CDs + Vinyl:
Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000 CD (Atlantic)
Bronsolino is getting back to basics with the style of Queens rap that brought him to the forefront of hip-hop five years ago. Guests include Rick Ross, Meyhem Lauren, Jah Tiger, and Big Body Bes.
Brix & The Extricated – Part 2 CD/LP+MP3 (Blang)
Formed by the visionary Brix Smith Start (vocals/guitar) and legendary bass player Stephen Hanley, Brix & the Extricated also features Paul Hanley on drums, which reignites the Hanley Brother powerhouse rhythm section. The addition of Steve Trafford on guitar has brought together these influential, former members of The Fall. Completing the line-up is hugely talented Irish guitarist Jason Brown. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Blutengel – Black CD (Out Of Line)
The dark pop anthem “Black,” off the album Leitbild is the title track and starting point for Blutengel’s brand-new mini-album, which also contains five new and previously unreleased songs from the Berlin-based group.
Danielle Bradbery – I Don’t Believe We’ve Met CD (BMX)
Multi-faceted artist Danielle Bradbery steps out and into her own with an album that infuses her pop, R&B, soul and country influences. The Texas-native got her start as the winner of Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice, where she soon found success with her singles “The Heart Of Dixie” and “Young In America” off her 2013 self-titled album.
Grayson Capps – Scarlett Roses CD/LP (The Royal Potato Family)
Scarlett Roses is the acclaimed Alabama songwriter’s sixth studio album and his first solo release in six years. Throughout the collection, Capps showcases the kind of understated brilliance that can blossom when creativity is detached from expectation, when songs are truly given the space and time to find their writer.
Causa Sui – Vibraciones Doradas CD/LP (El Paraiso)
New album from the Danish instrumental psych-rock/stoner rock band. Vintage Sabbath-isms filtered through a distinctively post-modern ethos. [Limited mint green colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Dark Fortress – Tales From Eternal Dusk CD/LP (Century Media)
Reissue of the German melodic black metal band.
The Darkside – Complete Studio Masters 5xCD (Acid Ray/Media Roscom Productions)
Legendary indie space rockers Sterling Roswell and Pete Bassman of Spacemen 3 return as The Darkside after a 23-year hiatus with a five CD box set of remasters, remixes, and demos.
Deuce – Invincible CD (Better Noise)
Second studio album by former Hollywood Undead member.
The Faceless – In Becoming A Ghost CD (Sumerian)
A tasteful blend of eerie melodies and harmonies combined with fast-paced drums and blast beats.
Ella Fitzgerald – Ella At Zardi’s CD (Verve)
Archive live release from the jazz legend. Ella At Zardi’s is a previously unreleased live album recorded at the famed nightclub on February 2, 1956 – two days before the sessions for Verve’s first official LP release, Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Songbook.
FM Belfast – Island Broadcast CD/LP (World Champion)
FM Belfast is an electro-pop band from Reykjavík, Iceland. Island Broadcast features “11 intimate stories to dance to. It’s like you’ve been invited to a Cabin Fever Dance Party in their living room. The lyrics are about bliss, euphoria, trying to be a human in this strange world, friendship, of loss and growing up.”
Nick Garrie – The Moon & The Village CD/LP+CD (Tapete)
“One of the great names of long-forgotten, out-of-print psych folk is back with a new record. Nick Garrie, the Yorkshire troubadour whose uber-rare 1969 debut The Nightmare Of JB Stanislas is one of the most sought-after original presses in British music, has been experiencing a gradual (re-)integration into the collective consciousness for some ten years, ranging from reissues, festivals and hipster endorsements to a brand new album in 2009, 49 Arlington Gardens. Now comes Garrie’s third full-length collection of songs, recorded with Elephant Six alumnus Gary Olson.” [8/10] – Loud And Quiet
Andy Grammer – The Good Parts CD (S-Curve)
Third album from the country pop singer/songwriter.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Book Of Sound CD (Honest Jon’s)
With its cathedral-like, richly resonant acoustics, Book Of Sound is a brilliant expression of this interplanetary principle. The album is by turns urgent and contemplative, funky and reflective, varied in its textures; but entirely of one piece. Underpinned by concepts of earth’s place in the cosmos, held in place by meditation, swirling with notions of history, science, theology, ancestry, there is a rich conceptual brew here.
Irreversible Entanglements – Irreversible Entanglements CD/LP (International Anthem)
Irreversible Entanglements is a liberation-oriented free jazz collective formed in early 2015 by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa (aka Moor Mother) and bassist Luke Stewart, who came together to perform at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organized after the slaying of Akai Gurley by the NYPD. Months later the group added trumpeter Aquiles Navarro and drummer Tcheser Holmes (a duo who also performed at the MAPB event) for a single day of recording at Seizure’s Palace in Brooklyn, and the full quintet’s first time playing together was captured for this debut.
Darius Koski – What Was Once Is By And Gone CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
For nearly three decades Darius Koski has built an impressive body of work as a member of the Swingin’ Utters and Filthy Thieving Bastards, as well as launching a solo career a couple years back with Sisu. And now, he’s adding to that canon with What Was Once Is By And Gone, his second solo record. Where Sisu dripped with Koski’s Americana influences, What Was Once Is By And Gone is an even more eclectic batch. You can see the mark of such artists as The Kinks, Leonard Cohen, and even the dark, unsettling works of Nick Cave present this time around.
Miguel – War & Leisure CD (RCA)
Miguel incorporates R&B, funk, hip hop, rock and electronic styles into his music, and has been compared to vocalists Babyface and Prince. His new album includes the singles “Told You So” and “Sky Walker” featuring Travis Scott.
Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdained CD/LP+MP3/6×7”+CD (Silver Lining Music)
The forefathers of death metal music return with their ninth studio album. Wrapped in a thick wall of death metal sound, Kingdoms Disdained was recorded at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, FL and produced by Morbid Angel with Erik Rutan (produced albums by Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Six Feet Under, Belphegor and many more). [Limited Super Deluxe edition featuring a 7” leatherette book with six 7” vinyl discs housed in pocket with alternating artwork pages, all housed in a custom-made cube box including a digipak of the demo recordings for the album tracks and more, also available.]
Van Morrison – Versatile CD/2xLP+MP3 (Legacy)
Following the success of his 37th studio album Roll With The Punches, Van Morrison returns in the same calendar year with his 38th. While Roll With The Punches saw Van revisit many of the definitive rhythm and blues records that have stayed with him all his life, the Belfast Cowboy’s latest album sees him delve further back into recorded music’s archives to interpret some of the 20th century’s greatest vocal jazz standards. Across Versatile’s 16 tracks, Van interprets some of the very building blocks of modern music in his own utterly unique style. As well as songs originally made famous by the likes of Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra, The Righteous Brothers, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole, Versatile features six new Van compositions, including “Broken Record” – a timeless piece of late-night swing.
Nupraptor – The Heresiarch CD (Shadow Kingdom)
Debut album from the Baltimore old-school doom metal outfit.
Operation Mindcrime – A New Reality CD (Frontiers)
The third and final chapter in the musical trilogy from iconic metal vocalist Geoff Tate. [Vinyl edition due December 15.]
The Alan Parson’s Project – Eye In The Sky [Reissue/1982] 3xCD+Blu-ray Audio+2xLP (Sony Legacy)
This 35th anniversary collector’s box set includes the original album expanded with bonus tracks, a CD of Eric Woolfson’s Songwriting Diaries, a third CD of previously unreleased bonus material, 5.1 surround sound and stereo HD version of the original album on Blu-ray audio). Also included are two vinyl LPs (the original album newly struck at half speed on four sides at 45rpm), a flexi-disc replica of an original 1982 promo, a 60-page hardback book featuring newly-written essays, interviews, and photos, and more.
The Penguin Café Orchestra – Union Café [Reissue/1993] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Erased Tapes)
The Penguin Café Orchestra was arguably the ultimate word of mouth group. But those who manage to stumble upon their richly melodic and utterly uplifting music invariably respond by asking, where has this music been all my life? Quickly followed by, which album should I buy first? How about 1993’s Union Café, a sprawling, diverse collection that could be the Penguin Cafe Orchestra’s White Album. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Pitbull – Greatest Hits CD (RCA)
New best-of collection from the rapper. Alongside his more popular songs, this set includes the new track “Jungle,” with Stereotypes featuring E-40 and Abraham Mateo.
Gregory Porter – Nat King Cole & Me CD/2xLP (Blue Note)
Deluxe edition featuring three bonus tracks. Gregory Porter’s third Blue Note album is a heartfelt tribute to his idol, the legendary singer, pianist and Capitol recording artist Nat King Cole.
Pretenders – Alone 2xCD (BMG Rights Management)
Deluxe edition of the 2016 album from Chrissie Hynde & Co., produced by Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) featuring a cameo from guitar legend Duane Eddy. Reissued with a bonus 15-track live CD.
Prettiest Eyes – Pools CD/LP (Castle Face)
“They are captivating, they are odd, they make strange and interesting choices. Futuristic and yet drawn from the same sonic sludge that all mankind derives from, they live and breathe early Los Angeles-punk vibes while still innovating at every turn. There is electricity in this sound, they simply rule and what a pleasure to hear Pools doesn’t stray far from what makes them just melt it in person. Recorded perfectly to harness the animal on a nice inanimate slab of plastic you can take home. For fans of Screamers, Suicide, Chrome, and yes, a hint of a down unda Birthday Party.” – John Dwyer
Prins Thomas – Prins Thomas 5 CD/2xLP (Prins Thomas Musikk)
Thomas’ first release on his own label was written after 2016’s ambient album Principe Del Norte and at the same time as his collaborative album with Bjørn Torske, Square One. It was inspired by Teenage Fanclub, a bout with bronchitis, Plaid, American jazz guitarist Pet Metheny, and homesickness on the road. [Vinyl edition features hi-quality art with gold print and black poly-lined inner sleeves.]
Minnie Riperton – Perfect Angel [Reissue/1974] 2xCD (Capitol)
Deluxe edition of Minnie Riperton’s 1974 album which features the global No. 1 hit, “Lovin’ You.” This Deluxe Edition includes 11 bonus tracks, featuring extended or alternate versions of each album cut, plus the single mix of “Lovin’ You” and a track not included on the LP. One bonus track is a duet version of “Take A Little Trip” with Stevie Wonder.
The Rolling Stones – On Air CD2xCD/2xLP (UMe)
On Air is a collection of rarely heard radio recordings from the Stones formative years. The songs including eight tracks the band have never recorded or released commercially, were originally broadcast on UK shows such as Saturday Club, and Top Gear between 1963 and 1965. The tapes have gone through the “audio source separation” process. [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Regular includes 17 tracks while the Deluxe includes 32 tracks. Vinyl edition features 32.]
Rush – A Farewell To Kings [Reissue/1977] 3xCD/3xCD+Blu-ray Audio+4xLP/4xLP (Mercury)
This 40th Anniversary edition features the 2015 remaster of the classic album, expanded with the complete Hammersmith Odeon February 1978 show, and additional bonus tracks includes four cover songs from Dream Theater, Big Wreck, The Trews & Alain Johannes along with a studio outtake of the spacey sound effects from “Cygnus X-1” called “Cygnus X-2 Eh.” [Super Deluxe box set adds a Blu-ray audio disc and the four-LP pressing.]
Saxon – Decade Of The Eagle CD/LP/4xLP (Union Square)
New compilation spanning the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal pioneer’s first nine albums (1977-1988). All tracks remastered 2009-2010. [180gm vinyl pressing also available. Deluxe four-LP vinyl set also available.]
Spiritualized – F**ked Up Inside [Reissue/1993] CD (Glass Redux)
Reissue of the of Spiritualized 1993 live album, recorded at the Crest Theatre in San Diego and the Hollywood Palladium in L.A. on November 19th and 21st in 1992, on their North American “Rollercoaster” tour with the The Jesus And Mary Chain and Curve.
Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 2 CD/LP (Mercury Nashville)
Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 2 (the follow-up to From A Room: Volume 1 which was released earlier this year) takes its name from Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (the capital “A” in From A Room) where it was recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb. Along with Stapleton on vocals and guitar and Cobb on acoustic guitar, the album features Morgane Stapleton on harmony vocals as well as longtime band-members J.T. Cure on bass and Derek Mixon on drums. In addition to seven songs co-written by Stapleton, the album features versions of Kevin Welch’s “Millionaire” and the Homer Banks/Lester Snell-penned song made famous by Pops Staples, “Friendship.”
STRFKR – Vault Vol. 1-3 3xCD (Polyvinyl)
STRFKR – Vault Vol. 3 LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
A collection of rare, previously unreleased songs that up until now have never been heard by anyone except STRFKR. The band only exists today because of these recordings. Some of these songs were written for STRFKR albums, some were written before or in-between, but they all played a role and influenced what was released under that name. [Limited colored vinyl pressing of the single-disc Volume 3 also available.]
Tankard – Zombie Attack [Reissue/1986] CD/LP (Noise)
Tankard – Chemical Invasion [Reissue/1987] CD/LP (Noise)
Tankard – The Morning After [Reissue/1988] CD/LP (Noise)
CD and vinyl reissues of the German heavy metal band’s first three albums.
Thor & Friends – Subversive Nature of Kindness CD/LP (Lm Dupli-Cation)
Sophomore effort from the avant-chamber ensemble formed polymath percussionist Thor Harris. The three primary members of the band are Peggy Ghorbani on marimba, Sarah “Goat” Gautier on marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, organ, voice, mellotron and piano, and Harris on sundry percussion and wind instruments, including some of his own devising.
Tony, Caro, and John – All On The First Day [Reissue/1972] CD/LP+CD (Tapete)
Tony & Caro’s voices are the leading hand through the group’s nomadic and shifting song-scape; singing tales of love, youth, and political confusion at a time when the very concept of personal identity was expanding beyond anything it had ever been in prior. While contemporaries such as The Incredible String Band, The Pentangle, and Pearls Before Swine were garnering international recognition and categorization at that time; Tony, Caro, and John evaded being confined to any particular set of expectations or aesthetics. Their songs move fluidly between ballads, protest songs, experimental storytelling, and free-flowing group jams.
Otto A. Totland – _-_ The Lost CD/LP (Sonic Pieces)
A beautiful album of solo piano works from one half of Deaf Center. “Concerned with ‘the constant movement towards fast paced, polluted lives,’ the pianist offers an aural contrast: personal, meditative, and sparse. The beauty of Totland’s solo compositions first became apparent on Pinô back in the winter of 2014; the follow-up possesses a similar beauty. We are the lost; how will we slow down?” – A Closer Listen
Twiztid – Twizted Presents: Year Of The Sword 2xCD (Majik Ninja)
Features tracks from L.A.R.S., Gorilla Voltage, G-Mo Skee, Boondox, Lex The Hex Master, Blaze Ya Dead Homie and more. This double-CD package contains a bonus disc that includes a brand-new song from each artist.
U2 – Songs Of Experience CD (Interscope)
Songs Of Experience is the companion release to 2014’s Songs Of Innocence – the two titles drawing inspiration from a collection of poems Songs Of Innocence And Experience by the 18th century English mystic and poet William Blake. While Songs Of Innocence charted U2’s earliest influences and experiences in the late- ‘70s and early- ‘80s, Songs Of Experience is a collection of songs in the form of intimate letters to places and people close to Bono’s heart. [The CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds four bonus tracks and expanded packaging. Also available: A Deluxe colored vinyl edition featuring three bonus tracks as well as a Super Deluxe box set featuring blue colored 180gm vinyl, a copy of the Deluxe CD, a fold-out poster, and a 12-page newspaper housed in a laminated cyan blue rigid box.]
Paul Van Dyk – From Then On CD (Rough Trade)
Over the last 20 years, the term electronic dance music and the name Paul Van Dyk have become all but synonymous. In that time, the Berliner has pioneered sub-genres and through his kinetic on-stage performances, entertained untold millions. He’s written and produced certifiable genre anthems and smash albums and has twice been voted as the world’s #1 DJ. From Then On is his brand-new studio album, following The Politics Of Dancing 3 from 2015
Various Artists – Dancehall: The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture 2xCD/3xLP+MP3 (Soul Jazz)
A lightning-flash collection of all-time classic and definitive dancehall classics as well as a
stellar selection of more obscure tracks. Featuring Yellowman, Tenor Saw, Sister Nancy, Ini Kamoze, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Michigan & Smiley, Super Cat, Cutty Ranks, Eek-A- Mouse, Gregory Isaacs and more, this album features non-stop floor-filling party tune rockers throughout.
Various Artists – Beat!Freak! Rare & Obscure British Beat Volume 8 1964-1968 CD (Particles)
A sonic showdown of rare British beat pop pleasures delivered with a whiff of R&B — 20 tracks all recorded between 1964-1968.
Various Artists – Buzzsaw Joint: Cuts 3 & 4 CD (Stag-O-Lee)
Buzzsaw Joint was born of a club offering Londoners the chance to revel in the sounds of good ol’ trashy rock ‘n’ roll in all its vintage vinyl forms. 34 tracks recorded between 1953-1962.
Various Artists – Momentum: 10 Years Of Token CD/3xLP+CD (Token)
Over the last 10 years Token Records has grown steadily, both in size and stylistic breadth. The aptly-titled Momentum comes as a celebration of the close-knit family of artists amassed throughout the label’s running. The record is a fitting collaborative project, with every track on the album produced by two longstanding and well-respected artists from the label’s roster and especially commissioned for the release. This type of collaboration is intended to showcase the specific sound of the label, developed through 10 years of careful curation, as well as bringing out the individual identities of the artists involved. File: Deep Techno.
Various Artists – Upside Down Volume Six: Coloured Dreams From The Underworld 1966-1971 CD (Particles)
A lysergic pop extravaganza featuring original artifacts from the psychedelic age, with 20 flower-power wonders from way down under, all recorded from 1966-1971.
Vono – Dinner Für 2 [Reissue/1982] CD/LP (Bureau B)
Among the lesser known dark-electro/post-punk bands of the early 1980s, the Berlin duo Vono really stood out. The radical nature of their music, the cold sound and sparse lyrics — Vono were arguably on a par with the more prominent ambassadors of the genres (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, Liaisons Dangereuses, etc.). Extreme even for the early ‘80s, their minimalism was constructed purely on synthesizers and heavy on bass.
The Wedding Present – Marc Riley Sessions Volume 2 CD/LP+CD (Hatch)
Long time favorites of the late, great John Peel, David Gedge and his band appeared regularly on that legendary presenter’s BBC Radio 1 show and have continued their association with ‘Auntie’ by performing many unforgettable sessions on the popular Marc Riley Show on BBC Radio 6 Music.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul – Metaphors: Selected Soundworks From The Cinema CD/2xLP (Sub Rosa)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul is recognized as one of the most original voices in contemporary cinema today. Lyrical and often fascinatingly mysterious, his film works are non-linear, dealing with memory and in subtle ways invoking personal politics and social issues. Metaphors is compiled by sound designers Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr and Koichi Shimizu.
Wilco – A.M. [Reissue/1995] CD/2xLP (A&M)
Wilco – Being There [Reissue/1995] 5xCD/4xLP (A&M)
Digitally remastered reissues of Wilco’s first two albums. A.M. has been expanded with eight unreleased bonus tracks that feature an early version of “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” and “When You Find Trouble,” which is the last studio recording made by Uncle Tupelo. The Deluxe reissue of Being There includes 15 bonus tracks released for the first time, including alternate versions of tracks “I Got You” and “Say You Miss Me.” It also features Wilco’s 20-song performance at the Troubadour from November 12, 1996, combining songs from A.M. and a few Uncle Tupelo tracks. Also included are four songs the band played on radio station KCRW on November 13, 1996.
Cindy Wilson – Change CD/LP (Kill Rock Stars)
After 40 years as one-third of the creative core of the B-52s, Cindy Wilson steps out with her own solo album. A collaboration between Wilson and friends and Athens musicians Ryan Monahan, Lemuel Hayes, Suny Lyons, and Marie Davon, Change marks a significant departure from Wilson’s other band. With echoes of Air, Bjork, Tame Impala, and Gary Numan, the band refers to its infections brand of new-wave electro-pop as Turbo Chill. Rather than shouting in a rock voice, on Change Wilson gets to experiment with more emotional, subtle vocalizations, crooning and whispering over swirls of subtle psychedelia, Quincy Jones-era strings, and pulsing synths.
Neil Young + Promise Of The Real – The Visitor CD/LP (Reprise)
When Neil Young entered Shangri La Studio with the band Promise Of The Real a few months ago, there were a lot of images and feelings careening around his soul. The country was heading in a direction Young had never seen, even though up until then he thought he’d seen it all. But something different was happening, and it had gotten inside his music. . By the end of the recording sessions, he knew he’d made his most diverse album going all the way back to Harvest in 1972, when America was also in the throes of becoming unhinged. Neil Young didn’t blink then, and he is not blinking now.
DVDs + Blu-ray:
Eagles Of Death Metal – Nos Amis (Our Friends) DVD/Blu-ray (Shout Factory)
The November 13, 2015 terrorist attack in Paris claimed 130 lives around the city – 89 of them at the Eagles of Death Metal’s Bataclan Theatre concert. Nos Amis (Our Friends) spotlights the band as they recount their experiences before and after the tragic events.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
Bryan Adams – Ultimate 2xLP ( A&M)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New Bryan Adams collection featuring two brand new studio tracks alongside 19 classics culled from his catalog.
Matias Aguayo & The Desdemonas – Sofarnoplis LP (Crammed Discs)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Desdemonas is a four-piece rock band, fronted by Aguayo (who sings and plays a variety of instruments). It’s also a fictional story about a group of teenagers in a dystopian world (the story will be told in the lyrics, and in cartoons and videos based on Aguayo’s drawings). And it’s of course an album, in which Matias digs deep into some dark forms of rock music which inspired him as a teenager, and brilliantly revisits them in a moody, compelling, post-electronic 2017 style.
As Tall As Lions – Lafcadio LP (Triple Crown)
First time vinyl edition of the Long Island indie rock band’s 2004 album. Limited colored pressing.
Albert Ayler – Bells [Reissue/1965] LP (ESP Disk Ltd.)
The transitional Bells was just under 20 minutes, released originally as one side of a clear vinyl LP with the other side empty of music, recorded at a May 1, 1965, at a Town Hall concert of ESP artists. The set displayed Albert Ayler’s new group, which added Albert’s brother Donald and Charles Tyler. The denser sound of “Bells” shows Ayler moving towards the bigger sonic statement made on Spirits Rejoice, his September 23, 1965, Judson Hall session. “Bells” as heard here is not, in fact, a single composition; rather, it is a medley moving from “Holy Ghost” to an unnamed theme and then into “Bells” proper. Limited white colored vinyl pressing.
Joan Baez – Joan Baez [Reissue/1960] LP (Wax Love)
Vinyl reissue of Joan Baez’s self-titled debut album, originally released in 1960. Joan Baez is one of the most prominent figures of the ’60s folk scene and a legendary musician, and activist.
Barns Courtney – The Attractions Of Youth LP (Capitol)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Courtney’s debut album melds together the life-affirming abandon of The Libertines with the euphoric, percussive drive of Arcade Fire, and marks a huge creative step forward for the UK born, US raised troubadour.
François Bayle – Tremblements… LP (Recollection GRM)
“Breathtaking works of electro-acoustic concrète abstraction dating to 1978-79 from the inestimable archive of INA-GRM, Paris.” — Boomkat
Denzel Curry – 32 Zel LP (Loma Vista)
In June of 2015, Denzel Curry dropped 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms, a double-EP that saw him move away from his formalist roots and embrace chaotic, synth-led sounds. “I didn’t like the reception 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms got, because I feel like nobody got what I was trying to say,” he says now. “The way it was perceived, that clouded everybody’s judgment about my music and about my craft. Nobody thought I could top Nostalgic.” As the sounds Denzel explored on the EPs moved even further into vogue – fans and critics started to come around to the new material. Redelivery through Loma Vista (previously through TuneCore but unavailable for the past year). Featuring the RIAA-certified gold single “Ultimate.”
Cursive – Such Blinding Stars [Reissue/1997] LP (15 Passenger)
Cursive – The Storms Of Early Summer: Semantics Of Song [Reissue/1998] LP (15 Passenger)
Cursive’s debut album has been repressed on limited edition blue vinyl. Their second album, The Storms Of Early Summer: Semantics Of Song, has been remastered and is now available on vinyl for the first time in the US. Limited clear with smoke colored vinyl pressing.
Dan Deacon – Rat Film [OST] LP (Domino)
Recently released on CD – now available on 180gm vinyl. On Rat Film, Dan Deacon’s inspired soundtrack to the provocative essay-film of the same name, one of electronic music’s most exciting artists delivers his first full record devoted to modern composition.
John Denver – The Windstar Greatest Hits LP+MP3 (Windstar)
John Denver re-recorded his several of greatest hits for Windstar before his untimely death. Those updated versions are compiled on vinyl for the first time in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of his death in 1997.
Dr. John – Professor Bizzare’s Funknology 2xLP (Run Out Groove)
Dr. John’s key recordings for Atco in the late 1960s and early 1970s are indispensable and are featured on LP1 of the newest Run Out Groove release. LP2 features unreleased demos, recorded by Dr. John between the years 1968-1974.
Durutti Column – Paean To Wilson [Reissue/2010] 2xLP (Kooky)
Blue vinyl repress. Paean To Wilson is arguably Vini Reilly and The Durutti Column’s most important and consistent piece of work since the demise of the original and seminal Factory Records in the early 1990s.
Bob Dylan – Freewheelin’ Outtakes LP (Wax Love)
Unlike his debut – which took only two days in the studio to record – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan finally emerged in May 1963 after some eight sessions at Columbia Records Studio A, over the course of nearly a year. The time and effort paid off in spades, as he emerged from the studio a
fully-formed bona fide songwriter with a legitimate hit on his hands. A mix of originals that never made it onto any LP, alternate takes, and cover songs, Freewheelin’ Outtakes: The Columbia Sessions, NYC, 1962 captures America’s most important living songwriter at a pivotal moment in his career.
Dynatron – Escape Velocity LP (Blood Music)
One of the early producers in the retrosynth scene, Denmark’s Dynatron has been hailed for his pulsating and lofty atmospheres.
Kyle Eastwood – In Transit 2xLP (Jazz Village)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Bassist Kyle Eastwood has an unbridled passion for jazz and the innate talent to share it.
Roger Eno – This Floating World LP (Recital)
This Floating World is the newest solo work by Roger Eno since 2008. It holds rustic and melancholic piano works, as grey and mossy as a country cottage.
Johnny Farfisa – The Best Of Johnny Farfisa LP (Munster)
Obscure 1965-1968 recordings, most of them previously unreleased, by The Individuals, The Tokays and Euphorian Railway, bands which featured Andy Cahan aka Johnny Farfisa as main songwriter and organ player. Over those three years, Cahan and his teenage bandmates produced a remarkable set of R&B/garage/blue-eyed soul tracks of outstanding quality, collected here for the first time.
Gaika – The Spectacular Empire I 10”+MP3 (Warp)
Gaika – The Spectacular Empire II 10”+MP3 (Warp)
Gaika is poised to be a booming new figure in the ever evolving North American underground electronic and R&B community, bringing sounds from his homelands of Jamaica and England with him, along with influences, both musical and cultural, from the Diaspora at large.
Chris Gethard – Chris Gethard: Career Suicide 2xLP (Don Giovanni)
A new comedy about depression, alcoholism, suicide, and the other funniest parts of life. Chris holds nothing back as he dives into his experiences with mental illness, psychiatry, and finding hope in weird places even northern New Jersey. From devastating lows to manic highs, Chris Gethard: Career Suicide is a painfully honest journey into the mind of one of the most original and exciting comics at work today. Limited purple colored vinyl.
Augustine Mayuga Gonzales – Undertale On Piano (Series 88) [OST] 2xLP (iam8bit)
Limited double vinyl LP pressing. iam8bit and Materia Collective are proud to unveil an ongoing vinyl collection dubbed Series 88. The inaugural waxy effort for the collection is Undertale On Piano.
Dexter Gordon – Both Sides Of Midnight LP (ORG Music)
Dexter Gordon recorded dozens of albums and played hundreds of live shows, but none better than what’s captured on this 1967 date at Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen. 180gm audiophile-grade vinyl.
Woody Guthrie – Dust Bowl Ballads [Reissue/1964] LP (Wax Love)
Vinyl reissue of Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads, originally released as a full LP in 1964. This is the first record that “The Oklahoma Cowboy” made in NYC for Alan Lomax, after his arrival in 1940, as part of his work for the Library of Congress, taped on April 26th and May 3rd.
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – At Home With Screamin’ Jay Hawkins [Reissue/1958] LP (Wax Love)
By far one of the most outrageous performers of the early years of rock, prone to emerging from coffins on stage, with a flaming skull named Henry as his constant companion, Screamin’ Jay was an insanely theatrical figure long before it was even remotely acceptable. His 1958 debut, At Home, features his legendary track “I Put A Spell On You.”
Immortal – Diabolic Fullmoon Mysticism [Reissue/1992] LP (Osmose)
Immortal – At The Heart Of Winter [Reissue/1999] LP (Osmose)
Immortal – Pure Holocaust [Reissue/1993] LP (Osmose)
Immortal – At The Heart Of Winter [Reissue/1999] LP (Osmose)
Mixed color marble vinyl reissues of the British heavy metal band’s sixth, seventh and eighth albums now available.
Judas Priest – British Steel [Reissue/1980] LP (Sony Legacy)
Judas Priest – Point Of Entry [Reissue/1981] LP (Sony Legacy)
Judas Priest – Screaming For Vengeance [Reissue/1982] LP (Sony Legacy)
180gm vinyl reissues now available.
Robert Earl Keen – No. 2 Live Dinner  LP (Dualtone)
First-time vinyl edition. Having signed his first major-label contract with Arista Texas, Robert Earl Keen Jr. said good-bye to Sugar Hill Records with 1996’s No. 2 Live Dinner, a concert recording that sums up his eight years and five earlier albums with the company. Keen has a gift for concocting musical stories that bring Texas to life in all its violent, sad, expansive, absurdist glory. His voice is still a ramshackle wreck, but he has learned how to minimize his melodic weaknesses while maximizing his storytelling strengths.
Konstrukt & Keiji Haino – Philosophy Warping Little By Little That Way Lies LP (Karlrecords)
Turkish free jazzers Konstrukt and the Japanese avant-garde/noise icon Keiji Haino present their first collaboration album.
Talib Kweli – Radio Silence 2xLP (Javotti Media)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Brooklyn hip-hop artist’s new album features guest appearances from Rick Ross, Anderson .Paak, BJ The Chicago Kid, Waka Flocka, Jay Electronica, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Yummy Bingham, Amber Coffman and Myka 9; stellar production courtesy of The Alchemist, Oh No, Kaytranada, J. Rhodes and Robert Glasper.
Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Wembley Or Bust 3xLP+MP3 (Columbia)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. A special release commemorating the June 24th, 2017 performance by Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
Marillion – Misplaced Childhood [Reissue/1985] LP (Rhino)
Digitally remastered edition of the British prog band’s third album.
Milo – Who Told You to Think??!!?!?!?! LP (Ruby Yacht)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New release from iconoclastic East Coast rapper. The production elevates the lyricism and is unique from track to track, supplied with the backdrop of varying samples, harp, flute, keys, guitar, electric bass, violin, synth, and many other instrumental elements. It’s an adventurous travel from beginning to end, finding abstract connectivity through the philosophical lens, allowing for alteration of perception and the passage of openness.
Anaïs Mitchell – Young Man In America  LP (Wilderland)
Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer – Child Ballads [Reissue/2013] LP (Wilderland)
Anaïs Mitchell is not a man. She’s a woman so it may catch a few listeners off-guard when Mitchell cries out, in the opening sequence of 2012’s Young Man In America. “I’m a young man!” And it may come as a surprise when, over the course of eleven songs, she seems to be channeling spirits from the Old Testament to modern America – but mostly, well, from the Y chromosome. “Child Ballads is a deceptively wispy collection of old English and Scottish folk songs, a collaboration sprouted a few years ago when Mitchell and Hamer discovered their shared fascination with the British folk canon established by a Harvard professor in the late 1800s.” – Pitchfork
Ennio Morricone – Death Rides A Horse (Da Uomo A Uomo) [OST/1967] LP (Dagored)
The soundtrack for this 1967 epic western movie featuring the great Lee Van Cleef bears the signature of Ennio Morricone: Guitars, flute, piano, timpani, drums and a Native-American choir style make this motion picture a kind of original masterpiece in the maestro’s oeuvre.
Ennio Morricone – Veruschka – Poesia Di Una Donna [OST/1971] LP (Dagored)
Limited picture disc vinyl reissue of Morricone’s soundtrack for the 1971 documentary about the legendary world’s first supermodel Veruschka von Lehndorff – a real ’60s/’70s icon that starred in several cult movies including Blow Up (1966), Salomé (1972) and Coleur Chair (1978).
Anne Murray – The Ultimate Collection 2xLP (UMe)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. 20 tracks handpicked by Anne herself — top hits from her career including duets with Bryan Adams, Glen Campbell and Micheal Bublé.
Muslimgauze – Mullah Said  2xLP (Staalplaat)
First vinyl edition; originally released on CD in 1998. Much like earlier entrants in the subscription series Sandtrafikar, Mullah Said concentrates on the softer yet still ominous side of Muslimgauze, coming across as meditative, late-night music which still has an understated edge to it all. The six lengthy tracks are based on hypnotic and somewhat menacing grooves: a repetitive dub bass beat, waves of Middle Eastern strings and voices, layers of building hand percussion.
Nightmares On Wax – Citizen Kane 12”+MP3 (Warp)
The electro composer returns with a fresh new single featuring Allen Kingdom. Released ahead of his upcoming album Shape The Future, the track demonstrates the journey George Evelyn has taken over his expansive and influential career, pushing further into deep, gospel-tinged hip-hop, than ever before.
Over The Rhine – Drunkard’s Prayer [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (Great Speckled Dog)
You’ve heard a lot over the years about breakup albums. Well, Drunkard’s Prayer is what staying together sounds like. Originally released in 2005 by EMI, the project has been beautifully re-packaged on deluxe gatefold double vinyl, and contains some of Over The Rhine’s most downloaded and streamed songs. Side D is comprised of three live bonus tracks, not included on the CD version.
Professor Longhair – Mardis Gras In New Orleans [Reissue/1981] LP (Wax Love)
Fusing diverse elements of blues, barrelhouse boogie-woogie, funk, and gospel, with mambo, rhumba, and second-line street parade rhythms, Professor Longhair’s contribution to today’s musical vocabulary is immeasurable.
Max Richter – Black Mirror: Nosedive [Score] LP (Deutsche Grammophon)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Richter’s powerfully emotional score mirrors the film’s bleak but dream-like quality, where anxiety lurks constantly beneath the surface, underlining the mood of what is, essentially, a tragi-comedy.
Santa Cruz – Bad Blood Rising LP (M-Theory Audio)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Helsinki hell-raisers – whose brash, Sunset Strip-inspired hard rock has been praised by Rolling Stone as “debaucherous and flamboyant” – unleash a new album. “Pure f**king adrenaline.”
Soundtrack – The Lobster LP (Fire Soundtracks)
Academy award nominated film and winner of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Jury prize (among many others), The Lobster is a dystopian comedy-drama directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogstooth, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer) and co-written by Efthymis Filippou that stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman. Curated by Lanthimos and music supervisor Amy Ashworth, the soundtrack “brings the film’s edgy tension and menace to the fore” (Screen Daily) with orchestral renditions of Beethoven, Stravinsky and Shostakovich alongside Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with Kylie Minogue on ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’ and Sophia Loren with Tonis Maroudas on “Ti Ein Afto Pou To Lene Agapi.” Limited colored vinyl LP pressing.
Soundtrack – Steven Universe: Complete Vol. 1 [OST] 4×10” (iam8bit)
Limited quadruple translucent colored 10” vinyl set. Features the complete Vol. 1 soundtrack. 36 songs total.
The Staves & yMusic – The Way Is Read LP (Nonesuch)
The English trio The Staves and NYC-based ensemble yMusic join forces for a twelve-song album stemming from their 2016 collaboration at Justin Vernon’s Eaux Claires Festival.
Stills & Collins – Everybody Knows LP (Wildflower/Cleopatra)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Two folk legends of Laurel Canyon’s countercultural music scene join forces on this gorgeous album of cover versions of classic tunes by fellow folk icons Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen plus a few of their own compositions.
Nikki Sudden & Rowland S. Howard – Johnny Smiled Slowly LP (Bang)
An absolutely killer recording of Nikki Sudden with Rowland S. Howard, where they perform only songs of The Jacobites. If you can imagine the sound of The Jacobites with the guitar of The Birthday Party, then you are still far away from the extreme mix of beauty and distortion included in this recording that these two legends of rock ‘n’ roll performed back in 1987.
Tommy 86 – Transhumanism 2xLP (Blood Music)
New album from the retrosynth veteran. Combining pulsating, distorted leads that spiral and expand over jagged bass lines that cut like a knife, Transhumanism is equal parts Dan Terminus hyperactivity with Perturbator’s slow, crawling meditations upon rising motifs.
Cosey Fanni Tutti – Time To Tell [Reissue/1982] LP (Conspiracy International)
The long-awaited deluxe special edition reissue of Cosey Fanni Tutti’s Time To Tell, originally recorded and released on cassette in 1982, sees a timely release after the success of Cosey’s recent autobiography Art Sex Music. Available now for the first time on vinyl, this deluxe special edition has been remastered and edited from the original audio tapes for this exclusive vinyl release. It is presented here on super clear vinyl, in a gatefold sleeve incorporating a foil block title and is accompanied by a 16-page full-color 12″ booklet containing the original cassette transcripts and photos, plus many new and updated statements and color photos.
Various Artists – Jazz Love Disney 2: A Kind Of Magic 2xLP (Verve)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. A collection of jazz and world artists taking on classic Disney songs. Includes George Benson, Madeleine Peyroux, Laura Mvula, Jamie Cullum and more. The Helsinki hell-raisers – whose brash, Sunset Strip-inspired hard rock has been praised by Rolling Stone as “debaucherous and flamboyant” – unleash a new album. “Pure f**king adrenaline.”
Various Artists [Joy Orbison] – Selectors 004 2xLP (Dekmantel)
“Joy Orbison steps into the Selectors role for Dekmantel, rustling up a mixed bag of vibes covering OG ‘80s street soul, its contemporary antecedents, and all stripes of house, jungle and techno variations between.” — Boomkat
We Came As Romans – Cold Like War LP (Sharptone)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Fifth album from the Michigan post-hardcore outfit.
John Williams – Star Wars: A New Hope [OST/1977] 3xLP (Walt Disney)
New 40th Anniversary hologram vinyl version of the remastered original motion picture soundtrack presented in one-of-a-kind hand-etched vinyl set.
The Lyman Woodard Organization – Saturday Night Special [Reissue/1975] 2xLP (BBE)
Vinyl reissue of a rightly heralded jazz fusion classic. Recorded in 1975, Saturday Night Special features organ, electric piano and Mellotron by bandleader Lyman Woodard alongside guitar and bass by Ron English, with drums and percussion by Leonard King, Bud Spangler and Lorenzo “Mr. Rhythm” Brown respectively. Despite the fairly sparse instrumentation, the album boasts an impressive wall of sound, powerfully atmospheric in its almost low-fi aesthetic. Hinting at more traditional jazz, rhythm & blues, Afro-Cuban styles and more, the uniqueness of this album is surely in its feel: summoning up images of a vast industrial landscape, assembly lines and urban decay. In other words, this record sounds like Detroit.
Christian Zanési – Grand Bruit / Stop! l’horizon [1991/1993] LP (Recollection GRM)
“The great mobile sound bodies have an ordinary yet amazing ability to place the listener-traveler within, as if he or she was inside a giant double bass, in this case a train stroked by a double bow: the rails and the air. In 1991, I explored this phenomenon during my daily commute from the studio to my home. I used only a 21 minutes recording and treated it as a single sound object. I then processed and enhanced it as a photographer would have done, immersing it in successive ‘baths’. The title I chose for this singular form was Grand Bruit.”
Zazou / Bikaye /Cy 1 – Noir et Blanc [Reissue/1983] LP (Crammed Discs)
“First ever reissue of a seminal, ambitious fusion of Congolese vocals, likembe and rhythms with analog electronics and free jazz leanings, Noir et Blanc is justifiably hailed as one of the first and most influential records of its kind, or ‘in the same class s Byrne & Eno’s Bush Of Ghosts… an imaginary collaboration between DAF and Fela Kuti’ as the UK’s Melody Maker astutely put it in 1983.” — Boomkat
98° – Let It Snow CD (UMe)
First new album in four years & a follow-up 18 years in the making to the now classic & platinum certified album This Christmas.
Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You DVD (Epic)
New animated film based on a young Mariah Carey’s lust to own a puppy.
Tav Falco – A Tav Flaco Christmas CD (ORG Music)
Arkansas-reared, avant-roots/RnR raconteur Tav Falco makes the holidays merry with his first collection of Christmas standards.
The Minus 5 – Dear December CD/LP+MP3 (Yep Roc)
In early 2017, Scott McCaughey was asked to write some holiday songs for another artist’s holiday album. He became so inspired by the task that he wrote more than an albums worth of material and decided to record that album with his group, The Minus 5, a rotating line-up of musician friends that McCaughey recruits to join him from time-to-time. The resulting album, Dear December, brings holiday cheer and a fresh batch of great songs featuring collaborations with Ben Gibbard (death Cab for Cutie), Peter Buck, Mike Mills, The Posies, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Chuck Prophet, M. Ward, Tammy Ealom (Dressy Bessy), Kurt Bloch, Kelly Hogan and Norah OConnor. [Vinyl edition released last week as part of RSD Black Friday.]
Leslie Odom Jr. – Simply Christmas LP+MP3 (S-Curve)
Simply Christmas gets its first release on vinyl for the holiday season. Each copy also includes a download card for four additional bonus tracks from Leslie’s newly released deluxe edition of the 2016 album.
REO Speedwagon – Not So Silent Christmas With REO Speedwagon LP(Rhino)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. This expanded reissue of the AOR band’s 2009 Christmas album contains three previously released bonus tracks and their new(ish) rendition of “We Three Kings.”
Various Artists – A Capitol Christmas Volume Two 2xLP (Capitol)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Part of the on-going celebration of Capitol 75 – includes key tracks by Glen Campbell, Dinah Shore & The Beach Boys singing Christmas classics.