…..news letter #1048 – dayed…..

Another heavy week for new arrivals! Been waiting on the Zoviet France LPs to arrive for over 2 months. The second half of Bill Fay’s Still Some Light contains one of my all time favorites tracks of his. Some major new releases like the Arcade Fire, Daft Punk reissues, Mary Lattimore, more Blue Note & Acoustic Sounds reissues. A big batch of punk and metal from Supreme Echo, and so much more!

Current operations…..

– in-store shopping/pick ups – 11 – 6 pm Monday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm Saturday
(if you don’t want to come into the store for a pick up, call and/or use the back door)
– We will be wearing masks, if you want to, great! If not, that’s also fine, but please be respectful of other people’s space and decisions.
– Sanitize your hands (we’ll have some)

…..picks of the week…..

Zoviet France: Bundle (Vinyl on Demand) 16LP
 :Zoviet*France: is an idiosyncratic group of anonymous music makers, gatherers of sound, and fabricators of unknown music. For nearly 40 years, they have explored and reported back from the liminal areas of music and composition, walking the margins where little is easily located and consensus reality melds with the hypnagogic and half-heard.  Having wilfully obscured themselves in Newcastle upon Tyne since their inception in 1980, :zoviet*france: has developed a radical relationship with cheap technologies, homemade acoustic instruments, primitive looping and sampling techniques, and basic dub trickery from which the group has crafted a distinctly unique vocabulary of sonic hypnosis. Just as the group’s sound has alchemically reconfigured inexpensive technologies, the packaging of their releases has avoided standard formats with aluminium, steel, wood and porcelain among the materials that have been bent and cut to shape instead.

This bundle includes:
VOD 172 1/2 in.version (1996) 2LP – first time on vinyl  
VOD 172 3/4 Digilogue (1996) 2LP – first time on vinyl for the original expanded CD release
VOD 172 5/6 Feedback (Mort aux vaches) (1998) 2LP – first time on vinyl
VOD 172 7/8 The Decriminalisation of Country Music (2000) 2LP – first time on vinyl, including additional unreleased recordings
VOD 172 9/10 A Long Walk (2011) 2LP – first physical release
VOD 172 11/12 7.10.12 (2012) 2LP 
VOD 172 13/14 The Tables Are Turning (2013) 2LP – including additional unreleased recordings
VOD 172 15/16 A Third Collusion (new) 2LP – tracks from compilations, first time on vinyl

File Under: Electronic, Ambient, Kris’s Picks, Ian’s Picks
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Bill Fay: Still Some Light: Part 2 (Dead Oceans) LP
Bill Fay has always sung about attempting to understand the most universal questions: those of nature, spirituality, humanity. His songs are “calming hymns for another chaotic time”, he says. His influence can be traced through many artist’s work, and so it only seemed right to celebrate this with a collection of newer voices interpreting his timeless tracks. Originally released in 2010 by David Tibet (Current 93), Still Some Light was released as a double CD, made up of 70’s album demos (Disc One) and 2009 home recordings (Disc Two). In 2022, for the first time, this collection of recordings is pressed to vinyl, presented alongside contemporary reimaginings of the tracks by Kevin Morby, Steve Gunn, Julia Jacklin and Mary Lattimore. Fay’s words and melodies remain unaffected by the passing of time and changing trends; and here alongside the original recordings, these reinvented versions still calmly guide us through another moment of chaos.

File Under: Folk
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Jason Kolar: Liquid Rhythm (Dauw) LP
Three years after Stroom TV released his debut album Modified Perspectives, Kolàr released, Loops & Pieces, a documentation of sounds he has been working on in the period 2017-2020. According to Kolàr, this tape, also his first release for Dauw, was full of vaporous drafts transforming into solid forms with the help of time and distance. Compared to his previous work, the music on Loops & Pieces is much more stripped down and minimal, yet the dreamy character remained. On Liquid Rhythm, we see Kolàr combining approaches of both albums. Using synths and acoustic instruments, he created 10 songs reflecting his typical playful yet melancholic aesthetics. “This record is dedicated to all those humans, animals and elements that flow around me; no matter the distance, no matter the time. They all shape who I am and the way I listen” – Jason Kolàr

File Under: Ambient
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…..new arrivals…..

David Allred: Driving Through the Aftermath of a Storm on a Clear Day (Dauw) LP
Ambient folk musician and experimental composer from Portland, Oregon David Allred returns to Belgium-based Dauw Label with a full length record, Driving Through the Aftermath of a Storm on a Clear Day, set to be released on vinyl and all streaming services on December 10th, 2021. The underlying theme of this music is about exercising calm and learning to find it in the aftermath of all situations. These modern classical compositions are primarily centered around felt piano, strings, brass, tape, voices, synthesizers, guitars, percussion, etc. with methodical dynamic dub-inspired experimental arrangements throughout. While primarily working and touring internationally as a solo artist, David has also released music under various collaborative projects such as Allred & Broderick (with Peter Broderick) and Good Enough for Grandpa (with Greg Eldridge). David has additionally appeared on works by Aidan Coughlan, Jung Body, St. Tsunami, Heather Woods Broderick, Lubomyr Melnyk, Masayoshi Fujita, Chantal Acda, Brigid Mae Power, Birger Olsen, The Beacon Sound Choir, etc.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Arcade Fire: WE (Columbia) LP
White or Black vinyl! WE serves as the sixth Arcade Fire studio album and is made up of seven songs that speak to this moment with unique directness. Written, recorded, and released during a critical historical juncture, they are divided into two distinct sides, “I” and “WE.” If the “I” side of the record evokes and embodies our holed-up anxiety and lack of physical connection, the “WE” side captures the excitement of new possibilities and the elevating thrill of committing to one another socially and personally. Produced by Nigel Godrich, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, WE is a 40 minute epic as much about the forces that threaten to pull us away from the people we love, as it is inspired by the urgent need to overcome them. 180 gram vinyl LP in a gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeve, folded 24″ x 36″ poster and 4″ x 4″ sticker.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Belle & Sebastian: A Bit of Previous (Matador) LP
A Bit of Previous is a classic Belle and Sebastian album preoccupied with songs and melodies that won’t leave your head and lyrics that can make you smile and ponder and sometimes be melancholic. It’s an album self-produced and recorded by Belle and Sebastian (with contributions from Brian McNeil, Matt Wiggins, Kevin Burleigh and Shawn Everett) and their most hands-on since The Boy With The Arab Strap. So what is a A Bit of Previous? It’s a bit of everything, and a lot of what makes Belle and Sebastian so special and enduring. It’s a band tackling the insight, experience and responsibility that come with getting older with humor and irreverence and lyrical exactitude and musical bravado. It’s one of the UK’s most beloved pop portraitists asserting themselves as an infallible source of energy and fun.

File Under: Indie Rock
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John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman: s/t (Impulse) LP
Clarinetist Tony Scott once called the number “Lush Life” “the Mount Everest of Jazz soloists.” Thousands have stood at the foot of the mountain but only a couple of dozen ever made it right to the top. Among these few were the singer Johnny Hartman and the John Coltrane Quartet in March 1963 — not just with that song but with other favorites too. The list extends from “They Say It’s Wonderful” which sounds as though it is clad in black silk, to the lyrical “My One And Only Love,” right up to the light-footed rumba “Autumn Serenade,” here are six true masterpieces which will get right under your skin. Just listen to how relaxed and self-assuredly the crooner’s great voice carries the melody, which is then taken up and continued by the great John Coltrane on his instrument. The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013. Seeking to offer definitive audiophile grade versions of some of the most historic and best jazz records ever recorded, Verve Label Group and Universal Music Enterprises’ audiophile Acoustic Sounds vinyl reissue series utilizes the skills of top mastering engineers and the unsurpassed production craft of Quality Record Pressings. All titles are mastered from the original analog tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and packaged by Stoughton Printing Co. in high-quality gatefold sleeves with tip-on jackets.

File Under: Jazz
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Chick Corea: Akoustic Band Live (Concord) LP
The jazz world was stunned and saddened by the unexpected passing of legendary pianist Chick Corea on February 9, 2021, from a rare form of cancer. In a posthumous statement released on his Facebook page, Corea bid farewell to his compatriots and fans in the same joyous spirit with which he always approached the keyboard: “I want to thank all of those along my journey who have helped keep the music fires burning bright. It is my hope that those who have an inkling to play, write, perform or otherwise, do so. If not for yourself then for the rest of us. It’s not only that the world needs more artists, it’s also just a lot of fun.” Two of the gifted musicians who’d helped Chick keep those fires burning so brightly were bassist John Patitucci and drummer Dave Weckl, the pianist’s bandmates in his storied Akoustic Band. Corea worked hard making sure everything was just right for this first release by the trio in over two decades. Straightforwardly titled Chick Corea Akoustic Band Live, the triple vinyl set was recorded January 13, 2018 at SPC Music Hall in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Concord Jazz release serves as a celebratory reminder of Corea’s singular genius, with more than two hours of inspired playing and spirited camaraderie. Under any circumstances, these thrilling live recordings would be a welcome addition to Corea’s prodigious discography. With the news of his passing still so fresh in listeners’ minds, its release comes as an opportunity for fans to bid farewell while cherishing the communal energy and playful vigor that made the pianist a favorite of jazz lovers around the world for nearly 60 years. And the reunion of the Akoustic Band is emblematic of the esteem in which Corea held his fellow musicians, as he made sure to express in his final statement.

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Daft Punk: Alive 1997 (Daft Life) LP
Known as much for their music and technical innovation as their groundbreaking and elaborate visual universe, which centered around their irrepressible and mysterious Robot personas, the idea for Daft Punk’s first live album, Alive 1997, started when the duo happened upon a live recording captured from a stellar performance in Birmingham, UK in November 1997 during their first European tour. After listening to the recording, they decided that it was their best live performance ever and wanted to share it with Daft Punk fans worldwide. Issued in 2001, Alive 1997 is comprised of 45 minutes of non-stop live mixing that showcases Daft Punk’s unique and influential DJ style. Alive 1997 served as the group’s second release of 2001, coming on the heels of the critically acclaimed album, Discovery, which spawned the #1 dance/club hit, “One More Time.”

File Under: Electronic
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Daft Punk: Homework (Daft Life) LP
In their nearly 30-year history together Grammy-winning robot helmet adorned French house duo Daft Punk redefined electronic music, pioneered the live dance concert experience and shaped pop culture. Widely regarded as an innovative synthesis of techno, house, acid house and disco, their 1997 debut Homework stands among the most influential dance music recordings of all time. Featuring the acclaimed hit singles “Around the World” and “Da Funk” which were both nominated for Grammy Awards for ‘Best Dance Recording’, Homework offered a rewarding and groundbreaking early glimpse at a group who subsequently became the biggest electronic act in the world! “Daft Punk’s debut is pure synapse-tweaking brilliance. In the Nineties, when artists like the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim were bringing in guest-star vocalists and sampling rock records, and ad executives were strip-mining club beats, French duo Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo proved that techno and house could be as elastic, catchy and, at times, as funny as the poppiest pop without diluting its hypnotically driving, acidic essence.” – #1 on Rolling Stone’s list of ‘The 30 Greatest EDM Albums Of All Time’

File Under: Electronic
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Justin Townes Earle: Single Mothers & Absent Fathers (Vagrant) LP
Colored vinyl 2LP reissue of Justin Townes Earle’s 2014 album Single Mothers and 2015 follow-up Absent Fathers. Absent Fathers was recorded alongside Single Mothers as a double album, but as the singer-songwriter began to sequence it, he felt each half needed to make its own statement and they took on their own identities. Single Mothers was released in September 2014 and, combined with Absent Fathers, perfectly showcases exactly why JTE is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana. The albums were recorded live with his four-piece touring band with only days of rehearsal leading up to recording to keep the ideas fresh. No overdubs, no other singers, no additional players – just a real, heartfelt performance capturing the moment. In fact, his songs “Picture in a Drawer” and “It’s Cold in This House” are only Justin, his guitar and his pedal steel player Paul Niehaus.

File Under: Folk, Country
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Carl Erdmann: Bizzarrophytes (Morning Trip) LP
Carl Erdmann’s Bizzarrophytes was recorded in Roswell, New Mexico, during the final years of the 70’s. A desert-fried haze of buzzing sitar raga, shimmering guitar soli, and lonesome instrumental psych. Erdmann had been galvanized several years prior by witnessing an intimate performance by Ravi Shankar at Austin’s University of Texas. Erdmann spent the next several years with a sitar in the back of his pickup truck – teaching himself the instrument between stints working on an oil field as a geologist. Bizarrophytes was released in a miniscule private press run, financed and distributed by Erdmann himself. Most copies didn’t make it out of the southwest. And it has remained woefully hard to find until now. The disparate sounds of Erdmann’s experimentation hang together as a beautifully cohesive tapestry of home-brewed psychedelic folk. A menagerie of eclectic instrumental experimentation, baked in the desert sun, and captured to tape. Morning Trip Records is proud to present Bizzarrophytes.

File Under: Folk, Psych
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Taylor Deupree: Mur (Dauw) LP
Deupree describes the album title “as if there’s always something about my music that’s like a murmur”, resulting in a murmuring effect when pronouncing the names of each track. Mur is a personal journey through the challenging year that 2020 has been. Taylor Deupree is an American musician and mastering engineer based just outside of New York. As a former member of the American electronic band Prototype 909, Deupree has had numerous collaborations with artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Stephen Vitiello, Alva Noto and Marcus Fischer. Curating 12k, a New-York based music label, is another aspect of Deupree’s career and brought together over one hundred releases since its beginnings in 1997. Having some similar artists in our catalog (Federico Durand, Will Samson and Steinbüchel for example), it’s safe to say that Deupree’s new release through Dauw will be in good company. “Mur is a profoundly tender work, made for close listening; the waters of its meditational, memorial stream of flowing minimalist ambient run deep.” (Loud and Quiet, 7/10)

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Booker Ervin: The Book Cooks (BMG) LP
Vinyl reissue of the classic 1961 debut album by the American jazz tenor saxophonist. Booker Ervin was one of jazz’s biggest what-if’s; he died young, at 39, from kidney disease, right as he was hitting another wave of sonic experiments. He was a tenor who played the blues like they emanated from deep inside him, taking inspiration from field hollers as much as bebop. He got compared to Coltrane – who made a lot of similar playing decisions – but he had a different way of playing his blues. The Book Cooks shows that Ervin arrived on the solo scene essentially fully formed; he’d change towards the end of the ‘60s, but this LP was a roadmap for him for the first part of his bandleader career.

FIle Under: Jazz
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Father John Misty: Chloe and the Next 20th Century (Sub Pop) BOX
Father John Misty returns with Chloë and the Next 20th Century, his fifth long-player and first new material since the release of God’s Favorite Customer in 2018. Chloë and the Next 20th Century was written and recorded August through December 2020 and features arrangements by Drew Erickson. The album sees Josh Tillman and producer/multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Wilson resume their longtime collaboration, as well as Dave Cerminara’s return as engineer and mixer. Basic tracks were recorded at Wilson’s Five Star Studios with strings, brass, and woodwinds recorded at United Recordings in a session featuring Dan Higgins and Wayne Bergeron, among others. Chloë and The Next 20th Century comes introduced by the singles “Funny Girl,” “Q4,” “Goodbye Mr. Blue,” and “Kiss Me (I Loved You).” This Deluxe box set includes a hardcover book containing both of the colored vinyl LPs plus two bonus 7″s (Lana Del Rey covering album track “Buddy’s Rendezvous,” while the other has Jack Cruz’s version of a “Kiss Me (I Loved You)”) and a poster.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Humble Bee: Daymark (Dauw) LP
Craig Tattersall made quite a name for himself by offering a series of consistent releases on his own imprints Cotton Goods and Other Ideas. After more than 5 years of silence, our favourite bee is finally back with 2 new full length albums: Daymark and Nightmark. Both albums are made around the same time and can be seen as complementary odes to these different and opposite parts of the day. With typically tactile sensitivity, his ’Daymark’ half unfolds in two durational parts that transition from sleepy, dawning rustles to wintry keyboard melodies and Basinski-esque washed-out piano and smudged ‘shirean brass in ‘Off Station, at little afternoon, amidst the saltwater marsh’, to an achingly fragile B-side of lonely piano motifs and accordions that endearing struggle and wheeze on into evening, appearing to grow heavier and tired with their bassy load until the piece sinks into sighing organ drones. Trust it’s all served with generous helpings of fuzz and accreted crackle that softens the edges even further and can’t help but charm listeners seeking sympathetic whimsy.

File Under: Ambient, Electronic
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Humble Bee: Nightmark (Dauw) LP
Craig Tattersall made quite a name for himself by offering a series of consistent releases on his own imprints Cotton Goods and Other Ideas. After more than 5 years of silence, our favourite bee is finally back with 2 new full length albums: Daymark and Nightmark. Both albums are made around the same time and can be seen as complementary odes to these different and opposite parts of the day. In the 2nd part of his latest for Belgium’s Dauw, Craig Tattersall (Hood, The Boats) whispers frayed scenes for his spiritual home, poetically describing a gauzy trip into late night. Tattersall’s melodic sensibilities are more tenderly raw on the concluding part of his new album couplet. The A-side’s ‘On the stroke of the dark, keeper of the light, beacon for the heart’ he weaves in burbling music box mælody and slow breathing woodwind to his dappled keys, leading to a really gorgeous section of burned-out, hypnagogic wooze recalling Burial or Gas at their most heart-grabbing, and tailing off into trains of droning, melodic thought that really only come about once the sun has set. ‘Extinguished Light’ then blows out the candle or dampens the oil light flicker to play in the shadows with warbling, laminal, sibilant motifs that tremble off his fingers-as-tongues and gently reverberate out into the gloom, drowsily drawing us into crackling harmonic distortions that remind of Stephan Mathieu’s post-classical experiments, and come to settle in near static figures that linger in a heavy but spare air.

File Under: Ambient, Electronic
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Jeanines: Don’t Wait For A Sign (Slumberland) LP
Jeanines’ 2019 self-titled debut was an indiepop tour-de-force that drew from a deep set of DIY pop influences, garnering attention from well beyond the international pop underground. Now they’re back with “Don’t Wait For A Sign,” and it’s a real gem. With the band now divided geographically and touched by the isolation and uncertainty of the pandemic, Jeanines’ new album is deeper and a bit darker than their debut. The folk influences feel more pronounced, at times recalling early Fairport Convention or Vashti Bunyan as much as indiepop touchstones like Dear Nora, The Aislers Set, and the many bands of Pam Berry. The thirteen songs on “Don’t Wait For A Sign” show a band in total mastery of their idiom—a brilliantly compelling blend of timeless influences illuminated by distinctive songwriting and sharp lyrics. The arrangements are always on point, full of interesting transitions and modulations but never fussy or in the way of the songs themselves. Alicia Jeanine’s vocals really take flight here, richer and more confident, and often layered in harmony. Second albums can be tricky, but but with “Don’t Wait For A Sign” Jeanines ably manage to build on their terrific debut with well-honed songwriting, singular melodies, and unerringly sympathetic production.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Jogging House: Companion (Dauw) LP
Dauw presents the new full-length studio album “Companion” by Jogging House. In 2019 “When” was released and figured as Jogging House’s first release through Dauw. It was composed with a very limited setup and expressed the typical Jogging House sound in which warm soundscapes are mingled with soft and playful melodies. For Companion, Potschubay explored new paths by subtracting almost every rhythmic structure to a bare minimum resulting in a more minimalistic and abstract sound design reflecting his moods after a year filled with loss and pain. It’s a thank you to the beings that helped him through – an album for the ones who stand by us. “My main goal is always to express my emotions as honest as I can. But when I start a new track, I often don’t have a particular plan to achieve that goal. So I try to find sounds that capture what I’m feeling at this very moment and then follow them. I add what feels right and throw out what feels wrong until I have a skeleton that I am confident could become a whole track.” Boris Potschubay is a German musician based in Frankfurt am Main. Besides his own music, Potschubay curates his own label, Seil Records which forms a home for Hainbach, KMRU among others. Jogging House debuted in 2011 and brought us more than a dozen releases in the meantime. Listening to all the records chronologically one after the other, demonstrates us how Potschubay is experimenting a wide range of sound sources and creates a variety of atmospheres but stays true to its own individuality.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Jogging House: When (Dauw) LP
The Frankfurt-based Jogging House is a relatively new name in the scene of minimal electronic music. However, within a short period of only 2 years he was able to attrack substantial attention from the (modular) synth community with numerous video’s in which he portrayed his music with a central focus on the instruments being used. The culmination of these endeavours were presented in the form of several well-received releases on his own Seil Records imprint. His new album ‘When’ is an album about time and how not to be bothered by it. Characteristic for Jogging House is his interest in music that seems to have fallen out of time. That feels both old and new. That evokes memories while remaining uncharted. This ambivalence is exactly what the artist wanted to capture on When. “The only way I know how, is to not overthink things, but trying to be as free as possible and doing what feels right. Thus, the eight tracks that make up When were recorded in single takes (straight to cassette), opening room for improvisation and detours.” The result is – compared to his previous releases – in many ways more raw and stubborn, full of unsynced fragments of fading melodies and rhythms that are ignoring time signatures. (Hopefully) creating an experience that is both confident and fragile, relaxed and untamed.

File Under: Ambient, Electronic
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Norah Jones: Come Away With Me (Blue Note) LP
Norah Jones’ seminal 2002 debut album Come Away With Me became a global phenomenon, reaching No. 1 in 20 countries, selling nearly 30 million copies, and sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards. This 20th Anniversary reissue finds the now-classic album freshly remastered and presented on 180g vinyl LP. Beautifully crafted, expertly recorded and played, the intimacy of the 14 mellow, soul-and-country tinged songs is what makes it so special. It’s like eavesdropping on someone’s private thoughts and it has a maturity that belies Jones’ age – she was 22 years old when she made it. Aside from the opening track, which made the Billboard Top 30, her cover of Hank Williams’ “Cold Cold Heart” and the delicate “Come Away With Me” serve as the standout cuts. A modern-day “standard” akin to Carole King’s Tapestry, few records in the 21st Century have resonated like this one! “I was incredibly proud of this album and so thankful to everyone who made it with me,” reflects Norah. “I figured it was a good first try and felt that it truly captured who I was – musically – at that time, which made me the proudest and is all you can really hope for when making a record. In the end I was so thankful that I got to explore a few different paths before putting them all together. No one, including the label, had any idea it would reach the success that it did. I’m forever grateful to Bruce and the very special team at Blue Note for giving me the chance to find my sound through all of it and for never telling me who I had to be.”

File Under: Jazz
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Butterfly 3001 (ATO) LP
“We’ve put off doing a remix album for a long time. Maybe it was conscious, maybe it wasn’t. But it’s happening now. That’s not to say that Butterfly 3000 makes the most sense to remix. It might seem like the obvious one, but it’s not. Yes it’s electronic. But so is a fridge. Have you tried to dance to Butterfly? It’s hard. It ties your shoelaces together. It’s duplicitous in it’s simplicity. But Butterfly 3001 expands on this. It also deviates and obliterates. We’re honoured to have such esteemed people go to work on these songs. We hope you love this album as much as we do. See you in Da Club!!!” – Joey Walke

File Under: Rock, Electronic
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Kradle: Standing on the Edge (Supreme Echo) LP
Canadian 80s Heavy Metal Rock. Kradle ruled the Vancouver metal scene with hits’n’hooks, heavy melodic rhythms, virtuoso guitars, and a charismatic frontman adorned in leather and studs. Torn from the same vest as their Sunset Strip brothers, Kradle played epic shows and received multiple record label offers yet left behind only one official tape. Standing on the Edge is the definitive Kradle collection: 12 songs in 48 minutes spanning the group’s evolution over four different recording sessions 1984-86. Remastered from original reels and best existing sources. Large-format 12-page booklet with photos, art, lyrics, and bio. Kradle stickers. 450 copies. “Kradle are a force to be reckoned with.” – Steve Newton, The Georgia Straight “We are interested in signing your band for release in North America with possible licensing in Japan, Europe, and South America.” – Wesley Hein, Enigma Records, 1984

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Steven Lambke: Volcano Volcano (You’ve Changed) LP
Steven Lambke has seen the music world from many angles – as a singer-songwriter performing as Baby Eagle, as a touring rock-and-roller as a member of the Constantines (Sub Pop Records), as the Creative Director of Sappyfest in Sackville, NB and as a co-founder of the artist-run label You’ve Changed Records. Lambke creates a DIY and artist-first free space on the margins of an industry driven by sales and a particular kind of recognition, careful about how he embodies his practice of art-making, and the work his music is doing in the world. On Volcano Volcano he is joined by long-time collaborators Daniel Romano and David Nardi (also of Daniel Romano’s Outift), and emerging superstar songwriter Carson McHone (Merge Records) for a joy-filled album rich in poetry and guitars, community and friendship, and dreaming together a new world “re-ordered from below”.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Mary Lattimore: Hundreds of Days (Ghostly) LP
The third LP from Mary Lattimore, released via Ghostly International (Tobacco, Dabrye), sees her expanding her sound far beyond her ever-present harp. Electric guitar, voice, piano, synth and more all crop up across the seven tracks that make up Hundreds Of Days. It is a testament to Lattimore’s compositional nous that these new instruments are incorporated tastefully, moving in and around her harp playing with delicacy. The luxurious arpeggios, runs and little clusters of notes she draws from her main instrument at times recalls post-minimalist composers like Arvo Part, while her expanded instrumental repertoire allows her to go further than she has previously. Case in point: the portentous, emotive ‘Their Faces Streaked With Light And Filled With Pity’, which contains an electric guitar part that could have been written by Explosions In The Sky or Earth

File Under: Ambient, Electronic, Classical, Harp
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Hank Mobley: Curtain Call (Blue Note) LP
It’s a sign of the sheer volume of top-notch hard bop that Blue Note was recording in the 1950s-60s that a supremely swinging date like Hank Mobley’s 1957 album Curtain Call would sit in the vaults unreleased until 1984. Mobley himself was in the middle of a particularly prolific streak that year with the tenor saxophonist recording 6 sessions for Blue Note in 1957 alone. This highly-enjoyable 6-song set includes 4 Mobley originals including the extended opener “Don’t Get To Hip,” the hard-charging title track, and the bright swing of “The Mobe” along with 2 standards (“Deep In A Dream” and “My Reverie”) performed by a quintet with Mobley joined by Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Sonny Clark on piano, Jimmy Rowser on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. 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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Nostrils: Undaunted (Supreme Echo) 7″
Kick you in the head! High-energy, lo-fidelity, loud, snotty, melodic, sardonic – The Nostrils emerged as the dawning light of Winnipeg’s second wave of punk rock. Undaunted collects 8 songs spanning the group’s in-yer-face punk and hardcore antics, including a celebratory cover of local greats Lowlife. Remastered from 40-year-old cassettes by vocalist Bruce Hallett with a meticulous upgrade by Audu Obaje. 16-page booklet with photos, art, and an anarchy-A chronicle of these Prairie Punks! Mega-long EP. Stickers. 550 copies. “One song … is as powerful and driving as anything going, and makes me sad that they decided to call it quits.” – Tim Yohannon, MRR #4 “The Nostrils do it well, sounding … like a cross between early Clash or Jam with a liberal dose of Iggy.” – Rusty Haight, The Edge

File Under: Punk
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Pharaons: Evil World (Supreme Echo) LP
Chaotic African Thrash. PHARAONS from the island nation of Madagascar were quite possibly the first extreme metal band from Africa. Influenced by early Sarcófago and Sepultura – with lyrical themes on government corruption, church sex abuse, war and destruction. Malagasy black / deathrash metal mayhem! 11 songs in 46 minutes recorded 1989-91 and carefully remastered by Audu Obaje. Large-format 12-page booklet with photos, art, and their incredible story. Two stickers. 550 copies.

File Under: Metal, Africa
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Pink Steel: Here We Go Again (Supreme Echo) 7″
Pink Steel were a staple of the Victoria BC music scene 1979-83, playing alongside the Infamous Scientists, Neos, Nomeansno and more. Their sound was powerful, earnest and original punk rock unlike other groups — they had seven members and showed great dexterity with varied compositions. This carefully remastered mega-long EP contains all 6 songs from their two 7”s reissued for the first time since 1981. Includes a generous 16 page booklet full of photos and their story all housed in a deluxe close pocket sleeve.

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Pye Corner Audio: Social Dissonance (Sonic Cathedral) LP
In the heady days prior to the pandemic, on October 23, 2019, Pye Corner Audio headlined Sonic Cathedral’s 15th birthday bash at The Social in London (on a bill that also included bdrmm and Andy Bell). Now, following a limited cassette release in 2020, the incendiary performance – which mixes improvisations with reworked material from across his career – has been remastered by Antony Ryan (ISAN) and is to be made available on vinyl for the first time. Wryly titled Social Dissonance, it comes on green and blue swirl vinyl in a striking fluoro green and neon blue sleeve by designer Marc Jones. “This is a recording of a gig in a small space with a big heart,” says Pye Corner Audio, aka Martin Jenkins. “A memory of a night before the world changed completely. However, new alliances were formed and friendships made in that basement in Little Portland Street.” Indeed, Pye Corner Audio went on to collaborate with Andy Bell on an acclaimed series of remixes and the Ride guitarist returned the favour by playing on some new recordings that will be coming out on Sonic Cathedral later this year.

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Riot .303: 1981-83 (Supreme Echo) LP
Canadian Prairie Punk! Early 80s greats RIOT .303 from Calgary featuring ex-Sturgeons rhythm section and future Beyond Possession vocalist. 17 punk rock anthems recorded 1981-83, including their full studio output — four each from 1982’s super-rare Crowd Control EP and Thrasher’s Skate Rock Vol. 1, plus 9 powerful unreleased songs. Meticulously remastered by Audu Obaje. 8-page booklet with photos, art, and full-band interview. Two stickers. 550 copies, colored vinyl. “Punk rock that sounds very much like the Canuck SUBHUMANS” – Tim Yohannan, MRR #3, Nov./Dec. 1982

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Scenics: In the Summer (Dreamtower) LP
The Scenics didn’t play by the punk rules of the day. Their wild creativity meant any Scenics performance was an adventure… In the summer of 1976 Andy Meyers, fresh out of High School, and Ken Badger, working at the local music store, met and started The Scenics. After hearing their first studio recordings, legendary Toronto promoters The Garys immediately slid them onto Talking Heads’ September 1977 show. Featuring 12 studio recordings from 1977-78, remastered by Joby Baker.  Liner notes by Last Pogo director Colin Brunton. We have the last copies from the trios’ own Canadian pressing on Dream Tower Records. 12” black vinyl LP with download card. Recommended for fans of Pere Ubu, MX-80 Sound, Television, and other kings of the lesser-trodden proto-punk path! “In 1977 New York had Talking Heads, England XTC, but here was their equal in Toronto” Bob Mersereau, CBC.  “This one is quite special” 4 stars, Kris Needs, Record Collector. “These underground icons merged Television’s guitar work, Big Star’s pop prowess, Pere Ubu’s dementia, & Ramones’ urgency.” Montreal Mirror.

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Dusty Springfield: Complete Atlantic Singles 1968 – 1971 (Real Gone) LP
In 1968, Dusty Springfield was already an international superstar with 15 hits under her belt for the Philips label when she decided it was time for a change. What followed was one of the most legendary and momentous label moves in pop music history: Dusty decamped to Atlantic Records, where, under the tutelage of Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, and Arif Mardin, she recorded one of the greatest albums of all time, Dusty in Memphis, and scored such indelible hits as “Son-of-a Preacher Man” and “The Windmills of Your Mind” before moving on to Philly soul (“A Brand New Me”). We at Real Gone Music have closely examined this crucial period in Dusty’s career over the years, with three previous releases. But there remains one facet of her Atlantic period which has remained largely untouched: her singles. The Complete Atlantic Singles 1968-1971 presents the A and B-sides of all dozen singles she recorded for the label in their original mono single mixes. These singular sides highlight how the move to a more R&B sound at Atlantic (also aided by producers Gamble & Huff and Jeff Barry with such players as The Memphis Boys and The Sweet Inspirations) brilliantly capitalized on the smoky tones of Dusty’s mezzo-soprano to create some of the most potent blue-eyed soul ever recorded. Mastered by Mike Milchner from original tape sources, annotated by Joe Marchese, and featuring copious photos, The Complete Atlantic Singles 1968-1971 is an absolute must for any Dusty devotee or any soul fan to boot.

File Under: Funk, Soul
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Staple Jr. Singers: When Do We Get Paid (Luaka Bop) LP
We’re the Staples Jr. Singers and we’re a family band from the small town of Aberdeen, Mississippi. We wrote these stone-cold soul songs when we were just teenagers, and all of them were about what our family was going through at the time. Back then, we had one question on our minds, something we’re sure a lot of you can relate to: When Do We Get Paid?

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Stick Farm: Reharvest (Supreme Echo) LP
Canadian Teen Crossover. A potent hybrid of metal-tinged hardcore drenched in progressive thrash. STICK FARM from Victoria, BC secured a record deal before performing live or entering a real studio, releasing two 7” EPs in a fast-paced, two-year rise. From their humour-laden hardcore days, they quickly graduated to more complex lyrics and arrangements. Reharvest comprises 8 songs in 37 minutes recorded 1990-91 by legendary punk rock producer/engineer Scott Henderson and remixed from original reels by Cody Baresich. Large-format 12-page booklet with photos, art, and the band’s inside story. Two stickers. 475 copies. “Powerful – reminds me of Neurosis or some Nomeansno” – GF, MRR #95

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Richard Thompson: Music from Grizzlyman (No Quarter) LP
Richard Thompson’s score for Grizzly Man – Werner Herzog’s 2005 documentary film of real life and death in the Alaskan wilderness – is one of the best-kept secrets in the British guitarist’s epic canon: an instrumental masterpiece disguised as a movie soundtrack. Recorded over two days as Thompson played live in the studio to Herzog’s footage – mostly alone, at times in chamber settings with cello, piano and percussion – these tenderly detailed melodies and quietly visceral improvisations are cinema in their own right, rendered with pictorial instinct and the dazzling technique forged in Thompson’s lifelong passage through traditional folk, psychedelia, North African modes and intensely personal songwriting. Here is Thompson at his natural best – finger-picking dance; snake-curl twang and singing-wire harmonics – in a solo clarity that runs from jig-like joy to deep-note meditation, the “Main Title” blues march with its echoes of Fairport Convention’s “Sloth” to the long night of “Treadwell No More,” a harrowing darkness in slicing treble and tremolo shiver. Produced by guitarist Henry Kaiser, Grizzly Man is a record of powerful solitude – as bold and majestic as the land in Herzog’s film; as intimate as prayer – and essential Richard Thompson. Remastered by Bob Olhsson and Ed Pettersen and reissued on 180g vinyl LP housed in “old style” tip-on gatefold jacket packaging.

File Under: OST, Folk
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Trees Speak: Vertigo of Flaws (Soul Jazz) LP
This new release is a vast leap into an ocean of space and sound, a quantum leap into cybernetics, biology, anti-gravity, time travel, dream speech and transfiguration. A seriously next step release! Showing no signs of slowing down their rapid creative pace – incredibly this is their fourth album in the space of just over one year – Vertigo of Flaws: is a mighty 29 tracks – one and a half hours of music across one double album that is surely going to be a defining point in their musical career, a giant leap into the sonic unknown, an epic exploration of intensity and sound. Alongside their now trademark German krautrock motoric-beat rhythms, angular New York post-punk attitude, tripped-out 60s spy soundtrack, psyche-rock, and 70s synthesizers and vocoders, here you will also hear a new cosmic spacial awareness (both personal inner space and galactic outer space) and a truly wilful pushing of sonic boundaries – as police sirens, static noise, alarms, radio signals, avant-garde voices, and orchestral string quartets, all collide to add beautiful dissonance to uber-powerful, intense, addictive and propulsive rhythms – in the process creating a truly unique soundscape that Trees Speak have made wholly their own. If you ever wanted to hear Can, Hawkwind, Destroy All Monsters, Pere Ubu, electric eels, John Cage, Liquid Liquid, Tangerine Dream, Suicide, Neu!, Laurie Spiegel, Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Barry, Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company, Sun Ra, Stockhausen, John Carpenter, Electro-Acoustic and Musique Concrete and Mars in one band – then this is it! Trees Speak are Daniel Martin Diaz and Damian Diaz from Tucson, Arizona and their music often draws on the cosmic night-time magic of Arizona’s natural desert landscapes. ‘Trees Speak’ relates to the idea of future technologies storing information and data in trees and plants – using them as hard drives – and the idea that Trees communicate collectively. Special guests from the hyper-creative hub of the Tucson music scene on this release are Gabriel Sullivan, Ben Nisbet, Saul Millan, Stephani Guilmette, and Davis Jones.

File Under: Electronic, Prog, Psych, Kosmische
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Wouter van Veldhoven: Verzmelen II (Dauw) CS
Verzamelen II is the second volume in a retrospective series in which we look back at the work of Wouter van Veldhoven (Netherlands). Throughout the past decade, the Dutch composer built an impressive catalogue of music in which tape loop and modular synthesis experiments hold a central place. Both collaborations and solo-work saw the light through some distinctive labels such as Slaapwel, The Tapeworm, Umor Rex and Digitalis among others. With this series we want to dive into some work which slightly went under the radar. The pieces are collected from several releases and are re-mastered for the occasion. Some of them were never physically released before. Peter Broderick and Hainbach kindly joined this trip by offering two new reworks which close this second volume. Songs taken from ‘A head stuck in tapes’, ‘Een paar schetjes en optredens 2005-2006’ & other found unreleased tracks.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Weather Station: What am I Going to Do With Everything I Know (Fat Possum) LP
The Weather Station returns with this limited edition 12″ 45 RPM EP. The 6 song EP was recorded with Daniel Romano and the acclaimed North Carolina band Megafaun. Each side of the record is a trio of interconnected songs: Side A is a meditation on knowledge, Side B is a narrative, a love story in three parts. It is a quiet, yearning, and soulful record that expands on the acoustic folk of All Of It Was Mine (YC-011) while deepening the intimacy.

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Frank Zappa & The Mothers: 1971: Fillmore East (Zappa) LP
The iconic 1971 release gets expanded for its 50th Anniversary! Featuring the original single LP newly remastered with two additional vinyl discs of period-perfect vintage mixes from the Vault. Includes the John Lennon and Yoko Ono encore and the original “Billy The Mountain.” Liner notes by Vaultmeister Joe Travers. Pressed on 180g vinyl 3LP by Optimal Media in Germany and cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering 2021. Released in August 1971 just two months after it was recorded, Fillmore East – June 1971 was Frank Zappa and The Mothers’ masterstroke conceptual live album, a well-oiled and well-edited aural treatise chronicling the prurient feast and famine of a certain band’s somewhat salacious life on (and off) the road. In effect, it was the seemly predecessor to October 1971’s expansive, groundbreaking magnum opus, 200 Motels, the surrealistic documentary and soundtrack which ultimately took on a life of its own. Even so, Fillmore East – June 1971, the landmark live recording with the scrawled “penzil” cover art made to resemble a bootleg of the day, managed to capture its own level of then-modern zeitgeist in patented Zappa-reconstructed form. The Mothers lineup that ruled the Fillmore East roost in New York City for four extraordinary sets across two back-to-back nights on June 5-6, 1971 consisted of Ian Underwood (winds/keyboards), Aynsley Dunbar (drums), Jim Pons (bass/vocals/dialog), Bob Harris (keyboards/vocals) and was rounded out by Howard Kaylan (lead vocals/dialog) and Mark Volman (lead vocals/dialog), aka Flo & Eddie of The Turtles, with special guest Don Preston. It was a fitting Mothers collective chosen to close the renowned NYC venue, and they performed such iconic tracks like “The Mud Shark,” “Bwana Dik,” and the groupie routine labeled as “Do You Like My New Car?” The June 1971 Fillmore East finale was made even more special thanks to John Lennon and Yoko Ono appearing alongside Zappa and The Mothers to perform a final encore for the unsuspecting crowd, including a red hot version of Walter Ward’s “Well” led by John on vocals (an old Beatles live favorite from the Cavern Club in Liverpool) with two solos by Zappa, a seminal reading of “King Kong” that soon enough metamorphosized into an extended jam ultimately called “Scumbag” as well as further improvisational vocal ululations from Yoko with guitar feedback by John and backing from The Mothers. As Travers keenly confirmed in his always enlightening liner notes, the Fillmore East 1971 tapes were “the first time that The Mothers were recorded live on 16-track analog tape. Previously, all live recordings were captured on 1-inch 8-track or lower.” Barry Keene, the recording engineer for these dates, also used a ¼-inch 2-track machine to capture a line mix. Though not all of the 16-track tapes have survived over the years, Travers and company were able to utilize the 2-track board tapes to fill in any missing gaps.

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Zoviet France: in.version (Vinyl on Demand) LP
The 90’s run of :zoviet*france: is, what I consider to be, a divisive time for long time fans of the group. Gone are the days of wild and experimental sound collages and grating industrial, ritualistic ambient banger’s and in its place is a more subdued and droning affair. During this period especially the groups hallmark sound would be twisted and shifted into what amounted to a swill of limp krautrock inspired dark ambient. Their live albums especially, are long and desolate treks. Their live albums offered startling and chilling dark ambient passages as essential as their 80’s catalogue. In.Version, of the groups 4 main live albums of this period is the most glacial.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Zoviet France: Digilogue (Vinyl on Demand) LP
Digilogue is a set of extremely dark and somewhat convoluted minimalism from :zoviet*france:. The combinations of experimental and conventional sounds create massive clouds of sinister atmospheres. The layered textures increase the tensions of exotic darkness. This music is definitely exotic and definitely erotic — not pleasantly but disturbingly. The sinister timbres are seductive and jarring. It is a shocking sample of an alternate reality. This CD will appeal to fans of Darkroom, Lustmord, Lászlo Hortobágyi, and Jeff Greinke. Even though it is disturbing, it is an excellent disc.

File Under: Ambient, Electronic
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Zoviet France: Mort Aux Vaches: Feedback (Vinyl on Demand) LP
Quite possibly one of the better live showings from digital era Zoviet France, and in my opinion this matches the dark spiritual energy of Vienna 1990 as well, which is a testament considering that that album is a leviathan of dark ambient. Heavy on the pulsating, bubbly effects, Feedback feels like you are exploring the dark corridors and caverns of an alien moon, where lava flows are the only source of light and the tremors of your own footsteps and the cracking of rock are the only thing you are aware of, your mind and body are slowly dissociated as the madness brought on by the extreme isolation of being the only living thing on this world becomes clear.” – RYM

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Zoviet France: A Long Walk (Vinyl on Demand) LP
Vinyl On Demand is back once again with a third round of vinyl reissues for the pioneering ambient project Zoviet France. This campaign focuses on the English group’s work between 1996-2013, and it is culled from compilations, albums, singles, and other ephemera from a crucial period in their development. Among those reissues is 2011’s A Long Walk, a mysterious and previously hard to find work from Zoviet France. A Long Walk’s four simply numbered tracks bear some influence on the moves they would make for 2012’s critically acclaimed 7.10.12 but in miniature. The faint drum machine patter of the closing song is especially revealing in that sense. A Long Walk is now available on vinyl for the first time thanks to VOD.

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Zoviet France: Decriminalisation of Country Music (Vinyl on Demand) LP
As Glasgow’s Tramway building evolved from train station into arts space, Zoviet France were present recording the ambient sounds for use in their commissioned themes for the Scottish Arts Council.  Though you’d hardly believe it from the mostly non industrial nature of these very comfortable soundscapes.  Five tracks range between five and twelve minutes apiece and the remaining four serve as in-between filler.  In “Something Spooked the Horses” a constant warm drone and panning scratchiness are overlaid with yearning strands of pedal steel guitar.  “Electron Gate” gently pulsates a bass loop as microscopic bits click and fuzz.  “Pyroclastic Flow” is noisier with some possible power tool abrasion honed into layered drones.  “Spiiltek” is dancing plastic chips and electronic blips which relinquish to the deep bass waves beneath.   “Light Abrasion” closes with a higher pitched wall of sound and occasional cricket like chirping.  All in all “Decriminalisation..” is an engaging work of auditory art.  And it’s as suited for busy high brow art rooms as it is lonely late night bed rooms …

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Zoviet France: 7.10.12 (Vinyl on Demand) LP
This, Zoviet France’s first major release in over a decade, originally surfaced last fall as a characteristically cryptic and incredibly limited box set containing rubbings of neolithic Northumbrian stone and a vial of hawthorn berries.  Unfortunately, it completely sold-out world-wide on the day it was released, so most of us never got to hear it.  VOD has now issued a new version. 7.10.12 offers up roughly an hour of minimal/quasi-ambient loopscapes.  While they certainly offer many subtle nods to ZF’s weirder, more abrasive past, these records feel more like the beginning of a curious new phase than a triumphant return to form.

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Zoviet France: The Tables are Turning (Vinyl on Demand) LP
Although you’re more likely to find :zoviet*france: soundtracking art installations and performances, 2012 saw the release of the studio album 7.10.12 released as a boxset edition on alt.vinyl. On The Tables Are Turning the duo of Ben Ponton and Mark Warren present a studio version of their live soundtrack to Designer Body, a contemporary dance production by Ballet Lorent. Ballet Lorent’s 2009 production featured dancers on revolving plinths. At first fully dressed with hats, scarves and full make up as the performance progresses they continuously remove their clothing until they are naked. It’s a transformation where the dancers remove all items of artifice until they are unadorned and in their natural state – another form of designer body. The specially commissioned score by :zoviet*france: accentuates the performance with a powerfully atmospheric score featuring the sounds of music boxes and run-off grooves amidst synths, drones and rhythms. From the gentle layered blur of electronic hums and rickety music box sounds of the opening track ‘The Grit In The Clouds’ the first half of the soundtrack is filled with disparate abstract sounds. Brooding synth washes rise amidst the looped cyclical shimmering cuts of ‘Amber Rose Hand’ with clipped run-off grooves of mournful chants bringing this to a sombre beautiful close; its gentle rotation contrasts with the following track ‘Flam’ where panning skittering rhythms and ultra low bass tones reverberate against fragments of treated strings , unravelling into hypnotic patterns of flickering ringing guitar. ‘Moss Balls On Moss’ moves into harsher electronic territory where the electronics evolve from ricocheting thuds underpinned by a constant drone into a roar of crunchy textures. The disparity of sounds here does make me think :zoviet*france: work better on longer tracks but everything falls into place on the following tracks, It’s as if :zoviet*france: are trying to dispense with as much sound as they can, just like the dancers discarding their clothes. There’s an air of beauty to be found on ‘Green Air’ with its electrified, orchestral strings clipped and cut-up, circling against a darker strain of electronic drone, while bird song provides a moment of tranquillity. That tranquillity accompanied by vinyl pops continues to run through the slow, sombre creaking electronic movements of ‘Prophecy Loved A Child’. The entire atmosphere changes on ‘Sweeping Arbor Low’ – Arbor Low being a Neolithic stone circle – where everything is reduced to a series of low ominous drones. While ‘Sandbox’ pulses with a grainy shingle pounded rhythm, ‘The Fire Of Revolution’ flourishes from pensive keys into airy melodic orchestral realms in its extended form. It’s beautiful and along with ‘Green Air’ they rate as the finest compositions on The Tables Are Turning. Shimmering electronics adorn ‘A Moment Of Film’, while the slight ringing shrill of a treated music box on the closer ‘Poured Out Slowly’ swells into a mesmerising synth score underscored by bubbling bass tones, and the run-off static of a record groove. It’s a fitting end to the gentle understated work of The Tables Are Turning.

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Zoviet France: A Third Collusion (Vinyl on Demand) LP
VOD presents the third chapter in the Collusion series that collects rare tracks previously released on various Zoviet France’s compilations. First time on vinyl. Constructed from an array of samples and environmental recordings plus plenty of feedback, Collusion exudes a rare beauty for an album of such varied sounds (each track was originally released on a different compilation). Though the first includes a long passage from a religious-revival preacher (complete with the sample used for the title of the early-’90s rave hit “Injected with a Poison”), the dark ambience and white noise of later songs like “Sprey,” “First Vigil” and “White Dusk” make for a surprisingly exciting album.

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Various: Ebirac All-Stars (Numero) LP
Far from the twin epicenters of New York and Miami, Carlos Ruiz and his Ebirac label were both feeling and generating the aftershocks of the mid-’70s salsa boom. Holed up in their own bustling Puerto Rican community center on Chicago’s west side, these third coast salseros plied their trade outside the hot lights, cutting their teeth in city parks, VFW halls, and Holiday Inn rec rooms. Nearly 50 records survive in the wake of orquestas La Justicia, La Solucion, and Tipica Leal ’79, the most impassioned, singular moments of which are compiled here.

File Under: Funk, Latin, Soul
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Absent In Body: Plague God (Relapse) LP
Arctic Monkeys: Suck It And See (Domino) LP
Syd Barrett: The Madcap Laughs (Harvest) LP
Bedhead: Beheaded (Numero) LP
Belle & Sebastian: Tigermilk (Jeepster) LP
Belle & Sebastian: If You’re Feeling Sinister (Jeepster) LP
Belle & Sebastian: Boy with the Arab Strap (Jeepster) LP
Big Black: Atomizer (Touch & Go) LP
Black Midi: Schlagenheim (Rough Trade) LP
Blud Aus Nord: 777: Cosmosophy (Debemur Morti) LP
Bon Iver: s/t (Jagjaguwar) LP
Buena Vista Social Club: s/t (World Circuit) LP
Caravan: s/t (Music on Vinyl) LP
Cattle Decapitation: Karma. Bloody. Karma (Metal Blade) LP
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: The Good Son (Mute) LP
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: The Boatman’s Call (Mute) LP
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Let Love In (Mute) LP
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Henry’s Dream (Mute) LP
Czarface: Every Hero Needs a Villian (Silver Age) LP
Miles Davis: Get Up With It (Music on Vinyl) LP
FACS: Present Tense (Trouble In Mind) LP
Feelies: Crazy Rhythms (BarNone) LP
Flying Burrito Brothers: Gilded Palace of Sin (A&M) LP
Godspeed You! Black Emperor: G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! (Constellation) LP
Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antenna.. (Constellation) LP
Grinderman: 2 (Mute) LP
Herbie Hancock: Crossings (Music on Vinyl) LP
Herbie Hancock: Fat Albert Rotunda (Music on Vinyl) LP
P.J. Harvey: 4 Track Demos (Island) LP
P.J. Harvey: Stories from the City (Demos) (Island) LP
High On Fire: Surrounded By Thieves (Relapse) LP
Hole: Celebrity Skin (Music on Vinyl) LP
Barbra Howard: On the Rise (Remined) LP
Syl Johnson: Is It Because I’m Black (Numero) LP
July: s/t (Music on Vinyl) LP
King Crimson: Starless and Bible Black (Panegyric) LP
Kosuke Mine Quintet: Mine (Le Tres Jazz Club) LP
Mdou Moctar: Afrique Victime (Matador) LP
Mdou Moctar: Ilana: The Creator (Sahel) LP
Herbie Nichols: Prophetic Herbie Nichols Vol. 1 & 2 (Blue Note) LP
Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York (Geffen) LP
Nirvana: In Utero (Geffen) LP
Orville Peck: Bronco (Columbia) LP
Pixies: Trompe Le Monde (4AD) LP
Daniel Rossen: You Belong There (Warp) LP
Rupa: Disco Jazz (Numero) LP
Rush: Moving Pictures (Mercury) LP
Gil Scot-Heron: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (BGP) LP
Sigur Ros: Agaetis Byrjun (Krunk) LP
Slowdive: Souvlaki (Music on Vinyl) LP
Speed, Glue & Shinki: Eve (Warner) LP
Throbbing Gristle: 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Mute) LP
McCoy Tyner: Expansions (Blue Note) LP
Waxahatchee: Saint Cloud (Merge) LP

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