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…..news letter #824 – four…..

Ok, I hadn’t planned on such a whopper of a news letter, but why not go out with a bang! This week brings you our staff top picks of the year AND a pretty massive new arrival list as well. There were just too many great things in this week to skip them since there won’t be another list until the new year. That’s right, this is our final transmission of 2017. Thanks to everyone who came in over the year and bought records from us, it means the world to us. Have a safe and happy holidays, stop in on Boxing Day for our usual sale and see you all in 2018!

Holiday Hours….

Sun Dec 24 – 12 – 4
Mon Dec 25 – Closed
Tues. Dec 26 – 11 – 5
Sun Dec 31 – 12 – 4
Mon Jan 1 – Closed

…..staff picks of 2017…..

Ian’s Picks…

Love Theme – Love Theme (Alter)
Carla Dal Forno – The Garden (Blackest Ever Black)
Rakta – Oculto Pelos Seres (La Vida Es En Mus)
F Ingers – Awkwardly Blissing Out (Blackest Ever Black)
Anthony Linell – Consolidate (Northern Electronics)
Dedekind Cut – The Expanding Domain (Hallow Ground)
Total Control – Laughing At The System (Alter)
Lebenden Toten – Mind Parasites (Self Released) and Static! (Iron Lung)
Internazionale – The Pale And The Colourful (Posh Isolation)
K. Burwash – Moonlanding, Static Control – Debris, Soft Ions – s/t (Pseudo Laboratories)

Bailey’s Picks…

Mauno – Tuning (Idee Fixee) LP
Six Organs of Admittance: Burning the Threshold (Drag City) LP
Chad Van Gaalen: Light Information (Flemish Eye) LP
Jom Comyn: I Need Love (Double Lunch) CS
Why?: Moh Lhean (Joyful Noise) LP
Grandaddy: Last Place (Columbia) LP
Pissed Jeans: Why Love Now (Sub Pop) LP
Bully: Losing (Sub Pop) LP
Saltland: A Common Truth (Constellation) LP
The Caretaker: Everywhere at the End of Time Stage 3 (HAFTW) LP

Stefan’s Picks…

Alice Coltrane- The Ecstatic Music of… Turiyasangitananda
Colleen- A Flame My Love, a Frequency
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society- Simultonality
Colin Stetson- All This I do for Glory
Abdou El Omari- Nuits de Printemps
Fiver- Audible Songs From Rockwood
El Michels Affair- Return to the 37th Chamber
Midori Takada- Through the Looking Glass
John Bender- Plaster Falling
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard- Flying Microtonal Banana

James’s Picks…

Protomartyr: Relatives in Descent (Domino) LP
Daniel Romano: Modern Pressure (You’ve Changed) LP
Sheer Mag: Need to Feel Your Love (Wilsuns) LP
K.Burwash: Moonlanding (Pseudo Laboratories) CS
Not Waving: Good Luck (Diagonal) LP
War on Drugs: A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic) LP
Faith Healer: Try 😉 (Mint) LP
Metz: Strange Peace (Royal Mountain) LP
Wares: s/t (Double Lunch) CS
Lee Hazlewood: Requiem For An Almost Lady (Light in the Attic) LP

Kris’s Picks…


Jonny Nash/Lindsay Nash: Fauna Mapping (Island of the Gods) LP
Caterina Barbieri: Patterns of Consciousness (Important) LP
Sarah Davachi: All My Circles Run (Students of Decay) LP
Loke Rahbek: City of Women & Buy Corals Online (Editions Mego) LP
Iona Fortune: Tao of I (Optimo) LP
Ben Frost: The Centre Cannot Hold (Mute) LP
Yair Elazar Glotman: Compound (Subtext) LP
Transcendence Orchestra: Modern Methods for Ancient Rituals (Editions Mego) LP
Visible Cloaks: Reassemblage & Lex (RVNG Intl) LP
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society: Simultonality (Eremite) LP


Coil: Time Machines (Dais) LP
Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda: The Ecstatic Music of (Luaka Bop) LP
Maria Teresa Luciani: Sounds of the City (Finders Keepers) LP
Roberto Musci: The Loa of Music (Soave) LP
NSRD: Workshop for the Resto Ration of Unfelt Feelings (Stroom ) LP
Steven Roach: Structures from Silence (Telephone Explosion) LP
Claudio Rocchi: Suoni di Frontiera (Die Schachtel) LP
Yasuaki Shimizu: Kakashi (Palto Flats) LP
Midori Takada: Through the Looking Glass (WRWTFWW/Palto Flats) LP
Hiroshi Yoshimura: Music for 9 Postcards (Empire of Signs) LP


Various: Even a Tree Can Shed Tears (Light in the Attic) LP
Various: Miracle Steps (Optimo) LP
Various: Mono No Aware (Pan) LP
Various: Tokyo Flashback (Black Editions) LP
Various: Wayfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmare (Numero) LP

…..picks of the week…..

kakashiYasuaki Shimizu: Kakashi (Palto Flats) LP
“Originally released in 1982, Kakashi is another high water mark in the 80s Japanese underground. This album, which has gathered cult status in recent years, is the project of musical visionary Yasuaki Shimizu, and considered to be a highlight of his solo career. Shimizu was the bandleader of Mariah, who also saw their album Utakata No Hibi reissued by Palto Flats in 2015. Kakashi offers a similar blend of saxophone experimentations, jazz fusion and ambient dub excursions.”

File Under: Electronic, Jazz, Dub
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transTranscendence Orchestra: Modern Methods for Ancient Rituals (Editions Mego) LP
The title of the debut album from The Transcendence Orchestra outlines the modus operandi of this pairing of Anthony Child and Daniel Bean. Recorded in a remote English rural setting over a period of 24 hours, this is an apt location for a recording that eschews time and space in favor of methodological displacement and deep psychological navigation. Modern Methods For Ancient Rituals is an experiment in acoustic and synthetic symbiosis which is deeply influenced by the atmosphere and acoustics of the rural location of Cats Abbey resulting in a set of recordings which can aid to the transformation of consciousness. Deploying a range of ancient and modern instruments and effects, including Buchla Music Easel, harmonium, shruti box, bass guitar, hurdy gurdy, Electro Harmonix 45000, Strymon Blue Sky, and Roland RE 101 Space Echo, among others, Child and Bean conjure an audio experience which encapsulates elements of drone, trance, pulse, rhythm, and melody, subtly shifting all into a psychologically penetrating experience beyond the aesthetic and into the comforting unknown. Front cover image by Ali Wade; Back cover image by Cathrin Queins; Design by SOMA. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, 2017.

File Under: Ambient, Electronic, Drone
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kirchinBasil Kirchin: Worlds Within Worlds (Superior Viaduct) LP
“Basil Kirchin was a pioneering British composer who blurred the lines between musical genres. While his career began in the ’40s as a professional jazz drummer, in the ’60s he started to make field-recordings, painstakingly splicing tapes and slowing-down sounds until the source material would be virtually unrecognizable. Originally released on Island Records in 1974, Worlds Within Worlds juxtaposes Kirchin’s various tape manipulations – -amplified insects, animals, engines, glossolalia of children — with traditional musical instruments to form an organic totality that has the overall effect of otherworldly, ambient soundscapes. As Brian Eno writes in the liner notes on the original release, ‘Within the first couple of minutes it became obvious to me that Basil had not only discovered a whole new area of sound, but had exploited it with extreme skill and sensitivity, producing beautiful and evocative music as well. . . . So Basil Kirchin has made a double contribution: he has not only built the instrument, but has written and played the first successful works for it.’ Worlds Within Worlds remains a lost classic in sonic abstraction. This first-time reissue is recommended for fans of Broadcast, Aphex Twin and Nurse With Wound.”

File Under: Ambient, Experimental, Sound Collage
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…..new arrivals…..


Alexander: s/t (No Label) LP
“Alexander is the solo guitar project of New Haven, CT native David Shapiro (Headroom, Nagual). After spending most of 2016 and 2017 touring behind an on-going series of improvised cassette releases that document the various locations Shapiro has lived, he settled down long enough to offer up a full-length LP of fingerpicking tunes. The nine tracks that make up Alexander are bound together by a melancholy sweetness that evokes a performer’s wandering lifestyle and the characters they meet along the way. Sonically tied to the ‘American Primitive’ school of guitar playing, Shapiro distinguishes himself with an exacting, almost academic focus, manipulating tempo and harmony with a confidence far beyond his young years. Where masters like Fahey and Basho drew from earlier musical lineage, Alexander incorporates a contemporary pool of influence, broadening the fingerstyle palette with patience and self-assuredness. Recorded on a guitar that Shapiro built himself, Alexander is an earnest and substantive debut that gives the listener a window into the player’s intimate devotion to his instrument and the language it speaks.” –Ian McColm Cover text by Cyd Goodwin. Recorded at Key Club Recording Company by Bill Skibbe. 180 gram vinyl; Pressed at Erika Records.
File Under: Folk, Guitar Soli


Derek Bailey: Solo Guitar Volume 1 (Honest Jon’s) LP
Honest Jon’s Records present Solo Guitar Volume 1, a reissue of Derek Bailey’s Solo Guitar release on Incus in 1971, with additional tracks included on previous reissues and a performance at York University in 1972. Kicking off a series of collaborations between Honest Jon’s Records and Incus: three double-LPs of the legendary free-improvising guitarist Derek Bailey, solo and in duos with Anthony Braxton and Han Bennink, augmenting the original releases with marvelous, previously unissued music. Recorded in 1971, Solo Guitar Volume 1 was Bailey’s first solo album. Its cover is an iconic montage of photos taken in the guitar shop where he worked. He and the photographer piled up the instruments whilst the proprietor was at lunch, with Bailey promptly sacked on his return. The LP was issued in two versions over the years — Incus 2 and 2R — with different groupings of free improvisations paired with Bailey’s performances of notated pieces by his friends Misha Mengelberg, Gavin Bryars, and Willem Breuker. All this music is here, plus a superb solo performance at York University in 1972, a welcome shock at the end of an evening of notated music. It’s a striking demonstration of the way Bailey rewrote the language of the guitar with endless inventiveness, intelligence, and wit. As throughout the series, the recordings are newly transferred from tape at Abbey Road, and remastered by Rashad Becker. The records are manufactured by Pallas.
File Under: Free Improv, Experimental
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bailey2Derek Bailey/Anthony Braxton: Royal (Honest Jon’s) LP

Honest Jon’s Records present a reissue of Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton’s Royal, expanded to include both intended volumes. Volume 1 was originally released in 1984; the second volume was never issued. The second release in a series of collaborations between Honest Jon’s Records and Incus: three double-LPs of the legendary free-improvising guitarist Derek Bailey, solo and in duos with Anthony Braxton and Han Bennink, augmenting the original releases with marvelous, previously unissued music. Recorded in 1974, at the Royal Hotel in Luton, with Braxton playing soprano and alto saxophones, and Bb and contrabass clarinets. Two volumes were planned; only one was issued, till now. This was an early transatlantic meeting between the leading free improvisers. Many of Braxton’s signature techniques and ideas were gestated in such sessions. It still brims with inquisitive musical creativity and knockabout jazzbo allusiveness. Newly transferred from tape at Abbey Road, and remastered by Rashad Becker. The records are manufactured by Pallas.
File Under: Free Improv, Experimental
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Derek Bailey/Han Bennink: s/t (Honest Jon’s) LP
Honest Jon’s Records present a reissue of Derek Bailey & Han Bennink, originally released in 1972. The third release in a series of collaborations between Honest Jon’s Records and Incus: three double-LPs of the legendary free-improvising guitarist Derek Bailey, solo (HJR 200LP) and in duos with Anthony Braxton (HJR 201LP) and Han Bennink, augmenting the original releases with marvelous, previously unissued music. The tussling vegetables in Mal Dean’s cover-sketch somehow befit perfectly this extraordinary duo of Bailey and the great Dutch drummer Han Bennink. Recorded in London in 1972, Incus 9 was their second record (after an Instant Composers Pool in 1969), becoming a blueprint and inspiration for generations of free-improvisers. It is paired here with a brilliant session from the following year, with the same power and friendly combativeness, and oodles of creativity, technique, and humor. It’s obvious how much they loved playing together. Newly transferred from tape at Abbey Road, and remastered by Rashad Becker. The records are manufactured by Pallas.
File Under: Free Improv, Experimental
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biosphereBiosphere: Shenzhou (Biophon) LP

Biophon present a reissue of Biosphere’s Shenzhou, originally released by Touch in 2002. This expanded reissue includes a bonus album The Samphire Tower. Paul Cooper, of Pitchfork, on the album: “Shenzhou, aside from being the name of the Chinese manned-spaceflight vehicles, means ‘magic vessel’, and I can’t imagine a more apt description for Geir Jenssen’s latest excursion into ambient deep listening. . . . Jenssen again relies on found sound as source material for Shenzhou, but this time, the found sound is old vinyl recordings of the orchestral works of French Impressionist composer and ambient precursor, Claude Debussy. Jenssen lifts fragments of these scratched records in a similar manner as he did for Cirque’s ‘Black Lamb Grey Falcon’ and ‘Iberia Eterea’. The ten tracks (out of the dozen on the album) that follow this model all begin as a barely audible hum, like a small electrical transformer, out of which the dust-dappled loops of Debussy’s woodwind, brass, and strings emerge, condense, and fade out into pink noise rustles. Unlike Steve Reich’s phase pieces or Brian Eno’s Discreet Music, though, Jenssen doesn’t set his loops against each other to produce juxtapositions and piquant dissonance; he uses them to describe imagined terrain, at first glance monotonously flat and barren, but on concentration, replete with minute detailing. The overall effect of these pieces is a sense of immensity. The orchestral loops sound distant, abandoned in a vast wilderness, and strenuously battling against Arctic winds. Jenssen sets the listener down in this wilderness as an aloof observer, a witness to the music’s futile struggles against entropic forces. The two tracks not derived from Debussy share the same hypnotic aesthetic. The brief interlude ‘Bose-Einstein Condension’ is a loop of piano chords lolloping in search of coherence, while ‘Gravity Assist’ is a longer voyage into woofer-quaking low-frequency manipulation, bell-like drones, and contrails of subdued noise. I can’t help but feel that these tracks fit awkwardly and break up the conceptual flow of the album. This, however, is a minor quibble given the power of this music. Shenzhou is unquestionably a magic vessel, but one that reveals its enchantment only to those who pay close attention.”
File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Calcium: s/t (Monster Melodies) LP
Monster Mélodies present the never before released album by Calcium. A legendary French psychedelic rock album, recorded in 1969, of which only two tracks were released at the time. Percussionist Stéphane Vilar played with pianist Jef Gilson and recorded on his 1964 album Oeil Vision. Musician Graeme Allwright introduced Vilar to Marc’O, then director of the theater school of the American Center Boulevard Raspail. The director, looking for musicians to play rock n’ roll in his project Les Idols, hired Vilar along with jazz pianist Patrick Greussay, saxophonist Didier Malherbe (Gong, Clearlight), and guitarist Didier Léon who features on the Barney Wilen’s 1972 album Moshi. Stéphane then recruited jazz bassist Jacques Zins through Jérôme Savary. Les Idols is where the musicians who baptized The Rollsticks played. It was performed in 1966 and was later adapted for a feature film in 1968, where the same participants were joined by Valérie Lagrange. Stéphane Vilar then decided, together with his brother the painter Christophe, to create his own band which included some of the Rollsticks: Jacques Zins, Patrick Greussay, Didier Léon, drummer Alain Sirguy, and singer Danièle Ciarlet known as Zouzou. Model and muse of the Parisian night scene, Zouzou acted in Eric Rohmer’s Afternoon Love (1972). Considered to be the French Marianne Faithfull, she released two 45 EPs orchestrated by Jacques Dutronc. She represents the image of the liberated woman in France in the sixties. The group took the name of Jardin, and soon changed it to Calcium. Thanks to financial support from Sylvina Boissonnas, the group bought instruments and practiced and refined the compositions for a year before recording. Two recording sessions were held at the Davout studios in 1969. Christophe was replaced by guitarist Denys Lable who later recorded on Jean Claude Vannier’s L’enfant Assassin Des Mouches. After the recordings, Michel Taittinger, the heir of the namesake Champagne and television producer, obtained a contract with Pathé for the band. A single was put on the market without any promotion, resulting in poor sales. It’s now considered to be one of the rarest singles of French psychedelic rock. Due to the disinterest of the record company, which only wanted put Zouzou’s character forward to create a new Janis Joplin, the masters for the album were abandoned on a shelf for forty-eight years. Color vinyl; Includes two inserts; Edition of 1000 (numbered).
File Under: Psych, French
cosmicMichael Cosmic/Phill Musra Group: Peace in the World (Now Again) LP
“Potent mixes of spirituality, expressionist fire and electrified newness, these LPs are presented as the 7th entry in the Now-Again Reserve Edition, mastered from the original tapes. Contains download card for .Wav files of the full release — including bonus tracks by Phill Musra Group and World’s Experience Orchestra — and a booklet with extensive liner notes by jazz historian Clifford Allen, photos, show flyers and many other unpublished gems. In an homage to the original issues, both front and back cover feature hand-printed, pasted-on slicks.”File Under: Jazz, Spiritual
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crystalizedCrystalized Movements: Mind Disaster (Twisted Village) LP
Limited 2017 LP reissue of the first Cystalized Movements LP, Mind Disaster, in paste-on sleeve replicating the original 1983 edition — on the original label, Twisted Village. The Crystalized Movements were formed in 1980 by Wayne Rogers and Ed Boyden, two Tolland High School freshmen brought together by a mutual love of no wave and ’60s psychedelia. After three years of experimenting (and countless versions of “Gloria”), they decided in early 1983 that it was time to make an LP. They recorded loose duo versions of some of Wayne’s songs, and then promptly split up after graduating from high school in June of 1983. Wayne, under the spell of the Plastic Cloud and Randy Holden, then spent the summer piling on mounds of guitar overdubs. The results were issued as Mind Disaster at the end of that year in a bank-breaking edition of 130 (as Twisted Village #1001). After a minor stir in collectors’ circles, it was reissued on the UK Psycho label with a new cover in 1984. It was received by the “psychedelic revival” community with universal horror and quickly went out of print. Wayne, meanwhile, added new members to the band and it treaded on as a little-known Connecticut institution until 1992… The years have been kind to Mind Disaster, and its wah-wah and fuzz overload have made it a much sought after LP. After uncountable requests from our adoring public, Twisted Village finally reissue Mind Disaster, with its original cover. It is perhaps the last teenage garage-psych LP to be made in our time.File Under: Psych, Garage
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elderElder: s/t + Demo (Armageddon) LP
Elder’s self-titled debut album from 2007 was an impressive offering of psychedelia-tinged stoner rock and doom that set the tone for the band’s later progressive developments. In 2006, three longtime friends and members of the small music scene anchored in the port city of New Bedford, Massachusetts got together with the mission of making music that was heavier and more brutal than anything happening around. The first version of Elder was an interesting beast, combining sludgy riffs, primitive black metal vocals and Genghis Khan-themed lyrics. After toiling in these murky waters for a year, the band shed their extreme metal origins and emerged with their first proper album, Elder, an album that would already establish the band as some of the best riff-dealers this side of Birmingham. To celebrate the record’s 10 year anniversary, this reissue comes with a second LP containing the band’s first ever recordings from their early days.File Under: Metal, Stoner
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equinoxxEquiknoxx: Colon Man (Demdike Stare) LP
Colón Man is the debut album proper by visionary Jamaican dancehall artists Gavin Blair (Gavsborg) and Jordan Chung (Time Cow) plus their extended crew, aka Equiknoxx — once again for Demdike Stare’s label. Where their widely acclaimed Bird Sound Power primer compilation, issued on DDS in 2016, brought the rest of the world up to speed with the music produced between late ’00s and 2015, their first album now brings a 2020 sound into sharp, technoid focus through a baker’s dozen steely, heat-seeking riddims galvanized with clinical electronics and a Midas Touch approach to sampling. The record’s title, Cólon Man refers to a Jamaican tale (and song) about a mysterious character, whom, like Marcus Garvey, was one of over 100,000 Jamaicans who returned from working in Cólon on completion of the Panama Canal. In context of the album, Gavsborg and Timecow take the story as a metaphorical foundational for a roots and future sound, acknowledging the vital groundwork of previous generations of producers, whilst soundly contextualizing their mutant new advancements of Jamaican dancehall. Recorded between December 2016 and June 2017, the results of Colón Man form a stark, stripped down and conceptually blinding record. In tone and texture, the duo favor far colder, more abstract sounds, crucially lit up with sparingly used samples that lend the record its dissonant, harmonic color and bittersweet hooks, stylishly feeding forward their playfully weird sense of humor into a rugged, nutty, and even noisily imagineered set. Bookended by the gauzy, Detroit-compatible synth looks and acid hall grind of “Kareece Put Some Some Thread In A Zip Lock”, and the mesh of Motor City sleekness with Far Eastern strings on “Waterfalls In Ocho Rios”, they distill and diversify their bonds in myriad ways across the album. There’s a killer dancehall/trap hybrid in the percolate chorales and man trills of “Plantain Porridge”, along with the secretive dub-into-dancehall transfusion of Addis Pablo’s melodica in the belly rolling “Melodica Badness”, while “Ceremonial Eating Dog” and the hyaline designs of “We Miss You Little Joe” — a tribute to their pal Alty Nunes — are arguably the most forward Jamaican riddims you’ll hear in 2017, and “Enter A Raffle… Win A Falafel” uncannily recalls the clockwork mechanics of Haruomi Hosono’s “Alternative 3”, from his S-F-X LP (1984). Curated by Jon K and Demdike Stare. RIYL: Lenky, Haruomi Hosono, Errorsmith. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy.

File Under: Electronic, Dancehall
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F/I: Space Mantra (Sorcerer) LP
Sorcerer Records present a reissue of F/i’s Space Mantra, originally released on RRRecords in 1988. First time on vinyl for nearly 30 years for this classic slice of American space rock. Milwaukee’s F/i have been an ongoing concern since 1981, pioneering a certain brand of experimental rock which encompasses elements of industrial and psychedelic space-rock sounds. Originally a purely electronic outfit heavily influenced by Throbbing Gristle and prolific in the underground tape scene, they made the transition to “rock band” in the mid ’80s, and for many, 1988’s Space Mantra LP remains the high point. With fuzzed guitars, metronomic rhythms, swirling synths, and occasionally bucolic forays into blissful acoustics, it’s a masterful take on cosmic music during the Reagan years. It was previously only ever released on LP once by the famed RRRecords label. RIYL: Hawkwind, Amon Düül, Causa Sui, Cluster. Edition of 500.

File Under: Psych, Kosmische
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Flashback #9 Magazine
Issue #9 of Flashback, Winter 2017. Features: Group 1850: Led by the charismatic Peter Sjardin and featuring the brilliant guitarist Dean van Bergen, Group 1850 were one of the most imaginative bands of their era — but it has taken decades for their legacy to be appreciated. Here their story is told in full for the first time… Jukebox: Reine Fiske of Dungen on 12 tracks that have inspired him… Disc & Music Echo: It may have been less esteemed than some of its rival pop weeklies, but that doesn’t mean this paper wasn’t packed with priceless information… First Person: The legendary Jeff Dexter takes us on a personal tour of ’60s London’s counter-culture… Fuchsia: An experimental union between a rock trio and three classical musicians at Exeter University yielded one of the era’s most enduring classics… The Love-In Festival: An eyewitness account of this landmark July 1967 event, with the aid of many rare photographs… Blonde On Blonde: This Welsh quartet played many remarkable gigs and made three fine albums, but their story has never been told until now… Nicholas Greenwood: The enigmatic bassist describes life in the Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, the making of his fabled Cold Cuts LP from 1972 (KIS 4046CD), and his stint with prog favorites Khan… Ben: Renowned for having made one of the rarest albums on Vertigo, this jazz-rock quartet give their first ever interview… Sweet Slag: This aggressively unique band combined driving rock, free jazz, and nihilistic lyrics, and give their first interview here… Overseas & Underground: 50 intriguing British albums that weren’t released at home, spanning pop, freakbeat, psych, jazz, prog, blues and more… Reviews: Thorough coverage of recent CDs, LPs, and books, taking in household names (The Beatles, Pink Floyd), cult heroes (The Zombies, Margo Guryan, Grapefruit), and ultra-obscurities (The First International Sex Opera Band, Majic Ship)… Crying To Be Heard: The poignant story of John Phillips and his sole album, released in 1969 and missing in action ever since…

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Keiji Haino/John Butcher: Light Never Bright Enough (Otoroku) LP
Keiji Haino, one of the foremost exponents of the Japanese avant-garde, always provides a masterclass in constantly shifting improvisation. John Butcher is a saxophonist of rare grace and power, who has expanded the vocabulary of the saxophone far beyond the conventions of jazz and other musics, to encompass a staggering range of multi-phonics, overtones, percussive sounds, and electronic feedback. Haino and Butcher met when Butcher opened for Fushitsusha at the show Cafe Oto arranged at St. John, Hackney — five years ago. In 2016, they were invited to play two duo concerts — at The Empty Gallery in Hong Kong and at Cafe Oto in London. Otoroku present the audio documentation of their first UK meeting. Recorded live at Cafe Oto in July 2016, the results are an uncompromising milieu of swirling sound played out as a total union of these two legendary performers. Haino’s blues drenched guitar entices skittering notes from Butcher’s sax playing as numerous sonic clues unravel over the course of this unique and compelling journey. Personnel: Keiji Haino – vocal, guitars, etc.; John Butcher – saxophones and feedback.

File Under: Free Improv, Jazz, Experimental
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Heron Oblivion: The Chapel (Heron Oblivion) LP
The Chapel was recorded live to analog tape at the Chapel in San Francisco on January 27th, 2017, capturing Heron Oblivion at peak stage powers and bookending nearly a year of performance and touring in support of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut for Sub Pop Records. The broad dynamics, beauty, noise and ferocious tangle of guitars that fans have come to love and expect from the band are all present, enhanced and oversized here by adrenaline, a hometown crowd and raw live energy. Featuring a fifty-one minute set of six songs from the debut album, The Chapel also has two new and previously unreleased tracks, including a smoldering eight minute cover version of Doug Sahm’s “At The Crossroads.” Engineers Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, Fuzz) and Eric Bauer (Ty Segall, Heron Oblivion, White Fence) strike a perfect balance of bootleg in-the-red rawness and multi-track vintage analog fidelity to create a unique piece that fans will find essential as the band closes their first chapter and heads toward a new one with their second studio album for Sub Pop.

File Under: Psych
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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble: Book of Sound (Honest Jon’s) LP
With its cathedral-like, richly resonant acoustics, the new Hypnotic Brass Ensemble album Book Of Sound is a brilliant expression of this interplanetary principle. The album is by turns urgent and contemplative, funky and reflective, varied in its textures; but entirely of one piece. Underpinned by concepts of earth’s place in the cosmos, held in place by meditation, swirling with notions of history, science, theology, ancestry, there is a rich conceptual brew here. The album rings with what back in the 1950s the jazz critic Whitney Balliet called “the sound of surprise”. Book Of Sound makes you believe again in the validity of “spiritual jazz”. Talking to Cid, one of the Ensemble’s two trombonists, one phrase recurs: “back to the beginning”. “We wanted to go back to the beginning, when we were kids, real young, and our father would wake us up at 5AM to practice for two hours before breakfast.” One outcome — initially unplanned but subsequently embraced — is that unlike their two previous albums on Honest Jon’s, this is an album without a drummer. “When we started, as Wolf Pack, just brothers on the street with our horns, there wasn’t a kit in sight.” Book Of Sound retains plenty of rhythmic heft, but the absence of a drummer opens up space for a notably varied instrumental palette. Acoustic guitar, piccolo, synthesizer, alto sax — all have their place on the album. Most striking perhaps are the vocal lines that thread through the album and give it a palpable warmth. Sessions were recorded in Brooklyn and Chicago, and brilliantly mixed at Abel Garibaldi’s studio in the Loop, and it’s the Hypnotic’s hometown that permeates. For Cid this is a deeply Chicago record: “It’s got the vibe of the lake, the vibe of the prairies opening up to the west.” It also has the vibe of those Sun Ra Arkestra albums recorded in Chicago in the 1950s, and — of course — the Phil Cohran albums from the 1960s. It’s Phil Cohran (the father of all seven members of the Ensemble and their first teacher, and not just in music) who is the album’s guiding spirit. For Cid it’s a major regret that, in the months before their father’s death early in 2017, Phil was not well enough to play on the album. But Book Of Sound is a magnificent testament to their Cohran legacy.

File Under: Experimental, Rock, Noise
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Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble: Drum Dance to the Motherland (Eremite) LP
Eremite presents the definitive vinyl edition of the most legendary private press underground jazz album of the 1970s. There’s not another record on the planet that sounds even remotely like vibraphonist Khan Jamal’s eccentric, one-of-a-kind masterpiece, Drum Dance to the Motherland. In its improbable fusion of free jazz expressionism, black psychedelia, and full-on dub production techniques, Drum Dance remains a bracingly powerful outsider statement forty-five years after it was recorded live at the Catacombs Club in Philadelphia, 1972. Comparisons to Sun Ra, King Tubby, Phil Cohran and BYG/Actuel merely hint at the cosmic otherness conjured by The Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble and by sound engineer Mario Falana’s real-time enhancements. Originally issued by Jamal in 1973 in an edition of three hundred copies on Dogtown records, Drum Dance to the Motherland was effectively a myth until Eremite’s 2005 CD reissue (MTE 050CD). Eremite’s LP edition has been a long time coming. With the master tapes long vanished, the audio was transferred on the pneumatic Rockport table at Sony Music’s 54th street studio from a minty copy of the original LP, manually de-clicked, and remastered on Sony’s vintage outboard tube EQs by Ben Young and Andreas K. Myer. The LP is pressed on premium audiophile quality vinyl by RTI from a Kevin Gray lacquer. Alan Sherry at Siwa Studios screenprinted by hand every component of the package: the screenprinted labels and heavyweight Stoughton laserdisc jackets reproduce exactly the artwork of the original Dogtown release. A screenprinted insert with Ed Hazell’s detailed telling of Drum Dance’s incredible history and eremite’s signature retro-audiophile screenprinted dust sleeves are unique to this edition. 999 copies. Personnel: Khan Jamal – vibraphone, marimba, clarinet; Alex Ellison – drums and African percussion; Mario Falana – sound effects; Dwight James – drums, glockenspiel, clarinet; Billy Mills – fender bass, double bass; Monette Sudler – guitar, percussion.

File Under: Jazz, Free Jazz
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Jay Glass Dubs: Dubs (Ecstatic) LP
One of the boldest new producers to broach the dub sphere in recent times, Jay Glass Dubs is subject of Dubs, a prime “early years” survey of his work, compiled by Alessio Natalizia (Not Waving) for his Ecstatic label, and released quick at the heels of their ace Trax Test set and Novoline album. Written during what Dimitris Papadatos, aka Jay Glass Dubs, describes as “an adventurous and bold period”, and holding material variously issued by Hylé Tapes, THRHNDRDSVNTNN, and Seagrave between 2015-2016, the Dubs compilation frames a singular, stripped-down take on classic dub forms, wherein Jay Glass Dubs perceptibly retains the sound’s heavy function and mystic qualities, but subtly updates its palette with a range of nods to shoegaze, darkwave synth styles, and weightless dynamics. The results form a sort of ghostly, filleted subtraction of classic dub architecture, all plasmic tones and diaphanous, boneless structures buoyed by an often overwhelming, yet somehow intangible bass presence. Beyond the obvious, thematic ligature that connects the material, which was all recorded within a very short period of time, the artist also suggests there is an underlying, encrypted similarity to the material which is “merely apparent to me”, and awaits much closer investigation from keen ears. From Jay’s eponymous 2015 debut for Hylé tapes, listeners will encounter the heaving smudge of “Definition Dub”, the serpentine, Coil-like digital delays of “Grumpy Dub”, and a grime drone drill “Depression Dub”. Off the II tape for THRHNDRDSVNTNN (2016) comes the darkwave synths and militant step of “Magazine Dub” recalling a gauzier Equiknoxx production, next to the bass-less scudder, “Detrimental Dub” and the shoegazing bloom of “Daria Dub”, while his III tape (2016) tees-up some abyssal highlights in the vertiginous “Hilton Dub”, the melancholy, Basic Channel-scoped scale of “Sieben Dub”, and the HTRK-eaque starkness of “Everlasting Dub”. Exclusive to the set is “Perfumed Dub”, recorded in 2017 and pointing to vast, layered, atmospheric directions for a timeless project which is only just hitting its stride. Recorded in Athens, Berlin and Paris between 2015-2017. First time on vinyl for all the material included. Cut by CGB at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.

File Under: Electronic, Dub
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Hamad Kalkaba & The Golden Sounds: s/t (Analog Africa) LP
180 gram vinyl; Includes eight-page booklet; Gatefold sleeve. Analog Africa on Hamad Kalkaba and His Golden Sounds 1974-1975: “I remember the day clearly. I was searching for treasures in a record shop in Yaoundé, the Capital city of Cameroon, when suddenly I came across a 7-inch record with a picture of a young man wearing a traditional hat and bearing the marks of several imposing vertical scars on the side of his face, carved when he was just a boy as a reminder of his heritage in the Musgum tribe of the northern part of the country. The record contained two songs — ‘Gandjal Kessoum’ and ‘Touflé’ — by an artist I had never heard of before named Hamad Kalkaba. Both cuts were raw classics of fuzzed-out bass, pin-sharp horns, built upon the unshakable foundation of Northern Cameroon’s mightiest rhythm: the Gandjal. The shop owner finally said to me ‘There is another single with a green cover of the same artist, if I am not mistaken’. Over the next six years I searched for that ‘green cover’ and finally found it in a record collection belonging to an old bar in Parakou in northern Benin. . . . These two records, plus a third simply named ‘Nord Cameroon Rhythms’ constitute the entire discography of Hamad Kalkaba. Neglected for decades by all but the most devoted collectors of Afro music, Hamad Kalkaba and the Golden Sounds at long last gathers together the body of work of one of Cameroon’s forgotten geniuses. But unlike many musicians who emerged from nowhere, recorded a few singles and vanished again, Kalkaba hadn’t disappeared. Far from it. He was a distinguished public figure, a retired Colonel in the army of Cameroon, and a former member of Cameroon’s Olympic Selection Committee. When we tracked him down he was serving as president of the Confederation of African Athletics. And although Kalkaba’s job kept him busy, and he seemed initially dismissive of the music he’d made as a young man, he turned out to be an enthusiastic ally in this project. He arranged interviews, helped fill in the blanks and, when we finally met him in Yaoundé in 2016, provided us with photographs, lyric sheets and notes.”

File Under: Funk, Psych, Afrobeat
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Eyvind Kang: Plainlight (Abduction) LP
A gorgeous set of new tracks by the brilliant composer and multi-instrumentalist Eyvind Kang. It took him a decade and a half to revisit the vibe concocted on his masterpiece from 2001, Live Low To The Earth In The Iron Age, but the wait was worth it. It features an array of spiritually intoxicating instrumentation: tamboura, electric guitar, organ, trumpet, oboe, trombone, and Korean traditional instruments. Eyvind Kang on Plainlight: “In 2002 I wanted to make a kind of sequel to my first solo record on Abduction, Live Low To The Earth In The Iron Age. I found that the ‘weight’ of sounds seemed to evaporate the compositions. The last thing I wanted to make was a traditional shoegaze recording. 15 years later, I had a strange dream: a voice said ‘Because a plainlight has fallen in Heaven, heartbreak would cease.’ This statement then became a kind of guiding image and method. Thus, with Korean traditional instruments playing the ostinato and drone, things fell into place. I would like to thank all the musicians, Randall Dunn, Alan Bishop, and each and every listener.” Limited edition, one-time pressing; Edition of 400.

File Under: Electronic, Folk, Classical


Sylvia Kastel: Air Lows (Blackest Ever Black) LP
Air Lows is the debut solo album by Silvia Kastel. The Italian artist has been a fixture of the underground since her precocious teens, clocking up many miles in Control Unit with Ninni Morgia, including collaborations with the likes of Smegma, Factrix, Gary Smith, Aki Onda, and Gate (Michael Morley of The Dead C). Both solo and in her work with others, Kastel has explored the outer limits and inner workings of no wave, industrial, dub, extreme electronics, free rock, and improvisation. Air Lows is both her fullest and most refined offering to date, a work of vivid, isolationist electronics which draws deeply on her past experience but breaks new ground. Prompted by a late-flowering interest in techno and club music, Kastel sought to create something which combines a steady rhythmic pulse with the otherworldly sonorities of musique concrete, and avant-garde synth sounds inspired by Japanese minimalism and techno-pop (Haruomi Hosono’s Philharmony (1982) being a particular favouite). The formal artifice of muzak/elevator music, the intros and outros of generic popular songs, the extreme light-heavy contrasts of jungle, the creative sampling of hardcore, and the very “human” synths in the jazz of Herbie Hancock’s Sextant (1973) and Sun Ra: all were touchstones for Air Lows’ conception and composition, and all strains of music addressing — or complicating — the relationship between the human and the technological. Though used sparingly, Kastel’s voice remains her key instrument, whether subject to dissociative digital manipulations as on “Bruell”, delivering matter-of-fact spoken monologues, or providing splashes of pure tonal color. Recorded between her expansive Italy studio and a more compact, ersatz set-up in Berlin, Air Lows gradually takes on some of the character of the German capital: you can hear the wide streets and uninhabited spaces, the seep-age of never-ending nightlife, the loneliness. Air Lows is The Wizard of Oz in reverse: the glorious technicolor J-pop deconstructions of its first half leading inexorably to the icy noir of “Spiderwebs” and “Concrete Void”. These later tracks are reminiscent of 2015’s magnificent 39 12″, Kastel in the role of numbed, nihilistic chanteuse stalking dank, murky tunnels of reverb and sub-bass. But in fact there is contradiction and emotional ambiguity to Air Lows from the outset, and throughout — a sense of both infinite space and acute claustrophobia; energy and inertia; fluency and restraint.

File Under: Electronic, Experimental
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Lady June: Lady June’s Linguistic Leprosy (Mental Experience) LP
Mental Experience present the first vinyl reissue of Lady June’s Linguistic Leprosy, originally released in 1974. The legendary debut album by Canterbury scene pivotal figure, performance poet, painter, and experimental musician June Campbell Cramer, better known as Lady June. Produced by Kevin Ayers, who also plays on the album along with Brian Eno, Pip Pyle (Gong, Hatfield And The North), and David Vorhaus (White Noise). Originally released by Virgin’s budget imprint Caroline (home also of artist like Faust With Tony Conrad, Gong, Lol Coxhill, etc.), Lady June’s Linguistic Leprosy is a surreal, eccentric, psychedelic oddity of interest to fans of the Soft Machine-Gong-Canterbury family as well experimental/sound poetry/art-rock explorers. This cult album was included on the legendary Nurse With Wound list. Remastered sound; Insert with photos and liner notes by Ayers archivist Martin Wakeling. RIYL: Gong, Catherine Ribeiro, Laurie Anderson, Boards Of Canada, Mopsie Beans.

File Under: Jazz, Psych, Rock
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Les Filles De Illighadad: Eghass Malan (Sahel Sounds) LP
Future Tuareg music from the female led avant-rock group Les Filles de Illighadad. Mixing traditional percussion with electric guitars, Les Filles brings ancient village folk music into the modern era. Drawing on traditional tende music, the forgotten inspiration of Tuareg guitar, Fatou Seidi Ghali and Les Filles breathe new life into the genre. Hypnotic guitar riffs, driving rhythm, and polyphonic resonant vocals combine to create organic sound, that is both timeless and natural. A wholly original project, from a band that just last year had never left their village. Eghass Malan is their first studio production. Les Filles are all from Illighadad, a secluded commune in central Niger. The sound that defines rural Niger is a music known as “tende”. It takes its name from a drum, built from a goat skin stretched across a mortar and pestle. It is a music form dominated by women. In the past years, certain genres of Tuareg music have become popular in the west. International acts of “desert blues” like Tinariwen, Bombino, and Mdou Moctar have become synonymous with the name “Tuareg”. But guitar music is a recent creation. In the 1970s young Tuareg men living in exile in Libya and Algeria discovered the guitar. Lacking any female vocalists to perform tende, they began to play the guitar to mimic this sound, replacing water drums with plastic jerrycans and substituting a guitar drone for the vocal call and response. In time, this new guitar sound came to eclipse the tende. If tende is a music that has always been sung by woman, the Tuareg guitar was its gendered counterpart. Fatou Seidi Ghali, lead vocalist and performer of Les Filles is one of the only Tuareg female guitarists in Niger. Sneaking away with her older brother’s guitar, she taught herself to play. While Fatou’s role as the first female Tuareg guitarist is groundbreaking, it is just as interesting for her musical direction. In a place where gender norms have created two divergent musics, Fatou and Les Filles are reasserting the role of tende in Tuareg guitar. In lieu of the djembe or the drum kit, so popular in contemporary Tuareg rock bands, Les Filles de Illighadad incorporate the traditional drum and the pounding calabash, half buried in water. Recorded on their debut tour in Europe after just a handful of concerts, Eghass Malan maintains a feeling that is spontaneous and inspired.

File Under: World, Tuareg
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Lightmen: Free As you Wanna Be (Now Again) LP
“Drummer, bandleader and activist Bubbha Thomas had toured America with R&B revues, served as a session musician for Peacock and Back Beat Records, and played straight ahead jazz with legends before the political and social upheaval of the late 1960s led him to a path first charted by Coltrane. Free As You Wanna Be predates the deep-set, maverick jazz issued by the likes of Tribe and Strata East and is a harbinger of best of the 1970s jazz underground, a collective voice of resistance to the musical and cultural status quo. This is the first time that Free As You Wanna Be has seen reissue, and it is presented in both the issued stereo and previously unissued mono mixes as a double LP. Bubbha and his band’s story is told in great detail by Houston music and cultural historian Lance Scott Walker (Houston Rap/Houston Rap Tapes) and Now-Again’s Eothen Alapatt, in a booklet that contains dozens of unpublished photographs.”

File Under: Jazz, Funk
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maskMask of the Imperial Family: s/t (Important) LP
Important Records present a reissue of The Mask Of The Imperial Family, originally released in 1981. Replica LP; housed in a screen-printed jacket. All copies are pressed on turquoise vinyl to match the sleeve. Edition of 200. Mutant Sounds on the album: “Both profound and profoundly jaw dropping, the esoteric moves of this massively rare and insanely obscure 300 copy Japanese marvel have until now remained the sole preserve of a handful of heavyweight collectors. It’s time to let the cat out of the bag on this one. The dankly cavernous and unsettling acid maneuvers of Dome circa their first three LPs (though absent vocals) are the nearest antecedent I can summon for the principal thrust of the sound here. So too, there’s a ritualistic dimension to this stuff that’s also a bit suggestive of something like Vasilisk or The Hybryds, though the arcane initiatory atmosphere here is far more penetrating that anything I’ve heard either of those two muster. Combine that with a Johan Hedran-like overlay of wafting, heat-warped systemic electronics and you’re at least in the general neighborhood, but these are only indicators pointing toward the occult sonic universe that The Mask Of The Imperial Family are enacting…”

File Under: Electronic, Experimental
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Timothy McNealy: Funky Movement (Now Again) LP
Originally released for Black Friday RSD 2017. “Texas funk music is amongst the highest regarded styles in the genre, a unique mixture of jazz, blues, R&B and James Brown’s syncopation that evolved in metropolises like Houston (Kashmere Stage Band), San Antonio (Mickey and the Soul Generation), Austin (James Polk and the Brothers) and Dallas. Dallas birthed a variety of independent labels, Soultex and Doin Our Thing amongst them. But no one in Dallas, Texas or America, created a run of 7″ singles like Timothy McNealy did on his Shawn imprint. When it comes to heavy, funk music, in Dallas — in Texas — Timothy McNealy is king. This means that when it comes to funk music, in general, McNealy is hallowed. Yet McNealy’s music has never been collected as an album, nor reappraised in its totality. A series of 7″ single reissues have come out in the past 15 years, including his masterpiece ‘Sagittarius Black,’ a psychedelic funk instrumental that has been a cornerstone in every fan’s rediscovery of the genre for the past 20 years. But this is the first time that his music is presented in its totality, giving the enlightened fan an opportunity to hear the breadth and depth of his Funky Movement.”

File Under: Funk, Soul
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NVPR: 33 33 (Editions Mego) LP
NPVR is moniker taken on board by Pita, AKA Peter Rehberg, and Factory Floor’s Nik Void. Peter and Nik both share formidable reputations in the post-industrial shape-shifting world of sound and form with a vast range of releases and collaborative endeavors over a number of years. Together they tie together their collective experience into a vast array of sonic devices unleashing an album of pragmatic imbalance and psychedelic orientation. Blurring the lines of techno, ambient, avant garde, noise, etc. 33 33 positions itself in the nebulous realm of contemporary (dis)comfort presenting itself on the border of music and sound, the social and the private. Recorded and edited at The Premises, London, July 2017. Artwork by Nik Void; Photography by Georg Gatsas. Mastered by Russell Haswell at Haswell Studio, London, August 2017; Cut by CGB at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, September 2017.

File Under: Electronic, Industrial, Techno, Ambient


OCS: Memory of a Cut Off Head (Castle Face) LP
It is easy to forget (especially amidst the ringing of ears and aching of muscles after a typical Oh Sees show) that initially, OCS was a rather hushed affair. After the minimalistic brutality of Coachwhips, the band was the diametric opposite corner of John Dwyer’s musical world, quiet to the point of whispered in the wind, buffeted by the airy whirr of singing saw, soft and strange. Those early records especially had a rather contraband hush about them, as if the party had gone on all night and continued into the morning and everyone’s raspy from talking too much and agrees to whisper and pantomime as they watch the sun come up over the hills. Since then of course, things got gradually louder, faster, crazier…the band evolved into the Oh Sees everyone knows. For the 20th Oh Sees release, 100th Castle Face title, and 20th year doing it, Dwyer re-examines the quieter roots of it all in particularly baroque and homesteadly fashion. Memory Of A Cut Off Head was co-written with longtime collaborator and vocal counterpoint Brigid Dawson, recorded in total in Dwyer’s own Stu Stu Studio, and it’s lush, sumptuous in texture, but satisfyingly retains the gentle grace of the early stuff. There’s beautifully executed strings throughout, courtesy of Heather Lockie’s fine arrangements, horn arrangements courtesy of Mikal Cronin, and they even brought back the old saw—Patrick Mullins, that is—on saw and electronics. A return and a refinement of old forms, a few solemn meditations on life lived at high velocity, perhaps a respite from it…a softer side of JPD and distinguished company.

File Under: Psych, Folk
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Loke Rahbek & Frederrik Valentin: Buy Corals Online (Edition Mego) LP
First outing for this collaborative effort from the prolific Posh Isolation mainstay Loke Rahbek and Frederik Valentin of KYO, also on the revered Danish label. As old friends circling around the same scene, this is the first time they have combined their respective perspectives. The results are an ambitious aquatic infused audio environment. Recorded near water at Valentin’s studio within the vicinity of the new aquarium in Copenhagen, Buy Corals Online channels the sensual floating aspects of such environments. “During Japan’s Edo period (1615-1868) the phrase ‘the floating world’ (ukiyo) evoked an imagined universe of wit, stylishness, and extravagance — with overtones of naughtiness, hedonism, and transgression. Implicit was a contrast to the humdrum of everyday obligation. The concept of the floating world began in the Japanese heartland, migrated eastward, and came to full flower in Edo (present-day Tokyo), where its main venues were popular Kabuki theaters and red-light districts.” –Wikipedia Buy Corals Online arrives as a suite of works embracing the joy of being close to something you don’t require interaction in order to experience. This enchanting aquatic infused audio hovers a sensual world rich in sensory experience. Loke Rahbek and Frederik Valentin’s debut outing conjurer’s a world both sensual and abstract as it moves casually alongside fantasy. Recorded 2016 & 2017, Copenhagen S, Natfabrikken. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, Germany 2017.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Solid Space: Space Museum (Dark Entries) LP
Dark Entries is honored to finally present the first ever official vinyl reissue of Space Museum by Solid Space. Solid Space was the British duo of Dan Goldstein (keyboards, vocals) and Matthew “MAF” Vosburgh (guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals) formed in 1980. Dan and Matthew met at the age of 11 while attending school in north London. In late 1978 at at the age of 14, they formed Exhibit ‘A’ with Paul “Platypus” and Andrew “Lunchbox” Bynghall. They recorded two EPs in 1979 and 1980, self-released on Irrelevant Wombat Records and appeared on The Thing From The Crypt compilation. After the dissolution of the group, Mathew started taking his guitar over to Dan’s house where he’d play his Casio MT-30 and they would record songs. Eventually a second hand drum machine and Wasp synthesizer were acquired from classified ads in Melody Maker and the Solid Space sound was born. By this time they were just turning 18 and finally found the freedom to make the music they’d had in their heads. Over the course of the next two years the band assembled eleven bedroom recordings that would become one of the most cherished DIY obscurities of its kind. Their debut album Space Museum was released in 1982 on cassette by In Phaze Records. The band’s music and lyrics were heavily indebted to science fiction, in particular the 1960s television series Doctor Who. Space Museum is an unveiling of atmospheric, minimalist post punk supported by bright melodies. The music combines drum machines and synths with acoustic guitar and toy drums whilst also experimenting with samples between tracks. Representing a bubbling spirit within the underground, they foreshadowed an entire world of independent music which would emerge across the ’80s and well into the ’90s. For this reissue we’ve included two bonus tracks from the band’s archive, “Platform 6” originally released on the B-side of the second single by Exhibit ‘A’, this song features only Dan and Matthew and is the first Solid Space track ever recorded. “Tutti Lo Sanno” is a cover of In Phaze label mates Marine Girls, though the lyrics have been changed to suit the gender of the new singer. Each song has been carefully remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The record is sleeved in a replica of the cassette artwork featuring the Cybermen and Jamie from the Doctor Who episode “The Wheel in Space”. Every copy includes a double sided 11×11 insert with lyrics, notes and never before seen photographs of the band taken by Maf as well as a postcard featuring an original advert for the cassette.

File Under: Minimal Wave, Cold Wave
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Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Featuring Pharaoh Sanders & Black Harold (Superior Viaduct) LP
“To understand the significance of the word ‘featuring’ on Featuring Pharoah Sanders And Black Harold, consider how infrequently Sun Ra used it and the exact way it had been used. “The October Revolution in Jazz, organized by Bill Dixon in the West Village in 1964, presented a vivid cross section of approaches to the new music, including a sextet led by Ra. For the October Revolution’s continuation, titled Four Days in December, held at nearby Judson Hall on the last days of 1964, the Arkestra performance presented Pharoah Sanders as well as a flautist (who was and remained obscure thereafter) named Harold Murray, nicknamed Black Harold. “It wasn’t until long after Sanders had achieved worldwide acclaim with John Coltrane that Ra and manager Alton Abraham decided to issue the music they’d recorded at Judson Hall. After its first release in plain or hand-decorated covers in 1976, Featuring Pharoah Sanders And Black Harold remained an exceptionally rare item in the El Saturn discography, known to a few lucky collectors. “We’re lucky to have this glimpse of what Sanders sounded like in such a different context, galvanizing the large group and in turn being inspired to make his first significant contribution on record.” —John Corbett (excerpt from the liner notes)

File Under: Jazz
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Thor & Friends: The Subversive Nature of Kindness (LM Duplication) LP
“The Subversive Nature of Kindness is the sophomore effort from Thor & Friends, the avant-chamber ensemble formed by its namesake, polymath percussionist Thor Harris. The album was recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico, produced by Jeremy Barnes from A Hawk & A Hacksaw and engineered by Barnes and Deerhoof’s John Dietrich. It is hoped that the melodic meditations offered up will ease some of the terror of living in these uncertain times. The three primary members of the band are Peggy Ghorbani on marimba, Sarah ‘Goat’ Gautier on marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, organ, voice, mellotron and piano, and Harris on sundry percussion and wind instruments, including some of his own devising. The band has toured extensively over the past year and have performed live with many guest musicians. All these players have influenced the way the group hears its music and this had a significant impact on this new album. On this recording voice plays a more prominent role with the core trio being joined by several guest singers who provide wordless vocals: Stine Janvin Motland, an opera singer from Oslo, Norway; Michael Gira from Swans; Enrique Soriah, a throat singer from Oregon. It features more fully developed string arrangements by Barnes and Heather Trost. There are also contributions from similarly adventurous musicians including Jhno Delicateer on Armenian Duduk, violin improvisationist Aisha Burn, and Adam Torres, who provides finger-picked guitar. The band draws on classic Minimalist composers including Terry Riley and Steve Reich, but also amalgamates such diverse influences as Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, Moondog and The Necks. They embody utopian optimism by rooting their art and operation in both improvisation and the involvement of neighbors and friends in their process, making use of what and who is around at any given moment.”

File Under: Percussion, Experimental, Classical
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Total Control: Laughing at the System (Alter) LP
“However you might try to find the words for it, Total Control’s caustic charm is stunning and oblique. A sensible account of the band typically focuses on its parts—the associated groups, the touring configurations, etc.—as if finding ways by which Total Control is divisible gleans critical information for breaking through their cryptic sheen. With tonic, wry twists, and forever employing aphoristic brevity for the comic/cosmic dynamite that it is best reserved for, the band seems to indulge this with each new release, or tour, or whatever’s put on the counter. The bands European tour tape from 2015 was a sure reminder of this. Their new 12″, Laughing At The System, is a succinct statement, but it feels like the sharpest thing they’ve ever assembled. Written and recorded over the past couple of years in various lounge rooms, bedrooms, and rehearsal studios, across Melbourne, regional Victoria, and Western Australia, Al Montfort, Daniel Stewart, James Vinciguerra, Mikey Young, and Zephyr Pavey are—for the record—all accounted for in the process. Laughing At The System is bookended by a title track in two parts. The scattered mania of the opener is an unsettling beginning, with cascading madhouse-riffs somehow finding a ricocheting unison. The closing part has the familiar head-charge of Total Control’s most gnashing moments, with the guitars balancing the equation between running-too-fast and drinking-too-fast in one queasy commitment. With a brilliantly acerbic wit, we’re implored to gather that there’s some equivalences here. And it’s this kind of impulse that’s kept up throughout the 12″. Drizzled with Vinciguerra’s fraught fills, which have the rare quality of being unmistakably his in both electronic and acoustic form, this punctuation comes in and out of focus between elegiac moments and breezy experimentation, the latter including the elated instrumental ‘Cathie and Marg.’ Throughout, Stewart scripts a tumultuous wake for a flatlining reality, forever nudging the listener to second-guess themselves about the sincerity and intent. Far from cynical, but earnestly neurotic, the potency of the atmosphere that Total Control has mustered across Laughing At The System registers as a deeply commanding, though bleak, psychedelicism for the future.”

File Under: Punk, Post Punk
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ulgyUgly Things #46 Magazine
“On the cover this time: The Equals the dynamic multi-racial London group famous for songs like ‘Baby Come Back’ and ‘Police on My Back,’ but whose catalog runs much deeper, as our lengthy interview with lead singer Derv Gordon explains. Also featured this issue, Curt Boettcher’s innovative folk-pop group The Goldebriars, Southern California biker rock badass Simon Stokes, The Byrds, The Balloon Farm (A Question of Temperature), pre-Dictators ’70s rockers Total Crudd, Harvey Kubernik’s examination of Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding album (which turns 50 in December), occult rocker Geof Crozier, Texas-to-California garage rockers The Visions, New Jersey’s Mods and the mysterious Revelation VII label, and a mad interview with the late, great Captain Beefheart. Also we reveal the 12 ‘rejected’ tracks from Lenny Kaye’s original Nuggets compilation, plus the Flamin’ Groovies saga continues into the ‘Shake Some Action’ years, and of course there’s our acclaimed, info-packed reissue and book review sections.” 152 pages; perfect bound; full-color glossy cover

zombyZomby: Mercury’s Rainbow (Modern Love) LP
After nearly a decade in the making, Zomby finally dispatches Mercury’s Rainbow, his astonishing and uniquely formulated dedication to Wiley’s series of Eskibeat releases, aka the cornerstone of grime. Originally recorded over an intense couple of weeks while suffering from circadian dysrhythmia, Mercury’s Rainbow documents Zomby riffing on intricately hand-programmed arpeggios, using theories of color and its relation to the sonic chromatic spectrum — the circle of fifths — to place an expressively avant spin on the Wiley Kat’s sliding Triton squares and frozen, post-garage drum patterns. Rather than simply imitating Wiley’s foundational unit of grime currency, Zomby innovates with a structure of bewildering, modal styles, refracting 16 diamond-cut permutations according to a color-sound spectrum of tonalities. In the process he effectively loosens up and liquefies the Eski riddim, rendering its bones and sinew in varying states of reactive, physical deliquescence or GIF-like micro-organisms. For dancers and DJs, the fluid contours and viscous, displaced rhythmic anticipation of Mercury’s Rainbow suggests myriad geometries for movement in-the-mix, and serves to single-handedly put to sleep a whole genre of also-ran, prosaic “future grime” through its methodical, inventively ground-up construction. While it’s difficult to say with certainty, if Mercury’s Rainbow was issued at the same time it was created, it may have arguably altered the course of UK grime instrumentals in much the same way Wiley’s original template coined a whole new genre, essentially making it the last word in grime futurism, proper. Master and lacquer cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy; Limited edition vinyl.

File Under: Electronic, Grime
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tokyoVarious: Tokyo Nights: Female J-Pop Boogie Funk (Cultures of Soul) LP
“Following successful disco excavation from the Caribbean to South Africa, Boston-based label Cultures of Soul booked a first class ticket to Narita to bring you the latest release, Tokyo Nights: Female J-Pop Boogie Funk: 1981 to 1988. This compilation presents 12 of the most memorable and sought-after songs of the era recorded by female artists. The music is a reflection of the unbridled optimism, technological achievement, excess and exuberance of Bubble-era Japan. More than catchy melodies and funky baselines, these are reflections of a time when Japan was the center, and future of the world. The Bubble can be characterized as an endless, extravagant party where personal and corporate wealth soared through the explosion of real estate and stock prices. Scores of young Japanese men and women moved to cities in search of affluence, transforming them into neon wonderlands. Changes in morals, values and gender roles followed suit. Prosperity leads to indulgence, and the taste for nightlife, from flashy restaurants to glitzy discotheques, was unquenchable. A soundtrack to this new, lavish lifestyle was necessary and the latest sound, City Pop (urban pop music for those with urban lifestyles), epitomized these attitudes. While influenced by American R&B and boogie, elements of fusion, YMO style Technopop, and adult-oriented rock (AOR) are front and center. Sung primarily in Japanese (with a word or two of English sprinkled in), City Pop is Japanese music for Japanese people. Producers like Tatsuro Yamashita, Toshiki Kadomatsu, and Haruomi Hosono were quick to embrace the latest studio equipment and technology. Synthesizers like the Yamaha DX7, Roland Juno-60, ARP Quadra, Moog Polymoog and Oberheim OB-8, as well as drum machines like the Linndrum, were prevalent. Digital reverb was applied liberally. Compiled by Eli Cohen (Alliance Upholstery) and Deano Sounds (Cultures of Soul), Tokyo Nights includes tracks by Hitomi Tohyama, Junko Ohashi, Mizuki Koyama, Kaoru Akimoto, Aru Takamura, Mariko Tone, Rie Murakami, RA MU, Kikuchi Momoko and Yumi Seino. Each selection celebrates the unique traits and meticulous production that define the sound. Think sandy beaches and metropolitan skylines; illumination and romance. Embrace the feeling of movement, from a coastal highway stretching towards the horizon or the city sprawling into the future. Turn on the hi-fi and slip into these Tokyo Nights.”

File Under: Funk, J-Pop


Laura Baird: I Wish I Were A Sparrow (Ba Da Bing) LP
Binker & Moses: Journey to the Mountain… (Gearbox) LP
Cactus Blossoms: You’re Dreaming (Red House) LP
Alice Coltrane: A Monastic Trio (Superior Viaduct) LP
Crass: Feeding of the 5000 (Crass) LP
Current 93: Thunder Perfect Mind (Spheres) LP
Mac Demarco: Salad Days (Captured Tracks) LP
Efterklang: Tripper (Leaf) LP
Elder: Dead Roots Stirring (Armageddon) LP
Harmonia: Musick Von Harmonia (Gronland) LP
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: I’m In Your Mind Fuzz (Castle Face) LP
Gigi Masin: Talk to the Sea (Music From Memory) LP
Drew McDowell: Collapse (Dais) LP
Jonny Nash/Lindsay Todd: Fauna Mapping (Island of the Gods) LP
National: Alligator (Beggars) LP
Oh Sees: Orc (Castle Face) LP
Oh Sees: Help (In The Red) LP
Orb: Naturality (Castle Face) LP
Arvo Part: Fur Alina (Mississippi) LP
Radiohead: Amnesiac (XL) LP
Ty Segall Band: Slaugherhouse (In The Red) LP
Sheer Mag: Compilation (WRC) LP
Sheer Mag: Need to Feel Your Love (WRC) LP
Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (Goofin) LP
Pauline Anna Strom: Trans-Millenia Music (ReRVNG Intl) LP
Suicide: s/t (Superior Viaduct) LP
Sun Ra: Space is the Place (Jackpot) LP
Midori Takada: Through the Looking Glass (WRWTFWW) LP
Wolves in the Throne Room: Thrice Woven (Diadem) LP

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…..new letters #820 – AnniversaRSD…..

Well, it may not be Thanksgiving here today, but thanks to the fine folks at Record Store Day central, they’ve turned Black Friday into a mini-RSD event to drive shoppers to small mom & pop shops rather than just the big box stores. And of course they are doing that with a nice stack of exclusive releases, and fortunately pretty much all of them are available to us up here in Canada. Below you will find a list of all the exclusives  (as well as some brand spankin’ new stuff we’re putting out with the RSD stuff) we’ll have on the shelf tomorrow when we open (10 am!).

While that’s exciting and all though, more exciting is that we are celebrating our 16th anniversary! 16 years of slinging wax. It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come, from our humble beginnings with a handful of half full bins to the overflowing bins and boxes of records everywhere we are surrounded with today. Thanks to our fine customers we’ve been able to grow in to what we like to think is a pretty darned fine shop with something for everyone. And so to thank you all for another year of support this weekend not only will we have RSD tomorrow, we’ll be having a big ol’ sale all weekend too! THANK YOU!

….picks of the week…..


To thank you all for another year of support we are giving you 20% off all new and used records and CDs all weekend long! Starting at 10am Friday until 5pm Sunday!

Rega RP1s are $399 (reg. $449)

*Sale excludes Record Store Day exclusives, Brand Fucking New Arrivals, special orders and holds, local releases, and consignment items. All other gear and accessories are 10%.


As usual, we’re giving away a Rega RP1 turntable to one lucky shopper this weekend! Come in buy everyone records for Christmas so you can win a turntable.

…..Record Store Day Releases…..

Dan Auerbach: Good Sound Comes Back Around (Warner) 7″
Chris Bell: Complete Chris Bell (Omnivore) 6LP Box
Big Star: Big Star’s Third Live Stroke It Noel (Concord) LP
Black Label Society: Room of Nightmares (Warner) 7″
Death From Above 1979: Freeze Me/Keep It Real Dumb (Last Gang) 7″
Doors: Absolutely Live (Elektra) LP
Steve Earle: El Corazon (New West) LP
Electric Wizard: Wizard Bloody Wizard (Spine Farm) LP
Fleet Foxes: Electric Lady Session (Nonesuch) 10″
Aretha Franklin: Respect (Atlantic) 7″
Free Design: Kites Are Fun (Light in the Attic) LP
Grateful Dead: Grateful Dead Records Collection (Grateful Dead Productions) 5xLP
Richard Hell & The Voidoids: Blank Generation (Rhino) LP
John Lee Hooker: Black Night is Falling (Justin Time) LP
Iggy Pop: New Values (Friday Music) LP
Julie & The Wrong Guys: s/t (Dine Alone) LP
Kreator: Hail to the Hordes (Nuclear Blast) 12″
Paul McCartney: Wonderful Christmastime (Capitol) 7”
Jason Molina: Black Sabbath Covers (Secretly Canadian) 7″
Willie Nelson: Spirit (Modern Classics) LP
Willie Nelson: Yesterdays Wine (Friday Music) LP
Nine Inch Nails: Broken (Nothing) LP
Nine Inch Nails: Downward Spiral (Nothing) LP
Nine Inch Nails: Fragile (Nothing) LP
Nine Inch Nails: Fragile Deviations (Nothing) LP
Nine Inch Nails: Not the Actual Events (Nothing) LP
OST: Alien (Mondo) LP
OST: Guardians Inferno (Disney) Pic Disc
Rush: Closer to the Heart (Ole) 7″
Son Volt: Straightways (Rhino) LP
Sparks: Check Out Time 11AM (BMG) 7″
Sufjan Stevens: Blue Bucket of Gold (Asthmatic Kitty) LP
Tangerine Dream: Electronic Meditation (Varese) LP
U2: Blackout (Third Man) 12″
Townes Van Zandt: Rear View Window (Fat Possum) LP
Venom: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Sanctuary) LP
Bernie Worrell: All the Woo In the World (Tidal Wave) LP
Hiroshi Yoshimura: Music for Nine Post Cards (Empire of Signs) LP
Neil Young: Harvest Moon (Reprise) LP
Various: Christmas On Death Row (Death Row) LP
Various: Jazz Dispensary Moon Rocks (Concord) LP

Late but on the way… maybe tomorrow…

Tori Amos: Native Invader Russia (Verve) 12”
Boris: Live @ Third Man (Third Man) LP
Bros: A Very Bros Christmas (Dine Alone) 7”
Don Cherry & Albert Ayler: Vibrations (ORG) LP
Earth: Live @ Third Man (Third Man) LP
Isaac Hayes: Spirit of Memphis (Concord) LP
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio: Concussion (Colemine) 7”
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra: Tech Star (Silver Fox) LP
Madvillain: Four Tet Remixes (Stones Throw) 12″
OST: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Spacelab9) LP
Nathaniel Rateliff: Baby It’s Cold Outside (Stax) 7”
Various: Garage Daze (ORG) LP

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…..new letters #819 – thuuuursday…..

This is probably getting close to being the last news letter that will have any new releases for the year. From here on out it’s gonna be mostly Christmas music and reissues and boxsets. But everybody loves a good boxset so hip hip hooray!

And as I’m sure you know, next Friday is Black Friday in the US, which really is nothing here, but they have created a little Black Friday Record Store Day, which means, exclusive releases… discounts, aaaaaand.. we’re PROBABLY gonna give away a turntable again, cuz, you know, that’s how we roll. You could always check out the Facebook page for the event here…

…..pick of the week…..


Steven Roach: Structurs from Silence (Telephone Explosion) LP
“Steve Roach is one of the defining American artists of new age music, perpetually on a quest for silence and the suspension of time in his music. Structures From Silence is his third album originally released in 1984, and is his first purely textural album, with a smooth, dark, gentle atmospheres unlike any of his other albums. ‘Full of purring drones and high notes that shimmer and fade. Like a desert mirage, these structures hover forever at the horizon, an oasis from the din surrounding it’ –From Pitchfork’s ‘Best Ambient Albums Of All Time’. ‘Steve Roach’s Structures From Silence remains one of the most important ambient albums ever crafted. It isn’t as high profile as similarly poised records from Brian Eno, but its enduring influence has been unmistakably visible in the three decades since its release.’ –FACT Magazine. Remastered from the original tapes, this is the first vinyl reissue of the album since its initial release in 1984.”

File Under: Ambient, Electronic
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Ed Askew: Art & Life (Tin Angel) LP
Ed Askew is a painter and singer-songwriter who resides in New York City. Born in Stamford, Connecticut the Yale-educated hippie painter has hitchhiked, taught at art school and been working on new music in New York City for the past three decades. Following a re-discovery in the early Aughts, releases of classic recordings by De Stijl and Drag City, and tours with Bill Callahan and the Black Swans, Askew is fully on the scene. He released For The World, his first ever non-solo album, in the summer of 2013 to critical acclaim. Pitchfork and many other high-profile music media have praised his work, labeling him as a NY legend. He returns in 2017 on Tin Angel Records with his newest body of work, Art and Life, featuring Josephine Foster and Mary Lattimore.

File Under: Folk
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Bark Psychosis: Hex (Fire) LP
“The Best Post-Rock Album Of All Time” Fact Mag // “Their influence is perva-sive” The Quietus // “Mysterious, haunting, and breathtakingly visionary” Allmusic // Bark Psychosis were one of the most innovative bands of their time and as legend has it, saw the first use of the term ‘post-rock’ by music critic Simon Reynolds. Following several singles and EPs, the avant-garde soundscapes built around drones and samples of 21-minute stand-out track ‘Scum’ arrived just two years before their seminal debut ‘Hex’ (1994). Their sound was born out of their improvisations at makeshift studio within St John’s Church in Stratford. Taking a year to complete ‘Hex’ left the band on the brink of collapse and by the time of its release they had dissolved. Breaking down their songs and rebuilding them in the studio brought distinguishing ambient soundscapes and an atmospheric experimental sound. Last year Fact Magazine deservedly gave the album further recognition with it claiming top spot in their ’30 Best Post-Rock Albums Of All Time’. Newly remastered in 2017 from the original analogue tapes at Metropolis Studios by Graham Sutton and Stuart Hawkes, and reissued officially for the first time.

File Under: Post Rock
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Andrew Bird: Echolocations: River (Wegawan) LP
Recorded under the Hyperion bridge in Los Angeles, California’s Atwater Village, Echolocations: River is the second piece in a series of short films and recordings documenting site specific compositions. Performed by Andrew Bird and filmed by Tyler Manson in remote and acoustically interesting natural and urban environments, the first installment, Echolocations: Canyon, was originally released in 2015.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Bitchin’ Bajas: Bajas Fresh (Drag City) LP
Bajas Fresh is on the beach here in 2017, existing and thriving in the same wrecked world as you and me. It’s been over three years since the last proper Bitchin Bajas album – a natural paradise of woodwinds, droning organs, analog synths, field recordings, and an ever-expanding sense of more (and less). In between then and now came a series of collaborative LPs, and each time these varied external stimuli came into contact with the Bitchin Bajas’ achromatic process, it left the group with expanded perimeters to traverse. So 2017 – what’s new? Everything and nothing, probably! The pursuit is still the same: a perfect continuous flow. The means to attain it are in full, fluid transition, woven into the strands that unspool so peacefully. The use of percussion and even drumkit is evident for the first time ever. Plus a horn section, a cover song…but before you start thinking that this Bajas Fresh is some kind of whole-cloth change, recall to your mind that the nature of equilibrium around Bitchin Bajas is such that new properties tend to melt into the surrounding texture, providing vivid sonics without uprooting the mindset. And they do. On Bajas Fresh, the cellular system of Bitchin Bajas continues to synthesize amid an external ecosystem also of the Bajas’ making, both growing naturally together into a state maybe not that far removed from its former incarnation, while still essaying refreshing new tones for new zones. Succulent half-speed mastering done at Abbey Road gives the LP pressing greater depth, extension and resonance than all previous Bajas incarnations.

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Body & Full of Hell: Ascending a Mountain (Thrill Jockey) LP
The Body & Full of Hell are both unique and influential forces in heavy music. Both artists welcome challenges and eschew self-promotion. Each artist seems driven to take risks and push boundaries of what is considered heavy. A clear example being that on recent tours The Body have performed without any live guitar or drums. Both artists enjoy the creative growth and music and good times that come out of collaborations. Each has collaborated often with other unique but like-minded musicians such as Thou, The Haxan Cloak, Krieg, Merzbow, The Bug and the list goes on. Despite their obvious differences in songwriting, The Body & Full of Hell are unified by their shared aesthetic, catharsis through the manipulation of emotions transformed by visceral noise and fueled by an inescapable sense of dread. They have returned to collaborate again not because of their commonalities but because of their differences and what those differences yield in performance. With Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light, The Body & Full of Hell have integrated a love for electronic noisescapes with abrasive, precise sonic assaults into a sound unlike anything either has produced before. Written and recorded in one week at Machines with Magnets in Providence, the music of Ascending… draws from unexpected sources such as reggaetón and jungle (“Master’s Story”). There are some familiar guests to The Body fans, namely vocalist Chrissy Wolpert (Assembly of Light Choir) and Ben Eberle (Sandworm), as well as first-time collaborator drummer Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt, Black Pus), whom both bands share a strong aesthetic of individualism. Samples, synth, saxophone, and a drum orchestra all throb, and sputter, coagulating under the weight of the two bands. Programmed drum patterns and loops taking cues from hip hop are bent and twisted throughout, flawlessly emboldening the distortion drenched guitars and howling vocals. Each element, though meticulously crafted, is visceral, as the exhilaration of improvisation has not been curtailed by editing. Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light casts aside the dogmas of heavy music. Extremity in The Body & Full of Hell’s music is not based on macho musings or competitive trendiness, but rather is an integral tool to exploring the anxieties of modern life and the bridges between personal and political strife. As leading voices in DIY and underground music communities, The Body & Full of Hell, along with peers such as Thou, are expanding the possibilities of extreme music by shaping worlds of sound with a palette of diverse influences seldom seen in “heavy music” today.

File Under: Metal
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Escape-ism: Introduction to Escape-ism (Merge) LP
Introduction to Escape-ism is the first “solo” record by Ian Svenonius – of groups The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, The Nation of Ulysses, XYZ, Weird War, etc. and author of underground bestsellers such as The Psychic Soviet, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group, and Censorship Now!! – and as such, it’s profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic. It’s introverted glitter, violence against the state, obsessive desire; it stomps on convention, shreds constitutions, clobbers pre-conceived notions of what a record can be. Yes, that’s right: a single-person performance by I.F. Svenonius – recognized by Performer Magazine as the “greatest performer on the planet” – Introduction to Escape-ism is a bite into a one-banana bunch. A drum box, a guitar, a cassette player, and a single slobbering, sinful voice singing out…for a way out. Live, it’s a new paradigm of performance: raw, gestural, idiotic, sublime, revolutionary, poetic, faux naïf, unknowing, a drainage pipe that leads to who knows where.

File Under: Indie Rock, Experimental
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Charlie Feathers: Best of the Sun Records (ORG) LP
This newly compiled collection of recordings from rockabilly pioneer Charlie Feathers showcases the influential Memphis performer’s work at Sun Records (and related labels). Feathers started his musical career as a session musician at Sun Studios under Sam Phillips. His theatrical, hiccupping vocal style inspired a later generation of rock vocalists, including Lux Interior of The Cramps and Tav Falco, who contributed extensive liner notes and photos for the insert of this release. Pressed at Pallas Group in Germany.

File Under: Rockabilly
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Four Tet: New Energy (Text) LP
Four Tet expands on the new age meditations of his recent singles with a freshly focused New Energy. Fully formed within the endlessly possible creative confines of Ableton Live, New Energy follows on from 2015’s Morning / Evening and features contributions from Tom Baker and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. Mixing his usual classic trip-hop leanings with a digitized melodic and at times melancholic edge, New Energy neatly pulls together the lighter ends of Beautiful Rewind’s house moves and Morning / Evening’s lush atmospherics. Half-speed mastered and pressed onto 100% virgin audiophile-quality vinyl.

File Under: Electronic
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Frightnrs: More to Say Versions (Daptone) LP
It’s rare for a debut album, especially one in such a polarizing genre like reggae, to garner the kind of universal fanfare The Frightnrs’ 2016 long player Nothing More To Say received. Mainly because it’s a record that transcends genre specific qualifiers and rhetoric that pigeonhole many albums. It is in the truest sense of the phrase, a great record. Shortly after its release a single for “Dispute” (a featured track) was pressed, and like many classic reggae singles, it included a Dub (version) on the B-Side courtesy of famed reggae producer Victor “Ticklah” Axelrod. The single was a smash success which in return inspired Axelrod to produce Dub versions for all the songs on Nothing More To Say. The result is More To Say Versions.

File Under: Dub, Reggae
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jonesSharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Soul of a Woman (Daptone) LP
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ final studio album, Soul of a Woman is a lush, orchestral masterpiece. A true testament to the life and career of Daptone’s fearless leader and one of the world’s greatest performers. In the year prior to her death from pancreatic cancer in 2016, Sharon Jones toured and performed tirelessly, and was also the subject of Miss Sharon Jones!, an acclaimed documentary by Oscar-Winning director Barbara Kopple. Yet somehow, the beloved and heroic soul singer found time to complete a studio album. Soul of a Woman features eleven songs which reveal that the emotion, dynamics, and drama of Jones’ voice remained at full power until her final days. The songs on Soul of a Woman exemplify two distinct sides of the band’s sound. Side One showcases the grittier, bluesier material like “Matter Of Time” and “Sail On” giving Sharon the room to flex her vocal prowess, creating a “liveness” that few studio albums posses. Side Two takes on a more sophisticated orchestral mood. Tracks like “When I Saw Your Face” and “These Tears (No Longer For You),” capture a soft vulnerability in Sharon’s vocals that draws you deep inside, and yet they remain nuanced with the signature toughness that never allow you to forget she’s steering the ship. The finished product is an album that captures a band and a singer at their peak.

File Under: Soul
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Nine Inch Nails: Add Violence (Nothing) LP
In tomorrow… Nine Inch Nails’ new five-song EP, Add Violence, is the second in a series of three related EPs. The first, Not The Actual Events, was released in December of 2016. Add Violence finds the band (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) becoming more accessible and impenetrable at the same time. The sonic palette expands significantly from Not The Actual Events, incorporating elements of beauty into the dark dissonance. The narrative arc linking the three records begins to emerge through the disassociated lyrics and the provocative and clue-filled cover artwork.

File Under: Electronic, Rock
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Tom Waits: Bad As Me (Anti) LP
2011’s Bad As Me served as Tom Waits’ first studio album of all new music in seven years. This pivotal work refines the music that has come before and signals a new direction. Waits, in possibly the finest voice of his career, worked with a veteran team of gifted musicians and longtime co-writer/producer Kathleen Brennan. From the opening horn-fueled chug of “Chicago,” to the closing barroom chorale of “New Year’s Eve,” Bad As Me displays the full career range of Waits’ songwriting, from beautiful ballads like “Last Leaf,” to the avant cinematic soundscape of “Hell Broke Luce,” a battlefront dispatch. On tracks like “Talking at the Same Time,” Waits shows off a supple falsetto, while on blues burners like “Raised Right Men” and the gospel tinged “Satisfied” he spits, stutters and howls. Like a good boxer, these songs are lean and mean, with strong hooks and tight running times. A pervasive sense of players delighting in each other’s musical company brings a feeling of loose joy even to the album’s saddest songs.

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Various: Dancehall (Soul Jazz) LP
Soul Jazz Records issue a new 2017 edition of their classic compilation album Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture. The long-out-of-print collection is now available on triple-vinyl and offers up a lightning-flash selection of definitive dancehall fare as well as a stellar assortment of more obscure tracks. Featuring Yellowman, Tenor Saw, Sister Nancy, Ini Kamoze, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Michigan & Smiley, Super Cat, Cutty Ranks, Eek-A-Mouse, Gregory Isaacs and more, Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture boasts a treasure trove of non-stop floor-filling party tune rockers!

File Under: Reggae, Dancehall
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Various: Mirwood Northern Soul (Kent) LP
Mirwood Records’ second release was Jackie Lee’s ‘The Duck’, an uptempo soul swinger that became a big hit and established the Mirwood sound. The house team of producer Fred Smith, arranger James Carmichael, songwriter and backing voices arranger Sherlie Matthews, along with contributions from veteran singer/songwriters Bobby Relf and Earl Nelson (Bob & Earl), made for uptempo soul perfection and they played that beat throughout 1965 and 1966. Here’s 14 vital mid-60s dance records from acts like Jackie Lee, The Bob & Earl Band, The Olympics, Richard Temple, Bobby Garrett, Jimmy Thomas, The Mirettes and more, which exemplify why Mirwood is a byword for the best of Northern Soul.

File Under: Soul, Northern Soul
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Various: Studio One: Black Man’s Pride (Soul Jazz) LP
Black Man’s Pride is the striking new Studio One collection of deep righteous reggae, featuring Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, The Gladiators, Sugar Minott, The Heptones, Freddie McGregor, Cedric Brooks and more. While the righteousness of blackness is at the heart of the Rastafarian faith, this collection illustrates how black pride remained a central theme, if not the defining essence, at the very core of all the music created at Studio One Records under the direction of Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd. In order to understand the centrality of black identity in the music created at Studio One, you need look no further than Clement Dodd who created the first black-owned record company in Jamaica. In similar fashion Alton Ellis’s defining “Black Man’s Pride” brings up emotions that are at the heart of many of these uplifting songs. Ellis’ birthplace was the Trench Town ghetto of Kingston, also the birthplace of The Wailers, Ken Boothe and many other Studio One luminaries. Clement Dodd established a musical empire firmly rooted by the core musicians working at Studio One, many of whom came out of the Alpha School for Wayward Boys, essentially an orphanage run by Roman Catholic nuns, whose luminaries include Don Drummond, Johnny Moore, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, Cedric Brooks, Vin Gordon, Tommy McCook and more. Many of the songs featured here come from the transitory phase in reggae at the start of the 1970s, after the exhilaration of ska and following the cooling down of rocksteady. While reggae awaited the arrival of roots, Studio One’s vocalists were already producing some of the moodiest music imaginable. Here are 18 heavyweight tunes, both classic cuts and super-rare.

File Under: Reggae


Badbadnotgood: IV (Arts & Crafts) LP
Can: Singles (Mute) LP
Captain Beefheart: Clear Spot (Reprise) LP
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (Legacy) LP
Destroyer: Ken (Merge) LP
Destroyer: Streethawk (Merge) LP
Funkadelic: Maggot Brain (Westbound) LP
Loscil: Monument Builders (Kranky) LP
Porcupine Tree: Fear of a Blank Planet (Kscope) LP
Lou Reed: Transformer (Legacy) LP
Joseph Shabason: Aytche (Western Vinyl) LP
Jackie Shane: Any Other Way (Numero) LP
Shooting Guns: Flavor Country (Riding Easy)
Sigur Ros: Takk (KrunK) LP
Weakerthans: Reconstruction Site (Epitaph) LP
Various: World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love’s a Real Thing (Luaka Bop) LP

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…..news letter #807 – overstocked…..

Looks like the fall new release schedule starts now! And it seems that even with the whole summer to get their ducks in a row, the two biggest releases this week, and two of the biggest of the year, are a bit of a mess… maybe, hopefully not. Anyway, there’s a whack of major new releases out in the next few weeks. Hope you’ve been saving your pennies. Lord knows, I haven’t. To make room for all these new releases we’ve got some nicely discounted stuff from our overstock out on the floor. Great titles at a great price including things that just came out in the last few months. So be sure to have a dig through the sale stuff when you come grab the new biggies.

…..pick of the week…..ohsees

Oh Sees: Orc (Castle Face) LP
In tomorrow… The newly shorn Oh Sees waste no time in racing headlong into nightmarish battle with the mighty Orc, and wouldn’t you know it, they’ve clawed even farther up the ghastly peak 2016’s A Weird Exits stormed so satisfyingly. The band is in tour-greased, anvil on a balance beam, gut-pleasingly heavy form, nimbly braining with equal dashes of abandon and menace on this fresh batch of bruisers and brooders, hypnotically stirred into to the cauldron of chaos you’ve come to expect from the Oh Sees. Fresh blood Paul Quattrone joins Dan Rincon to form a phalanx of interlocking double drums, alternately propelling and fleet footing shifting ground to pinion John Dwyer’s cliff-face guitars to the boogie. Tim Hellman keeps it swinging like a battle-axe to the eyebrows. The tunes veer towards the violence of their live shows, with a few tasty swerves into other lanes…heavy to lush, groovy to stately… throughout it remains sinister in its swaggering skulk, manic in its fuzz-fried fugues…they hit all the sweet spots the heads foggily remember, and there’s plenty to sweat over if you just hopped into the sauna. More evil…more complex… more narcotic…more screech…more blare…more whisper…there’s even more Brigid. Less “Thee,” but more of everything else. Vinyl includes digital download.

File Under: Rock, Garage, Psych
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…..new arrivals…..


Alex Chilton: A Man Called Destruction (Omnivore) LP
As lead singer of The Box Tops and co-founder of Big Star, Alex Chilton already had a place in rock history. But he was never one to rest on his laurels. An enormous music fan himself, he consistently reinvented his own sound throughout his career, until his death in 2010. Chilton returned to Memphis’ legendary Ardent Studios and a reconstituted Ardent label to record A Man Called Destruction, a classic mix of originals and covers, this time with a full-horn section. Featuring an eclectic mixture of garage rock, jazz and R&B, the 1995 release was well received by fans and critics alike. The Orlando Sentinel observed: “Plenty of bands attempt, however feebly, to reproduce Big Star’s melancholic power-pop. But nobody else would dare try to approximate the brilliant, offhand weirdness and subtle irony of Chilton’s later solo work. Teenage Fan Club might be able to imitate Big Star’s guitar sound on ‘September Gurls,’ but they couldn’t transmogrify ‘Volare’ the way Chilton did on 1987’s High Priest. Destruction is very much in the tradition of High Priest – a peculiar mélange of deliriously cheesy pop.” Destruction is being reissued via Omnivore Recordings complete with seven previously unissued tracks from the original sessions and new liner notes from journalist and author Bob Mehr (Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements). To make this reintroduction even more special, the title is making its vinyl debut. The first pressing will be on colored double album, which includes all of the bonus tracks, a download card, and Mehr’s essay in the gatefold sleeve. With the renewed interest and appreciation for his work in Big Star, it is the perfect time for Chilton’s solo work to get the same due. It is time for a reintroduction of A Man Called Destruction.

File Under: Rock, Big Star
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Foster The People: Sacred Heart Club (Columbia) LP
Los Angeles, CA dance-pop outfit Foster The People incorporate ’60s-inspired sounds and a psychedelic influence on their third studio effort Sacred Hearts Club which is issued on Columbia Records. “One of my favorite things about music is that it’s unifying,” says frontman Mark Foster. “We wrote these songs to reflect joy in a time where people have needed it more than ever and we thought it was a good time to share them with you.” The follow-up to 2014’s vibrant Supermodel comes preceded by the trio of upbeat singles “Doing it For the Money,” “Pay the Man” and “SHC.”

File Under: Rock, Pop
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Gravetemple: Impassable Fears (Svart) LP
Imploding, abstracting and distorting the concepts of ceremony, volume and density since 2006, surrealist, esoteric and experimental rock band Gravetemple (Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O’Malley and Attila Csihar) return with the new Svart Records album, Impassable Fears. Recorded at Orgone with Jamie Gomez, the spiritual, existential and metaphysical are key concerns for Gravetemple to explore sonically and Impassable Fears is a recording of such manifestations. “In essence, Impassable Fears encompasses the cataclysmic qualities of free form music, by adding the heavy drone and doom characteristics, resulting in an ultimate dystopian setting. Harsh and relentless, not for the faint of heart, Ambarchi and O’Malley present their sonic dialogs in awe-inspiring fashion, organically moving through a space of endless possibilities. In the center of it all is Csihar’s vocals, which add to the otherworldly scenery.” – CVLT Nation

File Under: Metal, Drone, Doom
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Grizzly Bear: Painted Ruin (RCA) LP
Grizzly Bear release Painted Ruins, their highly anticipated fifth full-length album and first for RCA Records. The band – Chris Bear, Ed Droste, Daniel Rossen and Chris Taylor – spent the better part of two years writing and recording the 11 new compositions on Painted Ruins. Taylor produced the album and it was mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, The War on Drugs, Weezer). Sessions took place at Allaire Studios in upstate New York and various locations around Los Angeles, including Taylor’s own Terrible Studios. Rolling Stone called the record’s lead single “Three Rings” “spellbinding” while Spin exclaimed that the band “strike gold” with straightforward second single “Mourning Sound.” Painted Ruins follows the group’s critical and commercial 2012 breakthrough Shields, which debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200. 180g 2LP-set with download insert.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Haim: Something to Tell You (Columbia) LP
When the time came to record the eleven tracks that make up Haim’s highly anticipated sophomore album Something To Tell You the surging sibling trio decided to “go in and record as a band, keeping it a little more organic. That was kind of a mission statement for the album” offers Danielle. Haim reunited with Grammy-winning Ariel Rechtshaid to produce Something To Tell You which is ushered in by the anthemic lead single “Right Now” and an accompanying Paul Thomas Anderson-directed video. Haim initially built their reputation upon a hard-edged, guitar-driven live sound, yet their 2014 debut, Days Are Gone, was a more measured, melodic affair, with the songs’ already beguiling hooks given a modern, R&B-flavored pop sheen by co-producers Ariel Rechtshaid (Madonna, No Doubt) and former Arctic Monkeys’ deskman James Ford. The critically acclaimed release went straight to No. 1 and was listed as album of the year by several publications including Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Time Out and Complex.

File Under: Rock, Pop
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Immortal: Blizzard Beasts (Osmose) LP
Immortal, from the Norwegian town Bergen, have established themselves as one of the most important black metal bands in the world. Formed by Demonaz (guitars) and Abbath (bass & vocals) in 1990 the group has gone on to issue eight trailblazing full-length slabs in their 25 plus year career. Immortal’s fourth album, 1997’s Blizzard Beasts, is receiving its first-ever domestic vinyl release courtesy of Osmose Productions. Produced and mixed by Henrikke Helland, the Morbid Angel-influenced affair was the band’s last to feature Demonaz on guitar and first with Horgh on drums. Crushing, impious, and battering, it’s a must have for brutal Norwegian black metal fans.

File Under: Black Metal
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Immortal: Damned in Black (Osmose) LP
Immortal, from the Norwegian town Bergen, have established themselves as one of the most important black metal bands in the world. Formed by Demonaz (guitars) and Abbath (bass & vocals) in 1990 the group has gone on to issue eight trailblazing full-length slabs in their 25 plus year career. Immortal’s fiery sixth album, 2000’s Damned In Black, is receiving its first-ever domestic vinyl release courtesy of Osmose Productions. Released in between the two Immortal masterpieces At the Heart of Winter and Sons of Northern Darkness, the Peter Tägtgren-produced affair is equally as powerful and is often referred to as the band’s thrash album. You can’t go wrong with standouts like “Triumph,” “My Dimension,” and “In Our Mystic Visions Blest.”

File Under: Black Metal
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Iron & Wine: Beast Epic (Sub Pop) LP/DLX LP
Beast Epic, Iron & Wine’s fourth album of new material for Sub Pop and sixth overall, recasts soft power as a series of vignettes, observations and regular old songs that redeem through joy and a certain expectation of grace. Even the instant classic, “Bitter Truth,” with a lyric as pained and direct as any you’ve heard from Iron & Wine, is leavened with background vocals recalling The Jordanaires. Sam Beam goes so far as to call Beast Epic his “most personal” album to date. It’s the first Iron & Wine album that he’s produced since 2002’s The Creek Drank The Cradle, though the results are vastly different. This album brims with surprise flourishes, classic touches and an appealing confidence that is evident on songs like “Call It Dreaming.” After a decade and a half of prodigious expression and exploration, recording as both Iron & Wine and eponymously, Sam Beam confessed that he has finally figured out how to make records. “The sound of Beast Epic harks back to previous work, in a way…” Beam notes. “By employing the old discipline of recording everything live and doing minimal overdubbing, I feel like it wears both its achievements and its imperfections on its sleeve. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed experimenting with different genres, sonics and songwriting styles and all that traveled distance is evident in the feel and the arrangements here, but the muscles seemed to have relaxed and been allowed to effortlessly do what they do best.” Beast Epic was written and produced by Sam Beam, and recorded and engineered by Tom Schick at the Loft in Chicago in July 2016 and January 2017. The musicians who played on Beast Epic include longtime Iron & Wine collaborators Robert Burger (keys), Joe Adamik (percussion), and Jim Becker (guitar, banjo, violin, mandolin), along with bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing and Fiona Apple), and Chicagoan Teddy Rankin Parker (cello). Beast Epic was mastered by Richard Dodd in Nashville, TN. Available as a deluxe coloured vinyl 2LP edition with alternate artwork and bonus tracks, or a standard black vinyl version.

File Under: Folk, Indie Rock
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Kacy & Clayton: Siren’s Song (New West) LP
In tomorrow… On their third album, Saskatchewan band Kacy & Clayton are more confident than ever. The Siren’s Song developed out of Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum’s touring as a four-piece band alongside a drummer and a bassist, which alleviated some of the restrictions that come with being a quiet duo. Linthicum turned up his electric guitar while Anderson, not as concerned with venue set-up or a noisy crowd, felt more liberated. The pair started to have more fun, and it shows. With Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) as producer, the playfulness of Kacy & Clayton’s revamped live show is reflected in The Siren’s Song. On tracks like “A Certain Kind of Memory” and “This World Has Seven Wonders,” the band capture the impulse many of us have to pack our bags, move to the country and become a recluse, while Linthicum leads full band arrangements with his electric guitar. “White Butte Country,” which features Linthicum on lead vocals, is the most lighthearted of the bunch, as a rolling melody helps to spin a story of a man looking for love. Anderson’s voice, though, is the hypnotizing core of The Siren’s Song. Her voice is light as air on “Just Like A Summer Cloud,” but can also convey ominousness, depending on the song. On standout track “A Lifeboat,” she acts like a lighthouse’s guiding beam that will bring her absent lover home; when it turns out he’s a low-life cheater, she’s livid, and she reveals she’s been guiding him towards jagged rocks ashore all along. The Siren’s Song is another compelling chapter in what looks increasingly likely to be the long story of Kacy & Clayton’s career.

File Under: Folk
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Liars: TFCF (Mute) LP
Liars have, as a matter of course, sounded radically different with each album, pursuing new concepts and occupying diverse mindsets. On this, Liars’ eighth studio album, the bustling backdrops of Los Angeles, Berlin and New York have been replaced with a presence far more intimate and autobiographical as Liars once again boldly step out of their comfort zone into vastly new musical territory. Following an amicable parting of ways with Aaron Hemphill, Liars is now Angus Andrew, who decamped to his native Australia, specifically to a remote part of the Australian bush, to create an album unlike any Liars had attempted before. But there’s no defining style to TFCF, no overriding concept, as it shifts between sampled elements, brash processed sounds and “real” instrumentation, passages of pointed abstraction and passages of willful songcraft, avant gestures and genuine pop moments. There’s no mask being hid behind, and the album is their most honest and autobiographical yet – possibly because Liars is no longer a “they,” but a “he” presently. Angus describes TFCF as “a super-sad record,” but this mood is offset by the restless creativity on display throughout the album. In tandem with his embrace of the sampler, Angus also incorporated “authentic” sounds previously considered verboten within Liars; in particular, acoustic guitar. “That’s always been a frightening prospect to me,” he notes. “‘Real music’, in the worst sense of that term.” But there is acoustic guitar all over the new album, albeit often sampled and repurposed. “It gave me an opportunity to create a sound that was warmer and more sensitive. Which was important, considering the subject matter of the lyrics.” The album’s reinvention of the Liars paradigm – blurring the lines between electronic and acoustic, between the experimental impulse and the addictive pop sensibility – is evidence that Angus’ creative energies remain as healthy as ever, even given the upheaval within the group. TFCF was written and recorded by Liars. Butchy Fuego, who performed live with Liars following Julian Gross’ departure in 2014, plays drums on three tracks. TFCF was mixed by Gareth Jones and mastered by Christian Wright.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Mark Lanegan: Field Songs (Sub Pop) LP
On Lanegan’s fifth and final solo album for Sub Pop, Field Songs, he seems to have taken the best elements from his previous work to create one of the most fulfilled, and fulfilling, albums of his career; Field Songs also includes “Kimiko’s Dream House,” which Mark co-wrote with Jeffrey Lee Pierce of The Gun Club. This LP version is the first standalone vinyl edition of Field Songs (it was previously only available in the 2015 box set entitled One Way Street). LP comes in a gatefold jacket and is 180 gram vinyl.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Mark Lanegan: I’ll Take Care of You (Sub Pop) LP
I’ll Take Care of You, Lanegan’s fourth solo effort, consists entirely of cover songs with interpretation of songs from a wide variety of songwriters, including Tim Rose, Tim Hardin, Booker T. Jones, and Buck Owens. Prior to this LP version, I’ll Take Care of You was only available on vinyl via a long-out-of-print European run, and in the One Way Street box set. LP comes in a gatefold jacket and is 180 gram vinyl.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Mark Lanegan: Scraps at Midnight (Sub Pop) LP
Scraps at Midnight is the third solo album by Lanegan, which he co-produced with longtime collaborator Johnson. Scraps at Midnight could arguably be considered the final installment of a trilogy of albums (preceded by The Winding Sheet and Whiskey for the Holy Ghost) which feature the songwriter’s interpretation of American roots music set to troubling lyrics that explore themes of loss, sin and redemption. LP comes in a gatefold jacket and is 180 gram vinyl.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Neurosis: Word as Law (Neurot) LP
In tomorrow… Neurosis offers up a remastered colored vinyl reissue of their second LP, The Word As Law, the album having remained out-of-print since its original release in 1990. While listening to band’s discography in chronological order, their sound gradually shifts in a very steady and somewhat seamless progression with each record, though their first few albums are undoubtedly cut from their ’80s punk influences and surroundings. The Word As Law was initially released on vinyl only in 1990 through Lookout! Records, alongside the likes of Operation Ivy, Green Day, Screeching Weasel, and other Bay Area punk acts of the time. Upbeat rhythms and enraged vocals fuel The Word As Law, the record picking up where their Pain Of Mind debut’s ripping punk sound left off, while the band simultaneously began experimenting with more dissonant, melancholic, and demoralizing tones that would carve the foundation for their next few albums and their signature sound. Neurosis had yet to infuse keyboards or synthesizers into the mix when The Word As Law was recorded by Mark Lemaire at Sound & Vision in San Francisco of December 1989. The blend of vocals delivered by guitarist Scott Kelly, bassist Dave Edwardson, and new inductee on this album, guitarist Steve Von Till, driven by the powerful rhythms of drummer Jason Roeder, coalesce to formulate an eerie and original sound on The Word As Law, which results in the album’s cult status as an incredibly groundbreaking album for countless crust punk, hardcore, and experimental metal artists worldwide. While prior reissues of the album featured several re-recorded bonus tracks from the band’s prior singles and releases, the 2017 Neurot reissue of The Word As Law will bear the album’s initial eight tracks, all completely remastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering. Additionally, the album’s cover artwork has been reworked and modernized by Neurosis’ former live visual architect Josh Graham to match the label’s previously-reissued Souls At Zero, Enemy Of The Sun, and other titles.

File Under: Metal
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Queens of the Stone Age: Villains (Matador) LP/DLX LP
In tomorrow??? Hundreds of epic shows, memory lapses, unexplained injuries, one yearlong detour with Iggy Pop and multiple Grammy nominations later, Queens Of The Stone Age reemerge from the desert newly scarred and somehow strangely prettier with lucky seventh album, Villains, out on Matador Records. “The title Villains isn’t a political statement,” explains frontman Joshua Homme. “It has nothing to do with Trump or any of that shit. It’s simply 1) a word that looks fantastic and 2) a comment on the three versions of every scenario: yours, mine and what actually happened…Everyone needs someone or something to rail against – their villain – same as it ever was. You can’t control that. The only thing you can really control is when you let go.” Produced by Mark Ronson and co-produced by Mark Rankin and mixed by Alan Moulder,Villains is the first full album offering from Queens Of The Stone Age since 2013’s …Like Clockwork gave the band its first #1 album in the U.S. Like the stunning artwork of returning illustrator Boneface, the sonic signatures of the lineup that took …Like Clockwork’ around the world and back – founder/guitarist/vocalist/lyricist Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, keys), Michael Shuman (bass), Dean Fertita (keys, guitar), Jon Theodore (drums) – are as unmistakable as ever, though coexisting with sufficient new twists to induce recurring double takes. As Homme himself puts it, “The most important aspect of making this record was redefining our sound, asking and answering the question ‘what do we sound like now?’ If you can’t make a great first record, you should just stop – but if you can make a great record but you keep making records and your sound doesn’t evolve, you become a parody of that original sound.” Of his role working within such a closed and confident ecosystem as Queens Of The Stone Age, Ronson says, “Queens are and have always been my favorite rock n roll band ever since I walked into Tower on Sunset and bought ‘Rated R’ in the summer of 2000, so it was incredibly surreal to be welcomed into their secret, pirate clan – or the ‘jacuzzi’ as Josh likes to call it. I also knew that my super fandom alone would not keep me in the jacuzzi. There were moments during the making of the album in which I was aware I was watching my musical heroes craft something that was sure to become one of my favorite moments on any Queens album. And to have some part in that felt like being in a dream – a very heavy, dark, wonderful dream.” Longtime Queens cohort co-producer Mark Rankin added, “After the baptism of fire that was …Like Clockwork, I was excited to get into the studio again with the challenge of pushing the sound for this record, especially with the the addition of Ronson into the creative mix. We wanted to evolve the production to be processed in a modern way yet be totally organic and still performed fully live, like lifting a veil and what you thought was electronic is actually live and things are not as they first appear…What we’ve made is forward looking yet unmistakably Queens.”

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Kelley Stoltz: Que Aura (Castle Face) LP
In tomorrow… Extra fine songwriter and longtime bedroom-pop auteur Kelley Stoltz delivers on the promise so many of his records slyly hint at. Que Aura is the platonic ideal of a Kelley Stoltz record, which is a very exciting thing indeed. Stoltz embraces his best synth-pop tendencies, with this incredibly self-assured set of tender tunes, combining in his own hangdog fashion both a disco-lit abandon and the attendant post-party sighs of dread and remorse. Great songs come out of Stoltz at an alarming rate on any given day but this particular collection is some of his most effortlessly catchy stuff yet. Ennui under the disco lights suits him very well – there’s a hearty sip of Pulp-ian white Brit shimmy with a wink, a dash of Fleetwood Mac’s cynically professional late ’70s sheen, and even a spritz or two of Echo and The Bunnymen, which should surprise no one who’s noticed Stoltz has been playing guitar with McCulloch and Company for the past year or so. This record cements Stoltz’s place in the power-pop pantheon where he belongs, right between Dwight Twilley and Martin Newell!

File Under: Indie Rock
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War on Drugs: A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic) LP
In tomorrow? What a debacle! The black vinyl is apparently defective, and the Indie Shop Only vinyl may or may not be late, but it was short shipped, so… WHO KNOWS! A Deeper Understanding is The War On Drugs’ highly anticipated follow-up to 2014’s universally acclaimed Lost In The Dream and Atlantic Records debut. For much of the three and a half year period since the release of Lost In The Dream, frontman Adam Granduciel led the charge for his Philadelphia-based sextet as he holed up in studios in New York and Los Angeles to write, record, edit, and tinker – but, above all, to busy himself in work. Teaming up with engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer), Granduciel challenged the notion of what it means to create a fully realized piece of music in today’s modern landscape. Calling on his bandmates – bassist Dave Hartley, keyboardist Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall and multi-instrumentalists Anthony LaMarca and Jon Natchez – continuously throughout the process, the result is a “band record” in the noblest sense, featuring collaboration, coordination, and confidence at every turn. Through those years of relocation, the revisiting and reexamining of endless hours of recordings, unbridled exploration and exuberance, Granduciel’s gritty love of his craft succeeded in pushing the band to great heights. Pitchfork proclaimed that, “Granduciel’s influence has become omnipresent in the indie world” and NPR has hailed A Deeper Understanding’s crystalline lead singles “Thinking Of A Place” (“epic, mood-shifting guitar jam”) and “Holding On” (“a pulsing jam that sounds deeply inspired by ’80s-era Bruce Springsteen”).

File Under: Indie Rock
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Various: Soul of a Nation (Soul Jazz) LP
Soul Jazz Record’s compilation Soul of a Nation is released to coincide with the new exhibition of the same name now on at Tate Modern, London. The album shows how the ideals of the civil rights movement, black power and black nationalism influenced the evolvement of radical African-American music in the United States of America in the intensely political and revolutionary period at the end of the 1960s following the assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and the rise of the Black Panther party. Featuring groundbreaking artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Ayers, Don Cherry, Oneness of Juju, Sarah Webster Fabio, Horace Tapscott, Phil Ranelin and many others, Soul of A Nation shows how political themes led to the rise of ‘conscious’ black music as new afro-centric styles combined the musical radicalism and spirituality of John Coltrane and radical avant-garde jazz music alongside the intense funk and soul of James Brown and Aretha Franklin and the urban poetry and proto-rap of the streets. The double gatefold vinyl album edition comes with full color inners, full sleeve-notes/photography and bonus download code.

File Under: Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop
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Various: Soul of a Nation (Soul Jazz) LP
Soul Jazz Record’s compilation Soul of a Nation is released to coincide with the new exhibition of the same name now on at Tate Modern, London. The album shows how the ideals of the civil rights movement, black power and black nationalism influenced the evolvement of radical African-American music in the United States of America in the intensely political and revolutionary period at the end of the 1960s following the assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and the rise of the Black Panther party. Featuring groundbreaking artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Ayers, Don Cherry, Oneness of Juju, Sarah Webster Fabio, Horace Tapscott, Phil Ranelin and many others, Soul of A Nation shows how political themes led to the rise of ‘conscious’ black music as new afro-centric styles combined the musical radicalism and spirituality of John Coltrane and radical avant-garde jazz music alongside the intense funk and soul of James Brown and Aretha Franklin and the urban poetry and proto-rap of the streets. The double gatefold vinyl album edition comes with full color inners, full sleeve-notes/photography and bonus download code.

File Under: Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop
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Alexisonfire: Old Crows/Young Cardinals (Dine Alone) LP
Gary Bartz Ntu Troop: Harlem Bbush Music (Milestone) LP
Black Sabbath: Paranoid (Rhino) LP
Death Cab For Cutie: Transatlanticism (Barsuk) LPT
Eyehategod: In The Name of Suffering (Emetic) LP
Eyehategod: Take as Needed for Pain (Emetic) LP
Fleetwood Mac: Rumors (Reprise) LP
Goat: Requiem (Sub Pop) LP
Goat: Commune (Sub Pop) LP
Hole: Live Through This (Universal) LP
Michael Jackson: Bad (Sony) LP
Kacy & Clayton: Strange Country (Big White Cloud) LP
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: I’m In Your Mind Fuzz (Castle Face) LP
Michael Kiwanuka: Love & Hate (Universal) LP
Lumineers: s/t (Dual Tone) LP
Modest Mouse: The Lonesome Crowded West (Glacial Pace) LP
Modest Mouse: This is a Long Drive… (Glacial Pace) LP
Van Morrison: Astral Weeks (Rhino) LP
Neurosis: Eye of Every Storm (Neurot) LP
Oh Sees: A Weird Exits (Castle Face) LP
Oh Sees: Carrion Crawler (In The Red) LP
Angel Olsen: My Woman (Jagjaguwar) LP
OST: Beyond the Black Rainbow (Jagjaguwar) LP
OST: Singles (Sony) LP
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd) LP
Portishead: s/t (Universal) LP
Radiohead: Ok Computer OKNOTOK (XL) Blue LP
Run The Jewels: 1 (Mass Appeal) LP
Run The Jewels: 2 (Mass Appeal) LP
Arthur Russell: Calling out of Context (Audika) LP
Spiritualized: Lady’s And Gentlemen… (Plain) LP
Syrinx: Tumblers from the Vault (ReRVNG) LP
T. Rex: s/t (Rhino) LP
Television: Marquee Moon (Rhino) LP
War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian) LP
Link Wray: s/t (Future Days) LP
Neil Young: Rust Never Sleeps (Reprise) LP
Neil Young: Live Rust (Reprise) LP
Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds (Rhino) LP
Various: Studio One Scorchers (Soul Jazz) LP

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…..news letter #789 – rsd…..


Alright! Here we go! Weeks of ordering and receiving and plotting and in about 24 hours, all hell is gonna break loose around here. Tonight we’re gonna close up early and completely strip the walls and replace everything will all them glorious RSD exclusives.

AND just in case you don’t get what you wanted, or maybe you don’t want any of the exclusives, all the other records in the shop will be 20% off as well as gear and other accessories.

AND if that isn’t enough we’ll be giving away all kinds of swag through out the day.

AND if that isn’t enough, our pals from Elm Cafe will be here giving all you early birds free coffee.

AND our pal Nadir is coming down to play some music for y’all around 3:30 pm.


AND if you don’t win the turntable you could still win one of two boards from Local 124.

OR if you don’t win a skateboard you could win one of three coffee prize packages from Elm Cafe.

OR you could win a double guest pass to see the Descendents.

Not so fine print… We will be opening at an hour early, 10am. However,  people do start lining up well before that. We do try process this all as fast as possible, but it will likely be crisp out in the morning. Plan to spend a good while outside in line, and dress accordingly. Some exclusive releases are extremely limited, and we have very few copies. Others, not so much. Exclusives are first come, first served and one per customer.

Also, we’ll be launching some new Listen swag on Saturday…

…..top RSD picks…..


Various: Function Underground: The Black & Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974 (Now Again) LP
“14 tracks by Jimi Macon, Black Maffia, Blacklites and more, many reissued for the first time. Includes a 16 page booklet with extensive notes on an overlooked and important portion of rock n’ roll’s history & a download card to WAV files of the full album. Nearly everyone in the world can rattle off the great African-American musical forms. Jazz, blues, R&B, soul, hip-hop, house, gospel. One influential genre is always left off of the list: a folk music known as rock n’ roll. Rock n’ roll was a term originally coined to market the white-friendly version of a genre that already existed; prior to 1965, the line between rock n’ roll and R&B was thin: Ike Turner recorded and released ‘Rocket ’88’ ‘ in 1951 and, while its Chess Records release reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart, it is regarded by many as the first rock n’ roll record. The Great Divide between R&B and rock n’ roll came after the Beatles and the British Invasion decimated the Top 40 chart in 1964. Simultaneously, R&B entered a new phase, soon to be labeled ‘soul,’ which upped the music’s gospel quotient and turned its frantic twang. So somewhere in the mid to late-1960s, rock n’ roll became perceived as something for the Caucasian kids. When Jimi Hendrix and Arthur Lee made the scene, they were said to be black musicians entering into a white world. While that couldn’t be farther from the truth, that false dichotomy has existed in America’s popular conscious ever since, to the point where the idea of a black rock musician is on the level with the idea of a black cowboy. In the mid-1960s, funk replaced soul as the rhythm that was going to move the world. We know all its progenitor – James Brown, The Meters, Kool & The Gang – and their innovations: the syncopated, 4/4 dance between the bass and drums, horns repurposed as percussion, chicken-scratch and wah-wah guitar. We can trace where they came from. But there is one crucial funk influence that no one seems to want to acknowledge — a devil-may-care attitude we can attribute to rock n’ roll. It’s not a stretch to say that funk is the African-American answer to psychedelia and hard rock rolled into one. The idea of ‘progressivism’ that took over rock music after psychedelia’s heyday in the late 1960s belatedly spilled over to funk. In the early 1970s, as the underground/psychedelic fire burnt out in the white rock world, it roared to a blaze in the black musical community. Nearly every American city with a large black population boasted self-contained funk bands that didn’t consider themselves simply revues or backup groups, but rather fully-operational ensembles in these bands, everything from composing, arranging, record production and distribution, was handled in house by band members. These are the bands whose music comprises this anthology, and while they’re all different, they’re unique in one way: they kept their ears open for new developments in funk and rock music. This anthology presents earnest questions as to why we know so little about these bands and the movement of which they were a part. While we don’t anticipate that we’ll ever find a definitive answer as to what these ensembles’ true goals were, then, we do know that they took their charges seriously. And they knew they were onto something different, something that, though only they and their immediate kin might recognize it, was more interesting than the status quo. Function Underground shines light on an important and overlooked part of rock n’ roll’s history and talented ensembles that toiled in the shadows, derided by their peers ‘Do you realize that Hendrix was dead before most black people in America knew he was a black man?’ Ebony Rhythm Band drummer Matthew Watson questions rhetorically. ‘We was scorned. In that era, everybody else in the black community was wearing three-piece suits, processes and Afro wigs and that shit. We was the first guys to wear bell bottoms. The first guys to wear big hats. We were off into a whole other thing.’ “

File Under: Funk


Moondog: s/t (Sony Legacy) LP
He was born Louis Hardin, but the world knew him as Moondog—and his avant-garde compositions influenced a generation of minimalist composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Now, Moondog, The Viking of 6th Avenue’s seminal 1969 album recorded with producer James William Guercio, will be reissued on white vinyl, its first pressing in over a decade. Featuring original symphonic and classically-inspired works (including material dedicated to Charlie Parker and Benny Goodman), Moondog is an album that must be heard to be believed.

File Under: Experimental, Avant-Garde


Various: Psychic Migrations (Cinewax) LP
For Record Store Day 2017, Cinewax is teaming up with influential California-based board sports and lifestyle brand Volcom to release the original soundtrack to their 2015 surf film Psychic Migrations. Directed by multifaceted surf filmmaker Ryan Thomas, Psychic Migrations was shot on Super 16-mm film & Red Digital Cinema in the West Indies, East Indies, Australia, Polynesia, and the Americas. The global scope of the film is complimented by an international cast of surfers, including Yago Dora, Ryan Burch, Ozzie Wright, Dusty Payne, Mitch Coleborn, and Kelly Slater, among others. To match the cinematic poetry of this psychedelic surf journey, a suitable soundtrack was necessary: proto-New Age piano music by Gurdjieff / de Hartmann, drone jams from Bitchin Bajas and Al Lover, and garage-psych from Thee Oh Sees, Cave and White Fence. An artistic synthesis of eclectic music, pulsating surf action, and mesmerizing scenery, this highly acclaimed film builds on and advances the rich history of surf flicks. The package is completed with a deluxe gatefold jacket, housing double pink vinyl and a digital download card for both the film and soundtrack. Limited to 1,000 copies worldwide.

File Under: Psych, Garage


Various: Nuggets – Come to the Sunshine (Rhino) LP
Originally released as a 2004 compilation by Rhino Handmade, one of two new compilations using the Nuggets name. The title comes from the first track, “Come To The Sunshine” performed by Harpers Bizarre. This orange/yellow marble double vinyl set follows the Record Store Day 2016 release Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets from the WEA Vaults. (Limited worldwide release of 3500.) SOFT LIKE A KITTEN. DEAL.

File Under: Soft Rock, Pop

popol vuh.jpgPopol Vuh: Cobra Verde (One Way Static) LP
One Way Static Records presents exclusively for Record Store Day 2017: COBRA VERDE (Original 1987 Motion Picture Soundtrack composed by POPOL VUH). Born as Florian Fricke’s brainchild, Popol Vuh needs little introduction, the band stayed active between the late 1960s & late 1990s (until Florian’s passing in 2001). Regarded as pioneers in avant-garde German electronic music, their early works practically laid down the foundations for Kosmische Muzik (Space Music) with the then new sounds of the Moog synthesizer joined with ethnic percussions. Later the group evolved to include all kinds of instruments (both electric and acoustic alike) shrouding their music in a spiritual & introspective mystical aura. Popol Vuh influenced many other European bands with their uniquely soft but elaborate instrumentation, which took inspiration from the music of Tibet, Africa and pre-Columbian America. With music sometimes described as “ethereal”, they created soundscapes through psychedelic walls of sound, and are regarded as precursors of contemporary ‘world music’, as well as of ‘new age’ and ‘ambient’. The band regularly contributed soundtracks to the films of Werner Herzog that include classics like Aguirre, Nosferatu, Heart Of Glass & of course Cobra Verde. Cobra Verde (featuring Klaus Kinski) was the final collaboration between Popol Vuh & director Werner Herzog. Originally released in 1987, this is the first time the soundtrack gets a vinyl release outside of Europe. Regal chants accompanied by hand drums, guitars, piano and clavier in a sacred manner are alternated with synthesizer themes that have a tense/dramatic & haunting effect. African ceremonial music and the Choir of the Bavarian State Opera corner this as a landmark meditative & ambient piece of cosmic music. Out of print since 1987, now back available as a gorgeously packaged deluxe vinyl edition, exclusively for Record Store Day 2017. Strictly limited to 1000 copies on green vinyl & comes with insert and extensive liner notes. A necessary purchase for both Popol Vuh fans and Herzog collectors.

File Under: Kosmische, OST

…..RSD Exclusives…..

At this point almost all of this has shown up, some is due tomorrow, there may be some surprises, but this should all be here….

Against Me!: Stabitha Christie 7″
Air: Le Soleil Est Pres De 12″
Alexisonfire: Crisis LP
Alice In Chains: What The Hell Have I 7″
Alien Sex Fiend: Edit/Overdose LP
Andre 3000: All Together Now 7″
Animal Collective: Meeting of the Waters 12″
Atomic Bomb Band: Plays the Music of William Onyeabor LP
Band of Pain/Nurse with Wound: Abbey Rd LP
Banks & Steelz: Wild Season 7″
Ben Folds: Live in Perth LP
Bevis Frond: Triptych LP
Big L: Devil’s Son 12″
Big Star: Complete Third Vol 3 LP+Box
Blitzen Trapper: Unreleased Recordings Vol.1 12”
Blonde Redhead: 3 O’Clock LP
Blowfly: Forever Fly LP
Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Nathan Salsburg: Beargrass Song 7”
David Bowie: Bowpromo Box
David Bowie: Cracked Actor LP
David Bowie: No Plan LP
Brian Jonestown Massacre: Pol Pot’s Pleasure Penthouse LP
Brother Ali: Undisputed Truth LP
Danny Brown: Ain’t It Funny 10”
Harriet Brown: Contact LP
R.L. Burnside: Long Distance Call LP
Alex Calder/Homeshake: Nankhatai / Stuck Inside 7”
Camera/Pinhas: RSD 12″
Tristram Cary: Quatermass & the Pit (Electronic Cues) 10″
Tristram Cary Quatermass & the Pit OST LP
Johnny Cash: Children’s Album LP
Cat Party: s/t LP
Archie James Cavanaugh: Black and White Raven LP
Vic Chesnutt: West of Rome LP
Cinematic Orchestra: Ma Fleur LP
Claypool Lennon Delirium: Lime and Limpid Green LP
Cleaners from Venus: Best Of… LP
Coheed & Cambria: Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV LP
Jerry Cole: Astro-Sounds From Beyond the Year 2000 LP
Colleen: Golden Morning Breaks LP
Colleen: Les Ondes Silencieuses LP
Colleen et les Boites: s/t LP
Inna Baba Coulibaly w/ Ali Farkar Toure: Sahel 10″
Crushed Butler: Uncrushed: British Punk from 1969-1971 LP
Curanderos (Bardo Pond): S/T LP
The Cure: Acoustic Hits LP
The Cure: Greatest Hits LP
Miley Cyrus: Bangerz LP
Czarface: First Weapon Drawn LP
Dave Matthews Band: Live at Red Rocks 8.15.9 Box
Deee-Lite: Groove is in the Heart 12″
Thomas De Hartmann: The Music of Gurdjieff 5LP Box
Dillinger Escape Plan: Instrumentalist 7″
Klaus Dinger & Prejapandorf: 2000! LP
Distillers: Coral Fang LP
Doors: Live at the Matrix LP
Steve Earle: Live 7″
Easybeats: Vigil LP
El Nino & The Southern Oscillators: s/t 10″
Faust/Ulan Bator: RSD 12″
Flamin’ Groovies/Dylan Gardner: Side By Side 7″
Flaming Lips: Onboard the ISS Concert for Peace LP
Flower Travellin’ Band: Anywhere LP
Blaze Foley: Sittin’ By the Road LP
Follakzoid w/J. Spaceman: London Sessions LP
Goat: Goatfuzz 7″
Goblin: Notturno LP
Gold Panda: Kingdom 12”
Dexter Gordon: Walk the Blues LP
Grateful Dead: P.N.E. Garden LP
Emmylou Harris: Queen of the Silver Dollar 5LP
Hawkwind: Best of United Artists LP
Hawklords: Live 1978 LP
Head & The Heart: Stinson Beach LP
Heads: Relaxing with LP
Heldon/Pinhas/Schizo: Singles Collection LP
Iron & Wine: Archive Series Vol No.3 12”
Jason Isbell: Live from Welcome to 1979 LP
Jane’s Addiction: Been Caught Stealin’ 12″
Robert Johnson: Centennial Collection LP
Glenn Jones & Matthew Azevedo: Waterworks LP
Sharon Jones: Heaven Bound 7″
Kinks: Got Love If You Need 7″
Kinks: All Day 7″
Kylesa: Live At Maida Vale Studio 10″
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam: Live at KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic LP
Lhasa: La Llorona LP
Lumineers: Song Seeds 10”
Luna: Penthouse LP
Madrigal: S/T LP
Marcy Playground: S/T LP
Marajita: This is Marajita LP
Mayer Hawthorne: Party of One LP
Metavari: Metropolis Re-OST LP
Meters: A Message from The Meters LP
Meredith Monk: Key LP
Moondog: s/t LP
Kevin Morby: Beautiful Strangers 7”
Beny More: El Barbaro Del Ritmo LP
Motorhead: Clean Your Clock LP
NBRQ: High Noon LP
Nico & the Fraction: Fata Morgana LP
Stevie Nicks: Rarities LP
Harry Nillson: Nilsson Schmilsson LP
Noise Addicts: 10,000 Kids LP
Notorious B.I.G: Born Again LP
Old 97’s: Off My Mynd EP 12”
Oneida: Live at Secret Project LP
OST: Abdullah LP
OST: Dark Crystal LP
Emmanuelle Parrenin: Maison Rose LP
Emmanuelle Parrenin: Perelandra LP
Dolly Parton: Puppy Love 7”
Pearl Jam: State of Love & Trust 7″
Penguin Cafe & Cornelius: Umbrella EP 12”
Art Pepper: Quintet LP
Pin Group: Ambivalence 7″
Pin Group: Coat 7″
Pink Floyd: Interstellar Overdrive LP
Iggy Pop Post Depression: Live From Albert Hall Box Set LP
Popol Vuh: Cobra Verde OST LP
Roberto Pregadio: Kriminal OST LP
Roberto Pregadio: Satanik OST LP
Prince: Batdance 12″
Prince: I Could Never… 12″
Prince: I Wish U Heaven 12″
Prince: Partyman 12″
Prince: Pop Life 12″
Prince: Sign o the Times 12″
Psychic TV: Fishscales Falling LP
Ramones: Singles Box 7″ Box
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Go Robot 12″
Lou Reed: Perfect Night LP
Ike Reiko: You, Baby LP
John Renbourn & Wizz Jones: Joint Control LP
Jody Reynolds: Devil Girls With Raven Hair LP
Malvina Reynolds: Little Boxes and Magic Pennies LP
Rockabye Baby!: Lullaby Renditions of the Doors LP
Run The Jewels Tote Bag+Pins
Sand: Golem LP
Sara & Tegan: Under Feet Like Ours LP
Lalo Schifrin: My Life in Movies LP
Sex Pistols: Singles Box 7″ Box
Sia: Spotify Sessions LP
Sinn Sisamouth & Ros Serey Sothea: Navy A Go Go 7″
Sloths: Makin’ Love 7″
Patti Smith: Hey Joe 7″
The Smiths: Boy With the Thorn in His Side 7″
Soul Assassins: Muggs Presents LP
Spacemen 3: For All the Fucked Up Children LP
Spacemen 3: Playing with Fire LP
Spacemen 3: Recurring LP
Spoon: Hot Thoughts 12″
Bruce Springsteen: Hammersmith Odeon, London 75 4LP
Star Wars: New Hope OST 10”
Sun Ra: Janus LP
Superchunk: Cup of Sand LP
Super Furry Animals: Fuzzy Logic LP
Suuns: Hold/Still Remixes 12”
Sword: Low Country 12”
Tegan & Sara/Regrettes: Side By Side 7″
Temples/Kadhja Bonet: Fortune 7″
The Time: What Time is it? LP
U-Roy: Dread in a Babylon LP
U.K. Subs: Live n Loud 89 LP
Vangelis: Blade Runner LP
Vanishing Twin: Dream By Numbers 10″
Venom: At War with Satan LP
Arthur Verocai: s/t LP
Vitamin String Quartet: Performs Kanye West LP
War on Drugs: Thinking of a Place 12″
Dennis Wilson: Bambu LP
Wipers: Better Off Dead 7”
Link Wray: Be What You Want To LP
Link Wray: Beans and Fatback LP
Neil Young: Decade LP
Zombies: A Rose for Emily – Cello Version 7”
Various: Ciao! Manhattan OST LP
Various: Close to the Noise Floor LP
Various: Function Underground: The Black & Brown American Rock LP
Various: Giant Single LP
Various: Girls in the Garage: Groovy Gallic Gals Vol.10 LP
Various: Girls in the Garage: Oriental Special Vol.9 LP
Various: Guitars of the Golden Triangle LP
Various: Insane Times LP
Various: Let the Children Techno LP
Various: Like Nashville In Naija: Nigeria’s Romance With Country LP
Various: Lost in Space LP
Various: Magic Cube 10″
Various: Max Kansas City 1976 & Beyond LP
Various: Mighty R&B Instrumentals LP
Various: Nuggets: Come to the Sunshine LP
Various: Nigeria Soul Power 70 7” Box Set
Various: Pineapple Express OST LP
Various: Psychic Migrations OST LP
Various: Really Rock Em Right: Sun Records LP
Various: Rough Guide to Gospel Blues LP
Various: Rough Guide to Blues Women LP
Various: Rough Guide to Cuban Rare Groove LP
Various: Soho Scene ’61 LP
Various: Soul 70 7″ Box Set
Various: Soul Slabs Vol.1 LP
Various: Soul Transfusion LP
Various: Southwest Side Story Vol 19 LP
Various: Space Jam OST LP
Various: Studio One Hi-Fi Special 7″ Box
Various: We’re Gonna Have A Party! LP

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…..news letter #772 – last minutes…..

Well, it’s getting down to the wire, but you’ve still got some time to get in here and pick up some sweet wax or a new turntable for that special someone on your list. We’re here until 9 tonight and tomorrow and until 4 on Saturday. It’s a wee bit hectic around here so I’ll keep it short. There are some new things, like the new Tribe Called Quest, so I’ll make a list for y’all below. Next week we’ll have another short list with our staff top picks from the year. In the meantime, Happy Holidays to all of you and your family!

Our hours over the holidays will be….

Saturday Dec 24 11 – 4
Sunday Dec 25 closed
Monday Dec 26 11 – 5
Saturday Dec 31 11 – 4
Sunday Jan 1 closed

More importantly, on boxing day, we will obviously be having a big sale! 20% off pretty much all music and accessories and gear are 10% off! So if you didn’t get everything you wanted for xmas, come get if for cheap! Hell, even if you did get everything you wanted, come buy some more stuff!

…..new arrivals…..

A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here… (Epic) LP
Alessandro Alessandroni: Sangue Di Sbirro (Four Flies) LP
John Barry: Walkabout (Roundtable) LP
Bobby Beausoleil: Lucifer Rising (Anja) LP
Silvano D’Auria: Sortilegio (Four Flies) LP
East of the Valley Blues: s/t (Death is not the End) LP
Lee Hazlewood: Cowboy in Sweden (Light in the Attic) LP+DVD
Justice: Woman (Because) LP
Kaytranada: 99.9% (XL) LP
Kleenex/Lilliput: First Songs (Kill Rock Stars) LP
Konami Kukeiha Club: Larange Point (Ship to Shore) LP
La Matos: Join Us (Death Waltz Originals) LP
Massive Attack: Blue Lines (Virgin) LP
Massive Attack: Protection (Virgin) LP
Massive Attack: No Protection (Virgin) LP
Ennio Morricone: 60 Years of Music (Virgin) LP
OST: Gremlins (Mondo) LP
OST: Jessica Jones (Mondo) LP
OST: Daredevil (Mondo) LP
OST: The Fountain (Mondo) LP
Deantoni Parks: Touch But Don’t Look (Elite) LP
Sheer Mag: Compilation (Wilsuns RC) LP
Stone Roses: s/t (Modern Classics) LP
Charles Wain: The Last Wave (Roundtable) LP
Various: The Microcosm (Light in the Attic) 3LP Box
Various: PZYK Vol 2 (PZYK) LP

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…..news letter #768 – 15 years!…..

Well, it may not be Thanksgiving here today, but thanks to the fine folks at Record Store Day central, they’ve turned Black Friday into a mini-RSD event to drive shoppers to small mom & pop shops rather than just the big box stores. And of course they are doing that with a nice stack of exclusive releases, and fortunately pretty much all of them are available to us up here in Canada. Below you will find a list of all the exclusives  (as well as some brand spankin’ new stuff we’re putting out with the RSD stuff) we’ll have on the shelf tomorrow when we open (10 am!).

While that’s exciting and all though, more exciting is that we are celebrating our 15th anniversary! 15 years of slinging wax. It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come, from our humble beginnings with a handful of half full bins to the overflowing bins and boxes of records everywhere we are surrounded with today. Thanks to our fine customers we’ve been able to grow in to what we like to think is a pretty darned fine shop with something for everyone. And so to thank you all for another year of support this weekend not only will we have RSD tomorrow, we’ll be having a big ol’ sale all weekend too! THANK YOU!

…..pick of the week…..


Listen Gear!
In celebration of our 15th anniversary we’ve got another new design for you to wear around town to show your Listen Love. And since it’s theoretically supposed to be winter, we’ve even made up some hoodies and sweatshirts this go around. As well, we’ve got new cotton totes bags for you to get your records, or groceries, home from the store. Thanks to our buddy Myles for the killer new design. These shirts also make great gifts! Supplies are limited, so get one before we are sold out!


To thank you all for another year of support we are giving you 20% off all new and used records and CDs all weekend long! Starting at 10am Friday until 5pm Sunday!

Rega RP1s are $399 (reg. $499)
Rega RP1 w/ Upgrade kit are $599 (reg. $699)

*Sale excludes Record Store Day exclusives, Brand Fucking New Arrivals, special orders and holds, local releases, and consignment items. All other gear is 10%.


Lastly, we’ll be giving away one Rega RP1 turntable to one lucky shopper this weekend. So be sure to stop in!

…..Record Store Day Releases…..

Afghan Whigs: Black Love (Elektra) 3LP
Autechre: Amber (Warp) LP
Autechre: Incunabula (Warp) LP
Autechre: Tri Repetae (Warp) LP
Beach Boys: Becoming The Beach Boys (Omnivore) LP
Big Star: Complete Third (Omnivore) LP
Budos Band: The Shape of Mayhem to Come (Daptone) 12″
Built to Spill: Ancient Melodies of the Future (1972) LP
Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Got A Mind to Give Up Living (Real Gone) LP
Chvrches: Under the Tide (Glassnote) 12″
Ornette Coleman: An Evening With (ORG) LP
Death By Stereo: Into the Valley of Death (Indecision) LP
Death Grips: Fashion Week/Interview 2016 (Harvest) LP
Dengue Fever/Goonam: Ganadaramaba (Sony) 7″
Dungen: Haxan (Mexican Summer) LP
Bob Dylan: Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert (Sony) LP
Faith No More: Cone of Shame (Ipecac) 7″
Fruit Bats: The Glory of Fruit Bats (Easy Sound) LP
Steve Grossman: Some Shapes to Come (Tidal Waves) LP
Gwar: Black Friday (Sony) 7″
Lee Hazlewood: Cowboy in Sweden (Light in the Attic) LP
Isaac Hayes: Do Your Thing (Now Again) LP
Jimi Hendrix: Morning Symphony Ideas (Sony) 10″
Jungle Brothers: Done By the Forces of Nature (Get on Down) LP
Kinks: God’s Children (Sanctuary) 7″
Kinks: Til Death Do Us Part (Sanctuary) 7″
Kinks: s/t (Sanctuary) 7″
Timothy Leary/Ralph Metzner: The Psychedelic Experience (Real Gone) LP
Love is a Drag: For Adult Listeners (Sundazed) LP
Minor Victories: Orchestral Variations (Sony) LP
Rudy Ray Moore: This Ain’t no White Christmas (Dolemite) LP
Harry Nilsson: Popeye OST (Varese Sarabande) LP
Thee Oh Sees: An Odd Entrance (Castle Face) LP
OST: Barbarella (Varese Sarabande) LP
OST: Chinatown (Cinewax) LP
OST: Luke Cage (Mondo) LP
OST: My Little Pony (Sony) LP
OST: The Wonder Years (ORG) LP
Angel Olsen/Steve Gunn: Live At Pickathon (Easy Sound) LP
Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff: Strung Out In Heaven (Cooking Vinyl) LP
Jaco Pastorius: Jaco (Omnivore) LP
Raconteurs: Steady, As She Goes (Thirdman) 7″
Ramones: Live At The Roxy 8/12/76 (Rhino) LP
Nathaniel Rateliff: A Little Something More (Stax) LP
Otis Redding: Live at the Whisky A Go Go (Stax) LP
Refused: Servants of Death (Epitaph) LP
Rogue Wave: Cover Me (Easy Sound) LP
Run DMC: Christmas in Hollis (Sony) LP
Bruce Springsteen: Chapter & Verse (Sony) LP
Sugarhill Gang: Meet Your Maker (Rhino) 7″
Sun Ra & His Arkestra: At Inter-Media Arts April 1991 (Sundazed) LP
Synthesizer Coloring Book
This Kind of Punishment: Radio Silence (Superior Viaduct) 7″
Tokyo Police Club: A Lesson in Crime (Paperbag) LP
Mark Van Hoen: The Last Flowers From the Darkness (Medical) LP
Venom: Black Metal (Warner) LP
Video Liszt: Ektakrom Killer (Medical) LP
Vitamin String Quartet: Plays Radiohead (VSQ) 7″
Muddy Waters: London Muddy Waters Sessions (Brookvale) LP
Yardbirds: Birdland (Favored Nations) LP
Various: Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds from South Eastern Nigeria (Comb & Razor) LP
Various: James Brown’s Funky People 3 (Get on Down) LP
Various: Jazz Dispensary: Holiday Treats (Fantasy) LP
Various: Lagniappe Session (Light in the Attic) LP
Various: Shanghai’d Soul (Numero) LP
Various: Scepter Records (Sundazed) LP

In tomorrow???….

Steve Gunn: Ancient Jules (Matador) 12″
Iggy & The Stooges: Telluric Chaos (MVD) LP
Lil Yachty: Lil Boat (Capitol) LP
Frank Sinatra: White Christmas (Universal) 7″
Ween: Godweensatan Live (ATO) LP
Frank Zappa: How Could I Be Such A Fool (Universal) 7″

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…..news letter #687 – t-minus…..

Alright! Here we go! Weeks of ordering and receiving and plotting and in about 36 hours, all hell is gonna break loose around here. Tomorrow night we’re gonna close up early and completely strip the walls and replace everything will all them glorious RSD exclusives.

AND just in case you don’t get what you wanted, or maybe you don’t want any of the exclusives, all the other records in the shop will be 20% off and gear will be 10% off.

AND if that isn’t enough we’ll be giving away all kinds of swag through out the day.

AND if that isn’t enough, if you get hungry waiting in line and need to replenish your strength to be able to push the buttons on the PIN pad, we’ll have a food truck on site.


AND if you don’t win the turntable you could still win some cool swag from Yellowhead Brewery, or Sled Island.

Not so fine print… We will be opening at an hour early, 10am. However,  people do start lining up well before that. We do try process this all as fast as possible, but it will likely be crisp out in the morning. Plan to spend a good while outside in line, and dress accordingly. Some exclusive releases are extremely limited, and we have very few copies. Others, not so much. Exclusives are first come, first served and one per customer.

Also, we’ll be launching some new Listen swag on Saturday with some sweet deals on them Saturday only…


New t-shirts, red and charcoal! Regular $20, $10 all day on RSD!


Listen Records slipmats! $5 or free with $100 purchase on RSD!

…..top rsd picks…..


Amanaz: Africa (Now-Again) 2LP
“Issued in 1975, this is the articulation of Zambia’s Zamrock ethos. While other albums — Rikki Ililonga’s Zambia, Witch’s Lazy Bones!! — are competitors, it’s hard to best this album as it covers each major quadrant of the Zamrock whole: it came from the mines; its musicians were anti-colonial freedom fighters, it envelops Zambian folk music traditions, and it rocks — hard. Amanaz were serious, and they made a serious stab at an album. They titled their album Africa, according to original band member Keith Kabwe, ‘because of how it was shared and how its inhabitants were butchered and enslaved, its resources stolen… all the atrocities slave drivers committed. ‘ Thus, their ‘Kale,’ a blues sung in Nyanja, that traced the continent’s arc from slavery to Zambia’s independence closes the album. Kabwe and rhythm guitarist John Kanyepa have a winsome softness to their vocals, which sit politely aside the feral growl of drummer Watson Baldwin Lungu, bassist Jerry Mausala and bandleader/lead guitarist Isaac Mpofu. Africa’s vibe ranges from anxious (‘Amanaz’) to escapist (‘Easy Street’) to straight-up pissed-off. On the ‘History of Man,’ his voice whiskey-burned, his distorted guitar buzzing like swarming hornets, Mpofu indicts his species. There’s a darkness to Africa not found on any other Zamrock records, and a melancholy drifts throughout, specifically on Mpofu’s more restrained ‘Khala My Friend,’ which stands as an effective, bleak situation for the Zambian everyman, the average citizen of a struggling, new nation, who might have had relatives in conflict-torn countries on the horizon, who might have been struggling to find his next meal, who might have seen a bleaker future than his president promised. Then there’s the clear Velvet Underground-influence on the nostalgic ‘Sunday Morning,’ which, as Kabwe recalls, was the first song written for the album, back in 1968, when Velvet Undergound and Nico was a new release — and the underground funk of ‘Making the Scene.’ The album also tackles traditional Zambian music and early-’60s rock — punctuated, of course by Kanyepa’s wah-wah and Mpofu’s fuzz guitars. But every time Amanaz get too deep, too violent, they come back with an accessible song and woo their listener back to the groove. ‘Green Apple’ is a civil song, featuring Kanyepa’s sighing guitar. It is a perfectly arranged album, from the dichotomy of Mpofu’s and Kanyepa’s lead and rhythm guitars, to the vocal harmonies, to the rhythm section’s sense of space and time, which allows Africa’s funk to build. Inexplicably, Africa was given two separate mixes and two separate presses: one version is dry, with the vocals and drums mixed loud, the other slathered in reverb, with the vocals and drums disappearing into the mix, and with the guitar solos mixed much louder. We’ve presented them both here as they each have their appeal: it’s up to the listener to pick the one he or she prefers. This is a highpoint of the Zamrock scene and we hope that this can be seen as its definitive reissue.”

File Under: Psych, African, RSD
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Koes Barat: s/t (Sub Pop) LP 
In 2010, Sun City Girls legend Alan Bishop asserted his fandom of Indonesian ‘60s/’70s pop legends Koes Bersaudara (aka Koes Plus) with two archival releases on his and Hisham Mayet’s Sublime Frequencies label. But that wasn’t enough. Feeling an overwhelming urge to interpret Koes tunes, Bishop recorded Koes Barat in less than a week of sessions with some of his favorite musicians and producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Marisa Nadler). The result is the most immediate, fun collection that the prolific Bishop has ever led. This album is a Record Store Day exclusive, limited to 3,800 worldwide.

File Under: Psych, Indoesian, Sun City Girls, RSD
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thai pop

Various: Thai Pop (Sublime Frequencies) 2LP
Thailand is one of the most traveled to destinations in the world, but music is not a popular attraction for outside visitors, despite an incredibly rich history of classical, folk, and popular music there. While Thai classical and folk music has been studied by ethnomusicologists for decades, Thai pop history has been ignored and neglected by the international musical community for far too long. Combing mountains of vinyl and cassette relics from across the Kingdom, Sublime Frequencies has uncovered countless Thai musical treasures, rich with unique instrumentation, crafty arrangements, twisted breaks, odd production, and brilliant vocals. Bangkok — always the hub of the Thai recording industry — attracted musicians and singers from across the country who were informed by tradition and inspired by the wealth of international sounds entering the region via radio and imported records and tapes, many of which were brought in by Americans and their allied military personnel stationed at bases throughout the country. In this compilation you will hear older Thai styles combining with elements of surf, rock, and funk music as well as romping disco and comedy tunes. These creative sounds formed by hybrids with western instrumentation and genres result in an incredibly dynamic music that remains distinctively Thai. The artists featured on Thai Pop Spectacular range from modest players of their time to major stars. The collection includes one of the earliest tracks from Pumpuang Duangjan (dubbed “the queen of luk thung”), who brought that style into popular music to stay. Also featured is the “shadow music” string sounds of Johnny Guitar, legendary comedian Sangthong Seesai, two classic tracks from Thai films, blazing examples of Bangkok disco from the 1970s, and the most outrageous version of “The Night Chicago Died” you’ll ever encounter. Thick horn sections, wah-wah guitars, tight drums, and funky organs round out this superb collection, which proves beyond a doubt that the Thai were a completely unique and powerful force during the global popular music explosion of the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s. Gorgeous double-LP heavy gatefold vinyl release of the long out-of-print CD originally compiled by Alan Bishop and Mark Gergis in 2007. Also includes tracks by Buppah Saichol, Onuma Singsiri, Plearn Promdan, Chailai Chaiyata & Sawanee Patana, Gawao Siangthong, Chai Muang Sing (aka: Man City Lion), Kampee Sangthong, Generation, Phet Potaram, Kabuan Garn Yor Yod Yung Yong, Pairoj, Setha, Duongdao and Chailai, and Chalermpon Malakum.

File Under: Pop, Thai, Asia, RSD
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Various: Lows in the Mid-Sixties Vol 54: Kosmic City (Numbero) LP
In the spirit of AIP’s dodgy regional garage rock series Highs In The Mid Sixties comes Lows In The Mid Sixties Volume 54: Kosmic City Part 2. This set of roughhewn cobblestones was culled from the remnants of Cavern Sound—Independence, Missouri’s subterranean studio of choice— and covers that thin swath of the late sixties when American teens were imitating the Beatles. All of the artists here barely mustered a session of cover tunes, much less a single, taking this compilation beyond Nuggets; These songs are gold flecks in the rustiest of mining pans. All brought to you by team Numbero. Numbero: We dig deeper in graveyards so you don’t have to.

File Under: Garage, RSD
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Heads: Nobody Knows (Rooster) 2LP
1200 Copies on black vinyl – No Download and no repress. In 2014 The Heads reissued their 2000 album ‘Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere; in full remastered / deluxe boxet glory, and to much acclaim. In the boxset, they added a 70 minute Compact Disc of demos, unheard versions etc of material pre -2000 recorded in the rehearsal room on a walkman. For Record Store Day 2015, and to celebrate their rare live performances at Roadburn 2015,  Simon Price has taken the material he edited for the bonus CD, and added more tracks to the pot. With the mastering expertise  / tape polishing skills of Shawn Joseph, Price has created a warts’n’all  document of the time in the heads’ rehearsal space just prior to the making  / construction of the Every Knows album. This double LP is 10 tracks of the Heads in their element, raw and alive in the rehearsal room prior to 2000, tracks being formed, prototype Heads’ riffs in the sonic gloop. Hear this era of the Heads in its speaker blowing, walkman warping glory, a true psychedelic rock morass. Wrapped in a Simon Price sleeve, a gatefold sleeve to boot! naturally! A “fin de seicle” of sorts, ‘Nobody Knows’ is a closing chapter, a sonic glossary to the band’s Everybody Knows’ legacy.

File Under: Psych, RSD

…..Record Store Day Exclusives…..
Alrighty folks, the part you all really care about, the exclusives. These items are all either here, or are due to arrive tomorrow. I gotta say, this year things seemed better than previous years, but in someways, it’s as bad or worse. It is what it is….

!!!: All U Writers (Warp) 12”
101ers: Elgin Avenue Breakdown (Revisited) (Parlophone) 2LP
a-ha: Take On Me (Warner) 7”
A$AP Rocky: LPFJ2 (RCA) 7”
Air: Playground Love (Parlophone) 7”
Alex Chilton: Jesus Christ (Munster) 7”
Amanaz: Africa (Now Again) LP
Amon Tobin: Dark Jovian EP (Ninja Tune) 2×12” [etched vinyl in bespoke rubber wheel]
Anton Newcombe & Tess Parks: Cocaine Cat (A Records) 10”
Antorchas: s/t (Munster) 7”
Bardo Pond: Is There A Heaven EP (Fire) 12”
Billie Holiday: Lady In Satin (Columbia) LP
Black Keys: Meet Me In The City (Fat Possum) 7”
Blue Mountain Eagle: s/t (Rhino) LP
Bob Dylan: The Night We Called It A Day (Columbia) 7”
Bob Dylan & The Band: The Basement Tapes (Mono – 180gm vinyl) (Other People) LP
Bob Moses: All In All (Domino) LP
Bonnie Prince Billy & Broeder Dieleman: Gloria/Drie Vragen (Snowstar) 7”
Brenton Wood: Oogum Boogum (Concord) LP
Bruce Springsteen: Born in the U.S.A. (Columbia) LP
Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (Columbia) LP
Bruce Springsteen: Darkness on the Edge of Town (Columbia) LP
Bruce Springsteen: Greetings From Ashbury Park, N.J. (Columbia) LP
Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska (Columbia) LP
Bruce Springsteen: The River (Columbia) LP
Bruce Springsteen: The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle (Columbia) LP
Built To Spill: Untethered Moon (Warner) LP
Buzzcocks: The Way/Generation Suicide (1-2-3-4 Go!) 7”
Chet Atkins: My Brother Sings (Sundazed) LP
Citizen Dick: Touch Me I’m Dick (Legacy) 7”
Clutch – From Beale Street To Oblivion – LP
Cold War Kids: Five Quick Hits (Downtown) 10”
Country Joe And The Fish: Together (Vanguard) LP
Courtney Barnett: Brand New Song (Mom & Pop) 12”
D’Angelo and The Vanguard: The Charade b/w 1000 Deaths (RCA) 7”
David Bowie: Changes (Parlophone) 7”
David Bowie/Tom Verlaine: Kingdom Come (Rhino) 7”
Death By Stereo: If Looks Could Kill, I’d Watch You Die (Indecision) LP
Death Cab for Cutie/Freedy Johnston: Bad Reputation (Atlantic) 7”
Death From Above 1979: Trainwreck 1979 (Last Gang) 10”
Dils: I Hate The Rich (Superior Viaduct) 7”
Dionne Warwick/The Stranglers: Walk On By (Rhino) 7”
DJ Vadim: Black is the Night (BBE) 7”
Doc Watson / Merle Haggard: Ballads From The Gap (Vanguard) LP
Don Flemons: What Got Over (Fat Possum) 10”
Don Van Vliet And The Magic Band: Rough, Raw, and Amazing (Ozit) LP
Dwarves: Fun to Try (Burger) 7”
Electric Wizard: Time To Die (Spinefarm) LP
Ennio Morricone: Spasmo (Hand Edition) (Dagored) LP
Ennio Morricone: Spasmo (Mouth Edition) (Dagored) LP
Eric Siday: Sounds Of Now (Dual Planet) LP
Father John Misty: I Love You Honeybear (Sub Pop) 7”
Field Music: Drifters (Memphis) LP
Flaming Lips: Bad Days (Warner) 10”
Flaming Lips: This Here Giraffe (Warner) 10”
Flipper: Lover Canal (Superior Viaduct) 7”
Fujiya & Miyagi: Daggers /Little Stabs At Happiness (Yep Roc) 12”
Germs: Forming (Superior Viaduct) 7”
Giant Sand: Valley of Rain (Fire) LP
GO! Team: Ye Ye Yamaha / Til We Do It Together (Memphis) 7”
Goldfrapp: Felt Mountain (Mute) LP
Grizzly Bear: Horn of Plenty (Kanine) LP
Grouplove: Under The Covers (Atlantic) 10”
Guided By Voices: Do The Collapse (TVT) LP
Guided By Voices: Isolation Drills (TVT) LP
Hagerty-Toth Band: Qalgebra (3 Lobed) LP
Half Japanese: Volume 3: 1990-95 (Fire) 3LP
Happy Mondays: Live Brixton Academy (Let Them Eat Vinyl) LP
Happy Mondays: Pills Thrills n’ Bellyaches (Rhino) LP
Hawkwind: Live Seventy Nine (Let Them Eat Vinyl) LP
Hawkwind: Quark Strangeness and Charm (Let Them Eat Vinyl) LP
Hawkwind: s/t (Parlophone) LP
Heads: Nobody Knows (Rooster) LP
Heldon: Live In Paris 1975 (Souffle Continu) LP
Heldon: Live In Paris 1976(Souffle Continu) LP
Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage (Universal) LP
Holger Czukay: 11 Years Innerspace (Gronland) 2×10”
Holger Czukay: Hit/Flop (Gronland) 2×10”
J Dilla: Love ft. Pharoahe Monch (BBE) 7”
Jaco Pastorius: The Warner Bros. Years VBO (Rhino) LP
Jimi Hendrix: Purple Haze b/w Freedom (Legacy) 7”
John Butler Trio: Ocean (Because) LP
John Prine: Sep-78 (Oh Boy) LP
Johnny Cash: Koncert v Praze (Legacy) LP
Jon Hopkins: I Remember (Late Night Tales) 10”
Junior Brown: Better Call Saul (Spacelab 9) 7”
Junior Wells: It’s My Life Baby (Vanguard) LP
Jurassic 5: Quality Control (Get on Down) LP Wood Box Set
Kiasmos: Looped EP (Erased Tapes) LP
Kind Of Like Spitting: Nothing Makes Sense Without It (Run For Cover) LP
Kinks: Kinksize Hits (Sanctuary) 7”
Kinks: Kinksize Session (Sanctuary) 7”
Kinks: You Really Got Me Live (Sanctuary) 7”
Koes Barat: s/t (Sub Pop) LP
Larry Young: In Paris (Resonance) 10”
Lee Scratch Perry: Back On The Controls (Upsetter) 5×7
Leila Gobi: Leila (Clermont) LP
Lord Sitar: Lord Sitar (Parlophone) LP
Lydia Loveless: I Would Die 4 U (Bloodshot) 7”
Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible 20th Anniversary LP
Marc Moulin: Placebo Years (Music on Vinyl) LP
Master Musicians Of Joujouka: Into The Ahl Srif (Ergot) LP
Mastodon: Atlanta (Atlantic) 12”
McLusky: McLuskyism (Too Pure) LP
Metallica: No Life Till Leather (Blackened) Cassette
Miles Davis: Prestige Volume 2 (Legacy) 10” Box
Mission Of Burma: Signals, Calls and Academy Marches (Fire) LP+7”
Mystery Artists: Mystery (Rhino) 7”
N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton (Universal) Tape
Of Montreal: Snare Lustrous Doomings – LP (yellow & orange vinyl, ltd to 3000)
OFF!: Live From The BBC (Vice) 10”
Okkervil River: Sleep And Wake Up Songs (Jagjaguwar) 12”
Oneohtrix Point Never: Commissions II (Warp) LP
Otis Redding: Otis Blue (Rhino) 2LP+7”
Pagans: Pirate’s Cove 9/24/79 (Thermionic) LP
Phish: New Year’s Eve 1995 Madison Square Garden (Jemp) 6LP Box
Pizza Underground: PU Demo (Jett) 7”
Pop Group: Versions Galore EP (Freaks R Us) LP
Power Glove: EP1 (Invada) 12”
Pullman: Turnstyles & Junkpiles (Thrill Jockey) LP
Pullman: Viewfinder (Thrill Jockey) LP
Pulp: Dogs Are Everywhere (Fire) 12”
Pulp: They Suffocate At Night (Fire) 12”
Rainbow Ffolly: Sallies Fforth (Mono) (Parlophone) LP
Red House Painters: Collection (4AD) 6LP Box
Residents: Satisfactions (Superior Viaduct) 7”
Reverend Horton Heat: It’s A Rave-Up b/w Beer, Write This Song (Victory) 7”
Ride: OX4 (Rhino) LP
RPM Turntable Baseball: Two Games, One Record – 7”
Run The Jewels: Record Store Day Release (Fool’s Gold) 12”
Ryan Adams: Come Pick Me Up When (Universal) 7”
Shugo Tokumaru: L.S.T (Polyvinyl) LP
Shugo Tokumaru: Night Piece (Polyvinyl) LP
Sic Kids: Rhythm Girl (Munster) 7”
Siouxsie & The Banshees: Join Hands (Universal) LP
Sleaford Mods: Tiswas (Invada) 12”
Sloan: Alternates (Yep Roc) 12”
Sly & The Family Stone: Live at the Fillmore East (Legacy) LP
Soundtrack: 30 Days of Night (Invada) LP
Soundtrack: Big Bad Wolves (Death Waltz) LP
Soundtrack: Brian May – Patrick (XOZMIQ) LP
Soundtrack: Brian May – The Day After Halloween (XOZMIQ) LP
Soundtrack: Brian May – Thirst (XOZMIQ) LP
Soundtrack: Cristobal Tapia De Veer – Utopia 2 (Silva Screen) LP
Soundtrack: Darjeeling Limited (Abkco) LP
Soundtrack: Frank (Silva Screen) LP
Soundtrack: Hedwig And The Angry Inch (Atlantic) LP
Soundtrack: Serial (Manque) LP
Soundtrack: The Wonderland Philharmonic – Shogun Assassin (Cinewax) LP
Soundtrack: Star Wars Rebels Theme (Walt Disney) 7”
Spaceape: Ghost Town (Hyperdub) 7”
Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto: Selections From Getz/Gilberto (Resonance) 10”
Steve Earle & The Dukes: Terraplane Blues (New West) 10”
Steve Reich: Music For 18 Musicians (Nonesuch) LP
Stooges: Live at Ungano’s (Rhino) LP
Sun Ra: Calling Planet Earth (ORG) LP
Supergrass: Sofa (Of My Lethagy) (Parlophone) 7”
Surfer Blood: Astro Coast (Kanine) LP
Swans: EP (Young God) 12”
Syd Barrett/R.E.M: Dark Globe (Rhino) 7”
Tegan & Sarah: Live At Zia Records (Warner) 12”
Temples: Mesmerise Live EP (Fat Possum) 12”
The Decemberists: Picaresque (KRS) LP
The Doors: Strange Days (Mono) (Elektra) LP
The Dresden Dolls: Yes Virginia & No Virgina (Atlantic) 3LP
The Gods: Genesis (Mono) (Parlophone) LP
The Replacements: Alex Chilton (Rhino) 10”
The Saints: Eternally Yours (Parlophone) LP
The Waterboys: Puck’s Blues (Sony) 10”
Thelonious Monk: London Collection Volume 2 (ORG) LP
Tomorrow: Tomorrow (Mono) (Parlophone) LP
Tough Age: Plays Cub’s Hot Dog Day (Mint) 7”
Trey Anastastio Band: Bounce/Never (ATO) 7”
U2: Songs Of Innocence (Sony) 2LP
Val Stephen: Abstractum: The Electronic Music Of Val Stephen (Dual Planet) LP
Vampire Weekend: Step (XL) 12”
Various: Continuum (Young Turks) 7”
Various: Creation Artifact Box (Creation) 10×7” Box
Various: Guitar Safari (University of Vice) LP
Various: Lows In The Mid Sixties Volume 54: Kosmic City Part 2 (Numero) LP
Various: Next Life (Hyperdub) 3LP
Various: Ork Complete Singles (Numero) 16×7”
Various: Party After Hours (Jazzman) 10”
Various: R&B Hipshakers Vol. 3 (Vampi) LP
Various: The Rough Guide To African Rare Groove (Vol. 1) (Rough Guide) LP
Various: The Rough Guide To Bollywood Disco (Rough Guide) LP
Various: The Rough Guide To Latin Rare Groove (Vol. 2) (Rough Guide) LP
Various: The Rough Guide To Psychedelic Cambodia (Rough Guide) LP
Various: The Rough Guide To Psychedelic India (Rough Guide) LP
Various: The Rough Guide To Psychedelic Salsa (Rough Guide) LP
Various: Soho Scene ’62 – Jazz Goes Mod: LP (Rough Guide) LP
Various: Sun Records Vol. 2 Curated By RSD (ORG) LP
Various: Texas Soul ’64 (History of Soul) LP
Various: Thai Pop Spectacular (Sublime Frequencies) LP
Various: The Walking Dead: Original Soundtrack Vol.2 (Spacelab 9) LP
Various: The Wrestling Album/ Piledriver (Sony) LP
Various: Truth & Soul 2015 Forecast (Truth & Soul) 10”
Various: Whatever Nevermind (Robotic Empire) LP+7
Various: Down Beat Special (Studio One) 7” Box Set
Various: Polyvinyl 4-Track Single Series, Vol.1 (Polyvinyl) LP
Various: Rude Boy Rumble (Trojan) LP
Various: When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926-1936 (Tompkins Square) 3LP
Venetian Snares: 2370894 (Planet Mu) LP
Venetian Snares: Winter in the Belly of a Snake (Planet Mu) LP
Venetian Snares: Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding (Planet Mu) LP
Venetian Snares: Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett (Planet Mu) LP
Venetian Snares: Making Orange Things (Planet Mu) LP
White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan – RSD Edition with Lenticular Cover (Third Man) LP
William Tyler: Deseret Canyon (Merge) LP
William Onyeabor: Atomic Bomb Remix (Luaka Bop) 12”
Willie Nelson: Teatro (Light in the Attic) LP
Wu Tang Clan: Protect Ya Neck (Get on Down) 12”
X: Adult Books (Superior Viaduct) 7”
Xiu Xiu: Fabulous Muscles (Polyvinyl) LP
Young The Giant: Mirrorball (Fueled By Ramen) 10”

These guys are the outliers. These rogue records likely won’t be here on Saturday, but WHO KNOWS! Some are definitely delayed while others we may just have gotten stiffed on. Only time will tell.

Arto Lindsay: Encylcopedia of Arto (Northern Spy) LP
Black Star (Mos Def/Talib Kweli): Fix Up/You Already Knew (Javotti) 7”
Black Tamborine: No Action (Easy Action) 7”
Bob Dylan & The Band: The Basement Tapes (Mono – 130gm vinyl) (Other People) LP
Charlie Feathers: Charlie Feathers (Sundazed) 10”
Charlie Musselwhite: Stand Back (Vanguard) LP
Charlie Parker: Charlie Parker Story (Savoy) LP
Cloud Nothings: – Here And Nowhere Else Remixed (Northern Spy) LP
Coachwhips: Bangers Vs. Fuckers (Castle Face) LP DELAYED
Curtis Fuller Quintet: Blues Ette (Savoy) LP DELAYED
Cypress Hill: The Funky Feel One/How I Can Just Kill A Man (Get on Down) 12”
Dead Milkmen: Beelzebubba (Asbestos) LP
Deep Purple: Black Night / Speed King (Parlophone) 7”
Deep Purple: Book of Taliesyn (Mono) (Parlophone) LP
Don Cherry & Latif Khan: Music / Sangam (Heavenly Sweetness) LP
Flaming Lips: Brainville (Warner) 10”
Foo Fighters: Songs From The Laundry Room 10
Frank Zappa: 200 Motels – 7” DELAYED
Heartbreakers, The: Live At Max’s Kansas City Vol 1 & 2 (Jungle) LP
Hollerado: 111 Songs (Royal Mountain) 7” DELAYED
Iggy Pop: Shot Myself Up (Easy Action) LP+7”
Mark Kozelek: What’s Next To The Moon (Badman) LP
Mark Mothersbaugh – Lego Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Spacelab 9) LP
Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Question The Answers (Asbestos) LP
Mike Watt: Shit On Me (ORG) 7”
Mumford & Sons: The Wolf Believe (Glassnote) 7”
Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti) LP DELAYED
Placebo: Placebo (Universal) LP DELAYED
Pulp: Freaks (Fire) LP
Pulp: It (Fire) LP
Pulp: Little Girls With Blue Eyes (Fire) 12”
Pulp: Separations (Fire) LP
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Little Boys With Shiny Toys (Daptone) 7”
Sun Ra: Planets Of Live And Death (Strut) LP
TV On The Radio: Trouble Double (Universal) LP DELAYED
Wibbley Brothers: Go Weird (Trubshaw) LP

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…..news letter #669 – xmas knives…..

Happy holidays to everyone! Hopefully you are all ready for xmas, and if not, we’ve been stocking up all week to make sure that we’ve got everything you could possibly need. Lots of stuff is trickling in these days, but no time to list all that. Anyway, we are open all weekend, then next week a whack of wonky days…

Wednesday Dec 24 11 – 4
Thursday Dec 25 closed
Friday Dec 26 11 – 5
Wednesday Dec 31 11 – 4
Thursday Jan 1 closed

More importantly, on boxing day, we will obviously be having a big sale! 20% off pretty much everything all day! So if you didn’t get everything you wanted for xmas, come get if for cheap! Hell, even if you did get everything you wanted, come buy some more stuff!

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…..news letter #666 – yikes…..

We might not be American, but that’s not gonna stop us from getting our hands on a whack of all the special Black Friday RSD items coming out. But more importantly, come help celebrate or 13 years of slinging all the best wax in town! It’s hard to believe that I get to do this every day, and that is entirely thanks to you, our fine customers. So to thank you for allowing us to run this little slice of heaven we’re having a sale all weekend for you! Stop in and take advantage of sale pricing. Finish up your Xmas shopping. Start your Xmas shopping. Xmas shop for yourself. Send your loved ones to Xmas shop for you…

…..pick of the week…..


To thank you all for another year of support we are giving you 20% off all new and used records and CDs all weekend long! Starting at 10am Friday until 5pm Sunday!

*Sale excludes Record Store Day exclusives, special orders and holds, local releases, and consignment items. Gear is 10% off.

…..black friday exclusives…..

Aaliyah: Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number LP
Afghan Whigs: Gentlemen at 21 3LP
Afrika Bambaattaa: Planet Rock 12″
Beatles: Long Tall Sally 7″
David Bowie: Sue 10″
Miles Davis: Blue Xmas 7″
Miles Davis: The Prestige 10″ box set
Miles Davis: Enigma 10″
Dead Milkmen: Big Lizard in my Backyard LP
Death Grips: Government Plates LP
Decemberists:Black Friday 7″
Tom Dissevelt: Fantasy LP
Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan: Song of the Second Moon LP
Doors/Peter LaFarge: Honor the Treaties LP
First Aid Kit: America 10″
Flaming Lips: Imagene Peise–Atlas Eets Christmas LP
Grateful Dead: 11/18/72 Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston TX LP
Green Day: Tune In, Tokyo LP
Lee Hazlewood: There’s A Dream I’ve Been Saving Box Set 8 LP
Jimi Hendrix: Hear my Music LP
Husker Du: Warehouse: Songs and Stories 2LP
Iron Butterfly: Heavy LP
JB’s: These Are The JBs LP
Kinks: Muswell Hillbillies 2LP
Jenny Lewis: PAX-AM Sessions 7″
Lizzy Mercier Descloux: Fire/Morning Light 7″
J.Mascis: Fade Into You/Outside 7″
Mastodon: The Motherload 12″
Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy: S/T LP
Metronomes: Time Keeping 1979-1985 LP
Mother Love Bone: Hold Your Head 7″
New Order: 1981-1982 LP
OST: Looking For Johnny: The Legend of Johnny Thunders 2LP
OST: Game of Thrones Soundtrack LP
OST: American Hustle Soundtrack LP
OST: Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1 CS/LP
OST: The Big Lebowski Soundtrack LP
OST: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly LP
Outkast: Player’s Ball 10″
Ramones: Morrissey Curates the Ramones LP
Rockabye Baby!: Lullaby Renditions of Jay-Z LP
Run DMC: Christmas In Hollis 7″
South Park: James Cameron/My Bitch Ain’t No Hobbit 7″
Spot: Sounds of Two Eyes Opening Book
St. Vincent: Pieta 10″
They Might Be Giants: Flood LP
Johnny Thunders: Real Times 10″
Velvet Underground: Live MXMXCIII LP
Wu Tang Clan: C.R.E.A.M. 10″
Neil Young: Official Release Series Discs 5-8 Box Set 4LP

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