Hitting the Racks
Here's your weekly rundown of the new releases hitting the racks at Grimey's: Friday, October 13th, 2017
Beck - Colors CD/LP/2xLP (Capitol)
The last time the mass public got a glimpse of Beck, it was at the end of the 2015 Grammy Awards, when Prince was handing him an Album of the Year award for his meditative, mostly acoustic album Morning Phase. Few people knew, but at that time the artist was already two years into work on the follow-up which has taken two more years to complete. Possibly the most aptly titled work in Beck's storied discography, Colors unfolds in an intoxicating rainbow of auditory tricks and treats, making it a summery smash for the fall season. In addition to the captivating piano-driven "Dear Life," Colors includes both Beck singles that preceded it: a new mix of the psych-dance summer jam "Dreams" that NPR hailed as "urgently contemporary and irresistibly vintage" and the retro-futuristic earworm "Wow" that had Stereogum praising its "big, sweet incandescent hook" and Esquire rejoicing, "All hail the return of Party Beck." [Multiple vinyl editions available: Standard black, indie store exclusive single-disc yellow, single-disc red, and deluxe red colored 180gm 45rpm with customizable cover, transparency prints and a 24-page lyrics art book.]
St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION CD/LP Loma Vista)
Themes of power and sex, imperiled relationships and death slice through St. Vincent aka Annie Clark's highly anticipated new album MASSEDUCTION, the enigmatic artist's first since her Grammy-nominated self-titled 2014 effort. The 13 tracks swirl with guitar and piano, synths and strings, and drum beats that punch with purpose. The album was co-produced by St. Vincent and Jack Antonoff at Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan, with additional recording at Rough Consumer Studio in Brooklyn, and Compound Fracture in Los Angeles. MASSEDUCTION is the culmination of years of writing, with songs crafted from voice memos, text messages, and snippets of melodies that came to Clark while traveling the globe. Special guests on the album include Thomas Bartlett on piano, Kamasi Washington on saxophone, Jenny Lewis on vocals, and beat production from Sounwave. Greg Leisz and Rich Hinman add pedal steel, and Tuck and Patti Andress contribute guitar and vocals respectively on select tracks. [Two limited vinyl pressings are available: single-disc pink and a Deluxe pink vinyl edition with translucent PVC sleeves, 24" x 24" foldout poster, sticker sheet and 28-page booklet.] Vinyl shipped late and is due to arrive on Friday, Oct 13.
Courtney Barnett / Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Lotta Sea Lice is a conversation between friends Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, documented in raw, unvarnished song, brimming with personal history, crackling with energy and shot through with humor. What started as a loose plan to record a couple songs with no plans for release, turned into this full-length - "because the vibe was so strong," says Vile.
Robert Plant - Carry Fire CD/2xLP (Nonesuch)
Carry Fire is Robert Plant's eleventh solo album and first full-length since 2014's acclaimed Lullaby and The Ceaseless Roar. As with Lullaby, Plant is accompanied by The Sensational Space Shifters: John Baggott on keyboards, moog, loops, percussion, drums, brass arrangement, t'bal, snare drum, slide guitar, piano, electric piano, bendir; Justin Adams on guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, E-bow quartet, percussion, snare drum, tambourine; Dave Smith on bendir, tambourine, djembe, drum kit; and Liam 'Skin' Tyson on dobro, guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, twelve-string. Plant and the Space Shifters are also joined on Carry Fire by a number of special guests. Chrissie Hynde joins Plant on the duet "Bluebirds Over The Mountain" (written by rockabilly legend Ersel Hickey and later recorded by both Richie Valens and The Beach Boys). And Albanian cellist Redi Hasa performs on three tracks, as does the celebrated Seth Lakeman on viola and fiddle.
William Patrick Corgan - Ogilala CD/LP+MP3 (Martha's Music/BMG)
As the founding member of The Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan has created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in music history, selling in excess of 30 million albums and winning multiple Grammy Awards in the process. For his newest solo opus Ogilala, he teamed up with legendary producer Rick Rubin to make his most intimate body of work to date. "For as long as I can remember the delineation point between songs I wrote for myself and songs I'd pen for whatever band was something I couldn't explain," Corgan says. "And it remains so, for they all feel quite personal to me, no matter their time or era. The lone difference on songs for Ogilala is that they seemed to want little in the way of adornment. Having written the songs for voice and guitar, I put myself in Rick's hands to take the music wherever he'd like. Normally I would have done more, and tinkered more on production, but rather Rick put the onus on me to deliver at a molecular level via live takes. The rest was simply a reaction." [Limited edition pink colored vinyl pressing.]
Neil Finn - Out Of Silence CD (Lester Records Ltd./Kobalt)
"The multi-talented Crowded House frontman can make the most sophisticated pop music sound like the easiest thing in the world. Perhaps the first thing the listener needs to do with Out Of Silence is forget about the circumstances in which it was created. For four consecutive Fridays in August, Neil Finn has live-streamed the making of his fourth solo album via his Facebook page, releasing the singles 'More Than One Of You' and 'Second Nature' on the 11th and 18th respectively. The recording was completed in a final four-hour session on the 25th. Clearly, this approach excited Finn and his fans. But when the process is forgotten, all that is left behind is the music itself: piano-based orchestral pop, with a minimum of drums and percussion. The album is compact at 35 minutes, and complex in its instrumentation and arrangements, scored by composer Victoria Kelly. It is beautiful on the surface and yet seemingly bottomless: these songs are too subtle and densely textured to take in all at once. Piece by piece, Neil Finn's Out Of Silence comes together in simplistic beauty." [Vinyl edition due November 3.]
Kendell Marvel - Lowdown & Lonesome CD (Big Daddy)
Already an award-winning songwriter, having written hits for Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Jamey Johnson and Jake Owen, Kendell Marvel makes his solo debut with Lowdown & Lonesome, a concept album that blends his musical down home country and rock & roll roots. Lowdown & Lonesome is reminiscent of classical country greats Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. combined with the southern rock edge of the Allman Brothers and ZZ Top. Kendell Marvel will celebrate his release with a free, all ages live performance at Grimey's on release day - Friday, October 13th at 6PM.
Jackie Greene - The Modern Lives - Vol. 1 CD (Blue Rose/The End)
Hailed as "the Prince of Americana" by the New York Times, Greene has always had a knack for capturing the human experience in all its messy, emotional complexity, and on his new EP, The Modern Lives - Vol. 1, he draws inspiration from some of the great social paradoxes of our 21st century world: that the technology designed to simplify our lives can actually complicate them in ways we'd never imagined, that the most crowded cities can actually be the loneliest places to live, that the constructs meant to connect us to each other can actually leave us feeling more isolated than ever. While Greene's songwriting chops were more than enough to place him in a league of his own (NPR's World Café raved that his "sound seems at once achingly intimate, surprisingly energetic and unburdened by adherence to genre"), Greene also emerged as a singular singer and guitarist, prompting Rolling Stone to praise his "honeyed tenor" and name him among "the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends."
Stars - There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light CD/2xLP (Last Gang)
Stars have made their career telling the tales we keep in the darkest and most hopeful parts of our souls. Delivering the hard and soft edges of life and love, their Peter Katis-produced new album There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light is ushered in by lead tracks "Privilege" and "We Called It Love." From the reflective beauty of Amy Millan's vocal in "Privilege," "never got what you want, never got it," to Torquil Campbell's contemplative and contrary, "I don't believe that people change...but I've changed" on "We Called It Love," Stars comfort and reassure us that within the experience of failure and f**king up is the path to a life well lived.
Front Bottoms - Going Grey CD (Fueled By Ramen)
Going Grey finds The Front Bottoms embracing the impermanence of life and finding flexibility in the face of change. Having relocated band headquarters to the coastal New Jersey community of Asbury Park during the demoing stages of the album, Going Grey sees the band acknowledging the nostalgia of simpler times with admiration while welcoming the inevitable unknowns of life. The first single off the album is "Faded," a catchy track that manages to mix classic Front Bottoms lyrics with a more polished, modern production style. "The Front Bottoms unique lyricism, vocal techniques and instrumental variety invite a diverse array of listeners to delve into their own world. The poetic and obscure lyrics in each song appeal to a broad audience as they tackle issues relevant in everyday life that most people are incapable of articulating." - The Guilfordian. Vinyl is shipping late, hopefully to arrive on Friday.
King Krule - The Ooz CD/LP (True Panther Sounds)
Second full-length album from London-born 22 year-old polymath King Krule, aka Archy Marshall. The sprawling 19-song epic follows his 2013 debut 6 Feet Beneath The Moon.
The Rural Alberta Advantage - The Wild CD/LP (Paper Bag/Saddle Creek)
"The Rural Alberta Advantage has been wailing out heart-on-your-sleeve indie rock for 10 years, leading sing-alongs and cathartic dance parties alongside three full-length album releases. But on The Wild, the Toronto-based band's fourth full-length, there's been a big change: in fall 2016, it announced that longtime bandmate Amy Cole had left, with keyboardist/singer Robin Hatch joining to complete the trio. While Hatch has done small tours with the band since summer 2016, this album is her first recording with her new bandmates. The Wild is what fans have been waiting for: at times a foot-stomping shout-along ('Brother'), at others hushed and nostalgic ('Letting Go'); you can hear the heart of Rural Alberta Advantage beating amidst its changes - ones within the band, and the ones that simply come with getting older." - CBC Music
Barr Brothers - Queens Of The Breakers CD (Secret City)
A collection of 11 hypnotically fluid songs that speak to the raw, elemental power of reflection, forgiveness, loss, and growing up. The record finds the band, featuring brothers Brad (guitar) and Andrew Barr (drums), and Sarah Page (harp), further on their thrilling path of exploring the outer limits of folk, blues, rock and Americana made north of the American border.
Soraia - Dead Reckoning CD (Wicked Cool)
Over the course of relentless touring and four albums, one EP and countless singles, the Philadelphia band has honed their garage-rock songwriting and magnetic live show while building an intensely dedicated fan base across the country. In their raw songwriting and passionate relationships with their fans, Soraia - whose name means "bright guiding star" in Arabic - strive to set an example of how personal struggles can be overcome to inspire life-changing art. Vinyl is available for special order.
The Radio Dept. - Teach Me To Forget CDEP/12" (Labrador)
The Radio Dept. return with their first new material since 2016's album Running Out Of Love. The six-track EP includes two brand new songs, three remixes and the band's new take on the title track.
Pink - Beautiful Trauma CD/2xLP (RCA)
Seventh studio album from the pop vocalist. Includes the single "What About Us".
Morgan Saint - 17 Hero CDEP/10" (Epic)
"It feels like magic. One listen to Morgan Saint's warm delivery, dreamy instrumentation, and lush lyrical poetry, and you're somewhere else. Opening up that world, the New York songstress releases her debut EP, 17 Hero. With each track penned by Saint, 17 Hero stirs majestic alternative and intimate indie into an artistic and anthemic pop pastiche. The shimmering '80s synths and fingersnaps of 'Just Friends' bristle as she coyly asks, 'Why don't we makeout?' Elsewhere, 'For God's Sake' builds from a hushed verse into a soaring refrain, and the buzzing intro of 'New Regime' hinges on buzzing tones and a handclap as she carries an angelic refrain to the heavens and back. It's 'Moody Pop,' as she so eloquently describes." - Broadway World
Tusks - Dissolve CD (One Little Indian)
With her full-length debut album Dissolve, UK multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and chanteuse Tusks (aka Emily Underhill) builds on her towering musical vision. Created alongside longtime co-producer Brett Cox, her rich visual imagination with its cinematic enormity and resplendent detail is the work of a young artist mastering the nuances of her craft, a journey which began in her early teens. Dissolve is heady and ambitious, not so much the sum of its influences as an outward projection of its creator. It's the purest distillation of Underhill as a person, and it strikes a uniquely human chord through its melodies, which are at once comfortingly familiar and refreshing.
Melkbelly - Nothing Valley CD/LP+MP3 (Wax Nine)
If Nothing Valley were a real place, it'd be mossy, verdant, and a little bit strange. Melkbelly, formed by vets of Chicago's experimental and DIY scene champions, organized noise and thoughtful freneticism on its debut full-length, Nothing Valley, fusing dreamy vocal lines and cantankerous guitar racket. Its songs clang and bang in stripped-down production that highlights the band's sharp edges; multi-faceted slabs of sound serve harmonious, immediate songs. So it shouldn't be a surprise that the band members' tastes run obscure - The Hecks, Lightning Bolt, jazz drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and "bands and musicians that draw on a sense of adventure." Nothing Valley breezes gust fresh and forcefully. [Limited edition orange colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Gucci Mane - Mr. Davis CD (Atlantic)
Mr. Davis is the eleventh album from the Atlanta-based rapper and trap pioneer, released four months after his last album, DropTopWop. Guest appearances include Migos (on lead single "I Get The Bag"), Slim Jxmmi, Young Dolph, The Weeknd, Ty Dolla $ign, Big Sean, Monica, ScHoolboy Q, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, and Rico Love. Often referred to as Guwop by his fans, Mane is the originator of trap-music, a gritty subgenre of hip hop heavily influenced by drug culture in the south. Drug dealers have long referred to the house or apartment in which they operate out of as the "trap," but it was Mane who brought the idea of a trap house to the mainstream.
Tech N9ne Collabos - Strange Reign CD/2xCD (Strange Music)
Newest installment in the popular Tech N9ne Collabos series. Includes Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Rittz, Stevie Stone, ¡Mayday!, Ces Cru, MURS, Mackenzie Nicole, Above Waves, JL, Darrein Safron, and Prozak. [Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a five-track remix CDEP.
Dolly Parton - I Believe In You CD (RCA)
Dolly's first children's album. All proceeds benefit the Imagination Library, Parton's charity that promotes children's literacy and a love of reading.
Carly Pearce - Every Little Thing CD (Big Machine)
Debut album from the country music artist. Includes the singles "Dare Ya", "If My Name Was Whiskey" and "Every Little Thing".
Ryan Koenig - Two Different Worlds CD/LP (Big Muddy)
To say that Ryan Koenig loves country music is not enough. Whether he is on the road with his full-time gig as a multi-instrumentalist with Pokey LaFarge or at home inside western themed trinket-covered walls of his St. Louis bungalow, you will most likely find him affectionately immersed in the genre's fashion, history, and culture. Koenig's debut album, Two Different Worlds, is an expression of his love of country music as well as a reflection of the deep understanding and appreciation he has for even the smallest piece of the country music puzzle.
Mike Barnett - Portraits In Fiddles CD (Compass)
Though he's a Nashville native who became a professional player at a young age as part of Jesse McReynolds' band, Mike Barnett can still be considered another breakout talent from the Boston roots music scene that produced the likes of Lake Street Dive, Crooked Still and The Deadly Gentlemen, a newgrass outfit where he held fiddle duties from 2011 to 2014.
Jessie James Decker - Southern Girl City Lights CD (Epic)
Sophomore studio album from the country pop artist and reality television personality. Russell Dickerson - Yours CD (Triple Tigers) Debut album from the country music singer/songwriter.
Dirty Heads - Swim Team CD (Five Seven Music)
Fifth album from the SoCal music makers - 11 tracks that move between pop, alternative, Hip-hop, reggae, and rock. Vinyl due 10/20.
Marillion - Living in F E A R CDEP/12" (earMUSIC)
Living In F E A R comes in a limited CD digipak as well as in a limited and numbered 12" vinyl edition, carrying three additional unreleased live songs.
Fozzy - Judas CD (Century Media)
Fozzy has always been about one thing: bringing good times back to rock & roll. Judas is their seventh album. [Vinyl edition due November 3.]
Knuckle Puck - Shapeshifter CD/LP (Rise)
Shapeshifter is the sound of the Chicago-based pop-punk band taking their best qualities and honing them to make them even sharper. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
The Lillingtons - Stella Sapiente CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
It's been over a decade since The Lillingtons released a full-length album. Their songs are pulpy vignettes steeped in intrigue, unraveling mysteries, conspiracies, and cloak-and-dagger operations while bashing through buzzy, pop-focused punk songs.
Samael - Hegemony CD/2xLP (Napalm)
The Swiss black metal pioneers return with their eleventh record.
Enslaved - E CD/2xLP/Cassette (Nuclear Blast)
Norway's iconic Enslaved reign supreme as one of the most dependable components in extreme metals indestructible backbone. An album full of revelatory moments, spine-tingling dynamics and exquisite but alien atmospheres, E showcases a refreshed Enslaved line-up via songs that take the band into unprecedented territory. [Along with standard black, there are at least three colored vinyl pressings of this album available: blood-red and white splatter, bronze, and grey.]
Exhumed - Death Revenge CD/LP (Relapse)
San Jose's Exhumed have blazed a path for modern-sensible old-school death metal since the band's 1991 formation, when founder and sole remaining member Matt Harvey was a tender 15 years old. Now over 25 years later, Exhumed return with their sixth full-length and tread into ambitious new territory with their first concept album. Lock the mausoleum doors and chain up the cemetery gates, Death Revenge is a musical melodrama in thirteen parts based on shocking true events. It takes place in the late 1820s in Edinburgh, Scotland and tells the macabre tale of a series of brutal murders where the victims' cadavers were sold to anatomists, amid a grisly underground trade of grave-robbery. Recorded with producer Jarrett Pritchard (Goatwhore, Hate Eternal, Gruesome), Death Revenge takes the band's signature gore-drenched, death metal mayhem to theatrical and ghastly new depths.
New on Vinyl
Jerry Garcia Band - Cats Under The Stars [Reissue/1978] 2xLP (ATO)
Vinyl reissue of Jerry Garcia's first album on the Arista label and his first LP using the band name Jerry Garcia Band. Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Wind River [OST] LP (Lakeshore)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, Wind River is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death. The film features a sublime original motion picture soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (Hell Or High Water, Lawless, The Assassination Of Jesse James).
Tim Buckley - Greetings From West Hollywood 2xLP (Manifesto)
New archive live release from the singer-songwriter. In early September 1969 Buckley played five sets over two days at L.A. club The Troubadour, all of which were recorded. These shows featured him at his improvisational best, each performance of every song being different from other performances of the same song. A selection of these recordings was issued in 1994 as Live At The Troubadour 1969. Producers Pat Thomas and Bill Inglot have gone through the remaining recordings and have put together Greetings From West Hollywood which does not duplicate any recordings from the 1994 release.
Flamin' Groovies - Fantastic Plastic LP (Severn)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. American precursors to punk rock and power pop, The Flamin' Groovies' story goes all the way back to 1965, when the band began as the Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco, CA. They released a series of infectious guitar driven rock 'n' roll records over the next few decades before disbanding in 1992. However, Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson reunited in 2013 and have been touring for the past four years. Now they return in 2017 with Fantastic Plastic and give everyone another chance at hearing exactly why those in the know consider them one of the greatest rock n' roll bands of all-time. Produced by Jordan and Joel Jaffe (who also contributes guitar) and featuring original bassist George Alexander and latter-day drummer Victor Penalosa, Fantastic Plastic unleashes 10 new original tunes penned by Jordan and Wilson as well as covers of the Beau Brummels' "Don't Talk To Strangers" and NRBQ's "I Want You Bad."
Motörhead - Under Cöver LP (Motörhead Music)
A collection of some of Motörhead's best covers, including a previously unreleased version of David Bowie's "Heroes."
Ben Frost - The Centre Cannot Hold LP (Mute)
Recently released on CD - now available on limited edition blue vinyl. Frost's Steve Albini-produced fifth album is an exercise in limitation and chromatic saturation. The Centre Cannot Hold is an attempt at transcribing a spectrum of glowing ultramarines into sound and forbids casual engagement, but rather seeks to engulf those who encounter it.
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Always Foreign LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Recently released on CD - now available on clear vinyl. TWIABP are back and as progressive as always. Vocalist David F Bello says of the record: "When we started writing we were fresh off Trump being elected, so there's an anger to the album that's different from what we've done in the past. There's a lot more resistance thinking throughout the songs - not in a way that's strictly anti-Trump, but also addressing things like white supremacy and controlling elements of the state." The album's first single, "Dillon And Her Son" (featuring guest vocals from mewithoutyou's Aaron Weiss) is "a pepped-up cut which forgoes the sprawl of some of their earlier work for a more immediate quick hit rush" (Stereogum). According to TWIABP's vocalist/bassist Joshua Cyr, the song speaks out against "getting older and becoming the kind of person who resents younger people for having fun and doing something new.
Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previt with Iggy Pop - Loneliness Road LP+MP3 (RareNoise)
Released last May on CD - now available on vinyl. 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.
Michael McDonald - Wide Open 2xLP (BMG)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Soul singer/songwriter and former Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan collaborator Michael McDonald returns with his first album of original material in 17 years. Wide Open was recorded at his Nashville studio with some of Music City's finest session men (including drummer Shannon Forrest, guitarist Michael Landau and saxophonist Tom Scott) and features guest appearances by Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Marcus Miller, Willie Weeks and Branford Marsalis
Mastodon - Emperor Of Sand 2xLP (Reprise)
Limited edition pink colored vinyl pressing. Part of this year's Ten Bands One Cause pink vinyl campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Gilda's Club NYC.
Portugal. The Man - Woodstock LP (Atlantic)
Limited edition pink colored vinyl pressing. Part of this year's Ten Bands One Cause pink vinyl campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Gilda's Club NYC.
Guy Clark Jr. - Live North America 2016 2xLP (WB)
Limited double colored vinyl LP pressing. Part of this year's Ten Bands One Cause pink vinyl campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Gilda's Club NYC.
Green Day - Nimrod [Reissue/1997] LP (WB)
Limited edition yellow colored vinyl pressing of Green Day's fifth album.
Pierce The Veil - A Flair For The Dramatic [Reissue/2007] 2xLP+MP3 (Equal Vision)
Limited orange colored vinyl reissue featuring revamped cover art, an exclusive book of never before seen photos from the writing and recording process and a digital download card with three previously unreleased demos of songs from the album.
4 Non Blondes - Bigger, Better, Faster, More! [Reissue/1992] LP (Interscope)
Originally released in 1992 and celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, Bigger, Better, Faster, More! is the lone studio album from the alternative rock juggernaut.
King Khan - Murder Burgers  LP (Ernest Jenning)
The master of psychedelic H&B, used all of his magic to reunite one of his all-time favorite bands, The Gris Gris from Oakland, CA to back him up on previously Bandcamp-only long player Murder Burgers.
Nashville Pussy - From Hell To Texas [Reissue/2009] LP+CD (BMG)
Nashville Pussy - Ten Years Of Pussy 2xLP+CD (Steamhammer)
Nashville Pussy is a band who hail from Atlanta, GA deep in the heart of "the BBQ Nation" and sound like AC/DC slap boxing with Lynyrd Skynyrd while Motörhead watches. They have weathered numerous labels, trends and bass players.
Joan Of Arc - A Portable Model Of [Reissue/1997] LP (Epitaph)
Joan Of Arc - Live In Chicago, 1999 [Reissue/1999] LP (Epitaph)
180gm vinyl reissues - originally released by Jade Tree back when the emo scene was original.
Jets To Brazil - Orange Rhyming Dictionary [Reissue/1998] 2xLP (Epitaph)
Jets To Brazil - Four Cornered Night [Reissue/2000] 2xLP (Epitaph)
Jets To Brazil - Perfecting Loneliness [Reissue/2002] 2xLP (Epitaph)
Limited edition vinyl reissues - one pressing on black and the other on clear wax - now available. Part of Epitaph's ongoing Jade Tree reissue campaign.
Skinny Puppy - Remission [Reissue/1984] LP (Nettwerk)
Skinny Puppy - Bites [Reissue/1985] LP (Nettwerk)
150gm vinyl reissues of the pioneering electro-industrial band's first two albums.
Propagandhi - Victory Lap LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. The first thing to know, if you want to know about Propagandhi, is that they came here to rock. Right from the snarling opening riff of their seventh album, Victory Lap, that much is clear.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper [Reissue/1988] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Recently reissued on CD - now available on vinyl - the first double album in hip-hop music in its original vinyl incarnation (presented here).
TLC - Ooooooohhh... On The TLC Tip [Reissue/1992] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissue of the debut studio album by R&B/hip-hop girl group.
DJ Quik - Quik Is The Name [Reissue/1991] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissue of the hip-hop artist's debut album.
Mystikal - Unpredictable [Reissue/1997] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissue of the rapper's second album.
Ginuwine - Ginuwine... The Bachelor [Reissue/1996] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissue of the R&B artists debut album.
E-40 - In A Major Way [Reissue/1995] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissue of the rapper's second album.
Bobby Darin - You're The Reason I'm Living [Reissue/1963] LP (Capitol)
Vinyl reissue of the 1963 album by Bobby Darin. It contains country and western music and features arrangements by Jimmie Haskell, Shorty Rogers and Gerald Wilson.
Poppy Ackroyd - Escapement [Reissue/2012] LP (One Little Indian/Denovali)
Poppy Ackroyd - Feathers [Reissue/2014] LP (One Little Indian/Denovali)
Poppy Ackroyd is a performer and composer from London who is currently based in Edinburgh. Classically trained on violin and piano, she fell in love with contemporary piano music and with the piano beyond the keys, discovering the world of sound that could be made from other parts of the instrument. Realizing the violin had the same potential, she has spent the last few years composing delicate, intricate, and beautifully atmospheric music by manipulating and multi-tracking sounds from these two instruments. Every sound, with the exception of a few field recordings, is created using either the piano or the violin.
Cherry - Dumbness LP (Lame-O)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Cherry is the new bedroom-pop project from Russell Edling, the ex-singer and songwriter of Kite Party.
Barenaked Ladies - Gordon  2xLP (Rhino)
During the summer of 1992, Barenaked Ladies released their debut, Gordon. The album was widely praised for refreshing, upbeat and fun songs like the hit single, "If I Had $1000000." This year, the alt-rock classic turns 25 and is available on vinyl for the first time.
Stick To Your Guns - True View CD/LP (Pure Noise)
Sixth full-length album from the Orange County, CA hardcore punk band.
Tommy Castro And The Painkillers - Stompin' Ground LP (Alligator)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Castro lets loose on a set of 12 tracks featuring six originals and new versions of songs he learned and played as a young up-and-comer.
Soundtrack - The Return Of The Living Dead [OST/Reissue/1985] LP (Real Gone Music)
Limited edition black and brown "Tarman" vinyl LP pressing. Features tracks by The Cramps, 45 Grave, The Flesh Eaters, The Damned, Roky Erickson, The Jet Black Berries, T.S.O.L. and SSQ.
Reissues & From The Vault
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Vol 1 CD (Rise Above)
Originally released in 2010, Vol 1 is the first efforts of unknown songwriter, Kevin Starrs. Pressed in small numbers for a non-existing fan base, the album took several months to shift all 30 CD-R copies and provided a small platform to fund its follow up, Blood Lust (2011). Recorded on a tight budget of stashed dole money and with little knowledge or regard for conventional recording techniques, the chaotic results speak for themselves; distorted vocals, out of tune harmonies, ragged musicianship and everything pushed to the red. The clatter of mic stands falling over mid performance, the rustling of lyric papers, the missed key changes and flubbed lines. Everything you would want to avoid is here. Self-funded, self-recorded and self-released to a fanfare of silence, Vol 1 is a true D.I.Y. effort from start to finish. In the years following, the album became something of a cult curiosity. Despite the shoddy work of bootleggers and impatient collectors, Starrs refused to re-release the album until he could work on its remix and oversee the mastering. [Limited 180gm purple colored vinyl pressing due 10-20]
Sepultura - Chaos A.D.  2xCD/2xLP (Atlantic)
Expanded and remastered version of Sepultura's 1993 album featuring 17 bonus tracks. Among the highlights are a cover of Black Sabbath's "Symptom Of The Universe" that was originally issued as a B-side, plus nine scorching live versions of album tracks like "Territory" and "Biotech Is Godzilla." Also featured are several unreleased instrumental tracks that the band used during rehearsals for "Clenched Fist" and "Propaganda." Vinyl due 10/20.
Montrose - Montrose  2xCD/2xLP (WB)
Montrose - Paper Money  2xCD2xLP (WB)
Digitally remastered and expanded editions featuring previously unreleased bonus tracks.
John Lee Hooker - The Best Of Friends  CD (Craft Recordings)
True to its name, The Best Of Friends highlights John Lee Hooker's superstar duets, recorded throughout his comeback years of the '80s and '90s. 14 performances featuring Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Ike Turner, Ry Cooder and Ben Harper, among others.
Compilations, Best Of's & Sundry Collections
Lydia Loveless - Boy Crazy And Single(s) CD/LP+MP3 (Bloodshot)
New collection from Lydia Loveless containing her summery five-song EP Boy Crazy plus six non-album singles and B-sides, including original songs in addition to inventive and bare-bones covers of Prince, Elvis Costello, and Kesha. The recordings span from 2012 to 2015 and are appearing on a full-length release for the first time. Lydia Loveless is an alternative country singer/songwriter from Columbus, Ohio. Her music combines pop music, classic country, honky tonk, and punk rock. [Limited 180gm yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Various Artists - Punk Rock Halloween CD (Cleopatra)
A host of veteran punk acts and young up-and-comers offer up this tricky treat of Halloween-themed punk rock songs for the whole dysfunctional family. Includes performances by Reel Big Fish, The Adolescents, Anti-Nowhere League, 999, UK Subs, Dwarves, The Vibrators, Heartbreaker Walter Lure, NY Doll Sylvain Sylvain and more.
For The Holidaze
Various Artists - Holidays Rule Volume 2 CD (Capitol)
A joyful and diverse collection of seasonal music featuring an array of convivial contributions from across the musical spectrum. Barns Courtney and Lennon Stella remake "Baby, It's Cold Outside"; Judah & The Lion reinvents "The Christmas Song"; Albin Lee Meldau delivers a soulful version of Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You"), reframing songs for the holiday season (The Decemberists cover Big Star's "Jesus Christ"; Norah Jones covers Horace Silver's "Peace"; MUNA covers McCartney's "Pipes Of Peace"), unearthing rarities (Kandace Springs delivers a glistening new version of "(Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With The Bag"; Rosanne Cash dusts off Louis Jordan's "May Ev'ry Day Be Christmas"; Lake Street Dive offers up the cheeky novelty song "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas"), and contributing new songs to the seasonal repertoire (Grace Potter's original song "Christmas Moon").
Live & In Concert
The Who - Tommy Live At Royal Albert Hall 2xCD/3xLP (Eagle Records)
In this 100th show in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust, The Who performed their nearly 50- year-old landmark rock opera Tommy in its entirety along with a second set of seven greatest hits at London's historic Royal Albert Hall. The Who have toured Tommy before, in 1969, 1989 and again in 2002, but this set includes every track performed live from the 24-track studio album, including the rarity "Welcome." [Stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray editions also available.]
Soundtrack - Halloween Pussytrap! Kill Kill! CD (Cleopatra) Original soundtrack. Saw meets Green Room in the terrifying new indie horror flick. Features the music of Jyrki 69, Ministry, Descartes A Kant, Egrets On Ergot, The Anix, Inhalt, Grypt and others.