the landmark movie Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song and the trilogy of Brer Soul albums he released in the ‘70s has teamed with the UK ensemble Heliocentrics to create an interplanetary space/love odyssey told in twelve chapters. CD version includes bonus instrumentals disc.
High Ends – Super Class CD/LP (Dine Alone)
High Ends is the new solo venture from Yukon Blonde frontman Jeffrey Innes. “Super Class is a mash of lush dream pop and dark, pensive rock, melded together with hints of synth. The track is dichotomous, lifting you up into a trance-like dimension while weighing you down to reality and leaves you longing to hole up in bed all day while forcing you to get up and move about.” – Nylon
The Hot Sardines – The Hot Sardines CD (Universal Music Classics)
The Hot Sardines have a distinctive recipe for making musical magic: take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie it all together with a one-of-the-boys front-woman who sings in both English and French with a voice from another era. The brainchild of Bibs and Miz Elizabeth, the Sardine sound fuses musical influences from New York, Paris, and New Orleans that were nurtured from the Prohibition era through the Great Depression, WWII and beyond.
Houston – Relaunch II CD (Live Wire)
Swedish AOR outfit Houston release their fourth album.
Hozier – Hozier CD/2xLP (Columbia)
Raised in a musical family, Hozier’s childhood and adolescent listening was dominated, he says, “by Chicago blues, Texan blues, Chess Records, Motown, and then I discovered jazz, but more importantly, Delta blues that extraordinarily haunting sound. Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, people like that. Later, it was Pink Floyd, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, plus Tom Waits was a huge, huge influence. I was always drawn to singers with something haunting about their voices. The same goes for writers such as James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. You can’t define what it is, but it buries itself deep in your soul.”
Iceage – Plowing Into The Field Of Love CD (Matador)
Channeling the rage and emotion of their tempestuous early releases into finely honed musicianship, Plowing Into The Field Of Love features piano, mandolin, viola and organ atop Johan Suurballe-Wieth s razor-sharp guitars and the lolloping, synchronized rhythm section of Jacob Tvilling Pless and Dan Kjær Nielsen. The record has a clear, uncompressed sound, and Elias Bender Rønnenfelt s desperate vocals are out front, nakedly accountable for the words. Vinyl version due October 21.
Jason Feathers – De Oro CD (Totally Gross National Product)
Jason Feathers is a band featuring Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Gayngs’ Ryan Olson, Bon Iver drummer S. Carey, and the Minneapolis rapper Astronautalis.
The Juan Maclean – In A Dream CD/2xLP (DFA)
The dance world way too often privileges the new, and not many dance artists write albums as good as In A Dream, the third full-length album by The Juan MacLean, this far into their career. The Juan MacLean have weathered electroclash, disco-punk, electro-disco, techno, house, deep house, and whatever we can call the sound of today. They never feel totally in step with the moment, but somehow always feel right and necessary. Put differently: there’s always something exciting to say about these guys.
Kasabian – 48:13 CD (Harvest)
The distinct sound and integrity of Kasabian’s fifth studio album defines the very essence of the band, their trademark sound distilled and re-packaged into one incredibly exciting, unique statement of intent. 48:13 is driven by the continuous evolution and musical experimentation of the band through their previous four albums. Vinyl version due October 27.
Storm Large – Le Bonheur CD (Heinz)
Singer Storm Large stepped into the role of lead vocalist for band Pink Martini in 2011, during a period when singer China Forbes went on hiatus for vocal cord surgery. The band enjoyed her presence so much that she was welcomed to stay on following the return of Forbes, and she has since toured with the band and performed on their album Get Happy. Le Bonheur (French for ”The Happiness”) marks Large’s first post-Martini solo album. Vinyl version due November 11.
Lo-Pan – Colossus CD (Small Stone)
Lo-Pan s fourth album, Colossus, is named for the Colossus Of Rhodes — a 96-foot statue constructed in 280 BC to mark a failed siege and the indomitable nature of the city of Rhodes itself. No surprise it’s the Columbus, Ohio, four-piece s most personal album yet and a testament to their growth and survival, as a band and as human beings. Vinyl version due October 21.
Los Straitjackets – Deke Dickerson Sings The Great Instrumental Hits CD (Yep Roc)
The world’s number one instrumental combo team has teamed up with roots-music legend Deke Dickerson to record an album of famous instrumental songs with lost or rewritten lyrics.
Shelby Lynn – I Am Shelby Lynn [Reissue/1999] CD+DVD/LP (Rounder)
15th Anniversary edition of Shelby Lynne’s breakthrough album. The CD+DVD version features the remastered, album, plus six previously unreleased bonus tracks from the original sessions. Also included in the packaging is a DVD of a full-length concert at Los Angeles’ House Of Blues, previously unreleased, and filmed during the I Am Shelby tour in 2000.
Manual – Memory & Matter: Selected Remixes, Rarities And Unreleased Tracks 2007-2014 CD (Darla)
Compiles remixed and unreleased tracks 2007-2014 from Danish electronic/ambient artist, producer Jonas Munk aka Manual.
Johnny Marr – Playland CD/LP (New Voodoo)
Sophomore solo album from The Smith’s guitarist. “There’s a freewheeling vitality to Marr’s second solo venture that not only lifts the weight of history but makes a mockery of the musical bed-hopping that’s defined his recent output. He had these up his sleeve and was happy to be knobbing around with Modest f##king Mouse? Playland, true to its name, is exhilarating. After last year’s likeable enough The Messenger, this is richer by far: the tunes are plentiful, the production old school and beefy (fat bass, cool synth), the guitar playing, you know, not bad.” — The Skinny
Meek Mill – Coast 2 Coast 206 CD (Oarfin Distribution)
Coast 2 Coast 206 continues in the tradition of bringing the best artists on hard to find features. This album features Philadelphia’s own Meek Mill, with additional appearances from up and coming stars Newsense, G Mooth, K-Frenzy, and Lo Gunna; along with some new cuts done with Young Harvey, Drake, Big Sean, and Lil T.
Minus The Bear – Lost Loves CD/LP+MP3 (Dangerbird)
“Lost Loves is not new. It’s not old. It’s just a collection of songs that have never had a proper recording, or that we didn’t know existed. Well, finally Minus the Bear have given us this package of glorious songs that were recorded during the sessions of Planet Of Ice, Omni, and Infinity Overhead. The album has a strange sense of unity, as the songs aren’t clunky, or obviously recorded at different times. The band has a knack for capturing a distinct sound with each album to ensure their listeners won’t be disappointed, but with that, every album has some unique qualities. As easy as it is to hear the three different albums, it weirdly flows as if it were recorded all at the same time.” – Under The Gun Review
Pauline Murray – Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls [Reissue/1980] 2xCD/LP (Les Disques du Crepuscule)
Les Disques du Crepuscule presents a deluxe remastered edition of Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls, the debut album by post/punk icon Pauline Murray, produced by revered sonic architect Martin Zero Hannett. Recorded at the famous Strawberry Studios in July 1980, the album offered epic electronic pop written by Pauline and partner Robert Blamire and marked a radical departure from their shared past in pioneering punk band Penetration. This is sophistication, enthused Paul Morley in NME. Lovely songs of anxiety, malaise and self-doubt. Newly remastered and augmented by a wealth of bonus material including non-album singles, B-sides and a John Peel session (1980).
NehruvianDOOM – NehruvianDOOM CD/LP (Lex)
NehruvianDOOM is 17-y/o Bishop Nehru’s debut album. Produced by Metal Fingers and featuring MF DOOM vocals on several tracks, it’s a compact nine track, 30-minute long player. Bishop Nehru’s breakthrough mixtapes, released from the age of 15 saw him rhyming over DOOM produced instrumentals. DOOM joined the line of MCs who co-signed the young rapper including heavyweight lyricists Kendrick Lamar and Nas.
New Found Glory – Resurrection CD/LP (Hopeless)
New album from the hit-making punk pop band.
Stevie Nicks – 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault CD/2xLP+MP3 (Reprise)
Released last week on vinyl – now available on CD. New release from the beloved rock/pop songbird and Fleetwood Mac member. 24 Karat Gold consists of 14 never-before-released tracks.
Nocturnal Poisoning – Doom Grass CD/LP (The End)
Widely known as a pioneer within the often isolated world of black metal, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Scott Conner has forged ahead to once again reshape what the music community may come to expect from him with Nocturnal Poisoning’s third full-length album Doomgrass. As the creative force and sole member of Xasthur, the highly influential black metal project that Conner launched back in 1996, he went on to release a total of eight studio albums before dissolving the Xasthur project in 2010.
Agnes Obel – Philharmonics/Aventine [Reissue/2010/2013] 2xCD/2xLP (Play It Again Sam)
Agnes Obel is a Danish singer/songwriter and musician based in Berlin, Germany. “With Aventine, Agnes Obel further develops the intimate and dreamlike universe of her first album, the highly acclaimed Philharmonics. She adopts the same, sleek style as Satie, managing to push her minimalist pieces towards new heights. In these immense and unique soundscapes, the reverberating voice of her piano is magnified tenfold, and she simply lets it float above the sublime music that carries on below. Indeed, this daydream is even more subtle than its predecessor, whilst the music is sprinkled with several violins and the occasional cello.” — Qobuz
O’Death – Out Of Hands We Go CD/LP (Northern Spy)
O’Death’s fifth full-length of folk-rock-Appalachian-country finds the band rejecting the lush, clean-cut production of their last album Outside in favor of a more raw, “in-the-red” sound.
Old Dominion – Old Dominion CD (Reesmack)
Old Dominion’s members Matthew Ramsey (lead singer) and Trevor Rosen (vocals and guitar) are behind many of the songs you hear in country music today. During the past 10 years of writing, a number of their songs have been recorded and released by artists including: The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, and Craig Morgan.
Orange Goblin – Back From The Abyss CD/LP (Candlelight)
Orange Goblin return with a megalithic new album. “Sabbath Hex” starts the heavy pleasure ride with an infectious melody that is signature Orange Goblin. “The Devil’s Whip” and “Bloodzilla” amp things up with their urgency while “Heavy Lies The Crown” and “Blood Of Them” showcase the band’s respected rock groove.
Outrageous Cherry – The Digital Age CD/Cassette (Burger)
A new set of rock & roll gems from Detroit power pop legends. Vinyl version due November 4.
Pastor Troy – Welcome To The Rap Game CD+DVD (Madd Society)
The rapper’s new album features guests Snoop Dogg, 8 Ball, Daz Dillinger and more. Includes a bonus DVD of Pastor Troy’s debut movie, We Was Homeboyz, which is a gritty story of survival on the streets of Atlanta.
Peaking Lights – Cosmic Logic CD/LP (Weird World)
The L.A. duo’s new album, Cosmic Logic, was mixed with the assistance of DFA studio engineer Matt Thornley and draws on Jamaican digital dancehall, cosmic Italo, Chicago house and acid house, Afrobeat and Zamrock, early west coast hip-hop and disco boogie.
Pissed Jeans – Shallow [Reissue/2005] CD/LP+7”+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Allentown, PA’s Pissed Jeans first single, “Throbbing Organ” (2004), and their debut album, Shallow (2005) (both on Parts Unknown), set many self-styled punk scholars hearts a-flutter. Mixing volatility with humor, Pissed Jeans trucks in menacing songs about insecurity, and nobody has ever done it better. This new reissue includes the remastered Shallow album, plus a copy of the “Throbbing Organ” 7” single.
Rachel Sage – Blue Roses CD (Mpress)
Rachael Sage’s new album Blue Roses showcases the NYC-based multi-instrumentalist’s confident, sophisticated songwriting. Featuring members of Daft Punk, Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen’s bands, the recording includes a duet with folk icon Judy Collins and contains tracks featured in the current season of Lifetime’s Dance Moms.
Satellites – Satellites 02 CD/2xLP+CD (Hoop Music)
Jonny Vic, who is the brains behind Satellites, is the musical director and bass player for James Blunt. He has been playing with him for five years, while developing his Satellites project on the side. Available on CD and vinyl. The vinyl-version is a deluxe package featuring a rubber outer sleeve, die-cut inner sleeves, double HQ-180gm color vinyl, screen printed lyric sheet, and a copy of the CD in removable card cover mount.
SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land CD/2xCD/2xLP (Young Turks)
Album sessions began on Osea Island, a tidal island in an estuary off Essex where the winding coastal road is submerged for 8 in every 12 hours. It was here that SBTRKT began the early stages of the recording process, inviting a host of collaborators to join him record throughout the night free from any distraction the tapes continuously rolled, animation was projected on the walls and every creative impulse was documented. Inspired by this new open method of recording, and ready to focus his newfound ideas into more intense sessions, SBTRKT visited America armed with a wish list of collaborators to track down. It was here he worked with newcomer Raury, Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend, A$AP Ferg and Emily Kokal from Warpaint. Both CD and vinyl are available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe CD features six bonus tracks, while the limited Deluxe vinyl adds a bonus disc featuring seven extra tracks.
Scars On 45 – Safety In Numbers CD (Nettwerk)
Sophomore album from the British alt rock/pop band, featuring the first single “Crazy For You.”
Doug Seegers – Going Down To The River CD (Rounder)
Doug Seegers’ debut solo album is raw, rootsy and emotionally charged. A brilliant 62-year-old singer who struggled with homelessness for years, Seegers found acclaim when Swedish music star Jill Johnson discovered him in a Nashville food pantry. The two subsequently recorded a duet that climbed to the top of the music charts in Sweden. This remarkable project — produced by Will Kimbrough (Todd Snider, Kate Campbell) at Nashville’s legendary Sound Emporium studios — features collaborations with Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris, both whom have championed the formerly down-and-out singer.
Philip Selway – Weatherhouse CD/LP (Bella Union)
Sophomore album from Radiohead drummer Phil Selway. “Recorded with multi-instrumentalists Adem Ilhan and Quinta – nope, me neither, but the latter is, according to Wikipedia, the violinist for Bat For Lashes – this feels like more of a band effort than Familial, with the three musicians bouncing ideas off each other and creating something more ambitious. The string arrangements go beyond ‘OK let’s stick some swelling violin in here like we’re f##king Snow Patrol or something’ and are used sparingly, actually adding something to the songs. There are enough highs on here for this to be considered a very good, warm record and – ooh Thom Yorke’s put out a new album! That’s kind of a dick move, Thom.” – Drowned In Sound
Shakey Graves – And The War Came CD (Dualtone)
Alejandro Rose-Garcia is professionally known as Shakey Graves, and with his new record, And The War Came, he extends the ground-emotionally and sonically-broken by his 2011 self-released debut album, Roll The Bones, which brought him national acclaim. NPR Music named him one of 10 artists music fans “should’ve known in 2012,” describing him as “astonishing… unclassifiably original. And frighteningly good.” Paste included him in a “Best Of What’s Next” feature, praising his “gnarly composite of blues and folk,” while The New York Times observed that Shakey Graves “makes the one-man band approach look effortless.”
Single Mothers – Negative Qualities CD/LP (XL)
“London, Ontario’s Single Mothers play a mix of math-rock, emo, and hardcore that hearkens to the early aughts.” – Pitchfork
Sinkane – Mean Love CD/LP (DFA)
Sinkane’s Mean Love rolls like an emotional, existential history of the artist. It was recorded at The Rumpus Room in Brooklyn, New York and co-produced with long-time Sinkane collaborator and childhood friend, Greg Lofaro. Mean Love is an emotionally rich and generous soul album with a very welcoming appeal. The restless creative drive of Ahmed Gallab these past few years has led to a true breakthrough moment for the artist, and this album is a true reward for time well spent.
Sister Hazel – 20 Stages 2xCD/2xLP+MP3/DVD (Rock Ridge)
Comprised of live recordings and videos culled from 20 of the band’s favorite venues, 20 Stages is available as a two-CD set and limited edition double vinyl. The set includes hits and fan-favorites such as “All For You,” “Champagne High,” “Change Your Mind” and “Mandolin Moon” as well as three brand new, never released tracks. Additionally, the 90-minute stand-alone DVD release features the live performance of each track from stages as diverse as the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA, The 9:30 Club in DC and the main stage on Sister Hazel’s Rock Boat cruise in the Caribbean. The DVD also includes commentary from the band about each song, the venues and the role fans played in choosing both.
Sixx: A.M. – Modern Vintage CD (Eleven Seven Music)
New album from Nikki Sixx, James Michael and Dj Ashba.
State Champs – The Acoustic Things CD/LP (Pure Noise)
This acoustic EP consists of five tracks from The Finer Things as well as two new tracks.
Streets Of Laredo – Volumes I & II CD/LP (Dine Alone)
Inspired by the evangelical fervor of the ‘70s folk circuit that spawned modern day re-incarnations like Father John Misty, Joshua Tilman and the Butler brothers, Streets If Laredo quickly gelled around the idea of a traveling family band playing unruly sing-along tunes with whatever instruments were at hand. “Streets Of Larado are Brooklyn babies by way of New Zealand. They made their way around the CMJ circuit last month and turned a many heads, including the two ears attached to my own. Energetic live music doesn’t always translate well to recorded renditions (RIP, Gobble Gobble (but that doesn’t seem to be the case for this band of hooligans. They flirt on the border of folk music, seeping their musical tea bags in the twang of hot water just long enough before ripping it out with triumphant melodies.” – I Guess I’m Floating
Nikki Sudden – Fred Beethoven CD/LP (Troubadour)
Fred Beethoven is a collection of newly discovered unreleased album recorded across two winter time sessions at Nikki’s favorite recording studio Woodbine Studios in Leamington Spa. Apart from a couple of cover versions “Johnny Be Goode” and Ronnie Lane’s, Faces classic “Debris” and a reworking of one of Nikki’s old songs from his first album Forest Fire, The Fred Beethoven Projectile sessions sees the band teaming up with French Guitar hero Freddie Lynxx to record brand new compositions unavailable on any other recording.
Teleman – Breakfast CD (Moshi Moshi)
The debut track from the London outfit’s new album Breakfast, “Lady Low” offers up more of the band’s ingeniously minimalist electronic alt-pop. Produced was by Bernard Butler (Suede).
Texas Hippie Coalition – Ride On CD (Carved)
Ride On embraces their Southern roots while continuing to show the band’s growth in sound and song writing. Texas Hippie Coalition aren’t simply about making sure the outlaw rock style they worship stays alive. They want it to continue to evolve infusing it with a modern edge and energy.
Tinashe – Aquarius CD (RCA)
The stunning 21-year-old singer, songwriter, performer and model from Kentucky arrives with a distinct and dynamic vision of R&B punctuated by hip-hop attitude, pop flavor, rock swagger, and electronica spark.
Tomorrow’s Tulips – When CD/Cassette (Burger)
Beautifully bummed-out chiller pop. Vinyl version due November 4.
TR3 – Like Some Kind Of Alien Invasion CD/LP (ATO)
With a musical career spanning more than thirty-five years, guitarist, sonic innovator, and two time Grammy nominee Tim Reynolds is known for his masterful command of melody and timing and for his uncanny ability to improvise on any instrument he touches. Having explored most musical styles, from rock, jazz and blues to classical and reggae, Reynolds wide-ranging musical versatility is evident each time he picks up his electric or acoustic guitar. Technically brilliant, yet emotionally honest, Reynolds music is inspired and authentic.
Tradisyon Ka – Soul Jazz Records Presents Gwo Ka: Music of Guadeloupe, West Indies CD/LP (Soul Jazz)
Tradisyon Ka’s Gwo Ka album is newly recorded in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe by Soul Jazz Records. Like the cult music of Haiti’s Vodou and Cuba’s Santeria or the roots music of Belize’s Garifuna (all of which Soul Jazz have travelled to record), Gwo Ka is the musical and cultural product of the region’s African ancestry, forcibly brought to the Caribbean through slavery.
Mike Tramp – Museum CD/LP (Target)
New solo album from the former White Lion frontman.
TV Eyes – TV Eyes [Reissue/2006] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Omnivore)
Jason Falkner, Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. and Brian Reitzell have quite a musical history. Manning and Falkner—once bandmates in Jellyfish—have gone on to success as solo acts, or as members of groups including The Three O’Clock, The Grays, Imperial Drag, and The Moog Cookbook. Brian Reitzell, once the drummer for Redd Kross and Air, turned his talents to film and television, supervising and composing music for several films directed by Sofia Coppola, including The Virgin Suicides and the Academy Award nominated Lost In Translation (for which he, along with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, was nominated for a BAFTA award.) Currently, Reitzell composes music for the NBC-TV drama Hannibal. But, together, they were TV Eyes. This expanded reissue of their 2006 album (previously only available in Japan) is now available stateside on CD and translucent yellow vinyl.
Underworld – Dubnobasswithmyheadaman: 20th Anniversary Edition CD/2xCD [Reissue/1993] (UMe)
Underworld’s third album (though some might call it their debut) showcased the limitless possibilities of electronic music. Although born out of club culture, Dubnobass defied the accepted genres of the time – equally suited to the dancefloor and the after party, it was as immersive an experience quaking through bassbins or headphones. Two decades on from its original release, it’s unarguable that the album is one of the most influential British electronic records of all time; a signpost for everything from dance music’s easy relationship with main stages at festivals to the radio/globe-conquering EDM phenomenon. Available in a variety of editions: Regular, Deluxe, and Super Deluxe. Vinyl version due October 21. Blu-ray audio version due October 27. (Underworld’s post-Dubnobass back catalog will also be reissued on October 27.)
Various Artists [Craig Richards] – Get Lost VII CD/2xLP (Crosstown Rebels)
Get Lost VII follows editions from the likes of Dinky, Jamie Jones and Crosstown Rebels chief Damian Lazarus. As usual, Richards’s selections are deep and understated, with records spanning four decades featuring on the mix. The first disc veers towards deep house, while the second heads into darker territory with vintage electro from The Hague-based labels Crème Organization and Viewlexx. The likes of STL, Joey Anderson, Steve Bug, Kenny Larkin, Redshape, Alexander Robotnick, Patrice Scott and JTC also appear on the mix, which also serves as a showcase of Richards’ label, The Nothing Special, with tracks by Trevino, Calibre, dBridge, Keith Tenniswood, Billy Nasty and Richards himself included.
Various Artists – Electri_City: Elektronische_Musik_Aus_Düsseldorf CD/LP (Groenland)
A compilation featuring some of the best German electronic bands to come out of Düsseldorf – the renowned capital of an analogue electronic movement that took place from the early ‘70s to the mid-‘80s. Including the likes of La Dusseldorf, NEU!, DAF, Rheingold, De Plan, Die Krupps alongside many more, this is an account of the origins of German electronic music and is essential listening for anyone remotely interested in the era.
Various Artists – I’m Just Like You” Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70 CD (Light In The Attic)
In 1970, The Family Stone were at the peak of their popularity, but the maestro Sly Stone had already moved his head to a completely different space. The first evidence of Sly’s musical about-turn was revealed by the small catalog of his new label, Stone Flower: a pioneering, peculiar, minimal electro-funk sound that unfolded over just four 7” singles. Stone Flower’s releases were credited to their individual artists, but each had Sly’s design and musicianship stamped into the grooves–and the words “Written by Sylvester Stewart/Produced and arranged by Sly Stone” on the sticker. Set up by Stone’s manager David Kapralik with distribution by Atlantic Records, Stone Flower was, predictably, a family affair.
Various Artists – New Orleans Soul: The Original Sound of New Orleans Soul 1960-76 CD/2xLP (Soul Jazz)
Here you will find New Orleans soul in all its glorious variations from the deep, deep soul of singers Aaron Neville, Willie Tee and Robert Parker to the storming northern soul of Maurice Williams and Eldridge Holmes, the funky soul of Eddie Bo, Lionel Robinson and Ernie K-Doe all alongside the Crescent City’s finest soul sisters Irma Thomas, Betty Harris, Jean Knight, Inell Young and more.
Various Artists – Peru Bravo: Funk Soul & Psych From Peru’s Radical Decade CD (Tiger’s Milk)
Peru Bravo tells the whirlwind story of a culture in flux when, during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Lima boasted dozens of young bands full of ideas, spontaneous and unfazed by the instability in Peru. Featuring alternative heroes Traffic Sound and Laghonia alongside a selection of unheralded short-lived groups, Peru Bravo is a funk-fuelled ride through a radical decade. Vinyl version due October 14.
Various Artists – Temporary: Selections from Dunedin’s Pop Underground 2011-2014 CD/LP (Ba Da Bing!)
New collection of modern New Zealand indie bands. The tiny city of Dunedin, located in the Otago Region of New Zealand, is synonymous with smart bands, incredible melodies and a wholly distinct and innovative music. Thanks to The Clean, The Chills, The Bats, The Verlaines, and The Dead C, Dunedin has amassed a worldwide reputation for innovative music. Local label Fishrider Records has taken on the mission of compiling and producing an album that casts a light toward the Dunedin of today. These bands have all created their own sound away from the shadow of their city’s past, yet like many of their predecessors they retain the air of slightly disturbed melancholia along with a sense of space and distance from the rest of the world. Whether it is dark synthpop, teen angst noise pop, guitar-and-organ jangle, or all-out psychedelic weirdness, these songs all come from a place on the edge of the world where the young still read books in abundance and fend off boredom by creating music and art in cold houses.
Vaselines – V For Vaselines CD/LP+CD (Rosary Music)
“Like Mission Of Burma, Scottish indie-pop faves The Vaselines are on their way to becoming more prolific post-reunion than in their original incarnation, this week announcing their second post-reunion album, and only their third overall, called V For Vaselines, a 10-track collection preceded by first single ‘One Lost Year.’” – Slicing Up Eyeballs
Tom Vek – Luck CD (Moshi Moshi)
Tom Vek has been channeling his homegrown musical prowess into a bastion of electronic rock rebellion with heart since his debut album We Have Sound and the follow-up Leisure Seizure. Mojo says he’s “bracing and admirably ideas-heavy.”
David Virelles – Mboko: Sacred Music For Piano, Two Basses, Drum Set And Biankoméko Abakuá CD (ECM)
With Mboko, pianist/composer David Virelles (based now in New York but born and bred in Cuba) has taken the folkloric rhythms of Afro-Cuban religious ritual and transmuted them into a 21st-century music resonating with mystery and meaning. The main title, Mboko, can mean fundament or sugar cane or The Voice, not the human voice but The Voice that is believed in Abakua culture to be the voice of a spirit, or spirits. Sound is an element revered in this culture, and that idea the worship of sound itself was a shaping force in the performances of Virelles compositions on the album.
Wampire – Bazaar CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
A patchwork of diverse musical terrain that ranges from no-wave electro to Swedish dancehall pop to rambunctious garage rock, sometimes all within one song.
Marcin Wasilewski w/ Joakim Milder – Spark Of Life CD (ECM)
The fourth ECM album for the Wasilewski Trio adds a special guest, the lyrical Swedish saxophonist Joakim Milder, whom the Poles came to know through performances with Tomasz Stankos Litania project. Amongst other affinities, the players share a love of Krzyzstof Komedas music, and Komedas Sleep Safe and Warm theme, written for Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby make a reappearance here.
Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In The End CD/LP (Republic)
Produced by Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, who previously helmed production on the band s first and third records (The Blue Album and The Green Album), Everything Will Be Alright In The End is the band’s first collection of new material in four years.
Peter White – Smile CD (Heads Up)
In the era ruled by the electric guitar, British-born, L.A.-based Peter White reigns supreme as one the world’s greatest masters of the nylon-string acoustic guitar. From the time he burst on the scene with rock legend Al Stewart in the seventies and singer Basia in the eighties to his session work with Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub, Lee Ritenour, Kirk Whalum and Boney James, White’s fabulous fingers continue to showcase the timeless tones and timbres that come from wood, skin and an expansive musical imagination.
Betty Who – Take Me When You Go CD (RCA)
Debut full-length album from 23 year old Australian Jessica Anne Newham aka Betty Who. She was named an ”act to watch” by Time magazine, MTV, Refinery29, Huffington Post, and more. Praised for her ”distinctly bright voice and arresting pop textures” (Billboard), Betty Who has been described as a mixture of ”early Madonna,” ”Katy Perry and Robyn, with spunk and confidence” (NY Mag).
Wild Party – Phantom Pop CD (Old Friends)
If the effervescent modern pop band Wild Party has a defining characteristic, its passion. On their debut album, Phantom Pop, sugary synths buzz around kicky rock guitars and upbeat rhythms, taking the form of summery power-pop (”Take My Advice,” the keyboard-sprinkled ”Outright”), breezy soul-rock (”Chasin’ Honey,” ”When I Get Older”) and high-stepping indie-pop (”Violet”). Bands such as The Killers, The Strokes, Phoenix and The Format are certainly touchstones, but impressively for a band on their first release, the San Antonio, TX quartet have made it their mission to carve out a path of their own. Vinyl version due November 10.
Woo – Into The Heart Of Love CD/LP (Emotional Rescue)
Of all the myriad of released and unreleased Woo recordings, Into The Heart Of Love is without a doubt their most complete and cohesive body of work. Full of Woo’s quirky analogue dub electronics, there is also a very English sense of folk. With more vocals then their other albums, the structure and softness of mood quintessentially comes from the Mother Isle.
The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Between Bodies CD/LP (Run For Cover)
The story of The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die is one of expansion, of borders being stretched to wider horizons. The album finds the Connecticut indie collective simultaneously reaching the most essential version of their cinematic, twilit sound while challenging both themselves and the listener.
Nikki Yanofsky – Little Secret CD (Caroline)
Yanofsky has worked with luminaries such as Herbie Hancock, Phil Ramone, Will.i.am, Wyclef Jean, and Elton John, and now, under the guidance of her greatest fan and mentor, Quincy Jones, Nikki introduces her own captivating new sound. On Little Secret she arrives at the unique crossroad where jazz meets pop, delivering sizzling songs that blend retro charm with a contemporary sound helmed by Rob Kleiner, the man behind exciting music by Cee-lo Green and Flo-Rida.
Yellowcard – Lift A Sail CD (Razor & Tie)
For their seventh studio album, Lift A Sail, Yellowcard had a simple but ambitious goal: to outdo everything they’d ever done before. The guitars and drums had to hit harder; the songwriting had to cut deeper; the choruses had to reach heights only hinted at on their previous outings. Frontman Ryan Key believes he and his bandmates — guitarist Ryan Mendez, violinist Sean Mackin, bassist Josh Portman and guest drummer Nate Young (Anberlin) – believe they’ve succeeded on all those fronts. “We really feel like we got where we wanted to be, and made a proper rock & roll record,” Key says proudly.
Zola Jesus – Taiga CD/LP (Mute)
Nika is the sole singer and songwriter behind Zola Jesus’ many creative incarnations. Written on Vashon Island, WA and co-produced in Los Angeles, CA by Dean Hurley, Taiga is Nika’s fourth full-length album release. This album is a transition for Zola Jesus. Masterful layers of composition are bathed in familiar atmospheric vocals, but a new sensibility is deeply present. Taiga is at once challenging and accessible, and is undeniably branded with what Nika terms a piercing ambition.
DVDs + Blu-ray:
Sister Hazel – 20 Stages DVD (Rock Ridge)
Live recordings and videos culled from 20 of the band’s favorite venues 90-minute stand-alone DVD release features the live performance of each track from stages as diverse as the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA, The 9:30 Club in DC and the main stage on Sister Hazel’s Rock Boat cruise in the Caribbean. The DVD also includes commentary from the band about each song, the venues and the role fans played in choosing both.
Frank Zappa – Freak Jazz, Movie Madness & Another Mothers DVD (Sexy Intellectual)
After disbanding the original Mothers of Invention in ’69, Frank Zappa unleashed a second incarnation of the band by ’70. Frank Zappa: Freak Jazz, Movie Madness & Another Mothers focuses on the sophomore Mothers and this often-overlooked period in Zappa’s career, with rare footage, exclusive interviews, and contributions from many who worked with him during this period.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
Aeges – Above & Down Below LP (The Mylene Sheath)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Expanding upon the foundation of the sound that already drew influence from the ‘90s post-hardcore era, Above & Down Below mixes that same heavy edge of Quicksand with the more melodic heavy rock sheen of Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Queens Of The Stone Age. At times it’s as heavy as lead, crushing and lurching hard, while other times it’s melodic and hook-laden; usually you’ll find this contrast within the same song.
Anthroprophh – Outside The Circle LP (Rocket Recordings)
Anthroprophh’s second album Outside The Circle is a dizzying psychic voyage that exists in, around, and at all points of the eternal amplified axe-worship continuum. From the sci-fi doom-out of the appropriately-titled “Space Box Zonk Machine” via the unnerving primitive electronica of “Gottmelt,” to the early-Monster Magnet-damaged finale “See,” no sacred stone is left unturned, here. Yet at all times, ‘Prof”s guitar rages through the ether, all banshee howls and fiery tumult; a kaleidoscopic union between Helios Creed and The Velvet Underground of “I Heard Her Call My Name.”
Mulatu Astatké – Ethio Jazz LP (Heavenly Sweetness)
This is the seminal Ethio-jazz album by the master Mulatu. Considered by some to be one of the best African albums of all time. HQ-180gm vinyl in a heavy cardboard cover.
The Asteroid No. 4 – The Asteroid No. 4 LP (Bad Vibrations)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Asteroid No. 4 returns with an eighth album and another collection of songs that spin around in psych-rock fashion that is no less psychedelic in the purist of rock and roll senses as what it could be. Saying that, there are some real head spinners that would make any fan of Amon Düül drool, but they are few and far between. But compared to These Flowers Are Ours, the level of intensity is at their highest point in these sporadic gems of hard rock goodness.” – Selective Memory
Bad Channels – Bad Channels CD (Kingfisher Bluez)
Ten tracks of fuzzy, blown out guitar pop influenced by 1960s girl groups, The Ramones, Mo Tucker, Anne Of Green Gables, and Degrassi High. [“Sugarcubes” is] …a starry-eyed bubblegum number that makes us think of root beer floats on the beach.”
Francis Bebey – Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 2xLP (Born Bad)
“French label Born Bad with an incredible follow up to their essential African Electronic Music 1975 – 1982, both collecting the music of Cameroonian-in-Paris, writer, sculptor, and sonic explorer, Francis Bebey. This one is accompanied by artwork of the week from Brussels-based Elzo Durt. Elzo coming from a punk/skate background describes his work, which has graced album sleeves, magazine covers, festival posters, and designs for Lacoste & Carrhart, as a ‘cheerfully morbid universe.’ The darkness might seem in contrast with Bebey`s complicated, sometimes frantic, yet always gentle, polyrhythms, but within his compositions there is chant, spell, trance and magic. Invoking ancestors, repelling evil.” – Test Pressing
Bodycount – Bodycount [Reissue/1992] LP (Rhino)
Long out-of-print, here we have a vinyl reissue of Ice-T’s thrash metal band’s debut album, which featured the notorious track “Cop Killer” until it was deleted from subsequent editions and replaced by “Ice-T/Freedom Of Speech.”
Broncho – Just Enough Hip To Be A Woman LP (Dine Alone)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Harkening back to punk rock’s glory days of the ‘70s, Broncho captures the aggression, authenticity and youthful exhilaration of a bygone era. With echoes of The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges and The Ramones, Broncho is a blisteringly cathartic flash of gritty, crunching guitar work supported by an assaultive rhythm section and made whole by songwriter Ryan Lindsey’s aggressive, yelping vocal work.
Bruce Lee Band – Everything Will Be Alright, My Friend LP (Asian Man)
Almost a full decade since their last release, Mike Park’s Bruce Lee Band returns with a brand new album produced by Bomb The Music Industry’s Jeff Rosenstock. Eleven tracks of high-energy ska-punk, featuring an all-star roster of musicians and guests.
The Bug – Exit 2×12” (Ninja Tune)
New EP featuring collaborations with Liz Harris (Grouper), Manga, and Daddy Freddy, plus four extra tracks/versions not included on the recent full length Angels & Devils.
Can – Landed [Reissue/1975] CD/LP (Mute)
Can – Flow Motion [Reissue/1976] CD/LP (Mute)
Can – Saw Delight [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (Mute)
Vinyl reissues of Can’s seventh, eighth, and ninth albums.
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Mirror [Reissue/1971] LP (Friday Music)
HQ-180gm audiophile vinyl reissue with die-cut gatefold sleeve.
Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems LP+CD (Columbia)
Recently released on CD – now available on HQ-180gm vinyl. “Leonard Cohen turns 80 on September 21, and he remains cooler than any of us. On his birthday, the poetic rock eminence will follow up his quiet 2012 stunner Old Ideas with a new album called Popular Problems. Cohen produced and co-wrote the LP with the frequent Madonna collaborator Patrick Leonard, who also worked on Old Ideas, and the LP pulls the same trick that Cohen has pulled on his last few albums, pairing up his grave and gravelly voice with weirdly chintzy synth settings.” — Stereogum
The Copyrights – Report LP (Red Scare)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. After doing the No Knocks teaser 7″ EP with Fat Wreck Chords, The Copyrights have followed up with a 14-song full Report of Midwestern punk.
CUTS – EP1 12” (Invada)
“CUTS’ influences are “abandoned spaces, white noise and sleep paralysis”, a trio that loom large in the music, where the buzz and hum of fed-back electronics get underscored by the undoubtedly sinister-feeling creep of industrial percussive mechanisms. Midway through opener, ‘CUTS 01’ (it only makes sense that the anonymous CUTS would title his tracks with catalogue-like numerics), for example, a burst of razing guitars cuts through the darkened layers, but can’t quite escape the menace of the half-heard vocals beneath. That’s not to say there aren’t moments of light, rather that when they come – as with the lapping waves of feedback that finish off the second track, or the third’s vocals, buoyed by a fuzzy upsurge – they’re spectral, rung through with distortion.” – The Quietus
D-Fekt – Schattenseite LP (58 Beats)
Deep instrumental hip-hop for fans of Melting Pot Music, Jakarta, etc. D-Fekt is primarily known as an MC from the band Weltuntergang. Space sounds, destructive, synthesized melodies, earthy, pumping drum tones, creaky bass lines and soulful, jazzy notes get mixed up uncompromisingly.
The Dead Milkmen – Pretty Music For Pretty Special People LP+MP3 (Quid Ergo)
Pulls six tracks off of their new album Pretty Music For Pretty People plus three of the “C-sides” previously only available as MP3 digital downloads.
Dead Soft – Dead Soft LP (Kingfisher Bluez)
Heavy pop group from Vancouver, BC making the grunge revival sound strikingly immediate. “Dead Soft harken back to ‘90s grunge-pop with an affinity for overdriven guitars and catchy vocal hooks. The three-piece lays the fuzz on thick with their wall of sound, punctuated by slower moments of reflection, before the aural dam bursts once more.”—Discorder Magazine
Deaf Wish – St. Vincent 7” (Sub Pop)
The St Vincent EP is the first U.S. release by Melbourne, Australia’s Deaf Wish. Deaf Wish have been blowing away audiences in Australia and the US since 2007 with a blistering blend of blown-out punk/noise-rock and layers of melodic haze not unlike early Sonic Youth.
Diamond D And The Psychotic Neurotics – Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop [Reissue/1992] 2xLP (Get On Down)
Long out-of-print, and even impossible to find on vinyl at the time of its release, Get On Down presents the classic Diamond D debut Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop. As the album title states, this album is one long party from beginning to end. Diamond shines both on the mic and behind the boards creating one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever made.
East River Pipe – Gasoline Age [Reissue/1999] LP+MP3 (Merge)
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “the most gifted of the new loners,” F.M. Cornog, aka East River Pipe, originally released The Gasoline Age 15 years ago. Named 1999’s Album of the Year by both The New York Times and The Independent (UK), The Gasoline Age was inspired in large part by nighttime drives on New Jersey’s seedy Route 22. Automobile imagery appears throughout the album: cybercars, stolen cars, pimpmobiles. The vehicles all seem to carry with them a romanticism that emphasizes even further Cornog’s gift of creating a lyrical mood without tying his flights of fancy down to specifics. HQ-180gm featuring nine unreleased tracks via the accompanying download.
Esben And The Witch – A New Nature LP (Nostromo)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Brighton trio Esben And The Witch long ago mastered the art of building up their songs from a brooding crawl to a brutal onslaught of sonic violence — or starting with the violence and scaling back to its eerie aftermath. In doing so, they’ve always lived up to their name. Whatever its true lineage — be that Kate Bush, Sonic Youth, Swans, Portishead, or Siouxsie And The Banshees — this music always feels like it emanated from some crooked-fingered cackler’s cauldron. It’s singular, seductive, terrifying stuff. It casts a spell. Esben are still conjuring those sensations on A New Nature, their first release through their own Nostromo label after parting ways with Matador.” – Stereogum
Nico Fidenco – Black Emanuelle [Reissue] LP (Dagored)
Nico Fidenco – Black Emanuelle: Orient Reportage [Reissue/1976] LP (Dagored)
The legendary Nico Fidenco’s score for Black Emanuelle is by turns sultry and serious, fun and funky. The sound is sophisticated, groovy and melodically memorable; mixing Latin rhythms—in a continuous sexual tension with the exotic images of the beautiful Laura Gemser—and electronic textures that show the influence of early techno masters such as Giorgio Moroder and Kraftwerk. Black Emanuelle Orient Reportage aka Black Emanuelle Goes East is probably the most depraved of all the volumes of the Emanuelle series. Maestro Fidenco relies heavily on layered strings, horns, flutes, violins and an array of exotic instruments and aims for eclecticism in playing with versions of the main theme.
Jeff Grace – The House Of The Devil (Original Score) LP (Death Waltz)
Coming from the same kind of place as The Omen and Rosemary’s Baby, The House Of The Devil has a certain period aesthetic that is reflected in its brooding and slow-burning score. Whilst it starts with an electric guitar and synth piece that immediately sets the mood and the time, Grace’s score doesn’t immediately hit you over the head, instead building itself up over time and increasing intensity while always being absolutely unsettling. Transparent red vinyl.
Hard Girls – Hard LP (Asian Man)
Collection of songs previously unavailable on vinyl from several EPs, as well as previously unreleased material. These songs make up what made Hard Girls such a cult favorite with word of mouth and social media sharing of these songs.
Holy Sons – Lost Decade II LP (Chrome Peeler)
Radical self-therapy intended to unravel various psychological conflicts and capture an ongoing spiritual implosion during the 1990s of Emil Amos, whose name is immediately recognized by fans of reliable heavyweights such as Om, Grails, Lilacs & Champagne. With an intimacy comparable to Daniel Johnston’s Walkman tapes, the ritualistic attempts of our man to capture the rawest picture of human behavior are helped along by the ingestion of mescaline, which explains the eerie witchlike glow of this collection. With contributions from comedian Duncan Trussell. Clear vinyl.
Ice-T – Rhyme Pays [Reissue/1987] LP (Rhino)
Before Ice-T’s success acting in film and television made him a formidable prime-time presence, the artist was a major innovative force in hip-hop. Recognized for his vivid lyrics about inner-city violence, the rapper broke out in 1987, earning a gold record with his debut Rhyme Pays, as well as major acclaim for Colors, the title song he wrote for Dennis Hopper’s film about L.A. gangs.
Iron Lung – Savagery 7” (Iron Lung)
Twelve songs clocking in around six and a half minutes. Iron Lung’s most raw Neanderthal power-violence flexes without bowing to the overworked conventions of the genre. Intentionally nasty and jarring music.
Jukebox The Ghost – The Great Unknown 7” (Yep Roc)
New single in advance of upcoming self-titled full-length (due October 21).
Konstrukt/Joe McPhee – Babylon LP+MP3 (Roaratorio)
Turkish free-improv group led by guitarist Umut Çağlar collaborating with the legendary saxophonist in Istanbul with no prior rehearsal or discussion, although the seamless meshing could fool anyone into thinking that they were a longtime working group. Çağlar, who comes to free jazz via electronic music, incorporates moogs and theremin. Babylon swings from space-raga improv to soaring, full-throated anthemic melodies, to transmissions from some sort of Joe Meek jazz world where bird squeal falsettos pierce through a current of drums, only to struggle for breath, come up laughing, and take off far above.
Lewis & Clarke – Triumvirate LP (La Societe Expeditio)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Triumvirate is the first Lewis & Clarke album in five years, and is an hour plus trip of melancholic melodies and warm, world weary beauty. Complex, fragile arrangements mix with unexpected but natural elements to create a tapestry of delicate, intricate psychedelic folk.
Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild – Silk Pyramids LP (Thrice Great)
Released earlier this year on CD – now available on vinyl. Featured on Silk Pyramids are the type of classic beats that made D.I.T.C. producer Buckwild a legend. These instrumentals are in the style that fans want most: that classic 1990’s hardcore sound: jazzy, soulful and raw as hell. As a bonus, we have included two unreleased full songs not included on the CD or digital versions of the album.
Jason Moran – All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller LP (Blue Note)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller, is a collaboration with the vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello that recasts the music of the legendary jazz entertainer Fats Waller as a modern dance party. The album, which was produced by Ndegeocello and Blue Note Records president Don Was, is the ninth in a formidable catalog that Moran has been building on Blue Note since 1999.
Ennio Morricone – The Link (Extrasensorial) [Reissue/1982] LP (Dagored)
Ultra rare Ennio Morricone soundtrack for the 1982 horror/thriller The Link (aka Extrasensorial or Blood Link) directed by Alberto De Martino. The Maestro Morricone delivers a stunning score that is by turns romantic and suspenseful, producing several layered foreground/background compositions and disturbing distortion effects, in accordance with the sophisticated mise-en-scène curated by cinematographer Romano Albani (Phenomena/Inferno) for De Martino’s movie. 45rpm Audiophile Quality.
T.E. Morris – And You Were The Hunter LP (Function)
“While the wait for a new album by his ‘day job’ grows, T.E. Morris (that’s Tom Morris to you) is proving to be one of the most prolific solo artists we’ve come across in a long time. He’s put out a slew of EPs since January of last year, and has already released a full-length album this year. It was called We Were Animals and came out in April. Yes, it’s only been out for four months, but Morris sees no reason to wait to release his second full-length. That’s the kind of work ethic a lot of bands would do terrible things for. Of course, it helps that writing songs comes as naturally to him as breathing does to the rest of us – anyone who’s heard Her Name Is Calla’s monumental debut The Quiet Lamb will agree – but nonetheless, the very existence of And You Were The Hunter comes as a surprise.” – The Four Oh Five
Rev. Norb & The Onions – Rev. Norb & The Onions LP (Certified PR)
Sometimes you want your punk, and you want it served up stupid. Maybe stupid ain’t the right word. You don’t need it overly smart. Screw all the political hubbub and messages deep. Serve up a punk that’s willing to just get drunk, shred some leads and allow you to throttle about, pogo-ing till those brainmeat start to dribble out of your ears like blue raspberry residue under a Slushy lid. Rock ‘n’ rollers and outta’ controllers. The Onions deliver this sorta tough, dunderheaded fun that we all need from time to time.
Quintron – Spellcaster II (Death In Space) LP (Pizza Burgler)
Although Spellcaster II sounds nothing like Spellcaster I, it is in a way a return to form, as Spellcaster II (Death In Space) abandons the party style shout jams that Quintron and Miss Pussycat have become known for in favor of murky instrumental themes constructed from mostly unidentifiable sounds.
Frank Sinatra – Come Fly With Me [Reissue/1958] LP (Capitol)
Frank Sinatra – Sinatra & Swingin’ Brass [Reissue/1962] LP (Capitol)
Vinyl reissues now available. Several others due October 27.
Sleep Thieves – You Want The Night LP (Minty Fresh)
“Taken from their similarly titled new album set for release this June, You Want The Night is a darkly hypnotic and throbbing sample of new-age electro that sits somewhere in between Chromatics and Drive soundtrack alumni Desire. Much like the aforementioned film, the track is a throwback to ‘80s style production, kicking in with a simple but intoxicatingly sinister bassline whilst Sorcha Brennan’s vocals veer in between lustful and hauntingly malicious.” – The Line Of Best Fit
Smashing Pumpkins – Adore [Reissue/1998] 2xLP (Virgin)
More than 15 years after its original release, and two weeks after the Deluxe Expanded versions, Adore has been reissued on HQ-180gm double-LP.
Spray Paint – Clean Blood, Regular Acid LP (Monofonus Press)
Austin’s self-described “no-no wave/dub/scum rock” band, Spray Paint, grace us with their third full length LP, Clean Blood, Regular Acid. Their sound is a bit broken, contemptuous and unhealthy, yet entirely engrossing. At times, it’s as equal parts The Fall as it is Endless Boogie, Eddy Current Suppression Ring or Nikki Sudden.
The Stroke Band – Green And Yellow [Reissue/1978] LP (Anthology Recordings)
Green And Yellow is the collected recordings of legendary lost 1970s Deep South freaksters, The Stroke Band. Seen and heard, until now, by only a few South Georgia pot heads, rednecks, sheriffs, strippers, and intoxicated US Marines. Fronted by Bruce Joyner—a swamp rat synthesis of Buddy Holly, Bryan Ferry and Jerry Lee Lewis—The Stroke Band were an art-punk aberration to anything else happening in South Georgia in 1978-79. This Anthology Recordings re-release of the Green And Yellow album is the first in any form since the private press LP came out in 1978.
Marshal Allen Presents Sun Ra & His Arkestra – In The Orbit Of Ra 4xLP (Strut)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Strut and Art Yard join forces for a special release to mark what would have been Sun Ra’s 100th birthday with this new collection curated by the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current bandleader, Marshall Allen. Bringing together Ra highlights from over 25 years of music, the album is the first internationally released compilation to provide an introduction to the music of Sun Ra, curated personally by the Arkestra and mastered from the original tapes.
Joanne Shaw Taylor – Dirty Truth LP (Axehouse Music)
New album from the British blues rock guitarist.
Teenager – E P L P LP (Telephone Explosion)
“Toronto’s Teenager toil in garage-inflected post-punk, keeping the proceedings loose enough to give it character, but never soft. The band’s new LP, EPLP features the swagger-heavy track ‘Mild Survival,’ a sassy, sexy burner.”—Noisey
Throbbing Gristle – Second Annual Report [Reissue/1977] LP (Industrial Records)
Throbbing Gristle – DOA: The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle [Reissue/1978] LP (Industrial Records)
Throbbing Gristle – Bring You 20 Jazz Funk Greats [Reissue/1979] LP (Industrial Records)
Throbbing Gristle – Heathen Earth: The Live Sounds Of Throbbing Gristle [Reissue/1980] LP (Industrial Records)
Throbbing Gristle – Throbbing Gristle’s Greatest Hits [Reissue/1981] LP (Industrial Records)
Repressed in 2011, out-of-print shortly thereafter, and back in print again. Each album has been restored and remastered specifically for each format by Chris Carter from 24-bit “baked tape” digital transfers of the original first generation analogue master tapes. HQ-180gm.
Una Bestia Incontrolable – Nou Mon 7” (Iron Lung)
Two brand new long awaited songs to follow up last year’s incredible Observant Com El Món Es Destrueix LP on La Vida Es Un Mus. Anthemic industrial tinged hardcore punk with an anarcho slant from Barcelona.
The Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone [Reissue/2003] LP (Caterpillar)
Recently reissued on CD – now available on vinyl. WWCOHWWG? was the third and final full- length album by the Canadian band, and was originally released in 2003. The album gained wide and immediate praise, with broad critical and commercial acclaim from outlets as diverse at NME, Pitchfork and The Village Voice. HQ-180gm pink/black vinyl.
Various Artists – Decadubs 4 12” (Hyperdub)
Vinyl-only companion-piece to Hyperdub 10.3. Includes short tracks by Kode 9, The Bug, Dean Blunt, Cooly G, Lee Gamble, and others.
Tim Woulfe – Joyce 7” (Apollonian Sound)
A small slice of primitive psychedelia for the 21st century romantic. This is the lead single from Woulfe’s debut “The Uncouth Swain”. Pressed on clear vinyl.
Yes I’m Leaving – Mission Bulb LP (Homeless)
Yes I’m Leaving have been bubbling away in the suburbs for a few years, releasing three LPs and perfecting an intense live show that is something akin to a sonic melting pot of Scratch Acid and Big Black, utilizing the dynamics of Fugazi and Guided By Voices. “Think Jesus Lizard, various grunge heroes at their most fiery, or a slimmed-down garage-rock version of Swans.”—Stereogum
Youth Code – A Place To Stand 12” (Dais)
Youth Code’s latest release, A Place To Stand, is an expression of rage that could only come from Los Angeles. Perfectly capturing the frustration and claustrophobia of the early ‘80s L.A. hardcore scene but re-appropriating that aggression and melding it to the strict, pounding electronics of classic industrial. Limited to 400 on marble, and 500 on clear bottle green.
Zigtebra – The Brave LP (For Practically Everyone)
Zigtebra began as a papier-mâché-rich performance art project and has blossomed into a blissful pop duo that methodically excises from their songs anything that’s not a hook. The Brave is their second album. RIYL Bishop Allen, Lavender Diamond, The Carpenters.
Outrageous Cherry – The Digital Age (Burger)
A new set of rock & roll gems from Detroit power pop legends. Vinyl version due November 4.
Tomorrow’s Tulips – When (Burger)
Beautifully bummed-out chiller pop. Vinyl version due November 4.
Tosca – Outta Here CD (!K7) [10/14/14]
Allo Darlin’ – We Come From The Same Place CD (Slumberland) [10/21/14]