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…..news letter #969 – buuurrrrr…..

Yow! It’s like winter out there! Well, the last few weeks have been pretty hectic for new releases, and so a bit less in this week is a nice reprieve. And then next week is the third and final RSD Drop.. unless you are going to count Black Friday RSD…

And this week, if you missed it in last week’s news letter, we are shifting our pick up days to make it a bit easier for those of you working all week. We’ll now be here for pick ups Tuesday – Friday 11 – 5 and Saturdays 11 – 4.

As always, big thanks to everyone who’s been hitting up our webstore and placing orders! It’s getting competitive around 5pm when we post up fresh used stock. If you haven’t hit up the WEBSTORE, MAYBE YOU SHOULD! If you can’t figure out the site, or don’t like to use computers, you can always call the store and we can do an order over the phone. We’ll be at the shop 11-5 Tuesday – Friday & Saturday 11-4. Stay safe!

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…..pick of the week…..

SHIRTS!!!!!!
Before all this lockdown we were running low on sizes and had been working on getting a fresh batch of shirts made up for Record Store Day in April… I think you have an idea what happened there. AND THEN we sold out of all of our smalls and mediums on the few things we did still have. So FINALLY, we’ve replenished our swag department, and we really went to town, 3 new T’s and a new sweatshirt. All up for purchase now on the website. And our totes and last few sizes of older shirts are up there too. 

File Under: Swag, Shirts
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…..new arrivals…..

Neko Case: Furnace Room Lullaby (Anti) LP
2000’s Furnace Room Lullaby represented a quantum leap in confidence for Neko Case. Allowing herself to stretch out in the studio, to write her own material and explore new sounds, this album saw the first glimmerings of the torch country noir that would come full force in later albums. It is positively brimming with an explosive talent on the verge of bursting out. Backed by her cast of Boyfriends, including folks like Brian Connelly (Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet), Evan Johns, Bob Egan (Freakwater), Dallas and Travis Good (The Sadies), and Ron Sexsmith, Neko takes you through the sometimes desolate and resigned, sometimes pissed off, and sometimes haunting and harrowing Carnival Ride of Love that’s doing its best to make gibbering, addled casualties out of all of us. Furnace Room Lullaby is a testimonial to the whole maddening, irresistible struggle. Remastered from the original analog tapes, this stand-alone offering of Furnace Room Lullaby on black vinyl had last been in print for Case’s stunning 2015 vinyl box set, Truckdriver Gladiator Mule.

File Under: Folk, Country
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Beverly Glenn-Copeland: Transmissions (Transgressive) LP
Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s music radiates with beauty, compassion, and a belief that change is always possible. He’s paved a unique path for himself—beginning his career with a series of jazz-inflected solo albums in the early 1970’s, he spent over 20 years as a beloved children’s television writer and performer (on Canadian show Mr. Dressup, Sesame Street, and Shining Time Station). In the ’80s, he taught himself how to make electronic music. Viewed by some among the canon of synth pioneers, he came out as a trans man in 2002. Since returning to the stage in his mid-70’s, his decades of genre-defiant recordings have now been assembled on this career-spanning compilation, showcasing the many ways Copeland transmits his messages of care to the world. The track listing of Transmissions follows a non-chronological path, hopping from one era to the next with the same logic as his joyful live performances. It opens with the operatic electro-pop of “La Vita” from Copeland’s 2004 album Primal Prayer, then immediately time travels back to “Ever New,” a mesmerizing synth mantra from his 1986 cassette release, Keyboard Fantasies. The past and present are represented simultaneously with Copeland’s 2019 live re-imagining of his tranquil 1970 single “Color of Anyhow,” before pulling listeners back into the rushing current with the tricky time signatures of “River Dreams,” his first new song in 15 years. Whether this collection is your introduction to Copeland’s music or just the latest way you’re celebrating it, Transmissions is the perfect overview of a multi-faceted artist whose praises should be sung for lifetimes to come.

File Under: Pop, New Age, Electronic
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Death: Leprosy (Relapse) LP
No extreme metal artist has come close to touching Death in scope, influence, or simply quality. The group of Floridian metal musicians led by Chuck Schuldiner started small, but would eventually develop a legendary sound: one that not only set the standard for the musical and conceptual approaches that would later define nearly all of extreme metal, but which also followed a clear narrative path in its development from raw and primal to complex and cerebral. Originally released in 1988, Leprosy was a pioneering album, building upon the thrash sounds of Metallica and Slayer but adding a previously unheard level of raw extremity. These songs are the roots of an entire genre: death metal. While this was only the second record Death released, it immediately cemented them as heavy metal icons.

File Under: Metal
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Death: Scream Bloody Gore (Relapse) LP
No extreme metal artist has come close to touching Death in scope, influence, or simply quality. The group of Floridian metal musicians led by Chuck Schuldiner started small, but would eventually develop a legendary sound: one that not only set the standard for the musical and conceptual approaches that would later define nearly all of extreme metal, but which also followed a clear narrative path in its development from raw and primal to complex and cerebral. Death’s legendary 1987 debut Scream Bloody Gore is more than just an untouchable album – upon its release, it was positively genre-creating. Scream Bloody Gore founded the quintessential death metal sound, with more tormented riffs, screams, and leads than the world had ever imagined, and established Schuldiner’s inimitable phrasing and songwriting style as the most singular voice in the burgeoning genre. Today, the album is viewed unanimously as one of the all-time most important cornerstones of death metal.

File Under: Metal
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Nonagon Infinity (ATO) LP
LIMITED TRI-COLOR VINYL!!! Nonagon infinity opens the door,” sings STU MACKENZIE, frontman of Australian psych-rockers KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD. It turns out, though, that once the door’s open, it never closes. That’s because the Melbourne septet has ingeniously crafted what may be the world’s first infinitely looping LP. Each of the nine, complex, blistering tracks on Nonagon Infinity seamlessly flows into the next, with the final song linking straight back into the top of the opener like a sonic mobius strip. But far from a simple conceptual experiment, the album is both an exhilarating shot of adrenaline and a remarkable feat of craftsmanship, the result of painstaking planning and an eye for detail years in the making.

File Under: Psych
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Thurston Moore: By The Fire (Dreamday Library Series) LP
Transparent orange vinyl. This is Thurston Moore’s seventh solo album, and features musicians Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) on bass and backing vocals, Jon Leidecker aka “Wobbly” (of Negativland) on electronics, James Sedwards on guitar, and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, as well as Jem Doulton, alternating on drums. “Hashish”, the first single from the album, is described by Moore as “an ode to the narcotic of love in our shared responsibility to each other during isolation.” The song includes a video with footage from The Thurston Moore Group’s tour in early 2020 in Europe, as well as footage of Thurston quarantined in his home during the past few months “with respect to the sacred healing truth of nature.” Prior to isolation during the COVID pandemic, Thurston worked in recording studios in North London until the third week of March 2020 to complete this album for release on September 5, 2020. While the musicians may not immediately tour, Thurston was adamant to release By The Fire in 2020, and with Daydream Library, has released this quote: By The Fire is music in flames. 2020 is our time for radical change and collective awareness and Thurston Moore has written nine songs of enlightenment, released to a world on fire. Taking a cue from Albert Ayler’s “music is the healing force of the universe,” this recording offers songs as flames of rainbow energy, where the power of love becomes our call. These are love songs in a time where creativity is our dignity, our demonstration against the forces of oppression. By The Fire is a gathering, a party of peace — songs in the heat of the moment.

File Under: Indie Rock, Sonic Youth
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Tom Petty: Wildflowers & All the Rest
(Warner) 3LP

During Tom Petty’s final interview with the Los Angeles Times, as the triumphant 40th anniversary tour with the Heartbreakers was coming to an end, he announced that his next big focus would be to finally revisit his 1994 masterpiece, Wildflowers, co-produced with Rick Rubin and Mike Campbell. Wildflowers in many ways changed Tom’s creative life – as a recording artist, collaborator and band leader – while a profound, personal crisis transformed the stories and emotional thrust in his songs. Tom ultimately wrote more songs than he could release at the time. In fact, Tom, Rubin and Campbell completed the album as a double CD with 25 songs, nearly two hours of music, but his label advised restraint. Released on November 1, 1994, Wildflowers – a single CD with 15 songs, still more than an hour in length – was Tom’s most acutely confessional album to date. The resurrection of Wildflowers has been a long time coming. In a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone Tom detailed his plans for the reissue, telling the magazine, “I broke through to something else. My personal life came crashing down, and it derailed me for a while. But I was at the top of my game during that record.” Then again in 2016 on SiriusXM’s Tom Petty Radio, he discussed his desire for a Wildflowers tour to coincide with a reissue. Tom had always intended to release the second half of the album – a collection he named All The Rest, featuring ten songs from the Wildflowers recording sessions that were left off the original version and five unreleased tracks (different versions of four other songs would appear on the soundtrack to the 1996 film, She’s The One). Wildflowers & All The Rest, the long-awaited Wildflowers reissue and comprehensive collection, is curated by Tom’s daughters, Adria and Annakim Petty, and his wife Dana Petty, who call it, “Many, many hours of pure sonic joy.” It also involves Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, and was produced by Tom’s longtime engineer and co-producer Ryan Ulyate. Together they stewarded the warmth Tom created through his music and relationship to his fans. Tom Petty released 16 studio albums and over 180 songs over the course of his 40-year career. Wildflowers was the first album of a long-term renaissance. It was Petty’s fastest selling album and was certified Triple Platinum only nine months after its release. The album was always deeply significant to him. As proof, five of the 18 songs performed at his final live concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles came from the album. Wildflowers – his solo masterpiece, a personal triumph and the album Petty needed to make at that moment, at any cost – is finally here as he intended it and beyond. This triple vinyl edition contains the original 1994 Wildflowers album (remastered in 2020) with 15 tracks across two LPs while a third disc features All The Rest, the 10 songs from the Wildflowers sessions that were left off the album, five of which are previously unreleased. It also includes lyrics to all the songs on Wildflowers & All The Rest.

File Under: Rock, Pop
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Tom Petty: Wildflowers & All the Rest
(Warner) 7LP

During Tom Petty’s final interview with the Los Angeles Times, as the triumphant 40th anniversary tour with The Heartbreakers was coming to an end, he announced that his next big focus would be to finally revisit his 1994 masterpiece, Wildflowers, co-produced with Rick Rubin and Mike Campbell. Wildflowers in many ways changed Tom’s creative life – as a recording artist, collaborator and band leader – while a profound, personal crisis transformed the stories and emotional thrust in his songs. Tom ultimately wrote more songs than he could release at the time. In fact, Tom, Rubin and Campbell completed the album as a double CD with 25 songs, nearly two hours of music, but his label advised restraint. Released on November 1, 1994, Wildflowers – a single CD with 15 songs, still more than an hour in length – was Tom’s most acutely confessional album to date. The resurrection of Wildflowers has been a long time coming. In a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone Tom detailed his plans for the reissue, telling the magazine, “I broke through to something else. My personal life came crashing down, and it derailed me for a while. But I was at the top of my game during that record.” Then again in 2016 on SiriusXM’s Tom Petty Radio, he discussed his desire for a Wildflowers tour to coincide with a reissue. Tom had always intended to release the second half of the album – a collection he named All The Rest, featuring ten songs from the Wildflowers recording sessions that were left off the original version and five unreleased tracks (different versions of four other songs would appear on the soundtrack to the 1996 film, She’s The One). Wildflowers & All The Rest, the long-awaited Wildflowers reissue and comprehensive collection, is curated by Tom’s daughters, Adria and Annakim Petty, and his wife Dana Petty, who call it, “Many, many hours of pure sonic joy.” Also involved are Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, and it was produced by Tom’s longtime engineer and co-producer Ryan Ulyate. Together they stewarded the warmth Tom created through his music and relationship to his fans. Tom Petty released 16 studio albums and over 180 songs over the course of his 40-year career. Wildflowers was the first album of a long-term renaissance. It was Petty’s fastest selling album and was certified Triple Platinum only nine months after its release. The album was always deeply significant to him. As proof, five of the 18 songs performed at his final live concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles came from the album. Wildflowers – his solo masterpiece, a personal triumph and the album Petty needed to make at that moment, at any cost – is finally here as he intended it and beyond. The Deluxe Edition 7LP box set reissue of Wildflowers contains 54 tracks, 8 unreleased songs, and 24 unreleased alternate versions. In addition to the 15-track original album (remastered in 2020 on two LPs), the deluxe edition contains the album All The Rest (10 songs from the original Wildflowers sessions), a double LP of 15 solo demos recorded by Petty at his home studio, and an additional double LP of 14 live versions of Wildflowers songs recorded from 1995-2017. The deluxe packaging includes a 60-page book, an introduction by Rick Rubin (the original producer), an essay by David Fricke, a complete track-by-track, and rare photos and specially commissioned illustrations.

File Under: Rock, Pop
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Sigur Ros: ( ) (Krunk) LP
( ), Sigur Ros’ celebrated 2002 album – and for many people especially in the US where it remains their biggest selling work – is the most quintessentially Sigur Ros record of their career to date. It’s the only album where Jonsi sings entirely in the wordless lyrics of Hopelandic. This desire to elide meaning and allow the listener to bring their own interpretation to the music extends to the eight songs, all of which are nameless. The music is broadly split into two halves, divided by a critical 36 seconds of silence. The first half of the album is lighter and more optimistic, the second bleaker and more melancholic, culminating in the thundering climax of “Untitled #8.” ( ) was recorded at the band’s studio Sundlaugin in Mosfellsbaer outside Reykjavik, co-produced with Ken Thomas, who also helmed their breakthrough second album, Agaetis Byrjun. Completely out of print, the vinyl album now comes in its full Grammy-nominated artwork, including die-cut sleeve and spot UV varnish inner bags.

File Under: Ambient, Indie Rock
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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: The Mosaic of Transformation (Ghostly) LP
West coast composer, artist, and producer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has chartered a pioneering career with multiple critically-acclaimed albums since 2015. Following the release of The Kid in 2017, Smith focused her energy in several directions. She founded Touchtheplants, a multidisciplinary creative environment for projects including the first volumes in her instrumental Electronic Series and pocket-sized poetry books on the practice of listening within. She’s continued to explore the endless possibilities of electronic instruments as well as the shapes, movements, and expressions found in the physical body’s relationship to sound and color. It is this life-guiding interest that forms the foundational frequencies of her latest full-length, The Mosaic of Transformation, a bright, sensorial glide through unbound wave phenomena and the radiant power discovered within oneself. “I guess in one sentence, this album is my expression of love and appreciation for electricity,” says Smith. While writing and recording, she embraced a daily practice of physical movement, passing electricity through her body and into motion, in ways reflecting her audio practice, which sends currents through modular synthesizers and into the air through speakers. Not a dancer by any traditional definition, she taught herself improvisatory movement realizing flexibility, strength, and unexpectedly, what Smith calls “a visual language” (the term was introduced to her by filmmaker Sean Hellfritsch) stemming from the human body and comprised of vibrational shapes. Understood as cymatics, as she says, “as a reference for how frequencies can be visualized,” much like a mosaic. Smith describes her first encounters with this mosaic; “the inspiration came to me in a sudden bubble of joy. It was accompanied by a multitude of shapes that were moving seamlessly from one into the other…My movement practice has been a constant transformation piece by piece. I made this album in the same way. Every day I would transform what I did yesterday…into something else. This album has gone through about 12 different versions of itself.” As it has arrived, in a completed state, The Mosaic of Transformation is a holistic manifestation of embodied motions. Smith’s signature textural curiosity that fans have grown to adore pivots naturally into a proprioceptive study of melody and timbre. Airy organ and voice interweave with burbling Buchla-spawned harmonic bubbles. “The Steady Heart” quivers to life, peppering blasts of wooden organ between winding vocal affirmations. As with a body, moving one portion requires a balance and counterbalance; here, subtle tonal twitchy signals fire in conjunction with coiling arias to create a mesmeric core. When the beat arrives at the midway mark, a swooping and jittery waltz, a sense of stasis in motion, a flow state, is sonically achieved. As soon as it syncs, it disappears back into the swirling ebbs of electric force. Other tracks stray into more ruminative physical realms. “Carrying Gravity” is built around string-like pads that expand and contract like a solar plexus, becoming taught and then loose. As the breath interacts and is focused upon, suddenly, the nervous system engages, delicate arpeggios cascade, akin to becoming aware of the transmission of energy happening between muscles and the mind. If the record could be summarized in a single movement, it is the 10-minute closing suite, a rapturous collage called “Expanding Electricity.” Symphonic phrases establish the piece before washes of glittering electric peals and synthesized vibraphone helix into focus. Soon, Smith’s voice grounds it all with an intuitive vocal hook, harmonized and augmented by concentric spirals of harp-and-horn-like sounds. Smith’s music doesn’t capture a specific emotion as much as it captures the joys of possessing a body, and the ability to, with devotion and a steady open heart, maneuver that vessel in space by way of electricity to euphoric degrees.

File Under: Ambient, Electronic
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Sure Fire Soul Ensemble: Impeach the President (Colemine) 7″
“Impeach The President”, originally released in 1973 by The Honey Drippers as a protest song advocating for the impeachment of Richard Nixon became more famous for its drum breaks than the song itself… sampled in over 700 songs (according to Whosampled.com). Fast forward to 2020 with our country as divided as ever and this song’s anthem as relevant as ever. So with Jake Najor on drums, Kelly Finnigan on vocals, and San Diego’s The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble holding it down, Colemine Records is proud to present “Impeach The President”!!

File Under: Funk
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Mike Taylor Trio: s/t (Audio Clarity) LP
Mike Taylor died, probably by his own hand, at age 31 in 1969, having realised a fraction of his potential as a composer and player, and written for the New Jazz Orchestra, singer Norma Winstone and the rock band Cream. Cream’s singer and bassist Jack Bruce and Ron Rubin (occasionally) are on acoustic bass here, with Jon Hiseman on drums, a line-up that highlights the close links between 1960s Britain’s creative rock and R&B scenes and the jazz of the time. Taylor is a highly rhythmic pianist whose dense chord clusters often travel in tandem with Hiseman’s sensitive and flexible percussion. His handling of standards such as All the Things You Are is enigmatically fascinating, while his own rhapsodically wayward Just a Blues is a lot more than just a blues. And the improvisation against Hiseman’s brushes and Bruce’s emphatically voluble bass on While My Lady Sleeps is the kind of extended long narrative on a standard that Bill Evans was feted for. A unique and very affecting set. -John Fordham

File Under: Jazz
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…..Restocks…. 

Badbadnotgood w/ Ghostface Killah: Sour Soul (Lex) LP
Sarah Davachi: Cantus, Descant (Late) LP
Elevator: Darkness – Light (Blue Fog) LP
Elevator: August Extra (Blue Fog) LP
Fugazi: The Argument (Dischord) LP
Fugazi: Steady Diet of Nothing (Dischord) LP
Fugazi: In on the Killtaker (Dischord) LP
Husker Du: Zen Arcade (SST) LP
Laraaji: Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (Glitterbeat) LP
My Morning Jacket: The Waterfall II (ATO) LP
Slint: Spiderland (Touch & Go) LP
System of a Down: Hypnotize (American) LP
System of a Down: Mesmerize (American) LP
System of a Down: Toxicity (American) LP
System of a Down: S/t (American) LP
Silvia Tarozzi: Mi Specchio e Rifletto (Unseen Worlds) LP

…..news letter #968 – qs…..

The days sure blur together these days, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. One of the few things that helps me know what day it is, is putting together this weekly news letter for y’all. This week, lots of great stuff in! Also some great used stuff going up on the site lately as well. So check it out. Also, we’re going to move some of our hours around.. after a 3 day weekend this weekend (CLOSED Monday Oct 12th) our pick-up hours will be Tuesday – Saturday 11 – 5. Hopefully that will help some of you out who can’t make it on the weekdays. 

As always, big thanks to everyone who’s been hitting up our webstore and placing orders! It’s getting competitive around 5pm when we post up fresh used stock. If you haven’t hit up the WEBSTORE, MAYBE YOU SHOULD! If you can’t figure out the site, or don’t like to use computers, you can always call the store and we can do an order over the phone. We’ll be at the shop 11-5 Tuesday – Saturday. Stay safe!

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…..picks of the week…..

Budos Band: Long in the Tooth (Daptone) LP
Die cut cover, Silver & Black Splatter Vinyl, illustration by Brian (of The Budos Band). 15 years after the release of their debut album, Daptone’s Royal Court from Staten Island delivers a truly epic collection of new material that finds the group further bridging the gap between the farfisa-fueled Ethio-Funk stylings of their early recordings, with the psychedelic, Sabbath-inspired hellfire of late. The title track and lead single, Long in the Tooth, jumps out of the speakers with a heavy drum break (reminiscent of the B-Boy approved grooves of their early output), drenched in a pulsating, hallucinatory wall of organ, menacing horns, and a rugged guitar riff that pummels the listener into Budonian submission. Imagine Link Wray and Mulatu Astatke collaborating on a Italian horror soundtrack and you’re getting close. 

File Under: Funk, Psych
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k.burwash: lolt qs (Saw-Whet) LP
Shameless self promotion…. What is there to say about k.buwash’s “lotl qs”? While preparing for it’s release, I’ve listened to this album front to back at least 20 times. And that doesn’t include the earlier versions. I’ve become infatuated with the journey of sound it has to offer. It reminds me of some of my ambient favourites of the past (Biosphere’s “Substrata”, Tomáš Dvořák’s “Machinarium”, and the latter half of Minilogue’s “Animals”). The music instills images in the mind that eventually become benchmark imaginations that come back with each album play-through. The opener “still, when” instantly plunges you into a tornado of light and colour which slowly disappears leaving you floating in the air. “Waves of Coloured Light” is different from the rest of the album in the way of which it develops; The track is a slow mountain climb towards the summit which gives off an auditory spectacle of piercing bright, powerful sound. “Haut Spring” feels like, well, relaxing in a hot spring; perhaps while under the stars with someone you love. This track has an honest feeling of comfort to it which I absolutely adore. The comfort continues into the final track “Brian on the Beach” but this time it’s less momentary and deeper, more permanent. I can’t get over how perfect of an ending this is. It just leaves you with that “everything’s gonna be alright” feeling, ya know? “lotl qs” is K.Burwash’s second full-length album; a dazzling follow-up to his heavy-hitting debut Moonlanding (released on Pseudo Laboratories). It is an honour that Saw-whet Records gets to share this music with you. Take the time to let your mind journey beyond while forgetting those daily tensions. At least for these 42 minutes. ” Ethan Bokma, Saw-whet Records

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

Altin Gun: On (Bongo Joe) LP
Available again! On their debut album ‘On’ (Bongo Joe Records), the band show what happens when you open doors between Turkish folk songs which were passed on from generation to generation on the one hand and a dirty blend of funk rhythms, wah-wah guitars and analogue organs on the other. The Amsterdammers who come from various backgrounds (Turkish but also Indonesian and Dutch) comfortably create their work in the adventurous no-man’s land that exists between these two worlds. Older generations of Turkish musicians have also experimented with opening doors between previously unconnected sonic worlds. During the seventies, artists such as Baris Manço, Selda Bağcan and Erkin Koray practiced a way of songwriting and composing similar to Altin Gün’s. They took the music played during the festive occasions and serious formalities of their childhood, folk songs backed by a traditional Turkish string instrument called the saz. To this, they added the techniques and vibes of their times and the result then went on to become a distinct Turkish sound during 1972-1977 which even today still sounds rich, danceable and (alright then!) heavily mind bending. The Altin Gün band members first encountered this music in various ways: through their upbringing, via friends or after finding life changing compilations in record shops. Their own personal discoveries eventually led them to collectively open doors to crowds everywhere across Europe, from the Into the Great Wide Open festival in Netherlands to Istanbul, from Ghent to Geneva and from Ravenna back to Amsterdam; people all across Europe fell in love with Altin Gün’s unusual combination of familiar sounds. Manço, Bağcan and Koray have all influenced Altin Gün, but their foremost inspiration is Neşet Ertaş, a Turkish folk musician whose musical legacy is invaluable. Comparisons are almost impossible to make but imagine someone with the same impact and status as Bob Dylan or George Gerschwin and you’re getting close. Many of the songs he wrote have become standards in Turkey, national treasures which are cherished up until the present day. Altin Gün retain the lyrical and thematic structure of Ertaş’s songs, though they often alter their time signatures and add fuzzy bass sounds, sweltering organ sounds and raw saz riffs. Ertaş wrote the majority of the songs on the album even if these are hardly recognisable after all the work Altin Gün have done on them. The songs have universal themes such as love, death, desire and destiny. It is touching music that makes you want to move and massages your soul all at once. Music that sounds familiar but different. Music that’s deeply emotional even for someone who doesn’t speak a word of Turkish. Let Altin Gün open that door for you and get ready to indulge in their fresh and beautiful sound.

File Under: Psych, Turkey
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Cut Worms: Nobody Lives Here Anymore (Jagjaguwar) LP
Nobody Lives Here Anymore is the haunted reverie of an American landscape in-and-out of Max Clarke’s mind. Recorded between May and November 2019 in Memphis, Tennessee, the album is a snow globe of the mid-twentieth-century’s popular music filled with jangling guitars, honkey tonk pianos, and Telstar organs. Max immediately started writing material for his sophomore LP after an extensive 18-months of touring. Mining his life-long devotion to the lost American songbook for inspiration, he stockpiled nearly 30 new songs by the time he flew to Memphis to work with producer Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording Studio. Unlike earlier works that were meticulously demoed, Max opted for rough drafts to capture something more immediate and honest. Most of the initial takes were tracked live with Noah Bond on drums, while Max sang and played rhythm guitar. Max then built lush arrangements around these intimate performances. A skeleton crew of friends and Memphis all-stars were called in to lay down pedal steel, sax, and strings. When all was said and done, they had recorded 17 new cosmic Americana gems. Max sees this record as a figurative shot across the bow to the modern attention span. He says Nobody Lives Here Anymore is about “throwaway consumer culture and how the postwar commercial wet dreams never came true, how nothing is made to last.” He considers the golden years of a society on its last leg with poignant curiosity, suggesting not only that nobody lives the American dream, but that nobody lives here, in this moment, anymore. “It’s about homesickness for childhood, for a place that never really existed,” says Max.  A loss of innocence lingers through this 80-minute opus as Max attempts to harbor love and meaning inside a world that sold itself out. While his grand anthems overflow with timeless pop charm, his ability to dig deeper than lollipops and holding hands sets his work apart from the days of 45s and Top of the Pops.

File Under: Pop, Indie Rock, Country
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Faith No More: The Real Thing
(Rhino) LP

Rocktober yellow vinyl version! Faith No More’s acclaimed third album, and the band’s first album with Mike Patton.  Features the hit single Epic, as well as Falling To Pieces.

File Under: Rock
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Fools: Fools’ Harp Vol. 1 (Music From Memory) LP
Gentle new music on MFM from Grizzly Bear (the U.S band) founder member, Christopher Bear. Chilled out, soothing and with a gentle tweeness – some of which reminds of all that lovely pillowy electronica from the early 2000s (City Centre Offices, Expanding, Morr, Mille Plateaux, Leaf etc etc). Cool stuff to drift off to. TIP! The label Say: Music From Memory are delighted to present Fools’ debut album ‘Fools’ Harp Vol. I’ and the first solo release of American musician Christopher Bear. Drummer and multi-instrumentalist of cult Indie band ’Grizzly Bear’, ‘Fools’ is a pseudonym that Christopher has been using while working on his independent music making for some time now. Often finding the structure and form of a more traditional ‘song’ and the concept of an album too restrictive, Christopher finally set aside a six week period in the summer of 2019 to explore the possibilities of jamming alone and seeing where it took him: recording each instrument himself and then responding through improvisation to his own recordings, Whilst doing most of the recording in a digital set up, he also set out to capture some of the same mental and sonic space from his time recording on 4-track. The results of these Fools’ sessions, he explains, feel “almost more like a mixtape than an ‘album’ per se” to him. With a sense of the dichotomy between nostalgia and the future, ‘Fools’ Harp Vol. I’ seeks to transport the listener to a world both familiar and comforting, exploring something undiscovered while maintaining a deep sense of openness and curiosity.  The album will be released in vinyl and digital formats with a cassette release to follow including additional bonus tracks.

File Under: Ambient, Electronic, Grizzly Bear
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Freak Heat Waves: Zap the Planet
(Telephone Explosion) LP

More than a decade ago, FREAK HEAT WAVES emerged from Canada’s stark Midwestern prairies, establishing their voice through early cassette-based experiments and DIY performances. Over the years, the group’s live incarnations evolved as they endured a rigorous and nearly non-stop touring schedule. When not on the road, the Freaks became hermits, engaging in countless writing/production sessions that grew increasingly complex, eventually forcing them to travel beyond guitar, bass and drums. Their home studios continuously relocated, advanced and diversified. New instruments started to appear and new trajectories were explored. The studio process became more dynamic, involving many overdubs, avant-garde recording techniques, experimental sound design and orchestrations that utilized legendary effects, drum machines and synths. Tireless curiosity fueled the duo as they merged their original sound with new discoveries and seemingly disparate influences. With their latest work, Zap The Planet, the Freaks find themselves splitting coasts in Montreal and Victoria, distanced by geography and time, connecting via serial transmission tethered to a lone ethernet terminal. Extenuating logistics can unexpectedly prompt innovation. No Freak Heat Waves record has followed a singular path and no two are alike. Each album is an evolution in musical direction, songwriting and conceptualization. With Zap the Planet, (their second album on Telephone Explosion,) the duo have manifested more of their intrinsically unique vision and become more pronounced in their unhinged artistic process. The follow up to 2017’s Beyond XXXL finds the Freaks taking a fearless, inventive leap to create the greatest departure from their previous work. There are no fads here, no accidents either. Freak Heat Waves give us a record full of lo-fi digital grit and early MIDI instrumentation. Dirty samples crackle as they skate over immense analog synths. Psychotropic rhythms plant roots and the timeless, signature Freak Heat Waves vocals serve as guides throughout the journey. Through it all the Freaks find themselves zapped!

File Under: Indie Rock, Synth Pop
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Future Islands: As Long As You Are
(4AD) LP

As Long As You Are looks to the past as well as the future, confronting old ghosts and embracing a new hope. It is an album about trust, full of honesty, redemption and “letting go”, allowing old wounds to heal and bringing painful chapters to a close. As Long As You Are also signals a new era for Future Islands. Drummer Mike Lowry officially joins as a fully-fledged member and songwriter bolstering the founding trio of William Cashion, Samuel T Herring and Gerrit Whelmers. Together, the four-piece took on official production duties for the first time, co-producing As Long As You Are with engineer Steve Wright at his Wrightway Studios in Baltimore. Musically, their brand of new wave synth-pop full of bright melodies and heavenly choruses is as euphoric and uninhibitedly joyful as anything the band has done in their 14-year career.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Gatecreeper: Deserted (Relapse) LP
Gatecreeper return with their highly anticipated new album Deserted. The record, a furious mix of snarling guitars and driving, rhythmic pummeling, takes death metal from its 80’s Floridian roots and 90’s Swedish expansion straight into the here and now. In fact, the vanguard of death metal in 2019 can be found under Arizona’s searing sun. That’s where Gatecreeper members – Chase Mason, guitarist Eric Wagner, bassist Sean Mears, drummer Matt Arrebollo and guitarist Nate Garrett – make their homes. Of course, the band nodded to their scorching home state with the title of their 2016 full-length debut, Sonoran Depravation. The theme continues on Deserted, which boasts songs like “Sweltering Madness,” “Boiled Over” and the double-meaning title track. You can hear the results on “From The Ashes,” a crushing cut primed for the European festival circuit. Over on side two, “Boiled Over” fuses classic Bolt Thrower with the pulverizing power grooves of sludge titans Crowbar. Album closer “Absence Of Light” upholds Gatecreeper’s tradition of finishing their records with a deathly doom dirge. Deserted was recorded at Homewrecker Studios in Tucson, where Gatecreeper co-produced the album with engineer Ryan Bram. Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou handled the mix at Godcity in Salem, MA, and Brad Boatright mastered the album at Audiosiege in Portland, OR. Deserted’s hallucinatory cover art was created by Brad Moore (Tomb Mold, Morpheus Descends).

File Under: Metal
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Gunn-Truscinski Duo: Soundkeeper
(Three Lobed) LP

Steve Gunn and John Truscinski’s collaborations are point where experimental instrumental rock and cosmic jazz meet. This is their fourth album overall and first in three years. Gunn-Truscinski Duo fans are intense in their love of these records – they naturally spin off from Steve’s solo work but also go in their own directions as well. This track – and album – will be rapturously received by the fans of this project as being cut from a similar cloth that they already know and enjoy but covering some different and previously unworn ground. The first release in the Three Lobed Recordings 20th anniversary series, this should be a title with multiple sales points (Gunn, Three Lobed, other participants in the 20th series).

File Under: Folk, Jazz,
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Terumasa Hino: A Part (All Art) LP
Reissued for the first time. Rare and rich contents from 1970s Japanese jazz which is now gathering global attention, originally released on Terumasa Hino’s private label Love Records and distributed by a Japanese major label. Representing “Ode To Workman” from J Jazz : Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1984 released on BBE, in his session with local NY musicians, A Part along with three other reissues are so important pieces in 1970s independent jazz. Terumasa Hino and Reggie Workman’s second work. As adding two new energetic members, Takao Uematsu and Yuji Imamura, the sound became heavier and more thrilling. Sometimes it leads to dark depression, but sometimes gives a feeling of euphoria, it is still vivid as Afro-centric jazz. With its quality and rarity, it has been always wanted all over the world. Original released in 1971 from Love Records. Remastered; Original artwork; gatefold sleeve.

File Under: Japan, Jazz
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Terumasa Hino: Journey to Air (All Art) LP
Reissued for the first time. Rare and rich contents from 1970s Japanese jazz which is now gathering global attention, originally released on Terumasa Hino’s private label Love Records and distributed by a Japanese major label. Representing “Ode To Workman” from J Jazz : Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1984 released on BBE, in his session with local NY musicians, Journey To Air along with three other reissues are so important pieces in 1970s independent jazz. In 1970, after breaking up his legendary quintet band, Terumasa Hino moved his base to US. Journey To Air record shows his great effort in his long-term session with the local musicians, and is very important to know Jazz scene in New York at that time. With Steve Grossman, Dave Liebman, and Dave Holland, Terumasa Hino produced avant-garde and creative sound that is one and only in the world. Original released in 1970 from Love Records. Remastered; Original artwork; gatefold sleeve.

File Under: Japan, Jazz
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Terumasa Hino: Love Nature (All Art) LP
Reissued for the first time. Rare and rich contents from 1970s Japanese jazz which is now gathering global attention, originally released on Terumasa Hino’s private label Love Records and distributed by a Japanese major label. Representing “Ode To Workman” from J Jazz : Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1984 released on BBE, in his session with local NY musicians, Love Nature along with three other reissues are so important pieces in 1970s independent jazz. The fourth and last work form Terumasa Hino’s Love Records was recorded when he returned to the US. In addition to Reggie Workman who is already familiar with Hino, Gary Bartz who had important role in the scene, and Eric Gravatt who would be the member of Weather Report after this recording, are involved as members. “Each Other” and “Sister Mayumi” sound so aggressive. It is inevitable that any intrigued listeners will be excited with Hino and Bartz’s play. Original released in 1971 from Love Records. Remastered; Original artwork; gatefold sleeve.  

File Under: Japan, Jazz
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Terumasa Hino: Peace and Love (All Art) LP
Reissued for the first time. Rare and rich contents from 1970s Japanese jazz which is now gathering global attention, originally released on Terumasa Hino’s private label Love Records and distributed by a Japanese major label. Representing “Ode To Workman” from J Jazz : Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1984 released on BBE, in his session with local NY musicians, Love Nature along with three other reissues are so important pieces in 1970s independent jazz. The fourth and last work form Terumasa Hino’s Love Records was recorded when he returned to the US. In addition to Reggie Workman who is already familiar with Hino, Gary Bartz who had important role in the scene, and Eric Gravatt who would be the member of Weather Report after this recording, are involved as members. “Each Other” and “Sister Mayumi” sound so aggressive. It is inevitable that any intrigued listeners will be excited with Hino and Bartz’s play. Original released in 1971 from Love Records. Remastered; Original artwork; gatefold sleeve.

File Under: Jazz, Japan
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Love: Forever Changes (Mono)
(Rhino) LP

Love’s iconic 1967 album, which features the classic song “Alone Again Or”.  First time being released in Mono. 
Tracks:
1. “Alone Again Or”       
2. “A House Is Not a Motel”       
3. “Andmoreagain”       
4. “The Daily Planet”     
5. “Old Man”    
6. “The Red Telephone”
7. “Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale”             
8. “Live and Let Live”     
9. “The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This”
10. “Bummer in the Summer”   
11. “You Set the Scene”

File Under: Psych
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Pablo’s Eye: Dark Matter (Stroom) LP
Following the releases of the vinyl compilation Spring Break and the maxi 12” compilation Bardo for Pablo, Dark Matter is part 3 in the Pablo’s Eye trilogy of selected works on Stroom. More than anything, Pablo’s Eye is a temporary atmosphere, like a taste or a dream… “Then there is the sound of silence. Usually, it would be true to say that there is no such thing as silence; no matter where you are, you will always hear the sound of your heartbeat & the blood rushing through your veins. I was a sound pioneer. As the alchemist mixed material & chemicals in the hope of creating new substances, so I mixed sounds and silences in the hope of creating new sites for infinite meditation. New forms. Instead of marshalling sounds into an arrangement that required attention, I began to think about the sounds themselves. I began to think of the future.” From The Velvet Gentleman by Richard Skinner, Faber & Faber 2014. Printed with permission of the author.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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John Prine: Prime Prine (Rhino) LP
Fittingly for a former mailman, John Prine delivers songs that are both literate and personal. Since his 1971 debut, the singer-songwriter has enjoyed widespread critical acclaim, and to judge from PRINE PRINE, it’s easy to see why. The 1976 best-of gathers tracks from Prine’s first four albums for Atlantic Records, and every one’s a winner – from “Sam Stone,” “Illegal Smile,” “Dear Abby” and “Hello In There,” this is a skilled and compassionate storyteller at the top of his game. Though the performer’s ongoing career produced further highlights, the aptly titled PRIME PRIME is a marvelous snapshot of his early classics. 

File Under: Folk
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Suso Saiz: Nothing is Objective (Music From Memory) LP
Spanish ambient composer Suso Saiz deepens his relationship with Music From Memory with the release of a new album, Nothing Is Objective. This joins 2017’s Rainworks as his second full-length album for the label, following archival collections of solo music and of his group Orquesta De Las Nubes. Nothing Is Objective was recorded in Madrid in 2018 during a period of transcendental change and creative awakening for Suso. It captures the composer as he develops a renewed relationship with his instruments and craft, channeling a dialogue between the meticulous use of technology and the outer reaches of human expression. Suso’s universe is one that remains in constant mutation and emphasizes time above all else. His radiant drones are a nest of hidden feelings; they glisten with complex emotions and textures, teasing out moods of vulnerability and hope. Nothing Is Objective is a delicate and intimate record that harnesses smalls drops of sentiment for listeners to withdraw into. Released in a gatefold 2xLP it features collaborations with Austrian guitarist Christian Fennesz, liner notes by John Gómez, and music dedicated to Suso’s friend, the late Mexican musician Jorge Reyes. Nothing Is Objective cements Suso’s place as one of the label’s central and most loved artists.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Suso Saiz & Suzanne Kraft: Between No Things (Music From Memory) LP
MFM048 sees the release of a special collaboration between two unique voices within the ambient landscape, Suso Sáiz & Suzanne Kraft (SK U KNO), with their collective debut album ‘Between No Things’. Whilst having first connected at a Gaussian Curve release show in Amsterdam back in 2017, in which both musicians also performed, the two really got to know each other during a three day recording session that followed immediately after; “We would have good chats and laugh setting up and in between long takes but, for the most part, we almost didn’t talk when recording.” An instant apparent chemistry between both was present and which, via effortless experimental jams, resulted in over 30 hours of raw material that would sit silently untouched until the tracks were slowly narrowed down to a potential album in late 2018. Treated with overdubs and edits by the duo at Suso’s studio in Madrid in 2019, the album slowly began to take on it’s final form. It would eventually be completed when Suso sent one final piece, resulting in something of a remote jam session between the two, which would become the closer of the record as well as the title song. Fully improvised, ‘Between No Things’ is an honest musical reflection of a new friendship between two kindred musical spirits, in its purest form.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Sufjan Stevens: The Ascension (Asthmatic Kitty) LP
Clear vinyl edition! The Ascension is the eighth studio album from singer, songwriter and composer Sufjan Stevens and is the long awaited follow-up to Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell. One of the most acclaimed albums of 2015, The New York Times praised Carrie & Lowell as “restrained and meticulous” while Pitchfork declared it “a masterpiece.” In the time between Carrie & Lowell and the forthcoming The Ascension, Stevens also released Oscar-nominated music for the Luca Guadagnino film Call Me By Your Name; a collaborative album entitled Planetarium with Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner (The National) and James Mcalister; The Decalogue, a solo piano work performed by Timo Andres; and scored several works for ballet: Reflections (Houston Ballet) and Principia (NYCB). The Ascension is musically expansive and sweeping in thematic scope.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Talking Heads: 77 (Rhino) LP       
Rocktober green vinyl version! Talking Heads: 77 is the ever auspicious debut album from what was the most highly touted new wave band to ever emerge from New York’s CBGB’s scene and it immediately set them apart from their counterparts in both sound and scope. Both unique and infectious, David Byrne’s high, yelping tenor serves as the perfect complement to the band’s tightly-wound yet kinetic rhythms here, making for a tuneful collection of songs highlighted by the twisted anthem “Psycho Killer” and the joyous “Pulled Up.”

File Under: Rock
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Talking Heads: Fear of Music (Rhino) LP
Rocktober silver vinyl version! Fear of Music is Talking Heads critically acclaimed third album.  Featuring the singles “Life During Wartime”, “Cities”, and “I Zimbra.”

File Under: Rock
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Young Marco: Bahasa (Island of the Gods) LP
In 2014 Young Marco travelled to the islands of Indonesia, visiting several islands within the archipelago including Bali. The voyage was on invitation by Island of the Gods Records; allowing Marco to immerse himself in the Indigenous culture that still exists in Indonesia. For Marco it was also a look back to his Indonesian roots, with his late grandfather born and raised in Indonesia. The brief was to capture the spirit, ambience and atmosphere of the islands as part of the labels ‘Island Explorer’ album series. The project embodies the ‘east meets west’ approach the label has become known for in regards to cultures colliding. A respectful collaboration between local musicians who have played to their gods, unchanged in thousands of years alongside Marco’s contemporary expression. They are connected only through the universal language of sound and a mutual willingness to collaborate and experiment. A number of sessions were arranged- recording gamelan, gong and bamboo musicians from nearby temples. Island instruments and organic sounds meeting Marcos drum machines and synthesizers in a number of improvised jam sessions. Field recordings were also gathered from jungles, oceans and streets- capturing both the ambient and chaotic side of life in Indonesia. These sounds and recordings were taken back into Marco’s Amsterdam studio and re interpreted into the Bahasa allbum – a sonic expression that captures the mood and atmosphere of the islands through the eyes and ears of Young Marco. Almost 5 years after the trip the project is now available!

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Yo La Tengo: Sleepless Nights (Matador) LP
Yo La Tengo’s six-song EP, Sleepless Night features the new tune “Bleeding” plus covers of songs by The Byrds, The Delmore Brothers, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Lane, and The Flying Machine. The tracks on Sleepless Night were initially released as one side of an LP included within a limited-edition catalogue (published by LACMA and DelMonico Books/Prestel) for the LACMA exhibition, Yoshitomo Nara, the first international retrospective for the Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. A longtime YLT fan, Nara worked in collaboration with the group – Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, and James McNew – to choose the EP’s songs. This Matador version of the EP is a single-sided 12″ with original cover art by Nara, a drawing of the band by Hubley, and an illustration by McNew etched on the record’s flip.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Various: Stone Free – Tribute to Jimi Hendrix (Reprise) LP
Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix is a 1993 album recorded by various artists in tribute to Jimi Hendrix. The artists were drawn from many genres of popular music. Contributors include his classic rock contemporaries Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, blues man Buddy Guy, classical violinist Nigel Kennedy, alternative pop/rock bands Belly and Spin Doctors, hip hop artists P. M. Dawn, among others. According to the liner notes, the “artists were encouraged to not only record one of their own personal favorites but to also place their stamp on Jimi’s songs.” Several artists recorded radically different interpretations, particularly, P. M. Dawn, The Cure, Nigel Kennedy and Pat Metheny. Some artists, on the other hand, recorded versions that were rather similar to the originals. The band M.A.C.C. is made up of Mike McCready (guitarist from Pearl Jam), Jeff Ament (bassist from Pearl Jam), Matt Cameron (drummer for Soundgarden and later for Pearl Jam), and Chris Cornell (singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave). The cover of “Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun)” is their only known recording. All four members of this group had previously worked together on the Temple of the Dog project, and the song “Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun)” was added to Temple of the Dog’s live set in 2016. Eric Clapton’s backing group on the title track includes the three original core members of Chic (Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson) and is the last recording on which all three played together.

File Under: Rock
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…..Restocks…. 

Archers of Loaf: Vee Vee (Merge) LP
Alice Clark: s/t (Wewantsound) LP
Rudy De Anda: Tender Epoch (Karma Chief) LP
Brian Eno: Music for Films (Astralwerks) LP
Priscilla Ermel: Origens Da Luz (Music From Memory) LP
Idles: Ultra Mono (Partisan) LP
Ingested: Where Only Gods May Tread (Unique Leader) LP
Marilyn Manson: We Are Chaos (Loma Vista) LP
Bob Mould: Blue Hearts (Merge) LP
Jonny Nash/Lindsay Todd: Fauna Mapping (Island of the Gods) LP
Porcupine Tree: The Sky Moves Sideways (Kscope) LP
Porcupine Tree: Up The Downstair (Kscope) LP
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Thousand Knives of (Wewantsound) LP
Hiroshi Sato: Orient (Wewantsound) LP
Colter Wall: Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs (Thirty Tigers) LP
Waxahatchee: Saint Cloud (Merge) LP
Steven Wilson: Insurgentes (Kscope) LP
Steven Wilson: Grace for Drowning (Kscope) LP
Various: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Columbia) LP