CDs + Vinyl:
Accept – The Rise Of Chaos CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Fifteenth studio album from the Teutonic metal band. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]
Black Grape – Pop Voodoo CD/LP (MCA/Radioactive)
The ragtag bunch of Madchester veterans Black Grape have returned with a new album, Pop Voodoo, the band’s first new material in 20 years. Happy Mondays and Black Grape frontman Shaun Ryder is once again joined by the original British b-boy and former Ruthless Rap Assassin, Kermit to make genre-melding music and take aim at today’s cultural climate.
Bonehunter – Sexual Panic Human Machine CD/LP (Hell’s Headbangers)
Second album from the Finnish thrash/punk/black metal trio.
Tyler Childers – Purgatory CD/LP (Hickman Holler)
Like many great Southern storytellers, singer-songwriter Tyler Childers has fallen in love with a place. The people, landmarks and legendary moments from his childhood home of Lawrence County, Kentucky populate the ten songs on his formidable debut, Purgatory, an album that’s simultaneously modern and as ancient as the Appalachian Mountains in which events unfold. The album, co-produced by Grammy Award winners Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, is a semi-autobiographical sketch of Childers’ growth from wayward youth to happily married man, told in the tradition of a Southern gothic novel with a classic noir antihero who may just be irredeemable. Purgatory is a chiaroscuro painting with darkness framing light in high relief. There’s catharsis and redemption. Sin and temptation. Murder and deceit. Demons and angels. Moonshine and cocaine. So much moonshine and cocaine. All played out on the large, colorful canvas of Eastern Kentucky.
Coldplay – Kaleidoscope CDEP/12”+MP3 (Parlophone)
This new EP features a live version of Coldplay’s hit collaboration with The Chainsmokers, “Something Just Like This,” recorded in Tokyo in April. It also includes “Miracles (Someone Special),” a collaboration with Detroit rapper Big Sean. Another new song, “A L I E N S,” was written with Brian Eno, and co-produced by Eno and Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, Kings Of Leon). [Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Gal Costa – Índia [Reissue/1973] CD/LP (Mr. Bongo)
Digitally remastered edition of this 1973 album housed in replica of the original gatefold including the cover that was banned by the Brazilian military government in 1973 during the brutal dictatorship. Índia is a post-Tropicalia masterpiece from one of the movements key figures and true legends of Brazilian music, Gal Costa. Features a stellar line up of musicians including Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai, Dominguinhos, and Tenorio Jr.
Dale Crover – The Fickle Finger Of Fate CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
Debut solo album from the enigmatic legend that is Dale Crover. Amongst his 30+ year career as one half of the essential Melvins roster, Crover has contributed to countless albums ranging from platinum-plated classics (ahem, Nirvana) to seminal cult LPs. Though consistently otherworldly, The Fickle Finger Of Fate is surprisingly approachable— dare we say, catchy. But even at its most anthemic, you won’t be able to shake the feeling that a sinister ambience is hovering just beneath the surface.
Dead Cross – Dead Cross CD/LP (Ipecac)
Dead Cross emerged out of a series of impractical schemes, fallen-through plans, and last-minute musical experimentation. Shows were scheduled before a single song was written, fans were formed before even one show was played. The chaos of its creation seems apt; after all, the band is comprised entirely of artists who have thrived playing tightly-coiled turmoil – intelligent dissonance disguised as disorder. Consisting of Dave Lombardo, Justin Pearson, Michael Crain, and Mike Patton, the impressive, expansive, and eclectic list of prior bands collectively played in would be enough to ensure the unyielding ferocity of the music… but a resume isn’t necessary, here. Dead Cross stands on its own, speaks volumes with its multilayered evil-genius vocals, manic guitar riffs, and brutal rhythms. [Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Def Leppard – Hysteria [Reissue/1987] CD/2xCD+DVD/5xCD+2xDVD/2xLP (Mercury)
Hysteria is the fourth studio album by English hard rock band Def Leppard. It is the band’s best-selling album to date, with over 25 million copies worldwide, featuring the singles “Animal,” “Women,” “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Hysteria,” “Armageddon It,” “Love Bites,” and “Rocket.” This 30th Anniversary remastered reissue is available in Regular, Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions: Deluxe edition includes a bonus CD and DVD containing the In The Round, In Your Face concert. The Deluxe Super Deluxe adds B-sides, mixes, documentaries, videos, and DVD-Audio. Double-disc 180gm vinyl pressing is also available.
Don Felder – Airborne [Reissue/1983] CD (Friday Music)
CD reissue of the debut album from the longtime Eagles guitarist.
Eagles Of Death Metal – I Love You All The Time: Live At The Olympia In Paris 2xCD (UMe)
On February 16, 2016 EODM returned to Paris for the first time following the November 2015 Bataclan massacre, completing their show as part of The Nos Amis Tour with an emotional performance at the Olympia Hall. This release encapsulates the intensity of that concert, which is dedicated to all those who lost their lives just three months prior. [Stand-alone DVD version also available.]
Brett Eldredge – Brett Eldredge CD (Atlantic)
“Brett Eldredge’s new single ‘Somethin’ I’m Good At’ is a flat out, all-caps, country music JAM.” – Taste Of Country
Marty Friedman – Wall Of Sound CD/LP (Prosthetic)
Eleven bombastic tracks from the Megadeth guitarist featuring a diverse group of guests: Jinxx (Black Veil Brides), Shiv Mehra (Deafheaven) and Jorgen Munkeby (Shining). [Limited white colored vinyl pressing also available].
God Module – Does This Stuff Freak You Out? A Retrospective CD (Metropolis)
A mix of the dark electro band’s most popular songs and some rare tracks, alternate versions, remixes, and a cover.
Hard Working Americans – We’re All In This Together CD/2xLP (Melvin)
We’re All In This Together was recorded live by monitor engineer Colin Cargile during the band’s 2016 Rest In Chaos tour. Dubbed a ‘jam band supergroup’ by some journalists, Hard Working Americans features bassist Dave Schools and drummer Duane Trucks of Widespread Panic, guitarist Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood, keyboardist Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi, Tulsa guitarist Jesse Aycock, and singer-songwriter Todd Snider on lead vocals. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]
Emmylou Harris – Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers At The Ryman [Reissue/1992] CD/2xLP (Nonesuch)
Remastered edition of the live album by Emmylou Harris and her then-newly formed acoustic backing band, The Nash Ramblers, recorded April 30th – May 2nd, 1991 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
Bernie Leadon/Michael Georgiades – Natural Progressions [Reissue/1977] CD (Friday)
As a founding member of The Eagles, as well as his groundbreaking work with The Flying Burrito Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and many others, Leadon released his lone solo album in 1977.
Lords Of Acid – Voodoo-U [Reissue/1994] CD (Metropolis)
This Special Remastered Band Edition of the second album from Belgian electronic band features bonus tracks selected from B-sides from the album’s singles.
Briana Marela – Call It Love CD/LP+MP3 (Jagjaguwar)
There is something unforgettable about great love songs, and Briana Marela’s Call It Love wraps its welcoming arms around the subject, invoking all its complexity. Marela’s original vision for this album was to dig into the two poles of her songwriting styles: her ambient, ethereal side and her brighter, beat-driven pop leanings.
Randy Meisner – Randy Meisner [Reissue/1978] CD (Friday Music)
Upon leaving The Eagles after the hugely successful Hotel California album, a few years later Randy delivered his debut solo album.
Mondo Cozmo – Plastic Soul CD/LP (Republic)
Debut full-length effort from breakout Philly-born alternative troubadour and punk-folk renegade Mondo Cozmo. The tattooed underground pop outlier and disciple of Beck, Eddie Vedder, and Keith Richards deconstructs everything you know and reconstructs it with rawness.
Mystery Skulls – One Of Us CD (WB)
Genre-bending artist, producer, and singer Mystery Skulls builds built upon his sonic tapestry of soul, house, disco and R&B, while zeroing in on a single “Big Brother”-esque concept.
Naomi Punk – Yellow CD/2xLP+MP3 (Captured Tracks)
Abrasive, grungy noise band Naomi Punk are back with their latest album. “Definitely not your average punk posturing, Naomi Punk are messing with original formats in genuinely intriguing ways here, full of detuning guitars and melted, off-beat rhythms, but still with that innovative, eat-yourself gnash that made punk rock what it was.” — Boomkat
Randy Newman – Dark Matter CD (Nonesuch)
Dark Matter, Randy Newman’s first album of new material in nine years, is the follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Harps And Angels, which the Guardian called “the work of a true master of popular song.” Produced by long-time Newman collaborators Mitchell Froom, Lenny Waronker, and David Boucher, Dark Matter includes songs about Vladimir Putin, the Kennedy brothers, Sonny Boy Williamson, science vs. religion, love and loss, and more. [Vinyl edition due August 18.]
Elijah Ocean – Elijah Ocean CD (New Wheel Music)
“It’s twenty-seventeen in the southwestern corner of America. There’s snow in the distant mountains and the slow desert sunset creeps through the windshield of the Mercury on 40 West. The young man is driving home, wherever that is. Every year Elijah Ocean crisscrosses the country singing his songs and making memories.”
Monk Parker – Crown Of Sparrows CD/LP (Grand Jury)
Monk Parker’s ((The Low Lows, Parker & Lily) new album is both majestic and feral, it’s tension hidden beneath a scratched-surface warmth, a woozy country narcosis, with layers of feedback trembling just at the edge of earshot. It’s a dense, funereal sound evocative of Townes Van Zandt at his least folksy and most heroin-saturated. Stately, off-kilter dreamlike waltzes a la Richard Hawley or M. Ward build to explosive, gospel-tinged climaxes, and a woozy country narcosis kin to early My Morning Jacket or Phosphorescent alternates with feedback drones and buried noise melodies.
The Rain Parade – Emergency Third Rail Power Trip/Explosions In The Glass Palace [Reissue/1983/1984] CD (Real Gone Music)
Of all the albums that emerged from L.A.’s Paisley Underground scene, Rain Parade’s Emergency Third Rail Power Trip and its follow-up EP, Explosions In The Glass Palace, were probably the most transparent in their influences and probably the most successful in transcending them. Here was the jangle-rock of the Byrds married with the soft, downbeat vocal harmonies of early Pink Floyd, infused with a Love-like delicacy—yet the dark lyrical themes and droning twin guitar melodies made listening to Rain Parade like being on an acid trip teetering on the knife edge between pure nirvana and colossal bummer.
Jimmy Reed – Mr. Luck: The Complete Vee Jay Singles 3xCD (Craft Recordings)
Jimmy Reed’s lazy drawl, high harmonica sound, and tightly constructed blues songs are part of the bedrock of American roots music. For a decade in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he was the most popular blues artist in America, crossing over to the pop charts with songs like “Big Boss Man” and “Baby What You Want Me To Do.” Blues, country and R&B artists, including Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Etta James and Elvis Presley, have covered his compositions. Here are his complete Vee Jay singles-his defining body of work-newly remastered with notes from Grammy-winning blues producer Scott Billington.
Russkaja – Kosmopolitburo CD (Napalm)
Since 2005 Russkaja have been exploring their cosmopolitan Austro-Soviet roots. Beyond genre confines they deliver their so called “Turbopolka,” mingling open-minded passion with various styles from all around the globe.
Dylan Scott – Dylan Scott CD (Curb)
Expanded Deluxe edition of the country singer’s 2016 album featuring three new songs including the new single “Hooked.”
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – Lay It On Down CD/LP (Concord)
The 10 original songs on the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band’s hard-hitting new release Lay It On Down explore some vital new creative territory while embodying the same raw, rootsy musicality that’s been a common thread in the nine acclaimed albums that Shepherd’s released since he first emerged as a teenaged guitar wunderkind nearly a quarter-century ago. “I wanted to touch on all of the different musical influences that I’ve had over the years,” Shepherd says. “With solid grooves, strong lyrics, good stories and a lot of different sonic textures.” Shepherd’s deeply expressive songwriting and fiery, forceful playing are in abundant supply throughout the album. Such tunes as the insistently catchy, R&B-inflected “Diamonds & Gold,” the raucous rocker “Baby Got Gone,” the stately country ballad “Hard Lesson Learned,” the slyly humorous “She’s $$$” and the sensitive, bittersweet title track find Shepherd and band – longtime vocalist Noah Hunt, drummer Chris “Whipper” Layton (renowned for his prior work with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble), veteran bassist Kevin McCormick and keyboardist Jimmy McGorman – delivering a memorable mix of smart songcraft and blues-steeped instrumental intensity.
Soccer Mommy – Collection CD/LP (Fat Possum)
Soccer Mommy is the project of Sophie Allison, a 19-year-old Nashville native and musical wunderkind. Sophie built her reputation as a DIY artist, recording her own songs and releasing them for free on Bandcamp over the last few years. Collection compiles the best of Sophie’s Bandcamp work as well as a few new songs, written, mixed and produced herself. The songs portray an artist fully-formed, mature far beyond her age singing about toxic relationships, infatuations, and all the experiences of being a teenage girl. Or, as Sophie describes her subject matter, “crush stuff with a hint of bad to it.” There’s a playfulness to the music that belies the sophisticated nature of the songcraft. The songs can be sweet, they can be happily melancholic or melancholically happy, but they always cut deep. They belong on playlists and mixes, to be shared among friends and belted out during road trips. These perfect pop gems have power.
Tyshawn Sorey – Verisimiltude CD (Pi Recordings)
Verisimilitude is the latest development in drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey’s effort to shatter the jazz piano trio tradition by extending the form to encompass the influence of the likes of Feldman, Debussy and Xenakis. One of the most in-demand drummers in jazz he has in recent years collaborated extensively with the likes of John Zorn, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman and Roscoe Mitchell, among myriad others.
Spencer & Rains – The Skeleton Keys CD (Old Time Tiki Parlour)
Seventeen tracks of old time music, each song collaboratively illustrated by Spencer & Rains in a full color, 40-page book, bound in a beautiful, 7.25 x5.5 letter press cover. “Your music gives me hope for humanity” (Robert Crumb). “Tricia Spencer s own deep family fiddling roots and Howard Rains’ passion for saving old Texas music from extinction come together in this beautiful collection of tunes, songs and paintings. I immediately had the feeling of being invited into something very musically personal and special. Strong harmonies and nice, tight playing… a fabulous project” (Bruce Molsky).
Svartsyn – In Death CD (Agonia)
New album of dark, grim and misanthropic black metal from Sweden.
George Thorogood – Party Of One CD/LP (Rounder)
Party Of One is George Thorogood’s first solo album of his 40+ year career, and is a tribute to the artists that shaped his musical consciousness. Produced by Grammy-winner Jim Gaines – known for his work with John Lee Hooker, Luther Allison and Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as several of Thorogood’s biggest discs – the 14 cuts (plus a bonus CD-only track) are a potent platter of traditional blues, classics, and modern blues benchmarks. The album sees Thorogood covering blues masters such as Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, and Elmore James, as well as other legends, including The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan. The primarily acoustic instrumentation – including slide, Dobro, and harmonica – is performed entirely by Thorogood live in the studio with minimal overdubs. As Thorogood himself says, “This record is what I was, what I am, and what I always will be.”
Transport League – Twist & Shout At The Devil CD/LP (Rodeostar)
This Swedish band’s rhythmic, powerful and stylistically diverse heavy metal has left an impressive mark on the international hard ‘n’ heavy scene.
Wage War – Deadweight CD/LP (Fearless)
A Day to Remember vocalist Jeremy McKinnon and Andrew Wade returned to produce Wage War’s sophomore full-length. Lyrically, Deadweight sees the band exploring both personal to political issues in a way that’s as raw and honest. [Limited 180gm sea foam vinyl pressing also available.]
Lal & Mike Waterson – Bright Phoebus [Reissue/1972] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
Originally released in 1972, Bright Phoebus combines the incredibly songwriting of siblings Lal & Mike, both from the mid- ‘60s folk revival group The Watersons.
Dan Wilson – Re-Covered CD (Big Deal Music)
A collection of Dan’s versions of songs he wrote with and for other artists. The album features Grammy-winning songs “Someone Like You” ft. Kronos Quartet (Adele) and “Not Ready To Make Nice” (Dixie Chicks), as well as “Home” (Dierks Bentley), and songs written with Taylor Swift, Josh Groban, Chris Stapleton, John Legend, and others.
Yoke Lore – Goodpain CDEP (Yell House Records)
With a rousing style of indie pop that plays to the back rows of the festival crowd, Yoke Lore is the solo project of Adrian Galvin, formerly of Walk the Moon and his previous solo project, Yellerkin.
DVDs + Blu-ray:
Eagles Of Death Metal – I Love You All The Time: Live At The Olympia In Paris DVD (UMe)
During Eagles Of Death Metal’s November 13, 2015 concert at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, gunmen entered the venue and opened fire on the crowd, leaving 89 dead. On February 16, 2016, the band returned to Paris to complete their show as part of The Nos Amis Tour¸ performing at the Olympia Hall. This release encapsulates the pure emotion and intensity of that extraordinary Olympia concert and is dedicated to all those who lost their lives at the Bataclan.
Jane’s Addiction – Alive At 25: Ritual de Lo Habitual Live DVD+CD/Blu-ray+DVD+CD (Cleopatra)
Jane’s Addiction, celebrates the 25th anniversary of their seminal album Ritual de Lo Habitual with a live performance of the album in its entirety plus additional favorites as encores. [Vinyl edition due August 25.]
The Winery Dogs – Dog Years – Live In Santiago & Beyond 2013-2016 2xBlu-ray+CDEP/2xBlu-ray+DVD+2xCD (Loud & Proud)
The Winery Dogs – Richie Kotzen (lead vocals/guitar), Mike Portnoy (drums), Billy Sheehan (bass) – have performed 200 shows around the world since their inception in 2013. After the release of their second album, the critically-acclaimed, Hot Streak, released in October 2015, they toured the world yet again. In South America, where the rock ‘n’ roll fans are particularly passionate, the band recorded a live show. [A five-disc Deluxe package is also available, which includes the concert on a DVD format and two CDs with the live concert audio.]
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
Battle Beast – Bringer Of Pain CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Released last February on CD – now available on vinyl. New release from the Finnish heavy metal band.
The Beach Boys – Surfer Girl [Reissue/1963] 2xLP (Analogue Productions)
The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds [Reissue/1966] 2xLP (Analogue Productions)
Limited 200gm 45RPM mono and stereo pressings.
Chuck Berry – The Great Twenty-Eight [Reissue/1982] 2xLP (Geffen)
Packed with hits and classic B-sides including “Maybellene,” “Rock & Roll Music,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “School Day,” “Johnny B. Goode” and more. Reissued on vinyl for the first time since its release in 1982.
Blank & Jones – Relax – Edition Ten LP (Soundcolors)
Blank & Jones present the soundtrack for the summer with their tenth Relax instalment. Handpicked guest vocalists Coralie Clement, Jason Caesar, Emma Brammer and Zoe Dee give the Balearic vibes a special touch.
Citric Dummies – Tearing Out My Nails LP (Fashionable Idiots)
Great new Minneapolis band — demented punk ala Bloodstains.
Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets [Reissue/1974] 2xLP (Astralwerks)
Brian Eno – Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) [Reissue/1975] 2xLP (Astralwerks)
Brian Eno – Another Green World [Reissue/1975] 2xLP (Astralwerks)
Brian Eno – Before And After Science [Reissue/1977] 2xLP (Astralwerks)
Limited double 180gm vinyl LP pressings of the meticulous half-speed masters (all of which play at 45rpm for optimum sound quality). Each is packaged in s gatefold sleeve featuring an Obi strip, along with an official ‘Abbey Road Half Speed Master’ certificate.
Robert Gordon and Link Wray – Cleveland ’78 LP (Rockabilly)
Two giants of classic rockabilly/early rock ‘n’ roll captured live on stage in concert from 1978. Orange colored vinyl pressing.
Grateful Dead – Long Strange Trip Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack 2xLP (Grateful Dead Production)
Highlights of the soundtrack to the four-hour rock documentary (executive produced by Martin Scorsese) on vinyl.
The Guns – The Guns [Reissue/2012] 2xLP (Smog Veil)
Hands down the top-end standard by which all other Cleveland hardcore bands should be measured, Cleveland hardcore history could not have been the same without The Guns.
Ice Cube – Death Certificate [Reissue/1991] 2xLP (UMe)
Double vinyl LP reissue in a wide-spine single pocket jacket with insert. Includes three additional tracks.
Jaguar – Power Games [Reissue/1982] LP (Real Gone Music)
This lost 1982 NWOBHM classic foretold the emergence of speed and thrash metal with high rpm work-outs. Green and brown “camo” vinyl pressing.
Jethro Tull – Songs Of The Wood [Reissue/1977] 2xLP (Rhino/Parolphone)
Steven Wilson’s remix of Jethro Tull’s tenth album (recently reissued in an expanded Deluxe CD+DVD-A edition – now available on vinyl).
Loggins & Messina – On Stage [Reissue/1974] 2xLP (Friday Music)
Limited edition 180gm translucent gold colored vinyl reissue.
Mura Masa – Mura Masa 2xLP (Downtown)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Prince-style wired funk sits next to trap with tropical-inflected house and acoustic balladry intertwined across the record. It’s singularly Mura Masa’s vision of what pop music should look like in 2017. Mura Masa features an extraordinarily diverse mix of collaborators: ranging from Damon Albarn, Christine & The Queens and Charli XCX to A$AP Rocky, Desiigner, Jamie Lidell, A. K. Paul, and affiliates of Alex’s own Anchor Point family (like Nao, Bonzai and Tom Tripp).
New Radicals – Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too [Reissue/1998] 2xLP (Geffen)
New Radicals were an American alternative band formed by singer-songwriter Gregg Alexander with partner Danielle Brisebois, a child star best known for her roles in All In The Family and Archie Bunker’s Place, who sang background vocals as well as played keyboards and percussion on the group’s one and only album. [Limited gold colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Nice & Smooth – Nice & Smooth [Reissue/1989] 2xLP (Priority)
The hip-hop duo’s debut album is notable for its sense of humor and comedy rhymes.
Lincoln Olivetti & Robson Jorge – Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti [Reissue/1982] LP (Mr. Bongo)
Razor-sharp production of the highest order from two of the masters of the early ‘80s
Rio de Janeiro boogie sound.
Omar – Love In Beats LP (Freestyle/!K7)
Released last April on CD – now available on vinyl. The eighth full-length release for the British soul singer features guest appearances from Robert Glasper, MC Ty, and Leon Ware.
Suggie Otis – Live In Williamsburg LP (Cleopatra)
The first ever live album from the great R&B/blues guitar legend, recorded in 2013 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York on his comeback tour.
Preoccupations – Cassette [Reissue/2013] LP+MP3 (Jagjaguwar)
In late 2013, Preoccupations – then known as Viet Cong – released a small-run Cassette EP only available on tour. Over the course of a year, Matt Flegel and Scott Munro worked in their basement studio with a mess of old and run-down equipment to build a set of fresh material. What emerged was a mixture of sharply-angled rhythm workouts and euphoric ‘60s garage pop-esque melodies, balanced with a penchant for drone-y, VU-styled downer moments.
R.C. Boys – Rad Conspiracy EP 7” (Sacremento)
After 37 years, the (perhaps) first hardcore band from Sac, the R.C. Boys, release their debut record.
Shintaro Sakamoto – Love If Possible LP (Zelone)
After twenty plus years with Tokyo’s psych rock gods Yura Yura Teikoku, beloved cult singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shintaro Sakamoto’s third solo album, Love If Possible, is a bonafide late night masterpiece of exotic steel guitar, ambient disco and AOR soul.
Samson – Shock Tactics [Reissue/1981] LP (Real Gone Music)
Limited “crimson loincloth” vinyl LP pressing. “Of all the bands in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, Samson takes the ‘woulda/coulda/shoulda been big stars’ prize.”
Soundtrack – Braveheart  2xLP (Decca)
Hans Zimmer’s score for Ridley Scott’s Roman masterpiece, complete with Wagner-like anthems of war and accompanied by music evocative of Holst, on 180gm vinyl.
Soundtrack –The Matrix  2xLP (Real Gone Music)
Limited red and blue pill colored vinyl LP pressing housed in gatefold sleeve.
Tom Tom Club – Tom Tom Club [Reissue/1981] LP (Real Gone Music)
The Talking Heads spawned a number of worthy side projects and spinoffs—David Byrne & Brian Eno’s My Life in the Bush Of Ghosts, Jerry Harrison’s The Red And The Black—but none were as funky, danceable, and flat-out fun as Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth’s Tom Tom Club. Blue and yellow starburst vinyl edition.
Pat Travers – Retro Rocket [Reissue/2015] LP (Purple Pyramid)
Vinyl reissue of the guitar slinger’s 2015 album.
Violent Femmes – Two Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America LP+MP3 (PIAS America)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Violent Femmes’ new live album, 2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged in America, includes rearranged classics, songs played live for the first time, spontaneous requests and random improvisations.
While She Sleeps – You Are We 2xLP (Sharptone)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “It’s time for Sheffield’s other metalcore band to get their dues” (NME). Limited blue colored vinyl pressing.
X-ray Spex – Germfree Adolescents [Reissue/1978] LP (Real Gone Music)
Limited “test tube clear” with blue splatter colored vinyl pressing of one of the signature albums of the early British punk movement.