Another week of late shipments…. not even sure if said shipment is coming tomorrow or not thanks to some vague tracking scans, but I’ve included some of those items below so, just take note if you after one of those things, it might not even show up tomorrow.
As for the new restrictions, they don’t really effect us. According to our business association’s clarification of the new restrictions, we are already doing what is required of us, limited capacity and mandatory masks. The vaccine exemption does not apply to retail stores. So mask up and keep your visit brief if it’s busy so no one has to wait outside.
– in-store shopping/pick ups – 11 – 6 pm Monday – Friday, 11 am – 4 pm Saturday
(if you don’t want to come into the store for a pick up, call and/or use the back door)
– Max 4people in the store at a time
– Wear a mask(if you don’t have one, we’ll have some)
– Sanitizeyour hands(we’ll have some)
…..pick of the week…..
Goat: Headsoup (Rocket) LP+7″
Coloured vinyl! Headsoup is a new compilation that deepens Goat’s legend even further. Collecting non-album material from across their career, standalone singles, B-sides, and digital edits, it’s a record that’s even bigger in its scope than their studio LPs. It’s a globetrotting acid trip of a record, one that moves from the magnificent heavy-psych of their earliest work, like Goatman B-side “The Sun And Moon,” to the serene Requiem-era alternate take “Union Of Mind And Soul,” to the simmering grooves of their latest material, and a myriad of other detours. Sometimes dark and heavy, at others joyous and beautiful, like Goat themselves Headsoup is mysterious and constantly shapeshifting, difficult to properly pin down but constantly enthralling. Jazz-flute solos, pounding Afrobeat rhythms, ferocious desert blues, drifting Ethio-jazz and churning drones are just a fraction of their dazzling mix of influences. This is, as the name of Goat’s first album made clear, World Music in its most complete form, a sound unrestrained by genre boundaries, although the band are anything but lazy appropriators. They approach their forebears with upmost reverence, providing a celebratory cultural cross-pollination.
File Under: Psych
Pastor T.L. Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir: I Shall Wear a Crown (Numero) LP
Hopefully in tomorrow… White & gold vinyl! A Civil Rights activist who marched alongside Jesse Jackson, preacher for Earth Wind & Fire, Stax recording artist, “Family Feud” contestant, Stephen Curry soundtracker, high school drop out, and Kanye samplee, Pastor T. L. Barrett stuffed a dozen lives into one. His signature 1971 spiritual soul jam “Like A Ship” has transcended its humble South Side Chicago beginnings, rediscovered by Leon Bridges and Beck and described by Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood as “The most euphoric celebratory music that makes you want to jump around the house and explode with joy.” This box is the definitive statement on Barrett’s two decades of recordings, 49 tracks spread across five LPs, including Like A Ship, Do Not Pass Me By Volume 1 & 2, I Found The Answer, plus a bonus album of singles and sermons, a 10,000 word blow-by-blow, and illustrated discography.
File Under: Gospel, Soul
Beach Boys: Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 (Capitol) LP
Hopefully in tomorrow… In honor of 50 years of The Beach Boys’ timeless and often underappreciated albums, Sunflower and Surf’s Up, Capitol/UMe commemorate this metamorphic and highly influential 1969-1971 period of the band’s legendary career with a series of reissues. The vinyl 2LP collection, Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 features remastered versions of the original albums plus eight previously unreleased tracks. 1970’s Sunflower was the first product of the Beach Boys’ new Brother Records/Reprise deal. The album signaled a creative rebirth for the band and a return to the beautiful harmonies and orchestral productions of their classic mid-’60s material. Sunflower is a remarkably cohesive album, something not seen from the band since the legendary Pet Sounds. Highlights include “Slip On Through,” “Add Some Music to Your Day,” “Cool, Cool Water” and “This Whole World” among others. 1971’s Surf’s Up features songwriting from five different members and encompasses all of the Beach Boys trademarks of the era including eccentric pop tunes, soul-leaning numbers and songs devoted to spiritual enlightenment and social/environmental concerns. However it’s the three Brian Wilson gems “A Day in the Life of a Tree,” “Til I Die” and title track “Surf’s Up,” written with Van Dyke Parks during 1966’s Smile sessions, which standout admirably and close the album with aplomb. Brian himself attributes the staying power of Surf’s Up to the “spiritual love of the music.”
File Under: Pop
Beach Boys: Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 (Capitol) BOX
Hopefully in tomorrow… Vinyl 4LP-Set featuring Newly Remastered Versions of Sunflower and Surf’s Up Plus 44 Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks from the Album Sessions! In honor of 50 years of The Beach Boys’ timeless and often underappreciated albums, Sunflower and Surf’s Up, Capitol/UMe release an expansive vinyl 4LP set titled Feel Flows: The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 that chronicles and explores in depth this metamorphic and highly influential 1969-1971 period of the band’s legendary career. Assembled by Mark Linett and Alan Boyd, the team behind 2013’s Grammy Award-winning SMiLE Sessions, the collection features newly remastered versions of Sunflower and Surf’s Up and boasts 64 tracks, including 44 previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions, alternate mixes, and vocals, culled from the album sessions. 1970’s Sunflower was the first product of the Beach Boys’ new Brother Records/Reprise deal. The album signaled a creative rebirth for the band and a return to the beautiful harmonies and orchestral productions of their classic mid-’60s material. Sunflower is a remarkably cohesive album, something not seen from the band since the legendary Pet Sounds. Highlights include “Slip On Through,” “Add Some Music to Your Day,” “Cool, Cool Water” and “This Whole World” among others. 1971’s Surf’s Up features songwriting from five different members and encompasses all of the Beach Boys trademarks of the era including eccentric pop tunes, soul-leaning numbers and songs devoted to spiritual enlightenment and social/environmental concerns. However it’s the three Brian Wilson gems “A Day in the Life of a Tree,” “Til I Die” and title track “Surf’s Up,” written with Van Dyke Parks during 1966’s Smile sessions, which standout admirably and close the album with aplomb. Brian himself attributes the staying power of Surf’s Up to the “spiritual love of the music.”
File Under: Pop
Kenny Burrell: Midnight Blue (Blue Note) LP
Hopefully in tomorrow… Blue Note Records is pleased to present the Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series, a continuation of their acclaimed Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series which was launched in celebration of the label’s 80th anniversary in 2019. The Classic Series will once again feature all-analog 180g vinyl pressings in standard packaging that are mastered by Kevin Gray directly from the original master tapes and manufactured at Optimal in Germany. The first 16 titles of the Classic Series will focus on the enduring classics of the Blue Note catalog. The Classic Series will be on-going, running alongside the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series which is produced by Joe Harley. Guitarist Kenny Burrell debuted on Blue Note Records in 1956 and over the following seven years made a series of excellent albums for the label that culminated with his masterwork Midnight Blue. Recorded in 1963, the album waded deep into the blues, conjuring an alluring late-night vibe with a profoundly soulful cast including tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, bassist Major Holley, Jr., drummer Bill English, and Ray Barretto on congas. Burrell originals including “Chitlins con Carne,” “Midnight Blue,” “Saturday Night Blues,” and the stunning solo guitar piece “Soul Lament” set the tone for this timeless classic adorned by one of the all-time great Reid Miles cover designs.
File Under: Jazz
Chvrches: Screen Violence (Glassnote) LP
Hopefully in tomorrow… Coloured vinyl! Chvrches’ highly anticipated fourth studio effort, Screen Violence was recorded almost entirely remotely between Los Angeles and Glasgow with members Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook self-producing and mixing the album via video calls and audio sharing programs to create something that is unique and special, but inherently their own. Screen Violence was originally conceived as a name for the band. A decade later, and during a pandemic when the reality of screen violence has never been more pertinent, struggling to make the people you love feel more than the characters on a TV show, and experiencing a world of trauma as if it were another, Chvrches revived the term for their new album title. Narrating the theme of Screen Violence in three main forms – on screen, by screens and through screens – the album touches on feelings of loneliness, disillusionment, fear, heartbreak and regret. “I think for me it was helpful to go into the process with the idea that I could write something escapist almost,” Mayberry says of the album. “That felt freeing initially, to have concepts and stories to weave your own feelings and experiences through but in the end, all the lyrics were definitely still personal.” While Martin Doherty adds, “To me, the screen aspect was a bit more literal. When we were making the record, it was like half of our lives were lived through screens. What began as a concept was now a lifeline.”
File Under: Pop
Darkthrone: Eternal Hails… (Peaceville) LP
With the highly revered Norwegians remaining ever-dedicated to the art of the riff after 35 years of existence, Darkthrone return for album number nineteen and a new dose of metallic godliness. On the back of 2019’s triumphant ‘Old Star’ opus, the duo of Nocturno Culto & Fenriz present a 41 minute maelstrom of Epic Black Heavy Metal across five sprawling compositions. Organic and dynamic, the album is an exploration of the very finest vintage metal and the best of doom, all delivered in the unmistakable Darkthrone style, whilst also incorporating instruments such as the Moog to further expand upon these soundscapes. Eschewing the process of using their own Necrohell II studios – which has served the band so well over the last 15 years – & welcoming a change of environment and the opportunity to experiment with new ideas, ‘Eternal Hails……’ was recorded at Chaka Khan Studio in Oslo, & engineered by Ole Ovstedal & Silje Høgevold, breathing new life into the sound while retaining the essence of Darkthrone’s natural, raw feeling. The cover artwork features the piece “Pluto and Charon” (1972), from renowned science fiction artist David A. Hardy; a hugely inspirational image for both Fenriz & Nocturno Culto spanning several decades, and this also stands as a symbolic link between the genre-bending styles apparent on Darkthrone’s earliest works, to those same traits evident on ‘Eternal Hails……’.
File Under: Metal
D.R.I.: Thrash Zone (Metal Blade) LP
For four decades, D.R.I. has been the epitome of the aggressive, hardcore/punk thrash sound. Throughout this time, they’ve been one of the few genuine underground bands to remain true to their pure punk roots. While they’re a little older now, time hasn’t gotten the best of the Dirty Rotten Imbeciles. They’re still thrashing just as hard, and just as loud as ever, continuing to overload our senses with the sound that is, and will always remain, uniquely D.R.I. Home to the MTV and Skate 2 featured “Beneath the Wheel,” the band’s aptly titled fifth album Thrash Zone (1989) was produced by the legendary Bill Metoyer (Slayer) and stands as their biggest seller to date. The long out of print release is back on vinyl here on colored LP.
File Under: Punk, Thrash, Metal
Bill Evans: Trio 64 (Acoustic Sounds Series (Verve) LP
This is Bill Evans’ first trio date under his own name for Verve, and the deep communication he maintains throughout with Gary Peacock and Paul Motian, two brilliant rhythm players, is sublime. All of the songs are standards of one for or another, but Evans and Co. find a depth to them that’s astonishing. Bill uses the spaces between phrases in a way that broadens and deepens the emotional content. Two outstanding examples of Bill’s interpretive magic here are the novelty numbers “Little Lulu” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” which both acquire a warmth, scope of imagery and sardonic touch that enlivens their musical essence like never before. This all-analog 180g vinyl LP reissue was mastered from the original analog tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound, pressed at QRP, and comes housed in a Stoughton tip-on gatefold jacket.
File Under: Jazz
Jose Gonzalez: Local Valley (Mute) LP
José González’s fourth studio effort Local Valley is a natural continuation of the styles that he has developed over the years both solo and with his band Junip. The album strikes a balance between stripped back arrangements – just Jose’s intimate vocal and exquisite nylon string guitar work – and tracks driven by groovy drum machine loops and other percussive elements. With songs sung in English, Spanish and Swedish, Local Valley invites us to look beyond our tribal instincts and join together in a more harmonic state. The album explores our shared humanity and the scientific-based existential questions we face together on our quest to understand ourselves and our place in the cosmos. The album cover showcases the beautiful hand drawn artwork of Swedish designer Hannele Fernström.
File Under: Indie Rock
Grant Green: Idle Moments (Blue Note) LP
Hopefully in tomorrow… Blue Note Records is pleased to present the Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series, a continuation of their acclaimed Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series which was launched in celebration of the label’s 80th anniversary in 2019. The Classic Series will once again feature all-analog 180g vinyl pressings in standard packaging that are mastered by Kevin Gray directly from the original master tapes and manufactured at Optimal in Germany. The first 16 titles of the Classic Series will focus on the enduring classics of the Blue Note catalog. The Classic Series will be on-going, running alongside the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series which is produced by Joe Harley. Time and troubles seem to melt away during the 15 enrapturing minutes of Idle Moments, the opening track of Grant Green’s sublime 1963 album of the same name. As the piece unhurriedly unfurls all the unique colors of the ensemble present themselves with Green’s soulful guitar joined by Duke Pearson’s elegant piano, Bobby Hutcherson’s crystalline vibraphone, Bob Cranshaw’s reassuring upright bass, Al Harewood’s subtle drums, and lastly Joe Henderson’s magnificent tenor saxophone. The pace quickens for the rest of this set including the Green original “Jean de Fleur,” a bluesy take on John Lewis’ MJQ standard “Django,” and Pearson’s original “Nomad.”
File Under: Jazz
Grizzly Bear: Yellow House (Warp) LP
Coloured vinyl! Grizzly Bear has come a long way. From its original incarnation as a one-man band of acoustic guitar, field tapes, and a drum machine to its current state as a full band complete with drums, multiple guitars, bass, woodwinds, effects pedals, all cradled by four part harmonies, Grizzly Bear’s music has made the leap from charming lo-fi folk rock to breathtaking, experimental cinematic pop. Grizzly Bear is remarkable not just for its attention to detail but for the concern for how a song feels. Flush with heart and melancholy, the music is seductive and intimate, deep with hazy-eyed choruses, whistles, piano and banjo. The group’s 2006 Warp Records debut, Yellow House, melded the possibility of the digital age with the classic American songbook. It was recorded in 2005 at Ed Droste’s mother’s house in Cape Cod, the album’s namesake. Transportive and beautiful, it is a soundtrack to late nights, summer afternoons, and first kisses. 2021 sees Grizzly Bear celebrating the 15th anniversary of their iconic second album (and first recorded as a full band). This 2021 edition of the album is a re-cut repress and is available here on colored vinyl 2LP..
File Under: Indie Rock
Guided By Voices: Isolation Drills (TVT) LP
20th Anniversary Vinyl 2LP Reissue Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound and Housed in a 5-Panel Gatefold Sleeve Recreated from the 2001 CD Packaging by Original Designer Ben Wheelock! 2001’s Isolation Drills served as underground icons Guided by Voices’ second and final LP for TVT Records after a masterful run on Matador. Produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) and recorded at New York’s Loho Music, the ever melodic and uncharacteristically introspective affair features the landmark cuts “Twilight Campfighter,” “Unspirited” and “Chasing Heather Crazy” plus notable instrumental contributions from Elliott Smith and David Sulzer. “It’s weird for the 12th album to be the one where the band matures,” Robert Pollard said at the time, adding that it was, “…about what we do on a daily basis and what we do to remedy the situation when we feel isolated or separated: We play rock, we write, and we drink.” Over 47 minutes, Isolation Drills is now spread over two records for louder and higher fidelity in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Vinyl remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound. Pollard listened to test pressings and reported: “It sounds fantastic.” Deluxe 5-panel gatefold sleeve recreated from the original 2001 CD packaging, by original designer Ben Wheelock.
File Under: Indie Rock
Karate: In Place of Real Insight (Numero) LP
Coloured vinyl! The Great Alternative Boom of the early ’90s had begun to wither on corporate FM barely halfway through the decade, but the ever-changing underground had almost entirely regenerated after two major-label thrifting trips. In the ever-in-flux city of Boston, Karate positioned themselves as a crucial tendril in a sprawling nationwide community. They did so largely by refusing to stick to any single formula from the myriad of styles at their root – slowcore, post-hardcore, and jazz. As if to make a point, Karate’s lineup went through its own shift too. In the lead up to 1997’s In Place of Real Insight, Eamonn Vitt took up the guitar, and Karate compatriot Jeff Goddard entered the fold to become the band’s bassist. Armed with two guitarists, the band got significantly louder, and they smeared punk fury all over their second LP. At its most intense moments, In Place of Real Insight bestows the kind of rowdiness that elevated hardcore base buried deep within the unconscious of their music – it comes out most vividly when Geoff Farina and Vitt trade throat-searing shouts and bite-sized barks on “New Martini.” So many lesser bands with two guitarists and a copy of In on the Kill Taker at their disposal felt the need to try their hand at being Fugazi, Karate evaded such pratfalls, though Goddard’s compact, quicksilver basswork and Gavin McCarthy’s fractured drumming on the bridge for “New New” contain the same rhythmic electricity that the D.C. legends wielded so well. For the most part, Karate used their larger palette to intensify their already alluring musical sensibilities. Farina and Vitt’s gentle guitars nearly mirror each other as they carry the drawn-out tension of “The New Hangout Condition” to its equanimous conclusion, though Karate wouldn’t hold that mood for long; they made quick work of disrupting such peacefulness with the needling disquiet that opens “On Cutting,” a rare track that cast a spotlight on Vitt’s understated vocals. Karate emboldened the quiet moments of In Place of Real Insight with the same forcefulness of its archly punk cuts, effectively allowing the tenderness that blankets “Today Or Tomorrow” to coexist alongside their rough-hewn material. Karate made sense of seemingly polarizing styles, and In Place of Real Insight is arguably their best album because they allowed such disparate parts to co-mingle. In a subversive music community oscillating between radical polemics and hair-splitting musical orthodoxy, Karate were a question mark – one that exhibited the scene’s best instincts, because they sounded like few others.
File Under: Indie Rock, Slowcore
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio: Jimmy’s Groove (Colemine) 7″
This heater of a pt. 1 / pt. 2 45 is the last tune from the ‘I Told You So’ session that features engineer Jason Gray (Polyrythmics) on bass! The first and only track so far with electric bass 🙂
File Under: Funk, Soul
James Vincent McMorrow: Grapefruit Season (Sony) LP
In an already-unpredictable career, Grapefruit Season sees James Vincent McMorrow push himself (and his sound) in all new ways. Produced by James alongside fellow genre-disruptors Paul Epworth, Kenny Beats, Lil Silva and Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift), McMorrow’s fifth album was recorded between London, Los Angeles and Dublin largely before the pandemic struck. It embraces the fact that life is chaos, and the idea of growing up, but feeling none the wiser. Each song is held together by McMorrow’s instantly-identifiable voice, an untethered musical imagination, and (from dancehall to soul, country to R&B) purposefully little else in its pursuit of fear-free pop music. Even the title, Grapefruit Season, seems to signpost doing simply what you want, rather than what you are supposed to do (it was inspired by James watching his mom eat grapefruit as a kid, and the idea that what’s good for you may not actually be pleasurable).
File Under: Indie Rock
Mono: Pilgrimage of the Soul (Temprorary Residence) LP
Hopefully in tomorrow… Pilgrimage of the Soul is the eleventh studio album in the 22-year career of Japanese experimental rock legends, Mono. Recorded and mixed – cautiously, anxiously, yet optimistically – during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the summer of 2020, Pilgrimage of the Soul is aptly named as it not only represents the peaks and valleys where Mono are now as they enter their third decade, but also charts their long, steady journey to this time and place. Continuing the subtle but profound creative progression in the Mono canon that began with Nowhere Now Here (2019), Pilgrimage of the Soul is the most dynamic Mono album to date (and that’s saying a lot). But where Mono’s foundation was built on the well-established interplay of whisper quiet and devastatingly loud, Pilgrimage of the Soul crafts its magic with mesmerizing new electronic instrumentation and textures, and – perhaps most notably – faster tempos that are clearly influenced by disco and techno. It all galvanizes as the most unexpected Mono album to date – replete with surprises and as awash in splendor as anything this band has ever done.
File Under: Post Rock
Nova Materia: Xpujil (Crammed/Made to Measure) LP
Hopefully in tomorrow… Xpujil (pronounced ex-poo-khil) is a single, 40-minute immersive piece which takes the listener on a sonic journey through an organic and shifting world. An album which blurs the limits between music, field recording and psychoacoustic trance. The project started with a walking trip taken by the Nova Materia duo (Eduardo Henriquez & Caroline Chaspoul) through the Mexican jungle, towards the ruins of the ancient Maya city of Xpujil. Under scorching heat, amidst omnipresent insects, dense and sinuous vegetation, and the cries of animals, they access a different, haunted world, which feels almost sacred and supernatural. The living beings of the forest (humans, animals, plants) are there without being seen, they are mostly perceived by the ear. And then, the ruins: this great city, which was a major political, scientific and religious centre in the Mayan kingdom, is still partly entangled in the jungle, but the pure, almost futuristic architectural design of the buildings is striking. Throughout the trip, Nova Materia recorded the surrounding soundscapes with binaural microphones. Upon their return to their studio in Paris, these recordings became the foundation of this new work. They processed and transformed the sounds until melodies emerged, which they then enhanced by using sparse instrumentation (gongs, ocarinas and electronics). Different textures were added with contributions by two guests: New York-based musician Ikue Mori (of DNA fame), who has often worked on electronic reinterpretations of the world of insects, and adventurous cellist Gaspar Claus (who collaborates with musicians across all genres, from Rone to Jim O’Rourke). The piece was mixed in binaural at at Studio Cosmos Acoustique at Gaité Lyrique (the Parisian centre for digital arts), with tools developed by IRCAM, and an 8-way sound system, allowing for sound spatialization in a real immersive situation. The Xpujil project will be developed (in partnership with la Gaîté Lyrique) across several mediums and platforms, ranging from a simple binaural experience with headphones to a full immersive audiovisual live performance, an interactive website, and a regular series of binaural livestreamed performances, with contributions by invited musicians and writers. Initial performances are scheduled for the autumn of 2021. Nova Materia are already known for their powerful, hypnotic music which incorporates eerie sounds generated by raw and mineral materials (metal, rocks etc) to create tracks that are in turn hyper-rhythmic and dreamy, poised between postpunk rock and electronic dance music. But the band have also been very active in the field of multimedia & performance arts, often collaborating across genres with video artists, filmmakers, theatre directors and writers. Xpujil explores that other dimension of their talent, and aims at developing original ways of exploiting some emerging digital trends, as well as the current, unusual situation, which spawns new directions for live music. Nova Materia are Caroline Chaspoul and Eduardo Henriquez, formerly with Panico, the alternative rock band they founded in Chile, with which they toured around the globe and released several albums.
File Under: Ambient
OST: Death Proof (Warner) LP
Daredevil, cult-film hero-directors Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado) teamed up for 2007’s Grindhouse, their double-feature homage to the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s B-movie exploitation genres. In Death Proof, a psycho named Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) stalks and kills beautiful women with his car. Reviving original tracks from those decades and more, the accompanying soundtrack reaches back with the same hip, offbeat attitude that has helped make Tarantino one of the most admired auteurs of his generation.
File Under: OST
Porcupine Tree: Recordings (Transmission) LP
Hopefully in tomorrow… Originally issued in 2001 as a limited edition release, this highly sought after album features songs written during the Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun sessions, including ‘Buying New Soul’ and ‘Ambulance Chasing’. Porcupine Tree released their last album, The Incident, in 2009, marking another step forward in the incredible journey of the band that began as a solo studio project created by Steven Wilson in the late eighties to a multi grammy nominated act and one of the world’s most revered live bands, selling out arenas across the globe and wowing fans with their incredible performances.
File Under: Rock
Rugged Nuggets: Odds & Ends (Colemine) LP
Hopefully in tomorrow… Recorded in the San Fernando Valley just a stones throw away from the infamous Van Nuys Blvd. cruising scene, it’s no wonder from the debut long player from The Rugged Nuggets hits hard and demands to be turned up loud with the windows rolled down. Delivering west-coast cool at it’s finest. With swooning strings, breezy guitars and tough as nails drums, Odds & Ends epitomizes a mellow vibe, but is undeniably cool.
File Under: Funk, Soul
Seam: Headsparks (Numero) LP
Hopefully in tomorrow… In the wake of Bitch Magnet and current of Superchunk, Sooyoung Park and Mac McCaughan formed a raw version of Seam in the summer of ’91. With bassist Lexi Mitchell, the trio banged out an album and two singles worth of shambolic dream pop in the sweltering Chapel Hill heat. Headsparks – featuring ten songs of talk-whispered vocals, sloshing guitar solos, scattered snare rolls, Velocity Girl’s Sarah Shannon, and the original version of Codeine’s slowcore classic “New Year’s,” – is back on vinyl LP for the first time in 30 years.
File Under: Indie Rock
Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine: A Beginner’s Mind (Asthmatic Kitty) LP
Hopefully in tomorrow… It’s been said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture (impossible and absurd). But what about singing about movies? Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine have paired up for a collaborative project that does just that. A Beginner’s Mind is their debut album that contains 14 songs (loosely) based on (mostly) popular films. The source material is highbrow, lowbrow, and everything in between. The music is folksy, sweet, sincere and harmonically effervescent – Simon & Garfunkel with New Age flourishes. This album runs the gamut and has fun with it, even while its songwriters remain fully rooted in the melancholy folk idioms they are known for. Stevens and De Augustine wrote everything with a deliberate sense of shoshin – the Zen Buddhist concept for which the record is named and an idea that empowered the pair to look for and write about unlikely inspiration without preconceived notions of what a film had to say. The underlying objective was empathy and openness, absent of judgment: to observe what is pure and good – or seemingly dark and villainous – with the eyes of a child. Daniel Anum Jasper, a pioneer of Ghanian movie poster painting, was commissioned to paint a series of new works for A Beginner’s Mind. Information about the project was kept vague so that Jasper could work without restraint. Mythical deities and monsters, zombies, skydivers and a celebrated American director (Jonathan Demme, to whom the album is dedicated) were submitted as visual cues. The resulting paintings are a graphic simulacrum for the same sense of wonder, wordplay, and intrigue that shape A Beginner’s Mind. By transforming old films into vital new songs, Stevens and De Augustine ask us to consider ourselves from a previously unconsidered vantage point – a new way of seeing and hearing – an exercise that’s as necessary and relevant now as it’s ever been.
File Under: Indie Rock
SZA: Good Days (RCA) 10″
Hopefully in tomorrow… “Good Days” is the dreamy, platinum-certified 2020 single from SZA which served as the singer’s first solo song to reach the Top 10 on the Billboard charts. Featuring Grammy-nominated London musician Jacob Collier on backing vocals, “Still wanna try, still believe in good days, good days,” they sing on the chorus. “Always inside/ Good day living in my mind.” Colored 10″ vinyl in standard 10″ jacket with white inner sleeve.
File Under: Pop
Amon Tobin: Out From Out Where (Ninja Tune) LP
Originally released in 2002, Amon Tobin unveils “Out From Out Where” now available on opaque gold LP housed in a sleeve with phosphorescent detailing. Amon Tobin continued his adventures with the breakbeat on “Out From Out Where”, his fourth album. Darker, more complex,even more rhythmically driving and intense than ever before, this huge record cemented Tobin’s reputation as one of the most innovative and important names in dance music. “Out From Out Where” differed from its predecessor in that “Supermodified” was made using only found sound (most of them generated by Amon himself) while here he stepped back to some slightly more traditional sources (displaying in particular, a love of guitar licks). But when Tobin takes a sample source he is never happy until he has warped, filtered and messed with it until it sounds like something straight from his head. And not just anywhere in his head, but that dingy, cobwebbed corner where no one should go… The album was reviewed by The Guardian (4/5), NME, Time Out, Maxim, Q, UNCUT, WIRE, and more.
FIle Under: Electronic
Amanaz: Africa (Now Again) LP
Boards of Canada: Geogaddi (Warp) LP
Boris: No (Third Man) LP
Boris: Flood (Third Man) LP
Coil: Musick to Play in the Dark (Dais) LP
Dolly Mixture: Demonstration Tapes (Spa Green) LP
Fear: The Record (Run Out Groove) LP
Ella Fitzgerald: Sunshine of Your Love (MPS) LP
GA-20: Lonely Soul (Karma Chief) LP
Dexter Gordon: Go (Blue Note) LP
Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um (Music On Vinyl) LP
Olivia Rodrigo: Sour (Geffen) LP
OST: The Crow (Rhino) LP
Rush: A Show of Hands (Mercury) LP
Rush: Grace Under Pressure (Mercury) LP
Rush: Power Windows (Mercury) LP
Horace Silver: Doin’ The Thing (Blue note) LP
Lonnie Smith: Think! (Blue Note) LP
Solange: A Seat at the Table (Sony) LP
St. Vincent: Actor (4AD) LP
St. Vincent: Daddy’s Home (Loma Vista) LP
St. Vincent: Strange Mercy (4AD) LP
Tangerine Dream: Electronic Meditation (Tiger Lab) LP