Hitting the Racks
Here's your weekly rundown of the new releases hitting the racks at Grimey's: Friday, November 17th, 2017
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul Of A Woman CD/3xCD/LP+MP3 (Daptone)
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' final studio album, Soul Of A Woman is a lush, orchestral masterpiece. A true testament to the life and career of Daptone's fearless leader and one of the world's greatest performers. In the year prior to her death from pancreatic cancer in 2016, Sharon Jones toured and performed tirelessly, and was also the subject of the acclaimed documentary Miss Sharon Jones!. The songs on Soul Of A Woman exemplify two distinct sides of the band's sound. Side One showcases the grittier, bluesy material like "Matter Of Time" and "Sail On" giving Sharon the room to flex her vocal prowess. Side Two takes on a more sophisticated orchestral mood. Tracks like "When I Saw Your Face" and "These Tears (No Longer For You)," capture a soft vulnerability in Sharon's vocals that draws you deep inside, and yet they remain nuanced with the signature toughness that never allow you to forget she's steering the ship. [Limited red colored vinyl pressing. Also, a Deluxe triple-CD bundle adds her previous albums Give The People What They Want and I Learned The Hard Way.]
Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Mavis Staples has again joined forces with songwriter-producer (and Wilco frontman) Jeff Tweedy for his new album If All I Was Was Black. The history Mavis recalls from her early years touring with her family as The Staple Singers, the prejudice, ugliness and danger; well it's all still here. In response, the singer has delivered 10-songs about contemporary America today, a present day filled with ghosts of the past. Despite all this, the mood ring on Mavis' new album is set to love, which runs through and over the fury and despair. The songs move less like a hammer and more like the tide, with Mavis countering the anger with an eye toward the work that is required to bring change. She is singing the world as it is, but also a way forward. Mavis is sure that the answer is to lift each other up. She's not embracing the anxious hesitation of respectability politics but the possibilities of love.
Morrissey - Low In High School CD/LP/Cassette (BMG)
On his eleventh studio effort, Morrissey's talent for combining political statements and beautiful melodies is more prevalent than ever as he captures the zeitgeist of an ever-changing world. Recognized as one of the most influential artists of all time, Morrissey is widely credited as a seminal figure in the emergence of indie rock and Britpop. After The Smiths, Morrissey achieved greater success as a prolific solo artist. All 10 of his solo albums have entered the Top 10 on the UK album charts, including three entries at No. 1. Releasing his debut solo album Viva Hate in 1988, he has since released a number of critically acclaimed follow-ups, including Kill Uncle, Your Arsenal and the comeback album You Are The Quarry after a five-year hiatus in 2004. Morrissey's music acts as a rite of passage for all who discover alternative music. His lyrics, at times blunt and fearless, other times vulnerable and poignant, continue to resonate with listeners around the world with their unmatched emotional depth and theatrical, poetic delivery. [Limited clear vinyl international pressings have been bumped until 12/08. We have the green vinyl indie version.]
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest CD/2xLP+CD (Atlantic)
Charlotte Gainsbourg's fourth studio, Rest, is a stunning eleven track collection produced by SebastiAn (Frank Ocean, Kavinsky), except the title track which was composed and co-written by Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, and "Songbird in a Cage," composed and written by Paul McCartney. Rest also features collaborations with Owen Pallett, NZ's own Connan Mockasin, and others. SebastiAn's background in electronic music accorded with Gainsbourg's desire for a sound with a disquieting, mechanistic edge, inspired by Giorgio Moroder and, perhaps unsurprisingly for a revered, award-winning film actress, movie soundtracks. Lead single "Rest" is a poignant, modern lullaby-like song, steering Gainsbourg toward a forensically focused approach to lyric writing. "Those were the first words that I actually sang on the album," she explains. "I came in with all my bunches of lyrics...It was too much, really, and Guy-Man was saying, 'you can't say all that, you have to simplify it,' and he reduced it to three words! It felt so innocent in a way, but it was exactly what I needed at that time." Rest marks Gainsbourg's achievement of the lyrical confidence to get unprecedentedly candid, and to trust her own words' ability to communicate universal pains of loss through personal ones.
Bob Seger - I Knew You When CD/LP (Capitol)
Bob Seger returns with his 18th studio album, which is dedicated to the memory of his friend Glenn Frey. Recorded in Nashville and Detroit, the 10-track set finds Seger paying tribute to further music legends like Lou Reed with a cover of "Busload of Faith" and Leonard Cohen with a cover of "Democracy." [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds three bonus tracks.]
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - The Rest Of Our Life CD/LP (Sony Music Nashville)
The first collaborative album between the country music superstars and power couple.
Bonnie Prince Billy - Wolf Of The Cosmos CD/LP (Palace Records)
Bonny sings Susanna, to simply try and save the world. Sonata Dwarf Mix Cosmos is an old companion of his, and with the Chijimi house band + 1, they bring it all back home again, this time to the space in Bonny's place. "As other practitioners are leaving the room in favor of novel forms of recording and distro and consumption, we are left with a virtual PALACE, fantastical and real structures and practices. Like we are allowed into the museum at night. We can make a great essentially live record with great songs and great players because nobody else is? Wolf of the Cosmos...is about, as much as anything, direct engagement with recorded music. So step right up to the replicant." - Bonnie Prince Billy.
Baths - Romaplasm CD/LP (Anticon)
Less outwardly grim than the darker half of the last Baths LP, Obsidian, but twice as bittersweet, Romaplasm reimagines approachable electronic pop songs as pieces of scaffolding that can be lived in, expanded and retracted, or torn down entirely. [Limited colored vinyl pressing.]
Karl Blau - Out Her Space CD/2xLP (Bella Union)
Out Her Space is a gorgeous, languid and hook-infested gumbo of soul, funk, some jazzy blowing and Afro-pop, to arrive somewhere else entirely. The album testifies to Blau's studio skills, as he captures the glimmering, humid depths of those sweltering southern influences, despite his north-western heritage. Out Her Space plays with humanitarian themes, against a backdrop of self-immolating American politics. For starters, the title was equally inspired by Blau's, "overwhelming feeling to point out that men, in general, need to listen, to stop being so assertive and to get out of her space, let her balance again."
The She's - All Female Rock And Roll Quartet CD/LP (Empty Cellar)
With their respective tongues in their respective cheeks, Sami Perez, Hannah Valente, Eva Treadway, and Sinclair Riley of The She's proudly present their second album. This time band is behind the wheel, self-producing with counsel and encouragement from tUne-Yards' Merrill Garbus. Tonally, All Female Rock And Roll Quartet strays a bit from earlier releases. Drawing inspiration from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Sleater-Kinney, and tUne-Yards, the bands have officially leveled up in terms of sonic experimentation and eccentricity.
The County Liners - Mary Jane Dunphe & Chris McDonnell In The County Liners CD/LP (Wharf Cat)
Whether fronting the blazing punk band Vexx or the synth-pop duo CC Dust, Mary Jane Dunphe inhabits her projects with a knurly otherworldliness - her voice contorts and screams like an alien sent to reset the planet with rock 'n' roll. Bedridden by an ankle injury in the winter of 2016, she teamed up with friend Chris McDonnell (Trans FX) to write a batch of country-rock songs that buck like an old pickup. Mary Jane Dunphe & Chris McDonnell In The County Liners is the first EP from The County Liners, rounded out by fellow Olympia, Washington-based musicians Mirce Popovic (Trans FX) and Riley Kendig.
Barenaked Ladies - Fake Nudes CD (Vanguard)
Fake Nudes finds Barenaked Ladies channeling the harmonies fans have come to love, alongside a fresh electronic-driven sound and lyrics filled with wit and empathy. That wit even comes through on the album title, a play on the phrase "fake news," which rose in popularity when President Donald Trump took office this year. "We were making the record in January at the height of the brouhaha over the term, which kind of in my mind, appeared then," Robertson said. "It became popularized then. It's just so absurd in my mind. It provided the opportunity for us to make the joke about our band name that everybody else has been making for 29 years. On every show, 'They're not nude and they're not women. But our new act, blah blah blah.' It just seemed like the perfect opportunity to call our own bluff there."
Mike Love - Unleash The Love 2xCD (BMG Rights Management)
Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Michael Edward Love, grew up under the Southern California sun where he soaked up a life of music, surf, sand and sport. Beginning his singing career as a teenager, Mike along with his cousin, Brian Wilson, frequently sang at family get-togethers and holiday gatherings. These early influences served as the inspiration to form the legendary group, The Beach Boys, which originally consisted of Mike and his cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson along with neighbor David Marks and High School friend Alan Jardine. Love's new album, Unleash The Love, features 13 brand new songs and 12 re-recordings of Beach Boys classics. The new tracks range from rock, gospel, R&B and pop and celebrate Love's connection to the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and his journey to find personal love and peace. [Vinyl edition due December 15.]
Talib Kweli - Radio Silence CD (Javotti Media)
The Brooklyn hip-hop artist's new album features guest appearances from Rick Ross, Anderson .Paak, BJ The Chicago Kid, Waka Flocka, Jay Electronica, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Yummy Bingham, Amber Coffman and Myka 9; stellar production courtesy of The Alchemist, Oh No, Kaytranada, J. Rhodes and Robert Glasper. [Vinyl edition due December 1.] Lil Uzi Vert - Luv Is Rage 2 CD (Atlantic) The Philadelphia rapper flaunts a vision and fashion sense just as loud as his futuristic trap sound and dynamic voice.
Oh No - Oh No Vs. Now-Again 3 CD (Now-Again)
Third dose of Oh No's heavy hip-hop based on samples from the Now-Again catalog.
The Body & Full Of Hell - Ascending A Mountain Of Heavy Light CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Latest collaboration between two unique and influential forces in heavy music. Despite their obvious differences in songwriting, The Body & Full of Hell are unified by their shared aesthetic, catharsis through the manipulation of emotions transformed by visceral noise and fueled by an inescapable sense of dread.
Electric Wizard - Wizard Bloody Wizard CD/LP+MP3 (Spinefarm)
Wizard Bloody Wizard is the latest/9th studio album from Electric Wizard; produced by guitarist/vocalist Jus Oborn and guitarist Liz Buckingham and mixed by Oborn, this 6-track all-analog affair is the follow up to 2014's Time To Die. Conceived to form a single piece of vinyl these half-dozen tracks see The Wizard pursuing a more streamlined path, maintaining the essential, revered elements of their sound while simultaneously taking a broader view, operating in a world beyond fashion, niche or cult.
GBH - Momentum CD/LP+MP3 (Hellcat)
The influential, long-lived punk metal band GBH rose to prominence in England during the early '80s when hardcore punk began inching toward heavy metal. Emerging from the streets of Birmingham, England, GBH pioneered hardcore punk and thrash yet refuse to categorize themselves or their music. [Limited colored vinyl pressing.]
Nullingroots - Into The Grey CD/LP (Prosthetic)
Nullingroots, originally the project of sole member, Cameron Boesch, was formed in 2014 in Southern California. A debut self-titled album was released shortly thereafter, which extracted Boesch's post-black metal style from his previous band, Solus, and incorporated lush, gazing atmospheric elements. Boesch released two more Nullingroots full-lengths before assembling his band, comprised of Deacon Blue Batchelor, from the folk band Andrew Jackson Jihad on drums, and guitarist Alex Haddad. Shortly after, the three began writing Into The Grey, an expansion of Boesch's vision which takes what many call blackgaze to new heights and levels.
Cavalera Conspiracy - Psychosis CD/LP (Napalm)
Fourth album from the Brazilian thrash metal brothers.
Live & In Concert
Jeff Lynne's ELO - Wembley Or Bust 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray (Columbia)
A special release commemorating the June 24th, 2017 performance by Jeff Lynne's ELO at Wembley Stadium in London, England. [Two Deluxe packages are available, each including the double-CD set and the concert film on either standard DVD or Blu-ray. Vinyl edition due December 1.]
Black Sabbath - The End 2xCD/3xCD+DVD+Blu-ray/3xLP (Eagle Vision)
Black Sabbath's final hometown concert at Birmingham's Genting Arena on February 4th, 2017. [Limited colored vinyl pressing.]
Iron Maiden - Book Of Souls: Live Chapter 2xCD/3xLP (Sanctuary)
New live release from the icons of British heavy metal. [Limited edition CD version is also available which adds a book.]
Reissues & From The Vaults
Chris Gantry - At The House Of Cash CD/LP (Drag City)
"High on the waves of the times (mid- '70s), Chris had pulled apart the tropes of traditional voice-and-guitar singer-songwriting, pushing them into fevered, eclectic, entirely personal territory. He took in the scope of the freedom generation with whom he'd been riding shotgun, and turned it back out again with unhindered lyrical expressions reflecting both disillusionment and a deep sense of transformation, with deft gestures and songwriting chops nailing down the tunes. At the House of Cash stands tall with its outlaw brethren from the golden age of Nashville, and it is damn fine having it out in the open air with the rest of us at long last."
Queen - News Of The World  3xCD+LP+DVD (Hollywood)
Super Deluxe edition of Queen's 1977 album. CD Disc 2 features raw sessions, alternate takes, demos, and rough mix versions. CD Disc 3 includes live tracks, a BBC session, and an instrumental. The DVD contains a new documentary, Queen: The American Dream, featuring never-before-seen footage from the band's 1977 US tour, both onstage and backstage. The package comes with a hardcover booklet, press kit, posters and more.
The Doors - Strange Days  2xCD/LP (Elektra)
Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of The Doors' second album. This 50th Anniversary reissue includes the original stereo mix of the album on CD for the first time in a decade, with sound that's been remastered for the first time in 30 years. The second disc features the album's original mono mix, which has been remastered for this set and is making its CD debut. [Vinyl edition features the mono mix.]
Paul McCartney - McCartney  CD/LP (Capitol)
Paul & Linda McCartney- Ram  CD/LP (Capitol)
Wings - Band On The Run  CD (Capitol)
Wings - Venus And Mars  CD/LP (Capitol)
Wings - At The Speed Of Sound  CD/LP (Capitol)
Paul McCartney - McCartney II  CD/LP (Capitol)
Paul McCartney - Tug Of War  CD (Capitol)
Paul McCartney - Pipes Of Peace  CD/LP (Capitol)
Single-disc digipak 2011 remastered editions on CD. 180gm vinyl reissues also available along with limited quantities on colored vinyl. Vinyl for Band On The Run and Tug Of War has not arrived yet.
John Fogerty - Blue Moon Swamp  CD/LP+MP3 (BMG Rights Management)
20th anniversary reissue of Fogerty's Best Rock Album Grammy-winning album (1998) featuring two bonus tracks and alternate cover art.
Michael Cosmic/Phill Musra Group - Peace In The World/Creator Spaces  2xCD (Now-Again)
Free improvisation, first touched on by messengers like John Coltrane, Sun Ra and Albert Ayler, gives us an exuberant maelstrom that rejoices in life while it shoves back at complex, unforgiving social-political environments. The '70s Boston underground brought twin brothers Phill Musra and Michael Cosmic together with Turkish-born drummer Hüseyin Ertunç; as a trio, and with other Boston jazzers, the twins each privately issued an album which are collected here.
The Obsessed - The Obsessed  CD/LP (Relapse)
Originally released in 1990 and out of print for almost two decades, the now legendary self-titled debut album from doom godfathers is back in print on CD and vinyl.
For The Holidaze
Sia - Everyday Christmas CD (Atlantic)
The Australian pop singer's first-ever Christmas album includes 10 original festive songs, including "Santa's Coming For Us," "Puppies Are Forever" and "Ho Ho Ho." [Vinyl edition due December 15.]
Various Artists - Bloodshot Records' 13 Days Of Christmas CD/LP (Bloodshot) Bloodshot's 13 Days of Christmas is a-you guessed it-thirteen-song compilation of off-kilter original Christmas songs and unlikely covers by Bloodshot artists and friends like Murder By Death, Jon Langford, Kelly Hogan, and Ha Ha Tonka. The collection runs the gamut of garage rock, doo wop, honky tonk, surf, and more. From the traditional to the subversive, there's something for everyone's stocking. "The people have been barkin' up our chimney about a holiday release for a long time, and we finally pulled up our stockings and got tinkering in the workshop."
Various Artists - A Capitol Christmas Volume Two CD (Capitol)
Part of the on-going celebration of Capitol 75 - includes key tracks by Glen Campbell, Dinah Shore & The Beach Boys singing Christmas classics. [Vinyl edition due December 1.]
Hans Zimmer - Blade Runner 2049 [OST] CD (Epic)
Original soundtrack to the 2017 motion picture composed by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch. [Vinyl edition due December 15.]
Dan Deacon - Rat Film [OST] CD (Domino)
On Rat Film, Dan Deacon's inspired soundtrack to the provocative essay-film of the same name, one of electronic music's most exciting artists delivers his first full record devoted to modern composition. [Vinyl edition due December 1.]
John Coltrane - Chasing Trane CD (UMe)
11 tracks from the film, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (now available on DVD and Blu-ray). Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the time, it brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. [Vinyl edition due January 19.]
New on Vinyl
Nine Inch Nails - Add Violence LP (Nothing)
Nine Inch Nails - Not The Actual Events LP (Nothing)
The first new Nine Inch Nails music since 2013's Hesitation Marks, 2016's Not The Actual Events ushers in a new era of the band and is the inaugural installment in a three-part EP series which also includes 2017's Add Violence. Recorded with now official band member Atticus Ross, the 5-track EP is heavy, textured and mercurial and includes guest appearances by Dave Grohl (drums) on "The Idea Of You, " Dave Navarro (guitar) on "Burning Bright (Field On Fire)" and wife Mariqueen Maandig (vocals) on "She's Gone Away." 180gm pressing.
Nine Inch Nails - Broken [Reissue/1992] 12"+7" (Nothing)
Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral [Reissue/1994] 2xLP (Nothing)
Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile [Reissue/1999] 3xLP (Nothing)
Nine Inch Nails - The Fraglie: Deviations 1 4xLP (Nothing)
"We want to present the catalog as it was intended to be, with no compromises," Reznor said of the NIN vinyl reissue series. "That means a careful remastering of the audio from the original sources, a painstaking recreation of the artwork, pristine materials, some surprises and an insane attention to detail."
Lou Reed - Transformer [Reissue/1972] LP (RCA)
Lou Reed - Berlin [Reissue/1973] LP (RCA)
Lou Reed - Rock N Roll Animal [Reissue/1974] LP (RCA)
Lou Reed - Coney Island Baby [Reissue/1975] LP (RCA)
Lou Reed - Street Hassle [Reissue/1978] LP (RCA)
Lou Reed - Blue Mask [Reissue/1982] LP (RCA)
Digitally remastered vinyl reissues now available.
Pink Floyd - A Collection Of Great Dance Songs [Reissue/1981] LP (Pink Floyd Records) Pink Floyd - Delicate Sound Of Thunder [Reissue/1988] 2xLP (Pink Floyd Records)
Back in print on vinyl.
LP - Lost On You LP+MP3 (Vagrant)
Released last May on CD - now available on vinyl. "It took Laura Pergolizzi nearly a decade to find her footing as a solo artist under the initialed name LP. After struggling through the label scene, she ended up turning to writing songs for other musicians just to stay in the game. She wrote or co-wrote tracks for the likes of Backstreet Boys ('Love Will Keep You Up All Night'), Christina Aguilera ('Beautiful People'), and Rihanna ('Cheers (Drink to That)'), eventually earning enough clout to gain attention from Warner Bros. The label signed on for the release of her 2014 album Forever For Now, an LP that finally gave LP the attention she deserved for her unique vocal and musical abilities. Now, she's gearing up to keep her momentum going with a new record."
Portugal. The Man - Waiter: "You Vultures!" [Reissue/2006] LP (Fearless)
Portugal. The Man - Church Mouth [Reissue/2007] LP (Fearless)
First two records by Portugal. The Man - back in print on vinyl.
The 6ths - Wasps' Nests  LP+MP3 (Captured Tracks)
Originally released in 1995 on CD and 7" box set, Wasps' Nests is the acclaimed, tongue twisting debut from the 6th's - the side project of The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt featuring guest vocal appearances by a who's who of '90s indie rock royalty including Dean Wareham (Luna), Georgia Hubley (Yo La Tengo), Mark Robinson (Unrest), Lou Barlow (Sebadoh), Mary Timony, Amelia Fletcher (Heavenly/ Talulah Gosh), Robert Scott (The Bats), Chris Knox, and more. [Limited white colored vinyl pressing.]
Lucinda Williams - This Sweet Old World LP (Highway 20)
Limited edition pink colored vinyl pressing available November 17 - part of this year's Ten Bands One Cause pink vinyl campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and Gilda's Club NYC Produced by Lucinda Williams and Tom Overby, This Sweet Old World - recorded to mark the 25th anniversary of the original 1992 album Sweet Old World - features all-new renditions of the record's 12 songs, some of which have been dramatically rearranged and rewritten.
Wanda Jackson - There's A Party Going On [Reissue/1961] LP (Capitol Nashville)
There's A Party Goin' On bridged the gap between rock and country and was the first of its kind in the '50s. With a career spanning five decades, Wanda Jackson sounds better than ever on vinyl. Now available as a single LP on standard weight vinyl in celebration of Capitol Records' 75th anniversary.
Joe South - Introspect [Reissue/1968] LP (Capitol)
A country-soul southern rocker with a trippy album cover? It wasn't shocking that it failed to find its audience back in '68. Yet time and it's influence (Elvis and Tony Joe White certainly took notice) have carved it out as a classic.
Les Paul and Mary Ford - Les and Mary [Reissue/1955] LP (Capitol)
Les and Mary is a studio album released by Les Paul and Mary Ford in 1955 on Capitol Records. The album features ten vocals by Mary Ford. The songs contained in the album are noted for their diversity. Now available as a single LP on standard weight vinyl in celebration of Capitol Records' 75th anniversary.
Bob Marley - The Legend Live: Santa Barbara - County Bowl - November 25th 1979 3xLP (Trojan)
The cream of Bob Marley's now legendary concert at the Santa Barbara County Bowl on colored vinyl.
The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde [25th Anniversary Edition] 2xLP/2xLP+3x12" (Craft Recordings)
Released last week on CD - Regular and Deluxe vinyl editions now available. Listening to 1992's Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde 25 years after its release, its sense of timeliness is unmistakable. Every song on the album inverts a hoary hip-hop cliché. With classics like "Oh Sh*t," "Otha Fish," "Ya' Mama," and the now-ubiquitous "Passin' Me By," Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde remains essential and enduringly unique - a rite of passage for any serious hip-hop fan. Featuring brand-new liner notes by leading music writer Jeff Weiss (Pitchfork, Passion Of The Weiss), this Deluxe 25th Anniversary of the gold-certified album features the original album in its entirety, plus an entire disc of bonus material featuring rare cuts, remixes, and a capellas.
Vic Mensa - The Autobiography 2xLP (Roc Nation)
Mensa draws inspiration from 1990s hip-hop. His major label debut features guest appearances by Chief Keef, Pharrell, Saul Williams, Weezer, Syd of The Internet, Joey Purp, The-Dream and Ty Dolla $ign. White colored vinyl pressing.
SZA - Ctrl LP (RCA)
Released last June on CD - now available on vinyl. "SZA has proven herself to be a talented storyteller between harmonious melodies." -- Vibe
Mary J. Blige - What's The 411? [Reissue/1992] 2xLP (Motown)
Double-vinyl reissue of the debut album by R&B artist.
Playboi Carti - Playboi Carti LP (AWGE/Interscope)
Vinyl edition of the eponymous debut commercial mixtape by the rapper.
Jhené Aiko - Sail Out [Reissue/2013] 12' (Def Jam)
Limited edition picture disc of Aiko's 2013 EP that features appearances by Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Ab-Soul and Kendrick Lamar.
Sun Ra and His Arkestra - Featuring Pharaoh Sanders & Black Harold [Reissue/1976] LP (Superior Viaduct)
After its first release in plain or hand-decorated covers in 1976, Featuring Pharoah Sanders And Black Harold remained an exceptionally rare item in the El Saturn discography, known to a few lucky collectors. Sun Ra and His Arkestra - Featuring Pharaoh Sanders & Black Harold [Reissue/1976] LP (Superior Viaduct) After its first release in plain or hand-decorated covers in 1976, Featuring Pharoah Sanders And Black Harold remained an exceptionally rare item in the El Saturn discography, known to a few lucky collectors.
Vijay Iyer Sextet - Far From Over LP (ECM)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Far From Over features a sextet of virtuoso improvisers with horn players Graham Haynes, Steve Lehman and Mark Shim alongside rhythm partners Stephan Crump and Tyshawn Sorey leveraging a wealth of jazz history even as it pushes boldly forward. The music ranges from the thrillingly explosive ("Down To The Wire," "Good On The Ground") to the cathartically elegiac ("For Amiri Baraka," "Threnody"), with melodic hooks, entrancing atmosphere, rhythmic muscle and an elemental spirit all part of the allure.
Anouar Brahem - Blue Maqams 2xLP (ECM)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Recorded in New York's Avatar Studios in May 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher, Blue Maqams brings the Tunisian oud master together with three brilliant improvisers: Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, and British pianist Django Bates.
David Virelles with Román Díaz and The Nosotros Ensemble - Gnosis 2xLP (ECM)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. In this vivid and exciting project, the Santiago-raised and New York-based pianist-composer David Virelles looks towards one melting pot from the vantage point of another. A far-reaching work with deep cultural roots, Gnosis speaks of transculturation and traditions, and of the complex tapestry of Cuba's music the sacred, the secular, and the ritualistic but the works shapes and forms could only have been created by a gifted contemporary player thoroughly versed in the art of the improvisers. Strings, woodwinds and percussion all have their roles to play in Gnosis, viewed by Virelles as several families functioning within one unit: this dynamic symbolizes multicultural interaction.
Björn Meyer - Provenance LP (ECM)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. There is a distinguished tradition of solo bass albums on ECM, but Provenance is the first to be devoted to the electric bass guitar. Björn Meyer, Swedish-born and Swiss-based, has shaped a unique voice for his instrument inside the most diverse contexts, working alongside Persian harpist and singer Asita Hamidi, Swedish nyckelharpa player Johan Hedin, and Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem.
Booker Ervin - The Song Book [Reissue/1964] LP (Analog Productions)
Totally audiophile 200gm vinyl reissue. Of Booker Ervin's nine Prestige albums, The Song Book is special because it presents him exclusively in the contexts of standard songs. Ervin's aggressiveness, his ferocity, his incomparable Texas spaciousness of sound and style, are undiminished. But the compositions provide familiar guideposts by which to track his explorations, which were unfailingly full of adventure and daring. In his only recorded appearance with Ervin, pianist Tommy Flanagan balances the music with his customary elegance. On bass and drums are Ervin's frequent recording companions Richard Davis and Alan Dawson.
Ed Askew - A Child In The Sun - Radio Sessions 1969-1970 LP (Drag City)
"If you, the discerning record collector, has even a passing interest in the posthumously named genre 'acid folk', surely the name Ed Askew is in your golden pantheon. Ed unearthed four reels of radio sessions taped in 1969-70, performing songs from his first two albums (and the totally previously unreleased track, "Green Song"). The tapes were meticulously studied by Galactic Zoo Disk honcho Plastic Crimewave (of Galactic Zoo Dossier, er, fame), and the best versions were extracted for this release."
Fujiya & Miyagi - Transparent Things  LP (Impossible Objects Of Desire)
Over the last decade or so Brighton's Fujiya & Miyagi have been steadily building a vast body of work that explores '70s Germany-tinged beats, whip smart electronica, intoxicating disco, shimmering pop and generally concocting an idiosyncratic blend of dance music that sounds utterly and uniquely their own. The group have decided to revisit their 2006 classic, Transparent Things, and for the first time release the full album on vinyl. Transparent Things managed to look deeper and further beyond the zeitgeist whilst simultaneously remaining in it
Brian Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) [Reissue/1974] LP (Astralwerks)
Brian Eno - Before And After Science [Reissue/1977] LP (Astralwerks)
Single disc vinyl reissues now available. Here Come The Warm Jets and Another Green World have been delayed.
Silver Apples - Contact [Reissue/1969] LP (Jackpot)
Limited colored vinyl LP pressing. The 1969 follow up to Silver Apple's debut found the duo digging into the far reaches of their songwriting psyches for a darker and more emotionally charged set of songs.
Jason Mraz - Waiting For My Rocket To Come  2xLP (Elektra)
First-time vinyl edition of the first major-label album and fourth overall by the singer-songwriter.
The Carpenters - Ticket To Ride [Reissue/1969] LP (A&M)
The Carpenters - Close To You [Reissue/1970] LP (A&M)
The Carpenters - The Carpenters [Reissue/1971] LP (A&M)
The Carpenters - A Song For You [Reissue/1972] LP (A&M)
The Carpenters - The Singles 1969-1973 [Reissue/1973] LP (A&M)
HQ-180gm vinyl reissues from the catalog of the Carpenters. 6 additional titles and a box set of all titles are available for special order.
Palberta/No One and the Somebodies - Chips For Dinner LP (Wharf Cat)
Born in the kitchen of some stranger's house and conceived of over many bowls of pasta and lentils, Chips For Dinner is the gurgling brain child of New York's weirdest. Palberta and No One and the Somebodies (NOATS) feel right at home together, joyously dishing out sonic absurdities and displaying a clear mutual influence on each other's work. Four brothers from Westchester County and three thick-as-thieves friends living in the Hudson Valley have concocted a real musical treat for all lovers of the playful and strange.
Conan - Man Is Myth Early Demos LP (Napalm)
Britain's dirtiest doom metal-band provides insights into a secret world with this 8-track collection of unheard beasts culled from their rehearsal room and studio.
Amenra - Mass VI LP (Neurot)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Contrasts have always been deep and at the very heart of Amenra, who have been uttering prayers and holding masses for eighteen years. Tormented darkness has always coexisted alongside luminous beauty, and thunderous impacts instantly follow frail, delicate subtleties. Songs that engulf everyone in the world suddenly feel whispered inside a solitary womb. Mass VI is here, and more than any other album in the band's past, it highlights those contrasts.
Sannhet - Known Flood [Reissue/2013] LP (The Flenser)
A vinyl reissue of Sannhet's long-out-of-print debut album. Originally released on Sacrament in 2013, this album set the tone for the band's signature blend of instrumental transcendent black metal and post-metal.
Compilations, Best Of's & Sundry Collections
Green Day - God's Favorite Band CD/2xLP (Reprise)
22 hits spanning Green Day's prolific 31 year career, plus a brand new song "Back In The USA" and a new duet with Miranda Lambert on "Ordinary World."
Whitney Houston - I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard CD (Sony Legacy)
A variety of live and studio recordings from The Bodyguard (many previously unreleased or unavailable), including an alternate mix of "I Will Always Love You," which features a spoken word intro of Whitney as Rachel Marron, an a capella version of "Jesus Loves Me," which has never been heard before and a live recording from The Bodyguard World Tour 1993-1995 of "Run To You," which Whitney rarely performed. Also included are film and live versions of "I Will Always Love" You," "I Have Nothing," "Queen Of The Night" and more. [Vinyl edition due January 26.]
America - Heritage: Home Recordings/Demos 1970-1973 CD (Omnivore)
A collection of rare demo recordings and unreleased songs from the band's early formative years.
Various Artists - Hyperdub Presents: Diggin in The Carts - A Collection Of Pioneering Japanese Video Game Music CD (Hyperdub)
For anyone with a sweet, 8-bit tooth, this is a goldmine of goodies; packing in 34 brief bursts of hyper-colored energy with not a millisecond or bit spared from future baroque complexity or funk between the cascading arpeggios, the darkside Carpenter style grind, or the squirming techno-phonk.
Various Artists - A Tribute To Dan Fogelberg CD (BMG)
A Tribute To Dan Fogelberg features new takes on some of his best-known songs, with the Eagles covering "Part of the Plan," as well as their new recruit Vince Gill delivering "Longer" with Amy Grant. The LP also contains recordings by Garth Brooks, Train, Boz Scaggs, Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown, Michael McDonald, Donna Summer, and others. Fogelberg, who died in 2007 after a three-year cancer battle, was acclaimed for merging rock, pop, folk, jazz and classical music into his work. He's best known for his hits "Longer," "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne," all of which were released in the early '80s.
DVDs & Bluray
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary DVD/Blu-ray (10 Spot)
Re\Set against the social, political & cultural landscape of the time, Chasing Trane brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man & an artist. The film is the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician and composer whose influence continues to resonate around the world. 158 minutes.