Well, if you haven’t been washed away, then we’ve got a ton of new wax for your ears this week. Loads of killer reissues and new jams to work in the yard to or take a road trip with. And lots coming in next week too. Thankfully, I finished my books yesterday so I can start to catch up on everything else around here again too.
…..picks of the week…..
Brian Eno & Robert Fripp: No Pussyfooting (Pangea) LP
In tomorrow… Robert Fripp & Brian Eno’s timeless 1973 electronic music classic No Pussyfooting on vinyl for the first time in nearly 30 years. The album’s return to the 12″ format is cut from masters approved by the artists, manufactured on 200g super-heavyweight vinyl and presented in a re-worked version of the original gatefold sleeve, using variant photos from the original photo shoot by Willie Christie. In August of 1972 King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp was producing some material for Robert Wyatt. Brian Eno (then a member of Roxy Music) came to the studio to add synth to the same sessions. Fripp & Eno found common cause. In September of the same year, Fripp brought his guitar and pedal board to Eno’s home studio. Using Eno’s twin tape recorder/loop method set-up Fripp provided two takes – one for the background guitar loop and one for the foreground solos with Eno selectively manipulating which signals were committed to the final tape. The 21 minutes piece of music that resulted, “The Heavenly Music Corporation” became one of the most significant and influential pieces of electronic music ever recorded. The other track on their debut album “Swastika Girls” was not recorded until over a year later in August 1973 – the track title inspired by a picture of girls wearing a swastika and little else that was pinned to the mixing console. Also pinned to the console was a piece of paper with the words No Pussyfooting – Fripp’s reminder to both musicians that they should not compromise what they felt to be right or be deterred by the hostility to the project shown by management and record label alike (there was talk of Fripp leading Eno into ‘un-commercial territory). The seminal No Pussyfooting was released in November 1973 and, astonishingly, went on to sell over 100,000 copies. This led to the duo’s 1975 follow-up Evening Star. With just two albums recorded at various point over a four year period, Fripp & Eno had established a rudimentary route map of some of music’s future possibilities. That they still sound so fresh and alive with potential is testament to the strength of the duo’s original ideas. Fripp & Eno would, individually and collectively, make significant recordings of electronic music in the coming decades, but many, many others would participate in the vast expansion of interest in electronic music that followed. As starter points for a vast number of musicians, these albums are unparalleled, their influence only beginning to be fully understood and appreciated. Eno is credited with the claim that everyone who originally bought a Velvet Underground album subsequently formed a band. It’s no less valid to suggest that many of those involved in electronic music might not have been but for No Pussyfooting and Evening Star.
File Under: Ambient, Electronic, Classics, Essential Listening, Eno
Alvarius B: What One Man Can Do with an Acoustic Guitar, Surely Another Can Do with His Hands Around The Neck of God (Abduction) LP
In tomorrow… The album title pretty much says it all. Yes we know that’s the same thing we said about last year’s Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop) archival release Fuck You and the Horse You Rode In On LP, but while What One Man Can Do… has a similar approach in attitude, it comes a decade later as solo acoustic guitar instrumentals recorded during the 1990s. Perhaps, if it’s contextualization you are seeking, you could consider this a continuation of the first Alvarius B. album. Or, you could simply imagine that these are songs about strangling people like you with a low E steel guitar string. This (recorded straight to cassette) acoustic guitar sound has more of a resemblance to a performance on power tools than it does to strumming or picking a Martin flat top. So if you’ve been leisurely waking up on Sunday mornings to sit down, have a cup of tea in your non-smoking kitchen breakfast-nook, staring out into the garden while listening to your old Fahey records, step aside and let someone else own this piece of wax — someone who may take the body of an old fucked-up guitar and start pounding people like you into the pavement with it. Extremely limited one-time pressing of 400 LP copies.
File Under: Guitar Soli, Sun City Girls
Acid Mother’s Temple: Astrorgasm From The Inner Space (Important) LP
In tomorrow… Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.’s new album Astrorgasm from the Inner Space features their original vocalist Cotton Casino. Available on CD and deluxe double LP. As usual, AMT delivers to Important their most scorching tracks. They’ve included, appropriately, since Important is set to issue Grayfolded on triple vinyl, a brand new re-recording of “Dark Star Blues” with Cotton Casino. On Astrorgasm from the Inner Space, Acid Mothers Temple look towards their source (the band turns 19 this year) while also evolving towards their next stage.
Edip Akbayram: s/t (Pharaway Sounds) LP/CD
In tomorrow… Edip Akbayram’s a frail guy who spent his childhood unable to walk, but once he grew up he was on Istanbul TV in a whitey-fro and knee-length colored robes. Akbayram’s voice is big & open, and it took him all across Turkey at the height of Anatolian psychedelia. This first album collects precious singles from 1972-1974, with dark melodies that descend in loose spirals, seemingly forever. Tunes taken from mystic Sufi poets who played the baglama, but retro-fitted with hard-plowing electric bass lines, funky drums, fuzz-wah guitars and keyboards. Remastered sound, insert/booklet with photos and liner notes by Angela Sawyer (Weirdo Records).
File Under: Psych, Anatolian Invasion
American Analog Set: Know By Heart (Barsuk) LP
Barsuk Records is proud to release this 180-gram vinyl reissue of The American Analog Set’s seminal 2001 LP, Know By Heart. Widely considered the Austin, TX band’s crowning achievement, Know By Heart was released to critical praise on Tiger Style Records in September 2001 as The American Analog Set’s 4th full length and its limited, single vinyl pressing has been highly sought-after as it has long since been out of print. Recorded in the Austin homes of frontman/founder Andrew Kenny and bandmember Tom Hoff, Know By Heart features the band’s signature sounds and includes fan favorites “Aaron and Maria,” “The Postman,” “The Kindness of Strangers” and “Choir Vandals,” which was covered by Ben Gibbard for the HOME EP series split release with Kenny. Upon Know By Heart’s release in ’01, the album was hailed as “a soft-spoken wonder” and AmAnSet’s “catchiest, most dreamy effort to date” by the Chicago Tribune while the band went on headline tours across the US and Europe, and grew to gain fellow musicians Kevin Drew, Ben Gibbard and Mark Hoppus, among others, as loyal fans. The deluxe 180-gram vinyl reissue with gatefold includes never seen before Know By Heart-era archival photographs and liner notes, plus a download code with high-resolution MP3s of both the original studio album and 21 previously unreleased demos from the Know By Heart sessions, including 3 previously unreleased songs.
File Under: Indie Rock
American Football: s/t (Polyvinyl) LP
In the 15 years since its release, American Football’s self-titled debut full-length has quietly become one of the most fiercely beloved titles in the Polyvinyl catalog. Though the trio – Mike Kinsella (Cap’n Jazz, Owen, Owls), Steve Lamos and Steve Holmes – only played a few shows and released just one other record (a three-song EP that preceded this full-length), their influence and legacy has steadily continued to grow in the time after they disbanded. From its now iconic artwork to the band’s unique songwriting approach (highlighted by an emphasis on shifting time signatures and sincere lyrics), American Football proves a record doesn’t become a true classic through flashiness or catering to trends, but rather the deep emotional connection it forges between the music and the listener. After guitarist Steve Holmes discovered a set of cassette tapes containing a variety of unreleased recordings, the band curated an album’s worth of these rare live recordings, demos, and practice sessions (in which the group rehearsed material they never recorded elsewhere) to complement the original record. Now reissued in a deluxe edition on colored double vinyl with beautifully expanded packaging, in addition to the bonus content this new American Football offering also incorporates never-before-seen photographs, lyrics and detailed liner notes written by the band.
Coldplay: Ghost Stories (Parlophone) LP
In tomorrow… Ghost Stories is the highly anticipated sixth studio album from English quartet Coldplay and follow-up to their Grammy nominated 2011 effort Mylo Xyloto. The new 9-song set will be issued in May 2014 on Parlophone/Atlantic Records and is preceded by the airy and romantic lead single “Magic” and its Jon Hopkins-produced counterpart “Midnight” which strays from Coldplay’s signature sound with a moody slow burning electronic backdrop and evocative effected vocals. Featuring production assistance from former collaborators Jon Hopkins, Rik Simpson and Dan Green, the album also finds the band working with Paul Epworth (Adele, Paul McCartney, Florence + The Machine) for the first time.
File Under: Brit-Rock, Pop
Jon Collin: Burnt Monday (Golden Lab) LP
In tomorrow… “The most obvious influence on [Collin’s] playing seems to be Loren Connors. He manifests the same strange bluesy attack on strings at many moments here — letting notes breathe for a while, then strangling them until they squeak shut. One also notes some of Fahey’s long open slide chords, but clearly his melodic resolutions are closer to Fahey’s late period work, even if his technique is more reminiscent of Fare Forward Voyagers or something. There is also a scent of Jim O’Rourke’s brilliant acoustic responses to questions posed by Derek Bailey. Indeed, while this might seem to be heady company for a guy recording his debut LP, I feel as though the comparisons fit.” –Byron Coley; Following the release of his incredible debut LP on Winebox Press, Jon Collin took to the road in the U.S. alongside fellow soul travelers Yek Koo, Chalaque and Zaimph. The highpoint (in myriad senses) came on a Monday night in Albany, NY, where Collin performed to a seated and incredibly blazed audience in the basement of The Helderberg House, where he ended a night of heavy reverie with a blasted, drawn-out, super-sparse set of creaking drum stool and glorious string tone flashes. All in attendance were mesmerized and utterly rapturous as each piece concluded — staggered by the weight of what they were witnessing and for which they had not been prepared by the endless craft ale, pizza and bongloads. There’s something of the magical about this record. Limited to 250 copies on 140 gram vinyl.
Cremation Lily: Fires Frame the Silhouette (Alter) LP
In tomorrow… Cremation Lily is the project of UK-based Z. Zsigo. For the past five years, Zsigo has been consistently working under most people’s radars with his distinctly personal take on power electronics, developing a modest cult following and a respectable catalog of releases through his Strange Rules label. In 2012 the project was brought to the attention of Steve Underwood from Harbinger Sound who subsequently released the Fertility Servant 7″ and the project began to gather a more visible live presence thanks to gigs with the likes of Consumer Electronics, Con-Dom, Natural Assembly and on the East Coast of America, too, with Alberich and Âmes Sanglantes. Now Alter is pleased to present the first full-length vinyl collection of Cremation Lily material — Fires Frame the Silhouette is compiled mostly from reworked and remixed tracks from previous CL cassette releases. All pieces are thematically linked by a time and place in Zsigo’s life and bringing them together creates a record of masterful atmosphere which ranks high in the industrial/PE canon and closes a chapter in the project’s timeline. Mastered by Arthur Rizk and cut to vinyl by Noel Summerville. Limited one-time pressing of 300 copies.
File Under: Electronic, Experimental, Industrial
Douglas Dare: Whelm
(Erased Tapes) LP/CD
In tomorrow… London-based singer-songwriter Douglas Dare releases his debut album Whelm on Erased Tapes. With the piano at the core, Dare vocalizes his short prose and poems to a backdrop of drums, electronics and brass. It was in November of 2013 that the duo Douglas Dare and producer/percussionist Fabian Prynn decided to record an album, and by January they were listening to it. Finding themselves out of the home-studio for the first time, the pair recorded much of the album in Flood’s studio Assault & Battery in West London. Other touches were recorded back in Fabian’s home. With the comfort of familiar songs from his live set, such as “Clockwork,” “Caroline” and “London’s Rose,” the session was equally driven by the excitement of creating brand-new tracks like “Nile,” “Swim” and “Unrest” in a new environment. The recordings began with finding the perfect piano — a grand piano, battered and bruised, but with a beautiful sound. Flood’s studio provided a treasure trove of gear, including Dare’s favorite new instrument, the Mini-Moog, which inspired bass parts on tracks like “Unrest.” Prynn engineered, produced and mixed the record, and with just the two of them involved from start to finish, their vision for the album remained clear and unclouded. Lyrically, Whelm is often written from other people’s perspectives, with a few of the songs stemming from historical events. “London’s Rose,” for example, came from a poem Douglas wrote about the use of underground stations as bomb shelters during WWII; while “Whitewash” addresses the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland, and “Clockwork” was inspired by the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient analog computer found in the ocean. Despite the weight to some of these subjects, Dare has always enjoyed the use of plain language that is simple and very human. Most of his songs begin with words, as it’s the stories that inspire the music.
File Under: Singer-Song Writer
Dust & Grooves: Adventures In Record Collecting Bk
In tomorrow… “Eilon Paz’s 416-page coffee-table book illuminates over 130 vinyl connoisseurs and their collections in the most intimate of environments — their record rooms. With a foreword by the RZA, compelling photographic essays are paired with in-depth interviews to illustrate what motivates record collectors to keep digging. Readers get an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions as well as a glimpse into the collections of world-renowned and lesser-known DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts. The book is divided into two main parts: the first features 250 full-page photos framed by captions and select quotes, while the second consists of 12 full-length interviews that delve deeper into collectors’ personal histories and vinyl troves. It all started out several years ago as nothing more than a way for photographer Paz to engage in a personal project in his free time. Adrift in Brooklyn after emigrating from Israel, Paz — a record collector on the side — thought it might be fun to start taking photos of people whose record collections were both larger and weirder than his own. These portraits turned into the Dust & Grooves website, which quickly developed a global following that grew every time a new portrait was added to the mix. People all over the world seemed to dig not only the beauty of Eilon’s photos, but the interviews with the collectors — a motley, if generally charming, crew of non-violent obsessives who turned out to be at least as intriguing as the records they collected. Unearthing the very soul of the vinyl community, his book will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, from die-hard record enthusiasts to fans of pop culture, sharp photography, and music history.”
File Under: Coffee Table Books
Brian Eno & Robert Fripp: Evening Star (Pangea) LP
In tomorrow… Robert Fripp & Brian Eno’s timeless 1975 electronic music classic Evening Star on vinyl for the first time in nearly 30 years. The album’s return to the 12″ format is cut from masters approved by the artists, manufactured on 200g super-heavyweight vinyl and presented in a re-print of the original sleeve. With King Crimson on hiatus from 1974 until 1980, Fripp’s first post-Crimson stage appearances were with a series of concerts with Eno in Spain, France and England in late May 1975. Circumstances following an accident in January 1975 led to Eno formulating the idea of ambient music as detailed in the notes to Discreet Music – released in December 1975. The title track of Discreet Music was initially conceived as a backing loop for Fripp to play over at the Fripp and Eno concerts. A short section from a Paris concert, reversed, provided the basic track for “Wind on Water” – the opening piece from the second Fripp & Eno album Evening Star. The title track that follows features a Fripp solo that is regarded by fans as one of his most beautiful performances. The short, pretty loop called “Evensong” and “Wind on Wind” an extract from Discreet Music formed the remainder of the album’s first half. Perhaps more pastoral than truly ambient, and in part indicative of the type of music that Eno would feature on his later Music for Films albums this was a firm step away from the long form pieces that had made up their first album together, No Pussyfooting. As if to balance the equation, the second side comprised a single piece “An Index of Metals.” Running to almost 29 minutes it is almost the antithesis of the warm inviting music on the album’s first half. Almost forty years on from its original recording, the sense of unease conveyed by the piece remains intact. With just two albums recorded at various point over a four year period, Fripp & Eno had established a rudimentary route map of some of music’s future possibilities. That they still sound so fresh and alive with potential is testament to the strength of the duo’s original ideas. Fripp & Eno would, individually and collectively, make significant recordings of electronic music in the coming decades, but many, many others would participate in the vast expansion of interest in electronic music that followed. As starter points for a vast number of musicians, these albums are unparalleled, their influence only beginning to be fully understood and appreciated. Eno is credited with the claim that everyone who originally bought a Velvet Underground album subsequently formed a band. It’s no less valid to suggest that many of those involved in electronic music might not have been but for No Pussyfooting and Evening Star.
Ambient, Electronic, Classics, Eno
Dredd Foole & Ben Chasny: Drunk with Insignificance (Feeding Tube) LP
In tomorrow… This album has been a long time coming. Dredd and Ben first talked about collaborating back in the late ’90s and it’s now 2014 and the goddamn thing has only just arrived. Was the wait worth it? You bet your teeth it was. While this album would have been pretty great if they’d done it back in the day, the fact it has been allowed to age and grow of its own accord lends the project a richness and beauty beyond easy comparison. This specific album grew out of some shows Dredd and Ben have done together over the past couple of years. The communication between the two of them was deep and crisp, even from the very first note they played together. I don’t recall if there’d been any rehearsing at all, but Ben’s electric guitar was weaving around and through Dredd’s vocals and acoustic strings as though he’d been doing it since he was a pup. Having seen Mr. Foole perform in a wide variety of situations over the past 33 years, I can assure you that he has rarely been in such telepathic company. From the extreme blabbermouth lockjaw of “Pressed for Illumination” to the relatively quiet melancholia of “Four Roses for Jack,” the sounds on Drunk with Insignificance are utterly maxist. Dredd’s songs have never sounded better, and Ben pulls an exquisite raft of riffs out of his sombrero. If you have a fondness for either of these legends of the contemporary underground, you owe it to yourself to check out this collaboration. It will shiver your timbers down to their very roots. Beautiful. Edition of 300.
Genius/Gza: Liquid Swords Instrumentals (Get On Down) LP
In tomorrow… “The full Liquid Swords Instrumentals is available for the first time on white and black vinyl as a nod to the chessboard art synonymous with the album cover. All tracks have been restored, with re-mastered audio from the original source tapes. A double LP with custom silk-screened jackets by AntiDesigns. Limited to 1,000 copies.”
File Under: Hip Hop, Instrumentals
Jawbox: Novelty (Dischord) LP
“After more than a decade out of print, Jawbox’s second full-length album, Novelty, is finally back on vinyl. Novelty was recorded at Arlington, Virginia’s Inner Ear Studios in January of 1992 with producer Iain Burgess. The record has been remastered and recut by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Studios and will be pressed onto clear-colored vinyl with revised artwork. The LP also includes a digital download coupon featuring the original album tracks plus the 2- song Tongues single. J. Robbins, Kim Coletta, and Adam Wade formed Jawbox in July of 1989.”
Leyland Kirby: Intrigue & Stuff 4 (HAFTW) 12″
In tomorrow… James Leyland Kirby returns with an uncompromising, poetic and unexpected fourth and final installment in his long-dormant Intrigue & Stuff series, dispatched from his new base in Krakow for his own History Always Favours The Winners label. Since we last heard from the provocateur, he’s issued brilliant albums as The Caretaker and The Stranger, a cracking 12″ for his formative heroes R&S/Apollo, and marked his 40th birthday with a 40-track album of piano pieces… yet we can’t help but feel that he’s saved some of his most deliriously spannered and heartbreakingly personal intimations for this new LP. Opening with a proper shock-out modeling mutant fractals and strobing loops that are almost junglist in tempo and structure on “Locked into Situations,” the spirit-crushed and sozzled boogie-sludge of “Derelict Bar” follows and marks out territory in a dark, dank corner. Over on the B-side, he yields the intoxicating whiskey fume shimmer and viscous roil of “The Tar Sands,” plus a strange percussive piece that sounds like lonely seamen performing drum rituals in a ship’s hull, and concludes with the somnolent symphony of spectral siren chorales, synth brass and claggy bass in “Wanting an Absolute Beyond.” We’ll never quite know the intentions behind these tracks, but we can tell you they function equally as escape pods and ideal drinking soundtracks. Imbibe deeply and responsibly.
Lord Paramour: Par Amour (Stereophonk) LP
In tomorrow… Lord Paramour is the unique meeting of two activists from the Rennes (France) scene. On the one hand, DJ Marrrtin, graffiti artist, beatmaker and leader of the prolific label Stereophonk, is known as much for his instrumentals played during many international breakdance battles, than for his acclaimed collaborations with Atom from C2C, Robin McKelle or the Nubians. Other member Ajax Tow has recently delivered a second album, influenced by abstract hip-hop and indie-rock. He’s known as the “White Wolf” of the Rennes indie scene, with his lush hair and baroque mixes spread throughout the four corners of the hexagon. The duo here has constructed an album around their obvious fondness for Bollywoood, each bringing his own eclectic inspirations. There are also influences here from hip-hop, soul, disco, indie-rock, downtempo, electro, Krautrock and more. The whole is never the sum of its parts and the result is a masala of beats and grooves. This is an elegant and sloppy music, a joyous, bright and colorful uproar — the psychedelic soundtrack of a spicy and adventurous life.
File Under: Electronic, Hip Hop, Instrumental
Clint Mansell: Filth (Milan) LP
Directed by Jon S. Baird and based on a novel by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), Filth tells the story of a bipolar, bigoted junkie cop (James McAvoy) who manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter. The album’s accompanying soundtrack features a rock-infused and epic score by acclaimed composer Clint Mansell. Founding member of the band Pop Will Eat Itself, Mansell first worked with Darren Aronofsky on the score for his 1998 film Pi. In 2000 Mansell worked with Kronos Quartet to record his acclaimed and best-selling score for Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream, and in 2006 he scored the filmmaker’s The Fountain, which included performances by Mogwai and Kronos Quartet. Further collaborations with Aronofsky include The Wrestler (2008), Black Swan (2010) and Noah (2014).
File Under: OST
John Martyn: Solid Air: Classics Revisited (Snapper) LP
In tomorrow… With a career spanning over 40-years, legendary British singer-songwriter and guitarist John Martyn has released 21 studio albums and has worked with such luminaries as Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Phil Collins among others. The Times has described Martyn as, “an electrifying guitarist and singer whose music blurred the boundaries between folk, jazz, rock and blues.” Martyn began his professional musical career when he was just 17, playing a blend of blues and folk resulting in a distinctive style which made him a key figure in the British folk scene during the mid-1960s. It was in the 1970’s that Martyn found fame as a solo artist and in 1973 he released one of the defining British albums of the decade, Solid Air. Originally issued on Island Records, the title track was a tribute to singer/songwriter Nick Drake, a close friend and label-mate. Madfish Records is now releasing a vinyl edition of the album which was re-recorded by Martyn in 1993. Among the 10 tracks on Solid Air: Classics Revisited are iconic tracks like “May You Never,” which became a signature song for Martyn and a firm live favorite, the aforementioned “Solid Air” and “Bless The Weather.”
Jake Meginsky: L’Appel du Vide (Open Mouth) LP
In tomorrow… “Subterranean, nearly-inaudible restraint and a rushing, stuttering throb rule the night on this new record. Its electric moods are so resolutely alien they suggest worlds unknown rather than create them. Irregular heartbeat thumps are set against high end atmospheres explored in microscopic detail. Haunting overlays of tones fluctuate and tremble, and not one moment feels forced. The music is meticulously constructed and consistently surprising. The electronics spin away, shooting off into bizarre and unexpected territory, and all the while Meginsky guides them with a benevolent, confident, endlessly fascinating hand. To hear him tell it, the record is ‘a document of me looking for the experience I have not yet had, and maybe will never have. This is where the title comes from. The pull of the void.’ Natural phenomena, like fog or mist, tend to render the environment and one’s ability to see it nearly impossible, and if you tilt your head back like you have a nosebleed there is always the fear that the sun might set sooner. When you stop in a secret place there is no need to talk. These are streets full of sullen languid violence and grey phantoms. Edition of 300. Cover art by Bill Nace. Play at 45 and play loud.” — Matt Krefting Holyoke, MA May 2014
File Under: Experimental, Nmperign
Millie & Andrea: Drop the Vowels (Modern Love) LP
In tomorrow… Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow label-mates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12″ releases between 2008 and 2010. They now return with Drop the Vowels, their debut album. Produced fast and loose through late 2013/early 2014, it’s an album that recalls the strict and stripped funk of Anthony Shakir as much as it does Leila’s incredible debut Like Weather, eschewing the dark aesthetic both producers are best known for in favor of something much more visceral. It’s an album borne from a love of both pop and club music, made to evoke an adrenalized, hedonistic, as well as an emotional response. Opener “GIF RIFF” brings to life a gamelan edit stripped bare before the over-compressed “Stay Ugly” breaks out with a tumbling, broken arrangement situated somewhere between Richard D. James and Jai Paul. “Temper Tantrum” and “Spectral Source” follow, versions of tracks originally released on the second and third Daphne EPs respectively, the former a rugged rave anthem tempered by blue strings, the latter a proper dancefloor destroyer recalling Shake’s mighty “Madmen.” “Corrosive” flits between a fibrillating, arpeggiated steppers’ rhythm and a brutal jungle breakdown, while “Drop the Vowels” further explores and strips bare bass & drums before the slow but jacking warehouse killer “Back Down” provides pure percussive abandon. “Quay” ends the set with something quieter, a sublime coda made entirely from field recordings. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton.
File Under: Electronic, Jungle, Dance, Andy Stott, Demdike Stare
Owen Pallett: In Conflict (Secret City) LP/CD
In tomorrow… In Conflict is the new release from Owen Pallett. Written and produced by the artist himself and recorded with the core rhythm section of Robbie Gordon and Matt Smith, the 11-song effort also features contributions from Brian Eno and The Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra, amongst others. In Conflict is full of love songs – more specifically, songs about liminal states and our loved ones locked in battle with them. “The record is meant to approach ‘insanity’ in a positive way,” Owen says – emphasis on the ironizing scare quotes around singular notions of insanity. “Depression, addiction, gender trouble, and the creative state are presented as positive, loveable, empathetic ways of being. Not preferable, per se, but all as equal, valid positions that we experience, which make us human.” Pallett was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, alongside Arcade Fire, for their work on Spike Jonze’s Her. Pallett has served as a versatile collaborator to many projects in both pop and art establishments – The National, The Mountain Goats, Grizzly Bear, Snow Patrol, and yes even, Taylor Swift – where he is equally beloved for his accessibility; for the way his art reflects and resonates with mainstream pop culture; for the emotionally cathartic outlet his music provides.
Pop, Indie, Violin, CanCon, Arcade Fire
Plaid: Reachy Prints (Warp) LP/CD
In tomorrow… After twenty five years of collaborating together, Plaid – Andy Turner and Ed Handley – release their tenth album Reachy Prints. Working continuously at the forefront of electronic music production, they incorporate in to their compositions the latest innovations of synthesis technologies while still referencing and celebrating their unique playful and emotive sound. ‘Hawkmoth’, the first single from this album unfolds with undulating melodic patterns twisting in on themselves, while their trademark shimmering tones create a sheen of luminous harmonies, creating a track that evolves to epic proportions, a listening journey that Plaid know how to navigate so well. The rest of the album is equally stunning, with tracks like ‘Hawkmoth’ and ‘Nafovanny’ churning with slightly darker undertones, ‘Wallet’ glinting like a sunny vista and standout ‘Martin Lunaire’ brimming with effervescent spirit. Yet another masterful release from the duo.
File Under: Electronic, Warp
Ratos De Porao: Crucificados Pelo Sistema (Beat Generation) LP
In tomorrow… Ratos De Porão’s Crucificados Pelo Sistema (1984) contains all the fury, the frustration, the rage and the pain of four young ones against the system in a country that was in the midst of a change from Third World to trying to fitting into a new social order. The projected image of Brazil with its beautiful mulatas, exotic beaches and tropical fruit drinks filled them with disgust, living there in one of the most dangerous cities in Latin America. Their reality was brutal and they wanted to scream it at the entire world. Sixteen songs were formed on the same base as what would later be called “D-beat.” The Finnish bands from the ’80s were really important in the Brazilian punk scene, just as Discharge was. Simple, fast and straight to the point. Two classic songs have been added for this special occasion, recorded for the classic Ataque Sonoro compilation (which also contains Brazilian pioneers such as Virus 27, Colera, Armagedom or Lobotomia, amongst others). 180 gram vinyl. Housed in a gatefold with pics and musings by Gordo. Reissued by Beat Generation.
File Under: Punk, Hardcore, Brazil
Shindig! #39 Mag
In tomorrow… “On the cover: The End: Bill Wyman’s introspective psychedelic protégés. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy: It’s A Happening Thing with LA’s psychedelic folk-rock congregation; Bonnie Dobson: Walking out in the morning dew with Canada’s first lady of folk; The Soundcarriers: The kings (and queen) of retro-futurist analog grooves tell all; With Chris Farlowe * Nymbus * Exploding Galaxy and much more! Bonus magazine: Reverberate; The latest sights and sounds from the ever-expanding new wave psych scene.”
Squarepusher/Z-Machines: Music for Robots (Warp) 12″
In tomorrow… In 2013, a team of Japanese roboticists was assembled with the challenge of creating a music-performing system that was beyond the capabilities of the most advanced musicians – Z-Machines were the result. The roboticist’s musical producer, Kenjiro Matsuo, and his team, invited a number of Japanese composers as well as Squarepusher to develop music specifically for the project. The opportunity to explore the compositional possibilities of a guitarist with 78 fingers and a drummer with 22 arms was a temptation impossible to ignore. The resulting “Sad Robots Goes Funny” was a poignant and highly praised piece, composed and produced by Squarepusher and performed by Z-Machines. The rapport that developed between Squarepusher and the Japanese team led to a lingering feeling that the project still had unexplored potential. Squarepusher approached Matsuo with a view to further investigating the possibilities of the collaboration. This led to additional pieces being created, involving an intense four weeks of composing, then two more months of transferring and adapting data, various technical hurdles and the eventual recording of Music For Robots. “In this project the main question I’ve tried to answer is ‘can these robots play music that is emotionally engaging?’ I have long admired the player piano works of Conlon Nancarrow and Gyorgy Ligeti. Part of the appeal of that music has to do with hearing a familiar instrument being ‘played’ in an unfamiliar fashion. For me there has always been something fascinating about the encounter of the unfamiliar with the familiar. I have long been an advocate of taking fresh approaches to existing instrumentation as much as I am an advocate of trying to develop new instruments, and being able to rethink the way in which, for example, an electric guitar can be used is very exciting. “Each of the robotic devices involved in the performance of this music has its own specification which permits certain possibilities and excludes others – the robot guitar player for example can play much faster than a human ever could, but there is no amplitude control. In the same way that you do when you write music for a human performer, these attributes have to be borne in mind – and a particular range of musical possibilities corresponds to those attributes. Consequently, in this project familiar instruments are used in ways which till now have been impossible.” – Squarepusher
File Under: Electronic, Robot Music
Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams (Arts & Crafts) LP
Finally back in tomorrow! We got a a stack right before RSD and sold out instantly. On Hot Dreams, the third studio album for Arts & Crafts, Timber Timbre daubs vibrant colour across the restless evolution of its earthy, angular palette. Taylor Kirk’s singular intonation, quavered in slow, low register, combines in haunting resonance with collaborator/bandmate Simon Trottier’s stark yet lavish arrangements. Normalized is the bedrock of folksy and fifties Timber Timbre, now cached in smoothed, viscous tonality: new sonic admissions, ringing sensuality and caprice, neon and haze. On the title single, “Hot Dreams,” seductive guitars chime melancholy and petulance, articulating the enigmatic Kirk in his most languid voice. Guest Colin Stetson envelops the backing vocals of Romy Lightman (Tasseomancy) in timeless cycles of intoxicating velvet saxophone. The consonance of Mika Posen’s strings mingles with vintage contributions from Olivier Fairfield on Fender Rhodes and Mathieu Charbonneau on Mellotron – pivotal players in Timber Timbre’s lineage returning to add multiple instruments to Hot Dreams’ balmy clime. On the acclaimed Creep On Creepin’ On (2011) – nominated for two Juno Awards and the Polaris Music Prize Short List – Kirk and Trottier transmuted the hollow grey tones of Timber Timbre (2009) into plaintive doo-wop through oblique, concrete passages. With Hot Dreams, Timber Timbre transposes new definitions of historic ambience, unabashedly weaving unity between disparate environments. “Bring Me Simple Men” is among Kirk’s most cinematic work, connecting trembling western to plodding horror with the pomp of Hollywood phantasm. “Grand Canyon” finds the band locked in that impenetrable gorge, cascading irreverent melody – conjured from theremin, lapsteel, tubular bells, and baritone guitar – up and out from its echoic walls. The grooved insistence of “Curtains!?” – words penned with Simone Schmidt (Fiver, One Hundred Dollars) – punctuates Timber Timbre’s peculiar sound with soft violence and definite metre, suggesting the depth of this taut live four-piece and rigid counterpoint to the fluidity of Hot Dreams. Culled from ideas born during a stint Kirk spent in Laurel Canyon, Hot Dreams coalesced throughout 2013 with Trottier joining Kirk as composer and producer. The pair arranged the new material at The Banff Centre, a multidisciplinary arts compound nestled in the Canadian Rockies, later adding an array of classic synthesizers from Calgary’s National Music Centre. The record was engineered by Graham Lessard at The Banff Centre and Thee Mighty Hotel 2 Tango in Montreal; and mixed by Mark Lawson. Hot Dreams is Timber Timbre’s most fully realized album in a sinuous and infinitely rewarding catalog of imagistic work. The thoughtful songcraft, Kirk’s expressive accent, are intensified by his most affective lyrics to date. The sardonic mantra of “Run From Me” casts its company off in a dirge disguised as an ode, giving way to the speechless devolution of “The New Tomorrow,” as Hot Dreams slowly lowers the curtain on a beautifully unsettling scene. With the residue of its end credits etched on our lids, Hot Dreams instills as Timber Timbre’s most evocative and focused work to date: so distinctly familiar though it precedes memory, recognizable only as itself, as woodsy evokes the exotic. Limited edition 180g vinyl pressing in metallic jacket.
File Under: Indie Rock, CanCon
Ghedalia Tazartes: L.A. (d.But) LP
Stunning limited to 500 copies LP by French experimental sound artist Ghedalia Tazartes. Released on the Norway-based dBUT Interambience label, “La.” features seven tracks recorded at Tazartes’ home studio and inspired by the artist’s trip to Oslo in 2013. With guest appearances from Lalo Tazartès and Alain Rigout.
File Under: Experimental, Avant Garde
Valerio Tricoli: Miseri Lares (Pan) 2LP
In tomorrow… It has been 7 years since Metaprogramming from Within the Eye of the Storm, the last solo full-length release by Valerio Tricoli. In the years between, he has established himself as a formidable presence on the international experimental live circuit and released acclaimed collaborations with Antoine Chessex, Coi Tormenti and Thomas Ankersmit, Forma II along with the fifth full-length release by his band with fellow Italian cohorts 3/4HadBeenEliminated, Oblivion. Throughout these shows, collaborations and ongoing explorations, Valerio has developed on his signature style of beautifully unsettling musique concrète. The result of his tireless explorations, Miseri Lares is his magnum opus, a multilayered and heavily nuanced work which epitomizes the uncanny in the realm of sound. Miseri Lares explores a variety of interlocking themes and sonic tapestries that combine in a quietly disturbing and deeply existential work. As a contemporary take on musique concrète, Tricoli utilizes his full explorations of the Revox tape recorder alongside digital processing, while retaining all of the mystery and surprise elements found in the classic approach of pioneers such as Bernard Parmegiani, Eugeniusz Rudnik and Michel Chion. Themes of the internal, represented by both the psychological and the physical, play throughout the record. As a symbol of spirits preying on the grief within, haunting wisps of sound swirl around a throbbing bass in “Hic Labor Ille Domus et Inextricabilis Error,” whereas “La Casa Deviata” emphasizes the paranoid structure as looming creaks make way for abandoned pipes and a cloud of escaping water. Here, the tension at play is injected with a treated Dictaphone recording: “Tell me what happened,” “I can’t remember? THE SMELL!!! There was a tape recorder, where is the tape?” Spoken text (Italian and English) appears throughout the record, mostly as texture or as a dehumanized floorboard — a play on the album’s themes of the psychological, emotional and irrational horror within. Texts by Italian poets Dante and Guido Ceronetti appear alongside excerpts from The Ecclesiastes (in Hebrew, Qohelet), H.P. Lovecraft, E. M. Cioran, and writings by Tricoli himself. These add an extra weight to the recording, making it reminiscent of Robert Ashley or even the comedic tragedy of later-day Scott Walker (baritone aside). Valerio Tricoli’s release for PAN adds another piece to the puzzle of narrative-based concrète music, while deviating from all conventional forms and playing out like a literary form of unsettling sound sculpture. 2LP mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, pressed on 140 gram vinyl. Vinyl set packaged in a pro-press jacket which itself is housed in a silkscreened PVC sleeve with photography by Traianos Pakioufakis and artwork by Bill Kouligas.
File Under: Electronic, Experimental, Electroacoustic
Ugly Things #37 Mag
In tomorrow… “The Pretty Things and the Small Faces are our two cover stories this time. In the most revealing interview he’s ever given, Phil May spills his guts about his fractured childhood, life as a teenage art school outsider and the first hell-raising year of the Pretty Things. Plus an exclusive chapter from Phil’s upcoming autobiography. The Small Faces: we have fabulous interviews with Ian McLagan and the late, great Steve Marriott. We have big features on ’60s pop-psych songsmiths Carter & Gilbert and the Rainy Daze, Texas garage heroes Thursday’s Children, California cult pop sensations The Hitmakers, Cyril Jordan’s memories of 1967, and an exclusive interview with the elusive Julian Covey, a.k.a. Philamore Lincoln. We also have the thrilling conclusions to our serials on The Haunted and The Radiators from Space, European beat group scoops on The Loosers and the JocoDev Sextett, LA punks The Gears, and even the pre-‘Kung Fu Fighting’ mod-soul years of Carl Douglas. Not to mention our extensive review sections covering all the latest reissues, rock ‘n’ roll books and DVDs.”
Vampires: Vampires Underground (Pharaway Sound) LP/CD
In tomorrow… Where does a band of Indian guys in East South Africa even play, and how on earth would they end up with fuzzy guitar riffs, wah-wah and funky drums? Riddles abound when you discover a platter like this one. Durban, famous for its beaches and also for beach signs that marked off areas for white people, had a very unique dance band scene in 1971. The Vampires are a strange footnote in a strange world, and they slosh through each song like they’re having the time of their lives. The mostly instrumental band covers everything from a soundtrack that prefigures the drama of Ennio Morricone fuzz, to middle-of-the-road Nashville country, to Zeppelin, with flute, organ and fuzz guitar high in the mix. Like the undead, the Vampires now rise from having been long buried. But they only showed up to get their dirt in your ears. One of the most obscure psychedelic funk exploitation albums ever, reissued for the first time. Remastered sound, insert/booklet with liner notes by Angela Sawyer (Weirdo Records).
File Under: Psych, Funk, South Africa
Various: 1970s Algerian Folk & Pop (Sublime Frequencies) LP
In tomorrow… Sublime Frequencies is thrilled to present a second volume of classic tracks from Algeria’s popular music history. Where volume 1 focused on the early to mid-1970s Rai scene in western Algeria, this album features a variety of pop and folk styles from that same period. From the heavier rock and psychedelic sounds of Rachid & Fethi, Les Djinns and Les Abranis, to the haunting folk music of Kri Kri and Djamel Allem and the film soundtrack moods of Ahmed Malek, 1970s Algerian Folk & Pop documents a key period in the modern musical renaissance of a nation in transition. Most of these tracks are from 45 rpm singles, the key format during the early 1970s before the cassette took over as the medium of choice. Western musical influences can be heard throughout this extremely diverse record, yet there is an undeniable Algerian sense of sadness contained here within a more tolerant space in time between two of the country’s most significant historical periods; National Independence from France and the darker times of a brutal civil war yet to come. Compiled by Hicham Chadly, this limited edition LP comes in a full-color gatefold jacket with lovely images from the period and extensive liner-notes by Omar Zelig, Algeria’s most legendary radio DJ.
File Under: Algerian, Pop
Various: Acid Dreams Volumes 1-3 (Feed The Mind) 3LP
In tomorrow… This legendary 1960s U.S. acid punk compilation is available on vinyl in a strictly limited, hand-numbered edition of 500 copies. Featuring many legendary 45s, it is presented with remastered sound and a deluxe booklet, including detailed notes and rarely-seen pictures, making it an essential addition to any psych connoisseur’s record collection. Artists include: Balloon Farm, Music Machine, Painted Faces, Velvet Illusions, Unrelated Segments, Outcasts, Murphy & The Mob, The Sparkles, The Painted Ship, Mouse & The Traps, Macabre, Calico Wall, White Light, Outcasts, Zakary Thaks, Swamp Rats, Shy Guys, Bourbons, Minds Eye, Stereo Shoestrings, Caretakers Of Deception, Remaining Few, Teddy & His Patches, Indian Puddin’ & Pipe, The Rogues, The Shag, The Fabs, Crystal Chandelier, Larry & The Blue Notes, Phil & The Frantics, Randy Alvey & The Green Fuz, The Electric Prunes, The Regiment, Godfrey & Friends, The Keggs, Beaux Jens, The Elite, Soul Inc., The Driving Stupid, The Journey Men, The Tree, The Satyrs, Phil & The Frantics, The Alarm Clocks, Yesterday’s Children, The Grodes, The Spades, The Avengers, The Dearly Beloved, The Preachers, The Sweet Acids, The Wilde Knights, The Split Ends, The Beautiful Daze, and Faine Jade.
File Under: Garage, Psych, Punk
Various: Disco Reggae Volume 2 (Stix) LP
In tomorrow… Stix Records is a sub-division of Favorite Recordings specializing in the exercise of producing covers with a reggae twist. Acclaimed in 2013 with a first official single by Taggy Matcher & Birdy & Nixon, quickly followed by the first volume of the Disco Reggae compilation, Stix is back in 2014 with a scorching Disco Reggae Volume 2. Following the success of its first volume, the Disco Reggae series also expands with this nine-track compilation, composed with eight new and exclusive versions by artists such as Taggy Matcher, 7 Samuraï, Mato, and John Milk, and the classic cover of “Tainted Love” by Grandmagneto. But this time, while they still explored famous hits like “Watermelon Man” by Herbie Hancock or “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, they also dug within the home label’s catalog, taking over some of the finest titles by Mr. Day, Lee McDonald, Lucas Arruda and The Joubert Singers. Once again, their swaying renditions seem straight out of the smoky studios of Kingston or Montego Bay, while also remembering the ’80s pop-reggae sound of artists like Grace Jones or the less-famous Earons. Everything was mastered and cut at Carvery Records (UK), known for their expertise in Caribbean and disco music.
File Under: Reggae, Disco
Various: Go Devil Go (Jerome) LP
In tomorrow… Raw + Rare + Otherworldly African-American Gospel 1944-1976
If you enjoy uplifting sing-along family spiritual songs with crystal-clear vocal harmonies and a swirling synth-organ, this gospel album definitely is not for you. Go Devil Go! represents precisely the other side of the coin. The material collected here shows the most savage and visceral side of vintage gospel music. On this God-forsaken disc, the hymnals range from hypnotic mid-tempo primitive rural blues to chaotic, raw R’n’B workouts. Guitars and furious hand-claps accompany singers who do not speak of this world and are pushing hard to get to the other side. But fear not, the lyrics, messages and screams on this LP call out to the bottom-feeders, backsliders, and miscreants to redeem ourselves from the wages of sin and the inferno that waits for us down below. Go Devil Go! is Jerome Records’ own selection from the glorious 3CD set Fire in My Bones compiled by Mike McGonigal in 2009. Most of the recordings included here were published in 45s or 78s for less known independent companies, some by tiny local labels and sometimes paid by the church congregation itself. As McGonigal explains in the liner-notes: “This is Gospel — which we must always remember translates as ‘the good news’ (…) I find it to be among the most vibrant, playful, beautiful and emotionally-charged music in the world.” Amen.
File Under: Gospel, Blues, Mississippi
Various: Imaginations (Guerssen) LP
In tomorrow… Psychedelic Sounds from the Young Blood, Beacon and Mother Labels, 1969-1974
Famous in collector circles for being the home of rare progressive/psych albums such as Salamander, Julian’s Treatment or Moonkyte, Miki Dallon’s group of labels also released many obscure 45s during the late ’60s/early ’70s. Here’s a selection of the most psychedelic-sounding ones, plus some overlooked LP-only tracks. From mod-psych to hard-rock, from psychedelic pop to early glam, including the devastating hard-psych sounds of Taiconderoga (featuring a young, pre-Damned Brian James!), Small Faces mod-influenced sounds by Revolver, Moog psych/proto-glam by The Damned and much more. Features remastered sound and includes an insert with informative liner notes and pictures/memorabilia from the Miki Dallon archives. Other artists include: Shakane, Uzi & The Styles, Boots, Information, Derek Paul, Rubber Band, Jelly.
File Under: Psych, Garage, Hard Rock, Glam
Various: Picaro: Old Fashioned Cha-Cha Twist, Rhum Exotica and Other Fine Melodies (Grumete) LP
In tomorrow… “With the overdose of options and the transience of tastes, we’ve moved from covering up styles in search of exclusivity, to a sometimes tiring determination to rescue minor musical tendencies. This material is — or has been — completely forgotten by the general consensus of the experts. It might be fitting, out of humility and passion, to ask oneself if this matter has been fair, or even if it’s had any sort of importance. In the face of desires to astound and be the first in the spotlight (by throwing down big cash and following trends), there are few of us lunatics left determined to find little specks of gold among disparate songs and barren sands. Also, being honest with ourselves, we will accept that we’re people who try, sometimes unsuccessfully, to avoid confusing value and price. Needless to say, we are not completely immune to this confusion but rather susceptible to it. Pícaro, the compilation that I have the honor of presenting, is a record as modest in its aims as it is ambitious in its starting point. Enjoy and discover, share and dive in among vinyl discs left to their fate in the bins of dusty second-hand stores. It is a true celebration, without rhyme or reason, of often-ignored and decisive episodes. Disheveled orchestras, twist and rock and roll, R&B and Latin soul. Every possible combination. Having finished this self-satisfied selection, I do solemnly swear on my record collection, that ‘impeccable’ is the only qualifier fit to describe it. Therefore, let’s humbly recognize our deficiencies. Like a village idiot, let’s just be ecstatic about these discoveries. We’ll be tolerant and accept that they’ll probably qualify us as just a few more visionaries or, gasp, much worse, hipsters. But let’s not stop — don’t ever stop Don Javier, I beg you, carrying on with this madness. I can think of no more worthy way of maintaining our sanity.” –Don Sicalíptico; Compiled by El Coloso de Roda. Includes liner notes in English by music expert Don Sicalíptico. Limited to 500 copies worldwide.
File Under: Exotica, Cha-Cha
Various: Slow Grind Fever Volume 1 (Stag-o-Lee) LP
In tomorrow… Stag-O-Lee presents the first volume in their series collecting slow-grind, swing, and sleaze tracks — the soundtrack to a smoky late-night bar in Chicago, or a hot Sunday afternoon down at the Popcorn. If you feel the cold sweat of soul, and the cool chills of haunted crooners singing out their final swan song, or the sinful shakes of R&B in its twilight years, then you have a bad case of Slow Grind Fever. This is a collection of haunting, hungry, heartbroken humdingers full of swing, sway and sleaze, with obscure B-sides sitting next to some of these great artists’ last outings on wax. Volume 1 was compiled by R-Man from Stag-O-Lee and Chris Sick from Stay Sick!. Volume 2 will follow soon, and will be selected by Richie 1250 — the founder of the Slow Grind Fever club night (every first Saturday upstairs at Tote’s in Melbourne, Australia). Vol. 1 + 2 will be released on one CD at the same time as the vinyl version of Vol. 2 hits the streets. If symptoms continue, please seek medical advice.
File Under: Sleaze, R&B, Swing
Various: Trapped: Sixteen R ‘n’ B and Early Soul Stompers (Pancho) LP
In tomorrow… Sixteen never-before-reissued R’n’B and early soul stompers, compiled by Jordi Duró. Killer! Artists include: Baby Dee, Terry & Jerry, The Knockouts, J.D. & The Impressions, The Miller Sisters, Ty Terrell, The Shamans, Playboys, Honey & The Bees, The Lavenders, The Vibes, Cornell Blakely, Del Mingos, The Ideals, The Chanteers, and the Cy Wagner Orchestra.
File Under: RnB, Soul
5, 6, 7, 8s: Bomb the Rocks (Sweet Nothing) LP
Bjork: Debut (One Little Indian) LP
Black Crowes: Warpaint (Rock Classics) 3LP
Nick Cave: Let Love In (Fan Club) LP
Nick Cave: Henry’s Dream (Fan Club) LP
Leonard Cohen: Songs of (Sundazed) LP
Leonard Cohen: Songs from a Room (Sundazed) LP
Coil: Horse Rotovator (Fan Club) LP
Coil: Love’s Secret Domain (Fan Club) LP
Coil: Scatology (Fan Club) LP
Cosmic Dead: Easterfaust (Sound of Cobra) LP
Cramps: Flamejob (Drastic Plastic) LP
Danzig: s/t (Fan Club) LP
Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (Sundazed) LP
Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline (Sundazed) LP
Eagles of Death Metal: Love, Peace, Death Metal (Fan Club) LP
Fairhorns: Doki Doki Run (Invada) LP
Field: Cupid’s Head (Kompakt) LP
Godspeed You Black Emperor: F#A# (Constellation) LP
Hawkwind: Church of Hawkwind (Rock Classics) LP
Ice-T: Greatest Hits (Sire) LP
Madlib/Freddie Gibbs: Pinata (Madlib) LP
Meters: Zony Mash (Sundazed) LP
MF Doom: Mm… Food (Rhymesayers) LP
Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire (Jagjaguwar) LP
Outkast: ATLiens (Arista) LP
Linda Perhacs: Parallelograms (Anthology) LP
Lee Perry: Super Ape (Get On Down) LP
Pink Floyd: Animals (Fan Club) LP
Pink Floyd: Saucer Full of Secrets (Fan Club) LP
Iggy Pop: The Idiot (4 Men With Beards) LP
Powerglove: Far Cry 3 (Invada) LP
Queens of the Stone Age: s/t (Man’s Ruin) LP
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement: Folklore Venom (Hospital) LP
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement: The Plant with Many Faces (Hospital) LP
Joe Strummer: Rock Art (Anti) LP
Joe Strummer: Global A Go Go (Anti) LP
Joe Strummer: Streetcore (Anti) LP
System of a Down: s/t (Fan Club) LP
System of a Down: Toxicity (Fan Club) LP
Tool: 10,000 Days (Fan Club) LP
Tool: Anima (Fan Club) LP
Tool: Lateralus (Zoo) LP
Tool: Opiate (Zoo) LP
Tycho: Awake (Ghostly) LP
War On Drugs: Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian) LP
Neil Young: Dead Man OST (FanClub) LP
Neil Young: On The Beach (Reprise) LP