Seems a bit nicer out there today than earlier this week. We’ve got some nice new slabs in and as always, some choice used gems going up on the website daily as well. Not much else to report today. But if you haven’t yet taken a look at the Record Store Day Drops lists, make sure you do, and let us know if there are any titles you’d like to see us bring in.
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Innov Gnawa: Lila (Daptone) LP
Coloured, or black vinyl! Hailing from Morocco, but based in NYC, Innov Gnawa have been making waves locally and abroad with their hypnotic live shows – which is why Producer, Bosco Mann invited the group to come record at the Legendary Daptone House of Soul. Gnawa is music and spiritual tradition rooted in Morocco and dates back many centuries. Liberated slaves of Northern and Western Africa integrated their musical rhythms and religious beliefs into the culture of Morocco creating a unique style of music and dance called Gnawa. It’s not religious music, but rather music and rhythms that promote healing through trance and spirituality. The infectious rhythms of Gnawa songs are invocations for Saints and Spirits of freedom and liberation. Gnawa groups consist of a Ma’Alem, or master, who plays the Gimbri – a three-stringed African Bass, accompanied by a brotherhood of musicians playing the Karkabas, which are metal castanets, representing the shackles and chains of slaves. The title of this album, Lila, literally means Night and is a traditional Gnawa ceremony in which the Ma’Alem and his Karkaba ensemble dedicate an evening of healing through music. A traditional Lila has 3 parts and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days, and even weeks in some cases. The hypnotic poly-rhythms, along with incense and ceremonial ambiance induce states of trance in the musicians and guests. This all-night rhythm fest is a spiritual ritual that cleanses the body, mind, and spirit. It would be impossible to capture an entire Lila on LP, but what Innov Gnawa delivers is a concise glimpse into this ancient Moroccan tradition. We invite you to immerse yourself into Lila. Experience Freedom, Liberation and the power of healing through music. You are not alive if this music doesn’t move you.
File Under: Africa, Gnawa, Soul
Black Market Brass: Chemical Plant Zone (Colemine) 7″
It’s 1992. You’re seven to twelve years old. What are you doing? You’re probably biking home from Blockbuster with a Sonic the Hedgehog 2 cartridge. You’ve waited weeks to get your paws on it, but since it’s still a “new release,” it’s only a three day rental. No matter – you’ve already stocked a whole weekend’s worth of Surge and Fun Dip. You fire up your Genesis. Your television screen erupts with a blinding flash of white light, as The Blue One tears across the screen leaving the letters S – E – G – A emblazoned in his path. You’re in a tizzy. Your thumbs begin to twitch in anticipation. Level two, CHEMICAL PLANT ZONE, is uncharted territory. Your palms start to get sweat as you see toxic sludge fill the screen. The Surge and the Fun Dip hit you at the same time. Rings, spin dashes, Chaos Emeralds…everything blurs into a kaleidoscope of colors and shapes and sounds and… You snap out of it. It’s not the nineties. It’s 2021 and you’re in your 30s. Drats. The Good News: you’re holding the new “Chemical Plant Zone” 45 by Minneapolis rascals Black Market Brass, with 12-piece psych-afrobeat takes on 16-bit masterworks from Sonic 2 and Street Fighter. What more can be said…plug yourself in and turn to dust.
File Under: Funk, Soul
Bohren & Der Club of Gore: Black Earth (PIAS) LP
PIAS present a vinyl reissue of Black Earth by the German doom jazz cult band, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, originally released in 2002. Black Earth is a masterpiece and the perfect soundtrack for an imaginary movie experiencing the nights in a dangerous city. For fans of Sunn o))), OM, Max Richter and Fennesz. “The music of Bohren & Der Club Of Gore opens up remarkable rooms of association, from a warm burrow to a pristine secret lodge, from a dusky woodland tavern to a smoky quayside dive… These sinister crackling songs are invitations to secrete oneself in darkness.” – Lars Brinkman
File Under: Jazz, Doom, Noir
Bohren & Der Club of Gore: Sunset Mission (PIAS) LP
PIAS present a gatefold double vinyl reissue of Sunset Mission, the 2000 album from Germany’s doom jazz cult band Bohren & Der Club Of Gore. The purely instrumental affair is chock full of cinematic power and restraint. They are beloved by musicians Mike Patton (Faith No More) and Stephen O’Malley (SunnO) and are recommended for fans of Sunn o))), OM, Max Richter and Fennesz. “The music of Bohren & Der Club Of Gore opens up remarkable rooms of association, from a warm burrow to a pristine secret lodge, from a dusky woodland tavern to a smoky quayside dive… These sinister crackling songs are invitations to secrete oneself in darkness.” – Lars Brinkman
File Under: Jazz, Doom, Noir
Buckcherry: s/t (Real Gone Music) LP
1999 debut release from the hard rock band, which led to them touring with Lenny Kravitz and appearing at Woodstock ’99. Produced by Terry Date and Steve Jones. Features the hit “Lit Up”. Clear red wax inside a verrry colorful gatefold sleeve. “Lit Up”/”Crushed”/”Dead Again”/”Check Your Head”/”Dirty Mind”/”For the Movies”/”Lawless and Lulu”/”Related”/”Borderline”/”Get Back”/”Baby”/”Drink the Water”
File Under: Rock
Childish Gambino: Because the Internet (Glassnote) LP
Reissued in a more affordable version… 2013’s Because the Internet is the Gold-certified sophomore studio album from jack-of-all-trades Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino following his 2011 critically acclaimed debut Camp. The digital-age themed effort which XXL said “shows off his full array of talent (writer, musician, comedian) and makes him stand out from the rest,” and Billboard hailed as a “compelling collection of songs that veers from caustic rap numbers to emotive, largely instrumental ballads,” features production from Glover, Stefan Ponce and Ludwig Goransson and includes guest appearances from Chance the Rapper, Miguel, Jhene Aiko and Azealia Banks. Debuting in the Top 10 on the US Billboard 200, Because the Internet is home to the singles “3005” and “Crawl.” “Because the internet I’m here, because of the internet we’re all here. It’s the language of earth,” Glover noted. “Everyone keeps saying by this or that year, Mandarin or Spanish will be the most dominant language, but the internet is already a language we are all connected to; even my dad can understand the meme format. But the thing is, there are no rules, which is also the awesome thing.”
File Under: Hip Hop
Incantation: Infernal Storm (Relapse) LP
Vinyl reissue of INCANTATION’s acclaimed 2000 full-length The Infernal Storm! First released at the turn of the century, the band’s album The Infernal Storm has more than weathered the test of time and still stands as a punishing, top-tier extreme metal release today.
File Under: Metal
Norah Jones: …’Til We Meet Again (Blue Note) LP
With a sterling two decade career that boasts nine Grammys, 50 million albums sold, and the most-livestreamed performances of 2020, Norah Jones has accomplished nearly every feat in the music industry. But in April 2021, Blue Note releases Jones’ first-ever live album, ‘Til We Meet Again. The collection presents globe-spanning performances from the US, France, Italy, Brazil, and Argentina that were recorded between 2017-2019. The first single “It Was You,” was recorded at the 2018 Ohana Festival in Dana Point, CA with Pete Remm on organ, Christopher Thomas on bass, and Brian Blade on drums. Additional musicians featured on the album include bassist Jesse Murphy, guitarist Jesse Harris, flutist Jorge Continentino, and percussionist Marcelo Costa. The 14 songs featured on ‘Til We Meet Again also span Jones’ entire career from her 2002 debut Come Away With Me (“Don’t Know Why,” “I’ve Got To See You Again,” “Cold, Cold Heart”), 2004’s Feels Like Home (“Sunrise,” “Those Sweet Words”), 2012’s Little Broken Hearts (“After The Fall”), 2016’s Day Breaks (“Flipside,” “Tragedy”), as well as her more recent singles series (“It Was You,” “Begin Again,” “Just A Little Bit,” “Falling,” and the Grammy-nominated “I’ll Be Gone”). The album closes with Jones’ stunning solo piano performance of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” a tribute to Chris Cornell that was recorded at the Fox Theatre in Detroit just days after Cornell’s death following a performance at the same venue. The record was produced by Jones and Jamie Landry.
File Under: Jazz, Live
Milla Jovovich: The Divine Comedy (Real Gone) LP
Uh oh…a fashion model recording an album? But there was a lot more to Milla Jovovich than just her looks; in fact, when the SBK label tried to make The Divine Comedy into a pop album, she fought back and insisted on using her own poetry and instrumental accompaniment, much of it tinged with her native Ukrainian folk themes. The result was one of the best-kept secrets of the ’90s, a record that recalls Kate Bush and Tori Amos with an added Eastern European exoticism… all made at the tender age of 19, before her starring roles in The Fifth Element and the Resident Evil films. For its first LP release (outside of a shoddy Greek package), we’re pressing this album on transparent red and housing it inside a jacket with printed inner sleeve. “The Alien Song (For Those Who Listen)”; “Gentleman Who Fell”; “It’s Your Life”; “Reaching from Nowhere”; “Charlie”; “Ruby Lane”; “Bang Your Head”; “Clock”; “Don’t Fade Away”; “You Did It All Before”; “In a Glade”
File Under: Rock, Pop, Folk
Maggot Brain #4 Magazine
“Maggot Brain is a full-color, quarterly magazine edited by noted Detroit scribe Mike McGonigal: 100+ pages packed with phenomenal content — art, music, literature, unpublished archival material, and more — with a simple promise to only exist on the printed page. Contents: Luc Sante on ‘Crawdaddy’ magazine; Debut publication of often hilarious and always droll memoirs by Stuart Moxham (Young Marble Giants, Gist, solo, etc); Murat Cem Mengüç’ dramatic tale of when Sun Ra and the Arkestra visited Istanbul, Turkey in 1990; The fantastic and true story of electro-pop pioneer, runway model, and Eve Babitz-ish character Ann Steel, which has never fully been told before now; In conversation with comedy guru Tom Scharpling in advance of the publication of his moving and hilarious new autobio; Archival interview by Steve Lafreniere with ‘Honeymoon Killers’ star Shirley Stoler; Overviews of new music from David Nance, Patricia Brennan, and Pharoah Sanders with Floating Points. We’re so enamored with the Floating Points/Sanders collaboration that we had no less than Andy Beta go off on it at length, for what is our first ‘real’ record review (as we’re a quarterly, that’s not something we’ll do too often but the stars aligned.)”
File Under: Reading
Pentagram: First Daze Here (Relapse) LP
You can’t talk about heavy metal without talking about Pentagram. The legendary D.C. band has been committed to the dark arts for more than forty-five years, and has only recently seen the kind of recognition its legacy deserves. Some of Pentagram’s most popular and influential material since their Relapse resurrection can be found in First Daze Here, a 2001 collection of the band’s earliest works that has been out-of-print for years and finally sees a new reissue via Relapse!
File Under: Metal
Pink Floyd: Live at Knebworth 1990 (Legacy) LP
Pink Floyd’s historic Live At Knebworth concert – recorded at Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, UK, on June 30, 1990 in aid of the Nordoff Robbins Music Centre and The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology – is available on vinyl for the first time! The monumentous Silver Clef Award Winners Knebworth concert saw Pink Floyd topping the all-star bill that included Paul McCartney, Dire Straits, Genesis, Phil Collins, Mark Knopfler, Robert Plant (with Jimmy Page), Cliff Richard, Eric Clapton and Tears For Fears. Around 120,000 music fans saw these giants of rock appear on the hallowed stage of Knebworth, all in aid of the Nordoff Robbins charity, profits from which went towards setting up the BRIT School. The concert was broadcast globally on MTV. The concert has been remixed from the original master tapes and comes pressed on 180-gram heavyweight double vinyl cut at 45 RPM for enhanced audio quality. The package also includes an accompanying 16-page booklet. Pink Floyd – David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright – were joined on stage by members of their touring band including Guy Pratt, Jon Carin, Tim Renwick and Gary Wallis. Backing vocals came from Durga McBroom, Sam Brown and her mother Vicki, and (original “The Great Gig In The Sky” vocalist) Clare Torry. Pink Floyd also welcomed guest musicians including sax player Candy Dulfer and keyboard player and composer Michael Kamen. David Gilmour and Andy Jackson have remixed the audio from this iconic concert featuring all seven tracks performed on the day, and the album features new artwork shot by Floyd collaborator Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell of Hipgnosis and designed by Peter Curzon of Storm Studios. The concert, previously unreleased until it appeared on 2019’s Later Years box set, is now available on vinyl for the first time as a stand-alone album. David Munns, Chairman of Nordoff Robbins, remembers the event well: “The Knebworth Concert was a defining moment in the music industry’s commitment to Nordoff Robbins, the BRIT Trust and the concept of the BRIT School. What a fantastic day it was, culminating in this brilliant performance by Pink Floyd. The money raised allowed the BRIT School to come into being and allowed Nordoff Robbins to significantly expand its service. Knebworth will go down in history as one of those great moments and the music industry should be very proud of what it achieved.” Mason also reminisces about the gig: “There is something special about Knebworth. We all still have fond memories of playing there in the 70’s, and this show was no different. As a North London boy this was almost a home game, but with the added delight of being the re-assembly of the band after a fairly mega tour that had lasted for well over a year. It was also an opportunity to get the wonderful Candy Dulfer to play – I had been a fan of hers for quite a while, and it was just a shame we didn’t have an opportunity to utilise her for more. We also had our dear friend Michael Kamen guesting. Michael had contributed so much to PF over the previous ten years, it’s great to have something of his playing on the recording.”
File Under: Rock
Resonaires: Standing With You (Colemine) 7″
The debut single from The Resonaires! A group featuring members that have been apart of some of the pivotal artists of the soul revival movement: Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields. Now striking out on their own with the powerful vocals of Saundra Williams, The Resonaires hope to strike a chord with their debut single “Standing With You”!
File Under: Funk, Soul
Shovels & Rope: Busted Juicebox Vol 3 (Dualtone) LP
The third installment of S&R collaborative records series “Busted Jukebox” features Shovels and Rope and friends performing cover songs. This time, they’ve nicknamed the album Busted Juicebox because of its kid-friendly song choices which feature artists like Sharon Van Etten, The War and Treaty, and the Secret Sisters.
File Under: Folk, Rock, Covers
Silver Synthetic: s/t (Third Man) LP
In the midst of the thick New Orleans summer of 2017, Chris Lyons of garage punks Bottomfeeders found himself sitting on a small batch of songs that didn’t quite fit the fuzzed-out pileups of that band. The new songs were more chiming, driving but relaxed, full of little corners begging to be filled with classic pop harmonies and wayward country licks. He called in his trusted confidants: Bottomfeeders drummer and longtime musical partner Lucas Bogner – the two started playing music together at the tender age of 15 – plus bassist Pete Campanelli, and Kunal Prakash (Jeff the Brotherhood) dug the songs and signed on, and the quartet started playing in earnest, hunkering down in the practice space. By the time the band played its first gig in late 2018 at the opening of Nola’s ManRay Records, the songs had multiplied and the members of the newly christened Silver Synthetic had become genuine rock & roll craftsmen. In a world that doesn’t seem capable of swaying, Silver Synthetic’s self-titled debut shakes and boogies. It makes sense that the band’s first gig was in a record shop ‘cause folks, this is record nerd-core in a major way, evocative of the LP’s first golden era, as the late ’60s oozed into the strange 1970s, with the requisite T-Rex stomps, Britfolk twists and turns, and dueling Verlaine/Lloyd guitars. It’s about warmth, and you can practically smell the gently glowing amp tubes on “In the Beginning,” which wafts along on a gust borrowed from Lou Reed’s beatific Coney Island Baby breeziness. With “Chasm Killer,” the boys lean into jammy heartland rock, almost approaching Silver Bullet Band territory at one point! Even when the band kicks into charging lean rock-n-roller, like on the Kinksy “Around the Bend,” there’s a laid-backness that allows more room for the spirit. You could call Silver Synthetic rock & roll formalists, but the truth is they’re more like minimalists, stripping away tired clutter and unnecessary bloat and just zooming in on the essential.
File Under: Garage, Psych
Sleep: Iommic Life (Southern Lord) LP
Coloured or black vinyl! Even during their near two-decade studio absence, Sleep’s influence loomed large over metal and stoner rock. Formed in 1990 in San Jose, CA, the power trio found immediate acclaim after the release of their debut album Volume One in 1991, and the accolades never ceased. Sleep’s output (which consisted of undeniable genre touchstones like Sleep’s Holy Mountain and Jerusalem / Dopesmoker) slowed with their hiatus in 1998, though their story was far from over. After reforming for a triumphant live reunion in 2009, Sleep (Al Cisneros, Matt Pike and Jason Roeder) resurfaced with the one-off singles “The Clarity” (2014) and “Leagues Beneath” (2018). Then came the surprise album The Sciences (April 20, 2018). The album found a perfect home with the genre-agnostic aficionados at Third Man Records, and its release was followed by sold-out shows around the world. As another 4/20 surprise, 2021 will see Third Man release a 180g 2×12″ version of “The Clarity” accompanied by “Leagues Beneath.” This new release contains stunning all new artwork and etchings by Dave Kloc and was entirely remastered by Bob Weston of Chicago Mastering Service.
File Under: Metal
Special Request: DJ Kicks (K7) LP
Special Request continues his impeccable run of form with a typically fervent entry into the DJ-Kicks mix series. His adventurous 25 track mix takes in personal favourites, new school classics and of course a selection of his own brand new and exclusive edits, dubs and reworks next to some overlooked gems.
File Under: Electronic
Carl Stone: Stolen Car (Unseen Worlds) LP
Over the past several years, the recorded output of Carl Stone has been turned on its head. In previous decades, Stone perennially toured new work but kept a harboring gulf of time between the live performances and their recorded release. This not only reflected the careful consideration of the pieces and technical innovations that went into the music but also the largely academic-minded audience that was themselves invested in the history and context of the work. The time span of Stone’s recorded output in both sheer musical duration and year range was generously expansive. Following multiple historical overviews of Stone’s work on Unseen Worlds and a re-connection with a wider audience, the time between Stone’s new work in concert and on record has grown shorter and shorter until there is now almost no distance at all. Stone’s work has often at its core explored new potential within popular cultural musics, simultaneously unspooling and satisfying a pop craving. On Stolen Car, the forms of Stone’s pieces have also become more compact, making for a progressive new stage in his career where he is not only creating out of pop forms but challenging them. Stolen Car is the gleeful, heart racing sound of hijack, hotwire, and escape. Stone carries the easy smirk and confidence of a car thief just out of the can, a magician in a new town setting up a game of balls and cups. With each track he reaches under the steering wheel and yanks a fistful of wires. Boom, the engine roars to life, the car speeds off into the sunset, the cups are tipped over, the balls, like the car, are gone.
File Under: Electronic, Experimental
Chester Thompson: Powerhouse (Real Gone) LP
With long-standing stints in Tower of Power and Santana, Chester Thompson just might be the most decorated and distinguished keyboardist in all of rock and R&B, let alone of the Bay Area musical scene. It’s little wonder that this 1971 album, then, is one of the rarest and most coveted albums on the highly collectible Black Jazz Records label—it’s Thompson’s debut record, cut a couple of years before he joined Tower of Power, with a smokin’ band featuring fellow Black Jazz recording artist Rudolph Johnson on sax along with ace drummer Raymond Pounds (Pharoah Sanders, Stevie Wonder, Pointer Sisters) and trombonist Al Hall (Johnny Hammond, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Harris). And, yes, Powerhouse comes by its title honestly…it’s jazz, all right, but injected with a jolt of electricity courtesy of Thompson’s Hammond B-3, and with just four tunes spread out over two sides, it’s pretty much a nonstop groove. Newly remastered, and with liner notes featuring quotes from fellow Tower of Power member Dave Garibaldi and Bay Area keyboardist Todd Cochran a.k.a. Bayeté that testify as to Chester Thompson’s greatness, this is another long-lost triumph from the Black Jazz label. First-ever vinyl reissue, out in orange with black swirl vinyl exclusive to independent record stores and limited to 500 copies!
File Under: Jazz
Voivod: The Outer Limits
(Real Gone) LP
We’ve put out a lot of rare albums here at Real Gone Music, but this one might be the rarest: right now there’s just one copy for sale online for over $1000! That’s partly because this 1993 record only came out briefly on vinyl in Europe…but it’s also because The Outer Limits offers the unique blend of atonal riffs, off-time tempo changes, and sci-fi imagery that made this Quebec band such a shining star in the Canadian metal scene. The Outer Limits features a great cover of Pink Floyd’s “The Nile Song” (Voïvod had covered “Astronomy Domine” on their 1989 album Nothingface), but without question the album’s centerpiece is the winding 17-minute song “Jack Luminous,” which is something of a prog-rock masterpiece. Our first-ever domestic vinyl reissue comes with a jacket and inner sleeve boasting lyrics and drummer Michael Langevin’s illustrations. Blue with black swirl pressing limited to 1500 copies!
File Under: Metal
A Tribe Called Quest: Beat, Rhymes, Life (Jive) LP
Apifera: Overstand (Stones Throw) LP
Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore: Ghost Forests (Three Lobed) LP
William Basinski: Lamentations (Temporary Residence) LP
John Coltrane: Blue Train (Blue Note) LP
DJ Shadow: Entroducing (Universal) LP
Dry Cleaning: New Long Leg (4AD) LP
Four Tet: There Is Love In You (Text) 3LP
Godspeed You! Black Emperor: G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! (Constellation) LP
Gruesome: Twisted Prayers (Relapse) LP
Herbie Hancock: My Point of View (Blue Note) LP
Hypnosonics: Someone Stole My Shoes (Modern Harmonic) LP
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity (ATO) LP
Madlib & Freddie Gibbs: Bandana (Keep Cool) LP
Melvins: Houdini (Third Man) LP
Arlo Parks: Collapsed in Sunbeams (Trangressive) LP
Pink Floyd: The Wall (Pink Floyd) LP
Pedro Santos: Krishnanda (Mr. Bongo) LP
Joseph Shabason: The Fellowship (Western Vinyl) LP
Baby Face Willette: Face to Face (Blue Note) LP