The Asphodells – Ruled By Passion, Destroyed By Lust CD/LP (Rotters Golf Club)
Andrew Weatherall pairs up with Timothy J. Fairplay as The Asphodells. Weatherall has left behind the rock and roll leanings of Wrong Meeting and A Pox On The Pioneers and looks back over his shoulder to the purer electronics of the Kraftwerk-inflected Two Lone Swordsmen.
Atlas Genius – When It Was Now CD (WB)
Australian indie rockers Atlas-Genius turned heads last year with their debut single “Trojan.” “With a colorful groove, stirring beats and catchy melodies, it’s hard not to like them.” – Cause A Scene
Baptists – Bushcraft CD/LP (Southern Lord)
Debut album of unrelenting, chaotic, punishing hardcore.
Beach Fossils – Clash The Truth CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
With a full time drummer (and co-writer of two tracks on the LP) Beach Fossils entered the studio in the fall of 2012 with producer Ben Greenberg of The Men. Instead of merely going from a “bedroom DIY” project to a “better fidelity studio project” the deliberate decision to work with Ben was determined to capture, if not in style, the spirit and enthusiasm of punk and aggressive music in general.
Big Wreck – Albatross CD (Rounder)
New album from alt-rockers after an eleven year hiatus.
Black Boned Angel – The End CD (Handmade Birds)
Final album from New Zealand doom duo.
Black Sunroof! – 4 Black Suns & Sinister Rainbow 2xCD (Handmade Birds)
New double-disc album from members of Skullflower and Voltigeurs.
Black Twig Pickers – Rough Carpenters CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Rough Carpenters, which was recorded in the same two-day session as 2012’s Whompyjawed EP, can be seen as an inward-gazing foil to that EP’s long-form hoedown epics. With the addition of Sally Anne Morgan on fiddle to the trio of Mike Gangloff, Isak Howell, and Nathan Bowles, dance has become a more prominent part of the group’s formula. The Black Twig Pickers are indeed rough carpenters, building unpolished but finely crafted records that embody the spirit of a timeless old-time scene.
Peter Brotzmann – Long Story Short 5xCD (Trost)
Five-disc set of 18 performances highlighting the musical scope of the German free jazz saxophonist, compiled from the Unlimited Festival, Wels, Austria. This extensive compilation emphasizes the vitality and variety of his current work, encompassing a wide range of his comrades and collaborators such as Paal Nilssen-Love, Mats Gustafsson, Bill Laswell, Masahiko Satoh, and Ken Vandermark.
Buckcherry – Confessions CD/CD+DVD (Century Media)
Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe includes two additional audio tracks plus a bonus DVD. Confessions is a loose concept album that revolves around the notion of the seven deadly sins and is inspired by events in singer Josh Todd’s childhood. Todd said that Confessions is “definitely a heavier, musically, record than we’ve ever had, and more melodic.”
Free Valentine candy with purchase!
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away CD/CD+DVD/LP (Bad Seeds Ltd.)
New album available in Regular and Deluxe editions. The limited Deluxe edition includes a hardback book bound in linen with 32 stitched-in pages, containing beautifully reproduced hand typed lyrics and band imagery and a DVD with specially created visuals by artists Iain Forysth and Jane Pollard. “Seedy and slick, grandiose and intimate, mysterious and matter-of-fact, Nick Cave’s songs unfold like short stories from bygone eras — that is, until Hannah Montana and Wikipedia make their jarring appearances. On Cave’s 15th album, Push the Sky Away, the Australian singer and writer assembles a string of slow-burning ballads that seethe and surprise, punctuated with Warren Ellis’ gorgeous strings and bits of Cave’s own grabby, pervy innuendo.” – NPR Free lithograph with purchase – while supplies last!
Coma – Don’t Set Your Dogs On Me CD (Eagle Rock)
Sixth album from Poland’s finest grunge/metal band.
Concrete Knives – Be Your Own King CD/LP (Cooperative Music)
Fusing youthful exuberance with an artistic prowess far beyond their years, Concrete Knives are have illuminated stages around Europe with their unique blend of resonating guitars, elaborate melodies, charging, pounding rhythms and euphoric collective vocals.
Dark New Day – Hail Mary CD (Pavement Entertainment)
American hard rockers Dark New Day formed in 2004 with a line up consisting of Will Hunt (Evanescence), Clint Lowery (Sevendust), Brett Hestla (Virgos Merlot), Troy McLawhorn (Evanescence), and Corey Lowery (Stereomud, Eye Empire).
The Datsuns – Death Rattle Boogie CD/2xLP (Hellsquad)
Death Rattle Boogie is the sound of one of the world’s premiere rock & roll bands, rediscovering the ferocious energy that first drove them to pick up their instruments with new interpretations of their influences and instincts coupled with a new found sophistication that comes at no cost to their trademark adrenalized immediacy.
Dobie – We Will Not Harm You CD/2xLP (Big Dada)
Thirteen tracks of deep, beautifully worked instrumental music, based in hip-hop but touching on techno, house, dubstep, Latin, two-step, jazz, soul, funk and everything in between.
Durutti Column – The Return Of The Durutti Column [Reissue/1980] CD (1972)
The Return Of The Durutti Column has proved as influential as anything released on Factory in the early ’80s. Its sonic innovations have been echoed through experimental electronic to chillwave, and Reilly’s inventive guitar playing (a mixture of Bert Jansch, Fred Frith and Bill Frisell) continues to influence the solo guitar scene.
Durutti Column – LC [Reissue/1981] CD (1972)
As equally powerful and in some ways better than the Durutti Column’s debut, LC expands on the emotional promise of that album by continuing to transcend genre while offering a more song-oriented and accessible take on an increasingly unique approach to composition. It’s an understated and inspiring masterpiece from the pre-shoegaze guitar maestro.
Endless Boogie – Long Island CD/2xLP+MP3 (No Quarter)
New York rockers Endless Boogie’s music is a meltdown of metal, psychedelic and classic rock with a heavy dose of riffage, a kick-ass beat and super-cryptic lyrics.
Flea – Helen Burns CDEP/12” (Original Recordings)
Six-song EP by the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist which was originally released in July 2012 as a limited run exclusively through the Silverlake Conservatory Of Music website. Helen Burns marks the first solo release for Flea, who has previously only released solo work on soundtracks. It is nearly all instrumental except for an appearance by Patti Smith on the title track and a choir on the final track.
Flume – Flume CD/LP (Mom + Pop)
Debut album from Australian producer Flume is a soulful blend of lush beats, chopped vocals, saw synths and intricate percussion.
Robben Ford – Bringing It Back Home CD/LP (MRI)
Bringing It Back Home is a study in soul, style and virtuosity that cuts to the heart with its exceptional, emotion-laden musicianship. The disc also brings the five-time Grammy nominated stage and studio legend back to his earliest roots as a performer, playing blues.
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Untamed Beast CD/LP (Partisan)
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside vigorously mines a sweet spot between modern and vintage. Sallie’s voice has elicited comparisons to classic jazz and blues icons, yet it is stoked with the fire of youth and rebellion, too, an instrument capable of conveying raw emotion and nuanced artistry in the same breath.
Dan Friel – Total Folklore CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Total Folklore is an urban album, the jagged, overblown electronics mimicking the grit and chaos of Brooklyn. As a fan of the epic walk, Friel channeled the commuter while writing and recording these songs. Throughout, he includes short intermissions, improvisations and field recordings, as if the listener is waiting on the corner for the walk signal. From the screeching glissando of the synths of ”Scavengers” to the frenetic pulse of ”Thumper”, Total Folklore captures the energy and irreverence of punk, while keeping a foot firmly planted on the streets of electronic pop.
The Garbage & The Flowers – Eyes Rind As If Beggars CD/2xLP (Bo Weavil)
A sprawling collection of fragile melodies, abrasive improvisations and velvet voices. The story of The Garbage & The Flowers, by some measure Wellingtons most brilliant pop band, is equal parts classic underground rock & roll and a hazy ramshackle history pockmarked with bursts of genius and stoned rehearsals.
Jerry Garcia Band – Garcia Live Volume One: Capitol Theatre CD (ATO)
The first release from the newly-launched Garcia Live series features a recording from the historic Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on March 1, 1980. The band performed an early and a late show on this evening, as was common at the time. The shows were originally multi-tracked on a 24-track mobile rig for WNEW’s broadcast of the early show.
Godflesh – Hymns [Special Edition] 2xCD/2xLP (The End)
Deluxe double-disc remastered Special Edition of Godflesh’s final album (originally released in 2001) includes a bonus disc of demo versions and is packaged in a six panel eco-friendly softpak with expanded artwork and notes.
Paul Hardcastle – Paul Hardcastle VII CD (Trippin’ & Rhythm)
Well into this third decade crafting signature songs of our time, churning out chart topping mega-hits with ease, Paul Hardcastle adds another branch to his musical tree.
The High Strung – Sure As Hell  CDEP (Paper Thin)
Sure As Hell is five ardent songs recorded in 2002. Thought to be lost forever, Sure As Hell has been unearthed and available for the first time as a CD. Recorded entirely on 1/2 inch tape, the EP has an organic sound and gives interesting cues of what’s to come before the band’s first Tee Pee release.
Howling Hex – The Best Of The Howling Hex CD/LP (Drag City)
This is not a greatest hits compilation, but is a new album by a new incarnation of The Howling Hex. Don’t fret — the album is still square state rock with sharp corners; southern lights refocused on a more northern steppe, yet still awash in the vibration of the west, red as the rocks that the Indians danced upon not so very long ago. CD version features a hidden bonus track.
Iceage – You’re Nothing CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Just out of their teens, it seems Copenhagen’s Iceage have only added to the anxiety and tension that made their debut album, New Brigade, so compelling. But now, they’re challenging their raging emotions instead of simply expressing them. You’re Nothing, Iceage’s sophomore album, is the sound of a band pushing their singular mix of punk, goth, hardcore, and post-punk to even further extremes.
Inc. – No World CD/LP (4AD)
Inc. is the nom de plume of brothers Andrew and Daniel Aged. Their debut full length is a soulful opening statement that provides a calm, inviting, smoke-filled place where voices carry, drums crack through an empty room, and deep lows envelope the air.
Inspectah Deck With 7L & Esoteric – Czarface CD/2xLP (Brick)
New from the collaborative effort between the Bostonian duo and the Wu-Tang swordsman. Features guest appearances by Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, Mr. MFN eXquire, Roc Marciano, DJ Premier, Oh No and more.
Trinidad James – Don’t Be S.A.F.E. CD (Def Jam)
New album from the Trinidad/American rapper discovered through various YouTube postings. Includes the single “All Gold Everything.”
The Jealous Sound – A Gentle Reminder CD/2xLP (Rise)
New album available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe digipak version includes four bonus tracks including the 2008 Got Friends EP. The double vinyl LP version also includes two remixes of the song “Got Friends,” including one by Jimmy Tamborello of The Postal Service.
Mark Kozelek – Like Rats CD (Caldo Verde)
A 13-song covers record featuring Kozelek’s (Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters) acoustic versions of Bad Brains, Misfits, The Decendents, Josh Turner, Ted Nugent, Sonny and Cher, and more.
Mark Kozelek – Live At Phoenix Public House Melbourne CD (Caldo Verde)
Recorded June 11, 2012 at Phoenix Public House, Melbourne.
Lady Lamb The Beekeeper – Ripely Pine CD (Ba Da Bing!)
“Despite the darling twee implications of her name, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper (nee Aly Spaltro) is anything but shy and cutesy. Yeah, she might name tracks for eggplants and the romanticized but macabre art of taxidermy, and yeah, she plays the banjo and ukulele. But please toss those images aside and replace them with a bright artist displaying skill and youthful eagerness—no shtick.” – CMJ. Vinyl version due March 5.
Jamie Lidell – Jamie Lidell CD/2xLP (Warp)
“Merging electronic beats and sounds with those of classic soul, Lidell has created a new future-retro R&B that simultaneously evokes and revitalizes the sound of a bygone era.” — The Believer
Little Caesar & The Consuls – Still Hangin’ On CD (Crystal Music)
25 career-spanning tracks from this Canadian garage rock combo.
Bobby Long – Wishbone CD/LP (ATO)
Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Old Crow Medicine Show), the well-crafted songs on Wishbone live up to the expectations put upon a young man the Wall Street Journal touted as a ”promising talent” with ”much more to say,” after the release of his Liam Watson produced debut album A Winter Tale.
Lotus – Build CD/LP (Sci Fidelity)
Built on a foundation of beats evoking vinyl breaks, house and big-beat, Build is a funky dance party from start to finish. The album’s ten tracks showcase live drums, guitar, organ, and horns that come drenched in classic analog luxuriance, with electronic elements peppered throughout. Vinyl version due April 2.
Lusine – Waiting Room CD/2xLP (Ghostly International)
As with all of his work as Lusine, Waiting Room is characterized by diversity and coherency. It’s an album that’s both cerebral and visceral, a record that’s both rewarding of a serious headphone session and also warm and melodic enough to make listening as engaging in an emotional sense as it is in an intellectual one.
Daphne Lee Martin – Moxie CD/LP (Telegraph)
Moxie swaggers through the seamy underbelly of the red light district with a cast of wrecked lovers and ingénues. It takes Daphne’s beloved traditional southern roots and runs them through megaphones, mellotron, a very old tube amp, a swamp and a dark alley or two.
Matmos – Marriage Of True Minds CD/2xLP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Expanding upon the ambitious premise of their recently released The Ganzfeld EP, Baltimore-based electronic duo Matmos release their first new full-length album in five years. The Marriage Of True Minds features an array of sonic tactics, and a broad swathe of musical styles, but this diversity is joined together with a common purpose: the translation of this archive of psychic experiments into a delirious hybrid of conceptual noise and electronic pop.
Maxmillion Dunbar – House Of Woo CD/2xLP (RVNG International)
House Of Woo is the new album from rogue house producer and one half of DC dance captains Beautiful Swimmers. It is a pure blast of bliss that works on a Funktion One just as well as it does a blown set of speakers at a house party gone woozy with punch drunk love.
Dawn McCarthy/Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – What The Brothers Sang CD/LP (Drag City)
Bonny and Dawn of Faun Fables present What The Brothers Sang as no mere gesture of nostalgia; these new versions rethink The Everly Brothers for the audience of listeners today, people who naturally might have no knowledge or experience with those songs.
My Gold Mask – Leave Me Midnight CD (Goldy Tapes)
My Gold Mask have been the buzz of the internet and blogosphere, featured on Gossip Girl, included in Vogue fashion shows and remixed by The Hood Internet. The follow up is a wall of sound that creates a spooky realm for these songs to flourish. “It’s only a matter of time before people fall head over heels for their spooky racket.” — Time Out Chicago. Vinyl version due March 12.
Conny Plank – Who’s That Man: A Tribute To Conny Plank 4xCD (Gronland)
Four-disc box set features a vast selection of Plank’s most iconic work, along with a series of productions that exemplify his unique sound design. Disc Three features reworks by a host of contemporary artists of the original 24 track, magnetic tapes found in the Plank-archive. As a previously unreleased gem, the box will contain a live concert by Moebius/Steffen/Plank recorded on tape while touring Mexico in 1986.
Psychic Ills – One Track Mind CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
When it comes to following the beat of their own drum, New York’s Psychic Ills have exemplified the phrase since their beginnings in 2003. The early years saw several releases for Social Registry, tons of time on the road, and collaborations with artists as diverse as Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers) and Sonic Boom (Spacemen Three/Spectrum). In 2011, their first effort for Sacred Bones, Hazed Dream traded in the synthesizer space-outs and raga rumbles, and delivered a record of sunburned psych pop, awash in warm tones and blues damaged songwriting. One Track Mind is perhaps the most straight-forward rock record the Ills have ever made.
Relatives – The Electric Word CD/LP (Yep Roc)
Psychedelic-Gospel-R&B. Not a combination you hear very often. If Jimi Hendrix and James Brown had teamed up to spread the Word, it might have sounded a lot like this. The Electric Word is the first studio album from Dallas, TX’s The Relatives; and their first proper studio recordings in over three decades.
Rumer – Boys Don’t Cry CD (Atlantic)
Rumer’s sophomore effort is a retro soft rock covers album that finds the vocalist tackling tracks by various male artists of the 1970s. As with her acclaimed 2010 debut, Seasons Of My Soul, Boys Don’t Cry showcases Rumer’s gentle and sweetly soulful vocal style that is clearly perfectly suited to this material. In fact, for anyone already familiar with her, it almost goes without saying that Rumer sounds a lot like soft pop icon Karen Carpenter.
Sadistik – Flowers For My Father CD (Fake Four Inc.)
Evolving his style to a more synthesized rendition of a signature cinematic Seattle sound, Flowers For My Father displays a distinct combination of Sadistik’s complex, vulnerable writing with textured, ambient production handled by the likes of Blue Sky Black Death and Kno of CunninLynguists. Features guest performances from indie hip hop heroes such as Cage, Deacon The Villain, Astronautalis and others. Vinyl version due April 2.
Sin Fang – Flowers CD/LP (Morr Music)
Third and most accessible album from Seabear’s founder unleashes a melodic spring storm and explores the corners of the lush and baroque gardens he spent the last five years in.
The Sound – All Fall Down [Reissue/1982] CD/LP (1972)
At the time their third album was released, The Sound was one of the UK’s most acclaimed bands and were on the precipice of a commercial breakthrough. Having been upgraded from the Korova label (also home to Echo & The Bunnymen) to WB, the group was met with label demands to deliver a more commercial release. In what many consider to be a willfully defiant move, The Sound delivered the challenging and more experimental All Fall Down, a record many of their most ardent fans still consider their most accomplished. It remains one of the great post-punk albums of the early ’80s.
Alexander Split – A Breathtaking Trip To That Otherside CD (Decon)
Having cut his teeth in ciphers in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, Alexander Spit relocated to Los Angeles two years ago to hone his craft, and over the course of the subsequent two mix-tapes and an instrumental masterpiece (this summer’s Mansions), he’s now offering a distillation of his craft in this album, completely self-produced and awash in head-spinning, hallucinatory subject matter and aural stimulants. A Breathtaking Trip To That Otherside is an exercise in psychedelia from a consummate Californian, characterized by tales of women, weed, and whips seemingly scrawled on blotter paper.
STRFKR – Miracle Mile CD/2xLP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
STRFKR has provided the soundtrack to over 100 ecstatic sold-out dance parties in tiny, sweaty rooms for over two years. Miracle Mile is a record with swirling keyboards that take you up, down, and all around, rhythmic guitars, irresistible basslines, and drums that keep an unrelenting beat. Also available on cream-color vinyl.
Suffocation – Pinnacle Of Bedlam CD/CD+DVD (Nuclear Blast)
Death metal godfathers’ relentless new album. Vinyl version due April 2.
$wingin’ Utter$ – Poorly Formed CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
New (eighth) album from the California punk stalwarts.
Robin Trower – Roots And Branches CD (V-12)
Trower pays homage to his early influences, and demonstrates his guitar mastery on new material too.
Marcos Valle – Previsao Do Tempo [Reissue/1973] CD/LP (Light In The Attic)
Previsao Do Tempo was originally released in 1973 and quickly became a favorite of Valle disciples. Still committed to political/cultural criticism through his music, Marcos was reaching a plateau in terms of sound and vision. Fans new and old will finally have easy breezy access to these once hard-to-find Brazilian classics.
Various Artists – Change The Beat: Celluloid Records Story 2xCD/2xLP (Strut)
Celluloid Records was formed in Paris during the late ‘70s by Jean Georgakarakos (often referred to by the shorter name Jean Karakos), who had spent the previous decade co-running French record shops and the spiritual jazz label BYG. The label gathered steam following Karakos’ fateful trips to New York in the early ‘80s. It was there that he met Bill Laswell, who had himself landed fresh in the Big Apple from Michigan, Karakos began releasing the full spectrum of Laswell’s early work, from the avant-rock cacophony of Massacre to his fluid, dance/post-punk production outfit, Material.
Various Artists [Chango Suasiuk, Maurice El Medioni & More] – Latin Noir: Everything Happens On The Beach CD (Piranha)
This compilation features a selection of happy sad musical treasures from Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, New York and both sides of the Mediterranean Sea. If you are looking for hip shakin’, hands-in-the-air party music for your next holiday cruise, this album is not for you. Latin Noir much rather pays a gloomy homage to a new generation of the wretched of the earth and their Sisyphean journeys between shipwreck and redemption, despair and hope.
Various Artists [Fatboy Slim] – Big Beach Bootique 5 CD+DVD (The End)
Big Beach Bootique 5 is a recording from his hometown show in Brighton and is everything you’d expect from a Fatboy Slim live set; bodacious, four-to-the-floor, in-your-face dirty house tunes. Featuring cuts from Chuckie, Basement Jaxx and Nicky Romero in amongst his biggest bangers that he teases in and out of the mix. Includes bonus DVD that contains a full length film with exclusive tracks plus behind the scenes interviews with Fatboy Slim and more.
Various Artists [Al Kent] – Disco Love Vol. 3: Even More Rare Disco & Soul Uncovered CD/2xLP (BBE)
Disco Love is a series of fabulous disco records that you have probably never heard of. All superb records presented to you by the legendary Al Kent from the unlikeliest disco haven of Glasgow.
Various Artists – These Men In Love: Northern Soul Rarities CD (Crystal Music)
25 Northern Soul rarities. Featuring the Parisians, The Midniters, The Fantastics, Soul Brothers Inc., and more.
The View – Cheeky For A Reason CD (429)
New album from Scotland’s irrepressible purveyors of propulsive indie rock is described by frontman Kyle Falconer as Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours done by The Clash.
Voigt & Voigt – Die Zauberhafte Welt Der Anderen CD/2xLP (Kompakt)
“A following on from their Erdingertrax EP series, the latest fruit of Wolfgang and Reinhardt Voigt’s renewed fraternal bond is a proper album, arguably their strongest collaborative work since mid-2003 neo-trance banger “Vision 04.” While the recent 12″ cuts were largely about restating the core club values of Kompakt, Die Zauberhafte Welt Der Anderen is altogether more leftfield and ambitious, covering surreal instrumental pop, ping-ponging electro-acoustic sketches, sullen ambient and pneumatic, Profan-style techno, often in the space of the same track.” — Boomkat
Widowmaker – Widowmaker [Reissue/1976] CD (Angel Air)
1976 saw the launch of a new rock super group. The band was formed by former Mott The Hoople and Spooky Tooth guitarist Luther Grosvenor, also known as Ariel Bender. The original line-up featured vocalist Steve Ellis from Love Affair, guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton from Hawkwind, Australian bassist Bob Daisley of Chicken Shack and drummer Paul Nicholls who had played with Lindisfarne. This is their self-titled debut from 1976. A great mix of blues, country, folk and hard rock.
DVD + Blu-ray:
Green Day – Between Us There Is Nothing 2xDVD (Pride)
This double-DVD set celebrates the longevity and startling impact that Green Day has had across more than a 1/4 of a century. Featuring a disc of video interviews with the band from throughout their career, plus a second disc which documents their rise to global prominence and their activities once such heights had been achieved, this deluxe package will delight the group’s millions of fans old and new. 154 minutes.
Michael Jackson – Moscow Case 1993: When The King Of Pop Met The Soviets DVD (MVD Visual)
The Moscow Case is a 52-minute documentary with never-before-seen footage of Michael Jackson in Moscow during the Dangerous tour. This film tells the behind the scenes story of Jackson’s ill-fated concert in September 1993 with candid archival footage.
Mudhoney – I’m Now: The Story Of Mudhoney DVD (King Of Hearts Productions)
This documentary tells the story of Mudhoney from their very beginnings, to following them on their recent world tour and everything in between. Complete with testimonials from friends, music industry veterans, and musicians such as Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore & Kim Gordon, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, and Mudhoney themselves. 102 minutes.
Scissor Sisters – Live In London DVD (Wienerworld)
Live performance at Victoria Park in London, on 17 July 2011. Colorful and glitzy as ever, the New York outfit who brought garish costumes and twisted disco sounds to the capital, fully embraced the festival’s flamboyant spirit. 58 minutes.
Actress – Silver Cloud 12” (Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune)
12″ precedes his sequal to Hazyville, entitled Ghettoville, which is due sometime this year through Werkdiscs.
Aleister X – Half Speed Mastered LP+DVD (Nod & Smile)
Debut LP of decadent party jams produced by Andrew W.K. A mix of pop, dub, rap, goth and experimental music combined with one of the best lyricists in the game. CD version due March 5.
Boom Bip/Charlie White – Music For Sleeping Children 12” (Lex)
Music For Sleeping Children is an EP of dance based tracks, created around in-depth interviews of teenage girls.
Jesse Boykins III – Perfect Blues Remixes 12” (Ninja Tune)
If the original wasn’t salivating enough, the remixes seal the deal. Jaques Greene further demonstrates his talents with a remix that can only be described as house-blues, or as simply brilliant. The melody bleeds through like sunlight between the clouds, Jesse’s vocal all the more beautiful in its sudden exposure.
The Bug – Hardcore Lover 7” (Acid Ragga)
The Bug’s Acid Ragga assault continues with the third single to drop on his 7″ imprint. “Warrior Queen” on the A-side and a return for “Miss Red” on the flip. Yellow vinyl.
Casiokids – Skip I Natten/Offerdans LP (Splendour)
Casiokids returned with a catchy, dancy, beautiful synth pop offering on a limited edition 12″ for their fall Norway tour. The songs are exclusive to this 12″.
Chatham County Line –Speed Of The Whippoorwill  LP (Yep Roc)
Originally released in 2006, Speed Of Whippoorwill continued the band’s quest to unite their love for the power of rock with their faith in their home state’s fine heritage of pure, engaging, traditional music.
Julie Doiron & The Wooden Stars – Julie Doiron & The Wooden Stars  LP+MP3 (Jagjaguwar)
First time available on vinyl for this 2000 Juno award winning album. Combining elements of rock and jazz a la Joni Mitchell’s early ’70s work, Doiron somehow translated the coldness of the Canadian winter into one of the warmest and most tender records to be produced in the Eastern province in years.
DRGN King – Paragraph Nights LP (Bar None)
2012 album now available on vinyl. Singer/songwriter Dominic Angelella and hip-hop producer Ritz Reynolds are the masterminds behind Philly group DRGN KING. Discovering a mutual love of The Flaming Lips and Wu Tang, they set out on a song cycle that led to Paragraph Nights, their debut full length. Bruce Warren (WXPN/Paste) says, “This is otherworldly soulful pop for now people.”
Eat Skull – III LP+MP3 (Woodsist)
Third album from Portland noise-pop band. A more psychedelic and perfectly circular outing then their previous classics of paranoid ecstasy Wild & Inside and Sick To Death. Somewhere in between the subatomic joy of Primal Scream’s “Keep Your Dreams” and the desperate loneliness of Same Place The Fly Got Smashed-era Guided By Voices.
Guided By Voices – Flunky Minnows b/w Jellypop Smiles 7” (GBV Inc.)
The first single from their upcoming long-player English Little League is a classic Pollard-penned power-pop gem. B-side “Jellypop Smiles,” a reverb-heavy acoustic number with out-of-tune recorder, wouldn’t sound out of place next to Bee Thousand’s “Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory.”
The Hookers – Horror Rises From The Tombs LP (Planetworks)
Legendary punk metal masters return with their first full-length in nearly a decade.
Ital Tek – Hyper Real 12” (Civil Music)
Dexterous dancefloor electronica, techy IDM-driven dubstep, glitch-hop, and post-dubstep forms.
The Jesus And Mary Chain – Barbed Wire Kisses (B-Sides And More) [Reissue/1988] LP
The Jesus And Mary Chain – The Sound Of Speed [Reissue/1993] LP
Two collections of B-sides, outtakes and rare tracks, originally released on CD in 1988 and 1993,
Las Robertas – Dissected Affair 7” (Art Fag)
After a two-year absence, Costa Rica’s Las Robertas return with a new vinyl EP featuring two originals and a cover of “Foggy Eyes” by their heroes Beat Happening.
Leech – Tusks 12” (100% Silk)
Latest from the deconstructed dance alter-ego of Brian Foote (Nudge, Fontenelle). Approaches acid, teases techno and jumbled jazz.
Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Is Isn’t b/w That’s The Way Love Is 7” (Secretly Canadian)
Title track of his 2012 album is paired with an exclusive B-side cover of Ten City’s “That’s The Way Love Is.”
Lust For Youth – Chasing The Light 12” (Sacred Bones)
What began as a lo-fi, atonal, bedroom synth drone project in 2009 has slowly but surely been evolving into a full frontal synth-pop assault.
Cass McCombs/White Magic – LAMC Vol. 6 7” (Famous Class)
The sixth release in the LAMC 7” series. The tracks will also available on the Famous Class bandcamp page with 100% of the digital proceeds going to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music.
MV & EE – Fuzzweed LP+CD+MP3 (Three Lobed)
With each successive release, MV & EE strive to map new territory and to travel more distant orbits. It makes sense that this mission is their furthest reaching yet. While they’ve long been comfortable navigating the same planes as such cosmic explorers as Sun Ra and Alan Silva, Fuzzweed sees them planting their freak flag in the sorts of different galaxies where the atmospheres counterpoint the music of the spheres with the more earthbound plaints of the blues. Be sure to pop your LP cover under a blacklight to see some super-reactive hot pink ink.
Night Marchers – Allez Allez LP+MP3 (Swami)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Sophomore album from ex-members of Hot Snakes, Rocket From The Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Delta 72, and Bardo Pond.
NOFX – 30th Anniversary Box Set 14xLP (Epitaph)
A deluxe LP collection of every studio album they have released, from 1988’s Liberal Animation through 2012’s Self Entitled. Included is the first release of all the tracks from the famous 7” of the Month Club, compiled on a double LP for this box set only. All packaged in a hardbound box.
Jeffrey Novak – Baron In The Trees LP (In The Red)
Second solo album from Cheap Time frontman. Shades of Syd Barrett, Ray Davies, Kevin Ayers, David Bowie and Sparks.
Public Enemy – Most Of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear On No Stamp 2xLP (Eastlink)
2012 album now available on vinyl. Eleven tracks laden with the sonic and word fury Public Enemy has been known for. Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, Professor Griff, the baNNed and S1WS all contribute.
Red Lamb – Red Lamb LP (Made In Germany)
New school rock produced by Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) featuring members of Anthrax and Nine Inch Nails.
Martin Rev – Martin Rev [Reissue/1980] LP (Superior Viaduct)
In 1980, shortly after Suicide’s second full-length, Martin Rev released his first solo album on preeminent No Wave label Infidelity (Lust/Unlust). Uninhibited by the trappings of a collaborator, Rev was freed to explore his most experimental and pop leanings with dirty synths, dark melodies and dreamlike textures, and produced a masterpiece of modern alienation that captures a uniquely New York landscape.
Shams – Piano Sound 12” (100% Silk)
The occasionally polarizing performer and producer does much more than just antagonize Brooklyn crowds with his party pranks; he also creates careful and caressing chill-out tracks for escapist addicts, comfort creeps, and hedonistic pleasure-seekers heaven bent to sway around the trance/dance floor. Better than a classic Café Del Mar compilation, “Piano Cloud” offers the sweet samplings of Balearic ambience mixed with the cheeky love-hangover of a disco-dance-Diana instrumental.
M. Ward – The Transfiguration Of Vincent LP [Reissue/2003]
Back in print on vinyl! Ward’s third album that is clearly progressive while simultaneously sounding regressive, feeling dusty with age, and manifesting a genius that is pure and untempered.
Wartorn – Iconic Nightmare LP (Southern Lord)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Punishing, dark, political, metallic crust that completely devastates! For fans of Wolfbrigade, From Ashes Rise, Tragedy.
Paul Weller – Dragonfly b/w Portal To The Past 7” (Yep Roc)
Fourth single from Sonik Kicks. B-side is previously unreleased “Portal To The Past.” Clear vinyl.
Wingdale Community Singers – Night Sleep Death LP (Blue Chopsticks)
Third full-length album finds the core trio of Hannah Marcus, Rick Moody, and David Grubbs augmented by a cast of effortlessly sympatico guests including Jolie Holland, Tanya Donnelly, and Oneida’s Kid Millions, and featuring lyrical content from Walt Whitman. Vinyl-only.
Witch – In The Past [Reissue/1974] LP (Now Again)
Archival reissue of the garage-psych Zamrock masterpiece.