…..news letter #1017 – nothin’…..

Another week of late shipments…. not even sure if said shipment is coming tomorrow or not thanks to some vague tracking scans, but I’ve included some of those items below so, just take note if you after one of those things, it might not even show up tomorrow. 

As for the new restrictions, they don’t really effect us. According to our business association’s clarification of the new restrictions, we are already doing what is required of us, limited capacity and mandatory masks. The vaccine exemption does not apply to retail stores. So mask up and keep your visit brief if it’s busy so no one has to wait outside.

– in-store shopping/pick ups – 11 – 6 pm Monday – Friday, 11 am – 4 pm Saturday
(if you don’t want to come into the store for a pick up, call and/or use the back door)
– Max 4people in the store at a time
– Wear a mask(if you don’t have one, we’ll have some)
– Sanitizeyour hands(we’ll have some)

…..pick of the week…..

Goat: Headsoup (Rocket) LP+7″
Coloured vinyl! Headsoup is a new compilation that deepens Goat’s legend even further. Collecting non-album material from across their career, standalone singles, B-sides, and digital edits, it’s a record that’s even bigger in its scope than their studio LPs. It’s a globetrotting acid trip of a record, one that moves from the magnificent heavy-psych of their earliest work, like Goatman B-side “The Sun And Moon,” to the serene Requiem-era alternate take “Union Of Mind And Soul,” to the simmering grooves of their latest material, and a myriad of other detours. Sometimes dark and heavy, at others joyous and beautiful, like Goat themselves Headsoup is mysterious and constantly shapeshifting, difficult to properly pin down but constantly enthralling. Jazz-flute solos, pounding Afrobeat rhythms, ferocious desert blues, drifting Ethio-jazz and churning drones are just a fraction of their dazzling mix of influences. This is, as the name of Goat’s first album made clear, World Music in its most complete form, a sound unrestrained by genre boundaries, although the band are anything but lazy appropriators. They approach their forebears with upmost reverence, providing a celebratory cultural cross-pollination.

File Under: Psych
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…..new arrivals…..

Pastor T.L. Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir: I Shall Wear a Crown (Numero) LP
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White & gold vinyl! A Civil Rights activist who marched alongside Jesse Jackson, preacher for Earth Wind & Fire, Stax recording artist, “Family Feud” contestant, Stephen Curry soundtracker, high school drop out, and Kanye samplee, Pastor T. L. Barrett stuffed a dozen lives into one. His signature 1971 spiritual soul jam “Like A Ship” has transcended its humble South Side Chicago beginnings, rediscovered by Leon Bridges and Beck and described by Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood as “The most euphoric celebratory music that makes you want to jump around the house and explode with joy.” This box is the definitive statement on Barrett’s two decades of recordings, 49 tracks spread across five LPs, including Like A Ship, Do Not Pass Me By Volume 1 & 2, I Found The Answer, plus a bonus album of singles and sermons, a 10,000 word blow-by-blow, and illustrated discography.

File Under: Gospel, Soul
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Beach Boys: Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 (Capitol) LP
Hopefully in tomorrow… In honor of 50 years of The Beach Boys’ timeless and often underappreciated albums, Sunflower and Surf’s Up, Capitol/UMe commemorate this metamorphic and highly influential 1969-1971 period of the band’s legendary career with a series of reissues. The vinyl 2LP collection, Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 features remastered versions of the original albums plus eight previously unreleased tracks. 1970’s Sunflower was the first product of the Beach Boys’ new Brother Records/Reprise deal. The album signaled a creative rebirth for the band and a return to the beautiful harmonies and orchestral productions of their classic mid-’60s material. Sunflower is a remarkably cohesive album, something not seen from the band since the legendary Pet Sounds. Highlights include “Slip On Through,” “Add Some Music to Your Day,” “Cool, Cool Water” and “This Whole World” among others. 1971’s Surf’s Up features songwriting from five different members and encompasses all of the Beach Boys trademarks of the era including eccentric pop tunes, soul-leaning numbers and songs devoted to spiritual enlightenment and social/environmental concerns. However it’s the three Brian Wilson gems “A Day in the Life of a Tree,” “Til I Die” and title track “Surf’s Up,” written with Van Dyke Parks during 1966’s Smile sessions, which standout admirably and close the album with aplomb. Brian himself attributes the staying power of Surf’s Up to the “spiritual love of the music.”

File Under: Pop
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Beach Boys: Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 (Capitol) BOX
Hopefully in tomorrow… Vinyl 4LP-Set featuring Newly Remastered Versions of Sunflower and Surf’s Up Plus 44 Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks from the Album Sessions! In honor of 50 years of The Beach Boys’ timeless and often underappreciated albums, Sunflower and Surf’s Up, Capitol/UMe release an expansive vinyl 4LP set titled Feel Flows: The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 that chronicles and explores in depth this metamorphic and highly influential 1969-1971 period of the band’s legendary career. Assembled by Mark Linett and Alan Boyd, the team behind 2013’s Grammy Award-winning SMiLE Sessions, the collection features newly remastered versions of Sunflower and Surf’s Up and boasts 64 tracks, including 44 previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions, alternate mixes, and vocals, culled from the album sessions. 1970’s Sunflower was the first product of the Beach Boys’ new Brother Records/Reprise deal. The album signaled a creative rebirth for the band and a return to the beautiful harmonies and orchestral productions of their classic mid-’60s material. Sunflower is a remarkably cohesive album, something not seen from the band since the legendary Pet Sounds. Highlights include “Slip On Through,” “Add Some Music to Your Day,” “Cool, Cool Water” and “This Whole World” among others. 1971’s Surf’s Up features songwriting from five different members and encompasses all of the Beach Boys trademarks of the era including eccentric pop tunes, soul-leaning numbers and songs devoted to spiritual enlightenment and social/environmental concerns. However it’s the three Brian Wilson gems “A Day in the Life of a Tree,” “Til I Die” and title track “Surf’s Up,” written with Van Dyke Parks during 1966’s Smile sessions, which standout admirably and close the album with aplomb. Brian himself attributes the staying power of Surf’s Up to the “spiritual love of the music.”

File Under: Pop
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Kenny Burrell: Midnight Blue (Blue Note) LP
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Blue Note Records is pleased to present the Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series, a continuation of their acclaimed Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series which was launched in celebration of the label’s 80th anniversary in 2019. The Classic Series will once again feature all-analog 180g vinyl pressings in standard packaging that are mastered by Kevin Gray directly from the original master tapes and manufactured at Optimal in Germany. The first 16 titles of the Classic Series will focus on the enduring classics of the Blue Note catalog. The Classic Series will be on-going, running alongside the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series which is produced by Joe Harley. Guitarist Kenny Burrell debuted on Blue Note Records in 1956 and over the following seven years made a series of excellent albums for the label that culminated with his masterwork Midnight Blue. Recorded in 1963, the album waded deep into the blues, conjuring an alluring late-night vibe with a profoundly soulful cast including tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, bassist Major Holley, Jr., drummer Bill English, and Ray Barretto on congas. Burrell originals including “Chitlins con Carne,” “Midnight Blue,” “Saturday Night Blues,” and the stunning solo guitar piece “Soul Lament” set the tone for this timeless classic adorned by one of the all-time great Reid Miles cover designs.

File Under: Jazz
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Chvrches: Screen Violence (Glassnote) LP
Hopefully in tomorrow… Coloured vinyl! Chvrches’ highly anticipated fourth studio effort, Screen Violence was recorded almost entirely remotely between Los Angeles and Glasgow with members Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook self-producing and mixing the album via video calls and audio sharing programs to create something that is unique and special, but inherently their own. Screen Violence was originally conceived as a name for the band. A decade later, and during a pandemic when the reality of screen violence has never been more pertinent, struggling to make the people you love feel more than the characters on a TV show, and experiencing a world of trauma as if it were another, Chvrches revived the term for their new album title. Narrating the theme of Screen Violence in three main forms – on screen, by screens and through screens – the album touches on feelings of loneliness, disillusionment, fear, heartbreak and regret. “I think for me it was helpful to go into the process with the idea that I could write something escapist almost,” Mayberry says of the album. “That felt freeing initially, to have concepts and stories to weave your own feelings and experiences through but in the end, all the lyrics were definitely still personal.” While Martin Doherty adds, “To me, the screen aspect was a bit more literal. When we were making the record, it was like half of our lives were lived through screens. What began as a concept was now a lifeline.”

File Under: Pop
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Darkthrone: Eternal Hails… (Peaceville) LP
With the highly revered Norwegians remaining ever-dedicated to the art of the riff after 35 years of existence, Darkthrone return for album number nineteen and a new dose of metallic godliness. On the back of 2019’s triumphant ‘Old Star’ opus, the duo of Nocturno Culto & Fenriz present a 41 minute maelstrom of Epic Black Heavy Metal across five sprawling compositions. Organic and dynamic, the album is an exploration of the very finest vintage metal and the best of doom, all delivered in the unmistakable Darkthrone style, whilst also incorporating instruments such as the Moog to further expand upon these soundscapes. Eschewing the process of using their own Necrohell II studios – which has served the band so well over the last 15 years – & welcoming a change of environment and the opportunity to experiment with new ideas, ‘Eternal Hails……’ was recorded at Chaka Khan Studio in Oslo, & engineered by Ole Ovstedal & Silje Høgevold, breathing new life into the sound while retaining the essence of Darkthrone’s natural, raw feeling. The cover artwork features the piece “Pluto and Charon” (1972), from renowned science fiction artist David A. Hardy; a hugely inspirational image for both Fenriz & Nocturno Culto spanning several decades, and this also stands as a symbolic link between the genre-bending styles apparent on Darkthrone’s earliest works, to those same traits evident on ‘Eternal Hails……’.

File Under: Metal
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D.R.I.: Thrash Zone (Metal Blade) LP
For four decades, D.R.I. has been the epitome of the aggressive, hardcore/punk thrash sound. Throughout this time, they’ve been one of the few genuine underground bands to remain true to their pure punk roots. While they’re a little older now, time hasn’t gotten the best of the Dirty Rotten Imbeciles. They’re still thrashing just as hard, and just as loud as ever, continuing to overload our senses with the sound that is, and will always remain, uniquely D.R.I. Home to the MTV and Skate 2 featured “Beneath the Wheel,” the band’s aptly titled fifth album Thrash Zone (1989) was produced by the legendary Bill Metoyer (Slayer) and stands as their biggest seller to date. The long out of print release is back on vinyl here on colored LP.

File Under: Punk, Thrash, Metal
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Bill Evans: Trio 64 (Acoustic Sounds Series (Verve) LP
This is Bill Evans’ first trio date under his own name for Verve, and the deep communication he maintains throughout with Gary Peacock and Paul Motian, two brilliant rhythm players, is sublime. All of the songs are standards of one for or another, but Evans and Co. find a depth to them that’s astonishing. Bill uses the spaces between phrases in a way that broadens and deepens the emotional content. Two outstanding examples of Bill’s interpretive magic here are the novelty numbers “Little Lulu” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” which both acquire a warmth, scope of imagery and sardonic touch that enlivens their musical essence like never before. This all-analog 180g vinyl LP reissue was mastered from the original analog tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound, pressed at QRP, and comes housed in a Stoughton tip-on gatefold jacket.

File Under: Jazz
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Jose Gonzalez: Local Valley (Mute) LP
José González’s fourth studio effort Local Valley is a natural continuation of the styles that he has developed over the years both solo and with his band Junip. The album strikes a balance between stripped back arrangements – just Jose’s intimate vocal and exquisite nylon string guitar work – and tracks driven by groovy drum machine loops and other percussive elements. With songs sung in English, Spanish and Swedish, Local Valley invites us to look beyond our tribal instincts and join together in a more harmonic state. The album explores our shared humanity and the scientific-based existential questions we face together on our quest to understand ourselves and our place in the cosmos. The album cover showcases the beautiful hand drawn artwork of Swedish designer Hannele Fernström.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Grant Green: Idle Moments (Blue Note) LP
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Blue Note Records is pleased to present the Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series, a continuation of their acclaimed Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series which was launched in celebration of the label’s 80th anniversary in 2019. The Classic Series will once again feature all-analog 180g vinyl pressings in standard packaging that are mastered by Kevin Gray directly from the original master tapes and manufactured at Optimal in Germany. The first 16 titles of the Classic Series will focus on the enduring classics of the Blue Note catalog. The Classic Series will be on-going, running alongside the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series which is produced by Joe Harley. Time and troubles seem to melt away during the 15 enrapturing minutes of Idle Moments, the opening track of Grant Green’s sublime 1963 album of the same name. As the piece unhurriedly unfurls all the unique colors of the ensemble present themselves with Green’s soulful guitar joined by Duke Pearson’s elegant piano, Bobby Hutcherson’s crystalline vibraphone, Bob Cranshaw’s reassuring upright bass, Al Harewood’s subtle drums, and lastly Joe Henderson’s magnificent tenor saxophone. The pace quickens for the rest of this set including the Green original “Jean de Fleur,” a bluesy take on John Lewis’ MJQ standard “Django,” and Pearson’s original “Nomad.”

File Under: Jazz
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Grizzly Bear: Yellow House (Warp) LP
Coloured vinyl! Grizzly Bear has come a long way. From its original incarnation as a one-man band of acoustic guitar, field tapes, and a drum machine to its current state as a full band complete with drums, multiple guitars, bass, woodwinds, effects pedals, all cradled by four part harmonies, Grizzly Bear’s music has made the leap from charming lo-fi folk rock to breathtaking, experimental cinematic pop. Grizzly Bear is remarkable not just for its attention to detail but for the concern for how a song feels. Flush with heart and melancholy, the music is seductive and intimate, deep with hazy-eyed choruses, whistles, piano and banjo. The group’s 2006 Warp Records debut, Yellow House, melded the possibility of the digital age with the classic American songbook. It was recorded in 2005 at Ed Droste’s mother’s house in Cape Cod, the album’s namesake. Transportive and beautiful, it is a soundtrack to late nights, summer afternoons, and first kisses. 2021 sees Grizzly Bear celebrating the 15th anniversary of their iconic second album (and first recorded as a full band). This 2021 edition of the album is a re-cut repress and is available here on colored vinyl 2LP..

File Under: Indie Rock
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Guided By Voices: Isolation Drills (TVT) LP
20th Anniversary Vinyl 2LP Reissue Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound and Housed in a 5-Panel Gatefold Sleeve Recreated from the 2001 CD Packaging by Original Designer Ben Wheelock! 2001’s Isolation Drills served as underground icons Guided by Voices’ second and final LP for TVT Records after a masterful run on Matador. Produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) and recorded at New York’s Loho Music, the ever melodic and uncharacteristically introspective affair features the landmark cuts “Twilight Campfighter,” “Unspirited” and “Chasing Heather Crazy” plus notable instrumental contributions from Elliott Smith and David Sulzer. “It’s weird for the 12th album to be the one where the band matures,” Robert Pollard said at the time, adding that it was, “…about what we do on a daily basis and what we do to remedy the situation when we feel isolated or separated: We play rock, we write, and we drink.” Over 47 minutes, Isolation Drills is now spread over two records for louder and higher fidelity in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Vinyl remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound. Pollard listened to test pressings and reported: “It sounds fantastic.” Deluxe 5-panel gatefold sleeve recreated from the original 2001 CD packaging, by original designer Ben Wheelock.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Karate: In Place of Real Insight (Numero) LP
Coloured vinyl! The Great Alternative Boom of the early ’90s had begun to wither on corporate FM barely halfway through the decade, but the ever-changing underground had almost entirely regenerated after two major-label thrifting trips. In the ever-in-flux city of Boston, Karate positioned themselves as a crucial tendril in a sprawling nationwide community. They did so largely by refusing to stick to any single formula from the myriad of styles at their root – slowcore, post-hardcore, and jazz. As if to make a point, Karate’s lineup went through its own shift too. In the lead up to 1997’s In Place of Real Insight, Eamonn Vitt took up the guitar, and Karate compatriot Jeff Goddard entered the fold to become the band’s bassist. Armed with two guitarists, the band got significantly louder, and they smeared punk fury all over their second LP. At its most intense moments, In Place of Real Insight bestows the kind of rowdiness that elevated hardcore base buried deep within the unconscious of their music – it comes out most vividly when Geoff Farina and Vitt trade throat-searing shouts and bite-sized barks on “New Martini.” So many lesser bands with two guitarists and a copy of In on the Kill Taker at their disposal felt the need to try their hand at being Fugazi, Karate evaded such pratfalls, though Goddard’s compact, quicksilver basswork and Gavin McCarthy’s fractured drumming on the bridge for “New New” contain the same rhythmic electricity that the D.C. legends wielded so well. For the most part, Karate used their larger palette to intensify their already alluring musical sensibilities. Farina and Vitt’s gentle guitars nearly mirror each other as they carry the drawn-out tension of “The New Hangout Condition” to its equanimous conclusion, though Karate wouldn’t hold that mood for long; they made quick work of disrupting such peacefulness with the needling disquiet that opens “On Cutting,” a rare track that cast a spotlight on Vitt’s understated vocals. Karate emboldened the quiet moments of In Place of Real Insight with the same forcefulness of its archly punk cuts, effectively allowing the tenderness that blankets “Today Or Tomorrow” to coexist alongside their rough-hewn material. Karate made sense of seemingly polarizing styles, and In Place of Real Insight is arguably their best album because they allowed such disparate parts to co-mingle. In a subversive music community oscillating between radical polemics and hair-splitting musical orthodoxy, Karate were a question mark – one that exhibited the scene’s best instincts, because they sounded like few others.

File Under: Indie Rock, Slowcore
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Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio: Jimmy’s Groove (Colemine) 7″
This heater of a pt. 1 / pt. 2 45 is the last tune from the ‘I Told You So’ session that features engineer Jason Gray (Polyrythmics) on bass! The first and only track so far with electric bass 🙂

File Under: Funk, Soul
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James Vincent McMorrow: Grapefruit Season (Sony) LP
In an already-unpredictable career, Grapefruit Season sees James Vincent McMorrow push himself (and his sound) in all new ways. Produced by James alongside fellow genre-disruptors Paul Epworth, Kenny Beats, Lil Silva and Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift), McMorrow’s fifth album was recorded between London, Los Angeles and Dublin largely before the pandemic struck. It embraces the fact that life is chaos, and the idea of growing up, but feeling none the wiser. Each song is held together by McMorrow’s instantly-identifiable voice, an untethered musical imagination, and (from dancehall to soul, country to R&B) purposefully little else in its pursuit of fear-free pop music. Even the title, Grapefruit Season, seems to signpost doing simply what you want, rather than what you are supposed to do (it was inspired by James watching his mom eat grapefruit as a kid, and the idea that what’s good for you may not actually be pleasurable).

File Under: Indie Rock
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Mono: Pilgrimage of the Soul (Temprorary Residence) LP
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Pilgrimage of the Soul is the eleventh studio album in the 22-year career of Japanese experimental rock legends, Mono. Recorded and mixed – cautiously, anxiously, yet optimistically – during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the summer of 2020, Pilgrimage of the Soul is aptly named as it not only represents the peaks and valleys where Mono are now as they enter their third decade, but also charts their long, steady journey to this time and place. Continuing the subtle but profound creative progression in the Mono canon that began with Nowhere Now Here (2019), Pilgrimage of the Soul is the most dynamic Mono album to date (and that’s saying a lot). But where Mono’s foundation was built on the well-established interplay of whisper quiet and devastatingly loud, Pilgrimage of the Soul crafts its magic with mesmerizing new electronic instrumentation and textures, and – perhaps most notably – faster tempos that are clearly influenced by disco and techno. It all galvanizes as the most unexpected Mono album to date – replete with surprises and as awash in splendor as anything this band has ever done.

File Under: Post Rock
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Nova Materia: Xpujil (Crammed/Made to Measure) LP
Hopefully in tomorrow… Xpujil (pronounced ex-poo-khil) is a single, 40-minute immersive piece which takes the listener on a sonic journey through an organic and shifting world. An album which blurs the limits between music, field recording and psychoacoustic trance. The project started with a walking trip taken by the Nova Materia duo (Eduardo Henriquez & Caroline Chaspoul) through the Mexican jungle, towards the ruins of the ancient Maya city of Xpujil. Under scorching heat, amidst omnipresent insects, dense and sinuous vegetation, and the cries of animals, they access a different, haunted world, which feels almost sacred and supernatural. The living beings of the forest (humans, animals, plants) are there without being seen, they are mostly perceived by the ear. And then, the ruins: this great city, which was a major political, scientific and religious centre in the Mayan kingdom, is still partly entangled in the jungle, but the pure, almost futuristic architectural design of the buildings is striking. Throughout the trip, Nova Materia recorded the surrounding soundscapes with binaural microphones. Upon their return to their studio in Paris, these recordings became the foundation of this new work. They processed and transformed the sounds until melodies emerged, which they then enhanced by using sparse instrumentation (gongs, ocarinas and electronics). Different textures were added with contributions by two guests: New York-based musician Ikue Mori (of DNA fame), who has often worked on electronic reinterpretations of the world of insects, and adventurous cellist Gaspar Claus (who collaborates with musicians across all genres, from Rone to Jim O’Rourke). The piece was mixed in binaural at at Studio Cosmos Acoustique at Gaité Lyrique (the Parisian centre for digital arts), with tools developed by IRCAM, and an 8-way sound system, allowing for sound spatialization in a real immersive situation. The Xpujil project will be developed (in partnership with la Gaîté Lyrique) across several mediums and platforms, ranging from a simple binaural experience with headphones to a full immersive audiovisual live performance, an interactive website, and a regular series of binaural livestreamed performances, with contributions by invited musicians and writers. Initial performances are scheduled for the autumn of 2021. Nova Materia are already known for their powerful, hypnotic music which incorporates eerie sounds generated by raw and mineral materials (metal, rocks etc) to create tracks that are in turn hyper-rhythmic and dreamy, poised between postpunk rock and electronic dance music. But the band have also been very active in the field of multimedia & performance arts, often collaborating across genres with video artists, filmmakers, theatre directors and writers. Xpujil explores that other dimension of their talent, and aims at developing original ways of exploiting some emerging digital trends, as well as the current, unusual situation, which spawns new directions for live music.  Nova Materia are Caroline Chaspoul and Eduardo Henriquez, formerly with Panico, the alternative rock band they founded in Chile, with which they toured around the globe and released several albums.

File Under: Ambient
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OST: Death Proof (Warner) LP
Daredevil, cult-film hero-directors Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado) teamed up for 2007’s Grindhouse, their double-feature homage to the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s B-movie exploitation genres. In Death Proof, a psycho named Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) stalks and kills beautiful women with his car. Reviving original tracks from those decades and more, the accompanying soundtrack reaches back with the same hip, offbeat attitude that has helped make Tarantino one of the most admired auteurs of his generation.

File Under: OST
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Porcupine Tree: Recordings (Transmission) LP
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Originally issued in 2001 as a limited edition release, this highly sought after album features songs written during the Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun sessions, including ‘Buying New Soul’ and ‘Ambulance Chasing’. Porcupine Tree released their last album, The Incident, in 2009, marking another step forward in the incredible journey of the band that began as a solo studio project created by Steven Wilson in the late eighties to a multi grammy nominated act and one of the world’s most revered live bands, selling out arenas across the globe and wowing fans with their incredible performances.

File Under: Rock
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Rugged Nuggets: Odds & Ends (Colemine) LP
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Recorded in the San Fernando Valley just a stones throw away from the infamous Van Nuys Blvd. cruising scene, it’s no wonder from the debut long player from The Rugged Nuggets hits hard and demands to be turned up loud with the windows rolled down. Delivering west-coast cool at it’s finest. With swooning strings, breezy guitars and tough as nails drums, Odds & Ends epitomizes a mellow vibe, but is undeniably cool.

File Under: Funk, Soul
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Seam: Headsparks (Numero) LP
Hopefully in tomorrow… In the wake of Bitch Magnet and current of Superchunk, Sooyoung Park and Mac McCaughan formed a raw version of Seam in the summer of ’91. With bassist Lexi Mitchell, the trio banged out an album and two singles worth of shambolic dream pop in the sweltering Chapel Hill heat. Headsparks – featuring ten songs of talk-whispered vocals, sloshing guitar solos, scattered snare rolls, Velocity Girl’s Sarah Shannon, and the original version of Codeine’s slowcore classic “New Year’s,” – is back on vinyl LP for the first time in 30 years.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine: A Beginner’s Mind (Asthmatic Kitty) LP
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It’s been said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture (impossible and absurd). But what about singing about movies? Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine have paired up for a collaborative project that does just that. A Beginner’s Mind is their debut album that contains 14 songs (loosely) based on (mostly) popular films. The source material is highbrow, lowbrow, and everything in between. The music is folksy, sweet, sincere and harmonically effervescent – Simon & Garfunkel with New Age flourishes. This album runs the gamut and has fun with it, even while its songwriters remain fully rooted in the melancholy folk idioms they are known for. Stevens and De Augustine wrote everything with a deliberate sense of shoshin – the Zen Buddhist concept for which the record is named and an idea that empowered the pair to look for and write about unlikely inspiration without preconceived notions of what a film had to say. The underlying objective was empathy and openness, absent of judgment: to observe what is pure and good – or seemingly dark and villainous – with the eyes of a child. Daniel Anum Jasper, a pioneer of Ghanian movie poster painting, was commissioned to paint a series of new works for A Beginner’s Mind. Information about the project was kept vague so that Jasper could work without restraint. Mythical deities and monsters, zombies, skydivers and a celebrated American director (Jonathan Demme, to whom the album is dedicated) were submitted as visual cues. The resulting paintings are a graphic simulacrum for the same sense of wonder, wordplay, and intrigue that shape A Beginner’s Mind. By transforming old films into vital new songs, Stevens and De Augustine ask us to consider ourselves from a previously unconsidered vantage point – a new way of seeing and hearing – an exercise that’s as necessary and relevant now as it’s ever been.

File Under: Indie Rock
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SZA: Good Days (RCA) 10″
Hopefully in tomorrow… “Good Days” is the dreamy, platinum-certified 2020 single from SZA which served as the singer’s first solo song to reach the Top 10 on the Billboard charts. Featuring Grammy-nominated London musician Jacob Collier on backing vocals, “Still wanna try, still believe in good days, good days,” they sing on the chorus. “Always inside/ Good day living in my mind.” Colored 10″ vinyl in standard 10″ jacket with white inner sleeve.

File Under: Pop
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Amon Tobin: Out From Out Where (Ninja Tune) LP
Originally released in 2002, Amon Tobin unveils “Out From Out Where” now available on opaque gold LP housed in a sleeve with phosphorescent detailing. Amon Tobin continued his adventures with the breakbeat on “Out From Out Where”, his fourth album. Darker, more complex,even more rhythmically driving and intense than ever before, this huge record cemented Tobin’s reputation as one of the most innovative and important names in dance music. “Out From Out Where” differed from its predecessor in that “Supermodified” was made using only found sound (most of them generated by Amon himself) while here he stepped back to some slightly more traditional sources (displaying in particular, a love of guitar licks). But when Tobin takes a sample source he is never happy until he has warped, filtered and messed with it until it sounds like something straight from his head. And not just anywhere in his head, but that dingy, cobwebbed corner where no one should go… The album was reviewed by The Guardian (4/5), NME, Time Out, Maxim, Q, UNCUT, WIRE, and more.

FIle Under: Electronic
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…..restocks…..

Amanaz: Africa (Now Again) LP
Boards of Canada: Geogaddi (Warp) LP
Boris: No (Third Man) LP
Boris: Flood (Third Man) LP
Coil: Musick to Play in the Dark (Dais) LP
Dolly Mixture: Demonstration Tapes (Spa Green) LP
Fear: The Record (Run Out Groove) LP
Ella Fitzgerald: Sunshine of Your Love (MPS) LP
GA-20: Lonely Soul (Karma Chief) LP
Dexter Gordon: Go (Blue Note) LP
Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um (Music On Vinyl) LP
Olivia Rodrigo: Sour (Geffen) LP
OST: The Crow (Rhino) LP
Rush: A Show of Hands (Mercury) LP
Rush: Grace Under Pressure (Mercury) LP
Rush: Power Windows (Mercury) LP
Horace Silver: Doin’ The Thing (Blue note) LP
Lonnie Smith: Think! (Blue Note) LP
Solange: A Seat at the Table (Sony) LP
St. Vincent: Actor (4AD) LP
St. Vincent: Daddy’s Home (Loma Vista) LP
St. Vincent: Strange Mercy (4AD) LP
Tangerine Dream: Electronic Meditation (Tiger Lab) LP

…..news letter #1016 – kid eh…..

Crazy week around here, lots of fun stuff in, and out the door just as quick. A hot selling preorder on the Radiohead Kid A reissue, if you want one, best to get your name down sooner than later on a preorder.

Other than that, not much to report, although really, I’ve basically changed the instore hours Mon-Fri as 11-6. I’m here, and someone always seems to show up to browse so why not just make it official. Our other current policies below just in case you’ve missed it…

– in-store shopping/pick ups – 11 – 6 pm Monday – Friday, 11 am – 4 pm Saturday
(if you don’t want to come into the store for a pick up, call and/or use the back door)
– Max 4 people in the store at a time
– Wear a mask (if you don’t have one, we’ll have some)
– Sanitize your hands (we’ll have some)
…..pick of the week…..

Les Rallizes Denudes: Double Heads 1980-1981 (No Label) BOX
They were punk before punks, avant rockers before avant rock, noise before noise and their on-again/off-again career, which spanned the years 1967-1996, continues to cast a huge shadow across the psychedelic underground. Between August 1980 and March 1981, Les Rallizes Dénudés (or The Naked Larrys, as the long-lost acetate they are rumoured to have recorded for Virgin Records in the mid Seventies dubbed them) played seven concerts in and around Tokyo. Never officially released, illicit nth generation cassette copies circulated in Japanese fan circles for many years, attaining a whispered, Holy Grail status amongst initiates to the Rallizes cult. High quality soundboard versions were finally released by the secretive Univive label in 2005. Three of the best of these concerts were collected on Double Heads (and now this 7xLP Set), all recorded at Yaneura, a small club in the teeming neon teen shopping mecca of Shibuya in Tokyo. Together these three concerts comprise a singular pivotal moment in Les Rallizes Dénudés development – Mainlining an elegantly wasted take on two-chord Avant garage that makes direct reference to Plastic Inevitable etr Velvet Underground with some of Mitzuni’s most beautifully decadent fuzz guitar as well as some of the most glacially psychedelic music of their long career. As the old ESP-Disk banner used to promise, truly, YOU NEVER HEARD SUCH SOUNDS.

File Under: Japan, Psych
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…..new arrivals…..

Ænigmatum: Deconsecrate (20 Buck Spin) LP
ON ROYAL BLUE INSIDE ELECTRIC BLUE W/ NEON PINK & MUSTARD YELLOW SPLATTER VINYL!!! The idiosyncratic methodology of Portland’s Ænigmatum is instantly apparent from the whip-start blast of “Forged From Bedlam”, the opening track of their second album Deconsecrate. While the pace is frenetic, speed is never a crutch to be relied upon, but rather one deliberate device in a sprawling collection of melodically precise and technically riveting fragmented death shards. The eight songs on Deconsecrate constitute a labyrinthian structure of twisting nuanced complexity and intricate explosive chaos. Blood-freezing and incandescently beautiful at once, Ænigmatum temper their withering elaborate intensity with astonishingly elegant melodic passages carved into the mind, like towering marble hallucinations. Immersing in this album, one might be forgiven assuming they’d stumbled upon a lost obscurity of mid-90s Gothenburg, the dark harmonies, the dual guitars, the staggering rhythm section; but in fact Ænigmatum have bequeathed a startlingly ambitious paragon of mystifying esoteric death metal magnificence.

File Under: Metal
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Jay Chattaway: Maniac Cop OST (Ship to Shore) LP
Red vinyl! Unavailable on a physical format since its initial release in 1988, Ship to Shore PhonoCo. is proud to announce the release of Jay Chattaway’s original score to cult hit Maniac Cop! New York City finds itself terrorized by a seemingly insane killer who dresses up like a cop, with the chief suspect claiming he was framed and City Hall ostensively involved in some kind of cover-up. Can the detective on the case figure out what’s going on? With its illustrious cast – Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Robert Z’Dar, Richard Roundtree, William Smith and many more (not to mention a cameo from boxing legend Jake LaMotta) – and an infectious blend of both horror & action, swirled with a nice thick core of detective procedural, it’s easy to see why Maniac Cop has remained a favourite of genre-lovers over the last three decades. Now, after 33 years, fans of Maniac Cop will no longer have to be silent forever as the original motion picture score – an electronic homage to film noir that also manages to retain its own identity as a thriller soundtrack – walks the streets again in this limited vinyl edition, featuring artwork by acclaimed artist Ghoulish Gary and containing liner notes from drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs and composer Jay Chattaway!

File Under: OST
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Craven Idol: Forked Tongues (Dark Descent) LP
Coloured vinyl! Old school stalwarts Craven Idol celebrate their 15th anniversary with third opus Forked Tongues. Swearing by the gods of old, the North London veterans further hone their unique blend of old school extreme metal. “After spending a month on the road with Mystifer, we are a closer-knit unit than ever before. There’s a good reason for this being the longest standing line-up in our fifteen-year existence. The entire band lived and breathed this record in the months preceding the studio, and the performances delivered by each member are testament to their dedication to untarnished extreme metal of old,” says founding member Sadistik Wrath. “Forked Tongues is a vicious and concerted tribute to folly of mankind. In these godless days of Sodom, craven idols are in their element, wheeling and dealing, beckoning you to follow their treacherous causes. The apocalyptic legends of ancient Greece read like unholy divination… and it is from them that we drew the subject matter for the record.” Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Tom Dring at Southport’s Vagrant Recordings, Forked Tongues showcases a rawer side of Craven Idol, aiming to bottle the band’s live ferocity.

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Crazy Doberman: Everyone is Rolling Down (Astral Spirits) LP
“We’ve been huge fans of the Crazy Doberman crew for a long time here at Astral Spirits HQ, going all the way back to hearing hell is within us (Castle Bravo, 2017). It goes without saying that their sound has evolved, shifted, changed as any good collective/group should over time. We were blown away when they handed over what was to become Illusory Expansion (Astral Spirits, 2020) and ran through two cassette pressings in a little over a month (also in the midst of a goddamn pandemic). So of course we asked Crazy Doberman if they would want to do a vinyl release to follow that up. After moving from the midwest to Richmond, VA, the Doberman crew set up a new studio space and christened it with the recording of their latest missive Everyone is Rolling Down a Hill a collection of studio experiments that goes beyond what this crew has done in the past and into new territory. The playing on Everyone is Rolling Down a Hill is less hurried with more space and atmosphere. There is still a dark midwestern basement vibe in the best way possible—serious kudos to the group for an album that sounds like a lost relic from another era, while still somehow being completely modern and inventive. There’s less cacophony and more focus, sure there are the free jazz workouts like “Strange New Life Forms Emerge” that wouldn’t sound out of place on Miles Davis’ Dark Magus, but the Doberman crew also digs into the electronic meets musique concrete of “While the World Dries Out Around the Fire,” the lo-fi basement rock of the opener “Five Ghosts Share a Chair on an Autumn Day in Siberia,” and even into the John Carpenter meets Umberto closer “Cold Comfort In Memoriam.” Easily some of the collective’s strongest work to date, especially coming from the Crazy Doberman crew that never seems to stop creating.”

File Under: Experimental, Jazz
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John Dwyer & Friends: Moon-Drenched (Castle Face) LP
The same crew as the boundary pulsing improvisation record Bent Arcana has made a trajectory shift and picked up Ben Boye along the path. The aptly-named Moon-Drenched is the second installment from these sessions and keeps a heavy-lidded late night perspective on things as it eases from the somewhat familiar liminal twilight of skittering hues of black-blue and snaking street groove, to fizzing off into the ether in pursuit of lunar prism beams heretofore unseen. The more rhythmically dialed bits here have a lysergic halo of strangeness to them, and the wispy bits between are spun of iridescent gossamer. It sounds like a frizzled message from a future just filthy with guitar hoots echoing off of neon-splattered high rises, oil-slicked waterways and skittering digital beasts. For Castle Face’s money this is the strangest slice of this last bunch of John Dwyer and his crew’s improvisations.

File Under: Psych, Experimental
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Eight Point Star: s/t (VHF) LP
Remarkable debut album by new Cosmic-Appalachian string band, birthed from the same Virginia firmament that has brought forth Pelt, Jack Rose, Black Twig Pickers, and Spiral Joy Band. Led by Mike Gangloff’s droning fiddle and Matt Peyton’s fingerpicked guitar, Eight Point Star mines the modal traditions of both old-time Appalachia and far-out drone music to produce beautiful tunes that are equal parts memorable and psychedelic. Side A starts with the gentle guitar and fiddle duet of “Winchester’s Dream” before segueing into the loping “Waiting on the Band,” where the subliminal pulse of Tim Thornton’s upright bass animates the music until the lengthy lock-groove repetition of “The Interloper.” Closing the side, “Flowerthrower” and “Mount-Calvary Peacock” have a vibe reminiscent of Popol Vuh’s mid-’70s masterpieces, combining sawing fiddle and melodic guitar with simple and haunting chord structures. Side B is bookended by two country-blues influenced numbers, with Peyton’s boisterous vocal and guitar and Isak Howell’s harp leading the upbeat “Brand New Shirt” and the elegiac “Weeping Cherry Cry.” In between the two vocal features are a segued mini-epic of moods, including an expanded group lineup collapsing midway through “A Water Panther Speaks” into an eerie soundscape of singing bowls and distant gong sounds as dark as the night in remotest Virginia.

File Under: Experimental, Drone, Psych
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Fashion Pimps & The Glamazons: Jazz 4 Johnny (Feel It) LP
Fashion Pimps And The Glamazons. A new Cleveland rock group, cut from the same musical DNA that has spawned wonders like Folded Shirt, Cloud Nothings, Donkey Bugs, and countless others. It’s fashion. Angular. Punk. Richard Glamazon’s tortured, warbly guitar refuses to talk in power chords, stringing notes around high powered synth blasts from Noah A (Profligate). Steve Chainsaw anchors the low end while espousing freaky plans and twisted dreams through hypnotic, layered vocals. Jayson G lays into the drums like only a true Fashion Pimp. The Glamazons prove to be immaculately tight, driving their amplified Rust Belt experience into the ether. Jazz 4 Johnny holds court with Ubus and X_Xs past, yet the sound isn’t quite Terminal, Drome, or even Mustard…it’s the future, baby! Have you met Fashion Pimps And The Glamazons yet? Jazz 4 Johnny comes packaged in a full color gatefold jacket designed by Professor B. Gaff, with a tiny download code hiding inside.

File Under: Punk
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Frizzi, Fabio: Frizzi Beyond Fulci: From the Archives Vol. 1 (Ship to Shore) LP
Clear vinyl! Ship to Shore PhonoCo. – in association with Cadabra Records – are very proud to announce the release of Frizzi Beyond Fulci – Volume 1, a compilation of selected works by the Italian maestro! Despite being best known for his horror scores for the Godfather of Gore Lucio Fulci, Frizzi’s output over the years has reached a legendary status for its eclectic nature. From the electro-style Italian chart-topper Mastermix – which wouldn’t sound out of place on one of the classic Street Sounds compilations – to the Contraband disco track You Are Not The Same and much more in-between (Prog Rock influenced Euro Pop? Yep!), Frizzi Beyond Fulci delves deep into the back catalogue of Fabio Frizzi, once again shining a beacon on his talent to create not only dynamic movie scores but also great songs. Featuring extensive liner notes by Stephen Thrower (author of Beyond Terror: The Films Of Lucio Fulci), Frizzi Beyond Fulci: Volume 1 is not only a fantastic launching pad for Frizzi’s work beyond the horror movies of Fulci but also a must-have for Frizzi collectors due to the inclusion of previously unreleased tracks such as the main theme to the film Rolf and TV movie Kamikaze. Miss out at your own peril!

File Under: OST
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Ryo Fukui Trio: Live at Vidro ’77 (HMV) LP
This is a completely unreleased live recording from June 8, 1977. The recording was made at the Sapporo live house “Vidro” by Masataka Ito, the producer of Fukui’s “Scenery” and “Mellow Dream”. This is the performance of the Fukui Trio at that time, but at the same time, it has an overwhelming amount of heat and freshness that you don’t find in-studio recordings, and it is very exciting. Not to mention the brilliant 16-minute “Mellow Dream”, the dynamic “Speak Low”, the lustrous “Body & Soul”, the galloping “Love For Sale”, the profound “Mr. P.C.”, and the spilling “My Foolish Heart”. It was an amazing performance.

File Under: Jazz, Japan
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Harry and Mac: Road to Louisiana (Great Tracks) LP
“Harry and Mac” is a duo unit by Haruomi Hosono (Harry) and Makoto Kubota (Mac). They have been close friends since the 1970s, recorded in Tokyo, LA and New Orleans in 1999 and released their only album. This album which has many Japanese and American musicians as guests is greatly influenced by the New Orleans funk and swamp-music of the early 70s. Contains 13 songs including “Night Shade”, a co-written song by them at the opening song of the album, a song written by Makoto Kubota and sung by himself, and Haruomi Hosono’s self-cover “Choo Choo Gatta Gotto ’99” and “Pom Pom Joki” and others.”

File Under: Japan, Pop
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Katsuhisa Hattori: Edo No Kaze (HMV) LP
Japanese RSD release! The historical drama series “Concentric Room Gosho Edo no Kaze” was broadcasted on the Fuji TV series in the 1970s. The soundtrack to the drama by Katsuhisa Hattori, a rare composer who has been active since the latter half of the 1950s and has produced many works during Ocha no Ma, has been reissued on the LP with obi, following the 7-inch that sold out immediately in various places! Includes all 22 gems spun by brilliant orchestration, from thrilling jazz-funk to dreamy mellow grooves. The sound source that was released in monaural at that time has been remastered to stereo by 8ronix this time. It has been reborn as a more intense and vivid sound image.

FIle Under: Japan, OST, Funk, Jazz
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The Heads: Relaxing with The Heads – Silver Jubilee Edition (Rooster) LP
A special 25th anniversary edition of The Heads’ debut album, first released in 1996 and housed in new gatefold jackets with updated art and bonus material. Amidst a world suffocating in Britpop smarm, The Heads’ debut cut a timely swath of unkempt psychedelic rock into the face of the English underground. Featuring ten tracks of guitar-driven, amp-destroying jams, Relaxing With… takes its cues from the US–Stooges, MC5, Mudhoney, Pussy Galore, early Monster Magnet–but adds a distinctly British stamp with the drone and fuzz of Loop / Spacemen 3, the attitude of The Fall, Pink Fairies and Walking Seeds and the spaced rock of early Hawkwind. It is obvious that the four members of The Heads are music obsessives. Originally recorded at Foel Studios (owned by Dave Anderson from Hawkwind), engineered by Corin Dingley and mastered by John Dent at LOUD. Bonus LP includes the remastered tracks from the band’s Radio 1 sessions from November ’95, March and May 1996, along with “Jellystoned Park” (the B-side of their “Television” 7-inch). Jacket art has been embellished with new silver foiling and bordering. Pressed on silver (disc 1) and yellow / red / white splatter (disc 2) vinyl in an edition of 700 copies for the world. “… well if that’s not a freakout, then I am a Dutchman.”—John Peel, after airing the first session

File Under: Psych
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Jiro Inagaki & His Soul Media/Y. Sawada: Dosojin (HMV) LP
Japanese RSD release! Jiro Inagaki ran through his time as a standard-bearer of jazz-rock. He leads the soul media and leaves many works, but the one that gains cult popularity as a unique work is this work “Dosojin” recorded in 1972. The folk songs reconstructed with bold and detailed arrangements are lustrous and fantastic. The exuding nostalgia and psychedelic sound invites the listener to a different world. Jazz, rock, and folk songs were fused at a high level to create unparalleled “Japanese music”. Yasushi Sawada, who is known for “The city is the port of the wind”, is appointed as the vocalist in the whole story. Arranged by Toshiyuki Miyama and Yasuhiro Koyama, who worked on the new hardware “Sound of the Earth”.

File Under: Jazz, Japan
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Akira Ishikawa and Count Buffaloes: Okinawa (HMV) LP
Japanese RSD release! Akira Ishikawa, a drummer who led new jazz bands from the late 1960s to the 1970s. This work, which he released under the name of “Akira Ishikawa and Count Buffaloes”, incorporates various elements such as rock, funk, and afro brings experimental elements to jazz, and also serves as a backing for pop and popular songs, entertainment. A compilation album created with the motif of Okinawa by Ishikawa, who is a rare person who also has various elements. Kayo Ishu (child) and Time Five’s chorus add glamor to Japanese MFSB-like performances that incorporate disco beats.

File Under: Japan, Jazz, Funk
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Live in Brussels ’19 (Gizz Picks) LP
500 copies on VIOLET NEON VINYL – Live at Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium, October 8th and 9th 2019 1. Evil Star (Live In Brussels ’19) 2. Venusian 2 (Live In Brussels ’19) 3. Superbug (Live In Brussels ’19) 4. The Lord Of Lightning (Live In Brussels ’19) 5. Alter Me III (Live In Brussels ’19) 6. Altered Beast IV (Live In Brussels ’19) 7. People-Vultures (Live In Brussels ’19) 8. This Thing (Live In Brussels ’19) 9. Sense (Live In Brussels ’19) 10. The Wheel (Live In Brussels ’19) 11. The Bird Song (Live In Brussels ’19) 12. Down The Sink (Live In Brussels ’19) 13. Work This Time (Live In Brussels ’19) 14. Robot Stop (Live In Brussels ’19) 15. Big Fig Wasp (Live In Brussels ’19) 16. Gamma Knife (Live In Brussels ’19) 17. Float Along – Fill Your Lungs (Live In Brussels ’19)
Live at Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium, October 8th and 9th 2019
Tracks 1-9 recorded on October 8th Tracks 10-17 recorded on October 9th Recorded by our sound crew: Sam Joseph, Stacey Wilson, Gaspard De Meulemeester
Drums: Michael Cavanagh
Guitar / Keys / Vocals: Cook Craig
Harmonica / Vocals / Keys / Percussion: Ambrose Kenny-Smith
Vocals / Guitar / Keys: Stu Mackenzie
Drums: Eric Moore
Bass: Lucas Harwood
Guitar / Vocals: Joey Walker
Mixed by Stu Mackenzie
Cover design by Jason Galea

File Under: Psych
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Live in Paris (Gizz Picks) LP
500 DOUBLE LPS ON YELLOW NEON VINYL! – Live at L’Olympia, Paris, France, October 14, 2019. 1. Evil Star (Live In Paris ’19) 2. Venusian 2 (Live In Paris ’19) 3. Perihelion (Live In Paris ’19) 4. Crumbling Castle (Live In Paris ’19) 5. The Fourth Colour (Live In Paris ’19) 6. Deserted Dunes Welcome Weary Feet (Live In Paris ’19) 7. The Castle In The Air (Live In Paris ’19) 8. Muddy Water (Live In Paris ’19) 9. People-Vultures (Live In Paris ’19) 10. Mr. Beat (Live In Paris ’19) 11. Hot Water (Live In Paris ’19) 12. This Thing (Live In Paris ’19) 13. Billabong Valley (Live In Paris ’19) 14. Nuclear Fusion (Live In Paris ’19) 15. Anoxia (Live In Paris ’19) 16. All Is Known (Live In Paris ’19) 17. Boogieman Sam (Live In Paris ’19) 18. Mars For The Rich (Live In Paris ’19) 19. Am I In Heaven? (Live In Paris ’19)

Live at L’Olympia, Paris, France, October 14, 2019.
Recorded by our sound crew:
Sam Joseph, Stacey Wilson, Gaspard De Meulemeester
Drums: Michael Cavanagh
Guitar / Keys: Cook Craig
Harmonica / Vocals / Keys / Percussion: Ambrose Kenny-Smith
Vocals / Guitar / Keys: Stu Mackenzie
Drums: Eric Moore
Bass: Lucas Harwood
Guitar / Vocals: Joey Walker
Mixed by Stu Mackenzie
Cover design by Jason Galea

File Under: Psych
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Miharu Koshi: Tutu (Great Tracks) LP
“Tutu”, Koshi’s first album after moving to Alfa/YEN label, was produced by Haruomi Hosono. Her style, which combines cutting-edge techno-pop sound in the early 1980s with coquettish vocals, attracted a lot of attention and acclaim at the time. All tracks except one were written and composed by Koshi herself. “L’amour toujours” is a collaboration with Belgian electronic group Telex. This album was also released in The Netherlands from IDIOT Record. Artwork for this reissue is newly designed using the front cover photo of the CD reissue in 1992.

File Under: Japan, Pop
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Mackey Feary Band: s/t (Aloha Got Soul) LP
Highly coveted Hawaiian jazz/soul album. The debut album from Mackey Feary’s solo band after departing seminal contemporary Hawaiian group, Kalapana. This LP reads like a who’s who in the local 70s music scene: Nohelani Cypriano (of “Lihue” cult fame), Azure McCall (of Lemuria), Jimmy Funai (who produced Hal Bradbury’s debut), and Gaylord Holomalia (who now runs the island studio where stars record, incl. Kanye West, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey). Unlike other reissues, this Aloha Got Soul pressing includes the full version of “Powerslide” in all its 7-minute glory. An all-time classic must-have record from the Hawaiian Islands.

File Under: Jazz, Hawaii
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Mastodon: Fallen Torches (Reprise) LP
“Fallen Torches”, the acclaimed track from Mastodon’s 2020 Medium Rarities compilation, is released for RSD Drops as a limited-edition-shaped picture disc. The B-side features the previously unreleased instrumental version of “Fallen Torches”. This release is certain to become a sought-after collectible by all Mastodon fans.

File Under: Metal
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Metallica: s/t (Blackened) LP
It’s no secret that Metallica’s self-titled fifth album – aka The Black Album – is one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed records of all time with global sales of over 35 million, and a series of unrelenting singles including “Enter Sandman,” “The Unforgiven”, “Nothing Else Matters,” “Wherever I May Roam,” and “Sad But True.” Its 1991 release propelled Metallica to bona fide household name superstardom, and its impact and relevance have only grown with the years: The Black Album remains the best-selling album of the past three decades, and one of only two albums that have spent 550+ weeks on the Billboard 200. In celebration of the iconic album’s 30th anniversary, The Black Album has been newly remastered for ultimate sound quality by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, overseen by executive producer Greg Fidelman, and is presented here on 180g vinyl 2LP with an accompanying MP3 download card.

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Modest Mouse: The Golden Casket (Epic) LP
Coloured or black vinyl! Returning with their first new album in six years, Grammy-nominated multi platinum band Modest Mouse delivers their anxiously awaited seventh full-length, The Golden Casket via Epic Records. The new collection is introduced by the anthemic “We Are Between,” a song driven by Isaac Brock’s trademark vocals vacillating between sonic isolation and the support of a full chorus, with lyrics alternating between “the best” and “the worst” parts, determining that “we are somewhere between the dust and the stars.” The Golden Casket heralds another new chapter in Modest Mouse’s unpredictable evolution. Produced with Dave Sardy and Jacknife Lee in Los Angeles and in Modest Mouse’s studio in Portland, the album hovers in the liminal space between raw punk power and experimental studio science, Brock explores themes ranging from the degradation of our psychic landscapes and invisible technology, to fatherhood. The twelve tracks behave like amorphous organisms, undergoing dramatic mutations and mood swings that speak to the chronic tug-of-war between hope and despair that plays out in Brock’s head. Modest Mouse’s previous release was their 2015 album Strangers To Ourselves, which featured their No. 1 Alternative radio single “Lampshades on Fire,” and was described by NME as “brilliantly deranged.” Vinyl 2LP-set with expanded jacket.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Moonpie: s/t (P-Vine) LP
This is the one of new releases of the Groove Diggers series, the only work released in 1977 by the 8-member funky soul band “Moonpie” based in Nashville, USA.  used to be known as just collector’s items but you can listen to the high-quality sound with skillful performance and various arrangements from this record. The cover take of “Stevie Wonder / Sunshine Of My Life” is really awesome. P-VINE would like to present how their music was superb through this LP reissue. OBI strip attached.

FIle Under: Funk, Soul
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Roy Porter Sound Machine: Inner Feelings (P-Vine) LP
In the late 1960s, Roy Porter began working with a trio which he called Roy Porter Sounds and he later changed it to “Roy Porter Sound Machine” when he began to add more horns and other instruments. They released two albums “Jessica“ (1971) and “Inner Feelings“ (1975). P-VINE released them as reissue vinyl with OBI strip for the first time!

FIle Under: Jazz
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Radiohead: Kid A Mnesia (XL) LP

Triple LP PRE-ORDER

Red or Black vinyl. Out NOV 5, 2021
Radiohead announces KID A MNESIA, a multiple format triple-album release marking the 21st anniversary of Kid A and Amnesiac, out November 5th via XL Recordings. KID A MNESIA collects Radiohead’s fourth and fifth albums alongside the debut of a newly compiled third disc titled Kid Amnesiae. Exclusive to this release, Kid Amnesiae is comprised of unearthed material culled from the Kid A / Amnesiac sessions. Along with alternate versions and elements of Kid A and Amnesiac album tracks and B-Sides, Kid Amnesiae features the never-before-heard “If You Say the Word”If You Say the Word” and a previously unreleased studio recording of “Follow Me Around.”

File Under: Pop, Rock
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Kunitaka Sato: Amami’s Roaring Song (HMV) LP
Japanese RSD release! The first reissue of “Amami no Ukiuta” released in 1975 by Kunitaka Sato from Okinawa Amami Oshima, which continues to soar in the second-hand market! The long-awaited reissue of the album “Amami no Uta” released in 1975 by Kunitaka Sato, a wandering island singer who played the lyre and shamisen in various parts of Okinawa, Amami! The original version is a rare version that is popular both in Japan and overseas and is difficult to obtain, so it is one of the coveted Japanese mono-folk song fans.

File Under: Japan, Folk
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M. Sato/J. Inagaki & His Big Soul Media: Bridge Over Troubled Water (HMV) LP
Japanese RSD release! Masahiko Sato, a genius pianist who has been active in the center of the Japanese jazz scene since his first album “Palladium” released in 1969. From solo piano to big band, from hard bop to free jazz, the variety and quality are extraordinary. This work that Sato teamed up with Jiro Inagaki, a monster who pioneered the era of jazz-rock.

File Under: Jazz, Japan
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Shinichi Tanabe and Alfred the Great Brass: Kikko Matsuoka’s Love Love 25:00 (HMV) LP
Japanese RSD release! This is the only record left by Kikko Matsuoka, an actress who also hosted “11PM,” and the one-of-a-kind sexy Mondo record will be the first analog reprint. Shinichi Tanabe, who is famous for the drama accompaniment of the “Kindaichi Kosuke” series, covers the popular songs of the world in a moody manner, and the songs are arranged with a lot of sex appeal and chatter, which is overwhelmingly popular with some lovers. This work that I was proud of. It’s a masterpiece of Japanese Mondo Music, with talks that sound a little fashionable for men and women, and mellow and easy research.

File Under: Japan, Mondo, Erotica
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Soulsuckers on Parade: s/t (Minky) LP
Los Angeles independent label Minky Records is issuing two crucial, hitherto unheard slices of music recorded in the ’80s by the late L.A. punk rock legend Jeffrey Lee Pierce and his band The Gun Club. On June 12, the company will release an exclusive single version of the Pierce original “Bad Indian” and a cover of Jody Reynolds’ “Fire of Love.” This Minky 45 will be accompanied by an even more impressive vault discovery: Soulsuckers On Parade, a full-length 1984 Pierce solo recording drawn from an abortive session for the cowpunk compilation album Don’t Shoot, first released by Zippo Records in the U.K. The vocalist is supported by an all-star unit comprising guitarist Dave Alvin, drummer Bill Bateman, and the late pianist Gene Taylor, then of the hot L.A. roots combo The Blasters, and bassist Jack Waterson of Green On Red; Chris D. (Chris Desjardins, who also produced the date) and The Gun Club’s Kid Congo Powers guest on background vocals. Featuring covers of songs originated by Willie Nelson, Big Joe Turner, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, a wacky, profane blues Pierce improvisation called “New Way of Walkin’’, and a rampaging, demented seventeen-minute original, “Walkin’ Down the Street (Doin’ My Thing)”, the album will be issued as a limited edition Kelly-green vinyl LP on September 10, and an unlimited expanded CD package (with studio chatter and improvised vocals and jams) on the same day.

FIle Under: Punk
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Spiritualized: Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space (Fat Possum) LP
Originally released in 1997 (on the same day as OK Computer), Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space is the third full-length effort from Jason Pierce’s post-Spacemen 3 project Spiritualized, and his most brilliant work to date. A hypnotic, narcotic, psychedelic gospel album full of confessional songs about heartbreak and drug abuse, this record is a flat out masterpiece which received a “10.0” rating from Pitchfork and that NME placed at No. 1, just ahead of the aforementioned OK Computer, in their Album of the Year Poll. The Spaceman Reissue Program edition of Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space promises to give those recordings the fullest spectrum audio and physical treatment they’ve deserved since 1992. It will be the third in this series, following Lazer Guided Melodies and Pure Phase, with 180g double albums cut from original sources by Alchemy Mastering, presented in a gatefold jacket adorned by reworked art by Mark Farrow.

File Under: Rock, Pop, Spacemen 3
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Don Tiki: Hot Like Lava (Aloha Got Soul) LP
The leaders of exotica’s turn-of-the-21st-century revival make their vinyl debut with Aloha Got Soul in 2021. Hot Like Lava collects the group’s top instrumentals for an exhilarating, paradisiacal ride through the world of tiki subculture. Don Tiki debuted from Honolulu in 1997 with the album, The Forbidden Sounds of Don Tiki, featuring the legendary Martin Denny in what would become one of his final recordings before his passing. Deepening Don Tiki’s roots is the band’s percussionist and bird caller, Lopaka Colon, son of exotica’s founding member, Augie Colon.

File Under: Exotica
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Tomorrow’s People: Open Soul (P-Vine) LP
One of the rarest albums pursued by soul-funk-rare groove freaks all over the world is officially reissued with the original jacket for the first time! Originally released in 1976 from Chicago’s local label Stage Productions. This is the only album by a six-member soul band “TOMORROW’S PEOPLE” led by the four Burton brothers, and the original version is traded with almost no market. It is no exaggeration to say that it is the ultimate collector’s record that everyone wants once, such as always exceeding the US $1,000!

FIle Under: Funk, Soul, Rare Groove
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Vasaeleth: Cryptborn and Tethered To Ruin (20 Buck Spin) LP
Repressed! In 2010, death metal duo Vasaeleth released their debut LP Cryptborn and Tethered to Ruin, a violent, domineering march of unholy blasphemy. Equal parts blasting chaos and slowed-down battery, Cryptborn was a monstrous album that instantly signaled Vasaeleth as a top contender to the US death metal throne. Released on vinyl by the resolutely underground Swedish label Blood Harvest in limited quantity, the scorching LP has been out of print for some time, demanding increasing sums on the secondhand market. 20 Buck Spin now makes Cryptborn available domestically on vinyl to the pleasure of all wrathful deities. “It’s the kind of primitive metal that will thrill those who’ve grown jaded with death’s current direction…” —PopMatters.com “Cryptborn and Tethered to Ruin makes you feel like you are locked in the confines of a prison for the damned, where the cries of the insane keep you awake at all hours.” —About.com “With its brutally low guttural vocals, thick old school guitar riffs, and wall of drum beats working in the background, this low-production album invokes a dense and hellish atmosphere and imagery.” —SputnikMusic.com [4.5/5 Rating] “It’s classic death metal to the marrow: dark, dingy, and dangerous, simultaneously bucking ‘core and retro trends, the kind of music that inspires adolescent animal sacrifices and ritual suicides.” —MetalPsalter.com

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Kiyoshi Yamaya: Ryukyu (HMV) LP
Japanese RSD release! Kiyoshi Yamaya, an important person from Japanese mono to folk songs, has a new memory of the release of the 7-inch “Japanese Traditional Melodies Selected and Edited by MURO” that was selected and edited by MURO in 2018. The long-awaited straight reissue of “Ryukyu” released in 1976, which is popular not only in Japan but also overseas, and the original version is difficult to obtain! A must-have for Japanese mono-folk song fans.

FIle Under: Japan, Folk
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Sai Yoshiko: Mikkou (P-Vine) LP
Mikkou (1976) – Her 2nd album is also a masterpiece that explores Yoshiko Sai’s fantasy and exotic feelings. Like a gentle inner trip to what you hear, The Silk Road wanders in the brain of a sleepless night.

File Under: Japan
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Various: Los Angeles Free Music Society 1974-1983 (Vinyl on Demand) BOX
Los Angeles Free Music Society 1974-1984 is the third big box collection of the work of the Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS). This box focuses on early solo and compilation cassette releases and singles that were produced in very small quantities issued now on vinyl for the first time. All tracks have been remastered from the best original sources for the greatest sound fidelity possible. There’s also a double album of deep archive material that has never been released in any format. A total of 13 LPs, one 7″, complete, full-size recreations of the six volumes of the LAFMS magazine publication Light Bulb, a 56-page book of rare photos, graphics and notes, plus a t-shirt and a pair of 3D glasses for special feature graphics. All delivered in a black wooden box. Produced, art directed and designed by Tom Recchion.

File Under: Experimental
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Sibylle Baier: Colour Green (Orange Twin) LP
Bitchin’ Bajas: Baja Fresh (Drag City) CS
Harold Budd: In The Mist (Darla) LP
Butthole Surfers: Rembrandt Pussyhorse (Latino Bugger Veil) LP
Nuno Canavarro: Plux Quba (Drag City) LP
Tony Conrad with Faust: Outside the Dream Syndicate (Superior Viaduct) LP
Death: For the Whole World to See (Drag City) LP
Frigate: Dreams of the Deep (DQ Records) LP
Fuzz: s/t (In the Red) LP
Guided By Voices: Bee Thousand (Scat) LP
Guided By Voices: Vampire on Titus (Scat) CS
Jesus & Mary Chain: Stoned & Dethroned (1972) LP
Needles // Pins: s/t (Dirt Cult) LP
O Yuki Conjugate: Ambiguism (Vinyl On Demand) BOX
Rapoon: Ghost from a Machine (Vinyl on Demand) BOX
Silver Jews: American Water (Drag City) LP
Silver Jews: Bright Flight (Drag City) LP
Six Organs of Admittance: Dust & Chimes (Holy Mountain) LP
Six Organs of Admittance: Sun Awakens (Drag City) LP
Solid Space: Space Museum (Dark Entries) LP
Sonic Youth: Bad Moon Rising (Goofin’) LP
Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (Goofin’) LP
Sonic Youth: Evol (Goofin’) LP
Sonic Youth: Sister (Goofin’) LP
Unknown Me: Bishintai (Not not Fun) CS
Wild Tchoupitoulas: s/t (Jackpot) LP
Various: Wamono A to Z Vol. 1 – Japanese Jazz Funk & Rare Groove 1968-1980 (180g) LP