The Acacia Strain – Death Is The Only Mortal CD/LP+CD (Rise)
New album from the veteran Massachusetts hardcore band.
All Time Low – Don’t Panic CD (Hopeless)
The pop/punk band’s fourth album.
Almost Charlie – Tomorrow’s Yesterday CD (Words On Music)
Coalescing an idiosyncratic and sophisticated flair with unmatched tunefulness, Tomorrow’s Yesterday summons giants like Nick Drake, The Beatles, and Simon & Garfunkel as departure points on an infectious tour of chamber, acoustic, and atmospheric pop.
Daniel Bachman – Seven Pines CD/LP (Tompkins Square)
At 22 years of age, Bachman is one of the most promising guitarists on the modern American Primitive scene.
Bad Books – II CD/LP (Triple Crown)
Bad Books, a collaboration between Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine, present their second full length. The album was recorded at the Favorite Gentleman Studios in Atlanta and mixed by Rob Schnapf (Elliot Smith, Joshua Radin, Tokyo Police Club).
Bardo Pond – Yntra CD/LP (Latitudes)
Still incredibly thick with their battery of guitars and unrelenting signature groove riding merrily along underneath, Bardo Pond, true to their name, manage to balance their sound exquisitely between polar extremes.
The Beach Boys – Smiley Smile [Reissue/1963] CD (Capitol)
The Beach Boys – All Summer Long [Reissue/1963] CD (Capitol)
The Beach Boys – Little Deuce Coup [Reissue/1963] CD (Capitol)
The Beach Boys – Shut Down Volume 2 [Reissue/1964] CD (Capitol)
The Beach Boys – Summer Days [Reissue/1965] CD (Capitol)
The Beach Boys – Party! [Reissue/1965] CD (Capitol)
The Beach Boys – Today! [Reissue/1965] CD (Capitol)
The Beach Boys – Smiley Smile [Reissue/1967] CD (Capitol)
The Beach Boys – Sunflower [Reissue/1970] CD (Capitol)
The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up [Reissue/1972] CD (Capitol)
As part of the Beach Boys 50th anniversary, classic albums from the group’s catalog are now released in soft packs. Each remastered title includes both mono and stereo mixes. The new releases include the first ever-stereo mixes of several key Beach Boys classics.
Andrea Belfy – Wege CD (Room40)
Four pieces that revolve around spiraling interconnections of synthesizer, feedback and drums.
Between The Buried And Me – Parallax II: The Future Sequence CD/2xLP (Metal Blade)
“A ‘traditional’ thematic concept album (kicked off by Part One, of course), Future Sequence’s science-fiction narrative paints pictures of unexplored worlds, as well as the unknown depths of the human mind. Where many, if not most, concept albums can feel contrived and shoehorned into the story’s structure, Future Sequence feels grand and passionate on a very believable, human level.” — The Newreview
Beyond All Recognition – Drop=Dead CD (Napalm)
Vile metalcore riffs, demolishing grooves and vocals ranging from extreme growls and melodic passages dominate the 12 tracks on the album.
The Birthday Massacre – Hide & Seek CD (Metropolis)
New album of dark new-wave hooks and haunting synths.
Black Marble – A Different Arrangement CD/LP (Hardly Art)
As the title suggests, A Different Arrangement is a slight departure from the calculated coldwave formalism of their debut. The influence of early synth pioneers like Thomas Leer and Robert Rental is felt throughout the album, as are the fingerprints of the record’s hardline DIY architects. From bouncing ebullience, to haunted playground-bop.
Blackmore’s Night – A Knight In York CD/2xLP/CD+DVD+Blu-ray (UDR)
On September 30, 2011 Blackmore’s Night performed songs from their two new albums, Secret Voyage and Autumn Sky at the Grand Opera House in York, England.
Blood Raw – Redemption CD (Big Cat)
The name Blood Raw may be new to you, but after the smash collaboration featuring Young Jeezy, Raw gained a bit of notoriety.
Blut Aus Nord – 777: Cosmosophy CD (Season Of Mist)
“In its own twisted way, Cosmosophy is simultaneously a hybrid and deconstruction of everything Blut Aus Nord has done. Threads of the other two 777 entries can be heard in certain melodies and the overall depth, but as mentioned, this is very much not a black metal album as those were.” — Metal Review
Bowling For Soup – Present: One Big Happy! CD (Que-so)
Ahead of their tour with Patent Pending and The Dollyrots, the three bands got together to record a collection of songs — new and covers of each other.
Anthea Caddy + Thembi Soddell – Host CD (Room40)
Sampler and cello interact to generate acoustically opposing atmospheres.
John Cale – Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood CD/LP (Domino)
Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood is an album that seems born out of John’s mischievous youth. It is the result of sessions held at his L.A. studio with days experimenting with MPC’s, pounding fists onto pianos, manipulating glitches and lots of signature viola drone. As a producer, John Cale has reached a new plateau here. He deftly manages to blend equal measures of chaos and beauty.
Callers – Reviver CD/LP+MP3 (Partisan)
“Fusing elements of so many musical styles — jazz/folk/rock/psych/pop/etc. — Callers’ sound is hard to pin down. The first single, ‘Howard 2 Hands,’ released last week via Rolling Stone, is characterized by inventive rhythms and arrangements, jazz/psych guitar textures and soaring vocals.” — Sonic Scoop
Can – Lost Tapes [Standard Edition] 3xCD (Mute)
Mute rereleases the sold-out Can box set with a standard edition. Triple-CD with a 24-page booklet.
Chrome Canyon – Elemental Themes CD/LP (Stones Throw)
Think Vangelis’ Blade Runner score, and Wendy Carlos via Tron, Giorgio Moroder’s work on Cat People.
Citizens! – Here We Are CD/LP (Preservation)
Debut album from London, UK based band. Produced by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand and described by the band as “Kanye West producing an Arcade Fire song, or maybe the other way round…”
Coheed And Cambria – The Aftermath: Ascension CD/LP (Hundred Handed Inc.)
Coheed And Cambira’s latest is the first part of a two-volume concept album. The Aftermath: Descension will be released in February 2013.
Colin L. Orchestra – Col CD (Northern Spy)
A 65-minute psychedelic concept record, which is the third and last part in a series started over five years ago. Aimed at showcasing the band’s mellower pop, jam band, and yacht rock sides. A mixed and matched style of Grateful Dead Americana.
Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind CD (Epitaph)
Brings to the foreground the amazing guitar of founding member Kurt Ballou, who is emerging as a true guitar god, while leader Jacob Bannon finds searing melodies amidst the chaos of chords that is their hallmark.
Danko Jones – Rock & Roll Is Black And Blue CD/LP (Danko Jones)
Danko Jones deliver yet another ferocious take on punk-infused vintage rock.
Django Django – Django Django CD (Ribbon Music)
A confident, adventurous and psychedelically-bruised strain of art-rock that melds intangible electronic flourishes to the visceral rub of live instrumentation.
Enslaved – RIITIIR CD/CD+DVD (Nuclear Blast)
The Norwegian metal band’s sound is indefinable and grandiose, honest and unearthly, dark, and harsh.
eRikm – Transfall CD (Room40)
For almost two decades, eRikm has been a major force in contemporary musique concrete. He is a compelling improviser and forthright composer whose work taps into the central lineage of sound-object oriented composition emanating from France.
Dana Falconberry – Leelanau CD/LP (Antenna Farm)
Orchestral folk-pop. Citing influences ranging from the prints of artist Gwen Frostic, the books of Willa Cather, and the stark child’s-eye beauty of the Swedish film Let The Right One In, Falconberry finds lyrical inspiration in her idyllic childhood retreats to the Great Lakes State’s Leelanau peninsula. Her fairy-like voice is bolstered by the orchestration of a six-piece band.
Freelance Whales – Diluvia CD CD/LP (Mom + Pop)
On their new album, Freelance Whales use banjo, harmonium, cello, glockenspiel, synthesizers and guitars to create something that sounds a lot like pure joy.
Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio Recovered: Remix EP CDEP (Blue Note)
Glasper revisits the Black Radio album with a twist enlisting the aid of several notable hip-hop/R&B luminaries to interpret their take on the project. Remixes from 9th Wonder, ?uestlove, Pete Rock, Georgia Anne Muldrow).
Glowsun – Eternal Session CD (Napalm)
A psychedelic stoner rock journey for fans of Kyuss, Monster Magnet, QOTSA, and Seventh Void.
Elli Goulding – Halcyon CD (Cherrytree)
Having already conquered her native Britain with the biggest and fastest selling debut album of 2010, Lights — premiering at No. 1 on the UK album chart, four hit singles she co-wrote, and a BRIT award — singer/songwriter makes her splash in America a new album of sparkling electro-folk-pop. Free bonus Elli Goulding 7” with purchase, while supplies last!
Grass Roots – Grass Roots CD (Aum Fidelity)
Alto saxophonist Darius Jones has been astonishing folks with his voluminous gifts since arriving in NYC, and worldwide since the release of his debut Man’ish Boy. Drummer Chad Taylor has contributed extensively to the greatness of both the Chicago and New York music scenes; his long running Chicago Underground Duo/Trio/Orchestra project with cornetist Rob Mazurek has brought him perhaps the greatest acclaim to date. Also features Sean Conly on bass and Alex Harding on baritone sax.
Wendell Harrison – Organic Dream CD (Luv N Haight)
Arguably the best album legendary jazz musician cut in the ‘80s. Features the classic track “Love Juice.” It’s quite a departure from the spiritual jazz he’s best known for, instead dipping into modern soul and R&B territory. Vinyl version due October 22.
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister – Nobody Dances In This Town CD/LP (Hardly Art)
Debut album from this L.A. band. Call it “flamboyant folk,” “psych-acoustic,” “estranged and glamorous” and “vaudeville-y”. He’s My Brother She’s My Sister bring unique instrumentation, which includes a rhythm section bolstered by a tap dancer.
Hidden Orchestra – Archipelago CD (Tru Thoughts)
“There’s a strain of European post-rave/techno instrumental music that might or might not be jazz, exemplified by Cinematic Orchestra and Arve Henriksen. This second album by Hidden Orchestra can live in their company, sharing the same dialectic of propulsive groove and chill-out calm.” — The Independent. Vinyl version due October 22.
Honky – 421 CD/LP (Honky)
Another serving of “Texas Super Boogie.” Mixing butt wiggling grooves, good time lyrics, and lots (and lots) of guitar.
The Hood Internet – Feat CD (Decon)
The Hood Internet are infamous for their mixtapes featuring blends of a wide array of artists including the late Whitney Houston, Justice, Fleetwood Mac, Jay-Z and more.
Horrid Red – Nightly Wreaths CD/LP (Terrible)
Horrid Red emerged from the Teenage Panzerkorps institution as a means to explore more elegant and arcane aspects of post-punk and pop. Features Clay Ruby (Burial Hex) adding heavenly keys and detailed noise to many of the tracks.
The Hounds Below – You Light Me Up In The Dark CD (Slimstyle)
The Hounds Below’s brand of Midwest rock blends everything from grunge to angular post-punk to bona fide Springsteen.
Wanda Jackson – Unfinished Business CD/LP (Sugarhill)
Jackson’s 31st studio album, produced by Justin Townes Earle.
Kaki King – Glow CD/LP (Velour)
An evocative, exuberant collection of genre agnostic soundscapes, rich with wit, theme, and inspired invention. From the chamberesque “Great Round Burn” through the propulsive, Celtic-colored “King Pizel,” Glow embraces a doggedly naturalist production ethos to showcase her protean songwriting and mesmeric fret board genius.
Eli Keszler – Catching Net 2xCD (PAN)
A collection of selected installations and compositions from the experimental composer/artist/multi-instrumentalist. Double-disc set includes both stand-alone recordings of the installations and the integrated ensemble scores.
Kiss – Monster CD/LP (UMe)
Kiss’ 20th album 12 tracks of straight-ahead rock & roll and features collaborations among all four members including co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.
Lecherous Gaze – On The Skids CD/LP (Tee Pee)
An uptempo firebomb of awesome riffage, wailing solos, ’70s fuzztone guitar and grade A, no bullsh!t rock & roll.
Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams CD/LP (Iamsound)
“Ever scroll around on an old-fashioned radio dial and hear two stations drift together? It’s like a distant, ghostly ancestor of the mashup, wherein one band’s rhythms might mix with another’s guitar solo to create something new, if ephemeral and hard to re-create. Lonesome Dreams, the first full-length album from the L.A. band Lord Huron, creates that effect at times, as the cavernous choruses of Fleet Foxes or My Morning Jacket collide with the polyrhythmic playfulness of, say, Givers.” — NPR
Jeff Lynne – Long Wave CD/LP (Frontiers)
A collection of pre-rock standards along with a few of Lynne’s favorite gems from the ‘60s.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist CD (Macklemore)
Emerging out of the Pacific Northwest, the pair have been featured at major festivals including Lollapalooza, Rock The Bells, Sasquatch, MusicFest NW and Outside Lands. Album guests include Ben Bridwell of Band Of Horses, Allen Stone, ScHoolboy Q & Ab-Soul.
Mellowhype – Numbers CD/LP (Odd Future)
All new and unreleased material from Hodgy Beats and Left Brain. Features appearances from Odd Future members Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt and Mike G. Free lithograph with purchase, while supplies last!
Meridian Brothers – Desesperanza CD (Soundway)
First fully-fledged worldwide release from the band featuring Colombian experimental musician Eblis Alvarez. Traditional instruments, electronics and distorted vocals are dragged through an array of influences to create a world that is as original as it is unclassifiable. Meridian Brothers are at the core of a burgeoning music scene exploring cumbia, salsa and currulao styles from a new generation of Colombian musicians. Vinyl version due October 16.
METZ – METZ CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
METZ play like a brutally heavy, three-headed instrument, slashing strings, bending instruments and pounding drums in weird unison. It’s a return to everything that’s good about loud, ecstatic live music; a frantic nod to Nation Of Ulysses, Shellac, The Pixies, The Jesus Lizard, and Public Image Ltd. at their most vicious, while still carving out some heavy new business. Waves of feedback and fuzzed-out drones build the tension that eventually drops into each track’s relentless dissonant pulse.
Motörhead – The Wörld Is Ours: Vol. 2 2xCD+DVD+Blu-ray (UDR)
Follow-up to last year’s The Wörld Is Ours: Vol 1 includes their headline appearance at Wacken 2011 as well as highlights from the Sonisphere and Rio shows on DVD and Blu-ray. Vinyl version due October 22.
My Sleeping Karma – Soma CD (Napalm)
Instrumental psychedelic groove rock from German quartet.
Naytronix – Dirty Glow CD (Plug Research)
Solo project from Tune-Yards and Beep’s Nate Brenner.
A.C. Newman – Shut Down The Streets CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Newman’s solo work shows a more personal and intimate side to the New Pornographers leader. Inspired by classic ‘70s folk and pop from Gerry Rafferty to Gordon Lightfoot, Shut Down The Streets harnesses lush sonics and sweeping string and synth backgrounds that are miles away from his main band’s pulsating pop.
Nonpoint – Nonpoint CD (Razor & Tie)
Nonpoint’s new album is the culmination of an intense writing period that yielded over 40 new songs. The best were culled for this 12-track release.
Olan Mill – Home CD (Preservation)
Olan Mill is Alex Smalley, who has made waves in his UK homeland with his neo-classical compositions. For fans of Greg Haines, Dustin O’Halloran.
Old 97s – Too Far To Care [Reissue/1997] CD/2xLP (Omnivore)
Old 97s – They Made A Monster: Too Far To Care Demos LP (Omnivore)
15th anniversary remastered double CD edition with original album, session outtakes, and an entire disc of previously unissued demos. The vinyl version is available in two editions: a single-disc of demos (same as Disc Two of the CD) and a double-LP on aqua-blue wax.
Tunji Oyelana – Nigerian Retrospective 1966-79 2xCD (Soundway)
Double-disc retrospective from the Nigerian pop/funk/Afrobeat legend, circa 1966-1979. Vinyl version due October 16.
Padna – Burnt Offerings CD (Preservation)
Making up its sweet, song-oriented meditations through a hazy circle of intoned psychedelia, drone, bedroom folk and dub filters, these tracks roam from kaleidoscopic melody, slowly loping with a whimsical way to a contrasting, shadowy elegance for murkier intent. For fans of The Books, Olivia Tremor Control.
PAWS – Cokefloat CD (Fat Cat)
Infectious, lo-fi, garage pop-/rock that can quickly shift from cute melancholia to an unnerving territorial roar. ”Faithfully recalling the likes of Dinosaur Jr. and Minor Threat, they’re a bundle of visceral joy.” — New Musical Express
Pinkcourtesyphone – Elegant & Detached CD (Room40)
Second full-length from US sound installation artist Richard Chartier. Considered one of the key figures in the current of reductionist electronic sound art which has been termed both “microsound” and Neo-Modernist.
The Pyramids – Otherworldly CD/2xLP (Disko-B)
“Listening to Otherworldly, the first release from this legendary US cosmic jazz collective since they disbanded in 1977, is — appropriately enough — a transportative experience. As they did in the ‘70s, the group still employ a combination of acoustic and live bass, alto sax, and a battery of esoteric African instruments: mbira, bolong, Egyptian sensemia harp. The music, accordingly, still reaches towards the kind of cosmic utopias that also drove peers like Sun Ra and The Art Ensemble Of Chicago.” — theskinny.co.uk
Royal Trux – Accelerator [Reissue/1998] CD/LP (Drag City)
Reissue of Royal Trux’s 1998 “masterpiece” (according to many, though we are inclined to believe that all of their releases were equally masterful).
The Script – #3 CD (Epic)
Three young Dubliners take on the world with music fashioned from the emotional detritus of their own hard lives raised up by a love of pop, rock, hip-hop and soul. Features guest appearance by Will.i.am.
Ty Segal – Twins CD/LP/Cassette (Drag City)
Twins just might be the blast that ends it all — or the explosion that launches a brave new evolution? A fury of rock ensues: songs rigged to explode on a dime, fired from a cannon into the stratosphere. They fuse together into one multivarious projectile, a bullet from a gun marked yin and yang.
Barbara Streisand – Release Me CD (Columbia)
11 previously unreleased songs, spanning a cross-section of her career from 1963 to the present.
Sutekh Hexen/Andrew Liles – Breed In Me The Darkness CD (Aurora Borealis)
Collaborative album from San Francisco-based extreme/deconstructed black metal artists Sutekh Hexen and the legendary Andrew Liles (Nurse With Wound, Current 93). A breathtaking collision of noise, black metal and post-industrial magnificence.
Tame Impala – Lonerism CD/2xLP (Modular)
Highly anticipated sophomore release from the Western Australia psychedelic rock group.
Texas In July – Texas In July CD (Equal Vision)
Texas In July is at the forefront of a resurgence in Christian metal.
Trash Talk – 119 CD/LP (Odd Future)
New album from the L.A. thrashcore band. Guest artists include Hodgy Beats and Tyler The Creator.
Tweak Bird – Undercover Crops CD/LP (Volcom)
Tweak Bird effortlessly blend raw stoner rock and catchy pop bits to form short joyous bursts of aural gratification.
Various Artists – Athens Georgia Inside/Out CD+DVD (Omnivore)
First time on CD for this classic soundtrack featuring R.E.M., Flat Duo Jets, Pylon, Love Tractor, Bar-B-Q Killers and more. CD includes previously unissued bonus tracks. Complete feature-length film on DVD included.
Various Artists – Ultra Dubstep CD (Ultra)
Features the biggest names in dubstep: Skrillex, Nero, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, Benny Benassi, Steve Aoki, and others.
Suzanne Vega – Close Up 4: Songs Of Family CD (Razor & Tie)
Songs Of Family is the final volume of Suzanne’s Close-Up series. Vol. 4 is comprised of songs about Suzanne’s family and the people closest to her. These are some of her most intimate works and this collection includes two of her earliest compositions.
The Wallflowers – Glad All Over CD/2xLP (Columbia)
New album recorded in Nashville, TN, at Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio.
Hank Williams – Lost Concerts CD (Time Life)
Two shows recorded six weeks apart in May and July of 1952.
Woo – It’s Cozy Inside CD/LP (Drag City)
Woo effortlessly combine elements of English folk music, jazz, electronic experimentalism, bits of playful easy listening, and now in this latest release, an occasional electronic reggae shuffle.
Xzibit – Napalm CD (Open Bar)
New album from the rapper includes guest appearances by Wiz Khalifa, The Game, E-40, Travis Barker and more.
Zedd – Clarity CD (Interscope)
“A great collection of euphoric trance with a few electro zingers put in as well.” — Sputnikmusic
DVDs + Blu-ray:
Steve Aoki – Deadmeat: Live At Roseland Ballroom DVD (Ultra)
Takes you front and center to Aoki’s New York stop on his electrifying Deadmeat Tour. 90 minutes.
The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour DVD/Blu-ray (Capitol/EMI)
The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour [Deluxe] Blu-ray+DVD+2×7” (Capitol/EMI)
All of the packages contain a host of special features, packed with unseen footage. There are newly-filmed interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and other members of the film’s cast and crew, as well as a director’s audio commentary recorded by Paul. Limited box-set edition features the film on both DVD and Blu-ray formats and a vinyl-reproduction of the Magical Mystery Tour EP, all packaged in a 10”x10” box with book.
LCD Soundsystem – Shut Up And Play The Hits 3xDVD/3xBlu-ray (Oscilloscope)
A document of James Murphy’s 2011 farewell concert at Madison Square Garden. It both captures the once-in-a-lifetime event with stunning visuals and serves as an intimate portrait of Murphy as he navigates the 48 hours surrounding the show. The documentary runs for 105 minutes, but includes the entire 3 1/2 hour performance.
Eliane Radigue – Virtuoso Listening DVD (La Huit)
New film about one of the great electronic pioneers. Now in her ‘80s, Radigue’s work has roots in Europe’s post-war avant garde, and she has been linked with the pioneers of American minimalism such as Terry Riley, La Monte Young, and Steve Reich, but her monumental meditative compositions have taken a singular path, transporting the listener into new realms of sound. 65 minutes.
Various Artists – The Colours Of The Prism, The Mechanics Of Time 2xDVD (La Huit)
This film was inspired by Daniel Caux, a musicologist, essayist, and radio producer who made endless discoveries in the fields of experimental, minimalist, postmodern, and techno music. After studying fine art in Paris and devoting himself to painting for several years, Caux became known as an expert in the field of new jazz, new American vanguard music, and all sorts of fringe music. His recent passing has reversed the roles, and many of the musicians that he ardently supported wished to be included in this film, including John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Gavin Bryars, and Richie Hawtin. 136 minutes.
Badly Drawn Boy – About A Boy OST  LP (XL)
Finally available on vinyl!
Basement Jaxx – Remedy  2xLP (XL)
One of the most assured, propulsive full-lengths the dance world has seen since Daft Punk’s Homework. A set of incredibly diverse tracks indebted to the raw American house of Todd Terry and Masters At Work. Includes six bonus tracks.
Black Seeds – Black Seeds/Sound Trek 2xLP (Now Again)
Soul, funk and rock music recorded by US Army Servicemen during the height of the Vietnam War and released as albums by the US Army as recruitment tools.
John Fahey – Transcendental Waterfall: Guitar Excursions 1963 – 1967 6xLP (4 Men With Beards)
Six-LP collection draws from his best, and most influential, period. Included in the set are: Blind Joe Death, Death Chants, Breakdowns, & Military Waltzes, The Dance Of Death & Other Plantation Favorites, The Great Sand Bernardino Birthday Party, The Transfiguration Of Blind Joe Death, and Days Have Gone By. Also included are a T-shirt, poster, and a postcard, all of which are housed in a deluxe box.
Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs – Sunday Run Me Over LP (12th Street)
Sunday Run Me Over finds the duo mining an assortment of rootsy musical sources to create deeply expressive, unmistakably personal tunes. CD version due next week.
Horrid Red – Celestial Joy LP (Terrible)
“While that band is known for its violently propulsive sound, Horrid Red was established to explore the more elegant and arcane aspects of post-punk & pop. Centered around grandiose bedroom productions of San Franciscan Edmund Xavier & the incantations of Bunker Wolf beamed in from Aachen, Germany, Horrid Red is in full bloom for 2012.” — Student Driver
King Tuff – Screaming Skull b/w Love Potion 7”+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Two non-album track from the L.A.-via-Vermont garage/powerpop wunderkid. “Screaming Skull” is a club-ready, guitar-driven dance hit, the B-side “Love Potion” is a glammed-up rock anthem in classic Tuff form.
Fela Kuti – Vinyl Box Set 2 6xLP (Knitting Factory)
Collection includes Live With Ginger Baker (1971), Roforofo Fight (1972), Confusion (1974), Alagbon Close (1974), He Miss Road (1975), and Na Poi (1976). Also includes a 12-page full-color booklet with an essay by Ginger Baker and album descriptions by the veteran British music journalist Chris May.
Lovely Little Girls – Cleaning The Filth From A Delicate Frame LP (Skin Graft)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl. “It’s a total package: challenging, dissonant, ever-changing experimental rock, conceptually linked songs, and ambitious themed stage productions.” — Chicago Reader
Matt & Kim – Lightning LP (Fader Label)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl. Matt & Kim return with their fourth album. Energetic, synth-laced, hook-packed pop. Features the singles “Let’s Go,” and “Now.”
R. Stevie Moore – Hearing Aid 2xLP (Megaphone)
Double-LP collection of tracks from the lo-fi hero’s deep cassette archive with material ranging from the late ’60s to the early ’80s.
Pole – Waldgeschlchten 3 12” (Pole)
The third and final part of series. Again, a fundamental element is the very specific drum-sound embedded in complex dubby structures, seamlessly unified with the warm and deep bass lines. The field recordings and sounds fade away into echoes, grounded with massive bass.
Lisa Marie Presley – Storm And Grace LP (Universal)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl. New Americana-inspired album produced by T Bone Burnett.
Damien Rice – Live At Fingerprints: Warts And All  LP (Vector)
First time available on vinyl.
Ringo Deathstarr – Mauve LP (Sonic Unyon)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl. Melody-heavy guitar pop for fans of My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus & Mary Chain.
Sweet Apple – Elected b/w No Government 7” (Outer Battery)
Covers of songs from Alice Cooper and British punk cads Anti-Pasti. Features J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) and members of Guided By Voices, Witch and Cobra Verde. Green vinyl.
Thee Oh Sees/The Mallard – LAMC Vol. 3 7” (Famous Class)
The LAMC series has bands putting out a split 7” in honor of Ariel Panero. Panero created the Less Artists More Condos New York concert series, which featured up-and-coming bands. In that tradition, the LAMC series will allow the chosen band to contribute an unreleased track to Side A of the vinyl, while they will then feature an up-and-coming group of their choice on Side B.
TOPS – Tender Opposites LP (Arbutus)
Released earlier this year on CD — now available on vinyl. Debut album from Montreal-based pop crew. They have opened for John Maus, The Soft Moon, and Washed Out.
Total Control – Scene From A Marriage 7”+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Australia’s Total Control deliver a pair of exclusive moody garage/post-punk cuts. The band is led by Daniel Stewart (UV Race) and Mikey Young (Eddy Current Supression Ring/Ooga Boogas).
US Maple – Wanderer/Whoa Complains LP (Rococo)
US Maple was an American avant-garde rock band, formed in 1995 at Chicago’s Northern Illinois University by former members of Snailboy aka Shorty & The Mercury Players. The band consists of Al Johnson (lead singer), Mark Shippy (guitarist), Pat Samson (drums), and Todd Rittmann (guitarist) — who banded together with the intent of becoming the deconstructionists of rock & roll.
Woo/Night Jewel – Intensity b/w P.S. 7” (Drag City)
Nite Jewel (Ramona Gonzalez) crashed the party a few years back with the now classic Good Evening, and returns with a side of a moody mix of thick synth riffs and Frippertonic-like guitar. Woo (Clive and Mark Ives) feature a pulsing sound as distinctive as anything by Kraftwerk or ESG.
Xiu Xiu – Air Force  LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
Available on vinyl for the first time.
Dwight Yoakam – 3 Pears LP (WB)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl. Yoakam’s first all new studio album in seven years, 3 Pears features two songs co-produced with Beck.