Hallelujah! The A/C has finally kicked in, just in time to keep me cool while I receive all this new inventory! Loads of sweet stuff in this week, and it seems like there will be a lot of great new stuff in the very near future so keep your ears peeled.
…..pick of the week…..
Fennesz: Becs (Editions Mego) LP/CD
The last time Fennesz released an album on Austrian label Mego it was 2001 and the name of that release was Endless Summer. Now, in 2014, Editions Mego is extremely proud to release the conceptual follow-up to that landmark of abstract pop. Bécs (pronounced “baeetch”) is Hungarian for “Vienna” and is the first full-length Fennesz solo release since 2008’s Black Sea. Eschewing the more drone-oriented works of Black Sea, Bécs returns to the more florid pop mechanisms as deployed on Endless Summer. “Static Kings” features the extra leverage of Werner Dafeldecker and Martin Brandlmayer, who deploy a range of atmospheric abstract effects to shape a bewitching sound-world. The 10-minute centerpiece “Liminality” (featuring Tony Buck on drums) is classic Fennesz: epic, evocative, beautiful, impossible. “Pallas Athene” creates a sanctuary of hovering beauty which leads into the title-track. Emotional and assured, the track “Bécs” is an astonishing contribution to contemporary pop. “Sav,” co-written by Cédric Stevens, (aka Acid Kirk) inhabits a less structural terrain as one enters a forest of small sounds and oblique atmospheres, where on the closing “Paroles,” a gentle melody unravels amongst swirls of electronics and fried disruption. Bécs is not just an album or a series of songs, it’s a world to inhabit, a landscape ripe with sounds, songs and that esteemed Fennesz signature. A singular work by a singular artist. All tracks by Christian Fennesz, except *by Cédric Stevens & Christian Fennesz. Modular Synthesizer on “Sav” by Cédric Stevens. Bass on “Static Kings” by Werner Dafeldecker. Drums on “Static Kings” by Martin Brandlmayr. Drums on “Liminality” by Tony Buck. Recorded & mixed at Amann Studios, Vienna, 2013/2014. Tony Buck’s drums recorded by Martin Siewert at Garnison7, Vienna, July 2013. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, February 2014. Cover design by Tina Frank.
File Under: Electronic, Ambient
Sir Richard Bishop: Road to Siam (Unrock) 10″
Road to Siam shows Richard Bishop on a musical trip from the Iberian Peninsula all along through North Africa and the Orient to the Far East. “Mekong” is an improvisation on 6-string guitar based on the particular sounds of a traditional three-stringed instrument known as a phin, which originated in Laos. “Mekong,” which was recorded in Phitsanulok, Thailand in December 2013, is a typical Richard Bishop track, elegantly liquid and hypnotic and Bishop’s first new track in years. The B-side of the 20-minute long vinyl-only 10″ features “Alhambra Drag,” “Sand Shuffle” & “Coronado’s Broom,” which are highlights taken from digital-only available albums. Limited edition pressing of 500 copies.
File Under: Guitar Soli, Sun City Girls
Sir Richard Bishop: Solo Acoustic Vol. 8 (Vin Du Select Qualitite) LP
“First new solo acoustic recordings from the master guitarist in years, SRB returns to familiar themes and introduces new ideas simultaneously on this tour de force performance of his singular style.”
File Under: Guitar Soli, Sun City Girls
Cob: Moyshe McStiff & The Tartan Lancers of the Sacred Heart (Sunbeam) LP
Deluxe vinyl edition, 180 gram LP with 17-track CD and booklet. Featuring Incredible String Band founder Clive Palmer, COB made some of the most imaginative and moving music of their time, and this 1972 masterpiece is considered by many to be the finest folk record ever to emerge from the British Isles. An overwhelmingly beautiful and compelling collection of songs set to Eastern-tinged arrangements, it’s presented here in its definitive vinyl edition, including the original gatefold artwork, a large illustrated color booklet telling the band’s story in their own words, and a CD with the original album and seven bonus tracks. Remastered from the original tapes at Abbey Road.
File Under: Folk, Psych, Incredible String Band
Nancy Dupree: Ghetto Reality (Mississippi) LP
“In 1969 Nancy Dupree was running an after school music program in Rochester, New York. She helped the kids in the program write songs that related to there own experiences and feelings. The results are presented on this LP, and they are really something else. There are black power anthems, odes to stealing candy, a beautiful tribute to James Brown and an even more beautiful tribute to Martin Luther King. Not a novelty record with kids being goofy but rather a heartfelt work of art. Nancy Dupree sensitively accompanies the kids singing on piano. A real classic. The cover is a faux Folkways style wrap around print on an old school ‘tip on’ jacket. Includes a liner note insert. A co-release with our friends Moi J’Connais.”
File Under: Folk, Soul, Folkways
Farben: James DIN A4 (Faitiche) LP
Faitiche is very pleased to present a new album and, at the same time, a well-known name: Farben Presents James DIN A4. In the summer of 2013, Farben (Jan Jelinek) remixed his way through the extensive oeuvre of the sample and collage artist James DIN A4 (Dennis Busch) — and gathered 10 of his favorite titles here. Find out more in the following interview: Jan Jelinek: Dennis, you’re a musician and an artist who creates audio and visual collages, as well as designing fashion. Could it be said that the principle of collage is what underlies all of your activities? Dennis Busch: Yes, that’s the common thread running throughout my output. I shake the kaleidoscope and don’t know what the result will be. If I don’t like it, I keep shaking — until some sensible nonsense appears. JJ: Your tracks meander from position to position, and have the effect of seeming to lack concentration — in a positive sense. What’s interesting is that in nearly every track there is one constant: a straight beat. Is this comparable to the white sheet of standard DIN A4 paper on which the collage snippets are spread out? DB: Four-four time is a kind of diametrical baton. It creates structure and acts as a kind of hostel warden to keep the pubescent samples in line. This is important in order to conjure up a fitting little dress for the playful bumblebees and weeds that are the samples. In fact, a track may sometimes present itself as slightly unfocused, but only under the fullest concentration and dedication. A track that starts off as a swimwear vendor at the North Pole may indeed fade away as a gravedigger at the end of an exploding rainbow.”
File Under: Electronic
Fluxion: Broadway Tales (Echocord) LP
Echocord presents the third album by Fluxion. In the beginning of 2013, K. Soublis (aka Fluxion) met Jamaican vocalist Teddy Selassie in NY. After a brief discussion, they started exchanging music and lyrics and by the end of 2013, the Broadwalk Tales album came to life — an album of musical pieces that visit the roots of reggae and dub music with the distinct Fluxion production aesthetic, combining them with more ambient atmospheric tracks as well as techno and more experimental productions. In the words of the artist: “I wanted to make something more than the usual dub techno tracks with a hint of manipulated voices every now and then. Teddy Selassie came in and gave a breath to the whole material, made it more alive, broadening the journey.”
File Under: Electronic, Techno, Dub, Chain Reaction
Madlib/Freddy Gibbs: Pinata (Madlib Invazion) LP
“Freddie Gibbs is the product of violent, drug-laden streets. But unlike most rappers with similar resumes, he brings the block to the booth without inhibition or an exaggerated rap persona. Piñata, a 17 track collaboration with producer Madlib, is the best distillation yet of his transparent approach to making music, combining an at times stark honesty with electrifying talent as a lyricist and performer. Piñata is ‘a gangster Blaxploitation film on wax,’ says Gibbs, who came up on the streets of Gary, Indiana, the disregarded city known for producing Michael Jackson. Here he is joined by Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Raekwon, Scarface, Domo Genesis, Ab-Soul and a host of others in setting his soliloquies of the streets alongside film snippets and dusted funk, soul and prog musical tapestries. While this is the latest in a series of single-artist collaborations for Madlib, after Jaylib (J Dilla), Madvillainy (MF Doom) and the street-centric O.J. Simpson with Detroit’s Guilty Simpson, the pairing is unique as it is the first time for Gibbs working with just one producer.”
File Under: Rap, Hip Hop
Ingram Marshall: Fog Tropes/Gradual Requiem (Arc Light Editions) LP
Essential piece of modern composition from American composer Ingram Marshall, using tape delay, Serge synth and foghorn field recordings reissued on Arc Light Editions. Described by John Adams as “the antithesis of the human voice against the vast becalmed presence of the natural world.” Originally released in 1984 on Foster Reed’s influential New Albion label (which also released work by John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, and Morton Subotnik) it has not, until now, been made available again on vinyl. Fog Tropes began life as a series of field recordings of foghorns around the San Francisco Bay, made in 1979 for performance artist Grace Ferguson. These were then manipulated, added to, and expanded for performance with a brass section, which acts in sonorous call and answer with its industrial counterpart. In the record’s original sleevenotes, Marshall recalls: “A lot of people are reminded of San Francisco when they hear this piece, but not I. To me it is just about fog, and being lost in the fog. The brass players should sound as if they were off in a raft floating in the middle of a mist-enshrouded bay.” The tone is somber, the rhythm tidal, the sound world an affecting piece of tape collage and modern/minimal composition, with echoing brass, gulls and sirens in the mist. Gradual Requiem is dedicated to Marshall’s father, Harry Marshall. The piece is split into five parts, and includes a Serge synthesizer, with John Adams conducting. Tape delay and electronics are used in the sparse composition, a liminal spirit world, where familiar acoustic sound sources are processed lightly with electronic and tape manipulations and the hollow sound of the gambuh. Marshall began playing the two pieces together, later compiling them for this release. Together they mark a key moment in composition, bringing together environmental sound recordings, ethereal voices, brass and gambuh (Balinese flute), with Serge synthesizer and carefully executed tape manipulations.
File Under: Field Recordings, Modern Composition
Monolord: Empress Rising (Easy Rider) LP
Sweden’s psychedelic doom band, Monolord, release their first full length LP “Empress Rising” via Easy Rider Records. The five song album comes in at almost 50 minutes of skull crushing heavy grooves and heavy guitars that summon the spirits of Norse gods when played at loud volumes. Monolord is for more than just doom-metal fanatics-this is an epic record for all fans of guitar driven rock and roll, stoner rock, and heavy riffs. Empress Rising has all of the flavors of an iconic doom record and follows in the footsteps of Sleep Holy Mountain, Pallbearer “Sorrow and Extinction”, Electric Wizard “Witchcult Today” with melodic vocals and harmonies that are super psychedelic and easy to sing along with.
File Under: Metal, Doom, Psych
Roy Montgomery: 324 E. 13th Street #7 (Yellowelectric) LP
“‘Ten singles and two albums. At a certain point during my stay in the apartment on 13th Street I either said it to myself or said it out loud — I can’t recall — but that seemed a realistic target all things considered. Few distractions, few visitors, few appointments. A busy city to break up the endless music looping in my head long after the headphones had been taken off. A micro-studio easily patched together and able to be configured in only one or two variations. Time to pay some dues. Both to the 45 single and the concept album. The small vinyl artefact that fed my musical appetite at key times in my life. No ‘b” sides if it could be helped. Chasing a theme for as long as it took. Waiting for the real pattern to emerge. The perfect visual ratios of 7″ and 12″ cover art. Talking with the dead. Replying to the faded parsimony of a young fan and would-be maker of records (me): “Get it down now because this may be as good as it gets,” “Don’t wait for a real label to pay for your studio time,” “Time spent recording should always at least match time spent playing live.” I figured that the universal average for bands and recording artists was one, maybe two, good singles and an OK album then oblivion or, worse, a slow decline through contractual obligations. The only contract I had was with a scattering of friends, mostly American, who were there to deal with the out-pourings, should they arrive. And things had bottled up. Time to un-bottle. Not all at once. A few minutes at a time only for the intense stuff. Handing over bracketed ideas to this or that label as an act of faith. Then watching in awe as others transformed signals into objects. And here, running full circle in the literal sense, seven goes into 12 many times, with folk new and old keeping the faith. Lucky me.’ -Roy Montgomery. Housed in a gatefold sleeve. Includes three new songs, new artwork and unpublished photos, and an insert with an updated intro by Bill Meyer and Roy Montgomery. Remastered by Timothy Stollenwerk.”
File Under: Lo-Fi, Space Rock, Experimental
Geoff Mullen: Wind Chimes (Rare Youth) LP
“Limited pressing of 250 copies, on clear vinyl. Wind Chimes gathers material from a recent sound installation and performance. Following up on his last LP, Filtered Water, Mullen continues to use site-specific recordings as a means to explore the sonic characteristics of a given space; yet here the focus is on the idea of feedback-as-process. Using field recordings and staged acoustic environments, Wind Chimes introduces us to a familiar object – in this case, a pair of mass-produced bamboo wind chimes – and listens as they undergo a series of sonic and spatial manipulations. The original sounds are copied and altered, and eventually re-amplified in different spaces, until new forms emerge and collide with both real and manufactured fidelities. The LP version is presented as a series of miniatures, cut in mono, with liner notes and links to additional audio for a wide range of home-listening possibilities. Ideal for blending with your own home-electronics, HVAC’s, and outdoor wildlife. Each record is housed in a white tip-on sleeve and comes with a color paste-on and insert.”
File Under: Installation, Field Recordings
Nurse With Wound/Graham Bowers: Parade (Red Wharf) LP
The second studio album release by Nurse With Wound and Graham Bowers released as a CD in June 2013 is now available as a double vinyl album. The music is an audio sketch-pad, delving into the multiple manifestations of the human form and psyche … a Commedia dell’Arte-type procession of the extremes and banalities of what we are and what we do on this bizarre and indefinable one-way trip to oblivion. A continuous and thematic piece of music divided into eight tracks. Original artworks by Babs Santini and Graham Bowers.
File Under: NWW, Experimental
Opera Mort: Dedales (Alter) LP
Dédales is the second LP from Opéra Mort, following up their debut for the in-house label of the sadly-defunct Parisian record shop Bimbo Tower. The project is an ongoing collaboration between Jo Tanz and Laurent Gerard, two figures in the eye of France’s contemporary avant-garde underground; Jo with his Tanzprocess label and Laurent with his Élg project. They also form two-thirds of the trio Reines D’Angleterre with the legendary French artist Ghedalia Tazartés, who will be returning to live performance later in 2014. The eight tracks on Dédales were edited down from a series of improvised live takes of abstract and otherworldy electronics, shifting the Opéra Mort sound into more focused territory and creating a musical language that’s uniquely singular and a direct result of their close collaborative relationship.
File Under: Experimental, Elg, Electronic
Bill Orcutt: Solo Acoustic Vol 10 (Vin Du Select Qualititie) LP
“The blues, as abstract.” The guitarist from the legendary Harry Pussy makes his guitar sound like no other guitar. Always brilliant.
File Under: Guitar Soli, Bent Blues, Harry Pussy
OST: Dallas Buyers Club (Music on Vinyl) LP
180 gram audiophile vinyl. Gatefold sleeve. Insert. First pressing of 1000 numbered copies on gold & blue vinyl. Dallas Buyers Club follows the Oscar winning performance by Matthew McConaughey portraying the ‘80s real life character Ron Woodroof, who’s suddenly being diagnosed as H.I.V.-positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does not, accept a death sentence. A crash course of research reveals a lack of approved treatments and medications in the U.S., so Ron crosses the border into Mexico. There, he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into the U.S. The soundtrack to triple Academy Award winning feature film Dallas Buyers Club contains songs by Shuggie Otis, My Morning Jacket, T. Rex and actor/singer Jared Leto’s Thirty Seconds To Mars. The first 1000 copies of this double LP are uniquely pressed on Gold and Blue vinyl (each record a different colour!).
File Under: OST
Outer Space: Phantom Center (Editions Mego) 12″
John Elliott and Andrew Veres have been refining their creative powers as Outer Space since 2010 with Akashic Record and II. The pair now release their first new material since 2012, Elliott’s first since Emeralds ceased and the first as a duo. Editions Mego are well-chuffed to release Phantom Center, a stunning two-track EP. “Arrival and Assessment” confidently sets the tone with multi levels of bass lines weaving around complex rhythms and those vast atmospheres we come to expect from this project. The earth-shattering “Crixa / 5925” is the perfect soundtrack to staring into an endless void with bottomless sub-bass and Raicevic-informed synthesizer disarray.
File Under: Electronic, Emeralds, Synth
Anthony Pasquarosa: Solo Acoustic Vol. 7 (Vin Du Select Qualititie) LP
“12-string alchemy from the wilderness of Western MA, Pasquarosa’s compositions trans¬x with hypnotic ¬finger picked melodies of a true occult nature. Known for his work under the Crystalline Roses moniker, his acoustic playing resounds with mysticism and unknown pleasures.”
File Under: Guitar Soli, Acoustic
Pink Mountaintops: Get Back (Jagjaguwar) LP/CD
It’s doubtful that Stephen McBean set out to make the great rock ‘n’ roll primer when he started conjuring the songs that would come to be Pink Mountaintops’ Get Back. The record’s beginnings were reasonably straightforward: McBean had moved to Los Angeles, taken a long hiatus from Black Mountain and an even longer one from Pink Mountaintops when he met producer Joe Cardamone, lead singer of Icarus Line at Valley Recording Company in Burbank, CA. The two bonded quickly over Flying Nun bands, Television Personalities, Roxy Music, Johnny Thunders, and Born Against. Joe was excited to meet someone he actually liked. Stephen was excited to work with someone who said “Sing it like you would’ve sung it when you were 21.” Simple enough, right? Ask who’s on the record and you’ll get a constellation of greats: J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr & Witch), Rob Barbato (Darker My Love, The Fall & Cass McCombs), Steve Kille (Dead Meadow), Daniel Allaire (Brian Jonestown Massacre, Cass McCombs & Darker My Love), Annie Hardy (Giant Drag), Jon Wahl (Clawhammer), and Gregg Foreman (Cat Power & Delta 72). Randal Dunn (SunnO))), Earth, Sun City Girls, Boris) mixed Get Back at Avast! Studios (Bikini Kill, Mudhoney, Christ On A Crutch, Soundgarden) in Seattle. Ask about the record itself and McBean will tell you about “Alleys, curbs, walls, and cigarette stained gig flyers. An island on the Pacific coast. Fake British towns. Slayer posters. The beauty of youth. It’s about listening to Driver’s Seat and ‘Guns of Brixton’ and hotboxing The Duster.” And suddenly it becomes clear: when the aliens do touch down and they don’t know rock ‘n’ roll, you can play them Get Back start to finish, and that’ll be all they need.
File Under: Indie Rock, Black Mountain
Prostitutes: Petit Cochon (Spectrum Spools) LP
Petit Cochon is the third LP and debut album for Spectrum Spools by James Donadio under his Prostitutes guise. From Psychedelic Black, the self-released debut LP limited to only 100, to the esteemed Crushed Interior on Digitalis, it’s safe to say Donadio has crafted a style unmatched in the climate of contemporary electronic music. The top-shelf EPs on Mira and Diagonal were a small glimpse into all that has led up to the new full-length. Petit Cochon is a total burner, no exceptions. From the opening cryptic threat of “Powerful Magnets” into the serrated pummeling of “The Bluffer’s Corporation,” it becomes clear very quickly that no punches will be pulled and that Petit Cochon is a heavy affair. Donadio’s signature sample manipulation in tandem with live electronics and particular mixing processes hit new highs with the manic clatter of “Suck Out the Reason,” which shifts and shuffles between huge snare drums and whispers from the void. “Stains Left Unnamed,” like its title suggests, is a grim and filthy ordeal with head-spinning delay ringing alongside jagged and fractured rhythm. This album has cuts for the club-heads and for those locked away from the rest of the world, and as a whole serves as the perfect and logical next full-length in the Prostitutes cannon. Cut by CGB at Dubplates + Mastering, Berlin. Mastered by James Plotkin.
File Under: Electronic, Experimental
Red Crayola: Singles (Drag City) LP
“Eight years later, and in another era entirely, a summing-up occurred with the compilation of short-play Krayola records, Singles. Spanning the years 1969 – 2004, Singles contains many Krayola klassics of the pre-punk, punk, post-punk, etc. eras once represented by labels like Texas Revolution, Rough Trade, Konkurrenz, and uh, Drag City. This comp was released on CD only ten years ago — imagine that! Here it is for the first time on vinyl.”
File Under: Texas, Punk, Psych
Jack Ruby: Hit & Run (Saint Cecilia Knows) 2CD
The collected recordings of legendary lost 1970s New York City band, Jack Ruby. Seen and heard by just a precious few, Jack Ruby made only five studio recordings and played an equal number of gigs between 1973 and 1977. None of their music was ever released and, until now, they have existed solely as a word-of-mouth legend among peers. Yet their legacy and influence can clearly be heard in bands that followed in their wake like Sonic Youth and Teenage Jesus And The Jerks. They have been variously described as “The Velvet Underground in a car crash” and the “art-punk Steely Dan.” Formed in 1973 by vocalist Robin Hall, guitarist Chris Gray, multi-instrumentalist Randy Cohen, classically-trained viola player Boris (also known as Boris Policeband), and later joined by bassist George Scott (James Chance And The Contortions/8-Eyed Spy/John Cale) and new vocalist Stephen Barth, the first incarnation of Jack Ruby demoed two tracks in a Times Square recording studio in 1974; their signature tune, the nihilistic proto-punk “Hit and Run” — sounding like some unholy blend of Raw Power-era Stooges, Velvet Underground and J.G. Ballard’s Crash — and a bizarre number entitled “Mayonnaise,” based around Boris’ amplified viola and primitive electronic “beats” sequenced on Cohen’s Serge synthesizer. These two cuts were used to hustle additional studio time from Epic Records through Sly Stone’s A&R, Stephen Paley. Three more maniacal songs of arch art-punk with killer pop hooks — “Bored Stiff,” “Bad Teeth,” and “Sleep Cure” — were all recorded in one five to six hour session at Columbia Studios in May 1974. With Cohen patching musique concrète sounds through the Serge, set against Gray’s banshee guitar-playing and Hall’s snotty vocals, the Jack Ruby sound was formed. But a record deal evaded them. Cohen left and started a new career as a writer for Late Night With David Letterman and, later, as The Ethicist, a columnist for The New York Times solving readers’ ethical problems. In 1976, Hall and Gray reactivated Jack Ruby as a live-performing unit with George Scott on bass. They played harder, faster and louder than any other band in New York at that time. Their rehearsals at Matrix studios, and dusk-to-dawn parties at the Bowery apartment behind CBGB’s shared by Gray and Scott, became a cult draw for other NYC punk and no wave musicians. Hall quit the band unexpectedly in 1977, days before their first scheduled gig. Jack Ruby continued on as a power trio with Gray, by now the only original member, taking over vocal duties for a couple of shows alongside Teenage Jesus And The Jerks and the Fleshtones, before disbanding for good after one last riotous show with new vocalist Stephen Barth at Max’s Kansas City, formerly stalking ground of the band’s idols, The Velvet Underground. Hit and Run is a two-disc set of everything Jack Ruby recorded between 1973 and 1977 (across four incarnations of the band) that should see them acknowledged as one of the most radical and brilliantly original groups to emerge from the 1970s New York City music scene. Remastered from recently-discovered master tapes, the first disc collects all five of the band’s studio recordings, which although 40 years-old still sound thrillingly urgent and modern, alongside a 1977 cassette of a band rehearsal, and a 2013 remix by producer Don Fleming. Disc two contains another side to Jack Ruby; a series of largely-electronic, avant-garde pieces from 1972 and 1974 — nine short tracks that play like a library record, book-ended by two longer ones — some of the earliest extant recordings made on a Serge synthesizer. What Jack Ruby left is a remarkable legacy of recorded music — hidden for decades, now-revealed — constituting a previously-unheard secret history of the New York City music scene of the early 1970s.
File Under: No Wave, Punk, Contortions
Aaron Sheppard: Solo Acoustic Vol 9 (Vin Du Select Qualititie) LP
“A dazzling debut from Bay Area guitarist Aaron Sheppard whose virtuoso finger-picked six string attack is stunning in both its precision and melodicism. Sheppard’s album is a bold introduction to a remarkable new talent in the world of acoustic guitar.”
File Under: Guitar Soli, Acoustic
Shindig!: Interstellar Overdrive BK
“The Shindig! guide to spacerock. This special edition of Shindig! explores spacerock’s peculiar mix of heavy riffs and electronics through the age of the space race, the resulting sci-fi explosion and the mind-expanding influences of the acid-fried ’60s and beyond. We trace spacerock back to its roots with the soundtracks of the ’50s, including Louis and Bebe Barron’s Forbidden Planet, through to the incredible work of Joe Meek on ‘Telstar’. In addition, we will cover the social and cultural context of the moon landings, sci-fi literature and the spaced-out cinema that shaped the end of the ’60s. In this environment came early spacerock efforts from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd and The Byrds. One band arrived at the close of the decade to define the genre — Hawkwind. Just as influential in their own idiosyncratic way were Gong with their Radio Gnome trilogy. Several artists pursued the electronic side of spacerock, such as Silver Apples and Fifty Foot Hose, whilst the BBC Radiophonic Workshop added a distinct Britishness to proceedings. The Germans also produced their own unique contributions to the idiom with Amon Düül Ii, Neu and Ash Ra Tempel. At the close of the ’70s several artists such as Chrome utilised the punk spirit to reinvigorate spacerock. The magazine will take the genre through the ’80s and ’90s with Ozric Tentacles and the cross-pollination of the indie scene with Spacemen 3 and Loop. Taking things up to the present day and proving the genre is still in rude health are the likes of Astra, The Heads, and White Hills.”
Prins Thomas: III (Full Pupp) LP
Double LP version. Includes a CD copy of the album. “Hi there, this is my new album. Keeping with the tradition I decided to call it III. There’s no great concept, no specific theme, no scheme, no plan… No space disco but still plenty of “space.” It is just documentation of the music I made during the recording period. A musical diary, so to speak. Diary entry number three. Musically I feel it belongs somewhere between my last two albums, 2009’s Prins Thomas and 2012’s II. They were both a result of the recording techniques and musical ideas I had at the time. The former organic, freeform (freerange) and organic, the latter more polished and “square,” as I just had figured how midi worked (I have to admit…I’m actually still not sure I know). Anyway, what I’ve learned so far is now coming together in some kind of musical (dis)harmony. One I hope you enjoy listening to as much as I enjoyed making it.” –Thomas Moen Hermansen aka Prins Thomas, March 4, 2014
File Under: Electronic, Dance
The Topics: Wanted Live! By a Million Girls (Jazzman) LP
The funky soul archaeologists at Jazzman are extremely proud to announce this release in their Soul Spectrum series. This LP is the perfect combination of crossover and modern soul filled with strong black male group harmonies and funky instrumentation — a recording to please the palette of soul and funk collectors across the board. This release isn’t just about the vocalists, but also the variety of talented musicians and unique instrumentation involved in creating this timeless testament to West Coast African-American consciousness of the late ’70s and early ’80s. One of the key initiatives at Jazzman Records is setting the facts straight, righting the wrongs of mistaken identities, and often giving previously-unknown artists credit where credit is well overdue. In this case, the main topic of discussion is The Topics and their Wanted Live! By a Million Girls LP. Jazzman has invested all their fine-tuned resources into making this LP reissue even better than the original. All eight tracks have been digitally remastered, and all of the original LP cover art has been reproduced as an exact replica of the original LP issued in the early 1980s. You may try your hand at obtaining an off-condition copy in the 1,000 GBP price range or file Jazzman’s brilliant limited edition reissue with bonus extensive 16-page liner-notes insert in your collection for only a fraction of the price. As group harmony and soul groups go, in many cases, there are some very popular group names, popular to the point of redundancy. Often the same name was used by different, multiple groups all around the country, round about the same time, coincidentally unbeknownst to one another. While the artists didn’t intend to be any less unique than others sharing the same name, this duplicity has caused quite a bit of debate and confusion for record collectors over the years. The mystery of this rather ambiguously designed modern soul LP has haunted collectors for decades. Now for the first time ever, Jazzman can finally confirm that this specific West Coast group was (from Fresno, CA and) only recorded on the Token and NCS labels and is not to be confused with any other groups of the same name who recorded on the Heavy-Duty, Dream, TSG, Noodle, Carnival, Chadwick, Mercury, Castle and Brother III labels.
File Under: Soul
Tyler The Creator: Wolf (Odd Future) LP
2013’s Wolf is the third overall solo effort from Los Angeles, CA rapper, producer, director and alternative hip hop collective OFWGKTA head Tyler The Creator. Serving as the highly anticipated follow-up to his 2009 mixtape Bastard and 2011 debut studio album Goblin, Wolf debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of lead single “Domo23” and a series of music videos and features collaborations with Hodgy Beats, Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, Earl Sweatshirt and Erykah Badu. “Odd Future’s de facto frontman remained one of rap’s most fascinating figures in 2013. Wolf’s videos were just as outrageous and gripping as the viral clips that shot his crew into infamy a couple years ago – but deep cuts like “Answer” and “Bimmer” revealed a growing mind and expanding sound, and the pastel-colored Pharrell collab “IFHY” cemented Tyler as the gravel-pitched voice of an emerging generation.” – #15 on Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Hip-Hip Albums of 2013
File Under: Hip Hop, Rap
Chad Van Gaalen: Shrink Dust (Flemish Eye) LP/CD
Chad VanGaalen’s blood flows by unrestrained creative impulses. He has never worked in a commercial recording studio. By his hands alone, one line, sound, shape or word leads organically to the next. In 2011, he wanted to score a science fiction film, so he started making one. The first episode of his animated feature, Translated Log of Inhabitants, should be released this year, with a fully illustrated D&D-esque compendium of 150 associated characters. Shrink Dust, his fifth full-length album under his own name, is partially a score to this film, but it’s also—in Chad’s view—a country record. Always a fan of esoteric instruments, Chad recently acquired an aluminum pedal steel guitar, and began trying to figure out how to play it: “It took me a month to set it up, and a year to be comfortable recording myself playing this thing.” His experiments with this instrument unify the album, along with themes of death, transformation, fear, benign evil, and the eccentricity of love. A newfound affection for The Flying Burrito Brothers, and the sci-fi mysticism of the 1980s graphic novel The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius, were also significant in recent years. Somehow, with all of its disparate influences and components, Shrink Dust might be one of the most accessible moments in CVG’s creative life, simply because it is more apparent than ever how much fun he is having.
File Under: Indie Rock, CanCon, YYC
Jozef Van Wissem/SQURL: Only Lovers Left Alive (ATP) LP
ATP Recordings are proud to announce the release of the original soundtrack to the new film by Jim Jarmusch, ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ which stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston.. The soundtrack – predominantly by Jozef Van Wissem and SQÜRL, also features Zola Jesus, Yasmin Hamdan and Madeline Follin. Winner of the 2013 Cannes Soundtrack award. Only Lovers Left Alive – Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician (Adam, Tom Hiddleston), deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover (Eve, Tilda Swinton). Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister (Ava, Mia Wasikowska). Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them? Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Only Lovers Left Alive will be released in the UK by Soda Pictures on 21 February 2014. SQÜRL are: Carter Logan, Jim Jarmusch, and Shane Stoneback. An enthusiastically marginal rock band from New York City who like big drums & broken guitars, cassette recorders, loops, feedback, sad country songs, molten stoner core, chopped & screwed hip-hop, and imaginary movie scores.
File Under: OST, Jim Jarmusch
Various: Everything Is Shit (Sub Rosa) LP
An incredible energy took over Brussels at the onset of the ’80s. It is a strange and rare feeling when you tell yourself that something is happening. And it always happens through an accumulation of very small facts. Then, suddenly, it is there. This collection basically attempts to capture this emerging will. But before that, there was punk rock. In Brussels, it started with a handful of venues, improvised concerts, a few dozens of people recognizing each other, and a festival that gathered everyone together: the first Belgian Punk Contest, at the Vieux Saint-Job, on March 18, 1978. Although the influences came from up north — The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Buzzcocks, Crass, essentially — there were also ties and influences from Paris (Asphalt Jungle, Métal Urbain), and Phallus Band, Streets, and H2SO4, who were all also singing in French. The adventure began in the winter of 1976, and the following two years would yield most of the material. Since these bands had very short life-spans, there were a lot of interactions (Chainsaw, X-Pulsion, Streets), while other configurations gave birth to key bands of the next decade: Digital Dance (out of X-Pulsion and Thrills), Snowy Red (from Chainsaw), The Names (The Passengers), and Pseudocode (from Thrills). Other artists in this collection include: Mad Virgins, Terminal Stupid, Isabelle et les Nics-Nacs, The Actors, and Raxola. Features 18 tracks (from the 32-track CD).
File Under: Punk
Various: Modern Mayan (Mississippi) LP
“In the mid-1970s Richard Alderson made these amazing recordings in Chiapas, Mexico. A very unique blend of ancient music and modern rhythms. Here we have modern Mayan people singing folk songs accompanied by guitar, ragged brass bands, and much more. A trip into a very beautiful world. The cover is a faux Folkways style wrap around print on an old school ‘tip on’ jacket. Includes liner notes. A co-release with our friends Moi J’Connais.”
File Under: Mexico, Ethnic, World
Various: Music from Planet Earth Vol 1 (Stag-o-lee) 10″
Martians, Ray Guns, Flying Saucers & Other Space Junk. First in a series of three 10″ records. Limited edition, comes with a sticker. Each copy also comes with 24×24 cm screenprint of the front cover. Signed by artist Marcel Bontempi. Back in the late 1950s and into the early ’60s, everyone seemed to become obsessed with the possibility that science fiction might become science fact. Movie houses and drive-ins across America were fascinated by the idea of a Martian invasion, with a suitably Theremin-powered eerie soundtrack, not to mention the prospect of the rise of unruly robots. Never one to miss jumping on a trend, the prolific Jimmy Haskell produced a whole album of space-based tomfoolery called Countdown for the Imperial label. Similarly, in the UK, Joe Meek produced the concept album I Hear a New World to quench his intrigue in the stars, having already peaked the public’s imagination with his “Telstar” hit with The Tornados. Meanwhile, in Belgium, in the process of developing new possibilities for sound recording, Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan produced the electronic pulse at the heart of “Song to the Second Moon.” Aspiring rockabilly performers and early rock ‘n’ rollers in the southern states picked up on the phenomena while craning their necks upwards. Billy Lee Riley And The Little Green Men, The Wildetones, Buck Trail and Joe Tate all took the idea to new levels of incredulity, while Lynn Vernon’s instrumental chops for the Tennessee-based Cover label just needed a suitable title to put it in the frame. But if those southern performers were looking to the skies for inspiration, legend has it that Sun Ra And His Arkestra were looking down on them from their own planet.
File Under: Space, Surf, Garage, Rock
…..late or restocked RSD product…..
Childish Gambino: Because the Internet (Glassnote) LP
Jef Gilson et Malagasy: s/t (Jazzman) 5LP Box
JBs: Thought for Food (Get on Down) LP+7″
Moebius/Neumeier/Engler: Wohlauf (Bureau B) 12″
Outkast: Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (Sony) LP
Lee Perry: Rastafari on Wall Street (Upsetter) 12″
Power Glove: Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon (Invada) LP
Rodion GA: Misuinea Spatiala Delta (Strut) LP
Alexis Zoumbas: A Lament for Epirus (Angry Mom) LP
Various: Bob Dylan & the Basement Tapes Influences (Let Them Eat Vinyl) LP
Kevin Ayers: Joy of a Toy (Vinylisssimo) LP
Kevin Ayers: Whatevershebringswesing (Vinylisssimo) LP
Band of Horses: Acoustic at the Ryman (Brown) LP
Francis Bebey: African Electronic (BornBad) LP
Beck: Morning Phase (Columbia) LP
Tim Buckley: s/t (Music on Vinyl) LP
Cabaret Voltaire: Red Mecca (Mute) LP
Chrome: The Visitation (Cleopatra) LP
Charles Cohen: Group Motion (Morphosis) LP
Philip Cohren: On The Beach (Tizona) LP
Sam Cooke: Mr. Soul (Music on Vinyl) LP
Sam Cooke: Night Beat (Music on Vinyl) LP
Miles Davis: Bitches Brew Live (Music on Vinyl) LP
Deltron 3030: s/t (Deltron) LP
Donato Dozzy: Aquapiano (Spectrum Spools) LP
Drones: Miller’s Daughter (Bang) LP
Nils Frahm: Spaces (Erased Tapes) LP
Genius/Gza: Liquid Swords (Get on Down) LP
Hold Steady: Teeth Dreams (Razor & Tie) LP
Erkin Koray: Mechul (Sublime Frequencies) LP
Moondog: More Moondog (4 Men With Beards) LP
New York Dolls: Too Much (Get on Down) LP
Onra: Chinoiseries (Favorite) LP
Painted Caves: Surveillance (Shelter) LP
Lee Perry: Super Ape (Get on Down) LP
Pussy: Plays Pussy (Morgan) LP
Reign Ghost: s/t (Out-Sider) LP
Various: A Fistful of Fuzz (Particles)LP
Various: Kassidat (Parlotone) LP
Various: Turkish Freakout (Bazooka Joe) LP