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Well, we are slowly unpacking the jazz into the back room. But in the meantime we’ve got a good stack of other cool used stuff hitting the floor this week to tide y’all over until we start getting some price tags on all this jazz stuff.

…..pick of the week…..


Jim O’Rourke: All Kinds of People ~ Love Burt Bacharach (BJLxAWDR) LP
Finally a new pop album from the brilliant Jim O’Rourke! This Japan only release is packaged in a beautiful gatefold cover with insert and is pressed on some of the best vinyl in the world! “O’Rourke – an iconic experimental musician known for collaborating with the likes of Christian Fennesz, Sonic Youth and Peter Rehberg, as well as producing classic albums by Wilco, Stereolab, Joanna Newsom and many more – has long harboured a soft spot for the veteran American songwriter, recording a version of his ‘Something Big’ in a ravishing arrangement on the 1999 album Eureka. Here he helms a collection of eleven new covers, with contributions from Boredoms’ Yoshimi, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and others. O’Rourke – who currently resides in Japan – not only produces and sings on the album, entitled All Kinds of People ~Love Burt Bacharach~, but plays an array of instruments including guitar, banjo, keyboards, bass, harpichord.”

File Under: Pop, Crooners, O’Rourke
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…..new arrivals…..


Aphex Twin: Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt. 2 (Warp) 12”
New and unheard material from Richard D. James as Aphex Twin following the Top-15, Grammy nominated album Syro. 13 Tracks with a Total runtime of over 28 mins. Artwork by The Designers Republic. “There are few figures in the past twenty years of electronic music as important and as mercurial as James” – The New Yorker

File Under: Electronic, IDM
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Belle & Sebastian: Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance (Matador) LP/Box/CD
Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance is the long awaited follow-up to 2010’s Write About Love. Produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, and Raury, among others, the band – who have been listening to things like vintage Detroit techno and Giorgio Moroder – have brought a dance party element into their gorgeous tales of sensitive souls navigating a world gone awry. It is perhaps the most inspired and wide-reaching album Belle and Sebastian have ever made. Given that band leader Stuart Murdoch has openly declared himself pro-bubblegum before, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that “Enter Sylvia Plath,” “The Book Of You” and “Play For Today” have keyboard hooks that recall Scandinavian pop machines past and present. The filmic loves, kitchen sink imagery and baroque touches are still there, too, don’t worry. It’s all about trusting in the restorative power of pop music. If you’d trust anyone to write a great Europop song about Sylvia Plath, you’d trust Belle & Sebastian. In addition to this standard 2LP edition, Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance is also available as limited edition, quadruple LP-set featuring two extended mixes and four bonus tracks, two of which are exclusive to this format. The 4LP-set comes housed in a lidded box with download voucher and poster.

File Under: Pop, Indie
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John Carpenter: Lost Themes (Sacred Bones) LP
John Carpenter has been responsible for much of the horror genre’s most striking soundtrack work in the fifteen movies he’s both directed and scored. The themes can instantly flood his fans’ musical memory with imagery of a menacing shape stalking a babysitter, a relentless wall of ghost-filled fog, lightning-fisted kung fu fighters, or a mirror holding the gateway to hell. The all-new music on Lost Themes asks Carpenter’s acolytes to visualize their own nightmares. “Lost Themes was all about having fun,” Carpenter says. “It can be both great and bad to score over images, which is what I’m used to. Here there were no pressures. No actors asking me what they’re supposed to do. No crew waiting. No cutting room to go to. No release pending. It’s just fun. And I couldn’t have a better set-up at my house, where I depended on (collaborators) Cody (Carpenter, of the band Ludrium) and Daniel (Davies, who wrote the songs for I, Frankenstein) to bring me ideas as we began improvising. The plan was to make my music more complete and fuller, because we had unlimited tracks. I wasn’t dealing with just analogue anymore. It’s a brand new world. And there was nothing in any of our heads when we started other than to make it moody.” As is Carpenter’s style, repetition is the key to the thundering power of these tracks, their energy swirling with shredding chords, soaring organs, unnerving pianos and captivating percussion. Horror fans will be reminded of Carpenter’s past works, as well as ancestors like Mike Oldfeld’s Tubular Bells and Goblin’s Suspiria. “They’re little moments of score from movies made in our imaginations,” Carpenter adds. “Now I hope it inspires people to create films that could be scored with this music.”

File Under: OST, Synth, Psuedo Soundtrack
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Michna: Thousand Thursday (Ghostly) LP
Are we all tired of the “[Artist] Returns After [Number] Years in Obscurity” headline yet? Because Michna sure is. Nearly seven years following the NYC DJ/producer’s debut album for Ghostly, Magic Monday, he’s finished the official follow up to that record, but Adrian Yin Michna doesn’t want to overstate what happened in the interim. “Life just moves,” he starts casually, “there’s been a lot going on.” DJ gigs, music production for video games and commercials, and film scoring have kept him busy, along with a healthy balance of painting, biking, and other non-musical endeavors. In light of Michna’s sophomore LP, Thousand Thursday, though, it all seems beside the point. Simply put, his latest record is a celebration of the producer’s love for vibrant electronic music, bothering very little with conceptual or contextual baggage. And yet, in many ways, Thousand Thursday effortlessly streamlines Michna’s life and cultural background into affable dancefloor sounds. “My dad is from Ealing in West London,” he shares, “and that’s been a huge direct musical influence my whole life, especially when I was a teen and spent some time in London in the mid­-’90s.” You can easily hear that much in the ravey breakbeats and horn stabs that sneak into synthy tracks like “Cherry 2000” and “Time Will Tell”, or even the vibe of rain­-soaked streets that permeates Thousand Thursday. Then there’s the artist’s enduring love for classic house, disco, and hip­-hop, which is more obvious. “Nuroq Legacy” effortlessly brings all of these influences into one lively, eclectic dance track, but the wistful “Increasing Ambition” is pure neon Italo and Michna’s unclassifiable brand of of hip-hop has never sounded better than on “She Exists In My Mind”. Perhaps less apparent is how the industrial tapes from Michna’s childhood played a role in creating these 10 spirited tracks. “I started re-­listening to them primarily just to hear how they flip samples,” he elaborates, and the technique is used all over Thousand Thursday. It lends the music an added bit of personal history and what Michna calls “subliminal messages,” as he borrows from years and years worth of field recordings—including bits of “Blackberry video, Flip camera tour footage, terrible interviews with friends, people on the street, and found sounds galore.” Rifle through the slow-grooving robo-beats on “Believe In It Pt. II”, or “Jace the Mind Sculptor”‘s densely textural ambient drift, and you’ll uncover layer upon chopped up layer of these lovingly curated snippets. There seems to be a tapestry of life’s strange, beautiful, and unexpected moments woven into Thousand Thursday. For all of its varying influences and reference points, Thousand Thursday is actually a strong cohesive listen; each of Michna’s productions flow seamlessly into the next. This is an album where NYC/LA dance-­pop vocalist MNDR can deliver her chilly falsetto next to a lifelong gearhead twiddling the knobs of his Akai S­950, Korg MS­20, E­mu SP­1200, and other coveted hardware. Thousand Thursday is the sound of Michna re-discovering his passion for writing tunes and crafting an album, and whether he likes it or not, it all tells us a bit about where his mind has been during the years of his process.

File Under: Electronic
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Pixies: Doolittle 25 (4AD) 3LP
The Pixies will celebrate the 25th anniversary of 1989’s Doolittle with the release of Pixies: Doolittle 25 – an expanded edition of the classic album that brings together all the album’s B-sides, Peel Sessions and demos for the first time, with nearly half of the tracks having not been commercially released before. The second studio album from the Pixies – Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Lovering – Doolittle was to prove a pivotal moment for both the band and the wider scene. Produced by Gil Norton and recorded between two studios (Downtown Recorders in Boston MA and Carriage House Studios in Stamford CT) in late-1988, it was an instant hit, containing some of the band’s most memorable singles (“Monkey Gone To Heaven,” “Here Comes Your Man,” “Debaser”). Included among the many plaudits thrown Doolittle’s way was Pitchfork ranking it at Number 4 in their Best Albums of the 80s poll, while NME writers in 2004 named it their Second Best Album of All Time. The band toured Doolittle in 2009 to celebrate its 20th birthday and five years on, it’s now time to give it the deluxe release treatment it deserves. The vinyl version will be pressed on to three pieces of 180g black vinyl, with the first containing 6 B-Sides and 2 full Peel Sessions and the second being the album in complete demo form plus 3 bonus tracks. Like all other Pixies sleeves before it, Vaughan Oliver returns to reinterpret his original design and Simon Larbalestier’s photographs to create a stunning gatefold design, printed in metallic ink. A download card is included which offers access to all LP tracks plus four more bonus tracks.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Rush: Fly By Night (Mercury) LP
In 2014 UMe/Mercury reissued Rush’s self-titled debut on heavy-weight vinyl in celebration of the album’s 40th anniversary. Now in 2015, let the Rush 40 celebration continue with ’12 Months of Rush’ reissues – in chronological order – starting with 1975’s Fly By Night on LP. During the ’12 Months of Rush’ campaign all 14 of the band’s Mercury albums will be remastered on 200-gram heavy-weight vinyl at legendary Abbey Road, all from original analogue masters. All LPs will also include a digital download code for a 320kbps MP4 vinyl ripped Digital Audio album download. Rush’s second album, Fly By Night, was the first to feature integral new drummer Neil Peart who replaced original member John Rutsey and also became the band’s lyricist. On more complex songs like the title track and “Making Memories,” you can hear the band’s signature sound truly starting to take shape and the album enjoyed platinum certification in both their homeland of Canada and the U.S.

File Under: Classic Rock, CanCon
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Del Shannon: The Further Adventures of Charles Westover (Trouble In Mind) LP
Back on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1968 with remastered audio restored artwork! Upon hearing Del Shannon’s misunderstood masterpiece for the first time, you gotta wonder—how was this album NOT a HUGE hit? Perhaps it was the changing times, music listeners were turning on to heavier sounds, or unwilling to embrace an “older” artists new output, but tunes like the haunting “Silver Birch” and “Gemini” and the cinematic popsike of “Colour Flashing Hair” and “Magical Musical Box” (not to mention the rockin’ “Runnin’ On Back” with it’s scorching layered lead guitar solos!) found their way into the eardrums of collectors everywhere & the album became an absolute cult classic.

 File Under: Pop, Psych
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Smalls: Selected Works (Smalls) 2LP
“We all put our heads together and tried to come up with five of our favourite songs from each of our albums for release on this vinyl compilation. It wasn’t easy, but we think it’s a good representation of the music we made together over the years. Hope you enjoy it.” – the smalls, 2014 (Fifth Instar) 2014 Reunion Tour Compilation Vinyl. Compilation of all four Smalls albums with each side or “Instar” covering five songs from a corresponding album.

File Under: Metal, Indie Rock, CanCon, Corb Lund
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PrintMark Templeton + Kyle Armstrong: Extensions (Graphical) LP+DVD
2015 marks the 104th birthday of Canadian visionary Marshall McLuhan. With each passing year the revelatory nature of his prophetic vision becomes more evident. The global village is becoming a distinct reality in this technological age. McLuhan’s ability to predict the full impact of technology and media on our culture decades in advance is unprecedented. And his deep concern and warnings to us in these drastic changes in civilization are rarely heeded as we head full-steam ahead past the point of no-return, the consequences which are increasingly self-evident. Sound artist Mark Templeton and filmmaker Kyle Armstrong have collaborated on a film/record released as a 12” LP and DVD in tribute to Canadian media visionary Marshall McLuhan. The audiovisual elements include both original and sampled film and audio inspired by the media visionary. The LP and DVD was mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi and pressed on 140g vinyl. Release comes with a digital download coupon.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient, A/V
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Universal Togetherness Band: s/t (Numero) LP
Between 1979 and 1982, The Universal Togetherness Band tracked unearthly portions of their sprawling songbook for bewildered students in Columbia College’s audio engineering program. Storming the gates of Chicago’s premier recording studios, the erudite party band explored permutations of soul, jazz-fusion, new wave, and disco with little regard for studio rates or the availability of magnetic tape. Universal Togetherness Band captures the brightest, never-before-heard moments from this visionary group’s 5-semester recording bender. Universal Togetherness Band (CD/LP): The attractive gatefold LP edition boasts magnificent reproductions of never-before-seen images from the archives of Chicago photographer Steven E. Gross. The CD version features several candid snapshots from the group’s personal collections. Meticulously mixed from the original multi-track sessions by Sean Marquand (Phenomenal Handclap Band), Universal Togetherness Band is presented in peak fidelity.

File Under: Soul, Funk, Jazz, Fusion
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Adrian Younge: Venice Dawn- Something About April (Wax Poetics) LP
The story begins in 1998 as budding hip-hop producer Adrian Younge finds himself confined by the limitations of the MPC. He begins teaching himself how to play various instruments so he can fully realize his vision. First it was keyboards, then drums, sax, guitar, and bass. Fascinated with the sounds of Italian soundtracks by the likes of Ennio Morricone, Younge begins work on the soundtrack to the fictional film Venice Dawn, recording the album intermittently over the course of the next year. What developed was a sound equal parts Morricone and Air. Self-released, the entire album was composed, arranged, and played by Younge. Only a thousand CDs were pressed, replete with faux soundtrack album art designed by Younge himself. Sold mostly in the L.A. area, the CD became collectable among those in the know. Fast forward to 2008, and Younge finds himself at the center of the Black Dynamite zeitgeist. Instrumental in the film’s development, Younge not only edited the film, but composed the original score as well. Hailed as a modern blaxploitation masterpiece, the Black Dynamite score solidified Younge’s position as a force to be reckoned with on the new worldwide soul and funk scene. Taking some time off after the success of Black Dynamite, Younge began revisiting some of his earlier work from Venice Dawn and envisioned a new sound that would take the blaxploitation of Black Dynamite and mesh it with the more left-field sounds of Venice Dawn, eventually deciding to bring everything full circle by releasing the material under the Venice Dawn moniker. This new LP, titled “Something About April”, will be released on Wax Poetics Records..

File Under: OST, Pseudo Soundtrack, Soul, Funk
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…..used goodies…..

AC/DC: Highway to Hell (Atlantic) LP
AC/DC: Let There Be Rock (Atlantic) LP
AC/DC: Power Age (Atlantic) LP
Acid Mother Guru Guru: Underdogg Express (Fuenfundvierzig) LP
Acid Mother’s Temple: Shakespeare From The Cosmic Inferno (Blackest Bootlegs) LP
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead: Festival Thyme (Justice) 10″
The Band: s/t (Capitol) LP
Bardo Pond: Peri (3Lobed) LP
Bardo Pond: Batholith (3Lobed) LP
Bellini: The Precious Prize of Gravity (Temporary Residence) LP
Black Mountain: In The Future (Jagjaguwar) LP
Bootstrappers: s/t (New Alliance) LP
Anthony Braxton/Derek Bailey: Moment Precieux (CBC) LP
Camper Van Beethoven: II & III (Pitch A Tent) LP
Captain Beefheart: Strictly Personal (Blue Thumb) LP
Captain Beefheat: Mirror Man (Reprise) LP
Captain Beefheart: Trout Mask Replica (Reprise) LP
Coachmen: Failure To Thrive (Ecstatic Peace) LP
John Coltrane: Giant Steps (Atlantic) LP
Ry Cooder: s/t (Warner) LP
The Creepers: s/t (Last Time Round) LP
Dick Dale: Greatest Hits (GP Crescendo) LP
Miles Davis: Agharta (Columbia) LP
Miles Davis: In A Silent Way (Columbia) LP
Miles Davis: Nefertiti (Columbia) LP
Miles Davis: On The Corner (Columbia) LP
Miles Davis: Live Evil (4 Men With Beards) LP
Bo Diddley: s/t (Chess) LP
Dinosaur Jr: Bug (SST) LP
D.O.A.: War on 45 (Alternative Tentacles) LP
D.O.A.: Hardcore 81 (Friends) LP
Doors: Strange Days (Elektra) LP
Doors: Waiting for the Sun (Elektra) LP
Bob Dylan: Live In Colorado 1976 (Vinyl Passion) LP
Godspeed You Black Emperor: Allelujah! (Constellation) LP
Gone: Let’s Get Real (SST) LP
Gone: II: But Never Too Gone (SST) LP
Son House: s/t (Folklyric) LP
Husker Du: Zen Arcade (SST) LP
Johann Johannsson: Fordlandia (Cobraside) LP
Albert King: Born Under A Bad Sign (Atlantic) LP
Freddie King: All Hits (Gusto) LP
Last Exit: Noise of Trouble (Enemy) LP
Last Exit: s/t (Enemy) LP
Bill Laswell: Hear No Evil (Venture) LP
Leaving Trains: Kill Tunes (SST) LP
Mission of Burma: The Horrible Truth About Burma (Ace of Hearts) LP
MX-80 Sound: Out of the Tunnel (Ralph) LP
Negativeland: House Arrest (SST) LP
Octoberfaction: The Second Factionalization (SST) LP
Pavement: Live Europaturnen MCMXCVII (Matador) LP
Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band: Vol 1 (Edsel) LP
Quicksilver Messenger Service: s/t (Capitol) LP
Radiohead: In Rainbows (TBD) Box
Hans Reichel: Bonobo Beach (FMP) LP
Rites of Spring: s/t (Dischord) LP
Otis Rush: Cold Day In Hell (Delmark) LP
Pat RuthenSmear: RuthenSmear (SST) LP
Sleep: Holy Mountain (Kreation) LP
Soft Machine: 2 (Probe) LP
Soundgarden: Screaming Life EP (Sub Pop) LP
Richard Thompson: Mock Tudor (Bong Load) LP
Violent Femmes: 3 (Slash) LP
Wilco: The Album (Nonesuch) LP
Yo La Tengo: Ride The Tiger (Coyote) LP


Ariel Pink: Pom Pom (4AD) LP
Beck: Morning Phase (Capitol) LP
Belle & Sebastian: Dear Catastrophe Waitress (Matador) LP
Belle & Sebastian: Boy With The Arab Strap (Matador) LP
Belle & Sebastian: Tigermilk (Matador) LP
Belle & Sebastian: Life Pursuit (Matador) LP
Black Keys: Magic Potion (Nonesuch) LP
Can: Ege Bamyasi (Mute) LP
Chrome: Half Machine Lip Moves (Cleopatra) LP
John Coltrane: Blue Train (Blue Note) LP
Deerhunter: Microcastle (Kranky) LP
Lana Del Rey: Ultraviolence (Interscope) LP
Doors: LA Woman (Elektra) LP
Doors: Morrison Hotel (Elektra) LP
Grouper: Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill (Kranky) LP
Guns n Roses: Use Your Illusion 1 (Geffen) LP
Hookworms: s/t (Faux) LP
King Khan: Idle No More (Merge) LP
Kraftwerk: Man Machine (EMI) LP
Fela Kuti: Live with Ginger Baker (Knitting Factory) LP
La Dusseldorf: s/t (4 Men With Beards) LP
Led Zeppelin: Houses of The Holy (Warner) LP
Led Zeppelin: I (Warner) LP
Led Zeppelin: II (Warner) LP
Led Zeppelin: III (Warner) LP
Magnolia Electric Co.: Trials & Errors (Secretly Canadian) LP
Magnolia Electric Co.: Fading Trails (Secretly Canadian) LP
Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser (Music on Vinyl) LP
Monolord: Empress Rising (Easy Rider) LP
National: Alligator (Beggars) LP
National: Boxer (Beggars) LP
National: High Violet (4AD) LP
National: Trouble Will Find Me (4AD) LP
Old Man’s Will: s/t (Easy Rider) LP
William Onyeabor: Who Is… (Luaka Bop) LP
OST: Transformers (Music on Vinyl) LP
Pink Floyd: Endless River (Columbia) LP
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (EMI) LP
Queens of the Stone Age: Like Clockwork (Matador) LP
Django Reinhardt: The Legendary Django (Doxy) LP
Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed (Abkco) LP
Rural Alberta Advantage: Mended with Gold (Paper Bag) LP
Shooting Guns: Brotherhood of the Ram (Easy Rider) LP
Songs: Ohia: Magnolia Electric Co. (Secretly Canadian) LP
Songs: Ohia: Didn’t It Rain (Secretly Canadian) LP
Sword: Age of Winter (Kemado) LP
Sword: Gods of the Earth (Kemado) LP
Sword: Warp Riders (Kemado) LP
Thin Lizzy: Black Rose: A Rock Legend (Universal) LP
Thin Lizzy: Chinatown (Universal) LP
Thin Lizzy: Thunder & Lightning (Universal) LP
Tops: Picture You Staring (Arbutus) LP
Tragically Hip: Fully Completely (Universal) LP
Tycho: Awake (Ghostly) LP
Velvet Underground: & Nico (Verve) LP
Kurt Vile: Wakini’ On A Pretty Daze (Matador) LP
Tom Waits: Mule Variations (Anti) LP
Tom Waits: Alice (Anti) LP
War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian) LP
White Stripes: Icky Thump (Third Man) LP
Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (Music on Vinyl) LP
XX: xx (XL) LP
Various: Bloodstains Across Texas (Bloodstains) LP
Various: Bloodstains Across California (Bloodstains) LP
Various: Bloodstains Across The Midwest (Bloodstains) LP
Various: Bloodstains Across Sweden 1 (Bloodstains) LP
Various: Killed By Death #2 (KBD) LP
Various: Killed By Death #3 (KBD) LP
Various: Studio One Classics (Soul Jazz) LP
Various: Studio One Dub (Soul Jazz) LP
Various: Studio One Lovers (Soul Jazz) LP
Various: Studio One Rockers (Soul Jazz) LP
Various: Studio One Roots 3 (Soul Jazz) LP
Various: Studio One Sound (Soul Jazz) LP

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