…..news letter #1037 – rip nasty…..

Another week full of killer new slabs… Hot funky organ slab from Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Big Thief’s newest masterpiece, Sunn o)))’s live BBC skull crusher, rippin’ Tuareg from Imarhan, and a couple new Tone Poet‘s. Also the new Spoon is out tomorrow but is late arriving, it’s supposed to be here next week. 

As previously mentioned, in line with current health restrictions we are operating as below..

– 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 4 people in the store at a time
– Wear a mask(if you don’t have one, we’ll have some)
– Sanitize your hands(we’ll have some)

…..picks of the week…..

Delvon Lamarrr Organ Trio: Cold As Weiss (Colemine) LP
Over the course of the last five years, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio have established themselves as the world’s premier funky organ trio. The organ trio, along with founder and manager Amy Novo, continues to devise the perfect blend of raw, passionate music and engaging industry practices. Through a firm partnership with label Colemine Records, the trio has garnered Billboard charting albums, sold out shows, tens of thousands of albums sold, and millions of streams. Lofty accomplishments for an instrumental organ trio. Now, with permanent drummer Dan Weiss behind to kit, DLO3 is proud to present Cold As Weiss, their third studio album to date that finds them tighter than ever, and continuing to push funky instrumental music to a new generation of fans.

File Under: Funk, Soul
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Sunn o))): Metta, Benevolence BBC 6 Music: Live Invitation of Mary Anne Hobbs (Southern Lord) LP
Black or Red wax! In late October 2019, following a successful UK tour ending in a sold-out concert at the mythical Roundhouse in London, SUNN O))) entered studio 4 of the BBC Maida Vale. On invitation to record a live session for Mary Anne Hobbs to be broadcast on Samhain via her excellent radio show on BBC6. To enter the legendary John Peel studios was to enter a temple of music and experimentation, liberty in ideas and sound. The band was nearing the end of a long touring year around the Life Metal and Pyroclast albums. SUNN O))) had developed the compositions extensively, embracing the formative concepts of the Life Metal album conceptually and emotionally, but actualized and evolved into vast, open and bright hypersaturated arrangements. Particularly the pieces the band chose to perform on this recording: “Troubled Air” and “Pyroclasts.” The former enriched into a total aspect of the band’s ethos and form in many ways, and “Pyroclasts” had evolved to become all-inclusive radiation of O))). The radiation embraces collaboration and freedom of interpretation by each player, within a structural format of the massive monuments of sound and distortion which define SUNN O))). Anna Von Hausswolf and her band had accompanied SUNN O))) on the UK leg, and Anna joined the band in the studio on synths and with her tremendous voice on the “Pyroclasts” pieces.

File Under: Metal, Doom, Drone
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…..new arrivals…..

Animal Collective: Time Skiff (Domino) LP
Time Skiffs’ nine songs are love letters, distress signals, en plein air observations, and relaxation hymns, the collected transmissions of four people who have grown into relationships and parenthood and adult worry. But they are rendered with Animal Collective’s singular sense of exploratory wonder. Harmonies so rich you want to skydive through their shared air, textures so fascinating you want to decode their sorcery, rhythms so intricate you want to untangle their sources. Here is Animal Collective’s past two decades, still in search of what’s next.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Bad Brains: Quickness (ORG) LP
Quickness is the fourth full-length studio album by Bad Brains, originally released by Caroline Records in 1989. This reissue marks the fifth release in the remaster campaign, re-launching the Bad Brains Records label imprint. In coordination with the band, Org Music has overseen the restoration and remastering of the iconic Bad Brains’ recordings. The audio was mastered by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering and pressed at Furnace Record Pressing.

File Under; Punk
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Big Thief: Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You (4AD) LP
Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You is a sprawling double-LP exploring the deepest elements and possibilities of Big Thief. To truly dig into all that the music of Adrianne Lenker, Max Oleartchik, Buck Meek, and James Krivchenia desired in 2020, the band decided to write and record a rambling account of growth as individuals, musicians, and chosen family over 4 distinct recording sessions. In Upstate New York, Topanga Canyon, The Rocky Mountains, and Tucson, AZ, Big Thief spent 5 months in creation and came out with 45 completed songs. The most resonant of this material was edited down into the 20 tracks that make up DNWMIBIY, a fluid and adventurous listen. The album was produced by drummer James Krivchenia who initially pitched the recording concept for DNWMIBIY back in late 2019 with the goal of encapsulating the many different aspects of Adrianne’s songwriting and the band onto a single record. All four of these sessions, in their varied states of fidelity, style, and mood, when viewed together as one album seem to stand for a more honest, zoomed-out picture of lived experience than would be possible on a traditional, 12 song record. This was exactly what the band hoped would be the outcome of this kind of massive experiment. When Max’s mom asked on a phone call what it feels like to be back together with the band playing music for the first time in a year, he described to the best of abilities: “Well it’s like, we’re a band, we talk, we have different dynamics, we do the breaths, and then we go on stage and suddenly it feels like we are now on a dragon. And we can’t really talk because we have to steer this dragon.” The attempt to capture something deeper, wider, and full of mystery, points to the inherent spirit of Big Thief. Traces of this open-hearted, non-dogmatic faith can be felt through previous albums, but here on Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You lives the strongest testament to its existence.

File Under: Indie Rock
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James Blake: CMYK (R&S) LP
Now on limited CMYK splatter vinyl!! Debut single for another hugely tipped young London based producer on the legendary R&S record label, showcasing that the label is once again a serious force to be reckoned with. James Blake is making some of the most startlingly original music to have emerged from London in 2010. In between studying Popular Music at Goldsmiths and writing a debut album that will take a lot of people by surprise, he has released amazing singles on Hemlock & Hessle, pushing the boundaries of what is expected of ‘dubstep’ music. “Cmyk” is a club anthem in the making and one of the most in demand tracks on the dubstep scene. The further three tracks take a more introspective approach, and aren’t strictly aimed at the dancefloor, but are equally heavy tracks that drip with funk and reveal themselves fully after repeated listens.

File Under: Electronic
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Boy Harsher: The Runner OST (Nude) LP
Augustus Muller and Jae Matthews’ fifth release entitled ‘The Runner (Original Soundtrack)’ is not a traditional album. Rather, it is the soundtrack to a short film, also entitled ‘The Runner’. The film, written, produced, and directed by the duo, is a searching horror film, attached to a meta-style “documentary” about Boy Harsher’s recording process. The album includes several distinct components: cinematic arrangements, vocal features, and of course classic Boy Harsher dark pop. Both the album and short film will be released in January 2022. Last year, in the midst of the obvious chaos (the global pandemic), but additionally with Jae’s MS diagnosis, Augustus started working on moody, cinematic sketches. It was uncertain what these pieces would become, other than catharsis. In Jae’s period of convalescence, she kept thinking about this sinister character: a woman running through the woods. Together, they developed this idea further into a film. They were unable to tour, a drastic (and isolating) shift in their career, and making ‘club music’ did not feel right. But there was so much they needed to get out. The next Boy Harsher release would be a reconciliation of this time. The album processes feelings of universal anxiety and the confrontation of at home illness. A necessary expulsion during a time of unrest. ‘The Runner (Original Soundtrack)’ is exactly what’s in the name: a soundtrack. At first the shape of the release was nebulous – yet once realized the album is dynamic. It serves as the story of the running figure and her musical accompaniment. Those expecting a traditional release will be surprised, but not disappointed.

File Under: Electronic
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Lana Del Rey: Blue Banisters (Interscope) LP
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey’s eighth studio album Blue Banisters follows the success of fellow 2021 effort Chemtrails Over The Country Club which became her seventh consecutive top-ten album in the U.S. The 15-track effort includes the previously released songs “Wildflower Wildfire,” “Blue Banisters,” and “Text Book” plus new single “Arcadia.” “I guess you could say this album is about what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now,” Del Rey shared. “If you’re interested go back and listen to the first three songs I put out earlier. They chronicle the beginning. [‘Arcadia’] hits somewhere in the middle and by the time the record drops you will hear where we’re at today.”

File Under: Rock, Pop
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Driving Stupid: Horror Asparagus Stories (Modern Harmonic) LP
Sarcastic slacker garage rock with self-consciously winsome lyrics, The Driving Stupid’s previously unreleased album plays like a garage group providing the soundtrack for a Z-grade horror-science fiction film!

File Under: OST
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William S. Fischer: Circles (Real Gone) LP
1970 was a time for heady experimentation in popular music, but very few records—and even fewer on major labels—come close to matching the stylistic ground covered by William S. Fischer’s album Circles. African-American composer/ arranger/ keyboardist/ saxophonist Fischer grew up woodshedding with the likes of Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Muddy Waters, and Percy Mayfield…and then took a sudden left turn by studying electronic music in Vienna during the mid-‘60s. There, he met Joe Zawinul, and ended up penning five of the six tunes on Zawinul’s groundbreaking 1968 album The Rise and Fall of the Third Stream. Fischer went on to arrange for Herbie Mann, who signed him to his Embryo imprint for Atlantic Records; Circles was Fischer’s one and only release for the label. And he didn’t waste the opportunity; an utterly mindblowing mix of Sly Stone funk, heavy Hendrix-y metal, Southern soul, jazz fusion, and Stockhausen-esque explorations on the Moog synthesizer, Circles enlisted the same band (bassist Ron Carter, guitarists Eric Weissberg and Hugh McCracken) that Fischer had worked with while acting as Musical Director on Eugene McDaniels’ underground classic Outlaw, complemented by drummer Billy Cobham and a five-piece cello section. With a line-up like that, it’s little wonder that the artistic reach of Circles is breathtaking, but it somehow manages to cohere according to its own internal, crazy logic; it remains one of the most adventuresome and collectible releases of its day. For this, its first-ever vinyl reissue, we’ve pressed 2000 copies in “black ice” vinyl, preserved the original “circle” cut-out stencil cover, and added liner notes by Peter Relic that feature quotes from Fischer himself. For the intrepid listener!

File Under: Jazz, Electronic
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Goblin: Profondo Rosso – Live Soundtrack Experience (Svart) LP
After the successful Dawn of the Dead live soundtrack performance in 2017 and subsequent live LP release by Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin, Svart Records are proud to present another foray into the world of classic Italian horror soundtracks. This time Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin were invited to Finland to perform a Dario Argento two movie set, opening with a live accompaniment to Profondo Rosso and finishing the night with a striking rendition of Suspiria. Recorded on May 19, 2019 and mixed and mastered by Simonetti himself in his studio in Rome, Svart deliver vinyl editions of the Live Soundtrack Experience – Profondo Rosso and Suspiria as performed at the Savoy Theatre in Helsinki. These exclusive jewels come wrapped in gatefold jackets with sumptuous new artwork by the master Eric Adrian Lee, including new lobby card designs of shots from the performance as taken by the photographer Marco Manzi. Both LPs are available on black and colored vinyl. Get closer to the creepy mystique and jarring horror of this quintessential Simonetti’s Goblin soundtrack, live and in the flesh!

File Under: Prog, OST
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Steve Gunn/Bill Fay: Dust Filled Room (Dead Oceans) 7″
Steve Gunn’s cover of Bill Fay’s 1971 song “Dust Filled Room.”

File Under: Folk
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PJ Harvey: Let England Shake Demos (Island) LP
Collection of unreleased demos of tracks written for PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake, including demos of “The Words That Maketh Murder,” “The Glorious Land” and “The Last Living Rose.” Features brand new artwork – the cover is a drawing by Polly, and the package also includes previously unseen photos by Seamus Murphy. Mastering by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering, under the guidance of longtime PJ Harvey producer John Parish. The second album in her catalogue to win the UK’s Mercury Music Prize, PJ Harvey’s 2011 release Let England Shake was recorded in a 19th Century church in Dorset, on a cliff-top overlooking the sea. Featuring the singles “The Words That Maketh Murder” and “The Glorious Land,” it was created with a cast of musicians including such long-standing allies as Flood, John Parish and Mick Harvey. It served as the eighth PJ Harvey album overall, following 2007’s acclaimed White Chalk, and the Harvey/Parish collaboration A Woman A Man Walked By. What is remarkable about Let England Shake is bound up with its music, its abiding atmosphere, and in particular, its words. If Harvey’s previous work seemed to draw on direct emotional experience, this album is rather different. Its songs center on both her home country, and events further afield in which it has embroiled itself. The lyrics return, time and again, to the matter of war, the fate of the people who must do the fighting, and events separated by whole ages, from Afghanistan to Gallipoli. The album they make up is not a work of protest, nor of strait-laced social or political comment. It brims with the mystery and magnetism in which she excels. But her lyric-writing in particular has arrived at a new, breathtaking place here, in which the human aspects of history are pushed to the foreground. Put simply, not many people make records like this.

File Under: Pop, Rock
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Holy Hive: s/t (Big Crown) LP
In 2020 Brooklyn’s Holy Hive introduced us all to something we didn’t know we needed. Homer Steinweiss’ thickly pocketed drumming paired with Paul Spring’s floaty falsetto vocal produces a sound that’s like a salve. It’s been dubbed Folk Soul and Holy Hive not only expertly overlay the more apparent musical aspects of folk and soul – but they also draw from the more profound: being able to pull traditions from the past and make them their own. When Homer wasn’t playing drums for Lady Gaga or Adele or Bruno Mars, he’d produce Paul’s solo folk records. Along with original bassist and frequent collaborator Joe Harrison, these sessions proved to be Holy Hive’s foundation. And their first record, Float Back to You, expertly combined what each musician does best: Paul’s heady, reflective approach to folk with Homer’s universal classic soul sound. With their new record released on Big Crown, Holy Hive’s beautifully simple-and-sparse Folk Soul sound is back – but updated. With new influences and the challenge of creating and capturing music during a global pandemic, this new self-titled album, is more personal, more reflective. The first single off of Holy Hive, “I Don’t Envy Yesterdays,” picks up right where Homer and Paul left off. The song weighs the question of time and the human condition – a deeply thoughtful and typically tricky subject – but in a light, almost easy-breezy way. Homer’s drumming provides the song a space, a kind of breathing room. Written in the Yucca Valley desert before the world broke in 2020, it’s no wonder Paul’s voice drifts and darts on top of it all like a heat shimmer. They describe three distinct phases when piecing together Holy Hive: this first stage was pre-pandemic in California while traveling as a group, then – like the rest of us – they were separated, creating together but apart, and lastly an explosion of output once they reunited in New York. There is a natural but subtle evolution for Holy Hive on this record. Homer and Paul drew from new and maybe more obscure-yet-honest influences. It’s still very much Folk Soul – how could it not be. But, like all artists, they’ve taken in what they’ve made and how they’ve made it, only to push it into new places. We know of Holy Hive’s ability to lyrically convey the abstract and complex in poetic and palatable ways. But where the first record was soulfully silver-tongued with chill songs about love and affection, Holy Hive widens the lens with these novel influences, reflecting the points both Homer and Paul are in their own lives. “We put the utmost importance on having lyrics that mean something to us,” Homer explains. “A lot of the songs on the first record were fun, but could be kind of surface. On this record, we wanted to be more personal – we wanted to write more about life.”

File Under: Funk, Soul
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Imarhan: Aboogi (City Slang) LP
For 20 years the Tuareg culture and music has fascinated the world. Their quasi-sacred poetic songs inspire western songwriters like KURT VILE or JOSÉ GONZALEZ, while the virtuosity of their guitar playing fascinates guitar heroes like JIMMY PAGE, and finally the spirituality and meditative hypnotism impresses electronic music producers like FOUR TET. With two albums, IMARHAN has become an emblem of the new Tuareg generation, breathing new life into “Assouf”, the desert blues. While most of current Tuareg productions are exiled to the United States, the group, led by Sadam, is part of their culture and their city, the capital of the Tuareg people, with an open door to the desert. By building their own studio in Tamanrasset Aboogi, Imarhan become the spokesmen of the young Tuareg lost generation (forgotten by Algerian, Nigerian and Malian governments). With their new album Aboogi, Imarhan manipulate the rights and ancestry of the Tuareg. By inviting the legendary Mohamed At Itlale aka Japonais (who has since, sadly, passed away) and the genius musician Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni, IMARHAN follows the heritage of TINARIWEN, the godfathers of Assouf. When they recorded with GRUFF RHYS of the SUPER FURRY ANIMALS, their brilliant and universal songwriting takes on every sense of the word. Finally, by inviting the Sudanese singer Sulafa Elyas, we understand that IMARHAN is open to all of Africa, defenders of the Tuaregs but above all spokesperson for the new African generation.

File Under: Africa, Tuareg, Blues
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Don Julian & The Larks: Super Slick (Real Gone) LP
One of the holy grails of ‘70s soul-funk collectors finally gets a proper reissue (and yes, original copies of this 1974 release on the Money label will cost you a lot of, er, money)! Don Julian was a Los Angeles-based doo wopper who got his start leading The Meadowlarks, who recorded a number of sides for Dootone Records. The Meadowlarks then became The Larks, who, like so many other R&B groups of their era, achieved one hit wonder immortality with a dance craze song, 1964’s “The Jerk.” They spent the rest of the ’60s trying to recapture that magic with tracks like “Soul Jerk” and “The Penguin” (on Jerk Records, natch) before resurfacing with a couple of longplayers on the Money label. But this is where things get a little murky. The group also recorded a soundtrack for a long-rumored, never seen blaxploitation film called Shorty the Pimp (supposedly Quentin Tarantino has the only copy). In 1998, Ace Records assembled tracks from the Shorty the Pimp score on a CD release, but while seven of the ten tracks on Super Slick appear on that collection, many of them differ markedly from their soundtrack incarnations. So, the how, when, and where of this recording remain very much a mystery. But no matter; with its blend of Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”-era Temptations, and ‘70s sweet soul (e. g a cover of David Gates & Bread’s “Make It with You”), Super Slick wears its influences very much on its sleeve while transcending them with soaring, falsetto-filigreed harmonies, percolating bass, and note-perfect arrangements. Trivia note: that’s Richard Berry of “Louie Louie” fame doing the deep-voiced spoken word parts on “Super Slick” and “Shorty the Pimp.” We’re pressing this in blue vinyl to match the album cover…this is a reissue that’s been a long time comin’!

File Under: Funk, Soul
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Los Bitchos: Let the Festivities Begin! (City Slang) LP
Panthers prowling through a desert. Cowgirls swaggering into a saloon and kicking up dust. Riding shotgun with a Tarantino heroine. Having the fiesta of your lives under a giant piñata with all your friends. Los Bitchos’ hallucinatory surf-exotica is as evocative as it is playful: the London-based pan-continental group could well be your new favourite party band with their instrumental voyages that are the soundtrack to setting alight to a row of flaming sambucas and losing yourself to the night. They’ve got a bun-tight knack for a groove – and they’ve got the best fringes in rock’n’roll too. Serra Petale (guitar), Agustina Ruiz (keytar), Josefine Jonsson (bass) and Nic Crawshaw (drums) hail from different parts of the world but met via all-night house parties, or through friends, in London. Their unique sound binds them together, though, taking in a retrofuturistic blend of Peruvian chica, Argentine cumbia, Turkish psych and surf guitars. They are London’s answer to Khruangbin, if Khruangbin spent all weekend getting slammed on cheap tequila in a Dalston dive bar.

File Under: Surf, Exotica, Garage
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Brett Naucke: Mirror Ensemble (American Dreams) LP
Brett Naucke’s new LP Mirror Ensemble – created with Windy City mainstays Natalie Chami (TALsounds) and Whitney Johnson (Matchess) – is Naucke at his compositional and conceptual best. Marking a major departure from his earlier, fully synth-based output, Mirror Ensemble is a synthesizer record, an orchestral record, even a soundtrack. Naucke used scenes from Andrei Tarkovsky’s foundational 1975 film The Mirror as a signpost for mood and atmosphere, where the trio used specific images from the film as guides for improvisations, overlaid on Naucke’s modular synthesizer and other pre-composed sections. It paid off: Mirror Ensemble is bold and beautiful, demonstrating the peak possibilities of focused creation and trust in those closest to you. It’s a fierce burst into new territory, and with Naucke’s adventurous, ambitious writing and recording, there’s no telling where his attention will turn next.

File Under: Electronic
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James Newton: Flute Music (Morning Trip) LP
James Newton’s 1977 self-released solo-debut, ‘Flute Music’ is an unheralded gem of the 70’s jazz underground. An album that showcases a diverse range of styles and fervent cross-pollination, while retaining a clear sense of direction and cohesion. Newton would later go on to record with revered jazz labels like India Navigation and ECM, and collaborate with fellow creative luminaries like Sam Rivers, Anthony Davis, Andrew Cyrille, David Murray, and John Carter. But ‘Flute Music’ captures Newton’s fiery creativity and experimental nature in its earliest blossom.

File Under: Jazz
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Joe Pass: For Django (Tone Poet) (Blue Note) LP
Joe Pass’ For Django, recorded for Pacific Jazz in 1964, has long been considered a classic of the jazz guitar repertoire with Pass paying tribute to Django Reinhardt without in any way attempting to emulate him. Rather, Pass honors Django using his own masterful guitar style joined by fellow guitarist John Pisano as well as bassist Jim Hughart and drummer Colin Bailey. Highlights in this program of tunes either composed by or associated with Django include “Rosetta,” “Nuages,” and “Fleur D’ Ennui.” Blue Note Records’ acclaimed Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series continues in 2022. Launched in 2019 in honor of the label’s 80th Anniversary, the Tone Poet series is produced by Joe Harley (from Music Matters) and features all-analog, 180g audiophile vinyl reissues that are mastered from the original master tapes by Kevin Gray of Cohearent Audio. Tone Poet vinyl is manufactured at RTI in Camarillo, CA, and packaged in deluxe Stoughton Printing “Old Style” gatefold Tip-On jackets. The titles were once again handpicked by Harley and cover the crème de la crème of the Blue Note catalog along with underrated classics, modern era standouts, and albums from other labels under the Blue Note umbrella including Pacific Jazz and United Artists Records. Every aspect of these Blue Note/Tone Poet releases is done to the highest-possible standard. It means that you will never find a superior version.

File Under: Jazz
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Isaac Sasson: Canciones de Isaac (Olindo) LP
Olindo Records is proud to present the 7th full length release in its expanding catalogue by an old friend of the label, Venezuelan singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Isaac Sasson. The intimately titled, ‘Canciones de Isaac’, summons the sounds of the wind, birds, crickets, fallen leaves and the atmosphere of both Caracas by night, and daytime walks through the meadows of the Pyrenees, to create a parallel universe between his home country of Venezuela, and his current place of residence in Barcelona, Spain. Throughout the LP, Isaac’s gentle voice is accompanied by the traditional bandola llanera, charango and cuatro; various percussion and wind instruments; and carefully arranged strings. The 13 songs on the album develop a narrative built around personal stories that touch upon human emotions, family ties and friendships, to craft a collection of sonic postcards that evoke memories, places, travels and moments spent with loved ones during the musician’s journey between two continents. Recorded between Caracas and Barcelona, and mostly mixed by Fidel Goa, the results carry hues of the Venezuela Caribbean, with hints of the Mediterranean thanks to the additional mixing work of Benet Serra. Mastered and cut by Frank Merritt at The Carvery, the music is beautifully complemented by illustrations from Andreína Vallés, with additional design by Brunella Giannangeli.

File Under: Latin, Folk, Psych
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Shovels & Rope: Manticore (Dualtone) LP
The songs and stories that make up Manticore are visceral, bold and at times deeply personal. And while all those adjectives could be used to describe the duo, this time around it rings true in a way that hits differently – or at least harder. Perhaps everything hits harder for everyone these days. And while most of these songs were written before the pandemic, they were all recorded at a time when everyone was inside. It takes aim at the human experience and does so without pulling a single punch: reflections on idol worship, homelessness, social justice, the experience of fierce parental love and marital strife are all on the menu here; and in true American fashion, the helpings are plentiful.

File Under: Folk, Country
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Social Distortion: White Light, White Heat, White Thrash (Music on Vinyl) LP
White Light, White Heat, White Trash is the fifth album by American punk rock band Social Distortion, which was originally released in 1996. The album is produced by Michael Beinhorn. This album received the highest chart position, entering the Billboard 200 Album Chart at #27. In the first week of its release, it sold over 30.000 copies. It includes the hits “I Was Wrong”, “Don’t Drag Me Down” and a praised cover version of the Stones’ “Under My Thumb”. Stylistically, the album is considered a return to their hardcore punk roots. Social Distortion is one of the best-selling punk rock bands and continue to receive worldwide respect and support. White Light, White Heat, White Trash is available as a 25th Anniversary Limited Edition of 4000 individually numbered copies on silver & black marbled vinyl.

File Under: Punk
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Soul Chance & Wesley Bright: Who Could It Be? (Colemine) 7″
A cross-country collaboration reaffirms that strong Ohio-California connection ever-present for many Colemine artists. This time, Mr. Wesley Bright (sweet soul singer and professional beekeeper) is stepping out over some heavy reggae with The Soul Chance! Sweetness all around!

File Under: Funk, Soul
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St. Paul & The Broken Bones: The Alien Coast (ATO) LP
A fever dream in sonic form, St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ new album The Alien Coast marks the most adventurous and original output yet from an ever-evolving musical powerhouse. In a profound shift for the Alabama-bred eight-piece – the band’s fourth full-length strays far from the time-bending soul of past work like their 2014 debut, arriving at a dizzying convergence of rock & roll and R&B, psychedelia and stoner metal, gospel and jazz-funk. At turns explosive, elegant, and thrillingly unhinged, that sound makes for a majestic backdrop to St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ visceral exploration of the strangest dimensions of the human psyche. Produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Drive-By Truckers, Margo Price, Cut Worms), The Alien Coast is the first album the outfit have ever recorded in their hometown of Birmingham. In creating the ultra-vivid dreamscape threaded throughout The Alien Coast, the band’s chief lyricist drew inspiration from such disparate sources as Greek mythology, dystopian sci-fi, 17th century Italian sculpture, and colonial-period history books.

File Under: Soul, RnB, Psych
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Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos: Sunk in the Mist (Colemine) 7″
A bonus cut from Jr. Thomas’ “Rockstone” sessions in L.A., this little nugget from a forthcoming 7-inch single oozes with all the sweet Jamaican vibes that fans of Jr. Thomas have become accustomed to! Authentically steeped in traditional JA music, but also clearly forward facing with wonderful original songwriting from Tom McDowall. With B-side ‘Lava Rock.’

File Under: Reggae
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Stanley Turrentine: Rough ‘n Tumble (Tone Poet) (Blue Note) LP
Stanley Turrentine’s 1966 soul jazz classic Rough ‘N Tumble finds a deep and bluesy groove that doesn’t let up from start to finish. Joining Turrentine are the crème de la crème: Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Pepper Adams on baritone saxophone, James Spaulding on alto saxophone, McCoy Tyner on piano, Grant Green on guitar, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums. Highlights include soulful covers of Ray Charles’ “What Could I Do Without You,” Burt Bacharach’s “Walk On By,” and “Feeling Good,” which Nina Simone had recorded the year before. Blue Note Records’ acclaimed Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series continues in 2022. Launched in 2019 in honor of the label’s 80th Anniversary, the Tone Poet series is produced by Joe Harley (from Music Matters) and features all-analog, 180g audiophile vinyl reissues that are mastered from the original master tapes by Kevin Gray of Cohearent Audio. Tone Poet vinyl is manufactured at RTI in Camarillo, CA, and packaged in deluxe Stoughton Printing “Old Style” gatefold Tip-On jackets. The titles were once again handpicked by Harley and cover the crème de la crème of the Blue Note catalog along with underrated classics, modern era standouts, and albums from other labels under the Blue Note umbrella including Pacific Jazz and United Artists Records. Every aspect of these Blue Note/Tone Poet releases is done to the highest-possible standard. It means that you will never find a superior version.

File Under: Jazz
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Beatles: Let It Be (Apple) LP
Big Black: Atomizer (Touch & Go) LP
Bjork: Debut (One Little Indian) LP
Bjork: Post (One Little Indian) LP
Blonde Redhead: Fake Can Be Just as Good (Touch & Go) LP
Blonde Redhead: In An Expression of the Inexpressible (Touch & Go) LP
Bon Iver: 22, A Million (Jagjaguwar) LP
Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar) LP
David Bowie: Blackstar (Columbia) LP
David Bowie: Low (Parlophone) LP
Joanna Brouk: The Space Between (Numero) LP
Burial: Antidawn (Hyperdub) LP
Can: Future Days (Spoon) LP
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Let Love In (Mute) LP
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!! (Mute) LP
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: First Born is Dead (Mute) LP
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: No More Shall We Part (Mute) LP
D’Angelo: Voodoo (Universal) LP
Death Grips: No Love Deep Web (Harvest) LP
Mac Demarco: Salad Days (Captured Tracks) LP
Nick Drake: Pink Moon (Island) LP
Fugazi: The Argument (Dischord) LP
Garcia Peoples: Dodging Dues (No Quarter) LP
Lauryn Hill: Miseducation of.. (Sony) LP
Sharon Jones: 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone) LP
Sharon Jones: Just Dropped in…. (Daptone) LP
Khruangbin: Con Todo El Mundo (Dead Oceans) LP
King Crimson: Lizard (Panegyric) LP
Kinks: Something Else (Sanctuary) LP
Kinks: Village Green Preservation Society (Santuary) LP
LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening (DFA) LP
Adrianne Lenker: Songs and Instrumentals (4AD) LP
Lord Huron: Long Lost (Republic) LP
Metallica: s/t (Blackened) LP
Mdou Moctar: Afelan (Sahel Sounds) LP
Mdou Moctar: Afrique Victime (Matador) LP
Mdou Moctar: Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai OST (Sahel) LP
Mdou Moctar: Ilana: The Creator (Sahel) LP
Monophonics: It’s Only Us (Colemine) LP
Minoru Muraoka: Bamboo (Mr. Bongo) LP
My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (Domino) LP
Marissa Nadler: The Path of the Clouds (Sacred Bones) LP
Neutral Milk Hotel: In The Aeroplane Over the Sea (Merge) LP
Nico: Drama of Exile (Modern Harmonic) LP
Nuclear Assault: Handle with Care (Century Media) LP
Pinegrove: 11:11 (Rough Trade) LP
Pedro Santos: Krishnanda (Mr. Bongo) LP
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magic (Warner) LP
Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version) (Republic) LP
T. Rex: The Slider (Demon) LP
Tangerine Dream: Electronic Meditation (Tiger Bay) LP
Thundercat: Golden Age of the Apocalypse (Brainfeeder) LP
Jack White: Blunderbuss (Third Man) LP
Wiz Khalifa: Rolling Papers (Atlantic) LP
Wu-Tang: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (RCA) LP
Various: Daptone Super Soul Revival Live! (Daptone) LP