…..news letter #776 – plaster…..

Another stacked week around here… assuming that Run The Jewels shows up tomorrow. Loads of other great new stuff in too. AND a ridiculous amount of new used stuff hitting the bins too. AND nice warm weather still. You owe it to yourself to come for a dig.

…..pick of the week…..

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John Bender: Plaster Falling (Superior Viaduct) LP
Plaster Falling was recorded at the same time as John Bender’s first album, I Don’t Remember Now / I Don’t Want To Talk About It. Released in 1981 on the artist’s own Record Sluts label, copies of Plaster Falling’s initial pressing came hermetically sealed in plaster (and later latex). Thus, listeners had to literally break open the record to find what’s hidden inside. Produced in relative isolation, Plaster Falling is a beacon of brilliance in the nascent minimal-wave sphere. Veering towards skeletal urgency, these recordings set bright analogue melodies against half-whispered vocals and expand Bender’s electronic cryptography thru a series of lone signifiers: “Station,” “Plaster,” “Women,” etc. As Bender explains in the liner notes, “I began to distance myself from the present and describe scenes as if in a movie – seeking concrete, terse, juxtaposed imagery.” This first-time standalone reissue is recommended for fans of Gareth Williams & Mary Currie’s Flaming Tunes, Minimal Man and Grouper. Pressed on translucent blue vinyl in a limited / numbered edition of 1,000 copies.

File Under: Electronic, Cold Wave, Minimal Wave
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…..new arrivals…..

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William Basinski: A Shadow in Time (Temporary Residence) LP
World-renowned as one of experimental music’s most vital and impressionistic composers of the past few decades, William Basinski’s tape loop works have been especially influential, particularly on the historic series, The Disintegration Loops, where distorted, orchestral tape samples burrow deep into the listener’s psyche through meditative repetition. On his new album, A Shadow In Time, Basinski plunges deeper than ever for the plaintive solitary eulogy to David Bowie, aptly titled “For David Robert Jones.” Conversely, the title track, “A Shadow In Time,” is a subtle, celestial escalation of melody and drone. The result is one of the most truly transcendent pieces of music he has ever committed to – or wrung from – tape.

File Under: Ambient
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BBQ (Mark Sultan): s/t (In The Red) LP
This is the first album by BBQ since 2005’s Tie Your Noose on the historic Bomp! label. BBQ is Mark Sultan, who also has recorded many other albums and 45s, as well as playing in bands like The King Khan & BBQ Show, Almighty Defenders, Ding-Dongs and Les Sexareenos etc., etc. BBQ is his preferred monicker for playing as a very strict live-recorded one-man band. This album serves as a little wink goodbye to any complexities past and a strong “welcome back” to the primitive, brusque and airy rock’n’roll which has made Sultan beloved since 2003. Forgoing lo-fi, BBQ is reinventing the one-man band, taking it back, for a loud, clear and raw sound; helmed by great songs, sung truly and passionately. Recorded by himself in his basement, live in one to two takes — twelve brand new killers.

File Under: Lo-Fi, Punk, Rock

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Erasmo Carlos: Carlos, Erasmo… (Light in the Attic) LP
In tomorrow… Erasmo Carlos has no counterpart in the universe of Anglophone pop music that could begin to hint at his relevance, popularity and his complex relationship with the only Brazilian pop star more universally recognized than himself, Roberto Carlos. He may be a beloved pop star and household name in Brazil, but hardly because of the music found on the three albums reissued by Light In The Attic. While in retrospect they can be appreciated as some of his most creative, consistent and personal albums, they were also some of the least commercially successful and underappreciated of his long career, at least until recently. Embracing the artistic freedom of the global counterculture of the late sixties and early seventies, over the course of these three albums, Erasmo evolved from his bubblegum beginnings into a sophisticated seventies singer-songwriter. Erasmo Carlos E Os Tremendões (1970), Carlos, ERASMO . . . (1971) and Sonhos E Memórias 1941-1972 (1972) collectively find this maturing teeny-bopper delivering a mix of world class psychedelic Rock, traditional Rock ‘N’ Roll, Soul, Funk, Folk, Bossa Nova, and Samba-Rock to an unsuspecting Brazilian audience. As a student and fan of Elvis, Little Richard, Bill Haley, and Chuck Berry, Erasmo indulged his primal rock urges on these albums, notably getting sufficiently psychedelic and fuzzy on Carlos, ERASMO . . . Arriving in 1971 while Caetano and Gil were still in exile, Rita Lee had recently quit Os Mutantes and Gal Costa was onto a new sound, Erasmo’s 1971 album was the closest thing to Tropicália around. Carlos, ERASMO . . . was co-produced by the Tropicália producer, Manoel Barenbein, including a new composition from Caetano, a few arrangements courtesy of Rogério Duprat and the musical talents of no fewer than three Mutants: lead guitarist Sergio Dias, drummer Dinho Leme and bassist Liminha, not to mention Brazil’s undisputed psychedelic axe-master, Alexander Gordin, aka “Lanny”, Carlos, ERASMO. . . is a virtual all-star team of Tropícalistas (not in exile). This album is considered a bedrock album within the Brazilian rock scene and a notable late entry in the Tropicália tradition, rocking harder than any album in his catalog, but also including wispy love songs, soul and funk moves, brassy pop tunes and a marimba-driven ode to marijuana.

 File Under: Samba, Latin, Funk, Soul, Brazilian, Pop
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Erasmo Carlos: Erasmo Carlos E Os Tremendoes (Light in the Attic) LP
In tomorrow… Erasmo Carlos has no counterpart in the universe of Anglophone pop music that could begin to hint at his relevance, popularity and his complex relationship with the only Brazilian pop star more universally recognized than himself, Roberto Carlos. He may be a beloved pop star and household name in Brazil, but hardly because of the music found on the three albums reissued by Light In The Attic. While in retrospect they can be appreciated as some of his most creative, consistent and personal albums, they were also some of the least commercially successful and underappreciated of his long career, at least until recently. Embracing the artistic freedom of the global counterculture of the late sixties and early seventies, over the course of these three albums, Erasmo evolved from his bubblegum beginnings into a sophisticated seventies singer-songwriter. Erasmo Carlos E Os Tremendões (1970), Carlos, ERASMO . . . (1971) and Sonhos E Memórias 1941-1972 (1972) collectively find this maturing teeny-bopper delivering a mix of world class psychedelic Rock, traditional Rock ‘N’ Roll, Soul, Funk, Folk, Bossa Nova, and Samba-Rock to an unsuspecting Brazilian audience. Collectively, the songs on Erasmo Carlos E Tremendões sound like an attempt to appeal to nearly every relevant genre of Brazilian popular music at the turn of the decade. From the cover tunes alone there’s a Caetano song “Saudosismo” (Tropicália), an Antônio Adolfo song “Teletema” (Pilantragem/art-pop), and not just any Ary Barroso song, but the unofficial Brazilian national anthem “Aquarela Do Brasil”. Of the new songs, “Menina” is a Soul ballad and “Jeep” brings the Funk. Maybe it was exactly that, a chance for Erasmo to stretch his creative muscles in a lot of different directions as it became clear his Jovem Guarda character and sound had run its course, along with the TV show of the same name. Erasmo Carlos E Os Tremendões is greater than the sum of its pop-rock spitballs. It’s a creative, and at times experimental and groundbreaking album that remains a thrilling listen.

 File Under: Brazilian, Samba, Latin, Funk, Soul, Pop
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Erasmo Carlos: Sonhos E Memorias 1941-1972 (Light in the Attic) LP
In tomorrow… Erasmo Carlos has no counterpart in the universe of Anglophone pop music that could begin to hint at his relevance, popularity and his complex relationship with the only Brazilian pop star more universally recognized than himself, Roberto Carlos. He may be a beloved pop star and household name in Brazil, but hardly because of the music found on the three albums reissued by Light In The Attic. While in retrospect they can be appreciated as some of his most creative, consistent and personal albums, they were also some of the least commercially successful and underappreciated of his long career, at least until recently. Embracing the artistic freedom of the global counterculture of the late sixties and early seventies, over the course of these three albums, Erasmo evolved from his bubblegum beginnings into a sophisticated seventies singer-songwriter. Erasmo Carlos E Os Tremendões (1970), Carlos, ERASMO . . . (1971) and Sonhos E Memórias 1941-1972 (1972) collectively find this maturing teeny-bopper delivering a mix of world class psychedelic Rock, traditional Rock ‘N’ Roll, Soul, Funk, Folk, Bossa Nova, and Samba-Rock to an unsuspecting Brazilian audience. Sonhos E Memórias (1941-1972) is truly singular within Brazilian pop fusing rock, soul, jazz and singer-songwriter styles. It’s simultaneously rootsy, funky, modern and nostalgic. The lyrics are highly personal, searching for deeper meaning with lots of flower power imagery and language, while the music is tight, highly rhythmic, melodic and restrained in its delivery and effortless groove. Built around the future fusion trio Azymuth with keyboardist José Roberto Bertrami, drummer Ivan Conti aka “Mamão” and bassist Alex Malheiros, a majority of the album’s tunes make excellent use of this trio’s telepathic tightness, subtle funkiness, and melodic mastery. The album dabbles with a few different styles and rhythms, all telling Erasmo’s musical story be it Bossa Nova, Roots Rock, Hard Rock, ballads, and soulful grooves, but a certain sonic frequency or tempo alongside the autobiographical elements unite this masterwork.

File Under: Brazilian, Samba, Latin, Pop, Funk, Soul
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Chemical Brothers: Come With Us (Astralwerks) LP
In Tomorrow… Undisputed masters of brain-altering, transcendent electronica, The Chemical Brothers (comprised of the duo of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons), have been producing some of the world’s greatest dance music for the better part of two decades. Their star hasn’t stopped rising since their groundbreaking early albums changed the game altogether. On their tight fourth full-length outing, 2002’s Come With Us, The Chemical Brothers got back to their roots and the kinetic energy they made their name on. Simons noted, “The first three or four numbers do remind me of those days when we were so excited about putting together little grooves and beats – that whole cut-up era of hip-hop.” Home to the trio of high octane singles “It Began in Afrika,” “Star Guitar” and “Come with Us”/”The Test,” and featuring Richard Ashcroft and Beth Orton as guest vocalists, the album debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. Albums Chart and immediately became one of the biggest releases of 2001. The Chemical Brothers’ first seven studio albums will again be available in the U.S. Each comes repackaged in the original sleeve artwork from the first pressings. Audio has been cut from the original lacquers directly from the studio of the original engineer, Mike Marsh, and is fully approved by The Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands.

File Under: Electronic, House, Downtempo
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Chemical Brothers: Further (Astralwerks) LP
In tomorrow… Undisputed masters of brain-altering, transcendent electronica, The Chemical Brothers (comprised of the duo of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons), have been producing some of the world’s greatest dance music for the better part of two decades. Their star hasn’t stopped rising since their groundbreaking early albums changed the game altogether. 2010’s Grammy-nominated Further is an 8-track masterpiece of modern psychedelia effortlessly fusing freeform analogue wig-outs with juggernaut dancefloor dynamics. Further is the culmination of years of psychedelic exploration, an immersive collection that finds The Chemical Brothers at their least-restrained and most-melodic best. The Chemical Brothers’ first seven studio albums will again be available in the U.S. Each comes repackaged in the original sleeve artwork from the first pressings. Audio has been cut from the original lacquers directly from the studio of the original engineer, Mike Marsh, and is fully approved by The Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands.

 File Under: Electronic, House
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Chemical Brothers: Push the Button (Astralwerks) LP
In tomorrow… Undisputed masters of brain-altering, transcendent electronica, The Chemical Brothers (comprised of the duo of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons), have been producing some of the world’s greatest dance music for the better part of two decades. Their star hasn’t stopped rising since their groundbreaking early albums changed the game altogether. Innovative and inspired fifth studio effort, 2005’s Push the Button, contains the explosive Middle Easton-flavored single “Galvanize,” which immediately shot to the Top 5 on the British charts. A year later, both earned The Chemical Brothers Grammys for Best Album and Best Single. Featuring guest appearances by Q-Tip, Tim Burgess, Kele Okereke, Anna-Lynne Williams, Anwar Superstar and The Magic Numbers. The Chemical Brothers’ first seven studio albums will again be available in the U.S. Each comes repackaged in the original sleeve artwork from the first pressings. Audio has been cut from the original lacquers directly from the studio of the original engineer, Mike Marsh, and is fully approved by The Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands.

File Under: Electronic, House
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Cherry Glazerr: Apocalipstick (Secretly Canadian) LP
Society would deem a prodigious girl can’t be in a progressive rock band while also being in complete control of its creative vision, business plan and social messaging. Society is wrong. Clem, a 19 year old teen Queen dreamed up Cherry Glazerr in her LA bedroom alone and is perhaps more capable of figuring a music career out than anyone who attempts this treacherous life path. Back in 2014, much-loved Cali imprint Burger Records released their intoxicating debut Haxel Princess and Suicide Squeeze released the Had Ten Dollaz 7-inch. On Apocalipstick the band worked with “rock ‘n’ roll wizard” Joe Chicarelli (White Stripes, The Shins, The Strokes) and Carlos de la Garza (Bleached, M83, Tegan and Sara). With their help and the band’s newfound self-discipline and motivation, Cherry Glazerr has evolved into a wildly complex, hugely guitar heavy, and unapologetically loud machine.

 File Under: Indie Rock
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Bill Dixon Orchestra: Intents & Purposes (Superior Viaduct) LP
After spending the early ‘60s playing in groups with Cecil Taylor and Archie Shepp, trumpeter Bill Dixon recorded his singular and visionary masterpiece in 1967. Intents And Purposes remains not only Dixon’s defining statement as a composer, but also one of the most luminous moments in the history of avant-garde jazz. Combining orchestral timbres with free jazz intensity, Dixon leads a ten-piece ensemble including such heavyweights as Byard Lancaster, Robin Kenyatta, Jimmy Garrison and Reggie Workman. Closing each side of the album, “Nightfall Pieces I” and “Nightfall Pieces II” are evocative duets featuring Dixon’s flugelhorn accompanied by flautist George Marge. With Intents And Purposes, Dixon creates a work focused as much on sculpting and defining space—emphasizing moments of resonant stillness around which the compositions thrum and swell—as on purity of expression. This first-time vinyl reissue is recommended for fans of Art Ensemble of Chicago, Anthony Braxton and Henry Cow. “One of the richest and most compelling LPs to taunt and tempt listeners into a life of freakdom.” —John Corbett

File Under: Jazz
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The Fall: Grotesque (After the Gramme) (Superior Viaduct) LP
Bursting into the 1980s on a new label (the then-upstart, now-legendary Rough Trade) and with an augmented, audibly panicked lineup, The Fall’s Grotesque is the true pure-bred Fall release from the Marc Riley era. Released in the immediate wake of The Fall’s most beloved single (Totally Wired), the album carries over that righteously famed teeth-chattering, bolstered in no small part by the drumming of new addition Paul Hanley, brother of bassist Steve Hanley and aged only 15 at the time of recording. “Pay Your Rates” negates the notion of easing into things, opening the album with pure jitter, guided by hornet-buzz guitars and Mark E. Smith’s commanding shout, allowing for breath only during the brief, lumbering waltzes that appear at unexpected intervals. “New Face In Hell” is an entirely alien take on dancehall post-punk – a kazoo-driven rave-up that holds an unshakable position in the band’s canon. Many significant firsts surround Grotesque, including The Fall’s inaugural production partnership with Mayo Thompson and the debut of Suzanne Smith’s wonderful artwork, both of which would play key roles in the band’s following phase. Superior Viaduct’s edition is the first time that Grotesque has been available on vinyl domestically since its initial release in 1980. Liner notes by Brian Turner.

File Under: Punk
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The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour (Superior Viaduct) LP
Hex Enduction Hour was originally conceptualized as the death knell for The Fall. Beleaguered by career uncertainty and guided by vague premonitions of collapse, Mark E. Smith declared that one full hour was needed to thoroughly and perhaps finally state his case with The Fall. This framework resulted in a true classic of the post-punk era and an album that gave The Fall their first taste of album chart success, thankfully removing surrender from the equation. Recorded in haste in both Iceland and England in late 1981, the performances on Hex Enduction Hour are among the band’s most urgent and distinctive. The album begins with the severe provocation of “The Classical” and the terse punk of “Jawbone And The Air-Rifle,” but it’s “Hip Priest” that stands out as Smith’s calling-card theme, a song that would become inextricable from his character (or perception thereof) in the years that followed. The elongated “And This Day” fittingly positions the band as spell-casters, closing the hour by filling every conceivable bit of space with wild, primitive percussion and whimsical electric piano. Superior Viaduct’s edition is the first time that Hex Enduction Hour has been available on vinyl domestically since its initial release in 1982. Liner notes by Brian Turner.

File Under: Punk
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The Fall: Room to Live (Superior Viaduct) LP
On Room To Live, The Fall take the hurried, all-or-nothing approach of their preceding Kamera Records releases to extreme ends. Forged via Mark E. Smith’s continual disassembling of players and focus on previously unrehearsed material, the album collects The Fall’s most experimental and improvisational recordings. As proclaimed on the album cover, “Undilutable Slang Truth!” would be revealed throughout Room To Live. With the album’s comparatively lo-fi production and always- teetering performances, the title track comes closest to a stab at pop (by The Fall’s standards), built on fantastically bent saloon swaying under one of Smith’s by-now characteristic dressing-downs of square life. “Detective Instinct” is an unshakeable creeper, as languid and ominous as the band would get during the Marc Riley years. “Marquis Cha Cha” is a post-punk rhumba, beginning with fury and then easing into something only The Fall could conjure. Superior Viaduct’s edition is the first time that Room To Live has been available on vinyl domestically since its initial release in 1982. Liner notes by Brian Turner.

File Under: Punk
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Flaming Lips: Oczy Mlody (Warner) LP
The Flaming Lips present their long-awaited new studio album, Oczy Mlody. Produced by the band and long-time producer Dave Fridmann, the highly-anticipated LP is the follow-up to their globally acclaimed 2013 album, The Terror. On Oczy Mlody, The Lips return to form with an album no less experimental in nature, but perhaps more melodically song-oriented, recalling the best parts of their most critically applauded albums The Soft Bulletin and the gold-certified Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. Oczy Mlody will be released in several configurations including a 12-song double-LP edition – pressed on colored vinyl and an 11-song single-LP edition (both of which include a digital download card of all 12 songs). Frontman Wayne Coyne explains: “When asked (about our newest album Oczy Mlody) what does your new stuff sound like? My current response has been that it sounds like Syd Barrett meets A$AP Rocky and they get trapped in a fairy tale from the future. Knowing full well that if you know who Syd Barrett is (original founder of classic rock/space opera group Pink Floyd) you probably don’t know who A$AP Rocky is (current badass psychedelic rapper) and if you know and like A$AP Rocky you probably don’t care or wouldn’t like Syd Barrett…perhaps, it is only within The Flaming Lips world that these 2 (Syd and A$AP) could accidentally find themselves. “But somehow they have gone through a hole in the night sky and arrived in a fucked up, day glow, fairy tale world in the future. A future where Oczy Mlody is the current cool powerful party drug of choice and sleeping is the ultimate cure for everything… sleeping for, like, 3 months. So if you want to lose weight. Ping!! You are put to sleep for 3 months and you wake up thin. If you are addicted to drugs. Ping!! You sleep yourself out of withdrawals and cravings and wake up sober. “And it all takes place inside a gated community that has been made into a replicant fantasy fairy tale city where the mega-mega rich folks live and have self indulgent psycho parties (maybe I’ve been spending too much time around Miley Cyrus) where everyone takes Oczy Mlody (the drug uses your own sub conscious memories and transports you to your perfect childhood happy mind) and everyone has sex while riding unicorns. There are frogs and wizards and spiders and painful emotional therapy sessions where every primal desire is allowed and encouraged.”

File Under: Rock, Psych
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Foxygen: Hang (Jagjaguwar) LP
Hang is Foxygen’s third album for Jagjaguwar, and their first proper studio record, recorded in Los Angeles, CA at Electro Vox Studios. Hang features Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips, as well as Brian and Michael D’Addario of the Lemon Twigs as players on the album. Hang also features a 40+ piece symphony orchestra on every track. Trey Pollard from Spacebomb arranged and conducted the orchestral parts, with additional arranging from Matthew E. White. Foxygen is the Big Bang of two combusting minds. It’s the splayed Galaxy of polar geniuses Sam France and Jonathan Rado. It’s a handshake with a knife behind your back. A sleepless night in a five star hotel. You listen to Hang properly. You take in each moment. Each new melody that threads forward from the fingertips of one of this generation’s finest piano men in Rado. And you fall in line behind France’s sprawling and reckless lyric. Witness his mastery. Feel them struggle against the walls of their own creations. Follow them there. To the perimeter. To the exit sign. Notice that the two young guys aren’t there anymore. They’re outside looking for another joint to haunt. They’re already out of sight.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Georgia: All Kind Music (Palto Flats) LP
In tomorrow… On All Kind Music, NYC production duo Georgia (Brian Close and Justin Tripp) return for their third full length: ECM-era Don Cherry global jazz meets contemporary electronic avant-garde, true world dance music for the next millennium. With guest turns on every track, Georgia explore a new approach to studio production, incorporating the sounds of world and jazz music into their digital funk and combining and processing improvisation and composed elements to create a unified, distinct voice. This approach can be heard on “Ama Yes Uzume,” as a primally incandescent vocal from Caroline Polachek (Chairlift) blends with glistening waves of piano and synth to form a euphoric rhythm that materializes out of curved air. Blending live performance with sampling and editing, Georgia constantly revise and revisit their work, breaking down, collaging, and refracting sounds. On lead track “Slow Dance,” vocals by performance artist India Menuez waft over a loping bass line (sampled from a performance by Matt Werth of RVNG) while digital flutes cluster in the background. The outcome is a kind of new age mutant funk, not unlike the sound of Annette Peacock or 23 Skidoo jamming in the studio with Jon Hassell. Additional collaborators include avant-garde harpist Mary Lattimore, saxophonist Wednesday Knudsen, and Gabonese vocalist Abang Essone Sarah Maya. As the title suggests, this is music of many multitudes. RECOMMENDED!

File Under: Electronic, Ambient, Jazz, World
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13

Lee Hazlewood: 13 (Light in the Attic) LP
In tomorrow… 13 was never supposed to be a Lee Hazlewood album. It is perhaps the strangest record in one of the most varied discographies in music. The bombastic brass-heavy funk, deep blues and soul paired with Hazlewood’s subterranean baritone would be best enjoyed with a tall Chivas in an off-strip seedy Vegas lounge. It also features one of Hazlewood’s greatest lines ever “One week in San Francisco, existing on Nabisco, cookies and bad dreams, sad scenes and dodging paranoia.” By 1972 Lee Hazlewood had settled in his new homeland of Sweden. His days were spent carousing, making movies with Torbjörn Axelman and releasing albums. To keep up his prolific recorded output, Lee began to mine the recently defunct LHI Records archives for material. One such gem, was an unreleased album by Larry Marks. In what became the final days of LHI, staff producer Larry Marks’ sonic fingerprints were on nearly everything; songwriting, producing, arranging, and singing. His most profound contribution was steering the creative direction of the label towards soul and R&B, arranging the downright funky LHI singles by Barbara Randolph and Jon Christian. Larry’s concept was to take Hazlewood’s strongest compositions and arrange them in a soul vibe. An album was completed, but with no distribution in America and no funding, Lee had no vehicle to release Larry’s record. The tapes were taken to Sweden, Larry’s voice was wiped and Hazlewood’s was dubbed….13 was born.

File Under: Folk, Pop, Country
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jack-orion

Bert Jansch: Jack Orion (Superior Viaduct) LP
In tomorrow… Jack Orion, Bert Jansch’s third album, may have surprised some fans upon its 1966 release, as it features no original compositions by Jansch. While nearly all of the eight tracks (four of which include guitarist John Renbourn) are interpretations of traditional folk songs, Jansch’s experimental approach breathes new life into this repertoire through his exploratory use of open tunings and passionate, gritty vocals. According to Melody Maker, “his interpretations illuminate the songs from a completely new angle. As sung by him, with brilliant accompaniments, the brutal world that created the old ballads doesn’t seem so very far off.” The ten-minute title song foreshadows the future through the past: with his sublime retelling of this dark tale of desire and revenge, Jansch embarks on a musical trajectory he would further develop with his group Pentangle. In “Black Water Slide,” a haunting ballad he first heard from Anne Briggs, Jansch plants the seeds for future versions by Led Zeppelin and Sandy Denny. Jack Orion’s unique combination of medieval themes and progressive arrangements would pave the way for the next wave of the British folk revival and beyond. This vinyl release has been carefully remastered from the original master tapes and features liner notes by Richie Unterberger. RECOMMENDED!

File Under: Folk
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joan

Joan of Arc: He’s Got The Whole… (Joyful Noise) LP
“Twenty years now there’s been this thing, our band, Joan of Arc. Sometimes we forget about it and let it fizzle out for a year while we tend to our lives. Sometimes we cling to it for a year and wake up surprised and exhausted every day for months on end, given walking tours of old Italian towns, browsing dreary British pedestrian malls or barefooted organic grocers on the Pacific coast. We know how lucky we are. “The less we feel like a band – the more we can continue to be a band, but escape that feeling of doing all those shitty, corny things expected of bands – the truer to ourselves we feel. And you all know it, everyone knows it even if everyone has to bury it to get on with their day-to-day: the truer to ourselves we feel, the better everything gets. We have shifted shapes and modified our approaches quite a number of times in the course of twenty years. And we’ve done so always aiming to stay true to ourselves at that moment, by instinct and with conscious intent. This time, it took us a long time to figure out how to start back up. We threw away a lot of songs and started over, over and over. “But here’s the thing: We are getting better at being ourselves. So many of the postures of youth just fall away with time. Most bands break up by that point, or become caricatures of their younger selves. Because money is tricky, or I should say, it comes to be that energy is tricky to muster after all of it goes into the basics of sustaining yourself. Every day, at some point, it occurs to me that Richard Brautigan killed himself at the age that I am now. But I got this community of weirdo collaborators to lean on that he never had. We’ve never had an audience that gets any validation of its coolness through liking us. We’ve mangled, juxtaposed, and collaged too many elements for that social contract. But we trust each other. “This time, finally, we trusted each other enough to throw all the songs away, to even throw away every preconceived idea about which one of us should take position at which instrument. We hit Record and played, and our collective tastes emerged. And they, our tastes in the moment, were the only standards in all the expanse of the stupefying and beautiful unknown universe, that we regarded as relevant in the least.” – Tim Kinsella

File Under: Indie Rock
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leimerLeimer: Land of Look Behind (Palace of Lights) LP
The Land of Look Behind soundtrack returns to vinyl in a remastered and expanded edition that includes a download of three previously unheard and unreleased tracks from the original sessions. Alan Greenberg, who wrote and directed this film documenting the funeral of Bob Marley, provided K. Leimer with location tapes which were used to originate many of the rhythmic patterns for Land of Look Behind. Loops of the monologues and phrases that exhibited more distinctive cadences and pacing, the words, glottal stops, clicks and coughs of witnesses were used as cues for the percussion instruments. In effect, speech became the organizing principle of the musical score. By eliminating the accuracy of click tracks, musicians were prompted to rove through the inconsistent intervals of the voice-derived patterns. Also included is a four-page insert featuring an essay by Paul Dickow. K. Leimer founded Palace of Lights in 1979. Leimer’s early work has recently been reissued by Autumn and RVNG, and his early cassette work is in the critically acclaimed VOD box set American Cassette Culture. Leimer has been actively producing music since the mid 1970s — his current catalog includes seventeen albums plus two collaborative albums with Marc Barreca. Leimer’s work is included in the collection of The British Library.

File Under: Ambient, New Age
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Loscil: Monument Builders (Kranky) LP
NOW AVAILABLE ON VINYL!!! Monument Builders is the new album from loscil, the ambient/electronic project of prolific composer Scott Morgan. It was primarily created on sample-based instruments in Morgan’s century old Vancouver home. Like that aged space, this music is also rough-hewn, with rickety samples of boiling kettles and resonant moving air. Recordings from a vintage micro-cassette recorder contribute distortion, rattles and textures that serve as both percussion and abstract aural color. According to Morgan, the genesis for the album may have begun as he viewed an old VHS copy of the American experimental film Koyaanisqatsi. “Something about the time-tarnished visuals and the pitch warble on Philip Glass’s epic score added a new layer of intrigue for me,” says Morgan. “Glass has always been an influence but lo-fi Glass felt like a minor revelation, as if the decay was actually enhancing the impact of the film’s message.” The investigations on Monument Builders also took inspiration from the anti-humanist writings of influential philosopher John Gray, as well as photographer Edward Burtynsky’s iconic aerial photographs of pollution and environmental destruction. “Gray’s writing, particularly his book Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals, reinforced a bleak notion I had that we humans don’t have much say in how it all turns out,” says Morgan. “With Burtynsky, I was struck by the fact that something so strikingly beautiful could be the result of large-scale waste and exploitation.” Monument Builders was composed during a period in which the life-and-death battles of close friends and family forced Morgan to examine his own feelings on mortality. In the course of that introspection, Morgan found himself buoyed by a feeling of celebration and a stubborn sense of survival—an acknowledgement of what it means to be able to breathe and create amidst the clash of love and chaos. Ultimately, Morgan hopes the music here can offer listeners solace while leaving room for exploration and surprise.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Egisto Macchi: E.S.P. (Cometa) LP
In tomorrow… In the 70′s, the Italian public television RAI used to broadcast disturbing paranoiac dramas, weird documentaries on the bottom of the sea and indigestible so-called “educational” movies. Obviously, all that stuff needed some music. Or “sonorizzazioni” (soundtracks), as they were called. These soundtracks were handled by shady characters, on the border between avant-garde classical, electronic space age and a healthy Italian pop touch. Some names are familiar: Ennio Morricone, for example. Or the mythological Piero Umiliani, too.But the biggest of all was Egisto Macchi. His Voix, a ghostly fresco of lunar vocals and abstract phonemes, is one of the masterpieces of the Italian “library music”.ESP is a four-part television series produced by Rai in 1973, directed by Daniele D’Anza, and aired from Sunday, May 27 1973 to Sunday, June 17, 1973 on the National Program.

File Under: Library, Italian
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Lee Morse: Sweeping The Cobwebs (Asherah) LP
In tomorrow… Lee Morse (born Lena Corinne Taylor on Nov. 30., 1897 in Cove, Oregon) is perhaps best remembered as a torch singer and performer on the jazz and bluegrass circuits of the Pre-War era. However, what is not yet reckoned with is that she was one of the earliest female singer/ songwriters to ever be recorded in the United States. Morse learned to sing and play guitar from her older brothers, both of whom played in the bluegrass style, at a very young age touring in the Portland-Seattle area with their preacher father. This is how she developed her distinctive low-register voice as she tried to impersonate them, something that when coupled with her very small frame made her a successful performing musician on the vaudeville circuit and in silent film. This also lead to a rather large recording catalog, both credited as a solo artist and with band “Her Bluegrass Boys.” Despite this success, early critics dismissed her “coos” and “yelps” in her singing style as being gimmicky even though they’d become standard uses of expression in jazz vocalizing throughout the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s — a style she helped invent and develop. In an era that did not see anything particularly special about a singer who also wrote music outside of the burgeoning folk/ blues movement, Morse’s substantial portfolio of well-written and thoughtful songs from this period (mostly with no co-writer) have often been neglected. Lee’s performing career waned in the years before WWII, and she died without much fanfare in 1954 at the age of 57. While not focused on her most popular recordings, the purpose of this collection is to instead position Lee Morse in her rightful place as a musical pioneer for both American music and gender equality in the music community.

File Under: Jazz, Blues
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OST: The Greasy Strangler (Death Waltz) LP
In tomorrow… Death Waltz Recording Company are proud to present The Greasy Strangler. The film was featured on Sundance’s Midnight section and drew immediate hype for its singular vision. The Fright File wrote “Complementing every scene in an incalculable way is one of the most pronounced and inspired music scores and soundtracks in recent memory, an instantly catchy, appropriately playful lo-fi orgy of electronic synth compositions from Fuck Buttons band member Andrew Hung”. Hung’s score reflects the onscreen insanity perfectly offering an extremely twisted musical electronic soundtrack reminiscent of 80s video games complete with chiptune vocals, children’s keyboards and playful bouncy beats, it’s the kind of off kilter musical styling’s you might find from the residents in some of their more delirious pop moments.

File Under: Electronic, OST
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OST: The Howling (Waxwork) LP
In tomorrow… Waxwork Records is proud to present the Original Motion Picture Score to THE HOWLING. Composed by Pino Donaggio (Carrie, Don’t Look Now, Tourist Trap), Waxwork’s new, deluxe vinyl release of THE HOWLING has been expanded, re-mastered for vinyl, pressed to 180 gram colored vinyl, and features full package artwork by Francesco Francavilla. Directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Burbs), THE HOWLING follows a newswoman sent to a remote mountain resort after a string of fatal incidents with a serial killer, unaware that the resort inhabitants are werewolves. THE HOWLING is regarded as one of the greatest werewolf films of all time, and since it’s 1981 release, has accumulated a cult following. The success of THE HOWLING aided in propelling director Joe Dante’s career, and prompted Warner Bros. to hire him to direct GREMLINS. The score by Pino Donaggio blends classic-horror orchestral cues as well as minimal synth and sound effects. The new Waxwork Records release of THE HOWLING is expanded with 12 bonus tracks previously unavailable of the original 1981 soundtrack LP.

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OST: Perfect Blue (Tiger Lab) LP
In tomorrow… Well over a year in the making, Tiger Lab Vinyl and Madhouse Production Studios teamed up to present Masahiro Ikumi’s original score to to the classic 1997 psychological thriller on vinyl for the first time ever. Once again, Tiger Lab enlisted the impeccable work of Heba Kadry of Timeless Mastering NYC to remaster Ikumi’s mesmerizing compositions. Not so different from the sounds of Brooklyn’s own Sacred Bones or the Tri Angle Records catalog, Ikumi’s score is an electronic tour de force filled with ambient layers, eerie vocal choirs, infectious rhythms, and ghostly melodies. A short but powerful listen (six tracks clocking in at 31 minutes), PERFECT BLUE will haunt your speakers for days.

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OST: Confessione di un Commissario di Polizia al Procuratore Della Repubblica (Four Flies) LP
In tomorrow… One of the rarest and most beautiful library soundtracks composed by Riz Ortolani for the crime noir film, Confessione Di Un Commissario Di Polizia Al Procuratore Della Repubblica, directed in 1971 by Damiano Damiani, with Franco Nero, Martin Balsam and Marilù Tolo. A tense and dramatic that’s interspersed with explosive jazz-funk and beat grooves. A must-have for any serious Italian sound digger!

File Under: OST, Library
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OST: Inside Out (Mondo) 7″s
In tomorrow… Mondo in collaboration with Walt Disney Records is proud to present the Inside Out 7-Inch Single series. Each featuring Michael Giacchino’s theme from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out “Bundle Of Joy” and a exclusive B-Side. Featuring artwork by Phantom City Creative, inspired by classic album covers. Composed by Michael Giacchino, the theme from Inside Out is an absolute earworm. Capturing the whimsy of childhood is no small task, but Giacchino is able to craft a score that is emotionally resonant (no pun intended).

File Under: OST, Disney

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OST: The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (Death Waltz) LP
In tomorrow… Death Waltz Recording Company is proud to exhume another classic soundtrack from the world of horror cinema with Bruno Nicolai’s incredible score to the 1981 Emilio Miraglia giallo The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave (aka La Notte Che Evelyn Usci Dalla Tomba). The film is as mad as its title; Evelyn is dead before it starts and her previously institutionalized husband Alan, who has begun to murder strippers as a form of therapy, is duped by his cousin who wants to rid of his heir. Oh, and there’s the matter of Evelyn’s resurrection and a whole dose of other murders – it’s unreal.Adding to the surrealism of the situation is Nicolai’s deranged score that mixes super effective jarring orchestral with electronic effects and speed jazz that has truly disconcerting time signatures. It’s absolutely creepy and utterly terrifying with queasy quivering synthesizers that sound like an entire waves of insects and the juxtaposition of a fantastic bass line with a sawing string effect that is just sickening. And then there’s the beautiful typical romantic giallo melody that really stands out, with vocals courtesy of the iconic Edda Dell’Orso. (Charlie Bridgen – Editor: Films On Wax)

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OST: Star Trek II – Wrath of Khan (Mondo) LP
In tomorrow… This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s inimitable Star Trek franchise and Mondo is honored to kick the year off with an expanded soundtrack release of arguably one of the greatest chapters in Trek history: The Wrath Of Khan. This expanded edition soundtrack features audio never before released on vinyl. This deluxe 2XLP vinyl release features original artwork by Matt Taylor, and has been remastered for vinyl by James Plotkin.

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Anderson .Paak: Malibu (Steel Wool) LP
Finally available again! Welcome to Malibu by Anderson .Paak, the second installment and full sound recording album from OBE partnered with Steel Wool Entertainment and ArtClub International. This new album by the hip-hop/Nu R&B wunderkind features production from 9th Wonder, DJ Khalil, Madlib, Kaytranada, Pomo, Dem Jointz, Callum Conner, Hi-Tek and The FreeNationals while featured vocalists include ScHoolboy Q, Talib Kweli, BJ The Chicago Kid, Rhapsody and The Game. Malibu is the maturation of .Paak’s journey from soul and R&B over into hip-hop and even modern dance, all the while giving listeners a deep look into his personal experience. Dive into the deepness that makes Malibu a special time and place, and enjoy!

File Under: Hip Hop, R&B
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Anderson .Paak: Venice (Obe) LP
Venice is the breakout 2014 debut album from Los Angeles, CA Afro-Korean hip-hop/Nu R&B wunderkind Anderson Paak whose production and vocals were famously featured all over Dr. Dre’s long awaited Compton. His eclectic style, songwriting and production abilities, and musical chops allow him to effortlessly blend genres borrowing from hip hop, alt-rock, R&B, jazz and electronica. Supported by the seductive singles “Drugs” and “Miss Right.” For fans of The Weeknd, Miguel and Frank Ocean.

File Under: Hip Hop, R&B
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Awa Poulo: Poulo Warali (Awesome Tapes From Africa) LP
Awa Poulo is a singer of Peulh origin from Dilly commune, Mali, near the border with Mauritania. Largely pastoral and often nomadic, Peulh (or Fula) speaking peoples are found from Senegal to Ethiopia but predominate in the Sahel region of West Africa. Awesome Tapes From Africa is proud to release Poulo’s newest recording of highly virtuosic folk-pop, fresh from the studio, broadcasting her vision of Peulh music beyond the grazing grounds and central markets of her remote home region in southwestern Mali. It’s not very common to find a female singer performing publicly among the Peulh. But Poulo’s mother’s co-wife is Inna Baba Coulibaly, who is a celebrated singer most Malian music fans know. Coulibaly herself was brought into music by forces outside her control when a regional music contest required an entry from her village and she was chosen to be a singer. So, set in motion by a surprising series of events, young Poulo’s entree into the music world was auspicious as she gained popularity across the region. After several locally released tapes and CDs, this record is Poulo’s first internationally-distributed record. On Poulo Warali, she and her band combine the hallmarks of Peulh music – warm flute floating over cross-rhythmic n’goni (lute) riffs and resonant calabash gourd hand percussion – with broader Malian sounds like lightly-distorted guitar and a heavier, rollicking inertia. Shape-shifting layers of rhythm and woody overtones match Poulo’s commanding voice in a jocular yet deliberate dance. This is a relatively rare example of Mailian Peulh music played in a modern, cosmopolitan context, reflecting the mixed society of Dilly, where Bambara, Soninke and Peulh-speaking people live among each other. Poulo’s conscious lyrics about community concerns speak to the distinctive identity of her broadly-flung people. While Peulh represents less than 10% of Maili’s melting pot of languages, the dynamic music here powerfully resonates well beyond the linguistic borders.

File Under: Africa, Afrobeat
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Rhead Brothers: Black Shaheen (Preservation) LP
In tomorrow… Preservation Records are so proud to offer, for the first time, the official release of the Black Shaheen album. It was recorded shortly after the Dedicate album, but unfortunately it was shelved by EMI. Only a handful releases was uncovered. Recorded in the late 70’s in the legendary Muscle Shoals studio, this album represents some of the finest smoothest, funkiest blue eyed soul’n AOR ever committed to wax.

File Under: Soul, R&B
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Roaring Lion: Cairi Calypso (Asherah) LP
In tomorrow… Roaring Lion was born Rafael Arius Cairi Llama Deleon on February 22, 1908 in Aroquita, Trinidad, an area in the northern hills of the island country. “Cairi,” where this compilation gets its title, was another name for Trinidad in the indigenous tongue of the island. Lion, a Caribbean Creole, spent much of his early life in orphanages before being adopted by Muslim Indian parents from the migrant working class in San Fernando. This unusual upbringing and displacement greatly influenced his compositions and performances, which subsequently influenced Calypso music as a whole since Lion became such a looming figure in its popular development. Inspired by early, mostly unrecorded practitioners like King Fando and Lionel Belasco, Lion started writing and performing his own music and adaptations in the 1920’s. As a composer, Lion stood out ahead of the pack with his lyrical wit and a rare ability to sight-read and draft music to paper. By helping to create the “War”-style of Calypso in which two performers would “battle” each other lyrically between 78rpm releases, his influence persevered into similar battles in Reggae and Hip Hop cultures decades later. By the 1930’s, the period from which this music is culled, Lion became one of the first Calypso musicians to record and perform in the United States. Despite his humble beginnings, Roaring Lion’s fame grew with each passing year, and he became a figurehead of Calypso as its popularity grew in the U.S. and Europe. These early recordings are a glimpse of the Lion coming into his own, showing all the swagger and bravado of a young man ready to become an international star, while also expressing the realities of working class life from the Trinidad of his youth.

File Under: Calypso
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Run The Jewels: 3 (Run The Jewels) LP
In tomorrow??? After two years off, Killer Mike and El-P – known collectively as Run The Jewels – return with their highly anticipated third studio album, Run The Jewels 3, which comes preceded by the Boots-featured “2100,” “Talk To Me” and “Legend Has It.” Additional guests on the record include Joi Gilliam, Danny Brown, Tunde Adebimpe, Trina and Kamasi Washington. Previously, the duo have released Run The Jewels and Run The Jewels 2, two of the most critically-acclaimed albums of their respective years (2013 and 2014), while each artist has continued to expand their place in the sphere of social commentary. Killer Mike spent a significant portion of the last year, in which RTJ didn’t release an album, urgently supporting one-time Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Concurrently, El-P has expressed his own stout views on the nation’s glaringly changing political landscape. That said, their return to the scene is now imminent.

File Under: Hip Hop
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Spectrum: Forever Alien (1972) LP
When Spacemen 3—the seminal, drone-indulgent English psych duo comprised of Peter Kember and Jason Pierce — split in 1991, Pierce shuffled off to acclaim in Spiritualized. Meanwhile, Kember charted a less predictable course. As Sonic Boom, he released Spectrum in 1990, then, after taking a liking to that handle, released Soul Kill (Glide Divide) as Spectrum in 1992. Kemper alternated between those monikers and Experimental Audio Research (E.A.R.) throughout the 1990s, building a rich, probing catalog of synth and electronic explorations of which 1997’s Forever Alien is an undeniable highpoint. With theremin, vocoder, and an array of modular analog synthesizers (depicted lovingly in the cover art) Kemper, along with Alf Hardy and Pete Bassman, fused kosmische abstraction and the pulsation of minimalist composition to more traditional psych elements epitomized by early Pink Floyd. Landing between the unfettered experiments of E.A.R. and Spacemen 3’s songcraft (“How Does it Feel?” is scarily reimagined), Kemper crafts unnerving atmosphere on the title track and an enduring catalog high point on the consummate opener, “Feels Like I’m Slipping Away.” Forever Alien leaves no doubts about the reasons for Kemper’s sought-after production today (he played a vital role for Animal Collective and sculpted Panda Bear’s most recent album)—nor the essential status of his post- Spacemen 3 output.

File Under: Electronic, Spacemen 3
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Stone Alliance: s/t (Tidal Wave) LP
In tomorrow… Tidal Waves Music proudly presents the reissue of this long out of print Jazz/Funk classic originally released on PM Records in 1976. Featuring an all-star line up comprised out of Steve Grossman (best known for his saxophone performances & recordings with Miles Davis), Gene Perla (Nina Simone) & percussionist Don Alias (Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Blue Note). Included is a hip rendering of Stevie Wonder’s “Creepin’” & the album’s best-known song “Sweetie Pie” (mentioned in the track ‘Root Down’ by the Beastie Boys & sampled by rap-outfits like Original Flavor, Leaders of the New School amongst others). Stone Alliance’s eponymous debut album hits hard like a sonic hurricane, this landmark album is a rebellious effort and a must hear for ’70s jazz fans. Officially licensed from PM Records and featuring the original artwork created by Anne Maria Schnider. Now back available as a deluxe limited vinyl edition (1000 copies) for the first time since 1976.

File Under: Jazz, Funk
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Amedeo Tommasi/Gerardo Iacoucci: Carnet Turistico (Four Flies) LP
In tomorrow… From the legendary DENEB series, comes some of the grooviest Italian library ever. Amedeo Tommasi and Gerardo Iacoucci (alias H. Caiage) at their best. An explosion of heavy organ sounds, jazz & psych-beat, with killer drumming breaks and mellow tunes. Highly recommended for dj’s! From the legendary DENEB series, comes some of the grooviest Italian library ever. Amedeo Tommasi and Gerardo Iacoucci (alias H. Caiage) at their best. An explosion of heavy organ sounds, jazz & psych-beat, with killer drumming breaks and mellow tunes. Highly recommended for dj’s!

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Tycho: Epoch (Ghostly) LP
Epoch is the final album in the trilogy beginning with 2011’s Dive, then 2014’s Awake. This period between Dive and Epoch marks a significant maturation for Scott Hansen’s continually expanding project, one that has taken him from a solo performer and bedroom artist to fronting a live 4-piece band on large stages across the world. Epoch hones the sonic aesthetic of Dive while drawing on the kinetic energy of Awake, it explores darker themes and new musical territory. The album was produced and recorded by Hansen predominantly in his home studio in Berkeley, CA. The album was arranged alongside long time collaborator and partner in the project, Zac Brown. Brown contributed bass and guitar parts to the songwriting process. Rory O’Connor performed drums on the album. Hansen sees Epoch as a multi-dimensional artistic vision at the confluence of his graphic design work via ISO50 and music with Tycho. The graphic presentation of album artwork is as important as the music itself. The keystone is the central image of Epoch and the colors scheme red and black. This is a stark contrast to the almost rainbow palette of Awake.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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UJ3RK5: Live From the Commodore (Primary Information) LP
A legendary 1980 performance (opening for Gang Of Four) by this strongly visual Canadian post-punk / art-rock group with an affinity for Devo, Talking Heads, and the Vancouver School of photo conceptualism. KITTY BYRNE (drums), RODNEY GRAHAM (guitar), FRANK CRASS (guitar), DANICE MACLEOD (violin), FRANK RAMIREZ (vocals), JEFF WALL (vocals, keyboards), IAN WALLACE (bass), and DAVID WISDOM (vocals, keyboards). Pronounced “you jerk” (the five is silent), UJ3RK5 formed in Vancouver in 1978, originating from Ramirez and Graham’s guitar-and-bongo duo, THE GENTLEMEN TWO, with occasional participation by friends such as MEFV HUTCHINSON and author WILLIAM GIBSON. In addition to appearing on Canadian compilations, in 1980 the band released a self-titled, four-song EP on Quintessence Records, reissued that same year by PolyGram. This sound board recording includes “Naum Gabo,” “The Anglican,” “Booty Dread,” the Dan Graham-inspired “Eisenhower and the Hippies,” and eight previously unreleased tracks. Edition of 600.

File Under: Post Punk, No Wave

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Various: Rare Music from the Cometa’s Archives (Cometa) LP
In tomorrow… The world of Italian library music is a confusing, mysterious and expensive one. It’s confusing as some tracks appear across different libraries, some appear in the UK or in France, It’s mysterious because there is little documentation about anything, old labels still emerge out of nowhere, and often in Italy no one knows who owns what or why or how. And it’s expensive to buy original Italian library records, even more expensive if they are good. One of the most collectible and consistently entertaining Italian labels was SR, set up as part of the Sermi Cable Company in the late 1960s. This is the compilation of music from that very company. Many of the music from that original catalogue is now owned by Cometa. But not all of it. Bearing that in mind we believe this is the best compilation we could put together using the resources available. The music is incredible. And beautiful. And not expensive now. And that’s why we did it. Killer percussion, superb jazz, odd global sound, beautiful library music.

File Under: Italian, Library

…..Restocks…..

Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works II (1972) LP
Olafur Arnalds: Island Songs (Mercury) LP
Autechre: Amber (Warp) LP
Badbadnotgood: IV (Arts & Crafts) LP
Battles: Mirrored (Warp) LP
Beirut: Gulag Orchestra (Ba Da Bing) LP
Beirut: Flying Club Cup (Ba Da Bing) LP
Bing & Ruth: City Lake (RVNG Intl) LP
Black Angels: Passover (Light in the Attic) LP
Black Keys: Attack & Release (Nonesuch) LP
Bon Iver: 22/Million (Jagjaguwar) LP
Johnny Cash: Man Comes Around (American) LP
Johnny Cash: A Hundred Highways (American) LP
Johnny Cash: At San Quentin (Columbia) LP
Johnny Cash: Now Here’s Johnny Cash (Dol) LP
Leonard Cohen: Songs of Love & Hate (Columbia) LP
Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker (Columbia) LP
Constantines: Kensington Heights (Art & Crafts) LP
D’Angelo: Voodoo (Modern Classics) LP
Betty Davis: The Columbia Years (Light in the Attic) LP
Betty Davis: s/t (Light in the Attic) LP
Face to Face: Big Choice (Fat Wreck)LP
Face to Face: Don’t Turn Away (Fat Wreck) LP
Face to Face: s/t (Fat Wreck) LP
Faust: s/t (Lilith) LP
Fuzz: s/t (In the Red) LP
Fuzz: II (In the Red) LP
Serge Gainsbourg: Historie de Melody Nelson (Light in the Attic) LP
Galaxie 500: On Fire (20/20/20) LP
Galaxie 500: This is Our Music (20/20/20) LP
Galaxie 500: Today (20/20/20) LP
Grizzly Bear: Yellow House (Warp) LP
Lee Hazlewood: Cowboy in Sweden (Light in the Attic) LP
Bert Jansch: s/t (Superior Viaduct) LP
Jim James: Eternally Even (Universal) LP
Norah Jones: Day Breaks (Blue Note) LP
Kaleo: A/B (Atlantic) LP
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Quarters (Castle Face) LP
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity (ATO) LP
The Louvin Brothers: Satan is Real (Light in the Attic) LP
Barbara Lynn: Here is Barbara Lynn (Light in the Attic) LP
Magnolia Electric Co.: What Comes After The Blues (Secretly Canadian) LP
Angel Olsen: Halfway Home (Bathetic) LP
Angel Olsen: Strange Cacti (Bathetic) LP
Oranssi Pazuzu: Varahtelija (20 Buck Spin) LP
Tom Perry & The Heart Breakers: Volume 1 (Universal) Boxset
Public Image Ltd: First Issue (Light in the Attic) LP
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magic (Universal) LP
Replacements: Twin/Tone Years (Rhino) LP
Arthur Russell: Calling Out of Context (Audika) LP
Arthur Russell: World of Echo (Audika) LP
Scientist: Introducing Scientist (Superior Viaduct) LP
Sturgill Simpson: A Sailors Guide… (Atlantic) LP
Sturgill Simpson: Metamodern Sounds (Thirty Tigers) LP
The Smiths: Queen is Dead (Rhino) LP
The Smiths: Strangeways Here We Come (Rhino) LP
Songs: Ohia: Ghost Tropic (Secretly Canadian) LP
Songs: Ohia: s/t (Secretly Canadian) LP
Songs: Ohia: Hecia & Griper (Secretly Canadian) LP
Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (Goofin) LP
Jim Sullivan: UFO (Light in the Attic) LP
Talking Heads: Remain In Light (Rhino) LP
This Heat: s/t (Modern Classics) LP
Tinariwen: Radio Tisdas Sessions (Modern Classics) LP
Various: I Am The Center (Light in the Attic) 3LP Box
Various: (The Microcosm) (Light in the Attic) 3LP Box

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…..news letter #775 – sidrax…..

First week of new releases, and there’s some good ones! Also the first week of delays! The new Run The Jewels has been pushed until next Friday, although at this point, I’m skeptical that it’ll be here in time for that too. The Winged Victory hasn’t shown up but maybe tomorrow. Besides the new stuff there’s another pile of restocks back in too, it’s supposed to be warming up, so hopefully you come down for a dig!

…..pick of the week…..

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Expo 70: American Here & Now Sessions (Essence) LP
Expo Seventy is back on Essence Music with the mastermind Justin Wright bringing together a rare line-up featuring two drummers. The four-piece only lived during a short period of time and the thunderous experiments achieved by these unique sonic hypnotists are fully presented here. With an impressive discography of transcendent kosmische drones, slow-burn psychedelic magnetism and heavier sounds behind him, Wright decided to set a new milestone with America Here & Now Sessions. Freely touching distant, dark corners of the cosmos where the sun shines timid, the band slowly builds two long movements of truly mesmerizing, free-form quality that propels the listener even higher to maximum altered state of consciousness. Warm, harmonic, meditational analog synth explorations get eventually accompanied by bursting, ritualistic percussions and distorted guitar tones, while a gloomy welcome ceremony of heavier guitar jams paints a grand canvas of seriously dark psychedelia. “America Here & Now Sessions” was recorded during the three-week art experience started in Kansas City featuring paintings, sculptures, poetry, plays, films and music from local and national artists called “America: Now And Here – A cross-country traveling dialogue about America through the arts”. Local musician Ashley Miller spearheaded a recording project that featured a handful of local acts to record some music that would be later edited together and released as an album. The project lost funding, but Expo Seventy was able to record as part of the art experiment.

File Under: Psych, Drone, Kosmische
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…..new arrivals…..

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A Winged Victory for the Sullen: Iris (Erased Tapes) LP
In tomorrow??? A Winged Victory For The Sullen, the otherworldly collaboration between Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran, commence the New Year with their third full-length titled Iris. Adam and Dustin first met the director Jalil Lespert after he had discovered A Winged Victory For The Sullen on a music search online. After listening to their music, he immediately knew: “it was the sound of my new film.” With an excellent cast of France’s finest actors Romain Duris, Charlotte Le Bon, and the director himself, plus a script filled with tension, sexuality and darkness, they knew there was a lot of musical territory to mine. It was agreed that they wanted to explore more analogue electronique experiments as well as working with a large string ensemble, to create something that felt very modern and still cinematic. “Despite A Winged Victory For The Sullen being associated with film score type music, trying to survive the process of creating the modern film score is not for people with fragile egos. It requires those who are the most responsive to change. The director and the film presented a new set of challenges, so we decided to stop thinking about cinema as an object, and moved closer to using the film’s images as triggers for experiences. The more we were able to let go, and see the music as something that happens, like a process – not a quality, the more we were able to reach a place that sounded like us. It was as if we were making our first record all over again, except being filtered through another language littered with dead metaphors”, the duo elaborate. The recording sessions began with their long time sound collaborator Francesco Donadello in the form of some modular synth sessions in Berlin. Dustin and Adam began working from the script in their own studios, and after filming commenced they continued to create music that could be used for first edits of the film – each day getting new scenes that triggered ideas that would become the base of the film score. Over the course of the next few months the two slowly crafted the music with weekly discussion from their studio to the editing room. The final sessions to what is now the score of Iris was recorded with a 40-piece string orchestra at Magyar Radio in Budapest.

File Under: Ambient, OST, Stars of the Lid
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Bonobo: Migration (Ninja Tune) DLX LP
Simon Green aka Bonobo returns with his sixth album, the masterful, magisterial Migration – a record which cements his place in the very highest echelons of electronic music and beyond. By turns lush, manic, beautiful, melancholy, joyful, packed with both emotion and technical skill, this is perhaps his most ambitious attempt yet to capture the very textures of human existence in his work, as Green says of the broad dynamics on the album, “Life has highs, lows, loud and quiet moments, beautiful ones and ugly ones. Music is a reflection of life.” In particular, there is a theme here of migration, eruditely put by Green as “The study of people and spaces,” he expands, “It’s interesting how one person will take an influence from one part of the world and move with that influence and effect another part of the world. Over time, the identities of places evolve.” It is a theme with a personal as well as a sociological aspect to it. Last year, a close family member passed away. “My family and I are all disbanded and spread to far corners of the earth,” explains Green, “In the end we did the funeral in Brighton. My own personal idea of identity, where I am from, and what home is, has played into this record and its migratory themes. Is home where you are or where you are from, when you move around?” Opener and title track “Migration” sets the tone for the record – a shifting, gradually building combination of complex electronic programming (Green programmed a special algorhythm to create the drum sequencing) and live piano playing, the sense of movement in the music is palpable. “Outlier” channels a swinging take on 2-step back into luscious romanticism, before changing direction and finishing hard on the dancefloor (not for nothing has Bonobo talked about the central importance to the overall feel of the album of his all-night Output DJ residencies in NY and his ‘Outlier’ club curation series, where he road-tested tracks). “Second Sun” mixes guitar, feedback and strings in completely unfamiliar ways. “Kerala” takes a R&B vocal sample from a classic Brandy track and uses it more as texture than as voice. This innovation is expanded upon and broadened on “Grains,” this time with the voice of folk godfather Pete Seeger. Beyond this, Green continues his theme of migration, through his guests and also his choice of found sound, which both strengthen and deepen “the transitory nature of the record.” Michael Milosh, from the LA group Rhye, for instance, is originally from Canada and recorded his affecting vocal over the harp and beautiful horn work of “Break Apart” in a hotel room in Berlin. Green, meanwhile built the structure of the track during a transatlantic flight (another meaning of “Migration” rests in the fact of making large chunks of the record while out on the road). Nick Murphy (aka Chet Faker), on the other hand, is from Australia, but a shared love of disco brought the pair together for the hugely emotive “No Reason.” Nicole Miglis of Hundred Waters, originally from Florida, delivers a superbly understated vocal for the glistening textures of “Surface,” while Moroccan band Innov Gnawa, based in New York, make up the last of the vocals, offering real grit and beauty to the housey shuffle of “Bambro Koyo Ganda.” Additionally, Green has used a sampler (“but not in a big boomer, wearing a cagoule kind of way”) and woven found sounds such as an elevator in Hong Kong airport, rain in Seattle, a tumble dryer in Atlanta and a fan boat engine in New Orleans into his intricate sonics. Migration deluxe double heavyweight 180g vinyl in gatefold sleeve. Includes special edition Migration zine and art card set. The LP also comes with a download code for the CD version of the album.

File Under: Electronic, Experimental
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Brian Eno: Reflection (Warp) LP
Brian Eno presents Reflection, his new album on Warp Records. Reflection follows in the lineage of Eno’s long-running collection of ‘Ambient’ recordings that started with his 1973 collaboration with Robert Fripp, (No Pussyfooting) and 1975’s Discreet Music. Consisting entirely of one long form composition, Reflection mirrors perfectly Eno’s idea that ‘Ambient’ music is a term “to distinguish it from pieces of music that have fixed duration and rhythmically connected, locked together elements.” Reflection promises to be a much-needed catharsis at the start of a brand new year.

 File Under: Electronic, Ambient

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Tom Glazer & Dottie Evans: Space Songs (Modern Harmonic) LP
The first ever vinyl reissue of an extraordinarily-unique space-age educational LP. Includes the oft-covered “A Shooting Star Is Not A Star” and “Why Does The Sun Shine?” Featuring Leo Leonni cover art and taken from the original atomic-era 1959 master tapes. Written by Hy Zaret and sung by Tom Glazer & Dottie Evans. Zaret (co-author of “Unchained Melody”) turned his attention to educational children’s music in the late 1950s, collaborating with Lou Singer on a six-album series called “Ballads for the Age of Science.” Space Songs stands alone as the most essential volume in a series that also featured songs about energy and motion, experiments, weather, and nature. Space Songs contains “Why Does the Sun Shine” (aka “The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas”) and “A Shooting Star Is Not a Star” which were more recently popularized by They Might Be Giants.

 File Under: Kids, Educational, Space Age
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Justice: Woman (Because) LP
French electronic music duo Justice’s new album Woman is a journey that catapults you from the elastic R&B pop of “Pleasure” straight into the rush of “Alakazam!” Twirls through a dazzling bout of thumping electronic piano and clavinet sparring during “Fire”‘s dancefloor peacocking, barely pausing for breath before it lands at “Stop” – a sparkling, bittersweet slice of disco pop that boasts one of the best chorus the pair have ever had on a track. “Randy” has a melody Michael McDonald would have killed a fellow Doobie Brother for (if Michael McDonald was into gut-shuddering electro that is). “Love S.O.S”, meanwhile, sounds like the greatest disco anthem you’ve never heard. 2LP-set features three full sides of audio and one side etched plus accompanying CD of the album.

File Under: OST, Maestro
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Pye Corner Audio: Half-Light (More Than Human) LP
Pye Corner Audio’s acclaimed 2015 album ‘Prowler’ (’Moody minimal techno throb’ – Mojo) has been warped, twisted and reborn as ‘Half-Life’, the first ever PCA remix album. Featuring 4 new remixes by Clesse, Silent Servant, Cloudface and Not Waving; plus 2 brand new compositions by the Head Technician himself.

File Under: Electronic, Electro
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Attilio Mineo: Man In Space With Sound (Modern Harmonic) LP
Man In Space With Sounds is a commemorative album of 12 tracks dedicated to the Seattle World’s Fair. Envisioned and conducted by Attilio “Art” Mineo, this unearthly album was released in 1959, but its roots go as far back as 1951 when Mineo carved out many of the uncannily clandestine melodies. They’re an inebriated burlesque of circus organs, tipsily galloping bongo beats and electronic hydrazine expectorations that enclose the listener. In anticipation of the World’s Fair, Attilio mined these pieces from his archive and paired them with out-of-this-world narration to guide your journey. This narration is a milky way of recognizable sound bites that have been sampled by the best. Available on colored vinyl and packaged in a stunning gatefold jacket; this is the kind of future the Seattle State World’s Fair promised!

 File Under: Early Electronic, Experimental
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Nirvana: Incesticide (Geffen) 2LP
All great bands have a treasure trove of rarities and early material fans long to hear. The demand for any Nirvana music, new or previously unheard by most ears, was so great in 1992 that the group and its record label issued Incesticide, one of the best odds-and-sods collections ever produced. Consisting of demos, outtakes, and radio broadcast recordings made from 1988 to 1991, Incesticide functions as a point-on-accurate cross-section of Nirvana’s sound. While not heavily promoted, the record’s paramount success is a testament to its enduring appeal, as it climbed to No. 39 on the Billboard 200 and sold 500,000 copies in only a couple of months. Moreover, the 15-song set functions as a window into the trio’s influences and core sound, and is anchored by several songs that originally comprised the sought-after Japanese-only EP Hormoaning. Spanning Nirvana’s early singles (“Dive”) and B-sides (“Stain”), scintillating covers (the Vaselines’ “Molly’s Lips” and “Son of a Gun”), and formative original material (“Mexican Seafood,” “Hairspray Queen”), Incesticide runs the gamut from sing-a-long pop to noisy sludge, and covers all the bases in between!

File Under: Rock, Grunge
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Sun Ra: The Space Age is Here to Stay (Modern Harmonics) LP
Across the history of jazz, there is no wilder, more future-forward composer and performer than Herman Poole Blount, aka Sun Ra. Known as much for his wild on-stage persona as his innovative compositions, Sun Ra was the avant-garde bleeding edge of the jazz genre, introducing modal composition and electronic instrumentation before almost anyone else — not to mention bringing the space age to life with his obsession with all things extraterrestrial. Across more than 100 LPs released in his lifetime, Sun Ra charted a course to space and far, far beyond. Known primarily for his keyboard improv and freeform band arrangements, Sun Ra could also write great vocal songs when he set his mind to it. Such songs as “Space Is The Place” and “Interplanetary Music No.1” show Ra’s unique approach to songwriting, using eerie chanting and repetition to create hypnotic moods. And Ra could get swingy when he wanted to as well — “Enlightenment” and “Sometimes I’m Happy” are gorgeous ballads, as pretty as any Tin Pan Alley tune. Of course, it wouldn’t be Sun Ra without his space age lyrics — “Take your first step out to outer space/You’re like a little baby who never walked before” shows up in the future-predicting “Walking On The Moon.” At long last, Sundazed’s Modern Harmonic has put together The Space Age Is Here To Stay, the very first collection of Sun Ra’s vocal tracks – two albums’ worth of mind-blowing tunes from the mind of the Man from Saturn himself. 2LPs wrapped in a gorgeous package featuring artwork by the king of space-age art himself, Chesley Bonestell. Includes extensive liner notes from Charles Blass of Sun Radio. Cue this one up and get ready to visit other worlds in Sun Ra’s jazz rocket ship!

 File Under: Jazz
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Tasseomancy: Do Easy (Hand Drawn Dracula) LP
Do Easy is the fifth full-length effort from Tasseomancy aka Canadian twin sisters Sari and Romy Lightman. For the seasoned loners, stoners, and lackadaisically laid, Do Easy was written as a dead-beat anthem for a generation who was told that anything is possible after the possibility slows. Written in Toronto and Montreal, Do Easy was created as a lamp shade of hope; of soft survivalism. Serene, strange and magnetically sung, it honours its free-thinking forebears without being weighed down by them, creating immersive worlds of loving allusion. Soft synths and crystalline harmonies merge hypnotically on “Dead Can Dance and Neil Young,” an invitation to “fade into folk song.” If folk song this is, it’s folk of great idiosyncrasy, where vocoded chorales provide atmospheric shading and alto-saxophones drift like cigarette smoke from a David Lynch dream-film. Between the new age synth of “Claudine & Annie,” the ambient swoon of “29 Palms,” Kate Bush-like prog-psych of “Missoula” and gently lapping title-track, Do Easy plays like pop from a parallel world. Sari and Romy are former members of queer cold-wave band, Austra. Channelling their former forays in psychedelic folk into a kind of lushly accessible, warmly experimental dream-pop along with bandmates Johnny Spence and Evan Cartwright, they explore manipulated sounds, all with mood in mind. Assisted by friends Brodie West (alto-sax), Ryan Driver (flute), Simone Schmidt (voice of a young Neil Young) and Alex Cowan (Blue Hawaii), that exploration reaches full bloom on Do Easy, the sound of a band hitting their richly imagined, luxuriously executed stride. And, wealth of evocative references included, making it all sound easy.

File Under: Pop, Indie Rock
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XX: I See You (Young Turks) LP
Out tomorrow! Limited clear vinyl while it lasts… The xx’s I See You is marked by a tonal shift to something close to pure, crisp pop structure, adorned by unusual crescendos that echo a dextrous DJ inching their dancer toward climax without ever quite lifting the house lights. Its lyric sheet moves from the danger and hopelessness of love to its deliciousness and rapture; a move into a more outward looking proposition. I See You is recognizably still The xx but is now powered by the voluble ambition of its three perfect counterweights to one another starting to not just realize but harness their full potential. You might even want to think of the decisive move from Joy Division to New Order here, too. When they take their plum festival slots in 2017, armed with the ten most robust songs of their career, The xx should prick the skin and touch gently the shoulder of an audience reaching to the back of the field. Also available as a limited edition 180g 2LP + 2CD box set with bonus tracks, enhanced video content and three art prints, which will be in next week.

File Under: Indie Rock, Pop
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Neil Young: Peace Trail (Reprise) LP
Neil Young offers up his second Reprise Records album of 2016 with the brand new studio effort, entitled Peace Trail. The compelling ten-track set features all new songs that Young wrote since the release of his unconventional album Earth with Promise of the Real, in June. Peace Trail is a primarily acoustic affair and reflects an intimate, sparse approach to each of the songs within. The album was recorded at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La Studios and features Young on vocals and guitar, Jim Keltner on drums, and Paul Bushnell on bass. It was produced by Young and John Hanlon, and mixed by Hanlon. “Neil Young matches the fire in his belly to the poetry from his pen for one of the most gripping outings of his long career. This riveting collection, a spare acoustic-electric hybrid, seethes with righteous indignation over a plethora of social and political injustices, but also soothes with deeply felt empathy for those on the receiving end of iniquity.” Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times

File Under: Rock, Folk
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…..Restocks…..

Arcade Fire: Funeral (Merge) LP
Avalanches: Wildflower (XL) LP
Daniel Bachman: s/t (Three Lobed) LP
Beatles: Revolver (Apple) LP
Boards of Canada: Geogaddi (Warp) LP
Boards of Canada: Music Has The Right to Children (Warp) LP
David Bowie: Blackstar (Columbia) LP
Can: Future Days (Mute) LP
Nick Cave: Skeleton Tree (Bad Seeds) LP
Gord Downie: Secret Path (Arts & Crafts) LP/DLX LP
Flying Lotus: Until the Quiet Comes (Warp) LP
Funkadelic: America Eats It’s Young (Westbound) LP
Frightnrs: Nothing More To Say (Daptone) LP
Ghostface Killah: Fishscale (Universal) LP
Harmonia: Musik von Harmonia (Gron) LP
Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced (Reprise) LP
J Dilla: Donuts (Stones Throw) LP
Nicolas Jaar: Sirens (Other People) LP
Kaytranada: 99.9% (XL) LP
Killers: Hot Fuss (Universal) LP
Kleenex/Lilliput: First Songs (Kill Rock Stars) LP
LCD Soundsystem: This is Happening (DFA) LP
Hamilton Leithauser/Rostam: I Had a Dream That… (Glassnote) LP
Massive Attack: Blue Lines (EMI) LP
John Mayall: Blues Breakers (Sundazed) LP
The Meters: Zony Mash (Sundazed) LP
Minutemen: Double Nickels on the Dime (SST) LP
Mitsky: Puberty 2 (Dead Oceans) LP
Ennio Morricone: 60 Years of Music (Universal) LP
Joanna Newsom: Ys (Drag City) LP
Joanna Newson: Divers (Drag City) LP
Nirvana: Nevermind (Geffen) LP
Angel Olsen: My Woman (Jagjaguwar) LP
The Olympians: s/t (Daptone) LP
Pearl Jam: Vitalogy (Epic) LP
Pearl Jam: Vs. (Epic) LP
Refused: Shape of Punk to Come (Epitaph) LP
Saun & Starr: Look Closer (Daptone) LP
Andy Shauf: Bearer of Bad News (Arts & Crafts) LP
Sigur Ros: Takk (Krunk) LP
Sigur Ros: ( ) (Krunk) LP
Sturgill Simpson: A Sailors Guide to the Earth (Atlantic) LP
Sloan: One Chord To Another (Murder) LP
Sly & The Family Stone: Anthology (Friday Music) LP
Esperanza Spalding: Emilys D+Evolution (Concord) LP
Sunn o))): Monoliths & Dimensions (Southern Lord) LP
Tame Impala: Lonerism (Modular) LP
Tool: Opiate (Zoo) LP
Tragically Hip: Fully Completely (Universal) LP
Tragically Hip: Man Machine Poem (Universal) LP
Tragically Hip: Now For Plan A (Universal) LP
Tragically Hip: s/t (Universal) LP
Tragically Hip: We Are the Same (Universal) LP
Tribe Called Quest: Beats, Rhymes & Life (Jive) LP
Tribe Called Quest: Low End Theory (Jive) LP
Tribe Called Quest: The Anthology (Jive) LP
Tribe Called Quest: Hits, Rarities, & Remixes (Jive) LP
Townes Van Zandt: In The Beginning (Fat Possum) LP
Townes Van Zandt: s/t (Fat Possum) LP
Townes Van Zandt: Out Mother the Mountain (Fat Possum) LP
Townes Van Zandt: Flyin’ Shoes (Fat Possum) LP
Townes Van Zandt: Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas (Fat Possum) LP
White Stripes: Elephant (XL) LP
White Stripes: De Stijl (Thirdman) LP
White Stripes: White Blood Cells (Thirdman) LP
White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan (Thirdman) LP
Various: All Night Long (Numero) LP

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…..news letter #774 – list reset…..

Well Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely holiday break. Things are starting to calm down around here and return to normal. Thankfully there hasn’t been much in this week so, it’s been easier to find my bearings again. There was a few things that came in right before the break, or during that hasn’t been properly highlighted in our lists, so this week we bring you some of those. Next week we’ll see a good stack of big new releases to get your blood pumping, until then…..

…..Pick of the Week…..

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Various: (The Microcosm): Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986
(Light in the Attic) 3LP Box

“The follow-up to Light In The Attic’s game-changing I Am The Center box set is finally here. Three years in the making, The Microcosm: Visionary Music Of Continental Europe, 1970-1986 is the first major overview of key works from cosmically-taped in artists needing little introduction — Vangelis, Ash Ra Tempel, and Popol Vuh — and unknown masterpieces by criminally overlooked heroes like Bernard Xolotl, Robert Julian Horky and Enno Velthuys. Whereas I Am The Center called for a reconsideration of an entire maligned genre, The Microcosm requests nothing more than an open mind to consider this ambient, new age, neuzeit, prog, krautrock, cosmic, holistic stuff, whatever one calls it — as a pulsating movement unto itself, a mirror refracting the American new age scene in unexpected, electrifying ways, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt the universality of the timeless quest to express ‘the Ineffable’ through music. Drawing from major label budgets and homemade cassette distributed circumstances alike, The Microcosm demonstrates a depth of peace profound to behold, and clearly expands the boundaries. Lovingly conceived and lavishly presented by producer Douglas Mcgowan (Yoga Records) and liner notes contributor Jason Patrick Woodbury (Pitchfork, Aquarium Drunkard), The Microcosm features stunning cover paintings by astronomer/entomologist Étienne Trouvelot, and labels by Finnish savant Aleksanda Ionowa. Remastered audio, including a previously unreleased track and several others previously cassette only.”

File Under: Electronic, Ambient, Kosmische
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…..new arrivals…..

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A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here… (Epic) LP
A Tribe Called Quest – Q-Tip, Phife Dawg (who passed away on March 22, 2016), Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White – the groundbreaking ’90s group that forever transformed the urban music landscape, detonates new shock waves on their first – and last – new studio album together in 18 years, We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service. The landmark release represents the first new music from A Tribe Called Quest since they disbanded in 1998, after recording The Love Movement, their final album together. Renowned painter/photographer Richard Prince was commissioned to create the album’s show-stopping cover art. “The extraordinary times in which we now find ourselves desperately call out for a new message from A Tribe Called Quest, and We Got It From Here… is that message,” said LA Reid, Chairman and CEO, Epic Records. “For nearly two decades, it has been my deepest personal wish to add one more chapter to their incredible legacy. I am deeply honored that Tribe entrusted us with this historic and final album.” Queens, New York natives Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of Brooklyn, formed A Tribe Called Quest in 1985. The group is one of hip-hop’s most legendary, beloved and revered groups of all time. Easily recognized for their unique approach to rap music by employing jazz infused soundscapes to Afro centric rhymes, ATCQ was largely responsible for the popularity of a new genre that dominated the East Coast sound of the early-90s. Sonically, ATCQ was a decisive and welcomed tangent of jazz, bass-heavy rhythmic vibes and eclectic sampling when compared to the mundane recycling of soul loops, breaks and vocals of their contemporaries. Lyrically, emcees Q-Tip and Phife Dawg addressed social issues relevant to young blacks such as use of the n word and its relevance, date rape and other interpersonal relationships, industry politics and consumerism with infectious energy and fun and having a good time while still promoting positivity. ATCQ composed a number of successful singles and albums with their creative approach to rap music. In 1990, the group released Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. Their sophomore effort, 1991’sThe Low End Theory, considered one of the greatest albums in hip-hop history, solidified them as legends. In recent years, the anticipation for another ATCQ album has been building. Today, the power of the Abstract Poetic, Five Foot Assassin, and Mr. Muhammad is still evident in their dynamic stage shows and in the reception of their adoring fans. We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service finds the group paying respect to both their legacy and their fans and it’s a cathartic moment for all.

File Under: Hip Hop
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Rashad Becker: Traditional Music of Notaional Species Vol. II  (Pan) LP
Rashad Becker’s new full length album, Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. II, is a newly developed continuation and exploration of work since his highly-acclaimed first volume. Incorporating more instrumental-sounding components, the record moves through both fluid and dissonant sounds, which take on different structural and sculptural challenges through carefully-layered compositions. Following Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I, Vol. II expands in various elements, distorted and warped, focusing in on the tension and energy of synthesized sounds that appear to exist, hauntingly physically. Known for his unrivaled attention to sonic detail across his work, Becker’s unique techniques and expressive manipulations of sound are laid bare in an exhilarating new form, stylistically distinctive and uncompromising. The album is mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering. Artwork by Bill Kouligas.

File Under: Electronic, Experimental
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Futuro Antico: Isole Del Suono (Black Sweat) LP
Black Sweat Records present Isole Del Suono, unreleased high quality recordings of the Italian experimental trio, Futuro Antico. The sound experience it’s a mysterious synergy between the elements of nature, a magical encounter between different souls but with elective affinity. Maioli’s ancient and ethnic wind instruments are the breath of the air, Sinigaglia’s electronic spirit produces liquid sequences of the water, while Dabiré’s African percussions materialize the voice and rhythms of the earth. The result is a total creative fire, a foamed core of perceptions and multiple sensory universes of distant memory. The dialogue between archaic and futuristic already investigated in 1990’s historic Dai Primitivi All’ Elettronica sees another bright episode in this unreleased live music, recorded on tapes directly by the mixing console – a product of the memorable performance held in Bologna at the festival Isole Del Suono on July, 17th 1980. The secret harmony between sounds is complete but at the same time brings out the expressive specificity of the three individual personality: the subtlety of reiterate sonic textures, waterfalls of minimalist piano, Sufi atmospheres supported by sequence of organs that reinterpret the frequencies of harmoniums lost, the solemn gait of an African balafon absorbed in electronic vortices endless. These are some of the coordinates of a musical and cultural poetics that continue a search for the source of formal purity and multiplicity of stimuli.

 File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Gaetano Liguori Collective Orchestra: s/t (Black Sweat) LP
Black Sweat Records present a reissue of Gaetano Liguori Collective Orchestra’s self-titled album, originally released in 1976. The Collective Orchestra was a visionary, short-living creative music collective led by Gaetano Liguori, a main protagonist of Italian free jazz since the early ’70s. It was an important attempt to put together young musicians from the two main towns in Italy, and its respective leading figures, Milan and Rome. Previous attempts to set up anything similar were, in fact, either frustrated by rivalries between the various personalities or were destined to be one-off events. Liguori’s vision is simply wonderful here – even bolder and more expressive than on his previous works for PDU – and the energy which he summons and transmits throughout is extraordinary. The near-telepathic interplay of the core set of Gaetano Liguori on piano, Roberto Bellatalla on double bass, Filippo Monico on drums, Guido Mazzon on trumpet, and young musicians Edoardo Ricci, Giancarlo Maurino and Massimo Urbani on soprano and alto saxophones, is given a richly expanded sound palette by the addition of Danilo Terenzi on trombone, Roberto Del Piano on Fender bass and Sandro Cesaroni on flute. There’s something really magical about the reciprocity that occurs when he plays these exceptional improvisers and the album still possesses a “sense of the new” feel that is as gripping as anything recorded by Italian ensembles around the same time. The sound is strong and freely exploratory, at a level that’s completely fresh and very striking, and is handled here with a wonderful balance between playful arrangements and fierce improvisations. Filled with power and imagination and originally released in 1976 on PDU.

File Under: Free Jazz
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Ennio Morricone: Eat It (Cinedelic) LP
Cinedelic Records present a reissue of Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack for the 1968 film Eat It (Mangiala). Even if you find the film Eat It, a film bit too weak-willed of social satire and advertising, the first and last of director Francesco Casaretti, you cannot miss out on the soundtrack from the two-time Academy Award winner Ennio Morricone, composed during his most prolific and experimental period, available for the first time from original master tapes. Morricone wrote a score that is, as always, brilliant, conducted by Bruno Nicolai with the choir I Cantori Moderni di Alessandro Alessandroni. The tracks range between danceable, a known nursery rhyme, classical motifs, romantic, a touch of bossa nova, all of which embrace all the psychological and environmental nuances of alienation and paradox that marks the plot of the film. There are also disturbing and abstract experimentalisms that make this soundtrack unique. Particularly in “Quinta Variazione / Africami” with the fuzzy guitar by Alessandroni, and “Settima Variazione” with its three dreamy amazing underwater variants and ending with “Eat It”, in the same version as the highly collected 45rpm that came out at the time and is, until now, the only existing track on vinyl from this score – a legendary cult object and sought out for the killer heavy drum by Vincenzo Restuccia and distorted psychedelic Fender Stratocaster of Alessandro Alessandroni. Highly rigid hand-glued Cinedelic cover, with a folder insert of four facades with photos from the movie.

File Under: OST, Maestro
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Frank Ocean: Endless (Fanclub) LP
Endless is a video album by American singer Frank Ocean. It was released exclusively through Apple Music on August 19, 2016. It was his last release with his record label Def Jam Recordings to fulfill his recording contract. It was followed by the August 20 release of Ocean’s second studio album, Blonde.

File Under: Hip Hop, Soul
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Frank Ocean: Blonde (Fanclub) LP
Back in stock! Blonde is the second studio album by American singer Frank Ocean. It was released on August 20, 2016, as a timed exclusive on the iTunes Store and Apple Music, and followed the August 19 release of Ocean’s visual album Endless. Initially known as Boys Don’t Cry and teased for a July 2015 release, the album suffered several delays and was the subject of widespread media anticipation. The album features guest vocals from Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Yung Lean, André 3000, Sebastian, James Blake, and Kim Burrell among others, and production from Frank Ocean himself, as well as Pharrell Williams, Tyler, The Creator, Jamie xx, Rostam Batmanglij, Om’Mas Keith, and many more. The album was supported by the single “Nikes”. It received widespread acclaim from critics, and charted at number one on the Billboard 200.

File Under: Hip Hop, Soul
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OST: Stranger Things Vol 2 (Lakeshore) LP
THIS IS ALL DIFFERENT MUSIC THAN VOL 1 AND YOU NEED THIS TOO!!! A love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. Lakeshore Records has partnered with UK’s Invada Records founded by Geoff Barrow to press and release Stranger Things Vol. 2 Soundtrack (composed by S U R V I V E’s Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein) on double vinyl (available as limited edition colored and standard 2LP editions) with gatefold packaging. Vol. 2 features completely different music from Vol. 1, and is the second half of the whole Stranger Things soundtrack. Vol. 2 continues to wander through the 80’s world of Stranger Things, floating between the sweeter moments which temporarily blossom amidst the danger and decay as the series comes to an end. Michael Stein explained to Noisey: “We discussed having a classic tone and feel to the music for the show but being reserved enough that it wasn’t ’80s cheese, while offering a refreshing quality so that felt modern as well – which is one of the qualities that drew them to our music in the first place. Having a familiarity with classic synths works but with an overall modern and forward thinking approach.”

File Under: OST, Electronic, Synth, Ambient
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People Skills: Gunshots at Crestridge (Blackest Ever Black) LP
Gunshots At Crestridge is the second full-length album from Philadelphia’s Jesse Dewlow, recording under the moniker People Skills. The follow-up to 2014’s Siltbreeze set, Tricephalic Head. Ten sunken songs, derisively adorned with rhythm and rudimentary dub effects. Bedroom elegies for the lost and irretrievable, last-ditch spells for transformation and renewal. Thurston Moore and Byron Coley likened the previous record to “South Island New Zealand pop played inside of an armored car,” and that description holds here: underneath the hoods of these wracked and weather-beaten recordings are melodies of disarming beauty and optimism, bordering on the (willfully) mawkish, bubblegum ground underfoot. Whether speaking through stately keyboard pastorals (“Mint Julep”), rat-arsed rock ‘n roll slur (“89¢ Public Render”) or sulphurous aggro-electronics (the two-part title track), Gunshots At Crestridge exposes, then seeks to redeem, all of our tiny acts of self-sabotage, all of our sins against time.

 File Under: Lo-Fi, Post Punk, Industrial
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Pit Piccinelli, Fred Gales, Walter Maioli: Amazonia 6891
(Black Sweat) LP

Double LP version. Black Sweat Records present a reissue of Amazonia 6891: Sounds From Jungle, Natural Objects, Echo And Electronic Waves, originally released on cassette in 1986. The idea to evoke a deep journey in the Amazon rainforest has affected various musicians in the history of popular and experimental music, but compared to other works, this rare Amazonia 6891, released only on cassette in 1986, appears as totally original and extreme in his conception. Here, the interest in ethnomusicology of the expert Walter Maioli (part of Aktuala and Futuro Antico) is linked to a precise and comprehensive ecological, botanical, ethological and ethnographic perspective. In fact, starting from the sound recording of the ethnographer Pit Piccinelli’s collection of natural objects, the collected material for this work is re-elaborate in different times by the anthropologist and electronic pioneer Fred Gales and by Maioli himself. The result of this multi-disciplinary approach is a long, concrete poem of plant organisms, field recordings of verses and calls of tropical animals, futuristically mixed with electronic sounds, similar to the great experimental trials of Futuro Antico and Ariel Kalma’s 1978 album, Osmose. Listening to this imaginative collage is like looking into a precious cabinet of antiquities and curiosity, whose wonders of multi-colored cellular fragments are shaped in the synthesis of a single universal sound matter. The merger between the wild jungle, the mysterious voices of the aboriginals and the oscillation of the electronic waves, creates a spasmodic tension between amazing and heavenly moments, leaking obscure paths and alien sequences. Amazonia 6891 is a magic trip into the unknown wild, into abyss of creation of kaleidoscopic floras and faunas, simply a proposal for a synesthetic experience and multi-sensory.

File Under: Field Recordings, Electronic, Ambient
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Wayne Siegel: Autumn Resonance/Domino Figures (Black Sweat) LP
Black Sweat Records present a reissue of Wayne Siegel’s Autumn Resonance/Domino Figures, originally released in 1983. A little-known, but extremely beautiful, post-minimalism album composed by Wayne Siegel when he was mid-twenties. Having moved to Denmark between 1979 and 1980, Siegel began to investigate the possibilities of a very personal language, contributing to the kaleidoscope of post-minimalism. These works are constructed around a relentless musical process that consists of delaying and repeating every element in a certain measure, without intentional alteration. Siegel called this process “Canon Technique”, letting it become over time his obsession. Black Sweat Records proposes the awaited reissue of Siegel’s LP. Compared to the original 1983’s release by Danish label Paula, this release includes authentic pictures from the performance of “Domino Figures”, as to present the visual results of Siegel’s works as part of his contribution to contemporary arts. Also included are liner notes that echo the current value of Siegel’s experimental approach to sound. “Autumn Resonance” is a fast canon in which musical figures move quickly around the concert hall; measuring distances, Siegel emphasizes the interrelation of the individual piano, the acoustic of the concert hall and his mood as parts of an organic work. “Domino Figures”, for 10-100 guitars, is a sound work that embodies the shape of a semicircle. The performers sit in a semicircle, performing a kind of slow chain reaction, where a choral texture is produced and evolves slowly. Widely renowned in its large number of declinations, it is presented here in a 42 guitars version, dedicated to the Danish guitarist Erling Møldrup.

File Under: Electronic, Classical
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garden

Silver Apples: The Garden (Chickencoop) LP
Dubs of Silver Apple’s third album, which had been mysteriously unaccounted for, were found in a cardboard box in drummer Danny Taylor’s attic. The remarkable reunion of the original duo of Simeon Coxe and Taylor hadn’t been planned. After 27 years apart, they were reunited when a disc jockey at New Jersey’s legendary WFMU radio station received a phone call from Taylor for the station’s pledge drive. Taylor had been out of the music business for years, and his call put the pieces in place for Simeon to forge a renewed excitement for the Silver Apples’s earliest recordings. The recordings included seven complete songs from 1969 and seven drum instrumentals by Taylor in 1968. Taylor’s 1968 drumming demos were blended with Coxe’s 1998 “Noodle” efforts.

File Under: Electronic, Psych
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ipson

I.P. Son Group: s/t (Black Sweat) LP
Black Sweat Records present a reissue of I.P. Son Group’s self-titled album, originally released in 1975. Released in 1975, during the mature stage of the Italian underground scene, this only album from the Milanese band led by guitarist Marco Rossi comes off as an experiment rather atypical of that period; The typical jazz sound of that period being exemplified by formations such as Perigeo, Napoli Centrale, Agora, or Arti e Mestieri. I.P. Son Group provide improvisations on suggestions of extra-European ethnic flavor, enhanced by the masterful rhythmic section (without drums) curated by the African percussionists Nick Eyok and Mohammed El Targhi. The result is a complex work, full of nuances, in which the spirit of the free-jam excels on the synthesis of influences and visions. Refined guitar riffs revealing strong blues roots blend with the elements and moods of the most markedly spiritual and exotic free-jazz (Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane or Archie Shepp). Winds are perfumed of the Middle East flow as distant echoes with ideas of tribal rhythms that draw both from the rhythms of the northern Sahara as well as more Afro-beat rituals of Yoruba ancestry. In the background, the poetic persistence of intercultural exchange that approaches the I.P. Son Group is paralleled by projects such as Aktuala, Arica or John Berberian. This reissued edition is enriched with an amazing photo booklet by Aldo Bonasia.

File Under: Jazz, Psych
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sorgini

Giuliano Sorgini: Under Pompelmo (Cinedelic) LP
Cinedelic Records present a reissue of Giuliano Sorgini’s Under Pompelmo, originally released in 1973. The legendary killer psych funk album Under Pompelmo is the most “cult” album by Giuliano Sorgini. It sees Sorgini mix beat, prog, funk and psychedelia. It is one of the most sought Italian rare groove delights in the world. Sorgini also produced Zoo Folle (1974) and The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue (1974). The wonderful cover art by Sandro Symeony has been faithfully reproduced from the original.

File Under: Funk, Beat, Psych
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more-pakistani

Various: More Early Pakistani Dance Music (Ovular) LP
“Dance Music from Original 7″ Vinyl 1965-1978 – The music on this compilation is quite different from the filmy music that was featured on the Karachi airwaves at the time. Bands like The Bugs, The Thunders, The Fore Thoughts, The Panthers, The Drifters, Incrowd, The Talisman, etc. played at parties, local hotels, dancehalls or wherever they were invited. They made the hip crowds take the dancefloor and move to the groove. Those were exciting days like we may never see them again.” Features: The Blue Birds, Nisar Bazmi, The Fore Thoughts, Jozi Anjum, The Panthers, Sohail Rana & The Five Caps, Khalil Ahmed, Mohd. Yousuf & S.M. Ayub, Nisar Bazmi, The Silhouettes, M. Ashraf, Sohail Rana and Tafo Brothers.

File Under: Pakistan, Dance, Groove

…..Restocks…..

Alabama Shakes: Boys & Girls (ATO) LP
Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color (ATO) LP
Olafur Arnaldsd: Island Songs (Mercury) LP
Autechre: Tri Repetae (Warp) LP
Badbadnotgood: III (Arts & Crafts) LP
Beastie Boys: Check Your Head (EMI) LP
Beastie Boys: Hello Nasty (EMI) LP
Beastie Boys: Ill Communication (EMI) LP
Beatles: Abby Road (Apple) LP
Beatles: Let It Be (Apple) LP
Beck: Morning Phase (Universal) LP
Beck: Odelay (Universal) LP
Bing & Ruth: City Lake (RVNG Intl) LP
Bing & Ruth: Tomorrow Was the Golden Age (RVNG Intl) LP
Black Sabbath: Paranoid (Rhino) LP
Art Blakey: Moanin’ (Blue Note) LP
Boards of Canada: Trans Canada Highway (Warp) LP
Body/Head: No Waves (Matador) LP
Bohren & Der Club of Gore: Black City (PIAS) LP
Danny Brown: Atrocity Exhibition (Warp) LP
Can: Ege Bamyasi (Mute) LP
Can: Future Days (Mute) LP
Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Denial (Matador) LP
Clash: s/t (Epic) LP
Clash: Combat Rock (Epic) LP
CCR: Cosmos Factory (Fantasy) LP
CCR: Green River (Fantasy) LP
Daft Punk: Discovery (EMI) LP
Darkthrone: Plaguewielder (Peaceville) LP
Darkthrone: Sardonic Wrath (Peaceville) LP
Miles Davis: Cookin’ (Waxtime) LP
Dr. Dre: The Cronic (Death Row) LP
Dr. Dre: The Cronic 2001 (Death Row) LP
Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left (Universal) LP
Nick Drake: Pink Moon (Universal) LP
Duke Ellington: At Newport (Mofi) LP
Brian Eno: The Ship (Warp) LP
Bill Evans: Interplay (OJC) LP
Bill Evans: Sunday at the Village Vanguard (Waxtime) LP
Bill Evans: Waltz for Debby (Waxtime) LP
Faith No More: Album of the Year (Slash) LP
Faith No More: Angel Dust (Slash) LP
Faith No More: King for a Day… (Slash) LP
Faith No More: Real Thing (Slash) LP
Flying Lotus: Los Angeles (Warp) LP
Flying Lotus: You’re Dead! (Warp) LP
Gas: Box (Kompakt) 10LP+4CD
Gorillaz: Plastic Beach (EMI) LP
Herbie Hancock: Headhunters (Legacy) LP
Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage (Blue Note) LP
Arve Henriksen: Cartography (ECM) LP
Lauren Hill: Miseducation of (Universal) LP
LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver (DFA) LP
Led Zeppelin: I (Warner) LP
Led Zeppelin: II (Warner) LP
Led Zeppelin: III (Warner) LP
Led Zeppelin: Iv (Warner) LP
Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy (Warner) LP
Lemon Twigs: Do Hollywood (4AD) LP
Madlib: Shades of Blue (Blue Note) LP
Massive Attack: Protection (EMI) LP
Moggi: Tensione (Black Sweat) LP
Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine (Universal) LP
Nirvana: Unplugged (Geffen) LP
Parliament: Clones of Dr. Funkenstein (Universal) LP
Parliament: Mothership Connection (Universal) LP
Portishead: Third (Island) LP
Psychic TV: Force the Hand of Chance (Angry Love) LP
Royal Headache: s/t (What’s Your Rupture) LP
Royal Headache: High (What’s Your Rupture) LP
Sleep: Dopesmoker (Southern Lord) LP
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Ears (Western Vinyl) LP
Smiths: Hatful of Hallow (Rhino) LP
Smiths: Queen is Dead (Rhino) LP
Smiths: Strangways Here We Come (Rhino) LP
Susso: Keira (Soundways) LP
Tool: 10,000 Days (Fanclub) LP
Tool: Salvial (Fanclub) LP
Piero Umiliani: Genti e Paesi del Mondo (Black Sweat) LP
Verckys et L’Orchestre Veve: Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba (Analog Africa) LP
M. Zalla: Mondo (Black Sweat) LP
Various: New Orleans Funk (Soul Jazz) LP
Various: New Orleans Funk 3 (Soul Jazz) LP
Various: New Orleans Funk 4 (Soul Jazz) LP
Various: New Orleans Soul (Soul Jazz) LP
Various: Space Echo (Analog Africa) LP

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…..news letter #773 – see ya 2016…..

One final transmission for the year that just won’t stop. This week, just a quick list of our favourite records we heard this year and shared with you. As well a big thank you to each and everyone of you that reads these lists and comes in to the store, or any store and buys physical music still. You are the reason we are able to open the doors every day and send out lists full of weird and wonderful things every week. We’ve had a wonderful year being your record dealers and look forward to all the killer wax that comes through the shop next year. Have a safe and awesome New Year’s tomorrow and we’ll see you soon.

This weekend our hours will be….

Saturday Dec 31 11 – 4
Sunday Jan 1 closed
Monday Jan 2 back to normal

…..listen’s best of 2016…..

Kris’s Top New Releases…

||| |||: Feireenesse (Entr’acte)
Biosphere: Departed Glories (Smalltown Supersound)
Calhau!: U (Kraak)
Anthony Child: Electronic Music from Maui Jungle 2 (Editions Mego)
Demdike Stare: Wonderland (Modern Love)
Elg: Mauve Zone (Nashazphone)
Goat: Requiem (Sub Pop)
Steve Gunn: Eyes on the Line (Matador)
Ignatz: The Drain (Feeding Tube)
Willie Lane: A Pine Tree Shilling’s Worth (Cord-Art)
Rob Noyes: The Feudal Spirit (Poon Village)
Olympians: s/t (Daptone)
Orior: Strange Beauty (DDS)
Pye Corner Audio: Stasis (Ghost Box)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Ears (Western Vinyl)
Supersilent: 13 (Smalltown Supersound)

Kris’s Top Reissues/Archival Releases…

AMM: AMMMusic (Black Truffle)
Loren Connors: Lullaby (Recital)
Tony Conrad/Faust: Outside the Dream Syndicate (Superior Viaduct)
Deux Filles: Silence & Wisdom/Double Happiness (Dark Entries)
Ariel Kalma: Interfrequence (Black Sweat)
Korean Undok Group: s/t (Penultimat Press)
Abul Mogard: Works (Ecstatic)
Ricardo Musci: Tower of Silence (Music From Memory)
Not Waving: Redacted (Ecstatic)
The Peace: Black Power (Now Again)
Sonic Youth: Sister (Goofin)
Tapes: Selected Works (Ecstatic)
This Heat/Camberwell Now/Lifetones: All! (Light In The Attic/Modern Classics)
Trad, Gras och Stener: Box (Anthology)
Piero Umiliani: Genti e Paesi del Mondo (Black Sweat)
Various: Wake Up You 1 & 2 (Now Again)

James’s Top New Releases…

A Tribe Called Quest: We Got it From Here… (Epic)
Dinosaur Jr.: Give a Glimpse of What You’re Not (Jagjaguwar)
Steve Gunn: Eyes on the Line (Matador)
Neurosis: Fires Within Fires (Neurot)
Not Waving: Animals (Diagonal)
Pye Corner Audio: Stasis (Ghost Box)
Sheer Mag: III (Wilsuns)

James’s Top Reissues/Archival Releases…

Blonde Redhead: Masculine Feminine (Numero)
Camberwell Now: The Ghost Trade (Modern Classics)
Kleenex/Lilliput: First Songs (Kill Rock Stars)
Mare: s/t (Hydrahead)
Tapes: Selected Works (Ecstatic)

Bailey’s Top New Releases…

Tim Hecker – Love Streams (Paper Bag)
Andy Shauf – The Party (Arts & Crafts)
Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denials (Matador)
Andy Stott – Too Many Voices (Modern Love)
Yoni & Geti – Testarossa (Joyful Noise)
Charles Bradley – Changes (Daptone)
Bitter Fictions – Jettison (Shaking Box)
Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam – I Had A Dream That You Were Mine (Glassnote)
Lab Coast – Remember The Moon (Wyatt)
Colin Stetson – Sorrow (52Hz)
Nick Cave – Skeleton Tree (Bad Seed)

Stefan’s Top 16 of 2016…

A Tribe Called Red: We Are The Halluci Nation (Radicalized)
BADBADNOTGOOD: IV (Innovative Leisure)
Black Mountain: IV (Jagjaguwar)
Charles Bradley: Changes (Daptone)
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein: Stranger Things OST Vol. 1 (Lakeshore)
Various: Doing It In Lagos- Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980’s Nigeria (Soundway)
Duchess Says: Sciences Nouvelles (Bonosound)
Various: Haiti Direct- Big Band, Mini Jazz, Twoubadou Sounds 1960-1978 (Strut)
The Highest Order: Still Holding (Idee Fixe)
Lucifer(Mort Garson): Black Mass  (Black Mass Rising)
Angel Olsen: My Woman (Jagjaguwar)
Rhythm of Cruelty: New Ethos (Pseudo Laboratories)
Various: Senegal 70- Sonic Gems & Previously Unreleased Recordings from the 70’s (Analog Africa)
Kaitlyn Auerelia Smith/ Suzanne Ciani: Sunergy (RVNG Int.)
Various: Togo Soul  70- Selected Rare Togolese Recordings from 1971 to 1981 (Hot Casa)
Warpaint: Heads Up (Rough Trade)

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…..news letter #772 – last minutes…..

Well, it’s getting down to the wire, but you’ve still got some time to get in here and pick up some sweet wax or a new turntable for that special someone on your list. We’re here until 9 tonight and tomorrow and until 4 on Saturday. It’s a wee bit hectic around here so I’ll keep it short. There are some new things, like the new Tribe Called Quest, so I’ll make a list for y’all below. Next week we’ll have another short list with our staff top picks from the year. In the meantime, Happy Holidays to all of you and your family!

Our hours over the holidays will be….

Saturday Dec 24 11 – 4
Sunday Dec 25 closed
Monday Dec 26 11 – 5
Saturday Dec 31 11 – 4
Sunday Jan 1 closed

More importantly, on boxing day, we will obviously be having a big sale! 20% off pretty much all music and accessories and gear are 10% off! So if you didn’t get everything you wanted for xmas, come get if for cheap! Hell, even if you did get everything you wanted, come buy some more stuff!

…..new arrivals…..

A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here… (Epic) LP
Alessandro Alessandroni: Sangue Di Sbirro (Four Flies) LP
John Barry: Walkabout (Roundtable) LP
Bobby Beausoleil: Lucifer Rising (Anja) LP
Silvano D’Auria: Sortilegio (Four Flies) LP
East of the Valley Blues: s/t (Death is not the End) LP
Lee Hazlewood: Cowboy in Sweden (Light in the Attic) LP+DVD
Justice: Woman (Because) LP
Kaytranada: 99.9% (XL) LP
Kleenex/Lilliput: First Songs (Kill Rock Stars) LP
Konami Kukeiha Club: Larange Point (Ship to Shore) LP
La Matos: Join Us (Death Waltz Originals) LP
Massive Attack: Blue Lines (Virgin) LP
Massive Attack: Protection (Virgin) LP
Massive Attack: No Protection (Virgin) LP
Ennio Morricone: 60 Years of Music (Virgin) LP
OST: Gremlins (Mondo) LP
OST: Jessica Jones (Mondo) LP
OST: Daredevil (Mondo) LP
OST: The Fountain (Mondo) LP
Deantoni Parks: Touch But Don’t Look (Elite) LP
Sheer Mag: Compilation (Wilsuns RC) LP
Stone Roses: s/t (Modern Classics) LP
Charles Wain: The Last Wave (Roundtable) LP
Various: The Microcosm (Light in the Attic) 3LP Box
Various: PZYK Vol 2 (PZYK) LP

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…..news letter #771 – countdown…..

Well, the end is nigh. Hope your shopping is going as swimmingly as mine. The good news is we’ve got a ton of new stuff this week to satisfy all your gift giving needs, or personal needs too. Anyway, I haven’t seen the top of the desk in 3 days, so read on, and discover something new for your ears….

…..picks of the week…..

child

Anthony Child: Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle Vol. 2 (Editions Mego) LP
Anthony Child, AKA Surgeon, presents the second volume of recordings of Buchla Music Easel recorded in the jungle of Maui. Again, Child is in a more ambient guise and setting, as the calm breath of the jungle sets a real time back-drop for his electronic explorations. There is no additional layering and all environmental sounds simply “occurred” throughout the improvisations. The range on display veers from melodic drones to sparkling arpeggios all revolving around a thick bed of electronic (Buchla) and acoustic (environmental) interplay. “Nine Personality Type Map” hovers on a bed of syncopated rhythms whilst the nearby sonic mist of the forest seethes in-and-out of the frame whilst “A Nightfall Of Diamonds” provides a sonic analogy for the darkness and light contradiction that occurs only in such rich natural environments. The simultaneous acts of improvising, listening and creating provide a rich setting for the curious listener. Another gem in a catalog filled with gold. Recorded in Haiku-Pauwela, Maui between February 3rd and 14th of 2016.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient, Buchla
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demdikeDemdike Stare: Wonderland (Modern Love) 2LP/3CD
A project that came to life fueled by collector’s obsession and a life-long willingness to dive head-first into unknown musical wormholes, Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty have never been defined by a singular musical trajectory. Their opening salvo of releases dabbled with the aesthetic of the occult and provided an alternate, parallax view of the Italian Library records with which they were both obsessed at the time, but as their long running mixtape series and brilliantly curated DDS label attest, their interests extend far outside the crevices of early electronic music and into dance music, dancehall, roots, jungle, techno, industrial, noise and beyond. While 2013’s Testpressing series provided an outlet for mostly club-based productions shot from the hip, Wonderland, their first album since 2012’s Elemental, has been constructed with a narrative in mind. From the clipped hard-style of the opening “Curzon”, through the jaunty dancehall mutations of “Animal Style” and “FullEdge”, exotica/house refractions on “Hardnoise”, the frankly ridiculous, bass-bin destroying jungle ructions on “Sourcer”, or the extended tease of “Overstaying”, it’s probably the most enjoyable and loose-limbed hour of music in their catalog, or that you’ll likely hear in these weird, angst-ridden times. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton. CD version comes in a deluxe six-panel digifile; the first edition includes Wonderland plus two extra discs containing all of the Testpressings, on digital formats for the first time.

File Under: Electronic, Techno, Industrial
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…..new arrivals…..

arnalds

Olafur Arnalds: Island Songs (Mercury) LP
Icelanders make up one of the most musical nations on earth with one of the highest rates of ensembles per capita in the world. How do the beautiful yet harsh Icelandic conditions affect their music-making? In Island Songs, the innovative and brilliant composer Ólafur Arnalds (BAFTA Award winner for Broadchurch) explores the vibrant artistic life of his fellow countrymen and women in a fascinating, real-time, audio portrait of his home country of Iceland. Over the course of seven weeks in the summer of 2016, Arnalds traveled to seven very different locations in Iceland – one per week – to record a series of new compositions. In each location Arnalds collaborated with artists local to the town to create and perform a new song. Each artist has their own unique story to tell and individual way of contributing to the project. They come from various musical backgrounds in their hometowns, ranging from a vocalist from a world famous rock band to a church organist in a village of 100 inhabitants, making this a diverse project. Arnalds has become celebrated for his spare and haunting musical style, which evocatively mixes elements of ambient, classical and electronic sounds. Island Songs has its roots in the enormous success of his two previous improvised projects, Found Songs (2009) and Living Room Music (2011). This LP release from Mercury Classics brings all the audio components of Island Songs (which was also filmed by director Baldvin Z for an accompanying movie) together in one compelling package.

File Under: Modern Classical
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amiina

Amiina: Fantomas (Mengi) LP
Gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeves. Includes download code. Amiina’s latest adventure, Fantômas, was originally composed as a live score to a silent masterpiece from 1913. Amiina’s members decided right from the start that the music would also be able to stand on its own, independent of the visual narrative. Fantômas is melancholic and ethereal, yet full of suspense, pounding rhythms, and haunting melodies; A sound world full of contrasts, from darkness and utter terror, to heavenly melodies. The music thoughtfully composed, reoccurring themes and lied-motives build up a delicate structure where the listener can experience the piece as one entity – and then again different tracks or songs can be enjoyed independently. Violin, cello, drums, percussion, metallophone, table harp, ukulele, and electronics are the source material for the sound world of Amiina here, but it is expanded upon with their intelligent and imaginative usage of the different instruments and their varied and endless textures. The score Fantômas premiered in Paris in 2013 at the prestigious, Théâtre du Châtelet, where Amiina, together with musicians James Blackshaw, Tim Hecker, Loney Dear, and Yann Tiersen, took part in a special Halloween event, celebrating the centenary of the Fantômas series, directed by the French film director Louis Feuillade in 1913-1914. The Fantômas series – in five parts – ran for six hours with every musician/band providing their new live score for the series, the music commissioned by Yann Tiersen who curated the event. A huge success right from the beginning, Fantômas is an early example of the interplay between avant-garde intellectual and emerging mass culture, highly regarded by the French avant-garde of the 1920s, especially the surrealists, e.g. René Magritte and Guillame Apollinaire, the latter stating that “from the imaginative standpoint, Fantômas is one of the richest works that exist.” When the magical, somewhat fragile sound world of Amiina meets the lord of terror something, unexpected and truly magical happens. Mengi is an operation created and managed by artists in Reykjavik, Iceland.

File Under: Icelandic, Post Rock, Modern Classical
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ashtray

Ashtray Navigations: To Make a Fool Ask, and You Are the First
(Blackest Ever Black) LP
Ashtray Navigations’s To Make A Fool picks up where the nerve-damaged exotica of 2015’s A Shimmering Replica left off – acerbic “surf” guitar and synthetic salt-breeze fit for the Tropic of Yorkshire. Instant immersion in a potent, pungent psychedelia that feels equal parts cosmic and aquatic. What Phil Todd wrenches out of his instrument these days is a language unto itself – a helical, grieving howl, a (super)natural efflorescence, beyond earthly description – ur-rock and post-everything. Equal emphasis is given here to pulsating machine rhythms and lush keyboard textures, with contributions by Mel O’Dubhshlaine. There were pre-echoes of all this in the recent Fluctuants (2015) and Aero Infinite (2014), but To Make A Fool feels like the fullest expression of something which was only glimpsed in those earlier works. The side-long “Spray Two” – gently eddying string-pads gradually slashed with fraught piano improvisations – is a masterpiece in its own right. At its delirious peak, the whole thing boils over into brooding, arpeggiated noir-techno – Michael Mann’s steadicam roaming Leeds’s B-roads, some kind of tangerine nightmare – before finally cooling into a bleary starfield of pure and sumptuous hypno-tone. This is a trip, in the most skull-splitting, soul-crinkling sense of the word, but it soothes and heals as well. A circular and transformative journey to the other side of the underneath, and a landmark recording from one of the most adept and visionary nodes in Britain’s freak-out underground.

File Under: Psychedelic, Electronic
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Baby Grandmothers: s/t (Subliminal Sounds) LP
Available again! Baby Grandmothers were a short-lived Swedish band, but one of the most prolific and unique psychedelic, modal, experimental power trios to emerge out of the Scandinavian psychedelic underground scene in 1967. Although hailing from Stockholm, Sweden they only released a single in Finland, which has since become one of the most sought-after pieces of vinyl from the era. Formed out of the legendary R&B/beat band T-Boones which included guitar-wiz Kenny Håkansson, who ushered the group into the psychedelic sounds of the time. Not only were they the house band at the legendary psychedelic club, Filips, they also supported Jimi Hendrix on his Swedish tour in 1968 and then turned into Mecki Mark Men, who became the first Swedish rock band to tour the U.S. This unique collection includes live recordings made at Filips, their impossibly rare single and a rare live recording made in Finland. Painstakingly collected and researched by Dungen’s guitarist, Reine Fiske.

File Under: Psych, Sweden
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Peter Baumann: Trans Harmonic Nights (Bureau B) LP
Bureau B present a reissue of Peter Baumann’s second solo album Trans Harmonic Nights, originally released in 1979. From 1971 to 1977, Peter Baumann was a member of the legendary Berlin band Tangerine Dream. The group were pioneers of the so called Berliner Schule (Berlin School) which had a profound impact on electronic music. Trans Harmonic Nights sees Baumann continue to break free from the gravitational pull of Tangerine Dream. Hans-Joachim Roedelius was recording the Jardin Au Fou album at the same time in his Paragon Studio and some of his carefree positivity seems to have rubbed off on Baumann, judging by the music he came up with. The production phase for Trans Harmonic Nights covered 16 months or thereabouts. Having built the studio and taken care of production on albums for Cluster, Asmus Tietchens, Conrad Schnitzler and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, many of which came out on the French label Egg, he had neither the time nor the inclination to focus on his own compositions. Numerous tracks on the album were actually created at the end of the working day, on downtime, just for fun in the unfinished studio. Peter Baumann explains: “It was a completely different time for music, everything we did was spontaneous, in the moment. My first two records happened when I was working in the studio, simply expressing myself as a musician, sensing which emotions, timbres, rhythms and melodies were closest to me.” This approach shines through the music, underpinning its authenticity and making the album such a delight to listen to today: carefree, playful, unbelievably euphoric. Synth lines are exhilaratingly entwined with synthetic plucks, experimental sounds crystallize into sweet melodies, building into ecstatic breaks. Majestic mellotron choirs and added vocoder tones lend an ethereal, surreal touch. It is virtually impossible not to get caught up in this rapture, to be swayed by the infectiously upbeat nature of the music. Not long after releasing this album, Peter Baumann relocated to the USA where he recorded two more albums by the year 1983, dominated by wave and synth pop sounds. In 1984 he founded his own label, Private Music. In the late 1990s he withdrew from the music business altogether, only resurfacing in May 2016 with Machines Of Desire.

File Under: Ambient, Synth Pop
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Bear Bones, Lay Low: Hacia La Luz (No Label) LP
Hacia La Luz is a gorgeous and tripping LP from this Brussels based prince of modern psychedelic electronics, Bear Bones, Lay Low, aka Ernesto González. Rabih Beaini (Morphine Records): “played ‘Lightning Eyelids’ in the middle of a set, and the whole place came down!!”

File Under: Electronic, Psych
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Harry Bertoia: Clear Sounds/Perfetta (Sonambient) LP
After nearly 40 years of silence, Harry Bertoia’s Sonambient label has been resurrected in order to release the best of Bertoia’s unheard recordings from his recently preserved archive of 1/4″ tapes. “Clear Sounds” b/w “Perfetta” was cut straight from the original reels and is a true analog pressing. These two pieces were selected for their minimal, meditative and lush harmonic qualities; lacking in the abundance of dynamics and contrasts found on the original Sonambient records, these pieces show another approach to performance. Slow washes of shimmering metallic sculpture rustle thickly like the leaves of a white birch or tall grass in the summer sun. Gorgeous harmonics hover overhead, making audible measurements of the length and purity of Bertoia’s metal rod sculptures. Both Harry Bertoia and his brother Oreste composed extensively in the Sonambient barn deep in the woods of rural Pennsylvania where Harry kept over 100 Sonambient sculptures and gongs. The first Sonambient LP Bellissima Bellissima Bellissima / Nova, released in 1970, contains a Harry Bertoia composition on side A and an Oreste Bertoia composition on side B. As an homage to the original Sonambient LP, “Clear Sounds” is a Harry Bertoia piece from June 30, 1973 and “Perfetta” is an Oreste Bertoia piece from June 28, 1971. Harry Bertoia first came into artistic prominence in the late 1930s and his sculptural, ergomonic chairs were soon modernist furniture classics. Inspired by the resonant sounds emanating from metals as he worked them and encouraged by his brother Oreste, whose passion was music, Harry restored a fieldstone “Pennsylvania Dutch” barn as the home for this experiment in sounding sculptures which he had begun in the 1950s. Bertoia was an obsessive composer and relentless experimenter, often working late into the night and accumulating hundreds of tapes of his best performances; Oreste, too, would explore and record the sculptures’s sounds during his annual visits to his brother’s home in rural Pennsylvania. Over nearly twenty years, adding, culling and rearranging, Bertoia carefully selected nearly 100 harmonious pieces ranging in height from under a foot to more than fifteen feet. Learning by experimentation was common for Bertoia and he mastered the art of tape recording, turning the Sonambient barn into a sound studio with four overhead microphones hanging from the rafters in a square formation. He would experiment with overdubbing by performing along to previous recordings, constantly improving his methods while also honing his performance skills.

File Under: Ambient, Sound Sculpture
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Blue Rodeo: 1000 Arms (Telesoul) LP
The definition of a rebel is someone who goes against the grain. For close to 30 years now, Blue Rodeo has taken the road less traveled – and succeeded far beyond anyone’s expectations. The band emerged in the early-80’s as a countrified rock band in the era of hair metal and glossy pop. Despite sticking out like a sore thumb (or maybe because of it), their single “Try” became omnipresent on radio across Canada and set in motion a three decade long career of headlining every club, theater and arena in The True North. In 1993, when grunge rock was squeezing commercial rock off the radio, they recorded their most acoustic album, Five Days In July, and scored their biggest hit selling over a half million copies of that one record alone. And now, in the digital age, Blue Rodeo has recorded 1000 Arms, an intimate album designed to be enjoyed on vinyl. Fourteen albums on, the rebel is still living and breathing. 1000 Arms was recorded over the winter of 2015/16 at Blue Rodeo’s Woodshed Studios. The album shares its name with the Jim Cuddy-penned song inspired by a podcast he was listening to. “The podcast was about allowing your community to help you,” says Cuddy. “When we were going over titles, we were thinking about our musical community, what it means to us and how much we would do for each other. That was what we were thinking about the most, so it seemed like an appropriate title.” The 12-track record was co-produced and engineered by Tim Vesely, a founding member of the Rheostatics. Jim and his longtime bandmate Greg Keelor credit Vesely with helping influence the sound of the new album. The engineer had been listening to some of the band’s older records and commented that Jim and Greg weren’t singing together as much as they used to. The revelation caught the band off guard but the result brought the band back to what has always been one of their strengths. “We made a very concerted effort to sing together on this album, either with direct harmonies or call and response, and we really enjoyed that,” adds Cuddy.

File Under: Country, Rock
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Bohren & Der Club of Gore: Black Earth (Pias) LP
Pias present a reissue of Black Earth by the German doom jazz cult band, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, originally released in 2002. Black Earth is a masterpiece and the perfect soundtrack for an imaginary movie experiencing the nights in a dangerous city. For fans of SunnO, OM, Max Richter, Fennesz. “The substance we are seeking here lies beyond the bare bones of fact, the when and the where (founded in 1988, Mülheim an der Ruhr) or personnel and instruments. Mysteries may very well lurk here or there along the way. What keeps the final two founder members going after all this time? Do Morten Gass and Robin Rodenberg have skeletons locked in their closets? How dearly we would we love to know the answer to that one, alas the most beautiful puzzles tend to remain unsolved. Including their debut Gore Motel (1994), Bohren & Der Club Of Gore have amassed an impressive eight long players… Strange as it may seem, there is a uniform consistency to their reception. Whatever the band does, critiques are unfailingly positive, yet repetitious. Consider the arrival of Christoph Clöser in 1997, by way of illustration. When he joined the group, his saxophone replaced the departing Reiner Henseleit’s guitar as one of the defining instruments in the band. This was arguably the sharpest break in their sound to this day and a significant marker in terms of the band’s reverence for Dutch instrumentalists Gore (the clue is in the name), whose repetitive riffs paved the way for how the guitar would be deployed in a post-everything future… Similarly conspicuous by their absence in the Bohren chronicles are the numerous instruments which they added to the mix. The introduction of choirs at least had a clear visual impact. Since Thorsten Benning left at the end of 2015, the band has continued as a trio, sharing shifts on the drums. A decrease in personnel was conversely accompanied by quantum leaps forward in the group’s musical development – or more precisely, minor adjustments triggered major effects. The music of Bohren & Der Club Of Gore opens up remarkable rooms of association, from a warm burrow to a pristine secret lodge, from a dusky woodland tavern to a smoky quayside dive… These sinister crackling songs are invitations to secrete oneself in darkness.” –Lars Brinkman.

 File Under: Dark Jazz, Ambient
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John Cale: Fragments of a Rainy Season (Domino) LP
Fragments Of A Rainy Season is the the first live John Cale album to feature him performing solo and “unplugged” – before that term became a mid-’90s buzzword. In contrast to the jaundiced punk truculence of Sabotage/Live (1979) or Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1986), Fragments gives us Cale at his most melodic and moving, a mellowed and certainly a soberer man in a Yamamoto jacket and a lopsided haircut running through a selection of his prettiest songs. The album features incredible versions of “Paris 1919,” “Dying On The Vine,” “Chinese Envoy,” cover versions of the Elvis classic “Heartbreak Hotel,” his devastating treatment of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and a suite of Dylan Thomas’ works “On A Wedding Anniversary,” “Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed” and “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.” 180g 2LP-set housed in printed inner sleeves with download card.

File Under: Rock
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The Caretaker: Everywhere at the End of Time (History Always Favours the Winners) LP
Everywhere At The End of Time is the first in a series of six albums by The Caretaker, aka James Leyland Kirby, slowly cataloguing the stages of early onset dementia. Each album will reveal new points of progression, loss and disintegration, progressively falling further and further towards the abyss of complete memory loss and nothingness. Viewing dementia as a series of stages can be a useful way to understand the illness, but it is important to realize that this only provides a rough guide to the progress of the condition. Drawing on a recorded history of 20 years of recollected memories, this is one final journey and study into recreating the progression of dementia through sound. As the first in the series – and despite its typically frayed loop construction, this volume is the most lucid – subsequent instalments will continue to move into faded obscurity and material erosion. Mastered and cut by Andreas Lupo Lubich. Artwork by Ivan Seal.

File Under: Ambient
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Massimo Catalano & Remigio Ducros: La Fatica (Intervallo) LP
Intervallo present Massimo Catalano & Remigio Ducros’s La Fatica, originally released in 1971. Massimo Catalano (who died in 2013) enjoyed a brief stint of fame after joining the cast of Renzo Arbore’s cult TV show Quelli Della Notte, but he risked to be remembered only for those little, funny sketches he delivered on camera. A few people are aware of Catalano’s great skills as a jazz trumpet player (he played with Louis Armstrong in his career), which he first nurtured with a band called Flippers (also featuring Franco Bracardi on piano and a very young Lucio Dalla on clarinet). For him, the step from jazz to library music was short and easy and he started working his friend Remigio Ducros, composer and piano player, husband of Daniela Casa and author of some rare and extremely refined library albums. The joint efforts of Catalano and Ducros produced two albums only: Idee 1 (1972), featuring Casa in a track, and the beautiful La Fatica, a weird, hard-to-file item, mixing avant-garde, prog moods, electro rhythms, jazz and musique concrète. It’s almost impossible to guess what Catalano and Ducros were looking for, while making this album, but despite the troubles and difficulties during its recording process, listening to La Fatica is a breeze. It’s a continuous surprise, actually, since every track features unexpected tricks and changes. And, exactly like in other Intervallo releases, the title evoke the noise of machinery, the fascination for science and technology and the beauty of factories: “Catena Di Montaggio Rapido” (Rapid Assembly Line), “Sesto Capannone” (Sixth Depot), “Officina Meccanica” (Mechanical Workshop), “Terapia Della Fatica” (Strain Therapy), “Saturazione” (Saturation), “Esperimento 320” (Experiment 320), “Esami Di Laboratorio” (Lab Tests), “Dopo La Tensione” (After The Tension). Edition of 400.

File Under: Electronic, OST, Library, Jazz
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Coil: London Convay Hall 10/12/2002 (East/West) LP
Long standing influential British experimental group Coil began performing live again in 1999 after a 15 year hiatus. These now legendary performances included many pieces that were never released on album, including this album length epic version of “The Universe Is A Haunted House”, captured live 12th of October, 2002 at London’s Convay Hall. Numbered limited edition of 349 copies on purple and white splatter vinyl.

File Under: Industrial, Electronic, Live
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Arthur Doyle: First House (Amish) LP
“First House is the final recordings from free jazz legend and Birmingham, Alabama native, Arthur Doyle. The LP was recorded live at the Stone July 11, 2012 and these six pieces are backed by His New Quiet Screamers, a Brooklyn-based ensemble adding muscle and movement to Doyle’s always already free, non-linear saxophone, flute and vocal lines. Born in Birmingham in 1944, Doyle studied Music Education at Tennessee State University in Nashville. In his early years, Doyle worked with a wide array of musicians and in a broad range of musical styles, from R&B to soul to traditional jazz, collaborating with everyone from future Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeter Walter Miller to funk-soul-disco diva Gladys Knight. Doyle officially emerged on the international jazz scene, however, playing on Noah Howard’s iconic The Black Ark (1968), and later on Milford Graves’s 1976 IPS LP Babi (1977). In 1978, Doyle debuted as a band leader and soloist with Alabama Feeling, released on Charles Tyler’s Ak-Ba label. Alabama Feeling features Charles Stephens (of the Sun Ra Arkestra) on trombone, drummers Rashied Sinan and Bruce Moore, and bassist Richard Williams. After the release of Alabama Feeling, Doyle continued to ignore boundaries and generic conventions, playing with Rudolph Grey as part of The Blue Humans, which introduced his music to NYC’s downtown and no-wave scenes, including the likes of Lee Ranaldo, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore. In the early 1990s, Doyle’s work was re-introduced to another generation, through releases for labels like Ecstatic Peace and Audible Hiss. Since the late ’90s, Doyle continued a fevered pace in terms of his collaborations, most notably with Sunny Murray, Hamid Drake, Takahesi Mizutani (of the Les Rallizes Denudes) and Sabu Toyozumi, among many others. His New Quiet Screamers consists of an acclaimed ensemble of musicians with a wide array of history and associations. Members have played with and/or include: Sunwatchers, Dark Meat, First’s Western Ennisphere, Matana Roberts, among others. This gatefold LP includes a commissioned essay from noted jazz historian Clifford Allen who describes His New Quiet Screamers as ‘vault[ing] and envelop[ing] Doyle’s bursts’ of sound to the point where Doyle ‘sounds positively invigorated.’ Doyle’s final recordings offer what Allen characterizes as a kind of ‘unfurling’ of the free jazz lexicon, offering insights on ‘the spidery architecture of an obliquely referenced standard’ that defined this enigmatic artist’s entire career. Standard and experimental improvisation alike, First House offers a window on Doyle’s last performances, an artist very much at the top of his playing and artistic form.”

File Under: Jazz
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Frustration: Empires of Shame (Born Bad) LP
Frustration, the caring big brothers of the French indie scene, are closely intertwined with Born Bad’s rise to fame. Their pathway in itself is symbolic: hailing from the garage closed circuit from the ’90s, they gave up the tattoos and brilliantine rock to try something different – at the crossroads of punk and cold wave, of Métal Urbain, Killing Joke and Joy Division. The five fellows, not particularly renowned for their technical skills, found themselves invested with a peculiar grace, becoming avant-gardist just as they were entering their forties, and showing the way to a whole generation of bands that suddenly became aware that it was possible. Empires Of Shames is the third album by Frustration. They crushed mountain chains on Relax, uncovered new continents and rainforests with Uncivilized, so it’s only logical they now project to terraform Mars planet with this album that celebrates their return to a cold hostility that echoes the one of punks going by the name of a Polish capital city (Warsaw). “Dreams, Law, Rights And Duties”, “Just Wanna Hide” and “Excess” are punches in the knees as signs of welcome from Fabrice, whose voice wanders from a Curtis-like spleen to a cockney spit. If “Arrows Of Love” sounds like the album’s break, this mesmerizing Smiths-like ballad turns into a proletarian anthem, one of the peaks on the album. “Mother Earth In Rags” will undoubtedly be a hit, given its harangue as baroque and dramatic as a speech from Lenin; “Cause You Runaway” shows that the lads have also listened to James Murphy; and “No Place” is a synth-punk-noise gem that will generate one hell of a pogo at the end of their next concert. Frustration is now this fully grown-up lion that has no intention of ending up as a bedside rug. This is the only reason why we agree to give in to music, this intrusive thing that never asks for our advice. The rest is just a background noise of conceited babbling saturating the feed of our souls.

File Under: Pink, Cold Wave
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Julien Gasc: Kiss Me, You Fool! (Born Bad) LP
Following the inenarrable Cerf, Biche et Faon, Julien Gasc (Aquaserge, Stereolab) delivers Kiss Me, You Fool!. Kiss Me, You Fool! leads the listener far away, into swarms of sound and sentimental, twisted tales, on a quest for illumination that traverses the rich palette of human passions. The title was taken from a graffiti discovered in the ladies toilets of a London pub. It is through this peephole that you can consider, like a voyeur, the paradoxical complexity of this album: At once witty, noble and degenerate, Julien struts his way through it with all the nonchalance of a night-owl dandy. A troubadour of modern times, he sings of unresolved love, self-mockery, the trivialities of daily life and the search for the absolute. The fruit of an exceptional artistic collaboration – featuring Laëtitia Sadier (Stereolab), John Linger (Neils Children), Cathy Lucas (The Oscillation, Vanishing Twin) and Joe Watson – this contrasting, emotional and heterogeneous album nonetheless forms a whole. Here, mirror plays, surrealistic songs and decadent poems unfold elegantly, seductive in their effortlessness. Countering the current norms, Kiss Me, You Fool! cultivates its powerful identity far from today’s musical cliques and fads.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Group Titan: Anatolian Break Dance(Pharaway Sounds) LP
Pharaway Sounds present the first ever reissue of Group Titan’s Anatolian Break Dance, originally released on the Diskotür label in 1985. Turkish ancient melodies get an ’80s electro-funk treatment on this obscure album. Probably the work of an “ad-hoc” studio band (nothing is known about the musicians), this is a delirious mix of exotic melodies and lots of analog synths, cheap Atari-styled electronic effects, distorted guitar and ’80s beatboxes. File under: Anatolian funk, ’80s boogie/electro, cosmic disco, Balearic, oriental grooves.

File Under: Break Dance, Electro-Funk
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Keiji Haino: 1973 Live – Milky Way (Black Truffle) LP
Black Truffle present the first vinyl issue of Keiji Haino’s Milky Way. Originally released as a limited CD in Japan by the short lived Mom ‘N’ Dad Productions in 1993, this release documents a blistering live performance recorded in Kyoto in 1973, five years before the formation of the first line-up of Fushitsusha, and eight years before Haino’s first solo album. Working with a mysterious set-up including primitive electronics, homemade acoustic instruments, piano and voice, Haino lets loose a single 48-minute psychedelic maelstrom, marrying the immersive echo-fields of kosmische music to the rough and ready hands-on feel of classic 1960s live electronics à la MEV or Robert Ashley’s Wolfman. Despite the absence of guitar, this recording clearly lays the groundwork for the epic blowouts which were to make Haino’s name in years to come, building up to a point of almost unbearable intensity in its final minutes as Haino’s voice wails over a wall of distorted DIY electronics. At times presaging the psychedelic noise of C.C.C.C., Milky Way shows Haino’s singular intensity and ritualistic performance style already in full flower at this early date in his long career. Presented in raw and immediate room fidelity (complete with dramatic tape drop-out), this is both an essential historical document and a classic performance in its own right. Presented in a deluxe heavyweight sleeve with an inner sleeve featuring Haino’s poetry in Japanese, with an English translation by Alan Cummings. Original design by Keiji Haino & Yasunori Arai. LP reissue design via Stephen O’Malley. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin June 2016.

File Under: Japanese, Noise, Freakout
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Cory Hanson: The Unborn Capitalist From Limbo (Drag City) LP
Drag City is pleased to announce the solo debut from Wand frontman and frequent Ty Segall collaborator Cory Hanson. The Unborn Capitalist from Limbo was recorded during May of 2016 in various locations across Los Angeles County, and features string arrangements by Heather Lockie. Hanson’s lyrics here are his best to date. By turns naked, leering, playful, evasive, they present a mute, parading statuary - doughy figures waltzing in doomed configurations through bleeding watercolor backdrops across terrains of tangled information. The music is gorgeous and livable. Every surface threatens with the promise of an untold depth; every depth threatens to collapse into a surface.

File Under: Folk, Rock
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Nicolas Jaar: Sirens (Other People) LP
Critically acclaimed Chilean electronic artist and producer Nicolas Jaar returns with his sophomore full-length effort, Sirens, out October 2016 via his own Other People label. The album – which consists of six tracks that each flow seamlessly into the next – is Jaar’s most topically cohesive and politically-minded record to date. Currently based out of New York City, Jaar has received extensive critical praise since the release of his 2011 debut  Space Is Only Noise. He has contributed to BBC Radio 1’s prestigious “Essential Mix” series, winning “Essential Mix of the Year” in 2012, and has performed alongside friend and collaborator Dave Harrington in Darkside. Jaar is founder of the Other People imprint, which has put out releases by a diverse group of artists ranging from Lydia Lunch to DJ Slugo.

File Under: Electronic, Downtempo
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Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang: Reverse Tree (Black Truffle) LP
Black Truffle present Reverse Tree, the new LP from the acclaimed duo of Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney. The two are musicians who have established themselves as powerful voices working at a unique intersection of contemporary composition, improvisation, and Asian traditional music forms. Either individually or as a pair, they have worked in contexts ranging from performances of traditional Persian and Javanese music to collaborations with Sunn O))), but their work together as a duo, on The Face Of The Earth (2012) and Aestuarium, most clearly represents the central concerns of their diverse practices: a music of the inner life of sound, demanding ritualistic focus and promising heightened sensations. On Reverse Tree, the duo expand their work together into the realm of the chamber ensemble, presenting two side-long works that feature Kenney’s voice and Kang’s viola alongside a multitude of other instrumentalists. Kang’s “Thoughts On Being Exiled To The Frontier, For Lord Wei”, inspired by a text by the Tang dynasty poet Hsueh T’ao, features an all-star international ensemble: Kang, Kenney, maverick Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov on violin, Icelandic cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir, and guitarists Oren Ambarchi and Stephen O’Malley. The piece is primarily composed of irregular patterns of pizzicato notes and guitar harmonics, gently falling in and out of sync and providing a subtly unstable support for Kenney’s voice, which at times is reminiscent of Michiko Hirayama’s classic performances of Scelsi. Drawing on 20th century instrumental techniques, alternate tuning systems, non-western music and the experience of nature, the piece opens a space both serene and subtly uneasy. Kenney’s “Elm” features Kenney and vocalist Nova Ruth (Filastine, Twin Sista) alongside an ensemble of strings and Seattle’s Gamelan Pacifica, performing on Javanese instruments tuned to the slendro scale. An uncanny timbre created by bowing the keys of the Gamelan’s instruments, supported by bowed harmonics from the strings, is heard consistently throughout the piece. After a long introductory section in which this harmonic cloud slowly descends from shimmering high notes to rumbling bass, the vocalists enter, singing a slow and stately setting of a 19th century Surakarta poem (attributed to Mangkunegara IV). The poem deals with the idea of a form of knowledge achieved through deeds, as a practice and state of the heart. Presented in a deluxe sleeve designed by Stephen O’Malley; Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker; Cut at 45rpm for maximum fidelity.

File Under: Electronic, Drone

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Ola Kvernberg & The Trondheim Solosists: The Mechanical Fair
(Olsen) LP
Jam-packed with a wellspring of harmonic slingshots, pumping beats and melodic rollercoasters, The Mechanical Fair drew comparisons to Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring upon its original release in 2014. It’s apparent appeal to an surprisingly wide range of musical communities finally brought it right into DJ dance-wiz Todd Terje’s hands. And make no mistake: the physicist’s hands don’t settle for an iPad, it craves vinyl. His wholehearted endorsement led the captain of the Olsen family to clear the rights, assemble his own killer remix and requisitioned Grammy-winning cutting engineer Matt Colton for a gorgeous double 180 gram, half-speed vinyl re-release of the orchestral epic. Originally written for a quintet including heavily merited jazz cats Erik Nylander, Ole Morten Vågan, Petter Vågan and Even Helte Hermansen in 2013, The Mechanical Fair expanded at the initiative of the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, growing bolder and more powerful with the addition of the adventurous and Grammy-winning chamber orchestra The Trondheim Soloists in 2014. Having just spearheaded seven genre blending shows in just six days as the “Artist in Residence” of 2016’s prestigious Molde International Jazz Festival, the multi award-winning Norwegian violinist/multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Ola Kvernberg can look back at an already impressive recording and performing career. The once 17 year old jazz manouche violin sensation quickly and impatiently moved beyond the jazz realm for inspiration – resulting in seven albums as a solo artist, eight feature films as a movie score composer and countless additional recordings as a sideman. His list of collaborators range from jazz legends Pat Metheny and Joshua Redman, via post/prog-rock act Motorpsycho, to collaborations with world renowned novelists Lars Saabye Christensen and Jo Nesbø. His fearless attitude and relentless drive towards the boundaries of genres has given him a well-earned high standing on the Scandinavian scene today. The Mechanical Fair is a genre twisting magnum opus that reaches its true potential with this vinyl release.

File Under: Electronic, Jazz, Classical
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Paul Marcano & Lightdreams: 10,001 Dreams (Got Kinda Lost) LP
A thematic sequel of sorts to the sci-fi psych odyssey exploring cosmic ideology that was the British Columbians 1981 debut, LightDreams’s Islands in Space, 10,001 Dreams from 1982 finds its leader, Paul Marcano, edging closer lyrically to the utopian outer space colonization he’d previously conjured while under the sway of physicist/space activist/author Gerard K. O’Neill. The ever-present percussive acoustic layers from Islands in Space remain, while the new age-like keyboard washes are nearly totally supplanted by mellow, wickedly fuzzed, floating layers of dreamy, treated, atmospheric electric guitar. As scribe Jack D. Fleischer says, at the time of the recording the group had reached, “a certain kind of psychedelic revelation that had become completely frontal,” and that is emphasized by this increased use of soaring electric coloring. Originally issued solely on cassette, Marcano and LightDreams’s home-recorded (yet hi-fi) lysergic creations give nod to the original British psychedelic and progressive eras, while maintaining a firm foot in hook-based, melodic folk’n’pop and are a guaranteed treasure for those searching for unheard and otherworldly joys. First time reissue with remastered sound. In-depth liner notes from collector Jack D. Fleischer and rare photos. Includes download coupon of the 90-minute unexpurgated 1982 cassette release. RIYL: Dreamies, Simones, late ’60s Donovan, Robert Lester Folsom’s more psych-leaning moments, McDonald & Giles, Rick Saucedo, Bobb Trimble, Tyrannosaurus Rex. “10,001 Dreams is a perfect distillation of Paul Marcano’s musical essence: thoughtful, psychedelic, pop-oriented music but with a deeply progressive ear for song structure and the intuitive glow of a well-crafted lyrical refrain.” — Jack D. Fleischer, from the liner notes of 10,001 Dreams.

File Under: Psych, Weirdness, Private Press
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Robert Millis: The Lonesome High (Abdution) LP
Robert Millis is known for many things – co-founder of Climax Golden Twins, Messenger Girl’s Trio, and AFCGT; filmmaker and producer for the Sublime Frequencies label; co-producer of the Victrola Favorites book and cassette series. Now, thanks to The Lonesome High, he’ll be known as a singer/songwriter. After listening to his stunning debut album, you’ll be wondering where the fuck this side of Millis has been lurking all along. He’s been performing some of these tracks live for the past few years crafting them to where they are now – tilted perspectives lodged somewhere between the grittier climate zones of the the Rain Dogs (1985) plateau and a more psychotic trailer park way out on the Death Of A Lady’s Man (1977) peninsula. Millis really delivers the goods here. The songwriting has depth, stinging clarity and vaporizing ambiguity. The more upbeat tracks like “The Run Around”, “Down In The Hold” and “Tricky” have an immediate classic familiarity – hear them once and you’re hooked. But The Lonesome High becomes a monster statement thanks to “Marvelous Fool”, “Charming Chisel”, “Notes On A Scandal”, and “Drowsy Sleeper”. It’s the stark cryptic beauty and detached awareness of these four ballads that define the heart and soul of this record. So if you’re looking for a contemporary troubadour who can actually deliver a solid 40 minutes of listening pleasure (not an easy task these days), you’ll find it right here in spades. Features percussion by Dave Abramson (Diminished Men/Master Musicians Of Bukkake), backing vocals by Alan Bishop (Alvarius B/Sun City Girls). Front cover art by Jesse Paul Miller; Includes a download card.

File Under: Rock, Climax Golden Twins, Sun City Girls
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Hermann Nitsch: 25. Aktion (Cien Fuegos) LP
Hermann Nitsch – Orgien Mysterien Theater – 25. Aktion. Re-performance of 25. Action, March 1982 in the gallery Pakesch, Vienna. The premiere was in New York, in 1968. Hermann Nitsch, an Austrian painter, performance-artist and composer, was a crucial founding artist of “Viennese Actionism”. He has held exhibitions and performed all over the world since the ’60s. The idea of the very sensual and archaic Orgien Mysterien Theater was developed in the late ’50s and has been performed in variations to this day. For this piece, Nitsch works out all settings of the rituals, the feast in great detail, precisely composes days of art, performance, food, wine and music, to celebrate the existence of mankind…

File Under: Classical, Contemporary

obadikahObadikah: s/t (Honest Jon’s) LP
Brand-new, rambunctious, rootsy, spiritual brass-band music from Lagos, with singing, drums and home-made percussion. Obadikah is a group of old friends who play together in the Cherubim & Seraphim and Baptist churches of the Ikeja and Isale Eko districts. A couple of them were founder-members of the Eko Brass Band; they’ve played with pretty much all the key Nigerian reggae artists. The tunes are mostly traditional Yoruban melodies, often sung at bed-time. The songs are mostly original, sung in Yoruba (though “Jomido” is an Egun song from the Badagry area of Lagos state).

File Under: African, Tribal
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OST: Suicide Squad (Atlantic) LP
It feels good to be bad. Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself? Suicide Squad: The Album is as wildly diverse as the Suicide Squad itself, showcasing new and previously unreleased material from some of the most commendable artists in contemporary music. In addition to lead singles like “Heathens” by multi-platinum recording duo Twenty One Pilots; “Sucker For Pain” by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic and Ty Dolla $ign (Feat. X Ambassadors); and “Purple Lamborghini” by Skrillex & Rick Ross; highlights include tracks from such unprecedented assemblages as Action Bronson & Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys) (feat. Mark Ronson], and Skrillex & Rick Ross. What’s more, Suicide Squad: The Album also features new songs from Kevin Gates, Kehlani, Skylar Grey, Grimes and Panic! At The Disco (who offer up an astounding rendition of Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody”). In addition to these new tracks, the album features musical classics from War and Creedence Clearwater Revival, as well as Eminem’s timeless anthem “Without Me” and a modern rendition of Leslie Gore’s classic “You Don’t Own Me” by Grace and contemporary superstar G-Eazy. The album also features the first full-length version of the ConfidentialMX (feat. Becky Hanson) cover of “I Started A Joke,” which was featured in the Suicide Squad Comic-Con trailer, named one of the most-watched trailers of 2015 with over 136 million views since its release.

File Under: OST, Rock

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Papa M: Highway Songs (Drag City) LP
The last time we heard from Papa M, it was 2004 and it was a compilation album. Sure, Papa M was attached to some of the 80s-90s greatest no-core records, especially if you consider his imaginary alter ego, one David Pajo. But that was a long time ago. So why then does Highway Songs spill into our ears with a newness, a vitality that only fresh blood can bring? Pajo’s been writing lines on the guitar since he was a bitty little kid. And now that he’s grown up to be a bitty little man, what’s he gonna do, change? If you think so, you don’t know Pajo – or as he’s been known to sometimes go, Papa M. The instrumental sounds he’s made in the name of these names – on albums with names like Live From a Shark Cage and Whatever, Mortal – implied danger, violence and total alienation, alongside a peaceful, easy, good-willin’ and wide streak of broke-toothed black humor. So, after those classic albums followed by a long silent phase, we’ve now got Highway Songs. With each encroaching moment of Highway Songs, it sounds to us more and more like good old Papa M, as David throws back the veil of tears from recent times to bear witness to miasmic mood-clouds passing not over but through him. Music from where the mind goes when the body is broken. Reflecting time spent hooked up to machines. A good person with bad thoughts, a story told in fragments picked up off the bathroom floor. Smash cuts. It sounds tough, but the Papa M approach is laced with fun amongst the bristle. Take the first single,”Walking on Coronado”, for example – it’s a jaunt into the light, asserting the gumption and optimism that has always run under his bridge. As before, Highway Songs is pretty much all played by Pajo, whose multi-instrumental flair (and Def Leppard-inspired one-legged drum technique) always endures. All these things are what makes Papa M, and it’s damn good to hear them, and him!

File Under: Indie Rock
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Jeff Parker: Slight Freedom (Eremite) LP
Slight Freedom, Jeff Parker’s first ever solo record, presents the first opportunity to hear the guitarist in fully self-revealed circumstances. Recorded in 2013 and 2014 in the Hollywood Hills as he relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles, Parker combines the dark tonal palette and percussive attack he’s known for with real-time processing elements and field recordings, deftly crafting a unique world of solo guitar music – multi-lingual, mysterious, alive with extraordinary sonic events, with a sturdy intelligence in charge and a raw home-style vibe. Jeff Parker is a longtime member of Tortoise. He creates works that explore the contrary relationships between tradition and technology, and improvisation and composition. Slight Freedom is yet another defining moment for Parker in 2016, a year that already includes a brilliant ensemble album (The New Breed) and Tortoise’s 25th anniversary tour and record (The Catastrophist). Parker’s title composition sets the albums cavernous mood. Terse lines and ricocheting loops morph into a gnarly ambient section that resembles Neil Young droning out over a copy of Discreet Music (1975). Parker creates a different sort of ambient space in his take on Frank Ocean’s “Super Rich Kids”, bending the melody around a bossa nova rhythm into a Moodsville tone poem. Parker makes an extraordinary long-form statement out of Chad Taylor’s “Mainz”, a piece he first recorded with Taylor and bassist Chris Lopes on the album Bright Light In Winter (2011). Twice the length of the trio recording, the multi-layered soliloquy finds Parker leaping from the high rung to damn near orchestral heights, pushing his techniques and concepts to their breaking points. It’s one of the great solo performances you’ll hear from a musician this year. To say “Lush Life” comes with formidable baggage is an understatement. Parker achieves instant classic status with a rendition that sounds beamed-in from a decommissioned satellite – burned out, covered in space grit, yet still formally nuanced and beautifully reflective of Strayhorn’s world-weary lyrics. Mastered by Helge Sten at Audio Virus. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl by RTI; Presented in a heavyweight Stoughton “laserdisc” sleeve, printed by Stoughton; Silkscreened by Alan Sherry of Siwa, who also silkscreened the labels and the inner sleeves; Edition of 850.

File Under: Jazz, Tortoise
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Peymont: Cibernetica (Intervallo) LP
Intervallo present a reissue of Peymont’s Cibernetica, originally released in 1971. Back in 1971, when this real gem of electronic experimentation was released, the term “cybernetic” was used to refer to the future. Or, at least, to an obscure science in the hands of a few experts, conducting experiments in rooms filled with huge electronic calculators. Automated controls, auto-regulation, information theory, those were abstract, uncommon and rarely used concepts which would change the world in a few years, and, in our case, deeply influenced an album which, almost half a century later, remains a mystery. The Greek origin of the word used as a title (“kybernetes”, which indicates the pilot of a ship) is not very helpful and it’s still a mystery as to who is hiding under the Peymont alias. For many years it was commonly believed that Peymont was Piero Umiliani in disguise, but some of the most respected theories explain that the nickname was used to hide the identity of Luigi Malatesta – composer of film scores, music libraries and, oddly enough, the hymn of the Italian political party Democrazia Cristiana – or the world famous Egisto Macchi (a more fascinating and plausible thesis). The 13 tracks featured on Cibernetica bring to the mind the most abstract and experimental compositions of Macchi. This music is constantly a means to research and explore: the listener can almost see the author and the musicians – whoever they are – locked in a research lab (“Laboratorio Di Ricerche”) while assembling thermoionic valves (“Valvole Termoioniche”) and artificial kidneys (“Reni Artificiali”), using an oscilloscope (“Oscilloscopio”) or an electronic calculator (“Calcolatore Elettronico”), discussing about analysis and distillation (“Analisi E Distillazione”), electronic impulses (“Impulsi Elettronici”) and automatism (“Automatismo”). Edition of 400.

File Under: Library
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The Silence: Nine Suns, One Morning (Drag City) LP
Nine Suns, One Morning is the third album from The Silence since their formation in Tokyo in July of 2014. Fronting the sound of The Silence is Masaki Batoh (formerly of the legendary Japanese band Ghost), who along with his band mates calls upon the indigenous and the mysterious aspects of the spiritual world, as exemplified by western rock in blues and British traditional music. For those following the story, previous album, Hark the Silence, emphasized the solvent quality of open air and the liquidity of free-flowing improvisation from which songs might eventually appear. Nine Suns, One Morning departs from the moody gothic skies under which the slow-boiling jams of Hark, the Silence unfolded, to return to the song oriented approach that marked The Silence’s debut album. The difference this time is that the deep space accessed on Hark, the Silence strikes into the new songs, infusing them with wider reach and greater cosmic power than before. From the ethereal flute playing to jazz time signatures to squalling psychedelic guitars, The Silence celebrate a metamorphic fusion of rock and roll music – transform along with them!

File Under: Psych, Japanese, Rock
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Slapp Happy: Sort of (Tapete) LP
Tapete present a reissue of Slapp Happy’s Sort Of, originally released in 1972. Left-wing intellectual film critic Uwe Nettelbeck, who had good connections to Polydor, had set up his own studio in rural Wümme, disrupting the mainstream with pioneering sounds by the likes of Faust, inventively engineered by the “boffin’s boffin”, Kurt Graupner. By the time Anthony Moore, one of Nettelbeck’s charges, approached his third album in 1972, Polydor’s accounting department was fast losing patience with all that experimentalism. So Nettelbeck suggested to Moore that he might write some straight songs (relatively speaking), which in turn prompted Moore to invite his old school friend Peter Blegvad over to Hamburg to form the band Slapp Happy. Dagmar Krause, a young singer from Hamburg and Moore’s girlfriend, joined them both on their trip to Wümme to record what was to become Sort Of, using Faust as a backing band. A second album emerged, eschewing, even more clearly than the Sort Of, the heavy rock idioms of the era for an anti-macho playfulness that presaged the sparseness of post punk and the dry jangle of early indie. Nonetheless, Polydor pulled the plug, and Uwe Nettelbeck signed Faust and Slapp Happy over to Richard Branson’s nascent Virgin imprint. At the Manor, they would rerecord their second album with UK musicians, bells and whistles for a 1974 release as Slapp Happy, burying the original version in the vaults not to reemerge until 1980 as Acnalbasac Noom. After being asked which version they prefer today, the band does not take long to choose: “For the more direct approach it would have to be Acnalbasac Noom. It had a naïve spontaneity to it. Naïve in the nicest sense of the word.”

File Under: Krautrock, Electronic
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Slapp Happy: Acnalbasac Noom (Tapete) LP
Tapete present a reissue of Slapp Happy’s Acnalbasac Noom, originally released in 1980. Left-wing intellectual film critic Uwe Nettelbeck, who had good connections to Polydor, had set up his own studio in rural Wümme, disrupting the mainstream with pioneering sounds by the likes of Faust, inventively engineered by the “boffin’s boffin”, Kurt Graupner. By the time Anthony Moore, one of Nettelbeck’s charges, approached his third album in 1972, Polydor’s accounting department was fast losing patience with all that experimentalism. So Nettelbeck suggested to Moore that he might write some straight songs (relatively speaking), which in turn prompted Moore to invite his old school friend Peter Blegvad over to Hamburg to form the band Slapp Happy. Dagmar Krause, a young singer from Hamburg and Moore’s girlfriend, joined them both on their trip to Wümme to record what was to become Sort Of, using Faust as a backing band. A second album emerged, eschewing, even more clearly than the Sort Of, the heavy rock idioms of the era for an anti-macho playfulness that presaged the sparseness of post punk and the dry jangle of early indie. Nonetheless, Polydor pulled the plug, and Uwe Nettelbeck signed Faust and Slapp Happy over to Richard Branson’s nascent Virgin imprint. At the Manor, they would rerecord their second album with UK musicians, bells and whistles for a 1974 release as Slapp Happy, burying the original version in the vaults not to reemerge until 1980 as Acnalbasac Noom. After being asked which version they prefer today, the band does not take long to choose: “For the more direct approach it would have to be Acnalbasac Noom. It had a naïve spontaneity to it. Naïve in the nicest sense of the word.”

File Under: Electronic, Krautrock
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Soggy: s/t (Outer Battery) LP
“Formed in 1978, Soggy started with covers of Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, MC5 and the Stooges but quickly began writing their own songs and developed a unique style, mixing hard rock and punk rock in a Stooges vein. In April of ’81, the Waiting For The War 7″ was released and a video was shot for French TV. After more than 100 concerts, the band split in July of 1982 but their cult status has only grown over the years. The French label Memoire Neuve released their record in an edition of just 500 copies and it is now long out of print. Original copies of that LP and the single are now in hot demand in collector circles, with original copies of the single selling for over $200. This release from Outer Battery is the full LP, including the tracks from the Waiting For The War single!”

File Under: Hard Rock, Punk
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Mika Vainio: Mannerlaatta (Ideal) 3LP
Mannerlaatta (“Tectonic Plate”) is Mika Vainio’s soundtrack for a “74 minute Lettrist film made entirely without a camera” by Finnish film maker Mika Taanila; his third following their previous collaborations: 2002’s A Physical Ring and 2015’s Return Of The Atom (the soundtrack was released by Blast First Petite in 2016 as Atomin Paluu – PTYT 086CD/LP). The music was written very early on in the film’s two-and-a-half year development, and subsequently held a strong sway over the rhythm of the film’s editing and visual narration – which takes place as a series of black and white images made from photocopying various travel documents, which were later photographed onto 35mm reversal film in a darkroom, and overlaid with text by poet Harry Salmenniemi. As Vainio tends to use a set-up of a homebuilt kit, unchanged from his very earliest productions, each new release is effectively a subtle alteration/refinement of his brutalist but tactile process of creation. And, going by that timeline of events, we’d speculate that Mannerlaatta was conceived somewhere in the wake of his staggering Kilo and the much sweeter Konstellaatio side as Ø, which is roughly where its aesthetics also lie. The 50 minute score breaks down to six sections, each exploring the full frequency spectrum of his patented, greyscale tonal palette, largely swerving a fixed rhythmic meter to occupy a weightless, out-of-reach mid-ground that seduces us headlong into his chasmic designs and best suits the black and white film imagery. Key to the recording’s appeal – as with most Vainio gear – is that peripheral sense of spatial dynamic and his unpredictable manipulation of amplitude; whether dangling the listener over abyssal sub-bass dimensions, needling with icy prongs, or occasionally alleviating the tension with teasing pads which evaporate back into the æther as though they were never there, ultimately leaving the listener at rapt and at his mercy for the duration. Mastered by Denis Blackham; Cover design by Nullvoid.

File Under: Electronic, OST, Experimental
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Mike Watt: Ring Spiel Tour ’95 (Columbia) LP
Columbia/Legacy present a double vinyl release of Mike Watt’s thunderous live concert recording Ring Spiel Tour ’95. Available for the first time commercially in any format, Ring Spiel Tour ’95 is a thrilling audio document of ‘the man in the van with a bass in his hands’ trailblazing 1995 solo tour, recorded at the legendary Metro club in Chicago, featuring an all-star backing band. In February 1995, Columbia Records released Ball-Hog or Tugboat?, the first solo release by Mike Watt, the influential punk rock bassist/musician whose bands – Minutemen and fIREHOSE – helped define the sound and direction of rock. Also known as The Wrestling Album, Ball-Hog or Tugboat? featured the punk pioneer’s collaborations with artistic peers and descendants, such as Henry Rollins, Flea, Thurston Moore, J Mascis, Adam Horovitz, Mike Diamond, Frank Black, Dave Pirner, Evan Dando, Nels Cline, Pat Smear, Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder, among many other friends, ‘getting into the ring’ with Watt. In March 1995, Columbia announced that Watt would be hitting the road for the first time as a solo artist. Members of opening bands Hovercraft and Foo Fighters –  Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and drummer William Goldsmith – joined headliner Watt on-stage as eager participants of the jaw-dropping back-up band heard on the Ring Spiel Tour ’95 album. Watt’s relentlessly energetic set at The Metro on May 6, 1995 is an astonishing sonic time machine, catapulting the listener back to that historic gig, with Watt and his fired-up and raw back-up squad, the musical lineup constantly shifting between performances to accommodate the different feel and shape of each song. Ring Spiel Tour ’95 is being released with the full authorization of all participating members, providing fans a fitting, thrilling testament of Watt’s enduring and continuing punk rock D.I.Y. musical imprint.

File Under: Rock
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Yantra Mandir: s/t (Mental Groove) LP
Conceived in the cultural cellars of Bangkok, Thailand, and Geneva, Switzerland, Yantra Mandir the nine-track LP by Jerome Doudet, aka Yantra Mandir aka The Dude of Stratosphear, casts a wide net over experimental meditative ambient music, progressive drone, Brahmanic accents, and ritual oscillations. Together, this work represents a 20 year journey in Geneva of musical production, artistic expression, and the melting pot of experiences fused with the rich legacy of Indian spiritual sounds. The LP is partly a collaboration between five close collaborators, each contributing a single sound to complete the jigsaw, and partly comprised of field recordings of Bopa musicians from Rajasthan, in northern India. Added to the confluence are intricate layers of electric bass and electronic vibrations. The name derives from ancient Sanskrit words emblematic of the overarching sound. “Yantra” is the Sanskrit word for mystical diagrams found in the Tantric traditions of the Indus Valley. These diagrams are used to worship dieties at home or in temples, as a meditation aid, and to activate the various benefits and occult powers as defined by Hindu astrological and Tantric texts. “Mandir” is the Sanskrit word for a place in which a still mind and soul float freely search of life, peace, joy, and comfort. For centuries, the mandir has remained the nexus of a community where people forget their differences and voluntarily unite. “Garden of Reality” is the musical meeting point between Europe, Southeast Asia, and India – and everything in between from past, present, and future. Jerome Doudet was born in the beginning of the ’70s with a father DJing in disco clubs. Raised in the alternative scene of the very international city of Geneva Switzerland, he started playing bass at the age of ten and spinning various old punk/funk/rock/reggae in squats all along the ’90s. Bass player in bands such as Knut and Half Japanese, he now works with the experimental kraut band Bliscappen Van Maria, and on his tantric bass solo project Yantra Mandir. After many trips to India and South East Asia the Dude, always in search of new sounds, has sharpened his globe-spanning mix with far eastern psychedelic music and with largely unheard gems from across the musical spectrum. 140 gram vinyl with printed inner sleeves in gatefold sleeve. Edition of 300.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient, World
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Various: Kwangkay: Funerary Music of the Dayak Benuaq of Borneo (Sublime Frequencies) LP
Numbering less than 1000 people, the Dayak Benuaq from the Eastern Kalimantan region of Indonesian Borneo still practice many of their traditional ceremonial customs. This album of field recordings presents the music associated with the kwangkay, the secondary mortuary ritual celebrated by the Dayak Benuaq, recorded live on location by Vincenzo Della Ratta. According to the Benuaq belief system, upon death the soul of the human being is transformed into the liau, associated with the physical body, and the kelelungan, associated with the intellect or the head. Both the liau and the kelelungan temporarily reside in a sort of cosmic location, connected respectively with the bones and the skull of the deceased, who has entered a state of deep unconsciousness, as yet neither pertaining completely to the realm of the living, nor to that of the dead. Music plays a key role within the kwangkay, as it is crucial for guiding the liau and kelelungan spirits to their final destinations. It is also intended to please the spirits of the dead by providing them with entertainment. This ritual includes a night dance performed for the spirits and accompanied by a musical piece known as the ngerangkau. These rites and ceremonies are often dedicated to several deceased persons and are held within a house belonging to one of their family members. Featured here are two different versions of the ngerangkau, with their long, trance-inducing rhythmic gong patterns. There are two more tracks on the album which are not specifically related to the kwangkay. “Titi Mati” is a gong piece commonly played to proclaim the recent death of a villager. And finally, a nocturnal soundscape of a village by the river Mahakam, a channel of transport and communication which is essential for the local people of the Benuaq territories. Limited edition LP; includes insert of text and images by Vincenzo Della Ratta.

File Under: World, Indonesia

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Various: Music of the Bahnar People from the Central Highlands of Vietnam (Sublime Frequencies) LP
Sublime Frequencies present a collection of music from the Bahnar people who live in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The Bahnar are famous for their rich musical culture and this is perhaps the first-ever release to introduce the full range of Bahnar musical instruments and styles, including gong ensemble, bamboo zither, bamboo xylophone, bamboo fiddle with mouth resonator, and folk songs. Melodic and hypnotic, this music was selected from recordings made in the Kon Tum province from 2006 to 2015 by Eisuke Yanagisawa. One of many highlights of these recordings is a most unusual and stunning instrument – the bamboo fiddle with mouth resonator – which creates an effect that is on one hand an organic auto-tuner of sorts and on the other Peter Frampton coming alive on his 1970s talk-box. The Bahnar’s music has been passed down through the ages in each village but is now endangered because of cultural assimilation related to changes in their lifestyles and living environment. These recordings preserve for us the vestiges of a traditional music culture that might no longer be heard in the near future. Includes performances by Kaly Tran And His Ensemble, A Wen, A Thut And His Ensemble, Gong Ensemble Of Kon Kotu Village, Y Tham & A Hieu, A Thao and Gong Ensemble Of The Long Loi Village. Limited edition LP; includes insert of text and images by Eisuke Yanagisawa.

File Under: World, Vietnam

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Various: Shake Some Action 1.1 (Shake Some Action) LP
The Shake Some Action series returns with the first two volumes of the long out-of-print collection of power pop, mod and new-wave rarities from 1975-1986, on vinyl for the first time. Each of the original CD’s 24 tracks are split across two vinyl editions, featuring a dozen rare tracks on each. Volume 1.1, presented here, focuses on the UK and Volume 2.1 (SSA 002LP), focuses on the USA. All killer, no filler – eschewing the obvious genre names, instead digging deep and turning up gems galore. A dozen tunes drenched in melody, youthful adrenaline and power chords. Volume 1.1 is dedicated to bands from the UK and includes such classic tracks as Seventeen’s “Don’t Let Go”, The Invaders’s “Best Thing I Ever Did”, and The Kick!’s “Let’s Get Back Together”, alongside nine more tracks you are meant to be play loud and shout along with. Also features: The Boyfriends, The Distractions, Last Stand, Really 3rds, The Donkeys, Slowguns, Tonight, and Tours. Includes a full color sleeve, plus an insert with extensive liner notes by Alan Fleagle. Edition of 400.

File Under: Power Pop, Mod, New Wave

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Various: Shake Some Action 2.1 (Shake Some Action) LP
The Shake Some Action series returns with the first two volumes of the long out-of-print collection of power pop, mod and new-wave rarities from 1975-1986, on vinyl for the first time. Each of the original CD’s 24 tracks are split across two vinyl editions, featuring a dozen rare tracks on each. Volume 1.1, (SSA 001LP), focuses on the UK and Volume 2.1, presented here, focuses on the USA. Volume 2.1 is a more (power) pop affair, with more jangle, but no less manic energy and plenty of teen spirit. The album opens strong with certified should’ve-been smash by The Shivvers, “Teen Line”, and includes such lost classics as Reaction Formation’s “Looking at You” and Revolver’s driving version of “Some Other Guy” plus nine more tracks you need. Also features: Holly & The Italians, The Infidels, The Notes, Gary Charlson, The Pop, The Marshalls, SVT, The Zippers, and The Secrets. Includes a full color sleeve, plus an insert with extensive liner notes by Alan Fleagle. Edition of 400.

File Under: Power Pop, Mod, New Wave

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Various: Slow Grind Fever 6 (Stag-o-Lee) LP
Slow Grind Fever Volume 6 was compiled by Slow Grind Fever guest DJ Simon Laxton. Expect the best in late ’50s slow dance. Features: Little Jimmy Scott, Bo Diddley, Jeanette B. Washington, Don Sargent And The Buddies, Bob Kayli, Malcolm Dodds, Bill Doggett, Donnie Elbert, Eddie Jacobs, Lavern Baker, Aki, Freddie And The Hitch-Hikers, The Delta Rythm Boys and Jon Thomas.

File Under: Exotica, Dance Party

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Various: Sri Lanka: The Golden Era of Sinhalese & Tamil Folk-Pop Music (Akuphone) LP
Sri Lanka still remained one of the rare South Asian countries whose folk-pop music from the 1960-70s had not yet been compiled abroad. This gap is now to be filled with Sri Lanka: The Golden Era Of Sinhalese And Tamil Folk-Pop Music. This compilation presents the diversity of Sri Lankan musical styles between 1967 and 1979 through 30 titles. It comes along with a booklet depicting the country’s historical, cultural and musical context. Sri Lanka possesses a great variety of musical traditions and influences which have been shaped by centuries of regional and international exchanges. If Sri Lankan music is undeniably part of South Asian musical culture, its heritage is also a product of almost five centuries of European imperialism. Coming from an original form of creolization, as defined by Edouard Glissant, the baila bears the trace of both the African diaspora and the Iberian influences on the country. The Kaffirs – African slaves deported by the Portuguese – introduced African sounds, while the Portuguese brought their musical traditions and instruments (cavaquinho, mandolin, violin, tambourines). The baila, reminiscent of Caribbean calypso, became the ultimate popular music and dance. The sarala gee (also called light classical music) is a combination of Indian inspired music, either classical or close to Bollywood productions, with Sinhalese lyrics and a slight pop accent. In the early 1960s, the music label Sooriya Records, with founder Gerald Wickremesooriya, were determined to put into light proper Sri Lankan music. Wickremesooriya invented the “new sound of Ceylonese pop” and quickly, the label’s hits were broadcasted on Radio Ceylon, the number one radio for a long time. Sooriya Records’s catalog reflected the diversity of Sri Lankan musical styles of the times: Anglo-Saxon influenced Sinhalese pop stood next to the baila or the sarala gee. Traditional instrumental music, were also edited by the label. This selection, mainly constituted of titles from Sooriya Records’s catalog, presents the most popular artists of the times. Features: Pau Fernando, W.D. Amaradeva, Clarence Wijewardena, Paramesh, The Fortunes, Sanath & Malkanthi Nandasiri, A.E. Manoharan, Pani Bharatha & Party, Mignonne & The Jetliners, Shan, Amitha Dalugama, Maxwell Mendis, Police Reserve Hewisi Band, Shiromi Fernando, Wimala Amaradeva, Indrani Perera, Winslow Six, The Moonstones & Indrani Perera, Sidasi Turya Vadayako, Nalino Nel, Los Flamincos, Lilanthi Karunanayake, Claude & The Sensations With Noeline Mendis, H.R. Jothipala, The Golden Chimes and Victor Ratnayaka.

File Under: World, Tamil, Pop

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Various: Tropical Britxotica! (Trunk) LP
The incredible follow-up to the successful Britxotica! and Britxotica Goes East! LPs. This time, Jonny Trunk and the legendary DJ Martin Green take the listener to a magical musical place full of tropical delights – with songs of heatwaves, coral reefs, Haitian rituals and treasure islands, not forgetting the stormy seas and the odd hurricane. 16 tracks in all from a post-war era of musical adventure, this is Britxotica at its very hottest, most exotic and very best – incredible, rare, lost and exotic music from the wild British isles. Britxotica! (pronounced “Britzotica”) neatly describes an odd and yet undocumented pre-Beatles British musical scene where famed UK composers, as well as unknown singers and bandleaders, threw convention on holiday and went wild. For part three of the Britxotica series, the compilation goes to the South Seas for a musical adventure of stormy seas, Hawaiian honeymoons, spooky rituals, dreamy walks through mango groves and a few sips from the juicy coconut. But this is more than just exotic music, the talent here is breathtaking: Kenny Graham, George Melley, Ted Heath, Malcolm Lockyer, Edmundo Ros and more -legendary artists adventuring into unknown territory with incredible results. There are songs and instrumentals here to charm and even beguile – there’s even an amazing British cover of “Quite Village” – when did you ever hear one of those? This is wonderfully obscure music, and only Trunk records could compile and package such a compilation of bizarre and super rare British music so superbly. This all new compilation of British treasures is like no other, and will have you booking your ticket to the South Seas for Christmas. Featuring: Lucille Mapp, Frank Weir, The Sound Of Ed White, Ron Goodwin, Geoff Love, Marion Ryan, Dick Katz, International ‘Pops’ All Stars, Johnny Gentle, Betty Smith And The Malcolm Lockyer Group, Martinas And His Music and Norrie Paramor. Single LP on standard black wax.

File Under: Tropicalia, Exotica

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Various: Togo Soul 70: Selected Rare Togolese Recordings from 1971 – 1981 (Hot Casa) LP
Hot Casa present Togo Soul 70: Selected Rare Togolese Recordings From 1971 To 1981. A treasure-trove of rare and unusual recordings, mostly recorded in Lomé during the ’70s – a fusion of traditional voodoo chants, raw soul and Afro jazz. Finding these tracks and their rights holders hasn’t become any easier even after few trips all over this west African country bordered by Ghana, Benin and Burkina Faso. With Togo Soul 70, Hot Casa have selected 13 tracks, a snapshot of hundreds of rare and often forgotten tapes from the most prolific, professional and exciting phase of the country’s recording history, including international stars like Bella Bellow (who even performed at Maracana Stadium in Brazil), or Roger Damawuzan, referred to as the James Brown from Lomé, and forgotten tapes and brilliant songs in the Mina, Kabyié and Fon languages. Many of the tracks featured here are peppered with innovation and experimentation, highlighting how diverse the music scene in Togo was at the time, even if the political context influenced their creation. A must have for all music lovers. This selection was used as the soundtrack for the documentary Togo Soul 70, directed by Liz Gomis and DJ Julien Lebrun. Features: Akofa Akoussah, Napo De Mi Amor, Aimé Orchis Mathey, Toite Sandja, Gabelo, Wini & Fefe, Adamah & Agbote, Vewonyi DD, Dk Pilo and Yta Jourias.

File Under: Afro Jazz, Soul, Voodoo

…..Restocks…..

Arcade Fire: Funeral (Merge) LP
Arcade Fire: Suburbs (Merge) LP
Nick Cave: Push The Sky Away (Bad Seed) LP
Cluster & Eno: s/t (Bureau B) LP
Coil: Backwards (Cold Spring) LP
Julie Cruise: Floating (Plain) LP
J Dilla: Donut (Stones Throw) LP
Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (Columbia) LP
Bob Dylan: The Times They Are A Changin’ (Columbia) LP
Gastr Del Sol: Camoufleur (Drag City) LP
Goat: World Music (Rocket) LP
Gorillaz: s/t (EMI) LP
Al Green: Get’s Next to You (Fat Possum) LP
Al Green: Greatest Hits (Fat Possum) LP
Al Green: I’m Still In Love With You (Fat Possum) LP
Al Green: Let’s Stay Together (Fat Possum) LP
Sharon Jones: Dap-Dippin’ (Daptone) LP
Sharon Jones: I Learned The Hardway (Daptone) LP
Madvillian: Madvilliany (Stones Throw) LP
Modest Mouse: Lonesome Crowded West (Glacial) LP
Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar) LP
OST: Jodorowsky’s Dune (Cinewax) LP
OST: Stranger Things (Lakeshore) LP
Jim O’Rourke: Bad Timing (Drag City) LP
Pearl Jam:  Ten (Epic) LP
Pearl Jam: Versus (Epic) LP
Painkiller: Execution Ground (Karl) LP
Wilson Picket: I Don’t Want No Part Time (Cornbread) LP
Red Fang: Whales & Leechs (Relapse) LP
Django Reinhardt: Django (Dol) LP
Sun Ra: Nubians of Plutonia (Cornbread) LP
Tool: Lateralus (Zoo) LP
White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan (Third Man) LP
Various: African Scream Contest (Analog Africa) LP
Various: Forge Your Own Chains (Now Again) LP
Various: Psych Funk 101 (World Psych Funk Classics) LP

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…..news letter #770 – deep froze…..

Well, it’s a bit chilly, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping the holiday shopping. Nor is it stopping the sellers! We’ve had some nice used stuff showing up, and we are trying to keep up as best we can. If you are looking for something specific, please get in as soon as possible, we still have plenty of shipments to come before xmas, but me can only do so much. Stay warm!

…..pick of the week…..

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Various: Doing it in Lagos (Soundways) LP
A little something hot, for these cold days…. Soundway Records present a new compilation of twenty one rare and mostly unavailable tracks from the slick and sassy world of Nigerian pop music and club culture of the early 1980s. Buoyed by an explosive oil boom and a return to democracy after a series of military dictatorships, Nigeria’s economy in the years of the early ‘80’s was mirrored by its recording industry as countless young artists and groups hit the airwaves and dancefloors of the capital and beyond. It was a glossy, brash new form of pop music born out of ashes of late 1970s disco and funk and, just as in America, was the soundtrack to a new generation for whom money, style and flirtation trumped the overblown psychedelia of the previous decade. Eager to sound as American as possible with no hint of the fervour for afro-beat, afro-rock and afrocentric thinking that the 1970s had thrown up, a new generation of young artists and performers turned their backs on their cultural roots in music and sought a new kind of stardom and fame firmly connected to the glossy, snazzy world of the 1980s that was erupting in the USA and Europe. The 1970s flares and cuban heels began to disappear, in their place came sleek suits, rolled-up sleeves, bow-ties, jumpsuits, leather jackets, greased hair and a firm nod in the stylistic direction of Michael Jackson. The earliest cuts on the collection are firmly rooted within the deep disco sound of 1979 & 1980 before progressing into the boogie and pop that typified the years 1982-84: falsetto vocals, synths, slap-bass, handclaps and a sharp emphasis on the groove. Steered at the helm by a handful of legendary producers who had cut their teeth in the studios and groups 1970s (Jake Sollo, Lemmy Jackson, Tony Essien, Odion Iruoje) alongside some fresh new faces (Nkono teles and Tony Okoroji) the scene was fronted by a new generation of young singers both male and female and with the economy flourishing album sales were at an all time high. This was the age of the celebrity, mobile club-DJ and with vastly improved sound equipment, recorded music quickly began to displace live bands in the discos and clubs of a quickly expanding Lagos. These were places where a seamless mix of American and local music played all night – ever more pressure for Nigerian recordings to stand up against the offerings from overseas prompting some producers and artists to record in London or the USA despite Lagos having the best studios in West Africa. With a never-ending discussion about what ‘World Music’ may or may not be and in a time where the influence of African, Latin and Caribbean music is firmly accepted as an instrumental and integral ingredient in the formation of disco and proto-house music, this compilation hopes to make a strong case for the Nigerian chapter of the story. This is disco-boogie-pop music that just happens to be from Nigeria and as such deserves to sit in the correct section of the record store and not in the restricting confines of the ‘World Music’ ghetto despite its geographic provenance. Echoes of the vast compendium of 1960 & 70s sounds from West Africa’s biggest recording industry are there if you listen carefully just as Soca and Latin music is echoed in the disco and soul of New York City but this is not music that deserves to be sidelined just because of where it’s from. Many of the original albums these tracks are taken from fetch insane prices online due to their rarity and so it’s with great pleasure that we present a selection here that evokes a golden boomtime in Nigerian music history. It’s perhaps not for the purists who think they know what African music should sound like but hey, relax …this music should make you make move, make you smile, (hopefully make some of you reminisce over your youth) …. it’s what it was made for.

File Under: Africa, Disco, Boogie
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…..new arrivals…..

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Beck: Sea Change (Geffen) LP
In tomorrow… Since introducing himself to the world in 1994 with his genre-defying, multi-platinum debut, Mellow Gold, Beck has blazed a path into the future while simultaneously foraging through the past. Throughout his singular career he has utilized all manners and eras of music, blurring boundaries and shattering expectations with each album. From the world-tripping atmospherics of 1998’s Mutations and the florescent funk of 1999’s Midnite Vultures through the somber reflections of 2002’s Sea Change, 2005’s platinum tour de force Guero and 2006’s sprawling The Information, no Beck record has ever sounded like its predecessor. In the fall of 2016, UMe will begin to reissue Beck’s entire envelope-pushing DGC/Geffen/Interscope catalog on vinyl, beginning in October with the trifecta of his 1996 Grammy Award-winning game-changer, Odelay, 2002’s beautiful, brokenhearted, Sea Change, and 2005’s Guero, which saw Beck reunite with the Dust Brothers. Sea Change will be released as a double LP while Guero will be made available for the first time ever as a single LP. Mellow Gold, Mutations, Midnight Vultures, The Information and Modern Guilt will follow at a later date. Beck’s seventh album, Sea Change, signified a dramatic musical shift in sound and tone from its predecessor, the funky, R&B-influenced Midnite Vultures, and as its title suggested, was a profound transformation. Inspired by the dissolution of a longtime relationship, Beck transformed his sadness into both his most personal and beautiful record to date, trading his trademark sample-filled songs and impressionistic, irreverent lyrics for pensive melodies, sweeping strings and direct, confessional lyrics. Produced by Nigel Godrich, the album, which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, was made with a full band which included guitarist Smokey Hormel, keyboard player Roger Manning, drummer Joey Waronker; Beck’s father, David Campbell, provided string arrangements. While widely praised upon release in 2002, the album has only grown in stature. Rolling Stone’s David Fricke hailed it as “the best album Beck has ever made,” adding it’s his “Blood On The Tracks,” and the record was listed in their 2009 definitive list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” and the “100 Best Albums of the 2000s.” In SPIN’s 10-year anniversary piece, they declared it “the best melancholy album of the millennium” while The Guardian called it “his masterpiece.”

File Under: Alt Rock
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Beck: Odelay (Geffen) LP
In tomorrow… Since introducing himself to the world in 1994 with his genre-defying, multi-platinum debut, Mellow Gold, Beck has blazed a path into the future while simultaneously foraging through the past. Throughout his singular career he has utilized all manners and eras of music, blurring boundaries and shattering expectations with each album. From the world-tripping atmospherics of 1998’s Mutations and the florescent funk of 1999’s Midnite Vultures through the somber reflections of 2002’s Sea Change, 2005’s platinum tour de force Guero and 2006’s sprawling The Information, no Beck record has ever sounded like its predecessor. In the fall of 2016, UMe will begin to reissue Beck’s entire envelope-pushing DGC/Geffen/Interscope catalog on vinyl, beginning in October with the trifecta of his 1996 Grammy Award-winning game-changer, Odelay, 2002’s beautiful, brokenhearted, Sea Change, and 2005’s Guero, which saw Beck reunite with the Dust Brothers. Sea Change will be released as a double LP while Guero will be made available for the first time ever as a single LP. Mellow Gold, Mutations, Midnight Vultures, The Information and Modern Guilt will follow at a later date. Originally released 20 years ago in June 1996 on DGC, Odelay was Beck’s breakthrough follow-up to his platinum bow, Mellow Gold. Selling more than two million copies in the U.S., the double-platinum-certified Odelay featured classics that loom large in Beck’s live sets to this day, including “Where It’s At,” “Devils Haircut” and “The New Pollution.” Odelay won two Grammy Awards in 1997, Best Alternative Music Album and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for “Where It’s At,” and was Beck’s first album to be nominated for Album of the Year – the top honor his most recent album Morning Phase took home in 2015. Produced by Beck with collaborators the Dust Brothers, Odelay continued to demonstrate and expand upon Beck’s eclectic stylistic palette. It was universally praised upon its release, named Album of the Year in both Rolling Stone and the prestigious Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics’ poll, as well as the U.K. New Musical Express’ critics’ poll, where the album represented Beck’s platinum breakthrough in England. In 1998, Q magazine readers voted Odelay one of the greatest albums of all time, while Rolling Stone ranked it in its 2003 list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time,” and #9 on its list of the “100 Best Albums of the ’90s.”

File Under: Alt Rock
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Nick Cave & Warren Ellis: Hell or High Water OST (Milan) LP
Hell Or High Water tells the story of two desperate brothers – a divorced father (Chris Pine) and hard living ex-con (Ben Foster) – who begin a string of bank robberies in order to raise enough money to protect their family farm from bank foreclosure. An aging sheriff (Jeff Bridges) tracks the robberies and attempts to hunt down the criminals in this crime drama written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) and directed by David Mackenzie (Starred Up). This American classic in the making features a beautiful guitar and string driven score composed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (The Road, The Proposition, The Assassination of Jesse James). The soundtrack also features a great selection of country songs by the likes of Chris Stapleton, Townes Van Zandt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Colter Wall and Waylon Jennings.

File Under: OST
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Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker (Columbia) LP
In tomorrow… Columbia Records celebrated Leonard Cohen’s 82nd birthday year with the release of the legendary singer/songwriter’s fourteenth studio album, the haunting You Want It Darker. This great artist continues to astonish us. Uncompromising and urgent, You Want it Darker is the last chapter in Leonard’s significant contribution to contemporary music. Produced by his son, Adam Cohen, the startling and beautifully realized album is not one a young talented artist – even a young, talented Leonard Cohen – could have written. You Want It Darker reflects the perspective of a genius who has experienced a long, self-aware life viewed with profound honesty and expressed with expertise, authenticity, and graciousness. Cohen states, “As I grew older, I understood that instructions came with this voice. What were these instructions? The instructions were never to lament casually. And if one is to express the great inevitable defeat that awaits us all, it must be done within the strict confines of dignity and beauty.” The lead single and title track delves into an unflinching exploration of the religious mind. Cohen created this hypnotic groove with the addition of Montreal’s Cantor Gideon Zelermyer and the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir, whose voices invoke a sound from Cohen’s youth.

File Under: Rock, Pop, CanCon
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Gord Downie: Secret Path (Arts & Crafts) LP/DLX LP
Finally back in with copies on the shelf tomorrow… Gord Downie began Secret Path as 10 poems incited by the story of Chanie Wenjack, a twelve year-old boy who died 50 years ago on October 22, 1966, in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. Gord was introduced to Chanie Wenjack (miscalled “Charlie” by his teachers) by Mike Downie, his brother, who shared with him Ian Adams’ Maclean’s story from February 6, 1967, “The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack.” The stories Gord’s poems tell were fleshed into the 10 songs of Secret Path with producers Kevin Drew and Dave Hamelin. Recording took place over two sessions at the Bathouse in Bath, Ontario, November and December 2013. The music features Downie on vocals and guitars, with Drew and Hamelin playing all other instruments, except guest contributions by Charles Spearin (bass), Ohad Benchetrit (lap steel/guitar), Kevin Hearn (piano), and Dave “Billy Ray” Koster (drums). In winter 2014, Gord and Mike brought the recently finished music to comic artist Jeff Lemire for his help illustrating Chanie’s story, bringing him and the many children like him to life. Secret Path acknowledges a dark part of Canada’s history – the long-suppressed mistreatment of Indigenous children and families by the residential school system – with the hope of starting the country on a road to reconciliation. The Deluxe Edition of Gord Downie’s Secret Path features the 10 song album on 180g vinyl accompanied by Jeff Lemire’s 88-page graphic novel, a set of 10 special lyric posters, digital download and custom box packaging.

File Under: CanCon, Folk
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Mica Levi/Oliver Coates: Remain Calm (Slip) LP
In tomorrow… A brand new collaborative work from Mica Levi (aka Micachu) and Oliver Coates. Remain Calm showcases both musicians’ background in classical composition as well as their restless impulse to blur the boundaries between contemporary genres, from grime to techno to drone. There’s something very specifically British about the compositions, the soundtrack to a supermarket car park on a rainy weekday afternoon, whilst ghosts of pirate radio flicker in and out of earshot from passing cars. Shades of Iannis Xenakis, Aphex Twin, Burial and Scott Walker’s film music are suggested in certain passages, but the sum of its parts are a very singular soundworld and a stunning piece of work. Vinyl includes full color printed inner sleeves and download card.

File Under: Electronic, Classical
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Pink Floyd: Animals (Columbia) LP
Pink Floyd’s 1977 opus, Animals, is back on vinyl LP for the first time in more than 20 years. Even better, it is finally remastered from the original master tapes and boasts reference-quality sound. Inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Animals provides an analysis of the social-political society of 1970’s Britain and also served as a response to the era’s punk-rock movement. Anchored by Roger Waters’ pointed songwriting and David Gilmour’s stunning guitar work, the fan-favorite Animals finds the band in transition yet again offering constructs that would come to full fruition on ambitious successor The Wall. The album cover, featuring ‘Algie’ the pig floating above London’s Battersea Power Station, is amongst Pink Floyd’s most recognizable. This must-own pressing features a faithful-to-the-original recreation of the original LP sleeve. Whether you’re a longtime fan waiting for a pristine analog copy or collecting all of the band’s seminal records on vinyl for the first time, this is the copy of Animals you want to own.

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Steve Reich/Terry Riley: Six Pianos/Keyboard Study (Film) LP
After the widely noticed performance at the “Acht Brücken Festival 2016” at Cologne’s Philharmonic Hall, Gregor Schwellenbach, Hauschka, Erol Sarp (of Grandbrothers), Daniel Brandt and Paul Frick (both of Brandt Brauer Frick) and John Kameel Farah release their interpretation of Steve Reich’s “Six Pianos” as a studio recording via FILM. The re-recording of this piece is an interpretation of Reich’s composition but still far more than just that – it is a modern approach to his idea behind it. The basic idea came up at the beginning of the ’70s at the Baldwin Piano & Organ Company in New York. During a rehearsal phase, which Steve Reich spent in this very piano store, the idea emerged of writing a composition for all the grand pianos available to him at the company. By the time of the finished piece, the actual number of pianos had settled down to six, where “Six Pianos” developed in 1973. On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the six pianists declare their love to Steve Reich with this release. Shaped by electronic club music as well as their classical education, they form “Six Pianos” in dignified modernity and top it off with today’s sound aesthetics and technical recording possibilities. Presented here is not the recording from the Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne Philharmonics), but the ensemble playing six different grand pianos in six different locations throughout Germany. Each pianist performed his part on his piano using his typical studio equipment and passed the recording over to the next one. Thus the six characteristic and individual timbres of the performers overlay to create the overall picture – “Six Pianos” the way it should be looked at in 2016. Jan Brauer mixed “Six Pianos” in the studio while Lukas Vogel provided delays for the “Keyboard Study #1”. “Keyboard Study #1” by Terry Riley is a worthy companion for Reich’s composition. The piece is kind of a building set of ever lengthening, repetitive patterns played against each other with the right and left hand displaced. The composition proposes various possible combinations for the performer to choose from and repeat at will. And what the performers have chosen proves Gregor Schwellenbach’s assumption: “Terry Riley’s and Steve Reich’s music are open doors for pianists socialized by pop music and their audience.”

File Under: Minimalism, Classical
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Sumac: Before You I Appear (Thrill Jockey) LP
In composing music, Sumac opts for a process of simultaneous construction and dismantlement. Long-form rock based structures are distended to the point of erosion, reiterated in continually alternating sequences, and plied with extra-musical implements of chaos and tonal abstraction. Through the practice of psychophysical exertion and sensorial disorientation the music becomes a tangible projection of the players underlying emotions and spirit. Furthering this dynamic approach, Sumac has invited similarly like-minded artists to reconfigure and deconstruct pieces from their latest album What One Becomes. Samuel Kerridge, Bleed Turquoise (aka James Ginzburg of Emptyset), Kevin Drumm and Japan’s Endon offer up beautifully bent interpretations of the original work. The results range from impossibly dense and perpetually ascending psych-noise blowouts, to subdued passages of subtly curdled drones punctuated by disembodied vocal excretions. Though stylistically differentiated from the source material, all four tracks posses a parallel predilection for combining combustable atmospherics and emotionally penetrative musical maneuvers.

 File Under: Drone, Experimental, Metal
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…..Restocks…..

William Basinski: 92982 (Temporary Residence) LP
Black Mountain: In The Future (Jagjaguwar) LP
Bon Iver: 22, A Million (Jagjaguwar) LP
Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar) LP
Bon Iver: s/t (Jagjaguwar) LP
Budos Band: Burnt Offering (Daptone) LP
City & Colour: Hurry & The Harm (Dine Alone) LP
Clash: London Calling (Epic) LP
Electric Wizard: Black Mass (Rise Above) LP
Brian Eno: The Ship (Warp) LP
Jamie XX: In Color (Young Turks) LP
Sharon Jones: It’s A Holiday Soul Party (Daptone) LP
Sharon Jones: Naturally (Daptone) LP
Mitski: Puberty 2 (Dead Oceans) LP
Angel Olsen: My Woman (Jagjaguwar) LP
OST: Stranger Things (Lakeshore) LP
Pixies: Doolittle (4AD) LP
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet: Sport Fishin’ (Yep Rock) LP
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet: Savvy Show Stoppers (Yep Rock) LP
Tad: God’s Balls (Sub Pop) LP
Tad: Salt Lick (Sub Pop) LP
Tad: 8-Way Santa (Sub Pop) LP
Telefon Tel Aviv: Fahrenheit Fair Enough (Ghostly) LP
Kamasi Washington: The Epic (Brainfeeder) 3LP
Xiu Xiu: Plays Twin Peaks (Polyvinyl) LP
XX: s/t (XL) LP
XX: Co-exist (XL) LP

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…..news letter #769 – decembur…..

Holy moly! Thanks to everyone who came out last weekend for our big anniversary sale! What a bonkers weekend. Lots of wonderful folks dropped in, and lots of wonderful albums went out the door. BUT! Lots of wonderful albums have come in since, and lots of wonderful used records have been put out in the bins. You should check out our Instagram for a video of what went out this week, some choice rarities this week.

Also, NO ONE HAS CLAIMED THE REGA RP1 WE ARE GIVING AWAY!!! Check your tickets against the number posted on Monday on our website, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram! Since, it’s Christmas,  I am going to redraw on Monday if no one has claimed the turntable by then.

…..pick of the week…..

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Supersilent: 13 (Smalltown Supersound) LP
You can’t accuse Supersilent of keeping the noise down. Ever since the ‘Big Crunch’ of 1997, when Norway’s finest free music outfit came together for the first time, their unpredictable noises and rapturous textures have been heard all around the world—and maybe somewhere outside the stratosphere too. Currently a trio featuring Helge Sten, Arve Henriksen and Stale Storlokken, Supersilent’s album number 13 marks a turning point in the group’s two-decade career. After a dozen recordings under the umbrella of the diverse Rune Grammofon label, Supersilent have now signed to Oslo based Smalltown Supersound, where they join the likes of Lindstrøm, DJ Harvey, Prins Thomas and Andre Bratten as labelmates. Supersilent is a platform for a highly physical improvised electronic music, made by a trio that’s a kind of supergroup of Norwegian players in their own right.

File Under: Electronic, Improv, Jazz, Ambient
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…..new arrivals…..

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Autechre: Amber (Warp) LP
1994’s Amber, the second full-length from Autechre, returns to vinyl after being out of print since 2001. Amber contains 11 tracks of sparse Ae minimalist machine modules that blur the boundaries between isolationist electronica and richly vivid techno soundscapes. Considered by many fans to be the most crucial recording from the group, it contains some of their most immersive soundscapes to date. Steering away from the post-hardcore dynamics that shone through on Incunabula, Amber moves further away from anything resembling ‘techno’ and more into territories of abstract ambience. These 11 crystal-like cubes of sound came together to produce some of the most mind-bendingly hypnotic sounds to be committed to wax during the 90’s. Placing Ae up in the ranks of legendary composers such as Steve Reich and Manuel Gottsching as well as their Artificial Intelligence contemporaries with whom they were crafting the building blocks of the future. There is something uniquely immersive about Amber, it’s almost as if as you are playing it the sounds are fading away before they even begin. When played from the start you can lose a lot of time within the endless gradients that adorn its cover, before the sounds just seemingly, disappear. Included with this release is a download of an original Autechre live set, previously only available in the Autechre webstore, with artwork by long time creative collaborators The Designers Republic.

File Under: Electronic, Experimental
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Autechre: Incunabula (Warp) LP
Incunabula, the debut full-length offering from Autechre is finally back on vinyl after being out of print since 2001. Having first emerged onto a post-acid house 1993, Incunabula was released as part 7 of the now legendary Artificial Intelligence series of albums and compilations from Warp. A series that gave us early records from artists who went on to sculpt the electronic landscape both in and out of the club. Incunabula set the tone for the following landmark albums from Ae, huge caustic dissections of sound that almost resemble vast mathematical equations more than they do club fodder (though tracks like the breakbeat whip crack of “Doctrine” and the acidic euphoria of “Maetl,” which when deployed by the right DJ will go off). For those just arriving at the edge of Ae’s world and are looking for an entry point into the sprawling discography of the group, or those of you looking to delve into the pre-MaxMSP archives, this is the record for you. This truly is a landmark album of UK electronica, a legendary recording that still even after 26 years still sounds like a future we are yet to arrive at. Included with this release is a download of an original Autechre live set, previously only available in the Autechre webstore, with artwork by long time creative collaborators The Designers Republic.

File Under: Electronic, Experimental
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Autechre: Tri Repetae (Warp) LP
1995’s Tri Repetae, the third album from Autechre, returns to vinyl after being out of print since 2001. On reflection, Tri Repeate stands tall as one of the most out-there and boundary-pushing releases from Ae ever. Going back to the group’s roots as b-boy’s, Tri Repetae features ten variations on street sounds from hip-hop and techno to industrial and jungle. Released at a time when producers were ripe with ideas for cosmic breakbeat experimentation, the album mixed the glitchy twisted dynamics of EPs such as the criminal justice bill protest Anti and sculpted a long player that resembles some of the most ‘floor friendly’ Ae to ever grace a packed nightclub soundsystem. The ten tracks pulled influence from previous outings, from the glacial Amber chug of “Overand” to the Incunabula acid of “Leterel.” But the overall sound is one of mixing influence from the avant-garde of Iannis Xenakis, Edgard Varese and Tod Dockstar with the mid 90’s post-hardcore sound of jungle. For anyone looking to get to grips with Ae but wanting something that bridges the gap between the early analogue escapism and the latter deconstructionist stance of elseq, Tri Repetae is the perfect point to dive into. Mixing elements of groups such as Coil at their most industrial, the austere techno of the Downwards crew and the cold yet funky electro of Man Parrish, they composed an album that still, twenty one years since its release, has one of the most singular sounds for anything resembling electro techno, and what other group can you think of who have you can say have ever managed that? Included with this release is a download of an original Autechre live set, previously only available in the Autechre webstore, with artwork by long time creative collaborators The Designers Republic.

File Under: Experimental, Electronic
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Baird Sisters: Until You Find Yourself (Ba Da Bing) LP
Considering they’ve collaborated ever since they were kids living under the same roof, The Baird Sisters arguably could have made an album like Until You Find Your Green years ago. They’ve released two live recordings (the first recorded by their dad) and made plenty of demos, but this marks the first time Laura and Meg Baird decided to write and record a full-length on their own terms. The songs, recorded in Laura’s house, have a familial intimacy joined by skillful depth, the ideal blend for a folk record, an equal mix of comfort and talent. Growing up surrounded by music, the sisters have traveled separate paths while remaining close. Laura studied piano and trombone in school and has collaborated with Glenn Jones on his recent releases. Meg has played in Espers, Watery Love, and currently drums/sings in Heron Oblivion. She’s also released a few solo albums on Drag City. Laura’s first solo record will be released by Ba Da Bing early next year. These recordings capture the complexity of seventies progressive folk rock, emphasizing acoustic instrumentation with a lack of self-consciousness that can only come from a private domestic environment. Meg plays guitar,Laura banjo, singing in harmony, and ornamenting their songs with flute, cello, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, percussion and a cricket chorus. Until You Find Your Green’s songs seem traditional, but that’s deceptive, and they unfold in greater depths the deeper attention paid to them.

File Under: Folk
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Beck: Guerro (Universal) LP
Since introducing himself to the world in 1994 with his genre-defying, multi-platinum debut, Mellow Gold, Beck has blazed a path into the future while simultaneously foraging through the past. Throughout his singular career he has utilized all manners and eras of music, blurring boundaries and shattering expectations with each album. From the world-tripping atmospherics of 1998’s Mutations and the florescent funk of 1999’s Midnite Vultures through the somber reflections of 2002’s Sea Change, 2005’s platinum tour de force Guero and 2006’s sprawling The Information, no Beck record has ever sounded like its predecessor. In the fall of 2016, UMe will begin to reissue Beck’s entire envelope-pushing DGC/Geffen/Interscope catalog on vinyl, beginning in October with the trifecta of his 1996 Grammy Award-winning game-changer, Odelay, 2002’s beautiful, brokenhearted, Sea Change, and 2005’s Guero, which saw Beck reunite with the Dust Brothers. Sea Change will be released as a double LP while Guero will be made available for the first time ever as a single LP. Mellow Gold, Mutations, Midnight Vultures, The Information and Modern Guilt will follow at a later date. Beck kept fans and critics guessing about how he’d follow up Sea Change and in 2005 released the genre-mashing Guero which shot to No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 – his highest charting album to date. Beck’s eighth album saw him reuniting with the Dust Brothers with an assist from producer Tony Hoffer (Midnite Vultures), for a tour de force of Latin rhythms, rhymes, guitars, beats, samples, 8-bit electronics, turntables and vocoder for a fun and freewheeling ride through rock, hip-hop, boss nova, country-blues and soul. Album opener and lead single, “E-Pro” went to No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart, while “Girl,” “Hell Yes,” “Go It Alone” (featuring Jack White on bass) and more became instant fan favorites. The album was a hit with critics as well with New York magazine enthusing, “Beck integrates his personae into a fairly seamless whole, and his knack for synthesizing disparate musical elements (hip-hop, robot funk, blues, country, jazz, garage rock, etc.) extends beyond samples and individual tracks. The songs migrate smoothly from one to the next; there aren’t any throwaway numbers to sabotage the album’s momentum; the whole thing coheres,” while Rolling Stone dubbed it “his liveliest and jumpiest music in years.”

File Under: Indie Rock
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Built To Spill: Ancient Melodies of the Future (1972) LP
Formed in 1992 in Boise, Idaho by guitarist and vocalist Doug Martsch, Built to Spill has since evolved radically, shed members, linked eras, and all the while endured as one of the most tuneful and rewarding acts of the lauded Northwest indie-rock tradition. The group signed to Warner Brothers in 1995, but Martsch was wise enough to retain control over production, and by 1999 he’d helmed the group towards commercial and critical success with Keep it Like a Secret. It was a touchstone album, and yet 2001’s Ancient Melodies Of The Future bested that career highlight with considerable grace and craft. Marsch’s studio proficiency is immediately evident in the alternately delicate and devastating mix of mellotron, keyboard, and inventive guitar overdubs that characterize Ancient Melodies Of The Future’s sonic palette. Melodic curlicues distinguish the minor hit “Strange,” while woozy grooves propel the mid-tempo ballad “Trimmed and Burning” through an incendiary solo section. As the album title suggests, Ancient Melodies Of The Future stands outside of history in a realm of its own.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Kate Bush: Before the Dawn (Concord) 4LP
Before the Dawn was recorded during the incredible run of 22 sold-out shows performed by Kate Bush at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in 2014. In March 2014 Kate announced plans to perform 15 shows in London in August and September that year, her first live shows since 1979. The shows sold out so quickly that a further 7 were immediately added, with all shows selling out in 15 minutes. The first night of the shows prompted a complete media frenzy with the Evening Standard declaring that the show was “an extraordinary mix of magical ideas, stunning visuals, attention to detail and remarkable music – she was so obviously, so unambiguously brilliant, it made last night something to tell the grandchildren about.” Later that year the show won the special Editor’s award at the highly prestigious London Theatre Awards, the only contemporary music show to do so. The audio document of those mesmerizing, historic shows is now presented on the 4LP box set Before The Dawn. Produced by Bush herself, nothing on the 29-track program was re-recorded or overdubbed and the sound here is astonishing. Features modern takes on such beloved songs from her extraordinary catalog as “Running Up That Hill,” “Hounds of Love,” “And Dream of Sheep,” “Waking The Witch” and “Cloudbusting” among others.

File Under: Rock, Pop
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Drakulas: Raw Wave (Dirtnap) LP
Drakulas present Raw Wave, a collection of songs told from the different points of view of various characters in a fictional metropolis in the not-too-distant past. A bustling city center not unlike Times Square in the ’70s filled with sin and sex is the backdrop where gangs, street preachers, sex addicts, pimps, prostitutes and pornographers live and work. People of this world describe the time period of these songs as the Raw Wave—a wave of new analog technology that hit the city, wiping away many of the mores and pretense of the past. Drakulas are from Austin, TX, and feature members of Riverboat Gamblers and Rise Against, amongst others. This is their debut LP, following a 7-inch on Red Scare. They pretty much nail the sound for which the Texas branch of the extended Dirtnap family is infamous—vibrant, high energy, and dangerously catchy. Raw Wave is tailor-made for fans of The Marked Men, The Dickies, and vintage-era Riverboat Gamblers / High Tension Wires. And then there are the lyrics: high-concept / low-brow weirdness that could only have come from the twisted mind of Gamblers frontman Mike Wiebe. Call it a super-group if you must, but don’t call it a side-project.

File Under: Punk
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Eye: Other Sky (Ba Da Bing) LP
Other Sky is Eye’s masterpiece. Recorded 12 years after their initial formation, the Dunedin trio of Peter Stapleton (The Terminals, The Pin Group, Flies Inside The Sun), Peter Porteous (Empirical) and Jon Chapman (Double Leopards, Rory Storm and the Invaders) have never sounded more on target and immense. Not that their past releases are anything shabby! With this record, there’s a distinct communication going on between the players as they freely explore the dregs and corners of what is arguably still considered rock music. Recorded at The Anteroom, an old Masonic lodge in Port Chalmers, it took a steady three years to cobble together. The five tracks here alternately strike with intensity and drift with menace, with Eye casting new lines of cohering musical language into a sea of babble. Be prepared to transcend.

 File Under: Rock
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Feral Ohms: Live in San Francisco (Castle Face) LP
The white-hot set of Live In San Francisco not only features Feral Ohms’ shaggy guitar heroics captured directly to ferromagnetic medium for your grokking, but also happens to be their debut record. From zero to vertical from the get of the set, the ’Ohms muscle this one out fast and hot, featuring Ethan Miller of Howlin Rain, Comets On Fire and recent psych-folk breakouts Heron Oblivion. Miller gives free rein to his most pyro-psycho-technic guitar fancies, not to mention a full-throated demon-worthy wail, with Chris Johnson on drums (previously of Drunk Horse and currently of Andy Human and the Reptoids) full MC5 style with freight train pummel, with rides so heavy in the mix it sounds like early Damned. Josh Haynes (of the unGoogle-able Nudity) is a total forehead smacker on bass as he bi-amps a filthy sound while wearing some weirdo humility leather strap face harness—it’s just dirty. “Teenage God Born To Die” indeed. Expect great things from them and this concise set is just long enough to get a dander up for a proper full length, set for release on Ethan’s Silver Current label in 2017. In the meantime, keep an eye out for their live shows and don’t forget the ear plugs, they’ll singe your minge…

File Under: Psych, Garage
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Flesh Eaters: Forever Came Today(Superior Viaduct) LP
In the wake of the star-filled A Minute To Pray A Second To Die, The Flesh Eaters’ frontman Chris D. assembled a leaner, meaner band to deliver his next unbound vision. Forever Came Today, the group’s third full-length album, was originally released on Ruby Records in 1982 and features Don Kirk on guitar, Robyn Jameson on bass, Chris Wahl on drums, Steve Berlin on sax and Chris D.’s unmistakable voice. “My Life To Live” and “Shallow Water” are masterfully wrought punk tunes, reverberating with heart-wrenching vocals that turn on a dime from desperate whispers to blood-curdling screams. “Drag My Name In Mud” dives deeper into full-throttle rock demonology, bluesy primeval swagger and obsessive imagery, inspired in equal parts by William S. Burroughs and Edgar Allan Poe. This first-time vinyl reissue has been carefully remastered and comes with lyric sheet. Forever Came Today is the perfect introduction to The Flesh Eaters’ dark sense of humor and positively bleak form of rock ’n’ roll.

File Under: Punk, Rock
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Tilahun Gessesse: Sima! (Mississippi) LP
Great songs form one of Ethiopia’s most beloved singers – Talhoun Gessesse (English spelling varies). These recordings span from 1969 to 1975 and cover the range of Talhoun’s styles and moods. Some mystical modal songs, some straight up rockers, and some ballads. All totally killer songs from the golden age of Ethiopian Soul Music. Talhoun’s voice, alongside Mahmoud Ahmed’s, is one of the strongest in the land. Don’t miss out on this monstrously good LP.

File Under: Ethiopia, Jazz
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guebruEmahoy Tsegue-Mariam Guebru: s/t (Mississippi) LP
At last! The second LP in our ongoing series of releases from Mariam – Tsege Gebru! More 1960’s recordings of her truly unique solo piano performances. Mariam – Tsege Gebru is a true original – her playing is somewhere between Erik Satie, Debussy, liturgical music of the Coptic Ethiopian Church, and Ethiopian traditional music. It is some of the most moving piano music you will ever hear! All original compositions available for the first time on vinyl beyond the original early 1960’s editions, which are completely impossible to find. Old school “tip on” cover with gold foil printing. A must have master piece for anyone who needs some spiritual comfort.

File Under: Ethiopia, Traditional, Piano

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Roy Harper: Stormcock (Science Friction) LP
Stormcock was born in 1969 as Harper began to stretch his wings. He’d been there a few times before, but this time he gave himself the space to go deep and stay there. “Hors D’Oeuvres” is perhaps the lightweight in the collection, but after all, it’s the starter… The Same Old Rock records Harper’s opposition to continued dependence on the cheap opium of convenient mass religion. This year marks two important milestones for Roy Harper – his 75th birthday and 50 years of recording music. To celebrate, Roy will be performing four special concerts in September and releasing the first vinyl reissues of his classic albums, none of which have been available on vinyl for well over 20 years.

File Under: Folk
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Roy Harper: Lifemask (Science Friction) LP
Lifemask was made at the height of the ‘flower power’ expression/boom. The songs catalog spontaneous interpretations of how we are interacting with the planet. It was never aimed at mass market and is just a poem for friends and kindred spirits. The poem was inspired by a collage of Geronimo in an eighteenth century English landscape drawing given to Harper by his friend and artist James Edgar whilst he was in the mind altering substances period of his life. Jimmy Page plays throughout. The rest of the album is more conventional in structure, with two songs that are still regularly featured in Harper’s live set list. As a live song Highway Blues is a different song now than the song David Bowie once tried to record. And ‘South Africa’ is a dream come true. A love song to calm the fears and wash away the horror and stain of apartheid. Some of the songs comprised the soundtrack for the movie ‘Made’ which was on general release at the time in which Harper co-starred with Carol White. This year marks two important milestones for Roy Harper – his 75th birthday and 50 years of recording music. To celebrate, Roy will be performing four special concerts in September and releasing the first vinyl reissues of his classic albums, none of which have been available on vinyl for well over 20 years.

File Under: Folk
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Roy Harper: Flat Baroque and Berserk (Science Friction) LP
Flat Baroque and Berserk was the first record of Harper’s to go into the charts. Peter Jenner was assigned by EMI Records to produce the recording – the two have been good friends ever since. EMI Studios, Abbey Road was at that time the most advanced studio in Europe, and over the next ten years Harper was to record in near-perfect conditions. Over those years, the studio buzzed with four separate Beatles, some Stones, The Pink Floyd, Cliff and the Shadows, Gracie Fields, three of four musical knights, Kate Bush, Olivier Newton-John, The Hollies, Yehudi Menuin, Stefan Grapelli, The Plastic Ono Band, Eric Clapton; you name them, they were all there. It was a creative hotbed where the technical staff, headed by Ken Townsend, were second to none. The song that Harper was best known for in those days, ‘I Hate the White Man,’ was recorded live for this album, and still stands as a testament to my lifelong devotion to espousing equal rights for all humans. Harper has long since wondered about the wisdom of stating that you have the capacity to hate your own race for it’s misdemeanours, but as a polemic it has been both an effective tool and somewhere of a place for a humble humanitarian to stand. This year marks two important milestones for Roy Harper – his 75th birthday and 50 years of recording music. To celebrate, Roy will be performing four special concerts in September and releasing the first vinyl reissues of his classic albums, none of which have been available on vinyl for well over 20 years.

File Under: Folk
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Lee Hazlewood: Cowboy in Sweden (Light in the Attic) LP
Lee Hazlewood spent a good part of the late 1960s traveling the globe, cutting records and inking business deals. A string of hits with Nancy Sinatra enabled Lee to build a mini media empire Lee Hazlewood Industries and afforded him nearly unlimited resources…for a time. By the end of the decade LHI Records had burned piles of cash, gone through a half dozen distributors and failed to achieve the kind of chart success “Boots” had promised. Fortunately for Lee there was a land where he was still on the top of the charts, a place where women flowed like Brannvin…Sweden was calling. While on an LHI promotional tour in Stockholm, Lee crossed paths with Swedish director Torbjörn Axelman. “I met Lee through my script girl, in Stockholm in 1969,” remembers Axelman. “We noticed we had very many similarities, interests, and the same backgrounds. It led to many productions during our 38 years of close partnership and friendship.” The partnership showed Lee the way forward and allowed him an easy exit strategy from the LHI house of cards that was crumbling in Los Angeles. Light In The Attic Records is proud to continue its Lee Hazlewood Archival Series with this expanded reissue of Cowboy in Sweden. Released as the last LHI LP, Cowboy in Sweden was a soundtrack to the 1970 cult classic film of the same name starring Lee Hazlewood. The film was a surreal psychedelic account of Lee’s journey to his new homeland, while the soundtrack was a perfect compilation of Hazlewood’s strongest songs recorded over a prolific globe trotting three year period. The production scope of the album was the most ambitious of his career, recorded in Paris, London, Los Angeles and Stockholm with a slew of talented session musicians, producers and arrangers. Cowboy in Sweden is quite possibly the purest distillation of the Hazlewood sound; lush melancholy country pop with a pinch of humor (“Pray Them Bars Away”), a dash of bummer (“Cold Hard Times”), some beautiful ladies to sing with (“Leather & Lace” & “Hey Cowboy”) and even a couple anti-war protest songs to be topical (”No Train to Stockholm” & “For A Day Like Today”). The David “Bitter Sweet Symphony” Whitaker arranged orchestral pop of “What’s More I Don’t Need Her” and the stone cold Hazlewood classic “The Night Before” cement the album as Lee’s peak on LHI Records and ironically the label’s swan song.

File Under: Country
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Iggy & The Stooges: Telluric Chaos (Skydog) LP
Iggy & The Stooges practically invented punk rock.  They split up in 1974.  30 years later, The Stooges reformed, and first released a live album documenting the reunion performing in Japan – appropriately on Skydog Records who released their infamous final gig album ‘Metallic K.O.’ in 1976. Recorded in Tokyo in 2004, the album features 17 tracks over 70+ minutes, including the old Stooges classics plus new songs.  A documentary film on The Stooges, Gimme Danger directed by Jim Jarmusch, is being promoted by Amazon Studios and following film festival showings is released in USA on 28th October and in the UK 18th November.

File Under: Punk, Rawk

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Bert Jansch: It Don’t Bother Me (Superior Viaduct) LP
Bert Jansch recorded his second album in 1965, just after his self-titled debut earlier that same year. The sessions were a step-up from the intimate, field-recording setting of his first album, although still not labored over too much in the studio. “I figured that the faster I put down the tracks, the faster I could get out of the place,” Jansch told NME, “so I just ordered about a dozen bottles of wine, put the microphone in front of me and off I went, for three hours.” The lyrics of It Don’t Bother Me shift vividly between pure poetic imagery and the hollow resonance of pain. The LP’s underrated title song stands as a manifesto for the way Jansch lived at the time. “My Lover,” featuring guitarist John Renbourn, has almost sitar-like drones, while “Lucky Thirteen” is a captivating, melancholy instrumental that shimmers with brilliant fingerpicking. This first-time domestic release is remastered from the original tapes and features liner notes by Richie Unterberger. Bert Jansch’s It Don’t Bother Me remains another essential British folk LP that belongs next to Nick Drake, Roy Harper and John Martyn in every record collection.

File Under: Folk
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Damien Jurado/Richard Swift: Other People’s Songs (Secretly Canadian) LP
Over the weekend of August 21-22, 2010, not long after Damien Jurado and Richard Swift first collaborated to produce Damien’s 2010 record, Saint Bartlett, the pair hunkered down with a 4-track recorder and one Coles 4038 ribbon microphone to record a collection of cover songs that run the gamut from John Denver to Chubby Checker to Kraftwerk. The timing was perfect. On Other People’s Songs Vol 1, we can see the scaffolding of what would become a creative turning point for the pair – later seen with the release of Jurado’s Maraqopa, the first record in his Maraqopa trilogy – less than 2 years later. The opening drum hits of “Be Not So Fearful,” the falsetto vocals of “Sweetness,” and the Spaghetti-Western swing of “Radioactivity” are, by now, hallmarks of the Jurado/Swift sound, but Other People’s Songs Vol 1 is a transitional fossil, a marking of the pair’s collaborative evolution.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Khemmis: Hunted (20 Buck Spin) LP
Khemmis’s first album, Absolution, was released by 20 Buck Spin in July 2015 and steamrolled all that came in contact with its unforgettable heaviness and classic melodicism. Virtually unknown outside Denver at the time, by year’s end they had landed in the #9 spot on Decibel’s annual top 40 albums of the year. Hunted reveals a Khemmis fortified in its purpose and vision, forging an unrivaled synthesis between immense doom riffs and Maiden-esque harmony. Overall song length has increased, yielding expansive arrangements and dramatic storms of elegance and melancholy. Not content to plod through a sea of tears, and always a rock band first, they approach a High On Fire-like pace with the pummeling “Three Gates.” The lauded singing of vocalist Philip Pendergast reaches ascendent new heights on tracks like “Candlelight” and “Beyond The Door,” while the tasteful use of harsh vocals remains, providing a dark, foreboding contrast. The thirteen-minute title track closes the album with an epic stunner. Hunted will solidify Khemmis’s place at the vanguard of doom’s most notable modernmanifestations, in large part because they transcend the label itself.

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Fela Kuti: Afrodisiac (Knitting Factory) LP
The four (lengthy, as usual) songs occupying this album were originally recorded in Nigeria as 45 rpm releases. Afrodisiac consists of re-recordings of these, done in London in the early ’70s. While it’s true that Fela Kuti’s albums from this period are pretty similar to each other, in their favor they’re not boring. These four workouts, all sung in Nigerian, are propulsive mixtures of funk and African music, avoiding the homogeneity of a lot of funk and African records of later vintage, done with nonstop high energy. The interplay between horns, electric keyboards, drums, and Kuti’s exuberant vocals gives this a jazz character without sacrificing the earthiness that makes it danceable as well. “Jeun Ko Ku (Chop’n Quench)” became Kuti’s first big hit in Nigeria, selling 200,000 copies in its first six months in its initial version.

File Under: Afrobeat
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Fela Kuti: Gentleman (Knitting Factory) LP
Fela Kuti’s rich discography stretches from the mid 1960s with Fela Ransome Kuti & His Highlife Rakers, to the early 1990s with Egypt 80, and there are masterpieces all along the way. But the 1970s, with Africa 70 and then Afrika 70, was the decade during which Fela’s Afrobeat went through its most dramatic changes – musically and politically. It begins with 1971’s Shakara and ends with 1980’s I.T.T. (International Thief Thief). It also includes London Scene (1972), Afrodisiac and Gentleman (both 1973) and Upside Down (1976). The penultimate selection is 1976’s Zombie, which was a huge hit in Nigeria. The title track of this excellent album has often been hailed as Fela’s masterpiece. Musically innovative, melodically addictive, Fela got it all right in this politically scathing song in which he opposes Westernization and those who imitate Western ways. “I’m no be gentleman at all,” Fela sings, and then goes on to detail the ways in which he’s a “true African original” – and therefore superior to those who wear three-piece suits and hold tight to their colonial mentality. Fela follows this track with “Fefe Naa Efe,” which derives its name from an Ashanti proverb describing the beauty of a woman holding her breasts as she runs. Fela, who had many Ghanaian fans (and more than a few Ghanaian wives and girlfriends), sings this lush track as a tribute to Ghana. Finally, “Igbe” again shows the artist breaking cultural taboos by singing literally and figuratively about “shit”, as the word translates to, attaching the word to those friends who may betray you.

File Under: Afrobeat
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Fela Kuti: London Scene (Knitting Factory) LP
Fela Kuti’s rich discography stretches from the mid 1960s with Fela Ransome Kuti & His Highlife Rakers, to the early 1990s with Egypt 80, and there are masterpieces all along the way. But the 1970s, with Africa 70 and then Afrika 70, was the decade during which Fela’s Afrobeat went through its most dramatic changes – musically and politically. It begins with 1971’s Shakara and ends with 1980’s I.T.T. (International Thief Thief). It also includes London Scene (1972), Afrodisiac and Gentleman (both 1973) and Upside Down (1976). The penultimate selection is 1976’s Zombie, which was a huge hit in Nigeria. Fela’s London Scene, released in 1972, is a top-notch affair, made with a smaller band but one that punches above its weight. There is no tenor guitarist and no call-and-response choir, though sing-along vocals are a feature of “Egbe Mi O” (“please carry me”). Throughout, Fela’s electric piano is gymripped and razor sharp, and Igo Chico turns in three stirring tenor solos. “Buy Africa,” written in 1970, was one of Fela’s first politically-informed songs. The lyric was written in support of a government campaign to encourage local industry. “J’Ehin J’Ehin” (“eat teeth eat teeth”) is along similar lyric lines as “Shakara.” This time Fela is lampooning people who are so greedy that they eat their own teeth. In “Who’re You,” Fela channels James Brown’s vocal style over an angular funk groove. “Fight To Finish” draws on Yoruba folklore to offer advice: once you have started something, be prepared to finish it.

File Under: Afrobeat
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Fela Kuti: I.T.T. (Knitting Factory) LP
Fela Kuti’s rich discography stretches from the mid 1960s with Fela Ransome Kuti & His Highlife Rakers, to the early 1990s with Egypt 80, and there are masterpieces all along the way. But the 1970s, with Africa 70 and then Afrika 70, was the decade during which Fela’s Afrobeat went through its most dramatic changes – musically and politically. It begins with 1971’s Shakara and ends with 1980’s I.T.T. (International Thief Thief). It also includes London Scene (1972), Afrodisiac and Gentleman (both 1973) and Upside Down (1976). The penultimate selection is 1976’s Zombie, which was a huge hit in Nigeria. At the time of its release, the name of this album (and the eponymous title track) would have been recognized by any Nigerian as the acronym for “International Telephone and Telegraph,” Nigeria’s biggest telecommunications conglomerate. In this track, however, Fela satirically used the acronym to mean “International Thief-Thief.” The song is a 24-minute direct attack on multinational’s CEO, Moshood Abiola, who also happened to own Decca, the label Fela was signed to at the time, and with whom Fela was in full battle mode based on the label’s refusal to release his albums. Fela takes this opportunity to publicly disgrace Abiola for, in Fela’s eyes, becoming a stooge for the white man through his general colonial mentality, and specifically for his collusion in the CIA-led effort to dislocate Chile’s democratically elected Marxist president Allende. The lyrics also include a pointed history lesson outlining the way, in the days of slavery, the white man would find a willing African who would sell his own people into slavery.

File Under: Afrobeat
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Fela Kuti: Shakara (Knitting Factory) LP
Fela Kuti’s rich discography stretches from the mid 1960s with Fela Ransome Kuti & His Highlife Rakers, to the early 1990s with Egypt 80, and there are masterpieces all along the way. But the 1970s, with Africa 70 and then Afrika 70, was the decade during which Fela’s Afrobeat went through its most dramatic changes – musically and politically. It begins with 1971’s Shakara and ends with 1980’s I.T.T. (International Thief Thief). It also includes London Scene (1972), Afrodisiac and Gentleman (both 1973) and Upside Down (1976). The penultimate selection is 1976’s Zombie, which was a huge hit in Nigeria. Shakara is one of a clutch of early-70s albums, on which Fela’s Afrobeat transitioned from foetal stage to something approaching full-grown form. Shakara is a two-track release of 13-minute songs that showcase Fela’s satirical side. “Lady,” perhaps one of Fela’s most popular tracks, criticizes westernized African women who he felt had been corrupted by their embrace of the new feminist movement of the time. And “Shakara” is another lyrically lambasting track that takes on braggarts and blowhards who boast false claims about their personal power and influence.

File Under: Afrobeat
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Fela Kuti: Upside Down (Knitting Factory) LP
Fela Kuti’s rich discography stretches from the mid 1960s with Fela Ransome Kuti & His Highlife Rakers, to the early 1990s with Egypt 80, and there are masterpieces all along the way. But the 1970s, with Africa 70 and then Afrika 70, was the decade during which Fela’s Afrobeat went through its most dramatic changes – musically and politically. It begins with 1971’s Shakara and ends with 1980’s I.T.T. (International Thief Thief). It also includes London Scene (1972), Afrodisiac and Gentleman (both 1973) and Upside Down (1976). The penultimate selection is 1976’s Zombie, which was a huge hit in Nigeria. Upside Down and Zombie, both released in 1976, were made at the mid-point of an extraordinary three-year period during which Fela recorded 24 albums of new material. Upside Down – meaning back home in Africa everything is totally disorganized – is unusual in that it includes a second lead vocalist, Fela’s American friend Sandra Izsadore, who he’d known since touring the US in 1969. Izsadore, a black rights activist, introduced him to the writings of Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Rap Brown, Stokely Carmichael, Huey Newton and other revolutionary thinkers.”Go Slow” was one of several songs Fela recorded which critiqued the consequences of over-rapid urbanization – in this case, traffic jams – using them as a metaphor to describe deeper social breakdowns.

File Under: Afrobeat
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Fela Kuti: Zombie (Knitting Factory) LP
Fela Kuti’s rich discography stretches from the mid 1960s with Fela Ransome Kuti & His Highlife Rakers, to the early 1990s with Egypt 80, and there are masterpieces all along the way. But the 1970s, with Africa 70 and then Afrika 70, was the decade during which Fela’s Afrobeat went through its most dramatic changes – musically and politically. It begins with 1971’s Shakara and ends with 1980’s I.T.T. (International Thief Thief). It also includes London Scene (1972), Afrodisiac and Gentleman (both 1973) and Upside Down (1976). The penultimate selection is 1976’s Zombie, which was a huge hit in Nigeria. On the title track of 1976’s Zombie, Fela and the backup singers ridicule the mindset of men in uniform over an urgent, quick-march accompaniment from Afrika 70. “Attention! Quick march! Slow march! Salute!” sings Fela, “Fall in! Fall out! Fall down! Go and kill! Go and die! Go and quench!” Each phrase is followed by the women singers’ taunting response, “Zombie!” Fela paid a big price for this bold condemnation of the military institution. One thousand members of the Nigerian army attacked and burnt down his house after the release of the record. The tribunal set up to investigate the cause of the attack as a result of the public out-cry against the army, heard, as part of the evidence presented, an example of the Zombie album cover with the military uniform and boots displayed boldly. The army justification of the attack was that Fela treated the military institution with levity.

File Under: Afrobeat
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Harvey Mandel: Snake Pit (Tompkins Square) LP
Harvey Mandel is among the most innovative guitarists to emerge from the Chicago blues scene of the late 1960s. His career began at Twist City and other local hotspots, sharing stages with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy. He came up in that scene alongside Charlie Musselwhite, Mike Bloomfield, Barry Goldberg and Steve Miller, leading to an invitation from Bill Graham to open for Cream at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium in August 1967. Mandel was a member of Canned Heat, appearing with them at Woodstock. He played on numerous John Mayall albums, and on the Rolling Stones’ 1975 LP Black and Blue (“Hot Stuff”, “Memory Motel”), having auditioned for Mick Taylor’s job, which ultimately went to Ron Wood. Known for his “tapping” technique and sinewy, sustain-driven phrasing (thus his nickname, “The Snake”), Mandel’s solo albums such as Cristo Redentor, Baby Batter and Righteous have been sampled and drooled over by guitar geeks, DJ’s, and fans of funky, soulful, otherworldly composition. Harvey’s fifteenth studio LP and his first widely distributed album in 20 years, Snake Pit was recorded in two days at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. Harvey teamed with fellow Chicago-based musicians Ben Boye (keys), Ryan Jewell (drums), Brian Sulpizio (guitar), and Anton Hatwich (bass), who have all played with singer/songwriter Ryley Walker, among their many other musical pursuits. Harvey and the band had not met previously, nor had they rehearsed. He played snippets of song ideas for the band on his iPhone, and then they would lay down a track in one or two takes. Hard to believe when you hear the album, but that’s exactly how it went down. Minimal overdubs with strings and percussion were added, but mostly what you hear is what happened spontaneously in the studio. The album contains six new original compositions by Mandel and two revisited songs : “Baby Batter” from his 1971 Janus LP of the same name, and “Before Six” by Larry Frazier, which appears on his first album, Cristo Redentor. Snake Pit marks a spirited return in a career that now spans six decades — all the more intense and poignant given Harvey’s recent battle with cancer.

File Under: Blues, Rock
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marsBruno Mars: 24k Magic (Warner) LP
Multi-Grammy-winning megastar Bruno Mars returns with his highly-anticipated third studio album, 24K Magic, his first piece of solo music in nearly four years. Written and produced by Shampoo Press & Curl, lead single “24K Magic” sees Bruno bringing back his signature bounce with the singer proclaiming, “You can call it my first single, but I call it the invitation to the party.” The critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, and musician scored his first five “Hot 100” No. 1’s faster than any male since Elvis Presley. Mars most recently dominated the charts with hit single “Uptown Funk.” The worldwide smash is the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 single of the 2010s, and is only the tenth single in the Hot 100’s 57-year history to spend at least 14 weeks at No. 1. “Uptown Funk” took home 3 Grammy Awards this past year, including the coveted Record of the Year award.

File Under: Pop, Soul
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Roy Montgomery: R: Tropic of Anodyne
Roy Montgomery: M: Darkmotif Dancehall
Roy Montgomery: H: Bender
Roy Montgomery: Q: Transient Global
(Grapefruit) LP
It’s been over a decade since Roy Montgomery’s last album, and R M H Q is a hell of a return. H: Bender harkens back to his nineties work, where guitar riffs ensconced themselves in dynamism. Montgomery’s trademark reverb-laden guitar offers a fluidity like pulsing blood, coloring in each motif’s corners and rewarding every deeper listen with heightened profundity. Montgomery was in his rock band period in the eighties, when the dark, minimalist post-punk of The Pin Group lead into the gloriously open-ended freedoms of Dadamah. After a quiet spell, he returned in the late nineties, producing towering spires of guitar lines that exposed fragility between the strums. With his solo releases and in collaboration with Flying Saucer Attack, Bardo Pond (Hash Jar Tempo), and Chris Heaphy (Dissolve), his focus shifted from the truth-mining of rock music to epic celestialism. His ambitious yet humble tracks outstrip their origins, and Montgomery toured the world sitting cross-legged on the floor, playing twenty-plus-minute compositions. A long period of silence followed, marked only with a split album with Grouper (who lists Montgomery as a primary influence), involvement in Torlesse Super Group, and a couple thematic variations serving as soundtracks for films. Instead, he focused on his personal and professional commitments. Unfortunately, two horrific events preceded his return: the Christchurch earthquakes of 2011 condemned Montgomery’s entire neighborhood save for his home, stripping his street of a community; and, as a volunteer firefighter, he saw first-hand the destruction and loss of life in the city center. Additionally, since 2014, illness in the family has dominated his life. Self-expression once again demanded an outlet. R M H Q is four albums conceived and recorded over a very short period, each of them carrying a distinct focus and mood.

File Under: Rock, Experimental
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Moon Pool & Dead Band: Humanizer (Midwich) LP
The duo of Nate young (Wolf Eyes, Regression) & David Shettler (Viands, SSM) return with their highly-anticipated full-length follow-up to MEQ 2LP remixes, released by Midwich in 2015. Humanizer is sonically diverse featuring varied modes of production throughout. Humanizer jettisons with their live staple ‘New British Blues,’ the 10-minute track recalling Shettler’s long-form work in Viands, putting synthesizers in space, as live drums invigorate the track with an earthbound brashness. ‘Cycloid’ is the album’s most concise, bracing and dare-we-say catchy number–a real ear-worm. ‘Sea Dust’ is a blasting electronic collage also featuring live drums (we think). The title track ‘Humanizer’ is classic MOON POOL, creepy and menacing with an off-kilter bass thump. ‘A Gray Glow’ continues in classic mode with thumping bass and queasy synths. ‘Hospital Quiet’ features pleasing, sunward-facing ambience to reassure listeners that all is good. MOON POOL AND DEAD BAND have been a Detroit cult techno favorite since Shettler and Young joined forces in 2011. Uninitiated listeners are caught off-guard by the funkiness of the group, shaking assumptions about the group’s perceived roots. We’ve all heard bad noise-techno records–this isn’t one of them. The danceable style is one that grows organically from the duo’s life experience. Moon Pool and Dead Band approach the music with respect, knowledge and humor. Humanizer is a party-starter that could have only come from Detroit.

File Under: Electronic, Techno, Wolf Eyes
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The Morning Dew: s/t (Lion) LP
Morning Dew have been psych collector faves for ages. Their sole release, “At Last” (much like the Morgan album) becomes more obviously crucial with each passing year. After recording their legendary album for Roulette in 1969, Morning Dew headed back to Topeka feeling good about their prospects. But Roulette had problems. They did finally release “At Last” late in 1970… and marketed it so well it became a psychedelic rarity and a cult favorite. Even so, Morning Dew’s producer at Roulette urged the band to record a demo of songs for a second album. They went to a local studio in August 1970 and blasted out eight songs, bolstered by new recruit Ferdy Baumgart’s Hammond B3. Band leader Mal Robinson also made acoustic two-track recordings in his basement: new songs, plus others from the Morning Dew repertoire—just vocal and guitar. The band gigged while Roulette and it’s honcho Morris Levy withered under scrutiny by law enforcement. A second album came to nothing. Still under contract with Roulette and still dealing with broken promises, burnt out and broke, Morning Dew disbanded in June, 1971. But those demos… they need to be heard. That’s where we come in. Two records, chock full of your new favorite Morning Dew songs, plus solo acoustic versions of band classics like the monumental ’Crusader’s Smile,’ alternates, and more, most of which is previously unreleased. One more thing: all of this material is making its vinyl debut.

File Under: Psych
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MV & EE: Root/Void (Woodsist) LP
“MV & EE take their homespun hypnotics and cosmic country sounds to new levels on Root / Void. I love this album— it trips hard and hauntingly—a gift for languid golden afternoons or late night moonlight powwows. Anthem-worthy tape edits on some cuts crack open surreal and cinematic vistas. While joined by fellow travelers here and there, this album remains in essence a fecund duet from two entwined souls, updating and re-defining their unique pool of sound. Intrepid audio bathers: get thee immersed!” —Lee Ranaldo, Italy, July 2016

File Under: Psych, Blues

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Oh Sees: An Odd Entrance (Castle Face) LP
From the same misty mountaintop tape spool as August’s A Weird Exits, Thee Oh Sees bring the companion album An Odd Entrances. Delving more towards the contemplative than the face-skinning aspects of its predecessor, this sister album is a cosmic exercise en plein aire with John Dwyer and company double-drum shuffling, lounging with cellos, following a flute around the groove, and spooling a few Grimm-dark lullabies along the way. Lurking in the grass are a snake or two, like the celestial facing instrumental buzz of “Unwrap The Fiend Pt. 1.”… But for the most part this is a relatively hushed affair, a morning rather than evening listen. The band plans on donating half their profits from the first pressing to Elizabeth House, a local charity in Pasadena that specifically helps homeless women with children get back on their feet.

File Under: Punk, Garage
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OST: Golden Axe 1 & 2 (Data Discs) LP
For Data Discs’ seventh release in partnership with SEGA of Japan, they are delighted to bring together the complete music from the classic Mega Drive games, Golden Axe (1989) and Golden Axe II (1991), in one special package. This release features the unforgettable artwork from both games, supplied on two thick lithographic prints, with the record itself pressed on heavyweight translucent gold or classic black vinyl. The outer sleeve features rare artwork from the 1989 Japanese edition, sourced from the SEGA archives and presented on 425gsm cardstock with gold flood printing. As always, the audio has been carefully restored and mastered using the original console as the source, ensuring these memorable soundtracks are preserved for many quests to come!

File Under: OST, Videogames

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OST: The Lost Highway (Music on Vinyl) LP
Lost Highway is the 1997 French-American neo-noir-horror mystery film written and directed by David Lynch. It stars Bill Pullman as a man convicted of murdering his wife (Patricia Arquette), after which he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins a new life. The film’s score was composed by Angelo Badalamenti, with additional music by Barry Adamson, however Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails was responsible for assembling the soundtrack. David Bowie’s “I’m Deranged”, Rammstein’s “Heirate Mich”, Lou Reed’s “This Magic Moment”, Marilyn Manson’s “Apple Of Sodom” plus more tracks from Trent Reznor, The Smashing Pumpkins all appear on the double album to accompany the Angelo Badalamenti and Barry Adamson theme music. Lost Highway premiered in 1997 in the United States on a limited theatrical release and has developed a cult following. Director David Lynch received three Academy Awards nominations, a Golden Lion award from the Venice Film Festival for lifetime achievements as well as a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Wild At Heart in 1990.

File Under: OST

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OST: Maniac (Death Waltz) LP
Death Waltz Recording Co. is proud to present a re-issue of Jay Chattaway’s soundtrack to the 1980 classic Maniac. An absolutely phenomenal, sleazy synth score from Jay Chattaway, perfectly capturing the unease and grime of Times Square in its pre-Disney clean up era. Its minimal synth lines, full to the brim with dark brooding menace, exaggerated ring modulations and discordant strings manage to echo the utter despare of Joe Spinell’s character on screen. This stands head and shoulders above similar 80’s synth scores which often riffed on John Carpenter’s Halloween score a little too much. Maniac sees Chattaway going wild, adding layers of noise & dialogue into the mix, giving the score an utterly claustrophobic feel that manages to be both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. This is a genuinely uncomfortable listen and it is easy to see why it has become such a classic amongst synth-heads and horror fans alike.

File Under: OST
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OST: Twin Peaks (Death Waltz) LP
Twin Peaks – Original Score LP. Music by Angelo Badalamenti. Artwork by Sam Smith, full package design by Jay Shaw. Pressed on 180 Gram vinyl. One of the greatest scores ever recorded is finally back in print for the first time in 25 years! Death Waltz went back to the Warner archives, where engineer Tal Miller cut brand new vinyl masters. They then worked with Dave Cheppa at Plush Vinyl to cut new lacquers. Finally they asked Rainbo to press the record on 180g vinyl for the best possible sound quality. The record comes housed inside a 425gsm gatefold sleeve featuring lyrics and liner notes by composer Angelo Badalamenti; the cover image by Sam Smith comes approved by David Lynch himself! The gatefold sleeve is then housed within a bespoke die cut outer jacket designed by Jay Shaw featuring super subtle white spot varnish text. The whole affair is finished with a top loading obi strip. “I’m glad that after 25 years, Death Waltz Recording Company has re-released the original soundtrack for Twin Peaks for a new audience to enjoy. This is my defining work as a composer and I’m happy it will get a fresh listen” – Angelo Badalamenti, 2016

File Under: OST
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Rachels: Systems/Layers (Quarterstick) LP
Louisville-based avant-garde chamber group Rachel’s present the vinyl debut of their 2003 full-length album Systems/Layers. This double LP album release also includes the vinyl debut of Rachel’s 2005 EP, Technology Is Killing Music. Numerous recording sessions make up systems/layers, home recordings, field recordings, and several large ensemble sessions with members of the Louisville Orchestra. Preliminary work for Systems/Layers began in 1997, when Rachel’s took to the streets of NYC armed with a DAT recorded in search of interesting sounds. This project, intended to address the issues of modern urban life, was set aside while other projects kept the band’s attention. However, when Rachel’s started working with the innovative New York based SITI theatre group in 2000, these recordings were given an environment to be completed. Included on the last side of this 2LP release, Technology Is Killing Music is an ideal companion to Systems/Layers. Assembled in the same cut up style, this 20-minute EP is a long-form suite comprised of material sourced from studio sessions, live performances and field recordings.

File Under: Chamber, Neo-Classical
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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats: A Little Something More From (Stax) LP
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ new 8-track EP, A Little Something More From, serves as a companion to the band’s critically acclaimed 2015 self-titled debut. The release features new studio recordings of live favorites including “Parlor,” “Out On The Weekend,” and “I Did It,” original album B-sides including the soulful ballad “What I Need,” “How To Make Friends” and a live version of “Wasting Time” recorded at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, TN. This collection follows what has been a phenomenal 18 months for Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. The band, along with their loyal hometown fans, just celebrated the one-year anniversary of their debut album with a sold-out headlining show at Denver’s renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The breakthrough year has also included a number of important milestones – their hit single “S.O.B.” blasted the nation’s airwaves for months as did follow-up tracks “I Need Never Get Old” and “Look It Here.” Their latest single, “Wasting Time,” is finding similar success as well. Additionally, their eponymous debut has now sold over 650,000 copies worldwide.

File Under: Funk Soul
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Sparks: s/t (1972) LP
Sparks’ eponymous 1971 debut presents the singular compositional, lyrical and singing voices of Ron and Russell Mael fully formed. Originally released under the moniker Halfnelson, Sparks’ prescient debut prefigures Queen, power pop, and especially Southern California’s late ’70s skinny-tie explosion. It’s a landmark of Todd Rungren’s early production career, and clearly the backing band of brothers Earle and Jim Mankey brought Sparks’ pop idiosyncrasies to their later work with The Dickies, The Quick and 20 / 20. Infectious, daring, and delightfully flaunting camp theatricality throughout, Sparks is the first installment in an unparalleled series of some of the decade’s most classic albums. Careening melodies soar through space-detritus electronics on the strikingly original “Roger,” which evokes the early solo work of Brian Eno, but the deranged art-rock closing track “(No More) Mr. Nice Guys” is the unequivocal classic of Sparks’ early career and a staple of the band’s live set ever since. Rundgren’s restrained production wisely sets the Mael brothers at the fore of Sparks. With just subtly treated cymbal flourishes keeping the pace, album opener “Wonder Girl” is pared down and mixed to showcase two things: Ron’s twinkling piano trill and Russell’s fluttering high-register. As Rundgren perceived, and a multi-decade career confirms since, their fraternal chemistry is a consummate force.

File Under: Art Rock, Pop
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Telefon Tel Aviv: Fahrenheit Fair Enough (Ghostly) LP
The late 1990s was a fertile time in the American electronic underground. A growing body of artists, spread around the nation, were engaging in the latest round of a decades-long transatlantic musical conversation. At the convergence of hip-hop, electronic, and soul music, these artists sought to carve out their own lane. In September 2001, New Orleans’ Telefon Tel Aviv, high school friends Joshua Eustis and the late Charles Cooper, joined the conversation with their debut album, Fahrenheit Fair Enough, released by Hefty Records. A labor of love, Fahrenheit… was an attempt by the pair “to contribute something meaningful” Eustis says today, “something definitely American, and kinda southern too.” On the 15th anniversary of its release, Ghostly International is reissuing Fahrenheit Fair Enough on double vinyl with an accompanying download featuring bonus material. Living in New Orleans in the late 1990s, Eustis and Cooper were in the thrall of two musical orbits: black America – New Orleans’ bounce, Detroit’s techno, Chicago’s house – and British electronica – Autechre, Aphex Twin, Jega. Recorded over the course of a year in Eustis’ childhood bedroom in the Riverbend neighborhood of New Orleans, Fahrenheit… mapped out a potential for American electronic music in a time of hope. The music features delicate Rhodes and guitar instrumentation wrapped in a southern bounce shell, smothered in R&B, and cut up by digital rhythm programming. The tracks were meant to be “constantly, evolving sculptures.” Fascinated by IDM, the pair sought to inject “some swagger into it, loosen it up a little but also make it hyper romantic.” Eustis and Cooper had imagined making a “hard club record,” but instead Fahrenheit… came to be seen as a delicate slice of electronica by fans and critics who misconstrued its stylistics roots. This was, perhaps, hardly surprising. Telefon Tel Aviv arrived at a time when there was no roadmap for an American electronic music scene comparable to what the UK had produced in the ’90s. They were the latest artists to find themselves in a strange middle ground between hip-hop and electronic music that had yet to be understood. The music sounds all the more relevant in 2016 because the roadmap Eustis and Cooper desired then exists today. And because today everyone listens to what the South has to say.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient, IDM
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Twenty One Pilots: Blurryface Live (Fueled By Ramen) 3LP
Twenty One Pilots landed at the top of the Billboard Charts in 2015 with their triumphant sophomore studio album Blurryface and its hit singles “Fairly Local,” “Tear My Heart Out” and “Stressed Out.” The record took the band’s explosive mix of hip-hop, indie rock and punk to the next level, with soaring pop melodies and eclectic sonic landscapes. Billboard stated that Blurryface, “…serves as evidence that one of pop’s most daring duos isn’t about to slow down,” while Alternative Press proclaimed that Twenty One Pilots, “ramped up everything, from new influences to the number of producers (four) to the metric ton of uncertainties and fears multiplying in frontman/songwriter Tyler Joseph’s cranium. And it’s wonderful.” Blurryface: Live is an awesome new document of the songs from the album performed in concert at The Fox Theater in Oakland, CA, presented on stunning tri-gatefold triple picture disc vinyl adorned with stylized shots of the band.

File Under: Rock, Pop

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Tyvek: Origin of What (In The Red) LP
Tyvek have long stood as one of the more steadfast and dependable punk institutions of the last decade. Each record has been great and has improved on the one before it without struggling to reinvent or overwrite their past. Line-ups and life events shift but the energy always comes through as new and raw as it did on the first single. Origin of What, their fourth album, is something of a departure, if a cryptic one—all the familiar elements are in place and yet a pervasive darkness that these strangely disjointed songs. Working again with Fred Thomas who recorded their most recent album, 2012 burner On Triple Beams, band members from the earliest incarnations to its most recent showed up for various recording sessions, with initial tracks captured quickly. Later, far more extensive editing, mixing and overdubbing ensued, resulting in a fragmented production style that slowly disintegrates the standard punk fare until it starts to resemble dub experimentation before decaying even further. Tyvek’s future, like its origin, is up for grabs.

File Under: Punk
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Ween: Godweensatan Live (ATO) LP
Uncertain whether or not to cancel their re-release party for GodWeenSatan: The Oneness on Sept. 14, 2001, just days after the tragic events of 9/11, Ween took the stage at their local bar, John & Peter’s, in New Hope, PA. What unfolded was pure catharsis for both the band and the packed crowd. Ween ran through the album in its entirety and captured the show on 24-track tape. This release, the band’s first since 2008, is that never-before-heard recording. GodWeenSatan: Live was mixed from the multitrack recording and mastered by Tom Ruff. This 2LP set is pressed onto 180g colored vinyl and includes a free MP3 download of the album.

File Under: Rock

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Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie: Salero (Erased Tapes) LP
Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie, the creative force behind A Winged Victory For The Sullen and Stars Of The Lid, presents his score for the motion picture Salero on vinyl courtesy of Erased Tapes. With Salero Wiltzie weaves some of his finest work to date and delivers an expertly distilled accompaniment to director Mike Plunkett’s sprawling, uncompromising visuals. Set in Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, the narrative follows the region’s Saleros – those who have for generations gathered salt and earned enough to somehow carve out an existence in such a barren landscape. It’s with the discovery of huge Lithium reserves – a mineral used frequently throughout the tech industry – under the scorched earth that acts as a catalyst for exploitation of the environment and its people; holding a microscope to the drastic effect industrialization has on local culture and tradition. “I have always said that composing music is infinitely easier when you have beautiful images to be inspired by,” Wiltzie explains. “It was a pleasure to write a score over this captivating place of endless, glimmering salt before its impending demise. I was fascinated by this mythical space and its ability to define the identities of the people who live in its vicinity, where this vast salt flat itself would be a central character.”

File Under: OST, Ambient, Stars of the Lid
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Bobby Womack: Fly Me to the Moon (Premium Cool) LP
1968’s Fly Me To The Moon was Boby Womack’s first solo long-player, after a decade of forging a singular path as R&B morphed into soul music, first with the Sam Cooke-sponsored VALENTINOS, and subsequently as a songwriter and guitarist for the likes of Wilson Pickett. Indeed, the album features Womack’s version of Pickett’s ‘Midnight Mover,’ along with very groovy interpretations of ‘California Dreamin” (a small hit at the time),’ ‘Moonlight In Vermont,’ and the title cut. But it is the singers own superlative material—’What Is This,’ ‘Somebody Special,’ ‘Take Me’—that shines best on this fantastic debut, produced by the estimable CHIPS MOMAN at his American Studios facility in Memphis, utilizing one of the finest session crews in southern soul.

File Under: R&B, Soul
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Bobby Womack: My Prescription (Premium Cool) LP
Bobby Womack returned to American in 1969 to cut My Prescription, also produced by Chips Moman, at a time that the venue was becoming exceptionally hot with visits from the likes of Elvis, Dusty Springfield, Neil Diamond and others. Womack’s sophomore album may however well be one of the most demonstrative showcases of studio and session crew, incandescent on a finely-honed program of classy and soulful performances, with the singer in full control. Tracks like ‘How I Miss You Baby,’ ‘Arkansas State Prison’ and ‘I Can’t Take It Like A Man’ stand as some of Womack’s greatest moments, and taken as a whole, My Prescription stands not only the man’s first truly great solo album, but also a timeless slice of sophisticated southern soul-making.

File Under: R&B, Soul
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Bobby Womack: The Womack ‘Live’ (Premium Cool) LP
In 1970 Bobby Womack and manager Ed Wright decided to capitalize on his new-found solo visibility by capturing an in-person performance at a Los Angeles nightclub. The Womack “Live” was the result, a compelling, cathartic session where, as the original liner notes attest, Womack “held church,” agonizing, pleading, exhorting and testifying to a crowd fully in rapture to him. As well as extended jams on album material like ‘How I Miss You Baby,’ the playlist featured killer versions of ‘Something’ and ‘Everybody’s Talkin” and some outrageous stage patter. All in all, it’s an incredible recital capturing Bobby Womack in his prime, and even comes with an uncredited appearance from Percy Mayfield.

File Under: R&B, Soul

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Neil Young: Official Release Series 8.5-12 (Reprise) 5LP Box
Neil Young’s “Official Release Series” continues with the Discs 8.5-12 limited edition 180g 6LP box set, the next collection of chronological titles which includes: 1976’s Long May You Run (The Stills-Young Band); 1977’s American Stars ‘N Bars; 1978’s Comes A Time; 1979’s Rust Never Sleeps (Neil Young & Crazy Horse); and 1979’s Live Rust (Neil Young & Crazy Horse). Discs 8.5-12 checks in after 1975’s Zuma and follows Discs 1-4 which were issued in 2009 and Discs 5-8 which were issued in 2014. Long May You Run served as the lone release from the short lived Stills-Young Band, featuring Neil and his old Buffalo Springfield cohort Stephen Stills splitting the songwriting duties with backing from Stills’ polished session musician fitted band. Roots rock affair American Stars ‘N Bars offers a mixed bag of the many styles Young had explored on previous efforts. There’s beautiful country-rock material (“The Old Country Waltz,” “Star of Bethlehem”), introspective acoustic solo numbers (“Will to Love”), and extended ragers (“Like a Hurricane”) plus guest appearances by Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Nicolette Larson and Crazy Horse. Comes A Time finds Young largely returning to his lush acoustic-based Harvest sound with uplifting harmony vocals from Nicolette Larson. Tender and inspired in all the right places, it became his first Top Ten album in over half a decade. Rust Never Sleeps features new material recorded live during Young’s 1978 tour with Crazy Horse and it’s split into compelling acoustic material and powerful electric numbers. The set kicks things off with the state of rock ‘n’ roll anthem “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue),” before offering up a lovely “Pocahontas,” scathing epic “Powderfinger” and closing with a rowdy reprise of “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black).” 1978 concert recording Live Rust featuring an on fire Crazy Horse on select tracks – issued months after its spiritual guide Rust Never Sleeps – was captured at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA and finds Young wearing his folksinger and bandleader hats and mixing early classics and then newer material in what adds up to be one hell of a show.

File Under: Rock

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Various: Bobo YeYe: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta (Numero) Box
From his studio in central Bobo-Dioulasso, photographer Sory Sanlé documented a nation’s transformation from colonial foothold to cosmopolitan oasis. Bobo Yeye: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta provides an intimate look into the landlocked nation’s pop culture explosion of the 1970s. A melange of community elders and emboldened youth spill from the brightly lit confines of Sanlé’s Volta Photo into the dimly lit nightclubs of Upper Volta’s cultural capital. Accompanying this hardbound monograph are dozens of rare and evocative recordings spread over three discs by Bobo-Dioulasso’s musical titans: Volta Jazz, Dafra Star, Echo Del Africa, and Les Imbattables Léopards.

File Under: African, Latin, Jazz, Funk, R&B
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Various: All Night Long: Northern Soul Floor Fillers (J&D Records) LP
Whilst not the first UK dance scene – the mods had that covered – northern soul is the longest running. Those northern clubbers who eschewed late 60s psychedelic fripperies for obscure old soul records with the requisite beat, couldn’t have known what they started. After using up all the UK released sides they began digging in the United States and after nearly 50 years the northern soul scene has probably unearthed more great music than any other. All Night Long is our tribute to those pioneers and includes current in-demanders such as The Sensations ‘Demanding Man’, classics by The Chandlers and Ernest Mosley and a host of other dancefloor friendly masterpieces. On the 14th October 2016 J&D Records release three exceptional compilations that look at vintage African-American music through the prism of UK club culture. All Night Long, Can You Feel That Beat and Extra Added Soul will be available on CD & double vinyl and are compiled by DJ and award winning compiler Dean Rudland, with stunning artwork from his long-time collaborators The Unknown. Across the three volumes there are 60 tracks of soul, funk and boogie.

File Under: Northern Soul
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Various: Can You Feel that Beat: Funk 45s & Other Rare Grooves (J&D Records) LP
Funk was the syncopated groove that emerged in the mid-sixties through hits from James Brown and Dyke and The Blazers. It was a natural development out of rhythm and blues. Thousands of local bands tried to emulate Brown’s success, and in the process created a plethora of rare and sought after 45s and album cuts that have been mined by DJs and producers to fill floors or provide breakbeats. Whilst the 20 tracks on this compilation would cost you thousands of pounds to own on their original issue, that isn’t really the point. Instead you get to listen to magnificent grooves such as Mickey & The Soul Generations explosive ‘Iron Leg’, Andrew Brown’s blues tinged ‘You Made Me Suffer’ or the message music of 24 Carat Black. On the 14th October 2016 J&D Records release three exceptional compilations that look at vintage African-American music through the prism of UK club culture. All Night Long, Can You Feel That Beat and Extra Added Soul will be available on CD & double vinyl and are compiled by DJ and award winning compiler Dean Rudland, with stunning artwork from his long-time collaborators The Unknown. Across the three volumes there are 60 tracks of soul, funk and boogie.

File Under: Funk, Soul
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Various: Extra Added Soul: Crossover, Modern & Funky Soul (J&D Records) LP
There is a lot of confusion with regards to the modern soul scene. An off-shoot of northern soul, it initially mixed new release independent soul, with post late-60s soul that didn’t fit with the northern scene. They championed a lot of great records, but this was the mid-80s and it now seems odd to describe nearly 50 year old records as modern soul – but somehow the name has stuck. Extra Added Soul luxuriates in this contradiction, as it allows us to mix up the boogie like ‘Love Explosion’ by Donnell Pittman, with two-step Chicago classics by Elvin Bishop or El Anthony, or the danceable sweet soul of Dyson’s Faces with Gil Scott-Heron alike ‘Patience’ by Rokk. Amongst the twenty tracks there is also room for a touch of Prince on 94 East’s exceptional ‘If You See Me’ and the cosmic soul of Karriem’s super rarity ‘I Love You’. On the 14th October 2016 J&D Records release three exceptional compilations that look at vintage African-American music through the prism of UK club culture. All Night Long, Can You Feel That Beat and Extra Added Soul will be available on CD & double vinyl and are compiled by DJ and award winning compiler Dean Rudland, with stunning artwork from his long-time collaborators The Unknown. Across the three volumes there are 60 tracks of soul, funk and boogie.

File Under: Funk, Soul
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Various: Lagniappe Session 1 (Light in the Attic) LP
Founded in Los Angeles, CA by Georgia transplant Justin Gage, the Aquarium Drunkard blog has long served as a haven for discerning and adventurous listeners since 2005. Digging globally, AD offers an eclectic array of features, interviews, mixtapes, and reviews spanning vintage garage, psych, folk, country, soul, funk, R&B and beyond. The scope is wide, but the motto is simple: Only the good shit. Pardon the blue language, but it tracks. Release dates and hype aren’t driving forces at AD; the material featured on the site is there because Gage and the staff dig what they’re writing about. In 2011, Gage launched the Lagniappe Sessions, a regular recording series on the website and the weekly Aquarium Drunkard Show on Sirius/XMU featuring freeform selections, songs culled from artist’s record collections and inspirations. This co-release between Light In The Attic Records and Aquarium Drunkard Recordings documents the first five years of the series, collecting on vinyl for the first time a diverse lineup of obscure gems and familiar tunes refashioned into surprising and unexpected things. Psychedelic Swedes Dungen cover electronic pioneer Aphex Twin; of Montreal tap into the classic folk ballad “All My Sorrows”; troubadour Kevin Morby configures the blistering hardcore of the Germs into something more mystical. Some of the most familiar songs on Vol. 1 are the farthest out in terms of reinterpretation — White Fence reimagines the Gin Blossoms as a Paisley Underground outfit; guitarist William Tyler draws lines connecting the ragas of Sandy Bull to the progressive rock of Blue Oyster Cult. “Songs like this play on long after the record is done and become more like truths to me,” songwriter Jennifer Castle wrote for AD regarding her cover of Bob Dylan’s “Walkin’ Down the Line”. The songs of Lagniappe Sessions Vol. 1 share that quality equally.

File Under: Indie Rock

…..Restocks…..

Alabama Shakes: Boys & Girls (ATO) LP
Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color (ATO) LP
Tori Amos: Boys For Pele (Warner) LP
Arcade Fire: Reflektor (Sonovox) LP
Black Sabbath: Vol 4 (Rhino) LP
Boards of Canada: Music Has the Right to Children (Warp) LP
Boards of Canada: Geogaddi (Warp) LP
David Bowie: Hunky Dory (RCA) LP
David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust (RCA) LP
Danny Brown: Atrocity Exhibition (Warp) LP
Can: Future Days (Spoon) LP
Cat Power: You Are Free (Matador) LP
Nick Cave: Abattoir Blues (Mute) LP
Nick Cave: Murder Ballads (Mute) LP
City & Colour: Sometimes (Dine Alone) LP
Daft Punk: Homework (EMI) LP
Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (Columbia) LP
Drive By Truckers: American Band (ATO) LP
Flaming Lips: Soft Bulletin (Warner) LP
Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Warner) LP
Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma (Warp) LP
Flying Lotus: Los Angeles (Warp) LP
Flying Lotus: You’re Dead (Warp) LP
Fucked Up: Chemistry of Common Life (Matador) LP
Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On (Universal) LP
Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get It On (Universal) LP
Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Asunder… (Constellation) LP
Jamie XX: In Color (Young Turk) LP
Sharon Jones: 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone) LP
Sharon Jones: Soul Time! (Daptone) LP
Lemon Twigs: Do Hollywood (4AD) LP
Tim Maia: Nobody Can Live Forever (Luaka Bop) LP
The National: High Violet (4AD) LP
Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool (XL) LP
Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool (XL) DLX LP
Rural Alberta Advantage: Hometowns (Paperbag) LP
Schoolboy Q: Blank Face (Universal) LP
Stone Roses: Sally Cinnamon (Universal) LP
Stooges: s/t (Rhino) LP
Taylor Swift: 1989 (Universal) LP
Talk Talk: Laughing Stock (Universal) LP
Cecil Taylor: Conquistador (Blue Note) LP

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…..news letter #768 – 15 years!…..

Well, it may not be Thanksgiving here today, but thanks to the fine folks at Record Store Day central, they’ve turned Black Friday into a mini-RSD event to drive shoppers to small mom & pop shops rather than just the big box stores. And of course they are doing that with a nice stack of exclusive releases, and fortunately pretty much all of them are available to us up here in Canada. Below you will find a list of all the exclusives  (as well as some brand spankin’ new stuff we’re putting out with the RSD stuff) we’ll have on the shelf tomorrow when we open (10 am!).

While that’s exciting and all though, more exciting is that we are celebrating our 15th anniversary! 15 years of slinging wax. It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come, from our humble beginnings with a handful of half full bins to the overflowing bins and boxes of records everywhere we are surrounded with today. Thanks to our fine customers we’ve been able to grow in to what we like to think is a pretty darned fine shop with something for everyone. And so to thank you all for another year of support this weekend not only will we have RSD tomorrow, we’ll be having a big ol’ sale all weekend too! THANK YOU!

…..pick of the week…..

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Listen Gear!
In celebration of our 15th anniversary we’ve got another new design for you to wear around town to show your Listen Love. And since it’s theoretically supposed to be winter, we’ve even made up some hoodies and sweatshirts this go around. As well, we’ve got new cotton totes bags for you to get your records, or groceries, home from the store. Thanks to our buddy Myles for the killer new design. These shirts also make great gifts! Supplies are limited, so get one before we are sold out!

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To thank you all for another year of support we are giving you 20% off all new and used records and CDs all weekend long! Starting at 10am Friday until 5pm Sunday!

Rega RP1s are $399 (reg. $499)
Rega RP1 w/ Upgrade kit are $599 (reg. $699)

*Sale excludes Record Store Day exclusives, Brand Fucking New Arrivals, special orders and holds, local releases, and consignment items. All other gear is 10%.

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Lastly, we’ll be giving away one Rega RP1 turntable to one lucky shopper this weekend. So be sure to stop in!

…..Record Store Day Releases…..

Afghan Whigs: Black Love (Elektra) 3LP
Autechre: Amber (Warp) LP
Autechre: Incunabula (Warp) LP
Autechre: Tri Repetae (Warp) LP
Beach Boys: Becoming The Beach Boys (Omnivore) LP
Big Star: Complete Third (Omnivore) LP
Budos Band: The Shape of Mayhem to Come (Daptone) 12″
Built to Spill: Ancient Melodies of the Future (1972) LP
Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Got A Mind to Give Up Living (Real Gone) LP
Chvrches: Under the Tide (Glassnote) 12″
Ornette Coleman: An Evening With (ORG) LP
Death By Stereo: Into the Valley of Death (Indecision) LP
Death Grips: Fashion Week/Interview 2016 (Harvest) LP
Dengue Fever/Goonam: Ganadaramaba (Sony) 7″
Dungen: Haxan (Mexican Summer) LP
Bob Dylan: Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert (Sony) LP
Faith No More: Cone of Shame (Ipecac) 7″
Fruit Bats: The Glory of Fruit Bats (Easy Sound) LP
Steve Grossman: Some Shapes to Come (Tidal Waves) LP
Gwar: Black Friday (Sony) 7″
Lee Hazlewood: Cowboy in Sweden (Light in the Attic) LP
Isaac Hayes: Do Your Thing (Now Again) LP
Jimi Hendrix: Morning Symphony Ideas (Sony) 10″
Jungle Brothers: Done By the Forces of Nature (Get on Down) LP
Kinks: God’s Children (Sanctuary) 7″
Kinks: Til Death Do Us Part (Sanctuary) 7″
Kinks: s/t (Sanctuary) 7″
Timothy Leary/Ralph Metzner: The Psychedelic Experience (Real Gone) LP
Love is a Drag: For Adult Listeners (Sundazed) LP
Minor Victories: Orchestral Variations (Sony) LP
Rudy Ray Moore: This Ain’t no White Christmas (Dolemite) LP
Harry Nilsson: Popeye OST (Varese Sarabande) LP
Thee Oh Sees: An Odd Entrance (Castle Face) LP
OST: Barbarella (Varese Sarabande) LP
OST: Chinatown (Cinewax) LP
OST: Luke Cage (Mondo) LP
OST: My Little Pony (Sony) LP
OST: The Wonder Years (ORG) LP
Angel Olsen/Steve Gunn: Live At Pickathon (Easy Sound) LP
Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff: Strung Out In Heaven (Cooking Vinyl) LP
Jaco Pastorius: Jaco (Omnivore) LP
Raconteurs: Steady, As She Goes (Thirdman) 7″
Ramones: Live At The Roxy 8/12/76 (Rhino) LP
Nathaniel Rateliff: A Little Something More (Stax) LP
Otis Redding: Live at the Whisky A Go Go (Stax) LP
Refused: Servants of Death (Epitaph) LP
Rogue Wave: Cover Me (Easy Sound) LP
Run DMC: Christmas in Hollis (Sony) LP
Bruce Springsteen: Chapter & Verse (Sony) LP
Sugarhill Gang: Meet Your Maker (Rhino) 7″
Sun Ra & His Arkestra: At Inter-Media Arts April 1991 (Sundazed) LP
Synthesizer Coloring Book
This Kind of Punishment: Radio Silence (Superior Viaduct) 7″
Tokyo Police Club: A Lesson in Crime (Paperbag) LP
Mark Van Hoen: The Last Flowers From the Darkness (Medical) LP
Venom: Black Metal (Warner) LP
Video Liszt: Ektakrom Killer (Medical) LP
Vitamin String Quartet: Plays Radiohead (VSQ) 7″
Muddy Waters: London Muddy Waters Sessions (Brookvale) LP
Yardbirds: Birdland (Favored Nations) LP
Various: Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds from South Eastern Nigeria (Comb & Razor) LP
Various: James Brown’s Funky People 3 (Get on Down) LP
Various: Jazz Dispensary: Holiday Treats (Fantasy) LP
Various: Lagniappe Session (Light in the Attic) LP
Various: Shanghai’d Soul (Numero) LP
Various: Scepter Records (Sundazed) LP

In tomorrow???….

Steve Gunn: Ancient Jules (Matador) 12″
Iggy & The Stooges: Telluric Chaos (MVD) LP
Lil Yachty: Lil Boat (Capitol) LP
Frank Sinatra: White Christmas (Universal) 7″
Ween: Godweensatan Live (ATO) LP
Frank Zappa: How Could I Be Such A Fool (Universal) 7″

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…..news letter #767 – purple/pink…..

Oi, loads of stuff in this week, and still more to show up. At least we’ll be well stocked for next weekend! Be sure to set some time aside to come down as next Friday is Black Friday RSD AND we’ll be celebrating our 15th anniversary!

…..pick of the week…..

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Alessandro Cortini: Spie (Make Noise) 12″
“Alessandro Cortini returned to his Make Noise Shared System Modular synthesizer last summer, to create two variations of a patch that could be described as ‘… a gorgeous sunrise over a decimated landscape…” This Make Noise Records release was digitally mastered by Shawn Hatfield at Audible Oddities. Analog Mastered and Cut by DC at PLUSH. Pressed to 12″ Clear (140gm) vinyl and inserted into a black inner dust sleeve and Matte Jacket with artwork by Sean Curtis Patrick (who has worked with Cortini in the past). The music was composed entirely on the Make Noise Shared System Modular synthesizer.”

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

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Tori Amos: Boys for Pele (Atlantic) LP
One of the most successful and influential artists of her generation, Tori Amos is as much a force to be reckoned today as when she made her debut as producer in 1996 on her third studio album, Boys for Pele, over two decades ago. An ambitious and uncompromising collection of songs about mythology (Pele was a Hawaiian volcano goddess), suppression and self-discovery, the record became one of her most successful, debuting at #2 on the album charts in both the U.S. and the U.K. An international hit, Boys for Pele also burst into the Top 10 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Sweden. To celebrate the pivotal album’s 20-year anniversary, Rhino Records is releasing a newly remastered version of the original 18-track effort as a 180g 2LP-set. Moving away from the corporate environment to record in a church in Delganey, County Wicklow, and an old Georgian house in County Cork, Ireland, Boys for Pele altered the course of Tori Amos’ career. As she explains in the album’s liner notes, “This is the record where I fought for my life.” Greeted with rapturous fan support, this proved this to be a rewarding decision. Home to the fan favorites “Caught a Lite Sneeze” and “Hey Jupiter.”

File Under: Pop
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William Antonini e la Sua Orchestra: s/t (Sonor Music Editions) LP
Sonor Music Editions present a reissue of William Antonini E La Sua Orchestra, originally released in 1971. A very rare “cult” library and orchestra album by pianist William Antonini and his orchestra, recorded with the deep sounds of Dirmaphon studios in Rome. Expect some strong blues rock influences with loads of killer psychedelic sounds all over the place – amazing jazz-funk and blues funk vibes, heavy progressive riffs with big band swinging jazz and jazz-rock tunes. Huge basslines with stoned flute and deep tenor sax along with amazing early ’70s freak-beat clubbing tunes are to be found on this lost, collectible gem. Reissued with the original back liner notes written by Italian jazz father, Carlo Loffredo.

File Under: Library, Italian
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contrepoison

Olivia Block: Dissolution (Glistening Examples) LP
Glistening Examples present Olivia Block’s Dissolution. Olivia Block on the record: “Dissolution is a reflection upon human ‘webs of significance’, and an investigation into the ways that electronic communications and recording technologies, both past and present, facilitate, complicate and transmute the formation of these webs. Sounds of shortwave radio, municipal broadcast recordings, fragments of found microcassette tapes, tones and instruments dramatize the fragility and failures of communication and language in shaping memory and experience. This album is dedicated to Adam Sonderberg, without whom I could not have completed this project.” Personnel: Lesley Swanson – flute; Shaun Flynn – clarinet. Musicians were recorded at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago IL in January 2015. The session was engineered by Alex Inglesian. Mastered by Jason Lescalleet at Glistening Labs, USA. Dissolution comes housed in a single-pocket jacket with glossy UV coating and black poly-lined inner sleeves with a 12×12″ vellum insert. Includes download card.

File Under: Experimental
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Bowery Electric: Beat (Kranky) LP
“The second album from New York City’s Bowery Electric was released in late 1996, less than 15 months after their self-titled debut, but it found them having traveled light years musically in the interim, the group having seemingly decided to see how far they could take the guitar/bass/drums/vocal setup into the atmosphere. Every aspect of their approach had been refined and focused: squalling, distorted guitars had been transformed into hazy, sensual sheets; the live drums transmuted to sampled rhythms more in debt to the blossoming down-tempo sound of the day; bass lines reduced to their most basic diagrams; vocals submerged to become one with the narcotized fog of the instruments; even the lyrics were reduced to a few minimal lines used sparingly so as not to overshadow the dynamic. Beat is a lush and dense mantra of shadowy percussion, barely-there vocals and immersive drones that envelops the listener in an opiated blanket of sound. The second in a trio of albums released by the core duo of Lawrence Chandler and Martha Schwendener, Beat is without doubt their definitive artistic statement. Coming 20 years to the day of its original release, this is the first time this album has been available on vinyl in almost two decades, and the first ever U.S. vinyl release.”

File Under: Electronic, Experimental
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Brian Jonestown Massacre: Third World Pyramid (A) LP
Third World Pyramid is the 15th full length release from The Brian Jonestown Massacre recorded in early 2016. It is the first album that was fully recorded & produced at Anton Newcombe’s new Cobra Studio in Berlin. Third World Pyramid encapsulates the old and new sounds of the band, with the nine tracks starting from the melancholic “Good Mourning” going through to “Assignment Song” – which is a cover of Nina Simone from her 1971 album Gifted & Black – and the latter tracks show the ever-changing dynamic of the band, acknowledging their past but also looking to their future. Featuring Ricky Maymi, Dan Allaire, Joel Gion, Collin Hegna and Ryan Van Kriedt. Also, Emil Nikolaisen from the Norwegian band Serena-Maneesh joins the band on this album, plus vocal performance Tess Parks and Katy Lane. Anton Newcombe has been a very busy man these past two years, kicking off with the critically acclaimed Brian Jonestown Massacre album Revelation in 2014. After a successful UK and European tour, the BJM followed this up with the +- EP. 2015 saw the release of Musique de film imaginé; an imaginary film soundtrack album featuring the track “Bonbon” which has, ironically, been used in Dheepan, the Palme D’or winner at Cannes film festival 2015. In June, Anton and Tess Parks embarked on a well-received tour of the UK and Europe to support the release of I Declare Nothing. Anton finished 2015 with a BJM mini-album release entitled Mini Album Thingy Wingy.

File Under: Rock
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John Cage, David Tudor & Christian Wolff: San Francisco Museum of Art, 1/16/1965 (Modern Silence) LP
Modern Silence present a live recording, originally broadcast by KPFA Radio from the sculpture court of the San Francisco Museum of Art on January 16, 1965. Coinciding with the 39th birthday of fellow pianist and longtime associate David Tudor, this historic concert with John Cage opens with a duet for cymbal with contact microphones agitated by a wide gamut of objects, and concludes with Variations IV in which loudspeakers outside the performance space interacted with speakers next to the audience. Includes a performance of Christian Wolff’s For 1, 2 or 3 People. First vinyl release of this historic performance of minimalist music.

File Under: Avant Garde, Classical

contrepoison

Contrepoison: Discography 2010-2012 (Hospital) LP
Hospital Productions collect some of the strongest cold-wave pop dirges of a generation with Contrepoison’s Discography 2010-2012 survey, wrapping up both his self-released tapes and releases for Dominick Fernow’s cherished imprint. Since the late ’90s, Québécois musician and noise artist Pierre Marc-Tremblay has been recognized as a vital force in nether musical realms with a palette ranging from hermetic black metal (Akitsa) to the bitterest rhythmic noise (Âmes Sanglantes), and, more recently, the nerve-bitingly melodic pop of Contrepoison, whose I Keep On Searching 12″ (2012) – included here – is a firm fixture. Arriving at the vanguard of a new slew of cold-wave revisionists and fetishists in 2010, his music stood, and still stands, head and shoulders above the rest thanks to an incessant drive and directness that can’t be ignored by anyone into the original stuff, or who has arrived via the sound’s prevailing, contemporary winds. Vacillating belting vocal pop arrangements with howling, stygian instrumentals of synth, guitar and enslaved drum machines, Discography 2010-2012 drags a perfectly malformed body of work, cycling chronologically from the pounding mix of industrial kicks and neo-folk cadence of …Until Next Morning’s amazing title cut (2010), to the blank-eyed dirge of “To Never, Forever”, before taking in the stomping “Deserted Story” from his 2011 split with Vatican Shadow, and committing the fucking addictive hits of “I Keep On Searching”, best summed up in that raging, glam title tune and sandwiched with aces from the compilation Around The Dragon’s Broken Neck Hangs The Medal Of Saint Lazarus (2010). It only gets more wonderfully bombed out and crestfallen from therein, from the plangent siren call of “Nectar Of Destiny” to the exclusive instrumental, “The Moon Has Mad The Eclipse”, and a grip of killers off The Thunders Which Collide tape (2011), including the raging banger “The Thunders Which Collide” and another cut exclusive to this set in the instrumental, “As The Blazing Sun Enters Scorpio”. Basically, it’s riddled with memorable hooks and rages like a wounded beast trapped down a well. RIYL: Cold Cave, Prurient. Edition of 500.

File Under: Industrial, Dark Wave
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Sarah Davachi: Vergers (Important) LP
Vergers is Sarah Davachi’s third full-length release following Barons Court (2015) and Dominions (2016). It marks her second appearance with Important Records following 2014’s August Harp cassette on the Cassauna imprint (SAUNA 017CS). In Vergers, she meditates on a single electronic instrument, the EMS Synthi 100 synthesizer, while also weaving sparse acoustic elements – her own voice and violin – into a series of three long-form, muted gestures. Elements of distance and alienation are certainly at play in the textural quality of these compositions, a feeling that is further defined by track titles that reference the spirit world and an album title that calls to mind the solitary tasks of the church orderly. The record opens with the aptly titled, “Gentle So Gentle”, a side-long movement that recalls the glacial character of Davachi’s previous efforts. “Ghosts And All” and “In Staying” suggest a more disjointed path, with the latter culminating in a subtly dissonant dirge that leaves little absolve between the organic, the artificial, and the impermanent.

File Under: Ambient, Drone, Electronic
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Eleh: Radiant Intervals I (Important) LP
Important Records present the first part of a re-release of Eleh’s influential Radiant Intervals, originally released in 2010. Radiant Intervals is a meticulously nuanced and restrained exploration of the rhythmic and harmonic relationships inherent in pure analog frequencies, using a blend of intuitive and mathematically based tunings. Dense patterns of sound slowly unravel and are woven together again in new ways while harmonics hover and shift overhead. Radiant Intervals is a purely analog recording, made with a Serge Modular system, Mini Moog, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 and a Pro- One. Comes in heavy-duty, metallic silver-shimmer, screen-printed jackets. 180 gram vinyl.

 File Under: Drone, Ambient
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Esben & The Witch: Older Terrors (Season of Mist) LP
The English via Berlin post-rock trio Esben and the Witch return anew with Older Terrors, their latest album and first with Season of Mist. Led by the captivating voice of Rachel Davies, the trio cut a wide swath of sound ranging from the dark and subtle to the triumphal, glorious roar of loud guitars. As the stunning “Sylvan” illustrates, they also find home in the shadows between the light and dark. Older Terrors is nothing short of a stunning and poignant album. Esben and the Witch explains, “Our forthcoming album ‘Older Terrors’ was written and recorded over the course of a year in Berlin, our adopted home. We have spent eight years getting here, sweating on stages, holed up in studios and exploring all that which inspires awe and terror. The album features four tracks. In this digital age of music we wanted to create a collection that worked together but could also be separated, each track standing alone, carving its own path and telling its own tale. This record is dedicated to the sublime. To Edward Young’s Night Thoughts, John Martin’s apocalyptic visions, Caspar David Friedrich’s forays into the forest and to the sparks of light that glimmer in times of utter darkness.”

File Under: Indie Rock
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Carla Dal Forno: You Know What It’s Like (Blackest Ever Black) LP
Carla dal Forno presents her debut solo album You Know What It’s Like, following time in cult Melbourne group Mole House and an earlier association with Blackest Ever Black as a member of F ingers and Tarcar. Her voice is an extraordinary instrument: both disarmingly conversational and glacially detached. It has something of the bedsit urbanity of Anna Domino, Marine Girls, Antena, or Helen Johnstone – stoned and deadpan – but it can also summon a gothic intensity that Nico or Kendra Smith would approve of. This voice is the perfect embodiment of dal Forno’s emotionally ambiguous songs: their lyrics rooted in the everyday, observing and exposing a series of uncomfortable truths. “Fast Moving Cars” and “What You Gonna Do Now?” weigh up claustrophobia against loneliness, inertia against acceleration, doubling-down versus taking-off; the title track acknowledges the provisional nature of love and “real” intimacy, then decides to brave it anyway. By the time the startlingly sparse “The Same Reply” arrives, the sense of dejection is absolute. The vocal-led pieces are interspersed with richly evocative instrumentals. Smothered in tape-hiss and reverb, the seasick synthesizer miniatures “Italian Cinema” and “Dragon Breath” channel the twilit DIY whimsy of Flaming Tunes and Call Back The Giants. The drum machine and bassline of “DB Rip” are pure Chicago house, but then its dark choral drones nod to Dalis Car’s dreams of blood-spattered Cornwall stone. “Dry The Rain” drinks from a stream of moon-musick that runs through Coil, In Gowan Ring, Third Ear Band, even the Raincoats’s Odyshape (1981).

File Under: Electronic, Ambient, Synthwave
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Gas: Box (Kompakt) 10LP Box
Wolfgang Voigt is a man of many means and monikers, having engendered a unique take on electronic expressionism across multiple media – from riotous early ’90s acid to cyber-folkloristic techno or the abstract drama of his current Rückverzauberung project, Voigt is a pioneering vision to be found on vinyl, canvas or flickering screens. Ranking among the most dense, hypnotic, atmospheric recordings in his oeuvre, the Gas releases have since become internationally recognized classics with a cult following, hailed as “a wondrous high point in the history of electronic music” by Pitchfork and considered “some of the most influential albums of the ’90s” by The Guardian. From foggy dub techno to anthemic electronica and loop-based ambient techno, the list of acts, tracks and even genres influenced by the full-lengths and EPs crafted under the Gas umbrella between 1995 and 2000 seems endless, giving these long sold-out original releases even more of a near-mythical quality. Following the much-acclaimed (and out-of-print) retrospective Nah Und Fern from 2008, Kompakt has decided that it’s high time for a reissue that features the core Gas albums, originally released by the legendary Mille Plateaux imprint in the ’90s, the records that introduced the project’s trademark sound between Schönberg and Kraftwerk, Wagner and the bass drum, “an endless march through the underwoods of an imaginary, misty forest and into the disco.” Inside this comprehensive anthology, listeners will experience Zauberberg (1997), Königsforst (1998), Pop (2000) and the sought-after Oktember 12 inch (1999), all together available as luxurious ten LP and four CD edition. Box is the most comprehensive version of these releases ever. The vinyl features edits that were previously unavailable on wax – with each album being presented as three LP pressings (instead of the original two LP pressings), for extended playtime and superior sound quality, finally released the way this music was intended to be heard. This highly collectible box set comes with an art-print book featuring newly processed and previously unreleased photography from the Königsforst woods around Cologne, in the style of the legendary, trail-blazing Gas artwork. Box is to be considered as the definitive take on a unique sound cosmos and an extraordinary period of music. An essential outing for every serious fan of electronic music.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient, Techno, Minimal
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disquietGerman Army & Old Komm: Disquiet (Discrepant) LP
Disquiet is the imaginary soundtrack to the lost 1976 Russian-American dystopian classic. Russian occultists Old Komm collaborate with the south Californian dons of austere electronics, German Army, bringing to life the made-up soundtrack to a film that never was. Disquiet tells the story of a child born to a desolate, post-apocalyptic world, war-torn and fractured by greed. Organ tones and broken exoteric bumps coexist with dark ambient themes and cavernous beats. Remnants of wry memories, smothered dreams, dim visions of a world that never was.

File Under: Electronic, Industrial, Experimental, OST
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Hastings of Malawi: Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth (Sub Rosa) LP
First reissue of Hastings Of Malawi’s classic masterpiece Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth, originally released on the Papal Products label in 1981. Hastings Of Malawi were Heman Pathak, David Hodes and John Grieve. They recorded Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth in one night in 1981 with no plan and no idea of what they were doing. They played drums, clarinet, synthesizer and piano but also made use of things that they found lying around the studio – old records, cook books, telephone directories and a telephone. The recordings were played down the phone to randomly dialed numbers with the reactions added to the recording. All three had been involved in the recording of the first Nurse With Wound album Chance Meeting On A Dissecting Table Of A Sewing Machine And An Umbrella (1979) and had contributed metal scrapings, piano, effects, clarinet and guitar during the session. The star of the record is Pat Simmons who was the voice of the UK speaking clock between 1963 and 1984. In his book Lipstick Traces (1989) writer Greil Marcus seeks to draw a line from Dada through the Situationist International to punk rock. If this line exists, then Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth sits on the end of it. The only review that the album received was from Steve Stapleton who suggested that “nobody should miss this vinyl disaster” – good or bad are not concepts that can be applied to this recording. The record stands firmly in opposition to the now all pervading concepts of commercialization, celebrity culture and the commodification of creative activity. Originally 1000 copies were pressed on orange/red vinyl. 120 copies were sold through Rough Trade and Virgin Records. 800 copies were bought and later destroyed by the United Dairies label, adding to the elusiveness of this record. This reissue is on red vinyl, just like the original pressing. File under: dada, underground, post-industrial, concrete music, DIY, punk.

File Under: DIY, Punk, Industrial, Dada, NWW List
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Steve Hauschildt: Strands (Kranky) LP
“From Steve Hauschildt: ‘Strands is a song cycle that is about cosmogony and creation/destruction myths. The title alludes to the structural constitution of ropes as I wanted to approach the compositions so that they consisted of strands and fibers which form a unified whole. This was so the songs could have the appearance of being either taut or slack without being fundamentally locked to a grid. So the sounds/tones have a certain malleability to them and sound like they’re bending through time. It’s also grittier and more distorted than my previous albums. I wanted to try and capture that moment in nature and society where life slowly reemerges through desolation, so it has a layer of optimism looming underneath. The music represents this by seemingly decaying at times but then reforms and morphs in a fluid way back to its original state. I was also inspired by the movement of rivers, particularly their transformative aspect and how they’re in a state of flux and change, in particular the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland where I live, which notoriously caught on fire thirteen times because of industrial pollution in the 1960s and before. I was very interested in the dichotomy of oil and water and the resulting, unnatural symptoms of human industry. It’s a very personal record for me as it is a reflection of my hometown where I grew up and where it was mostly recorded. ‘ From Kranky: ‘Graceful compositions flow throughout Steve Hauschildt’s fourth release for Kranky following his Where All Is Fled full length from late summer 2015. The songs fluctuate from the serene calm of album opener ‘Horizon of Appearances,’ to the pulsing hypnosis of ‘Ketracel,’ and on to the searing grandeur of album closer ‘Die in Fascination,’ throughout, Steve remains restrained and in complete control of his sound.’ “

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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holyserpHoly Serpent: Temple (Riding Easy) LP
In the short time since their self-titled RidingEasy debut in mid-2015, Melbourne, Australia’s Holy Serpent have gained a lot of attention for their rather punk version of heavy psych and metal. Fittingly, there’s a strong vibe of early Soundgarden, Saint Vitus and Kyuss to Temples in that it’s undeniably heavy, but also clever in its experimentation with subtle tempo shifts, multiple vocal effects and other production techniques. But it’s still more Sabotage than Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.

File Under: Metal, Psych, Stoner
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taylor

Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand: s/t (Abduction) LP
Abduction Records present the first vinyl LP release of Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand. The trio consists of Jeffery Taylor (Climax Golden Twins/AFCGT/Spider Trio) on electric guitar, Mark Ostrowski (Monktail/Wally Shoup Quartet) on drums and John Seman (Monktail/Ask The Ages) on contrabass. The music is a heavy dose of jazz, blues, and improvisation. Sharp and destructive yet cerebral and clever, these tracks finally expose one of Seattle’s best-kept secret treasures to the world as the only way you could have heard them, before would have been at one of their extremely rare live shows in the Puget Sound area or from their locally produced cassette from a few years back. The second track on side one titled “Beatrice”, features Climax Golden Twins and Beatrice Harrison. Edition of 500.

File Under: Blues, Jazz, Climax Golden Twins
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ixtahuele

Ixtahuele: Call of the Islands (Subliminal Sounds) LP
Lush and exciting, rich and vibrant, Ìxtahuele are back with their exotic sounds on their second full length album. Guiding your mind’s eye over oceans and mountains, through jungle and desert, teasing and enticing with layered soundscapes and catchy melodies, you’ll find yourself whistling along on a winding mountain road, stalking through the rainforest, or humming lazily on a tropical beach when listening to Call Of The Islands. Building on their previous releases, both musically and thematically, the group flirts with jazz, mambo, and space age pop, all the while retaining their classic acoustic exotica sound and high level of musicianship. Call Of The Islands provides music to lounge by the pool to, to armchair travel on a cold rainy night – it’s the perfect soundtrack for a quiet drink with a lover or a friend. Sophisticated and savage, it’s exotica for the modern age.

File Under: Exotica
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Junkfood & Enrico Gabrielli: Italian Masters (Cinedelic) LP
Enrico Gabrielli and the members of Junkfood have crossed several times in the past in a variety of contexts and collaborations, but never have the two entities been found under the same roof. The occasion is revealed thanks to the Festival HalloBigallo in 2014, dedicated to Piero Umiliani, inviting both to perform with the prayer to include some readings in personnel key from the repertoire of the Maestro. After that pleasant experience, Junkfood and Gabrielli agreed to meet at the Vacuum Studio of Bruno Germano in Bologna. Italian Masters is dedicated to the figures of some of the greatest Italian composers of film scores. The result exceeds expectations: the beautiful music of Umiliani, Morricone and Trovajoli are distorted and filtered by the sensitivity of the five, while maintaining their unmistakable identity. What is most striking is the incredible consistency throughout despite the different authorship of the compositions and wide range of situations and solutions the musicians themselves bring into the music. The quintet succeed in the difficult task of standing comparison to models and simultaneously developing their own poetic and independent sound, making Italian Masters a real gem not only for the fanatics of film music, but for newbies calling to those ones shores lured by the sirens of Gabrielli and Junkfood. Personnel: Enrico Gabrielli – saxophone, bass clarinet, flute; Paolo Raineri – trumpet, flugelhorn, effects; Michelangelo Vanni – electric guitar, effects; Simone Calderoni – electric bass, effects; Simone Cavina – drums, effects. “C’eravamo Tanto Amati Da” features Edda Dell’Orso. Limited numbered edition of 300 on multicolored vinyl.

File Under: OST, Library
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David H. Kimball: Atmosfere N. 1-2 (Cinedelic) LP
Cinedelic Records present a reissue of David H. Kimball’s (Peymont) Atmosfere N. 1-2, originally released in 1971. Limited numbered edition of 600. Includes download code. An amazing and mind-blowing unrecognized gem made by Kimball, an American transplanted to Florence. Two tracks are composed by Serena Marega. Atmosfere N. 1-2 is abstract, mysterious, evocative, experimental, futuristic and avant-psychedelic. It is truly a fascinating electro-acoustic, industrial, dreamy journey that stands out in the panorama of Italian music as one of the most original and an unusual examples of psychedelia.

File Under: Library, Psych
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Egisto Macchi: Messico (Cinedelic) LP
Cinedelic Records present a reissue of Egisto Macchi’s Messico, recorded in 1975. Limited numbered edition. Includes insert and download code. The artistic achievement of Egisto Macchi was avant-garde, not only for his immense talent and brilliance of his creativity, but for the quality he managed to infuse every musical language with – ranging from instrumental and symphonic music, musical theater, library sound, more varied and articulated. Towering over all of his works is his passion, commitment, respect and great inner need to break down the sectarian walls of thinking in categories. He had sensed that beauty could be located anywhere and that the biggest task entrusted to an artist was to leave the surface, always. Messico was originally released on the Ayna label.

File Under: Library, Italian
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Egisto Macchi: Violenza (Cinedelic) LP
Cinedelic Records present a reissue of Egisto Macchi’s Violenza, recorded in 1976. Limited numbered edition. Includes insert and download code. The artistic achievement of Egisto Macchi was avant-garde, not only for his immense talent and brilliance of his creativity, but for the quality he managed to infuse every musical language with – ranging from instrumental and symphonic music, musical theater, library sound, more varied and articulated. Towering over all of his works is his passion, commitment, respect and great inner need to break down the sectarian walls of thinking in categories. He had sensed that beauty could be located anywhere and that the biggest task entrusted to an artist was to leave the surface, always. Violenza was originally released on the Ayna label. Features percussionist Vittorio Ferrari.

File Under: Italian, Library
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Metallica: Hardwire… To Self-Destruct (Blackened) LP
Metallica will release their eleventh studio album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, in November 2016, via Blackened Recordings. The double album features 12 new tracks and nearly 80 minutes of music and serves as the Grammy Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s first studio album since 2008’s multi-platinum Death Magnetic. Hardwired…To Self-Destruct was produced by Greg Fidelman, who also engineered and mixed Death Magnetic. “Has it really been eight years? Doesn’t feel like it! Nudge, nudge, wink, wink,” said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. “We’re obviously beyond psyched to share new tunes with all our friends out there. We’ve been rockin’ along in the studio with Greg on and off for the last 18 months firing up the creative engines again. Putting new music out there, getting in your faces once again and all that comes with it is what we love to do more than anything else, so strap yourselves in…Incoming!” Ugh.

File Under: “Metal”
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Minghi/Montanari/Conrado: Climax (Song Cycle) LP
First reissue of one of the holy grails from the vault of the amazing Italian library music label Octopus. Originally released in 1973, Climax is a killer studio session by Amedeo Minghi, Piero Montanari, and Roberto Conrado. An incredible collection of psych jazz funk tunes with crazy Moog sounds, violent drums, and deep bass. An ultra-rare, hard-to-find item finally available again, on 180-gram virgin vinyl.

File Under: Italian, Library
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Mother Love Bone: On Earth As It Is (Monkey Wrench) 3LP Box
In Tomorrow… Founded by future Pearl Jam and former Green River members Stone Gossard (guitar) and Jeff Ament (bass) and flamboyant singer Andrew Wood, the Seattle-based punk/glam band Mother Love Bone was only active for a few promising years before the premature death of Wood following their debut 1989 EP Shine and just before the release of the group’s debut full-length Apple. Monkeywrench Records is pleased to release Mother Love Bone: On Earth As It Is, a limited edition 3LP reissue set that gathers new remastered editions of their lone studio works: Shine and Apple. The release comes complete with a 24 page booklet, rare photos, fold out poster, stencil and more. The vinyl edition is packaged in a slipcase replicating a Mother Love Bone wall mural painted by Jeff Ament.

File Under: Grunge
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Annette Peacock & Paul Bley: Dual Unity (Bamboo) LP
Bamboo present a reissue of the debut album by Annette Peacock & Paul Bley, Dual Unity, originally released in 1972. Annette Peacock’s legacy may only just be courting recognition proper with the recent retrospective release of her solo debut I’m The One (1972). Hailed as a pioneer and artistic genius by many, her debut album and predecessor to I’m The One captures Peacock in her element alongside husband; Canadian jazz genius Paul Bley. Dual Unity is a landscape of aural vision captured on tape in 1970 during their first European tour. For 33 minutes and 21 seconds, the listener is absorbed by other spirits. Using Robert Moog’s earliest synthesizers, Bley and Peacock apply the strategic use of silence to indicate its reflective nature with captivating results. Originally released in 1971, it is a statement of immensity through synthetic minimalism and a milestone in the avant-garde, free jazz movement. Personnel (in addition to Peacock and Bley performing on all tracks): Han Bennink – drums on “M.J.” and “Gargantuan Encounter”; Mario Pavone – bass and Laurence Cook – drums on “Richter Scale” and “Dual Unity”. Professionally re-mastered original sound recording with expansive liners, interviews and rare archival photos.

File Under: Electronic, Free Jazz
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Washington Phillips: And His Manzarene Dreams (Dust-to-Digital) CD/Book
Dust-to-Digital’s inaugural release, 2003’s Goodbye, Babylon (DTD 001CD), included two recordings by a mysterious gospel musician from Texas named Washington Phillips, who died in 1954. After fielding inquiries about the hauntingly beautiful songs from listeners around the world, in 2013, Dust-to-Digital checked in with Michael Corcoran, the leading researcher on Phillips, to see if any new information had been uncovered. Indeed, Michael had some leads, but he would need a working budget to track them down. Three years later, in 2016, after combing through various archives and talking with the last surviving people from the Simsboro-area who remembered Phillips, the name of Phillips’s homemade instrument (the Manzarene) has been revealed, in addition to the time, place, and manner of his death and many anecdotes about his life. Dust-to-Digital now share this story with Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams, a 76-page hardcover book by Michael Corcoran accompanied by a CD of recordings made by Phillips between 1927 and 1929. To ensure a superior listening experience, the label tracked down the most pristine original copies of Phillips’s 78-RPM records, created high-resolution transfers, and had the audio expertly remastered for the best-sounding Phillips reissue to date. Hear the sublime, hypnotic, ethereal music of Washington Phillips in clarity like never before. Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams includes song lyrics, label reproductions, and photos, along with liner notes by Michael Corcoran.

File Under: Blues, Gospel
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Tom Prehn Quartet: Axiom (Rune Grammofon) LP
It will always be difficult to pinpoint where free jazz started, but it´s reasonable to say it was shaped and cultivated in New York in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Albert Ayler and Cecil Taylor were important players, as was Ornette Coleman. Axiom has significant historical importance by being what is quite possibly the first European free jazz record, even if it was not released at the time. Recorded in Copenhagen in October 1963, it should have been Tom Prehn Quartet’s debut album for the Sonet label. But by the time the test pressings arrived – a couple of months later – the music already sounded old to them and Sonet subsequently pulled the plug. This, in itself, is quite remarkable, knowing that they were so far ahead of their time. A few sleeves and labels had been printed but only two complete copies survived, making it one of the rarest jazz albums ever. Axiom is expressive, full frontal free jazz of the highest order, and to think it was created by Danish musicians, most of them barely into their twenties, in 1963, is frankly mind-boggling. On the other hand, Scandinavian audiences, especially in Denmark and Sweden, had already welcomed controversial musicians like Ayler and Taylor with open arms. They also imposed a serious impact on many local jazz musicians, the Swedish sax phenomenon Bengt “Frippe” Nordstrøm even recorded Albert Ayler, in Sweden, with Swedish musicians, for his Bird Notes label as early as in 1962 , three years before his first ESP record. Elsewhere in Europe pioneers like UK´s Spontaneous Music Ensemble would debut on record in 1966, while Germany´s Peter Brötzmann would release his first record the year after. First vinyl release. Previously released as a CD by Corbett vs. Dempsey in 2015. Painstaking re-creation of original sleeve by Kim Hiorthøy.

File Under: Free Jazz
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Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool (XL) DLX Box
XL Recordings presents a 2LP + 2CD Deluxe Edition of A Moon Shaped Pool, the acclaimed ninth studio album from radical and revered British act Radiohead and follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs. The melodically rich and meditatively mid-tempo 11-track set was five years in the making and has already been hailed as one of the band’s most accessible efforts in years. The album comes preceded by the evocative videos for the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed “Daydreaming” and Chris Hopewell-directed “Burn the Witch” while further shimmering tracks like “Identikit,” “Ful Stop,” “Present Tense,” “Desert Island Disk” and “True Love Waits” have been previously performed live, the latter even dating all the way back to 1995 and an appearance on the 2001 EP I Might Be Wrong. Recording tape belly band applied: This is a piece of a Radiohead ½ inch master tape from an actual recording session. The tape degrades over time and becomes unplayable. The band thought rather than it ending up as landfill they would cut it up and make it useful as a part of the special edition. A new life for some obsolete technology. Each loop contains about ¾ of a second of audio – which could be from any era in the band’s recording past going back to Kid A. You may have silence, you may have colored leader tape, you may have a chorus.

File Under: Rock
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Steve Reich/Philip Glass: Information, Transmission, Modulation & Noise (Modern Silence) LP
Modern Silence present Information, Transmission, Modulation And Noise, a set of recordings featuring works by Steve Reich and Philip Glass. During an interview recorded at the KPFA radio station, Steve Reich and Jon Gibson introduced an east coast performance of Steve Reich’s masterpiece, Four Organs, as well as an exciting recording of Ghanian drumming which the artist recorded in Ghana. They also introduced the music of Philip Glass, playing a tape of his historical Music In Similar Motion. Personnel: Four Organs by Steve Reich, was performed live in NYC in November of 1969 by Steve Chambers, Art Murphy, Philip Glass on electric organs and Jon Gibson on maracas; Drumming by Steve Reich, was performed by percussionists from Ghana and recorded by Steve Reich; Music In Similar Motion, by Philip Glass, was performed live In NYC in November of 1969 by Steve Chambers and Philip Glass on electric organs, Jon Gibson and Richard Landry on soprano sax, Steve Reich on electric harpsichord.

File Under: Classical, Minimalism
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Steve Reich/Terry Riley: Six Pianos/Keyboard Study #1 (Film) CD
After the widely noticed performance at the “Acht Brücken Festival 2016” at Cologne’s Philharmonic Hall, Gregor Schwellenbach, Hauschka, Erol Sarp (of Grandbrothers), Daniel Brandt and Paul Frick (both of Brandt Brauer Frick) and John Kameel Farah release their interpretation of Steve Reich’s “Six Pianos” as a studio recording via FILM. The re-recording of this piece is an interpretation of Reich’s composition but still far more than just that – it is a modern approach to his idea behind it. The basic idea came up at the beginning of the ’70s at the Baldwin Piano & Organ Company in New York. During a rehearsal phase, which Steve Reich spent in this very piano store, the idea emerged of writing a composition for all the grand pianos available to him at the company. By the time of the finished piece, the actual number of pianos had settled down to six, where “Six Pianos” developed in 1973. On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the six pianists declare their love to Steve Reich with this release. Shaped by electronic club music as well as their classical education, they form “Six Pianos” in dignified modernity and top it off with today’s sound aesthetics and technical recording possibilities. Presented here is not the recording from the Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne Philharmonics), but the ensemble playing six different grand pianos in six different locations throughout Germany. Each pianist performed his part on his piano using his typical studio equipment and passed the recording over to the next one. Thus the six characteristic and individual timbres of the performers overlay to create the overall picture – “Six Pianos” the way it should be looked at in 2016. Jan Brauer mixed “Six Pianos” in the studio while Lukas Vogel provided delays for the “Keyboard Study #1”. “Keyboard Study #1” by Terry Riley is a worthy companion for Reich’s composition. The piece is kind of a building set of ever lengthening, repetitive patterns played against each other with the right and left hand displaced. The composition proposes various possible combinations for the performer to choose from and repeat at will. And what the performers have chosen proves Gregor Schwellenbach’s assumption: “Terry Riley’s and Steve Reich’s music are open doors for pianists socialized by pop music and their audience.”

File Under: Classical, Minimalism

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Ryuichi Sakamoto: Music for Film (Buteo Buteo) LP+CD
Music For Film is the first compilation dedicated to the film music of Ryuichi Sakamoto, played by the Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Dirk Brossé. This selection includes compositions from Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), The Last Emperor (1987), The Sheltering Sky (1990), High Heels (1991), Wild Palms (1993), Little Buddha (1993), Snake Eyes (1998), Femme Fatale (2002), Babel (2006), Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai (2011), Yae No Sakura (2013) and The Revenant (2015). Sakamoto was already a celebrated pioneer in electronic music and composer/pianist/singer in Japan when he was asked by Nagisa Oshima to write the music for the Merry Christmas Mr.Lawrence, his first major score. The list of major directors Sakamoto worked with is impressive: the veteran Japanese director Yoji Yamada, Takashi Miike, Bernardo Bertolucci, Brian De Palma, Pedro Almodovar, Volker Schlöndorff and Oliver Stone. Sakamoto conceived a unique approach of film scoring: a blend of splendid melodies, synthesizer work, traditional orchestral music, drum tracks, sound effects and unusual musical colors. Out of his striking contrast of musical styles and cultures, he created fascinating and enchanting standout scores. From Merry Christmas, Mr.Lawrence, there’s the haunting main theme that manages simultaneously to be Japanese and western, a central idea in the film. For The Last Emperor, Sakamoto’s score blends Chinese gestures with accessible melodies. For The Sheltering Sky, based on Paul Bowles’s novel, “Sakamoto wrote a rich, profusely emotive score, reflecting the emotional journey of the two characters.” For Little Buddha, the composer “integrates a standard Hollywood-style film underscore with several Indian motifs.” Sakamoto’s one-time collaboration with Spanish director Pedro Almodovar resulted in a flavorful sound, reliant on the sounds of a flamenco guitar. Knowing Sakamoto’s admiration for frequent Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann, it’s no wonder Brian De Palma asked him for the music for Snake Eyes. As Jerry McCulley testifies, the result was brilliant: “Sakamoto… crank[s] up the brass and swirling strings into an unsettling sonic maelstrom that would’ve done late ’50s Hitch proud.” In Femme Fatale, Sakamoto’s next collaboration with De Palma is his playful pastiche on Ravel’s Bolero, the obsessive rhythm of the opening sequence becoming a jewel heist at the Cannes film festival. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant marked Sakamoto’s triumphant comeback after he survived throat cancer. For The Revenant, Sakamoto composed new ambient music that’s simultaneously subdued, low-key and emotionally powerful. Includes CD.

File Under: OST, Classical
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SIANspheric: Somnium (Sonic Unyon) LP
The two-decade-plus long existence of SIANspheric seems both improbable and poetic. The band’s debut, 1995’s Somnium, has been hailed as one of the top Canadian albums of all time. Amazingly, this release (out Oct 28, 2016) marks the first time this album has ever been available on vinyl. Limited to 500 copies worldwide, each album contains two long-playing LPs on red vinyl. These will not last long. “Armed with a sinewy intellect and their own brand of gaseous post-rock prescience, they burned a path through the sonic stratosphere. The waves of gentle turbulence and ethereal beauty are still as hypnotic and cavalier as they were on the first listen. A stoner classic.” – Chart Attack (#40 on Top 50 Canadian Albums of All Time)

File Under: Indie Rock, Shoegaze
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SIANspheric: Writing the Future in Letters of Fire (Sonic Unyon) LP
SIANspheric’s first new studio album in 15 years, Writing the Future in Letters of Fire (out October 28, 2016) includes nods to the band’s past and leaps forward — staying grounded, while providing dreamy whirrs and explosive noise bursts. Band members (Matt Durrant, Ryan Ferguson, Jay Patterson and Sean Ramsay) hearken back to their ’90s roots on the title track, treading the line between calm and chaos, where echoes of Smashing Pumpkins meet echoes of The Verve, and on “Shimmer”, which builds and builds… and builds… Not content to stand still, the group also pushes the envelope by incorporating glorious choral accompaniment courtesy of Hamilton, Ontario’s Earth, Wind & Choir on the first single, “I Have It,” and Tame Impala-inspired trips on the breakdown choruses of “The Simple Exit”. The psych sludge on the outro of “The Flight of the Owl” is reminiscent of Wooden Shjips and the wheels almost entirely come off during the jazz skronk of “Los Herejes” (featuring horns from Hamilton’s Eschaton) or the 14-minute, untitled, live-off-the-floor freakout that closes Side D. The album is a true past-meets-future revelation

File Under: Indie Rock, Shoegaze
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Silver Apples: Beacon (Chickencoop) LP
Beacon is the fourth album for the Silver Apples, the “come back album”, produced by Steve Albini and originally released in 1997 on CD only. Eight of the tracks were new songs that former exile and Silver Apples leader Simeon had composed with recent additions Xian Hawkins and Michael Lerner. The remaining three tunes are remakes from the Silver Apples’s past. A reworking of “I Have Known Love” opens the record. “You and I” is given an appropriate chaotic reading; a wall of cacophonous keyboards forms in the instrumental breaks, like the video game Stargate on tilt. Of the originals, the vocal-less “Cosmic String” is the standout, developing a Trans Am groove with sounds recalling the moment the beloved Pac-Man is caught by his nemesis, Speedy. Beacon is full of the influence of ’80s video games, no doubt incorporated by the twenty-something Hawkins.

File Under: Electronic, Rock
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sleafordSleaford Mods: Live at SO36 (Harbinger) LP
Sleaford Mods’s third Berlin show took place at Kreuzberg’s legendary SO36 club. The band took to the stage on a hot sweaty June night and played to a sold out audience. The show was captured by a German documentary crew and this limited edition album captures the highlights of that incendiary performance. Among the 14 tracks on the album are favorites like “Tied Up In Nottz”, “Jobseeker”, “Fizzy” and the great crowd-pleaser and closer, “Tweet Tweet Tweet”. The recording is a testament to the connection between the band and those that follow them. Hear the glorious carnage and madness throughout the record’s duration. No language barriers, no borders, no restrictions of any kind. This album also represents the first release on Harbinger Sound’s new USA subsidiary label. Fuck England!

File Under: Punk, Rap
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snowMichael Snow: Music For Piano, Whistling, Microphone and Tape Recorder (Song Cycle) LP
Musician, visual artist, composer, writer, and sculptor Michael Snow is also one of the world’s most highly acclaimed experimental filmmakers. In 1975 he released this album under the record company Chatham Square. The label was founded by the owner of Michael Snow’s gallery, the Bykert Gallery, which also issued the first Philip Glass recordings. This reissue is released in collaboration with Michael Snow. 180-gram vinyl; gatefold sleeve.

File Under: Experimental, Avant Garde
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spaceartSpace Art: Trip In The Center Head (Because) LP+CD
Because Music present a reissue of Space Art’s Trip In The Center Head, originally released in 1978. Space Art, the duo of Roger Rizzitelli and Dominique Perrier, is a legendary group that is considered a great pioneer of French electronic music. Perrier, having collaborated with Michel Fugain and Il Etait Une Fois, is one of legend Jean-Michel Jarre’s closest collaborators. Dominique discovered the very first synthesizer ARP (Odyssey) which he was taken with so much that he created his own band, Space Art, aside his good friend drummer Rizitelli. This curious band endorsed tight and opaque costumes of decontamination which covered their bodies and masked their faces. In 1977, “Onyx”, recorded in Studio Ferber mixed by René Hameline, became a very successful single. Issued from the album Space Art (BEC 5156240), the single sold over three million copies worldwide. Two albums shortly followed, in 1979, Trip To The Center Head then in 1980, Play Back (BEC 5156239). Space Art is behind the massive hits: “Onyx”, “Give Me Love”, “Love In C Minor” and more. Space Art’s legacy is the true “techno trance”. A keyboard virtuoso, Perrier worked on all of Jarre’s albums from Rendez-Vous (1986) to Oxygène 7- 1 (1997) and still tours with him around the world. Space Art toured with Jarre in China in the early ’80s. Alongside Jean-Michel Jarre and Cerrone, Space Art are considered one of the pioneers of electro music. One of three Space Art LP reissues, along with Play Back and Space Art, all cut from the long-awaited 2010 digital remasters and presented for the first time on vinyl. Considering the success of the Cosmic Machine compilations, French proto-electro is being revisited by fans of electronic music and being given well-deserved attention. Comes in printed cardboard sleeve with CD included.

File Under: Electronic, Synth Pop
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Space Art: Play Back (Because) LP
Because Music present a reissue of Space Art’s Play Back, originally released in 1980. Space Art, the duo of Roger Rizzitelli and Dominique Perrier, is a legendary group that is considered a great pioneer of French electronic music. Perrier, having collaborated with Michel Fugain and Il Etait Une Fois, is one of legend Jean-Michel Jarre’s closest collaborators. Dominique discovered the very first synthesizer ARP (Odyssey) which he was taken with so much that he created his own band, Space Art, aside his good friend drummer Rizitelli. This curious band endorsed tight and opaque costumes of decontamination which covered their bodies and masked their faces. In 1977, “Onyx”, recorded in Studio Ferber mixed by René Hameline, became a very successful single. Issued from the album Space Art, the single sold over three million copies worldwide. Two albums shortly followed, in 1979, Trip To The Center Head then in 1980, Play Back. Space Art is behind the massive hits: “Onyx”, “Give Me Love”, “Love In C Minor” and more. Space Art’s legacy is the true “techno trance”. A keyboard virtuoso, Perrier worked on all of Jarre’s albums from Rendez-Vous (1986) to Oxygène 7- 1 (1997) and still tours with him around the world. Space Art toured with Jarre in China in the early ’80s. Alongside Jean-Michel Jarre and Cerrone, Space Art are considered one of the pioneers of electro music. One of three Space Art LP reissues, along with Trip In The Center Head and Space Art, all cut from the long-awaited 2010 digital remasters and presented for the first time on vinyl. Considering the success of the Cosmic Machine compilations, French proto-electro is being revisited by fans of electronic music and being given well-deserved attention. Comes in printed cardboard sleeve with CD included.

File Under: Electronic, Synth Pop
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Space Art: s/t (Because) LP
Because Music present a reissue of Space Art’s self-titled debut album, originally released in 1977. Space Art, the duo of Roger Rizzitelli and Dominique Perrier, is a legendary group that is considered a great pioneer of French electronic music. Perrier, having collaborated with Michel Fugain and Il Etait Une Fois, is one of legend Jean-Michel Jarre’s closest collaborators. Dominique discovered the very first synthesizer ARP (Odyssey) which he was taken with so much that he created his own band, Space Art, aside his good friend drummer Rizitelli. This curious band endorsed tight and opaque costumes of decontamination which covered their bodies and masked their faces. In 1977, “Onyx”, recorded in Studio Ferber mixed by René Hameline, became a very successful single. Issued from Space Art, the single sold over three million copies worldwide. Two albums shortly followed, in 1979, Trip To The Center Head then in 1980, Play Back. Space Art is behind the massive hits: “Onyx”, “Give Me Love”, “Love In C Minor” and more. Space Art’s legacy is the true “techno trance”. A keyboard virtuoso, Perrier worked on all of Jarre’s albums from Rendez-Vous (1986) to Oxygène 7- 1 (1997) and still tours with him around the world. Space Art toured with Jarre in China in the early ’80s. Alongside Jean-Michel Jarre and Cerrone, Space Art are considered one of the pioneers of electro music. One of three Space Art LP reissues, along with Trip In The Center Head and Play Back, all cut from the long-awaited 2010 digital remasters and presented for the first time on vinyl. Considering the success of the Cosmic Machine compilations, French proto-electro is being revisited by fans of electronic music and being given well-deserved attention. Comes in printed cardboard sleeve with CD included.

File Under: Electronic, Synth-Pop
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Space Art: Remix (Because) LP
Because Music presents Remix, a double 12″ release featuring Space Art’s classic French electro tracks with contributions by Prins Thomas, Psychemagik, Daniele Baldelli and Marco Dionigi. Space Art, the duo of Roger Rizzitelli and Dominique Perrier, is a legendary group that is considered a great pioneer of French electronic music. Perrier, having collaborated with Michel Fugain and Il Etait Une Fois, is one of legend Jean-Michel Jarre’s closest collaborators. Dominique discovered the very first synthesizer ARP (Odyssey) which he is taken with so much so that he created his own band, Space Art, aside his good friend drummer Rizitelli. This curious band endorses tight and opaque costumes of decontamination which cover their body and mask their face. In 1977, “Onyx”, recorded in Studio Ferber mixed by René Hameline, became a very successful single. Issued from the album Space Art, the single sold over three million copies worldwide. Two albums shortly followed, in 1979, Trip To The Center Head then in 1980 Play Back. Space Art is behind the massive hits: “Onyx”, “Give Me Love”, “Love In C Minor” and more. Space Art’s legacy is the true “techno trance”. A keyboard virtuoso, Perrier worked on all of Jarre’s albums from Rendez-Vous (1986) to Oxygène 7- 1 (1997) and still tours with him around the world. Space Art toured with Jarre in China in the early ’80s. Alongside Jean-Michel Jarre and Cerrone, Space Art are considered one of the pioneers of electro music. Considering the success of the Cosmic Machine compilations, French proto-electro is being revisited by fans of electronic music and being given well-deserved attention. Remix features current leading electronic artists paying homage to the legacy of Space Art. Comes in printed cardboard sleeve with CD included.

File Under: Electronic, Synth-Pop
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Sun Ra/Merzbow: Strange City (Cold Spring) LP
Cold Spring Records present Strange City featuring completely different music on each format. Officially licensed from Irwin Chusid of the Sun Ra estate, Cold Spring’s Justin Mitchell negotiated rare and unreleased tracks from the Sun Ra archive to be remixed and treated by Masami Akita (Merzbow). The tracks incorporate the jazz power of Sun Ra, carried into brutal excess by the legendary Japanese artist Merzbow.

File Under: Jazz, Noise
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Piero Umiliani & I Suoi Oscillatori: Switched on Naples (Sonor) LP
Sonor Music Editions present a reissue of Piero Umiliani & I Suoi Oscillatori’s Switched On Naples, originally released in 1972. A very underrated Umiliani album, Switched On Naples is an outstanding ‪library album with a pure touch of genius. Maestro Umiliani revisits Naples’s popular songs by the use of synthesizers, carrying the record out with entirely electronic sounds.

File Under: Italian, Library
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Dean Ween Group: The Deaner Album (ATO) LP
The Deaner Album is the debut album from The Dean Ween Group. Dean Ween aka Mickey Melchiondo recorded the album in several locations but finished it at his dedicated studio facility in Lambertville, NJ, across the river from his native New Hope, PA. On The Deaner Album, Dean brings his love of classic guitar rock to 14 original compositions (including four instrumentals) that echo everything from classic rock to cracked country to the quirky mix of soul, funk, metal and punk that defined Ween. “My tastes are very mainstream; I love Jimi Hendrix and Santana and Zeppelin, but my ears are always open,” Dean says. “P-Funk, they’re right up there with the Beatles. That’s what my influences were – that and punk rock – and I wanted all that in this album.” Initially, The Deaner Album found Dean moving to a more ensemble approach to recording, as he enlisted the services of current bandmates as well as old friends including the Meat Puppets’ Curt Kirkwood, legendary punk drummer Chuck Treece, and guitarists Mike “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton, Scott Rednor, and Bill Fowler among others. “If I woke up in the middle of the night with an idea, I’d call a session and have the whole band come in and learn the song and play it together,” dean says. “That was really different for me. I could actually show some patience and not just half-ass it. If I needed a drummer, I’d get the best drummer I could to play that particular song.” Another huge change for Dean was moving into his own studio, converted from an old chicken coop in the woods of Western New Jersey on a patch of land donated by a friend’s father. “I think finally having my own studio has been a big part of why this record is as good as it is,” he says. “All the gear I’ve acquired over the years that’s been in storage and my garage and my attic, it’s all in one place now. Every guitar I’ve ever bought, every amp, every pedal, every effect, all in one place and it’s all getting used all the time. I’m there pretty much all day, every day, all night, every night, doing something – recording, practicing, mixing. It’s in the country, in the woods, nobody can hear us, and I’ve got a sound system in there powerful enough to power a big club. And you can go outside in your underwear and smoke a cigarette or blow off a grenade and nobody’s going to hear you.” Dean recorded three of the tracks on the album by himself, playing all of the instruments. That includes “SchwarzPete,” a loving tribute to guitar hero Les Paul and the collection’s oldest song, originally written years ago for a TV pilot. “I always wanted that song to be on a record,” he says. “I love that style of guitar playing.” Before diving headfirst into The Deaner Album, Dean produced and engineered Moistboyz V, his fifth collaboration with punk singer Guy Heller. “My idea was to do the Moistboyz’ record and my record at the same time, but I realized I needed to focus on one record at a time and shelved my record for a bit,” he says. “Then when I moved into my new studio a year or so ago, I just really went all in on my record, no distractions, no side projects. I did a lot of gigging, but that just benefited the record because my playing and singing just kept getting better.”

File Under: Rock, Ween
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Various: Brown Acid Third Trip (Riding Easy) LP
“We continue down the wormhole of hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal here on The Third Trip with a set of tunes so obscure they can’t be seen without a third eye. Most of these tracks were recorded in shack-sized studios, privately pressed for promotional purposes, and tossed out like last night’s half empties only to later be discovered to be half-full, if not overflowing with greatness. The majority of these tracks are from the good ol’ US of A with two exceptions, Ash-labelmate New Zealanders, Chook, and the mighty Limeys, Factory. As they say, first is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with the hairy chest. So take a shot of whiskey, shotgun a beer, and put some fuzz in between your nipples with the hairiest Trip you’ve taken yet. You won’t be sorry you did”.

File Under: Hard Rock, Psych, Metal
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Various: Metamorphoses (Modern Silence) LP
Modern Silence present a reissue of Metamorphoses, originally released in 1980. A Russian album of electronic interpretations of “classical” pieces by Claude Debussy, Claudio Monteverdi along with John Bull, Vladimir Martynov, Sergei Prokofiev, J. S. Bach, Edward Artemiev and Yuri Bogdanov. Yuri Bogdanov is featured on every track, on some tracks together with Edward Artemiev, composer for Andrei Tarkovsky, and others. Other tracks feature Vladimir Martynov. From the original liner notes: “The record is made on the basis of a kaleidoscope: it is interspersed with pieces of various styles, genres and eras. For example, with these pieces, the authors wanted to show a variety of ways to use a synthesizer, starting with the direct simulation of now or once existing instruments, to the establishment of new not yet known sound systems. Thus, the record is like a small musical walk through time (…)”

File Under: Early Electronic, Experimental, Classical
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Various: Musical Offering (Modern Silence) LP
Modern Silence present a reissue of Musical Offering, originally released in 1990. Features works by Oleg Buloshkin, Sofia Gubaidulina, Edward Artemiev, Edison Denisov and Alfred Schnittke. From the original liner notes: “(…) Please, try to imagine a score sounding by itself without a conductor, an orchestra even without musical instruments. This magic is possible by using the musical synthesizer, ANS. ANS is an instrument with which a composer can not only create but even draw his music without notes and orchestra. A Soviet scientist Evgeny Murzin spent about 20 years creating this apparatus which can join together three processes: music creation, recording and performing. All these processes are rather complicated. You can see the twinkling of different lamps, the rotation of grooved discs made of glass – notes are cut on a glass disc covered with a special layer; The drawings on the glass are ‘sounding notes’. To listen to the drawn picture you should press the button and a wonderful transformation will begin. Murzin dedicated his apparatus to Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin, that’s why he called it ANS. Scriabin, the creator of the ‘Poem of Ecstasy’, used in his works a highly chromatic, new type of harmonic style designed to express his beliefs, views and wishes. Soviet music lovers already know some recordings made on ANS from the films Into Space, Solaris (1972), Mirror (1975), Siberiade (1979) and others. Works of well-known Soviet composers E. Artemiev, O. Buloshkin, E. Denisov, S. Gubaidulina, A. Schnittke featured on this LP were recorded at the Electronic Music Studio (…)”

File Under: Electronic, Soviet, ANS
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…..Restocks…..

Tony Allen: Jealousy (Kindred Spirits) LP
Tony Allen: No Discrimination (Kindred Spirits) LP
Tony Allen: NEPA (Kindred Spirits) LP
Baby Grandmothers: s/t (Subliminal Sounds) LP
Black Flag: Damaged (SST) LP
Black Flag: My War (SST) LP
Black Flag: Loose Nut (SST) LP
James Brown: Think (Cornbread) LP
Nick Cave: Boatman’s Call (Mute) LP
Clash: London Calling (Epic) LP
Cluster: ’71 (Bureau B) LP
John Coltrane: Blue Train (Blue Note) LP
Bo Diddley: Have Guitar Will Travel (Cornbread) LP
Dies Irae: First (Ohrwashel) LP
Charlie Feathers: Uh Huh Honey (Norton) LP
Goat: World Music (Rocket) LP
Gorillaz: Plastic Beach (EMI) LP
Guru Guru: UFO (Play Loud) LP
Joy Division: Closer (Rhino) LP
Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures (Rhino) LP
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity (ATO) LP
Kronos Quartet: Pieces of Africa (Nonesuch) LP
Lambchop: Flotus (Merge) LP
Moondog: Snaketime Series (Cornbread) LP
Nirvana: In Utero (Geffen) LP
OST: Trainspotting (Warner) LP
Parliament: Mothership Connection (Universal) LP
Daniel Romano: Mosey (New West) LP
Scientist: Rids the World of the Evil Curse (Mirimur) LP
Sun Ra: Super-Sonic Jazz (Cornbread) LP
Television: Marquee Moon (Rhino) LP
White Stripes: Elephant (Third Man) LP
Various: Heavenly Ethiopiques (Heavenly) LP
Various: No New York (Lilith) LP

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