CDs + Vinyl:
Brian Adams – Reckless [Reissue/1984] CD/2xCD/2xCD+DVD+Blu-ray Audio (A&M)
Brian Adams’ 1984 smash (with the hits “Run To You,” “Summer Of ’69,” “Kids Wanna Rock,” etc.) has been digitally remastered and expanded with seven bonus tracks. Available in Regular, Deluxe, and Super Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a bonus 12 track live CD. Super Deluxe version features the live disc plus Reckless: The Movie on DVD and a copy of the album on hi-res Blu-ray audio.
Angrepp – Libido CD (Unexploded)
Sophomore album from the Swedish metal band — eight new songs with black metal with thrash and punk influences.
Attila – Guilty Pleasure CD (Razor & Tie)
“It’s been far too long since a heavy metal band could get the party started the way Attila can. Drinks will be pounded down, blunts will be blown, panties will be thrown, and everyone will have the time of their lives once they hear the Atlanta quintet’s sixth full-length album.”
Iggy Azalea – Reclassified CD (Def Jam)
Updated reissue of the Australian rapper’s debut album New Classic expanded with five bonus tracks. Guests include Rita Ora, Charli XCX, Ellie Goulding and Jennifer Hudson
Baring Teeth – Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins CD (Willowtip)
Immersive, hypnotic, and haunting, Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins melds seemingly opposing characteristics — streamlined songwriting and dizzying technicality, ambience and brute force, density and angularity, order and chaos — into a fully realized, cohesive listening experience.
Beyoncé – Beyoncé [Platinum Edition] 2xCD+2xDVD (Sony)
Expanded four-disc edition of the R&B/soul superstar’s 2013 album includes the original 14 track album and 17 track DVD plus a bonus CD containing six additional tracks — including new songs, ”7/11” and ”Ring Off” plus four new and unreleased remixes with some superstar collaborators — and a live performance DVD that chronicles the year-long ”Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.” Also includes a mini version of the official 2015 Beyoncé calendar, and more.
Maurizio Bianchi – Untitled 1980 CD (Important)
CD reissue of cassette-only Untitled 1980 by Italian pioneer of noise and industrial music, paired with a 2013 re-working of the original material into four entirely new compositions.
Bjork – Biophilia Live 2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray (One Little Indian)
Biophilia Live is a concert film by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland that captures the human element of Bjork’s multi-disciplinary multimedia project: Biophilia. Recorded live at Bjork’s show at London’s Alexandra Palace in 2013, the film features Bjork and her band performing every song on Biophilia and more using a broad variety of instruments some digital, some traditional and some completely unclassifiable. The film premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival and has appeared at Festivals around the Globe since.
The Brand New Heavies – Sweet Freaks CD (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Tenth album from the London-based acid jazz innovators and expert purveyors of funky grooves and incredibly soulful harmonies.
Buffalo Killers – Fireball Of Sulk CD/LP (Sun Pedal Recordings)
“Cincinnati’s favorite bearded, bohemian brethren, Buffalo Killers are back and are producing cool rocking music at a speed that would make Bob Pollard blush. Their newest release from Sun Pedal Recordings is called Fireball Of Sulk and is a 6-track bookend-like follow-up to their album Heavy Reverie which just came out this past Spring. Heavy Reverie marked a huge turning point for the band in many ways: not only was it their first time working with Sun Pedal, but the band chose this moment to expand their sound by adding slide-style maestro Sven Kahns on both guitar and lap-steel.” – WVXU
Michael Chapman – The Polar Bear CD/LP (Blast First Petite)
Third album in series of improvisational music — includes a duo performance with Thurston Moore, experiments with cello accompaniment, and Chapman’s atmospheric slide guitar work.
Child Bite – Strange Waste CDEP/12” (Housecore)
“Strange Waste fuses all walks of extreme from metal, noise, and hardcore without falling squarely into any of one those genres.” – Philanselmo.com
Circa Survive – Descensus CD/LP (Sumerian)
Fifth album from the prog rock band.
Nels Cline & Julian Lage – Room CD (Mack Avenue)
“Room reminds me a little bit of the old Chet Atkins and Les Paul duets; it has some frantic energy in it. But I like the way they set up like a phrase or an idea … and then they’ll go exploring off of that, sometimes in free improvisation, which Lage has not done at all. His recorded career has been very much driven by the standards and, sort of, the classic jazz songbook. You can feel that he’s stretching maybe a little bit to fit into Nels’ world. And Nels is probably moving a little bit toward him. It’s definitely brokering a middle place between where each of them are comfortable. And here they’re playing off each other and going in places I didn’t expect. I like how you really hear the attacks, too. You’re getting that sense of them being right next to each other, bouncing ideas.” — NPR
Cloudkicker – Live With Intronaut CD (Century Media)
During an off-date of Cloudkicker’s inaugural tour, in which Intronaut served as his backing band, the skilled musicians headed to Fathom Tree studio in Texas for a live-to-tape recording of their set. Vinyl version due December 16.
Coldplay – Ghost Stories Live 2014 CD+DVD (Atlantic/Parlophone)
Ghost Stories Live 2014 is a new concert film and live album from Coldplay. Filmed by Grammy-nominated director Paul Dugdale, the film documents the band’s unique performance of the Ghost Stories album to a small handful of fans in March 2014, two months prior to the album’s release. Shot in a custom-built amphitheater at Sony Studios, Los Angeles, the advanced production sets the band’s performance against stunning 360-degree and overhead imagery. The package is completed by eight music videos from the Ghost Stories era, including two never-before-seen films for B-sides “All Your Friends” and “Ghost Story” plus the exclusive Extended Director’s Cut of the “Magic” video (with a brand new cameo from Peter Fonda).
Copeland – Ixora CD (Tooth & Nail)
It’s been almost six years since Copeland has released new music. Though each member has been pursuing new ventures, inside and outside of the music industry both collectively as well as individually, Aaron Marsh, Bryan Laurenson, Stephen Laurenson, and Jonathan Bucklew have reunited to record and self-release their fitth full-length album, Ixora. The record was recorded and produced by Aaron Marsh at his studio in Lakeland, FL, The Vanguard Room.
Cripper – Hyena CD (Metal Blade)
A mix of old-school and modern thrash metal.
Cursive – The Ugly Organ [Reissue/2003] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Saddle Creek)
Cursive’s classic 2003 album fully remastered along with eight bonus tracks from the era, including four tracks from the 8 Teeth To Eat You EP, never before on vinyl. Also includes new album cover, an extensive booklet containing photos from band’s archive, original artwork drafts, handwritten lyrics, and new liner notes written by Kyle Ryan of The A.V. Club.
Deadmau5 – 5 Years Of Mau5 2cCD (Ultra)
Double-CD retrospective from the electronic music producer. The first disc features highlights from his back catalog while the second disc features remixes from the likes of Dillon Francis, Eric Prydz, Madeon, Michael Woods and more.
Desecravity – Orphic Signs CD (Willowtip)
Japan’s most extreme band returns with their new second full length Orphic Signs. With their previous full length the band received many accolades in the metal community including being mentioned in year-end best-of lists and even being raved about in the press by metal legend Eric Rutan.
Divine Ascension – Liberator CD (Vicisolom Productions)
Sophomore album from the Australian progressive metal band.
D.O.A. – Positively D.O.A. [33rd Anniversary Reissue] CD (Sudden Death)
Reissue of this 1981 EP, released to coincide with the 33rd (?) anniversary of its first pressing. Originally released on Alternative Tentacles in time for D.O.A.’s first road trip to the United Kingdom, the five-track Positively D.O.A. was named ”Single of the Week” in the British press in October of that year. With five classic anthems packed into its grooves, the EP helped pave the way for Canada’s legendary punks to shake up the world musically and culturally. This is the first time this early DOA gem has been reissued since 1984. Vinyl version due January 20.
Elbow – World Café Live CDEP (Concord)
Special five-song EP recorded at WXPN’s NON-COMMvention at World Café Live in Philadelphia, May 2014. Vinyl version due December 9.
Danny Elfman – So Lo [Reissue/1984] CD (Varese Sarabande)
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the 1984 solo album from the Oingo Boingo leader (and later film composer). So-Lo was performed by members of Oingo Boingo, but deliberately not released under the Oingo Boingo name in order to circumvent a dispute with the band’s record label. Elfman stated that he used the opportunity to release material that would not be suitable for an actual Oingo Boingo album, moving away from the band’s ska origins and more towards mainstream synthpop.
Brian Eno/Jon Hassell – Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics [Reissue/1980] CD/LP+CD (Glitterbeat)
Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics was not only a defining moment in the development of what Eno coined as “ambient music” but it also facilitated the introduction of Hassell’s “future primitive” trumpet stylings and visionary “Fourth World” musical theories to the broader public.
Espectrostatic – Escape From Witchtropolis CD/LP (Trouble In Mind)
Austin, TX resident Alex Cuervo (Blacktop, Hex Dispensers) turned a few heads last year with his new project Espectrostatic; his synth-based electronic project in favor of spooky electronic pulses and synth drones a la John Carpenter and Tangeringe Dream. Escape From Witchtropolis ups the anté with more sophisticated and subtle arrangements, letting the songs unfold organically, still inferring the presence of a soundtrack to an as-yet-unmade horror flick. (Vinyl on either mixed color or black wax.)
Faith Evans – Incomparable CD (BMG Rights Management)
New album from Faith Evans, the multiple platinum selling and Grammy award winning recording artist (seven-time nominee); New York Times best-selling author; television producer, and entrepreneur is currently celebrating a 20-year career in the music industry.
Faust – j US t Us CD/LP+CD (Bureau B)
j US t—pronounced “Just Us”—is the new album from legendary Hamburg band Faust. Founder members Jean-Hervé Peron and Zappi Diermaier have laid down twelve musical foundations, inviting the whole world to use them as a base on which to build their own music. The tracks presented by Peron and Diermaier are clearly, intrinsically typical of Faust in their own right, yet offer enough space for completely different works to develop. Which is exactly what they hope will happen.
Flake Music – When You Land Here, Its Time To Return [Reissue/1997] CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Before James Mercer started the Shins, he was in a band called Flake Music. They formed in 1992 and released their only album, When You Land Here, It’s Time to Return, in 1997. Upon the album’s release, Flake Music began touring largely due to support from Modest Mouse, amongst others.
The Flight Of Sleipnir – V CD (Napalm)
Odin’s eight-legged horse slides again by land, water and air of the Nordic underworld. On its back it carries a very precious cargo: the fifth album by the American band Flight Of Sleipnir, shortly and concisely titled V., with its atmospheric mix of stoner rock, doom and folk metal.
Forever Pavot – Rhapsode CD/LP (Born Bad)
Debut album from French pop songwriter Emile Sornin, inspired by ’60s film music, psych, library music, and prog.
Eric Fuentes – Barcelona 3xCD (Bmusic)
New album from the Spanish singer/songwriter, owner of Hang The DJ! Records, and former member of The Unfinished Sympathy.
Full Of Hell/Merzbow – Full Of Hell/Merzbow 2xCD (Profound Lore)
Double-CD collaboration between one of the most promising grind/hardcore bands around and legendary noise/experimental godfather Masami Akita aka Merzbow. The bonus disc contains exclusive tracks. Maryland/Pennsylvania unit Full Of Hell have made massive waves within the hardcore/grind movement over the last several years via a healthy output of EPs, splits, cassettes and two full-length albums.
Thomas Giles – Modern Noise CD (Metal Blade)
Second solo album from the Between The Buried & Me lead vocalist/keyboardist.
Selena Gomez – For You CD (Hollywood)
The multi-platinum recording artist presents a collection of her greatest hits along with three previously unreleased songs, including the single “The Heart Wants What It Wants.”
David Guetta – Listen CD (Atlantic/Parlophone)
“Considering Guetta is one of the world’s highest-paid DJs, it’s not altogether surprising that a lot of people are curious about his latest foray into the lucrative world of EDM. The buzz surrounding Listen is pretty loud right now, thanks in part to the insane number of people David has assembled to help out with the endeavor. According to the folks at Your EDM, David Guetta reached out to a ton of A-list musicians to assist with his latest record, and Listen is essentially a who’s who of top tier mainstream talent. If Guetta wanted to ensure that his album sells a ton of copies when it hits retail shelves later this year, then he found the perfect recipe.” – Inquisitr
Hierophant – Peste CD (Bridge Nine)
Hierophant play a great style of blackened, metallic, and sludgey style of music that incorporates elements of hardcore, punk, and crust within their sound. Vinyl version due December 23.
Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motan – Hamburg ’72 CD (ECM)
The legendary Keith Jarrett Trio, playing live at NDR Funkhaus, Hamburg. The trio with Haden and Motian formed in 1966 was Jarrett s first great band, his choice of players a masterstroke. With the bassist who had learned his craft in Ornette Coleman s band, and the drummer from Bill Evans’ ground-breaking trio, Jarrett was able to explore the full scope of modern jazz, from poetic balladry to hard-swinging time-playing to ferocious and fiery free music, the improvisation including episodes with Keith on soprano sax. The interaction between the three musicians is uncanny throughout, reaching a peak in an emotion-drenched performance of Charlie Haden’s “Song For Che.
JD & The Straight Shot – Where I’ve Been CD (Caroline)
New release from the Americana rockers. Produced by Joe Walsh, Where I’ve Been features the singles “Governor’s Song,” which challenges some of today’s most well known political figures; “Under That Hood,” a transformative single that tells the story of Trayvon Martin; and “Hard To Find,” which is featured in film St. Vincent. Vinyl version due February 17.
Jethro Tull – WarChild [Reissue/1974] 2xCD/2xCD+2xDVD Audio (Rhino/Parlophone)
Digitally remastered 40th Anniversary Edition of the original version of the band’s 1974 seventh studio album. This reissue has been newly remixed by Porcupine Tree’s studio wizard Steven Wilson. Available as a double-disc and four-disc Theatre Edition box set. The expanded box set features original album and bonus tracks (three previously unreleased), remixed in 5.1 surround and stereo by Steven Wilson; 10 orchestral pieces (nine previously unreleased) written for the film s soundtrack, four of which are remixed in 5.1 surround and stereo by Steven Wilson; flat transfers of the original LP mix at 96/24, and the quadrophonic version (with two bonus tracks) in 4.0; The Third Hoorah promo footage, and footage from a January 1974 photo session/press conference where the WarChild project was announced; an 80-page booklet featuring an extensive history of the project, a film script synopsis, track-by-track annotations by Ian Anderson, plus rare and unseen photographs.
Jupiter Lion – Brighter CD/2xLP (Bcore)
Jupiter Lion has most often drawn comparisons to the bygone Krautrock bands of Germany in the 1970s — a time when the synthesizer became emblematic of thinking outside the confines of music theory and individuating German music more towards experimentation.
Knife Party – Abandon Ship CD (Big Beat)
Debut album from the Australian electro house duo.
Lumen Drones – Lumen Drones CD (ECM)
Lumen Drones is a fascinating and powerful collaboration between Hardanger fiddle master Nils Økland and Per Stainar Lie and Ørjan Haaland, respectively guitarist and drummer with the Norwegian post-rock group The Low Frequency In Stereo. Specific influences include the Doors, The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Durutti Column and “the jazz of the Dave Pike set,” but the Lumen Drones also rove through modal, ambient, multi-folk, minimal and noise zones.
Maino – King Of Brooklyn 2 CD (Stage One Music)
Platinum plus selling Brooklyn rapper MAINO brings the crown back out and returns with his second project of 2014. Guests include B.O.B., French Montana, and Busta Rhymes.
Maninkari – L’ocean Reve Dans Sa Loisivete CD (Three Four)
Fashioned around the theme of the ocean symbolizing the subconscious, the hidden world and a very personal concept of “loisivete” a combination of idleness and law, Maninkari continues exploring a weird and dreamlike world. As usual, the Charlot brothers resort almost exclusively to the use of acoustic instruments with oriental origins (bodhran, cymbalom, santoor, zurna). Percussion instruments especially the bodhran play melodic or textural figures, whereas stringed instruments become repetitive to a point where they embody the rhythmics.
Michael Mantler – The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra Update CD (ECM)
In 1968, composer-trumpeter Michael Mantler recorded The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra. Released by ECM, this classic, groundbreaking album of composition and improvisation featured Mantler conducting a large jazz orchestra that included some of the era’s iconic free improvisers as soloists: pianist Cecil Taylor, cornetist Don Cherry, trombonist Roswell Rudd, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, guitarist Larry Coryell, saxophonist Gato Barbieri. With The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra Update, Mantler has re-imagined his 1960s music for the 21st century, with electric guitar and amplified string quartet added to the instrumentation.
Dave Matthews Band – Under The Table And Dreaming [Reissue/1994] 2xCD/2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Deluxe reissue newly remastered from the original flat analog tapes featuring three bonus tracks: the original studio version of live favorite ”Granny” and intimate acoustic versions of ”Dancing Nancies” and ”The Song That Jane Likes.”
Joni Mitchell – Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced 4xCD (Elektra)
This newly remastered career-spanning box set collects 53 tracks over four discs from her early Reprise label recordings through her later Geffen Records and back, personally chosen by Joni.
Connan Mockasin – Forever Dolphin Love [Reissue/2010] CD/LP (Mexican Summer)
Reissue of Mockasin’s debut LP, originally released in 2010. Perfect slices of light-headed psych pop, constructed around spidery hooks, pitter-patter percussion and slow, sinuous grooves.
Moody Blues – The Polydor Years 6xDVD+2xDVD+7” (Polydor)
An eight-disc set comprising six CDs and two DVDs featuring all of the Moody Blues’ recorded output for Polydor Records between 1986-1992. Each disc includes previously unreleased and rare bonus tracks. CDs are housed in a slipcase with a 64-page hardbound book and a 7” blue vinyl single.
The New Raemon – La Pols CD (Bcore)
The New Raemon returns after his last album, Darkness, At Last (Marxophone, 2012), with a four-song soundtrack to a play written and directed by Llàtzer Garcia.
Old Man Gloom – The Ape Of God I CD (Profound Lore)
Old Man Gloom – The Ape Of God II CD (Profound Lore)
The Ape Of God is presented as two separate albums, each with its own unique set of songs. Formed in the late ’90s in the wasteland desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico, by Aaron Turner (Isis, Mamiffer) and drummer Santos Montano, Old Man Gloom began as a simple side project and evolved into something of grandeur.
Jaime L. Pantaleón – La Ley Del Si CD (Bcore)
Five original songs and five cover versions that go from Chicago’s ‘90s indie to traditional Latin and Mediterranean music. Sometimes romantic and other times losing himself in a waterfall of ‘70s psychedelia, Pantaleón sings of loving, forgiving, and unrequited love.
Pitbull – Globalization CD (Mr. 305/RCA)
New album from the international superstar featuring collaborations with Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Derulo, Sean Paul, John Ryan, G.R.L, Bebe Rexha, Claudia Leitte, and others.
Powerwolf – The History Of Heresay II (2009-2012) 3xCD (Metal Blade)
This three-CD set includes Bible Of The Beast (+ two bonus tracks), Blood Of The Saints (+ two bonus tracks) and the bonus CD Sacrilege Symphony featuring five orchestral versions.
The Preatures – Blue Planet Eyes CD (Harvest)
The Preatures are a five-piece rock band from Sydney, Australia. In October 2013 the band played CMJ in New York and club shows in LA and London. They were featured by the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and singled out by NME as one of the top two acts of CMJ.
Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen CD/2xLP (Metal Blade)
Primordial’s new album brings their melding of black metal and Irish folk music full circle.
Prince Rupert’s Drops – Climbing Light CD (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
Prince Rupert’s Drops reflect, refract and reemerge in the form of Climbing Light, their dark and brilliant second full-length album — 42 minutes featuring eight songs of frighteningly unforgettable form. It’s a monumental, multi-hued musical death-trip that they have delivered. Generous moments of beauty, earth-worn balladry, bombastic beats, sing along choruses, it’s all here. (Available on CD and on “oxblood” color vinyl.)
Prodigy X Boogz Boogetz – Young Rollin’ Stonerz CD (Infamous)
Albert Johnson aka Prodigy, has been a staple in the rap industry since his debut in 1993 as an integral part of Mobb Deep. Prodigy’s verbal ability took center stage early in the original cult classic The Infamous.
Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back [Reissue/1988] 2xCD+DVD (Def Jam)
Public Enemy – Fear Of A Black Planet [Reissue/1990] 2xCD/LP (Def Jam)
Digitally remastered and expanded Deluxe editions now available. The second disc of It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back includes 13 rare bonus mixes, among them the original “No Nois” version of “Bring The Noise,” instrumental versions of “Rebel Without A Pause,” “Night Of The Living Baseheads,” and “Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos,” as well as the soundtrack version of “Fight The Power” from Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing. The third disc is a DVD of the 1989 VHS release Fight The Power… Live, directed by Hart Perry and long unavailable for sale. The second disc of Fear Of A Black Planet includes 18 rare bonus mixes, among them, the almost 10 minute-long “Enemy Assault Vehicle Mixx (Medley),” three separate remixes of “Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya Man!,” an uncensored and extended version of “Anti-Ni***r Machine,” instrumental takes on “911 Is a Joke,” Power To The People,” “Revolutionary Generation” and “War At 33 1/3,” in addition to three separate mixes of “Fight The Power,” including the “Flavor Flav Meets Spike Lee” take, featuring Branford Marsalis on sax.
CJ Ramone – Last Chance To Dance CD (Fat Wreck Chords)
By 1989’s Brain Drain, the Ramones’ eleventh and least compelling album, the band appeared creatively exhausted. Rather than pick up a New York City/CBGB has-been to fill the enormous shoes left by departing bassist Dee Dee Ramone, the band chose Christopher Joseph Ward, a young punk kid fresh out of the Marine Corps. Christened CJ Ramone, the band hit the road in 1989 on an extensive world tour that culminated in 1991’s Loco Live album. CJ is back in 2014 with Last Chance To Dance, a new album of even stronger material and a stellar backing band of Steve Soto (Adolescents), Dan Root (Adolescents) and David Hidalgo Jr. (Social Distortion). With a sound and style true to the Ramones, CJ Ramone has again added to the legendary Ramones canon with a positively infectious punk rock record.
Rick Ross – Hood Billionaire CD/2xCD (Def Jam)
New album from the rap superstar – available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe includes bonus tracks. Hood Billionaire is the follow-up to Rick Ross’ Mastermind, which was release earlier this year. Features the single “Keep Doing That (Rich Chick)” featuring R Kelly. Vinyl version due December 9.
Sam Scarfo X Ski Beatz – 5 Million Stories 2 CD (Infamous)
Sam Scarfo X Ski Beatz – 5 Million Stories 1 & 2 2xCD (Infamous)
Collaborative album(s) from the New Jersey emcee and the iconic hip hop producer. Includes guest appearances by Ghostaface Killah, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Patti Labelle, Fabolous, Smoke DZA and more.
Scout Ripley – Image Fiction CD (Aerial Ballet)
Violinist Claire Watkins loop-based experimental pop is fleshed out with an army of synthesizers, guitars, and percussion, taking this former bedroom project to new heights. Peppered with film, TV, and literary references throughout, the title of this EP is a reference to David Foster Wallace’s landmark essay E Unibus Pluram, wherein Image Fiction is described as a post-post-modernist reaction in ‘90s fiction to pop culture centric, reference-based literature. You’ll hear lyrical points of reference running the gamut from The Seventh Seal to Arrested Development.
Secret Pyramid – The Silent March/Movements Of Night 2xCD (Students Of Decay)
Double-CD set containing Secret Pyramid’s two albums, The Silent March and Movements Of Night. Originally released in 2011 on cassette, The Silent March can be viewed as something of a mission statement for Amir Abbey’s skyriding Secret Pyramid project. Critics have compared his sound to the more blasted entries in the Popul Vuh catalog and to Flying Saucer Attack’s cherished fuzz devotionals. 2013’s Movements Of Night finds Abbey further develop and refine the haunting, faraway sound world that earned the aforementioned release well-due praise. Deftly navigating the properties of sleep and unconsciousness, Abbey charts a course that is equal parts harrowing and funereal, tranquil and sublime. With Movements Of Night, Abbey casts his net into the abyss of the unconscious and returns with a potent paean to the dreamworld. (The Silent March has also been reissued on vinyl.
Simon & Garfunkel – The Complete Albums Collection 12xCD (Sony Legacy)
The most comprehensive Simon & Garfunkel library anthology ever assembled, The Complete Albums Collection includes the duo’s five studio masterpieces (first released between 1964 and 1970), newly remastered from first generation analog sources, and first-time remasters of The Graduate (the groundbreaking motion picture soundtrack album released in 1968) and the long out-of-print The Concert In Central Park (recorded in 1981).
Simple Minds – Big Music CD/CD+DVD (Caroline)
The 16th album from Scotland’s legendary electronic rock pioneers Simple Minds, and their first album of new material since 2009. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Vinyl version due December 9.
Skálmöld – Meo Vaettum CD (Napalm)
From the Nordic coolness of Island: Skálmöld dash again with a fiery Viking metal style that defies every winter and even brings the thickest ice floes to melt.
Sleaford Mods – Chubbed Up+ CD (Ipecac)
Sleaford Mods are a stripped down, political, electronic punk-hop band from working class Nottingham. Chubbed Up+ is a compilation of tracks from their discography circa 2006-2014. Vinyl version due December 9.
Soundgarden – Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path CD/3xCD (Geffen/UMe)
Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path is the first time an official Soundgarden release has included more than 26 years of rarities that have appeared as B-sides, album bonus tracks, EPs, soundtracks, compilations and live recordings, a must for any fan of the band. The package features three separate thematic discs in a clear plastic slipcase with three separate mini-jackets, each sporting its own unique art, a booklet and inserts, allowing fans to mix and match, personalizing their own album graphic layout. Available in Regular single-disc and Super Deluxe triple-disc editions.
Southside Desire – Southside Desire CD/LP (Pinata)
Southside Desire’s musical range is reminiscent of mid-80’s Replacements in its variety and sincerity cut with wit. RIYL: Neko Case, The Replacements, Wilco and Regina Spektor.
Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers CD/2xLP (Modern Love)
Stott’s new album is a largely analog variant of hi-tech production styles arcing from the dissonant to the sublime.
Submotion Orchestra – Alium CD/2xLP (Counter)
Since forming in Leeds in 2009 Submotion Orchestra have carved out their own special place in the UK’s ever-changing musical landscape. The seven-piece band’s fusion of bass heavy electronica, jazz, soul and much more besides has made them a favorites of the likes of Gilles Peterson, Trevor Nelson and Jo Whiley, whilst their live show has seen them play festivals around the world and sell out venues such as London’s famous KOKO.
Tokio Hotel – Kings Of Suburbia CD/2xCD (De-Code Ltd.)
Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe double-CD edition includes four bonus tracks plus an interview with the band.
Various Artists – Cold Waves Of Color CD (Color Tapes)
Collection of rare UK cold wave tracks taken from Color Tapes label cassettes released in micro editions between 1981-1985.
Various Artists – Native North America Vol. 1: Aboriginal Folk Rock And Country 1966-1985 2xCD/3xLP (Light In The Attic)
Native North America Vol. 1 features music from the Indigenous peoples of Canada and the northern United States, recorded in the turbulent decades between 1966 to 1985. It represents the fusion of shifting global popular culture and a reawakening of Aboriginal spirituality and expression. The majority of this material has been widely unavailable for decades, hindered by lack of distribution or industry support and by limited mass media coverage, until now. You’ll hear Arctic garage rock from the Nunavik region of northern Quebec, melancholy Yup’ik folk from Alaska, and hushed country blues from the Wagmatcook First Nation reserve in Nova Scotia. You’ll hear echoes of Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Cash, and more among the songs, but injected with Native consciousness, storytelling, poetry, history, and ceremony.
Various Artists – One-Derful! Collection: One-Derful! Records CD/2xLP (Secret Stash)
The first installment of the One-derful! Collection focuses on the namesake imprint of this legendary Chicago label group – to be followed by compilations of the Mar-V-Lus, M-Pac!, Halo, Midas and Toddlin Town sub-labels. It marks the first in-depth study of what was once one of Chicago’s most prominent African-American run labels. 25 tracks of orchestrated soul classics from McKinley Mitchell and Betty Everett, raucous mid-‘60s R&B dancers from the Five Du-Tones which shake every bone, superb deep soul ballads from Otis Clay, and extraordinary group harmony sides from The Sharpees and The Admirations, and more.
Various Artists – Static Waves 3 3xCD (Saint Marie)
2014 triple-disc collection of modern shoegaze, dream pop and alt/dream-rock.
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground CD/2xCD/6xCD (Polydor)
Digitally remastered edition of this highly influential album by the iconic New York band. Available in Regular, Deluxe and Super Deluxe editions. Deluxe double-CD edition includes the 11-track “Closet Mix” of the album. The 64-track, six-CD Super Deluxe package is housed in a case-bound book and features several different mixes including the remastered stereo mix by MGM house engineer Luis Pastor ‘Val’ Valentin, a set of 1969 recordings, many of which were previously unreleased, from the Record Plant in New York City that were supposed to be the band’s fourth album, several of which ended up on Loaded and Reed’s first two solo releases, and unreleased live recordings from The Matrix in 1969.
Wand – Ganglion Reef CD (God? Records)
Recently released on vinyl and cassette – now available on CD. Put Ty Segall’s newest fascination – right into the tape deck of the heart of your brain. It’s fitting that Los Angeles-based four-piece Wand is signed to Segall’s Drag City imprint God? Records. Both artists make music that hearkens back to the ’60s and ’70s, which beam with psych-tinged guitar riffs. But whereas Segall shreds with abrasive and reckless energy, Wand charms with infectious hooks and sugary psychedelia.
Robin Williamson – Trusting In The Rising Light CD (ECM)
Eight years on from the widely-acclaimed Iron Stone recording, Scottish singer/songwriter, harpist and guitarist Robin Williamson returns with a new album of self-penned pieces thoughtful and touching meditations on love, destiny, the natural world, roads traveled, and the daily pleasures of being alive today. The album finds Williamson in fine voice and in best creative form on his diverse instruments, drawing inspiration also from the ingenious improvisational input of violist Mat Maneri (further developing the association initiated on Skirting The River Road) and percussionist Ches Smith (last heard on ECM with Tim Berne’s Snakeoil band).
Witchmaster – Antichristus Ex Utero CD (Season Of Mist)
“For those not in the know, Witchmaster is a Polish black metal band with thrash/punk overtones who first appeared as long ago as 1996 with their Thrash or Die! demo. During that time they’ve had tracks put on various compilation albums, a couple of demos and now they’re on their fifth full length album called Antichristus Ex Utero. So, what can be expected from this album? Well, it’s very decent and catchy. Earlier material is quite rough sounding and deliberately grimy; containing an interesting thrash and punk flavored slice of black metal. To my ears, their material reminds me of what I would imagine a black metal Discharge may have sounded like – and in this particular album it evokes memories of early Impaled Nazarene. Or more specifically, the Latex Cult period.” – Echoes And Dust
Within Temptation – Let Us Burn: Elements & Hydra Live In Concert 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray (Nuclear Blast)
Recorded over two dates, one at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp and the other at the Heineken Music Fall in Amsterdam, Let Us Burn is a deluxe, 34 track live concert experience.
Wounds – Die Young CD (Razor & Tie)
New album from the Dublin, Ireland rock-metal group.
DVDs + Blu-ray:
Jeff Beck – Live In Tokyo DVD/Blu-ray (Eagle Rock)
Live In Tokyo was filmed at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan on April 9th this year. These Japanese dates were the first to feature Jeff Beck’s new backing band of Jonathan Joseph (drums), Nicolas Meier (guitars) and Rhonda Smith (bass), and the set-list includes some material from his new, as yet unreleased, studio album. In contrast to Beck’s previous visual releases, both filmed in small clubs, Live In Tokyo was shot in a major concert arena and has a very different, more expansive feel. 118 minutes.
Neil Diamond – Hot August Night NYC DVD/Blu-ray (Capitol)
Recorded live at New York’s Madison Square Garden in August, 2008, both the DVD and Blu-ray include the entire show from beginning to end and features 25 career-spanning hits from Neil’s phenomenal four-night sold-out run at the fabled concert hall. Also includes the exclusive bonus feature “Welcome Home Neil,” a behind-the-scenes look at Diamond’s pilgrimage to his childhood home in Brooklyn. 149 minutes.
Jason Isbell – Live On Austin City Limits DVD (Southeastern Records)
On August 19, 2013, Jason Isbell and his band The 400 Unit, stepped out onto the stage in front of a live audience in Austin, TX to film his first appearance on the longest running original music series in the US, Austin City Limits. 60 minutes.
Bob Marley – Uprising Live DVD (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
The Uprising Tour ran in Europe from May 30th to July 13th 1980 with five further dates in the USA in September. It was Bob Marley s last tour before his tragically early death in May 1981 at the age of just 36. The tour was in support of the Uprising album released on June 10th 1980. A few days later on June 13th the live show from Dortmund s Westfalenhalle was filmed for the famous German music TV series Rockpalast and is presented here on DVD for the first time with footage restored to the best possible quality. 118 minutes.
Metallica – Some Kind Of Monster [Reissue/2004] 2xDVD/2xBlu-ray (We’re Metallica)
In this documentary, Metallica is forced to examine their nature and their very existence as bassist Jason Newsted quits the band and frontman James Hetfield abruptly leaves the group to enter a rehabilitation facility due to alcohol abuse. Metallica’s management Q-Prime hires ”performance-enhancing coach” Phil Towle to help the group better understand one another as friends, bandmates, and human beings. The movie features interviews, rehearsal and concert footage of the band. It also features the audition process as the band searches for a new bassist. Well received by critics and fans, Some Kind Of Monster won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature. This edition also includes deleted scenes, footage from film festivals and official unveilings, music videos, and more. 166 minutes.
The Postal Service – Everything Will Change DVD+Blu-ray (Sub Pop)
Everything Will Change is a feature-length documentary concert film of The Postal Service’s performance at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, CA during their 2013 reunion tour. A collaboration between Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel), with Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis, The Postal Service released Give Up, their only album, in 2003. That record went on to sell over a million copies and most of the band’s fans never had the chance to see them perform live. 86 minutes.
R.E.M. – REMTV 6xDVD (Rhino)
R.E.M.’s entire story, beginning to end, is chronicled on this new six-DVD set that includes live performances, award show highlights, and television appearances, as well as a new documentary about their shared history. 731 minutes.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
Naïm Amor – Hear The Walls LP (Fort Lowell)
Naïm Amor, French born songwriter and composer, is based in Tucson, AZ, and emphasizes a worldly finesse in his new album Hear The Walls. Exploring a strong sense of tradition with an innovative approach, the album focuses on the landscape of guitar, string ensemble and vocals.
Author & Punisher – Drone Machines  2xLP (Seventh Rule)
Equally informed by industrial, noise, ambient, punk and doom… Both conceptually and execution-wise.” — Decibel Magazine
Bingers – Gonna Get You 7” (Tall Pat)
Two guitars, drums, whoa-oh-ohs, and oo-la-lahs.
Sir Richard Bishop/Bill Orcutt – Road Stories (Kali) LP (Unrock)
Split release from two of the finest American guitar wranglers out there. While Bill Orcutt, “re-inventor of the blues,” falls from abstraction into acoustic hardcore serenade on his four-string guitar, the Kali-inspired Sir Richard Bishop improvises elegantly and calmly through a feverish 17-minute variation of “Zurvan.”
The Bite – Right Down Your Alley LP (Bcore)
The Bite return with an orchestra of our best moments, the karaoke of our cavalry, the riffs that turn us into Pavlov poodles, crazy. They make us wag our tails, ask for beer, snap our fingers, leave, hug simple and beautiful things.
Black Veil Brides – Black Veil Brides CD (Republic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New album from the emo rockers. Black Veil Brides was produced by studio legend Bob Rock, known for producing some of rock’s most successful albums including ones from Metallica and Mötley Crüe.
Glenn Branca – The Ascension [Reissue/1981] LP (Superior Viaduct)
Vinyl LP reissue of this 1981 album from the avant-garde guitarist. The Ascension is a colossal achievement. After touring much of 1980 with an all-star band featuring four guitarists (Branca, fellow composers Ned Sublette and David Rosenbloom, and future Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo) along with Jeffrey Glenn on bass and Stephan Wischerth on drums, Branca took his war-torn group into a studio in Hell’s Kitchen to record five incendiary compositions.
Clifford Brown – Memorial Album [Reissue/1956] LP (Blue Note)
Influential jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown’s Memorial Album is reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.
Carcass – Surgical Steel/Surplus Steel CD (Nuclear Blast)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. When Surgical Steel was released late last year, there were several alternate versions released around the world with bonus tracks. This updated version captures all of those tracks in one release.
The Cats – Relax On Everyone LP (Def Lep Rex)
“Steeped in the kind of splintered ’90s indie rock filigree that comes with triangulation between Philly college radio/WPRB saturation, a sideline in Jersey Shore pop punk regionalism … [and] raspy female vocals in the Peppermint Patty vein,” says Doug Mosurock of Still Single. “The lack of polish across all tracks here works to their advantage … as this five-piece crawls and scrapes their way through two sides of hooky, tire-kicking material, jumping carelessly between budget studio and noisy four-track.”
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Nocturama [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (Mute)
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! [Reissue/2008] 2xLP (Mute)
HQ-180gm UK import-only vinyl reissues now available. (A large batch of domestic Nick Cave vinyl reissues are due to be reissued throughout December.)
Cherie Cherie – Share LP (Gilgongo)
The Arizona desert heat melts the more heavy moments of Mazzy Star down into a warm bath of ‘60s psych and folk, shoegaze in a pure and accidental form. RIYL: Velvet Underground, Jesus And Mary Chain, Low.
Ornette Coleman – New York Is Now! [Reissue/1968] LP (Blue Note)
Originally released in 1968, New York Is Now! by jazz saxophonist, Ornette Coleman, is reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.
Joan Colomo – La Filia I La Fobia LP (Bmusic)
Guitar, synthesizers, cries and whispers, sheer distortion, and resonant, electronic flourishes.
The Cramps – Smell Of Female [Reissue/1983] LP (Vengeance)
The Cramps – A Date With Elvis [Reissue/1986] LP (Vengeance)
The Cramps – RockinnReelininAucklandNewZealandXXX [Reissue/1987] LP (Vengeance)
The Cramps – Stay Sick [Reissue/1989] LP (Vengeance)
The Cramps – Look Mom No Head [Reissue/1991] LP (Vengeance)
The Cramps – Big Beat From Badsville [Reissue/1997] LP (Vengeance)
The Cramps – Fiends From Dope Island [Reissue/2003] LP (Vengeance)
Recently reissued on CD – now back in print on vinyl. The Cramps was an American punk band, formed in 1976 and disbanded 2009. Their line-up rotated much over their existence, with the husband and wife duo of lead singer Lux Interior and lead guitarist Poison Ivy as the only permanent members.
Cuello – Modo Eterno LP (Bcore)
Noisy power-pop from Spain.
Death To Tyrants – Untitled 7” (Tor Johnson)
These consummate scientists return after six years of silence.
Diamond District – March On Washington LP (Mello)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. In 2009, DMV-based hip-hop artists Oddisee, yU and Uptown XO came together to create In The Ruff, their studio debut as supergroup Diamond District. Now, five years later, the collaborators pick up where they left off. Sophomore full-length March On Washington is a collection of 13 original jams, and features one additional bonus track. Aptly-named debut single “First Step” ignited listener anticipation for the set, which features no guest appearances and is produced entirely by Oddisee.
Diarrhea Planet – Aliens In The Outfield 12” (Infinity Cat)
Diarrhea Planet’s Aliens In The Outfield EP features a reworked version of their Adult Swim 2014 Singles Series contribution “Spooners,” live favorite and crowd-surfing tribute “Heat Wave,” and three new songs in anticipation of their upcoming 2015 album.
Dream Theater – Awake [Reissue/1994] 2xLP (Brookvale)
Dream Theater – Falling Into Infinity [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Brookvale)
Remastered double-LP pressings in gatefold sleeves.
Bob Dylan And The Band – The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 3xLP (Sony Legacy)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Triple-LP set featuring 38 highlights from Dylan”s legendary 1967 sessions with The Band, compiled from meticulously restored original tapes. Includes exclusive 12×12″ booklet with extensive liner notes and rare photographs.
Steve Earle – Train A Comin’  LP (Plain)
Steve Earle – I Feel Alright [Reissue/1996] LP (Plain)
For Train A Comin’ Steve returned to basics on this all acoustic record with help from Peter Rowan, Norman Blake, Roy Huskey, and Emmylou Harris. The album finds Steve mixing some of his older material written decades before such as “Mercenary Song,” with choice covers of the Beatles “I’m Looking Through You,” Townes Van Zandt’s “Tecumseh Valley” and The Melodians reggae classic “Rivers Of Babylon”. I Feel Alright balances his country, acoustic music roots seamlessly with his rock side perfectly. This is one of the crown jewels in Steve’s long and still ongoing recording career and it includes many highlights including “Feel Alright,” “The Unrepentant,” “CCKMP” and a great duet with Lucinda Williams on the album closing track “You’re Still Standin’ There.” HQ-180gm.
Electric Six – Human Zoo LP (Metropolis)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The concept of the Human Zoo has existed in art and literature for centuries, thus Electric Six recognizes and accepts it is not breaking new conceptual ground by naming its tenth studio album Human Zoo. From the opening track, ”Karate Lips,” the album takes the listener into a teenage karate tournament for girls as refereed by Def Leppard.
JD Emmanuel – Echoes From Ancient Caves [Reissue/1981] LP (Black Sweat)
Vinyl reissue of 1981 opus from the electronic wizard. Echoes From Ancient Caves reflects extensively on the poetics of the cyclic and tantric sound investigated by other pioneers such as Terry Riley and La Monte Young.
Exodus – Blood In, Blood Out LP (Nuclear Blast)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Tenth studio album from the veteran thrash metal band
James Fella – Weak Left Input LP (Gilgongo)
Meandering/overlapping electronics, guitar and tape noise. Over an hour of material ranging from regurgitated drone to shimmering ambiance recorded directly to tape. Recorded and released on cassette in 2009, and as a CD in early 2014. RIYL: Total, early Growing or Emeralds, Dead C, etc.
Robert Lester Folsom – Ode To A Rainy Day: Archives 1972-1975 LP (Anthology Recordings)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Anthology Recordings is proud to announce the reissue of Robert Lester Folsom’s extraordinary 1976 album Music And Dreams. To commemorate this repress Anthology label head Keith Abrahamsson worked closely with Alan Lomax Archive’s Executive Director Don Fleming to compile a retrospective album of Folsom’s early reel-to-reel recordings entitled Ode To A Rainy Day: Archives 1972-1975. Too young to be drafted, Robert Lester Folsom spent the ‘60s growing up in Adel, Georgia, a small town nearer to Florida’s northern border than anything resembling rock & roll. Convincing a friend to go in on a Sears reel-to-reel tape recorder, Folsom would write and record a wealth of material in the early ‘70s which make up the backbone of Ode To A Rainy Day: Archives 1972-1975. Ostensibly more homemade, if not entirely “outsider”, Ode showcases impeccable songwriting across light folk, downer pop and woodshed country tropes. The beauty of this archival album lies in its tracking of the seasons, how each song feels like a different time of year.
Girl Talk – Secret Diary  LP (Illegal Art)
Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Girl Talk’s first release, Illegal Art presents a limited edition picture disc version of Secret Diary. “Secret Diary has more in common with the glitch/electro sound of Kid606 and Aphex Twin than the DJ-friendly pop styles Girl Talk exhibits today.” – Pop Bunker
Terence Hannum – Via Negativa LP (Utech Recordings)
Via Negativa is the first solo album for Utech Records by visual artist and Locrian member, Terence Hannum. Incorporating voice and organ, Hannum creates a world where time slows and sound is reduced to the steady pulse of the universe. “Via Negativa” is Latin for “negative path.” It is a means of distillation. A way of describing something by saying what it is not. You might say that ambient music is the music of subtraction subtract the melody, subtract the harmony, subtract the rhythm.
Lee Hazlewood – There’s A Dream I’ve Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966-1971 8xLP+4xCD+DVD (Light In The Attic)
Released last year on CD – now available on vinyl. This landmark box set is the ultimate artifact for Lee Hazlewood heads new and old contains a lavishly packaged, expansive 172-page LP sized hard cover book. But every good book deserves a soundtrack and in this case it comes in the form of a four CD anthology of the LHI label, along with the never-before-released 1970 film Cowboy In Sweden on DVD. A Deluxe Edition of the box set containing all of the above housed in a cloth-bound clamshell box (gold foil stamped and featuring a debossed silhouette of Lee) with reproductions of LHI-era artifacts including press photos and a reproduction plane ticket used by Hazlewood back in ’70. But for the deluxe version the true icing on the cake is three DVD data discs which include just about every 45 single and every LP ever released on LHI – in both WAV and MP3 formats, along with cover and label art. At around 17 albums and 72 singles (totaling 305 songs!), that’s a whole lot of Lee.
Hollow Mountain – Hollow Mountain 7” (Tall Pat)
“Started as a scrappy punk passion project, now lurching towards a decidedly heavier, vintage metal sound.” — Chicago Tribune
Insidious Process/Contorture – Insidious Process/Contorture [Split] 7” (Bcore)
Pissed and raw as f**k noisy crust punk.
Iron Maiden – Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son [Reissue/1986] LP (Sanctuary)
Iron Maiden – Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son [Reissue/1988] LP (Sanctuary)
HQ-180gm vinyl reissues now available.
Ariel Kalma – Open Like A Flute [Reissue/1983] 2xLP (+MP3t)
Vinyl reissue of 1983 album — Indian ragas mixed with embroidered electronic textures on which flute and sax explore the most secret archetypal elements of nature.
Kyle Kinane – Whiskey Icarus  LP (Comedy Central)
In his first hour-long Comedy Central album, Kyle Kinane contemplates the existence of God, and the true meaning of being delivered an unsliced pizza. This album is full with all sorts of extra Kyle. So buy this limited edition vinyl of Whiskey Icarus, because you deserve it.
KMFDM – Our Time Will Come LP (Metropolis)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. KMFDM has always been able to bend the lines between techno innovation, punk snarl, and metal aggression, and now dance beats and crunching guitars will carry you through the manifesto that is Our Time Will Come.
Krigskontrast/Skiplickers – Krigskontrast/Skiplickers [Split] 7” (Bcore)
Ladder Devils – Clean Hands LP (Brutal Panda)
Philadelphia, PA noise rock quartet Ladder Devils make their long awaited return with Clean Hands, the first proper full-length for the band. Featuring former members of hardcore heroes The Minor Times, the group previously released a series of EPs and splits with Helms Alee, Kowloon Walled City and Fight Amp, leading up to the recording of this album. With tighter songwriting and cleaner production, the band mix the punk urgency of Nirvana with the sonic experimentation of The Pixies to create a sound that is all their own. Fans of post-hardcore, noise rock, grunge and loud indie rock will surely embrace the rattling sounds of Ladder Devils. “Ladder Devils straddle the line between Unsane and hardcore-isms, but they are on their own trip.”—Noisey/Vice
Larkin Poe – Kin LP (RH Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Debut album from Atlanta-based sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell. Kin was produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz And The Tantrums, Lana Del Rey) in Los Angeles and Damien Lewis (Rihanna, Rita Ora) in Atlanta.
Little Big Town – Pain Killer LP (Capitol Nashville)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Sixth studio album from the Grammy-winning country group, featuring the single “Day Drinking.”
Joe Lovano – Quartets: Live At The Village Vanguard [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (Blue Note)
Originally released in 1995, Joe Lovano’s Quartets: Live At The Village Vanguard was named ‘Jazz Album Of The Year’ by readers of Downbeat Magazine.
Madee – Age Of Ruin 7” (Bcore)
Madee have become bullies, as well as sound literally. Clearly emo rock in the end.
El Mahdy Jr. – Spirit Of F**ked Up Places LP (Boomarm Nation)
El Mahdy Jr. and his family fled the brutal Civil war of his native Algeria in the ‘90s, relocating to Turkey. Upon returning years later to Algeria, Mahdy worked as a French-Arabic translator in Algeria and later in Burkina Faso. Sick in bed with malaria, he began to paint sonic pictures of his travels in exile; digitally decoding a hazy trance-induced melting of his native Algerian music, Turkish folk, the furious polyrhythms of West Africa, and his love of slow, low-slung rap beats.
Mary Monday & The Bitches – I Gave My Punk Jacket To Rickie 7” (HoZac)
Former stripper Mary Monday had a life shrouded in mystery, and conflicting reports in the historic documentation as to the band and Mary’s origins are still baffling punkologists to this day, including her mysterious death a few years after this single’s release. A classic piece of ‘70s SF punk history, as well as one of the most memorable singles of the era that sadly slipped through the cracks.
Misantropic/Eaten Raw – Misantropic/Eaten Raw [Split] LP (Halfabrikat)
A hardcore holocaust.
Mitski – Bury Me At Make Out Creek LP+MP3 (Double Double Whammy)
The classically trained vocalist and pop songwriter’s new record recalls the work of Angel Olsen and Mount Eerie, combined with the power pop energy of contemporaries, Swearinʼ and Radiator Hospital. Praised by Stereogum for her vocal prowess and “walloping guitars” in latest single, “Townie,” Mitski has already grabbed the attention of a growing audience in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY and on tour with label-mates LVL UP and Frankie Cosmos. Pressed on white vinyl.
The Monochrome Set – Eligible Bachelors [Reissue/1982] LP (Optic Nerve)
The third Monochrome Set album is one of the classic, undiscovered albums of the early ’80s. Witty, eloquent, sophisticated pop. Expanded with two bonus tracks and pressed on color vinyl.
Lee Morgan – The Sidewinder [Reissue/1963] LP (Blue Note)
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in 1963, The Sidewinder by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan was a runaway hit that reached number 25 on the Billboard chart. The title track, now a jazz standard, is one of the most influential recordings in soul jazz. All five tracks were written by Morgan and the album features respected tenor saxophonist, Joe Henderson.
Don Murrow – Souffrances Et Extases Du Jeune Amour LP (Flannel Graph)
This collection, whose title translates as “The Sufferings And Ecstasies Of Young Love”, is full of euphoric uppers and depressing downers that float across genres as Muro lets his young emotions flow through catchy garage rockers to smooth AM gold ballads to arena-ready prog pop anthems to the analog synthesizer compositions for which he is best known. While comparisons could be made to anyone from The Zombies to Todd Rundgren to Carole King to Pilot to Elton John to Boston, the voice and direction throughout is distinctively Don Muro, who wrote, performed and recorded every note on the record.
Negative Scanner – Negative Scanner 7” (Tall Pat)
Raucous but tight post-punk a bit in the vein of early Sleater-Kinney.
The New Basement Tapes – Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes 2xLP+MP3 (Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is a music event 47 years in the making. It’s an historic album project from five of music’s finest artists — Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) — in unique collaboration with a 26-year-old Bob Dylan. Produced by project creator T Bone Burnett, the album was recorded in March 2014 at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where the artists and Burnett convened for two weeks to write and create music for a treasure trove of long-lost lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes. The collective completed and recorded dozens of songs, the first 20 of which appear on this album.
NOFX – Punk In Drublic [Reissue/1994] LP+CD (Epitaph)
20th Anniversary vinyl reissue of NOFX’s second album. Includes full album on CD.
Passiv Dodshjalp/Idiot Ikon – Passiv Dodshjalp/Idiot Ikon [Split] LP (Halfabrikat)
Passiv Dodshjalp/Achilles – Passiv Dodshjalp/Achilles [Split] LP (Halfabrikat)
Crustcore vs. crust/punk.
Ann Peebles – Part Time Love [Reissue/1971] CD (Fat Possum)
Vinyl Reissue of the great second album by the soul singer. Peebles was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the seventh child of eleven. As a child she began singing in the choir of her father’s church and with the family’s group, the Peebles Choir, who regularly opened shows for gospel stars including Mahalia Jackson and the Soul Stirrers featuring Sam Cooke. She was also influenced by R&B performers, including Muddy Waters, Mary Wells and Aretha Franklin.
Prince – ART OFFICIAL AGE 2xLP (WB)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. While it plays like a classic Prince album, produced, arranged, composed, and performed by the Man In Purple, ART OFFICIAL AGE is also a contemporary concoction of soul, R&B and funk.
Prince & 3rdeyegirl – Plectrumelectrum LP (WB)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Plectrumelectrum is a classic band record, with 3rdeyegirl – a funk band comprised of Prince, Donna Grantis (guitar), Hannah Ford Welton (drums) and Ida Nielsen (bass). Recorded live and in analog, the album is an electrifying funk-rock statement. Many of the tracks were performed live on the “Hit & Run” tours of the UK earlier this year – incendiary performances in a series of historic venues – which led The Guardian to declare ”These are performances by one of the greatest funk-rock bands ever.”
Rancid – Let’s Go [Reissue/1994] LP+CD (Epitaph)
20th Anniversary vinyl reissue of Rancid’s fifth album. Includes full album on CD.
The Raspberry Bulbs – Privacy LP (Blackest Ever Black)
Songs of excoriating intensity once again form the basis of the work — the no-frills 4-track recording capturing all the violence and nuance of del Rio’s vocals, of the dual guitar rapport, and the machine-gun rhythm section — but this time they’re interspersed w/ eerie electronic miniatures, instrumental pieces that suggest unseen worlds, malign enemies, forces beyond out comprehension and control.
Rolling Stones – From The Vault: Hampton Coliseum (Live In 1981) 3xLP+DVD (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Rolling Stones American Tour in 1981 was the most successful tour of that year taking a then record $50 million dollars in ticket sales. The tour was in support of the critically and commercially successful Tattoo You album. There were fifty dates on the tour which ran from Philadelphia at the end of September through to Hampton, Virginia on the 18th and 19th of December. The show on December 18th, which was also Keith Richards birthday, was the first ever music concert to be broadcast on television as a pay-per-view event. The footage has now been carefully restored with remixed/remastered audio by Bob Clearmountain for this first official release of the show.
Secret Pyramid – The Silent March  LP (Students Of Decay)
Originally released in 2011 on cassette, The Silent March is the precursor to 2013’s Movements Of Night and can be viewed as something of a mission statement for Amir Abbey’s skyriding Secret Pyramid project. Critics have compared the Secret Pyramid sound to the more blasted entries in the Popul Vuh catalog and to Flying Saucer Attack’s cherished fuzz devotionals, and indeed Abbey’s reverb-drenched song forms and titanic edifices of drone do feel at times as though they’ve been cut from the same cloth.
Sin 34 – Do You Feel Safe? [Reissue/1983] LP (Sinister Torch)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Formed in the wake of the first wave of L.A. punk, Sin 34 epitomized the Southern California hardcore scene at the time. Fast, defiant thrash; one part suburban teenage rebellion, one part crass satire, all held together by a thread of reckless adventuring.
Sloath – Deep Mountain LP (Riot Season)
Behind the filthy power chords (redolent at times of Harvey Milk or Melvins), the overblown scut of Les Rallizes Denudes or Mainliner, and the state-altering sonics a la Bardo Pond, a mud-scuffed classic rock sensibility informs the songs and their structures.
Son Of A Gun – No Bread 7” (Tall Pat)
Garage punk from Chicago.
Stale Phish – Rock ‘n’ Roll Revert 7” (Tall Pat)
Brings to mind the classic skate punk energy and fun of bands like JFA, Drunk Injuns, and The Faction.
Sungod – Sungod LP (Holodeck)
Five expansive tracks that condense decades into seconds and centuries into minutes. Michael Sharp and Braden Balentine, who record out of their home studio with a rotating cast of like-minded musicians from Austin, incorporate an ever-broadening inventory of influences; methodical arrangements and layers of meditative repetition hearken back to ’70s krautrock, while polyrhythmic drums and arpeggiated synthesizers propel the procession forward in harmony with acoustically-oriented pieces.
Sun Ra And His Astro-Infinity Arkestra – Sign Of The Myth LP+MP3 (Roaratorio)
One of the early ‘70s lost Impulse recordings available for the first time. Recorded during the Pathways To Unknown Worlds sessions (Impulse 1972), it shares that album’s emphasis on guided improvisation. With constantly shifting palette of Moog textures, Sun Ra tosses off a dazzling array of ideas, supported by the usual Arkestra stalwarts; in particular bassist Ronnie Boykins and drummer Clifford Jarvis shine, giving shape and solidity to the pieces.
Tallesen – Stills Lit Through LP (Software)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. A hallucinatory experience rife with echoes of Autechre’s corporal maneuver.
Telegrama – Chica Del Metro 7” (Bcore)
A great hymn of Barcelona’s urban pop.
Tenacious D – Pick Of Destiny [Reissue/2006] LP+MP3 (Epic)
Limited HQ-180gm vinyl LP pressing includes digital download and one previously unreleased song.
Torn Hawk – Let’s Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time LP (Mexican Summer)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. It’s difficult to neatly categorize Luke Wyatt’s genre-refracting productions. The nuts and bolts are built from live guitar, drum machines, junky synths, and layers of samples which are smeared into a cohesive whole. His guitar moves between the meditations of Manuel Gottsching, the jangle-grid of The Chameleons, and the saturation of Medicine. Throw in the melodrama of a sax on a Don Henley hit, and you get a better idea of his playfully sincere sensibility.
Otto A. Totland – Pino LP (Sonic Pieces)
Released earlier this year on CD – now available on vinyl. The recognizable continuation of Totland’s compositions will attract fans of Deaf Center, and the cinematic and classical components of his solo work will hold sway for those familiar with Harold Budd or Dustin O’Halloran.
Various Artists – A Distant Invitation: Street & Ceremonial Recordings LP (Sublime Frequencies)
A hallucinogenic splatter-drift audio meltdown through the streets and back alleys of Southeast Asia. Field recordings, radio segments, street musicians and gorgeous ambience.
Various Artists – The Travelling Archive: Folk Music From Bengal (Field Recordings From Bangladesh, India And The Bengali Diaspora) LP (Sublime Frequencies)
The Travelling Archive is a journey through the folk music of Bengal. It is run by Calcutta-based Bengali singer, writer and researcher, Moushumi Bhowmik, and sound recordist and sound designer, Sukanta Majumdar. They have been making field recordings of songs and stories across Bangladesh and eastern India, even the Bengali diaspora in East London, since 2003; documenting and disseminating their research through archives, presentation-performances, art works, and their own independent record label and web site.
Velvet Acid Christ – Subconscious Landscapes LP (Metropolis)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. VAC’s 16th studio album calls on influences such as Juno Reactor, Massive Attack, and Delerium.
Warning Light – XXXI CD (Stickfigure)
A rapid-fire collection of Krautrock inspired electronic music. XXXI still ebbs with ambience, but more importantly it flows. It is an album of movement and rhythm, somewhere between synthetic soundtracks and motorik electronica.
Yusuf (Cat Stevens) – Tell ‘Em I’m Gone LP (Legacy/Sony)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Tell ‘Em I’m Gone is the first new Yusuf album to be released since 2009’s acclaimed Roadsinger. Recorded all over the world, including Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels, and London, the album features 10 brand-new studio recordings, including five originals and five carefully-chosen cover songs. Tell ‘Em I’m Gone features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer/songwriter Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, and guitarist Matt Sweeney. The album was produced by Yusuf, with Rick Rubin also producing select tracks.
Woodsman –Teleseperation (Fire Talk)
These Brooklyn via Denver psych warlocks return with a companion piece to their self-titled LP released in early 2014. A long form stream of consciousness broken into four parts that the last track on that album was excerpted from.
Bruce Pavitt – Sub Pop U.S.A. – The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology 1980-1988 (Bazillion Points)
An unprecedented, 400-page cross-genre survey of American independent music during the 1980s. Combining all nine issues of Pavitt’s Subterranean Pop zine and six years of monthly SeattleRocket newspaper columns, the book chronicles the rise of regional American indie pop, punk, hardcore, art/noise, metal, spoken word, hip-hop, and rock & roll—over 1,000 bands all told—alongside Pavitt’s own path as DJ, ‘zine editor, record store owner, music booster, and ultimately founder of Sub Pop Records. In addition to unseen photographs by Charles Peterson and Michael Lavine, and early artwork by Charles Burns, Jad Fair, and Lynda Barry, the book includes indie perspective and regional background via original essays by Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening/K Records/Dub Narcotic Sound System); Ann Powers (NPR Music; Los Angeles Times); Larry Reid (Fantagraphics); Gerard Cosloy (Conflict, Matador Records); and Charles R. Cross (The Rocket, Heavier Than Heaven).