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…..news letter #925 – return…..

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

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

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…..pick of the week…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

File Under: World, Funk, Afro, Brazil

…..Restocks…..

Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Just Sit and Think (Mom + Pop) LP
Boy Harsher: Country Girl (Nude) LP
Kenny Burrell: Introducing (Blue Note) LP
Don Cherry: Brown Rice (A&M) LP
J Dilla: Donuts (Stones Throw) LP
Nils Frahm: Felt (Erased Tapes) LP
Ernest Hood: Neighborhoods (Freedom to Spend) LP
Idles: Joy as an Act of Resistance (Paritsan) LP
Nick Ingman: Big Beat (Modern Harmonic) LP
Jaylib: Champion Sound (Stones Throw) LP
King Geedorah: Take Me to Your Leader (Big Dada) LP
Kiss: Alive (Universal) LP
Kiss: Love Gun (Universal) LP
Kiss: s/t (Universal) LP
JD McPherson: Socks (New West) LP
Charlie Megira: Tomorrow’s Gone (Numero) LP
Messthetics: Anthropocosmic Nest (Dischord) LP
Tom Rogerson/Brian Eno: Finding Shore (Dead Oceans) LP
Syrinx: Tumblers from the Vault (ReRVNG) LP
Gabor Szabo: Sorcerer (Impulse) LP
Tragically Hip: In Violet Light (Universal) LP
Tragically Hip: Up to Here (Universal) LP
Scott Walker: Scott 4 (Universal) LP

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…..news letter #894 – RSD!…..

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 as well as gear and other accessories.

AND we’ve got some sweet new swag we’ll be selling starting tomorrow, a new batch of t-shirts & hoodies as well as some awesome limited heavy canvas totes!

AND if that isn’t enough we’ve got some other swag we’ll be giving away until it’s gone.

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

AND IF THAT ISN’T ENOUGH WE’RE GIVING AWAY A BUNCH OF AMAZING PRIZE PACKS FROM SOME OF OUR FAVORITE LOCAL SHOPS JUST FOR SHOPPING HERE ON SATURDAY! 

Prizes from:

Arturo Denim
Barber Ha
Daptone Records
Local 124 Skateshop
Sherbrook Liquor
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.

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JBH080LP_CUBasil Kirchin: Worlds Within Worlds (Trunk) LP
This is in all seriousness, the biggest, bestest RSD release ever… maybe just reissue to come out ever! Major holy grail here for me. Needless to say I freaked out when I saw it on the list, HOWEVER, this record is not for everyone, it’s a pretty wild ride. But, if you like a little adventure in your listening, then maybe you should give it a whirl…. Worlds Within Worlds: Part I And II is one of the most important experimental and improvised jazz-based recordings of all time. Released in 1971 it sold just a handful of copies, but has become a keystone in the development of ambient sounds; originals now fetch £1000+. This is the first time this exceptional, unique, and highly desirable record has been repressed. Originally conceived whilst walking round the docklands in Hull, Basil Kirchin felt that the futuristic music he had often imagined could actually be made. Only in 1969 and with the help of an arts grant could he afford the vital equipment he needed: a Nagra tape machine and Sennheiser directional microphone. Armed with these tools he set about recording landscapes, people, places, machines, animals, birds, bees, the zoo, and the autistic children from Schurmatt in Switzerland. He then took these recordings, edited them and then began the process of slowing them down to reveal the “little boulders of sound” hidden deep within the recordings. Kirchin built up layers of noise, symphonies of slowness, and then encouraged his jazz associates including Derek Bailey and Evan Parker to improvise along. The result was WWW, and nothing quite like it had been made or heard before. Today it offers listeners a mesmerizing sonic experience that remains years ahead of its time. This first ever repress features a new gatefold sleeve (Kirchin hated the original sleeve), with images of Kirchin, his original field recording tapes, and notes by WWW fan Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth). Edition of 1500 with 300 on gold vinyl; the LPs will be mixed randomly — there will be no way of telling which color is which as all LPs will be sealed. Personnel: Basil Kirchin, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Claire Deniz, Graham Lyons, Daryl Runswick, Frank Ricotti. The perfect RSD release.

File Under: Jazz, Avant Garde, Experimental

Sun-O-LifeMetalSunn o))): Life Metal (Southern Lord) LP
Sunn O))) is pleased to collaborate with Record Store Day to release Life Metal for the first time on vinyl on April 13th via USA/UK/EU indie retail. Life Metal, their first studio album in four years, will be supported by SUNN O)))‘s first US tour since 2017 and the premier US tour of their 2019-2020 season, including stops at The Masonic Lodge in Detroit, Howard Theatre in Washington, DC, Agora Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio, Rockefeller Chapel in Chicago, Illinois (by demand second show added), The Caves in Pelham, Tennessee, and Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, New York. Dates and details can be found below, with more info to come soon. SUNN O))) has also revealed two very special listening events in London and Paris in the lead up to the release. These are free, open to the public and available on a first come, first serve RSVP basis. “With great pleasure we present a few special public deep-listening sessions of our forthcoming album Life Metal. Our wish and intention are to offer the astounding presence, detail and color of this recording on great PA systems in a public situation as an introduction. Part of the joy of producing and mastering this album in the studio was that we were fortunate to be able to listen on the perfect high-fidelity playback situations for the record, top precise studio sound guided by the best ears in the business. With these public listening sessions, we hope to get a step closer to that experience of being inside the studio for you all at these special events, a few weeks before the album is unleashed upon the world.” – Stephen O’Malley & Greg Anderson / SUNN O)))

File Under: Metal, Ambient, Drone, Doom

R-12161965-1529764265-2747.jpegCaptain Beefheart: Trout Mask Replica (Third Man) LP
A stone cold weirdo classic that for some INSANE reason hasn’t been properly reissued until now, and as this write up says, until you’ve seen this reissue, you might as well have seen a childen’s drawing of the cover, this restoration is absolutely incredible. Trout Mask Replica is a touchstone in the history of recorded music. The mix of dada absurdist blues and previously unexplored experimental avenues has long been praised as one of the greatest albums of all time. As so eloquently put by John Peel, “If there has been anything in the history of popular music which could be described as a work of art in a way that people who are involved in other areas of art would understand, then Trout Mask Replica is probably that work.” In full partnership with the Zappa Family Trust and to celebrate the relaunch of the seminal Bizarre label imprint, Third Man Records is proud to announce Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band’s Trout Mask Replica. Out of print on vinyl for nearly ten years, this remaster was helmed by industry legend Bob Ludwig and cut by the estimable Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Utilizing crystalline-quality safety masters kept in the Zappa family vault for decades by the trustworthy Joe Travers, the audio here is positively glorious. Every last skronk breathes full life into the room. Every twisted guitar figure uncurls onto paths previously unpaved. Every last bark and howl shines resolute through the vast emptiness of your mind. Previous countless Trout Mask Replica repressings used scans of scans of scans of the cover image, but the original Cal Schenkel cover photo has been tracked down and reproduced here at its clearest — its resolution from the original release in 1969. If you’ve only ever seen a jpg online or fuzzy, smeared-looking CD issues from the 90’s, be prepared to be wowed by the fully engaging spectrum this iconic image casts. This 2xLP is pressed on heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl for that full-on frenetic feeling.

File Under: Rock, Blues, Outsider

…..Record Store Exclusives…. 
Acid Mothers Temple: Does the Cosmic Shepherd Dream of Electric Tapirs? (Space Age) LP
Air: Surfing on a Rocket (Parlophone) LP
Anderson.Paak: Bubblin (Aftermath) 7″
Louis Armstrong: Disney Songs the Satchmo Way (Disney) LP
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: The Spiritual (ORG) LP
Bad Religion: My Sanity (Epitaph) 7″
Badalamenti & Lynch: Twin Peaks Season Two Music & More (Rhino) LP
Julian Baker: Red Door (Matador) 7″
Batmobile: The 1987 Demo (Music on Vinyl) 7″
Courtney Barnett: Everybody Here Hates You (Mom + Pop) 12”
Greg Belson: Divine Disco Volume Two: Obscure Gospel Disco (Cultures of Soul) LP
*Bingo Hand Job (aka REM): Live at the Borderline 1991 (Craft) LP
Frank Black: Teenager of the Year (4AD) LP
Frank Black: s/t (4AD) LP
Tommy Bolin: Come Taste the Man (Friday Music) LP
Bone Thugs n Harmony: E. 1999 Eternal (Ruthless) LP
David Bowie: Pinups (Parlophone) LP
*Broken Social Scene: Let’s Try the After Vol 1 & 2 (Arts & Craft) LP
Brother Theodore: Fate Conspires With Destiny To Do Me Dirt (1959-1972) (Iron Mountain) LP + 7”
James Brown: Sho Is Funky Down Here (Now Again) LP
*Buari: s/t (Nature Sounds) LP
Jeff Buckley: In Transition (Legacy) LP
Buffalo Tom: s/t (Nettwork) LP
John Cage Meets Sun Ra (Modern Harmonic) 7”+DVD
Captain Beefheart: Trout Mask Replica (Third Man) LP
Eric Clapton: One More Car, One More Rider (Reprise) LP
*Courteeners: Falcon (Polydor) LP
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: 4 Way Street (Rhino) LP
Crosley 3″ Record Player w/ Foo Fighters 3″ Record
Czarface: Double Dose of Danger (Silver Age) LP
*Death Grips: Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix) (Harvest) LP
Devo: This is the Devo Box (Rhino) BOX
*Diabolic & Vanderslice: Collusion (Colemine) LP
Bo Diddley: Rough Guide To (Rough Guides) LP
Dillinger: CB 200 (Get on Down) LP
Doors: London Fog (Rhino) 10″
Dragonfly: s/t (Sunbeam) LP
Dr. Dog: Live 2 (Thirty Tigers) LP
Dr. Dre: Nothin But A G Thang (Death Row) LP
Duran Duran: As The Lights Go Down (Parlophone) LP
Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks: Original New York Test Pressing (Columbia) LP
Steve Earle: El Coyote (New West) 7”
Emerson: If You Need Me, Call Me (Kalita) LP
Ethik: Music for Stock Exchange (Kompakt) LP
*Bill Evans: Evans in England (Resonance) LP
The Fall: Imperial Wax Solvent (Cherry Red) LP
Flaming Lips: King’s Mouth (Warner) LP
Fleetwood  Mac: s/t Alternate (Reprise) LP
Josephine Foster: Hazel Eyes I Will Lead You (Fire) LP
Aretha Franklin: Atlantic Singles (Rhino) 7″ Box
Ben Gibbard: Me & Magdalena (Barsuk) 7”
Good Old Boys: Drink Up & Go Home  (Rock Beat) LP
Gorillaz: The Fall (Warner) LP
Grateful Dead: Sage & Spirit (Rhino) LP
Grateful Dead: Warfield, San Francisco, CA 10/9/80 (Rhino) LP
Green Day: Woodstock 1994 (Reprise) LP
Green Jelly: Cereal Killer Soundtrack (Say 10) LP
*Green River: Live at the Tropicana (Jackpot) LP
*Greta Van Fleet: From the Fires (Universal) LP
Griot Galaxy: Kins (Third Man) LP
Half Japanese: Charmed Life (Fire) LP
Emmylou Harris: Studio Albums 1980-1983 (Nonesuch) BOX
Fuzzy Haskins: A Whole Nother Thang (Tidal Wave Music) LP
Kevin Hearn: Superhero Suite (Celery) LP
Heptones: Swing Low (Burning Sounds) LP
High on Fire: Bat Salad (Reprise) LP
Peter Howell & John Ferdinando: Ithaca, Agincourt & Other Psych-folk Fairy Tale (Munster) LP
Alex Zhang Hungtai (aka Dirty Beaches): August at Akiko’s OST (Factory 25) LP
Idles: Meat EP/Meta (Balley) 12”
Insides: Euphoria (Beacon Sound) LP
Janis Joplin: Woodstock Sunday Aug 17, 1969 (Legacy) LP
Basil Kirchin: Worlds Within Worlds (Trunk) LP
Little Walter: Best Of (Sundazed) LP
Madonna: La Isla Bonita (Super Mix) (Sire) LP
Madonna: True Blue (Super Mix) (Sire) LP
Franco Mannino e Sergio Montori: Identikit OST (Ariete) LP
Mark Lanegan Band – Stitch It Up (Heavenly) 7″
*Mark Maron: WTF: Live From the Garage (RSD) LP
Wynton Marsalis: Bolden OST (Sony) LP
Mastodon: Stairway to Nick John (Reprise) 10″
Metavari: ABSURDA – Music Reimagined in the Short Films of David Lynch (One Way Static) LP
Minus 5: Stroke Manor (Yep Rock) LP
Mission of Burma: Peking Spring (Taang) LP
Modest Mouse: Poison the Well 7″
*Wes Montgomery: Back on Indiana Ave (Resonance) LP
Moon Express: Prophetic Spirit (Modern Harmonic) LP
Ennio Morricone: La stagione dei sensi OST (Ariete) LP
Van Morrison: Astral Weeks Alternative (Warner) LP
Rudy Ray Moore: Return of Dolemite (Dolemite) LP
My Chemical Romance: Black Parade is Dead (Reprise) LP
Night Beats: Play Boom (Heavenly) LP
Nocturnal Emissions: Songs of Love & Revolution (Mannequin) LP
Ol’ Dirty Bastard: Intoxicated EP (EOne) LP
Riz Ortolani: Africa Addio OST (Ariete) LP
OST: Black Mirror: Uss Callister (Fire) LP
*OST: Knight Rider (Varese Sarabande) LP
OST: Lost in Translation (Rhino) LP
OST: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (SilvaScreen) LP
OST: Spider Man: Into The Spider-Verse (Republic) LP
*OST: Star Trek (Varese Sarabande) LP
OST: House of Wax (Warner) LP
OST: South Park Bigger, Longer, Uncut (Atlantic) BOX
OST: The Crow (Atlantic) LP
OST: Howard Stern Private Parts (Warner) LP
*Pearl Jam: Live at Easy Street (Monkeywrench) LP
Pelican: Midnight (Southern Lord) 7″
Lee Scratch Perry: Roots Reggae Dub: Special Edition (Megawatts) LP
Lee Scratch Perry: Back to the Ark (Upsetter) Box
Pink Floyd: A Saucerful of Secrets (Pink Floyd) LP
Robert Plant: Fate of Nations (Esparanza) LP
Pooh Sticks: Great White Wonder (Glass Modern) LP
Power of Zeus: The Gospel According to Zeus (Mr. Bongo) LP
Prefab Sprout: Steve McQueen (acoustic) (Sony) LP
Prince: His Majest’s Pop Life/ The Purple Club Mix (NPG) LP
Prince: The Versace Experience (Legacy) Tape
Prolapse: Backsaturday (Glass Modern) LP
Bernard Purdie: Soul is … Pretty Purdie (Tidal Wave Music) LP
Ziad Rahbani: Abu Ali (Wewantsound) LP
Ramones: Live at the Palladium, New York, NY 12/31/79 (Rhino) LP
Otis Redding w/ Booker T & The MGs: Just Do It (Sony) LP
Lou Reed: Ecstacy (Reprise) LP
Residents: B.S. LP (Cryptic Corporation) LP
Max Richter: La Prima Linea (SilvaScreen) LP
Robyn: Body Talk (Interscope) LP
Pete Rock: Return of the SP1200 (Tru Thoughts) LP
*Pete Rock: Don’t Smoke Rock (BBG) LP
*Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Weezer (Rockabye) LP
*Rolling Stones: Big Hits (ABKCO) LP
*Rolling Stones: Through the Past Darkly (ABKCO) LP
Sol Seppy: The Bells of 1 2 (Gronland) LP
Nina Simone: Rough Guide (Rough Guide) LP
Skatalites: Greetings from Skamania (Jump Up) LP
Sly & the Family Stone: Woodstock Sunday Aug 17, 1969 (Legacy) LP
Soccer Mommy: For Young Heats (Fat Possom) LP
Social Distortion: Poshboy’s Little Monster (Radiation) LP
Alexander Skip Spence: AndOarAgain (Sundazed) LP
Streets: Remixes & B Sides Too (Warner) LP
Sublime: Nugs: Best of the Box (Universal) LP
*Suicide: Dream Baby Dream (BMG) 12″
Moses Sumney: Black in Deep Red (Jagjaguwar) LP
Sunn o))): Life Metal (Southern Lord) LP
The Sylvers: s/t (Mr. Bongo) LP
Tangerine Dream: Poland: The Warsaw Concert (Esoteric) LP
Serj Tankian: Harikiri (Music on Vinyl) LP
Cecil Taylor: The Great Paris Concert (ORG) LP
Teenage Head: s/t LP
Television Personalities: Some Kind of Happening (Fire) LP
Television Personalities: Some Kind of Trip (Fire) LP
*Ten in the Swear Jar (Xiu Xiu): Fort Awesome (Graveface) LP
Thrice: Deeper Wells (Epitaph) LP
Thrush Hermit: Clayton Park (New Scotland) LP
Jeff Tweedy: Warmer (dBpm) LP
Vitamin String Quartet: VSQ Performs Bjork (Vitamin) LP
Albert Washington: Sad And Lonely (Tidal Wave Music) LP
Weezer: Teal Album (Atlantic) LP
Wipers: Alien Boy (Jackpot) 7″
Yes: s/t (Atlantic) LP
Frank Zappa: The Guitar World According to.. (Universal) LP
*Various: Blood on Black Wax BOOK
Various: Boombox45 (Soul Jazz) 45 Box
*Various: Boy Meets Girl: Classic Stax Duets (Craft) LP
Various: Brazil Classic 30th Anniversary Box Set (Luaka Bop) BOX
Various: Hillbillies In Hell: Volume 8 (Iron Mountain) LP
Various: Cold War Countdown: Country Music Goes To War (1952-1972) (Iron Mountain) LP
Various: Folk & Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol 2 (Sublime Frequencies) LP
Various: Mighty Instrumentals R&B Style 1964 (R&B) LP
Various: New York Soul 1968 (History of Soul) LP
Various: New Orleans 1968 (History of Soul) LP
*Various: Poppies: Assorted Finery from the Psychedelic Age (Craft) LP
*Various: Stax Does the Beatles (Craft) LP
Various: Studio One Showcase (Soul Jazz) 45 Box
Various: Sugar Hill Records: The DJ 12″ Boxset (Rhino) BOX
Various: Soho Scene ’59 (History Of RnB) LP
Various: Soul Slabs Vol 2 (Colemine) 3LP
Various: Sun Records Vol 6 (Sun) LP
Various: Texas Soul ’68 (History of RnB) LP
Various: Where the Action is! Los Angeles Nuggets (Rhino) LP
Various: Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack (Cotillion) LP

*showing up tomorrow (friday)

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