…..news letter #1031 – wrap…..

Well… that’s it. That’s all. This is our final transmission of 2021. And what a year. Despite all the craziness of the world, we had one hell of a year here and that is all thanks to all of you who continued buying records regardless of how we were operating. Despite being open again, many of you are using our webstore to snag stuff before it even hits the shelves in the store. Considering about 20 months ago it seemed like small stores were doomed, we’ve turned around and had one of our best years ever and for that we can’t thank you enough. 

As for the rest of the year, our current holiday hours plans are as follows:

Dec 24th – 11 – 4
Dec 25 & 26th – Closed
Dec 27 – 30 – 11 – 6
Dec 31 – 11 – 4
Jan 1 & 2 – Closed 
Jan 3 – Back to normal.

As for Boxing Day, we’ll be having our usual 20% off sale, but online only. While not as fun as digging thought the stacks, it’ll be a whole lot safer for everyone, and let’s us take a little bit extra time to recover from the last couple weeks. So, use BOXING20 on the 26th for 20% off your purchase, please wait for email confirmation that your order is ready for pick up before coming down.

And now, down to business, as everyone has noticed, there’s been a ton of new music this year! So much great stuff, it’s been hard to keep up at times. Below are everyone here’s top picks of the year. Hopefully you have some time to check out some things you haven’t heard before and find your next favorite album.
 
…..piyush’s picks…..
Arooj Aftab – Vulture Prince (New Amsterdam)
The Drin – Engines Sing For The Pale Moon (Future Shock)
Sei Still – El Refugio (Fuzz Club)
ANIKA – Changes (Sacred Bones)
NOV3L – Non-Fiction (Flemish Eye)
Nuovo Testamento – New Earth (Avant!)
Beautify Junkyards – Cosmorama (Ghost Box)
ACTORS – Acts of Worship (Artoffact)
Ruth Mascelli – A Night At The Baths (Disciples)
FACS – Present Tense (Trouble in Mind)
EXEK – Good Thing They Ripped Up The Carpet (Lulus Sonic Disc Club)
 
Honorable Mentions

The Bug – Fire (Ninja Tune)
El Michels Affair – Yeti Season (Big Crown)
Dummy – Mandatory Enjoyment (Trouble in Mind)
Home Front – Think of the Lie (La Vida Es Un Mus Discos)
Chelsea Carmichael – The River Doesn’t Like Strangers (Native Rebel
Recordings)
Jerusalem in My Heart – Qalaq (Constellation)
…..ian’s picks…..
(in no particular order)
 
 Monokultur – Ormens Väg
 JJulius – Vol. 1
 Screamers – Demo Hollywood 1977
 Human Figures – Footsteps
 The Drin – Engines Sing for the Pale Moon
 German Army – A Week in Organ Pipe
 Linekraft – Asura
 Home Front – Think Of The Lie
 Lily The Fields – Illuminations
 Nandos – The Montessori Files
 
Honourable mentions: 


Barad – No Plants Just Mansions
Helm – Axis
CIA Debutante – Dust
Dean Blunt – Black Metal 2
Tower 7 – Peace on Earth?
Orphx – Primordial State
Privat – Ein Gedächtnis…
La Union Metalurgica – s/t 
Poison Ruin – s/t
Cosmic Brick Road – II
Wasted Cathedral – I’m Gonna Love You til the End of Time
Kelly Ruth – Simulacra
Crazy Doberman – “everyone is rolling down a hill”
Crazy Doberman – Royal Tuning Kit
House in the Woods – The Spectral Corridor
Tolerance Box
Taqbir – s/t EP
Algara – Absortos En El Tedio Eterno
Aaron Dilloway & Lucretia Dalt – Lucy & Aaron
…..bailey’s picks…..
The Body – I’ve Seen All I Need To See (Thrill Jockey)
Chris Corsano & Billy Orcutt – Made Out Of Sand (Palilalia)
Sunroof – Electronic Music Improvisations Vol. 1 (Parallel / Mute)
Backwash – I Lie Here Buried With My Rings And My Dresses (Ugly Hag)
Injury Reserve – By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Independent)
Various Artists – Country Funk III (Light In The Attic)
Hiro Kone – Silvercoat The Throng (Dais)
Genesis Owusu – Smiling With No Teeth (House Anxiety / Ourness)
A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Invisible Cities (Artificial Pinearch)
Lana Del Rey – Chemtrails Over The Country Club (Interscope / Polydor)
…..kris’s picks…..
21 from 21…

Sofie Birch & Johan Carøe: Repair Techniques (Stroom) LP
Francesco Cavaliere & Tomoko Sauvage: Viridescens (Marionette) LP
Contours: Belafon Sketches (Net of Gems) LP
Sarah Davachi: Antiphonals (Late) LP
Richard Dawson, Richard & Circle: Henki (Domino) LP
Green-House: Music for Living Spaces (Leaving) LP
Ignatz & De Stervende Honden: Saturday’s Den (Ultra Eczema) LP
Kiri-uu: Creak-Whoosh (Stroom) LP
Mecánica Clásica: Mar Interior (Abstrakce) LP
Merope: Salos (Stroom) LP
Natural Information Society with Evan Parker: Descension (Out of Our Constrictions) (Eremite) LP
Nothing Runs Like Nadir: Improv Yields (Saw-Whet) LP
Nueen: Nova Lium (Good Morning Tapes) LP
picnic: s/t (daisart) LP
Rhythm of Cruelty: Memory Lapse (self Released) LP
Salamanda: Allez (Good Morning Tapes) LP
Luke Sanger: Langid Gongue (Balmat) LP
Tarotplane: Horizontology (12th Isle) LP
Ulla: Limitless Frame (Motion Ward) LP
Wasted Cathedral: I’m Gonna Love You ‘Til the End of Time (Cardinal Fuzz) LP
XYR: Anciente (Possible Motive) LP
 
 reissues…

Ash Ra Tempel: Schwingungen (MG.Art) LP
Coil: Love’s Secret Domain (Wax Trax) LP
Alvin Curran: Fiori Chiari, Fiori Oscuri (Black Truffle) LP
Eric’s Trip: Peter (Blue Fog) LP
Bill Fay: Time Of The Last Persecution (Universal) LP
Wayne Horvitz: Dinner at  Eight (Abstrakce) LP
Les Rallizes Denudes: Double Heads 1980 – 1981 BOX
O Yuki Conjugate: Equator (Aguirre) LP
Tim Story: Threads (Dais) LP
Zoviet France: Chasse II (Vinyl on Demand) BOX
 
 tapes…
 
German Army… all of em!
Muzan… all of em! 
Shimmering Moods… all of em!
Not Waving & Romance – Eyes of Fat
David Rothbaum – miniatures
Romance – s/t
Kelly ruth – Simulacra
Brick Road – II / 31st Solar Orbit Meditation
Norm Chambers – Seaside Resonance
Samuel Edmund – Due To
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