Hitting the Racks
Here's your weekly rundown of the new releases hitting the racks at Grimey's: Friday, February 23rd, 2018
Caroline Rose - Loner CD/LP (New West)
An obsession with money, a lover sleeping with someone else, a friend accidentally getting pregnant, misogyny, loneliness, death...This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up Loner - the whimsical, darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of "ahhh f**k it," two years of exploration, and a wicked sense of humor, Rose delivers a set of serious songs wrapped in a sprightly, angsty pop burrito. Because, as Rose puts it, "Sometimes sad songs just need a cocktail." Loner captures the cheeky satire, comical musings, and often jarring mood swings - sometimes goofy, sometimes emotional - that make up much of Rose's personality. "I call it Schizodrift," she says. "I want to make music that sounds as manic as I feel." Filled with catchy synth hooks, Doors-esque Farfisa, surfy guitar, punky attitude, and depth of thought, Loner captures the energy of bands like Le Tigre and The Cramps, the style of Blondie and Devo, the artsy folk of Kate Bush and pop hooks of icons like Justin Timberlake. "I'd say this album was as much inspired by Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears as it was late '70s punk," Rose adds.
Grant-Lee Phillips - Windershins CD/LP (Yep Roc)
"I'm drawing from the urgency of the moment," says acclaimed Nashville-based singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips, of Widdershins, his ninth solo album. Inspired by "the things that eat away in the late hours," Phillips invests the insight, nuance and wit in a riveting dissection of today's fraught social landscape. Recorded over four days at Sound Emporium in Nashville, the 12-track set was produced by Phillips (guitar, vocals, keyboards) and cut largely live in the studio as a trio with Jerry Roe (drums) and Lex Price (bass). Mixed by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists) and engineered by Mike Stankiewicz, the album delivers its poetic truths in Phillips' peerless melodic sensibilities, relayed via vocal performances that balance intensity and vulnerability.
Vance Joy - Nation Of Two CD (Atlantic)
Nation Of Two is the keenly awaited second album from Melbourne-turned global folk-pop superstar, Vance Joy (James Gabriel Wanderson Keogh). Following on from his ARIA #1 debut Dream Your Life Away, Nation Of Two carries the listener on an exquisite 13 track journey across new terrain. Tales of love and longing, including recent double platinum-selling hit "Lay It On Me" and new single "We're Going Home" burst with emotion, anchored by Vance Joy's delicate story-telling, masterful instrumentation and compelling vocals. "Nation Of Two describes a perfectly self-contained couple," Joy adds in regards to the new full-length. "Their world beginning and ending at the bed they share, the car they ride in, or any other place where they're together...the idea that their love for each other gives them their bearings; a point of reference that makes sense of life." "Right now, the biggest band in hardcore might be Turnstile" (Stereogum).
Lionlimb - Tape Recorder CD/LP (Bayonet)
Tape Recorder is the second album from Nashville's Lionlimb, the project of Stewart Bronaugh and Joshua Jaeger. The record is a collection of six tracks written by Bronaugh after their second European tour in the fall of 2016, primarily on piano in Columbia University practice rooms. After having collaborated with a friend who played cello, the Bronaugh and Jaeger began expanding into scoring music for violins and bass clarinet. Having been the first time he scored music by hand, Bronaugh looked to '70s minimalist composers for research. After recording the entire album live, the resulting six tracks of Tape Recorder are reflective, soulful, and based around the themes of love, loss, heartache, friends, and family.
Legend Of The Seagullmen - Legend Of The Seagullmen CD (Dine Alone)
Legend Of The Seagullmen is a genre-destroying supergroup featuring Danny Carey of Tool, Brent Hinds of Mastodon, director Jimmy Hayward (Jonah Hex, Horton Hears A Who) on guitar, and Pete Griffin of Zappa Plays Zappa and Dethklok on bass, and a few other rippers. Joining forces to make cinematic psychedelic rock, The Seagullmen sing of shipwrecks and giant mutant squid, crafting conceptual rock 'n' roll hymns of epic proportions on their self-titled full-length debut. Engineered by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business) and mastered by Gavin Lurssen (Queens Of The Stone Age), Legend Of The Seagullmen sees the band unveil massive sonically pulverizing slabs that decimate expectations since Rolling Stone excitedly leaked two demos back in 2015. [Vinyl edition due March 2.] Join us when we open at 11AM on Friday, March 2nd for our Legend Of The Seagullmen vinyl listening party! You could win some cool swag and we'll have free coffee, donuts and mimosas!
Screaming Females - All At Once CD/2xLP+MP3 (Don Giovanni)
Throughout their lifetime as a band, Screaming Females have moved against the prevailing winds. Over six albums and more than a decade of touring, they have remained deeply individual and steadfastly DIY. Each new album has been a reaction to the last -- a chance for the band to challenge itself and its audience by switching course and subverting expectations. All At Once is Screaming Females seventh record -- a double LP that captures the band at its most ambitious and expansive.
Fever Ray - Plunge CD/LP+MP3 (Mute)
Karin Dreijer (one half of the electronic duo The Knife along with her brother, Olof Dreijer) makes her long awaited return as Fever Ray with the project's second album Plunge, the first release since 2009's celebrated Fever Ray. Featuring lead single "To The Moon and Back," Plunge was largely recorded in Dreijer's Stockholm studio in collaboration with the producers Paula Temple, Deena Abdelwahed, NÍDIA, Tami T, Peder Mannerfelt and Johannes Berglund. "Fever Ray's Plunge...is Karin Dreijer at her most vulnerable and powerful, a righteous reclamation of kink that extends a knowing invitation," writes NPR. "Across 11 tracks of coquettish synth-pop cut with neon, Dreijer is not just frank about her sexual desires, but how she desires them - with consent, with trust, with pain, with love."
Lo Moon - Lo Moon CD/LP (Sony)
The highly anticipated self-titled debut album from the Los Angeles, California based indie rock band. Lo Moon is a dark, luscious collection of songs full of crescendo rock and sparkling electronics. The songs bridge a gap between soft experimental rock and atmospheric electronic pop. The record is a cool, dark, meditative exploration of bittersweet sadness and cathartic joy.
Low Anthem - The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depths Of The Sea CD/LP+MP3 (Joyful Noise)
The Low Anthem present twelve short songs that are fragile, nuanced, and honest. In contrast to the existential freakout that is Eyeland (2016), or the folk-faithful incubator albums, The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea feels delicately purposeful. Acoustic arrangements are peppered with subtle and fragmented electronic elements. Rhythms are physically composed on the center loops of vinyl records. These elements weave songs that sound at once organic and highly-conceptual.
Darlingside - Extralife CD/LP (More Doug)
Darlingside stretch the boundaries of traditional folk, chamber pop, baroque, progressive and indie rock by melding the various styles together and creating something not easily categorized and very much their own. Their pensive and poetic lyrics are sung utilizing divine harmonies reminiscent of The Beach Boys, Fleet Foxes and Simon & Garfunkel.
Hannah Read - Way Out I'll Wander CD/LP (Hudson)
Way Out I'll Wander features a cast of musicians including Jefferson Hamer (Anais Mitchell), Jeff Picker and Sarah Jarosz. The recordings capture Read's formidable songwriting in intimate arrangements which reflect her background in traditional Scottish and English folk while also calling to mind the ice-cool delivery of Mary Lorson or Nina Nastasia.
Caleb Caudle - Crushed Coins CD/LP (Cornelius Music)
With Crushed Coins, Caleb Caudle returns with his unique and genuine method of songwriting, which Paste Magazine has compared to Jason Isbell. The album features a handful of skilled musicians and artists, including Joshua Hedley, Erin Rae, noted electric guitarist Megan McCormick, pedal steel player Brett Resnick, and bassist Kevin Black.
Dylan Pratt - Limbo CD (Washington Square/Razor & Tie)
With a dusty timbre, hypnotic voice, and confessional lyrics, Arizona-born singer and songwriter Dylan Pratt resembles a traditional troubadour in the purest sense of the word, bouncing from place to place and collating his travels and experiences in song.
Holly Miranda - Mutual Horse CD/LP (Dangerbird)
Holly Miranda grew up between Detroit and Nashville, two music towns that would influence her own journey in a very profound way. She began playing piano at the age of 6, taught herself guitar at 14 and moved to New York at 16 to start her professional career. For nearly 20 years Holly has been performing, writing and producing with some of the best in the business. She has performed with the likes of Karen O, Lou Reed, The xx and Lesley Gore. She released two records with her band The Jealous Girlfriends and has co-written and produced a mass of other projects. Her new album, Mutual Horse, features an eclectic mix of players which makes for some compelling grooves. The record finds Holly bridging the gap between 2010's experimental synth laden release The Magicians Private Library and 2015's stripped back soulful self-titled record. Miranda takes an honest and intimate approach throughout its 14-tracks, while simultaneously maintaining her sense of humor and sonic explorations.
Alice Cooper - The Sound Of A CDEP/10" (earMUSIC)
"The Sound of A" has a special meaning; it is in fact the first song that Alice Cooper wrote entirely on his own back in 1967. The song was forgotten until Dennis Dunaway, the bass player of the original Alice Cooper band, rediscovered it and played it to Alice, after which the two of them updated the song and then recorded it for 2017's Paranormal album. With its psychedelic sound, swirling guitars and the mysterious Hammond organ, it is one of the most hypnotic songs on Paranormal. In addition to the title track, this EP includes four previously unreleased live songs recorded in Columbus, OH, on May 6, 2016. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Tony Banks - 5 CD (BMG)
A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee as a member of Genesis (2010), 5 is Tony Banks' tenth album outside of the band and his third orchestral album following the releases of Seven: A Suite for Orchestra (2004) and Six Pieces for Orchestra (2012). 5 is a collection of five compositions written by Banks and produced by long-time collaborator Nick Davis. Nick Ingman, renowned orchestrator and conductor, agreed to be involved in the project immediately after hearing the demos played to him personally by Banks. Ingman has worked with a plethora of artists and musicians from David Bowie and Oasis to the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The recording was built up over various sessions, the first in London's Angel Studios where solos and percussion were recorded before a transfer to Prague for a week where concentrated sets of three sessions a day with the orchestra and choir. Recording section by section is a more rock/pop method and seen as unorthodox for an orchestral album, but this method allowed Banks, who also played all of the piano parts, to use his vast musical experience and give himself greater creative control. [Vinyl edition due March 9.]
Imarhan - Temet CD/LP (City Slang)
When Imarhan released their self-titled debut album in 2016, they stepped into a genre already flooded with talent and exposure, but still managed to rise to the top and be heralded as the 'new wave of Tuareg music'. Whereas their debut was anchored in the meditative desert blues tradition, Temet eclipses such notions, finding bounce and drive by stirring their sound with funk, fuzz, disco and rock.
Totally Mild - Her CD/LP (Chapter Music)
Second album by the Melbourne lush pop quartet. Following on from their acclaimed 2015 debut Down Time, Her is a shining jewel of an album. Elizabeth Mitchell's voice soars and swoops in shiver-inducing ways, while her songs address desires and dreams with affecting frankness. "Her is a record of failure and victory, new desire, stale romance, queer domesticity and what comes when the party is over," says Mitchell. First single "Today Tonight" is kinetic, dynamic guitar pop at its finest, while "Lucky Stars" showcases Mitchell's love for piano balladry, and "From One Another" is an eulogy for a toxic relationship given the most graceful pop setting.
Olden Yolk - Olden Yolk CD/LP (Trouble In Mind)
Olden Yolk is a New York-based group whose penchant for dystopian folk, abstract poeticism, and motorik rhythms have enveloped them in a sound uniquely of-the-moment yet simultaneously time-tested.
Strange Names - Data CD/LP (French Kiss)
2015 debut Use Your Time Wisely established Minneapolis to NYC transplants Strange Names as creators and performers of buoyant and masterful pop songs, songs that were relatable in the ubiquity of their subject matter but also in their fine-spun reverence to precursory (and magnificently danceable) new wave greats like B-52s, Talking Heads and The Fixx. On follow-up Data, these definitive sonic tendencies remain in their purest form, but the soul of the record emerges distinctively amidst a newfound sense of exploration, in both sounds and motif, bringing to light Strange Names' most daring and realized music to date. Where their previous record emanated a more sleek and modular sound, Data ushers in a more rambunctious, rock-centered audio-aesthetic.
Young Jesus - Young Jesus CD/LP+MP3 (Saddle Creek)
Young Jesus mixes the emotional intensity of bands like Slint, Pile, and Built To Spill with the quiet contemplation of Yo La Tengo, Mogwai, and Laughing Stock-era Talk Talk. They give themselves to moments of aggression and volume, balanced alongside near-silence.
Insecure Men - Insecure Men CD/LP (Fat Possum)
In many ways Insecure Men - the band led by the fiercely talented songwriter and musician Saul Adamczewski and his schoolmate and stabilizing influence, Ben Romans-Hopcraft - are the polar opposite of Saul's other band, The Fat White Family. Whereas sleaze-mired, country-influenced, drug-crazed garage punks The Fat Whites are a "celebration of everything that is wrong in life," Insecure Men, who blend together exotica, easy listening, lounge and timeless pop music, are, by comparison at least, the last word in wholesomeness.
S. Carey - Hundred Acres CD/LP+MP3 (Jagjaguwar)
At its heart, the third full-length from Wisconsin singer/songwriter S. Carey finds him grounded and confident, writing the strongest songs of his career. Using more traditional song structures instead of the Steve Reich-ian repetitions of his past work, a new balance is struck that creates something unique. The result is a collection of poetic yet clear-eyed songs that both stand brightly on their own and tightly weave together to create a powerful album. [Limited colored vinyl pressing.]
Joey Dosik - Game Winner CDEP/12"+MP3 (Secretly Canadian)
The marriage of sports and music usually recalls corny arena jams or get-hyped anthems. Game Winner is anything but that. At once cool and confident, it mirrors the NBA's trademark swagger, as well as Joey's journey back to music-and his belief that he could get there. It's no accident that during this time, Joey immersed himself in gospel to lift his spirits, particularly Detroit's Clark Sisters. The title track may be about a big win on the court, but its pleading melody and percussive piano point to something larger.
Danielle Nicole - Cry No More CD/LP (Concord)
New release from the blues/soul artist.
Al Di Meola - Opus CD/LP (earMUSIC)
Al Di Meola is a pioneer of blending world music, rock and jazz. His ongoing fascination for complex rhythmic syncopation, combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony, has been the heart of his music throughout a celebrated career that has spanned over four decades. With a curriculum vitae rich of exciting musical moments and incredible works, he is still challenging himself pushing his music towards new boundaries but with a more relaxed way to see things. Over the last few years he has in fact literally started all over, reinventing himself in both, his private life and music. "With Opus I wanted to further my compositional skills as I think that the evolution of this part of my persona has labelled me more composer/guitarist than guitarist/composer," says Di Meola. "At the same time this record also marks a new era in my life. For the first time, I have written music being happy. I'm in a wonderful relationship with my wife, I have a baby girl and a beautiful family that inspires me every day. I believe it shows in the music." [180gm vinyl pressing.]
Dessa - Chime CD/LP (Doomtree)
Margret Wander, better known by her stage name Dessa, is an American rapper, singer, spoken word artist, writer, and record executive. She is a member of the indie hip hop collective Doomtree. "Writing the lyrics for Chime involved heading into territory I don't usually go as a songwriter: there's some humor, a rap song about my experiences traveling alone as a woman, one about my grandmother's death, and one unapologetic pop song - because I love pop too, dammit. The album includes beats by some of my favorite Doomtree producers (Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, Cecil Otter), but also involved a new collaborator, Andy Thompson. He added new sounds and melodies to the record and pushed me to use my voice differently for stronger, more expressive vocal takes. Two of the beats on the album were submitted by people I've never met, who responded to my call for mid-tempo production on Facebook, Anagram Norton and Chance Lewis. Chime is also the first album on which I produced a couple of tracks myself - a fact of which I am senselessly, insufferably proud. There are deliberate, writerly moments on this record, because I'm a writer and a neurotic. I'm also a daughter and a science nerd and a single woman in her 30s and an American freaked out by the stories on the news. And, in this particular moment, I am a person feeling excited, proud, and nervous to be a little more fully herself." - Dessa
Keiji Haino + SUMAC - American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You're Too Hideous To Look At Face On CD/2xLP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
SUMAC, the trio of Aaron Turner (ISIS, Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer), Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists, Erosion), and Brian Cook (Russian Circles) present their first collaboration with Japan's cultural provocateur Keiji Haino.
Remo Drive - Greatest Hits CD (Epitaph)
Conceived in suburban Minnesota, Remo Drive delivers a high-energy punky brand of indie rock. For fans of Title Fight, Joyce Manor, The Promise Ring and Weezer. [Vinyl edition due March 16.]
Turnstile - Time & Space CD/LP+MP3 (Roadrunner)
Recorded with go-to producer Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA, Time & Space marks fast rising hardcore act Turnstile's Roadrunner Records debut and follows their 2015 breakthrough, Nonstop Feeling. Pitchfork declared, "...the broad appeal of 'Real Thing' makes it clear Turnstile are not looking backwards" and Brendan Yates tells NPR additional single, "'Generator' is about near-death experiences; out-of-body happenings that really open you up to see your true self without the noise of the world." The fully realized 13-track collection features additional vocals from Sheer Mag's Tina Halladay on "Moon," and Tanikka Charraé on "Bomb". Plus, Diplo offers added production to "Right To Be."
Wake - Misery Rites CD/LP (Translation Loss)
Few metal heads would say the name Wake isn't synonymous with "relentless." Over the last decade, consistent ethics, back-to-back tours, and a veritable stream of releases have turned this humble grinding metal outfit into a Canadian institution. Misery Rites, Wake's sophomore album, delivers nine thunderously crushing songs and takes a harsh, introspective, and shattering look into the deep, interdimensional corners of intimate struggle.
We Sell The Dead - Heaven Doesn't Want You And Hell Is Full CD (earMUSIC)
"What if Jack the Ripper had played in a band? A heavy metal band?" This is the question that influenced We Sell the Dead. Revolving around Niclas Engelin (In Flames, Engel), Drömriket's Jonas Slättung, Gas Lipstick (former HIM) and the voice of Apollo Papathanasio (Spiritual Beggars, Firewind), We Sell the Dead go beyond the strains of conventional storytelling and create a multi-media experience of premium quality heavy metal music embedded in visually stimulating and atmospheric visuals created by Dan Lind. [Vinyl is available for special order]
New On Vinyl
Patrick Damphier - "Under My Door" b/w "I'm With You" 7" (yk Records)
The debut release from producer and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Damphier. Previously known for his production work for the likes of Mynabirds, The Arcs, Stone Jack Jones and more, Damphier is expanding his repertoire to his own songs. Backing vocals provided by Jessica Lea Mayfield and artwork supplied by Richard Swift, "Under My Door" is a taste of sun-kissed guitar pop taken from his forthcoming full-length Say I'm Pretty. Damphier is playing Mercy Lounge this Friday, Feb 23rd with a backing band that includes Grimey's favorites, Rodrigo Avendano and Rollum Haas!
Jon Brion - Lady Bird [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] CD/LP (Fire Soundtracks/Lakeshore)
Original soundtrack score to the award-winning 2017 motion picture. Known for his songwriting with The Grays and Jellyfish, Jon Brion has also produced records for Kanye West, Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, Robyn Hitchcock, Sky Ferreira and is a well-known collaborator with Evan Dando and Elliot Smith. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Dana Buoy - Ice Glitter Gold LP+MP3 (Everloving)
A polished and atmospheric examination of missed connections and altered states, where the thrum of 21st century psychedelia meets European dance floor chic, Dana Buoy's Ice Glitter Gold is equal parts lusty and lysergic. Helmed by Dana Janssen (Akron/Family) with long-time collaborator Justin Miller, Dana Buoy deliver a sweaty, late-night pop record with analogue 4 on the floor heartbeats throbbing at the center.
Hurry - Every Little Thought LP (Lame-O)
Influenced by the likes of Teenage Fanclub, Guided By Voices, The Bats, and Brian Wilson, Hurry remained a solo project up until the release of debut full-length Everything/Nothing (2014) where mainman Matt Scottoline secured bandmates.
Odeon - Galaxies LP (Edizioni Mondo)
Take the mellow melodies of Talk Talk and the celestial guitar riffs of Cocteau Twins bound together with some heavy Goblin-inspired basslines and you'll be close to picturing Odeon's signature sound. Drawing from '70s Italian B-movie soundtracks, psychedelic rock, and early '80s new wave, and combining analog synths, dreamy guitars, melancholy vocoder, and drum machine-driven percussion, Odeon put together a debut album that sounds fresh and classic at the same time.
Frigs - Basic Behavior LP (Arts & Crafts)
Frigs is a Toronto-based band that pairs the raw, emotional grunge of PJ Harvey with the immersive, psychedelic post-punk of early Sonic Youth.
Postcards - I'll Be Here In Morning LP (Ruptured)
Postcards is a dream pop/indie rock band formed in Beirut, Lebanon in 2012. After a series of well-received EPs, I'll Be Here In The Morning is their debut full-length, produced by Fadi Tabbal of Tunefork Studios. The constant oscillation between the opposite states of mind that the band deals with in Lebanon runs deep within the album, defined by hushed, introspective vocals floating over expansive sonic spaces that shift between harsh noise and dreamy soundscapes. The music alternates between repeated cycles of calm and unrest, anger and surrender, simplicity and intricacy, as singer and lyricist Julia Sabra touches on her struggles with feelings of complacency, deception, femininity, and empowerment.
Dita Von Teese - Dita Von Teese LP (Record Makers)
Dita Von Teese sings about the power of seduction and the ecstasy of letting go in an album bearing her name, written and composed by Sébastien Tellier. Pink colored vinyl.
Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet [Reissue/2007] 2xLP (Johnny Wilks)
Porcupine Tree's 2007 opus Fear Of A Blank Planet is an ambitious 50 minute piece of music comprised of 10 tracks that flow together to create a cohesive whole. The British art-rockers created the concept album based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel Lunar Park, with lyrics that addressed how the adolescent protagonist battled his bipolar and attention-deficit disorders with a regimen of prescription drugs and Internet over stimulation. The band incorporates sprawling vocal melodies, atmospheric guitars and drums that tumble through chaotic passages to echo the main character's manicdepressive states. Fear Of A Blank Planet also features guest appearances from King Crimson's Robert Fripp, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and ex-Japan keyboardist Richard Barbieri.
Samantha Fish - Belle Of The West LP (Ruf)
Released last November on CD -- now available on vinyl. New release from the blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. Fish recorded Belle Of The West in the relaxed, rural creative atmosphere of the legendary Zebra Ranch Studios in the North Hills of Mississippi with producer Luther Dickinson (of North Mississippi Allstars fame), with whom she worked previously on her 2015 album Wild Heart. The studio team included some of the region's most iconoclastic musicians, including Dickinson, solo artist and Jack White associate Lillie Mae, much-traveled juke-joint blues artist Lightnin' Malcolm, Squirrel Nut Zippers founder Jimbo Mathus, upright bassist and beloved solo artist Amy LaVere, Tikyra Jackson, Trina Raimey and Shardé Thomas, granddaughter of the legendary Southern bluesman Otha Turner.
Mike Love - Unleash The Love 2xLP (BMG Rights Management)
Released last November on CD - now available on vinyl. 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.
Various Artists - The Rough Guide To Holy Blues: Reborn and Remastered LP (World Music Network)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. From the extraordinary recordings of the true guitar evangelists Blind Willie Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis to classic spiritual renditions by legendary bluesman Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Skip James, this handpicked selection highlights the mutual influence between Gospel and blues.
Bill Evans Trio - At Shelly's Manne-Hole, Hollywood, California [Reissue/1963] LP (Fantasy)
This 1963 LP marked the last album Bill Evans made for his first label, Riverside, and was the second of two live recordings which Evans did for the label (the other resulted in the iconic Village Vanguard LPs). But above all, these two nights at Shelly Manne's club in Hollywood marked the only recording by Evans' excellent but short-term third trio, featuring Chuck Israels on bass and L.A. drummer Larry Bunker. The trio performs a selection of standards with a melodic and sensitive touch.
Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul [Reissue/1969] LP (Craft Recordings)
Isaac Hayes - Black Moses [Reissue/1971] 2xLP (Craft Recordings)
Isaac Hayes - Shaft [Reissue/1971] 2xLP (Craft Recordings)
180gm vinyl reissues of three soul classics featuring audio remastered from the original analog tapes by leading engineer Dave Cooley.
The 24-Carat Black - Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth [Reissue/1973] LP (Stax)
Commonly regarded as one of the first-ever concept records of the soul genre, this dark masterpiece combines the lush orchestral arrangements of Isaac Hayes collaborator Dale Warren with Blaxploitation-style funk grooves, resulting in a sound that would rocket it to cult-classic status among DJs and producers who have sampled it for tracks by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Digable Planets, Dr. Dre, and many others.
The Jacksons - The Jacksons [Reissue/1976] LP (Epic)
The Jacksons - Goin' Places [Reissue/1976] LP (Epic)
Vinyl reissues of the first two albums by The Jacksons on Epic. Initially called The Jackson 5, the group (Michael, Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Randy) changed their name when they switched labels from Motown to Epic.
King Tubby - King Tubby's Controls LP (Abraham)
Repressed. All tracks are exclusive to this release (not a compilation of material from the albums on the cover). Tracks: "Ghetto Version," "Ya Man Version," "Tubby's Version," "Pain Dub," "Cowboy Dubbing," "D'Rude Dubber," "Moving Version Dub," "Hardest Dub," "This Ah The Best," "King Edwards Dub," "Maria's Head Dub," "Homing Version," "Bless 'I' Dub" and "Crabbit Version."
Lee 'Scratch' Perry & the Upsetters - Scratch and Company Chapter 1 LP (Clocktower)
2018 repress. Landmark dub record from legendary reggae producer Lee 'Scratch' Perry', joined by a combination of established collaborators and new musicians (Upsetters, Ricky and Bunny).
Lee 'Scratch' Perry - The Return of Pipecock Jackxon LP (Honest Jon's Records)
2018 vinyl repress. Originally released in 1980, this album from Lee 'Scratch' Perry is the final work to emerge from the Black Ark studio, before its permanent destruction. It concludes a series of LP masterworks such as Super Ape, War In Babylon, Police And Thieves, and Return Of The Super Ape. Enthrallingly, it crosses the sound world of Roast Fish Collie Weed & Cornbread with new hybrids -- like the irresistible 11-minute opener, rolling and delirious, a kind of reggae prophesy of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing," but musically richer, and more glazed, randy and visionary.
Various Artists - Death Row's Greatest Hits [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (Death Row/Interscope)
Colored double-vinyl reissue. This set contains singles by artists such as 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Michel'le, Thug Life, Kurupt, Jodeci and others.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - + - 10" EP (A Recordings)
2018 black vinyl repress. The + - EP features three brand-new and exclusive tracks recorded by Anton Newcombe in is his studio in August 2014 after the band's successful European tour. This album brings the traditional Brian Jonestown Massacre sound mixed with eastern influences & bringing it up to date with the benefit of all the additional weirdness that's been discovered in the past 40 years. Includes a digital download with a bonus track.
Limbeck - Limbeck LP+MP3 (Doghouse)
Remastered & reimagined LP celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Limbeck's 2007 eponymous release. Limbeck originated in Laguna Niguel, CA & features Robb MacLean (lead vocals/guitar), Patrick Carrie (guitar/vocals), Justin Entsminger (bass), and Jon Phillip (drums). The band was influenced by Fleetwood Mac, Wilco, The Beach Boys, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, Beck, ELO, Big Star, Queen, The Replacements, The Beatles, Old 97's.
Mouse On Mars - Idiology [Reissue/2001] LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Mouse On Mars return to Thrill Jockey in 2018 with a brand new studio album coming in April and a series of their classic albums reissued on vinyl. The Idiology reissue is pressed on white color vinyl and presented in a die cut jacket.
The Nightcrawlers - The Biophonic Boombox Recordings 2xLP (Anthology Recordings)
Deep, diverse, and unheralded, the Philadelphia ambient electronic music scene of the 1980s is explored with The Nightcrawlers' The Biophonic Boombox Recordings, an expansive archival collection documenting the hard-knuckled kosmische synthesizer trio's home recordings, self-released and distributed over 35 cassettes between 1980 and 1991. Featuring the farthest reaching spacescapes of those cassette releases - improvised straight into the mic of a JVC Biphonic Boombox - none of these performances have been released beyond the original format, and essentially went out of print when Nightcrawler Peter D. Gulch got tired of dubbing them to blank tapes to mail-order through his Synkronos label and sell at live shows. Restored and recalibrated from the original cassettes.
Pauline Oliveros - Electronic Works 1965-1966 CD (Paradigm Discs)
The 3 pieces collected here are all live experiments, which at the simplest level use either an array of oscillators and filters, a mixer and one spool of tape feeding a series of (variously set up) stereo tape machines. Long delay lines, pile ups of noise and rich sonorities are the stuff of this music, and the third piece also uses samples taken from Puccini's Madame Butterfly. Features pieces made at University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio NS and at the San Francisco Tape Music Center in 1965.
Millard & Dyce - Millard & Dyce LP (Void Records)
Ultra-rare rural electric/acoustic psych-folk-blues from Baltimore circa 1973, tackling political issues like environmentalism and contemporary social movements. First legitimate re-pressing since the intial run on little known label Kaymar Records, an imprint of Century.
Jason Sharp - Stand Above The Streams LP (Constellation)
Jason Sharp has emerged as one of Canada's most fascinating new music composers in recent years. From his roots as a saxophonist in Montréal's fertile jazz and improv scene, Sharp developed as a soloist with drone-based durational music, circular breathing, and an increasing exploration of the body and technology. Stand Above The Streams is utterly gripping, with melodic and micro-tonal elements flowing amidst waves of atmospheric pink and brown noise, low-end modulation and calibrated distortion. Through four parts each running in the 10-minute range, the album conjures an evocative, abstracted survey of organic nature, perhaps from on high, like a satellite scanning and processing data across diverse and slowly changing landscapes.
YoshimiO/Susie Ibarra/Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe - Flower Of Sulphur 2xLP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
A transfixing piece of continuous improvisation from three experimental luminaries: multi-instrumentalist YoshimiO (Boredoms, OOIOO, SAICOBAB), internationally acclaimed percussionist Susie Ibarra, and artist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens). [Limited opaque lavender colored vinyl pressing.]
Pyrolatrous - Teneral 2xLP (Gilead Media)
Featuring members of Hull and Krallice, Teneral is a densely crafted album, both thematically and musically. A great deal of Pyrolatrous' style is influenced by classic black and death metal, utilizing both sweeping, blasting tremolo passages and powerfully technical riff/percussion interplay.
Yellow Eyes - Immersion Trench Reverie LP (Relic)
The most complex, pummeling Yellow Eyes album thus far, framed with the sounds of Siberia in the winter: flat bells, wild dogs, and the close-harmony singing of a town's women's choir. And so, the hallucinatory melancholy of Yellow Eyes is cast in strange new light. Genre-defining US black metal.
Soundtrack - Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing, Missouri LP (Varese Sarabande)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri received the top audience prize at the Toronto Film Festival following wins at the Venice Festival, and now seems poised for Oscar glory. This dark comedy starring Frances McDormand is scored by Carter Burwell, (Carol, Coen Brothers catalog), and the soundtrack also features tracks from Joan Baez, Monsters of Folk, Townes Van Zandt and The Four Tops.
Reissues & From The Archives
David Bowie - Low [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie - Heroes [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie - Stage [Reissue/1978] 2xCD/3xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie - Lodger [Reissue/1979] CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie - Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) [Reissue/1980] CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
2017 remastered CD and vinyl reissues of David Bowie's 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th albums, plus the 1978 live double-album Stage.
Various Artists - Concert For George [Reissue/2003] 2xCD/2xCD+2xDVD/2xCD+2xBlu-ray/4xLP (Craft Recordings)
On November 29, 2002, one year after the passing of George Harrison, Olivia Harrison and longtime friend Eric Clapton organized a performance tribute in his honor. Held at London's Royal Albert Hall, the momentous evening featured George's songs, and music he loved, performed by a lineup that included Clapton, Jools Holland, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Monty Python, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Ringo Starr, Dhani Harrison and many more. Digitally remastered and expanded. [Also available: 4-LP 180gm audiophile vinyl edition packaged in a lift-top box with 12" x 12" booklet. Features a special mandala-design etched on side-8. This is the first time that all songs from the performance have been available on vinyl.]
The Doors - Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 CD+Blu-ray/CD+DVD (Eagle Vision)
August 1970: With Jim's ongoing Miami obscenity trial casting a shadow over the band, The Doors flew to the IOW. They took the stage at 2am and showed fans they still had the magic. "We played with a controlled fury and Jim was in fine vocal form," said Ray Manzarek. "He sang for all he was worth but moved nary a muscle. Dionysus had been shackled." Less than a year later, The Doors were no more. Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 is the last Doors concert ever filmed.
Courtney Marie Andrews - No One's Slate Is Clean [Reissue/2010] CD (House Arrest)
For a decade or so Courtney Marie Andrews was a session and backup singer and guitarist for nearly 40 artists - from Jimmy Eat World to Damien Jurado - but she never stopped writing her own material. Picking up admirers like Ryan Adams (who called her "a phenomenal songwriter") along the way, she quietly earned a reputation as a songwriter's songwriter. Her fourth solo effort, 2010's beautifully crafted No One's Slate Is Clean, bridges country, pop, alternative folk and even prog-rock, all anchored with her signature majestic melodies and raw honesty. [Vinyl edition due March 9.]
Justin Hinds and The Dominoes - Travel With Love [Reissue/1984] CD (Omnivore)
Justin Hinds - Know Jah Better [Reissue/1992] CD (Omnivore)
Justin Hinds topped the charts in Jamaica with his 1964 single "Carry Go Bring Home" and eventually recorded a staggering 70 singles for the Treasure Island Record label. A ska and rocksteady pioneer, after a short stint with Mango Records in the '70s, he returned to the studio to record material for Nighthawk Records. Travel With Love, originally released in 1984, was followed almost a decade later by Know Jah Better in 1992. This time, Hinds moved from his roots and embraced the evolving dancehall scene, while never abandoning the benchmarks of his classic sound. These CD reissues, mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Michael Graves, are packaged with new art and liner notes from Nighthawk Records' Leroy Jodie Pierson, who also co-produced the reissue with Grammy-winner, Cheryl Pawelski.
Freddie McGregor - Bobby Bobylon [Reissue/1979] CD (Studio One)
Freddie McGregor is a firm fan favorite and one of reggae's most consistent recording and touring artists. McGregor's 1979 Studio One debut, Bobby Bobylon, is considered one of the key ingredients for a great reggae record collection. It was helmed by Studio One founder Clement Dodd, who produced, tutored, and nurtured an astounding number of top reggae stars - past and present - including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Marcia Griffiths, the Skatalites, Dennis Brown, Alton Ellis, Toots & the Maytals, Horace Andy, Sugar Minott, and many more. Now, more than 35 years later, Bobby Bobylon is back in print with the original ten tracks and eight additional singles. [Vinyl edition due March 9.]
Compilations, Best Of's & Sundry Collections
Nina Simone - The Colpix Singles CD/LP (Rhino)
This digitally remastered collection of 27 mono recordings traces Nina Simone's musical journey from jazz and folk singer to critically acclaimed songwriter. [The vinyl edition is comprised of 14 tracks.]