FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2015
All Them Witches – Dying Surfer Meets His Maker
Boy & Bear – Limit of Love
Neko Case – Black Listed
Cicada Rhythm – Cicada Rhythm
Coil – Backwards The lost album & essential bridge between “Love’s Secret Domain” and the “Music To Play In the Dark.” Recorded 1992-1996 in London & New Orleans
Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane LTD Ed 180 gm pressing on maroon colored vinyl.
Merchandise Featuring The Dum Dum Girls – Red Sun / Echo 7″
Moving Mountains / Prawn – Split 12″
Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed
Over the Rhine – Blood Oranges In The Snow
Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips – Mistress America
Mike Watt + The Secondmen – Chronics 7″
Wombats – Greek Tragedy 7″
Various Artists – Not The Same Old Blues Crap II: A Fat Possum Records Compilation R.L. Burnside, T-Model Ford & Paul Jones
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2015
Sisters of Mercy – Floodland The classic 1987 LP plus three 12″ EPs
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015
Adele – 25
Beat Happening – Look Around Formed in the early ‘80s in Olympia, Washington by Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis and Bret Lunsford, Beat Happening combined a primitive pop sound with a D.I.Y. attitude and inspired countless artists along the way. The community that arose around the band and their label, K Records, was in many ways, the sonic antithesis of their Seattle neighbors (and friends) but was no less influential. Look Around is a remastered, double album anthology, handpicked by the band. It’s a great starting point for the uninitiated as well a refreshing reminder to those who caught the wave the first time around.
Besnard Lakes – Golden Lion 12″
Blue Jean Commitee – Catalina Breeze Fred Armison’s take on 70’s yacht rock.
Neko Case – Truckdriver Gladiator Mule The long story of Neko Case and her musical wonderment will finally be told in a stunning and long overdue vinyl set , entitled the Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule LP box set. Neko’s entire discography on wax will be available on standard black 180 gram vinyl. The set includes all 8 vinyl remasters (remastered from the original analog tape), plus a limited edition 80-page full color photography book and a vinyl slipmat with illustration, both designed by Neko Case herself. All of this comes in a custom storage box. The titles are beloved by fans and many have been out of print on vinyl for years. Neko will embark on a small tour, with a limited number of special performances, playing songs from throughout her career, and performing as a quartet for the first time in 14 years. – Entire catalog on Vinyl – most have been out of print for years – Includes limited edition 80-page full color pho- tography book – Set includes a vinyl slipmat with illustration by Neko Case – Playing the Mutations Festival in Brighton (UK) on November 28 and headline show at Union Chapel in London (UK) on December 1st.
Miles Davis – Monterey Jazz Festival, 1963
Michael Jackson – Dangerous re-issue
Jewel – Picking Up The Pieces
Led Zeppelin – Mothership Led Zeppelin redefined rock in the Seventies and for all time. They were as influential in that decade as the Beatles were in the prior one. Their impact extends to classic and alternative rockers alike. Then and now, Led Zeppelin looms larger than life on the rock landscape as a band for the ages with an almost mystical power to evoke primal passions.
MC 900 FT Jesus – Welcome To My Dream Since it’s 1991 CD release, Welcome To My Dream has earned a cult reputation as one of the pioneering works of hip-hop, funk & jazz fusion. “In a lot of ways, Welcome To My Dream was a precursor to trip-hop, layering hip-hop beats over jazzy breaks and dream-like instrumentation.” (Sean Carruthers/AllMusic). From U2 sampling the track “The City Sleeps” for Zooropa; to director Tarsem Singh using “Falling Elevator’s” in his famous 1996 Levi’s commercial; Welcome To My Dream is a sonic playground that’s finally giving it’s fans the opportunity to be experienced on vinyl.
Sonny Rollins – What’s New? Firs vinyl press in over 20 years, limited to 2000 copies worldwide.
Saxon – Battering Ram Limited Edition Box Set. With Biff Byford singing as well as he ever has, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt making full use of the term ‘shredding’ with their guitars and the lock-steady rhythm of Nibbs Carter’s bass and Nigel Glockler’s drums, the future and the past crash together in an ear-scintillatingly engaging, raucous, melodic-yet-classically heavy ten songs collection which will instantly be hailed as a Saxon classic. The title track, with its delectable twin guitar assault heralding the album’s commencement, gives the listener an instant crack around the chops, whilst traditionalists will be delighted to hear such a perfect marriage of old, classic Saxon with the newer, fresher invective in such riff-fronted fare as “Destroyer” and “Stand Your Ground”, but there are still moments of space and exploration which fans will love. “This one’s a natural progression from Sacrifice,” says Byford, “There’s a bit less rock’n’roll and a bit more ‘heavy’ on it. We wanted to keep focused on a style rather than moving around too much.” Produced by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Exodus Accept) at his Backstage Recording Studios in rural Derbyshire, Saxon were able to hone in and whittle down any excess, finding the sonic space and balance to let Battering Ram’s riffs and melodies get the necessary space to scream front and center, Sneap bringing a crispness to the sound which evokes memories of the early ‘80s without for one moment sounding dated. “Yes, Andy has been in charge of everything with this album, I keep on overview of it all, but he’s done a great job and we’re both pleased with the results. We have a great partnership.” Lyrically, Battering Ram covers a variety of social situations, from the screaming fans who rage at the gig barriers (“Battering Ram”) to the inequalities of taxation (“Tax ’Till You Drop”), as well as engaging in some good old fashioned myth (“The Devil’s Footprint” – a 200 year old tale of people waking up in winter snowfall to see unexplained hoof prints which they followed, looking for an answer in vain). “When I’m writing lyrics I like to switch back and forth between complex things, reality and rock’n’roll,” says Byford, “I thought the whole folklore behind “The Devil’s Footprint” made it great material for a metal song, being that it’s both historic and mythical. “With “Queen of Hearts” I wanted to write something around Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland, and it’s about the chess game that happens in the story. I wanted it to have prog-feeling in the way of its ambiance and mood. Then you have songs like “Destroyer” and “Hard and Fast” which are ‘80s inspired songs with that modern slant on it. I’m a big fan of Marvel comics, and I wanted to write a song around the character Destroyer, and with “Hard and Fast” it’s as the title suggests, about driving fast! I do like to tie the lyric into the song, so if it’s going to be a song about driving fast, well, it has to be a fast, hard song!” There is also the album’s closing cut, haunting, gripping, melancholic tale of the First World War, “The Kingdom of The Cross”, where a poem unfurls the feelings and horrors which comprised this most brutal of global conflicts. “This year is the centenary of the end of the First World War. Nigel had a piece of music which he played on a synthesizer for a couple of years that I really liked. We had an actor (and singer), David Bower from the band Hell, read the poem and I sang the choruses. I didn’t want it to be typical Saxon, so it is just keyboards, bass, me and Dave.” Wonderfully uncompromising, with Battering Ram Saxon have once again established their rightly-venerated credentials as Kings and vanguards of heavy metal music.
The Silence – Hark The Silence
Sun Ra – To Those of Earth…& Other Worlds
Sonny Boy Williamson – The Trumpet Singles 1947-1955
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015
Atmosphere – The Fun EP (Happy Clown Bad Dub Eight) Picture disc
Bad Bad Hats – Psychic Reader
David Bowie – Golden Years / Station to Station 7″ Pic Disc
Brooklyn Funk Essentials – Funk Ain’t Ova
John Coltrane – Coltrane’s Sound Limited edition of 2000. Double LP 180 gram, 45 rpm.
Billy Gibbons & The BFG’s – Perfectamundo Limited vinyl LP pressing. 2015 release, the debut solo album from Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top guitarist/vocalist and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Perfectamundo is a blend of blues, jazz, Latin and rock, as Gibbons explores songs with a new backing band, The BFG’s, who are a handpicked group of musicians selected for this unique outing. The album itself was inspired by Billy’s early influence of Cuban jazz and studying Latin percussion with Tito Puente at an early age, along with being invited to the Havana Jazz Festival.
Girlschool – Guilty As Sin
Helvetia – Dromomania
LCD Sound System – YR City S A Sucker 12″
David Lynch & Marek Zebrowski – Polish Night Music Barren train stations, Polish factories at night, and silent hotels where lonely travelers meet. These are the images and suggested narratives that pervade the spirit of Polish Night Music, the musical collaboration between American filmmaker David Lynch and Polish concert pianist and composer Marek Zebrowski. Zebrowski and Lynch first met during the Camerimage Film Festival in Lodz, Poland and started to work together during the organic evolution of Lynch’s Inland Empire. Originally, Zebrowski served as a translator for the shooting of several Lodz-based Polish scenes in Empire, but upon discovering their shared interest in musical experimentation and improvisation, Lynch invited Zebrowski to his Los Angeles studio to participate in a series of musical experiments. From these initial collaborations, inspired by their unique and distinct connections to Poland, emerged a tangible mood and distinctly modern texture that became Polish Night Music.
Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone In The Universe
Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone?
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – So Familiar
Panda Bear – Crosswords EP
Parquet Courts – Monastic Living
Pentimento – I, No Longer
Powermad – Infinite
Trent Reznor – Natural Born Killers Soundtrack
Ride – Nowhere (25th Anniversary Edition)
Dwight Yoakam – Come On Christmas
Neil Young – Blue Note Cafe Performance series #11. 21 songs on 4 LPs featuring 7 previously unreleased songs.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2015
Danny Bensi & Saunders Jurriaans – The Gift, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Brokeoffs – Brain Damage / Eclipse / House of the Rising Sun 10″ picture disc of two Pink Floyd covers and the classic American folk song.
Disturbed – Ten Thousand Fists
Driftwood Pyre – Driftwood Pyre New project from First Communion After Party’s Liam Watkins
Drive-By Truckers – This Weekend’s The Night
Bob Dylan Bootleg Series Vol. 12, 1965-1966: The Best of The Cutting Edge Triple vinyl LP edition. Packaged in a slipcase with separate booklet with exclusive photography and liner notes. 2015 archive release featuring the best of Bob Dylan’s unreleased studio recordings from 1965 and 1966, Includes alternate versions of songs such as ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, ‘Desolation Row’, ‘Visions Of Johanna’ and ‘Highway 61 Revisited’. Between 1965 and 1966 Bob Dylan recorded three albums that many believe changed the course of modern music: Bringing It All back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde. The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Volume 12 takes you inside the studio during the recording of those three albums. With a staggering wealth of unreleased songs, outtakes, rehearsals and alternate versions – The Cutting Edge provides a unique insight into a legendary icon’s creative process.
Floating Point – Elaenia
The Headcoats – Elementary Headcoats: The Singles 1990-1999 50 of their best on three LPs.
Low – Low Christmas First time on vinyl domestically!
Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs Vinyl repress of The Magnetic Fields’ classic 1999 3-CD Box set rumination on, of course, love. Funny, smart, dark, memorable, and a lifetime’s worth of listening. Stephin Merritt solidifies his songwriting genius on his “most ambitious and fully realized work.” (AMG) This vinyl reissue is remastered for vinyl & beautifully packaged in a 10” slip case box with three double gatefold sleeves and the original booklet at full size!
Natalie Merchant – New Tigerlily Recordings
Paper Kites – Twelvefour Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites will release their sophomore album, twelvefour on Nettwerk Records August 28th. Produced by Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses), it is the follow up to the band’s debut album States. Written entirely between midnight and four in the morning, twelvefour is a concept record that explores the theory that an artist’s creative peak lays within these hours. The Paper Kites’ music has been featured on numerous television shows including ABC’s Forever and Grey’s Anatomy, as well as The CW’s Reign.
Lascelles Perkins – Sings Studio One & More Lascelles Perkins was one of the first stars of the Jamaican music scene, Studio One’s leading balladeer, and one of the most underrated singers from that time. Perkins sang sentimental ballads and scored massive local hits for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label with tracks like Lonely Moments and Together Forever. Other big hits followed, including The Mighty Organ (a duet with Hortense Ellis, Alton Ellis’s sister), Destiny, and a whole catalog of standards. Perkins could sing any song, make it seem effortless, and, at the same time, address it in his own unique style. Perkins was present at the birth of Studio One, at the initial sessions carried out in 1959 alongside the other big singers of the day, Alton Ellis and Basil Gabbidon. The session took place at Federal Studios and, as was standard at the time, the studio had one mic hanging down in the middle of the room. The singer would be nearest to the mic, and the musicians, depending on how loud their instruments were, would place themselves accordingly in the room, recording everything together in a single take. The singers and the musicians would have to be at the top of their game and would be paid for each side they cut. Doing things over would mean fewer songs finished. Time and money was tight, but this discipline made the great records we know today. This set includes Perkins on some lost tapes from producer Bunny Lee’s archive, singing some of the big Studio One hits of the day, including Rain from the Skies, Stick by Me, Love Me Forever, and No Man Is an Island, alongside other great tunes from the time like Dancing Mood, Pledging My Love, Take My Hand, Never Never, and Dinner for One.
Murder Shoes – Daydreaming
Rush – Counterparts Special double LP edition
Rush – Test for Echo Special double LP edition
Soldiers of Fortune – Early Risers EARLY RISERS is Soldiers of Fortune’s second album, and both are on Mexican Summer. They have been called a NYC hard rock improv collective, and we really really hate that description. The band consists of Brad Truax (so many bands, but dude, Interpol?), Kid Millions (Man Forever, Oneida), Barry London (fuck yeah Oneida), Matt Sweeney (Chavez being his LEAST well-known operation should tell you something), Jesper Eklow (Meandering Tedium, sorry, Endless Boogie), Mike Bones already, and the elusive Papa Crazee (heavy early riser in team Oneida). On this album the superior vocal stylings of the band’s Healer, Shaman and Answer CLARK “YEREMIAS” BRONSON, STEPHEN MALKMUS, CASS MCCOMBS, DAN MELCHIOR, ETHAN MILLER and MATT MCAULEY were also enlisted. The result is the sound of utter confusion and unfocused tender hatred in song form. Meaning, we are truly obsessed with this album. Not that we ever listened to it all the way through, but we’re a label that TRUSTS THE ARTIST. You should too.
Sun City Girls – Torch of the Mystics Considered by many fans and critics to be SCG’s peak, Torch is a vertiginous slice of psychedelic rock that assimilates and then mutates Middle Eastern musical elements (Alan and guitarist/brother Richard Bishop have Lebanese heritage) into bold new shapes. It contains some of the most profoundly spiritual music I’ve ever heard (see especially “Space Prophet Dogon”).
U.S. Girls – Half Free U.S. Girls will release Half Free on September, 25th her debut album for 4AD. The work of Illinois-born, Toronto-based artist Meg Remy, U.S. Girls has evolved in recent years from the coarse 4-track fidelity found on her early recordings to more luscious and unabashed works, packed with fiery pop sensibilities. Half Free is the next step in this impressive progression, an honest and lyrically jarring exploration of emotions, drenched in a bath of raw beats and loops that have become the hallmark of her work with producer and frequent collaborator Onakabazien. Other album guests include Slim Twig (DFA), Ben Cook (Fucked Up, Young Guv), Amanda Crist (Ice Cream) and Tony Price.
Various Artists – A Blues Christmas New vinyl compilation featuring the best of Alligator’s previous CD-only holiday releases, The Alligator Records Christmas Collection and Genuine Houserockin’ Christmas. Features genre legends Koko Taylor, Carey Bell and Katie Webster, plus current blues headliners Shemekia Copeland, Marcia Ball, Roomful of Blues and Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials. Here’s to a not-so-silent night!
Various Artists – I Saved Latin, A Tribute To Wes Anderson Double vinyl LP pressing in gatefold sleeve. 2014 release, an outstanding tribute to director/screenwriter Wes Anderson. I SAVED LATIN! Features today’s best artists covering songs that have appeared in his films Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic, Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and more. Includes covers of songs by the Kinks, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elliot Smith, Nick Drake, Nico, Cat Stevens, Love, John Lennon, The Zombies, Mark Mothersbaugh, among others. The 6 panel eco-wallet features exclusive Wes Anderson-inspired illustrations by critically acclaimed rock poster designer Lonny Unitus. Includes songs performed by Juliana Hatfield, Kristin Hersh, Margo And The Nuclear So & So’s, Telekinesis, Matt Pond and others.
Various Artists – Phil Spector’s A Christmas Gift To You Back in print for this holiday season. Best Christmas album ever!
Various Artists – This Record Belongs To:_________ What if your favorite children’s book were not only a timeless story but came with a soundtrack of tunes that kids and grown-ups alike would love? Hold onto your boots… it’s here! This Record Belongs To______ is the antidote to your standard kids compilations. You won’t find boy bands, princesses, or purple dinosaurs here. Instead the record consists of two halves?an upbeat side for daytime dancin’ and a mellow side for bedtime lullabies. Among the many gems featured include songs from Carole King, Woody Guthrie, Donovan, Harry Nilsson, Jerry Garcia, Nina Simone, Kermit The Frog and more. Inspired by the classic Little Golden Books Series and Sesame Street’s In Harmony albums, This Record Belongs To ______ stems from a love of music, reading, and a passion for teaching future generations the interactive experience of holding an album in your hands, putting needle to groove, and immersing yourself in the pages of a record’s sleeve as the music plays.
Frank Zappa – Bebop Tango Contest Live Repressed. With the success of his Apostrophe and Roxy & Elsewhere albums, 1974 saw Frank Zappa at his commercial peak. Evidently feeling a surfeit of goodwill towards his fans, at the close of the year he prepared a personally mixed reel of live performances from the previous year for broadcast on WLIR-FM in Garden City, New York, on New Year’s Eve. Not to be confused with a show he was playing the same night in Long Beach, California, this is a typically adventurous and humorous compilation, and is presented here with background notes and images. 180-gram vinyl; includes insert.