CDs + Vinyl:
Aetherian – The Untamed Wilderness CD (Lifeforce)
Melodic death metal from Greece.
Eric Alexander – Song Of No Regrets CD (HighNote)
Hearing tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander is one of the great treats in jazz. There are few artists on stage today who combine chops, imagination and technique with a fluidity of ideas as he does. This imposing improviser is reunited here with pianist David Hazeltine and they’re joined by another jazz great , the always daring trumpeter Jon Faddis on a couple of the tracks.
Aosoth – The Inside Scriptures CD (Agonia)
Ferocious yet precise and occult-driven black metal rife with rich layers of atmosphere.
Björk – Utopia CD/2xLP (One Little Indian/The Orchard)
Björk’s ninth studio effort, co-produced by Venezuelan DJ Arca, follows-up her 2015 breakup record Vulnicura and celebrates her reemergence on the other side of heartache. “The last album, we sort of call it ‘hell’ – it was like divorce. So we are doing paradise now. Utopia,” the enigmatic artist explains. “Vulnicura was about a very personal loss, and I think this new album is about a love that’s even greater. It’s about rediscovering love – but in a spiritual way…” Transcendent lead single “The Gate” serves as a fitting introduction to a record about Bjork’s romantic renaissance. The eye-catching cover art was designed by artist Jesse Kanda with creative direction from Björk and her longtime collaborator James Merry.
Blaze Of Perdition – Conscious Darkness CD (Agonia)
Fourth studio album from the Polish black metallers.
Bring Me The Horizon – 2004-2013 CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
The best songs from their early releases on Epitaph Records. [Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.]
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Some Loud Thunder (10th Anniversary Edition) CD/LP (CYHSY/The Orchard)
“Some Loud Thunder was an album written mostly as a reaction to the not unwelcome but still uncomfortable great interest in the band’s first album, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Depending on who you asked, in 2007 the band was known alternatively as the real thing or a flash in the pan, a band who presented a new paradigm for independent music or whose model was based on sheer luck, a band simply enjoying the process of creation or a (relatively) new band struggling to maintain some sort of illusory artistic foothold. The general desire to discover the secret behind the project (and the irritation that it caused me in interviews, reviews, etc.) was, to a large degree, what drove the creation of the album, Some Loud Thunder. I think that this album, from the abrasive first track (which was not as much of a f**k you as some think but rather that it simply worked) to the final disintegrating ‘give up, give up, give up, give up, give up’ in the song, ‘Five Easy Pieces,’ documents a band that was comfortable taking big chances, somewhat aware of the consequences of taking chances (in an industry that often seems allergic to veering off the beaten path) but ignoring them all the same.” – Alec Ounsworth
Phil Collins – Take A Look At Me Now… The Complete Studio Collection 8xCD (Rhino)
Contains the first CD from each of the newly remastered studio albums, housed in a slipcase similar to the previous Take A Look At Me Now box.