Hitting the Racks

Here's your weekly rundown of the new releases hitting the racks at Grimey's: Friday, May 26th, 2017

New Releases

Justin Townes Earle - Kids In The Street CD/LP (New West) 

Kids In The Street marks a decade into Earle's recording career and follows his acclaimed companion albums Single Mothers (2014) and Absent Fathers (2015). The deeply soulful set is both emotionally riveting and effortlessly uplifting. Now embracing sobriety, marriage, and impending fatherhood, Earle is enthusiastically looking to the future. "Life has changed a lot for me in the last few years," Earle reflects. "I got married and am getting ready to become a father, and this is the first record that I've written since I've been married. There's definitely an uplifting aspect to this record in a lot of ways, because I'm feeling pretty positive. When I wrote songs in the past, I was looking in on what I was feeling, but this record's more about looking outward on what's happening, and writing about subjects like gentrification and inner-city strife. This record also has more of a soul influence to it, and it's got a deeper connection to the blues than anything I've done before." Free 7" single with purchase!

The Charlatans - Different Days CD/LP (The End) 

For this new album, the core quartet of vocalist Tim Burgess, bassist Martin Blunt, guitarist Mark Collins and keyboard player Tony Rogers, opened their doors to allow an enviable cast of friends to contribute to their latest work. Initially, this happened out of necessity: following the passing of founding drummer Jon Brookes in 2013. So the first call went to Pete Salisbury, the former Verve drummer. Anton Newcombe from Brian Jonestown Massacre was sent an early version of "Not Forgotten" and had sent back some thoughts within 15 minutes. The admiration for the bands' new ideas continued, Johnny Marr dropped by for an hour but stayed for five and features on three songs including lead single "Plastic Machinery." Similarly, Stephen Morris, of New Order, who briefly helped out on Modern Nature, extended his role on this album to seven tracks of drumming and programming. Both Ian Rankin and Kurt Wagner offer spoken word contributions. As the spirit of collaboration prospered, Burgess fast-tracked a long-discussed team-up with Paul Weller, the expansive, album finale "Spinning Out."

Danzig - Black Laden Crown CD (Nuclear Blast) 

Following on his historic reunion with the classic Misfits lineup attended by record numbers at last year's Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago as well as the recent confirmation of a headlining set at this year's Blackest Of The Black festival, Glenn Danzig releases his first Danzig album of all new material since 2010's widely acclaimed Deth Red Sabaoth. In a 2015 interview with Noisey, Glenn Danzig was asked what it is that keeps him coming back to the creative well. He responded: "It's so many different things. There's always stuff to write about, but I think that the whole punk thing helped a lot. If it gets boring, change it, fix it, make it exciting, make it relevant again, and that's what I did without sacrificing the music." [Vinyl edition due June 30.]

Bobby Bare - Things Change CD (BFD) 

Country Music Hall of Famer and Grammy award-winner Bobby Bare releases his first album in five years. Things Change features 10 tracks written by Bare, Mary Gauthier, Guy Clark and the producer of the project, hit singer-songwriter Max T. Barnes. It also features a collaboration with Chris Stapleton. "This is a special collection of songs to me, not just another record, said Bobby Bare. "Great songs from Mary Gauthier, a song I co-wrote with Guy Clark that turned out to be his last and a song that my buddy Hoyt Axton inspired me to write called 'Things Change.' That's the title of the album and the first single. Things do change but my love for songwriters and the fans never, ever will!"

Vandoliers - The Native CD/LP (State Fair) 

An alt-country band with punk roots, Vandoliers formed in 2015, bringing together a group of Dallas-Fort Worth musicians led by frontman Joshua Fleming. Fiercely proud of their homeland, Vandoliers put their own spin on the Texas country tradition.

Free Throw - Bear Your Mind CD/LP (Triple Crown) 

Nashville's Free Throw has never abandoned the basement grit that characterized their DIY beginnings combining a sound of raw unfiltered energy, anthemic songs with bold choruses ready for a sing-along. "Free Throw's unpretentious callback to the emo and screamo they grew up on, along with their affinity for pop culture, has helped broaden their reach well beyond the confines of Nashville." - Noisey

Loss - Horizonless CD/LP (Profound Lore)

Six doomed years in creation since their debut album Despond, Nashville, Tennessee melancholic death / funeral doom metal band Loss have completed their anticipated masterwork of pure doom death worship Horizonless, one of the most anticipated metal releases of the year. Reaching further into the void and traveling even more beyond the realms of hopelessness and despair, this album is a journey devoid of all hope and redemption, one where heartbreak, total death and never-ending despondency prevails. Produced and engineered by Billy Anderson (Pallbearer, Bell Witch, Neurosis, Red House Painters) in the band's hometown, giving the band their most monumental sound yet, Horizonless (which also features guest vocals from Wrest of Leviathan) forges the band's sound tapestry into more vast and sprawling territory: heavier, darker, more melancholic, and sorrowful. Where their previous album laid down the foundation that gave them the reputation as the saddest and bleakest band in the movement, this latest forges that funeral march onwards towards ruin, decay, and utter oblivion.

Martin Rev - Demolition 9 CD (Atlas Réalisations) 

Demolition 9 is New York electronic music pioneer Martin Rev's ninth solo album, and first new material since 2009. Comprised of 34 wildly divergent vignettes -- only one of which reaches three minutes in length -- he describes it as autobiographical "yearning for joy and the unattainable perfection of the artistic ideal." From violent percussion experiments to neo-classical reveries to noir-sleaze abstractions and beyond, Demolition 9 offers a radically non-linear spelunk through the dreams and distractions of one of the 20th century's most influential sonic iconoclasts. Vinyl due 6/23.

Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previt w/ Iggy Pop - Loneliness Road CD (RareNoise) 

Over a career now spanning nearly thirty years, Jamie Saft has established himself as one of the visionaries of contemporary American music. As a composer, pianist and keyboard innovator, and collaborator of music icons such as Bad Brains, Beastie Boys, the B-52s, Donovan, John Adams and John Zorn, he has been fearless in his pursuit of spiritual elevation through music that both seeks to embrace the whole American canon, and also transcend it, by seamlessly assimilating genres, traditions, idioms and timelines. [Vinyl edition due September 8.]

Pet Symmetry - Vision CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl) 

Pet Symmetry is a power-pop power trio consisting of Evan Weiss, Erik Czaja, and Marcus Nuccio. Czaja and Nuccio are both founding members of Dowsing, a still-active Chicago-based group that has released three albums, two on regional powerhouse Count Your Lucky Stars and its most recent on seminal punk label Asian Man (who also released Pet Symmetry's first album). Weiss rose to prominence as Into It. Over It., a solo recording project that morphed into a full band.

Thunder Dreamer - Capture CD (6131) 

Located on an oxbow in the winding Ohio River, Evansville, IN doesn't immediately spring to mind as a musical center the way New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington D.C., or Austin does, nor was it the birthplace of a specific scene like Chapel Hill, Omaha, or Athens. But for the members of Thunder Dreamer, the city has imbued them with a fierce Midwestern work ethic alongside this sense of Midwestern pragmatism, a steely resolve to put down their heads in dogged pursuit of their dreams. And in this artistic isolation, the band creates expansive, evocative rock music with melodies as sinuous as the river that runs past their hometown. Singer-guitarist Steven Hamilton writes of struggle, heartbreak, destructive tendencies, family, and the inherent selfishness of mankind across the eight heartfelt, searching songs on the band's new album, Capture. [Vinyl and cassette editions due June 9.]

Cende - #1 Hit Single CD/LP+MP3 (Double Double Whammy) 

Expanding on the catchy, power-pop songs of their debut EP, Cende's first full-length album, #1 Hit Single, sees the band experimenting with more varied instrumentation and detailed production. The end result is a compact and emotional batch of songs that draw influence from personal relationships, bizarre dreams, and the experiences surrounding the members' lives during three years of living downstairs in a creative and chaotic DIY space. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]

Swarming Branch - Surreal Number CD/LP (Sofaburn) 

For Swarming Branch's new LP, the group has temporarily suspended some of its formal experimentation to create a straightforward collection of ten songs. Over Lon Leary's spare yet danceable drumming, we hear folk songs that move beyond the boundaries of four-chord strum, brief yet satisfying references to early-'70s British glam rock, and quite a bit of improvisation. RIYL: Cate Le Bon, White Fence, Steely Dan, The Velvet Underground, T. Rex.

Crescent - Resin Pockets CD/LP+MP3 (Domino) 

Resin Pockets, the first album from Crescent in ten years, and nestles beautifully into a long history of visionary outsider English pop craft in the same vein as the isle's solitary voices, all singing against the grain: the playfulness of Kevin Ayers; the grace of Vashti Bunyan; the rhapsody of Robert Wyatt; the melancholy of Epic Soundtracks; the revelations of Bill Fay.

Sam Amidon - The Following Mountain CD (Nonesuch) 

New solo album by experimental folk artist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. The Following Mountain represents a new approach for Amidon, who shifts here from his previous norm of re-working traditional folk songs and presents nine wholly original compositions, with some lyrics drawing on traditional sources. The album also features a rare guest appearance by drummer Milford Graves, known initially for his work in the 1960s with free jazz legends Albert Ayler and Sonny Sharrock.

Ólafur Arnalds - Broadchurch: The Final Chapter CD (Mercury Classics) 

BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds returns for the third and final season with another soundtrack of evocative and atmospheric music, deemed crucial by fans and critics alike to this poignant series. [Vinyl edition due June 30.]

Bill Frisell/Morgan Thomas - Small Town CD (ECM) 

Small Town presents guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in a program of duets, the poetic chemistry of their playing captured live at New York's hallowed Village Vanguard. [Vinyl edition due July 21.]

Louis Hayes - Serenade For Horace CD (Blue Note) 

Legendary drummer Louis Hayes makes his Blue Note-debut with a tribute album to the great pianist and bandleader, Horace Silver.

The Great Harry Hillman - Tilt CD (Cuneiform) 

A Swiss quartet dressed to go jogging in the 1980s, the Great Harry Hillman (derived from a triple-gold medal winner in the 1904 Olympics), makes music that's much more serious than either their attire or name suggests. Nils Fischer (reeds), David Koch (guitar/effects), Samuel Huwyler (bass) and Dominick Mahnig (drums) built a bridge between Deerhoof and Sonic Youth, and Kneebody and Gutbucket. And like Gutbucket, this eight-year-old band is now part of the Cuneiform Records family.

Bubblemath - Edit Peptide CD (Cuneiform) 

Fifteen years in the making, Minnesota eclectic prog/avant-pop/art-math quintet Bubblemath's sophmore sequence provides a worthwhile wait with its non-formulaic formula of lively textures, wacky and virtuosic musicianship, hypnotically robust vocals and charmingly astute attitude. Blending in-your-face intricacy with eccentric experimentation, dense and poppy harmonies, symphonic vibrancy and tongue-in-cheek foundation, Bubblemath are clever and musically intricate, but despite their loyal adherence to high information-density compositional constructs, they make serious and seriously quirky music that doesn't take itself too seriously and allows the fun to shine through.

Logic - Everybody CD (Def Jam) 

"Logic has returned with what may be his most impressive and ambitious long player to date, Everybody. The album features fellow spitters Black Thought, Chuck D, Killer Mike, Juicy J and vocalists Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lucy Rose, Ansel Elgort, and Damian Lemar Hudson, as well as recurring appearances from Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tackling the topic of race and his own internal struggle with being biracial, Logic turns in an album that is filled with gems, like an exclusive J. Cole verse on 'AfricAryaN,' that keeps listeners on their toes." - XXL

Lil Yachty - Teenage Emotions CD (Quality Control Music, LLC) 

Teenage Emotions merges Lil Yachty s signature gleeful sing-rap and auto-tuned transmissions with hip hop bombast, pop and eighties cultural touchstones. The 19-year-old Atlanta native is proudly genre-defying, mining hip-hop, alternative, indie sounds as well as his hometown Atlanta trap DNA to solidify his mosaic approach. The album features collaborations with Migos, YG, Kamaiyah, Diplo, Grace, Evander Griim and Stefflon Don. Producers include WondaGurl, Earl The Pearl, Burberry Perry, Digital Nas, K Swisha, Southside, 30 Roc and others.

Sólstafir - Berdreyminn CD/2xLP (Season Of Mist) 

"I admire Sólstafir. For a band that has rarely deviated from the sound that they have found best categorizes them, they are a band that has rarely set a foot wrong. There's something about that fusion of post-rock sound with their own atmospheric and darker elements - like the love child of Muse or Queens of the Stone Age with Katatonia - that just breathes along with the listener. While not ones to deviate from the recipe that has worked for them for so long, their latest album Berdreyminn takes that sound that fans know and loves, and pushes it to the next level" - Metal Wani. [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe digibox Includes two bonus tracks, an expanded booklet, earplugs with Sólstafir storing pouch, a pin and a patch.]

Reissues & From The Vaults

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [1967] CD/2xCD/4xCD+DVD+Blu-ray (Capitol) 

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles landmark album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has been remixed and remastered by George Martin and repackaged in a variety of configurations for the collector, including: a standard single-CD featuring George Martin's new stereo mix; an expanded Deluxe double-disc CD featuring 18 unreleased alternate takes of the album's 13 songs (the double-vinyl edition includes 13 of these bonus tracks), all newly mixed in stereo; and a Super Deluxe six-disc box set edition containing over 100 minutes of Sgt. Pepper sessions on discs two and three and, on the fourth CD, the original 1967 mono mix of the album and bonus tracks including three previously unreleased mixes. The accompanying Blu-ray and DVD discs feature the fully restored 1992 documentary The Making Of Sgt. Pepper, including interviews with Paul, George and Ringo and fascinating in-the-studio footage introduced by George Martin. Restored promotional films for "A Day In The Life," "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" are also included, as well as hi-res 5.1 surround mixes and a 144-page hardback book. 

Jaco Pastorius - Truth, Liberty & Soul - Live In NYC: The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Recording 2xCD (Resonance) 

This archive release captures the iconic bass innovator leading a 22-piece big band on June 27, 1982 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City as part of George Wein's Kool Jazz Festival. Featuring a congregation of the top jazz musicians on the New York scene at the time such as Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Frank Wess, Lew Soloff, Howard Johnson and others, along with the legendary harmonica player Toots Thielemans as a special guest.

Bad Company - Run With The Pack [1976] 2xCD/2xLP (Atlantic) 

Bad Company - Burnin' Sky [1977] 2xCD/2xLP (Atlantic) 

Digitally remastered and expanded editions. The bonus disc bonus disc for Burnin' Sky features unreleased versions of nearly every song on the album, including alternative takes and mixes of "Man Needs A Woman" and "Morning Sun," plus the full version of "Too Bad." The session tapes also unearthed "Unfinished Story," a song that was completed, but never released. The bonus disc for Run With The Pack includes unreleased early mixes for "Honey Child" and "Simple Man," as well as an extended version of the title track. There's also the previously unreleased "Let There Be Love," an outtake from the recording sessions. In fact, the acoustic version of "Do Right By Your Woman," previously only available as the B-side of the single release of "Run With The Pack," is the only song on the bonus disc that has ever been previously released.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Works Volume 1 [1977] CD/2xLP (BMG RM) 

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Works Volume 2 [1977] CD/2xLP (BMG RM)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Love Beach [1978] CD/2xLP (BMG RM) 

Emerson, Lake & Palmer were one of the most successful, innovative and ground-breaking British groups of the golden age of progressive rock, as well as creating spectacular live shows that incorporated advanced technology and showmanship. ELP's fifth, sixth, and seventh albums are the latest in their ongoing remastered reissue campaign.

Vinyl

John Mayer - The Search For Everything 2xLP+MP3 (Columbia) 

Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. In his first release since Paradise Valley back in 2013, The Search For Everything (rolled out in a series of four "Waves") sees John Mayer come back strong with several nods to his roots.

Umphrey's McGee - ZONKEY LP (Nothing Too Fancy Music) 

Released last November on CD - now available on vinyl. Umphrey's McGee has been arranging and performing original mashups live for over eight years. It was only a matter of when, not if, some of those innovative concoctions would find their way into a studio. And that when has arrived. ZONKEY is an album of 12 unique mashups, conceived, arranged and executed by the band. It is as seamless as it bizarre, playful as it is razor sharp. Bits and pieces of classic songs are culled from 40+ years of popular music from '70s reggae to '80s pop to '90s metal and everywhere in between. From Radiohead mashed with Beck, The Weekend with Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads with Bob Marley, Metallica with Gorillaz... nothing is off limits. "ZONKEY clearly pays homage to some of our favorite artists and songs. While we've tried to reproduce the spirit of the original compositions and recordings, we've also tried to have some fun with the structure as we've often combined seemingly dissimilar musical elements to create a new vibe altogether," notes keyboardist Joel Cummins.

Fleetwood Mac - Mirage [Reissue/1982] LP (Reprise) 

Fleetwood Mac - Tango In The Night [Reissue/1987] LP (Reprise) 

Digitally remastered 180gm editions. The 13th studio album by Fleetwood Mac, released in June 1982, found the band venturing further into radio-friendly soft rock than it had in any of its previous incarnations. The band returned five years later with Tango In The Night which currently stands as the final studio album released by the quintet of Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks.

Sia - Some People Have Real Problems [2008] 2xLP (Monkey Puzzle/Hear Music) 

First-time vinyl edition of the fourth studio album by the Australian singer.

Big Star - Complete Third: Volume 3: Final Masters 2xLP+MP3 (Omnivore) 

Complete Third: Volume 3: Final Masters contains every released master recording from all officially released versions of the original Third on three sides of vinyl. As an added bonus, the CD boxed set's hidden track (a previously unissued strings/vocals-only mix of "Thank You Friends") takes its place on a specially etched D-side.

West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Vol. 3: A Child's Guide To Good & Evil [Reissue/1968] LP (Jackpot) 

Released in July 1968 on Reprise Records, Vol.3: A Child's Guide To Good & Evil is considered to be the band's most accomplished work and a masterpiece of the psychedelic genre. Released just nine months after Vol. 2, the band explores their incredibly creative psychedelic pop song writing with an accomplished mastery of studio techniques.

Dave Catching - Shared Hallucinations Pt.1: Sonic Salutations From The Venerable Vaults of Rancho de la Luna 1972-1984 LP (Dine Alone) 

As an original member of Queens Of The Stone Age, founder of stoner-rock band Earthlings? and current guitarist of Eagles Of Death Metal, Dave Catching - owner and resident of famed Joshua Tree, CA recording studio Rancho de la Luna - is lucky to call the most talented people in the industry friends. Foo Fighters, Iggy Pop and PJ Harvey have all recorded at Rancho, as well as others too numerous to list. So it makes sense that Catching would be inspired to collaborate there with some of his most talented friends for his solo debut.

Melvin VanPeebles - Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song [Reissue/1971] LP (Fantasy) 

Performed by a then-unknown Earth Wind & Fire with contributions by Van Peebles, who also composed the soundtrack, the music is funky, slippery, gritty, and soulful. Featuring a combination of hymn-based vocalization and jazz rhythms, Van Peebles created a sound that foreshadowed the use of sampling in hip-hop music and captured the spirit of the time. Consistently hailed as a landmark, genre-defining album, MOJO Magazine recently rated Van Peebles' eclectic, grooving opus #32 on their top 1000 Soundtracks of all time. This brand new vinyl edition features new in-depth liner notes.

Cameron Graves - Planetary Prince LP (Mack Avenue) 

Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. "Cameron Graves is a musical genius. He has an innovative approach to the piano that is completely unique. Cameron's new album Planetary Prince is an amazing and almost unbelievable combination of modal jazz, romantic era European classical music, and mathematical death metal. A style so cool that it deserves its own genre. Cameron's music has been inspiring me since I was thirteen years old and it still does today! I'm so glad he's sharing it with the world!" -- Kamasi Washington.

Chris Potter - The Dreamer Is The Dream LP (ECM) 

Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. For his third ECM release as a leader, Chris Potter presents a new acoustic quartet that naturally blends melodic rhapsody with rhythmic muscle. The group includes superlative musicians well known to followers of ECM's many recordings from New York over the past decade: keyboardist David Virelles, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Marcus Gilmore, who each shine in addition to the leader on multiple horns.

Moonchild - Voyager 2xLP (Tru Thoughts) 

Voyager is the third album from the LA-based trio Moonchild - whose candid style of soul and new-school jazz has propelled them onto a swirling, emotionally charged journey of the heart.

Joss Stone - The Soul Sessions [Reissue/2003] LP (Virgin) 

The Soul Sessions is the debut studio album by English singer & songwriter Joss Stone, released 2003. The album consists of cover versions of soul songs from the 1960s & 1970s, in addition to a cover of The White Stripes' 2001 song "Fell On Love With A Girl."

Suzanne Vega - Solitude Standing [Reissue/1987] LP (A&M) 

Solitude Standing is the critically acclaimed sophomore album from Suzanne Vega. Released in 1987, it was a story of songs in which some of them had been written as far back as 1978. Singles like "Tom's Diner" and "Luka" were major hits.

Underworld - Beaucoup Fish [Reissue/1999] 2xLP (UMe) 

Following the success of the single "Born Slippy (NUXX)" from its use in the film Trainspotting, Beaucoup Fish was Underworld's most anticipated release. It spawned several successful singles, including "Moaner." "Push Upstairs" and "Jumbo" were both hits on the dance charts and in clubs. Beaucoup Fish was well-received critically (one review calling it "electronica's The Dark Side Of The Moon) and remains Underworld's most successful album.

Murray Head - Say It Ain't So [Reissue/1975] LP (Culture Factory) 

Say It Ain't So is the second studio album by Murray Head, who was previously known for having played with Yes, Detective and Badfinger as well as with David Bowie. 180gm vinyl reissue.

Harry Taussig & Max Ochs - The Music Of Harry Taussig & Max Ochs LP (Tompkins Square) 

Album commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Contemporary Guitar Spring '67 LP on Takoma Records, which featured Max Ochs, Harry Taussig, John Fahey, Bukka White and Robbie Basho.

serpentwithfeet - Blisters LP (Tri Angle) 

Given that he credits both Brandy and Bjork as inspirations, it's not surprising that serpentwithfeet treads a fine line between emotive gospel and more left-of-center stylings. With his own gloriously outré personal style and penchant for the dramatic, it also makes sense that the music Josiah Wise makes would be so remarkably unclassifiable.

Big French - Stone Fish LP (Wharf Cat) 

Big French have returned with a 16-track sophomore full-length that sees bandleader Quentin Moore's energetic bursts of post-punk composition transformed by boutique, reel-to-reel production to fantastic ends, filtering established pop sensibilities through eclectic idioms of free-expression.

Incubus - 8 LP (Island) 

Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Incubus's first album in six years, 8 was co-produced by Dave Sardy (Slayer, Helmet, Trouble) and Sonny Moore, better known as Skrillex.

Ides Of Gemini - Woman LP+MP3 (Rise Above) 

Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Limited purple color pressing also available. "Dominated by the haunting, high-rising vocals of Sera Timms, Ides Of Gemini appear to be a good match for Lee Dorrain's Rise Above Records. Dorrain's knack for signing up-and-coming female-fronted bands notwithstanding (The Oath and Purson instantly come to mind), Ides of Gemini's psychedelic genre-bending shows they are capable of squeezing through whatever corridor is left of '70s haze rock and primal doom. On their third and subsequent best album, Women, Ides Of Gemini have attained the measure of consistency they were threatening everyone with on their previous efforts. As indicated by its album and song titles, each song here is about a woman, whether mythological or real, with Ides even coming up with the stroke of genius to allow the fantastic Emma Ruth Rundle to appear on 'She Has A Secret.' Such things all lead into what is Ides Of Gemini's most convincing expression to date, an album without boundaries, easily capable of drawing anyone in." - Dead Rhetoric

DragonForce - Reaching Into Infinity 2xLP (Metal Blade) 

Released last week on CD - now available on vinyl. Reaching Into Infinity continues where DragonForce left off with Maximum Overload, the band's faster material becoming even faster still, while the melodic parts head even further in that particular direction.

The Chainsmokers - Memories...Do Not Open LP (Sony) 

Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Memories...Do Not Open is the debut full-length album from Grammy Award winning artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers. Comprised of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, The Chainsmokers have evolved into a dominating musical force with a diverse repertoire of songs that have led them to become today's hottest young artist/producer duo. With a signature sound that deftly reaches across indie, progressive and pop realms, their original tracks and remixes have topped the charts throughout the world.

Reissues & From The Vaults

Jethro Tull - Songs From The Wood [Reissue/1977] 3xCD+2xDVD (Rhino) 

Includes Steven Wilson's 2017 stereo mix, Wilson's 5.1 mix, live tracks mixed by Jakko Jakszyk including 5.1 surround mixes and more.

Buffalo Tom - Let Me Come Cover [Reissue/1992] CD/2xLP (Beggars Banquet) 

25th Anniversary Edition featuring the original album plus a previously unreleased live show from 1992. Previously loosely linked with fellow travelers Dinosaur Jr. and Uncle Tupelo via a similar three-piece format, stunning depth of songwriting and association with Boston's Fort Apache Studios - it's not hard to imagine Buffalo Tom wanted to stake a claim stylistically with their third album, Let Me Come Over.

Wynton Kelly Trio/Wes Montgomery - Smokin' In Seattle: Live At The Penthouse CD (Resonance) 

Previously unreleased live sets by jazz guitar icon Wes Montgomery with the irrepressibly swinging pianist Wynton Kelly and his trio captured live at the Penthouse in Seattle, WA on April 14th and 21st, 1966. Recorded less than a year after Wes and Wynton's classic 1965 live album Smokin' At The Half Note, which guitarist Pet Metheny calls "the absolute greatest jazz guitar album ever made," Smokin' In Seattle finds the dynamic duo joined by the solid rhythm section of bassist Ron McClure (Charles Lloyd, Joe Henderson) and legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb. 

Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Of Ethiopia [Reissue/1972] CD/LP (Strut) 

Recorded in New York, Mulatu Of Ethiopia arrived at a time when Astatke had begun to master the delicate fusion of styles needed to create Ethio jazz. "I left the UK for America and studied at Berklee College in Boston. I learnt the technical aspects of jazz and gained a beautiful understanding of many different types of music. That's where I got my tools. Berklee really shook me up."

Blink 182 - California [Deluxe Edition] 2xCD/2xLP+MP3 (BMG Rights Management) 

Expanded edition of the pop-punk band's 2016 release featuring 11 new studio tracks and an acoustic version of the hit single "Bored To Death."

Fire From The Gods - Narrative Retold CD/LP+MP3 (Rise) 

Expanded edition of Narrative which was released to acclaim in August of 2016, featuring three bonus tracks. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]

Compilations, Best Of's & Sundry Collections

The Grateful Dead - Long Strange Trip: The Story Of The Grateful Dead [OST] 2xCD (Rhino) 

Long Strange Trip is an unprecedented four-hour documentary about The Grateful Dead from executive producer Martin Scorsese and director Amir Bar-Lev. It probes the creative forces, subversive ambitions, and interpersonal dynamics that drove The Grateful Dead in their 30-year career. The first biographical film authorized and supported by the band, LST includes never-before-seen archival footage (of performances, backstage, and home movies) as well as new interviews with band members and cultural critics.

Various Artists - The Rough Guide To Jug Blues CD (World Music Network) 

The original jug bands had their origins in the 1890s amongst African-Americans, and were then known as 'spasm bands'. This 'do it yourself' approach to their instrument-making gained immense popularity in America during the 1920s and early 1930s, and became closely linked to the development of the blues. This collection goes to show how during its heyday this not-often-talked-about genre was a highly influential and most vibrant of musical styles in the history of the blues.

DVDs & Bluray

The Rolling Stones - Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America DVD/Blu-ray (Eagle Rock Entertainment) 

Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America follows The Rolling Stones on their 2016 tour through ten Latin America cities whilst at the same time trying to stage their first ever concert in Havana, Cuba. 155 minutes.