…..news letter #818 – stooooooon…..

Not as much in this week as last, but two HEAVY reissues! Both extremely essential in my opinion. Some killer Pharoah Sanders reissues, the much needed Necessaries (Arthur Russell) reissue and the kosmische sounds of Pauline Anna Strom. And that new Wolf Parade finally showed up. All in all a pretty great week for new tunes, so come fill your ears.

…..picks of the week…..


Coil: Time Machines (Dais) LP
“4 Tones to facilitate travel through time.” So begins the listeners’ journey into what has become one of the most treasured and revered pieces of Coil history ever released. Each of the four pieces on Time Machines is named after the chemical compound of the hallucinogenic drug that they were composed for, and the album was meticulously crafted to enable what John Balance referred to as “temporal slips” in time and space, allowing both the artist and audience to figuratively “dissolve time”. Inspired by long form ceremonial music of Tibet and other religions, where the intent is to lose oneself in the music—to meditate or achieve a trance state—Time Machines became Drew McDowall, Balance, and Peter Christopherson’s “electronic punk-primitive” answer to this tribal concept. Starting as a rough demo tape recorded solely by Coil member Drew McDowall, Time Machines started to take full form when McDowall enthusiastically delivered these demo recordings to Balance and Christopherson as sketches for a new Coil project with the primary goal of shifting Coil’s sound further into a more conceptually abstract direction. Largely recorded in 1997 using single takes with minimal post production, these four drones contain every intended fluctuation and tone, along with every glitch of the original – “Artifacts generated by your listening environment are an intrinsic part of the experience.” The reissued double vinyl LP features deluxe double pocket gatefold, printed matte with gloss overlay with printed eurosleeves inserts.

File Under: Drone, Ambient, Electronic, Industrial
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Geinoh Yamashirogumi: Akira (Milan) LP
Set in the year 2019 in Neo-Tokyo, the world is still recovering from the ravages of World War III. One night, teen delinquent Kaneda has his biker gang hurtle through the busy city. Kaneda’s friend, Tetsuo, is seriously injured during an accident and is taken to an army hospital. There the military notice Tetsuo’s potential psychic power, so they transfer Tetsuo to a secret government laboratory to awaken his latent abilities. When Kaneda gets involved in an anti-government guerrilla movement, he encounters Kei, a member of the revolutionaries, and learns that the goal of the fighters is to infiltrate a secret laboratory – the very one where Tetuso is being held. The experiments to awaken Tetsuo’s powers are a terrifying success as he begins to wield psychic energy he cannot control – reminiscent of the emergence of the legendary esper boy Akira, which triggered World War III. The stage set, a fierce battle begins between Kaneda, Kei, the army and Tetsuo with the destiny of Earth at stake. The symphonic music to AKIRA was composed by Dr. Shoji Yamashiro, head of the beloved Japanese musical collective Geinoh Yamashirogumi, and performed by the group. Rerecorded and remastered using the most advanced audio techniques available, this release of the unforgettable score of AKIRA is peerless in quality and audio fidelity. To celebrate the long-awaited release of AKIRA on the vinyl format, Milan has pressed the soundtrack on a pair of 180 gram black vinyl discs for an optimal listening experience. The discs are housed in a pair of high quality eurosleeves displaying artwork from the film which are in turn packaged in a gatefold jacket featuring the beautiful skyline of Neo-Tokyo. A download card including a lengthy commentary by Dr. Yamashiro on topics ranging from AKIRA to Geinoh Yamashirogumi to his work in advanced brain studies is also included.

File Under: Electronic, Classical, Soundtrack
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…..new arrivals…..


Julien Baker: Turn Out The Lights (Matador) LP
Julien Baker’s solo debut, Sprained Ankle, was one of the most widely hailed works of 2015. The album, recorded by an 18-year-old and her friend in only a few days, was a bleak yet hopeful, intimate document of staggering experiences and grace, centered entirely around Baker’s voice, guitar, and unblinking honesty. With Turn Out the Lights, she returns to a much bigger stage, but with the same core of breathtaking vulnerability and resilience. From its opening moments – when her chiming, evocative melody is accompanied by swells of strings – Turn Out the Lights throws open the doors to the world without sacrificing the intimacy that has become a hallmark of her songs. The album was recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in her hometown of Memphis, TN, and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Arcade Fire). This evolution from Sprained Ankle’s intentionally spare production allows Baker – who is still the album’s sole producer and writer – greater scope and freedom. Strings and woodwinds now shade the corners of her compositions, and Baker takes to piano rather than guitar on several tracks, pushing the now 21-year-old’s work to cinematic heights of intensity.
File Under: Indie Rock, Folk
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Dirty Songs: Play Dirty Songs (Audika) LP
Directed and produced by David Toop, Dirty Songs Play Dirty Songs reacts against our poisonous present, inspired anti-nostalgically by similarly reactive records and live performances from the 20th century: The Soft Machine and Pink Floyd 1967-68, The MC5’s Kick Out the Jams, The Stooges, Sun Ra’s Cosmic Tones For Mental Therapy and The Heat Is On by The Isley Brothers. Dirty Songs Play Dirty Songs is the musical offshoot of a project conceived by artist Maxime Rossi, originating in (among other things) speculations on the (then unreleased) legendary Pink Floyd “John Latham” recordings (1967) and FBI investigations (1964) into subversive and obscene messages supposedly buried within the recorded lyrics of The Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie.” Developed through conversations between Maxime Rossi and David Toop and through support from Fondation Fiminco & MRAC, these ideas metamorphosed into the band and recordings known as Dirty Songs, existing both as audio recordings and audio-visual elements of Maxime Rossi’s installation Christmas On Earth Continued, exhibited at MRAC in November 2017. Dirty Songs is David Toop (bass, guitar, digital electronics, VCS3 synth), Phil Minton (voices), Evan Parker (soprano and tenor saxophones), Steve Beresford (Farfisa organ, VCS3 synth), and Mark Sanders (drums). 16 track vinyl LP. Package designed by Tom Recchion.
File Under: Experimental, Rock
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Kllo: Backwater (Ghostly) LP
Kllo, an electronic pop collaboration between Melbourne cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam, waded in figurative backwater for much of 2016, amidst an extensive world tour. These were exciting times; the duo’s Well Worn EP furthered the promise of 2014 EP Cusp, receiving millions of streams and landing Kllo on festival stages as well as Artists-to-Watch lists. Nonetheless, the stretch kept them far from home, isolated and vulnerable, treading through perpetual uncharted territory while yearning for the comforts of the familiar. Kllo have officially come out the other end of the stilted estuary with twelve compositions cultivated to feel timeless and crafted, and equally current. The duo’s debut full length – and their most realized work to date – Backwater celebrates the ephemeral and the enduring changes in emotion, the downfalls and the dissolves. It’s an album that parts course with its flow, and flourishes in a lowland. The LP format finds Kllo with more room to breathe and sync their rhythms with emotions. Kaul’s smoky voice emanates with assurance and leisure. Lam’s production invents brooding, steely undercurrents hemmed with charming crescendos. They use these warm-cool dynamics to convey strain; see the bubbling arpeggiated synth lines of the closure-seeking “Last Yearn” or the solace afforded by the tender piano ballad, “Nylon” to experience the bewitching confluences. “Virtue” has it all at once. Slow to arc, the lead single hushes, stutters, and syncopates before locking into a club-ready groove in its second minute. The title track is a transitional drift; a wordless translation of looping in place, free from the forward moving constraints of the current. “Making Distractions” addresses the inaction head-on, with Kaul opting not to lay down until satisfied as Lam surrounds a downtempo beat with low-lit atmospherics and a bedside music box of samples.

File Under: Electronic, Indie Pop
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Bill Mackay & Ryley Walker: Spiderbeetlebee (Drag City) LP
Drag City presents the second volume of Bill MacKay and Riley Walkers’s MacKay and inspired collaboration. It’s been nearly two years since their much-admired 2015 debut, Land of Plenty (Whistler Records), and SpiderBeetleBee more than makes up for lost time with rich, resonant performances that elevate the sound of the guitar duo as they work with an ever-widening panorama of styles. SpiderBeetleBee radiates forth with equal parts austerity and whimsy, opening with an almost-baroque dance before giving way to a Celtic theme, both featuring MacKay and Walker’s acoustics in rambling conversation, picking through intricate passages as though they were exchanges, thoughts and afterthoughts. Adorned with Bill MacKay’s colorful and wilfully primitive cover-art, SpiderBeetleBee wanders through styles, landmasses and hemispheres, capturing the further adventures of MacKay and Walker with spellbinding snapshots that only bloom larger the longer you take them in.
File Under: Folk
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necessariesNecessaries: Event Horizon (Be With) LP

Event Horizon is one of the best Arthur Russell albums you’ve probably never heard. The criminally underrated 1982 debut album by The Necessaries – comprised of Arthur Russell and members of the Modern Lovers and Red Krayola – is finally getting a well-deserved reissue. The Necessaries were made up of lead singer Ed Tomney, the Modern Lovers’ Ernie Brooks on bass and ex-Red Krayola member Jesse Chamberlain on drums. Produced by Bob Blank, their only album, Event Horizon, also features trombone from Peter Zummo – a key fixture in New York’s DownTown Ensemble and one of Russell’s frequent collaborators. Russell contributed keyboards, guitar, cello and some vocals to the power-pop quartet and wrote half of the album, including its two standout tracks – ‘Driving and Talking at the Same Time’ and ‘More Real.’ A one-off, melody-rich gem, Event Horizon has somehow managed to escape the attention of many Arthur Russell fans for decades – hopefully until now.
File Under: Rock, New Wave, Arthur Russell
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Angel Olsen: Phases (Jagjaguwar) LP
How do you best describe Angel Olsen? From the lo-fi, sparse folk-melancholy of her 2010 EP, Strange Cacti, to the electrified, polished rock ‘n’ roll bursting from 2016’s beloved and acclaimed My Woman, Olsen has refused to succumb to a single genre, expectation, or vision. Impossible to pin down, Olsen navigates the world with her remarkable, symphonic voice and a propensity for narrative, her music growing into whatever shape best fits to tell the story. Phases is a collection of Olsen’s work culled from the past several years, including a number of never-before-released tracks. “Fly On Your Wall,” previously contributed to the Bandcamp-only, anti-Trump fundraiser Our First 100 Days, opens Phases, before seamlessly slipping into “Special,” a brand new song from the My Woman recording sessions. Both “How Many Disasters” and “Sans” are first-time listens: home-recorded demos that have never been released, leaning heavily on Olsen’s arresting croon and lonesome guitar. The B-sides compilation is both a testament to Olsen’s enormous musical range and a tidy compilation of tracks that have previously been elusive in one way or another. Balancing tenacity and tenderness, Phases acts as a deep-dive for longtime fans, as well as a fitting introduction to Olsen’s sprawling sonics for the uninitiated.
File Under: Indie Rock, Folk
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Pharoah Sanders: Tauhid (Anthology) LP
“Pharoah Sanders is Spiritual Jazz, is Devotional Music, is the greatest living link between John Coltrane, Kamasi Washington, and the next generation of this great lineage. His Tenor Sound, his Singing Voice, his compositions, and his recordings have already stood the test of time, in his time, endured, ever-aged so finely, and have now (in my opinion) surpassed critique. Pharoah Sanders is a giant, an innovator, colorful, prayerful, and worthy of all our attention, celebration, and enthusiastic, even ecstatic accolades!”—Carlos Niño (Spaceways Radio, Leaving Records, Dublab). Anthology Recordings is honored to announce the reissue of three of Pharoah Sanders’ most significant albums: Tauhid, Jewels of Thought and Summun Bukmun Umyun (Deaf Dumb Blind).
File Under: Jazz, Spiritual Jazz
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Pharoah Sanders: Jewels of Thought (Anthology) LP
“Pharoah Sanders is Spiritual Jazz, is Devotional Music, is the greatest living link between John Coltrane, Kamasi Washington, and the next generation of this great lineage. His Tenor Sound, his Singing Voice, his compositions, and his recordings have already stood the test of time, in his time, endured, ever-aged so finely, and have now (in my opinion) surpassed critique. Pharoah Sanders is a giant, an innovator, colorful, prayerful, and worthy of all our attention, celebration, and enthusiastic, even ecstatic accolades!”—Carlos Niño (Spaceways Radio, Leaving Records, Dublab). Anthology Recordings is honored to announce the reissue of three of Pharoah Sanders’ most significant albums: Tauhid, Jewels of Thought and Summun Bukmun Umyun (Deaf Dumb Blind).
File Under: Jazz, Spiritual
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Pharoah Sanders: Summun Bukmun Umyun (Anthology) LP
“Pharoah Sanders is Spiritual Jazz, is Devotional Music, is the greatest living link between John Coltrane, Kamasi Washington, and the next generation of this great lineage. His Tenor Sound, his Singing Voice, his compositions, and his recordings have already stood the test of time, in his time, endured, ever-aged so finely, and have now (in my opinion) surpassed critique. Pharoah Sanders is a giant, an innovator, colorful, prayerful, and worthy of all our attention, celebration, and enthusiastic, even ecstatic accolades!”—Carlos Niño (Spaceways Radio, Leaving Records, Dublab). Anthology Recordings is honored to announce the reissue of three of Pharoah Sanders’ most significant albums: Tauhid, Jewels of Thought and Summun Bukmun Umyun (Deaf Dumb Blind).
File Under: Jazz, Spiritual
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savageA. Savage: Thawing Dawn (Dull Tools) LP|
The debut solo album from A. Savage (aka Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts). “The songs on Thawing Dawn form a guided tour through the romantic environs of A. Savage’s mirrored mind. While some were written recently, other tunes were penned over the past decade. For one reason or another, these compositions didn’t land with any of Savage’s other groups, and instead are presented now as a distinct collection… These ten songs were recorded by a cast of friends in Jarvis Taveniere’s Thump Studios in Brooklyn. Members of Woods, Ultimate Painting, PC Worship, EZTV, Sunwatchers and Psychic TV all lend their talents. Savage’s voice, once shouted into mosh pits, now glides confidently above its backing band. Thawing Dawn marks the arrival point for Savage as a sensitive and skilled vocalist. Limited first edition of 500 copies housed in tip-on jackets. Includes a download.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Pauline Anna Strom: Trans-Millenia Music (ReRvng) LP
Otherworldly and anomalous, hushed and hallucinatory, Pauline Anna Strom’s unique style of inner space music reaches across time to futures and pasts far from our own. Trans-Millenia Music compiles eighty minutes of Strom’s most evocative work, composed and recorded between 1982 and 1988, for the first authorized overview of the enigmatic Bay Area composer. Exemplary passages were selected from the three full-lengths originally issued on vinyl in addition to a group of four full-lengths self-released on cassette. This substantive body of work challenges the canonization of new age and ambient music as one-size-fits-all categories. Strom’s music induces a dynamic range of listening that captivates and intrigues, a cinematic experience rather than a meditation for passive listening. An open invitation to earlier worlds and a trans-temporal philosophy for living, Trans-Millenia Music is available here on double LP with original artwork by visionary Karma Moffett, printed inner sleeves and a booklet with extensive liner notes scribed by Britt Brown.
File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Wolf Parade: Cry Cry Cry (Universal) LP
In tomorrow… The soaring choruses, rousing anthems, sprawling guitars and chaotic keys that make up Wolf Parade are on proud display over the course of Cry Cry Cry, the band’s thunderous first album in seven years. That unique combination of sounds and influences, spearheaded by electric co-frontmen Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner – a complex yet relatable, energetic brew of glam, prog, synth-rock, and satisfying discomfort – helped define 2000s indie rock with three critically celebrated albums, and propelled a growing Wolf Parade fandom even after the band went on a then-indefinite hiatus in 2010. Their return marks the band’s first to be produced by Pacific Northwest legend John Goodmanson (Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Unwound) at Robert Lang Studios outside of Seattle, and is accompanied by a renewed focus and the creativity of a group that took their time getting exactly where they needed to be. It’s also a homecoming to Sub Pop, which released all three of the band’s previous albums. In the time apart, the band scattered geographically and focused on family and other work – Spencer on his solo project Moonface, Dan on his bands Handsome Furs, Operators, and Divine Fits (with Spoon’s Britt Daniel), and Dante De Caro on records with Carey Mercer’s Frog Eyes and Blackout Beach. And that time allowed for an even stronger, tighter band to emerge. Wolf Parade have always tended to make albums that react against their previous work. Compared to 2010’s relatively sparse rocker Expo 86, Cry Cry Cry is more deliberate in its arrangements and embrace of the studio process, as evidenced by songs like “Valley Boy,” a Bowie-inflected anthem for which Spencer wrote lyrics after Leonard Cohen died the day before the 2016 election. “You’re Dreaming,” also influenced by the election and the spinning shock that followed, is driving, urgent power pop that draws from artists like Tom Petty and what Dan calls one of his “default languages” for writing music. The swirly, synth-heavy crescendo of “Artificial Life” takes on the struggle of artists and at-risk communities. The album carries a sense of uprising that is not unrelated to Wolf Parade’s renewed determination to drive the band forward in uncertain times. Welcome to Cry Cry Cry.
File Under: Indie Rock
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Frank Zappa: Zoot Allures (Zappa) LP
In tomorrow… Shattering conventions – musical, social, political – was the life’s work of Frank Zappa, the iconoclastic musical genius, rock legend and intellectual firebrand of the late twentieth century whose work is equally revered by hardcore rockers and serious musical scholars. The more minimalist approach taken on 1976’s Zoot Allures brings old tropes back into the fold: doo-wop and blues-rock in particular. Disco, German culture and sexual stereotypes all crop up in the lyrics, but for dark social commentary lock into “Wind Up Workin’ In A Gas Station,” where the sardonic dismantling of the work ethic manages to be blackly comic.
File Under: Rock
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Various: Brown Acid – The Fifth Trip (Riding Easy) LP
The hits just keep coming—for this fifth lysergic journey, Riding Easy assembles ten heavy slabs of obscure rock the likes of which have never been seen before… not in this form, anyhow. And as usual, the tracks from these impossibly rare records have all been fully cleared through the artists themselves. Great lengths were gone to in order to get the best possible master sources, the worst case scenario being an original 45. The legendary Captain Foam kicks off this trip like an anvil to your skull with a rollicking stomper sounding like The Who with Matt Pike’s thunderous guitar tone. “No Reason” wasn’t easy to find, but lo and behold, the super sleuths located him and got his blessing to include the A-side of his sole single. Good luck finding an original copy of the record. It’s rarer than raw beef—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The other nine tracks continue the onslaught in typical Brown Acid form: George Brigman’s charmingly disjointed bedroom-fi production of “Blowin’ Smoke,” Finch’s way out of time and place grungeadelic anthem “Nothing In The Sun,” Cybernaut’s heavy prog, Fargo’s hallucinogenic BBQ-sauce soaked “Abaddon,” Mammoth’s fittingly beefy eponymous riff-monger, Flasher’s “Icky Bicky” boogie, Ohio-based screamers Lance, Zebra’s gritty rendition of “Helter Skelter” and finally, the mysterious and previously unheard Thor appears here exclusively and for the first time ever with their unknown 45 track “Lick It.” – Limited opaque yellow vinyl.
File Under: Rock, Metal, Stoner, Psych
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Afghan Whigs: Uptown Avondale (Sub Pop) LP
Afghan Whigs: Up In It (Sub Pop) LP
Afghan Whigs: Congregation (Sub Pop) LP
Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavillion (Domino) LP
Beach House: Depression Cherry (Sub Pop) LP
Beach House: Bloom (Sub Pop) LP
Beach House: Teen Dream (Sub Pop) LP
Beach House: Thank Your Lucky Stars (Sub Pop) LP
John Bender: I Don’t Remember Now (Superior Viaduct) LP
Big Black: Atomizer (Touch & Go) LP
Black Keys: The Big Come Up (Alive) LP
Colleen: A Flame My Love.. (Thrill Jockey) LP
Gal Costa: s/t (4 Men With Beards) LP
The Cure: Pornography (Rhino) LP
Decemberists: Picaresque (Kill Rock Stars) LP
Earth: Earth 2 (Sub Pop) LP
Eric’s Trip: Love Tara (Sub Pop) LP
Father John Misty: Fear Fun (Sub Pop) LP
Father John Misty: I Love You Honey Bear (Sub Pop) LP
Fleet Foxes: s/t (Sub Pop) LP
Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop) LP
Fugazi: Repeater (Discord) LP
Fugazi: The Argument (Discord) LP
Serge Gainsbourg: L’Homme a Tete Du Chou (4 Men With Beards) LP
Liam Gallagher: As You Were (Warner) LP
Goat: Commune (Sub Pop) LP
Goat: Requiem (Sub Pop) LP
Iron & Wine: Creek Drank The Cradle (Sub Pop) LP
Iron & Wine: Endless Numbered Days (Sub Pop) LP
Iron & Wine: Shepherd’s Dog (Sub Pop) LP
Jets To Brazil: Perfecting Loneliness (Jade Tree) LP
Metallica: Master of Puppets (Blackened) LP
Metallica: Woodstock 1994 (Parachute) LP
Mogwai: Hardcore Will Never Die (Sub Pop) LP
Nirvana: Bleach (Sub Pop) LP
OCS: Orc (Castle Face) LP
Os Mutantes: s/t (Lilith) LP
OST: It Follows (Milan) LP
Pack A.D.: Dollhouse (Cadence) LP
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd) LP
Porcupine Tree: Fear of a Blank Planet (Kscope) LP
Postal Service: Give Up (Sub Pop) LP
Scientist: Big Showdown (Mirmur) LP
Scientist: Wins the World Cup (Mirmur) LP
Scientist: Encounters Pac-Man at Channel One (Mirmur) LP
Sebadoh: Bake Sale (Sub Pop) LP
The Shins: Oh, Inverted World (Sub Pop) LP
The Shins: Chutes Too Narrow (Sub Pop) LP
The Shins: Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop) LP
Gwen Stefani: You Make It Feel (Universal) LP
Sunn/Boris: Alter (Southern Lord) LP
Shooting Guns: Flavour Country (Riding Easy) LP
St. Vincent: Masseduction (Universal) DLX LP
Tragically Hip: Live Between Us (Universal) LP
Scott Walker: Scott (Mercury) LP
Scott Walker: Scott 4 (Mercury) LP
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