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CDs + Vinyl:
Jimmie Allen – Bettie James Gold Edition CD (Stoney Creek)
Expanded edition. The 16-track album doubles down on Allen’s expansive love for music across genres, with nine brand new collaborations in addition to the seven previously featured on his critically acclaimed July 2020 project Bettie James, named in homage to Allen’s late father, James Allen, and late grandmother, Bettie Snead.
Anxious – Little Green House CD/LP (Run For Cover)
The Connecticut band unpacks struggles, joys, and hard-earned realizations in a way that makes them feel wise beyond their years. Anthemic songs like lead single “In April” and guaranteed sing-along “Growing Up Song” thread the often difficult melodic-hardcore needle in a way that feels both nostalgic for the emo renaissance of yesteryear and precisely built for the current moment of genre defiant pioneering. [A limited-edition purple color vinyl pressing is also available.]
Ape Skull – Ape Skull [Reissue/2013] CD/LP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
CD and green color vinyl reissues of the Italian blues/psychedelic band’s debut album.
Bent Knee – Frosting CD (Take This To Heart)
Bent Knee is a band without frontiers. Its borderless sound combines myriad influences from across the rock, pop, minimalist and avant-garde spectrums into a seamless, thrilling whole. Fiercely innovative, the group bridges the gap between the experimental and the familiar, merging texture and style into music that’s moving addictive and unapologetically original.
Billy Talent – Crisis Of Fate CD/LP (Spinefarm)
uno Award-winning rockers Billy Talent’s new album Crisis Of Fate features 10 tracks produced entirely by the band’s guitarist, main songwriter, and Juno-nominated producer Ian D’Sa. It was recorded at the band’s Toronto studio and mixed by the legendary Chris Lord-Alge. Billy Talent are one of Canada’s most successful bands.
Daniel Blumberg – The World To Come [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] CD (Mute)
The World To Come premiered at the 77th Venice Film Festival 2020 and was released in UK cinemas during Summer 2021. Highlighted as a marvelous score in Variety and powerfully moving by The Film Stage, the score includes the title track featuring Josephine Foster. Blumberg enlisted the talents of an ensemble of radical, internationally revered musicians, whilst the score was co-produced with world-renowned producer Peter Walsh (Scott Walker).
Boris – W CD/LP/Cassette (Sacred Bones)
In an effort to sublimate the negative energy surrounding everyone in 2020, legendary Japanese post-rock band Boris focused all of their energy creatively and turned out the most extreme album of their long and widely celebrated career, NO. The band self-released the album, desiring to get it out as quickly as possible but intentionally called the final track on the album “Interlude” with anticipation of a follow-up. The follow-up comes with W the band’s debut album for their new label Sacred Bones Records. The record opens with the same melody as “Interlude” in a piece titled “I want to go to the side where you can touch…” and in contrast to the extreme sounds found on NO, this new album whispers into the listener’s ear with a trembling hazy sound meant to awaken sensation. [A limited-edition sea blue color vinyl pressing is available.]
Cannibale – Life Is Dead CD/LP (Born Bad)
The French five-piece band’s third album boasts an exotic blend of garage rock and tropicália.
The Dollyrots – Down The Rabbit Hole 2xCD (Wicked Cool)
A 24-track collection of B-sides, rarities, and cover songs with a Dollyrots twist. Features songs from throughout the band’s 20-year history including previously unreleased tracks and alternate takes.
Edge Of Forever – Seminole CD (Frontiers)
Seminole continues the band’s tradition of combining inspirational and positive lyrics with powerful riffs, anthemic vocals, and skilled musicianship inspired by the heart and depth of Native American culture.
Ferryman – One More River To Cross CD (Frontiers)
The Ferrymen has become an established name for European metal fans. The trio are comprised of Swedish guitarist/songwriter/producer Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall), Chilean vocalist Ronnie Romero (Lords of Black, Sunstorm, Rainbow), and American drummer Mike Terrana (Rage, Axel Rudi Pell, etc.).
Jake Xerxes Fussell – Good And Green Again CD/LP (Paradise Of Bachelors)
Jake Xerxes Fussell’s fourth album finds the acclaimed folksong interpreter, guitarist, and singer navigating fresh sonic and compositional landscapes on the most conceptually focused, breathtakingly rendered, and enigmatically poignant record of his wondrous catalog. Produced by James Elkington and featuring formidable players both familiar (Casey Toll, Libby Rodenbough) and new (Joe Westerlund, Bonnie Prince Billy), it includes Jake’s first original compositions; atmospheric arrangements with pedal steel, horns, and strings; and cover art by Art Rosenbaum.
Giant – Shifting Time CD/LP (Frontiers)
New album from the powerhouse rock quartet. Now anchored by founding members David Huff and Mike Brignardello, the two are joined by guitarist John Roth (Winger, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Jimi Jamison) and vocalist Kent Hilli (Perfect Plan). After more than a decade since their last album, the band is back with new music that showcases their perfect blend of the melodic rock sound.
Greensky Bluegrass – Stress Dreams CD/2xLP (Big Blue Zoo)
As with traditional bluegrass, Greensky Bluegrass writes about their own contemporary day-to-day happenings, emotions, and experiences in the modern world. [A limited-edition indie store exclusive color vinyl pressing is available.]
Walker Hayes – Country Stuff CD (Monument)
Equally upbeat and mellow, Hayes writes clever songs that mirror his brand and artistry of unconventional, unique country music. Following the high from scoring his first No. 1 with hit song “Fancy Like”, Hayes’ latest album is a continuation of that success; a medley of beatboxing, sing-rapping, and witty lyrics with refreshing and vulnerable honesty that solidifies his place as a top-notch, one-of-a-kind player in the country music scene.
Hazemaze – Hazemaze [Reissue/2018] CD/LP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
CD and red color vinyl resissues. Hazemaze is a three-piece doom rock band from Strängnäs, Sweden. They formed in the spring of 2016 and started out as a garage rock-band, but their shared admiration for legends such as Black Sabbath, Pentagram, and Cathedral soon set them on a very different path. As the band matured through the years, the riffs have gradually gotten heavier, the themes darker, and the doom more sinister.
Jana Horn – Optimism CD/LP (No Quarter)
Optimism is the debut album from Jana Horn of Austin, Texas. Originally self-released in a small vinyl edition, now widely available. Horn says the LP, “seemed to come about indirectly, almost in passing, a feeling of being in-between things. I was really mobile at that time, living wherever…I had just discovered, late, Raymond Carver Broadcast, Sybil Baier, Annette Peacock, Richard & Linda Thompson, a short story called Car Crash While Hitchhiking by Denis Johnson. I had ‘Heart Needs A Home’ in mind, ‘The Great Valerio’; I was just really moving through the world, hanging in the shadows of the people I wanted to be. Hoping, looking out, this is Optimism. I was looking for anything.”
Hot Lunch – Hot Lunch [Reissue/2013] CD/LP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Hot Lunch is a punk ‘n’ roll band from the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area that specializes in getting loud, getting weird and getting rad. The quartet’s unique blend of brown-acid skate-rock and wah-fuzz proto-metal was born in the bowels of skatanic rituals, biker beer busts and wizard staff meetings. [A limited yellow, orange, and red color vinyl pressing also available.]
Janis Ian – The Light At The End Of The Line CD (United Opportunity)
The Light At The End Of The Line is Ian’s first album of new material in 15 years, and is also her last solo studio recording – a “swan song,” she notes. The Light At The End Of The Line bookends a kaleidoscopic catalog that began with her 1967 self-titled debut at age 15. The songs are intimate portraits of getting older but wiser (“I’m Still Standing”), of knowing when to stand up and not take any more shit (“Resist”), of celebrating life’s fleeting beauty (“Swannanoa”), of exalting in your true identity (“Perfect Little Girl”), of paying homage to a lifelong hero and her demons (“Nina”, as in Simone).
Kandia – Quaternary CD (Frontiers)
Kandia was founded by singer Nya Cruz and guitarist André Da Cruz. They decided to name the band Kandia – to obfuscate, to blind by light – as they felt it would represent the positivity they wanted to radiate. Influenced by progressive rock bands such as A Perfect Circle, Tool, Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, and metal giants like Metallica and Pantera, the band was able to find a unique sound joining all these influences in their songwriting. Musically, Kandia create raw, melodic, and sensual music that delivers positive messages while not leaving the aggressiveness out of the music.
Miles Kane – Change The Show CD/LP (BMG)
Following a chance “no frills session” with psych-rock duo Sunglasses For Jaws at the band’s Hackney studio, Miles Kane’s fourth solo album Change The Show really began to take shape. “I saw myself in their energy, but also their taste and their knowledge of music,” Miles explains. “It was the first time I’d felt old!” Opening with the honest soft croon of “Tears Are Falling”, the album is a joyous ride from start to finish and features a surprising, but spectacular appearance from Grammy-nominated singer Corinne Bailey Rae for a duet on “Nothing’s Ever Gonna Be Good Enough”. It’s an album that best represents Miles himself: charmingly authentic, and like nothing else you’ll hear in pop music today.
Keb’ Mo’ – Good To Be… CD (Rounder/UMGD)
Written partially in Nashville and partially in the Compton house 5x Grammy-winner Keb’ Mo’ grew up in, Good To Be… weaves together past and present into a heartwarming tapestry spanning more than 40 years of sonic evolution. Joined by a variety of collaborators, including Vince Gill, famed producer Tom Hambridge, Darius Rucker, and Kristin Chenoweth, Good To Be… is a deeply cohesive and optimistic collection of music about appreciating what you’ve got, where you come from, and who you get to share it with. [Vinyl edition due May 13.]
Lalu – Paint The Sky CD (Frontiers)
Musical project originally founded in 2004 by the French composer and producer Vivien Lalu, son of Noelle and Michel Lalu (members of the ’70s French progressive act Polène). Damian Wilson (Arena, Headspace, Threshold) is the lead vocalist and Jelly Caldarelli (drums) and Joop Wolters (guitars and bass) round out the line-up.
Logan Lynn – New Money CD/LP+MP3 (Kill Rock Stars)
Written at home during the pandemic lockdown over the course of March-October 2020, and recorded in early 2021, New Money is a nine-song album by Portland electropop musician, Logan Lynn, produced in collaboration with longtime co-writer Gino Mari. Back to his electropop roots after collaborations with 80s popstar Tiffany, The Dandy Warhols and Styrofoam since 2018, New Money is an invitation to dance the last few years off. [A limited-edition purple & pink color vinyl pressing is available.]
John Mellencamp – Strictly A One-Eyed Jack CD (Republic)
John Mellencamp’s 25th studio album, Strictly A One-Eyed Jack, was written and produced by Mellencamp, recorded at his Belmont Mall Studios in Indiana, and recorded/mixed by Grammy-award winner David Leonard. It features several longtime band members including Andy York, Dane Clark, Mike Wanchic, Troye Kinnett, and more. It also features three collaborations with Bruce Springsteen including the landmark duet “Wasted Days”. [Vinyl edition due May 20.]
Aoife O’Donovan – Age Of Apathy CD/2xCD/LP+MP3/2xLP+MP3 (Yep Roc)
Produced by fellow Grammy-winner Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Rhiannon Giddens) and featuring guest appearances from Allison Russell and Madison Cunningham, Age Of Apathy finds Aoife O’Donovan’s gift for poetic imagery and unconventionally alluring melody in full bloom as she confronts the sense-dulling barrage of the digital age. Amid symphonic arrangements that reveal a stunning mastery of her craft, Aoife puts forth a statement of defiance and radical love – one that reaffirms her as one of our most vital songwriters today. [A deluxe double-CD edition is available, in addition to two color vinyl issues – single and double-LP.]
Penelope Isles – Which Way To Happy CD (Bella Union)
When you’re trying to make it through tough times, you need a little light to find your way. That light blazes brightly on the alchemical second album from Penelope Isles, an album forged amid emotional upheaval and band changes. Setting the uncertainties of twenty-something life to alt-rock and psychedelic songs brimming with life, color and feeling, Which Way To Happy emerges as a luminous victory for Jack and Lily Wolter, the siblings whose bond holds the band tight at its core. [Vinyl edition due February 11.]
Penny And Sparrow – Olly Olly CD/LP (I Love You)
Written and recorded over the past year, Penny And Sparrow’s remarkable new album, Olly Olly, is a work of liberation and revelation, a full-throated embrace of the self from a band that’s committed to leaving no stone unturned in their tireless quest for actualization. The songs here are fearless and introspective, embracing growth and change as they reckon with desire, intimacy, doubt, and regret, and the arrangements are similarly bold and thoughtful, augmenting the duo’s rich, hypnotic brand of chamber folk with electronic flourishes and R&B grooves.
Vic Ruggiero & Kepi Ghoulie – After the Flood… The Moldy Basement Tapes CD/LP (Eccentric Pop)
Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers) and Kepi Ghoulie (Groovie Ghoulies) are back with their second album together, celebrating their love for roots, rock, and tradition. They play each other’s songs, as well as deep cut covers of legendary artists. After the Flood… The Moldy Basement Tapes represents the happiness and joy of two long-time friends creating art for no other reason than an appreciation of life. The result is a fantastic blend of good old rock ‘n’ roll-rhythm ‘n’ blues.
Stormkeep – Tales Of Othertime CD/LP (Van)
Tales Of Othertime, the penultimate tome of fantastical dungeon metal symphonia from a world beyond.
Various Artists – Soul Jazz Presents: Studio One Groups [Reissue/2006] CD (Soul Jazz)
Soul Jazz Records classic Studio One Groups collection is now available as a new one-off limited edition red colored CD anniversary pressing. 15 years on from its original release Studio One Groups remains one of the toughest of all Soul Jazz/Studio One releases and features some of the biggest groups in the history of Reggae music including Bob Marley and The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals and The Heptones who all began their careers at 13 Brentford Road, under the guidance of the great producer and label owner Clement Sir Coxsone Dodd.
VRSTY – Welcome Home CD (Spirit Music Group)
Welcome Home is VRSTY’s debut full-length. The group has perfected their seamless and fearless cross-pollination of metallic grooves and R&B-influenced, after midnight vocal swagger on this 14-track album.
The Whitmore Sisters – Ghost Stories CD/LP (Red House)
Sisters Eleanor and Bonnie Whitmore, two of roots music’s most accomplished songwriter/instrumentalist/ vocalists, release their first album together as The Whitmore sisters. [A limited-edition white w/ purple swirl color vinyl pressing is available.]
Years & Years – Night Call CD/2xLP (Interscope/Polydor)
Third studio album by the solo project of British singer Olly Alexander’s Years & Years project, and first since Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen left the group in March 2021. Inspired as much by pioneering figures like Sylvester as it is French House, at the center of the record is that mermaid of a muse: a beautiful icon luring men to their death, on an album partly about those searching for love (or a lover), but ultimately finding power in themselves. [A deluxe CD edition featuring alternate packaging is available.]
John Zorn & Bill Laswell – The Cleansing CD (Tzadik)
Zorn and Laswell have been friends and musical compatriots since they first met in 1978 and have been responsible for some of the most intense and memorable music in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Recorded in early 2021, near the end of the year’s pandemic lockdown, it marks the first time Zorn had touched the saxophone in over fifteen months. Laswell had spent most of the year locked in his apartment. Something special was happening that day’and after the session Laswell felt rejuvenated as if all the toxins and poisons had left his body. Soulful and essential, The Cleansing is an historic meeting and the first recorded duo project by these two Downtown magicians.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
The Acacia Strain – Continent [Reissue/2008] LP (Prosthetic)
Limited orange color vinyl pressing of the fourth studio album by the Massachusetts deathcore wrecking crew.
Ryan Adams – Big Colors LP+7” (Pax Americana)
Released last summer on CD – a limited-edition 180gm red color vinyl pressing + bonus 7″ single is now available. “Big Colors is the soundtrack to a movie from 1984 that exists only in my soul. It’s a cliché inside a watercolor painting of neon blue smoke rising off summer streets in the night. It’s the most New York California album I could cut loose from my musical soul, and for me as both a guitar player and songwriter, this is the zenith point dream time. While I won’t be able to match this album for its depth and broad color forms in the future, this is the sound of my soul and a door to a place I’ll be returning to again. The treasures in our past are the shamanic visions of the future when the destination is dream zone 3000. This is that. I’m only dreaming in Big Colors now.” – Ryan Adams
Agent Orange – Living In Darkness [Reissue/1981] LP (Radiation Deluxe)
Vinyl reissue of the debut album by the influential 1980s California surf-punk band.
Amarez – Africa [Reissue/1975] LP (Now Again)
Originally released in 1975 on Zambia Music Parlour. Recorded at Malachite Film Studios, Chingola, Zambia in 1975 by Geoff Kachusha Mulenga and Grayson Phiri. Produced by Amanaz and Emmanuel Mulemena; directed by Edward Khuzyawo; production arrangements by Billie David Nyati. Licensed courtesy Keith Kabwe and Isaac Mpofu.
Apparition – Feel LP (Profound Lore)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. California death metal band Apparition release their tectonic shifting debut album Feel. This is towering, progressive doomy-death metal with hammering colossal, crawling, groove-refined escalating riffs and lurching, thick, and bludgeoning calculated rhythms.
audiobooks – Astro Tough LP (Heavenly)
audiobooks threw absolutely everything at their 2018 debut album, Now! (in a minute), a hectic, head-spinning blast of freewheeling freak-pop genius. On its follow-up, Astro Tough, they’ve somehow found a way to ramp things up even further, concentrating their chaotic energy and inherent weirdness into a record that’s bigger, deeper and more powerful than even its predecessor. Multi-instrumentalist and super-producer/mixer David Wrench – known for his work with Frank Ocean, the xx, Caribou, David Byrne, Manic Street Preachers and Goldfrapp – and writer, vocalist and visual artist Evangeline Ling, reach new peaks of creativity, more confident than ever before in their abilities to forge something focused, singular and unique out of the explosive combination of their talents.
Big Sean – Finally Famous [Reissue/2011] LP (G.O.O.D. Music)
After 10 years, Finally Famous is still a cultural phenomenon in the superstar’s career. Rolling Stone described the album as a choice summertime rap record, complete with bright, breezy synth beats. Boasting features from Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, The-Dream, and many others. Big Sean delivers Instagram caption worthy bars throughout these 16 tracks. While a decade has passed since its release, it continues to be relevant, club-certified, and hard-hitting.
Bonobo – Fragments LP+MP3 (Ninja Tune)
Clear vinyl pressing. Fragments is the most emotionally intense record that Simon Green has ever had to make. It’s no surprise that it’s also his masterpiece. The album features Jamila Woods, Joji, Kadhja Bonet, Jordan Rakei, O’Flynn and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Born first out of fragments of ideas and experimentation, the album ultimately was fused together in a burst of creativity fueled by both collaboration and Green’s escape into the wild. [A limited-edition indie store exclusive color vinyl pressing was released last week.]
Zach Bryan – DeAnn LP (WB)
Recorded over two days and released in August of 2019, Zach Bryan’s debut album DeAnn, named in remembrance of his late mother, tells the story of his struggles and finding hope throughout the years.
Cactus – The Birth Of Cactus – 1970 LP (Purple Pyramid)
A stunning, historic vintage live show unearthed from the archives of the very first public performance by classic rock heroes Cactus, appearing on a bill with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Grateful Dead and the Steve Miller Band.
Johnny Cash – Johnny 99 [Reissue/1983] LP (Friday Music)
Limited 180gm clear vinyl pressing of the 69th album by Johnny Cash. It is notable for including two covers of Bruce Springsteen songs, “Highway Patrolman” and “Johnny 99”.
Eva Cassidy – Live At Blues Alley [25th Anniversary Edition] 2xLP (Blix Street)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Digitally remastered 25th Anniversary Edition of Live At Blues Alley, the only solo album released during the late singer Eva Cassidy’s short lifetime. Eva Cassidy’s now legendary concert at Washington DC’s Blues Alley nightclub on January 3, 1996, was in some ways a happy accident. Although Eva had spent years in the studio with producer Chris Biondo creating an eclectic body of work, the pair decided that a live album was the quickest way to achieve their immediate goal of creating a CD to sell at live shows. Eva cashed in a small pension from her day job at a local nursery, her Aunt Claire contributed toward the venture, the Blues Alley venue booked them during their slowest time of the year (just after the New Year’s Eve blow-out), as was a live recording truck with a goal of generating enough profit to purchase a proper PA system for future shows. The result was Live At Blues Alley, released locally a scant few months before Cassidy’s untimely passing from melanoma at the age of 33.
Don Cherry – Where Is Brooklyn? [Reissue/1969] LP (Blue Note)
Limited 180gm vinyl pressing. Don Cherry first rose to prominence as part of the Ornette Coleman Quartet that turned the jazz world on its ear in 1959. Then, in 1965 he began his career as a leader with a run of fiery Blue Note albums including Where Is Brooklyn?, a highly interactive quartet date with Pharoah Sanders on tenor saxophone, Henry Grimes on bass and Ed Blackwell on drums. Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes.
Chicago Transit Authority – Chicago Transit Authority [Reissue/1969] LP (Friday Music)
Limited red color vinyl pressing of the legendary classic rock band’s debut album. The ensemble’s self-titled 1969 debut release (aka Chicago 1) is an ambitious mix of free-form rock and horn-influenced jazz, the first of three double LPs that would start a peerless career.
The Cosmic Jokers – The Cosmic Jokers [Reissue/1974] LP (Die Kosmischen Kuriere)
Vinyl reissue the legendary debut album of the krautrock all-star band from 1974. Remastered from the original analog tapes.
Dear Hughes – Diamond Heart 12” (Internet & Weed)
Full of hooks and synths, and absolutely dance floor ready, Diamond Heart encompasses everything that this group wears on its sleeve. Not unlike The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” or Rihanna’s “We Found Love”, they channel that era in music in a way that the listener doesn’t need a familiarity to appreciate. Its introspective and equally anthemic.
Alex Dunn – Southern Stars LP (Color Red)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Since the release of Alex Dunn’s debut album Scattered Poems, he’s been working and touring with the same core band members, including his co-producer and music director Bryant Moore, bassist for the band True Loves. In the fall of 2019, they got together in the studio to create an album that exemplified this newfound relationship. Southern Star is a collection of songs he wrote over the years while living and working aboard commercial fishing vessels in Southeast Alaska. The album is a modern piece of Americana that details a life in transition from a seasonal existence toiling upon the sea to the hard-earned actualization of one’s dreams.
Tinsley Ellis – Devil May Care LP (Alligator)
Translucent red color vinyl pressing of the 2021 release from world-renowned guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. Devil May Care features ten of Ellis’ most dynamic original compositions, mixing muscular rock ‘n’ roll and hard blues into his own instantly recognizable sound. The emotionally charged guitar solos soar in full service to the songs, as if Ellis is living and breathing the sound rather than simply playing the notes. “The goal,” says Ellis, “was to make the guitar sing.”
Ellise – Chaotic LP (Hell Bent Heaven)
Ellise is a singer, songwriter, and producer based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Ellise grew up on her dad’s classic rock and her Iranian mom’s traditional Arabic music while her own taste skewed poppier, influenced by the sounds and sights of the Y2K era. After graduating high school early to pursue music full time, she moved to Los Angeles, where she spent several years honing her craft in the studio before beginning to work in earnest on her debut album, Chaotic, alongside regular collaborator Micah Gordon. Released on hot pink color vinyl.
Flying Lotus – Yasuke LP+MP3 (Warp)
Black vinyl pressing. Flying Lotus follows the release of his sweeping epic Flamagra and his Producer of the Year Grammy nomination for Thundercat’s It Is What It Is, with an expansive original soundtrack for Netflix’s new anime series, Yasuke. Lotus is the executive producer and composer of Yasuke, which retells the story of feudal Japan’s first African samurai who served with Oda Nobunaga. The series is directed by LeSean Thomas, stars Lakeith Stanfield and features Takeshi Koike as its lead designer. Lotus’ score for Yasuke is an unforgettable titan in his musical canon, drawing enhanced influence from prior instrumental and vocal works alike, while looking towards the future uncompromisingly. The music lies heavily steeped within the legacy of jazz and electronic instrumentation, with select feature appearances by longtime friends and collaborators: Thundercat, Denzel Curry and Niki Randa.
Fucked Up – Epics In Minutes [Reissue/2003] LP (Get Better)
Epics in Minutes is the definitive landmark of Fucked Up’s early days of releasing 7″ records and cassettes. Released only three years into their existence on CD only, it has been remastered and made available on vinyl for the first time. The songs here are the beginning of the long journey of Fucked Up’s larger than life catalogue with sounds ranging from blown out hardcore punk recorded on four track cassette, to the glorious interlocking guitar parts and narrative lyric writing that would set the tone for the rest of their musical career.
Fujiya & Miyagi – Lightbulbs [Reissue/2008] LP+MP3 (Impossible Objects)
Over the last two decades Brighton’s Fujiya & Miyagi has been steadily building a vast body of work that explores 1970’s Germany-tinged beats, whip smart electronica, intoxicating disco, shimmering pop and generally concocting an idiosyncratic blend of dance music that sounds utterly and uniquely their own.
Debbie Gibson – The Body Remembers 2xLP (Stargirl)
Limited gold color vinyl pressing. Debbie Gibson returns with her first pop album in 20 years, The Body Remembers. This 14-song collection is a well-rounded combination of dance/pop, pop/rock, and ballads including a reimagined version of her mega-hit “Lost In Your Eyes” with Joey McIntyre. Her musical contributors on this new release range from Grammy award winning DJ Tracy Young to Emmy Award winning composer/producer/Cinderella drummer Fred Coury, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba and, iconic mixers Josh Gudwin and Brian Malouf.
The Greeting Committee – Dandelion LP (Harvest)
Recently released on CD – now available on yellow color vinyl. The Greeting Committee’s “Can I Leave Me Too?” is a glimpse into the exploration of what happens when one stops living life and instead watches it happen to them as a bystander. With vulnerable personal accounts from lead vocalist Addison Sartino, members of The Greeting Committee will take you into their own sonically created reality with the help of producer Jenn Decilveo and mixer Dave Fridmann. Listen closely as the band takes you from grief to peace and every piece in between.
The Groundhogs – Roadhogs: Live From Richmond To Popcon 3xLP (Fire)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Like some lost treasure that Indiana Jones’ cooler roommate just happened upon, this triple vinyl release tracks the mighty Groundhogs on a 3941-mile journey from Richmond Athletic Ground to the Pocono Raceway track in the mountains of Pennsylvania. It takes them from blues revivalists to head-friendly prog icons and power rock innovators; bridging the gap between their first two bluesy albums and the nirvana and nadir of the band’s most lauded line up of Tony McPhee (guitar and vocals), Pete Cruikshank (bass) and Ken Pustelnik (drums) at their final show on that big American tour that broke up the original trio.
The Gun Club – Preaching The Blues 7×7” (The Flood Gallery)
The Gun Club could best described as tribal psychobilly blues. Active from 1979 to 1996, the post-punk band from Los Angeles was led by vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Jeffrey Lee Pierce. Collected here are six of the bands 7”singles remastered and reprinted with original artwork and an additional exclusive 7” featuring the ‘Miami Demos’ of “Cry To Me” and “Give Up The Sun”. The booklet features never-before-seen photographs, flyers and rare ephemera, alongside in-depth liner notes from acclaimed author Clinton Heylin, as well as reminisces and words from Thurston Moore, Henry Rollins, John Doe and more.
Nick Hakim and Roy Nathanson – Small Things LP (TMWRK)
Nick Hakim and Roy Nathanson deliver the new collaborative album Small Things. Executive-produced by Isaiah Barr of Onyx Collective, the album sees two artists who are staples in the Onyx Collective universe join forces. The creative process behind the record was an organic one: Hakim read some of Nathanson’s poetry which in turn inspired several chords that became the foundation of Small Things. Nathanson puts it best: “It seems we were lucky. Looks like we got ourselves on the moon the old-fashioned way.”
Wendell Harrison & Phillip Ranelin – A Message From The Tribe [Reissue/1972] LP (Now Again)
The Tribe founders’ collaborative debut remixed from the original multi-track master tapes under the direction of its creators and lacquered by Bernie Grundman. Phil Ranelin’s side has been pitch-corrected and restored to a suite, as was originally intended. Wendell Harrison’s side contains extended, full versions of two songs. The definitive reissue of this Spiritual Jazz masterpiece. Included in an extensive, oversized booklet, Larry Gabriel and Jeff Chairman Mao take us through the history of the Tribe, in a compelling story that delves not just into the history of the label and its principals, but into the story of Black American empowerment in the latter half of the 20th Century.
Paul Haslinger – Exit Ghost II LP (Artificial Instinct)
Paul Haslinger’s Exit Ghost II, the 2021 album from composer and former member of Tangerine Dream, is finally given a limited-edition vinyl release. Born out of an incessant need to escape the trauma that has gripped the world for the last year and coupled with an urge to complement the introspective and moody atmospherics of his last record, Exit Ghost II is the counter-element which closes the circle. In the tradition of minimalist masters Steve Reich and Philip Glass, Haslinger builds from pre-existing fragments of sound combining string loops with newly drawn up string parts.
Heart & Lung – Twistin’ The Knife Away LP (Red Scare)
“We heard about Heart & Lung because they’re deeply involved in their community and are the go-to band for punk shows in Cleveland. And with three singers, this band has as much harmony as they do good karma. Real sweethearts-but they can party too! Imagine the smooth melodies of the Smoking Popes blended with rowdy Midwest punk like Dillinger Four. Look, they have three singers, so they can kinda do what they want, ya know?”
Becky Hill – Only Honest On The Weekend LP (Interscope)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Only Honest On The Weekend is Becky Hill’s hotly anticipated debut album, featuring the hits “Better Off Without You” and “Heaven on my Mind” – plus the Summer anthem “Remember” with David Guetta and further tracks with S1mba, Ella Eyre, Topic, and 220 Kid. “Finally, I get to introduce you to my album, my first complete body of work that I’m so in love with, proud of and excited to be putting out,” says Becky. “With everything I’ve learnt in the music industry and in life, Only Honest On The Weekend reflects all that hard work, graft and growth.”
Justice – Viewpoints [Reissue/1998] 2xLP (Hydrogen Dukebox)
Since it first dropped in 1998, Viewpoints, the debut album by UK producer Justice, aka Tony Bowes, has been celebrated as one of the most influential albums by DJs and producers across the spectrum of electronic music. The 11-track album was the product of a fevered burst of creativity and experimentation that explored Justice’s many influences, resulting in the creation of unheard-before sonic hybrids.
Lemon Demon – View-Monster [Reissue/2008] 2xLP (Oglio/Needlejuice)
Double picture disc vinyl pressing in gatefold jacket. Lemon Demon’s 2008 album, View-Monster, is comprised of 16 melodic and whimsical cuts. This reissue includes eight bonus tracks.
Lil Lotus – ERRØR BØY LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Lil Lotus is the creative persona of L.A. based (Dallas, Texas born) singer/producer and multi-instrumentalist John “Elias” Villagran. As Lil Lotus, Villagran employs his seemingly limitless vocal range and draws from his vast array of influences in rock, pop-punk, and hip-hop to create genre-blending music. Lil Lotus’ sound has evolved pivoting decisively into a new lane that is opened in rock, and his new material is, by far, the strongest of his career. [A limited-edition indie store exclusive black & white color vinyl pressing is available.]
Little Hag – Leash LP (Bar/None)
Leash is the new album from Little Hag aka Avery Mandeville and her band of malcontents. Based in Asbury Park N.J. she is a songwriter of the highest order with punky vocal stylings that are not to be messed with. Leash is filled with songs that can tear your heart out but can also make you smile; the mark of a true rock star waiting in the wings for the world to catch up.
LP – Chuches 2xLP (Sota)
The lush and captivating Churches was executive produced by Mike Del Rio (Kylie Minogue, X Ambassadors, Skylar Grey). In addition to tracks produced by Del Rio, Churches includes production by Nate Campany (Tove Lo, K. Flay, Christina Aguillera) and Kyle Shearer (Becky G, Tove Lo, Carly Rae Jepsen) – collectively known as Valley Girl; Lars Stalfors (Health, Local Natives, Cold War Kids); two-time Grammy winner Dan Wilson (Adele, Pink, Leon Bridges, James Bay); Dan Nigro (Olivia Rodrigo, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sky Ferreira); and Isabella Machine Summers (Florence & The Machine).
Aimee Mann – Queens Of Summer Hotel LP (Super Ego)
The 2021 release from the the acclaimed singer/songwrite contains songs inspired by the book Girl Interrupted, written by Susannah Kaysen.
Dave Mason – Alone Together Again LP (BMG)
Color vinyl pressing. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of his classic first solo album, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dave Mason has reimagined that iconic release with Alone Together Again. The newly imagined album was produced by Dave; with him on guitar/vocals, Johnne Sambataro (guitar/background vocals), Alvino Bennett (drums), Tony Patler (keyboards, bass) along with special guests John McFee, Jason Roller, Jonathan McEuen, Gretchen Rhodes, Bill Reynolds, Jesse Siebenberg, Teddy Jack Russell and Billy Mason.
Jackie McLean – Destination… Out! [Reissue/1964] LP (Blue Note)
Limited 180gm vinyl pressing. The innovative hard bop of Jackie McLean evolved as the ’60s progressed. Inspired by Ornette Coleman, the saxophonist ventured into the avant-garde but never let go of a soulful sense of swing. Destination Out! was his masterwork of inside-out jazz with Grachan Moncur III on trombone, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Larry Ridley on bass and Roy Hayes on drums. Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes.
Charlie Mingus – The Jazz Experiments Of Charlie Mingus [Reissue/1956] LP (BMG)
This is a compilation of tracks originally released by Period Records as two 10” LPs entitled Jazzical Moods and co-credited to John LaPorta.
Nuclear Assault – Handle With Care [Reissue/1989] LP (Red Music Legacy)
Vinyl reissue of the is the third studio album by thrash metal band Nuclear Assault, originally released in 1989. [A limited-edition indie store exclusive color vinyl pressing is available.]
On The Might Of Princes – Where You Are & Where You Want To Be LP (Dead Broke)
Deluxe 20th Anniversary vinyl edition of a quintessential emo/punk album by Long Island’s On The Might of Princes. Includes six bonus tracks, three of which have never been released until now.
Todd Rundgren – The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect [Reissue/1982] LP (Friday Music)
180gm audiophile vinyl reissue. For his twelfth solo album The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and producer Todd Rundgren delivers nine solid performances which add up to form one of his most revered efforts of the ‘80s. As with many of his solo endeavors, Rundgren played all the instruments, sang and produced the album himself.
JP Saxe – Dangerous Levels Of Introspection LP (Arista)
Released last summer on CD – now available on vinyl. The new 13-track album from JP Saxe features the smash hit “If the World Was Ending” and previously released track “Line By Line” ft. Maren Morris. JP worked with several exciting people on this album including one of his musical heroes John Mayer. JP has been nominated for five JUNO awards (tied with Justin Bieber and Jessie Reyez for second most nominated artists this year) including Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Single of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and Fan Choice Award.
Spectacular Diagnosis – Ancient Methods LP (Rucksack)
Ancient Methods is an album by Chicago-based producer Spectacular Diagnostics. A big bang of beatmaking matter: from cut-up jazz keys to distorted sci-fi movie dialogues. And from echoes of traditional Bollywood chants to three features by Billy Woods, ELUCID & Nosaj who, in contrast, break down traditions to shape their own.
Trees Speak – Vertigo of Flaws: Emancipation of the Dissonance and Temperaments in Irrational Waveforms LP+7” (Soul Jazz)
Trees Speak’s new album is a vast leap into an ocean of space and sound, a quantum leap into cybernetics, biology, anti-gravity, time travel, dream speech and transfiguration. Alongside their now trademark German krautrock motoric-beat rhythms, angular New York post-punk attitude, tripped-out 60s spy soundtrack, psyche-rock, and 70s synthesizers and vocoders, you will also hear a new cosmic spacial awareness (both personal inner space and galactic outer space) and a truly willful pushing of sonic boundaries.
Stack Waddy – Stack Waddy [Reissue/1971] LP (Sundazed)
Limited white color vinyl pressing. Stack Waddy’s debut album is one of the “must hear” discs of the early 1970s, an uncompromising roar that might cavort through that shell-shocked no man’s land that sprawls between Captain Beefheart and the Edgar Broughton Band, but which winds up defiantly beholden to absolutely nothing else you’ve ever heard — one reason, perhaps, why the group vanished with so little trace.
SYML – Sacred Spaces LP (Nettwerk)
Gold color vinyl pressing. Brian Fennell is a self-taught producer, programmer and engineer as well as guitarist, percussionist and classically trained pianist with deep roots in the Pacific Northwest. Since SYML’s debut in 2016, Brian Fennell has risen to prominence with an acclaimed body of work celebrated for its honest songwriting exploring themes of longing and loss.
Thin Lizzy – Renegade [Reissue/1981] LP (Friday Music)
180gm audiophile vinyl reissue. Charged by the creative force of Phil Lynott, the legendary Irish hard-rock band Thin Lizzy combined working class romanticism and Irish folk law with piercing dual-guitar lines. Like artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, Lynott was a poet of the downtrodden who helped break down racial stereotypes in rock and became one of the most influential front men in hard rock and heavy metal.
Various Artists – Blade Runner Black Lotus LP (Def Jam)
A dynamic multi-genre soundtrack with global appeal that soundtracks each episode of the 13-part series. The album boasts tracks from Alessia Cara, 070 Shake, 6lack, Iann Dior, and more across a variety of genres. Part of the American neo-noir science fiction media franchise originating from the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? [A limited-edition green color vinyl pressing is also available.]
Raposa Velha – Raposa Velha [Reissue/1981] LP (Mad About Records)
Raposa Velha was a notable Bahian jazz group, which was part of the wave of great musicians and bands from Bahia during the 1980s, such as Sexteto do Beco, Saul Barbosa and Andréa Daltro. Thus, Raposa Velha released only this album, independently in 1981. Outlined between jazz-fusion and avant-garde jazz, this LP has become a very obscure piece within the Brazilian jazz universe.
The Waterboys – Room To Roam [Reissue/1990] 2xLP (Chrysalis)
Double 45rpm half-speed master. The Waterboys 1990 album Room To Roam was the band’s fifth album. It continued the folk-rock sound of 1988’s Fisherman’s Blues and would be the last of The Waterboys’ folk-rock sound until the release of Universal Hall in 2003. Fiddler Steve Wickham, who had been a large inspiration for the change to that sound for Fisherman’s Blues, left the band shortly before Room To Roam was released.
Weekend –La Varieté [Reissue/1982] LP (Lantern)
Formed by Alison Statton of much-loved Welsh avant- garde/indie pioneers the Young Marble Giants alongside guitarists Simon Booth and Spike, Weekend have been more than a cult band during their short career. La Varieté was their 1982 debut album a delicate collection of songs set against a jazz backdrop, switching across several musical settings including samba, cabaret, Afrobeat and truly original contemporary exotic pop.
Wet Tuna – Eau’d To A Fake Bookie 1 & 2 2xLP (Hive Mind)
Unique covers by Wet Tuna – a collaboration between Matt Valentine (MV) and Pat Gubler (PG Six). Deep-fried rural psychedelia, primitive drum-machine grooves and woozy country-funk – including unlikely covers of The Blackbyrds, Michael Hurley and Jimmy Cliff.
Winger – Winger [Reissue/1988] LP (Friday Music)
Limited 180gm green color vinyl pressing of the 1988 debut studio album by the American rock band. Includes bonus track.
The Wonderful World Of Louis Armstrong All Stars – A Gift To Pops LP (Verve)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Wonderful World Of Louis Armstrong All Stars is the cream of the crop of current New Orleans musicians, paying tribute to the musician who started it all in the Crescent City. Comprised of new arrangements and recordings of music associated with Louis by a rotating cast of key New Orleans players including guest features from Wynton Marsalis, Common, and more.
Xiu Xiu – Dear God, I Hate Myself [Reissue/2010] LP+7”+MP3 (Kill Rock Stars)
The two biggest constants throughout Xiu Xiu’s catalog are honesty and evolution. This remains true with Dear God, I Hate Myself as it delivers a look at responsibility, fear, healing, and societal roles wrapped in rich gothic pop music. The sound is still distinctly Xiu Xiu, but Jamie Stewart’s vocals are finally effortless paired with vibrant melodies full of subtlety and the distinct sonic accents expected of this anticipated Xiu Xiu release. The result is a record that proves that art can be pop and pop can challenge you to look inside yourself.
Yard Act – The Overload LP (Zen F.C.)
Yard Act formed in Leeds in September 2019 when Ryan Needham found himself temporarily living in James Smith’s spare bedroom. Settling into a system of programming, looping and layering, the alchemy between the two created a base from which to build their complex and ever expanding narrative world.
Boris – W (Sacred Bones)
In an effort to sublimate the negative energy surrounding everyone in 2020, legendary Japanese post-rock band Boris focused all of their energy creatively and turned out the most extreme album of their long and widely celebrated career, NO. The band self-released the album, desiring to get it out as quickly as possible but intentionally called the final track on the album “Interlude” with anticipation of a follow-up. The follow-up comes with W the band’s debut album for their new label Sacred Bones Records. The record opens with the same melody as “Interlude” in a piece titled “I want to go to the side where you can touch…” and in contrast to the extreme sounds found on NO, this new album whispers into the listener’s ear with a trembling hazy sound meant to awaken sensation.