…..news letter #974 – snow snow…..

Bbbbbrrrrrrr… It’s like winter out there! But things are cookin’ in here. Lots of good stuff in again this week, and many great things en route as well. Hopefully it slows down a bit so we can take a second to breathe! As I’m sure you know, next Friday is Black Friday, and there’s special Record Store Day releases! Those are starting to trickle in, most in next week though. You can check our RSD page for details…HERE 

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…..picks of the week…..

Flaming Tunes: s/t (Superior Viaduct) LP
Flaming Tunes’ sole release is perhaps the finest elegy to the ‘80s home recording ethos that you’ve never heard. Originally released in 1985 on cassette (with individually hand-colored covers), this self-titled album grew out of the collaboration between childhood friends Gareth Williams and Mary Currie. Williams is best known as a member of English art-rock band This Heat. After leaving the group in the early ’80s, he travelled to India where he studied classical Kathakali dance—an experience that would profoundly shape the music of Flaming Tunes. In an old Victorian house in South London, the duo recorded during the day while Currie’s young son attended school and Williams conducted tape treatments at night. They were joined by various guests including This Heat guitarist Charles Bullen as well as long-term collaborators Martin Harrison and Rick Wilson. Using whatever instruments they had on hand (clarinet, piano, bells, etc.), Flaming Tunes create lo-fi melodies around simple arrangements, oblique rhythms and densely layered natural sounds. The results are a mesmeric collage of instrumental daydreams and sideways pop songs, floating into one another in a hazy confluence of late ’60s Canterbury psych-folk and early Residents experimentation. All of these beguiling elements converge in a personal manner, quietly insistent in listeners’ ears like the blood pulsing in one’s veins on a warm summer day.

File Under: Lofi, Art Rock, This Heat, Essential Grooves
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Brian Eno: Film Music 1976-2020 (Universal) LP
The long awaited Film Music 1976-2020 brings together 17 tracks from Brian Eno’s most recognizable film and television work spanning five decades. Eno’s music has been used in hundreds of films and he has composed more than 20 soundtracks for some of the best known directors in the world including David Lynch, Danny Boyle, Peter Jackson, Michelangelo Antonioni, Derek Jarman and Michael Mann. Compositions such as “Ship in a Bottle” from The Lovely Bones, “Prophecy Theme” from Dune, “Deep Blue Day” from Trainspotting, “Late Evening in Jersey” from Heat, “Beach Sequence” from Michelangelo Antonioni’s last film Beyond The Clouds and “An Ending (Ascent)” from Al Reinert’s ground-breaking For All Mankind have contributed significantly to memorably iconic scenes. Eno has also scored extensively for television, including all three series of the gritty UK crime drama, Top Boy for which he received a Bafta, and Danny Boyle’s Mr Wroe’s Virgins which earned him and his brother Roger a Bafta nomination. Film Music 1976-2020 features over an hour of classic Brian Eno compositions and includes several previously unreleased tracks.

File Under: Ambient, OST, PROPHECY THEME!!!
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…..new arrivals…..

Olafur Arnalds: Some Kind of Peace
(Mercury) LP

Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and composer Ólafur Arnalds releases the new album, Some Kind Of Peace, inspired by a conversation he had with a close friend. “He started talking about how we can’t control anything that happens to us,” Ólafur recalled. “All we can do is control how we react to what life gives us. That just totally clicked; to me the music symbolises that reaction. It was one of those moments where suddenly everything you’re doing makes sense.” All the collaborators on the album were key to Ólafur’s life during the making of the album, including British musician Bonobo, Icelandic singer and multi-instrumentalist JFDR, and his friend Josin, a German singer-songwriter. Some Kind Of Peace is a personal journey told through Arnalds’ introspective music, against the backdrop of a chaotic world. Ólafur explains, “This album is about what it means to be alive, daring to be vulnerable and the importance of rituals…set against a background of a world thrown into chaos. I’ve poured all my love, dreams and fears into this album through a magical but difficult process, but the result is something that makes me immensely proud and happy to be doing what I do.” Arnalds weaves real-world pieces of his life story throughout Some Kind Of Peace revealing his most personal record to date. “It’s so personal that I’m still trying to find the words to talk about it,” he said with a smile. “I felt it was important that the album would tell my story in a very honest way. This album is much closer to my heart than any of the others.” Throughout the recording Ólafur urges you to accept all that life throws at you, to contemplate, and to choose how you react, to find your kind of peace.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient, Classical
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Boris: Amplifier Worship (Third Man) LP
Formed in 1992, Boris boldly explores their own vision of heavy music, where words like “explosive” and “thunderous” barely do justice. Using overpowering soundscapes embellished with copious amounts of lighting and billow smoke, Boris has shared with audiences across the planet an experience for all five senses in their concerts, earning legions of zealous fans along the way. First released in 1998, catalog staple Amplifier Worship will see its first-ever reissue with minimalistic album art from the first-press Japanese CD in November 2020 via Third Man Records. The Stoughton gatefold jacket will house both officially remastered LPs, pressed at Third Man Pressing. Amplifier Worship is Boris’ most intense and unrelenting album to date. Not for the faint of heart, the group incorporates mythic doom-drones, up-tempo psych-sludge and even a refreshing ribbit into their signature concoction of celestial and heavy music. Amplifier Worship is a critical chapter in the Boris canon. The album is a testament to the group’s bullishness in pushing metal to it’s uncomfortable and unfamiliar edges. And it’s also undoubtedly one of their best.

File Under: Metal, Drone
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Boris: Absolutego (Third Man) LP
Formed in 1992, Boris boldly explores their own vision of heavy music, where words like “explosive” and “thunderous” barely do justice. Using overpowering soundscapes embellished with copious amounts of lighting and billow smoke, Boris has shared with audiences across the planet an experience for all five senses in their concerts, earning legions of zealous fans along the way. Originally released in 1996, Boris’ 60-minute 13-second debut “single” Absolutego will see an officially remastered reissue out in November 2020 on Third Man Records. This reissue will include the original album art and full “one long song” spread across one and a half LPs, with 1997 recording “Dronevil 2” filling out side D of the second LP, all fitting in a neatly packaged single-pocket LP jacket pressed at Third Man Pressing. This will also serve as Absolutego’s long-awaited debut across digital streaming services. Absolutego is a trek over a staggering mountain of sound. The tension builds with wave after wave of massive feedback, drums leading into a crushing crescendo of full-band repetition and clarity before descending deeper until finally reaching a surreal divebomb purring drone finale. This song takes notes out of the Melvins playbook and pushes the sound to its absolute logical and visceral extreme. It sets a solid foundation for why Boris is considered to be one of the most important metal bands of the 21st century.

File Under: Metal, Drone
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British Sea Power: Open Season (Rough Trade) LP
On the 15th anniversary of its original release, Rough Trade Records reissues British Sea Power’s majestic second album, Open Season. The expanded reissue (gatefold colored vinyl + zoetrope picture disc) includes additional live sessions, B-sides and rarities from the period plus extensive new sleeve notes. The majority of the original album was recorded by Mads Bjerke (Spiritualized, Primal Scream, Girls Aloud) and mixed by Bill Price (Sex Pistols, The Clash, Sparks). Two tracks were recorded and mixed by Graham Sutton (The Delays, Bark Psychosis) and Phill Brown (Sly Stone, Led Zeppelin, Talk Talk). Open Season is virtually a 45-minute waltz of lilting string arrangements and dreamy vocals while acoustic and electric guitars chase the album’s quiet golden tones. Yan Scott Wilkinson’s literate, richly descriptive words paint a gallery of pictures in each song, and the ensemble’s penchant for pitch-perfect songcraft keeps things fresh and engaging.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Cabaret Voltaire: Shadow of Fear
(Mute) LP

Shadow Of Fear is Cabaret Voltaire’s first release with Richard H Kirk as the sole member of the band and the result is an album that defies categorization. The tone and personality of Cabaret Voltaire is ingrained into its core as it dances across techno, dub, house, 1970s Kosmische, and general esoteric explorations coupled with mangled vocal samples. It’s a voyage through the history of electronic music that arrives at a new destination. Cabaret Voltaire has always been a group ahead of their time, even prescient at times, and this album carries on that evolution. “The album was finished just as all the weirdness was starting to kick in,” Kirk says. “Shadow Of Fear feels like a strangely appropriate title. The current situation didn’t have much of an influence on what I was doing – all the vocal content was already in place before the panic set in – but maybe due to my nature of being a bit paranoid there are hints in there about stuff going a bit weird and capturing the current state of affairs.” Although, as with a lot of Kirk’s work, concrete meaning and narrative is ripe for interpretation rather than being spelled out. “Surrealism has always been really important to Cabaret Voltaire,” Kirk notes. “And that’s still present too.” The genesis of the new album was the 2014 Berlin Atonal festival where Kirk played the first show on his own as Cabaret Voltaire. This began a new era for the pioneering Sheffield outfit whose influence across electronic, post-punk and industrial music remains an untouchable one today. Kirk explains “The mission statement from the off was no nostalgia. Normal rules do not apply. Something for the 21st Century. No old material.”Recorded at the latest location of Western Works, the studio used throughout Cabaret Voltaire’s history, Kirk toyed with upgrading his old set up to digital but after a computer failure he decided to retain his original equipment. “Making this album reminded me a bit of the old days with Cabaret Voltaire because there wasn’t that much equipment, so you really had to use your imagination.” That’s as far as the comparisons to olden days Cabaret Voltaire go. This is new music for a new era. “It’s nice that people appreciate what you’ve done in the past,” adds Kirk. “But it’s a dangerous place to dwell.”

File Under: Electronic
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Barry Cleveland: Stones of Precious Water (Morning Trip) LP
The title of guitarist BARRY CLEVELAND’s 1986 album—Stones of Precious Water—conjures images of incandescent gems, harvested from hallowed streams and held aloft to glimmer and catch the light in their many facets. And perhaps this is the truest analogue for the music contained therein. Recorded between 1981 and 1983, in mostly improvised recording sessions, the disparate nature of Stones’ creation is alluded to only by the breadth and variety of sounds it encompasses. Stones of Precious Water is a revelatory collection that maps its way through textural fourth-world ambience, shimmering New Age, gently propulsive kosmiche, and jazz-inflected prog. These sounds are sewn together with a deftness of performance and sonic character which reveals them as branches of the same tree, or perhaps more appropriately, a handful of glittering stones. Six of the ten tracks contain contributions from KAT EPPLE and her late husband BOB STOHL (aka the epoch-defining New Age duo, EMERALD WEB), adding flute, synthesizers, and bells. Between the years of 1981 and 1983, Cleveland worked with this duo and alone, allowing serendipity to play a significant creative role in their music. Many of the pieces began as improvisations, or simple structures that served as springboards for deeper exploration. Making his first forays into multi-track recording, Cleveland used a basic Teac 4-track cassette recorder, and this rudimentary piece of equipment proved to be a useful tool for compositional exploration. By flipping and reversing the tape, slowing the pitch, and altering and layering different performances, Cleveland stretched the sound of his guitar across the expanse of the tonal canvas. Stones of Precious Water stands as a remarkable document of experimental selfrecording, improvisational collaboration, and restless creative expression. Morning Trip is exceedingly happy to release it on Vinyl LP for the first time.

File Under: Ambient, New Age
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Coldplay: Parachutes (Parlophone) LP
Yellow vinyl version! Coldplay’s shimmering 2000 debut is a dark and melodic masterpiece that swells with pure emotion and showcases the group’s boundless warmth and flair for moodily dramatic pop craftsmanship. Co-produced with Ken Nelson, the Grammy and Brit Award-winning effort’s pristine, heartfelt songs stand up gracefully alone but gain even greater breadth in the context of the full album. Home to the irresistible hit singles “Shiver,” “Yellow,” “Trouble” and “Don’t Panic,” it’s as fully formed a debut as they come, a multi-platinum collection of remarkable depth and beauty and a fine introduction to a band that has since gone on to become one of the biggest pop acts in the world. Celebrating 20 years since its original release, Parlophone marks the milestone with a colored 180g vinyl LP reissue!

File Under: Rock, Pop
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Wendy Eisenberg: Auto (Ba Da Bing) LP
Drawing the connections between Wendy Eisenberg’s releases feels like undertaking a wide-ranging investigation. Albums of wildly inventive guitar, tempo-shifting avant rock and curiously leftfield pop fit together as offerings of Eisenberg’s curious mind. On Auto, their most innovative and inner-reaching album yet, Eisenberg explores emotional, subjective truth, and how it interacts with an objectivity no person alone can grasp. Inspired by the solo work of Mark Hollis (Talk Talk) and David Sylvian’s Blemish, with playing skills that have already seen them climbing Best Guitarist lists and an unvarnished vocal immediacy, Wendy Eisenberg has created an album of subtle display that resonates with maximal impact. Auto has multiple meanings. First, automobile: “A lot of these songs were written about and mentally take place when I’m in the car on my way to gigs,“ says Eisenberg. Immediate melodies came to them on these trips, to which they’d later add complex guitar parts. And automata: “I make myself into a machine, which is why everything that’s played is precise.” Finally, they frame their work in the literary technique of auto-fiction, “the semi-fictionalized presentation of the self in a narrative form of growth,” as Eisenberg sees it. The album served as a means toward working through emotional conflicts from adolescent trauma and PTSD, and dissects the dissolution and conflict that led towards the breakup of their former band. With much of it written while its events played out, Auto faces the grief of losing what one thinks is their future while experiencing a dramatic reshaping of their past; it delves openly into the limited nature of one person’s narrative. After making a few efforts to record Auto, Eisenberg ultimately chose to collaborate with childhood friend Nick Zanca, who contributes electronic elements and production. Mirroring the personal and organic offered by Eisenberg, synthetic sounds form a kind of boundary or context for everything. They “sound like commentary on songs that were written from an organic or subjective perspective,” says Eisenberg. Their place on the album is integral for Eisenberg’s goal “to outweigh the subjectivity of normal singer-songwriter guitar songs with the objectivity of electronic sound.”

File Under: Experimental
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Bobby Hutcherson: Oblique (Tone Poet) (Blue Note) LP
Oblique is one of only two quartet sessions the great vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson recorded for Blue Note (the classic Happenings being the other). Both albums featured the seminal pianist Herbie Hancock and drum master Joe Chambers, with the only variable in the line-up here being bassist Albert Stinson. Hutcherson’s breezy opener “‘Til Then,” Hancock’s tremendous “Theme From Blow Up,” and Chambers’ adventurous “Oblique” are standouts of a session that, taken as a whole, is an incredible journey from hard bop grooves to exploratory sonic tone poems. Recorded in 1967, the album wasn’t first released until 1979. Blue Note Records has announced the continuation of the acclaimed Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series in 2020. Launched in 2019 in honor of the label’s 80th Anniversary, the Tone Poet series is produced by Joe Harley (from Music Matters) and features all-analog, 180g audiophile vinyl reissues that are mastered from the original master tapes by Kevin Gray of Cohearent Audio. Tone Poet vinyl is manufactured at RTI in Camarillo, CA, and packaged in deluxe Stoughton Printing “Old Style” gatefold Tip-On jackets. The titles were once again handpicked by Harley and cover the crème de la crème of the Blue Note catalog along with underrated classics, modern era standouts, and albums from other labels under the Blue Note umbrella including Pacific Jazz and United Artists Records. Every aspect of these Blue Note/Tone Poet releases is done to the highest-possible standard. It means that you will never find a superior version. “The LPs are mastered directly from the original analog master tapes by Kevin at his incredible facility called Cohearent Mastering. We go about it in the exact same way that we did for so many years for the Music Matters Blue Note reissues. We do not roll off the low end, boost the top or do any limiting of any kind. We allow the full glory of the original Blue Note masters to come though unimpeded! Short of having an actual time machine, this is as close as you can get to going back and being a fly on the wall for an original Blue Note recording session.” – Joe Harley

File Under: Jazz
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Kraftwerk: Computer World (Parlophone) LP
Finally in! On yellow vinyl! The multi-media project Kraftwerk was started in Düsseldorf, Germany 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. They set up their electronic Kling Klang Studio where they conceived and produced all Kraftwerk albums. Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century. AUTOBAHN 1974, RADIO-ACTIVITY 1975, TRANS EUROPE EXPRESS 1977, THE MAN-MACHINE 1978, COMPUTER WORLD 1981, TECHNO POP 1986, THE MIX 1991, TOUR DE FRANCE 2003. Their compositions, using innovative techniques, electronic sounds and synthetic voices combined with computerised rhythms, had a major musical influence on Electro, Hip Hop, Techno and Synth-Pop.

File Under: Electronic
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Lamps: People With Faces (In The Red) LP
“These days, good news is hard to come by, but here’s some: Lamps, LA’s notoriously unprolific noise-merchant trio, are ready to release their spectacular fourth album called People With Faces, out on In The Red Records. Produced by Ty Segall at Val’s, Lamps’ first recorded output since 2012’s landmark LP Under The Water, Under The Ground finds them breaking adventurous new terrain. I’d say they’ve matured, but I’d only say it behind their backs. Stalwarts Monty Buckles (guitar, voice, keyboards!!!) and Josh Erkman (drums, voice) double down on Lamps’ trademark cloak of effects-laden guitars and hammering drums, and new(ish) member Denée Segall jumps into the fray with her Poly Styrene-wail and monolithic bass, add-ing depth both sonically and lyrically. Their trademark abrasiveness is still present, but it’s bur-nished it into something richer, more layered. Don’t worry, it still kicks your head in…”  —KD. Feb 2020

File Under: Punk
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Loscil: Coast/Range/Arc// (Kranky) LP
Named after the geographic formations of the seismically volatile Cascadian coastal mountains, loscil’s coast/range/arc// reissue features new artwork and an additional track. Remastered by James Plotkin and available on vinyl for the first time. “coast/range/arc// represents a solid and compelling expansion of loscil’s sound.” —Dusted “Vancouver-based sound sculptor Scott Morgan doesn’t make bad albums.” —Exclaim! “This is ambient music in the classic sense.” — Boomkat “It’s not hard to hear a parallel between the slow-motion developments within Morgan’s pieces and the shifts that occur imperceptibly in natural phenomena.” —Texture

File Under: Ambient, Electronic
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Motorhead: Ace of Spades 40th Anniversary (Sanctuary) 3LP 
“Ace Of Spades” – the title track of Motörhead’s 1980 iconic, game changing album isn’t just one of the greatest hard rock songs ever written – it has truly become a lifestyle anthem for several generations of rockers, metalheads, punks, bikers, athletes, rebels, outcasts, and freethinkers all around the world. Few songs in modern history can instantly ignite the adrenaline of music fans the way the song’s opening dirty bass riff, and drum roll can. From zero to 100 mph in a matter of seconds. That speaker destroying opening riff is unstoppable. And the song altered the course of hard rock…forever. Upon its release in 1980, the Ace Of Spades album was nothing short of a game changer for all forms of hard rock. Like lightning in a bottle, it perfectly captured everything great about hard rock, heavy metal, and punk, amped it all up to eleven, and came racing out of the gates at what felt like a million miles an hour. Pushing at every musical boundary, nothing was harder, nothing was faster, and certainly nothing was louder. In honor of the album’s 40th anniversary Ace Of Spades has been half speed mastered from the original tapes for optimal speaker smashing dynamic range and is presented here on triple heavyweight 180g vinyl LP with an accompanying double live album of a newly unearthed, previously unreleased concert, recorded at Whitla Hall, Belfast on December 23, 1981. The package is completed with a 20-page book featuring the story of Ace Of Spades told through previously unpublished interviews with the people that were there, never before seen photos and rare memorabilia, and original song lyrics.

Features:
• 40th Anniversary 180g Vinyl 3LP reissue
• The Ace Of Spades album, half speed mastered and created from the original tapes
• Double live album of a newly unearthed, previously unreleased concert, recorded at Whitla Hall, Belfast on December 23, 1981
• 20-page book with the story of Ace Of Spades told through previously unpublished interviews with the people that were there
• Never before seen photos and rare memorabilia
• Original song lyrics

File Under: Metal, Rock
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Population II: A La O Terre (Castle Face) LP
“Introducing Population II—blazing through the stratosphere, boiling up from beneath the sea, hanging in the air like smoke…These elemental tunes drift and fluctuate, at one with the air, over extreme heat. Population II has beamed out of Quebec with a mind-melting debut [À La Ô Terre] of hard psych, freckled with punk sentiment. Both old school and timeless, these young humans rip. They are impressive in their live actions and this album captures this raw energy on wax. Produced by Manu from the great band Chocolat, a very high bar has been set, indeed. Fluid, tough, and over-saturated, this album is bound to please fans of the label and new-comers alike. Reminiscent of Amon Düül, early Pink Floyd, Kollektiv, Laurence Vanay, Les Olivensteins, early Kraftwerk, even a touch of the Kinks. “ —John Dwyer

File Under: Prog, Psych
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Nina Simone: Pastel Blues
(Acoustic Sounds Series) (Verve) LP

In 1964, Nina Simone embarked on new stage of her career. Her rejection by the Philadelphia-based Curtis Institute Of Music; time spent as a pianist in an Atlantic City nightclub; her jazz, gospel, pop and classical influences – all these had fused to make her one of the most complex, fascinating and talented artists of the decade. Simone released her debut album in 1958, but when she signed to Philips, in 1964, her creative output was about to dovetail with the Civil Rights movement – notably coinciding with the Civil Rights Act Of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, gender, religious affiliation or nationality. Simone’s fifth album for Philips has the distinction of containing one of President Obama’s favorite songs: Simone’s 10-minute version of “Sinnerman.” The song is also one of two from Pastel Blues to have been sampled by Kanye West (the other being Simone’s haunting rendition of the Billie Holiday classic, “Strange Fruit”). Elsewhere, opener “By My Husband” had a different kind of afterlife once Jeff Buckley recorded it for consideration for his 1993 EP Live At Sin-é (his version finally surfaced on the expanded 2003 edition of the release). 1965’s Pastel Blues was one of Simone’s best-performing records, entering the Top 10 on Billboard’s R&B charts. 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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Martin Solis & Los Primos: Introducing.. (Third Man) LP
Pick any genre—rap, rock, pop, folk, country, whatever you like. Can you think of an artist from that genre that was inducted into its hall of fame without any recordings released? And if one were to exist, what would that say about the artist’s impact, influence and importance? Is this scenario even possible? Born 1929 in San Antonio, TX, MARTIN HURON SOLIS, JR. and his family came to Michigan in 1942 as migrant farmworkers and soon settled in the Detroit area. The Solis family was part of a wave of migration during the 1940s that brought thousands of Texas-born Mexican-Americans, along with their culture, north. Though he played guitar from an early age, Solis eventually fell in love with conjunto music, a South Texas style defined by the combination of accordion and bajo sexto, a Mexican twelve-string bass guitar. He taught himself to play the bajo sexto and joined up with accordionist Manuel Rivera, playing for tips in bars around Southwest Detroit, the heart of Detroit’s Mexican-American community. In the late-1950s, he and his cousin WILLY HURON, a saxophonist, formed CONJUNTO LOS PRIMOS (“The Cousins”), at the time one of only a handful of conjuntos in the Midwest. Solis became a favorite in Detroit based on a vast repertoire of songs he compiled by following the latest hits coming up from Texas. Their musical style was more complex than the conjunto label suggests. The inclusion of Solis’s cousin Willy on saxophone blurs the line between working class conjunto music and the more middle class orquesta tejana, which includes more sophisticated string or horn sections. Likewise, they played a couple of polcas, the primary song form of the conjunto tradition, but also lean more toward styles like boleros and rancheras, song forms with roots in Cuba and Mexico. Solis’s vocal performance, too, showcases a fuller sound more in line with ranchera singers like Vicente Fernandez and Jorge Negrete than the thinner vocal tradition of conjunto style.

File Under: Latin America
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Spits: VI (Thriftstore) LP
Ripping through a portal from the basements of Kalamazoo, Michigan, the release of The Spits VI has arrived. This full length, self recorded album from Thriftstore Records ranges from the weird to the wild. Buzz saw guitars and catchy hooks are mixed with low budget horror effects to create a unique view of a dystopian world. With songs of terror, despair, hope and heartbreak, this one has something for the whole nuclear family!

File Under: Punk
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Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Azymuth (Jazz is Dead) LP
The fourth release from Jazz Is Dead records features Azymuth, one of the bands in Brazilian history, redefining popular Brazilian music. Having released almost 20 albums in their career, Azymuth proves to be a consistent source for an innovative mix of jazz, pop, MPB, and electronic music. Composed and produced by Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad and recorded in the Linear Labs analog studio.

File Under: Jazz, Brazil
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Various: Brown Acid – The Eleventh Trip (Riding Easy) LP
Riding Easy is now in the double digits of brilliant long-lost, rare, and unreleased hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal tracks from the ’60s-’70s and clearly this has become a bonafide archaeological movement as each new edition leads to more exciting new discoveries. Like the label has done throughout this series, all of these tracks were painstakingly licensed legitimately and the artists were paid. Here are just a few of the delights herein: This Trip opens with Adam Wind’s “Something Else,” featuring groovy crooning and a very acid-damaged guitar riff that meanders across key signatures like it ain’t no thing. This 1969 single by the Tacoma, WA band predates grunge by 20 years, but the band’s heavy psych and murky tones are just the stuff Northwest heroes Mudhoney sought so fervently at their peak. Lead singer Leroy Bell’s excessive vibrato gives the tune its charm, but the heavy breakdown in the middle is the real payoff. Later, Renaissance Fair take things in a very weird, very fun and undeniably heavy direction with an insanely distorted organ that sounds like a monstrous vacuum cleaner over dirge rhythms and growling vocals on their—let’s reiterate—weird 1968 track “In Wyrd.” Think if someone left a copy of The Doors’ Strange Parade out to warp in the sun on a blown-out toy record player, and then visiting space creatures attempted to imitate what they’d heard. Finally, Crazy Jerry sends this edition off on a high note with “Every Girl Gets One,” featuring crunching riffs, rollicking electric piano, stop ’n’ start rhythms and a curious telephone call sounding like a creepy answer to the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.” Crazy Jerry is the alter-ego of guitarist Jerry Ciccone, who can also be heard on a few soul / funk and rock records from the ‘70s, including The Left Banke’s second album. But here, Jerry is…well, simply crazy. Get comfortable and prepare for yet another deep, deep dive into the treasure trove of dank, subterranean, wild-eyed and hairy rock ’n’ roll.

File Under: Psych, Rock, Metal
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…..Restocks…. 

Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson: s/t (Acoustic Sounds Series) (Verve) LP
Atramentus: Stygian (Coloured vinyl) (20 Buck Spin) LP
Bitchin’ Bajas: Bajas Fresh (Drag City) LP
Bitchin’ Bajas: s/t (Drag City) LP
Art Blakey: Buhaina’s Delight (Blue Note) LP
Boys Next Door: 2020RSD – Door, Door (Rhino) LP
Dave Brubeck: Time Out (Music on Vinyl) LP
Dead Moon: Unknown Passage (Mississippi) LP
Death Grips: No Love Deep Web (Harvest) LP
Faith No More: The Real Thing (Rhino) LP
The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour (Superior Viaduct) LP
The Fall: Perverted by Language (Superior Viaduct) LP
Mort Garson: Plantasia (Sacred Bones) LP
Alain Goraguer: La Planete Sauvage OST (Superior Viaduct) LP
Gorillaz: Sone Machine Season One (Parlophone) LP
Grouper: AIA: Alien Observer (Kranky) LP
Grouper: AIA: Dream Loss (Kranky) LP
Judas Priest: 2020RSD – British Steel (Legacy) LP
Khemmis: Hunted (Coloured vinyl) (20 Buck Spin) LP
Quin Kirchner: The Shadows & the Light (Astral Spirits) LP
Kraftwerk: Tour de France (Blue/Red Vinyl) (Parlophone) LP
Jackie McLean: It’s Time (Tone Poet) (Blue Note) LP
Metallica: …And Justice for All (Blackened) LP
Metallica: Ride the Lightning (Blackened) LP
Metallica: s/t (Blackened) LP
Molchat Doma: Monument (Sacred Bones) LP
Kevin Morby: Harlem River (Woodsist) LP
Lee Morgan: The Cooker (Tone Poet) (Blue Note) LP
Lee Morgan: The Rumproller (Blue Note) LP
Motorhead: On Parole (Parlophone) LP
Mr. Bungle: The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo (Ipecac) LP
Oh Sees: Carrion Crawler (In The Red) LP
Mustafa Ozkent: Genclik Ile Elele (Jackpot) LP
Richard Pinhas: Iceland (Superior Viaduct) LP
Primitive Man: Caustic (Relapse) LP
Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool (XL) LP
Radiohead: Amnesiac (XL) LP
Radiohead: OK Computer – OKNOTOK 1997-2017 (XL) LP
Radiohead: Pablo Honey (XL) LP
Radiohead: The Bends (XL) LP
Jonathan Richman: I, Jonathan (Craft) LP
Scientist: In The Kingdom of Dub (Superior Viaduct) LP
Sleep: Vol. One (Tupelo) LP
Sleep: Holy Mountain (Earache) LP
Jimmy Smith: Prayer Meetin’ (Tone Poet) (Blue Note) LP
Super Super Blues Band: Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley (Jackpot) LP
Sweeping Promises: Hunger for a Way Out (Feel It) LP
Allen Toussaint: Life, Love (4 Men With Beards) LP
Larry Young: Into Somethin’ (Blue Note) LP
Various: Lovin’ Mighty Fire: Nippon Funk, Soul, Disco 1973-83 (BGP) LP
Various: Funk Soul Sisters (BGP) 

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Well, I’m pretty stoked to say we have acquired some pretty damned fine used stuff this week, so we should be able to maintain our daily(ish) used offerings up for a good while. Some real hefty stuff in really great shape. It’s probably one of my favorite parts of this job, going through a collection and finding rare stuff you never thought you’d see. Anywho… you’ll slowly get to see it all too! In the meantime, we’re entering the final stretch of new releases for the year, I think. Some good stuff out but it’s going to start slowing down soon. Black Friday RSD is comin’ too….

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…..pick of the week…..

N. Chambers: Facets (Love All Day) LP
Love All Day is pleased to present Facets, our third collaboration with renowned contemporary electronic composer, Norm Chambers (Panabrite, Jürgen Müller). As the title implies, it’s a many-dimensional work, and one born from a time of crisis in Chambers’ life. Created in the spring of 2019 while experiencing health issues that were ultimately diagnosed as being a rare form of sinus cancer, Facets reveals Chambers efforts to push himself to places he hadn’t gone before —-to try to rid himself of old habits & embrace potentially unsuccessful creative attempts, whatever the result. Faced with a sense of urgency & riding a creative wave, the tracks came together quickly as he explored new creative vistas —his familiar, bucolic landscapes now occasionally interrupted by craggy rhythms and aural horizons that fluctuate like air on desert sand. Concerned that these works would be his final statement, he quickly released them digitally as he awaited surgery & chemotherapy to treat his illness. After his near brush with death & subsequent recovery, we’re extremely grateful to have the opportunity to re-present this singular work by one of our favorite artists with deliberate intention and care as a long playing album.

File Under: Electronic
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…..new arrivals…..

Ash Ra Tempel: Gin Rose at the Royal Festival Hall (Made in Germany) LP
“Ash Ra Tempel, the veterans of the German ‘Berlin School’, gained worldwide recognition with their album releases 1971-1973.Their self-titled debut-album from1971, in the line-up Hartmut Enke (bass), Manuel Göttsching (guitar), Klaus Schulze (drums), radically deconstructed elements of rock and blues, as it was combining electronic sounds to encourage new listening habits. Whilst Göttsching and Schulze later followed their solo careers, they always stayed friends and, over the decades, showed their musical solidarity in collaborations, with innovative electronics and guitar. But it was only in 2000, when they decided for this short intermezzo to perform together again under the Ash Ra Tempel banner. Julian Cope (author of Krautrock-Sampler) had invited Göttsching to his ‘Cornucopia Festival’ in London, and the two musicians took the offer as a great opportunity for a one-time reunion concert at the Royal Festival Hall on April 2, 2000. Preparing the music for this the concert had also led to a new studio album recording entitled Friendship. Both of the recordings, the studio album as well as the live recording from the London concert ‘Gin Rosé’, had been originally released in 2000 in a small edition, which was sold out very soon. The studio-album Friendship had already been re-released in 2014 (CD). Now, and due to the many requests, here it is again — after 20 years, the re-release of the long-awaited live-album Gin Rosé. Göttsching and Schulze blend tradition and vision, and they do not simply reanimate ideas of the 1970s. The spirit of this unique liaison is reflected in every single note of this still up-to-date concert, showing these two musicians playing joyful, familiar and undeterred.”

File Under: Prog, Krautrock
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Liam Bailey: Ekundayo (Big Crown) LP
Big Crown Records is proud to present Ekundayo, Liam Bailey’s debut record on the label. This album is a long time in the making, and after listening, clearly worth the wait. It didn’t take a long time to record, but it did take years for all the stars to line up. Bailey, born and raised in Nottingham, England, the son of an English mother and Jamaican father got his early influences from his mom’s record collection. Bob Marley and Dillinger, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix would eventually shape the singer/songwriter we know today. Fast-forward to 2005, Liam is in London and doing the whatever-gig-you-can-get musician hustle with hopes of landing a record deal. And it was through this time that Liam first teamed up with Leon Michels, musician/producer luminary, and the co-founder of Brooklyn’s own Big Crown Records. Liam flew out to New York and those first sessions together produced the now classic tunes “When Will They Learn” and “I’m Gonna Miss You” which still get spins at reggae spots around the globe. That trip helped kick off what was to follow next for Liam: a slew of record releases, label deals, and working with some wildly-notable mainstream producers. Even a just-famous Amy Winehouse heard one of Liam’s apartment-made, lo-fi recordings through a friend and liked what she heard. Regardless of the audio quality, Liam’s particular sound shone through—all guitar, warm-rough and genuine soul. She signed him to her label shortly after. But, as the story can go with major labels, they already had an idea of the Liam they wanted to make, promote, and push. With the typical pay-day enticement, Liam did his best to fit into whatever shape they put him to. “‘Maybe I can make it work,’ that’s what you’re thinking,” Liam remembers, “but, you quickly find out that you can’t.” While Liam’s career went through a bunch of record industry twists and turns he and Michels stayed in touch and would regularly connect and collaborate. Finally, in 2019, the time was right to do a full-length album together. And this time, it would be free of any restricting major label presumptions and opinions. “This is the record we always wanted to make,” says Michels. Set to release in October 2020, the album is called Ekundayo. And the word’s meaning may be all you need to know to get to the essence of this project. It means “sorrow becomes joy” in Yoruba, a language spoken mostly in Western Africa. On the surface, Ekundayo is a weighty Reggae record, full of new and old textured riddims. But listen more in-depth, and you’ll find subject matter that’s more recognizable from a modern-day R&B record. An example of the former is the first single off the album. Sung to the most beautiful woman at the nightspot, “Champion” is a joyous anthem powered by a silly-thick Juno-bass throb and 808-proof drums. In short, “Champion” is dancehall-ready. But then there’s a song like “Don’t Blame NY.” Moody and sparse with a somber drive, you might have to resist the urge to compare it to a Frank Ocean-ish type vibe. Liam’s voice is in a different but fitting element here, showing stripped-back emotion and soulful restraint. Anyone who has lived and tried to thrive in New York won’t have a hard time relating to the lyrics but they may join the masses who blame the city, while Liam points the finger at himself and sings praises to The Big Apple. Credit to Leon’s hand, elements of Jamaican production are everywhere, peppered throughout the record. Like the pitch-perfect organ stabs that push through the authentically positive “White Light,” or the muted, percussive guitar strums that chug along in the back of “Fight.” In the same vein of any fantastic singer/songwriter album, Ekundayo is a reflection of who Liam Bailey is, taking on topics and approaches he never would think of just a few years ago. Some evidence: “Ugly Truth” is about reconnecting with his biological father, a subject he once thought would be too personal to address. The journey from conforming to major labels to this latest record has been a long one for Liam, and a bit of a struggle. But struggle may be the only way we truly grow and evolve. With a new clarity of purpose, sound, and life, Liam has found joy out of those struggles. And it’s called Ekundayo.

File Under: Reggae
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Black Sabbath: Paranoid: Deluxe Edition (Rhino) 5LP BOX
Wildly regarded as innovators of the musical genre which came to be known as heavy metal, legendary Birmingham-bred Black Sabbath celebrate the 50th anniversary in 2020 of their multi-million selling album Paranoid with a 5LP edition featuring the vinyl debut of two 1970 concerts. The Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition includes the original album, in addition to a rare 1974 Quad Mix of the album folded down to stereo, plus two concerts from 1970, from Montreux and Brussels, that are pressed on vinyl for the first time. The set comes with a hardbound book with extensive liner notes featuring interviews with all four band members, rare photos, and memorabilia, a poster, as well as a replica of the tour book sold during the Paranoid tour. After the success of the band’s self-titled debut in early 1970, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward returned that fall with Paranoid. The record became the band’s first album to top the U.K. charts and has sold more than four million copies in the U.S. alone. Today, songs like “War Pigs,” “Planet Caravan,” “Iron Man,” and of course, “Paranoid,” continue to inspire a new generation of musicians around the world. Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition’s first two LPs feature the original album plus a Quadraphonic Mix of the album. Originally released on vinyl and 8-track cartridge in 1974, but subsequently long out of print, the Quad Mix has now been made available as a fold-down to stereo mix on vinyl for this set. The collection’s final three LPs mark the official vinyl debut of two 1970 live performances. The first was recorded on August 31 in Montreux, Switzerland shortly before the release of Paranoid. It captures the band, already a tight musical unit, thundering through new songs like “Hand Of Doom” and “Iron Man” while mixing in “N.I.B.” and “Behind The Wall Of Sleep” from their debut. The second concert was recorded a few months later in Brussels during the band’s performance for Belgian television. Unofficial versions of this classic show have circulated in the past, but they’ve never sounded this good.

File Under: Metal
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Bubaza: Ice Breaker (Colemine) 7″
Bubaza is a side project featuring members of Jungle Fire and The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble. Covering ground that each of their respective bands live in: latin jazz, instrumental soul, funk, etc., but while also extending this a little more into B-boy and DJ culture with fiery drum breaks and crafting tunes meant for the funk dance floor.

File Under: Funk
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Cordovas: Destiny Hotel (ATO) LP
Cordovas’ new album Destiny Hotel is a work of wild poetry and wide-eyed abandon, set to a glorious collision of folk and country and groove-heavy rock-and-roll. In a major creative milestone for the Tennessee-based band – vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Joe Firstman, keyboardist Sevans Henderson, guitarist/vocalist Lucca Soria and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Toby Weaver – the album harnesses the freewheeling energy of their live show more fully than ever, all while lifting their songwriting to a whole new level of sophistication. The result is a batch of songs that ruminate and rhapsodize with equal intensity, inviting endless celebration on the way to transcendence. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Rick Parker (Lord Huron, Beck), Destiny Hotel expands on the harmony-soaked roots rock of That Santa Fe Channel, a 2018 release that earned abundant praise from outlets like Rolling Stone and NPR Music. Before heading to L.A., Cordovas spent over three months in their second homebase of Todos Santos (an artist community in Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula), sketching dozens of songs partly sparked from their voracious reading of authors like mythologist Joseph Campbell, poet/novelist Rainer Maria Rilke, and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle.

File Under: Folk, Country, Rock
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Nils Frahm: Empty (Erased Tapes) LP
To mark this year’s Piano Day and as an acknowledgement to these unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in, Nils Frahm surprised the world with a collection of eight solo piano pieces, titled Empty, made available digitally on March 28. The highly anticipated physical editions on vinyl and CD are set for release via Erased Tapes on October 30, 2020. Conceived of just before Nils broke his thumb and composed the similarly intimate solo piano album Screws, Empty is a soothing vessel of eight simple and serene pieces originally recorded as the music to a short art film he shot with his friend and film director Benoît Toulemonde. Drifting through emotions from the stark and sobering opener ‘First Defeat’, to the gently euphoric ‘No Step On Wing’ and the contemplative but hopeful closer ‘Black Notes’, with its poignant minute of silence, Empty is a comforting score for these turbulent times.

File Under: Ambient, Classical, Piano
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Aaron Frazer: My God Has a Telephone
(Colemine) 7″

Aaron Frazer is best known as the drummer and falsetto voice behind soul mainstays Durand Jones & The Indications. The Brooklyn-based, Baltimore-raised musician also garnered attention for his gospel-inspired project, The Flying Stars of Brooklyn, NY, which released the single “My God Has a Telephone” in 2017. To celebrate the start of Aaron’s solo career, we are proud to reissue this 7″ with a new picture sleeve and rebranded as Aaron Frazer.

File Under: Funk, Soul
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Ghost Funk Orchestra: An Ode to Escapism (Karma Chief) LP
Blue w/ black swirl wax! Where will you hide when the world around you is closing in? On their latest LP, GFO invites you to close your eyes and take a dive into your subconscious. Strings and horns float around from ear to ear while their three sirens explore themes of isolation, fear of the unknown, and the fabrication of self-image. It’s a soulful psychedelic journey that picks up sonically where “A Song For Paul” left off. The drums are heavier, the arrangements are more intricate, and the vocal harmonies soar over a bed of odd time signature grooves. This is an album that’s meant to be listened to in the dark. So won’t you join them? You’re not scared…..are you?

File Under: Funk, Psych
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Hum: Inlet (Earth Analog) LP
The first new music from legendary band, Hum, in 22 years! Aside from a few shows and festival performances, Hum has been largely quiet since the release of 1998’s “Downward Is Heavenward”. Outside of “Stars” (from 1995’s “You’d Prefer An Astronaut”), the band never really trafficked in the mainstream, but during their absence Hum’s legacy and influence have only continued to grow. With “Inlet”, the band has created another epic masterpiece that further reinforces Hum’s place of honor among the shoegaze/alt-rock elite.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Lambchop: Trip (Merge) LP
Coloured vinyl version! In the fall of 2019, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner had a unique idea: In lieu of going on what would become an economically disastrous tour, he would invite the band to Nashville to make a record as a way to provide them with similar financial support and realize something tangible in the process. Each band member was tasked with choosing one song for the band to cover, and leading the recording session to completion each day. Trip sounds like a culmination of the band’s older work and current work. There’s a looseness and freedom that recalls their older sound mixed with a group sophistication and innovation derived through the process of playing together for so long. The title Trip refers to the circumstances surrounding its creation and the endeavor of “touring” itself. “It also seems to describe a life in music and the situations we created in our life as a band over the years,” Wagner adds. “It’s been a trip…”

File Under: Folk, Indie
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Tor Lundvall: Yule (Dais) LP
Red vinyl version! New York artist Tor Lundvall’s music often evokes a sense of soft-focus autumnal melancholia but nowhere is this atmosphere more explicit and evocative than his self-released 2006 holiday album, Yule, newly reissued by Dais Records. Inspired by childhood memories of “cold, dark evenings” waiting for his mother outside shops and supermarkets while seasonal songs drifted faintly on the frozen air, the collection feels appropriately hushed and hypnagogic, half-remembered melodies heard through falling snow. Steady muted rhythmic pulses wind through wintry landscapes of icy synthetic textures, glass bells, and distant metallic echoes, occasionally framed by Lundvall’s soft, dazed vocals, narrating scenes of “slushy, illuminated train stations” and “the lonely trees of January, still entangled with blue lights long after the season has ended.” It’s a music of barren branches, crescent moons, and willowy figures shuffling and shivering on their way somewhere, viewed from a fogged window passing by, or high above. As with Lundvall’s signature oil paintings, Yule’s sonic vignettes are works of observation, poetic glimpses rendered in gradients of color and quiet. He has referred to his music in the past as “ghost ambient” and, although his songwriting here skews more foreground than background, the phrase aptly captures the haunted, half-light quality of these fragile tracks. 10 miniatures of wreathed streets and silent woods, of twinkling store windows seen from a distance, the sensation of being outside of life looking in – the sentiments that seeded Lundvall’s vision remain undimmed: “There was a special melancholic beauty about these moments that has never left me.”

File Under: Ambient
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Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes: Heritage of the Invisible II
(International Anthem) LP

Coloured wax version! “A telepathic Afro-Caribbean improvisational DUO” as they’ve dubbed themselves, Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes are also known as 2/5 of the revolutionary free jazz quintet Irreversible Entanglements. Navarro – a protégé of Carlos Garnett (whose incendiary woodwind sounds are famously heard on Miles Davis’s On The Corner and Pharaoh Sanders’s Black Unity) – is Panamanian immigrant, trumpeter, composer & community organizer (who heads his own record label, River Down Records). Holmes is a life-long drummer & percussionist, born in Brooklyn and raised into a musical Pan- African spiritual community (the Ausar Auset Society). Heritage of the Invisible II finds them exploring in their purest forms – diving deep into the abstract depths of free improvisation, discovering new dialectic survival methods, and surfacing with an ecstatic, advanced articulation of Afro-Caribbean-inflected future folk.

File Under: Jazz
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Quakers: II : The Next Wave (Stones Throw) LP
Quakers is an evolving collective consisting of music makers: Supa K (Katalyst), 7STU7 and Fuzzface (Geoff Barrow) as executive producer, along with an ever-expanding cast of MCs they invite along on the adventure. True to the group’s collaborative spirit, the three producers invite over thirty rappers from the Stones Throw stable and beyond to contribute to Quakers II: The Next Wave. The new wave of Quakers MCs includes The Koreatown Oddity, Guilty Simpson, Sampa the Great, Jonwayne, Jeremiah Jae, Chester Watson, Boog Brown, and many more. All adding their weight to the sonic arsenal. Much like Quakers’ self-titled debut, The Next Wave is loud, unapologetic and blunted. It’s also more explicitly political, with songs that speak directly to systemic corruption, racism, and the climate crisis. The artwork for The Next Wave, created by graphic novel artist Joe Currie, reflects this renewed focus on “interplanetary eco battles.” “The project has evolved organically, similar to last time,” explains Supa K, but “the world has changed and the music reflects that. We’ve all had enough of the global corruption and all those profiting from it.”

File Under: Hip Hop
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Sun Ra: Dark Myth Equation Visitation
(Strut) LP

Strut present the definitive edition of Sun Ra’s ‘Egypt 1971’ along with the original albums ‘Dark Myth Equation Visitation’, ‘Nidhamu’ and ‘Horizon’ released as individual LPs, documenting Sun Ra’s first trip to Egypt with his Arkestra in December 1971.

File Under: Jazz
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Sun Ra: Horizon (Strut) LP
Strut present the definitive edition of Sun Ra’s ‘Egypt 1971’ along with the original albums ‘Dark Myth Equation Visitation’, ‘Nidhamu’ and ‘Horizon’ released as individual LPs, documenting Sun Ra’s first trip to Egypt with his Arkestra in December 1971.

File Under: Jazz
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Sun Ra: Nidhamu (Strut) LP
Strut present the definitive edition of Sun Ra’s ‘Egypt 1971’ along with the original albums ‘Dark Myth Equation Visitation’, ‘Nidhamu’ and ‘Horizon’ released as individual LPs, documenting Sun Ra’s first trip to Egypt with his Arkestra in December 1971.

File Under: Jazz
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Vicky Tafoya: Forever (Penrose) 7″
Penrose Records is proud to introduce the newest members of the family, the Inland Empire’s own Vicky Tafoya and the Big Beat. Born in Santa Ana and currently residing in Colton, Vicky started singing acapella doo wop in the late 80s for the So. Cal. Doo Wop Society and went on to co-found the Big Beat in 2001. Their debut single on Penrose is a moody minor chord ballad featuring a reverb laden guitar solo and beautiful girl group harmonies behind Vicky’s effortless yet haunting vocal about two people longing to be together… Forever

File Under: Funk, Soul
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…..Restocks…. 

Agitation Free: Malesch (MIG) LP
Agitation Free: 2nd (MIG) LP
David Bowie: Metrobolist (Parlophone) LP
N. Chambers: Air Example (Love All Day) LP
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (Acoustic Sounds Series) (Impulse) LP
Dinosaur Jr.: Without a Sound (Cherry Red) LP
Lou Donaldson: Mr. Shing-A-Ling (Tone Poet) (Blue Note) LP
Brian Eno/David Byrne: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (Nonesuch) LP
Dexter Gordon Quartet: Tokyo 1975 (Elemental) LP
Erik Hall: Music for 18 Musicians (Western Vinyl) LP
Joe Henderson: State of the Tenor Vol 2 (Blue Note) LP
Adrianne Lenker: Songs & Instrumentals (4AD) LP
Meat Puppets: II (MVD) LP
Metallica: …And Justice for All (Blackened) LP
Radiohead: In Rainbows (XL) LP
Stanley Turrentine: Comin’ Your Way (Tone Poet) (Blue Note) LP
Waxahatchee: Saint Cloud (Merge) LP
Wilco: Summerteeth DLX (Nonesuch) BOX
Neil Young: Return to Greendale (Reprise) LP