April Listening Station & Social Media Titles Released This Week:
Roger Eno and Brian Eno – Mixing Colours CD/2xLP (Deutsche Grammophon)
Roger and Brian Eno explore the nature of sound in their first ever duo album, Mixing Colours. It is a major milestone in their ongoing creative collaboration featuring eighteen soundscapes that invite listeners to immerse themselves in the infinite space that lies below their surface. Mixing Colours grew over several years, with both artists drawing on their long experience as composers, performers and producers. The album creates bridges between the music’s past and future. Roger’s compositions evoke the yearning melodic style of late Schubert, while Brian’s sound design draws from his ground-breaking conceptual work with electronic music and lifelong fascination with the creative potential of new media.
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Game Theory – Across The Barrier Of Sound: PostScript CD/LP (Ominivore)
Throughout the 1980s, the California based Game Theory was one of the most original (and critically acclaimed) indie-rock bands. Their blend of ’60s and ’70s pop influences such as Todd Rundgren and Big Star coupled with a post-punk energy led to a string of diverse albums – nearly all produced by Mitch Easter of Let’s Active. Circa 1989-90, the band was rejuvenated with leader Scott Miller being joined by the legendary Michael Quercio from The Three O’Clock (who had recently broken up). Other interesting line-up changes included longtime Game Theory drummer Gil Ray moving over to guitar and keyboards, while Miller’s former Alternate Learning bandmate (the original template of Game Theory) Jozef Becker, formerly of True West and Thin White Rope, joined as the drummer. Jozef is the brother of Game Theory’s original keyboardist, Nan Becker. Across The Barrier Of Sound: PostScript compiles the final recordings from this line-up and features commercially unissued tracks (one previously included on a fan club-only release).
Mapache – From Liberty Street CD/LP (Yep Roc)
Produced by longtime collaborator Dan Horne (Circles Around The Sun, Allah-Las), Mapache’s new album, From Liberty Street, captures the Los Angeles duo at their finest, with Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch weaving airtight harmonies around stripped-down, organic arrangements that blur the lines between traditional folk and modern cosmic country. The songs here reckon with longing, desire, and change, and the arrangements draw on everything from Hawaiian-steeped surf and Mexican boleros (Blasucci spent two years living South of the border) to Bakersfield twang and lonesome cowboy campfire tunes, all delivered with the kind of easygoing charm and natural intuition usually reserved for blood brothers or married couples. It’s an instantly engaging chemistry the two share, a captivating musical bond that mirrors the comfort, closeness, and camaraderie of the album’s homespun roots. [The First Edition CD and vinyl LP of From Liberty Street includes a free Mapache air freshener in the packaging. Limited yellow vinyl pressing also available.]
Moaning – Uneasy Laughter CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
What happens when an abrasive rock trio trades guitar for synths, cranks up the beats and leans into the everyday anxieties of simply being a functioning human in the 21st century? The answer is Uneasy Laughter, the new album from Los Angeles-based Moaning. The trio points to first single “Ego” as an embodiment of this evolution. Singer-guitarist Sean Solomon admits Uneasy Laughter could have gone in quite another direction had he not gotten sober and educated himself on such core subjects as gender and mental health. “I did a lot of reading in the tour van – authors like Bell Hooks, Mark Fisher, and Alain de Botton, all really inspired me. I don’t want to be the person who influences young people to go get high and become cliché tragic artists,” he says. “What I’d rather convey to people is that they’re not alone in what they think and how they feel. ‘Ego’ specifically and the album overall is about those themes – letting go of your bullshit so you can help other people and be present.”
Morrissey – I Am Not A Dog On A Chain CD/LP (BMG)
Morrissey kicks off the new decade with the release of his thirteenth solo studio album, I Am Not A Dog On A Chain. Lead single “Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know?” features Motown legend Thelma Houston who is perhaps best known for her interpretation of “Don’t Leave Me This Way” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977. Houston commented, “One of the biggest joys for me in this business is getting the opportunity to collaborate with other top artists. I love the challenge to see if what I do can work with what they’re doing. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. I think the blend of what Morrissey is singing and what I’m singing really works on ‘Bobby.” I Am Not A Dog On A Chain was produced by Grammy Award-winner Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, The Strokes, The Killers). “I have now produced four studio albums for Morrissey,” said Chiccarelli. “This is his boldest and most adventurous album yet. He has pushed the boundaries yet again – both musically and lyrically. And once again proving that as a songwriter and singer, he is in his own category.”
Myrkur – Folkesange CD/LP (Relapse)
Amalie Bruun has always paved her own path, challenging underground preconceptions of heavy metal ever since the release of her eponymous debut EP in 2014. Her first two full-length studio albums, 2015’s M and 2017’s Mareridt, recast black metal in the most personal yet expansive of terms, their blending of Amalie’s Danish folk roots with tempestuous internal struggles breathing new life into a subgenre whose followers can be rigidly possessive. With the release of her new album, Folkesange, Bruun has set out to journey into the very heart of the Scandinavian culture that marked her childhood. It relinquishes black metal for a refined yet far-reaching evocation of traditional folk, combining songs ancient and new to sublimely resonant effect. [Limited indie store exclusive vinyl pressing available.]
Pungent Stench – Dr. Heathen Scum Of The Mentors Sessions CD (Dissonance)
Archival release of the controversial Austrian death metallers release final recordings from 2006.
Quartz – Quartz [Reissue/1977] CD (Dissonance)
CD reissue of this 1977 album by the British heavy metal band.
The Revivalists – Made In Muscle Shoals 12” (Loma Vista)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Made In Muscle Shoals finds The Revivalists down at the hallowed Fame Studios offering up re-imagined takes of some of the soulful anthems from their 2018 studio album, Take Good Care including the mega hit “Wish I Knew You”, plus the Bee Gees cover “To Love Somebody” and new song “Bitter End”.
Sea Wolf – Through A Dark Wood CD/LP (Dangerbird)
Everything is alright now. Alex Brown Church – the man behind the dark folk, indie rock band Sea Wolf – wants you to know that from the start. Sea Wolf’s fifth LP, Through A Dark Wood, proves it in 11 textured, sometimes-acoustic, sometimes-electronic, unabashedly honest tracks. But beforehand, everything was decidedly not okay. Church wrote and recorded an entire album after 2014’s streaming-only, stripped down album Song Spells No. 1: Cedarsmoke, but decided to scrap it. He realized those songs lacked a through-line and felt conceptually disjointed, something he attributes to a sense of denial of what had been going behind the scenes – dealing with the disintegration of a long-term relationship, reconciling with the death of an estranged parent, and trying to cope with the magnitude of current events, all while maintaining a passionately beloved, yet slow-burning creative career. So Church mustered his courage to go back to the drawing board. Starting from scratch, he spent months in his northeast Los Angeles studio writing, singing, tracking, and producing the new set of Sea Wolf songs that comprise Through A Dark Wood. The result is a catharsis record, not merely a breakup record – one that highlights power in vulnerability and bravery in the face of fear. [Limited indie store exclusive vinyl pressing available. Includes a pin set (while supplies last).]
CDs + Vinyl:
Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela – Rejoice CD/LP (World Circuit)
Rejoice is a very special collaboration between Tony Allen, the co-founder of Afrobeat, and Hugh Masekela, the master of South African jazz. Having first met in the ’70s thanks to their respective close associations with Fela Kuti, the two world-renowned musicians talked for decades about making an Afrobeat album together. According to Allen, Rejoice deals in a kind of South African-Nigerian swing-jazz stew, with its roots firmly in Afrobeat.
Kelsea Ballerini – Kelsea CD/LP (Black River)
Included in Rolling Stone’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2020 list, this dynamic collection of Kelsea Ballerini’s latest 13 songs is aptly self-titled – Kelsea – not surprising since this is her most authentically, self-aware reflection to date. Using songwriting as therapy, she explores everything from social anxiety to the importance of real friendships to new perspective on old heartbreaks to the realization that even the most independent, stubborn people need someone sometimes.
Barnabus – Beginning To Unwind CD/2xLP (Rise Above Limited)
Barnabus was a band from the West Midlands/Warwickshire region of the UK, who were active between the years 1970-73. During that they built up a local reputation and recorded an album of heavy-duty material in late 1971, which has never seen the light of day until now. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Beneath The Massacre – Fearmonger CD/LP (Century Media)
New album from the Canadian tech-death specialists.
Big Gigantic – Free Your Mind CD/2xLP (Counter)
Colorado-based duo Big Gigantic makes a triumphant return with Free Your Mind, their first studio album in three years. Free Your Mind emphasizes uplifting, expansive soul vocals through 13-tracks featuring artists like Pell, Felly, TOBi, Jennifer Hartswick, Louis Futon and The Funk Hunters just to name a few. In true Big Gigantic fashion, the album spans a variety of genres offering up playful electronic pop to modern jazz fusion compositions. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Moses Boyd – Dark Matter LP (Xodus Productions)
Released last week on vinyl – now available on CD. Dark Matter is an album by a young auteur, threading several thrilling musical traditions into a bold new tapestry: the raw energy of grime and Afrobeat and the rolling club rhythms of the London underground, combined with the freewheeling creativity and collaborative spirit of his jazz training. The project is deviating even more away from jazz, leaning towards electronica and relying on hip-hop production.
Tré Burt – Caught It From The Rye CD/LP (Oh Boy)
Tré Burt is a singer-songwriter based in Sacramento, California and the newest signing to John Prine’s Oh Boy Records. Caught It From The Rye showcases Burt’s literary songwriting and lo-fi, rootsy aesthetic, which he honed busking on the streets of San Francisco and traveling the world in search of inspiration. Like his label mate and songwriting hero John Prine, Burt has a poet’s eye for detail, a surgeon’s sense of narrative precision and a folk singer’s natural knack for a timeless melody.
CocoRosie – Put The Shine On LP (Marathon Artists)
Released last week on vinyl – now available on CD. CocoRosie’s seventh album – the aptly titled Put The Shine On – is a study in extremes, balancing some of the most pristine and adroit pop songs the band has ever crafted, while simultaneously exploring the most extreme states of human feeling and being-the result being an album that is both pristine and, at times, harrowing. Put The Shine On is a record that luxuriates in extremes, reflecting the pain and confusion of mental and the anguish of unpacking trauma, while also gleefully celebrating the possibility of newness, of wildness, and the ever-present potential for transformation.
Bobby Conn – Recovery CD/LP (Tapette)
“Bobby Conn is one of those artists who does not take himself too seriously, but that is a slight paradox as he pumps his soul into creating his music. At this present time of uncertainty, pandemics and of course political unrest, this is the sort of music needed to lift us out of our doldrums. The aptly titled Recovery can point to many things, but I prefer to think of it as a recovery from a monotonous existence into a life worth living.” – The Big Takeover
Cuero – Tiempo Después [Reissue/1973] LP (Svart)
Featuring original compositions of guitar-driven progressive rock with emotive vocals, jazz-rock and dramatic blues instrumentals, Tiempo Después is a heavy rocking potpourri of the highest order.
Cycle – Cosmic Clouds CD/2xLP (Rise Above Limited)
Cycle was a truly excellent band during the underground progressive era of the early ‘70s. There is no denying that they should have received wider recognition and a proper recording contract. Although very much a band of their time, Cycle combined the heaviness of Black Sabbath with the cosmic vibes of Hawkwind. Cosmic Clouds is an obscure cult artifact from the golden age of underground British hard rock. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
The Damned – Fiendish Shadows CD/2xLP (Cleopatra)
Fully restored reissue of the 1985 live album from punk pioneers The Damned. This 2020 version has been newly remastered and includes several tracks that were left off the original release. Includes all new artwork with full liner notes. [Red or blue vinyl editions are also available.]
Def Leppard – On Through The Night [Reissue/1980] CD/LP (Mercury)
Def Leppard – High ‘N’ Dry [Reissue/1981] CD/LP (Mercury)
Def Leppard – Early Years 5xCD (Mercury)
Digitally remastered CD and vinyl editions of Def Leppard’s first two albums. [The Early Years five-CD box set consists of the original albums plus B-sides, rarities and remix versions, Radio One sessions, Live From Reading and the first ever appearance of an unreleased and newly mixed show from Oxford in 1980.]
Dio – Angry Machines [Reissue/1996] CD/LP+7” (BMG)
Dio – Magica [Reissue/1996] CD/LP+7” (BMG)
Dio – Killing The Dragon [Reissue/2002] CD/LP+7” (BMG)
Dio – Master Of The Moon [Reissue/2004] CD/LP+7” (BMG)
Remastered CD and 180gm vinyl LP reissues of Dio’s last four albums: Angry Machines (1996), Magica (2000), Killing The Dragon (2002), and Master Of The Moon (2004). [Limited vinyl pressings includes a bonus 7” single and lenticular LP sixed print.]
Dozer – In The Tail Of A Comet [Reissue/2000] CD/LP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Dozer – Madre De Dios [Reissue/2001] CD/LP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Dozer – Call It Conspiracy [Reissue/2003] CD/2xLP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Formed in Borlänge, Sweden in 1995, Dozer has progressed beyond their early stoner rock influences and created a style of their own incorporating modern elements into their classic heavy rock sound. Their first three albums are back in-print on CD and vinyl. [Limited colored vinyl editions also available.]
Baxter Dury – The Night Chancers CD/LP (Heavenly)
Failed Fashionistas, Instagram voyeurs, jilted Romeos reeking of insecurity, the willingly self-deluded and the comically un-aware, these creatures and constructs are the inspirations for the Baxter Dury’s new album, The Night Chancers. It’s a ten-song gaze into the black hours and the characters and behaviors that swirl around within them. The album was produced by Dury and longtime collaborator Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, John Grant, Arctic Monkeys). While bringing vivid color and sharp lines to this chronicle of the midnight hours, Dury has created his richest and most expansive musical palette yet.
Enslaved – Blodhemn [Reissue/1998] CD (Osmose)
Enslaved – Mardraum -Beyond The Within- [Reissue/2000] CD (Osmose)
Enslaved – Monumension [Reissue/2001] CD (Osmose)
CD reissues of the fourth, fifth and sixth albums from the Norwegian heavy metal band.
Fool’s Ghost – Dark Woven Light CD/LP (Prosthetic)
Comprised of Nick Thieneman (Young Widows, Breather Resist) and Amber Thieneman (Liberation Prophecy, Sandpaper Dolls), Fool’s Ghost is a band small in number but vast in scope. Dark Woven Light is their new year missive, evoking stark landscapes and barren vistas. The 10-track album was recorded in 2018, in their hometown of Louisville, KY with producer Kevin Ratterman (Emma Ruth Rundle, Jaye Jayle, Jim James) at the helm. Cinematic and atmospheric by nature, Dark Woven Light is heavy music distilled through a crystalline lens. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Four80East – Straight Round CD (Boomtang)
The ninth album from Toronto based duo – an eclectic mix of soul, funk, and neo-jazz groovers.
Erroll Garner – Feeling Is Believing [Reissue/1970] CD (Mack Avenue)
The latest in Garner’s Octive Remastered Series. Recorded at the tail end of 1969 with a cast of new collaborators, Feeling Is Believing is a prime showcase of Erroll Garner’s two greatest strengths: his ability to completely reinvent well known songs, and his endlessly creative facility as a composer of original music.
Michael Gordon/The Crossing/Nonald Nally – Anonymous Man CD (Cantaloupe)
Scored for 24 unaccompanied voices, Anonymous Man is an hour-long piece that expands on Michael Gordon’s eclectic approach to composition, layering minimalistic swirls of vocal sound on top of one another to create a hypnotic incantation.
Conan Gray – Kid Krow CD/LP (Republic)
Buzzing 21-year-old bedroom pop singer-songwriter Conan Gray releases his anxiously awaited full-length debut.
Grift – Budet CD (Nordvis)
With a foundation in both desolate folk and melancholic harsh metal, Budet employs traditional instruments such as the lonely chords of a reed organ and violins, the latter courtesy of Georg Börner (ColdWorld, Sangre de Muerdago). Erik Gärdefors’s vehement, bordering on desperate, vocal outbursts convey the introspective and thoughtful lyrics in a most gripping manner, and the thick rural atmosphere is at the same time both nostalgic, anguish-filled and redeeming. [Vinyl edition due March 27.]
Hällas – Conundrum CD (Napalm)
Two years after the release of their highly esteemed album, Excerpts From A Future Past, Swedish adventure rock quintet Hällas sprinkle some magic dust with Conundrum, the final installment of their mysterious trilogy. Dark retro rock with a dash of mystery successfully invites its listeners for a cosmic ride through a parallel world.
Robert Hart – Pure CD (Deko)
The British rock vocalist and songwriter who has fronted Bad Company, Company Of Snakes (former members of Whitesnake) and currently Manfred Mann’s Earth Band is back with a brand-new album.
Heaven Shall Burn – Of Truth And Sacrifice 2xCD/2xLP (Century Media)
New release from the German extreme metal band. Instead of getting stuck in the ever grueling cycle of studio recordings, album release and playing live Heaven Shall Burn allowed themselves a well-deserved break. While taking the time off the band the individual members could recharge their batteries and gather new influences and ideas. Conceptually the album is split into two halves: of truth and of sacrifice.
High Tone Son Of A Bitch – Lifecycles: EPs Of HTSOB 2xCD (Tee Pee)
Critically heralded as a band that sits atop the pinnacle of not just psychedelic music, but of musicianship across every spectrum (Metal Observer), High Tone Son Of A Bitch transcends not only genre archetype but death itself, to weave an essential portrait of the dualistic nature of our lives. This retrospective of four EPs simultaneously speaks to the fragility and resilience of the human experience as it spans the years covering the formation of the band, it’s musical growth, the death of Andrew Kott (one of two co-founding brothers), and the path to a rebirth and new life in music and beyond by surviving brother Paul Kott.
Hot Mulligan – You’ll Be Fine CD/LP (No Sleep)
Hot Mulligan writes songs for people to sing as loud as possible. Their music is the cathartic outcry for growth from a generation of forward-thinking Midwesterners caught in the gears of a rusted system in desperate need of hope. They use songwriting to explore the lessons they’ve learned from lives lead in the pursuit of dreams with full awareness of the cost.
Rowland S. Howard – Teenage Snuff Film [Reissue/1999] CD/2xLP (Fat Possum)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. Vinyl reissue of the first solo album by Rowland S. Howard. Former The Birthday Party bandmate Mick Harvey contributes drums, organ and guitar, while Brian Hooper of The Beasts of Bourbon features on bass guitar.
Hyborian – Volume II CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
The incisive and anthemic metal on Hyborian’s Volume II is rich with propulsive riffs, lean and infectious arrangements.
Irreversible Entanglements – Who Sent You? CD/LP (International Anthem)
Irreversible Entanglements, the Philly/NY/DC free jazz collective fronted by poet/MC Moor Mother, return in another blaze of anti-colonialist anti-capitalist anti-pacifist fire music, with an even-more developed and distinct message than they had on their 2017 debut (which was fierce enough to earn Best of 2017 praise from NPR, WIRE, Stereogum, and many more).
Freddie King –Blue Journey 3xCD (Sunset Blvd)
30 tracks. Over 3 hours of prime Freddie King in concert from the ’70s.
Lapsley – Through Water CD/LP (XL Recordings)
Through Water is the follow-up to Låpsley’s acclaimed 2016 debut Long Way Home. The album marks the artist’s coming-of-age, melding richer textures with confident songwriting. [Deluxe vinyl edition adds a poster.]
Gordon Lightfoot – Solo CD (Rhino)
Lightfoot discovered a treasure trove of unreleased material while he was housecleaning last year. Two CDs of songs he recorded nearly two decades ago were tucked away in his office. The songs were created in late 2001 and early 2002 before he suffered a near-fatal abdominal aortic aneurysm later that year. After discovering the songs, he went into Grant Avenue Studio in downtown Hamilton, ON with his guitar to create this beautifully minimal work. [Vinyl edition due April 3.]
Christian Löffler – Lys CD/2xLP (KI)
Lys, Christian Löffler’s newest album, serves as a contrast to Graal (2019), its predecessor. Whereas the latter is the result of a six-month period spent largely on the road in between live shows, the former is a studio release in the truest sense, recorded and compiled in the serenity of Löffler home studio, immersed in the woodland nature that formed the basis for A Forest (2012), his first attempt at the long-player format back in 2012. Lys is a selection of Löffler’s favorite productions from the past three years, carefully compiled into one enchanting and deeply moving listening experience.
Lucifer – Lucifer III CD/LP (Century Media)
New album from the multinational heavy metal band.
Harold Mabern – Mabern Plays Mabern CD (Smoke Sessions)
Live At Smoke documents the late master pianist, then 81, in prime form, functioning as an inspired soloist, attentive accompanist, melodic interpreter, and crafty tunesmith.
Lola Marsh – Someday Tomorrow Maybe CD/LP (Verve)
Lola Marsh are vocalist Yael Shoshana Cohen and multi-instrumentalist and producer Gil Landau. The duo creates music that combines clever lyrics with deep warm harmonies. Together with their five-piece live band, they first made waves at Primavera Sound in 2014, following which the duo immediate gained industry attraction. Their sophomore album, Someday Tomorrow Maybe, is a collection of twelve gorgeous songs with compelling hooks. [Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Master Boot Record – Floppy Disk Overdrive CD/2xLP (Metal Blade)
Floppy Disk Overdrive is a retro-inspired amalgamation of analog hardware, software and magic, chiptune instrumentals blended with synthesized metal and symphonic orchestration. “Like a soundtrack to an early 80s dystopian sci-fi horror evoking neo-Tokyo in ruins as cybernetic monstrosities controlled by a computer gone mad patrol the streets.” – Intravenous Mag
Medico Peste – The Black Bile CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
The Black Bile is the soundtrack to a tumultuous descent into madness. Featuring three touring members of MGLA, the latest offering from the cryptic Medico Peste unleashes a distinct and harrowing strain of black metal artistry. Their boundary-pushing arrangements build foreboding atmosphere as capably as they wield chainsaw riffs and a formidable rhythmic arsenal. An unsettling and adventurous listen, The Black Bile brings Medico Peste to the fore of the next wave of international black metal.
Missing Persons featuring Dale Bonzo – Dreaming CD/LP (Cleopatra)
The voice of ’80s new wave icons Missing Persons, Dale Bozzio, returns to the stage with a new studio album of cover songs and originals. [Limited pink colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Wolfgang Muthspiel & Scott Colley & Brian Blade – Angular Blues CD (ECM)
Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel is paired here with long-time collaborator Brian Blade on drums and Scott Colley, whose especially earthy sound helps give this trio its own dynamic. Muthspiel alternates between acoustic and electric guitar and, along with his characteristically melodic originals, plays some standards, his first-ever bebop rhythm-changes tune on record and a single guitar-only track with electronic delay imbuing the baroque-like rounds with a hypnotic glow. [Vinyl edition due April 10.]
Pantha Du Prince – Conference Of Trees CD/2xLP (Modern Recordings)
Conference Of Trees was conceived, says German artist Pantha Du Prince, aka Hendrik Weber, to translate the sound of the forest into music. “With this project we want to give a new meaning to the forest and the trees in our immediate surroundings and emphasize its value and intelligence”, said Weber. “Without forests we would not exist as humans on this planet”.
Tineke Postma – Freya CD (Edition)
As one of the most prolific and respected musicians to emerge from the vibrant Dutch scene, saxophonist and composer Tineke Postma has been touring internationally as a leader since 2003. With a catalog of six albums her international profile has resulted in the Rising Star on soprano award in the Downbeat Critics Poll 2019 and seen her perform alongside greats such as Herbie Hancock on International Jazz Day.
James Righton – The Performer CD/LP (Deewee)
After coming to prominence as the frontman of the Mercury Prize-winning Klaxons, James Righton releases his debut solo album, The Performer. Standing in stark contrast to the electro-hedonism of Righton’s work with Klaxons, it instead spins through various points from the 1970 onwards. It touches on the suave art-lounge of Roxy Music, the jangly grooves of R.E.M., the sumptuous psychedelia of latter-day Beach Boys and the songwriting gift of Nick Lowe.
Boddhi Satva – Boddhi Satva 18 2xCD (BBE)
Pioneering African artist, founder of Offering Recordings and father of Ancestral Soul, Boddhi Satva returns to BBE with retrospective double album 18, charting nearly two decades of groundbreaking music production. Taking in over 30 musical highlights from his career so far, 18 turns up hidden gems and reflects on classics, life-changing collaborations and solo successes. Satva’s creative expansion and personal journey are traced across this intricate, self-reflective collection.
Chris Stranding – Real Life CD (Ultimate Vibe)
One of contemporary urban jazz s most prolific hitmakers since the late ’90’s with 13 Billboard Top 10 singles and six #1’s, Chris Standring takes the opportunity on his 13th solo album to acknowledge the sometimes-harsh twists and turns of Real Life. Yet rather than give into circumstances beyond his control, the British born, L.A. based guitarist offers a truly uplifting way forward on this joyful soul-jazz infused retro-flavored set
Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty – Visions CD/LP (Mr. Bongo)
A new collaborative album from BadBadNotGood co-founders, Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty. Almost all the tracks on Visions are the first take. Tavares is on piano and guitar, Whitty on saxophone and flute. The rhythm section of Julian Anderson-Bowes on bass and Matthew Chalmers on drums completes the players.
Tower Of Power – Step Up CD/2xLP (Artistry Music)
New album from the horn-based hybrid band of East Bay soul/funk/R&B/rock.
Various Artists – Velvet Desert Music Vol. 2 CD/2xLP (Kompakt)
With Velvet Desert Music Vol. 2, curator Jörg Burger has intensified his vision for this new series of compilations on Kompakt. The music he’s collected here has a unique vibration, perhaps an audio equivalent to the legendary acid Western films of the 1960s and 1970s, when the wild frontier logic of the western met the consciousness-altering psychedelia of the counterculture. Velvet Desert Music is Burger exploring possibilities: what happens when you extract the essence from genres as diverse as spaghetti Western soundtracks, moody lamp-lit pop, downtempo, krautrock, minimalism, classic ’60s psychedelia, and more, and let their scents intermingle, Des Esseintes-style?
Waltari – Global Rock CD/LP (Metalville)
Finnish crossover rock/metal band Waltari believe in musical rebellion, in mixing genres and creating new, refreshing sounds.
Wax Machine – Earthsong Of Silence CD/LP (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
Brighton’s Wax Machine are a band so steeped in the kernel of psychedelic seep that there’s every indication they may have slipped through a side door in spacetime and sprouted anew a few years back on the UK coast. On Earthsong Of Silence, their eclecticism incorporates spiritual jazz, krautrock, tropicália and library music, borrowing from dreams and trances to give life to a psychedelic experience that feels hauntingly familiar, yet strikingly new.
The Weeknd – After Hours CD (XO)
The Weeknd’s latest chapter, After Hours, features the global hits “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights”. Filtering R&B, pop, and hip-hop through an ambitious widescreen lens, The Weeknd quietly took over popular music and culture on his own terms. As a result, the multi-platinum two-time Grammy Award winner has emerged as one of the most successful and significant artists of the 21st century.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
Animal Collective – Ballet Slippers 3xLP+MP3 (Domino)
Animal Collective releases the live album Ballet Slippers in honor of the 10-year anniversary of their modern classic, Merriweather Post Pavilion. Recorded in the midst of the band’s extensive and acclaimed nine-month tour in ‘09, the album features Merriweather’s greatest hits alongside favorites from Strawberry Jam, Sung Tongs, Feels, and Danse Manatee. The release is culled from several shows from that album’s North American tour and sequenced to reflect a full concert experience, complete with song transitions and interludes, creating a captivating document of the genre-defying group.
Aslaug – Aslaug LP (V2 Benelux)
Debut EP from the Icelandic singer, songwriter and music producer. Limited peach colored vinyl. Taking inspiration from artists like The Japanese House, HAIM and Lykke LI, Aslaug Vigfusdottir blends dreamy synth chords, polyphonic drifts of vocals and emotive drum builds.
Justin Bieber – Changes LP (Def Jam)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Bieber gives the world insight into events that have taken place in his life over the past four years. From marriage to faith and his new outlook on life, he reflects on changes he’s experienced and the impact they’ve had on him. Changes marks a new chapter in his career. The album hinges on themes of personal growth through life experiences, love and commitment, creatively expressed through music, giving a candid look into his evolution as an artist and human being.
Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow – Life Goes On LP (ECM)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. A striking album of new music from pianist/composer Carla Bley, whose trio with Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow is now in its 25th year. Life Goes One was realized in the Auditorio Stelio Molo Studio in Lugano in May 2019 with Manfred Eicher producing, and is comprised of three suites. This trio has a unique collective sound, reflecting – as The Telegraph recently noted – “musical mastery of a rare order.”
Donald Byrd – The Cat Walk [Reissue/1962] LP (Alternative Fox)
Detroit-born trumpeter Donald Byrd was one of the most expressive players on his instrument. Recording for leading jazz labels such as Savoy and Blue Note from the late ’50s, he collaborated with Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan, John Coltrane, and Herbie Hancock. The 1962 Blue Note release The Cat Walk was a critical success; most songs were written by pianist Duke Pearson, who also makes a crucial musical contribution, along with understated drummer Philly Joe Jones, relaxed strolling bass from Laymon Jackson, and rousing sax from longstanding collaborator, Pepper Adams.
Colonel Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade – Live Frog Setes 1 & 2 3xLP (Prawn Song)
From the warped mind of Primus’ frontman comes the official release of Colonel Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade’s Live At The Great American Music Hall. This two-set, 12 track collection was recorded live over two nights in San Francisco and is available for the first time ever on a trio of vinyl LPs. [Limited translucent green splatter colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Cocteau Twins – Garlands [Reissue/1982] LP+MP3 (4AD)
Cocteau Twins – Victorialand [Reissue/1986] LP+MP3 (4AD)
Vinyl reissues of Cocteau Twins first and fourth albums.
Criminal Instinct – Terrible Things LP (Closed Casket Activities)
Atlanta band Criminal Instinct make fast, raw, almost comically aggressive hardcore punk. Their music goes all the way over the top in its sheer mouth-frothing pummel.
Jan Dukes de Grey – Sorcerers [Reissue/1969] LP (Alternative Fox)
Sorcerers is the group’s debut, recorded when Jan Dukes de Grey were still the duo of multi-instrumentalists Derek Noy, the band’s songwriter and lead vocalist, and Michael Bairstow. The 18 songs of the album, recorded in October 1969, show within a pure folk style the subtle use of multiple instruments like guitars, woodwinds, brass, keyboards, and percussion. A brilliant acoustic experiment of folk-psych-prog rock.
The Dickies – Banana Splits: The Tra La La Song 7” (Cleopatra)
Re-recordings of three early-years tracks from the clown princes of punk rock – now available on yellow vinyl. Includes the band’s version of the theme to the ’60s children’s TV program The Banana Splits Adventure Hour plus their renditions of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” and The Moody Blues “Nights In White Satin”.
The Donnas – Spend The Night [Reissue/2002] 2xLP (Run Out Groove)
Spend the Night, the 2002 Atlantic Records debut and fifth studio effort overall from The Donnas, finds the raucous and irreverent California quartet at their power pop-rockin’ best! Produced by Jason Carmer and Robert Shimp, The Donnas spit out idiosyncratic pop-punk anthems of rock ‘n’ roll fantasy and teenage kicks with plenty of goofy putdowns and tough-attitude posturing, largely fueled by life on the road. This expanded colored 180gm double-LP edition includes previously unreleased live tracks and additional bonus tracks making their debut on the format.
Downpresser – The Long Goodbye LP (Closed Casket Activities)
Downpresser come from Los Angeles, and they play a brutal, warlike form of metallic hardcore. Total mosh-mayhem music, full of down-tuned riffage and double-bass thunder and slowed-down mosh parts.
Dyscarnate – Enduring The Massacre [Reissue/2010] LP (Unique Leader)
Dyscarnate – And So It Came To Pass [Reissue/2012] LP (Unique Leader)
Limited colored vinyl pressings of the first two albums by the British death metal band.
Echosmith – Lonely Generation LP (Echosmith LLC)
Limited orange and purple vinyl LP pressing. Echosmith is a four-piece indie pop band from California.
Embrace – Drawn From Memory [Reissue/2000] LP (Craft Recordings)
Embrace – If You’ve Never Been [Reissue/2001] LP (Craft Recordings)
Following in the footsteps of Oasis and the Verve, Embrace became a late ’90s pop sensation in post Brit-pop Britain. Their second and third albums are back in-print on vinyl.
Eyes Of The Lord – Misery Feels Like Home LP+MP3 (Closed Casket Activities)
Sophomore album from the groove-driven metallic hardcore band that lean into thrash.
Fabrikate – Made Me Feel LP (Kookoo)
On their debut album Made Me Feel, Fabrikate take a trip back to the glory days of disco, a time when love was the answer, inclusion was the only message worth spreading and everyone was invited.
The Fall – New Orleans 1981 LP (Let Them Eat Vinyl)
The Fall – Frankfort 1993 LP (Let Them Eat Vinyl)
The Fall – Kings Of Lynn 1996 LP (Let Them Eat Vinyl)
The Fall – Astoria 1998 LP (Let Them Eat Vinyl)
The Fall – Nijmegan 1999 LP (Let Them Eat Vinyl)
The Fall – The Unutterable – Testa Rossa Monitor Mixes LP (Let Them Eat Vinyl)
Limited vinyl reissues of several concerts by The Fall – some
The Five Americans – Progressions LP (Sundazed)
Recently released on CD – now available on gold colored vinyl. An exciting combination of sunshine pop, bubblegum and folk rock with psychedelic undertones, Progressions is The Five Americans’ most well-crafted album on par with fellow groups like the Monkees.
Dillon Francis – Magic Is Real LP (Mad Decent)
Dillon Francis is back with a new mixtape featuring the highly anticipated follow-up to fan favorite “Not Butter: titled “Still Not Butter”, “Bomboclat (Light It Up)” featuring Trinidadian ragga soca artist Bunji Garlin, “GO OFF (Nuthin’ 2 It)”, and the Moombahton-meets-bounce banger “Bawdy” in collaboration with dutch producer duo TV Noise and New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia.
Golem Mecanique – Nona, Decima Et Morta LP (Ideolgic Organ)
Although Karen’s main instrument are her voice and her mind, she also performs on organ, and also together with the Mediterranean folk music impressionada Marion Cousin on this deeply moving album. Karen also utilizes a very special French instrument known as the BAB, a kind of mechanized vielle (hurdy-gurdy)… one of the more incredible inventions of the La Nòvia group’s
legendary instrument builder Léo Maurel. Basically, the instrument sounds like an arcane goth/spirit interpreting Phill Niblock’s string pieces, in monochrome on the very edge of the invention of color grain.
Jon Hassell – Vernal Equinox [Reissue/1978] LP (Ndeya)
An exciting combination of sunshine pop, bubblegum Hailed as one of the 50 best ambient albums of all time by Pitchfork, Vernal Equinox was the debut of a pioneering new form of music that would become known as ‘fourth world’: a subtle blend of field recordings, electric jazz, ambience and global music influences. Hassell’s trademark FX-soaked trumpet is carefully embellished by a studio ensemble including the master Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos and David Rosenboom on synth. The result is a quiet, meditative and highly original work of outstanding beauty. [CD edition due March 27.]
Josie Holland – Escondida [Reissue/2004] 2xLP (Cinqefoil)
Originally released in 2004 to wide critical acclaim, singer/songwriter Jolie Holland’s album Esconidida is now available as a limited-edition vinyl-only release. This special 15th anniversary edition has been remastered for vinyl.
Inoyama Land – Danzindan-Pojidon [Reissue/1983] LP (We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want)
Vinyl reissue of Japanese duo Inoyamaland’s quintessential ambient/environmental/electronic album Danzindan-Pojidon.
Keith Jarrett Trio – The Berwardhallen, Stockholm Concert October 3, 1989 LP (Alternative Fox)
Gifted piano giant Keith Jarrett is one of the world’s great jazz musicians. From 1983, Jarrett’s trio has featured drummer Jack DeJohnette and former Albert Ayler collaborator Gary Peacock on bass and they show their chops on this excellent performance given at Stockholm’s Berwardhallen on 3 October 1989.
Billy Joel – Greatest Hits Volume III [Reissue/1997] LP (Friday Music)
180gm translucent red audiophile vinyl.
Lynch Mob – REvolution [Reissue/2003] LP (Deadline Music)
2003’s REvolution finds legendary axeman George Lynch and his band of heavy metal brothers – including the return of vocalist Robert Mason and bassist Anthony Esposito plus drummer Michael Frowein – tearing their way through supercharged renditions of classic Dokken/Lynch Mob tracks such as “Tooth And Nail”, “Breaking The Chains”, “Wicked Sensation”, and more.
On Thorns I Lay – Threnos LP (Lifeforce)
Being founded as Paralysis in the early ‘90s, On Thorns I Lay soon spread their name in the global underground heavy scene along with fellow Greek metal acts such as Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh, Necromantia and Nightfall. After changing their name in 1994, the band from Athens soon developed its style between gothic, doom and death, it still is known for today.
William Parker – I Plan To Stay A Believer: The Inside Songs Of Curtis Mayfield
Plan To Stay A Believer is the definitive document of William Parker’s The Inside Songs Of Curtis Mayfield project, featuring fully charged extensions & expansions – both music and text – of selections from the soul music legend’s immortal songbook by an equally mighty and masterful eight-piece band. Gospel-tinged uplift, luminous swing, tight soul grooves, and wholly lit free jazz are rousingly delivered with clear-eyed joy and righteous purpose. This work brings Mayfield’s and Parker’s positive messages of hope and fortitude in the face of seemingly endless tribulation firmly into the present moment, exultantly so and with total commitment.
Jaco Pastorius and Word Of Mouth Big Band – Aurex Jazz Festival In Tokyo 1982 LP (Alternative Fox)
Bass wizard Pastorius was considered one of the world’s greatest masters of the instrument. After playing with Pat Metheny and Paul Bley in the mid-’70s, he joined Weather Report in 1976, remaining with them until 1982, when substance misuse and mental health issues sparked a rupture. Live At Aurex was recorded during a maiden voyage to Japan, undertaken with a 21-
piece big band: the astounding recording showcases his blinding bass skills, as well as the complex arrangements he oversaw as band leader.
Pentagram – Sub-Basement [Reissue/2001] LP (Svarte)
Vinyl reissue of the fifth album by the Virginia doom metal band.
Petbrick – I 2xLP (Closed Casket Activities)
The duo comprising Wayne Adams (Big Lad/Death Pedals/Johnny Broke) and Iggor Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulwax/ Mixhell), are exploring fresh lunacy anew whereby electronic experimentation, hardcore attitude, dystopian dread and in-the-red dementia collide and collude to form a uniquely invigorating assault, custom fit for an accelerated age.
The Pop Group – Alien Blood LP (Mute)
The Pop Group – y Live LP (Mute)
Standalone vinyl releases of influential British post-punk band The Pop Group’s Alien Blood and y Live, which were previously only available as part of the box set y.
Elvis Presley – From Elvis Presley Boulevard Memphis, Tennessee Recorded Live [Reissue/1976] LP (Friday Music)
180gm audiophile burgundy red colored vinyl pressing.
Raw Hex – Always High, Always Low LP (Closed Casket Activities)
New from the Charlotte, North Carolina hardcore band. Ten tracks of ugly and brutal punk
The Revivalists – Made In Muscle Shoals 12” (Loma Vista)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Made In Muscle Shoals finds The Revivalists down at the hallowed Fame Studios offering up re-imagined takes of some of the soulful anthems from their 2018 studio album, Take Good Care including the mega hit “Wish I Knew You”, plus the Bee Gees cover “To Love Somebody” and new song “Bitter End”.
Rustin Man – Clockdust LP+MP3 (Domino)
Having waited 17 years for 2019’s Drift Code, some may be surprised at Clockdust‘s swift arrival, but the album’s roots can be found in the same extended sessions. Realizing that Paul Webb had two albums worth of material he took great pains to ensure that each album would stand alone. Idiosyncratic and quietly haunting, Clockdust is seeped in sepia-tinted nostalgia, “a powerful force of nature,” Webb states, “up there with love and desire.” The album blurs the boundaries between past and present. Webb insists that he prefers to live in the here and now, but in looking back he’s found a magical, mesmerizing manner in which to forge a path forward: for him, for his music, and for his audience. [CD edition due March 27.]
Pharoah Sanders – Live In Paris: Lost ORTF Recordings LP (Transversales Dique)
A never-before released ORTF recording performed live at studio 104, Maison de la Radio,
Paris. First official release with the full permission and cooperation of the National Audiovisual Institute. Deluxe edition in classic Tip-On gatefold jacket, including exclusive liner notes and pictures.
Santana – Borboletta [Reissue/1974] LP (Friday Music)
180gm audiophile vinyl reissue. After some hot live performances and subversive jaunts made in the aftershock of Woodstock, Santana and his band entered the calm atmosphere of the recording studio in 1974 to make their sixth album Borboletta. [Translucent blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Tokimonsta – Oasis Noctuno 2xLP (Young Art)
Over the last 10 years, Grammy-nominated producer/DJ Tokimonsta has made an indelible mark on electronic music, and on pop culture at large. She was diagnosed with a rare disease known as Moyamoya, leaving her post-surgery unable to speak, create or even listen to music. Through
perseverance and faith, she’s creating music again with an unshakable sense of focus. Oasis Nocturno is set to be her 10th release in ten years and is guaranteed to be her most impactful yet.
Tzur/Hershkovits/Klampanis/Blake – Here Be Dragons LP (ECM)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. ECM debut of New York based, Tel Aviv born saxophonist Oded Tzur, a strikingly original player and musical storyteller. His graceful and fluid tenor sax sound has been influenced by studies with bansuri master Hariprasad Chaurasia, and the concept of raga is subtly embedded in his elegant compositions, played with verve and imagination by his outstanding Israeli-Greek-American jazz group.
Vamachara – Hereafter LP (Closed Casket Activities)
New EP release from the Southern California-based hardcore band.
Various Artists [Elaquent] – Forever is A Pretty Long Time LP (Mello Music Group)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. As with all brilliant producer compilation albums, the Guelph, Ontario-based Elaquent vividly constructs his own world. It’s the hip-hop equivalent of that old question: who would you want to invite to your dream dinner party if you had the chance? But instead, it’s the lab, and the visitors include a murderer’s row of underground MCs including Oddisee, Blu, Chester Watson, Cavalier, and Guilty Simpson. The curation is impeccable, but more than that, it creates its own orphic sense of magic.
Vatican Shadow – Opium Crop Airstrikes LP (Hospital Productions)
The final part in a series of first-time vinyl editions of previously tape-only releases from Vatican Shadow, ‘Opium Crop Airstrike’ returns to a vintage Muslimgauze-influenced sound before taking a mad, brilliant turn that somehow reminds us of both John Foxx and DJ Screw.
Vladislav Delay – Multila [Reissue/2000] 2xLP (Keplar)
Multila was the third album by Finnish producer Sasu Ripatti under the moniker Vladislav Delay. It compiles the Huone and Ranta 12” EPs Ripatti released on Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction label in 1999 and 2000. The album features six hauntingly murky dub ambient tracks and the impressive 22-minute techno odyssey “Huone”.
Wiki – Oofie LP (Wikset Ltd.)
Wiki, the New York-based rapper, is best known for once being a member of New York
City-based hip hop group Ratking with rapper-producer Sporting Life and rapper Hak. He was also a member of Secret Circle with rappers Antwon and rapperproducer Lil Ugly Mane. Oofie is his sophomore album.