Allah-Las – Allah-Las CD/LP (Innovative Leisure)
“The Allah-Las revel in vintage sun-baked Californian psychedelia with hypnotic swirling surf guitar riffs and insistent foot-tapping grooves.” — Everbody Taste
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave CD/LP+MP3 (Atlantic)
Vinyl version includes a download card for the entire album along wiith several bonus remixes by Odd Future, My Morning Jacket, and TV On The Radio.
Bad Powers – Bad Powers CD/LP (The End)
New band featuring 3/4ths of ‘00s alt-metal band Made Out Of Babies. “With a sound more lithe and spindly than the bludgeoning Babies, the feel is like the lean, athletic sound of Faith No More making the switch over from Angel Dust to King For A Day (with just a touch of the violin-ready modern art-majestic pomp of, say, Kayo Dot).” — Spin
Band Of Horses – Mirage Rock CD/2xCD/LP+MP3 (Columbia)
The follow-up to 2010’s Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms, Mirage Rock is the first Band Of Horses record to be produced by Glyn Johns, who was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this year in recognition of his work with The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Faces, Eric Clapton and too many others to list. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. The Deluxe edition includes a second CD with five bonus tracks taken from the album sessions and access to exclusive behind the scenes footage of the band in the studio.
Becoming The Archetype – I Am CD (Solid State)
Fifth album from the metalcore band.
Big & Rich – Hillbilly Jedi CD (WB)
Duo comprising singer-/songwriters Big Kenny and John Rich, the latter of whom is a former member of Lonestar.
Ryan Bingham – Tomorrowland CD/LP (Axster Bingham Records)
Tomorrowland contains plenty of the pliant acoustic work that has marked Bingham’s previous studio sets, but this album expands his musical landscape exponentially. Guitars howl into keyboards and drums stomp against strings, all bolstered by Bingham’s jagged, weather-beaten vocals.
Birds Of Maya – Ready To Howl [Reissue/2010] CD (Agitated)
Reissue of 2010 album with two bonus tracks. Throbbing, relentless blues-based Neanderthal rock. For fans of Purling Hiss, Spacin’.
Black Prairie – A Tear In The Eye Is A Wound In The Heart CD/LP (Sugar Hill)
Second album by the exploratory, back-porch ensemble founded by The Decemberists Chris Funk, Nate Query and Jenny Conlee. Vocalist Annalisa Tornfelt’s gentle, classic country-inspired singing is connected to the band s Baltic-Appalachian instrumentals by strange, orchestral interludes. The record is an evolution of the band ‘s love of instrumental, Italian film score weirdness and the venerable, forgotten roots of American and Eastern European folk.
Bright Little Field – Treatment Bound: A Ukulele Tribute To The Replacements CD (Bar None)
Nashville’s Bright Little Field have taken on some of the best ‘Mats repertoire and given it the full on raging ukulele treatment.
Brother Ali – Mourning In America And Dreaming In Color CD/2xLP (Rhymesayers)
On his fourth full-length, Ali teams up with seasoned producer Jake One (50 Cent, De La Soul, T.I., Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa) to tell a very different American story as he addresses the plights of our nation.
The Burning Of Rome – With Us CD/LP (Surfdog)
On their debut the five-piece ensemble blends gypsy punk, dance and rock.
Cars & Trains – We Are All Fire CD/LP (Fake Four Inc.)
Fluttering downtempo beats, delicate acoustic playing, and the inclusion of strings, horns, and smatterings of electronic noise.
Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky CD/LP (Jagjaguwar)
Rock & roll’s reigning Emperors Of Shreddington return with their sixth album with the original lineup. For a combo that began as anomalous fusion of hardcore punk and pop influences, Dinosaur Jr. have proven themselves to be unlikely masters of the long game.
The Dollyrots – The Dollyrots CD (Storefront Entertainment)
“[Dollyrots] play mostly pop punk with the occasional funk overtone with more attitude than a teenager with an aerosol facing a brick wall. This album is full of energy with confidant vocals, high tempo bass, and more guitar chords than I can count.” — With Guitars
Down – Down IV Part I: The Purple EP CDEP (Down)
Down’s first new studio tracks in five years.
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ – Songs About Cars, Space And The Ramones CD (New Records)
Following up June 2012’s, Songs From The Laundromat, Songs About Cars, Space And The Ramones is the second of four EPs to be created and released over a 12-month period. Each EP will showcase a different facet of the band’s persona: rock, punk, country, etc.
The English Beat – I Just Can’t Stop It [Reissue/1980] CD (Shout Factory)
The English Beat – Wha’ppen? [Reissue/1981] CD (Shout Factory)
The English Beat – Special Beat Service [Reissue/1982] CD (Shout Factory)
The English Beat – Live At The Us Festival ’82-’83 CD+DVD (Shout Factory)
The English Beat formed in Birgmingham, England in 1978, inspired by the reggae, soul, pop, and punk sounds percolating all around them in that heady time. They briefly hooked up with the legendary ska label 2-Tone, before releasing a series of three landmark rhythms that saw them move beyond ska and into world beat, classic pop, and beyond. After they broke up, ex-members continued to have hits in the bands General Public and Fine Young Cannibals. These remastered versions contain bonus tracks not featured on the original releases.
Ehnahre – Old Earth CD (Crucial Blast)
The third album from Boston ensemble finds the trio exploring their unique fusion of hellish death-doom, blackened prog, avant-jazz and experimental composition with earth-scorching results.
Aaron Embry – Silent Prayers CD (Vagrant)
Debut album from original member of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Embry has previously toured/recorded with Willie Nelson, Daniel Lanois, Elliott Smith and others. Vinyl version due October 2.
Fear And The Nervous System – Fear And The Nervous System 2xCD (Emotional Syphon)
Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer approaches his instrument with a revolutionary spirit every time he picks it up. There’s no better example than the self-titled debut from Shaffer’s Fear And The Nervous System. It’s a deeply personal, pummeling, and often-poetic sonic undertaking.
Fecalove – Void Chaos And Cum CD+Magazine (Crucial Blast)
Combining classic power electronics influences (particularly the primitive slime of early Mauthausen Orchestra) with brutal junk-noise assaults, searing electronic drones and sputtering hypnotic rhythms, the Italian artist cranks up the bestial violence tenfold with a vocal attack more akin to the blood-gargling horror of death metal than the typical distorted rant ’n’ rave.
Fink – Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet CD/LP (Ninja Tune)
Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet is composed solely of live recordings from the last year, and serves as a taste of his trademark ferocious yet delicate live performance. The emotive album features entirely exclusive recordings and a limited edition 80-page book.
Ben Folds Five – The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind CD/LP (Sony/Legacy)
The group’s first album of new music in 13 years!
Josephine Foster – Blood Rushing CD/LP (Fire)
A story within a story, Blood Rushing is a glimpse into the world of Blushing, a heteronym of the artist Josephine Foster. A rock-ballet chante, the music is set to a Pueblo drum’s meta-pulsing Pan-American heartbeat.
Nelly Furtado – The Spirit Indestructible CD (Interscope)
Furtado’s first English-language studio album since Loose (2006). Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds bonus tracks.
Gallows – Gallows CD/LP (Bridge Nine)
New album from the British hardcore/punk band.
The Gaslamp Killer – Breakthrough CD/LP (Brainfeeder)
Resident DJ and co-founder of the mythic Low End Theory club night in Los Angeles, the Gaslamp Killer is known across the globe for his impeccable turntable skills and high-energy performances.
Go Radio – Close The Distance CD (Fearless)
Sophmore album from the Tallahassee alt-rock band.
Grateful Dead – Spring 1990: So Glad You Made It 2xCD (Rhino)
A diverse set of live tracks from their highly regarded 1990 tour, comprised fan favorites and choice covers.
Grizzly Bear – Shields CD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
”This has a different energy behind it,” concludes Ed Droste. ”Veckatimest was a little more of a polite album; the desire to keep the vocals smooth might have kept a little distance between us and the audience. This one feels a bit more rough and exposed, so that on Shields, everything speaks for itself.”
Haarp – Husks CD/LP (Housecore)
New album from the New Orleans dirgesmiths.
Hunx & His Punx – Gay Singles CD/LP (True Panther Sounds)
Gay Singles compiles all five of Hunx & His Punx out-of-print singles released between 2008 and 2009 with a bonus track.
James Iha – Look To The Sky CD/LP+MP3 (The End)
New album from the Smashing Pumpkins guitarist — features guest appearances from Karen O and Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Sara Quin (Tegan And Sara), Nathan Larson (Shudder To Think), and Tom Verlaine. Also available on blue vinyl.
Kane Ikin – Sublunar CD (12k)
Waves of tape hiss, buried details and sounds warped beyond recognition. Kane uses anything from grimey 78s, uncovered from his grandfather’s shed, to early drum machines and analogue synthesizers, reel-to-reel recorders and whatever else is within arm’s reach that can be hit, plucked, or bowed.
Catherine Irwin – Little Heater CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Second album from Freakwater member. Little Heater combines raw and unadorned vocals with lush countrypolitan-style productions: gorgeous string sections, pedal steel guitar and dense layers of vocal harmonies. Guest appearances from Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tara Jane O’Neil (Rodan), Elizabeth Mithcell and Daniel Littleton (Ida), Marc Orleans (D Charles Speer & The Helix) and Jean Cook (Mekons).
Michael Jackson – Bad [25th Anniversary Edition] 2xCD/3xCD+DVD/LP (Sony Legacy)
Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Regular features the remastered album plus a disc of previously unreleased material recorded in Michael’s personal studio at Hayvenhurst, while the Deluxe adds a disc of audio from the sound truck recordings of the 7/16/88 Wembley performance, and DVD of that epic concert. Also available on limited picture-disc vinyl.
The Jackson 5 – Come And Get It: Rare Pearls 2xCD+7” (Universal Motown)
32 previously unreleased rare tracks housed in a special box with deluxe packaging featuring rare photos, essays and a 7” vinyl single.
Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss CD (Interscope)
Debut from the breakout Canadian singer/songwriter featuring guest appearances by Justin Bieber and Owl City.
Rickie Lee Jones – The Devil You Know CD (Concord)
A surprising collection of covers produced by longtime fan Ben Harper.
Kid 606 – Lost In The Game CD (Tigerbeat6)
The veteran IDM/electronica artist returns with a new album featuring a more melodic, straightforward sound that is catchy and addictive.
Kid Koala – 12-Bit Blues CD/LP (Ninja Tune)
A really raw, immediate and strangely beautiful album, much like the music it draws on for its inspiration. In attempting to outplay and out think the technology he is working with, Kid Koala revives the unworldly oddness of blues music before it became a staple of beer adverts and the jam fantasies of middle aged marketing executives. This is the music, ripped and scratched and distressed until all those souls sold down the crossroads rise up and send shivers down your spine. It’s that real and, yes, that made up.
The Killers – Battle Born CD (Island)
The Killers are back with their first album since 2008’s Day & Age. Vinyl version due September 25.
King Krule – King Krule CD/LP (True Panther Sounds)
“Oddly intimate and irrevocably bleak… he makes deceptively simple, deeply personal/political art that finds joy perhaps its only joy in accident and chaos. Best New Music.” — Pitchfork
Local H – Hallelujah! I’m A Bum CD (Slimstyle)
The seventh studio album from this pioneering, two-man Chicago band. Produced by metal guru Sanford Parker (Yakuza, Bloodiets, Pelican).
LV – Sebenza CD/LP (Hyperdub)
Sebenza shares a palette of sounds, but each track stretches those sources into different templates, each custom built with the MC’s flow and topic in mind, slowed down and sped up where needed. The three MC’s styles differ from each other dramatically.
Lymbyc Systym – Symbolyst CD/LP (Western Vinyl)
The distinctly catchy melodies and head-bobbing rhythms are immediately inviting, while the densely layered polyrhythms, harmonies, and countermelodies reveal themselves over multiple listens, making for an incredibly rewarding experience no matter how many times you’ve heard the album. Also available on white vinyl.
Aimee Mann – Charmer CD/LP (Superego)
Influenced by what Mann calls the “super pop” of the ‘70s and ‘80s, Charmer is her first release since 2008’s celebrated @#%&*! Smilers, which the BBC called “undeniably beautiful.”
Carolyn Mark – The Queen Of Vancouver Island CD (Mint)
New album by the infamous boozy West Coast chanteuse. Vinyl version due October 16.
Stephan Mathieu – Coda (For WK) CDEP (12k)
Dedicated to the legendary “quiet” pianist Wilhelm Kempff, whose 1927 recordings of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 26 Les Adieux from a double 12″ 78rpm set on Brunswick were used as input for an autogenerative process. His process emphasizes the archaic beauty and texture of this early media while using the original tones for the body of this rich extended work that is both hypnotic and grainy.
Brad Mehldau Trio – Where Do You Start CD (Nonesuch)
A companion disc to this year’s critically-acclaimed Ode. Whereas Ode featured 11 songs composed by Mehldau, Where Do You Start comprises the Trio’s interpretations of 10 tunes by other composers, along with one Mehldau original.
Menomena – Moms CD/LP (Barsuk)
On their new album Moms, Menomena cast pop cascades into noise kaleidoscopes, chop and twist melody until it becomes a big dance beat, and build inescapable arrays of tension and texture that finally release.
Myrninerest – “Jhonn,” Uttered Babylon CD (The Spheres)
Myrninerest is the new Hallucinatory Cartoon channeled by David Tibet in order to work outside Current 93 with some of the artists and friends he admires the most. This harrowing and haunted debut centers on Tibet’s friendship with and love for the late Jhonn Balance of Coil as well as Balance’s death and how it affected the circle of friends around him.
Sean Paul – Tomahawk Technique CD (Atlantic)
New album features an appearance by Kelly Rowland as well as production from industry heavyweights Benny Blanco (Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Wiz Khalifa, Ke$ha), Rico Love (Natasha Bedingfield, Nelly, Diddy, Usher) and Stargate (Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown).
P!nk – The Truth About Love CD/LP (RCA)
P!nk’s new album is a unique take on the different shades of love the dark, the light, the happy and the sad.
Robert Pollard – Jack Sells The Cow CD (GBV Inc.)
Even for a guy whose famously abundant output makes a joke of the word prolific, this has been a spectacularly productive year for Robert Pollard. Jack Sells The Cow is his second solo album in a year that has already seen the release of two records by the reunited Guided By Voices and will see yet a third before it’s done, along with a fair amount of touring. Vinyl version due October 2.
Rangda – Formerly Extinct CD/LP (Drag City)
Second offering from super-group of Ben Chasny (Six Organs Of Admittance, 200 Years, Comets On Fire), Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) and free jazzer Chris Corsana.
Nat Reeves – State Of Emergency CD (482 Music)
Bassist Nat Reeves leads an accomplished ensemble through a set of lively straight-ahead jazz comprised mostly of standards and some less familiar classics.
The Sea And Cake – The Runner CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
The Sea And Cake’s latest album began as the companion piece to last year’s The Moonlight Butterfly, using that album’s sonic experimentations as a starting point for a new process of writing and recording but becoming something wholly new.
Sensations’ Fix – Music Is Painting In The Air (1974-1977) 2xCD (RVNG International)
Essential collection of new mixes and unreleased material from Sensations’ Fix, the cosmically conscious, defiantly DIY enterprise of Franco Falsini and his band of psychedelic renegades. Vinyl version due September 25.
SFH – WDYHM? CD (Sudden Death)
SHF (a.k.a. Shi!t From Hell) came together in 2005 after a couple of beer-soaked rehearsals in a Toronto industrial park. Known as the “Fury’s Hour Sessions,” the recordings revealed that, with enough anger, divorce, betrayal, children, riot-police confrontations, heart surgery and Facebook-and-Jesus songs, SFH had the potential to be a decent band.
Sic Alps – Sic Alps CD/LP (Drag City)
“Just a year after releasing their double LP Napa Asylum, Sic Alps is back with their eponymous fifth album. The first single, the album’s attitude-filled opening track ‘Glyphs,’ premiered recently on Pitchfork. The song actually has a very Beatles feel — albeit a very lo-fi, raw Beatles feel. From the gentle, string-filled intro, to the bevy of dirty and angular, but oddly melodic guitars and vocals that follow, ‘Glyphs’ showcases this band’s incredible talent.” — The Bay Bridged
Paul Simon – Live In New York City 2xCD+DVD (Hear Music)
Live performance of some of Simon’s most beloved and classic songs as well as newer selections from his 2011 release, So Beautiful Or So What. This triple-disc package features a DVD of the show, which was filmed at NYC’s Webster Hall, as well as two audio-only CDs containing all the music from the concert. Also available in stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray.
Souljazz Orchestra – Solidarity CD/LP (Strut)
Solidarity marks a return to electric, vocal-driven compositions, with accomplished guest singers, and varied, eclectic instrumental choices.
Soundtrack – Brooklyn Brothers: The Album CD (Rhino)
Original soundtrack to the offbeat coming-of-age tale about two lo-fi musicians who chase their musical dreams on a cross-country road trip and discover their unique sound using children’s instruments backed by the beat of a cheap Casio keyboard. Vinyl version due September 25.
Soundtrack – The Perks Of Being A Wallflower CD (Atlantic)
“Spanning twelve tracks, the songs mostly fall into the heavily emotional side of things, with choice cuts from folks like The Smiths, The Innocence Mission, Cocteau Twins and Galaxie 500 (holy college radio flashback), but it isn’t afraid to get on the dancefloor either, thanks to New Order and Dexys Midnight Runners.” — Indiewire
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Meat And Bone CD/LP (Mom + Pop)
JSBX’s first studio album in eight years marks a blistering return to form.
Sun Araw – The Inner Treaty CD/LP (Drag City)
Cameron Stallones is an American musician who works under the name Sun Araw. Previously a member of the band Magic Lantern, he has released several albums of experimental music, including a collaboration with Jamaican reggae group The Congos. Produced by Sonic Boom.
Sweet Lights – Sweet Lights CD/LP (Highline)
Sweet Lights combines classic indie songcraft with Americana influences, kaleidoscopic production and beautiful multi-part harmonies to create spellbinding songs that are simultaneously heartbreaking and blissfully uplifting.
Talibam! – Puff Up The Volume CD/LP (Critical Heights)
Talibam! have been liberated from their previous ethos with drummer Kevin Shea bumping a big-beat flavor along side Matt Mottel’s spicy Mini Moog mastery.
Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II CD/LP (In The Red)
“Is there anything Thee Oh Sees can do to surprise us anymore? Can John Dwyer’s paint-huffing, blindfolded and dizzied muse still lead him to sonic territories that necessitate the slightly sub-Pollard level of prolificacy he has been struck with for the past eight years? Putrifiers II answers these questions with a resounding ‘yes.’” — Prefix
Title Fight – Floral Green CD/LP (Side One Dummy)
As with everything Title Fight does, has done, and will continue to do, Floral Green is an exercise in earnestness, of playing music and singing words that express, with absolute pinpoint precision, what is felt, and doing so in unguarded, unmediated, and un-ironic terms.
Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud CD (Inside-Out)
Fifth release from Devin Townsend Project (and fifteenth release overall from Devin Townsend) following a very well received four-part mini-series from the group. Featuring guest vocals from Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering).
The Corin Tucker Band – Kill My Blues CD/LP (Kill Rock Stars)
A more collaborative effort from the band, which includes Sara Lund (Unwound), Mike Clark (Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks) and Seth Lorinczi (Golden Bears).
Ufomammut – Oro: Opus Alter CD (Neurot Recordings)
The second half of a 90-minute work from the Italian psychedelic sludge purveyors.
Various Artists [Matthias Tanzmann] – Fabric 65 CD (Fabric)
A chunky and mesmerizing episode of the series. Featuring classics (“Silicone Soul,” “Right On, Right On Tanzmann Remix”) alongside current cuts (Maya Jane Cole’s “Not Listening”) entwined together in his own unique style, the mix is an insight into a longstanding hero of the house music community.
Various Artists [Kanye West] – Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer CD (Def Jam/G.O.O.D. Music)
“Much like last summer’s Watch The Throne, G.O.O.D. Music’s posse record Cruel Summer is a Kanye West record, at least musically speaking. Like Watch The Throne, Cruel Summer is lined with the maximalist, detail-fixated production that basically comes synonymous with Kanye’s discography, and the record employs work from celebrated, critically beloved hitmakers like Hit-Boy, Noah ‘40’ Shebib, Hudson Mohawke, and West himself.” — Stereogum
Various Artists – Lowe Country: The Songs Of Nick Lowe CD/LP (Fiesta Red)
Tribute album featuring covers by Robert Ellis, Jeff The Brotherhood, Hayes Carll, Chatham County Line, Lori McKenna, Griffin House, Ron Sexsmith, and more.
The Whigs – Enjoy The Company CD/LP (New West)
With their new album Enjoy The Company, The Whigs have created a raucous ode to rock and roll.
Bill Wilson – Ever Changing Minstrel [Reissue/1973] CD (Tompkins Square)
Bill Wilson recorded one album in Nashville for Columbia Records in 1973. Produced by Bob Johnson (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), Ever Changing Minstrel features studio musicians who played on Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde.
Woods – Bend Beyond CD/LP+MP3 (Woodsist)
“For their seventh album, Bend Beyond, Woods got dark. It’s not that they weren’t dark before—when you really get in there and listen, Jeremy Earl is singing about some heavy stuff, but it’s hidden under his gorgeous falsetto and sometimes obtuse lyrics. On Bend Beyond, though, Earl and company fully embrace that darkness.” — Sam Hockley-Smith
Dwight Yoakam – 3 Pears CD (WB)
Yoakam’s first all new studio album in seven years, 3 Pears features two songs co-produced with Beck. Vinyl version due October 9.
DVDs + Blu-ray:
Michael Jackson – Live At Wembly 7.16.88 DVD (Sony Legacy)
Michael Jackson’s legendary July 16, 1988 concert at Wembley Stadium. 135 minutes.
Paul Simon – Live In New York City DVD/Blu-ray (Hear Music)
Live performance of some of Simon’s most beloved and classic songs as well as newer selections from his 2011 release, So Beautiful Or So What. 95 minutes.
Aphex Twin – I Care Because You Do [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (1972)
Aphex Twin – Richard D. James Album [Reissue/1996] LP (1972)
HQ-180 vinyl reissues of Aphex Twin’s long-out-of-print second and third LPs.
Califone – Roomsound [Reissue/2001] LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Vinyl reissue from the band formerly known as Red Red Meat. Roomsound recalls the best of the No Depression school of indie-hick moonshine.
Carlton Melton – Photos Of Photos 2xLP+MP3 (Agitated)
Third album from San Francisco heavy psych four-piece. For fans of Bardo Pond, Parson Sound.
Margaret Cho & Neil Hamburger – I Drink b/w How Little Men Care 7” (Drag City)
Margaret Cho is a comedian and actress who was nominated for an Emmy this year for her work on the hit TV show Drop Dead Diva. Neil Hamburger is known as “America’s Funnyman,” in some places.
Howlin Rain – Till The Morning Comes 7” (Agitated)
The group covers the classic Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter song “Till The Morning Comes.”
JJ Doom – Key To The Kuffs LP (Lex)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl. Producer Jneiro Jarelhas teams up with rapper MF Doom with contributions from Damon Albarn and Beth Gibbons (Portishead) among many others.
Legs – AAAA The New Memphis Legs LP+MP3 (Goner)
Blood and beer-encrusted recordings from the epochal year 2000. With a setlist of Australian garage thudders from the Ugly Things compilation, a mutant two-chord Doug Sahm song and simple, intense originals, they were a short-lived, yet highly entertaining Memphis club favorite, playing alongside Reatards, Jeffrey Evans and other Memphis talents of the time.
Liars – They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top [Reissue/2001] LP (Mute)
Liars – They Were Wrong, So We Drowned [Reissue/2004] LP (Mute)
Liars – Drum’s Not Dead [Reissue/2006] LP (Mute)
Liars – Liars [Reissue/2007] LP (Mute)
Vinyl reissues of Liars’ first four albums.
Locrian/Christoph Heemann – Locrian/Christoph Heemann LP (Handmade Birds)
Two powerful forces in sound manipulation collaborate on one epic masterpiece.
Loop – Heaven’s End [Reissue/1987] LP+MP3 (Reactor)
Reissue of British primal psych band’s debut album, on vinyl for the first time in over 20 years.
Night Beds – Even If We Try b/w You Were Afraid 7” (Dead Oceans)
Debut single from the Nashville singer/songwriter.
Pinkish Black – Pinkish Black LP (Handmade Birds)
From the ominous cloud of post melodic sludge to the raging fanaticism akin to the best moments of classic The Birthday Party, Pinkish Black offer a true homage to the album as entity. Their music is in turns abrasive, turbulent, darkly melodic, and hauntingly beautiful. Fans of Suicide, Magma, and Scott Walker should lend an ear.
Rhyton – Emerald Tablet LP+MP3 (Three Lobed)
Experimental/improv/psych trio feat. Dave Shuford (D Charles Speer & The Helix, No Neck Blues Band), Jimy SeiTang (Psychic Ills) and Spencer Herbst (Messages).
Sam Prekop – Who’s Your New Professor [Reissue/2005] LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Vinyl reissue of the second album from The Sea And Cake frontman.
Sea Lions/Golden Grrrls – Split 7” (Night School/Static Shock)
Skeletons – The Bus LP (Shinkoyo)
Recorded with upwards of 20 musicians from NYC’s underground avant-garde, pop and jazz scenes, The Bus incorporates string sections, woodwinds, brass, and percussion, featuring members of Tune-Yards, Nomo, Extra Life, and Little Women. White vinyl.
Thank You – Mother’s Nose 7” (Thrill Jockey)
An incandescent eruption of organized panic, propelled by shimmering guitars, churning rhythms, and esoteric chants. Opiated melodies float over beats more click than clamor, coalescing into an Eno-esque soundscape of harmonic waves and secret horizons.
Trash Talk – Awake 12” (True Panther Sounds)
“Best New Music.” — Pitchfork
Two Gallants – The Throes  2xLP (Alive)
Vinyl reissue of Two Gallant’s debut album. ”A gloriously passionate, valorous, booze-stewed stumble.” — Mojo
Weezer – The Lion And The Witch  LP (Mobile Fidelity)
First time available on vinyl for this collectible live EP from 2002.
Weezer – Weezer (The Blue Album) [Reissue/1994] LP (Mobile Fidelity)
The ultimate 90’s geek-rock album on numbered, limited-edition HQ-180 vinyl.
Paul Weller – The Attic b/w We Got A Lot 7” (Yep Roc)
Third single from Sonik Kicks. B-side is the soulful, previously unreleased song, “We Got A Lot.” Orange vinyl.
The Minus Times Collected (Drag City)
What begun as an open letter to strangers and fellow misfits, The Minus Times grew to become a hand-typed literary magazine that showcased the next generation of American fiction. Contributors include Sam Lipsyte, David Berman, Patrick deWitt, and Wells Tower, with illustrations by David Eggers and Brad Neely as well as interviews with Dan Clowes, Barry Hannah, and an as yet-to-be-famous Stephen Colbert. All 30 of the-nearly-impossible-to-find issues of this improvised literary almanac are now assembled for the first time, typos and all.
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