New Releases - 12/21/18
Sophie - Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides CD/LP (Future Classics)
Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides is the debut studio album by Scottish electronic music producer Sophie. The album includes the singles "It's Okay To Cry", "Ponyboy", and "Faceshopping". Sophie Xeon is known for her synthesized and hyperkinetic take on pop music, and has produced for acts such as Madonna, Charli XCX, Vince Staples, Let's Eat Grandma, and Namie Amuro.
Ghostface Killah - The Lost Tapes CD/LP (Daupe!)
Ghostface Killa's latest album - a 13-track set including guest spots from 25 artists including fellow Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon, E-40, Snoop Dogg, Big Daddy Kane, Cappadonna, and Tricky.
Compilations, Best Of's & Sundry Collections
David Attenborough - My Field Recordings From Across The Planet 2xCD (Wrasse)
A compilation of original field recordings made by Sir David Attenborough between 1954 and 1963. He travelled to remote parts of the world to find and film exotic animals. This collection features more than 50 recordings of traditional music from Sierra Leone, Paraguay, Madagascar, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islands and northern Australia. With an extensive booklet drawing on David Attenborough's experiences compiled and with notes by BBC Producer Julian May, and stunning original photographs of the recording sessions.
Reissues & From The Archives
Avenger - Blood Sports [Reissue/1984] CD (Dissonance)
Avenger are a heavy metal band from Newcastle, England. Associated with the new wave of British heavy metal scene, they released two albums in the 1980s before splitting up. The band reunited in 2005.
Enforcer - Death By Fire [Reissue/2013] CD (Dissonance)
CD reissue of the third album by the Swedish heavy metal band.
New on Vinyl
Lilly Hiatt - Plateau b/w Lucinda Williams 7" (Groove Family)
December's release of Groove Family's lathe cut local 7" series features Nashville singer-songwriter powerhouse Lilly Hiatt. The A-side is a cover of Meat Puppets' "Plateau", with the unreleased track "Lucinda Williams" on the B. With a passion for the DIY aesthetic, both songs were recorded by Lilly on Garage Band exclusively for this release, and as always the records are handmade one at a time. Limited to 50 copies.
Imagine Dragons - Origins 2xLP (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Fourth studio album by rock band. Includes singles "Natural And Zero".
Chvrches - Hansa Sessions 10" (Glassnote)
Hansa Session includes new acoustic arrangements of five songs from Love Is Dead, their third album that was recorded at the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin earlier this year. The stripped-down tracks feature beautiful string quartets to accompany the original melodies.
Queen - The Game [Reissue/1980] LP (Hollywood)
Vinyl reissue of Queen's eighth studio album. The Game was the first Queen album to use a synthesizer (an Oberheim OB-X). Includes "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "Sail Away Sweet Sister", "Coming Soon" and "Save Me".
Revolting Cocks - Linger Ficken' Good...And Other Barnyard Oddities [Reissue/1993] LP (Run Out Groove)
Linger Ficken' Good... And Other Barnyard Oddities is the third studio album by industrial rock band Revolting Cocks. The title is a satirical Spoonerism of the advertising slogan employed by KFC in the 1970s-Finger Lickin' Good. Revolting Cocks, also known as RevCo, are an American-Belgian industrial rock band and, sometimes, supergroup that began as a musical side-project for Richard 23 of Front 242, Luc van Acker, and Al Jourgensen of Ministry.
Siouxsie And The Banshees - Kaleidoscope [Reissue/1980] LP (Geffen)
Siouxsie And The Banshees - Hyaena [Reissue/1984] LP (Geffen)
Siouxsie And The Banshees - Peepshow [Reissue/1988] LP (Geffen)
Siouxsie & The Banshees - The Rapture [Reissue/1995] LP (Geffen)
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressings of the influential UK post-punk/new wave band's third, sixth, ninth and eleventh albums.
Andrew Cyrille, Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Frisell - Lebroba LP (ECM)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Andrew Cyrille's title Lebroba is a contraction of Leland, Brooklyn and Baltimore, birthplaces of the protagonists of an album bringing together three of creative music's independent thinkers. Each of them made his first ECM appearance long ago: drummer Andrew Cyrille on Marion Brown's Afternoon Of A Georgia Faun (1970), trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith on his own classic Divine Love (1978), and guitarist Bill Frisell on Eberhard Weber's Fluid Rustle (1979); these are, of course, players of enduring influence. Frisell contributed to Cyrille's previous ECM disc The Declaration Of Musical Independence, but Lebroba marks a first-time meeting for the guitarist and Smith.
William Prince - Earthly Days LP (Glassnote)
New release from the Canadian folk and country singer/songwriter. From ruminations on life and love's little treasures to tales of everyday homegrown heroes, the music of William Prince unfurls like a classic campfire story, midnight road trip conversation, or well-worn, dog-eared novel passed down through generations. Each line delivered in his dusky baritone evokes a journeyman, troubadour spirit buoyed by stained glass soul with the gusto to reach steeple-size heights. Given this emotional heft, it makes sense that the art form bears a metaphysical significance for the Juno Award-winning singer and songwriter.
John Mellencamp - Other People's Stuff LP (Republic)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. John Mellencamp's career in music, spanning more than 40 years, has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly respected singer/songwriters of his generation. The self-proclaimed rebel continues his journey as the walking embodiment of passionate and plain-spoken heartland rock with the stirring 10-track collection, Other People's Stuff featuring covers of singer-songwriter classics.
Mariah Carey - Caution LP (Epic)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Exhibiting a transcendent vocal ability, irrepressible staying power and unparalleled body of work that only a handful of artists in the modern era have achieved, Mariah Carey delivers one of the most accomplished albums of her incredible career with Caution, the best-selling female artist of all-time's first studio effort since 2014. Produced by Grammy nominated/multiple ASCAP award winner Nineteen85, who has worked with Drake and Jordan Manswell (Daniel Caesar), atmospheric beats abound on preceding tracks like "GTFO", with Mariah finding even more nuance in her seamlessly-spun vocal repertoire, her velvety, middle-range virtuosity once again dazzling in breathy hues.
Various Artists - I'm Every Woman: Decades In The Groove 2xLP (WB)
Celebrate 60 years of incredible music from Warner Bros. Records with this double-LP collection of 22 classic songs by female artists from the WB catalog.
The Marked Men - On The Other Side LP (Dirtnap)
On The Other Side collects all non-album tracks released by The Marked Men, originally released in the period between 2003 and 2010 on labels such as Dirtnap, Swami, No Idea, Sh!t Sandwich, and Mortville, plus two never-before-heard unreleased tracks from deep in the vault. The band's affinity for fast, choppy power chords and manic energy is in evidence here, as the band stretches it's legs throughout these solid closing credits and shows why they were one of the leaders of a sound that has never gone (or will go) out of style.
Gang Of Youths - MTV Unplugged Live In Melbourne 2xLP+DVD (Red Music)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Gang of Youths were the first band to record a MTV Unplugged live in Australia. The Australian indie rock group formed in Sydney in 2012. Their debut album, The Positions, peaked at No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart in May 2015 and was nominated for multiple ARIA Awards.
AFI - The Missing Man 12" (Rise)
Goth rockers AFI follow-up their 2017 self-titled effort (aka The Blood Album) with the new five-track EP.
T.I. - Dime Trap LP (Epic)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. New album from the rapper featuring guests Sam Hook, Yo Gotti, Young Thug, Victoria Monét, Anderson .Paak, Meek Mill, Jeezy, YFN Lucci, Teyana Taylor and London Jae.
Otis Junior & Mr. Dundiff - Cool LP (Jakarta Records)
This Louisville, Kentucky-based duo found an instant creative connection: Dundiff's organic yet hard hitting productions, a balance of live instrumentation and sample-based compositions, complement Otis Junior soulful timbre perfectly, straddling worlds of hip-hop and soul. This album deals with the concept of Cool and contemplations about what it means to "be cool" to others versus actually feeling cool, calm, and comfortable in life.
Split Decision Band - Split Decision Band LP (Now Again)
Split Decision Band have been known to deep soul, funk and disco collectors for decades for their sought after 7" "Watching Out/Dazed," long thought to be the band's only recordings. Now-Again presents an album of devastatingly good disco and boogie from the unlikely city of Des Moines, Iowa. Flipping's collaborations with Prince's stable made him a Midwestern legend, but his band's music is more than an urban tall tale - this album finally proves to the world their merits.
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra - Naming & Blaming LP (Hope Street)
A pulsing, percussive journey into classic Afrobeat recorded by a 17-piece ensemble led by fierce vocals and a howling horn section.
Robbie Basho - Venus in Cancer LP (Traffic Entertainment Group)
The compositions and performances of Daniel R. Robinson Jr., a.k.a. Robbie Basho, were integral in the development of the American primitive guitar style. However, unlike his contemporaries, Basho went a step further by incorporating unorthodox open tunings on his 12-string guitar, as well as elements of Indian classical music, inspired by the sarod-playing of his mentor Ali Akbar Khan. All of Basho's signature stylistic elements are on full display on his 1969 album Venus In Cancer, which added onto his dextrous, steel-string finger-picking, additional cues from raga, flamenco, Appalachian folk, and even foresaw the arrival of new age music.
John Cage - Early Electronic and Tape Music LP (Sub Rosa)
2018 repress. Although John Cage occasionally worked in large, sophisticated studios, his approach to electronic and tape music was often uncomplicated, makeshift, and pragmatic, employing simple tabletop devices: tape machines, phonograph cartridges, contact microphones, record players, portable radios, etc. He developed a soundworld that was utterly new, radical and demanding. It heralded the age of the loudspeaker, mass communication and Marshall McLuhan's 'global village.' The hiss, crackle and hum of electronic circuits, and the disembodied sounds, snatched by radio from the ether, spoke of the 20th century.
Specimens - In the Dust of Idols LP (SVS Records)
An ambient/drone album exploring mortality, existentialism and the dread and awe one can feel in the face of an apparently meaningless world. In The Dust Of Idols ties in this sense of wonderment coupled with the overarching dread of contemplating one's own existence. "My ambition was to create a dense sonic backdrop, a representation of the confusion and insecurities we all can feel when questioning our existence - you know there should be answers but you can't quite make out what they are" explains Alex Ives, the man behind Specimens. It's not all dark, though; moments of optimism and cracks of light pepper the record giving enough hope to pursue questioning the unanswerable. Edition of 300 on white/blue splatter vinyl.
Current 93 - Thunder Perfect Mind 2LP (The Spheres)
Reissue of Current 93's seminal double album from 1992, Thunder Perfect Mind. Newly and perfectly remastered by The Bricoleur, this reissue comes with a new face to the old sleeve designed by Ania Goszczyńska. Comes on transparent purple vinyl and includes a four-page lyric insert.