Hitting the Racks
Here's your weekly rundown of the new releases hitting the racks at Grimey's: Friday, March 24th, 2017
Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors - Souvenir CD/LP (Magnolia Music)
Nashville-based singer-songwriter teams up with wife and neighbors to create formidable alt-country. Formed in 2006 by Drew Holcomb (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), the band includes Nathan Dugger (guitar, keys), Rich Brinsfield (bass), Jonathan Womble (drums), and Grant Pittman (keys). Drawing influence from Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors have found their place in today's landscape of singer/songwriter Americana. Drew and his band have developed their sound through extensive touring, performing alongside John Hiatt, Don Henley, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Los Lobos, Susan Tedeschi, Needtobreathe, Robert Earl Keen and more. Don't miss Drew & the Neighbors when they rock the house at Grimey's with a free lunchtime in-store set at 12:30pm on Friday, March 24th!
The Jesus And Mary Chain - Damage And Joy CD/LP/Cassette (Artificial Plastic)
"Last month, Creation Records founder Alan McGee claimed that The Jesus And Mary Chain, the great '80s and '90s noise-pop alchemists, had recorded a new album and that it would be coming out in March. This was f**king awesome news; in all their years as functioning recording artists, The Jesus And Mary Chain never recorded a single bad song. But it was also hearsay. So it's even more f**king awesome to confirm that, yes, there is a new Jesus And Mary Chain album. This will be the band's first since 1998's Munki, and as Pitchfork reports, the brothers Jim and William Reid recorded it with producer Youth, a member of Killing Joke, who also played bass. Their touring drummer Brian Young also joined them, as did bassist Phil King, fresh off of the aborted Lush reunion. In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Reid said he and his brother, guitarist William Reid, had 'f**k-loads of songs,' but, 'We disagree about a lot of things to do with it, like how to record it, where to record it. Now we're starting to come around to agreeing with each other, which is kind of strange territory for me and William." -- Stereogum
Laetitia Sadier Source - Find Me Finding You CD/LP (Drag City)
Laetitia has relentlessly followed her music through different dynamics and into a variety of dimensions over the course of four solo albums since 2010 (not to forget her three albums with Monade and the long era of Stereolab)-but the nature of the construction here stands distinctly apart from her recent albums. Sadier was inspired by a mind's-eye envisaging of geometric forms and their possible permutations. As she sought to replicate the shapes in music, this guided the process of assembly for the album. Features longtime collaborators Emmanuel Mario and Xavi Munoz, keyboard and flutes from David Thayer (Little Tornados), synths and electronics from Phil M Fu, and guitar from Mason Le Long, with guest appearances from Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and cornet work from Rob Mazurek.
Craig Finn - We All Want The Same Things CD/LP+MP3 (Partisan)
Shortly after the release of Faith In The Future in September 2015, Craig Finn got together with producer Josh Kaufman to talk about making another record. He had been writing a ton, and wanted to follow up quickly on the last album. He had been thinking about love and partnership in modern times, and had written a lot of songs about couples. Love seems like the biggest mystery in our modern days -- no amount of science or advances in technology can help us fully understand the notion of love and the role it plays in our lives. But Finn also thought about the search for love as an antidote for loneliness, and how so often modern partnership can be an alignment of self-interests. We make teams with each other to combat the world around us. There is a beauty in that for sure, but it also can fray around the edges. We lean against each other to keep ourselves upright, make uneasy truces, and push forward into uneasy times. The songs Finn had written dwelled on this. Finn and Kaufman started working in short sessions starting November 2015 and kept it going over the next year. As on Faith In The Future, percussionist Joe Russo and engineer Dan Goodwin were prominent parts of the sessions. They had developed a vocabulary and a style of working that felt comfortable -- maybe like a band making their second or third record. That said, they also wanted create something different and new, so they invited a lot of other people to collaborate. Before long they had a record that they loved, and Finn's most melodic album to date.
Bridget Kearney - Won't Let You Down CD/LP (Signature Sounds Recordings)
In the 12 years she has toured the world as a member of the soul-pop sensation Lake Street Dive, Bridget Kearney has fine-tuned many things -- voracious collaborating, acclaimed bass playing, and harmonizing, to name a few. But the skill she has honed most obsessively is songwriting. While still a student at The New England Conservatory of Music, Kearney won the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, a harbinger of things to come. Now, Kearney steps into the spotlight with her first solo effort, a wry, big-hearted pop album entitled Won't Let You Down. Shades of The Beatles, Wilco, Fleetwood Mac, and even Nick Cave can be detected, as the album swerves from '60s pop to modern indie-rock.
Lewis Watson - Midnight CD/2xLP (Cooking Vinyl)
With Midnight, Lewis Watson has developed his much-adored acoustic-pop sound into something altogether more ambitious, yet even more affecting. Drawing upon inspiration from a disparate range of influences including Death Cab For Cutie, Coldplay and Bon Iver, the album expands Watson's musical world far beyond his debut. It also features a duet with Lucy Rose on the achingly emotional "Slumber." The song "Little Light features elements of his signature style sound with a more amplified sound included as well. The drumbeats and electric guitar show that Lewis can create a song out of anything. His talents are endless as he has mastered the acoustic ballad as well as these new, very slightly heavier songs.
Jessi Colter - The Psalms CD (Sony Legacy)
The striking new album by Jessi Colter features 12 original, spontaneous recordings, with lyrics drawn from the most timeless and sacred poems, the Psalms. Recorded with world-renowned producer/guitarist/author, Lenny Kaye with whom Jessi became dear friends while he worked on her late husband Waylon Jennings autobiography, The Psalms encapsulates the universal yet simple joyous mysteries of this spiritual text resulting in an altogether unique and transfixing album. [Vinyl edition due April 21.] Samantha Crain - You Had Me At Goodbye CD/LP (Ramseur) "Oklahoma-born singer-songwriter Samantha Crain's fifth album You Had Me At Goodbye shows off her folk balladry and experimental spirit with a greater pop emphasis. Written in her home state at the back end of winter and recorded by John Vanderslice at his Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, You Had Me... makes for a luxurious if over-rich listen. In its cozy atmosphere and lush woodwind and string instruments, You Had Me... follows in the lineage of recent records like Eleanor Friedberger's New View and Natalie Prass' self-titled debut" - The Skinny. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available for special order]
Johnny Flynn - Sillion CD/LP (Transgressive)
The fourth album from the indie singer/songwriter Johnny Flynn -- expect lyrics of storytelling with a folk-influenced sound, for fans of Mumford & Sons, Bear's Den, Matthew And The Atlas and Eliza & The Bear.
Jethro Tull - Jethro Tull: The String Quartets CD/2xLP (The End)
A new album by Ian Anderson and the Carducci Quartet featuring the classic songs of Jethro Tull, arranged and orchestrated by John O'Hara. Ian plays flute on most of the tracks and even sings a few lines here and there to provide his trademark sounds in the context of classical music traditions. "Living In The Past," "Aqualung," "Locomotive Breath" and "Bungle In The Jungle" are among the album track listing but appear, along with their fellow musical travelers, under more cryptic titles to differentiate them from the original recordings and arrangements. Ian says, "Perfect for lazy, long sunny afternoons, crisp winter nights, weddings and funerals." He forgot to add, perfect also after a night of wild, abandoned sex or to celebrate the win of your favorite football team. Essentially, anytime music for sophisticated lovers of classic rock too afraid to wear their Tull t-shirt at the village barbecue.
Spiral Stairs - Doris & The Daggers CD/LP (Nine Mile)
It's been eight years since Scott Kannberg aka Spiral Stairs (founding member of Pavement and Preston School of Industry), released any new music. Yet second album Doris & The Daggers is well worth the wait, showcasing the most personal and emotional music Kannberg has ever written and reflecting the life changes that occurred over those years. The album was recorded over a series of short sessions at Exactamundo studios in Eagle Rock, CA. Long-time low-end foil Matt Harris returned on bass duties, while the drum-stool was adopted by Broken Social Scene's Justin Peroff. The trio cut 30 songs in all, while a number of Scott's close musical friends stepped in to make some key contributions. Along with the lyrical wit and Scott's unerring knack for tuneage as embraceably familiar as a beloved sweater; these songs are full of life, stories engagingly told, and a sense of affection for everything that happens within them.
Diamanda Galás - All The Way CD/LP (Intravenal Sound Operations)
"'All The Way' is nominally a love song, but in contrast to say, Frank Sinatra's Karo-sweet 1957 definitive rendition of the song, Diamanda Galás' version is bitter and broken down. The song serves as the title track for a new record of frigid and gothic jazz and blues standards, Galás' first in nearly a decade." - Pitchfork
Bardo Pond - Under The Pines CD/LP+MP3 (Fire)
So complex and substance-affected was their evolution, Bardo Pond have been creating their dreamy riffs for 26 years alongside a myriad of side projects. Under The Pines sees them delve into the subconscious with their transcending cosmic post-rock. Over 41 minutes Bardo Pond's fermentation, their languid throb and textured groove (flute, violin, Isobel Sollenberger's haunting vocals) sounds like cathartic dream pop wrapped in a delicately constructed barbwire shroud.
Wolf Eyes - Undertow CD/LP+MP3 (Lower Floor Music)
Times of chaos ring the bells for the newest sea-bottom R&B sound lurch from radical sonic artists Wolf Eyes. New release Undertow finds the trio diving into new depths of the electronic and free jazz infected world.
The Cairo Gang - Untouchable CD/LP/Cassette (God?)
The Cairo Gang's music is a refreshing dip in the pools of classic youth-pop, with songs of star-crossed breakthroughs and guitars cross-talking with a bejeweled ennui and a sly sting that appeals to a higher order. They serve up sweet-and-sorrow reveries on Untouchable, a breathtaking series of entanglements and attempts to break free --a trace of dolor wafting through their dancing riff-works.
Feral Ohms - Feral Ohms CD/LP/Cassette (Silver Current)
Feral Ohms is a power trio from Oakland, California, led by Comets On Fire/Howlin Rain/Heron Oblivion guitar and voice fireball Ethan Miller along with animal drummer Chris Johnson (Drunk Horse/Andy Human) and the loudest bassist in fifteen counties, Josh Haynes (Nudity). The band turns the spatial pyrotechnics and expansive spirit of classic psychedelia inside out, dragging it through the punk rock era kicking and screaming and boils it down into a series of explosions that start at needle drop and end when the record does.
Imaginary Tricks - Skommel CD/LP (Friendship Fever)
Skommel is the debut album from Queens, NY's Imaginary Tricks. Building upon a lifelong affair with guitar noise and love for buttery R&B classics, these songs are reflections of psych-tinged rock and pop obsessions, abused by years of a relentless search for something stranger, stronger, and free.
Power - Electric Glitter Boogie CD/LP (In The Red)
Power's sound is raw but full. The band recorded live with minimal overdubs, and the songs continually disintegrate into white heat guitar noise before slamming back into manic amphetamine lockstep. In eight numbers, they traverse an entire history of hard rock, electric glitter boogie, thug glam, raw power punk.
Betty Who - The Valley CD (RCA)
Australian-born pop singer Betty Who makes vivacious yet bittersweet music that calls to mind divas such as Whitney Houston, Robyn, and Katy Perry. The 25-year-old Australian-born and Los Angeles based pop star is hoping that 2017 keeps her busy, after she broke out with the dance-pop hit "Somebody Loves You" in 2014 and spent most of last year on the road. Since then, Who (real name: Jess Newham) has moved to Los Angeles, gotten into a serious relationship and experienced the personal growth that she says naturally comes when you enter your mid-20s. "On this album, there's still grieving about my last relationship, or talking about friendships that have fallen apart over the past couple of years due to the nature of my job -- but I also think it's much more self-assured."
RaeLynn - WildHorse CD (WB)
"Between the ages of 17 and 22, Texas singer and songwriter born Racheal Lynn Woodward weathered the overnight visibility that comes with television singing competitions and the intense process of being groomed for Nashville professionalism. She was schooled in Music Row co-writing methods and sent out to sweet talk radio gatekeepers, before swapping record labels and waiting on the delayed release of her beguiling debut album, WildHorse. Produced by two of RaeLynn's frequent co-writers, Nicolle Galyon and Jimmy Robbins, the 12-track collection deploys programmed beats and synths in a supple, atmospheric way. RaeLynn sounds about as acclimated to the rhythmic cadences of pop and R&B as Maren Morris did on her breakthrough album last year. But it's there that the two artists' approaches diverge; where Morris swaggers, RaeLynn exudes spunk." -- WVIA
Gold Star - Big Blue CD/LP+MP3 (Autumn Tone)
Marlon Rabenreither, better known as Gold Star, is a singer, songwriter and producer from Los Angeles, CA. Marlon spent most of his early music career playing dive bars around Los Angeles in rock and roll bands and eventually found that he had a passion for Americana. Big Blue is a mix of late '60s rock and roll with the soul of early blues and country music.
Ruthie Foster - Joy Comes Back CD (Blue Corn Music)
10 tracks from the Austin artist, nine of which are by a diverse array of writers from Mississippi John Hurt, Sean Staples and Grace Pettis, daughter of renowned folk singer Pierce Pettis, to Chris Stapleton and Black Sabbath. Yes, Black Sabbath; Foster re-imagines "War Pigs" as a jam session with Son House. She also covers the Four Tops' ''Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, written by Ivy Jo Hunter and Stevie Wonder.
Coco Montoya - Hard Truth CD (Alligator)
From the radio-friendly, gospel-inspired shout-out to love, "I Want To Shout About It," to the haunting "Devil Don't Sleep" to the icy-hot cover of Albert Collins' "The Moon Is Full," Hard Truth covers a lot of emotional ground. Montoya's unpredictable guitar playing and smoking soul vocals blend effortlessly with a backing band featuring renowned musicians including bassist Bob Glaub (Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Jerry Lee Lewis), keyboardist Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Etta James, Taj Mahal), guitarists Billy Watts (Eric Burdon) and Johnny Lee Schell (Bonnie Raitt), and Braunagel on drums. Slide guitar master Leroy Parnell guests on "Lost In The Bottle."
Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang - Build Music CD/LP (Luaka Bop)
"All I am about is making history" says Janka Nabay. After a string of cassette releases, Nabay became a star of electronic bubu music back home in Sierra Leone. But he was soon forced to escape his homeland's explosive civil war in the 1990s. Over the years, Nabay gradually rebuilt his musical life in the United States while supporting himself working at hotels and fried chicken restaurants. Nabay's bubu music may sound futuristic, but its existence spans centuries. The original bubu is cloaked in mythology: as legend has it, a young bubu boy took the music from witches 500 years ago, brought it to the public at large, and sacrificed his own life in the process. Over time, bubu evolved into a music played collectively on percussive instruments and bamboo horns. Upon the arrival of Islam in Sierra Leone, the hypnotic sound of bubu music was adapted for processionals during Ramadan. As Janka says: "Bubu is an old, old music, but people don't know about it. You can add new things into the beat if you know it really well, and make your own sound out of it."
Trey Songz - Tremaine The Album CD (Atlantic)
Although it's been three years since the release of Trey Songz last official studio album Trigga the R&B sensation has not exactly been quiet. His last project Intermission I and II was an EP full of gems that were also mastered by Mark Christensen here at Engine Room Audio. Rather than chase trends in a genre that is in a phase of transition, Trey has patiently sat back and focused on his sound for this upcoming album. Tremaine The Album features "Nobody Else But You" and "Playboy" which provide the classic heart throb signature of Trey Songz's sound while "She Lovin It" comes in with a more fresh and experimental approach.
Oddisee - The Iceberg CD (Mello Music Group)
The prolific MC, producer and musician Oddisee's new album, The Iceberg, is a plea for humanity to dig deeper in search of understanding and common ground. The album is a distillation of stereotypical tropes in hip-hop and beyond, 12 tracks about money, sex, politics, race and religion that appear superficial until his multi-dimensional lyrics unfurl to expose the complexities of individuality and identity: How we see ourselves and how others see us. Deeply soulful, and shot through with jazz, go-go, gospel, thick R&B and hard beats, The Iceberg is a timely, poetic statement. The album was recorded and produced by Oddisee at his own studio in Brooklyn, made with live instrumentation performed by Oddisee and members of his band, Good Company.
Tuxedo - Tuxedo II CD/LP+MP3 (Stones Throw)
The prolific and diverse hip-hop producer Jake One has teamed up with blue-eyed soul singer Mayer Hawthorne for their second collaboration, appropriately entitled Tuxedo II. Their alter egos -- Aquarius (Mayer Hawthorne) and Taurus (Jake One) -- are dressed up in tuxedos and presented by Stones Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf (a man known to dress up himself) as descendants of the one-word moniker family of funk, where you will find groups such as Chic, Shalamar, Plush, and Zapp. It's another dose of retro disco funk that will have you busting out your own tuxedo and dusting off those dancing shoes.
On Fillmore - Happiness Of Living CD/LP (Northern Spy)
"On Fillmore is the duo of Glenn Kotche and Darin Gray, who between them have played with amazing artists from Chris Corsano and Jim O'Rourke to Wilco. Happiness Of Living includes yet more musical collaborators, all adding up to an impressive suite of spontaneously-composed and texturally-varied music." - Norman UK
Pontiak - Dialectic Of Ignorance CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Dialectic Of Ignorance's expansive structures echo the rugged, hazy climbs of the Blue Ridge Mountain setting of Pontiak's lives, but don't be fooled; this is no mere collection of pastoral instrumental landscapes. Having opened their own brewery in August 2015, the Carney brothers have had the opportunity to reassess their creative process through brewing. The lessons learned from this experimentation have had a formative effect on the both the process underlying and subsequent sound of this album. Potent from the first note, "Tomorrow Is Forgetting" fuses Van Carney's tenacious, stony guitar riffing with his brothers' blistering vocal harmonies, in a five-minute minimalist stoner opus that relentlessly cranks up the intensity.
The Bug Vs Earth - Concrete Desert CD (Ninja Tune)
"This is a total dream-come-true collaboration for fans of pulverizingly heavy music: Dylan 'Extra Low Frequency Version' Carson's Earth project and Kevin 'Skeng' Martin's The Bug, producing together. After two tracks together last year, the pair have now made a full album, and it's a seething, bristling blast of a listen" - Norman UK. [Expanded vinyl edition due May 5.]
Anjou - Epithymia CD/2xLP (Kranky)
Ambient power duo Anjou's 2017 sophomore statement continues in the vein of their 2014 debut, unfurling a full hour of mesmeric synthetic drift and veiled melodic undertow. Comprised of Mark Nelson (of pioneering post-rock experimentalists Labradford and Pan·American) and Robert Donne (of Labradford, Aix Em Klemm, Cristal), the group works largely in long-form suites of sound, alternately spacious and dense. Epithymia's six pieces embrace flux and ambiguity: drones swell and shudder, hushed currents of noise glitch and dissolve, atmospheres congeal and liquefy. As with the participants' prior projects, Anjou evokes a shadowed, mysterious mood, variously melancholy and transcendent. The album is an accumulation of craftsmanship and experience, blurred forms traced in light and fog.
Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene Trilogy 3xCD (Sony Legacy)
Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene 3 LP (Sony Legacy)
40 years after the huge international impact of Oxygene, and 20 years from its second volume Oxygene 7-13, Jean-Michel Jarre is fulfilling a trilogy of albums with Oxygene 3, containing seven newly composed and recorded pieces, consistently titled parts 14-20. His inspiration for the newly added parts on Oxygene 3 was not to go back in time, but to add a sense of "now" to his iconic piece of work. [A Deluxe Oxygene Triology box set including copies on clear vinyl and on CD, as well as a coffee-table book featuring rare photos and notes is available to special order]
John Zorn - There Is No More Firmament CD (Tzadik)
There Is No More Firmament is a remarkable collection of recent compositions from 2013-2016 that showcase the range, variety and continued creativity of Zorn as he enters his sixties. Connected together with a thread of intensity, magic and madness, the music tells a twisted and complex story of a magical descent into madness. The compositions include two works for brass ensembles, a woodwind quintet, jazz piano trio, string trio and two solo pieces for clarinet and trumpet, with the outrageous trumpet solo Merlin appearing in two realizations-one by jazz master Peter Evans and another by the European classical virtuoso Marco Blaauw.
The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis feat Jon Batiste - The Music Of John Lewis CD (Blue Engine)
Few captured the sleek, swinging sophistication of jazz better than pianist, composer, and bandleader John Lewis, who had a long, deep, personal relationship with Jazz At Lincoln Center. "He used to always call our program a miracle," says Wynton Marsalis. "He used to always say, 'Keep that miracle going.'" In 2013, when the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis set out to honor the legacy of the Modern Jazz Quartet's maestro, they teamed up with New Orleans' own Jon Batiste. The bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and a prodigious pianist in his own right, Batiste joined the JLCO to tackle some of Lewis's most iconic tunes during a sold-out concert in Rose Theater, The House Of Swing. From the blistering bebop of "Two Bass Hit" to the down-home blues of "2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West"-from small group configurations to the big band might of the full JLCO-The Music Of John Lewis captures the elegance and soulfulness of Lewis's daring compositions.
Raul Midón - Bad Ass And Blind CD (Artistry Music)
Bad Ass And Blind finds Midón expanding his range compositionally, tapping into the linear modal harmony explored by such jazz composers as Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter. Album highlight "Wings Of Mind" utilizes this technique with a sophistication that brings to mind jazz-savvy pop acts like Steely Dan. "As a listener, you don't need to know anything about the Phrygian or Dorian modes to get this music - it just sounds different, intriguing, and exotic."
Dickey/Maneri/Shipp - Vessel In Orbit CD (Aum Fidelity)
Vessel In Orbit presents the first new group music in over a decade from singular drummer-composer Whit Dickey. It is a richly melodic and deeply focused album; structural integrity and emotional resonance are paramount throughout. Created together with the impeccable improvisers Mat Maneri on viola and pianist Matthew Shipp, each of these men has a lifetime commitment to creative music, and they share a musical relationship with one another that dates back decades. Dickey's wonderfully inviting compositional structures provide fruitful platforms for his esteemed colleagues and, par for his work as a leader, he cedes the spotlight to the collective as a whole. Wide-open listening and fluid expression abound here.
Eliane Elias - Dance Of Time CD (Concord)
Dance Of Time builds upon the success of the 2015 release Made In Brazil but delivers its own distinctive sound by providing a contemporary play on classic Brazilian songs from Elias' youth and musical career. Billy Childs - Rebirth CD (Mack Avenue) On his new album Rebirth, Billy Childs reaches back to the start of his almost astoundingly varied musical experience-leading a small jazz band of state-of-the-art musicians with his piano playing. An accomplished symphonic writer, he has also amassed a career's worth of jazz originals that can swing hard, dazzle with intricacy, touch you with direct simplicity, or mesmerize with crystalline lyricism.
Creeper - Eternity, In Your Arms CD (Roadrunner)
Since 2014, Creeper have been invigorating the rock scene with their carefully curated horror-punk, which evokes early AFI and My Chemical Romance.
Pallbearer - Heartless CD/2xLP (Profound Lore)
Pallbearer further expand their sound by harnessing classic traditional metal and the prog aesthetic while remaining true to the essence of their signature sound.
Me & That Man - Songs Of Love & Death CD/LP (Cooking Vinyl)
This new project from Nergal (Behemoth) follows the sinister and dark lead from those that laid the path: Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, Mike Ness, Tom Waits and others. [Limited color vinyl pressings also available.]
Reissues & From The Vaults...
Pink Floyd - 1965-1967 Cambridge St/Ation 2xCD+DVD+Blu-ray (Pink Floyd Records)
Pink Floyd - 1968 Germin/ation CD+DVD+Blu-ray (Pink Floyd Records)
Pink Floyd - 1969 Dramatis/ation 2xCD+DVD+Blu-ray (Pink Floyd Records)
Pink Floyd - 1970 Devi/ation 2xCD+2xDVD+Blu-ray (Pink Floyd Records)
Pink Floyd - 1971 Reverber/ation CD+DVD+Blu-ray (Pink Floyd Records)
Pink Floyd - 1972 Obfusc/ation 2xCD+DVD+Blu-ray (Pink Floyd Records)
Following the massive The Early Years 1965-1972 collection (released last November), six of the seven volumes included in that hearty box are now available individually (for those fans who'd rather not miss a mortgage payment).
Paul McCartney - Flowers In The Dirt  2xCD/3xCD+DVD+MP3/2xLP+MP3 (Capitol)
Special expanded deluxe edition includes a bonus disc containing nine demo tracks with Elvis Costello. One of the most critically acclaimed albums of the '80s, nominated for both BRIT and Grammy Awards, Flowers In The Dirt saw Paul McCartney team up with Elvis Costello to co-write a third of the album ("My Brave Face," "You Want Her Too," "Don't Be Careless Love" and "That Day Is Done") as well as boasting production credits from producers such as Mitchell Froom, Trevor Horn, David Foster, Steve Lipson, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney himself. Digitally remastered. [Also available as a triple-CD+DVD edition that includes two CDs of bonus demos and acoustic versions, a DVD with 10 music videos, the 1989 VHS documentary Put It There and a "making-of" film plus a digital download that includes additional demos, B-sides, alternate mixes and more.]
Frank Zappa - Civilization Phaze III  2xCD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - Frank Zappa Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute  CD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - Everything Is Healing Nicely  CD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - FZ:OZ  2xCD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - Joe's Corsage  CD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - Joe's Domage  CD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - Joe's XMAsage  CD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - Imaginary Diseases  CD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - Buffalo  2xCD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - Joe's Menage  CD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - One Shot Deal  CD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - Philly '76  2xCD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - Congress Shall Make No Law  CD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - Greasy Love Songs  CD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - Hammersmith Odeon  CD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - Feeding The Monkies At Ma Maison  CD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Carnegie Hall  4xCD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - A Token Of His Extreme  CD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - Joe's Camouflage  CD (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa - Dance Me This  CD (Zappa Records)
20 competitively priced reissues from The Vault.
The Skatalites - Foundation Ska [Reissue/1997] 2xCD/2xLP (Studio One)
An essential collection from one of the greatest Jamaican groups. 32 tracks total.
Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer - Two Of A Kind [Reissue/1961] CD (Omnivore)
Anyone who is a fan of a swinging big band and pop vocals knows the names Bobby Darin, Johnny Mercer, and Billy May. This new edition of Two Of A Kind features the original 13 tracks with 7 previously unissued performances-5 alternate takes, and 2 songs recorded for, but left off the album. These additional recordings offer a glimpse into the studio to witness the joy the artists shared in this collaboration.
Bill Evans - On A Monday Evening (Live) CD/LP (Fantasy)
On A Monday Evening offers jazz fans a rare treat: an unreleased (and never bootlegged) concert recording of The Bill Evans Trio, featuring Eddie Gomez and Eliot Zigmund. Captured live at Madison, Wisconsin's Union Theater on Monday, November 15, 1976, this recording finds Evans at the top of his game, performing both contemporary compositions from that era, as well as his longstanding signature tunes to a packed house.
Today Is The Day - Temple Of The Morning Star: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition CD+DVD (The End)
This year marks Today Is The Day's 25th anniversary as a band and the 20th anniversary of their seminal 1997 album Temple Of The Morning Star, which has been remastered and expanded for the occasion with rare and previously unreleased material. Led by visionary frontman Steve Austin, Today Is The Day reigns as one of the most unique and influential underground metal bands of the past two decades. The band's violent and anthemic style, which blends metal, noise, psychedelia, and rock, has won worldwide acclaim ever since the debut album, Supernova, first hit in the early '90s. Nine studio albums have been released on such labels as Amphetamine Reptile and Relapse -- including modern-day classics like Willpower, Temple Of The Morning Star, and In the Eyes Of God -- and the band's changing lineup has included such musicians as Brann Dailor and Bill Kelliher, who would later go on to form Mastodon. Today Is The Day has toured the world with Motörhead, Helmet, The Melvins, Morbid Angel, Converge, Napalm Death, Neurosis, Eyehategod, Unsane, Coalesce, and many more. Steve Austin has also made a name as a producer, helping create seminal albums for Lamb Of God, Converge, Deadguy, and more. Vinyl is available for special order.
Compilations, Best Of's & Sundry Collections
Various Artists - Classic Piedmont Blues From Smithsonian Folkways CD (Smithsonian Folkways)
With a selection of indelible recordings made over 70 years, Classic Piedmont Blues captures the essence of this fascinating blues tradition. Originating in the foothills of Southern Appalachia, the Piedmont blues served as a breeding ground for cross-pollination between traditions: rural and urban, black and white, country and coastal. Swept up on the tide of the Great Migration, it was carried from the Carolinas and Virginia, north and east through Maryland and Washington, D.C., to New York City and back again. Featuring influential artists like John Jackson, Cephas & Wiggins, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, and many others, this collection offers an illuminating overview of the Piedmont style.
Various Artists - Hustle! Reggae Disco  CD/3x12" (Soul Jazz)
This compilation features non-stop killer reggae versions of original funk and soul classics in a disco style. Reggae disco updates of seminal classics by Anita Ward ("Ring My Bell"), Chaka Khan ("I'm Every Woman"), Michael Jackson "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," Sugarhill Gang ("Rappers Delight," here performed by Derrick Laro and Trinity for producer Joe Gibbs) and more, all showing the hidden but inseparable link between the dance floors of New York, Kingston, and London. Expanded reissue featuring five extra tracks.
Noam Pikelny - Universal Favorite LP (Rounder/Concord)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation. He is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a three-time Grammy Nominee and was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass in 2010. Universal Favorite is the fourth record Noam Pikelny has released under his own name, but it's truly his solo debut. The album features Pikelny playing lovely originals and covers that showcase his unique approach to the banjo and compositional flair. He recorded the tracks without accompaniment, coaxing a wide array of sounds and colors out of his instruments, embracing the challenges and exploring the new possibilities of the solo setting. And, for the first time in his career, Pikelny even sings. It turns out he has a striking deadpan baritone that conveys humor and melancholy in equal measure. This album, he says, is 'the most personal statement I've put forward. The setting couldn't be more stark and I think it lays bare my musical core. Most importantly, it's an incredibly honest solo album, in that there are honestly no other people on this record other than me."
Fruit Bats - Live At Pickathon LP (Easy Sound)
The Fruit Bats Live At Pickathon is the sixth release in this ongoing series. Ten tracks hand-picked and lovingly remixed by Eric D. Johnson, wrapped up in special thick 24 pt. reverse board matte jackets with a little spot gloss for extra special feel. Pressed on 150 gram black vinyl.
Otis Redding - Live At The Whiskey A Go Go: The Complete Recordings 2xLP (Stax)
Otis Redding's legendary performances from 1966. Featuring highlights from the historic three-night stand at The Whiskey A Go Go, newly mixed and mastered from the original 4-track tapes. 180gm.
The Dove & The Wolf - I Don't Know What To Feel 12" (Fat Possum)
The young women in this Philly-via-Paris duo meditate on their post-Bataclan world with Rumours-esque melodies and lovely harmonies. "The EP was born out of a time of fear, however the result is a tender showing of strength. The songs are not political-the duo purposely shunned such an idea-but touch on the humanizing effect of a dehumanizing event, how the human condition brings people together in the face of tragedy."- Noisey
Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens LP (Smalltown Supersound)
Kelly Lee Owens has dabbled in many various form of electronic music, but seems most comfortable and comforting in this atmospheric world with a beat, combining the spectral pop of Grimes with techno and the gentle krautrock of Broadcast. (CD due 3/31)
Mick Jenkins - The Healing Component LP (Cinematic Music)
Jayson Jenkins aka Mick Jenkins is a hip-hop recording artist born in Huntsville, AL and raised on the south side of Chicago, IL. Jenkins is a member of Free Nation, a hip-hop group that promotes creative thought without accepting narrow views imposed by the powers that be. Mick's debut studio effort, The Healing Component, is in reference to love being a healing component and love being able to heal all and features guest spots by BADBADNOTGOOD, theMIND, Ravyn Lenae, J-Stock, Noname & Xavier Omar and Michael Anthony.
Ben Folds - The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner [Reissue/1999] LP (Analog Spark)
Ben Folds - Songs For Silverman [Reissue/2005] LP (Analog Spark)
The audio for these vinyl reissues has been sourced from the original mix reels and mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. Records were plated and pressed at RTI on 180gm vinyl and housed in a Stoughton jacket with a four page booklet.
Vic Chesnutt - Is The Actor Happy? [Reissue/1995] 2xLP+MP3 (New West)
Faithfully remastered and complete with six bonus tracks, Vic Chesnutt's fourth studio album is back in print on vinyl. "For all the literary depth, melodic strength, and honest performances included here, it's essential to know that Chesnutt's songs are equal parts silly and serious, heartbreaking and hilarious. That's the gravity of the situation, and that's why you should listen" (Pop Matters). "Not just arguably his finest release, but also his most extroverted" (Pitchfork).
CJ Ramone - American Beauty LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
Released last week on CD - now available on vinyl. "American Beauty is the record I've been working towards since I started putting out records as CJ Ramone. My songwriting has definitely grown up some, but the raw energy is still there. Steve Soto, Dan Root, and Pete Sosa helped me drive every track home in a way that only veterans of the business can do, with engineer/co-producer Paul Miner throwing gas on the fire every step of the way."
New York Dolls - New York Dolls [Reissue/1973] LP (Mercury)
New York Dolls - Much Too Soon [Reissue/1974] LP (Mercury)
When the New York Dolls released their debut album in 1973, they managed to be named both 'Best New Band' and 'Worst Band' in Creem Magazine's annual reader's poll. Along with the Velvet Underground and the Stooges, New York Dolls were one of the first bands of the early punk rock scenes. Although their original line-up fell apart quickly, the band's first two albums-New York Dolls (1973) and Too Much Too Soon (1974)-became among the more popular cult records in rock.
Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience  LP (A&M)
Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience  2xLP (SRC Vinyl)
Gin Blossoms - Congratulations I'm Sorry [Reissue/1996] LP (A&M)
First time on vinyl! In the late 80's Gin Blossoms indelible jangle-pop sound was evolving during radio's diverse mix of hair bands and grunge music. Taking their name from a caption on a W.C. Fields photo, Gin Blossoms hit the big time with their 1992 album New Miserable Experience. The title of their third album, Congratulations I'm Sorry, according to the lead singer Robin Wilson, came from the response band members usually received from people who both wanted to congratulate the band for the success of New Miserable Experience, while then offering apologies for their friend and former band member Doug Hopkins.
Grand Funk Railroad - Live Album [Reissue/1970] 2xLP (Friday Music)
Limited edition 180gm double vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve. This no-nonsense band from Michigan defined the sound of early working class hard rock groups with their over-the-top sound, Mark Farner's heavy riffing, Mel Schacher's hard-hitting bass lines and Don Brewer's intricate and funky drums.
Glen Campbell - Gentle On My Mind [Reissue/1967] LP (Capitol Nashville)
Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman [Reissue/1968] LP (Capitol Nashville)
Glen Campbell - Galveston [Reissue/1969] LP (Capitol Nashville)
Vinyl reissues of Campbell's sixth, twelfth, and thirteenth albums.
Max Richter - Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works 2xLP (Deutsche Grammophon)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. The brand new album from Max Richter features music crafted from 2015's outstanding ballet production Woolf Works, a critically-acclaimed ballet triptych by choreographer Wayne McGregor, inspired by the life and works of English novelist Virginia Woolf. Following the success of Sleep, this album showcases different sides of Max Richter's vast palette of sounds, Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works shows Max's passion for both lavish string and piano melodies, but also his virtuoso electronic side.
Dexter Gordon - Take The 'A' Train LP (ORG Music)
Recorded live in July of 1967 at the legendary Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen, Denmark Take The 'A' Train finds tenor saxophonist extraordinaire Dexter Gordon and his fine quartet (pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath) swinging hard and stretching out on three stellar numbers which clock in at eight to fifteen minutes in length. Gordon caresses the melodies, creates solos that are full of swing, wit, and inspiration, and makes every phrase sound personal, fresh and original.
Aaron Sprinkle - Real Life LP (Tooth & Nail)
A throwback to the '90s in many ways, Sprinkle's sixth solo album features appearances by Memphis May Fire's Matty Mullins, Eisley's Sherri-Dupree Bemis, Say Anything's Max Bemis, and Stephanie Skipper. Limited color vinyl pressing. Angels & Airwaves - I-Empire [Reissue/2007] 2xLP (SRC Vinyl) Standard black vinyl reissue of the Blink-182 side-project's sophomore album.
Sorority Noise - Forgettable [Reissue/2014] LP (Flower Girl/Triple Crown)
Formed in 2013 Sorority Noise has recorded as number of singles, EP's and two full lengths to date (most recent album, You're Not As _ As You Think, was released last week). On the heels of that release, Forgettable, the band's debut album, is back in print on vinyl via lead singer Cameron Boucher's label Flower Girl Records.
Vile Creature - A Steady Descent Into The Soil LP+MP3 (Gilead Media)
A Steady Descent Into The Soil is the debut LP from St. Catharines, Ontario's Vile Creature. Crafted during winter 2014 and recorded in an abandoned school house in rural Canada, the record acts as a cull of emotions derived from the inherent violence and hatred experienced growing up queer around the millennium, a time much less homo-positive than today's landscape. Three songs of fuzzed-out atmospheric doom are sprawled over nearly 40 minutes, creating a record described as "wonderfully unique" and "undeniably original" by Noisey and Metal Injection, respectively.
Gloam - Hex Of Nine Heads 2xLP+MP3 (Gilead Media)
Hex Of Nine Heads was originally only released on cassette and is now given a deluxe vinyl treatment with new and expanded artwork. "Gloam are masters of the darkest crafts and with Hex Of Nine Heads they have proven this point beyond what can be humanly debated. They are one of America's finest black metal bands and just keep getting better and blowing my f**king mind at every release." -- CVLT Nation
Nova Collective - The Further Side LP (Metal Blade)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. "A group made up of instrumental superstars from a few very well-known progressive bands Between The Buried And Me, Haken, Trioscapes, and Cynic, the foursome's new album The Further Side is an energetic, creative, and enjoyable listen from the first few notes. They describe themselves as 'fusion, weaving progressive rock influences with world music, jazz and classical, to create something entirely new that is pure aural candy for prog/jazz fans'" - The Prog Report
Soundtrack - Valley Of The Dolls [Reissue/1967] LP (Phillips)
Originally released in 1967, The Valley Of The Dolls soundtrack won an Academy Award for Best Music (Scoring of Music Adaptation or Treatment). Now reissued on vinyl to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film.
Brad Fiedel - Terminator 2: Judgement Day [Reissue/1991] 2xLP (UMe)
This vinyl reissue of the official T2 soundtrack album coincides with the 3D/4K re-release of the film. Double fronted gatefold vinyl featuring both the old and new cover designs.