Hitting the Racks
Here's your weekly rundown of the new releases hitting the racks at Grimey's: Friday, June 15th, 2018
Melody's Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage CD/LP (Fat Possum)
Made up of seven expansive tracks, Melody's Echo Chamber's second album marries Melody Prochet's breathless soprano to the wildest sonic excursions, always pinned to an emphatic, clattering groove as she delivers her fables of spiritual search and emotional healing in multiple tongues (French, English and Swedish). Bon Voyage is a collaborative record between Prochet and Dungen's Reine Fiske and The Amazing's Fredrik Swahn with Melody sculpting and producing the sessions as well as encouraging the players around her to experiment, often with instruments that might be less familiar to them. It also features special guests Gustav Esjtes and Johan Holmegaard (both from Dungen) and Nicholas Allbrook (Pond). The album arrives more than five years after Melody's Echo Chamber's debut, and it is the soundtrack to a trip back from the brink, the sound of spiritual renewal, and a pilgrimage to the sonic outer limits.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
It's rare that a band's debut album sounds as confident and self-assured as Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever's Hope Downs. To say that the first full-length from the Melbourne quintet improves on their buzz-building EPs from the last few years would be an understatement: the promise those early releases hinted at is fully realized here, with ten songs of urgent, passionate guitar pop that elicit warm memories of bands past, from the Go-Betweens' jangle to the charmingly lo-fi trappings of New Zealand's Flying Nun label. But don't mistake Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever for nostalgists: Hope Downs is the sound of a band finding its own collective voice. The album is as much about the people that populate the world around us - their stories, perspectives, and hopes in the face of disillusionment - as it is about the state of things at large. It's a record that focuses on finding the bright spots at a time when cynicism all too often feels like the natural state. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are here to remind us to keep our feet on the ground - and Hope Downs is as delicious a taste of terra firma as you're going to get from a rock band right now.
Arthur Buck - Arthur Buck CD/LP+MP3 (New West)
Sometimes the catalyst for creating great art is simply being in the right place at the right time. For Arthur Buck, the new collaboration between singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and guitarist Peter Buck, that place was Mexico, and that time was the fall of 2017. Specifically, a little town off the Baja coast named Todos Santos, with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the east and the bright blue Pacific stretching out infinitely to the west. It is here that Buck has, for the last several years, held the Todos Santos Music Festival, which he created with his wife in 2012, shortly after R.E.M. called it a day. Among the many artists who have played the festival is Arthur, who also happened to leave behind a guitar - a Dobro, specifically - after his last appearance there. And so last year he made the trek down to Todos Santos to pick up the instrument. Which is where he ran into Buck. That was the beginning of Arthur Buck. The creative result of this relationship is a vibrant 11-song collection that captures the spontaneity at the heart of the project - right down to the 1-2-3-4 count off from Buck that opens the record - with sounds and styles meshed together in an easy, almost playful manner.
Johnny Marr - Call The Comet CD (New Voodoo)
Recorded with his band in Manchester at Johnny Marr's Crazy Face studios, Call The Comet is the third solo record from the Smiths guitarist and follows 2013's critically acclaimed The Messenger and 2014's Playland. "Call The Comet is set in the not-too-distant future" says Marr, "and is mostly concerned with the idea of an alternative society. It's my own magic realism." [Vinyl edition due July 6.]
Protomartyr - Consolation CDEP/12"+MP3 (Domino)
An EP of brand new material recorded in collaboration with Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Mike Montgomery (R. Ring, Ampline), Consolation's four songs capture the breadth of mood and stylistic variety of a full-length Protomartyr album: from the short sharp shock of the opener "Wait", through the mutant pop of "Same Face In A Different Mirror", the epic "Wheel of Fortune", to the beautiful closer "You Always Win". [Limited yellow colored vinyl pressing.]
MOURN - Sorpresa Familia CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
Catalonian quartet MOURN stormed onto the scene with their 2014 self-titled debut - a work of angular indie rock and pointed lyricism delivered with confidence well beyond their teenage years. Chock full of tension and pent up frustration, their new third album, Sorpresa Familia, feels tonally right at home within MOURN's catalog. But it also feels distinctly separate - more refined, more intentional. Railing against greedy businesses, exploitation, fake friends, dishonest figures of authority, and ever complicated global politics, it's an album of decidedly higher stakes than their past outputs, delivered with the newfound poetic grace of a band rising up out of the ashes of those who stood in their way.
Chromeo - Head Over Heels CD/Cassette (Atlantic)
Chromeo is an electro-funk duo from Montreal, Quebec. Formed in 2002 by childhood friends Dave 1 and P-Thugg, the widely-renowned Funklordz grooved their way to fame after the release of their sophomore album Fancy Footwork, which was nominated for a JUNO in 2008. A decade later, the inseparable drops their fifth record, Head Over Heels. "It's our most collaborative and funk-centric album to date," explains Dave 1, born David Macklovitch, the singer and guitarist of the group. "It has the most muscular, concept-driven songwriting. At the same time, we hear other voices and other musicians. In a way, it's doubling down on the funk thing but also expanding the collaboration thing." The album's collaborators include an eclectic mix of modern day pop artists as well as some admired stars from the era of 1970s funk, including: Jesse Johnson, guitarist of The Time, as well as Pino Palladino, who has offered bass duties for artists such as D'Angelo, John Mayer, Elton John, and the Who. Modern day stars who appear on the album include D.R.A.M., French Montana, and the-Dream.
Prefuse 73 - Sacrifices CD (Lex)
Following his detour into fractured, kaleidoscopic hip-hop with Fudge, electronic music pioneer Prefuse 73 has become progressively interested in injecting a sense of space into his characteristically complex productions. The resultant 17-track collection, Sacrifices, is akin to watching an old photograph deteriorate in one's hands, as otherwise dense beats disintegrate into airy expanses of emotionally resonant electronics. Its effect is not unlike attempting to recall a murky memory of a dream of Guillermo Scott Herren's earliest works, imbibed with an increased interest in the subtlety of contemporary minimalism. [Vinyl edition due July 6.]
Fantastic Negrito - Please Don't Be Dead CD/LP (Cooking Vinyl)
There is desperation and urgency in Fantastic Negrito's new album Please Don't Be Dead. The record sees the Devil around the corner, and each song is a plea to make you aware of what's waiting for you. The artist is screaming at you because he knows what comes next. The album art features a real-life photograph of Fantastic Negrito (real name Xavier Dphrepaulezz) waking up from a three-week coma. His body is shattered, his eyes are staring past you. They're staring at the darkness that awaits. But with his new album we hear the voice of an artist who put that darkness in the rearview. Now he's asking America to do the same. Like Negrito in that photograph, our country is driving off a cliff. We're letting our worst inclinations lead us: hate, division, greed, superficiality. It is going to be a fight to pull ourselves from this toxic mire, and this album is a roadmap by an artist who survived the same journey...battered, scarred, but determined to wake us all up. Please Don't Be Dead is a man standing over something wounded. Something he cares about. He's looking around, and he's saying: "do something."
Buddy Guy - The Blues Is Alive And Well CD/2xLP+MP3 (RCA)
The first album in three years from the blues legend. Features guest appearances from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck and James Bay.
Wilko Johnson - Blow Your Mind CD (Chess)
Wilko's first album of new material in 30 + years was recorded at Rockfield Studios, where Wilko and the Feelgoods famously parted company back in '77. Guests include Mick Talbot on keyboards and Steve Weston on harmonica, both of whom were featured on Wilko's last recorded with Roger Daltrey. [Vinyl edition due July 20.]
John Parish - Bird Dog Dante CD (Thrill Jockey)
The twice Ensor nominated composer and Mercury Prize winning producer delivers a new collection of songs which includes a duet with his longtime musical partner, PJ Harvey. Parish records songs as they come to him, often with the intent of just capturing the idea. "Like all of my records, Bird Dog Dante was recorded all over the place in odd situations, because I'll have an idea somewhere and want to record it, then I actually end up liking the sound of that specific recording and want to incorporate it," says Parish. While a few of the tracks began with the band in Toybox in Bristol, often they were then deconstructed in Parish's home studio. John's producer's ear can focus on a small detail that captures his imagination, which then becomes the foundation to build the song around.
R+R=Now - Collagically Speaking CD (Blue Note)
R+R=Now is a collective of like-minded boundary-breakers featuring Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin and Justin Tyson. The R+R in the band's name stands for Reflect+Respond and was inspired by Nina Simone who said an artist's duty is to reflect the times. With Collagically Speaking, the band presents an urgent musical hybrid that is distinctly of the now. [Vinyl edition due July 20.]
Mayday Parade - Sunnyland CD/LP (Rise)
Sixth full-length effort from the Tallahassee, FL-based emo pop/rock outfit. [Limited bone colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Buck Meek - Buck Meek CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Keeled Scales)
Buck Meek's songs are for the lost dogs of honest mechanics, good guys and girls born into a life of crime, runaways, snow spirits, the ghosts of Central Park, unsung diving-board stars, the affection shared through gambling, and so on. Bred in Texas, more bread in New York City, Meek spins outlaw ballads and quotidian fairy tales into a yarn, with Adam Brisbin on guitar (Jolie Holland, Sam Evian, Katie Von Schleicher), Mt. Davidson on bass (Twain, The Low Anthem, Spirit Family Reunion), and Austin Vaughn on drums (Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple, Sam Evian). Vinyl is in stock now, CDs shipped late and will arrive next week.
Andy Jenkins - Sweet Bunch CD/LP (Spacebomb)
"For many years Richmond-based Andy Jenkins toiled behind the scenes of Spacebomb, the powerhouse indie folk studio and label that has helped launch Matthew E. White, Bedouine, and Natalie Prass among others. Now Jenkins shares his own homespun melodies. [Title track] 'Sweet Bunch' was produced by Spacebomb founder Matthew E. White; its intermittent sing-talking and indie twang somewhat resemble a stripped-down Beck." - Stereogum
Petal - Magic Gone CD/LP (Run For Cover)
Pennsylvania's Petal release Magic Gone, a 10-song declaration of personal liberation and a look into the mind and soul of singer/songwriter Kiley Lotz. "Magic Gone is the physical and sonic representation of me fighting for my right not only to survive but live all while coming to terms with encroaching adulthood," says Lotz. "I was a closeted queer person struggling with chronic mental health disorders; terrified that if I tried to deal with these two major issues in my life I would lose everyone and everything I loved. Coming out was the beginning of a long and continuing process of self-actualization, of taking a hard look at myself and the problems I had and how I could fix them. This record is the result of being the most honest I have ever been in my life, and the constant battle of overcoming the thought that, 'maybe if I were just someone else completely, everything would be better.' Magic Gone is about letting go of the anger induced by all the paranoia, anxiety, guilt and pain, and embracing the magic of your own endurance and hoping for the best."
Calpurnia - Scout CDEP/12" (Royal Mountain)
Calpurnia is a Vancouver, Canada-based quartet led by singer/guitarist Finn Wolfhard, best known for his breakout performances in Stranger Things and It, and also including lead guitarist Ayla Tesler-Mabe, bassist Jack Anderson and drummer Malcolm Craig. "It's like a four-way Venn diagram," Anderson says of the band's coalescing musical tastes that seamlessly come together on their six-song debut EP, Scout, a giddy rock riot that sits comfortably at the intersection of classic rock, punk and angsty blues. It takes no more than 25 minutes, or roughly one spin though the EP to understand just exactly how well their sophisticated, diverse taste congeals into something so effortlessly powerful. From "Greyhound," a slacker anthem recalling vintage Pavement to "Louie," all Exile On Main Street-style country-blues slide guitar and choirboy harmonies, to the spaced-out closing opus "Waves," Calpurnia's songwriting craft belies not only their age but their experience as a collective unit.
Hatchie - Sugar & Spice CD/LP (Double Double Whammy)
Hatchie is the world of Harriette Pilbeam. To hear her music is to step inside her mind; a dreamy landscape where cascading synths, jangling guitars, propulsive rhythms and white noise undulate beneath undeniable and irresistible pop melodies. Rather than focusing on the external world of her daily life in Brisbane, Pilbeam instead turns her gaze inwards, making a soundtrack out of her daydreams, setting her emotional life to song. [LP pressed on one-sided vinyl with a B-side etching.]
Olivia Chaney - Shelter CD/LP (Nonesuch)
London-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney follows-up her 2015 Nonesuch debut, The Longest River, with Shelter. The album was produced by Thomas Bartlett (David Byrne, Nico Muhly, The Magnetic Fields, Sufjan Stevens, The National, St. Vincent, Father John Misty) and features eight original songs, along with Chaney's interpretations of Purcell's "O Solitude" and Frank Harford and Tex Ritter's "Long Time Gone," first recorded by the Everly Brothers
Marissa Anderson - Cloud Corner CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
On her Thrill Jockey debut, acclaimed guitarist Marisa Anderson's music is boundless. Anderson is undeniably a master of the North American traditions of country, folk, and blues on guitar. On Cloud Corner, Anderson expands on those styles as well as instrumentation. Written and recorded in a period of political and personal upheaval, the album is intended as a refuge, an ode to stillness in an era of ceaseless noise. The results are an album of remarkably intimate beauty.
Jason Charles Miller - In The Wasteland CD (Century Media)
11 tracks that blur the line between Southern rock, classic country, and the outlaw attitude.
Christina Aguilera - Liberation CD (RCA)
The eighth studio album by pop/R&B vocalist and her first in six years. Liberation finds her having her way with R&B and hip-hop (Kanye West produced two tracks). The first single "Accelerate" features Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz. The album's second single "Fall in Line" features Pop vocalist Demi Lovato.
5 Seconds Of Summer - Youngblood CD/LP (Capitol)
On their third studio album Youngblood, Australian band 5 Seconds Of Summer (hailed as the "biggest new rock act in the world" by Rolling Stone) expands its musical parameters while retaining the hooks and trademark DNA that's always been a massive part of the group's appeal. Vocalist/guitarist Luke Hemmings explains, "Growing up is what we had to do on Youngblood. Seven years as a band may seem like a long time, but we were teenagers when we started. We had to look at each other and say, 'Are we going to stop now, or do this forever? Because if we continue, then we have to go farther than we ever have before.'" On lead single "Want You Back", Hemmings' passionate yearning for lost love finds him breaking into a searing falsetto on the infectious chorus. The soaring production and upfront bass line, meanwhile, finds the band exploring grooves and emotions in fresh new ways.
Mystic Bowie - Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads CD (BFD)
Reggae artist Mystic Bowie (real name Fitzroy Campbell) releases his debut album which features classic Talking Heads songs, and more, reggae-style. As a former member of the Tom Tom Club, a band that included former Talking Heads founders Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, Mystic Bowie infuses fresh life into Talking Heads' classic catalog with his high octane mix of roots reggae, ska and lover's rock. The Talking Dreads album features a lineup of legendary reggae figures including singer Freddie McGregor; ska guitar master Ernest Ranglin (Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Monty Alexander); Soul Train Award nominated Tarrus Riley ("Start Anew," "Good Girl Gone Bad"); and saxophone great Dean Fraser. The album also features drummer Kirk Bennett and Lincoln Thomas, McGregor's longtime guitarist. Cindy Wilson of the B-52s special guests on a duet with Mystic for "Heaven." [Vinyl edition due June 29.]
Rebelution - Free Rein CD/LP (Easy Star)
While still rooted in the Jamaican inspiration that Rebelution's songs and sounds have always paid homage to, Rebelution's sixth studio album Free Rein takes experimental leaps and new adventures too. The musicians collaborated with Jamaican artists on three of the twelve new tracks: Don Corleon (Sean Paul, Rihanna) produced "Rise On Top", a pointed reflection on celebrity and ambition; and Winta James, producer for Damian Marley and Chronixx, worked with the band on "Settle Down Easy" and "City Life," two songs that reflect a more confessional perspective. Opener "Celebrate" nods to the classic Rebelution sound. It has special meaning for the band too. In their long months on the road they've met fans with health struggles who've said that their music has helped them get through tough times. "Patience", a reggae-R&B hybrid, is another hymn to human connection, a haunting message from the well of romantic love. Other tracks take a wider perspective including the uptempo "City Life" which speaks on the solitude and beauty of mother nature while "Take On Anything" notes that being different is actually a beautiful thing.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - While We're At It CD/LP (Big Rig)
Boston's ambassadors of ska return with their tenth album of unique brass-infused punk rock. While We're At It is the final part of a musical trilogy that began with Pin Points And Gin Joints in 2009 followed by The Magic Of Youth in 2011.
ASG - Survive Sunrise CD/2xLP (Relapse)
North Carolina riff-rockers re-emerge with their sixth full-length and first new album in five years. Survive Sunrise further expands upon ASG's trademark blend of heavy, southern-fried, alt-rock fury and infectious, hook-centric accessibility.
Yuno - Moodie CDEP/12"+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
Sub Pop found Yuno via Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces and Digable Planets fame, who's on the A&R staff for the label. He stumbled upon Yuno on Soundcloud and kept a close eye on him. Similar to Butler, Yuno is encouraged by the genre-bending age of melody we're living through, citing Lil Uzi Vert and Young Thug as sources of influence. The multiple flavors of sound also reflect the breadth of feeling that he's chasing in the writing. "With such soothing reverb and balmy guitars, 'Why For'-the first single from producer/songwriter Yuno's debut EP, Moodie-seems to flirt with chillwave. But unlike Small Black or Washed Out, Yuno's honeyed delivery has a neurotic edge that is refreshingly unchill. 'It's been a year/I'm still stuck in this hole,' he sings, his voice melting like surf wax in the sun. 'It's not your fault you found another home.' With a backbone of pop-metal guitars and dream pop drums, Yuno's wide and weird influences on "Why For" range from skate video soundtracks and Weezer's radio-friendly harmonies to left-field hip-hop like Digable Planets and Shabazz Palaces." - Pitchfork
Leon Vynehall - Nothing Is Still CD/LP+MP3 (Ninja Tune)
Leon Vynehall's debut sees him digging deeper into the family history that has always inspired his most iconic tracks, whilst returning to his own musical roots. Nothing Still is defiantly atmospheric and textural and finds him harnessing his passion for early contemporary minimalist composers such as Gavin Bryars as well as records like Philip Glass' Koyaanisqatsi and Terry Riley's A Rainbow In Curved Air.
Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra - Lageos CD/2xLP (Ninja Tune)
Producer Darren Cunningham aka Actress, joined by the London Contemporary Orchestra, premiere new material as well as expanded arrangements of their dark and brooding electronica. On this new collaboration, commissioned and curated by Boiler Room and the London Contemporary Orchestra with support from Arts Council England, the London Contemporary Orchestra bring a new dimension to Cunningham's choice of sounds. With the producer in effect using them as a new instrument, matching his electronic loops with precise manipulation of their acoustic instruments, together they form a heightened kind of chamber music.
Tangents - New Bodies CD/LP (Temporary Residence)
New Bodies continues Tangents' rummage through countless varieties of electronics, rock, dub, noise, and free improv jazz that defines the group's acclaimed aesthetic. The spacious dub of a plucked cello gives way to a minimalist breakbeat tableau resting over rhythmic prepared piano; a staid electronic groove is gradually absorbed into washes of frenzied improv; staccato synths are woven into tumbling avant-rock; and shimmering free drums phase over static loops of piano, guitar and cello. To quote FACT Magazine, "The quintet are so comfortable working with jazz, folk music, post-rock and electronic music that it comfortably hangs in a space between them all." [Vinyl is available for special order]
Spock's Beard - Noise Floor CD (Inside Out U.S.)
13th studio album from the progressive rock band. State Champs - Living Proof CD/LP (Pure Noise) Third album from the NY-based pop-punks.
Dead Girls Academy - Alchemy CD/LP (Victory)
Los Angeles, CA dark rockers Dead Girls Academy is the new band from Vampires Everywhere's Michael Orlando. Signed to Victory Records, their debut Alchemy was written and produced by Ronnie Radke (Falling In Reverse) and mixed by Elvis Baskette (Slash, Sevendust, Trivium). Orlando explains, "Split personalities, fake friends, hangers-on, social-climbing and attention-hunting whores are all ingredients I wanted to exploit with this project." Emotionally driven pop/punk single "I'll Find A Way" is about conquering your inner demons. Recommended for fans of Falling In Reverse, Black Veil Brides, Bring Me The Horizon, and Motionless In White. [Vinyl due 6/29]
Mike Shinoda - Post Traumatic CD (WB)
In the months since the passing of Linkin Park vocalist and bandmate Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda has immersed himself in art as a way of processing his grief. With no agenda, Shinoda hunkered down alone in his Los Angeles home and began writing, recording, and painting. In January, he released a teaser EP consisting of three deeply personal songs - each one a powerful, stream-of-consciousness expression of unvarnished grief - accompanied by homemade visuals that Shinoda filmed, painted and edited himself. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with New York Times stating, "The tracks are reverberant electronic dirges; the rhymes, heading into sung choruses, testify to bewilderment, mourning, resentment, self-pity and questions about what to do." Following the EP release, Shinoda continued to create, and the result is a transparent and intensely personal album that, despite its title, isn't entirely about grief, though it does start there. [Vinyl edition due August 10.]
Compilations, Best Of's & Sundry Collections
Various Artists - Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris 3CD/DVD/book (Dust-to-Digital)
This watershed release represents the life's work of William Ferris, an audio recordist, filmmaker, folklorist, and teacher with an unwavering commitment to establish and to expand the study of the American South. William Ferris was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1942. Growing up on a working farm, Ferris began at a young age documenting the artwork, music, and lives of the people on the farm and in his local community, and his archives have served as powerful tools in institutions of higher learning for decades. Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris includes: a 120-page hardcover book in full color; three CDs -- two of the CDs feature blues and gospel recordings (1966-1978), and the final CD features interviews and storytelling (1968-1994); and one DVD featuring documentary films (1972-1980). Transcriptions and annotations are provided for each track. Comes in a cigar box.
Various Artists - Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story CD/2xLP (Universal)
From his humble beginnings working for Hull City Council to a career in the spotlight, playing alongside David Bowie and taking his place in the Rock Hall of Fame, the 2017 documentary film Beside Bowie provides insight into the life and career-long associations of guitarist extraordinaire Mick Ronson. Working closely with members of Ronson's family, producer/director Jon Brewer continues his tradition of intimate access and authenticity in chronicling the life and works of this man, a cornerstone of rock. he soundtrack also doubles as Ronson's first official career retrospective compilation. As well as highlights from Ronson's solo records, the compilation includes material from his key collaborations with Bowie, Elton John, Ian Hunter, Michael Chapman and Queen.
Various Artists - African Scream Contest 2 CD/2xLP (Analog Africa)
Who knew that some of the most exciting Afro-funk records of all time were made in the small West African country of Benin? Ten years on from the first African Scream Contest compilation, full of gut-busting yelps, lethally well-drilled horn sections, and irresistibly insistent rhythms, intrepid crate-digger Samy Ben Redjeb unveils a new treasure trove of Vodoun-inspired Afrobeat heavy funk crossover greatness, thanks in part to Afrobeat bounty-hunter Lokonon André. At Ben Redjeb's behest, André vanished with a list of names and some petrol money, only to return a few days later having miraculously tracked down every single name he'd been given. André and his impressive people-finding skills from his KGB days highlight the tension between encroaching authoritarian politics and fearless expressions of personal creative freedom which is the back-story of so much great African music of the '60s and '70s. Happily, in this instance, André was tracking the artists down to offer them licensing deals, rather than to arrest them.
New On Vinyl
The Rolling Stones - Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016 20xLP+MP3 (UMe)
Limited individually numbered vinyl box set containing 15 albums across 20 vinyl LPs. Every album has been painstakingly remastered and cut at revelatory half-speed at Abbey Road Studios, from vinyl specific original tape transfers designed to get the very best possibly sound from the format. Includes the albums Sticky Fingers (1971), Exile On Main Street (1972), It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (1974), Black And Blue (1976), Some Girls (1978), Emotional Rescue (1980), Tattoo You (1981), Undercover (1983), Dirty Work (1986), Steel Wheels (1989), Voodoo Lounge (1994), Bridges To Babylon (1997), A Bigger Bang (2005) and Blue & Lonesome (2016).
The Killers - Career Box 10xLP (Island)
Vegas rockers The Killers' nearly 15 year-long discography is celebrated in one place with this seven-volume, ten 180gm disc box set complete with a slip mat featuring the "K" from the band's logo and inspired by the vintage lights of the Las Vegas Strip. This career retrospective marks the first time that all seven of the band's albums have been collected in one complete box set including: Hot Fuss (2004), Sam's Town (2006), Sawdust (2007), Day & Age (2008), Battle Born (2012) and Wonderful Wonderful (2017), plus Live From The Royal Albert Hall (2009) which makes its vinyl debut.
Mat Kearney - Crazytalk LP (Tomorrow Music)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. On his fifth album, Crazytalk, Mat Kearney mixes his most timeless songwriting to date with a wide, genre-bending set of interests. There are organic instruments, electronic samples, chill house grooves, tropical sounds, and collaborations with DJs like AFSHeeN, Filous, and RAC all glued together by an emphasis on ageless hooks and thought-provoking lyrics. The result is one of the most adventurous, nuanced albums of his acclaimed career, filled with EDM drops one minute and acoustic guitars the next. It's a sound that nods to Kearney's history as a melody-driven songwriter, even as it pushes him into new territory.
Sir Rosevelt - Sir Rosevelt LP+MP3 (Elektra)
Released last year on CD - now available on vinyl. Sir Rosevelt sees Zac Brown, Niko Moon and Ben Simonetti uniting to create a thoroughly original new sound marrying pop, dance, acoustic instrumentation, and a distinctive Southern sensibility.
Nick Lowe - Tokyo Bay/Crying Inside 2x7" (Yep Roc)
Nick Lowe is back and has re-discovered his rockin' side on his first new release in half a decade. Tokyo Bay/Crying Inside is a four song EP featuring two Nick originals, the ship-rockin' "Tokyo Bay" and introspective "Crying Inside", plus covers of the Bee Gees' "Heartbreaker" and Cliff Richard's "Travellin' Light". Nick's recent tour mates, Los Straitjackets, are his backing band on this record, contributing to the sounds of Nick rocking his hardest in decades.
Matthew Sweet - Tomorrow's Daughter LP (MRI)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Seasoned singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Matthew Sweet is currently in the midst of a personal musical renaissance that's seen him produce some of the most compelling and ambitious music of his three-decade career. That certainly applies to Tomorrow's Daughter, on which such instantly memorable new tunes as "Belong," "Run Away," "Lady Frankenstein" and "Out of My Misery" demonstrate his uncanny ability to tap into a bottomless well of pop history to craft music that's effortlessly catchy yet deeply personal. The follow-up to the artist's acclaimed 2017 set Tomorrow Forever is a persuasive testament to the enduring qualities of Sweet's adventurous, emotion-charged songcraft. The 12 new songs abound with the punchy melodic sensibility, playful sonic experimentalism and introspective lyrical insight that have been constants in his expansive catalog.
Frank Turner - Love Ire & Song: Tenth Anniversary Edition 2xLP (Xtra Mile)
First-time vinyl LP pressing of the second solo album by British singer-songwriter Frank Turner, originally released in 2008.
Gary Malkin - Unsolved Mysteries: Ghosts / Hauntings / The Unexplained Original Broadcast Soundtrack LP (Terror Vision Records)
Terror Vision Records presents the first ever release of the Unsolved Mysteries broadcast soundtrack! The record contains the music written for the ghost related segments of the show as well as the iconic theme music sourced from the original tapes. Curated and produced by Ryan Graveface (Casket Girls, Dreamend), the album is available for a limited time on exclusive "Expanding Gate" colored vinyl.
X-Altera - X-Altera LP+MP3 (Ghostly International)
Across two decades, Tadd Mullinix has amassed himself a veritable arsenal of aliases, exploring nearly as many styles and sounds from the willfully weird EBM he makes as Charles Manier, to the acid-inclined house and techno of JTC, or the freeform electronics released under his given name, Mullinix carves a distinctive niche with his music. But inspiration comes in waves, and the creative surge resurrected Mullinix's acclaimed hip-hop project, Dabrye, and, as might be expected from such a multifaceted producer, it also gave life to the latest alias in his arsenal: X-Altera. Detroit meets London, deep techno meets drum & bass, old meets new.
Nilüfer Yanya - Do You Like Pain? 12" (ATO)
Nilufer Yanya, London's 22 year-old effortlessly smooth new soul star, releases a new EP Do You Like Pain?. It features "Baby Luv" (number 18 in Pitchfork's 100 Best Songs of 2017) - and its psychedelic remix by ALASKALASKA plus current jazz pop cut "Thanks 4 Nothing" and the Jazzi Bobbi Remix. "Thanks 4 Nothing" details the darker thoughts surrounding a break up, a poignant look at a crumbling relationship that can't be fixed.
Wintersleep - Wintersleep [Reissue/2003] LP+7" (Dine Alone)
Wintersleep - Untitled [Reissue/2005] LP+7" (Dine Alone)
Wintersleep - Welcome To The Night Sky [Reissue/2008] LP+7" (Dine Alone)
180gm vinyl reissues of Halifax-raised, Montreal-based modern rock band Wintersleep's highly sought after and critically-acclaimed first three albums. These new reissues have updated and expanded artwork include a bonus 7" featuring previously unreleased demos, B-sides or bonus tracks from the album's recording sessions.
Spacemen 3 - For All The F**ked-Up Children Of The World We Give You The Spacemen 3 [Reissue/1995] LP (Superior Viaduct)
In 1984, Spacemen 3 made their first-ever recording session and sold a few cassettes at now-legendary, incendiary gigs. Growing out of the dual guitar attack of Jason Pierce and Pete Kember, the band's three-piece line up with Natty Brooker on drums offered a liturgical take on '60s psychedelia, bare-knuckle blues and stunning feedback. For All The F**ked-Up Children remains the perfect introduction to Spacemen 3. Not only do these demos reveal the auspicious beginnings of two teenagers born on the same day in Rugby, England, but also compelling clues that point toward the exploration and eventual refining of their signature sound.
Big Black - Headache [Reissue/1987] 12"+MP3 (Touch & Go)
Originally released in 1987, this 4-song EP is the fourth Big Black vinyl title to be remastered by Steve Albini and Bob Weston. We liked to think we were ahead of our time," says Albini. "Now that time has caught up with us - well, this isn't such a swell place, and having gotten here first doesn't make it any nicer."
Bad Religion - No Substance [Reissue/1998] LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Remastered vinyl reissue. Seen as a return to form for the band after the transitional The Gray Race, No Substance offers up tight and heady punk which touches on societal ills and world politics and still remains catchy as hell.
Tim Armstrong - A Poet's Life LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
First-time vinyl edition. Tim Armstrong, guitarist and frontman of Rancid, took a different path on his 2007 solo debut, A Poet's Life. With able backing from L.A. reggae revivalists the Aggrolites, Armstrong crafted a grooving, fun-filled modern reggae album, influenced by ska, rock steady, roots reggae, and dancehall and filtered through a modern pop-punk attitude.
Hawkwind - Victim Of Sonic Attack! - London, December 30th,1972 2xLP (Cleopatra)
Double vinyl LP pressing in a gatefold jacket with full-color inner sleeves and a commemorative silkscreen 12"x12" flat (hand-numbered for authenticity) all housed in a special linen bag. A limited edition pressing of Hawkwind's complete legendary 1972 London concert.
Blue Öyster Cult - Fire Of Unknown Origin [Reissue/1981] LP (Culture Factory)
Limited translucent blue vinyl LP pressing. The album, which included the Top 40 hit "Burnin' for You" represented a resurgence of the group's commercial standing after two albums with disappointing sales.
Alice Cooper - Trash [Reissue/1989] LP (Friday Music)
Limited 180gm red colored vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve. His first hit album in years, Trash yielded the signature singles "Poison" and "Bed of Nails", and includes guest performances from Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Steve Lukather.
Def Leppard - Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980-1995) [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (Mercury)
Vinyl reissue of Def Leppard's first greatest hits album
Aquabats - The Fury Of The Aquabats [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Kings Road)
Limited red vinyl colored vinyl LP pressing, expanded with four additional tracks and an etching on the D-side. One-part punk, one-part ska, one-part Devo.
Dusk - Dusk LP (Don Giovanni)
New album from the Appleton, WI rock & roll ensemble, informed by soul music, country, jazz, and beyond.
Daniel Avery - Projector 12" (Phantasy/Mute)
Leaning further towards the rhythmic and propulsive intent behind his recent, marathon DJ sets, Avery's new EP serves to delve further still into his unfolding, ever-deepening sound. Expanding on the delicate core ideas at the center of his creative ethos, Projector invites listeners on a further excursion of transient, psychedelic bliss.
Inchindown - Inchindown LP (Blank Editions)
Inchindown is the collaboration of two London based artists, Tim Garratt (Moon Zero) and Matthew Heywood, but this project explores dark ambient territory only hinted at with the two artists' solo work. This self-titled album is a powerfully mournful and beautifully stark work, the soundtrack to walking through a storm of ash only to realize that the city is on fire whilst viewing this incredible spectacle from afar. Beautifully dark yet constantly hopeful, the album also pays homage to older and forgotten areas of their hometown of Hackney through field recordings. For fans of Tim Hecker, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, etc.
Sophia Loizou - Irregular Territories LP (Cosmo Rhythmatic)
A new EP of hyper jungle-ist future sickness by Bristolian sound artist Sophia Loizou. Irregular Territories firmly asserts her music in a hauntological rave headspace that meticulously explores an exploded deconstructionist style. With one foot in late '90s halcyon daze, and another toeing the future, Sophia combines a lust for the ruffneck with a sharp mind for complex structural integrity and inventive aesthetic, synching fragmented beats with human gasps, choral synths, and richly ephemeral textures. For fans of Lee Gamble, Demdike Stare, Arca, etc.
Googoosh - Googoosh LP (Finders Keepers)
2018 repress. Googoosh collects some of the rarest records from the East's best-kept secret songbird and one of the most legendary Iranian pop stars, including forgotten B-sides and mythical LP tracks. Her 1970s songs and performances were banned after the Iranian Revolution of 1979, resulting in her records being forbidden, hidden, and destroyed. Googoosh's voice conveys an urgency and yearning that is arguably unrivalled under the often-disposable femme-pop umbrella. Mid-tempo pulsating pop paeans awash with expertly orchestrated strings provide the backdrop for songs of unrequited love and poetic premonitions of impending cultural heartbreak. Other tracks combine unlikely jazz, bossa, and early disco influences, which inadvertently incited political paranoia from the era's brooding anti-pop regime.
Gaussian Curve - The Distance LP (Music From Memory)
Whereas Clouds, the first album by the trio of Gigi Masin, Jonny Nash, and Marco Sterk, was intimate by design, The Distance reflects more on spaciousness, distance, but shares the same timeless, emotion-rich feel that made Clouds such a hit. Still, the fundamental ingredients remain the same: Masin's masterly piano and synthesizer work, Nash's blissful, meandering guitar, and Sterk's synths, drum machines, and production. Haunting trumpet and hazy guitars wrap themselves around the kind of hypnotic piano and synth patterns that were once the preserve of American minimalist composer, and elsewhere, loved-up chord progressions accompany bubbly electronic beats.
At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul [Reissue/1995] LP (Earache)
Originally issued in 1995, Swedish death metal dealers At The Gates' Slaughter Of The Soul is universally regarded as one of the most important and influential metal albums of all time ranking aside landmark efforts by the likes of Metallica, Slayer and Iron Maiden. Limited red colored pressing.
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Kings: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP (Milan)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. In recent years Cave and Ellis have become a force to be reckoned with in the world of soundtracks, thanks to their impressive work on films like Hell Or High Water, Wind River, and the National Geographic series Mars. Cave and Ellis pull from their rich history in the music world to deliver an unexpected score that immediately transports the listener to the hot, angry streets of Los Angeles in the summer of 1992.
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things 1 2xLP (Lakeshore)
Limited double interdimensional blue colored vinyl LP pressing.
Reissues & From The Vaults
Tom Waits - Bastards CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Tom Waits - Brawlers CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Tom Waits - Bawlers CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Previously released in 2006 as a triple-CD/seven-LP set entitled Orphans: Bastards, Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, each volume of that collection has been remastered and is now available separately. Taken as a whole, the collection of 56 songs went far beyond a simple career retrospective. It dipped back as far as 1984 with the bulk of its songs hailing from the mid-nineties onward. Over 2/3 of the material had never been heard when originally released in 2006 and had 30 newly recorded songs.
Gene Clark - Gene Clark Sings For You CD/2xLP (Omnivore)
Gene Clark's musical legacy is most certainly assured as a singer, songwriter and member of some exclusive company as an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a founder of The Byrds, and collaborator in groups such as Dillard & Clark, Gene Clark and the Gosdin Brothers, McGuinn Clark & Hillman and later as the duet partner of Carla Olson (The Textones). As well documented as Clark's career has been, there have been remarkable discoveries over the years, but now the holy grail of Clark's post-Byrds career sees the light of day with this archival collection, Gene Clark Sings For You. Since word first spread in the 1980s about the discovery of these 1967 recordings on a rare acetate in Liberty Records' vaults, fans have come to regard Gene Clark Sings For You as nothing less than the Holy Grail of the singer/songwriter's extraordinary body of work. In addition to the eight tracks from the Gene Clark Sings For You acetate, recorded in 1967 after he famously left The Byrds, the set includes five previously unknown tracks from a further 1967 acetate given to the band, The Rose Garden, for recording consideration. This new compilation also includes a previously unissued demo rescued from a tape in the collection of John Noreen, member of The Rose Garden.
The Rose Garden - A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection CD (Omnivore)
Expanded for the very first time, The Rose Garden's sole eponymous album gets the deep-dive examination it deserves with A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection. Beyond the original album's twelve tracks released in 1967, this newly restored and remastered CD adds 14 previously unissued tracks. They include five live tracks recorded in August of 1967 at Chaminade High School in Canoga Park plus studio outtakes, acetate tracks, and a special rehearsal. This collection is released at the same time as Gene Clark Sings For You, which serves as a companion piece (Clark was involved with The Rose Garden after leaving The Byrds and furnished them with an acetate of songs to choose from for their self-titled album).
Steve Reich - Drumming [Reissue/1971] 2xCD (Superior Viaduct)
Steve Reich's Drumming is regarded as one of the most important musical works of the last century. Distilled through his studies of African percussion in Ghana during 1970 and Balinese gamelan music, Reich revolutionized our understanding of polyrhythms, sculpting a new sonic territory to illuminate the radical potential of minimalism. Divided into four sections, performed without pause, Drumming is written for eight small tuned drums, three marimbas, three glockenspiels, piccolo and voice.
Sepultura - Arise [Reissue/1991] 2xCD/2xLP (Atlantic)
Newly remastered reissue of the fourth studio album by the Brazilian heavy metal band. The double-CD edition includes the original album along with 28 bonus tracks; the double-vinyl LP version includes the original album plus ten bonus tracks.
Compilations, Best Of's & Sundry Collections
The Love Unlimited Orchestra - The 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979) 2xCD/3xLP (Mercury)
Love Unlimited - The UNI, MCA And 20th Century Records Singles 1972-1975 CD/2xLP (Mercury)
The Love Unlimited Orchestra can be seen as the bold gesture of Barry White's grand vision of love. The Orchestra's singles between 1973 and 1979 are a joyous complement to White's work as a solo artist, and as the producer behind Love Unlimited. Featuring all 14 of Love Unlimited Orchestra's US 7" singles released between 1973-1979, as well as the 12" single disco versions of a further 7 tracks, The 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979) is the first compilation to pull together all the group's A- and B-sides. The UNI, MCA And 20th Century Records Singles 1972-1975 features all 10 of Love Unlimited's US 7" singles released between 1972-1975.
Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound Sessions CD (SideOneDummy)
The Gaslight Anthem celebrates 10 years of their seminal album, The '59 Sound, with this collection of rare, unreleased, and alternate takes recorded during the album's sessions. [Vinyl edition due July 13.]
The Allman Brother's Band - Cream Of The Crop 2003 4xCD (Peach)
Four-disc collection features 36 tracks in all, culled from live performances recorded between July 25 and August 10, 2003 in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Darien Center, NY, Hartford, CT, Charlotte, NC, and Raleigh, NC. The 2003 lineup of the group included founding members Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, plus Warren Haynes, Marc Quiñones, Oteil Burbridge and Derek Trucks.
DVD & Bluray
Norah Jones - Live At Ronnie Scott's DVD/Blu-ray (Eagle Vision)
Norah Jones plays an exclusive sold-out show at the world-famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London accompanied on stage by drummer Brian Blade and bassist Chris Thomas to form a classic jazz trio.