…..news letter #926 – rsdversary…..

We made it! 18 years, the store can officially drink, and vote! A big thanks to everyone who has been supporting the store over the years. And so every year, to show our appreciation, we like to have a big ol’ SALE just for you! And that SALE is THIS WEEKEND and we’re opening an hour early tomorrow to kick it all off!

All new and used records 20% off
Gear and accessories are 10% off
100s of new records marked down to 50% off

and of course…
RSD Exclusives

Oh, and we’ve got a new batch of totes for your purchases as well!

BFRSD will give you 20% off on the website this weekend

SALE IS ON ALL WEEKEND, FRIDAY THRU SUNDAY! COME ON DOWN FOR A DIG AND TREAT YOURSELF, OR FINISH YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING EARLY!

Fine print…. Exclusive releases are first come first served, one copy per customer. Sale does not apply to new RSD releases, local releases, special orders and holds.

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…..RSD Exclusives…..

Alright, this might be the poorest execution of RSD in the history of RSD for Canada. A few titles delayed here, such as Arcade Fire & Hold Steady, although they are available in other markets in time. Then a few things shipped in such small quantities that it sounds like only a few stores in all of Canada even got copies. And a few things that either haven’t shown up yet but are en route, or even haven’t shown up at the suppliers yet. What can you do though… here’s what IS here….
Beck: Uneventful Days 3″
Charlie Brown Christmas 3″ setComet is Coming: Afterlife (Impulse) LP
Czarface: The Odd Czar Against Us (Silver Age) LP
Miles Davis: Early Minor (Sony) LP
Miles Davis: Miles in Tokyo (Get on Down) LP
Devo: Live in 1980 (Warner) LP
Doors: Live at the Isle of Wight (Warner) LP
Edan: Beauty & The Beat (Lewis) LP
Bill Evans: Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (Resonance) LP
Herbie Hancock: Directstep (Get on Down) LP
JB’s: More Mess (Get on Down) LP
Thad Jones & Mel Lewis: All My Yesterdays (Resonance) LP
Jenny Lewis: On the Iphone (Warner) 7″
Lizzo: Coconut Oil (Warner) LP
Nick Lowe & Wilco: Cruel to Be Kind (YepRock) 7″
Lumineers: III (Silver vinyl) (Warner) LP
Nas: Stillmatic (Get on Down) LP
The National: Live at the Greek Theater (4AD) 3xCassette (En route)
OST: Matrix Revolutions (Warner) LP
Charlie Parker: The Magnificent Charlie Parker (Universal) LP
Pearl Jam: MTV Unplugged (Epic) LP (VERY FEW EN ROUTE WE WILL BE PRE-SELLING TOMORROW)
Lou Reed: The Raven (Warner) LP
Royal Trux: Quantum Entanglement (Fat Possum) LP
Joe Satriani: Surfing with the Alien (Sony) LP
Raymond Scott: The Jingle Workshop: Midcentury Musical Miniatures 1951-1965 (Modern Harmonic) LP
Venom: Manitou (Warner) LP
Wrens: Silver (Craft) LP
Various: Merry Christmas from King Records (Sundazed) LP
Various: More Oar – A Tribute to the Skip Spence Album (Modern Harmonic) LP
Various: Rhythm Showcase, Volume 1 (Daptone) LP

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…..news letter #925 – return…..

Not a huge amount of stuff in this week, but look out, cuz next week is our biggest sale of the year! Our annual BLACK FRIDAY RECORD STORE DAY/ANNIVERSARY SALE! Next week we’ll update you with all the details, but if you’ve been following along, you already know what to expect….

And speaking of top albums of the year… Looks like we’ll be HIRING someone again real soon! If you dream of hanging out and talking about records all day, then bring us a resume along with your top ten albums of 2019 and of all time!

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…..pick of the week…..

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Didgin’ For Rainbows: s/t (Didgin’ For Rainbows) LP
On a snowy restless night, Dan Tansy was giving the performance of a lifetime to his roommate, Warren Krick, on his didgeridoo. Warren later joined in on his keyboard and the two quickly realized they were on to something but didn’t know what to call this new band. That night Dan had a dream, where a little man on a flaming pie said, “You will be known as the Beatles but with an A.” “That’s already been taken, mister man,” said Dan… “What about Bananarama?” asked the little man. “A no-go unfortunately,” replied Dan. “Then it must be Didgin’ for Rainbows!” History was made. Our heroes had a name for their new band! But what would a two-piece didgeridoo/keyboard band sound like? Early shows would have sets split up: fifty percent music, fifty percent feeding the crowd watermelon and opening presents! It wasn’t until the addition of new members Lanny McHardy and the greatest Edmonton band, NEK Trio (Ross Nicoll, Dean Kheroufi, Connor Ellinger) that the split leaned more towards music. Gone are the days of watermelon and pinatas full of cooked spaghetti. It was time for the band to take the music seriously and write a full-length album! Recorded over three years, Didgin’ for Rainbows’ debut record is a journey like no other, jumping from genre to genre throughout its running time. Death Bossa, pop, jazz, country, baroque and experimental, all suitable for a perfumed garden, are represented here through the catchiness of the melodies and the band’s top-level musicianship! Didgin’ for Rainbows broke up shortly after recording when Yoko Ono declined their offer to join the band, but they felt it would be criminal not to release their final swan song… One last present for the fans.

File Under: Local, Pop, Psych, Lounge
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Aphex Twin: Peel Session 2 (Warp) 12”
On the summer solstice 2019 the extended Warp family came together with online radio station NTS to celebrate the label’s 30th anniversary. With over 100 hours of original music programming, the weekend-long communion featured mixes, documentaries, live performances, film and sessions from the whole Warp roster including Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Flying Lotus, Danny Brown, Autechre and Kelela, plus a handful special guests including Death Grips and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of music fans tuned in to share in the celebration with the label, artists and each other via chat rooms, forums, social media and IRL playbacks in record shops, cafes and bars around the world. Now, Warp continues the radio theme with a special set of releases. WXAXRXP Sessions features ten specially selected sessions recorded for radio from across the history of the label, from Peel sessions in the very early days right up to the aforementioned WXAXRXP x NTS weekend. In the age of immediate, unelected, often low-quality rips of anything that is broadcast, these releases present each session in the highest quality, adorned in beautiful packaging designed by Michael Oswell, with photography by Synchrodogs. Aphex Twin’s Peel Session 2 TX: 04/10/95, one of only two radio sessions Aphex Twin has ever recorded, is comprised of all original material at the time. Presented here as a complete session and on vinyl for the first time!

File Under: Electronic
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The Band: s/t 50th Anniversary (Universal) LP
When The Band’s seminal eponymous second album was released fifty years ago in September 1969, not much more was known about the reclusive group than when they released their landmark debut, Music From Big Pink, to widespread critical praise and bewilderment, just the year before. The group, made up of four Canadians and one American, was still shrouded in mystery, allowing for listeners and the music press to let their imaginations run wild about who these men were and what this music was that sounded unlike anything else happening at the close of the psychedelic ’60s. Dressed like 19th century fire-and-brimstone preachers and singing rustic, sepia-toned songs about America and the deep south, The Band – Garth Hudson (keyboards, piano, horn), Levon Helm (drums, vocals, mandolin), Richard Manuel (keyboards, vocals, drums), Rick Danko (bass, vocals, fiddle) and Robbie Robertson (guitar, piano, vocals) – was an enigma, unlike any group that came before or after. And their self-titled “Brown Album,” as it would lovingly be called, cemented their status as one of the most exciting and revolutionary bands in years, on the strength of now-classic songs like “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Up On Cripple Creek” and “Rag Mama Rag.” The Band’s pioneering, self-titled album receives a suite of newly remixed and expanded editions in November 2019 to mark its 50th anniversary including this 180g vinyl 2LP version featuring the new stereo mix by Bob Clearmountain and all tracks mastered from the original multi-track masters by Bob Ludwig. Chris Bellman cut the vinyl lacquers for the album’s new stereo mix at 45 rpm at Bernie Grundman Mastering. All of the configurations were overseen by Robbie Robertson, similar to 2018’s acclaimed 50th anniversary Music From Big Pink editions. Clearmountain and Robertson’s approach to remixing the beloved album was done with the utmost care and respect for the music and what The Band represents. “The idea was to take you deeper inside the music, but this album is homemade,” Robertson says. “You can’t touch up a painting. It has nothing to do with what you get when you go into a recording studio.” When he expressed his concerns to Clearmountain, the renowned engineer and producer reassured him: “We’re just trying to overcome the original technological limitations in order to bring you closer into the room,” he explained. “I’m going to do everything in my power not to get in the way of this music at all.” The result is a new mix that allows listeners to hear these classic songs in stunning, and often times startling, clarity, packing more of a sonic and emotional punch than ever before. Released in 1968, The Band’s game-changing debut, Music from Big Pink, seemed to spring from nowhere and everywhere. Drawing from the American roots music panoply of country, blues, R&B, gospel, soul, rockabilly, the honking tenor sax tradition, hymns, funeral dirges, brass band music, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll, The Band forged a timeless new style that forever changed the course of popular music. Shortly after its release, Danko broke his neck in a serious car crash and was in traction resulting in The Band’s inability to tour. This only fueled the mystique as they had yet to play live and had only done a few mysterious interviews. Once Danko was healed, the guys relocated to Los Angeles to record their follow up album. Searching for the same clubhouse vibe they had at Big Pink, they eschewed a traditional studio and moved into a house in the Hollywood Hills that had previously been owned by Sammy Davis Jr. The place had enough bedrooms that the group could reside there with their families and a pool house where they set up the studio. While Capitol Records was dumbfounded the guys didn’t want to record in one of their state-of-the-art studios down the street, they ultimately relented and paid for the shipment of their equipment across the country. Recording here was not without its obstacles as getting an upright piano up to the house proved trying and since they were in a residential neighborhood, the pool house needed to be soundproofed from the outside, which was quite a sight. Following dinner together with their families in the main house, The Band, joined by co-producer John Simon who helped shape their sound, as on their debut, would shuffle off to their makeshift studio to write and record their masterpiece, working through the night and stopping around dawn. Listening to these dusty, rural songs, it’s hard to believe they weren’t written in the Appalachian Mountains but instead perched up in the hills overlooking Los Angeles’ sprawling, smoggy metropolis. It’s fitting then that the first song the group recorded for the album was “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” a Civil War story that was inspired by a visit Robertson made to Helm’s family in Marvell, Arkansas. During one of their talks, Helm’s father insisted to Robertson that “The South will rise again!” “I felt that I understood something about Levon from meeting his family,” Robertson says. “I wanted to write a song that he could sing better than anyone in the world.” The song imbues the people of the South with a forlorn dignity much in contrast to their stereotypical portrayals in popular culture – and Helm’s heart-rending vocal tells the song’s story with consummate grace. This was not subject matter that other songwriters were mining from at the time and illustrated how The Band’s primary songwriter, Robertson, did not draw inspiration from typical rock sources, instead pulling from history and his love of classic films and screenplays. Indeed, The Band explores America’s thorny history through indelible archetypes – “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” refers to Union cavalry officer George Stoneman’s attack on southwestern Virginia in the last days of the Civil War, “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” is sung from the perspective of a poverty-stricken farmer who becomes a “union man” to his disappointment, and “Up on Cripple Creek” is about a truck driver’s debauched time with a local girl in Lake Charles, Louisiana. “It was a complicated record,” Helm wrote in his memoir, This Wheel’s On Fire. “We wanted to make one that you didn’t really get until the second time you played it.” The Band was released on September 22, 1969 and made an immediate cultural impact. The days of the group being a so-called ‘underground’ band were over. In short order, the Band appeared on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ one of only two television appearances the group would ever make, and it had a hit single with “Up on Cripple Creek.” In addition, The Band appeared on the cover of Time magazine in January of 1970, the first North American group ever to do so. The Band was instantly hailed by press with The Village Voice’s Robert Christgau, calling it an “A-plus record if I’ve ever rated one” and deeming it “even better” than the Beatles’ classic Abbey Road, released the same week. Ralph J. Gleason wrote in his glowing review for Rolling Stone: “It is full of sleepers, diamonds that begin to glow at different times. As with the Beatles and Dylan and the Stones and Crosby-Stills and Nash, the album seems to change shape as you continue to play it. The emphasis shifts from song to song and songs prominent in the early listening will retreat and be replaced in your consciousness by others, only in later hearings to move to the fore again. Little things pop up unexpectedly after numerous listenings and the whole thing serves as a definition of what Gide meant by the necessity of art having density.” Now, listeners can experience that brotherhood once more on The Band (50th Anniversary Edition), in which five visionaries ended up capturing the soul of America with an album that’s influence still ripples through current music today five decades later!

File Under: Classic Rock
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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messngers: Meet You at the Jazz Corner of the World 1 
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messngers: Meet You at the Jazz Corner of the World 2 (Blue Note) LP
In honor of Blue Note Records’ 80th Anniversary, the legendary jazz label is launching the Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series. Distinct from the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series, this second series curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman features 180g vinyl LP releases in standard packaging with albums spanning the many eras of the label’s history presented by themes: Blue Note Debuts, Blue Grooves, Great Reid Miles Covers, Blue Note Live, and Blue Note Drummer Leaders. The series resumes in November 2019 with Part 1 of the Blue Note Live theme  –  Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Meet You at the Jazz Corner of the World Vol. 1 and 2 (1960), Horace Silver – Doin’ The Thing (1961) and Grant Green – Alive! (1970) – and will continue with three albums released each month for the coming year. The legendary NYC jazz club Birdland was sacred ground for drummer Art Blakey who recorded three live albums for Blue Note at the venue between 1954-1960: A Night at Birdland, At the Jazz Corner of the World, and Meet You at the Jazz Corner of the World. This last date featured one of the greatest lineups of Blakey’s powerhouse outfit The Jazz Messengers with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Bobby Timmons on piano, and Jymie Merritt on bass. Spirits are high on this superb outing from the iconic introduction by MC Pee Wee Marquette through two volumes of thrilling hard bop! This Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.

File Under: Jazz
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Boards of Canada: Peel Sessions (Warp) 12”
On the summer solstice 2019 the extended Warp family came together with online radio station NTS to celebrate the label’s 30th anniversary. With over 100 hours of original music programming, the weekend-long communion featured mixes, documentaries, live performances, film and sessions from the whole Warp roster including Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Flying Lotus, Danny Brown, Autechre and Kelela, plus a handful special guests including Death Grips and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of music fans tuned in to share in the celebration with the label, artists and each other via chat rooms, forums, social media and IRL playbacks in record shops, cafes and bars around the world. Now, Warp continues the radio theme with a special set of releases. WXAXRXP Sessions features ten specially selected sessions recorded for radio from across the history of the label, from Peel sessions in the very early days right up to the aforementioned WXAXRXP x NTS weekend. In the age of immediate, unelected, often low-quality rips of anything that is broadcast, these releases present each session in the highest quality, adorned in beautiful packaging designed by Michael Oswell, with photography by Synchrodogs. Boards of Canada’s Peel Session TX: 07/21/98, the group’s one and only radio session, is presented here for the first time in its complete form, with the inclusion of the previous broadcast-only track “XYZ.”

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Delia Derbyshire & Martin Hannett: The Synth & Electronic Recordings Exchange (Ozit) LP
Forty years since Martin Hannett first used synths and electronic sound effects in production work on Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, this album looks at 21 tracks of electronic and synth music that Hannett had compiled in the the mid 70s to early 80s whilst exchanging tapes by post with electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire. The compiled work from the two electronic music geniuses was to have been released by Hannett but was shelved in the early 80s. Here it is as he put it together for the planned album. Gatefold 180g vinyl LP.

File Under: Early Electronic
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Flying Lotus: Infinity Infinitum – Maida Vale Session (Warp) LP
On the summer solstice 2019 the extended Warp family came together with online radio station NTS to celebrate the label’s 30th anniversary. With over 100 hours of original music programming, the weekend-long communion featured mixes, documentaries, live performances, film and sessions from the whole Warp roster including Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Flying Lotus, Danny Brown, Autechre and Kelela, plus a handful special guests including Death Grips and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of music fans tuned in to share in the celebration with the label, artists and each other via chat rooms, forums, social media and IRL playbacks in record shops, cafes and bars around the world. Now, Warp continues the radio theme with a special set of releases. WXAXRXP Sessions features ten specially selected sessions recorded for radio from across the history of the label, from Peel sessions in the very early days right up to the aforementioned WXAXRXP x NTS weekend. In the age of immediate, unelected, often low-quality rips of anything that is broadcast, these releases present each session in the highest quality, adorned in beautiful packaging designed by Michael Oswell, with photography by Synchrodogs. Flying Lotus Presents Infinity Infinitum – Maida Vale Session TX: 08/19/2010 – a classic live session from around the breakthrough Cosmogramma album, featuring a full live band including Thundercat, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Ravi Coltrane. The session features the otherwise unheard track “Golden Axe.”

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Bill Frisell: Harmony (Blue Note) LP
Acclaimed guitarist Bill Frisell makes his Blue Note Records debut with his newest project Harmony. Produced by his longtime collaborator Lee Townsend – and recorded by Tucker Martine at Flora Recording in Portland, Oregon – Harmony features Frisell with a wholly distinctive quartet comprising two longtime collaborators – Petra Haden, voice; Hank Roberts, cello and voice – plus a relative newcomer, Luke Bergman, on acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, bass and voice. The result of a commission from the FreshGrass Music Festival, an organization dedicated to the vitality of contemporary American roots music, Harmony features new compositions, imaginatively reworked music from Frisell’s catalog and a typically sharp selection of jazz and Americana staples. Throughout, Haden’s dreamlike, often wordless lead vocals and the trio’s quietly powerful harmonies grant Frisell’s music dimensions it’s never known before. Remarkably, the thoughtful beauty and evocative patience that mark his guitar playing are both smartly accented and greatly magnified. Longtime fans will recognize Frisell’s ongoing calling to both honor the totality of American music and represent his personal history with integrity. “If I think back throughout my whole life, all the music that I’ve loved,” he says, “why can’t it all be there at the same time? You can play a Bob Dylan song and you can play a standard song or a Charlie Parker song, and they can fit together. Why not? There’s no reason why you can’t have ‘Lush Life’ and ‘Red River Valley’ on the same album. They’re both beautiful songs.” Frisell had long wanted to match these particular talents and test the alchemy of this unique, drum-less configuration. Hovering between a chamber ensemble, small-group jazz and a classic American harmony group, the dynamic and sense of interplay here are organic and unmistakable – not least between Frisell and Haden, who are essentially family. Petra’s father, the late bass champion Charlie Haden, was a mentor of sorts to Frisell, who played with Charlie in revered bands featuring the drummers Paul Motian and Ginger Baker. Frisell and Petra have developed their own sublime accord, which they’ve showcased on projects like Frisell’s gracefully nostalgic 2016 album When You Wish Upon a Star. Frisell, who does not sing, has worked with plenty of brilliant vocalists in the past, he points out. But Harmony is something altogether different, he explains. “We premiered in San Francisco in 2016,” Frisell says, “and, kind of at the last minute, I thought, ‘Wow, everybody sings.’ They sang a few things, and I was like, ‘OK, now I think we’re really on to something.'”

File Under: Jazz
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Grant Green: Alive! (Blue Note) LP
In honor of Blue Note Records’ 80th Anniversary, the legendary jazz label is launching the Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series. Distinct from the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series, this second series curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman features 180g vinyl LP releases in standard packaging with albums spanning the many eras of the label’s history presented by themes: Blue Note Debuts, Blue Grooves, Great Reid Miles Covers, Blue Note Live, and Blue Note Drummer Leaders. The series resumes in November 2019 with Part 1 of the Blue Note Live theme  –  Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Meet You at the Jazz Corner of the World Vol. 1 and 2 (1960), Horace Silver – Doin’ The Thing (1961) and Grant Green – Alive! (1970) – and will continue with three albums released each month for the coming year. After a prolific five-year run from 1961-1965 when he made more than 20 great hard bop and soul jazz albums for Blue Note, guitarist Grant Green took a four-year hiatus from recording. When he returned to Blue Note in 1969, Green’s style had moved into funkier territory as was perfectly captured on his first-ever live album Alive! which captured a hard-driving set of jazz-funk at the Cliché Lounge in Newark, NJ in 1970. The band is propelled by drummer Idris Muhammad who keeps a fire burning under Green, saxophonist Claude Bartee, vibraphonist Willie Bivens, organists Ronnie Foster & Neal Creque, and Joseph Armstrong on congas. The closing track “Down Here On The Ground” was famously sampled by A Tribe Called Quest on their hip-hop classic Low End Theory. This Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.

File Under: Jazz
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Mogwai: Ten Rapid (Rock Action) LP
After the success of the limited edition coloured vinyl for 2018’s Record Store Day, Mogwai’s sell-out 1997 compilation album of singles, b-sides and rarities from 1996-1997 is getting a re-press. This time on a limited run of dark green heavyweight vinyl and released again via the bands own Rock Action Records. It will come with download code and this colour will only be available as a limited run worldwide and has been produced especially for National Album Day 2019 in Europe. After this, it goes back to black!

File Under: Post Rock, Indie Rock
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Mount Kimbie: WXAXRXP Session (Warp) LP
On the summer solstice 2019 the extended Warp family came together with online radio station NTS to celebrate the label’s 30th anniversary. With over 100 hours of original music programming, the weekend-long communion featured mixes, documentaries, live performances, film and sessions from the whole Warp roster including Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Flying Lotus, Danny Brown, Autechre and Kelela, plus a handful special guests including Death Grips and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of music fans tuned in to share in the celebration with the label, artists and each other via chat rooms, forums, social media and IRL playbacks in record shops, cafes and bars around the world. Now, Warp continues the radio theme with a special set of releases. WXAXRXP Sessions features ten specially selected sessions recorded for radio from across the history of the label, from Peel sessions in the very early days right up to the aforementioned WXAXRXP x NTS weekend. In the age of immediate, unelected, often low-quality rips of anything that is broadcast, these releases present each session in the highest quality, adorned in beautiful packaging designed by Michael Oswell, with photography by Synchrodogs. Mount Kimbie WXAXRXP Session TX: 06/21/2019 finds the expanded live line-up of Mount Kimbie demonstrating how their material has evolved on the road in this bespoke session first broadcast as part of the WXAXRXP x NTS takeover. Featuring a guest appearance from Mica Levi.

File Under: Electronic
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nêhiyawak: Nipiy (Arts & Crafts) LP
nêhiyawak hails from amiskwaciy (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. On the band’s debut album, nipiy – out October 24 on Arts & Crafts – the trio of Indigenous artists – Kris Harper (vocals, guitars), Marek Tyler (drums), and Matthew Cardinal (synths, bass) – transcends a new intersection of traditional storytelling and contemporary sound. A collection of songs strongly inspired by the Idle No More movement, says Harper, “nipiy is for those who don’t seem to fit in for myriads of reasons. To inspire others to use their voice and to send messages to future generations.” nêhiyawak – whose name refers directly to their nêhiyaw ancestry – is a spirited expression of Indigeneity. nipiy, which translates to water, is the title of nêhiyawak’s first full length album. The flow and pace of the album, symbolic of the flow and pace of water, begins and ends with pieces dedicated to kisiskâciwanisîpiy (North Saskatchewan River), a river that flows through the center of amiskwaciy. In the band’s words, “There are many important ideas and teachings that we were raised with in our lives, but few more important that water. It’s a modern conversation with complex meanings and understandings. Our record is dedicated to the life-giving force of water.” Produced by Colin Stewart (The New Pornographers, Black Mountain, Destroyer), nêhiyawak’s sound combines terse post-rock soundscapes and surreal pop, with sheer electronic ambience, chiming guitars, and propulsive rhythm. At times grand and emotional, at times cool and reticent, their music is a tapestry of sonic and cultural exploration. Anchored by the hollowed pounding of carved cedar log drums and Harper’s resilient poetry, nipiy combines the teachings of nêhiyawak’s Elders with the band’s own interests in music, instrumentation and lyrics. nêhiyawak’s debut album tells their story of collective experience – a band empowered by history and progress, adding to the body of work.

File Under: Indie Rock, Local
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On the summer solstice 2019 the extended Warp family came together with online radio station NTS to celebrate the label’s 30th anniversary. With over 100 hours of original music programming, the weekend-long communion featured mixes, documentaries, live performances, film and sessions from the whole Warp roster including Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Flying Lotus, Danny Brown, Autechre and Kelela, plus a handful special guests including Death Grips and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of music fans tuned in to share in the celebration with the label, artists and each other via chat rooms, forums, social media and IRL playbacks in record shops, cafes and bars around the world. Now, Warp continues the radio theme with a special set of releases. WXAXRXP Sessions features ten specially selected sessions recorded for radio from across the history of the label, from Peel sessions in the very early days right up to the aforementioned WXAXRXP x NTS weekend. In the age of immediate, unelected, often low-quality rips of anything that is broadcast, these releases present each session in the highest quality, adorned in beautiful packaging designed by Michael Oswell, with photography by Synchrodogs. Oneohtrix Point Never’s KCRW Session TX: 10/23/2018 finds OPN’s Myriad Ensemble re-interpreting studio material in these four tracks picked from a recorded KCRW session with appearances by ADR, Kelly Moran and Eli Keszle.

File Under: Electronic
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Horace Silver Quintet: Doin’ the Thing (Blue Note) LP
In honor of Blue Note Records’ 80th Anniversary, the legendary jazz label is launching the Blue Note 80 Vinyl Reissue Series. Distinct from the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series, this second series curated by Don Was and Cem Kurosman features 180g vinyl LP releases in standard packaging with albums spanning the many eras of the label’s history presented by themes: Blue Note Debuts, Blue Grooves, Great Reid Miles Covers, Blue Note Live, and Blue Note Drummer Leaders. The series resumes in November 2019 with Part 1 of the Blue Note Live theme  –  Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Meet You at the Jazz Corner of the World Vol. 1 and 2 (1960), Horace Silver – Doin’ The Thing (1961) and Grant Green – Alive! (1970) – and will continue with three albums released each month for the coming year. “We’d like for you all to help us get in the groove, let your hair down, and come on and get in the music with us,” says Horace Silver in the spoken introduction to Doin’ The Thing, the only live album the great pianist made during his remarkable three-decade tenure on Blue Note Records. Recorded in May 1961 at the Village Gate in NYC, this exuberant live date featured Silver’s great quintet with trumpeter Blue Mitchell, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, bassist Gene Taylor, and drummer Roy Brooks on a set of sterling Silver original compositions. This Blue Note 80 Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.

File Under: Jazz
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Various: Jambu (Analog Africa) LP
Jambu is an exhilarating, cinematic ride into the beauty and heart of what makes Para’s little corner of the Amazon tick. The hip swaying, frantic percussion and big band brass of the mixture of carimbo with siria, the mystical melodies of Amazonian drums, the hypnotizing cadence of the choirs, and the deep, musical reverence to Afro-Brazilian religions, provided the soundtrack for sweltering nights in the city’s club district. Booklet featuring previously unpublished photos from the archives of the musicians themselves, an essay about Belem’s night live, the development of the tropical music scene and a dozen of interviews made in the city of Belem between 2012 and 2016. Gatefold vinyl with 24-page magazine-format booklet & full digital album as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

File Under: World, Funk, Afro, Brazil

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