…..news letter #985 – chills…..

Well, after that monster list last week, just a short batch this week. Which is just as well, since you don’t wanna leave the house anyway. Still, some nice new thangs in this week and some crucial restocks. 

Oh also, worth noting… we’ll be taking a long weekend this weekend. So NO PICKUPS on Family Day Monday! I’ll be at home, doing nothing.

As always, big thanks to everyone who’s been hitting up our webstore and placing orders! It’s getting competitive around 5pm when we post up fresh used stock. If you haven’t hit up the WEBSTORE, MAYBE YOU SHOULD! If you can’t figure out the site, or don’t like to use computers, you can always call the store and we can do an order over the phone. We’ll be at the shop 11-6 Monday – Friday & Saturday 11-4. Stay safe!

Oh ya… if you don’t follow us on Instagram, WHY NOT?! And now you know.


…..pick of the week…..

Ghédalia Tazartès: Diasporas (clear red vinyl) (Dais) LP
This singular giant of the experimental world passed away this week, if you haven’t heard Tazartes before, let this album peel your brain back….
Originally recorded in 1977, following a limited release in 1979, Ghédalia Tazartès debut album, Diasporas, introduced listeners to the surreal, mysterious and truly unclassifiable statement of Tazartès and his out-of-time place in the French avant-garde canon. Born in Paris in 1947 to Judaeo-Spanish parents of Greek descent, Tazartès spent his early career as an autodidact utilizing his knowledge of repetition and collage, coupled with his Ladino linguistic heritage, to create some of the most unique recordings of the late 20th century. Interest in the works of Tazartès truly sparked when artist Steve Stapleton included his follow up album, Tazartès’ Transports, in his famed “Nurse With Wound List,” thus adding endless curiosity to the folklore behind Tazartès and his mystical entrée. From the onset of Diasporas, looping incantations seemingly pile up at the behest of Tazartès. In almost a prayer-like decree, Tazartès chants to the gods in an undefined whail that is both haunting and spiritually divine. Tazartès unique use of tape loops to capture the disappearing traditions of his family’s past creates an atmospheric texture that unexpectedly complements his cut-up, manipulated vocal experiments. While contemporaries within the French avant-garde maneuvered academic theory and rigid tradition, Diasporas strays away from these boundaries, working in Tazartès’ invented practice of ‘impromuz’, a method in which he endlessly records for hours and edits only the moments that display any sense of spontaneous enlightenment. Further emboldening the obtuse nature of Diasporas are the seemingly random recitation of poet Stéphane Mallarmé and the traditional ‘Parisian-style’ piano accompaniment of experimental composer Michel Chion. Since its initial release over 40 years ago, both Dais Records and Alga Marghen have released reissues of Diasporas in various formats, all of which quickly fell out of print. Dais Records presents an official reissue, newly remastered by Josh Bonati, utilizing the original artwork of Diasporas in its sole album form, for the first time in over four decades.

File Under: Experimental, Electronic
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…..new arrivals……

Blessed: iii EP (Flemish Eye) LP
The cover art for iii, the upcoming EP from Canadian art-rock band Blessed, depicts a wall of wooden blocks, all different shapes, jumbled messily and precariously high against a softly-coloured background. It’s an image that captures Blessed at their most essential: experimental, asymmetrical, and interdependent, all the more remarkable for their marriage of those three qualities. Rather than aim for one uniform mix, Blessed pursued four separate ones: Corin Roddick (Purity Ring) on opener “Sign”; John McEntire (Tortoise) on “Structure”; Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) on “Centre”; and vocalist Drew Riekman on closer “Movement.” The result is four tracks with distinctly different palettes and trajectories.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Dirty Nil: Fuck Art (Dine Alone) LP
When The Dirty Nil first convened in Toronto’s Union Studios to record the follow-up to their 2018 Juno Award-nominated crusher, Master Volume, the coronavirus had just begun its North American tour and talk of border closures started creeping into the headlines. Suddenly, what was supposed to be a leisurely recording process became a tense, do-or-die mission, as producer John Goodmanson was forced to hightail it back home to Seattle. Left with the decision of whether or not to continue the record, the band opted to finish remotely by sending things back and forth rather than pressing pause. “It was the one thing we had control over while humanity was powerless,” singer/guitarist Luke Bentham recalls. “It became a time where we could crack open a couple cans, play some tunes, and focus on what it was we actually could do – which was make the greatest rock ‘n’ roll record of all time.” The result is the beautifully blasphemous Fuck Art, a statement of confidence and defiance from a group that’s now three albums into the game – i.e., the point where ambitious rock bands are supposed to call in the orchestra, experiment with electronics, and try to make their Ok Computer. The Dirty Nil, by contrast, have opted to perfect the formula that, over the past decade, has landed them on stages with everyone from Against Me! to The Who. Fuck Art melts down all of their favorite ingredients – classic-rock heroism, pop-punk horsepower, ‘80s indie scrappiness, ‘90s alterna-crunch, speed-metal adrenaline – into a radiant, chromatic solution they can then mold and harden into unpredictable shapes.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Dick Hyman: The Man From O.R.G.A.N. (Pleasure for Music) LP
Pleasure For Music present a reissue of Dick Hyman’s The Man From O.R.G.A.N., originally released in 1965. Can you truly believe this record was released in 1965? Forging a brand new hybrid of space-age, easy listening, and spy jazz, the American pianist and composer born in New York in 1927, put together one of the cornerstones of the genre. Before switching to the Moog synthesizer (right on time with the moon landing in 1969), Hyman had some very influential theme music releases on MGM Records and Command. But The Man From O.R.G.A.N. was a monster in itself. How could you go wrong with this trio of guitars, a bassist and three guys playing percussion? And Dick himself bringing the Lowery Organ (and the Theater Model in particular) to the front of the stage… Dig yourself!

File Under: Space Age Jazz, OST
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Ennio Morricone: Segreto (Decca) LP
New 27-Track Vinyl 2LP Compilation Reveals the Hidden, Dark-Tinged and Psychedelic Side of the Much-Missed Maestro Complete with 7 Previously Unreleased Numbers! The career of the influential Italian composer Ennio Morricone is celebrated by the new Decca Records collection, Morricone Segreto! The 27-track double vinyl LP affair features seven previously unreleased tracks and explores what is possibly Morricone’s richest creative period, between the end of the 1960s to the early 80s, demonstrating Morricone’s long lasting influence for generations of musicians and film directors to this day. The world-renowned Italian composer sadly passed away at the age of 91 earlier in 2020. During an extraordinary career which spanned more than six decades, he created over 600 original compositions. He was, without a doubt, the most important Italian artist of the last 60 years and possibly the most well-known film music composer of the 20th century. Yet, behind the mainstream Morricone hugely celebrated by critics and acclaimed by his audience, there is a hidden Morricone, a Morricone Segreto: an eccentric, underground genius who used his refined education, to implant cultured materials in a daily, popular context. This side of the Maestro that is mostly unknown to the broader audience, but deeply appreciated and influential for so many artists and connoisseurs. That’s the Morricone from apparently “minor” movies, which gave birth to his most remarkable sheet music, as the creative freedom provided by the bis cinema system made his work a long lasting influence for the generations of musicians that came after him, especially in the rock, pop and dance world; fascinated by his Morricone Segreto: the hidden, dark-tinged and psychedelic side of the maestro with ability to merge vanguard pulses and pop culture, atonal mazes and compelling melodies, psycho flavors, and innovative arrangements, in a unique and unrepeatable short circuit between high and low, dark and light. The results were so modern for his time that they sound incredibly current still to this day. This compilation explores what perhaps is the richest creative period of the Maestro, between the end of the 60s and the early 80s. Movies spanning from psychological thriller to Giallo lounge, crime flick and polar from all over the ‘70s; all genres for which the Maestro managed to create a unique and unmistakable style, blending avant-garde solutions with the finest pop-psych attitude. Not a mere best-of, but an acid-tinged journey amongst mysterious voices, fuzz guitars, airy strings, eerie synths, solid drums, and various percussions: a path between modern grooves and less obvious ones coming from a genius composer who was able to predict trends and to dictate alternative styles without ever forgetting his relationship with his core audience. This Morricone Segreto sonic journey was made possible by a deep digging among the historical archives of CAM Sugar, uncovering a treasure of rare and forgotten pieces, including a fistful of precious unreleased tracks and alternative takes that were never before published, extracted from Il Clan Dei Siciliani, Quando l’amore è sensualità, Stark System, Macchie Solari, Lui Per Lei, La Smagliatura and many other films that are rarely taken into account within the historiography of the Maestro. Morricone Segreto is proof that even a celebrated and renowned legend like Ennio Morricone can still hold secrets yet to be unveiled.

File Under: OST, Psych
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Pauline Anna Stroum: Trans-Millenia Music (RVNG Intl.) LP
Repressed on coloured vinyl! 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 80 minutes of Strom’s most evocative work, composed and recorded between 1982 and 1988 across seven albums released in minimal vinyl and cassette editions. Strom’s heightened sensitivity to sound and spirited sensibility with the pioneering synthesizer tools of her trade elevates this music beyond the catch-all containers of New Age and ambient music into a realm of its own.

File Under: Ambient, Electronic
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TV Priest: Uppers (Sub Pop) LP
Loser edition!  It’s tempting to think that you have all the answers, screaming your gospel every day with certainty and anger. Life isn’t quite like that though, and the debut album from London four-piece TV Priest instead embraces the beautiful and terrifying unknowns that exist personally, politically, and culturally. Posing as many questions as it answers, Uppers is a thunderous opening statement that continues the UK’s recent resurgence of grubby, furious post-punk music. It says something very different though – something completely its own. Debut single “House Of York,” is a searing examination of the Monarchy set over wiry post-punk and fronted by a Mark E. Smith-like mouthpiece in Charlie Drinkwater, the coronavirus pandemic hit. Taking musical cues from post-punk stalwarts The Fall and Protomartyr as well as the mechanical, pulsating grooves of krautrock, it’s a record that moves with an untamed energy.

File Under: Post Punk
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White Stripes: Greatest Hits (Third Man) LP
No longer a pricy import… The first-ever official anthology of recordings from the iconic rock duo, Jack and Meg White, is an essential career-spanning collection highlighting 26 previously released songs – from late Nineties flashes of brilliance through early 2000s underground anthems, masterful MTV Moon Man moments, Grammy-grabbing greatness, and worldwide stadium chants…the songs here are as wide-ranging as you can imagine. Twentysome years ago, a brother and sister climbed into the third floor attic of their Southwest Detroit family homestead and bashed out a primitive cover of David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream,” sparking something in both of them and leading them to take their simple guitar-drums-voice approach to a local open mic night on Bastille Day. In what feels like a whirlwind, they record and release two 7-inch singles for a local indie label. A not-so-local indie offers to put out a full-length album. They start touring. Another album. More touring. Another album. Folks really start to pay attention. Crazy touring, more albums, accolades, wildest dream after wildest dream coming true. “World-renowned” becomes an appropriate descriptor, as does “long-building overnight sensation.” The same hard work and dedication that The White Stripes exhibited from the onset of their existence is what has been poured into Greatest Hits. In an era of streaming where the idea of a “Greatest Hits” album may seem irrelevant – that an act’s most streamed songs are considered their de facto “hits” – we wholeheartedly believe that great bands deserve “Greatest Hits” and that a large part of Third Man Records’ and The White Stripes’ successes have been built on zigging when the rest of the music business is zagging. Thus, for a great band with great fans, a greatest hits compilation for The White Stripes is not only appropriate, but absolutely necessary. The White Stripes Greatest Hits is the first record to be released under an historic new agreement between Sony Music Entertainment, Jack White, and Third Man Records. The new agreement covers the worldwide distribution of a majority of White’s recordings with The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather and his solo work, marking the first time the extensive Jack White music catalog has been available through one label group.

File Under: Rock
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Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar) LP
Phoebe Bridgers: Punisher (Dead Oceans) LP
Coil: Musick to Play in the Dark (Dais) LP
Coil: Musick to Play in the Dark (Coloured) (Dais) LP
Loren Connors & Oren Ambarchi: Leone (Family Vineyard) LP
Drab Majesty: Careless (Dais) LP
Drab Majesty: The Demonstration (Dais) LP
The Fall: 458489 A Sides (Beggars) LP
The Fall: I Am Kurious Oranje (Beggars) LP
Kelly Finnigan: Tales People Tell (Colemine) LP
Goat Girl: On All Fours (Rough Trade) LP
Gun Club: Miami (Blixa) LP
Khruangbin: Con Todo El Mundo (Dead Oceans) LP
Khruangbin: Hasta El Cielo (Dead Oceans) LP
King Crimson: In The Court of the Crimson King (Panegyric) LP
Kiwi Jr: Cooler Returns (Self Release) LP
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio: I Told You So (Pink) (Colemine) LP
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio: I Told You So (Colemine) LP
Azar Lawrence: Summer Solstice (Craft) LP
LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver (DFA) LP
LCD Soundsystem: This is Happening (DFA) LP
Mission of Burma: Signals, Calls & Marches (Matador) LP
Molchat Doma: F Krysh Nafhikh Domov (Sacred Bones) LP
Molchat Doma: Monument (Blue) (Sacred Bones) LP
Motorhead: Ace of Spades (Rhino) LP
Bobby Oroza: This Love (Big Crown) LP
Outkast: ATLiens (LeFace) LP
Pink Floyd: Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Pink Floyd) LP
Primitive Man: Scorn (Relapse) LP
Radiohead: Hail to the Thief (XL) LP
Radiohead: Kid A (XL) LP
Radiohead: Pablo Honey (XL) LP
Radiohead: King of Limbs (XL) LP
Sunn o))): Life Metal (Southern Lord) LP
War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream (Jagjaguwar) LP
Various: Andy Smith’s Northern Soul (BGP) LP
Various: J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz from Japan 1969 – 1984 (BBE) LP