CDs + Vinyl:
Avantasia – The Mystery Of Time [Reissue/2013] CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Originally released in 2013, The Mystery Of Time is a true milestone in Avantasia’s epic tale. The album offers a perfect blend of hard rock, power metal, epic melodies and arrangements resulting in a unique trademark sound developed and conceived by mastermind Tobias Sammet (Edguy) with an impressive cast of guests.
Berzerker Legion – Chaos Will Reign CD (Listenable)
Obliterate The Weak displays the perfect balance between brutality, melody, and harmony. Being a fan of the early ‘90s Swedish Gothenburg style, with bands like At The Gates, Eucharist, A Canorous Quintet, as well as being a die-hard fan of brutal old school death metal. [A red w/ black color vinyl pressing is due December 15.]
Bloodred Hourglass – How’s The Heart? 2xCD/2xLP (Out Of Line)
Bloodred Hourglass, the powerhouse of Finnish melodic modern metal sets out to captivate the metal world once again with their new album How’s The Heart. Known for their blend of melodic and death metal influences, BRHG have a storied history of delivering impactful music in the metal world. [A limited-edition color viny pressing (one disc black, the other white marble) is available.]
Busta Rhymes – Blockbusta CD/2xLP (Epic)
Busta Rhymes returns with his eleventh studio release executive produced by Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Swizz, along with Busta himself. The new album contains lead off singles “Beach Ball” featuring BIA, “Luxury Lifestyle” featuring Coi Leray, and “OK” featuring Young Thung along with a host of other features.
The Cat Empire – Where The Angels Fall CD (Diggers Factory)
Aussie icons The Cat Empire have had an illustrious career, spanning decades, genres, and millions of adoring fans from across the globe. [A yellow color vinyl pressing is due December 15.]
Cruciamentum – Ovsidian Refractions CD/LP (Profound Lore)
Eight years following their debut album Charnel Passages-which was one of the most anticipated death metal debuts of current canon-US-via-UK abyssic death metal contingent Cruciamentum has finally emerged with their sophomore album Obsidian Refractions. Taking everything in the band’s death metal paradigm to the next sonic measure beyond anything the band has previously released, this latest release combines the very essence and aesthetic of ancient cult death metal while encapsulating the dynamic, complex, next-level affectations relevant in today’s death metal landscape.
Day Wave – Past Life CD/LP (Play It Again Sam)
Los Angeles indie-rock pioneer Day Wave (the project of singer/instrumentalist Jackson Phillips) first emerged from the Bay Area in 2015 and quickly became known for his wavy lo-fi bedroom production. Tracks like “Drag” and “Something Here” put him on a global radar, boasting hundreds of millions of streams across DSPs and creating a lane for bedroom-pop that didn’t previously exist. Now Jackson returns to the forefront of the indie space with Pastlife, an album that tackles themes of love, loss, and maneuvering life in your 30s.
The Defiant – If We’re Really Being Honest CD/LP (Side One Dummy)
Recently released on green color vinyl – now available on CD. Members from The Offspring, Smash Mouth, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Street Dogs and The Briggs have united to form the new band The Defiant. Together the five members create a rock ‘n’ roll pedigree that culminates in a riot of melodic punk.
Deine Lakaien – Forest Enter Exit & Mindmachine CD/2xLP (Prophecy)
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Forest Enter Exit, Deine Lakaien release a new edition of their classic album, including the EP Mindmachine. The album is available as a black and a strictly limited silver double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, as well as a double CD in a digisleeve. The theme of the album has lost none of its topicality. Forest Enter Exit is about dreams and reality. Dream and reality are images that arise in the mind and are shaped by the character of the individual. Escape attempts such as drugs, mind machines and cyber worlds will not change anything, on the contrary, they will only accelerate loneliness. [A limited-edition silver color vinyl pressing is available.]
Diviner – Avaton CD/LP (Roar! Rock Of Angels)
Diviner is a Greek heavy metal band formed in 2011. After their thunderous debut Fallen Empires (2015) and the grandiose sophomore Realms Of Time (2019), which established their status, they return with their third and best album to date; powerful, melodic, epic, dark, spiritual, atmospheric, intense, aggressive, raw and diverse at the same time. [A limited-edition silver color vinyl pressing is available.]
DJ Muggs / Dean Hurley – Divinity CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
Legendary hip-hop pioneer DJ Muggs and frequent David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley join forces for the original score to the 2023 Sundance-premiering feature film Divinity. Equal parts sonically punishing and ethereal, the soundtrack delivers a unique punch that further intensifies the mind-bending, acid-trip experience of the film. [A limited-edition silver color vinyl pressing is available.]
Dool – Visions Of Summerland (Live At Arminius Church Rotterdam) CD/2LP (Prophecy)
Visions Of Summerland (Live At Arminius Church Rotterdam) is far more than just another live album. Dool recorded these tracks in the darkest of all nights during the winter solstice of December 23, 2022. It was not just physically the gloomiest time of the year, but also spiritually a dark hour for the Dutch dark psychedelic rock shooting stars. [A limited-edition white color vinyl pressing is available.]
Dream Unending & Worm – Starpath CD/LP (20 Buck Spin)
n both 2021 and 2022, Dream Unending and Worm releases closed out the year at 20 Buck Spin. For 2023, to complete the year-end trifecta, the two doomed titans now appear together on one towering release of cosmic duality, Starpath. With both bands dropping major works back to back in the previous two years, they became intrinsically linked in the imaginations of the fanbases. And while musically they almost couldn’t be farther apart, the foundational points when exhumed of the Earth, have plenty in common. [A limited-edition color vinyl pressing is available.]
Rik Emmett – Then Again CD (Deko Music)
Rik Emmett is best known as the guitarist/vocalist for the legendary Canadian hard rock band Triumph. Then Again is comprised of reimagined versions of classics like, “Lay It On the Line”, “Magic Power”, and “Fight The Good Fight”.
Judy Garland – Classic Duets CD/2xLP (BFD)
Duets is a collection of archival performances from the 1960s CBS The Judy Garland Show television series (1963-1964). The program features the stars of the day including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli and many more.
Grupo Los Yoyi – Yoyi [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (Mr Bongo)
A fusion of traditional Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms meets disco, jazz, and funk, with hints of ‘70s soundtrack productions, this much-loved cult album featuring nine predominantly instrumental tracks is a real treasure that deserves a much wider appreciation. One look at the trippy artwork and you know it is going to be special.
Guided By Voices – Nowhere To Go But Up CD/LP (GBV Inc.)
Nowhere To Go But Up is Guided By Voices’ third album of 2023 (and thirty-ninth overall) and is a sprawling, wild adventure. With virtually no choruses and just two repeated lyrics in forty minutes, GBV is audacious and unafraid. One of the most fully realized works that Guided By Voices has created, Nowhere To Go But Up showcases an expert rock band at the top of their game.
Hanorah – Perennial CD/LP (Ensoul)
Hanorah’s debut album Perennial explores the paradox of intimacy: it is as difficult as it is necessary. In the past seven years, the singer-songwriter collected stories that weave the dark side of romance and humor in heartbreak with personal moments of self-reflection. She visits and revisits these subjects with affection for her past-self, and a little bit more wisdom this time around. The music reflects the intimate themes-often clear, with minimal added effects, her sound evokes equal parts levity and nostalgia.
Kaz Hawkins – Until We Meet Again CD (Diggers Factory)
When she sings, Kaz Hawkins takes us into her vast and colorful universe, simple words express the strong emotions she writes about in an artistic universe that matches her endearing and free personality. Kaz Hawkins has never made a secret of her painful past, but her story has become her strength in writing soulful lyrics and singing with a rare sincerity and intensity. Performing other people’s music for 20 years, Kaz discovered her talent as a songwriter in poems she had written in secret. These poems then became lyrics when she began to put the melodies she had in mind within her own words. [Vinyl version due December 15.]
Jethro Tull – Broadsword And The Beast [Reissue/1982] CD/2xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
The Steven Wilson remix of Jethro Tull’s 1982 release Broadsword And The Beast, the band’s14th studio album originally released in April 1982 and according to Ian Anderson in the liner notes, “contains some of Jethro Tull’s best music.” This album’s masterful storytelling, accompanied by Ian Anderson’s unmistakable flute melodies, garnered critical acclaim, and has become a fan favorite over the years.
Nas – Magic 2 CD/LP (Mass Appeal)
Magic 2 is the sixteenth studio album by rapper Nas. The album serves as a sequel to Nas’ 2021 album Magic and is the fifth consecutive Nas album produced by Hit-Boy, following the King’s Disease trilogy, as well as the first Magic album. [A limited-edition color vinyl pressing is available.]
New Model Army – Sinfonia 2xCD+DVD/3xLP+DVD (earMUSIC)
Recorded at Tempodrom, Berlin on July 15th, 2022, with Sinfonia Leipzig and conducted by Cornelius During, it may seem like an obvious evolution, however, in true New Model Army style they have broken the barriers between band and orchestra, redefining that relationship and defying expectation. All songs have been arranged for orchestra by long-time friend and guest violinist Shir-Ran Yinon, who, in collaboration with the band, created something unique but staying true to New Model Army.
Oscar Peterson – 1964 CD (Mack Avenue)
Oscar Peterson’s trio with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen is widely regarded as Peterson’s “classic trio,” considered by fans as the most popular and in-demand of his long and storied career (featured on releases such as 1963’s Night Train and 1964’s We Get Requests). Recorded during their creative peak in 1964 (five years into their collaboration), this previously unheard and unreleased live performance is destined to become a fan favorite from the Oscar Peterson vaults.
Psychic Trash – Psychic Trash CD/LP (Riding Easy)
Psychic Trash’s self-titled debut is unmistakably uncompromising, a little theatrical, intermittently manic, and deceptively broad in style for just how much punk rests beneath. For the better part of the last fifteen years, the duo of Max Dameron (guitar / vox) and Sam Ford (drums / vox) have been too weird and too wild for this lame-ass planet. Specializing in the unexpected, Dameron and Ford have wrought an individual sound that’s as much post-Melvins sludge punk as it is futurist prog-metal.
The Refreshments – A Stiff One CD/LP (Wild Kingdom)
Call it pub rock, rhythm and blues, country, etc. “Sweden’s best kept rock n roll secret is back to claim their throne.” [A limited-edition red colorway is available.]
Marcus Rezak – Guitar Head CD/LP (Deko Music)
Chicago native and Guitar prodigy, Marcus Rezak has connected with Grammy-award-winner Paul Nelson (Johnny Winter) to produce his next body of work entitled Guitar Head, a blues-oriented album that melds his prestige in the jam, improvisation, and songwriting world with his roots that hail from the “Home of the Blues.” Rezak is joined by fellow stalwarts on today’s scene Ray Paczkowski (Trey Anastasio Band), Adrian Tramontano (Twiddle & Kung Fu), and Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu & The Machine) throughout the album, and Little Feat’s saxophonist, Erik Lawrence joins the ensemble for four tracks.
Sleeping Souls – Just Before The World Starts Burning CD/LP (Xtra Mile)
Just Before The World Starts Burning is the debut album from The Sleeping Souls. Known globally as Frank Turner’s loyal bandmates and fellow road warriors, they have played together for over a decade.
Soul Secret Agency – Soul Secret Agency CD/LP (Ensoul)
Soul Secret Agency delivers an eruptive and nostalgic retrospective into the 1960s peak era of soul and R&B. The Montreal retro-soul collective presents original songs about love, desire, and self-discovery, driven by lavish melodies and the vocal prowess of singer Abigail Galwey. The album was recorded on analog tape at the mighty Hotel 2 Tango with the guidance of engineer & producer Howard Bilerman (Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker, Arcade Fire’s Funeral) inspired by the sound of Motown with melodic driving bass lines, lush vocal harmonies, and upbeat steady grooves.
Thy Catafalque – Sgùrr [Reissue/2015] CD (Season Of Mist)
Thy Catafalque – Geometria [Reissue/2018] CD (Season Of Mist)
CD reissues of the seventh and ninth albums by the Hungarian avant-garde metal band.
Devin Townsend – Infinity 2xCD/2xLP (Inside Out)
Expanded 25th anniversary of this 1998 from the Canadian metal guitarist. Album jacket features an updated cover photo of Devin.
Tina Turner – Queen Of Rock N Roll LP/5xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Celebrating Tina Turner’s iconic solo career, and 50 years since her debut solo album, Queen Of Rock N Roll is an anthology of Tina’s legendary solo career through her singles. From an incredible cover of “Whole Lotta Love” on her album Acid Queen in 1975, all the way up to the Kygo remix of “What’s Love Got To Do With It” in 2020 and including duets with other legendary performers like David Bowie, Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart, the collection brings together Tina’s complete singles anthology for the first time ever, and features a new version of the classic “Something Beautiful Remains”, updated to simply “Something Beautiful” and reworked by legendary producer Terry Britten; an emotive and fitting, final tribute to the power of Tina’s legacy.
Univers Zero – Lueur CD/LP (Sub Rosa)
Univers Zero’s new album follows the lineage of Phosphorescent Dreams, originally released only on CD in Japan in 2014, and reissued as an LP on the Sub Rosa label in 2019. Lueur is the fruit of two years’ work and reflection, the foundations of which were laid by Daniel Denis (keyboards, drums, percussion…), then enriched by the contributions of Nicolas Dechêne (guitars), Kurt Budé (clarinet / bass clarinet) and Nicolas Denis (bass, percussion, vocals), all three presents on Phosphorescent Dreams. With this reduced line-up, Lueur offers a dense journey, rooted in the balance between power and calm, raging and serene sound. A balance, too, between complex arrangements and more contemplative moments. While this album continues the avant-rock tradition of Univers Zero, it also features some very short pieces, more electronic, tribal, and haunting sounds, and voice work that is new to the U.Z. universe.
Walter “Wolfman” Washington – Feel So At Home CD/LP (501 Record Club LLC)
A posthumous album by the legendary New Orleans artist, Walter Wolfman Washington. This collection of soul-stirring blues and heartfelt ballads pays tribute to Walter’s profound musical talent and is a poignant reminder of his extraordinary legacy, allowing us to immerse ourselves in his musical genius one more time.
Akiko Yano – To Ki Me Ki [Reissue/1978] CD/LP (Wewantsounds)
To Ki Me Ki follows Akiko Yano’s cult Iroha Ni Konpeitou LP and retains a similar blend of Japanese pop and New York funk.
Yes – The Yes Album (Super Deluxe Edition) 3xCD+LP+Blu-ray Audio (Rhino)
The Yes Album (Super Deluxe Edition) includes Steven Wilson’s newly remastered version of the original album on both CD and LP. Two previously unreleased concerts from 1971 will debut in the set as well. The first was recorded just a few weeks before The Yes Album was released, while the second was recorded six months later during the band’s US tour. These remarkable performances include live versions of songs from the album, such as “Yours Is No Disgrace” and “Perpetual Change”, as well as “Astral Traveller” and “Everydays” from the previous album, Time And A Word (1970). Wilson features the 2014 remixed The Yes Album and instrumental versions of all six album tracks. In addition, the Blu-ray disc offers four new mixes of The Yes Album including two versions in 5.1 Surround Sound, the 2023 Remaster, and the Dolby Atmos Mix.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
All Them Witches – Sleeping Through The War / Tascam Demos 2xLP (New West)
Double green color vinyl pressing housed in gatefold jacket. Includes sticker. LP 1 is the standard 2017 album. LP 2 contains demos including seven demo tracks recorded in the band’s garage on a reel-to-reel Tascam 388. All Them Witches’ Sleeping Through The War is the quartet’s most bold and well-crafted record to date. The album’s creation marks the first time in the band’s history that a record was written before entering the studio. This process allowed for an alignment of the band’s art, desire, and time.
Anenon – Moons Melt Milk Light LP (Tonal Union)
Anenon returns with a highly anticipated new album Moons Melt Milk Light, bearing his most personal, expressive, and arresting works to date. Anenon is the ongoing solo studio and live project of Brian Allen Simon, whom since 2010 has released multiple albums and EPs to critical acclaim, including the highly revered Tongue (2018) and Petrol (2016). Moons Melt Milk Light is direct, efficient, and unwavering in its immediacy. Anenon departs from the electronics of previous works, and embarks on a reductive, almost entirely acoustic approach consisting of piano, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, and field recordings. All the music was improvised with everything recorded as either a first or second take with no edits. [A limited-edition colorway is available.]
Auragraph – New Standard LP (Dais)
The latest by Texan-turned-Angeleno progressive vaporwave producer Carlos Ramirez aka Auragraph finds him shifting focus to the dance floor across eight chrome clockworks of cosmic acid house and liquid rave glide: New Standard. Inspired by lessons learned during a 5K mile American road trip tour in the summer 2022, he set to work in his Simi Valley Tuff Shed of synths and hardware, pursuing an explicitly DJ- friendly muse: “I realized I wanted to make a record where every track could go off in a live setting.” These cuts do just that, revved and rhythmic, peppered with slap bass, Madchester whistles, filtered acid, gated snares, baggy cowbell, and sample pack classics – record scratches, orchestral stabs, the “Yeah! Woo!” from Lynn Collins “Think (About It)”. [A clear vinyl pressing is available.]
Bastards Of Soul – Give It Right Back LP (Eastwood Music Group)
Released last week on CD and standard vinhyl – an indie store exclusive red colorway is now available. Bastards Of Soul return with their third album Give It Right Back, the last chapter in the band’s story following the death of their lead singer Chadwick Murray in 2021. The set features “This Love”, a song written by Chadwick and although he was never able to record the song, Keite Young (who performed the stunning cover of “Like A Ship” with Leon Bridges) stepped in with a beautiful rendition that Chadwick would be proud of. Also featured on the album are Daptone recording artist The Sha La Das and Colemine recording artist Ghost Funk Orchestra.
Raquel Bitton – C’est Magnifique LP (RB)
A compilation of sambas, bossa novas /boleros with Latin flair and is sung in French/Spanish.
Bloodshot Bill – Psyche-o-Billy LP (Goner)
From his first self-released album in 2001, through sixteen more, over thirty singles, and collaborations with the likes of King Khan, Mark Sultan, Jon Spencer, Deke Dickerson, and the 188.8.131.52’s, Bloodshot Bill has parlayed his unique blend of rockabilly, R&B, and garage rock into feverishly prolific productions that tap into the very roots of mutant rock ‘n’ roll. As his reputation has grown, Bloodshot Bill has been deemed a rockabilly wildman, a primitive, a seminal punk, a throwback to the wild ’50s, and the deranged spirit of psychobilly madness. His latest album, Psyche-o-Billy exudes raw energy and authenticity via a frenzied, stripped-down soundscape that defies all rules and descriptions.
Apollo Brown / Joell Ortiz – Mona Lisa [Reissue/2018] LP (Mello Music)
Detroit producer Apollo Brown has made a name for himself as one of Hip-Hop’s most legendary new producers while maintaining a golden era sound. His production credits are a who’s who of Hip-hop greats from Danny Brown to Ghostface Killah, Ras Kass to Westside Gunn. Even Chance the Rapper used a pair of Apollo beats on his debut mixtapes. Known for bringing the best out of musicians, Apollo has a knack for making timeless classics. Brooklyn’s Joell Ortiz started on none other than Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label and built a huge buzz in the industry. He’s worked with legends like Just Blaze among others. He then signed to Shady Records as ¼ of the supergroup Slaughterhouse. He’s worked with hip-hop titans Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Akon, and Big Daddy Kane. Now the pair of hip-hop luminaries are celebrating the five year anniversary of their first collaborative album with a deluxe edition including two new songs. [An indie store exclusive red w/ black colorway is available.]
Burna Boy – I Told Them LP (Atlantic)
The seventh studio album by Nigerian singer Burna Boy features guest appearances from 21 Savage, Dave, Seyi Vibez, J. Cole, GZA and RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, and Byron Messia.
Russell E.L. Butler – Call Me G 2xLP (T4T LUV NRG)
Call Me G is the new album by Brooklyn’s Russell E.L. Butler, their first full length LP since the release of 2018’s critically acclaimed The Home I’d Build For Myself And All My Friends on Left Hand Path. In the intervening years, Russell has experienced an accumulation of personal subjective experiences which are explored through captivating musical modalities and expressions on this sprawling, gorgeous, and deeply emotional album. Russell’s work on Call Me G can be described as a unique amalgam of early NY house music, dub techno and poetry. The album’s title track, as well as its instrumentals, are a kind of storytelling for histories that continue to exist without observation as well as for secrets and the power they hold despite their truth being obscured and sometimes lost.
Carpathian Forest – Morbid Fascination With Death LP (Peaceville)
Morbid Fascination Of Death is the third studio album by the Norwegian black metal band Carpathian Forest, originally released in 2001.
Carr Jam – 21 – Carr Jam – 21 LP (Wild Kingdom)
A project to celebrate the legacy of the late Eric Carr (Kiss 1980-1991) that tragically passed away 32 years ago. Together with some of the most well-known and Kiss inspired musicians, they´ve have recorded two songs written by Eric Carr plus three Kiss covers. This version includes a bonus track. The people behind the project are: Dregen (The Hellacopters, Backyard Babies), Gustav Kronfelt (video producer), Jolle Atlagic (Electric Boys, The Quill), Jesper Lindgren (Velvet Insane), Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper/Slash’s Snakepit) Åge Sten Nielsen (WigWam), Philip Shouse (Accept, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons), Jesper Binzer (D-A-D) and Martin Ekelund (Bonafide).
Ornette Coleman – Change Of The Century LP (Destination Moon)
Saxophonist Ornette Coleman was more than just a major force in the free jazz movement. In fact, the term was coined by the album of the same name released by his quartet in 1961, his guiding ethos the erasure of fixed structures via improvisation. Released in 1960, Change Of The Century is one of the ground-breaking albums Coleman cut for Atlantic with bassist Charlie Haden, drummer Billy Higgins, and trumpeter Don Cherry, which made a significant impact on the future direction of jazz. Relying on intuition, their musical chemistry and overriding openness, Coleman & Co. Here conjures some of the greatest work of his career.
Rupert Cox – Search Party LP (Albert’s Favourites)
Search Party is the debut album from pianist, Rupert Cox. Rupert has made a little following for himself already being a respected player for Myele Manzanza, China Moses, Chris Hyson and many more. His debut album swings between laidback contemporary jazz and swirling electronics. There are mellow and moving moments alongside joyful, uplifting melodies and dancing rhythms.
The Cramps – You Better Duck: Live At The Clutch Cargo’s, Detroit, MI, Dec 29th 1982 LP (Dear Boss)
Incredible ’82 live show from Clutch Cargo’s Detroit, featuring Terry Graham of The Gun Club on drums. The Cramps are on top of their game with psychotic interplanetary performance of infamous garage punk-a-billy underground hits as “New Kind Of Kick”, “Goo Goo Muck”, “Potentate Of Love”, and more.
Damn Yankees – Damn Yankees [Reissue/1990] LP (Friday Music)
Two new colorways: red and gold. Damn Yankees is the self-titled debut album by the hard rock supergroup Damn Yankees, originally released in 1990. It was certified double platinum in the US and featured such chart-topping hits as “High Enough”, “Come Again”, and “Coming Of Age”.
Charlie Daniels – Night Hawk LP (CDC)
Most of our concepts about cowboys, and all things western, are mostly derived from movies and TV. Well, the truth of the matter is, the real cowboys are not glow in the dark characters who go around fighting rustlers and cleaning out saloons with their fists. The actual working cowboy is a hard-working, different breed who spend endless hours in the saddle and as Louis L’Amour said, they “ride for the brand.” Nighthawk is a tribute to the working cowboy and his way of life.
Dead Moon – Going South LP (Mississippi)
An incredibly intense live recording from Dead Moon’s legendary 20-date first tour of New Zealand. Recorded before an audience of about 40 people in Invercargill (Keith Richards called it the arsehole of the world), this is Dead Moon at their most savage and intense, the way they were meant to be heard.
Deer Tick – War Elephant [Reissue/2007] LP (Partisan)
Limited heavy metal grey color vinyl pressing. John McCauley, III wrote, arranged, played, and recorded War Elephant at the tender age of 21. The album is full of songs wiser and more nuanced than John should have been able to produce according to natural law. The words are deliberate and heartfelt and follow the lead of singer/songwriter heroes of John’s like Townes van Zandt, Neil Young and Richie Valens.
The Donnas – Get Skintight [Reissue/1999] LP (Real Gone Music)
The Donnas – Turn 21 [Reissue/2001] LP (Real Gone Music)
Color vinyl reissues of the Detroit all-girl garage rock band’s third and fourth albums. Blessed with a formidable front woman in Brett Anderson, a guitar heroine in Allison Robertson, and a pummeling rhythm section in bassist Maya Ford and drummer Torry Castellano, The Donnas were one of the greatest punk bands of the ’90s, male or female, bringing a uniquely hedonistic yet feminist viewpoint to the genre.
Dr. John – Solo Piano Live In New Orleans 1984 LP (501 Record Club LLC)
Experience Dr John in a rare solo setting. This never released live show from 1984 shows off his magnificent piano skills in a set of some of his well-known tunes and other New Orleans classics.
Dying Wish – Fragments Of A Bitter Memory [Reissue/2021] LP (SharpTone)
Marble colorway. Following many successful tours, Dying Wish hunkered down in their native Portland, Oregon, to compose Fragments Of A Bitter Memory. As Brooklyn Vegan observed, “they do metalcore in a way that’s darker and more menacing than a lot of their peers,” and yet, “they could be the biggest band in the world when they let their [more melodic] side shine through.” If the band summon the energy, they’ve demonstrated at DIY festivals and shows up and down the West Coast, the album is destined to be a ripper.
East Forest / Peter Broderick – Burren LP (Bright Antenna)
Burren was recorded over one week in the ancient rocky hillside in Ireland called “the Burren”. Having never met in person before, there was only one precondition: no musical plan. Maybe it was the micro-dosing of the wild foraged fungi, or the drinking of pristine waters from an ancient spring just outside – but for both artists the time together felt precious and magical. “The Barren Burren” and “Resurrect Inside” are the proof. [A translucent green w/ blue colorway is available.]
Eddy – Fluid LP (Ensoul)
Fluid is the debut album from the Montreal-based group Eddy. The work is inspired by the sounds of trip hop, psychedelic soul, and pop. Abigail Galwey’s sensitive and assertive vocals fill the album with vibrant melodies. Danny Trudeau’s passionate bass playing acts as an undercurrent, moving the music forward. Overall, one can feel the fun Danny and Abigail have with their creative process.
Entombed – Uprising [Reissue/2000] LP (Threeman Recordings)
Limited-edition ‘ink spot’ colorway. Uprising is widely regarded as one of Entombed’s best albums, and a welcome return to their heavier death ‘n’ roll sound.
Espana – Nuevo Califato LP (Kuroneko)
Industrial punk from this mysterious duo, primitive but original and catchy. Punk as it used to be, confrontational, cynical, mean and with a dark sense of humor. Hailing from Barcelona they also are part of the infamous duo Ca de Bestiar, which is sort of the reverse of this project: while in Ca de Bestiar the punk component prevails over the industrial one in España the punk element is only left on the vocals and the attitude. And as with Ca de Bestiar, they enlist Viktor L. Crux as producer and mixer.
Ex Everything – Slow Change Will Pull Us Apart LP (Neurot Recordings)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Our world has been gradually falling apart. This may seem like a bleak point of view, but the collapse being witnessed inspired post-mathcore outfit Ex Everything as they created their eruptive debut Slow Change Will Pull Us Apart. “Everything around us-politically, socially, environmentally-seems to be stretching and breaking,” says guitarist Jon Howell. “Our record sits in that terrifying place where you’ve been watching it happen.” The Bay Area quartet boasts current and former members of Kowloon Walled City, Early Graves, Mercy Ties, Blowupnihilist, Less Art and others, but listeners shouldn’t mistake this for a short-term project or side band. This is a priority, every member focused and committed, and it only takes a few minutes with the album to understand how serious they are. “This band is completely its own thing,” says Howell. “It addresses the part of us that wants to write fast, chaotic, knotty, messy, pissed off music.”
Experimental Audio Research – The Köner Experiment [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Space Age Recordings )
Prepare to delve into the transcendental realm of experimental soundscapes with the re-release of Experimental Audio Research’s The Köner Experiment. Featuring Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3), Thomas Köner, Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) and others. Space Age Recordings are proud to present this iconic album. The artwork stays true to the original. Thomas Köner’s visionary work invites you to embark on an introspective journey where boundaries dissolve, and music becomes a profound experience. Each track is a portal to a world where sound is sculpted into something ethereal and thought provoking.
Feeling Figures – Migration Music LP (K. Records)
“Migration Music is not this generation’s first ramshackle-as-f***k art punk album and I’m not sure it’s even the 30 thousandth. But I do know Feeling Figures have arrived fully formed, with a real voice of their own (several in fact, that must be a good microphone). This album is simply too much fun to have been the product of years of serious study, though I’m told students occasionally have fun, too. I wouldn’t know, I’m a university drop out.”
Fredag Den 13:e – Mänskliga Gränstillstånd LP (Halvfabrikat)
Mänskliga Gränstillstånd (translated Human Limit States) contains 12 fierce hardcore/punk tracks in the same style as their previous albums.
Ghost Hounds – First Last Time LP (Maple House Music/Gibson)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. “In the world of good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll, Pittsburgh’s Ghost Hounds stand out from the pack with a new spin on the traditional approach of classic rock. On their new album, First Last Time, the band channels a combination of the blues, Southern rock and Americana flavors that would light up mainstream rock radio at any point in time over the last 50 years. Much like their label, Gibson Records, Ghost Hounds are every bit as timeless as they are fresh and modern. They seamlessly manage to blur the lines between the new and the old, and it’s all done with such masterful artistry and storytelling that it’s hard to believe that First Last Time is only their fourth full-length album as a band.” – SPIN Magazine
Don Pullen / Milford Graves – In Concert At Yale University [Reissue/1966] LP (Superior Viaduct)
Milfred Graves / Don Pullen – Nommo [Reissue/1967] LP (Superior Viaduct)
Milford Graves – Bäbi [Reissue/1977] LP (Superior Viaduct)
The late percussionist Milford Graves was one of the most unique artists the world has ever seen. Born in Jamaica, Queens in 1941, he began his career in the early ’60s as a part of New York’s vibrant Latin jazz scene. His focus quickly turned inward, shifting towards a practice that explored the very nature of self. From his work in the New York Art Quartet and collaborations with Albert Ayler, Sonny Sharrock and more to his important contributions during NYC’s loft era-he is, simply put, free jazz royalty.
David Gray – White Ladder Live 2xLP (Laugh A Minute)
David Gray’s White Ladder Live celebrates the 20th anniversary of the record-breaking album White Ladder. Recorded at Austin City Limits Live, at the Moody Theater, this live version will also feature four live covers including Soft Cell’s “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye”, “Tainted Love”, and David Bowie’s “Life On Mars”, and “Oh! You Pretty Thing”.
Margo Guryan – I Ought To Stay Away From You B/ w Why Do I Cry 7” (Numero)
Black w/ red splatter colorway. The first entry in Numero’s Margo Guryan series arrives as a limited-edition pic sleeve 45. Side A features the previously unreleased 1966 yé-yé inspired burner “I Ought To Stay Away From You”, paired with her latter day viral smash “Why Do I Cry”.
Dan Horne – Count The Clouds LP (Spiritual Pajamas)
Record producer and electric bassist Dan Horne returns to his Lone Palm a.k.a. Liberty Hair Farm studio in Echo Park, Los Angeles for the vinyl release of his debut full-length studio album, Count The Clouds. Recorded in 2020 – 2021 before his touring schedule kicked back into high gear with Circles Around The Sun and Grateful Shred, Horne unveils Count The Clouds, featuring eight songs with the multi-instrumentalist vibin’ out on all the guitars, drums, pedal steel, and keys. A flashback to mid-1960s psychedelic folk, Count The Clouds includes special guests NY Oh from Harry Styles’ band, Raze Regal, and Frank LoCrasto.
Iglooghost – Clear Tamei / Steel Mogu LP (Brainfeeder)
Brainfeeder has repressed some more classic (and long sold-out) Iglooghost material from 2019 on limited edition grey marbled vinyl. Steel Mogu and Clear Tamei are Iglooghost’s back-to-back EP follow-ups to his acclaimed full-length debut Neō Wax Bloom. As ever, the releases are bundled with multimedia storyline material that feed into Iglooghost’s ever-expanding narrative – giving longtime fans their first glimpse into the primordial era of the Mamu dimension. Although paired in format, the dual EPs draw from different corners of Igloo’s influences. Steel Mogu is a hyperspeed collage of synthetic, trance-influenced synths contorting around violent, mutating 808s – whilst Clear Tamei channels lavish string quartets and melancholic, fictional classical instruments.
Imperial Space Electric – Reptile Brain Music LP (Psychout)
Orange colorway. Imperial State Electric’s third studio album was originally released in 2013. Clocking in at a little over 33 minutes Reptile Brain Music boasts a dozen tracks of their particular and peculiar rock ‘n’ roll.
Jethro Tull – Warchild 2 LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
WarChild II is a collection of several tracks recorded during the War Child sessions from late 1973 and early 1974. They have all been mixed by Steven Wilson and were all included on CD2 of the War Child 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition in 2014. These tracks are on vinyl for the very first time with the running order chosen by Ian Anderson. The album features Ian Anderson (vocals, flute, acoustic guitar, saxophones), Martin Barre (guitars), John Evan (keys), Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (bass) and Barriemore Barlow (drums and percussion).
Kitchen Dwellers – Ghost In The Bottle LP (Diggers Factory)
Green colorway. Kitchen Dwellers twist bluegrass, folk, and rock through a kaleidoscope of homegrown stories, rich mythology, American west wanderlust, and psychedelic hues.
Waylon Jennings – Live From Austin TX [Reissue/2006] 2xLP (New West)
Bubblegum pink colorway. This performance by Waylon Jennings was no April Fool’s joke. This was the “new” Waylon, both personally and professionally. He had kicked a 20-year drug habit, split with RCA and signed a new deal with MCA Records. He discovered a passion for songwriting, teamed with legendary producer Jimmy Bowen, and produced some of the best work of his 30-year-plus career. He credited his wife and soul mate, Jessie Colter, for much of his inspiration. This was Waylon’s second trip to the ACL stage, but the one that best captures the raw edge and driving urgency that pushed country music way past its Nashville boundaries starting in the mid- ‘70s.
La Bibliothèque de la Bergerie – La Bibliothèque de la Bergerie LP (Kuroneko)
La Bibliothèque de la Bergerie is the new all-star project from producer Emmanuel Mario (Astrobal). Eleven evocative and exhilarating instrumental tracks, ranging from synthetic to acoustic, from detailed pop writing to sonic experimentation.
Danny Scott Lane – Shower LP (WRWTFWW)
Brand-new album by New York born, Los Angeles based ambient/jazz/downtempo musician Danny Scott Lane, following the recently released and very well-received cozy soundscape, Home Decor. Continuing to gently push (caress?) the boundaries of chill out music, smooth jazz, and comfy electronica, Shower draws inspiration from “the feeling of a steamy shower shared with a stranger after a night on the dance floor”, a warm immersive affair for the mind and the body. This latest funky auditory experience once again invites Matt Elliot Gooden’s soothing saxophone, and this time also welcomes the vibrant beats of drummer David Ruiz. Organic, discreet in the most relaxing and elegant ways, and just the right amount of sexy – Lane’s new creation offers the finest in audio cocooning.
Laolu – Now I See 12” (Crosstown Rebels)
Spirited and resonant, combining soulful female vocals with organic percussion and sweeping melodies throughout, “Now I See” is a warm and sonorous production set for heartfelt dancefloor moments, while “Monday To Sunday” featuring the impactful vocals of Kamohelo takes a darker path as swirling bass patterns, menacing synths and warped tones merge around the commanding flute for a powerful late night cut.
Yusef Lateef with Doug Watkins – Imagination [Reissue/1972] LP (Sowing)
Another legendary Lateef session cut in 1960 for the New Jazz imprint. The co-leader – bassist Doug Watkins – died tragically in a car accident in 1962 at the age of 27. However, prior to his early demise, he recorded dozens of wonderful sessions with some of the greatest jazzmen of his time, among them Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and the Horace Silver Quintet. Imagination! Marked his second and final album as a leader, and features Watkins on cello instead of bass. The use of cello – and oboe on some numbers – makes the date stand out a bit from the usual hard bop sessions of the period and straight-ahead jazz fans will want to get this.
Loveshadow – II LP (Dark Entries)
Bay Area DIY pop duo Loveshadow join up with Dark Entries to release II, their sophomore LP. Anya Prisk and Izaak Schlossman met in Oakland in 2016, bonded over their love of ’80s sounds and immediately began building their musical world with lush synths, funky basslines, and irresistible hooks. The past is always in their palette, but Loveshadow’s nostalgia doesn’t trace to any single locus; it’s more like a cloud, and it’s through this haze that they breathe new life into the music they love.
Mac Miller – Watching Movies With The Sound Off [Reissue/2013] LP+10” (Rostrum)
Red colorway. 10th anniversary deluxe edition of Mac Miller’s second studio album Watching Movies With The Sound Off on heavyweight galaxy vinyl. Includes a bonus 10″ zoetrope picture disc with bonus track “The Star Room (OG Version)” and a never released vinyl exclusive track “The Quest”.
Kylie Minogue – Kylie [Reissue/1988] LP (Pal Productions Ltd.)
Neon pink colorway. Kylie Minogue’s classic pop debut Kylie the first of four albums she recorded with the production powerhouse Stock Aitken & Waterman. Released on the PWL and Mushroom labels, the album spawned six singles including “Got To Be Certain”, “The Loco-Motion” and the smash hit “I Should Be So Lucky”.
Mipso – Book Of Fools LP (Monostereo Vinyl)
After a decade on the road and five acclaimed albums, Mipso is starting fresh with Book Of Fools, a loose and groovy live-to-tape rock record that manages to put the self-assured four-piece in a brand new context (electric guitars, barroom piano) while highlighting what makes Mipso special: great harmonies, killer grooves, and brilliant songwriting.
Barbara Moore – Vocal Shades And Tones [Reissue/1972] LP (Be With)
Vocal Shades And Tones is a miraculous leftfield library classic from the genius mind of celebrated UK composer/singer/vocal arranger Barbara Moore. It’s a heavenly groove-based blend of jazz, Latin, soft-psych, folk-funk, and gospel soul. Recorded for the legendary Music de Wolfe in 1972, it’s an audacious start-to-finish listen, as dizzying as it is dazzling. It’s a perfect snapshot of a musical era, supported by Moore’s glorious vocal arrangements. Widely regarded among collectors, DJs, and lounge/easy-listening acolytes as an absolute essential, it is viewed as the holy grail by many production music heads, rarely appearing for sale and disappearing in a flash when it does.
Movulango – The Irony 12” (Deewee)
Movulango’s musical paintings are a visual and intuitive reflection of what it feels like to be him. His weekly radio show, Radio Atlantis on StuBru, Belgium, is a clever alias he uses to explore different worlds, deconstruct existing music, and blend it with his own musical experiments. His latest project The Irony is further insight into Movulango’s divine mind, building deeply personal stories on feeling and emotion that bundle into soaring melodies and lyrics. You can try your best to understand what it all means, or you can sit back and let them bewitch your mind and soul.
Overkill – Scorched 2xLP/Cassette (Nuclear Blast)
Orange colorway. Setting the scene ablaze, the rough and rowdy Overkill has reappeared to bludgeon your ears with their twentieth studio album: Scorched. For over three-and-a-half decades their bottom-line crazy method of thrash has produced some of the most signature moments in the world of metal. [An indie store exclusive gold cassette version is available.]
Md Pallavi – Remixes From The Clouds 12” (Multi Culti)
Two classically trained musicians from vastly different traditions, Md Pallavi and Andi Otto came together to create a jewel of a record in Songs For Broken Ships and Multi Culti have whipped up a stunning remix package for it featuring Simone de Kunovich, Auntie Flo, Peter Power, Kaleema and more.
Parliament Funkadelic – Get Up Off Your Ass: Live In Detroit 1977 LP (Out-Sider)
Everybody with a deep knowledge in R&B is confident with the essence of live P-Funk: the costumes, the stagecraft, the dozen-plus musicians. Alongside Sun Ra Arkestra this was pure Afro-futurism, a long time before it was current language. The so-called coming of the Mothership took place in this 1977 live, during the life changing P. Funk Earth Tour. Anyone who’s seen footage of the band at their prime can’t overstate the greatness of their spectacle.
Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels – The Last Roundup: Live From the Bijou Cafe in Philadelphia, March 1973 2xLP (Org Music)
In early 1973 Gram Parsons embarked on a tour to promote his recently released first solo album GP. He put together a skilled band, including the then unknown Emmylou Harris as his singing partner. The shows were a bit uneven at first, but by mid-tour the band started to find its groove. One show stood out to pedal steel player Neil Flanz – the third night at the Bijou Cafe in Philadelphia. Neil felt that this was the best show of the tour and requested a copy of the soundboard recording. He saved it for almost 40 years before it was acquired by Amoeba Music for a future release. It then disappeared in the vault for another 10 years before being rediscovered when Amoeba moved to a new location in L.A. A 50-year-old soundboard cassette offers unique challenges, but thanks to the efforts of some of the world’s best archival sound restoration engineers, the beauty and energy of Gram, Emmy, and the band shine through.
Paul C – Let The Bass Kik 12” (Hot Creations)
A mainstay within the Italian house landscape for over two decades, DJ/producer and label owner Paul C has delivered quality house records via a wealth of top-tier imprints while featuring at key clubs across Europe and beyond. Having made his debut on the label back in 2013 with his bustling collaboration Get This!, with 2015’s follow-up Pinball also proving to be a favorite for many, he now returns to Hot Creations as he delivers three impressive tracks across his Let The Bass Kik EP.
John Prine – The Oh Boy Singles 7” Jukebox Box Set 8×7” (Oh Boy)
Modeled precisely after Prine’s 1935 Wurlitzer Jukebox, the collection features the eight singles John released throughout his career on Oh Boy Records packaged in their original artwork.
Radio Slaves – Wake Up (Remixes) 12” (Rekids)
The original “Wake Up” saw Matt Edwards, aka Radio Slave, utilize low-slung grooves and an iconic speech-like vocal. Superpitcher remixes the track ﬁrst, turning it into an acid-infused trip with its vocal samples echoing through cavernous, dubbed-out soundscapes. On the ﬂip, we see Idjut Boys turn up the ﬂange in their hypnotic version while maintaining the original’s bassline and stripping back the vocal to eerie whispers.
Raze Regal & White Denim Inc. – Raze Regal & White Denim Inc. LP (Bella Union)
Raze Regal, prolific electric guitarist and James Petralli, founding member and vocalist of Austin, Texas indie rock legends White Denim, met during a West Coast tour in 2019, and quickly formed a deep friendship bound by their mutual love of ’60s and ’70s rock, the jazz saxophone innovations and compositions of Eddie Harris, Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter, ’80s R&B production techniques and new wave energy. What followed for both men was a period of intense personal change, growth, and transformation – a period that is reflected in the creation of Raze Regal & White Denim Inc., a profoundly collaborative album that saw both musicians pour years of blood, sweat, and tears into some of the most soul-affirming music of their careers.
Red Reign – Don’t Look Back LP (Deko Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Red Reign is comprised of singer/guitarist Carlton “Bubba” McMichael, guitarist Stevie Shred, bassist Larry Moore, and drummer Sammy Lee. Bridging the sounds of yesterday and today, the band has issued a pair of hard-hitting yet melodic releases thus far, 2021’s self-titled EP and now 2023’s full-length Don’t Look Back, both of which have been overseen by Grammy Award-nominated multi-platinum producer David Ivory (Halestorm).
The Rezillos – Can’t Stand The Rezillos [Reissue/1978] LP (Survival Research)
After a debut single in 1977, forward-thinking Edinburgh punk band The Rezillos signed to Sire, leading the band to record their acclaimed debut Can’t Stand The Rezillos in New York, where co-produced Bob Clearmountain drew out the best of their abilities. The anthemic “Top of the Pops” reached the UK top-20 and spirited punk covers of The Dave Clark Five’s “Glad All Over”, Gerry & The Pacemakers’ “I Like It”, and Fleetwood Mac’s “Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight” added to the appeal. The band would soon split and reform as The Revillos, but nothing beats the power of this unmatched debut LP. Four bonus tracks included.
De Schuurman – Bubbling Inside [Reissue/2021] LP (Nyege Nyege Tapes)
Bubbling Inside is a collection of Schuurman’s most essential cuts from the era (2007-2009), with a couple of newer productions added for context. Crafted solely for the dance, most of these tracks were never properly released and have been painstakingly hunted down and collected by the Nyege Nyege Tapes together with Sascha Roth from Pantropical in Rotterdam and de Schuurman himself. Hearing them together highlights just how forward thinking the young producer was, steering a Dutch institution into the future. [A military green colorway is available.]
Richard Sears – Appear To Fade LP (figureeight)
Brooklyn pianist and composer Richard Sears debuts on Shahzad Ismaily’s figureight records with the hypnotic Appear To Fade, a gentle, melancholic, semi-improvised expression for piano and experimental tape loops, recorded in a single day. Appear To Fade unveils a realm where the boundaries between jazz and ambient music blur, guided by the skilled hands of Richard Sears on piano and Una Corda. This recording weaves between improvisation and composition, brought to life through the collaborative efforts of Sears and collaborator Ari Chersky, whose production and tape-looping techniques gives Appear To Fade a unique identity.
Sideral – Trills 12” (Habitat)
With his first solo release since launching the Sideral project earlier this year, Sideral’s Trills‘ EP is now available on Habitat, the new label from Italian duo Mind Against. Launching this past June with their standout Metaflora various artists compilation which included tracks from Ivory, Dyzen, Nandu, Ae: ther, and more (in addition to a collaboration between Sideral and Mind Against), Habitat keeps the momentum going with this exciting release.
Smash Mouth – Fush Yu Mang [Reissue/1997] LP (Real Gone Music)
Red w/ black colorway. San Jose-based ska pop-punkers Smash Mouth went double platinum with their 1997 debut record Fush Yu Mang (the title came from Al Pacino slurring “F* you, man” in the film Scarface) on the strength of their huge hit “Walkin’ On The Sun.” But the rest of the album is pretty rad ‘n’ rockin’, full of classic rock winks ‘n’ nods culminating in their skankin’ cover of War’s “Why Can’t We Be Friends”.
Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (DRR/Gamma)
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Snoop Dogg’s multi- platinum Doggystyle, heralded as one of the most important albums of all time, Death Row Records brings it back to retail with the original 1993 track listing on vinyl. This new 30th Anniversary edition includes the track “Gz Up, Hoes Down” which has not been on the album since it’s pressing in 1993. For new and old fans alike, this is the definitive version of the classic album that launched Snoop’s solo career and helped define the sound of Los Angeles in the process. [Two colorways are available: indies store exclusive green w/ black smoke and limited-edition clear.]
Ringo Starr – Stop And Smell The Roses: Yellow Submarine Edition [Reissue/1981] LP (Culture Factory)
Ringo Starr – Old Wave: Yellow Submarine Edition [Reissue/1983] LP (Culture Factory)
Stop And Smell The Roses is a studio album originally released in 1981 which includes contributions from Paul McCartney, Ronnie Wood and Stephen Stills. Old Wave is critically known as “Ringo’s most overlooked album” & “Ringo’s solo masterpiece”. Both are pressed on translucent yellow vinyl.
Ringo Starr and His All-Star Band – Live At The Greek Theater 2019 2xLP (BFD)
Yellow colorway. Ringo and His All-Starr Band recorded live in October 2019 at the iconic Greek Theater in Los Angeles featuring Greg Rolie (Santana), Steve Lukather (Toto), Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Colin Hay (Men At Work) and Ringo performing all the classic hits these artist and bands have made famous such as “Black Magic Woman” (Santana), “Rosanna” (Toto), “Pick Up The Pieces” (Average White Band), “Who Can It Be Now?” (Men At Work) and of course “Yellow Submarine”, “Photograph”, “It Don’t Come Easy”, and many more Ringo classics.
Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 – These Things Remain Unassigned (Singles, Compilation Tracks, Rarities & Unreleased Recordings) 2xLP (Bulbous Monocle)
These Things Remain Unassigned – a phrase coined by Brian Hageman, one of the band’s musical snake appendages emanating from its Medusa crown – is presented as a double LP (gatefold jacket with a twelve-page libretto). It gathers the band’s singles, compilation tracks, outtakes and never released gems encompassing the arc of TFUL’s musical corpus. Beyond the rare singles and unreleased tracks from the TFUL archives, are cover versions from such disparate artists and composers as Ennio Morricone, Krzysztof Komeda, The Residents, The Shaggs, Caroliner Rainbow and Pérez Prado.
This Is The Kit – Bashed Out [Reissue/2015] LP (Brassland)
Eco mix. This Is the Kit (TITK) is the much beloved musical project of Kate Stables, born in England and based in Paris. Bashed Out was produced Aaron Dessner, a member of The National known for both minting indie icons (Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives) and, more recently, becoming a producer to stars like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. The backing band gathered for Bashed Out combines the talents of TITK’s touring members alongside session players drawn from the Brooklyn music scene: Bryce Dessner, Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The Gloaming), Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) and Ben Lanz (Beirut, The National) made key contributions.
The Trews – House Of Ill Fame [Reissue/2003] 2xLP+CD (Nettwerk)
Casewrapped box set. Acclaimed Canadian rock band The Trews introduced their magnetic and massive sound on the full-length debut album, House Of Ill Fame, in 2003. Drawing on rock, pop, punk, and metal, the band took over radio in Canada with “Not Ready To Go”, and twenty years and a Canadian Platinum certification later, the songs still pack their original punch. Upon release, Sputnik Music raved “All of the songs are great, spectacular even. And many have an insanely catchy beat to them, making this possibly one of the best rock records in a while.” The album kickstarted an incredible journey for the band.
Tygers Of Pan Tang – Burning In The Shade [Reissue/1987] LP (Cargo Edition)
Limited orange color vinyl pressing of the sixth studio album by the British heavy metal band.
U.D.O. – Solid [Reissue/1997] LP (AFM)
U.D.O. – Holy [Reissue/1999] LP (AFM)
U.D.O. – No Limits [Reissue/2002] LP (AFM)
U.D.O. – Man And Machine [Reissue/2002] LP (AFM)
Limited-edition color vinyl reissues of the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth albums by the German heavy metal band founded by Udo Dirkschneider in 1987 after the breakup of Accept.
Various Artists – Where Rock ‘n’ Roll Was Born: Celebrating 100 Years Of Sam Phillips 2xLP (Sun)
Blue colorway. Determination and passion drove Sam Phillips to create Sun Records and change music forever, and Sun is celebrating his 100th birthday with this double-LP anthology of songs he brought to life. The gatefold features archival photos and liners from Grammy-winning writer Robert Gordon about Phillips’ legendary legacy. Known as “The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll,” tracks from artists like Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis remind listeners what the Big Bang of rock ‘n’ roll sounded like in 1950s Memphis.
Vecchio – Afro-Rock [Reissue/1971] LP (Be With)
Vecchio’s Afro-Rock is one big horn-heavy, bass-blasting, Latin groove funk-rock party. This beautifully presented reissue, part of Be With’s fresh campaign with Music de Wolfe, is well overdue. A magnificent and somewhat obscure library set that’s just a total, cohesive joy from start to finish, this here is the soundtrack to all your smokin’ summer BBQs and communal cookouts. Afro-Rock is the debut album by Argentine keyboardist Luis Vecchio. Recorded for the sound library label de Wolfe, the album is frequently mentioned in hushed reverence among the beat digger DJ collecting crowd. It features fiery brass charts, funky bass lines, fluttering flute, choppy organ, and additional hand tribal percussion.
War Of Ages – Dominion LP+MP3 (Facedown)
Limited splatter color vinyl pressing of the tenth (and latest) studio album by Christian metal band War Of Ages.
Roger Webb Sound – Moonshade [Reissue/1971] LP (Be With)
The Roger Webb Sound’s Moonshade is one of the coolest records ever. Originally appearing via the legendary de Wolfe library in 1971, it’s a sumptuous jazz-soul-funk instrumental set. Full of melodic, melancholic yet sun-drenched songs, rich with color and contrast, it was composed by self-taught jazz pianist Roger Webb and features vocal performances by Barbara Moore.
Ben Webster – Soulville [Reissue/1958] LP (Destination Moon)
After a time with Duke Ellington, expressive tenor saxophonist Ben Webster went solo, recording an early LP for Norman Granz’s Norgran label leading him to his most successful phase with Verve, following a merger. Soulville is easily the best of the bunch, with Webster’s breathy tones given a fitting accompaniment by Oscar Peterson and his group, then including bassist Ray Brown, guitarist Herb Ellis, and understated drummer Stan Levy; versions of “Lover Come Back To Me” and “Makin’ Whoopee” sound excellent, but bluesy originals such as “Last Date” and the title track are truly outstanding.
Chris Whitley – Din Of Ecstasy [Reissue/1995] LP (Real Gone Music)
Clear w/ smoke colorway. Din Of Ecstasy is the second studio album by singer-songwriter and guitarist, Chris Whitley. It was originally released on Columbia Records in 1995.
Ann Wilson & Tripsitter – Another Door LP (Dualtone Music Group)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Prior to starting the 2023 tour, Ann Wilson, and her band Tripsitter finished Another Door, a record of all-original material, which marks the first time since the ’70s that Ann has written a full-length album collectively with a band. Tripsitter features Tony Lucido (bass), Ryan Wariner (guitars), Sean T. Lane (drums), and Paul Moak (guitars and keyboards). Tom Bukovac (guitars) was also a primary contributor. Another Door marks the first time in her career where Ann was the sole lyricist and her presence on a record has never been greater.
Ben Wright – The Dream Weaver [Reissue/1975] LP (Friday Music)
Two new colorways: blue and gold. The Dream Weaver is a solo album by singer and musician Gary Wright, originally released in 1975.
X-Wild – Savageland [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (Roar! Rock Of Angels)
In the year 1993 three ex-members of the world-famous German metal band Running Wild decided to form a new band called X-Wild. Following the success of the first two albums, the band recorded and released their third and what was meant to be, their final album Savageland in 1996.
Bailey Zimmerman – Leave The Light On 12” (Warner Nashville)
Released earlier this year on CD – now available on vinyl. The debut EP from the breakout country artist. Includes the singles “Fall In Love” and “Rock And A Hard Place”. Zimmerman was born and raised in the small town of Louisville, IL, where he grew up listening to hour after hour of country radio on long hauls across state lines with his father, who owned a trucking business. Back at home his mom instilled in him a life-long appreciation for the power chords and edgy vocals of ‘80s hair rock. From long hours on the gas pipeline, to late nights of back breaking roadwork, Zimmerman embodies the old school American values of hard work and dependability and applies the same steadfast mentality to his music.
Overkill – Scorched (Nuclear Blast)
Indie store exclusive gold cassette version. Setting the scene ablaze, the rough and rowdy Overkill has reappeared to bludgeon your ears with their twentieth studio album: Scorched. For over three-and-a-half decades their bottom-line crazy method of thrash has produced some of the most signature moments in the world of metal.