as usual, another short list paired with a short week. although last week saw so much new stuff come in that we could use the week off to catch up anyway. to aid in that, i’ve relisted some highlights from last week’s list for you…
don’t forget, coming up in 2 short weeks is the insanity that is RECORD STORE DAY…. on april 20th we’ll open the doors an hour early so all you vinyl hungry fiends can frantically try scoop up some of the cool record store day exclusive releases we’ll be receiving this year. if you haven’t seen the list yet, check it out (http://www.recordstoredaycanada.com/SpecialReleases) we’ve ordered lots of stuff… but no matter how much we order, there’s never enough to go around so plan to get out of bed a bit earlier and come on down early. of course there will be more on the go that day as well, but we just wanted to give you a head’s up that it’s almost upon us!
…..pick of the week…..
*charles bradley – victim of love – daptone – lp/cd
– “bradley and writer/producer/multi-instrumentalist thomas ‘tnt’ brenneck returned to dunham studios and recorded the most exciting daptone release to date, victim of love. on this album, bradley moves past his heartaches and pain to the great promise of hope and love. though quite at home among the music that has affirmed daptone as the world’s #1 authority on soul music, victim of love proves to be a genre-bending masterpiece, picking up where the early ’70s temptations left off and edging boldly forward into psychedelic soul exploration.”
*black angels – indigo meadow – blue horizon – lp/cd
– once again the black angels prove themselves the undisputed avatars of contemporary psychedelic rock, simultaneously exalting the genre’s kaleidoscopic past as they thrust it further into the future. now a four-piece the band have brought new focus to their wide-ranging song craft, the righteous riffs and dogmatic drones gaining increased power as they fuel a more expansive emotional terrain. a 21st century trip as transcendent as any in the canon, indigo meadow masterfully affirms the black angels’ full-throttle commitment to the psychedelic ethos of creativity, community and boundless experimentation.
bonobo – the north borders – ninja tune – cd
– “it’s been almost three years since the release of bonobo’s masterful, mould-breaking black sands, an album that saw him touring a hypnotic live show across the world for well over a year. now, in 2013, he stands ready to take things up yet another notch. the north borders is a long stride forward – both a natural evolution and a continuation of the electronic palette of black sands. thematic, resonant, addictive and perfectly formed, it’s a thrillingly coherent statement piece.” vinyl in soon.
david bowie – the next day – columbia – lp+cd
– bowie’s 30th studio album and his first new album in 10 years. in recent years radio silence has been broken only by endless speculation, rumor and wishful thinking ….a new record…who would have ever thought it, who’d have ever dreamed it! after all david is the kind of artist who writes and performs what he wants when he wants…when he has something to say as opposed to something to sell. today he definitely has something to say. produced by long term collaborator tony visconti.
*john carpenter/alan howarth – they live ost – death waltz – lp
– for the score to one of his most iconic films, john carpenter and alan howarth created what can only be described as electronic blues. the score is recognisable as carpenter but has a slow and dusty pulsating western feel that really gives it a life of it’s own. the 1988 film follows a nameless drifter referred to as “nada”, who discovers the ruling class within the moneyed elite are in fact aliens managing human social affairs through the use of a signal on top of the tv broadcast, concealing their appearance and subliminal messages in mass media. another home run from the death waltz bullpen.
how to destroy angels – welcome oblivion – columbia – 2lp+cd
– how to destroy angels is a post-industrial collective featuring nine inch nails front man trent reznor, his wife mariqueen maandig and frequent collaborator atticus ross while rob sheridan is the group’s art director. the group is named after a 1984 coil single of the same name. welcome oblivion is the follow-up to the group’s 2010 self-titled ep and 2012’s an omen ep. the 15-song set features several tracks from the an omen ep. atticus ross has co-produced for nine inch nails, jane’s addiction, coheed and cambria and korn. in february of 2011, ross and reznor won the academy award for best original score for the social network soundtrack.
*stark reality – acting, thinking, feeling – now again – 6lp+7″
– “six lp set of psychedelic jazz, restored and remastered from the original tapes. this marks the first time that all of stark reality’s music will be available on vinyl. included is the entirety of their ajp-issued album the stark reality discovers hoagy carmichael’s music shop, their out-of-print 1969 lp (first issued on this label in 2003), the two sides of their big yellow 7″ single, the three part song ‘acting, thinking, feeling,’ and a series of unreleased tracks discovered by porter records’ luke mosling — issued here for the first time.” includes 16-page booklet with digital download card.
kurt vile – wakin’ on a pretty daze – matador – cd
– vinyl in soon, maybe tomorrow… kurt is slowly, quietly becoming one of the great american guitarists and songwriters of our time. this 69- minute double album is comprised of sweeping, expansive songs that are both very intimate and conversational. “wakin’ on a pretty daze” is a timeless record that would have sounded great 30 years ago, sounds great today, and will still sound great 30 years from now. beautifully produced by john agnello, the record is filled with hazy, swooning guitar lines and dreamy, beatific, and occasionally sardonic vocals. it is summed up by the staggeringly gorgeous 9-minute opener, “wakin on a pretty day”. the song is also the first video, directed by jonathan demme in the spirit of his landmark springsteen video “streets of philadelphia.” the record has other connections to kurt’s home town. steve powers (espo), the renowned philly street artist, painted the cover mural on an abandoned building near the northern liberties. the mural will be recreated in london, los angeles and new york. “kurt vile distills thousands of hours spent with classic american guitar music into one very singular and sublime vision.” – pitchfork.
wire – change becomes us – pink flag – cd
– in spring 2012, wire’s plan had been to review the rudimentary blueprints of songs that had never made it beyond a few live performances in 1979 and 1980 – a time when the band-members were in creative overdrive yet the band itself was disintegrating. the objective was to approach that unrealized work as a potential springboard for wire’s contemporary, forward-looking processes – a possible point of departure for new compositions. this took place with wire firing on all cylinders, as a four-piece studio entity again, the core line-up of newman, graham lewis and robert grey now enhanced by guitarist matthew simms. the source material became, in the classic wire tradition, something quite other than what it may have once been. colin newman’s songwriting and production on ‘change becomes us’ reimagines the past in ways that ultimately break any substantive connection with it, making entirely new pieces – and these songs themselves enact wire’s restless drive to become other, often thriving on a fundamental tension between opposing sonic characteristics.
autre ne veut – anxiety – software – lp
*syd barrett – madcap laughs – vinylisssimo – lp
beach boys – pet sounds – capitol – lp
beach house – s/t – heart break beat – lp
beastie boys – ill communication – emi – lp
*sir richard bishop – polytheistic fragments – drag city – lp
caravan – in the land of pink and grey – klimt – 2lp
*miles davis – on the corner – music on vinyl – lp
dead weather – horehound – thirdman – lp
dirty beaches – water park ost – a music – 10″
hum – you’d prefer an astronaut – src – lp
johnny marr – the messenger – new voodoo – lp/cd
*metallica – … and justice for all – elektra – lp
*pissed jeans – honeys – sub pop – lp/cd
*ty segall – twins – drag city – lp
elliott smith – s/t – kill rock stars – lp
stooges – fun house – rhino – lp
*sunn o))) – monoliths & dimensions – southern lord – lp
*talking heads – talking heads: 77 – rhino – lp
whitehorse – the fate of the depends on this kiss – six shooter – lp
various – sound city: reel to real – rca – lp
thanks for listening….
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