Hitting the Racks
Here's your weekly rundown of the new releases hitting the racks at Grimey's: Friday, April 20th, 2018
Ashley Monroe - Sparrow CD/LP (WB)
New release from the country music star. The album, her fourth, was recorded with producer Dave Cobb in Nashville's legendary RCA Studio A. Working with some of her closest collaborators, including Brendan Benson and Waylon Payne, and longtime friends Anderson East and Angaleena Presley, Monroe wrote all the songs on Sparrow. Ashley Monroe will perform at Grimey's on Record Store Day! Catch her on our outdoor stage on Saturday, April 21st at 4PM. Preorder Sparrow at Grimey's for you wristband to meet Ashley and get your record signed following her performance on Saturday! You can also purchase the album on Saturday to get the wristband.
Joshua Hedley - Mr. Jukebox CD/LP (Third Man)
With the release of his highly anticipated debut album Mr. Jukebox via Third Man Records, Joshua Hedley embraces the role he was born to play: this generation's classic country champion. The heartbreaking, distilled, defiantly classic country he plays is a beacon for '60s honky-tonk devotees everywhere. Album opener "Counting All My Tears" carves out the collection's gloriously tear-jerking territory from the jump. As "oooooohhhs" and "aaaaahhhs" serve as spine-tingling harmonies - a classic-country flourish carried throughout Mr. Jukebox - lonely piano is joined by a familiar cast including steel and of course, fiddle. Title track "Mr. Jukebox" is a swinging nod to those beloved machines - both inanimate and breathing - that dependably play a lot of songs for a little money. It's impossible to listen to the tune and not smile thinking of Hedley's years logged in cover bands on Nashville's Lower Broad. When asked what he hopes listeners get out of Mr. Jukebox, Hedley doesn't hesitate. "I just want people to remember they have feelings, and that they're valid," he says. "Not everything is Coors Light and tailgates." [limited indie-only orange vinyl pressing] Don't miss Joshua Hedley when he performs at Grimey's on Tuesday, April 24th at 6PM!
Old Crow Medicine Show - Volunteer CD/LP+MP3 (SME Nashville)
Roots band Old Crow Medicine Show return with their first album of original material since 2014's Grammy-winning Remedy. The songs on Volunteer illustrate themes that resonate far beyond Old Crow Medicine Show's diverse fan base, while also showcasing the depth in the group's songwriting. An album highlight "Look Away" inspired by The Rolling Stones, is Ketch Secor's homage to his love for the history, both sorrowful and joyful, of the South. "A World Away" is an upbeat homage to refugees, an extremely relevant subject matter that Secor has been writing about since he was young. "Dixie Avenue" pays a playful tribute to the Virginia location where Secor and bandmate Critter Fuqua fell in love with music. The album's final track, the bittersweet love song "Whirlwind," could easily tell the tale of how Old Crow Medicine Show built a successful career from the ground up. While trends in music have come and gone, Old Crow Medicine Show has maintained their sense of integrity, continuing to share their infectious hybrid of traditional mountain music across the country.
Brothers Osborne - Port Saint Joe CD/LP (EMI Nashville)
Brothers Osborne return with their sophomore album Port Saint Joe. John and TJ Osborne co-wrote every track on the album along with frequent collaborators Lee Thomas Miller, Kendall Marvel, Barry Dean, Shane McAnally, Troy Verges and more. The album's title reflects the small town on the Florida coast where the real-life siblings recorded the album. "Port Saint Joe is a sonic representation of who we've become not only as a band but as people," says John. "Every show we've ever played together is on this record. Every song we've ever written and every mile we've ever ridden has led to the making of this record. Imperfections and all." TJ adds, "We shacked up for two weeks to make an unabashed record that would reflect who we are in every way, and in the process, we had the most enjoyable and memorable recording experience of our lives." The Grammy-nominated, two-time CMA 'Vocal Duo of the Year' usher in Port Saint Joe with the epic Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town) produced single "Shoot Me Straight." [special Record Store Day edition also available at Grimey's Too on Saturday, April 21st]
Neil Young + Promise Of The Real - Paradox (Original Music From The Film) CD/2xLP (Reprise)
Recently released on vinyl - now available on CD. Music from Young + POTR and Young with an orchestra recorded on the MGM Soundstage, Young backed by Jim Keltner, Paul Bushnell and Joe Yankee, and several solo electric guitar passages. All music was recorded spontaneously with no overdubs (except by Joe Yankee, who phoned in his part from Canada) and provides the soundtrack to Paradox, the film.
Lord Huron - Vide Noir CD/2xLP (Republic)
Vide Noir was written and recorded over the past two years at Lord Huron's Los Angeles studio and informal clubhouse, Whispering Pines, and was mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips/MGMT). Singer, songwriter and producer Ben Schneider found inspiration wandering restlessly through his adopted home of L.A. at night. A true multi-media artist, Schneider has once again created an adorned world to inhabit within Vide Noir: the album is accompanied by a wealth of imagery, films and immersive experiences crafted to expand upon its narratives and themes.
Thievery Corporation - Treasures From The Temple CD/2xLP+MP3 (Eighteenth Street Lounge)
11th studio album from D.C. based electronic duo featuring artists: Mr. Lif, Sitali, Racquel Jones, Notch, Natalia Clavier, and Lou Lou Ghelichkhani. The 12 track Treasures From The Temple is a continuation from their last album Temple Of I & I, recorded in Port Antonio. Blending their signature sound with classic dub, dancehall, and roots vibes.
Melvins - Pinkus Abortion Technician CD (Ipecac)
The Melvins return with the new album featuring both ongoing Melvins' bass player Steven McDonald (Redd Kross, Off!) and Butthole Surfers' (and occasional Melvins) bottom ender Jeff Pinkus on bass. "It's an experiment in the low end of the aural spectrum where we asked ourselves, 'would it work?' 'could it work??' 'should it work???' The answers were yes, yes and YES!" "Stop Moving To Florida" is a medley of the James Gang's "Stop" and Butthole Surfers' "Moving To Florida." The band also covers the Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and Butthole Surfers' "Graveyard" on the eight-song release.
A Perfect Circle - Eat The Elephant CD/2xLP+MP3 (BMG)
A Perfect Circle make their anxiously awaited return with Eat The Elephant, the band's fourth full-length effort and first since 2004's eMOTIVe.
Bonnie Prince Billy - Wolf Of The Cosmos CD/LP (Drag City)
"Bonnie Prince Billy is not your average artist. This is his second album inside six months where he 'reinterprets' other people's music. After covering merle Haggard, this time he turns his attention to a full cover of singer/songwriter Susanna's 2007 album Sonata Mix Dwarf. Continuing his wolverine fixation, he's retitled it as Wolf Of The Cosmos. Where his Haggard tribute foundered, mainly due to over-reverence for the songs, this succeeds, with the unfamiliar to many material given a tasteful countrified treatment." - No More Workhorse
Kimbra - Primal Heart CD/LP (WB)
As humans, we inherently seek, crave, and thrive on love. We just chase it like a predator or dawn on the heels of darkness. The primordial bond between instinct and passion drives Kimbra's third full-length album, Primal Heart. Co-produced with Grammy winning producer John Congleton (Lana Del Rey, St. Vincent), the music represents a leap in confidence for the singer. Lead single, "Everybody Knows" elegantly stiches together metronomic xylophone, woozy synths, and an unpredictable bass thud as her voice takes center stage, blossoming from delicate verses into a definitive hook. Elsewhere on the record, a tribal stomp, finger-snaps, and video game-style flourishes warble under Kimbra's spellbinding delivery during "The Good War." The ebullient and energetic "Black Sky" slips into a noir-ish croon for "Past Love." She also teams up with Skrillex on the world music-induced global spiral of "Top Of The World." The album seamlessly tempers moments of bass-heavy empowerment and strength with intimate vulnerability, covering a gamut of emotions and moods.
Sting/Shaggy - 44/876 CD (Interscope)
A collaboration between former Police frontman and solo superstar Sting and Jamaican singer/songwriter Shaggy. The island-influenced album reflects their mutual love of Jamaica - its music, the spirit of its people and vibrancy of it's culture. Sting and Shaggy wrote and jammed together for a few weeks in New York City, creating music that seamlessly blends Caribbean rhythms-in traditional and modern styles-with pop craftsmanship and rock energy. [Vinyl edition due May 26.]
Shuggie Otis - Inter-fusion CD (Cleopatra)
New fusion rock project featuring drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/Beck Bogert & Appice) and bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm/Roy Harper). Vinyl has been delayed.
Walter Wolfman Washington - My Future Is My Past CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Walter Wolfman Washington is a soulful musician of rare talent, as well as a deep thinker and hip philosopher, and his hometown is New Orleans. Walter has cut his teeth for the last 50 years playing everywhere from European festivals to bars that Google Maps will never find. New Orleans is notorious for its wildness, parades, and celebrations. New Orleans is Mardi Gras, but it's also the uptown class of Allen Toussaint and hip style and language of Dr. John. Walter has always embodied both, but finally we have a set of songs that reflects the yin to Walter's bring-the-party yang. Marcia Ball - Shine Bright CD (Alligator) A rollicking array of piano-fueled roadhouse romps seasoned by Ball's incomparably soulful balladry.
Peter Rowan - Carter Stanley's Eyes CD (Rebel)
Peter Rowan was just a young bluegrass boy when he caught the attention of Bill Monroe, who made him an actual Blue Grass Boy and he became the band's guitarist and lead singer, but the moment Monroe introduced him to fellow icon Carter Stanley is etched in his memory just as indelibly as the inked entry in his 1966 diary. Within a few months, Stanley would be gone, but the impact he and his brother, Ralph, had on Rowan - and the world - would grow even stronger. He acknowledges their influence, and finally gives the story of that meeting a definitive telling on Carter Stanley's Eyes.
Post Animal - When I Think Of You In A Castle CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
Like most band's in Chicago's inclusive music community, Post Animal got their start playing DIY basements and small rock clubs. With their wavy and warped first project 2015's Post Animal Perform The Most Curious Water Activities EP and then 2016's memorable singles collection The Garden Series, the band showcased mesmerizing and infectious pop melodies. Between their impressive early releases and their wild live shows which feature the band members sharing lead vocal duties, Post Animal have unquestionably solidified themselves as one of Chicago's most exciting up-and-coming acts. [Limited colored vinyl pressing.]
Drinks - Hippo Lite CD/LP/Cassette (Drag City)
The latest from Cate Le Bon and Tim Preseley as Drinks. Isolated in the French countryside with nothing but a little food and a tape machine, Tim and Cate's wildest impulses were roped together into hook-filled delights, all of which were brought to L.A. and mixed to bright, shiny perfection, for your freak-filled pleasure.
Lume - Wrung Out CD/LP (Equal Vision)
A diverse collection of ethereal, heavy rock songs that owe as much to the bands they grew up on - such as Soundgarden and Radiohead - as they do to contemporary rock bands like Citizen, Chelsea Wolfe or Nothing.
My Indigo - My Indigo CD (BMG)
My Indigo is the solo project by Within Temptation singer-songwriter Sharon den Adel. The eponymous album is the beautiful and raw result of two years of retreat, healing and exploration. It was her opportunity to get out of the limelight and come to terms with hardships in her personal life and take a break from the strain of touring the world with Within Temptation.
Pennywise - Never Gonna Die CD (Epitaph)
Never Gonna Die is the twelfth full-length effort from Pennywise and the legendary Southern California punk institution's first of new songs with singer Jim Lindberg, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, drummer Byron McMackin, and bassist Randy Bradbury in over a decade. [Vinyl edition due June 15.]
Haggard Cat - Challenger CD/LP (Earache)
Ten hard-hitting, riff-oriented tracks from the duo who previously cut their teeth in the UK hardcore band Heck.
Exitmusic - The Recognitions CD/LP (Felte)
While many couples can trace the real time rise and fall of their relationship back to social media feeds and harried phone calls, Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church have channeled the highs and lows of their storybook courtship into something else entirely: the explosive, discomforting confessionals of Exitmusic. The mercurial project started the year they got married (2004) and all-but-imploded during their recent divorce, but not before the duo wrapped its most fully realized collection of beautifully damaged music yet titled The Recognitions.
Cloud Castle Lake - Malingerer CD (Bright Antenna)
Dublin-based four-piece Cloud Castle Lake make beguiling, complicated and bold compositions which juxtapose lyrical darkness and despair with an almost euphoric catharsis. They share a common ambition to push the lens of live performance wider, to go outside the constrictions set by genres, and to explore beyond traditional sonic structures. Produced by Rob Kirwan (Hozier, PJ Harvey) and introduced by the grandiose singles "Twins" and "Bonfire," the band's long-anticipated debut Malingerer is equal parts pastoral folk and soaring post-rock crescendos, a glorious statement of intent from an incredibly ambitious and extraordinary band.
Stryper - God Damn Devil CD (Frontiers)
New album from the Christian heavy metal band.
Reissues & From The Vaults
The Who - Live At The Fillmore East 1968 2xCD/3xLP (UMe)
50th anniversary of legendary unreleased recordings from the Fillmore East, New York City, Friday April 5 & Saturday April 6, 1968. Features stunning extended versions of "My Generation," "A Quick One...," "Shakin' All Over" and two ripping versions of Eddie Cochran numbers - "Summertime Blues" and "C'mon Everybody" (the latter unavailable elsewhere).
Pete Townshend - Who Came First [Reissue/1972] 2xCD (UMe)
Deluxe double-CD reissue of the debut solo album by Pete Townshend, released in 1972. It includes demos from the abandoned concept album Lifehouse, part of which became Who's Next.
Jethro Tull - Heavy Horses [Reissue/1978] CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Single-disc Steven Wilson remastered reissue of the British prog rock band's eleventh album.
Gladiators - Symbol Of Reality [Reissue/1982] CD (Omnivore)
Gladiators - Serious Thing [Reissue/1984] CD (Omnivore)
Remastered, 1984 roots reggae classic, includes six previously unissued tracks. After 1982's Symbol Of Reality, their first album for the Nighthawk Records label, the Gladiators added more cultural commentary in their song choices for 1984's follow up, Serious Thing. Topical songs dominate the album from the title track, "Serious Thing" to "Freedom Train" and "My Thoughts." Once again, they revisited their own catalog of songs, re-recording, "Rearrange" (originally cut with Coxsone Dodd in the early '70s) and "Fling It Gimme" (originally a single for the group dating back to 1969). Even though reggae as a style of music was changing in the mid-'80s, the Gladiators played to their strengths and made another classic roots album.
The Aquabats - The Fury Of The Aquabats [Reissue/1997] 2xCD (Goopy)
Expanded reissue. One-part punk, one-part ska, one part Devo [Vinyl edition due May 4.]
New On Vinyl
Jonny Greenwood - Phantom Thread [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2xLP (Nonesuch)
"Greenwood is a student who revels in homework. Like [Paul Thomas] Anderson during the early conception of a film, there is allowance for open channels of influence from sources of curiosity. For this tale, Anderson studied the lives, if not the styles, of famous fashion designers Cristóbal Balenciaga and Christian Dior and the obscure gothic fairytales of M. R. James and Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester. In coordination close and far, Greenwood absorbed the musical trends of the 1950s, gleaning from Nelson Riddle and the full string-section jazz arrangements of Ben Webster, as well as Glenn Gould's Bach recordings. The outcome rolls though accentuation of the haunting, beguiling and exhilarating, the delicate and intensifying, the fanciful and ominous, sewn with the discretion of a tailor to accompany the precise tone of every scene." - Under The Radar
Sufjan Stevens - Tonya Harding 7" (Asthmatic Kitty)
This 7" features two variations of a song by Sufjan Stevens celebrating the career and person of Tonya Harding, the Olympic figure skater from Portland Oregon. Marbled blue vinyl.
Various Artists - W2NG 89.9FM LP (Numero)
In the wake of 2017's Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht, Numero is proud to present another addition to the soft rock cannon: W2NG. Set your FM dial to smooth and sail away with 42 minutes of uninterrupted easy glide, pontoon rock, and whispery disco.
Tim Heidecker - Too Dumb for Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs LP (Jagjaguwar)
"Well here it is. About one year in the making, all my Trump songs in one place. Most of these songs were written and recorded quickly, with the blood still boiling from whatever indignity or absurdity had popped up on my newsfeed that day."
The Creation - We Are Paintermen [Reissue/1967] LP (Numero)
The Creation's only LP, cut from the original mono masters for the first time since 1967. Producer Shel Talmy masterfully captured every bow scrape, tom rattle, and mod growl before the UK quartet imploded after two brilliant, but short years. Originally issued only in Germany, We Are Paintermen collects the Creation's first three singles and adds a handful of period covers culled from the band's raucous stage show. Pressed on heavy-weight colored vinyl to make even the most seasoned collector sweat. Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.
Cheech & Chong - Up In Smoke [Reissue/1978] LP+7"+CD+Blu-ray (WB)
Deluxe Collector's Edition pairs the Blu-ray with the original soundtrack on CD and vinyl LP, as well as a 7" picture disc, oversized "Up In Smoke" rolling papers, a film poster, and booklet with new essays by both Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, along with rare and unseen photos. In addition to the new version of "Up In Smoke," the CD also features another previously unreleased version of the song from 1978 with an additional Spanish verse by Cheech.
PRhyme - PRhyme 2 LP (PRhyme)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Sophomore album from the collaborative project between Detroit rap artist Royce da 5'9" (Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil) and legendary hip-hop producer DJ Premier (Gangstarr).
Various Artists - Death Row Chronicles: Original Soundtrack 2xLP (Death Row)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Companion album to BET's hit TV show Death Row Chronicles. This 15-song album is a good mix of front line hits like "Murder Was The Case" and hard to find rarities like Sam Sneed's "Drug Related". Clear vinyl pressing.
The Disco Biscuits - Uncivilized Area  LP (Megaforce)
First-time vinyl pressing of the sophomore effort from the Philadelphia trance fusion pioneers. The group bridges the gap between electronic music and jam bands here with groovy and genre jumping good-time party anthems that are built on stellar musicianship and improvisation and are tailor made for the stage.
The Black Lips - The Black Lips [Reissue/2002] LP (Bomp!)
Limited edition 'starburst' colored vinyl reissue. The Black Lips came screaming out of Atlanta, Georgia with this their self-titled debut album. Their eponymous debut album is heavy on '60s psychedelia and garage rock and they show glimpses here of the niche they would expand upon on future releases.
The Promise Ring - Nothing Feels Good [Reissue/1997] LP (Epitaph)
Vinyl reissue of the Milwaukee emo band's second album. [Limited clear pressing also available.]
Black Stone Cherry - Family Tree CD/2xLP (Mascot)
The Kentucky arena rockers return with another relentless dose of hard riffing rock on their sixth studio album.
Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik - Hugsjá 2xLP (By Norse Music)
The word "Hugsjá" means to see with, or within, the mind - and it reflects the idea that one's mind has the potential to see further than the eyes can reach. By weaving together indigenous and contemporary thoughts, sounds and instruments, the duo invites you on a vivid journey - exploring the distant history and traditions along coastal Norway. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing.]
Mike Donovan - How To Get Your Record Played In Shops LP/Cassette (Drag City)
The Peacers / Sic Alps lead singer Mike Donovan steps out from behind the ash-stained curtain for his second solo album in the past five years. The Donovan oeuvre is not something you're meant to think about-instead, enjoy the soupy soak, sliding beneath its opaque and filmy surface to discover the sensual world in the moat below. But if you had time to think, you might reflect that this music blooms from 'neath the gritty carpet of the USA herself, sighted psycho-acoustically via SF futures and pasts, through rose-colored lenses shoved in and now cracking at the edges, amid hoots and cries from mystery pursuers in the historical, but now-less-than-fully-existent boho jungle.
Ella Fitzgerald - Jazz At The Philharmonic: The Ella Fitzgerald Set 2xLP (Verve)
This double-LP set is an updated version of its first vinyl release in Verve's original Jazz At The Philharmonic archival series, now matching the expanded CD edition issued in 2016. It's Ella fronting an all-star band, including Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Buddy Rich, et al, in performances recorded 1949 & 1953.
Sarah Vaughan - Sings George Gershwin [Reissue/1957] 2xLP (Verve)
In celebration of it's 60th anniversary, a vinyl reissue of a of classic two LP set, in it's original mono mix. Sarah Vaughan's impeccable pop-jazz vocals soar over Hal Mooney's arrangements, which bring new life to Gershwin standards "Someone To Watch Over Me," "I've Got a Crush On You," "A Foggy Day," "Summertime," "The Man I Love," and many more. Lester Young - Jazz At The Philharmonic: Lester Young Carnegie Blues LP (Verve) This legendary album consisted of tracks recorded at Carnegie Hall between 1946 and 1967 with an all-star ensemble of jazz legends like Herb Ellis, Jo Jones, Ray Brown, Coleman Hawkins and Illinois Jacquet.
Oscar Peterson/Illinois Jacquet/Herb Ellis - Jazz At The Philharmonic: Blues In Chicago 1955 LP (Verve)
Norman Granz' Jazz at the Philharmonic series brought together the jazz titans of his era to perform together. The JATP Blues in Chicago (1955) returns as a 180gm vinyl LP. Oscar Peterson leads a band with Buddy Rich, Illinois Jacquet, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, and Herb Ellis performing together.
Poison - Open Up And Say... Ahh! [Reissue/1988] LP (Capitol)
Vinyl reissue of the second studio album by American glam metal band. Enslaved - Hordanes Land [Reissue/1993] LP (By Norse Music) Recently reissued on CD - now available on vinyl. Remastered reissue of the Norwegian metal band's debut EP. Features the bonus track "Enslaved", from their Yggdrasill split with Satyricon, released in 1992.
The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End Of Time - Stage 4 2LP (History Always Favours the Winners)
The Caretaker slips beyond recognition in the first "post awareness" stage of his Everywhere At The End Of Time series. The ability to recall singular memories gives way to confusions and horror. It's the beginning of an eventual process where all memories begin to become more fluid through entanglements, repetition, and rupture. Though the metaphoric device of worn-down ballroom 78s and Jack Nicholson's descent into madness in The Shining, The Caretaker connotes the transitory cognitive breakdown of moderate into severe late stage dementia. Memories of the good times are recollected in glitching pyknoleptic flashes as the music struggles to follow consistent lines of thought, instead fluctuating between a fractured mosaic of ideas and elusive emotive gestures, but still occasionally able to gather coherent thoughts. In aesthetic, the sieve-like mind state of Stage 4 vacillates a serene sort of psychedelia with utterly paranoid and petrifying mental subsidence.
Dennis Young - Synthesis: Electronic Music 1984-1988 LP (Bureau B)
Dennis Young is best known as the percussionist of the New York band Liquid Liquid, but much of his solo music reflects his passion for analog electronics. Synthesis features tracks from 1984-1988 which have never been previously released. Young was inspired by pioneers like Klaus Schulze, Tim Blake, and Brian Eno, and used a rare vintage Davolisint, an array of Korg and Moog synthesizers, and occasional guitar and vocals, experimenting with reverb and delay.
Chevel - Always Yours LP (Different Circles)
A slanted new take on the "weightless" paradigm, floating somewhere between headspaces associated with the styles of Lee Gamble, Actress, and Logos. Always Yours says its piece in succinct yet expansive terms, rendering precisely tooled rhythms and technoid motifs in acres of suspenseful emulated space in a way that connects the brutally efficient dynamic of late '90s tech-step with a Raster Noton-like appreciation of pointillist reduction. In that imagined space Chevel moves like a Soviet gymnast or prototype robot fluidly executing a demanding routine full of intricate, rigid steps.
BlackWater HolyLight - BlackWater HolyLight LP (Ridingeasy Records)
Heavy psych-riffs, gothic drama, folk-rock vibes, garage-sludge and soaring melodies all collide into a satisfying whole with as much contrast as the band's name itself. 'I wanted to experiment with my own version of what felt 'heavy' both sonically and emotionally,' says founder and vocalist/bassist Allison Faris. 'I also wanted a band in which vulnerability of any form could be celebrated.' Throughout this self-titled debut, the band's songs shirk traditional verse-chorus-verse structure in favor of fluid, serpentine compositions that move with commanding grace. The band expertly, yet subconsciously, incorporates hints of Chelsea Wolfe, Celebration, Captain Beefheart, The Raincoats, The Stooges, Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction and more to form their unique brand of dark 'n' heavy transcendence.
Gerardo Iacoucci - Industria N. 1 LP (Intervallo)
Originally released in 1972. At the beginning of the '70s, in Italy, the revolutionary surge of 1968 was beginning to turn into something grimmer (and definitely not linked to left-wing ideology) but the concept of "factory" still had a key role in the economic and social life of the country. It was not just an alienating workplace, where you would often spend your whole life, but also the place where demands were made and political struggles took place. That reality was documented by Gerardo Iacoucci: "We went into factories and workshops and recorded the noise of the machines, then we put special musical effects on it and did an accurate mix," he tells in the liner notes. Industria N. 1 is an amazing work mixing field recordings and experimental music, proving how you can combine political commitment, art, avant-garde, and pioneering noise music in a brave record.
Lucy Railton - Paradise 94 LP (Modern Love)
Lucy Railton is a prolific cellist and performer who has appeared with many important figures in contemporary music over the last few years. Paradise 94, her solo debut, both plays up to and shatters expectations of her music, which harnesses a duality of energies -- acoustic/electronic, real/imagined, iconic/iconoclastic, pissed-off/romantic; out of place and androgynous -- resulting in a visceral emotional insight and rare narrative grasp. Here, Railton is free to probe, sculpt, and layer her sounds through a much broader range of techniques and strategies, placing particular focus on non-linear structural arrangements and exploring the way her cello becomes perceptibly synthetic through collaging, rather than FX. RIYL: Mark Leckey, Alvin Lucier, Beatrice Dillon, Nate Young, Valerio Tricoli, Popol Vuh.
Chris Carter - The Spaces Between LP (Optimo Music)
2018 repress; grey vinyl. Originally recorded between 1974 and 1978 at Industrial Records studio in London, The Space Between was first released on cassette in 1980 on Throbbing Gristle's Industrial Records label. JD Twitch has this to say about the release: "One of the first-ever recordings to use an 808 drum machine, it still sounds as if it is from tomorrow. In my opinion, these are some of the key recordings in the history of electronic music. They were made using very basic equipment at a time when there was no blueprint for what electronic music could and should be. There is a beauty, an emotion and an imagination present here that is lacking in a lot of modern machine music." Musically, it's an electronic soundtrack for a sleazy sci-fi movie, with moments of uplifting beauty combined with bits of claustrophobic mania.
Belong - October Language LP (Spectrum Spools)
A reissue of the debut album by New Orleans based duo Belong. Since its release in early 2006, Belong's debut masterpiece has accumulated a dedicated cult following, with comparisons to the work of Fennesz and Gas, with some claims that it plays like My Bloody Valentine's Loveless (1991) sans the songs. While these comparisons are useful for filing this album into a particular bin in the record shop, time has proven that October Language is a unique album which remains unmatched by its contemporaries. A limited one-time pressing in 2009 vanished immediately, and now Spectrum Spools present a pristine vinyl cut for the definitive edition of this legendary experimental ambient classic. Includes a download card with three extra tracks from the rare 2006 Tour EP.
M.A.L. - My Eight Little Planets LP (Sub Rosa)
40 years later the mythic album is available! In early 1974, Manuel Göttsching's label received a tape sent by M.A.L. -- same design, same configuration, almost the same tracks as Göttsching's now-classic Inventions for Electric Guitar. This is known by only a handful of experimental musicians from the Charleroi area. M.A.L., aka Daniel Malempré, is the actual inventor of this technique which Göttsching reproduced a few months later. All music by M.A.L. on Fender Stratocaster 1964 with a wah-wah Cry Baby. Recorded and mixed at home between 1972-1976 on a reel-to-reel recorder, Sony TC-630.
Various Artists - Midnight in Tokyo Vol. 1 2LP (Studio Mule)
Midnight In Tokyo Vol. 1 is a compilation of Japanese disco, boogie, and soul music, selected from a modern dance music perspective, the kind of songs Studio Mule feels would intrigue modern forward-thinking music fans across the world. Styles include Afro disco, jazzy fusion, cult electropop, rare groove, dubby electronic new wave, and breezy soul. Compiled by Toshiya Kawasaki and mastered by Kuniyuki Takahashi.
Compilations, Best Of's & Sundry Collections
Various Artists - Hopes & Dreams: The Lullaby Project CD (Decca)
The Lullaby Project, a program of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, pairs expectant and new mothers in hospitals, homeless shelters, schools, and correctional facilities; with professional artists to write personal lullabies for their babies. Born of this program Hopes & Dreams: The Lullaby Project features a selection of these original lullabies as recorded by a range of artists. Includes appearances from Fiona Apple, Brentano String Quartet, Lawrence Brownlee, Rosanne Cash, Joyce Didonato, Janice Freeman, Rhiannon Giddens, Angelique Kidjo, Patti Lupone, Natalie Merchant, Dianne Reeves, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Pretty Yende and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Produced by Glen Roven, Ira Yuspeh, and Mitch Yuspeh.
Flaming Lips - Scratching The Door: The First Recordings Of The Flaming Lips CD (Rhino)
A compilation of tracks recorded by The Flaming Lips' original line-up, which featured Wayne Coyne's brother Mark on vocals. Scratching The Door includes the band's first and second cassette demos, in addition to The Flaming Lips first self-released EP, and marks the first time all of these recordings have been collected together on a single release.
Donna Summer - Summer: The Original Hits CD (Mercury)
Summer: The Original Hits features Donna Summer's classic hits that inspired a Broadway musical, serving as a soundtrack to an extraordinary career in which Donna busted barriers and genres to become the "Queen of Disco" and a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Playing For Change - Listen To The Music CD (Motema Music)
Star-studded cast of featured artists includes the Doobie Brothers, Dr. John, Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band), Jack Johnson, Buddy Guy, and others. 50% of net profits from this project will go to the PFC Foundation to support music education initiatives in 12 countries.