CDs + Vinyl:
5 Seconds Of Summer – Youngblood CD/LP (Capitol)
On their third studio album Youngblood, Australian band 5 Seconds Of Summer (hailed as the “biggest new rock act in the world” by Rolling Stone) expands its musical parameters while retaining the hooks and trademark DNA that’s always been a massive part of the group’s appeal. Vocalist/guitarist Luke Hemmings explains, “Growing up is what we had to do on Youngblood. Seven years as a band may seem like a long time, but we were teenagers when we started. We had to look at each other and say, ‘Are we going to stop now, or do this forever? Because if we continue, then we have to go farther than we ever have before.’” On lead single “Want You Back”, Hemmings’ passionate yearning for lost love finds him breaking into a searing falsetto on the infectious chorus. The soaring production and upfront bass line, meanwhile, finds the band exploring grooves and emotions in fresh new ways.
Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra – Lageos CD/2xLP (Ninja Tune)
Producer Darren Cunningham aka Actress, joined by the London Contemporary Orchestra, premiere new material as well as expanded arrangements of their dark and brooding electronica. On this new collaboration, commissioned and curated by Boiler Room and the London Contemporary Orchestra with support from Arts Council England, the London Contemporary Orchestra bring a new dimension to Cunningham’s choice of sounds. With the producer in effect using them as a new instrument, matching his electronic loops with precise manipulation of their acoustic instruments, together they form a heightened kind of chamber music.
Christina Aguilera – Liberation CD (RCA)
The eighth studio album by pop/R&B vocalist and her first in six years. Liberation finds her having her way with R&B and hip-hop (Kanye West produced two tracks). The first single “Accelerate” features Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz. The album’s second single “Fall in Line” features Pop vocalist Demi Lovato.
The Allman Brother’s Band – Cream Of The Crop 2003 4xCD (Peach)
Four-disc collection features 36 tracks in all, culled from live performances recorded between July 25 and August 10, 2003 in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Darien Center, NY, Hartford, CT, Charlotte, NC, and Raleigh, NC. The 2003 lineup of the group included founding members Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, plus Warren Haynes, Marc Quiñones, Oteil Burbridge and Derek Trucks.
Ammar 808 – Maghreb United CD/LP (Glitterbeat)
Deep TR-808 bass meets pan-Maghreb beats, timeless voices, and futurist visions.
Marissa Anderson – Cloud Corner CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
On her Thrill Jockey debut, acclaimed guitarist Marisa Anderson’s music is boundless. Anderson is undeniably a master of the North American traditions of country, folk, and blues on guitar. On Cloud Corner, Anderson expands on those styles as well as instrumentation. Written and recorded in a period of political and personal upheaval, the album is intended as a refuge, an ode to stillness in an era of ceaseless noise. The results are an album of remarkably intimate beauty.
Apostille – Choose Life CD/LP (Upset The Rhythm)
Alongside running his own acclaimed DIY record label Night School Records, Glasgow native Michael Kasparis has spent the last few years making forays into the realm of hardcore punk with his groups Anxiety and The Lowest Form. Throughout all this, his solo electronic venture, Apostille has continued to evolve with each twist and turn of the world.
Arthur Buck – Arthur Buck CD/LP+MP3 (New West)
Sometimes the catalyst for creating great art is simply being in the right place at the right time. For Arthur Buck, the new collaboration between singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and guitarist Peter Buck, that place was Mexico, and that time was the fall of 2017. Specifically, a little town off the Baja coast named Todos Santos, with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the east and the bright blue Pacific stretching out infinitely to the west. It is here that Buck has, for the last several years, held the Todos Santos Music Festival, which he created with his wife in 2012, shortly after R.E.M. called it a day. Among the many artists who have played the festival is Arthur, who also happened to leave behind a guitar – a Dobro, specifically – after his last appearance there. And so last year he made the trek down to Todos Santos to pick up the instrument. Which is where he ran into Buck. That was the beginning of Arthur Buck. The creative result of this relationship is a vibrant 11-song collection that captures the spontaneity at the heart of the project – right down to the 1-2-3-4 count off from Buck that opens the record – with sounds and styles meshed together in an easy, almost playful manner.
ASG – Survive Sunrise CD/2xLP (Relapse)
North Carolina riff-rockers re-emerge with their sixth full-length and first new album in five years. Survive Sunrise further expands upon ASG’s trademark blend of heavy, southern-fried, alt-rock fury and infectious, hook-centric accessibility.
Derek Bailey & Company – Klinker 2xCD (Confront Recordings)
“In publishing the entire performance from start to finish, this release allows us to experience these much-missed artists at work with a degree of intimacy and familiarity absent from (for example) prestigious festival performances. Of course, any new addition to the Bailey discography is an exciting development, but I feel I must also mention just how well Will Gaines plays on this gig. For those who might be unsure why Derek was always so happy to play with Will, listen to how Will uses his strongly idiosyncratic technique with invention, flexibility and imperturbability in the Company context.” – Mark Fell
Jan Bang/Sidsel Endresen – Hum CD (Confront Recordings)
Electronics whizz, studio producer and Punkt co-director Jan Bang teams-up with vocalist Sidsel Endresen on Hum, an album released as part of Confront Recordings’ Core Series. Recorded live in Oslo in 2016, Hum focuses on atomized gestures quarried from mutant combinations of voice and corrupted circuitry. Personnel: Sidsel Endresen – voice; Jan Bang – sampler, Dictaphone. Composed by Sidsel Endresen and Jan Bang. Copyright control (TONO). Recorded by Asle Karstad at Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene, Oslo.
The Beat – Here We Go Love! CD/LP (Here We Go)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling return with their first studio album since 1982. Wakeling’s ability to create a nagging pop hook is undimmed, as too is his political edge. Blending wit and wisdom, and of course ska, punk, soul, reggae, pop and anything else that came to hand in the melting pot that was late ‘70s Birmingham, The English Beat were ahead of the time and creating a hybrid sound that came in part to define their times.
Big Blood – Operate Spaceship Earth Properly CD/LP (Feeding Tube)
With Operate Spaceship Earth Properly, Big Blood return to the vast universe of strangeness they explore inside their own skin. Now fully incorporating the vocals and guitar of their daughter Quinnisa (previously a “secret weapon” unveiled mostly at live shows, as the Dictators once did with Handsome Dick Manitoba), Big Blood sound nutsier and wilder than ever.
Black Rainbows – Supermotherfuzzalicious!! [Reissue/2011] CD (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Black Rainbows – Holy Moon [Reissue/2013] CDEP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Black Rainbows – Hawkdope [Reissue/2015] CD (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Black Rainbows’ sound has oozed between classic ’90s-style stoner fuzz and deep-cosmos psychedelia, drawing on the best of hard-driving space rock to conjure a vibe totally tripped-out and all its own. All include bonus tracks.
Carl Bley – Armadillo World Headquarters Austin Texas March 27 1978 CD (Hi Hat)
As a founder and leading light of the Jazz Composers’ Orchestra, as well as being a superb keyboardist, Carla Bley was at the cutting-edge of American jazz in the 1970s. Originally broadcast on WBUR 90.9 FM, this remarkable performance is a vital document of her band on its first North American tour and features renowned players such as Mike Mantler and Gary Windo. The entire broadcast is presented here, digitally remastered, together with background notes and images.
Gui Boratto – Pentagram CD/2xLP (Kompakt)
Gui Boratto’s breakthrough full-length debut Chromophobia was released in 2007. As to what its title suggests, he shook up the techno game with a contrast of lushly colored minimal grooves and melody. Four albums in and countless EPs and remixes under his belt, the Brazilian producer’s unique savoir-faire in carving out a functional album out of diversely routed singles and features is back at it on his fifth studio album, Pentagram.
Calpurnia – Scout CDEP/12” (Royal Mountain)
Calpurnia is a Vancouver, Canada-based quartet led by singer/guitarist Finn Wolfhard, best known for his breakout performances in Stranger Things and It, and also including lead guitarist Ayla Tesler-Mabe, bassist Jack Anderson and drummer Malcolm Craig. “It’s like a four-way Venn diagram,” Anderson says of the band’s coalescing musical tastes that seamlessly come together on their six-song debut EP, Scout, a giddy rock riot that sits comfortably at the intersection of classic rock, punk and angsty blues. It takes no more than 25 minutes, or roughly one spin though the EP to understand just exactly how well their sophisticated, diverse taste congeals into something so effortlessly powerful. From “Greyhound,” a slacker anthem recalling vintage Pavement to “Louie,” all Exile On Main Street-style country-blues slide guitar and choirboy harmonies, to the spaced-out closing opus “Waves,” Calpurnia’s songwriting craft belies not only their age but their experience as a collective unit.
Ben Caplan – Old Stock CD/LP (Rhyme & Reason)
Combining timeless melodies with a contemporary folk-rock twist, singer-songwriter Ben Caplan explores the immigrant experience with profound understanding and wry humor on his latest album, Old Stock. Adapted from the New York Times’ Critic’s Pick music-theater piece Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, the captivating, genre-warping concept album reflects on modern issues from immigration, loss, and darkness to love, sex, and God through his “darkly funny and moving” songs (The New Yorker). The sound is rooted in Caplan’s resonant baritone voice, at times sounding like a lamb’s wool blanket, and in another moment like a steel wool scouring pad. Caplan’s voice is supported with the sounds of piano, accordion, organ, clarinet, saxophone, violin, drums, and the occasional acoustic guitar.
Olivia Chaney – Shelter CD/LP (Nonesuch)
London-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney follows-up her 2015 Nonesuch debut, The Longest River, with Shelter. The album was produced by Thomas Bartlett (David Byrne, Nico Muhly, The Magnetic Fields, Sufjan Stevens, The National, St. Vincent, Father John Misty) and features eight original songs, along with Chaney’s interpretations of Purcell’s “O Solitude” and Frank Harford and Tex Ritter’s “Long Time Gone,” first recorded by the Everly Brothers. Chaney describes her time writing songs for Shelter: “I had been on the road a lot and was struggling with the grit and loneliness of urban life. I think I’d been questioning what home, belonging, a sense of purpose, and my own culture even meant. I’d been craving wilderness and a return to essentials for a long time. Then, while touring in the US, I realized the place I needed was already in my life. It was ancient, barely habitable, and remote. Thus, a crumbling 18th-century cottage in the austere but magical hills of the North Yorkshire Moors – a family retreat since my teens, with no electricity or plumbing, where the only water comes from a spring – became the home for my work on Shelter. We brought out an Arts and Crafts Bechstein piano and an old wood burner to the house; and as summer’s end turned to autumn’s shorter, colder days, the room with the upright and stove fueled my stay.”
Don Cherry – Home Boy, Sister Out [Reissue/1985] CD/LP (Wewantsounds)
A unique soundbite of Paris in the early ’80s at its coolest when funk, jazz, and new wave were mingling with sounds from Africa, Jamaica, and Latin America.
Chromeo – Head Over Heels CD/Cassette (Atlantic)
Chromeo is an electro-funk duo from Montreal, Quebec. Formed in 2002 by childhood friends Dave 1 and P-Thugg, the widely-renowned Funklordz grooved their way to fame after the release of their sophomore album Fancy Footwork, which was nominated for a JUNO in 2008. A decade later, the inseparable drops their fifth record, Head Over Heels. “It’s our most collaborative and funk-centric album to date,” explains Dave 1, born David Macklovitch, the singer and guitarist of the group. “It has the most muscular, concept-driven songwriting. At the same time, we hear other voices and other musicians. In a way, it’s doubling down on the funk thing but also expanding the collaboration thing.” The album’s collaborators include an eclectic mix of modern day pop artists as well as some admired stars from the era of 1970s funk, including: Jesse Johnson, guitarist of The Time, as well as Pino Palladino, who has offered bass duties for artists such as D’Angelo, John Mayer, Elton John, and the Who. Modern day stars who appear on the album include D.R.A.M., French Montana, and the-Dream.
Gene Clark – Gene Clark Sings For You CD/2xLP (Omnivore)
Gene Clark’s musical legacy is most certainly assured as a singer, songwriter and member of some exclusive company as an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a founder of The Byrds, and collaborator in groups such as Dillard & Clark, Gene Clark and the Gosdin Brothers, McGuinn Clark & Hillman and later as the duet partner of Carla Olson (The Textones). As well documented as Clark’s career has been, there have been remarkable discoveries over the years, but now the holy grail of Clark’s post-Byrds career sees the light of day with this archival collection, Gene Clark Sings For You. Since word first spread in the 1980s about the discovery of these 1967 recordings on a rare acetate in Liberty Records’ vaults, fans have come to regard Gene Clark Sings For You as nothing less than the Holy Grail of the singer/songwriter’s extraordinary body of work. In addition to the eight tracks from the Gene Clark Sings For You acetate, recorded in 1967 after he famously left The Byrds, the set includes five previously unknown tracks from a further 1967 acetate given to the band, The Rose Garden, for recording consideration. This new compilation also includes a previously unissued demo rescued from a tape in the collection of John Noreen, member of The Rose Garden.
Brent Cowles – How To Be Okay Alone CD (Dine Alone)
In the midst of intense change and a series of hardships, Brent Cowles went through a period of self-examination that resulted in his solo debut How To Be Okay Alone – a raucous yet reflective 10-song collection that deals with love, loneliness and community. [Vinyl edition due July 6.]
Culture Abuse – Bay Dream CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Carlos de la Garza (Paramore, Jimmy Eat World, M83), Bay Dream follows Culture Abuse’s 2016 debut Peach and elevates the band’s melody-heavy garage punk to new levels, while drawing inspiration from artists as eclectic as Sly and the Family Stone, Paul Simon, and reggae legend Billy Boyo. [Limited edition yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]
The Cure – Mixed Up [Reissue/1990] CD/3xCD/2xLP (Elektra)
The Cure – Torn Down 2xLP (Elektra)
Digitally remastered single disc and expanded three CD editions. Triple-CD includes additional remixes circa 1982-90 as well as Torn Down which is comprised of16 new remixes by Robert Smith. [Stand-alone vinyl edition of Torn Down is also available.]
Rhodri Davies/David Sylvian/Mark Wastell – There Is No Love CD (Confront Recordings)
Additional contribution from Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixer) recorded by Steve Bates and David Sylvian, Montreal. Tubular bell and concert bass drum recorded by Matthew Sansom, Surrey University, 2006. Original text by Bernard Marie Koltès. Compositional structure by Mark Wastell. Mixed and mastered by Rupert Clervaux. Personnel: Rhodri Davies — lap harp, table harp, vibraphone, radio; David Sylvian — voice, vocal treatments, electronics; Mark Wastell — tam tam, cracked ride cymbal, chimes, Indian temple bells, singing bowls, metal chain, tubular bell, concert bass drum. Voice recorded by David Sylvian, Los Angeles, USA. Instrumental parts recorded by Rupert Clervaux at Studio 3, London.
Dead Girls Academy – Alchemy CD/LP (Victory)
Los Angeles, CA dark rockers Dead Girls Academy is the new band from Vampires Everywhere’s Michael Orlando. Signed to Victory Records, their debut Alchemy was written and produced by Ronnie Radke (Falling In Reverse) and mixed by Elvis Baskette (Slash, Sevendust, Trivium). Orlando explains, “Split personalities, fake friends, hangers-on, social-climbing and attention-hunting whores are all ingredients I wanted to exploit with this project.” Emotionally driven pop/punk single “I’ll Find A Way” is about conquering your inner demons. Recommended for fans of Falling In Reverse, Black Veil Brides, Bring Me The Horizon, and Motionless In White.
DJ Richard – Dies Iræ Xerox CD/2xLP (Dial)
With the chaos of the Berlin club scene an increasingly distant memory, DJ Richard’s sophomore album is enriched with a contemplative, brittle tone, equally informed by film soundtracks and literature as the pulse of city living. On Dies Iræ Xerox, the artist finds the space to write “the records I really want to play”, and each suggests a template for genuine dancefloor transcendence.
Eartheater – Irisiri CD/LP (Pan)
Eartheater (aka Queens based artist Alexandra Drewchin) distills foley-filled digital production, a three-octave vocal range, and classical composition into works suspended between obsessively detailed sonic tapestries and almost recklessly romantic and gestural electronica. Modular synth staccato plucks hammer out in arrhythmic spirals over a carefully muzzled grid of pumping kicks — unleashed in unpredictable disruptions. Technoid stabs mingle with crushed black metal.
Eligh – Last House On The Block CD/LP (Eligh Music)
Eligh, one of the founding members of the Living Legends crew, returns with his first official solo record since 2010’s Grey Crow. During the eight-year gap he has put out three collaborative albums as well as a triple-disc album with his Living Legends counterpart, The Grouch. On Last House On The Block, Eligh taps into some sounds and textures from his past and sat behind the boards for the majority of the album. He also tapped contributions from The Grouch, Zion I, Reverie, Evidence, R.A. The Rugged Man, and more.
Emanative – Earth CD/2xLP (Jazzman)
Orbiting somewhere between the interplanetary funk of Sun Ra and the cinematic experimentation of Floating Points lies the new album from spiritually awakened Brit-jazz collective Emanative.
Fantastic Negrito – Please Don’t Be Dead CD/LP (Cooking Vinyl)
There is desperation and urgency in Fantastic Negrito’s new album Please Don’t Be Dead. The record sees the Devil around the corner, and each song is a plea to make you aware of what’s waiting for you. The artist is screaming at you because he knows what comes next. The album art features a real-life photograph of Fantastic Negrito (real name Xavier Dphrepaulezz) waking up from a three-week coma. His body is shattered, his eyes are staring past you. They’re staring at the darkness that awaits. But with his new album we hear the voice of an artist who put that darkness in the rearview. Now he’s asking America to do the same. Like Negrito in that photograph, our country is driving off a cliff. We’re letting our worst inclinations lead us: hate, division, greed, superficiality. It is going to be a fight to pull ourselves from this toxic mire, and this album is a roadmap by an artist who survived the same journey…battered, scarred, but determined to wake us all up. Please Don’t Be Dead is a man standing over something wounded. Something he cares about. He’s looking around, and he’s saying: “do something.”
Fink, Marcher & Gleaves – Shout & Shine CD (Community Music)
Grammy winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer join forces with Appalachian artist Sam Gleaves in a roots music hoot & holler celebrating diversity, moonshine, mentors, trad sounds and contemporary issues.
John Foxx – Metamatic [Reissue/1980] 3xCD (Metamatic)
Expanded Deluxe edition of the former Ultravox singer’s debut solo album. Includes the 2014 remastered version of the album, sourced from analogue tapes, as well as every B-side, outtake and unreleased track from the era.
Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound Sessions CD (SideOneDummy)
The Gaslight Anthem celebrates 10 years of their seminal album, The ’59 Sound, with this collection of rare, unreleased, and alternate takes recorded during the album’s sessions. [Vinyl edition due July 13.]
Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive And Well CD/2xLP+MP3 (RCA)
The first album in three years from the blues legend. Features guest appearances from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck and James Bay.
Hatchie – Sugar & Spice CD/LP (Double Double Whammy)
Hatchie is the world of Harriette Pilbeam. To hear her music is to step inside her mind; a dreamy landscape where cascading synths, jangling guitars, propulsive rhythms and white noise undulate beneath undeniable and irresistible pop melodies. Rather than focusing on the external world of her daily life in Brisbane, Pilbeam instead turns her gaze inwards, making a soundtrack out of her daydreams, setting her emotional life to song. [LP pressed on one-sided vinyl with a B-side etching.]
Here Lies Man – You Will Know Nothing CD/LP (Riding Easy)
The L.A. band comprised of Antibalas members follow their auspicious debut. You Will Know Nothing expands upon the band’s exploration of heavy riff-based rock and psych within the ancient rhythmic formula of the clave.
Jackson Sisters – Jackson Sisters [Reissue/1976] CD/LP (Mondo)
CD and vinyl reissue of an album considered by many to be a genuine ‘holy grail’ of soul and funk. Features “Miracles” as sampled by Public Enemy, Basement Jaxx, Arrested Development and many more. Originally from Compton, Los Angeles, the Jackson Sisters were one-hit wonders who briefly shone and made some noise in the early 1970s before quickly fading into obscurity.
Andy Jenkins – Sweet Bunch CD/LP (Spacebomb)
“For many years Richmond-based Andy Jenkins toiled behind the scenes of Spacebomb, the powerhouse indie folk studio and label that has helped launch Matthew E. White, Bedouine, and Natalie Prass among others. Now Jenkins shares his own homespun melodies. [Title track] ‘Sweet Bunch’ was produced by Spacebomb founder Matthew E. White; its intermittent sing-talking and indie twang somewhat resemble a stripped-down Beck.” – Stereogum
Wilko Johnson – Blow Your Mind CD (Chess)
Wilko’s first album of new material in 30 + years was recorded at Rockfield Studios, where Wilko and the Feelgoods famously parted company back in ’77. Guests include Mick Talbot on keyboards and Steve Weston on harmonica, both of whom were featured on Wilko’s last recorded with Roger Daltrey. [Vinyl edition due July 20.]
Konrad Kraft – Antarctica [Reissue/1987] CD/LP (Tal)
Pioneering production from the Düsseldorf mid- ’80s electronic underground world, transferred for the first ever time from the original cassette to vinyl and CD. Konrad Kraft (Detlef Funder) is one of the still overlooked producers of Düsseldorf’s fertile electronic music scene.
Lizzy Borden – My Midnight Things CD (Metal Blade)
Lizzy Borden, one of theatrical rock’s top front-men, issues his first album in 11 years. [Vinyl edition due June 29th.]
The Love Unlimited Orchestra – The 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979) 2xCD/3xLP (Mercury)
Love Unlimited – The UNI, MCA And 20th Century Records Singles 1972-1975 CD/2xLP (Mercury)
The Love Unlimited Orchestra can be seen as the bold gesture of Barry White’s grand vision of love. The Orchestra’s singles between 1973 and 1979 are a joyous complement to White’s work as a solo artist, and as the producer behind Love Unlimited. Featuring all 14 of Love Unlimited Orchestra’s US 7” singles released between 1973-1979, as well as the 12” single disco versions of a further 7 tracks, The 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979) is the first compilation to pull together all the group’s A- and B-sides. The UNI, MCA And 20th Century Records Singles 1972-1975 features all 10 of Love Unlimited’s US 7” singles released between 1972-1975.
Lunatic Soul – Under The Fragmented Sky CD/LP (Kscope)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. Following on from 2017’s Fractured, which covered content about grieving, hope and a fractured society, companion release Under the Fragmented Sky rebuilds Lunatic Soul as we know it, with dark and haunting atmospheres coming to the forefront, taking its name from the lyrics of the 12-minute epic “A Thousand Shards of Heaven” from Fractured. [Limited 180gm colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Madball – For The Cause CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Madball’s ninth album – a signature collection of lionhearted, groove-laden, street-level New York hardcore.
Mad Caddies – Punk Rocksteady CD (Fat Wreck Chords)
Over the past 20 years, the Mad Caddies have made music that slipped between genre lines, and with Punk Rocksteady, they offer up a record of punk covers that shows the band is more than capable of taking all that piss and vinegar and turning it into something beautiful. [Vinyl edition due July 13.]
Mansun – Attack Of The Grey Lanten [Reissue/1997] CD/2xLP (Kscope)
Mansun is regarded as one of the most innovative British bands of the late 1990s and released three classic albums – Attack Of The Grey Lantern (1997), Six (1998), Little Kix (2000), a retrospective compilation, Kleptomania, and a popular series of EPs during its existence. The Kscope label has acquired the band’s impressive catalogue and are creating a deluxe reissue series that delves into a treasure trove of previously unreleased audio and visual material. [Limited purple colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Johnny Marr – Call The Comet CD (New Voodoo)
Recorded with his band in Manchester at Johnny Marr’s Crazy Face studios, Call The Comet is the third solo record from the Smiths guitarist and follows 2013’s critically acclaimed The Messenger and 2014’s Playland. “Call The Comet is set in the not-too-distant future” says Marr, “and is mostly concerned with the idea of an alternative society. It’s my own magic realism.” [Vinyl edition due July 6.]
Mayday Parade – Sunnyland CD/LP (Rise)
Sixth full-length effort from the Tallahassee, FL-based emo pop/rock outfit. [Limited bone colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Buck Meek – Buck Meek CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Keeled Scales)
Buck Meek’s songs are for the lost dogs of honest mechanics, good guys and girls born into a life of crime, runaways, snow spirits, the ghosts of Central Park, unsung diving-board stars, the affection shared through gambling, and so on. Bred in Texas, more bread in New York City, Meek spins outlaw ballads and quotidian fairy tales into a yarn, with Adam Brisbin on guitar (Jolie Holland, Sam Evian, Katie Von Schleicher), Mt. Davidson on bass (Twain, The Low Anthem, Spirit Family Reunion), and Austin Vaughn on drums (Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple, Sam Evian).
Melodies Echo Chamber – Bon Voyage CD/LP (Fat Possum)
Made up of seven expansive tracks, Melody’s Echo Chamber’s second album marries Melody Prochet’s breathless soprano to the wildest sonic excursions, always pinned to an emphatic, clattering groove as she delivers her fables of spiritual search and emotional healing in multiple tongues (French, English and Swedish). Bon Voyage is a collaborative record between Prochet and Dungen’s Reine Fiske and The Amazing’s Fredrik Swahn with Melody sculpting and producing the sessions as well as encouraging the players around her to experiment, often with instruments that might be less familiar to them. It also features special guests Gustav Esjtes and Johan Holmegaard (both from Dungen) and Nicholas Allbrook (Pond). The album arrives more than five years after Melody’s Echo Chamber’s debut, and it is the soundtrack to a trip back from the brink, the sound of spiritual renewal, and a pilgrimage to the sonic outer limits.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – While We’re At It CD/LP (Big Rig)
Boston’s ambassadors of ska return with their tenth album of unique brass-infused punk rock. While We’re At It is the final part of a musical trilogy that began with Pin Points And Gin Joints in 2009 followed by The Magic Of Youth in 2011.
Jason Charles Miller – In The Wasteland CD (Century Media)
11 tracks that blur the line between Southern rock, classic country, and the outlaw attitude.
MOURN – Sorpresa Familia CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
Catalonian quartet MOURN stormed onto the scene with their 2014 self-titled debut – a work of angular indie rock and pointed lyricism delivered with confidence well beyond their teenage years. Chock full of tension and pent up frustration, their new third album, Sorpresa Familia, feels tonally right at home within MOURN’s catalog. But it also feels distinctly separate – more refined, more intentional. Railing against greedy businesses, exploitation, fake friends, dishonest figures of authority, and ever complicated global politics, it’s an album of decidedly higher stakes than their past outputs, delivered with the newfound poetic grace of a band rising up out of the ashes of those who stood in their way.
Mystic Bowie – Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads CD (BFD)
Reggae artist Mystic Bowie (real name Fitzroy Campbell) releases his debut album which features classic Talking Heads songs, and more, reggae-style. As a former member of the Tom Tom Club, a band that included former Talking Heads founders Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, Mystic Bowie infuses fresh life into Talking Heads’ classic catalog with his high octane mix of roots reggae, ska and lover’s rock. The Talking Dreads album features a lineup of legendary reggae figures including singer Freddie McGregor; ska guitar master Ernest Ranglin (Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Monty Alexander); Soul Train Award nominated Tarrus Riley (“Start Anew,” “Good Girl Gone Bad”); and saxophone great Dean Fraser. The album also features drummer Kirk Bennett and Lincoln Thomas, McGregor’s longtime guitarist. Cindy Wilson of the B-52s special guests on a duet with Mystic for “Heaven.” [Vinyl edition due June 29.]
nobigdyl. – SOLAR. CD (Capitol)
Debut album from the Christian rapper with a distinctive flow that’s laid-back but committed. With 12 tracks and several guest features from artists such as WHATUPRG, John Givez, and Sarah Juers, SOLAR is an introspective dialogue that attempts to navigate the challenging obstacles of pursuing healthy relationships; both with others and with the world.
Onyx Collective – Lower East Suite: Part Three CD/LP (Big Dada)
New York City’s Onyx Collective present their debut studio album. The record features de-facto band leader Isaiah Barr on alto and tenor saxophone, Austin Williamson on drums, Walter Stinson on upright bass, Spencer Murphy on bass, and Roy Nathanson as guest saxophone on four tracks. Whereas previous Onyx Collective projects capture NYC’s more romantic facets, Lower East Suite Part Three has a much more ominous sound, reflective of the dissonance that accompanies life in the city.
Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back CD/LP (Candlelight)
Orange Goblin – Frequencies From Planet Ten [Reissue/1997] CD (Rise)
Orange Goblin – Thieving From The House Of God [Reissue/2003] CD (Rise)
Diehard exponents of the noble art of heavy metal since 1995, the London-based quartet have spent the last two decades steadily but surely establishing themselves as one of the UK’s most loved and respected bands. Emerging from the stoner rock explosion of the mid ‘90s, the group led the way for that scene on British shores, kicking off with classic debut album Frequencies From Planet Ten in 1997 and continuing with a steady stream of critically acclaimed albums that boldly and gleefully blurred the lines between stoner, doom, black, crust and southern rock, while always fervently saluting the old school heavy metal flag and the sacred Sabbathian code. The Wolf Bites Back is a flat-out triumph for a band that refuses to deviate from their stated mission of bring joyous, blood ‘n’ thunder metal to the masses. [Limited edition translucent blue colored vinyl pressing of The Wolf Bites Back also available.]
John Parish – Bird Dog Dante CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
The twice Ensor nominated composer and Mercury Prize winning producer delivers a new collection of songs which includes a duet with his longtime musical partner, PJ Harvey. Parish records songs as they come to him, often with the intent of just capturing the idea. “Like all of my records, Bird Dog Dante was recorded all over the place in odd situations, because I’ll have an idea somewhere and want to record it, then I actually end up liking the sound of that specific recording and want to incorporate it,” says Parish. While a few of the tracks began with the band in Toybox in Bristol, often they were then deconstructed in Parish’s home studio. John’s producer’s ear can focus on a small detail that captures his imagination, which then becomes the foundation to build the song around.
William Parker – Voices Fall From The Sky 3xCD (Aum Fidelity)
Currently deep into his fifth exceptionally active decade as an essential jazz artist, William Parker needs no introduction. However, one of the intrinsic aspects of his oeuvre that bears repeated mention is the vast range thereof. From era-defining statements of free music to soul-jazz organ quartet; from his seamless incorporation of indigenous folk forms to his exhilarating work for jazz orchestra; from the joyous accessibility of his Quartet to his nuanced scoring for dance and film. A treasure box abounding with gems, Voices Fall From The Sky is an expansive triple-CD box set comprising three distinct and complementary albums whose focus is on the voice: the singers, 17 of whom are featured herein, and the songs, all composed (and produced) by William Parker.
Petal – Magic Gone CD/LP (Run For Cover)
Pennsylvania’s Petal release Magic Gone, a 10-song declaration of personal liberation and a look into the mind and soul of singer/songwriter Kiley Lotz. “Magic Gone is the physical and sonic representation of me fighting for my right not only to survive but live all while coming to terms with encroaching adulthood,” says Lotz. “I was a closeted queer person struggling with chronic mental health disorders; terrified that if I tried to deal with these two major issues in my life I would lose everyone and everything I loved. Coming out was the beginning of a long and continuing process of self-actualization, of taking a hard look at myself and the problems I had and how I could fix them. This record is the result of being the most honest I have ever been in my life, and the constant battle of overcoming the thought that, ‘maybe if I were just someone else completely, everything would be better.’ Magic Gone is about letting go of the anger induced by all the paranoia, anxiety, guilt and pain, and embracing the magic of your own endurance and hoping for the best.”
Prefuse 73 – Sacrifices CD (Lex)
Following his detour into fractured, kaleidoscopic hip-hop with Fudge, electronic music pioneer Prefuse 73 has become progressively interested in injecting a sense of space into his characteristically complex productions. The resultant 17-track collection, Sacrifices, is akin to watching an old photograph deteriorate in one’s hands, as otherwise dense beats disintegrate into airy expanses of emotionally resonant electronics. Its effect is not unlike attempting to recall a murky memory of a dream of Guillermo Scott Herren’s earliest works, imbibed with an increased interest in the subtlety of contemporary minimalism. [Vinyl edition due July 6.]
Billy Price – Reckoning CD (VizzTone Music Group)
Acclaimed soul singer Billy Price teamed with award-winning guitarist and producer Kid Andersen to create Reckoning, Prices first solo studio recording in five years. For the sessions at Andersens Greaseland studio in San José, California. they brought together an all-star collection of West Coast musicians and singers to back Prices vocals. The album features Price originals along with songs previously recorded by such artists as Bobby Bland, Otis Redding, J.J. Cale, and Swamp Dogg.
Protomartyr – Consolation CDEP/12”+MP3 (Domino)
An EP of brand new material recorded in collaboration with Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Mike Montgomery (R. Ring, Ampline), Consolation’s four songs capture the breadth of mood and stylistic variety of a full-length Protomartyr album: from the short sharp shock of the opener “Wait”, through the mutant pop of “Same Face In A Different Mirror”, the epic “Wheel of Fortune”, to the beautiful closer “You Always Win”. [Limited yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]
R+R=Now – Collagically Speaking CD (Blue Note)
R+R=Now is a collective of like-minded boundary-breakers featuring Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin and Justin Tyson. The R+R in the band’s name stands for Reflect+Respond and was inspired by Nina Simone who said an artist’s duty is to reflect the times. With Collagically Speaking, the band presents an urgent musical hybrid that is distinctly of the now. [Vinyl edition due July 20.]
Rebelution – Free Rein CD/LP (Easy Star)
While still rooted in the Jamaican inspiration that Rebelution’s songs and sounds have always paid homage to, Rebelution’s sixth studio album Free Rein takes experimental leaps and new adventures too. The musicians collaborated with Jamaican artists on three of the twelve new tracks: Don Corleon (Sean Paul, Rihanna) produced “Rise On Top”, a pointed reflection on celebrity and ambition; and Winta James, producer for Damian Marley and Chronixx, worked with the band on “Settle Down Easy” and “City Life,” two songs that reflect a more confessional perspective. Opener “Celebrate” nods to the classic Rebelution sound. It has special meaning for the band too. In their long months on the road they’ve met fans with health struggles who’ve said that their music has helped them get through tough times. “Patience”, a reggae-R&B hybrid, is another hymn to human connection, a haunting message from the well of romantic love. Other tracks take a wider perspective including the uptempo “City Life” which speaks on the solitude and beauty of mother nature while “Take On Anything” notes that being different is actually a beautiful thing.
Steve Reich – Drumming [Reissue/1971] 2xCD (Superior Viaduct)
Steve Reich’s Drumming is regarded as one of the most important musical works of the last century. Distilled through his studies of African percussion in Ghana during 1970 and Balinese gamelan music, Reich revolutionized our understanding of polyrhythms, sculpting a new sonic territory to illuminate the radical potential of minimalism. Divided into four sections, performed without pause, Drumming is written for eight small tuned drums, three marimbas, three glockenspiels, piccolo and voice. [Vinyl edition due July 6.]
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Hope Downs CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
It’s rare that a band’s debut album sounds as confident and self-assured as Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s Hope Downs. To say that the first full-length from the Melbourne quintet improves on their buzz-building EPs from the last few years would be an understatement: the promise those early releases hinted at is fully realized here, with ten songs of urgent, passionate guitar pop that elicit warm memories of bands past, from the Go-Betweens’ jangle to the charmingly lo-fi trappings of New Zealand’s Flying Nun label. But don’t mistake Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever for nostalgists: Hope Downs is the sound of a band finding its own collective voice. The album is as much about the people that populate the world around us – their stories, perspectives, and hopes in the face of disillusionment – as it is about the state of things at large. It’s a record that focuses on finding the bright spots at a time when cynicism all too often feels like the natural state. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are here to remind us to keep our feet on the ground – and Hope Downs is as delicious a taste of terra firma as you’re going to get from a rock band right now.
The Rose Garden – A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection CD (Omnivore)
Expanded for the very first time, The Rose Garden’s sole eponymous album gets the deep-dive examination it deserves with A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection. Beyond the original album’s twelve tracks released in 1967, this newly restored and remastered CD adds 14 previously unissued tracks. They include five live tracks recorded in August of 1967 at Chaminade High School in Canoga Park plus studio outtakes, acetate tracks, and a special rehearsal. This collection is released at the same time as Gene Clark Sings For You, which serves as a companion piece (Clark was involved with The Rose Garden after leaving The Byrds and furnished them with an acetate of songs to choose from for their self-titled album).
Sango – In The Comfort Of CD/2xLP (Last Gang)
“Sango makes beats. At least, that’s how he sees it. The rest of us know the truth: the 26-year-old Seattle DJ/producer conducts symphonies. And not just in the way he conjures a singularly fluid sound out of all manner of ancient rhythms, worldly strains, and progressive notions – from heady jazz to heartfelt gospel, jittery club music to combustible baile funk, uncanny future-bass to mellow trap-soul.”
Sepultura – Arise [Reissue/1991] 2xCD/2xLP (Atlantic)
Newly remastered reissue of the fourth studio album by the Brazilian heavy metal band. The double-CD edition includes the original album along with 28 bonus tracks; the double-vinyl LP version includes the original album plus ten bonus tracks.
Mike Shinoda – Post Traumatic CD (WB)
In the months since the passing of Linkin Park vocalist and bandmate Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda has immersed himself in art as a way of processing his grief. With no agenda, Shinoda hunkered down alone in his Los Angeles home and began writing, recording, and painting. In January, he released a teaser EP consisting of three deeply personal songs – each one a powerful, stream-of-consciousness expression of unvarnished grief – accompanied by homemade visuals that Shinoda filmed, painted and edited himself. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with New York Times stating, “The tracks are reverberant electronic dirges; the rhymes, heading into sung choruses, testify to bewilderment, mourning, resentment, self-pity and questions about what to do.” Following the EP release, Shinoda continued to create, and the result is a transparent and intensely personal album that, despite its title, isn’t entirely about grief, though it does start there. [Vinyl edition due August 10.]
Slaughter & The Dogs – The Slaughterhouse Tapes CD/LP (Cleopatra)
A compilation of rare tracks from one of the UK’s most legendary punk acts. [Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Soundtrack – Uncle Drew CD (RCA)
Features tracks by G-Eazy, Yo Gotti, YBN Nahmir, A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, London On Da Track, Khalid, A$AP Ferg, Tone Stith, 2 Chainz, GoldLink, Logic, French Montana, Remy Ma, Wiz Khalifa, Leikeli47, Grace and others.
Spock’s Beard – Noise Floor CD (Inside Out U.S.)
13th studio album from the progressive rock band.
Stuart A. Staples – Arrhythmia CD/LP+MP3 (City Slang)
Staples first solo album in thirteen years, Arrhythmia is immersive and experimental, both recognizably the work of the Tindersticks frontman and simultaneously a stand-alone, unique piece of work. It is a provocative album where electronic experimentations and rare multi-instrumentations interweave, wrapping themselves around unconventional but utterly spellbinding song structures Written when he describes as a lost year, Arrhythmia began on Christmas day 2016 when he was drawn to the studio to record the beginnings of “A New Real”, the album’s hypnotic opener of glitchy electronic loops with a sly nod to disco. The second track, “Memories Of Love”, is indicative of Arrhythmia’s time-less experimentation and musical exploration.
State Champs – Living Proof CD/LP (Pure Noise)
Third album from the NY-based pop-punks.
Syclops – Pink Eye CD/2×12” (Running Back)
Written and produced by Maurice Fulton. “An Original Dr. Scratch Mix'” Published by Buttrubb Music. Players: Karo Brandi, leader of all of what you see, plus all of the artwork; Hanna Sarkari, all guitars; Mim Suleiman, all drums and percussion; Maurice Fulton, all keyboards, bass, and drum programming. Recorded and mixed at BubbleTease Communications Sheffield UK.
Talos – Wild Alee CD (BMG Rights Management)
Blending elements of electronic pop and soulful R&B with hypnotizing synthscapes and haunting vocals, each track on Talos’ 2017 album, Wild Alee, offers its own vivid sense of space, conjuring up an immersive journey that blurs the lines between dreaming and waking, between reality and fantasy, between the ordinary and the extraordinary. This expanded version includes a new four-track bonus EP Then There Was War. [Vinyl edition due June 29.]
Tangents – New Bodies CD/LP (Temporary Residence)
New Bodies continues Tangents’ rummage through countless varieties of electronics, rock, dub, noise, and free improv jazz that defines the group’s acclaimed aesthetic. The spacious dub of a plucked cello gives way to a minimalist breakbeat tableau resting over rhythmic prepared piano; a staid electronic groove is gradually absorbed into washes of frenzied improv; staccato synths are woven into tumbling avant-rock; and shimmering free drums phase over static loops of piano, guitar and cello. To quote FACT Magazine, “The quintet are so comfortable working with jazz, folk music, post-rock and electronic music that it comfortably hangs in a space between them all.”
The Thing – Again CD/LP (The Thing/Trost)
“If you count The Thing’s collaborations with Joe McPhee, James Blood Ulmer, Ken Vandermark, Neneh Cherry, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore and DKV Trio too, Again is their 20th album (including the compilation Now and Forever and the split album The Music of Norman Howard with School Days, another Gustafsson project). Literally speaking, The Thing have done it again. After 17 years in the same line-up (Mats Gustafsson on saxes, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on acoustic and electric bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums) you might think that the band’s music has become predictable, that their mélange of free jazz, blues, rock and noise is actually a cul-de-sac because the musical options are exhausted. However, it isn’t.” – The Free Jazz Collective
Julie Tippetts/Mark Wastell – Unravelling The Waterfall CD (Confront Recordings)
Strikingly sparse and meditative percussive duo from esteemed vocalist Julie Tippetts and Mark Wastell. Both equipped with a wealth of percussion but perfectly restrained, the pair are near-still, bright and clear at first, until the surface of their glistening sound begins to prickle and rush with an unseen current. Tippett’s voice effortlessly matches the bellows of the Wastell’s shruti box, and its gentle drone highlights her natural vocal warmth. Intimate, explorative and intuitive, each note struck or sung is turned over gently, explored, and put back down to rest — like a rare find in a rock pool.
Hugh Tracey – Listen All Around: The Golden Age Of Central And East African Music 2xCD (Dust-To-Digital)
Legendary ethnomusicologist and field-recording pioneer Hugh Tracey founded the International Library of African Music (ILAM) in 1954. Today, ILAM preserves thousands of historical recordings and has become the greatest repository of African music in the world. Dust-To-Digital partner with ILAM to present Listen All Around: The Golden Age of Central and East African Music — a compilation of newly-transferred and remastered recordings that Hugh Tracey made between 1950-1958. The recordings presented here were made in central and eastern Africa — specifically, the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), Kenya, Tanganyika, and Zanzibar (now Tanzania).
Mika Vainio – Lydspor One & Two CD/LP (Moog Recordings Library)
Mika Vainio visited the Moog Sound-Lab in April 2015. He made one his last known solo studio recordings in the form of two vinyl-sized, side-long pieces entitled Lydspor, Danish for “soundtrack”. Mika worked almost exclusively with the lab’s Moog Modular System 55. This UK sound-lab instrument is the sole prototype model (containing several golden filters) of Moog’s sold-out reverse-engineered edition (only 55 units) recreating the 1970s classic. On completion of his sessions Mika announced: “I could work with this machine for the rest of my life… I would need nothing else.” A second Moog session was planned but tragically Mika died in an accident in April 2017, shortly after he had approved the vinyl mastering.
Various Artists – Chébran- Volume 2: French Boogie CD/2xLP (Born Bad)
The French in the ’80s were not faint-hearted: as some threw themselves heart and soul into music or business, others wouldn’t mind going bottomless to get themselves noticed. While Bernard Tapie soon realized his own fortune was rather to be found in business, many music-loving dreamers already imagined themselves in the sun, in an enchanting world made of funky rhythms and synthesizers. Features Phil Barney, JM Black, Ettika, Sammy Massamba, Shams Dinn, Alfio Scandurra,Philippe Chany, Nordine Staiffi, Brigitte Et Michot, Alec Mansion, Marie Jose Fa, Hamidou, Ganawa, Creole Star, Manu, Ethnie, and Joel Ferrati.
Various Artists – Interferencias Vol. 2: Spanish Synth Wave 1980-1989 CD/2xLP (Munster)
In the early ’80s, futuristic music existed that triumphantly anticipated another musical era for a number of groups that worked on alternative circuits in Spain. Tradition, trajectory and future: these three words sum up a movement that was castrated at birth and sought to bring plurality and nuance to a monolithic cultural scene that was too predictable, commercial and stale. The musical texture of synth pop, experimental electronic music, and the incipient primitivist industrial sound of groups like Esplendor Geométrico or Orfeón Gagarin came up against a lack of social participation that supports a popular and broad-based culture. Both volumes of Interferencias seek to do their bit in the odyssey to disseminate rarities from the Spanish musical heritage dating from the ’80s, when the dictatorship was over.
Various Artists – King Size Dub Special: Dubmatix CD (Echo Beach)
Canada: this is where the genre’s busiest, most talented and possibly cleverest producer hails from: Dubmatix. Not only a studio virtuoso, but also an incredibly profound artist and perfectionist whose sure-fire instinct for the ultimate groove productions defines the current state of the art in the genre. Heavy bass for heavy dancing. Features Tenor Fly, Linval Thompson, Tippa Irie, Cornell Campbell, U Roy, S’Kaya, Horace Andy, Ranking Joe, Mykal Rose, Kulcha Ites, Eek-A-Mouse, Earl 16, and Micah Shemiah.
Various Artists – Remembering Joseph Hill CD (VPAL)
Remembering Joseph Hill is a tribute album to the influential lead singer of Culture – 40 years after the group created a stir with the song “Two Sevens Clash”. Featured artists include Queen Ifrica, Buju Banton, Etana, Richie Spice, Marcia Griffiths, Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Duane Stephenson and more.
Various Artists – Tribute: Delmark’s 65th Anniversary CD (Delmark)
Delmark’s current roster of artists pay tribute to founder Bob Koester and the blues artists that he recorded for the label in the 1960s & ‘70s. Jimmy Johnson & Dave Specter pay tribute to Magic Sam, Omar Coleman to Junior Wells, Lil’ Ed to J. B. Hutto, Corey Dennison to Sleepy John Estes, Jimmy Burns to Big Joe Williams, and Ken Saydak to Roosevelt Sykes. Lurrie Bell & The Bell Dynasty pay tribute to their dad Carey Bell. Linsey Alexander & Billy Flynn pay tribute to Jimmy Dawkins.
Leon Vynehall – Nothing Is Still CD/LP+MP3 (Ninja Tune)
Leon Vynehall’s debut sees him digging deeper into the family history that has always inspired his most iconic tracks, whilst returning to his own musical roots. Nothing Still is defiantly atmospheric and textural and finds him harnessing his passion for early contemporary minimalist composers such as Gavin Bryars as well as records like Philip Glass’ Koyaanisqatsi and Terry Riley’s A Rainbow In Curved Air. [Deluxe vinyl edition includes a novella and poster.]
Waak Waak Djungi – Waak Waak Ga Min Min CD/LP (Efficient Space)
Little-heard recordings of three Yolngu songmen from Northeast Arnhem Land — Bobby Bunnungurr, Jimmy Djamunba, and Peter Milaynga (d. 2007) — working in collaboration with Victorian musician Peter Mumme.
Tom Waits – Bastards CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Tom Waits – Brawlers CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Tom Waits – Bawlers CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Previously released in 2006 as a triple-CD/seven-LP set entitled Orphans: Bastards, Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, each volume of that collection has been remastered and is now available separately. Taken as a whole, the collection of 56 songs went far beyond a simple career retrospective. It dipped back as far as 1984 with the bulk of its songs hailing from the mid-nineties onward. Over 2/3 of the material had never been heard when originally released in 2006 and had 30 newly recorded songs.
Buster Williams – Audacity CD/2xLP (Smoke Sessions)
New album from intrepid bassist Buster Williams. Whether supplying eminently tasteful but strong-as-steel backing for singers like Nancy Wilson and Sarah Vaughan or venturing into uncharted new territory as a member of Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking Mwandishi band, Williams’ playing has always evidenced that fearless willingness to leap without hesitation into the unknown. With his new recording, Audacity, Williams marks another chapter in that ongoing history. Audacity finds Williams stepping into the studio as a leader for the first time since 2004’s Griot Liberte, leading his long-running all-star quartet Something More with saxophonist Steve Wilson, pianist George Colligan and drummer Lenny White.
Yuno – Moodie CDEP/12”+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
Sub Pop found Yuno via Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces and Digable Planets fame, who’s on the A&R staff for the label. He stumbled upon Yuno on Soundcloud and kept a close eye on him. Similar to Butler, Yuno is encouraged by the genre-bending age of melody we’re living through, citing Lil Uzi Vert and Young Thug as sources of influence. The multiple flavors of sound also reflect the breadth of feeling that he’s chasing in the writing. “With such soothing reverb and balmy guitars, ‘Why For’—the first single from producer/songwriter Yuno’s debut EP, Moodie—seems to flirt with chillwave. But unlike Small Black or Washed Out, Yuno’s honeyed delivery has a neurotic edge that is refreshingly unchill. ‘It’s been a year/I’m still stuck in this hole,’ he sings, his voice melting like surf wax in the sun. ‘It’s not your fault you found another home.’ With a backbone of pop-metal guitars and dream pop drums, Yuno’s wide and weird influences on “Why For” range from skate video soundtracks and Weezer’s radio-friendly harmonies to left-field hip-hop like Digable Planets and Shabazz Palaces.” – Pitchfork
Frank Zappa – Live In Sweden 1967 CD (Keyhole)
Live at the Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden on September 30th, 1967. In the last week of September 1967, Frank Zappa and the Mothers played a week of shows in Europe. This remarkable performance, broadcast from the Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden on national FM radio, features favorites such as “It Can’t Happen Here” from Freak Out! (1966), “Big Leg Emma” (which had recently appeared as a 45 in Sweden), and an epic rendition of “King Kong” (in its first known live recording), as well as a couple of Elvis classics.
DVDs + Blu-ray:
Grace Jones – Bloodlight & Bami DVD/Blu-ray (Umbrella Entertainment)
A journey through the performance, private and public worlds of a pop cultural icon. Larger than life, fierce and androgynous – Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we discover her as lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask. Australian/Region Free pressing.
Norah Jones – Live At Ronnie Scott’s DVD/Blu-ray (Eagle Vision)
Norah Jones plays an exclusive sold-out show at the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London accompanied on stage by drummer Brian Blade and bassist Chris Thomas to form a classic jazz trio.
The Neal Morse Band – The Similitude of a Dream Live In Tilburg 2017 2xDVD+2xCD/Blu-ray (Metal Blade)
The Neal Morse Band’s triumphant double-album, The Similitude of A Dream, is the most acclaimed release that Morse has helmed to date. The 2017 tour was their largest, and at the O13 in Tilburg, Holland, the stars aligned for the most commanding performance of the run, captured for live release.
Sleaford Mods – Bunch Of Kunst: A Film About Sleaford Mods by Christine Franz DVD+CD (F&F Production)
“Excellent documentary portrait of the band who are the voice of zero-hours Britain. We know about British bands making it big in their 20s – but what about in their 40s? Christine Franz’s excellent documentary about Sleaford Mods shows us three middle-aged men whose dedication, creativity, productivity and relative lack of success helped them keep it real until they blew up – as they say – in the last few years. Refreshingly, even gloriously, they’ve got the maturity and sense of humor to get a handle on it all.” – The Guardian
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
Joshua Abrams – Excavations I LP (Feeding Tube)
“The Chicago-based string genius Joshua Abrams first talked to us about the idea of this album a while back. It took a couple of years to get together, but in a way, it’s cool that it’s being released in 2018 — the 50th anniversary of the recording of the first free bass solo LP, Barre Phillips’ Journal Violone. Abrams’ work here is about pushing against accepted precepts of melody and rhythm, freeing the bass from its accepted role, and allowing it to scream for real.” — Byron Coley
Acid Mothers Temple & Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – Hallelujah Mystic Garden Part One LP (Important)
Two long sides of blissed-out, super tight Acid Mothers Temple jams that somehow stretch into the future while staying strongly rooted in the group’s celebrated psychedelic history.
Bernard Allison – Let It Go LP (Ruf)
Released in February on CD – now available on vinyl. Let It Go was recorded at Bessie Blue Studio, Stantonville, Tennessee, with legendary music producer Jim Gaines. Recalls Bernard, “we made the decision to not flood the CD with keyboards or horns, to go back to the true basic rhythm section sound – and to show more mature songwriting.”
Oren Ambarchi/Kassel Jaeger/James Rushford – Face Time LP (Black Truffle)
The second release from the trio of Oren Ambarchi, Kassel Jaeger, and James Rushford, following on from their 2016 debut Pale Calling. Recorded at the GRM studios in Paris in June 2017, the record immediately returns to the idiosyncratic sound-world of the trio’s first release, a simmering stew of electronic smears, pitched-down animal moans, and mysteriously emotive microtonal organ chords.
Brendon Anderegg – June LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
The music of Brendon Anderegg is a hall of mirrors, multilayered and self-obscuring. Largely filtered through Mountains, his pioneering electronic project with Koen Holtkamp, Anderegg emerged as a solo artist in the late ‘90s. He returns now with June, a vinyl-exclusive release. The music on June is a complex network of layers, paradoxically a calm and soothing listen. Collapsing history into its own contemporary sonic movements, Andregg’s methodically created work falls in the lineage of electronic pioneers like Bernard Parmegiani, early ambient projects like Tangerine Dream, Popul Vuh, and Cluster, and puts his solo work in the realm of new age figures like Michael Stearns and JD Emmanuel.
Aquabats – The Fury Of The Aquabats [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Kings Road)
Limited red vinyl colored vinyl LP pressing, expanded with four additional tracks and an etching on the D-side. One-part punk, one-part ska, one-part Devo.
Tim Armstrong – A Poet’s Life LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
First-time vinyl edition. Tim Armstrong, guitarist and frontman of Rancid, took a different path on his 2007 solo debut, A Poet’s Life. With able backing from L.A. reggae revivalists the Aggrolites, Armstrong crafted a grooving, fun-filled modern reggae album, influenced by ska, rock steady, roots reggae, and dancehall and filtered through a modern pop-punk attitude.
At The Gates – Slaughter Of The Soul [Reissue/1995] LP (Earache)
Originally issued in 1995, Swedish death metal dealers At The Gates’ Slaughter Of The Soul is universally regarded as one of the most important and influential metal albums of all time ranking aside landmark efforts by the likes of Metallica, Slayer and Iron Maiden. Limited red colored pressing.
Daniel Avery – Projector 12” (Phantasy/Mute)
Leaning further towards the rhythmic and propulsive intent behind his recent, marathon DJ sets, Avery’s new EP serves to delve further still into his unfolding, ever-deepening sound. Expanding on the delicate core ideas at the center of his creative ethos, Projector invites listeners on a further excursion of transient, psychedelic bliss.
Bad Religion – No Substance [Reissue/1998] LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Remastered vinyl reissue. Seen as a return to form for the band after the transitional The Gray Race, No Substance offers up tight and heady punk which touches on societal ills and world politics and still remains catchy as hell.
BELP – Hippopotamus LP (SVS)
Born in Munich, Sebastian Schnitzenbaumer, aka BELP, partially grew up on the Seychelles Islands off the coast of East Africa. Blending jazz, dub, and noise, an emphasis on darkness in his broken beat-oriented works evolved as a reaction to a rather hedonistic society preferring warm and uplifting sounds.
Big Black – Headache [Reissue/1987] 12”+MP3 (Touch & Go)
Originally released in 1987, this 4-song EP is the fourth Big Black vinyl title to be remastered by Steve Albini and Bob Weston. We liked to think we were ahead of our time,” says Albini. “Now that time has caught up with us – well, this isn’t such a swell place, and having gotten here first doesn’t make it any nicer.”
Blue Heaven – Volume One LP (No Sleep)
Limited edition colored vinyl pressing. Growing is a running theme for Blue Heaven. Not only is it the powerful first single from the debut LP Volume One, it also represents a state of mind for the indie rock quartet hailing from Maryland. Volume One is a 12-track journey through frontman Levi Miller’s mind as he deals with heartache, regret, and passion.
Blue Öyster Cult – Fire Of Unknown Origin [Reissue/1981] LP (Culture Factory)
Limited translucent blue vinyl LP pressing. The album, which included the Top 40 hit “Burnin’ for You” represented a resurgence of the group’s commercial standing after two albums with disappointing sales.
Bolt Thrower – Realm Of Chaos [Reissue/1989] LP+MP3 (Earache)
Originally released in 1989, Bolt Thrower’s Realm Of Chaos immediately took up residency as a death metal/grind masterpiece, mixing an incredibly heavy sound with war-based themes and imagery that the band still employ to this day. Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.
Peter Brötzmann Octet – Machine Gun [Reissue/1968] LP (Cien Fuegos)
Peter Brötzmann Octet – Machine Gun – Alternate Takes [Reissue/1968] LP (Cien Fuegos)
Vinyl reissue of of the most important albums of European free jazz along with a version of alternate takes.
Donald Byrd – Byrd In Hand [Reissue/1959] LP (Jeanne Dielman)
Recorded in 1959 at the legendary Van Gelder Studios in Hackensack, New Jersey, Byrd In Hand is considered one of Donald Byrd’s finest LPs. The then 27-year-old trumpeter had many LPs under his belt already, but this was his second on Blue Note, where he would stay for decades and release the best music of his career. Byrd had a fruitful run in the late ’50s with the great baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams and here they are joined by long-time Thelonious Monk Quartet tenor-man Charlie Rouse, and a great rhythm section. After a rousing take on Sinatra’s “Witchcraft” the record features three strong Byrd originals and two compositions from the group’s pianist, Walter Davis, Jr. A hard bop classic from one of the strongest players of the era.
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Kings: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP (Milan)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. In recent years Cave and Ellis have become a force to be reckoned with in the world of soundtracks, thanks to their impressive work on films like Hell Or High Water, Wind River, and the National Geographic series Mars. Cave and Ellis pull from their rich history in the music world to deliver an unexpected score that immediately transports the listener to the hot, angry streets of Los Angeles in the summer of 1992.
Johnny Clarke – Don’t Stay Out late [Reissue/1977] LP (Kingston Sounds)
Kingston Sounds present a reissue of Johnny Clarke’s Don’t Stay Out Late, originally released in 1977. Johnny Clarke stands tall as one of the great vocalists that ruled the Jamaican reggae scene from the mid- ‘70s to the early ‘80s dancehall period.
Clem Beatz – Wabi Sabi LP (Diggers Factory)
New album from the French beatmaker and musician. From the oriental exotic vibes of “Wabi Sabi” to the hazy and soulful Afro vibe of “Hymne”, he shows there is plenty of variety in his sonic repertoire with the smooth R&B vibe of “Out Your Mind” featuring the spectacular rhyming of Mr J Medeiros. Evidence of his influential trip to Asia is evident on the ethereal and seductive closer “Arashiyama” featuring other worldly vocals, pan-pipes and evocative string arrangements over his incredibly crafted beats. Limited edition white colored vinyl pressing.
The Ornette Coleman Quartet – This Is Our Music [Reissue/1961] LP (Jeanne Dielman)
The fifth album from the brilliant free-jazz saxophonist, Ornette Coleman, was released in 1961, a mere three years after his first title as a leader. Coleman burst on the scene with his fiery playing and strong compositional statements. This Is Our Music is a brilliant statement of purpose, a youthful declaration of power and innovation, and one of the cornerstones of early American free-jazz.
Alice Cooper – Trash [Reissue/1989] LP (Friday Music)
Limited 180gm red colored vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve. His first hit album in years, Trash yielded the signature singles “Poison” and “Bed of Nails”, and includes guest performances from Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Steve Lukather.
Buck Curran – Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas LP (ESP-Disk’)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Side A, all solo acoustic instrumentals, seems to have fallen out of a wormhole emanating from Takoma Records in the 1970s. There’s some of that on Side B as well, but there are also vocals and other instruments, sometimes overdubbed, and the dedication of “Taurus” to Peter Green, guitarist extraordinaire of the original lineup of Fleetwood Mac (when they were a blues band), hinting at the breadth of Curran’s influences.
Karen Dalton – The Karen Dalton Archives Box 3xLP+4xCD+DVD (Megaphone UK)
Includes for the first-time ever on vinyl: the 1962 double live album Cotton Eyed Joe remastered (on two LPs) and the 1963 home recordings album Green Rocky Road, also remastered. The set includes three CDs of the same material along with a disc of unreleased home recordings, a 52-page book with scans of Karen Dalton Personal Archives (writings, photographs, memos) disclosed here for the first time, and a double-sided DVD (NTSC and PAL formats) of a film interview of Greenwich Village Folklore Center founder (1957-1973) Izzy Young.
Def Leppard – Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980-1995) [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (Mercury)
Vinyl reissue of Def Leppard’s first greatest hits album.
Don Broco – Technology LP (Sharptone)
Released in February on CD – now available on vinyl. The English band’s sophomore album filters their charismatic ‘80s pop-inflected rock seamlessly, almost restlessly, through metal, funk and electronics.
Disciples – Almighty Dub b/w Zion Rock Dub 10” (Mania Dub)
Produced in 1988 by The Disciples, “Almighty Dub” is one of the most distinctive instrumental dubs produced in that era. The Disciples were formed in 1986 by brothers Russ and Lol. They were given the name by Jah Shaka, after producing exclusively for him.
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things 1 2xLP (Lakeshore)
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things 2 2xLP (Lakeshore)
Limited double interdimensional blue colored vinyl LP pressings.
Driftmachine – Shunter LP (Umor Rex)
The new album by the Berlin-based duo features their trademark kosmische and avant-garde sounds and presents a new journey into abstract and hallucinatory worlds. Filled with eerie textures, their electronic visions are darker and more vaporous than ever.
Dusk – Dusk LP (Don Giovanni)
New album from the Appleton, WI rock & roll ensemble, informed by soul music, country, jazz, and beyond.
Eric’s Trip – Forever Again [Reissue/1994] LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Eric’s Trip – Purple Blue [Reissue/1995] LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Hailing from Moncton, New Brunswick, indie rockers Eric’s Trip formed in 1990 when musicians Rick White and Christopher Thompson of The Forest joined Julie Doiron and Ed Vaughan (who was later replaced by Mark Gaudet of Purple Knight). The first Canadian band signed to Sub Pop Records, White described their sound as “sappy melodic pop music on top of thick distortion.” Their second and third albums are back in-print on vinyl.
Serge Gainsbourg – Théâtre Des Capucines 1963 [Reissue/2001] LP (Jeanne Dielman)
Vinyl reissue of one of the earliest live documents of the legendary French singer. Recorded in a brilliant small group setting, featuring only the instrumentation of the fantastic Hungarian guitarist Elek Bacsik and French journeyman bassist, Michel Gaudry, this is Gainsbourg at his cool and minimalist best.
Garotas Suecas – Futuro Do Pretérito LP (Vampisoul)
On their third album, Futuro Do Pretérito, Garotas Suecas begin a new phase as a four-piece where the four musicians also share the lead vocals: Irina Bertolucci (vocals, keyboards), Tomaz Paoliello (vocals, guitar), Fernando Perdido (vocals, bass), and Nico Paoliello (vocals, drums). The album deals with a wide range of issues, from thorny political matters to sentimental troubles and even tropical fruits.
Hawkwind – Victim Of Sonic Attack! – London, December 30th,1972 2xLP (Cleopatra)
Double vinyl LP pressing in a gatefold jacket with full-color inner sleeves and a commemorative silkscreen 12″x12″ flat (hand-numbered for authenticity) all housed in a special linen bag. A limited edition pressing of Hawkwind’s complete legendary 1972 London concert.
Igorrr – Savage Sinusoid LP (Metal Blade)
Electronic manipulations, accordion, saxophone, sitar, harpsichord, mandolin and strings sit comfortably alongside ruthless blastbeats, chunky riffs, death grunts and soaring operatic vocals. Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.
Inchindown – Inchindown LP (Blank Editions)
A powerfully mournful and beautifully stark work, the soundtrack to walking through a storm of ash only to realize that the city is on fire whilst viewing this incredible spectacle from afar.
Mat Kearney – Crazytalk LP (Tomorrow Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. On his fifth album, Crazytalk, Mat Kearney mixes his most timeless songwriting to date with a wide, genre-bending set of interests. There are organic instruments, electronic samples, chill house grooves, tropical sounds, and collaborations with DJs like AFSHeeN, Filous, and RAC all glued together by an emphasis on ageless hooks and thought-provoking lyrics. The result is one of the most adventurous, nuanced albums of his acclaimed career, filled with EDM drops one minute and acoustic guitars the next. It’s a sound that nods to Kearney’s history as a melody-driven songwriter, even as it pushes him into new territory.
The Killers – Career Box 10xLP (Island)
Vegas rockers The Killers’ nearly 15 year-long discography is celebrated in one place with this seven-volume, ten 180gm disc box set complete with a slip mat featuring the “K” from the band’s logo and inspired by the vintage lights of the Las Vegas Strip. This career retrospective marks the first time that all seven of the band’s albums have been collected in one complete box set including: Hot Fuss (2004), Sam’s Town (2006), Sawdust (2007), Day & Age (2008), Battle Born (2012) and Wonderful Wonderful (2017), plus Live From The Royal Albert Hall (2009) which makes its vinyl debut.
King Coya – Tierra De King Coya LP (ZZK)
“Gaby Kerpel has spent nearly two decades pushing traditional music forms from South American toward electronic music, recontextualizing styles like Colombian cumbia and Andean huayno with inventive club rhythms. It makes sense that the Argentine musician, who makes club work under the name King Coya, was embraced by the electro-cumbia adherents behind Buenos Aires’s ZZK label. Unlike many of his labelmates, Kerpel has steadfastly retained the sound of traditional music in his creations, making prominent use of sweet-toned native string instruments like the charango and ronroco as well as plaintive wooden flutes such as the tarka. At the same time, his deft production skills extend beyond the beats of South America to include heavy infusions of Jamaican dancehall and Angolan kuduro.” – The Chicago Reader
King Diamond – The Dark Sides [Reissue/1988] LP (Metal Blade)
King Diamond – Conspiracy [Reissue/1989] LP (Metal Blade)
King Diamond – The Eye [Reissue/1990] LP (Metal Blade)
Three picture disc vinyl reissues from the Danish heavy metal band’s back catalog.
The Legendary Tigerman – Misfit LP (Munster)
The Legendary Tigerman is all about roots, the essence of things, always keeping it real, gritty and true. From 2001 to 2006 he recorded three records that established him as one of Europe’s best kept secrets, playing festivals from Japan to Brazil. Touring extensively across Europe, Brazil, Mexico, or China, The Legendary Tigerman took on the rock & roll ride full on, no more a one-man-band, now touring as an amazingly powerful trio with drums and baritone sax. The story of The Legendary Tigerman’s awaited sixth album, Misfit, starts with a road movie, How To Become Nothing, a three-head project by Paulo Furtado, Rita Lino, and Pedro Maia. In May 2016, the trio landed in LAX to film a psychedelic adventure in the form of a road movie between Los Angeles and Death Valley, about the philosophically disturbed journey of a man searching to become nothing.
Nick Lowe – Tokyo Bay/Crying Inside 2×7” (Yep Roc)
Nick Lowe is back and has re-discovered his rockin’ side on his first new release in half a decade. Tokyo Bay/Crying Inside is a four song EP featuring two Nick originals, the ship-rockin’ “Tokyo Bay” and introspective “Crying Inside”, plus covers of the Bee Gees’ “Heartbreaker” and Cliff Richard’s “Travellin’ Light”. Nick’s recent tour mates, Los Straitjackets, are his backing band on this record, contributing to the sounds of Nick rocking his hardest in decades.
Thurston Moore – MX Liberty b/w Panik 7”+MP3 (Blank Editions)
Limited edition 7” with A4 xerox insert and download code. Risograoph printed 170gsm card covers, 25mm MX Liberty pin badge.
Muslimgauze – Maroon  LP (Staalplaat)
First-time vinyl pressing. Separated from both its reputation and its sleeve art, the music of Muslimgauze explores the relationship of visual sensations – space, color, depth, illusion – to the listening experience. The music on 1995’s Maroon is dub-like inspired techno music, laidback with voices appearing randomly in the mix. The thick drums and rich found sounds that densely populate the soundscapes on Maroon give materiality to the warm presence of the synth washes.
Nevermore – Enemies Of Reality [Reissue/2003] LP+CD (Century Media)
Nevermore – The Godless Endeavor [Reissue/2005] 2xLP+CD (Century Media)
180gm vinyl reissues of the fifth and sixth studio albums by Seattle-based progressive metal band. Limited silver colored pressing of The Godless Endeavor also available.
Nilüfer Yanya – Do You Like Pain? 12” (ATO)
Nilufer Yanya, London’s 22 year-old effortlessly smooth new soul star, releases a new EP Do You Like Pain?. It features “Baby Luv” (number 18 in Pitchfork’s 100 Best Songs of 2017) – and its psychedelic remix by ALASKALASKA plus current jazz pop cut “Thanks 4 Nothing” and the Jazzi Bobbi Remix. “Thanks 4 Nothing” details the darker thoughts surrounding a break up, a poignant look at a crumbling relationship that can’t be fixed.
Palberta – Roach Goin’ Down LP (Wharf Cat)
Roach Goin’ Down’s twenty-two tracks combine Palberta’s signature frenetic instrumentation with a thoroughly developed pop sensibility that fans merely glimpsed on previous releases. A brilliantly constructed work of beauty and bile.
Charlemagne Palestine – Aa Sschmmettrroossppecctivve LP (audioMER.)
Composer, musician, visual artist, and performer, Charlemagne Palestine is a legendary figure in the New York underground scene. At the piano or on his electronic oscillators, this outsider of skillful music experiments with the principles of resonance and repetition in a quest for the “golden sound”: the ultimate harmonic vibration. Published on the occasion of Charlemagne’s Aa Sschmmettrroossppecctivve exhibition, audioMER. present historical piano recordings dating from circa 1974.
Paul Panhuysen – Long String Installations 3xLP (Edition Telemark)
After two LPs in 2014 and 2017, Edition Telemark now turns to the group of works that is probably the most well-known within the vast oeuvre of Dutch sound and visual artist Paul Panhuysen (1934-2015): his long string installations. Unlike other artists working with long strings around the same time, e.g. Ellen Fullman and Terry Fox, Panhuysen’s strings were instruments or performative material only secondarily. Rather, his installations can be considered sculptural and sounding events in space, operating in between two lines of tradition, constructivism and situationism, that are evident also in many other parts of his oeuvre.
Papa Lord God – The Sheik Of Downfall Creek LP (Feeding Tube)
“Debut LP by Brisbane’s brilliant Greg Hilleard, who we first heard when he was part of the incredible Lost Domain. The Sheik is a solo album that makes us think of a summit between the Gibson Bros and Parachute-era Eugene Chadbourne (or something equally far-fetched). Pretty amazing by any yardstick.” – Byron Coley
Pennywise – Never Gonna Die LP (Epitaph)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Never Gonna Die is the twelfth full-length effort from Pennywise and the legendary Southern California punk institution’s first of new songs with singer Jim Lindberg, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, drummer Byron McMackin, and bassist Randy Bradbury in over a decade.
The Rolling Stones – Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016 20xLP+MP3 (UMe)
Limited individually numbered vinyl box set containing 15 albums across 20 vinyl LPs. Every album has been painstakingly remastered and cut at revelatory half-speed at Abbey Road Studios, from vinyl specific original tape transfers designed to get the very best possibly sound from the format. Includes the albums Sticky Fingers (1971), Exile On Main Street (1972), It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (1974), Black And Blue (1976), Some Girls (1978), Emotional Rescue (1980), Tattoo You (1981), Undercover (1983), Dirty Work (1986), Steel Wheels (1989), Voodoo Lounge (1994), Bridges To Babylon (1997), A Bigger Bang (2005) and Blue & Lonesome (2016).
Sir Rosevelt – Sir Rosevelt LP+MP3 (Elektra)
Released last year on CD – now available on vinyl. Sir Rosevelt sees Zac Brown, Niko Moon and Ben Simonetti uniting to create a thoroughly original new sound marrying pop, dance, acoustic instrumentation, and a distinctive Southern sensibility.
Slayer – Repentless [Reissue/2015] 6×6.66” (Nuclear Blast)
Celebrate the International Day Of Slayer with this limited six-disc (each 6.66”) gold vinyl box set version of the legendary California thrash metal band’s 2015 album.
Soundtrack – Napoleon Dynamite [Reissue/2015] 2xLP (Lakeshore)
Laden with sound bites of inimitable movie dialogue and pieces of John Swihart’s score, this album also offers the movie’s smart choice of pop tunes.
The Space Lady – The Space Lady’s Greatest Hits LP (Mississippi)
The Space Lady began her odyssey on the streets of San Francisco in the late ‘70s, playing versions of contemporary pop music an accordion and dressed flamboyantly, transmitting messages of peace and harmony. Following the theft of her accordion, The Space Lady invested in a then-new Casio keyboard, birthing an otherworldly new dimension to popular song that has captured the imaginations of the underground and its lead exponents ever since, with the likes of John Maus, Erol Alkan and Kutmah being devotees.
Spacemen 3 – For All The F**ked-Up Children Of The World We Give You The Spacemen 3 [Reissue/1995] LP (Superior Viaduct)
In 1984, Spacemen 3 made their first-ever recording session and sold a few cassettes at now-legendary, incendiary gigs. Growing out of the dual guitar attack of Jason Pierce and Pete Kember, the band’s three-piece line up with Natty Brooker on drums offered a liturgical take on ’60s psychedelia, bare-knuckle blues and stunning feedback. For All The F**ked-Up Children remains the perfect introduction to Spacemen 3. Not only do these demos reveal the auspicious beginnings of two teenagers born on the same day in Rugby, England, but also compelling clues that point toward the exploration and eventual refining of their signature sound.
Spotlights – Hanging By Faith 12” (Ipecac)
The Brooklyn-based trio who released their Ipecac debut, Seismic, late last year, return with a five-song EP featuring remixes from Void Manes and ISIS/Palms’ Aaron Harris.
¡Súbelo Cuba! – Havana Cultura: ¡Súbelo, Cuba! LP (Brownswood)
This new project, led by Gilles Peterson and rum maker Havana Club, shines a light on Cuba’s fast-mutating, rhythmically-adventurous underground. It’s a scene where old ideas are transplanted into new contexts, and like-minded scenes are brought together in new dialogues. Havana Cultura: ¡Súbelo, Cuba! Showcases an extended network of like-minded, forward-thinking musicians driving Cuba’s music forward. Following repeated trips to connect with venues, collectives and DJs, Peterson and Will LV – one half of LV, who’ve released on Hyperdub and Keysound amongst others – linked up with DJ Jigüe, a much-respected producer and DJ, whose Guampara label has charted new directions for Cuban music. It was recorded across two weeks in Havana in early 2018. It features leading musicians on the scene: Yissy García, Yasek Manzano, Negro WadPro, Kamerum, and Sigrid. The album speaks to the unique circumstances shaping music-making in Cuba, combining traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms with influences ranging from hip-hop, to kuduro, UK funky and the Caribbean’s ubiquitous dembow beat.
Matthew Sweet – Tomorrow’s Daughter LP (MRI)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Seasoned singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Matthew Sweet is currently in the midst of a personal musical renaissance that’s seen him produce some of the most compelling and ambitious music of his three-decade career. That certainly applies to Tomorrow’s Daughter, on which such instantly memorable new tunes as “Belong,” “Run Away,” “Lady Frankenstein” and “Out of My Misery” demonstrate his uncanny ability to tap into a bottomless well of pop history to craft music that’s effortlessly catchy yet deeply personal. The follow-up to the artist’s acclaimed 2017 set Tomorrow Forever is a persuasive testament to the enduring qualities of Sweet’s adventurous, emotion-charged songcraft. The 12 new songs abound with the punchy melodic sensibility, playful sonic experimentalism and introspective lyrical insight that have been constants in his expansive catalog.
Thee Hypnotics – Righteously Recharged 4xLP (Beggars Arkive)
Four LPs including the debut album Come Down Heavy (1990, on violet colored vinyl), follow-up Soul, Glitter & Sin (1991, on red colored vinyl) and the Chris Robinson, Black Crowes-produced third album The Very Special Speed Machine which was never released in the UK (1994, on clear vinyl). A fourth disc, In A Trance (on white vinyl), features their very first single “Love In A Different Vein” plus early demos and Peel Sessions.
Tiamat – A Deeper Kind Of Slumber [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Century Media)
Swedish experimentalists Tiamat’s A Deeper Kind Of Slumber is back in-print on vinyl after nearly a decade. It found band mastermind Johan Edlund largely working solo and moving further away from traditional heavy metal with synthesizer-based arrangements and crooning vocals. Limited edition gold colored vinyl pressing also available. Both pressings are 180gm and feature an etching on Side-D.
Trentemøller – The Last Resort: The Complete Album 3xLP (Poker Flat)
Special vinyl reissue of Trentemøller’s groundbreaking debut album. Includes all of the 13 songs on vinyl for the first time. The Last Resort remains one of the few genre-defining and groundbreaking albums in many regards. It’s still being praised for its composition and sound design alike and sounds as fresh and breathtaking today as it did when it was originally released in 2006. The album’s 13 instrumental tracks form a wordless musical story, almost like the soundtrack of a movie. It manages to capture a whole range of emotions in subtle melodic miniatures, dreamy ambiences, dusty beats, deep dub-tracks, and driving groove-excursions.
Frank Turner – Love Ire & Song: Tenth Anniversary Edition 2xLP (Xtra Mile)
First-time vinyl LP pressing of the second solo album by British singer-songwriter Frank Turner, originally released in 2008.
Various Artists [Michael Cooper] – Balance 030 2xLP+MP3 (Balance)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Max Cooper’s blend of the artistic and scientific schools of thought have steadily built him up to become one of the standout electronic musicians of his generation. His left-of-center approach makes for a truly timeless mix for the 30th edition of the Balance series.
Various Artists [James Zabiela] – Balance 029 2xLP +MP3 (Balance)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. This abridged vinyl edition features a handpicked selection of Zabiela’s favorite tracks from the CD version. Includes his own acid-charged “X-Ray”, alongside a re-work of “Vines”, his other original track from the mix, as well as tracks from Earlham Mystics, Pye Corner Audio, Lanark Artefax, James Zabiela, HOLOVR, Eco Foul, John Beltran, Davis, Grandbrothers, and Sine Sleeper. Includes a download of the full-CD edition.
Various Artists – The Best Place To Go! Go! Go! Vol. 2 2xLP (Sonic Rendezvous)
An outstanding, two record-set presenting the very best bands and artists that performed at Amsterdam BeatClub from 2003-2018. You’ll find the best in garage, rock ‘n’ roll, surf, beat, etc. ever to be combined on one record.
Various Artists – The Emotional, Cosmic & Occult World Of Joe Meek LP (Mississippi)
A trip through the productions of pioneering genius Joe Meek. Here we have a mix of hits that have appeared on comps before and real out-there obscurities. Never a dull moment amongst these songs that cover subjects close to Joes’ heart such as Vampires, Love (and the lack of it), Death, Outer space, the Human soul, Buddy Holly, and more.
Various Artists – The Graveyard Tramps Eat The Forbidden City Dog Food 2×10” (Stag-O-Lee)
In the late ’80s, a now legendary LP by the name of Forbidden City Dogfood was unleashed on an unsuspecting public. What few folks knew was that Forbidden City Dogfood was actually less than half of the compilation made by Cramps frontman Lux Interior. Here, for the very first time, the entire recording is now available. Features J Buck & The Blazers, The Kingpins, Florence Pepper, Jack Costanzo, Rick McGuire, Homer Denison Jr., Rod McKuen,The Dynamos, The Phantoms, The Sliders, Wes Dakus & The Rebels, The Rivingtons, The Sparkles, The Merced Blue Notes, Grady O’Neal, Andre Williams, The Crystals, Kenny Henkle’s Friends, The Invictas, Buddy Miller, and J.J. Jackson.
Various Artists – Looking Back LP (Cairo/Mississippi)
Compilation of Sam Cooke’s great production work for his independent SAR label. This compilation features Gospel side by side with soul and R&B songs. Classics by RH Harris, The Simms Twins, The Womack Brothers, The Valentinos, The Soul Stirrers, and more.
Various Artists – Prince In Jazz: A Jazz Tribute To Prince LP (Wagram)
A collection of some of jazz music’s most beloved luminaries at their purplest, covering some of Prince’s most iconic songs. Includes Nina Simone, Bob Belden Project, Clotilde Rullaud, Angela Galuppo, Ray Lema & Laurent de Wilde, Herbie Hancock, Bob Belden Project featuring Cassandra Wilson & Dianne Reeves, Heath Brandon, Viktoria Tolstoy featuring Lars Danielsson & Jacob Karlzon, and Osunlade.
Various Artists – S&S Presents: Dreams 2xLP+MP3 (Cascine)
Featuring an array of important contemporary artists like Bing & Ruth, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Julie Byrne, Yumi Zouma, Mutual Benefit and more, this new compilation assembled by Stadiums & Shrines collects 18 original ambient, experimental and electronic tracks across a beautiful double LP. The vinyl is packaged in a premium gatefold jacket, with a 20-page booklet of original collage (by visual artist Nathaniel Whitcomb) and prose (by writers Dave Sutton and Matthew Sage) stitched to the interior.
VNV Nation – Empires  LP (Metropolis)
First-time vinyl pressing of the third studio album by the alternative electronic band. Aggressive and driving with an absolutely huge electronic sound, Empires combines trance, dark wave, synthpop and EBM. [Limited edition clear vinyl pressing also available.]
Wintersleep – Wintersleep [Reissue/2003] LP+7” (Dine Alone)
Wintersleep – Untitled [Reissue/2005] LP+7” (Dine Alone)
Wintersleep – Welcome To The Night Sky [Reissue/2008] LP+7” (Dine Alone)
180gm vinyl reissues of Halifax-raised, Montreal-based modern rock band Wintersleep’s highly sought after and critically-acclaimed first three albums. These new reissues have updated and expanded artwork include a bonus 7″ featuring previously unreleased demos, B-sides or bonus tracks from the album’s recording sessions.
Dustin Wong + Takako Minekawa + Good Willsmith – Exit Future Heart LP (Umor Rex)
Recorded live at home in Chicago over the course of one night when Wong and Minekawa passed through on tour, Exit Future Heart showcases a program of spontaneous compositions that flow through mutated tropes of rock music, focused ambient/kosmische synthesis, and expanses of raw textural sculpting. The singular performance styles and improvisatory gestures of each member of the quintet fuse into a delicate interplay charged more by open spaces and deep listening than by overload or abandon.
X-Altera – X-Altera LP+MP3 (Ghostly International)
Across two decades, Tadd Mullinix has amassed himself a veritable arsenal of aliases, exploring nearly as many styles and sounds from the willfully weird EBM he makes as Charles Manier, to the acid-inclined house and techno of JTC, or the freeform electronics released under his given name, Mullinix carves a distinctive niche with his music. But inspiration comes in waves, and the creative surge resurrected Mullinix’s acclaimed hip-hop project, Dabrye, and, as might be expected from such a multifaceted producer, it also gave life to the latest alias in his arsenal: X-Altera. Detroit meets London, deep techno meets drum & bass, old meets new.
Chromeo – Head Over Heels (Atlantic)
“Our most collaborative and funk-centric album to date,” explains Dave 1, born David Macklovitch, the singer and guitarist of the group. Collaborators include an eclectic mix of modern day pop artists as well as some admired stars from the era of 1970s funk, including: Jesse Johnson, guitarist of The Time, as well as Pino Palladino, who has offered bass duties for artists such as D’Angelo, John Mayer, Elton John, and the Who. Modern day stars who appear on the album include D.R.A.M., French Montana, and the-Dream.
Madball – For The Cause (Nuclear Blast)
Madball’s ninth album – a signature collection of lionhearted, groove-laden, street-level New York hardcore.
Buck Meek – Buck Meek (Keeled Scales)
Buck Meek’s songs are for the lost dogs of honest mechanics, good guys and girls born into a life of crime, runaways, snow spirits, the ghosts of Central Park, unsung diving-board stars, the affection shared through gambling, and so on. Bred in Texas, more bread in New York City, Meek spins outlaw ballads and quotidian fairy tales into a yarn, with Adam Brisbin on guitar (Jolie Holland, Sam Evian, Katie Von Schleicher), Mt. Davidson on bass (Twain, The Low Anthem, Spirit Family Reunion), and Austin Vaughn on drums (Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple, Sam Evian).
Weeed – This (Important)
Labels such as stoner/psych/jam/alt/krautrock fall short as the band draws from a deeper pool of inspiration including gnawa, traditional folk, jazz, minimalist orchestras, overtone singing, and much more.
Yuno – Moodie (Sub Pop)
Sub Pop found Yuno via Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces and Digable Planets fame, who’s on the A&R staff for the label. He stumbled upon Yuno on Soundcloud and kept a close eye on him. Similar to Butler, Yuno is encouraged by the genre-bending age of melody we’re living through, citing Lil Uzi Vert and Young Thug as sources of influence.