Sounds like we might have some pretty fun weather this evening, so batten down the hatches! It’s finally starting to feel a bit more like summer as far as new arrivals go. Great stuff still coming in, but finally some reprieve from the onslaught of big new titles. The newest Elevator reissue is another 90s Can Con classic. Fresh Pepper is a quirky gem from Deadly Snakes’ Andre Ethier & current ambient/jazz powerhouse Joseph Shabason. The latest New Age unearthing from Morning Trip, Karma Moffett. The latest edition of Craft’s Contemporary reissues. A proper amount of stock of Prince’s Gold Experience RSD reissue. And a nice little batch of used rares up today as well.
– 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)
…..pick of the week…..
Elevator Through: Vague Premonition “Extra” (Blue Fog) LP
Recorded in autumn 1998 at Chemical Sound in Toronto, with Daryl Smith and mixed by Jack Endino, the “Vague Premonition” LP was Elevator’s last album with Sub Pop, and is now fully remastered and sounding better than ever. The second LP in this package features the original soundtrack to 1998’s “THE SUCH”, which is finally appearing on vinyl for the first time ever, plus 8 more songs from the band’s spring/summer 1998 home sessions. As usual, the high quality packaging features freshly scanned original and unreleased artwork, lyrics and download codes.
File Under: Indie Rock, Psych
Beach Boys: Sounds of Summer (Capitol) LP
The Beach Boys’ triple-platinum certified 2003 hits collection Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys offers up thirty of their landmark hits across two LPs. All but five of the songs date from their 1962-1969 peak and every number was a Top 40 hit. Youthful classics, surfing songs and Pet Sounds groundbreakers all appear here including “God Only Knows,” “Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “In My Room,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Sloop John B,” “Barbara Ann” and “California Girls.” UMe has updated the classic Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys in celebration of the band’s 60th anniversary with remastered audio, 13 new stereo mixes (including one first-time stereo mix), and updated photos and liner notes. The Beach Boys say in a statement: “It’s hard to believe it’s been 60 years since we signed to Capitol Records and released our first album, Surfin’ Safari. We were just kids in 1962 and could have never dreamed about where our music would take us, that it would have such a big impact on the world, still be loved, and continue to be discovered by generation after generation. This is a huge milestone that we’re all very honored to have achieved. And to our incredible fans, forever and new, we look forward to sharing even more throughout the year.”
File Under: Pop
Civic: Future Forecast (ATO) LP
Driving and tenacious, but never losing sight of a good hook – Civic don’t tip-toe around the edges, but obliterate them with primal intensity. Finding a home somewhere between 80’s glam rock and Australia’s 70’s greats, they break the pieces of influence before crafting them into their own beast on debut LP Future Forecast. “On Future Forecast, Civic’s first LP, they’ve added sophistication to their arrangements and songwriting without losing any of the in-your-face-ness of their previous work. Great guitar sounds. This is a really good record. Civic’s entire catalog is excellent,” hails Henry Rollins.
File Under: Punk
Cola: Deep in View (Next Door) LP
COLA is a new band from Montreal comprised of former Ought band members Tim Darcy (vocals, guitar) and Ben Stidworthy (bass) alongside Evan Cartwright (drums). Their debut album “Deep In View” is titled after philosopher Alan Watts’ anthology of the same name, the record is built on a foundation of elegant guitar grooves and knotty rhythms, offering commentary on modern life and technology through curious lyrical vignettes, where quotidian objects and scenes are never just as they seem. Deep In View is equally a product of introspective songwriting as it is a consideration of the abstract landmarks of an increasingly media-mediated society. It also presents the most concise and melodic songs Darcy and Stidworthy have written to date.. The album sounds streamlined and intentional, as the rhythms of the punchy and exuberant guitar parts, urgent basslines, and unexpected drum patterns all tangle with each other in an elegant dance. At the center of all these elements is Darcy, whose characteristically wry voice shifts from detached to decisive to distressed, throughout the album’s course. Both enigmatically dense in meaning but precisely intricate in sound, Deep in View is an album that sparks novel interpretations with every listen, like an art object that takes on new shape with each angle from which you hold it.
File Under: Indie Rock
Fleet Foxes: A Very Lonely Solstice (Anti) LP
Robin Pecknold brings light to the bleakest of winters with Fleet Foxes’ A Very Lonely Solstice, a 13-track career spanning collection recorded in December 2020, at Brooklyn, NY’s St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church. Now being released for the first time on vinyl, A Very Lonely Solstice captures a poignant moment in time. The recording was originally broadcasted as a live-stream event on the winter solstice of 2020, just days after New York declared a state of emergency tightening restrictions again in response to increasing COVID-19 cases. Pecknold describes the set as “me by myself on the longest night of the year…honoring the loneliness of 2020 with a nylon string and some songs new and old.” Fans worldwide tuned in while quarantined at home, finding solace and a sense of community in a period of extreme isolation. Much of A Very Lonely Solstice showcases a solo focus on Pecknold who offers up acoustic arrangements of fan-favorite songs spanning Fleet Foxes’ catalog. Selections cover all four of the band’s studio albums, including their 2008 self-titled debut album (“Tiger Mountain Peasant Song”) to 2011’s Helplessness Blues (“Blue Spotted Tail”) and 2017’s Crack-Up (“If You Need To, Keep Time On Me”), all the way to their latest release, Shore. Resistance Revival Chorus joins Pecknold on Shore tracks “Wading In Waist-High Water” and “Can I Believe You.” Also featured: a cover of Nina Simone’s “In The Morning” and a rearrangement of the traditional “Silver Dagger.”
File Under: Indie Rock
Fresh Pepper: s/t (Telephone Explosion) LP
Toronto outfit Fresh Pepper, led by longtime friends Andre Ethier and Joseph Shabason, playfully navigates the mental and emotional mark left on many musicians by such places. Shabason, Ethier, and company recount their culinary past lives across eight jazzy and benevolent tracks that exude their authors’ sheer enjoyment of the creation process. Though the mental image of restaurant inner workings might trigger a mix of urgency, weariness, and yearning for a better livelihood, Fresh Pepper recolors these frazzled scenes with fondness and levity, exorcizing past workplace woes through skillful musicianship and an earnest, slightly bizarre sense of humor.
File Under: Indie Rock
Karma Moffett: Chomolhari (Morning Trip) LP
On 1984’s Chomolhari, new age pioneer Karma Moffett eschews the arsenal of Tibetan bells and resonant singing bowls, which he usually uses to conjure his healing ambient works. Instead, he opts for the shimmering arpeggiation and gentle glissando of the Moog synthesizer. With this aural palette, he soundtracks a rich inner voyage of peace and reflection. Bookended by the calming drone of the Tibetan longhorn, the trip to Chomolhari and back is one worth taking again and again. Karma Moffett reminisces: “Chomolhari. Bhutan’s deeply venerated guardian peak. While living in San Francisco, I wandered into the first Tibet Shop in the city. I met Dorje Lama, the creator. He became my good friend and guide, and introduced me to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, the venerable Kalu Rinpoche, and Tai Situ Rinpoche. He opened the door to the path of an inspired and enlightened journey for me. After reading ‘Seven Years in Tibet’, I created ‘Chomolhari’ as a mystical journey to the higher planes of the majestic mountains. Dorje would say: ‘The wildest dreams of the Americas are the facts of Tibet.'”
File Under: New Age, Drone
Barney Kessel with Shelly Manne & Ray Brown: Poll Winners (Craft) LP
2021 marked 70 years of Contemporary Records, the Los Angeles-based audiophile jazz label that both defined and radically expanded the sound of West Coast jazz. Throughout the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, Lester Koenig’s artist-friendly company released career-defining performances by some of modern jazz’s most influential and accomplished improvisers, including Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Hampton Hawes, Art Pepper, Harold Land, Shelly Manne and Teddy Edwards. In celebrating the history of this essential label and its exceptional catalog, Craft Recordings is releasing a variety of content throughout the coming year. A guitar virtuoso from Muskogee, Oklahoma, Barney Kessel was one of Contemporary’s busiest artists between 1954 and 1963. He had already recorded with Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday and Oscar Peterson when he started making his own albums for Koenig. While Kessel spent decades playing thousands of studio dates as a member of the legendary L.A. studio cadre the Wrecking Crew, he continued to record exceptional albums for Contemporary through the 1980s. The Poll Winners brings together the talents of Kessel (guitar), Shelly Manne (drums) and Ray Brown (bass). First released in 1957 and recorded by legendary engineer Roy DuNann this new edition features all-analog mastering from the original tapes by Bernie Grundman. The record is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at QRP and presented in a Stoughton Old Style Tip-On Jacket.
File Under: Jazz
Anthony Moore: Flying Doesn’t Help (Drag City) LP
40-plus years since its original release, the pop-punk-new wave inventions of Anthony Moore’s Flying Doesn’t Help are freshly remastered, blasting the sparkling, angular sounds into today with perfect vitality. After spending the early years of the ’70s making experimental music first as a solo artist, then with Slapp Happy and Henry Cow, 1976’s Out sessions had reinvigorated Anthony’s youthful love of the naive pop melodies of pop radio, the undeniable excitement of songs. While Out ultimately went unreleased at the time, the iconoclasm clouding the late ’70s air was addictive and transformative for Anthony. England seemed to be roiled as violently as it had been in counter-cultural days a decade earlier; the UK pop charts breathlessly reflected the changing spectrum with equal parts aging hippie and prog delicacies alongside new ascendant sounds: rough-hewn pub and punk rock, plus dub reggae and disco and ska and Stiff and Krautrock. This proved to be an ideal environment for Anthony to make records by exploring, as he puts it, the “deep connection between minimalism, repetition, working with tape and celluloid and forming the modules of a three minute pop song.”
File Under: Pop, Psych, Prog, Slapp Happy
My Morning Jacket: Live From RCA Studio A (ATO) LP
Seven tracks from the latest self-titled My Morning Jacket album recorded solo at the famed RCA Studios in Nashville by Jim James. 1. Complex 2. Never In The Real World 3. Lucky To Be Alive 4.In Color 5. Regularly Scheduled Programming 6. Love Love Love 7. Out of Range
File Under: Rock
Prince: The Gold Experience (Legacy) LP
The Gold Experience was the first full-length Prince album to be credited to his unpronounceable symbol, and was released at the most public, heated stage of his battle with the major label industrial complex. With the word “SLAVE” written on one cheek, Prince shined on the opulent ballads “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” and “Gold” and the defiant single “Eye Hate U,” and the album earned widespread critical acclaim. The Record Store Day 2022 re-release of The Gold Experience is an homage to the rare US-only promo version of the album released in 1995. The two-LP set is pressed onto translucent gold vinyl with a bonus suite of “Eye Hate U” remixes on Side D.
File Under: Pop, Soul
Michael Rault: s/t (Wick) LP
Wick Records presents Michael Rault, the eponymous new album from one of the most talented songwriters in the game. A remarkable re-imagination of ’70s pop perfection, the album began to take shape during a time of endings. Michael, on the cusp of turning 30 and freshly off the road promoting 2018’s A New Day Tonight, had just ended a romantic relationship, and cut ties with his management and touring band. Returning home to Montreal where his van was already buried in six feet of snow, he hunkered down in his bedroom studio and began writing. Over the span of five months he penned most of the album. From the drug-fueled, dance floor slow-stepper, “Neither Love Nor Money”, to the introspective “Inside Your Heart”, to the tongue-in-cheek playfulness of “Champagne”, the body of work he created in this epoch of uncertainty is proof of just how crucial that time of endings really was. Bruised but certainly not beaten, Michael delivers a lush, timeless collection of songs – continuing his increasingly profound exploration into the worlds of progressive pop, psych folk, yacht rock and beyond.
File Under: Indie Rock
Reverend Baron: From Anywhere (Karma Chief) LP
From the academy of deep soul and no ego, Reverend Baron delivers visions of liquor store East LA, the off-the-freeway dry mirage of slow motion graffiti and lonely seagulls. A nylon stringed zen fog with themes of woozy love, layered dimensions of nostalgia and glazed neighborhood tales that roll in with a natural ease. After notching a permanent status in the skateboarding orbit as Danny Garcia, he transferred his effortless style, dedication and authenticity into music. Practicing a philosophy of demystifying the process and doing it yourself, he has become a proficient multi-instrumentalist, engineer, and producer of his own and other artist’s music. All streams of curiosity converge into the river. An enigma, Reverend Baron emerges from the proverbial gray overpass with no sense of urgency. He takes a sharp gaze at his surroundings and processes them through a factory of depth and gentle swag to yield a sound that sits as easy as fallen molasses on the bodega shelf. The songs are an unassuming invitation to either walk through the doorway or lean on the wall outside, either way something beautiful and rare.
File Under: Indie Rock
Run the Jewels: RTJ4 – Tour Edition (BMG) LP
Run The Jewels, the lauded duo of El-P and Killer Mike, returned in 2020 with their feverishly anticipated fourth studio album, RTJ4. The 11-song, 40 minute powerhouse is their most ferocious and focused effort to date, and sports a lineup of all-star guests including Pharrell Williams, Mavis Staples, 2 Chainz, Zack de la Rocha, Josh Homme, DJ Premier, and Greg Nice. Recorded primarily at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La Studios and the iconic Electric Lady Studios in NYC, RTJ4 represents two years of intensive writing, recording, distilling, and amplifying the most potent elements of their music. The result is a collection of wall-to-wall bangers illuminating the group’s unique ability to straddle the worlds of pointed social commentary and raw, boisterous fun. In celebration of their 2022/2023 tour with Rage Against The Machine, they’ve decided to unleash an incredible new colored vinyl 2LP variant of RTJ4 to Jewel Runners everywhere!
File Under: Hip Hop
Sessa: Estrela Acesa (Mexican Summer) LP
São Paulo’s Sessa returns with Estrela Acesa, an enchanting collection of songs adorned with elegant strings and hypnotic rhythms, honoring post-tropicalia masters like Arthur Verocai, Jorge Ben, and Milton Nascimento. If Grandeza, Sessa’s acclaimed debut album, was about the drunkenness of love, Estrela Acesa is about love’s hangover.
File Under: Brazil, Tropicalia
Piero Umiliani: Playtime (We Are Busy Bodies) LP
We Are Busy Bodies is proud to announce the first official reissue of ‘Playtime’ by popular and prolific Italian composer, Piero Umiliani. Incorporating styles like jazz, easy listening/lounge, rock, funk, and bossa nova to a genre largely dominated by orchestral scores, he penned some of the most outstanding film music from the ’60s and ’70s with over 150 titles under his belt. Originally released on Umiliani‘s own Omicron label in 1968, the album has been remastered from the original recordings by Noah Mintz.
File Under: Library
Kanye West: Donda (Def Jam) LP
Kanye West delivers a Deluxe Edition vinyl 4LP-set of the record-shattering Donda, featuring 4 bonus tracks plus fan-favorite verses from Andre 3k, Kid Cudi and more. This release, from one of “the most influential pop stars of the 21st century,” served as his tenth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, racking up over 1 billion streams in the first 10 days. Originally previewed at three historic livestream events, the global phenomenon topped charts in 11 countries and set an Apple Music record of No. 1s in 152 countries. The sprawling Donda offers something for everyone. With its unconventional creation process and release plan, the album also features a single black square as its cover art. The project’s title is an ode to West’s late mother Dr. Donda C. West. The guest heavy affair features appearances by DaBaby, Marilyn Manson, Chris Brown, Lil Durk, Vory, Lil Yachty, Favio Foreign, Playboi Carti, Syleena Johnson, Travis Scott, Baby Keem, West’s Sunday Service Choir, Jay Electronica, Swizz Beats, Conway the Machine, KayCyy, Westside Gunn, Shenseea, Rooga, the LOX and Ty Dolla Sign. Pop Smoke, Francis & the Lights, Kid Cudi, Jay-Z, Lil Baby, and more also appear. In a review of the project, The New York Times wrote: “Once a wordplay-obsessed, self-aware lyricist, West has shifted in the last decade to a more terse and immediate approach, one that complements his musical shifts toward the industrial and the spiritual. His late-period music makes a trade-off between complexity and directness.”
File Under: Hip Hop
Yoo Doo Right: A Murmur, Boundless to the East (Mothland) LP
A Murmur, Boundless To The East, recorded with visionary producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Suuns, Ought, Fly Pan Am) at Hotel2Tango and mixed by Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets (Battles, Lightning Bolt, Lingua Ignota), is all at once a heartfelt salute to infinity and a critique of one’s shortcomings.
FIle Under: Indie Rock
Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Toast (Reprise) LP
For the past two decades, Toast has been whispered about in collectors’ circles in hushed tones, as Neil Young has dropped pieces of information about it here and there, especially as it contains three never-before-released songs. In 2021, in his online daily newspaper, The Times Contrarian, Young wrote about the album in-depth. “The music of Toast is about a relationship,” he said. “There is a time in many relationships that go bad, a time long before the breakup, where it dawns on one of the people, maybe both, that it’s over. This was that time.” In 2001, Crazy Horse was in San Francisco, south of Market street, at an old studio called Toast. Coltrane had recorded there, among many other jazz greats, known and unknown. The Dot Com boom was happening and buildings were being bought and turned into lofts or torn down completely and rebuilt. New money was everywhere. Toast was a target. The place was a little run down and sort of on its last legs. If you asked Crazy Horse about these sessions, you would learn that it was a depressing atmosphere and things were not going well. The band recorded there for months and came up with very little. Nothing, other than one song, “Goin’ Home” was ever finished. But a lot was started. Several of the songs written at Toast showed up on the Are You Passionate album with Booker T. and the MGs. But that album met with mixed reaction. Now, years later, John Hanlon, the original co-producer with Neil, mixed all of the Toast material.
File Under: Rock
Various: Back In Black (Re/Dux) (Magnetic Eye) LP
“Back in Black [Redux]” presents new takes on all ten cuts from AC/DC’s seminal seventh album. This was the first record to feature “new” singer Brian Johnson following the death of original larger-than-life frontman Bon Scott, and music historians agree that there was massive pressure on both the new singer and the band to deliver. Even so, nobody could have anticipated that they’d create one of the most important rock albums ever, and Magnetic Eye cannot wait to present what many favorites from the stoner, doom, and riff-rock scene have done with some of the most iconic rock songs of all time. Alongside “Back in Black [Redux]”, Magnetic Eye Records publishes a by now traditional companion album containing even more amazing cover versions under the title “Best of AC/DC”. This 2-LP extravaganza features 13 bands offering their exciting renditions of all-time classics and deep cuts from across the AC/DC catalog. Fielding an array of heavyweights and hungry up-and-comers from the heavy rock underground, there should be no doubt that fans of the riff-heavy will be stoked to experience these massive AC/DC interpretations unlike any that they’ve heard before. The Magnetic Eye [Redux] Series features hand-picked classic albums from across the history of rock and metal, re-imagined in their entirety from start to finish by bands we love. Choice artists from throughout the rock and metal world are tasked to select a track to make their own, translating a milestone record into the new millennium with crushing heaviness and searing energy. To date, Magnetic Eye Records have published [Redux] versions of PINK FLYOD’s “The Wall”, HELMET’s “Meantime”, BLACK SABBATH’s “Vol. 4”, HENDRIX’s “Electric Ladyland”, and ALICE IN CHAINS’ “Dirt”, which have included artists like MATT PIKE, PALLBEARER, THE MELVINS, ALL THEM WITCHES, KHEMMIS, ASG, ZAKK WYLDE, MARK LANEGAN, SCOTT REEDER, and many more mind-blowing artists. Join a host of heavy rocking bands on the sixth foray into Redux territory as they pay due respect to the giant musical legend from Down Under!
File Under: Metal
Various: Best of AC/DC (Redux) (Magnetic Eye) LP
“Best of AC/DC” is the by now traditional companion volume to a [Redux] series installment. Released alongside “Back in Black [Redux]”, “Best of AC/DC” contains even more amazing cover versions from the Down Under rock titans. This 2-LP extravaganza features 13 bands offering their exciting renditions of all-time classics and deep cuts from across the AC/DC catalog. Fielding an array of heavyweights and hungry up-and-comers from the heavy rock underground, there should be no doubt that fans of the riff-heavy will be stoked to experience these massive AC/DC interpretations unlike any that they’ve heard before. “Back in Black [Redux]” presents new takes on all ten cuts from AC/DC’s seminal seventh album. This was the first record to feature “new” singer Brian Johnson following the death of original larger-than-life frontman Bon Scott, and music historians agree that there was massive pressure on both the new singer and the band to deliver. Even so, nobody could have anticipated that they’d create one of the most important rock albums ever, and Magnetic Eye cannot wait for you to hear what many of your favorite bands from the stoner, doom, and riff-rock scene have done with some of the most iconic rock songs of all time. The Magnetic Eye [Redux] Series features hand-picked classic albums from across the history of rock and metal, re-imagined in their entirety from start to finish by bands we love. Choice artists from throughout the rock and metal world are tasked to select a track to make their own, translating a milestone record into the new millennium with crushing heaviness and searing energy. To date, Magnetic Eye Records have published [Redux] versions of PINK FLYOD’s “The Wall”, HELMET’s “Meantime”, BLACK SABBATH’s “Vol. 4”, HENDRIX’s “Electric Ladyland”, and ALICE IN CHAINS’ “Dirt”, which have included artists like MATT PIKE, PALLBEARER, THE MELVINS, ALL THEM WITCHES, KHEMMIS, ASG, ZAKK WYLDE, MARK LANEGAN, SCOTT REEDER, and many more mind-blowing artists. Join a host of heavy rocking bands on the sixth foray into Redux territory as they pay due respect to the giant musical legend from Down Under!
Amyl & The Sniffers: Comfort to Me (ATO) LP
Belle & Sebastian: Boy With the Arab Strap (Matador) LP
Jorge Ben: s/t (Audio Clarity) LP
Big Black: Atomizer (Touch & Go) LP
Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow (Music on Vinyl) LP
Black Sabbath: Paranoid (BMG) LP
Black Sabbath: Vol. 4 (Rhino) LP
Blood Incantation: Timewave Zero (Century Media) LP
Damned: Damned Damned Damned (BMG) LP
Depeche Mode: Violator (Rhino) LP
Dope Lemon: Smooth Big Cat (BMG) LP
Nick Drake: Pink Moon (Universal) LP
Elevator to Hell: Parts 1 – 3 (Blue Fog) LP
Brian Eno: Ambient 4 – On Land (Astralwerks) LP
Father John Misty: Fear Fun (Sub Pop) LP
Father John Misty: I Love you, Honeybear (Sub Pop) LP
Grinderman: 2 (Mute) LP
Harmonia: Musik Von Harmonia (Groenland) LP
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO) LP
J Dilla: Donuts (Stones Throw) LP
Kinks: Lola vs Powerman (Sanctuary) LP
Kinks: Village Green Preservation Society (Sanctuary) LP
Massive Attack: Mezzanine (Virgin) LP
National: High Violet (4AD) LP
New Order: Brotherhood (Rhino) LP
Nirvana: MTV: Unplugged in New York (Geffen) LP
Olympians: s/t (Daptone) LP
Pearl Jam: MTV Unplugged (Legacy) LP
Portishead: Dummy (Mercury) LP
Primal Scream: Screamadelica (Sony) LP
Queens of the Stone Age: Lullabies to Paralyze (Interscope) LP
Radiohead: OK Computer (XL) LP
Redd Kross: Neurotica (Merge) LP
Max Roach: Members, Don’t Git Weary (Real Gone) LP
Sigur Ros: ( ) (Krunk) LP
Elliott Smith: From A Basement On the Hill (Kill Rock Stars) LP
Soundgarden: Badmotorfinger (A&M) LP
Spice: VIV (Dais) LP
Stereolab: Peng (Too Pure) LP
Talk Talk: Spirit of Eden (Universal) LP
Various: Super Hits of the 70s (Numero) LP
Various: Valley of the Sun (Numero) LP