New Releases - 11/16/18
Mumford & Sons - Delta CD/2xLP (Glassnote)
Since the release of Wilder Mind in May 2015, and the collaborative Johannesburg mini-album in the summer of 2016, Mumford & Sons have found a rich, prolific vein of form in the writing for the Paul Epworth-produced Delta. Where Wilder Mind harnessed a widescreen electric sound that seemed custom built to be belted back to them from the festival main stages, Delta loses none of that sense of scale, but couples it with an intimacy that has so successfully combined to make Mumford & Sons one of the biggest bands of recent years. Delta is a record of differing shades, colors and textures. It's also a record that marks ten years since Mumford & Sons formed and draws on that shared experience of being on and off the road. It's a moving collection of songs perhaps more intimate and expansive, both lyrically and musically, than ever before. Introspective and reflective but married with those ecstatic stadium-sized dynamics. Vinyl shipped late and should be here on Friday.
The Smashing Pumpkins - Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/No Past. No Future. No Sun. CD/LP (Napalm)
In June of 2018, The Smashing Pumpkins released their new single "Solara" ahead of their monumental Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour. The churning track was the first song in over 18 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin, alongside longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder and offered the first glimpse of music from the newly reformed lineup. In September of 2018, the band formally announced the release of their tenth studio album, Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / No Past. No Future. No Sun. and shared its melodic mid-tempo second single "Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)". The highly-anticipated album features eight new Corgan-penned tracks recorded at Shangri La Studios with legendary producer Rick Rubin.
Mark Knopfler - Down The Road Wherever CD/2xLP/3xLP+CD (Blue Note)
Down The Road Wherever features 13 unhurriedly elegant new Mark Knopfler songs inspired by a wide range of subjects including his early days in Deptford with Dire Straits, a stray football fan lost in a strange town, the compulsion of a musician hitching home through the snow, and a man out of time in his local greasy spoon. The album stays true to the folk and roots-inflected ambience of his previous solo albums and introduces new elements of jazz, funk and even a hint of the rockier leanings of earlier days. Knopfler has a poet's eye for telling details that infuse his songs with his unique psychogeography - "where the Delta meets the Tyne" as he describes it - and his warm Geordie vocal tone and his deft, richly melodic guitar playing are as breathtaking and thrilling as ever. Knopfler says: "'Down The Road Wherever' is a line from 'One Song At A Time.' I remember my pal Chet Atkins once saying that he picked his way out of poverty one song at a time, and it just stuck in my mind. You get to an age where you've written quite a few songs. But 'Down The Road Wherever' seems to be appropriate for me just because it's what I've always done. I've always tried to make a record and also to keep my own geography happening in the songs." [Deluxe vinyl edition includes a bonus 12" comprised of four bonus tracks, a copy of the deluxe CD, 12" guitar tablature of "Back On The Dance Floor", and a 12" print of album artwork.]
Anderson .Paak - Oxnard CD (Aftermath)
The third album from California singer Anderson .Paak serves is his first release on Dr. Dre's Aftermath label. The album's title is a homage to Anderson's hometown. It is also a continuation of the theme which .Paak has been using for some years, which is naming his projects after coastal towns of California. These include his 2014 mixtape, Venice and his debut album, Malibu. Earlier this year, he shared with Rolling Stone that "... this is the album [he] dreamed of making in high school, when [he] was listening to [Jay-Z]'s The Blueprint, The Game's The Documentary, and [Kanye West's] The College Dropout." Guests include Kadhja Bonet, Norelle, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre & Cocoa Sarai, Pusha T, Snoop Dogg & The Last Artful Dodgr, J. Cole, Q-Tip, and BJ The Chicago Kid. [Vinyl edition due 2019.]
The Good, The Bad & The Queen - Merrie Land CD/LP (Studio 13)
Merrie Land is the second album from The Good, The Bad & The Queen, a band comprising of Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Simon Tong. Produced by Tony Visconti and the band, and completed in London and Wales in 2018, during the current ongoing period in which the UK is preparing to leave the European Union, Merrie Land is a questioning good-bye letter, a series of observations and reflections on Britishness in 2018. The album sees the band's focus move beyond London with a beautiful and hopeful paean to the Britain of today - an inclusive Britain - and the possibilities of the future. In the band's own words, Merrie Land is a ten-song lament of Anglo-Saxosentialism marking the reluctant end of a relationship, and about picking up the pieces and seeing what can be salvaged. The band set a beautifully muted palette and lustrous finish to bring out a mood that is bruised yet unapologetically defiant and optimistic, and carries the underlying message: we will survive. In times of metaphysical trauma, the people need to forge ahead and wear armor. Here it is, set to the mood music of a nation about to be broken yet undefeated. [A deluxe edition box set featuring colored LP and CD versions of the album, a 56-page A4 hardback book, a hand-printed wood cut, a screen print, postcards, and bonus tracks is available. Limited indie-exclusive green colored vinyl pressing available as well.]
Ryley Walker - The Lillywhite Sessions CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
On The Lillywhite Sessions, Ryley Walker and the similarly indebted trio of drummer Ryan Jewell and bassist Andrew Scott Young cover Dave Matthews' infamously abandoned 2001 art-rock masterpiece of the same name, a record where he and his band indulged a new adult pathos and a budding musical wanderlust.
Old 97's - Love The Holidays CD/LP (ATO)
The Old 97's present their first-ever collection of original Christmas songs, a sack full of rockin' new Yuletide favorites, as well as the Old 97's take on the New Year's Eve standard, "Auld Lang Syne". Among its many highlights are the title track, co-written with Kevin Russell (The Gourds, Shinyribs), "Gotta Love Being A Kid (Merry Christmas)" and "Snow Angels", both co-written with acclaimed writer Ben Greenman, and the continuing saga of everyone's favorite reindeer, "Rudolph Is Blue", co-written by Old 97's and Dan Bern. [Two colored vinyl pressings are available as well: regular white with red & green splatter; Limited edition candy cane & white swirl.]
Roy Orbison - Unchained Melodies: Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra CD (Sony Legacy)
The follow-up to A Love So Beautiful features Roy Orbison vocal performances with brand-new orchestral arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded at Abbey Road Studios. Additional accompaniment from Roy's three sons and backing vocals from their wives and children. [Vinyl edition due November 23.]
I Don't Know How But They Found Me - 1981 Extended Play CD (Fearless) Debut EP from the two-piece band consisting of Dallon Weekes (ex-Panic! At the Disco) and Ryan Seaman (ex-Falling in Reverse). [Vinyl edition due December 21.]
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness - Upside Down Flowers CD/LP (Fantasy)
Andrew McMahon's dazzling songwriting has always been rooted in honesty. From the angst filled youth of Something Corporate, to the existential musings of Jack's Mannequin, and again now as Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, he's consistently shown an uncanny ability to tap into a higher melodic frequency. The latter project's beautiful third full-length album, Upside Down Flowers was produced by Butch Walker and follows Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (2014) and Zombies On Broadway. It's introduced by "Ohio", which McMahon describes as being about his "family's pilgrimage from a small town in Ohio to the coast of California...I suppose it's one thing to run away but it's another to be pulled down the road by what feels like the hand of fate." [Limited indie-exclusive opaque yellow colored vinyl pressing.]
Matt Corby - Rainbow Valley CD/LP (Elektra)
For a decade, Matt Corby has been pushing his own boundaries, embracing a journey of self-discovery that's seen him wrestle a few pre-conceptions and stare down his share of demons. Now, with two ARIA Song of the Year awards on the shelf, and a No. 1 debut album, Telluric, behind him, Corby can genuinely lay claim to some hard-earned perspective. As he had with Telluric, Corby once again enlisted the help of producer Dann Hume (Amy Shark, Client Liason) and engineer Matthew Neighbour (Avalanches, Missy Higgins). Everything else - drums, strings, keys, synths, piano and vocals - he took care of himself. The results speak for themselves. Lush, multi-textured and sparked by hints of both old soul and futuristic psychedelia, Rainbow Valley is, in Corby's words "joyous music," but it also has the depth and perspective of an artist who understands you can't just take the good times for granted, you have to earn them.
Dan Mangan - More Or Less CD/LP (Arts & Crafts)
More Or Less is about "witnessing birth, and in some ways rebirth," says Dan Mangan. "It's about feeling disconnected from a popular identity and becoming acclimated to a new one. It's about raising kids in a turbulent world. It's about unanswerable questions and kindness and friendship and fear." It is an album that Mangan claims "feels more like 'me' than ever. More sparse. Less meticulous. More kids. Less time. More direct. Less metaphor. More discovery. Less youth. More warmth. Less chaos." In the years since 20-year-old Dan Mangan began boxing his way into the corner of every noisy bar that would let him bring in his guitar he's released four other albums, toured relentlessly, won a few awards, found a partner who tolerated his schedule, married that partner, then welcomed a baby into their home...which is when things changed.
Mattiel - Customer Copy CD (Burger)
With a voice that elicits images of an original female super power, Mattiel Brown offers an album of raucous retro rock and soul, balanced with a gritty contemporary lean. [Vinyl and cassette editions due December 14.]
Can't Swim - This Too Won't Pass CD/LP (Pure Noise)
"Problems haunt you, infect you, and in time become a part of who you are. You might find ways to distract yourself or try and forget but every time you look in the mirror you'll only see reminders of what you hate. Evil surrounds us and in time, becomes a part of who we are. Let this band be a reminder of that." [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Those Damn Crows - Murder And The Motive CD/LP (Earache)
Rising from deep down in The Valleys of South Wales, Those Damn Crows have concocted an explosive ten-track album of rock 'n' roll dynamite. Brimming with defiant attitude, serious riffage, soulful rock vocals and an unnerving knack for infectious melody, Murder And The Motive sees the Welsh quintet spread their wings and aim for the sky. Recently signed to Earache Records, Those Damn Crows are the next outfit to follow in the footsteps of like-minded rock bands such as Rival Sons, Blackberry Smoke and The Temperance Movement. Exhilarating, arena-sized hard rock.
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Solace CD (Reprise)
"There are few artists in the past three years that have exploded and captivated electronic music like RÜFÜS DU SOL. Since the release of their sophomore album Bloom, the trio of Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt have gone on to play just about every major festival around the world, every big city multiple times and made them favorites of most big DJs. After the intense touring, they turned the page and took some time to step away and write their new album, Solace. Sonically, [their] albums have managed to bridge a gap between summery house music and a darker, more melodic style of electronic music, and Solace still keeps that same ethos, but leans towards more of the darker, dancefloor vibe. The productions are more complex with more emphasis and care taken towards drums and bass, potentially a byproduct of their years of touring and seeing how certain drops work on crowds." - Magnet [Vinyl edition due December 7.]
Mariah Carey - Caution CD (Epic)
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. [Vinyl edition due December 7.]
Michael Bublé - Love CD/LP (WB)
Love is the first studio album in two years from multi-Grammy Award winning artist Michael Bublé and the global superstar's most romantic record to date. After a two-year break from public life to spend time with his family, the Canadian singer-songwriter returned to the studio with a new perspective on life and a renewed commitment to honoring the music he has always loved. Bublé co-produced the collection and brings new love to several rich classics from the American Songbook. The album opens with the idealistic and dreamy "When I Fall In Love". It also includes a haunting take on another Rogers & Hart standard, "My Funny Valentine." Other standouts are an ebullient "When You're Smiling", a swinging "Such A Night" as well as Bublé's hand-picked favorites including "Unforgettable", "Help Me Make It Through The Night", and "I Only Have Eyes For You". [Deluxe CD edition includes two bonus tracks.]
Brian Newman - Showboat CD (Verve)
Brian Newman, trumpeter, crooner and long-time bandleader for superstar Lady Gaga incorporates creative takes on rock classics as well as jazz standards. Brian has toured with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga and has collaborated with Jose Feliciano and Dierks Bentley.
Compilations, Best Of's & Sundry Collections
Chris Cornell - Chris Cornell CD/4xCD/2xLP/4xCD+7xLP+DVD (UMe)
A new collection that commemorates Chris Cornell's life and legacy compiled by his widow Vicky, who worked extensively with Chris' bandmates. Includes selections culled from the deep catalogs of his three influential bands - Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave - as well as songs from his solo career. [Deluxe four-CD edition includes 64 tracks including 11 unreleased recordings. The Super Deluxe box is available for special order and includes the 64-track set on CD plus a 7xLP version and a 22-track DVD comprised of 24 videos.]
Fleetwood Mac - 50 Years - Don't Stop CD/3xCD/5xLP (Rhino)
This new compilation that touches on every era of Fleetwood Mac's rich history and offers a deep dive into their expansive catalog by bringing together essential tracks released between 1968 and 2013. 50 Years-Don't Stop also highlights the talented musicians who have recorded under the Fleetwood Mac banner over the years, including Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremey Spencer, John McVie, Danny Kirwan, Christine McVie, Bob Welch, Bob Weston, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Billy Burnette, Rick Vito, Dave Mason, and Bekka Bramlett.
John Coltrane - 1963: New Directions 3xCD (Impulse)
Features material from Trane's recordings during 1963, from the albums Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, Dear Old Stockholm, Newport '63 and Live at Birdland. 1963 came to be regarded as a point of transition between his previous jazz masterpieces and the genre-expanding music he went on to create. [Vinyl edition due December 7.]
Various Artists - Brainfeeder X 2xCD (Brainfeeder)
L.A.-based label Brainfeeder is celebrating 10 years of cutting-edge releases with Brainfeeder X, a 36 track compilation. The set features a split selection of tracks from previously released material and unreleased, new music. The label of Flying Lotus has been home to a wide range of electronic, jazz, rap and funk over the last decade and has been instrumental in the careers of Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Teebs, Lapalux and many more.
Sufjan Stevens - The Greatest Gift [Reissue/2015] CD (Asthmatic Kitty)
Previously on vinyl - now on CD. The Greatest Gift is a mixtape of outtakes, remixes and demos from Sufjan's 2015 album Carrie & Lowell. Already on vinyl and digital, the mixtape arrives on CD for the first time.
Various Artists - Greatest Showman Reimagined CD (Atlantic)
The Greatest Showman Reimagined sees songs from the film, all written by Grammy, Tony, and Academy Award-winning duo Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) covered by a remarkable cast of artists. The album is highlighted by a new version of "This Is Me", performed by Keala Settle, Kesha and Missy Elliott. Other superstars contributing include Panic! At The Disco, P!nk (and her daughter, Willow Sage Hart), Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, Years & Years and Jess Glynne, MAX and Ty Dolla $ign, James Arthur and Anne-Marie, Zac Brown Band among others. The album also includes four bonus tracks, performed by Pentatonix, Craig David, Kesha, and Zendaya.
Live & in Concert
The Rolling Stones - Voodoo Lounge Uncut 2xCD+Blu-ray/3xLP (Eagle Rock)
Voodoo Lounge Uncut presents for the first time the full, unedited show filmed in Miami on November 25th, 1994. Features 10 performances omitted from its previous release in the '90s, and the full show is now presented in its original running order. Includes guest appearances from Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray and Bo Diddley.
Needtobreathe - Acoustic Live 1 CD (Atlantic)
The Grammy-nominated South Carolina rock release their first-ever acoustic live album.
Reissues & From The Archives
The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet [50th Anniversary Edition] CD/2xLP+7" (Abkco)
Digitally remastered edition. Beggars Banquet is the album that changed everything for the Rolling Stones. From the manner it was recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes, London, to the track selection, a mixture of rockers ("Street Fighting Man"), blues numbers ("Prodigal Son", "No Expectations") and ballads ("Salt Of The Earth"), the band truly came into their own, and the Stones' music of today is a reflection of what happened in that studio in 1968, they reached their musical manhood. While 1967's Their Satanic Majesties was recorded after Mick and Keith's traumatic and unjust drug bust, it was almost too soon to be reflected in their songwriting. Whereas "Sympathy For The Devil," and much of Beggars Banquet hint at a defiance at what they'd been through, and a strength from the experience. [Vinyl edition includes a flexi 7" "Hello, This Is Mick Jagger!" London to Tokyo April 17th, 1968 phone interview.]
Rush - Hemispheres [Reissue/1978] 2xCD/3xLP/3xLP+2xCD+Blu-ray (Mercury)
Rush's classic 1978 album Hemispheres receives luxe 40th anniversary reissue treatment. Deluxe edition (both vinyl and CD) adds a bonus disc featuring previously unreleased and newly restored bonus content consisting of the band's 1979 Pinkpop festival performance. Super deluxe edition adds a 5.1 surround mix (Blu-ray) and tons of memorabilia.
The Posies - Amazing Disgrace [Reissue/1996] 2xCD/2xLP (Omnivore)
Reissue of the The Posies' final Geffen full-length, remastered from original tapes. Double-CD set expanded with 23 bonus tracks-10 previously unissued. Double-LP cut at 33 RPM and pressed at R.T.I. [Vinyl due 11/30]
Hiss Golden Messenger - Devotion: Songs About Rivers And Spirits And Children 4xCD/4xLP+MP3 (Merge)
Remastered reissues of Hiss Golden Messenger's albums Bad Debt, Poor Moon, and Haw. This limited-edition deluxe box set includes Virgo Fool - a rarities compilation that will only be available physically as part of this collection. Both the four-CD and four-LP sets are housed in a cloth-wrapped, foil-stamped slipcase and feature original iconographic artwork by Sam Smith, an exclusive foldout poster, full lyrics, and new liner notes by New Yorker writer Amanda Petrusich and MOJO editor John Mulvey.
Glen Campbell - Glen Sings For The King CD/LP (UMe)
18 recently unearthed and unreleased tracks from the recordings that Campbell made for Elvis between 1964 and 1968.
Asnaketch Worku - Asnaketch [Reissue/1975] CD/LP (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Vinyl reissue of a nearly-forgotten artifact of the remarkable icon's singular legacy, remastered and available outside Ethiopia for the first time. From her beginnings as Ethiopia's first theater actress in 1952 to her acclaimed film appearances to her days as a club owner-turned-master musician, Asnakech's inimitable confidence and charm made her a household name. She earned endless accolades across the artistic spectrum.
New on Vinyl
Kate Bush - Remastered In Vinyl I 4xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Kate Bush - Remastered In Vinyl II 3xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Remastered In Vinyl I & II contains remastered versions of the first seven Kate Bush albums. This is the first (and definitive) program of remastering undertaken by the artist. Includes the albums The Kick Inside (1978), Lionheart (1978), Never For Ever (1980), The Dreaming (1982), Hounds Of Love (1985), The Sensual World (1989), and The Red Shoes (1993). [Remastered In Vinyl III, Remastered In Vinyl IV and Remastered Part II (11xCD) due November 30.] There are more reissue titles due out on 11/16 but they are all shipping late (including all CDs) so check with us before heading over if you are looking for the rest. Hopefully they will arrive on Friday.
Brian Eno - Discreet Music [Reissue/1975] LP (Astralwerks)
Brian Eno - Ambient 1 (Music For Airports) [Reissue/1978] LP (Astralwerks)
Brian Eno - Ambient 4 (On Land) [Reissue/1982] LP (Astralwerks)
Limited 180gm vinyl LP reissues. While his earlier work with Robert Fripp on No Pussyfooting and several selections from his own Another Green World feature similar ideas, Discreet Music marked a clear step toward the ambient aesthetic Eno would later codify with 1978's Ambient 1 (Music For Airports). On Ambient 4 (On Land) - the final edition in Eno's ambient series - his palate shifted from electro-mechanical and acoustic instruments towards non-instruments like pieces of chain, sticks and stones.
David Bowie - Breaking Glass [Reissue/1978] 7" (Parlophone)
This 40th anniversary picture disc 7" version of David Bowie's Breaking Glass EP features three previously unreleased live versions of the original EP tracks plus the addition of an unreleased live version of "Hang On To Yourself".
Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Betty's Midwestern Magick Blends 3xLP (Silver Arrow) Available as a vinyl exclusive, triple-LP set, Betty's Midwestern Magick Blends collects live highlights "New Cannonball Rag", "Forever As The Moon" and "Shadow Cosmos", as well as adapting two from The Rolling Stones' "Down Home Girl" and "Let It Bleed". Also includes the seldom played fan favorite, Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride".
Drake - Scorpion 2xLP (Republic)
Released last July on CD - now available on vinyl. The 25-track fifth studio release for the Canadian hip-hop artist features guest appearances from Jay-Z and Ty Dollar $ign as well as vocals from Michael Jackson and Static Major. "Drake aims to come out stronger, more focused and more righteous than ever. ... He goes hard at addressing his industry ops on Side A, and it's full of the effortlessly cut-throat Drake we've come to love. ... Drake gets all the way into his feelings on the second half of Scorpion." - Exclaim
Travis Scott - Astroworld 2xLP+MP3 (Epic)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Astroworld is the critically acclaimed third studio effort from the Grammy-nominated rapper/producer. Named after a closed down amusement park in Houston, the sonically diverse collection matches its rollercoaster imagery (cover art by photographer David LaChapelle) with pulsating futuristic trap symphonies and wide-ranging guests like Stevie Wonder, Kid Cudi, Frank Ocean, Drake, The Weeknd, James Blake, Swae Lee, 21 Savage and Quavo. "...the project is Travis' best, most-progressive and most-well-rounded album to date. Hip-hop's token rager is becoming a truly unstoppable force" - XXL
Adrianne Lenker - Hours Were The Birds [Reissue/2014] LP (Saddle Creek)
Adrianne Lenker and Buck Meek - A-Sides and B-Sides LP (Saddle Creek)
"Adrianne Lenker has become one of the most praised indie folk artists of the last five years." - Consequence Of Sound
Eiko Ishibashi - The Dream My Bones Dream LP (Drag City)
Riding the rails down to the past and back to the future, Eiko considers the unknown lives that her own family has lived, set to expansive pop travelogues evoking the work of pioneers like Joni Mitchell and Scott Walker, while pushing further, always further.
The Runaways - The Best Of The Runaways LP (Mercury)
From the all-female rock band The Runaways comes an updated vinyl compilation featuring 13 of the band's top hits.
Mandy Barnett - Strange Conversation LP (Dame Productions)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. A singer since the age of five, Mandy Barnett is a world-class vocalist whose style is deeply rooted in the classic country and pop crooning of the all-time great singers. Think Lee Hazlewood and the Tams meet Tom Waits and Greg Garing with a little Mable John thrown in.
Luke Combs - This One's For You Too LP (Sony)
Released in June on CD - now available on vinyl. Deluxe expanded edition of the Asheville, NC country musician's 2017 album featuring five new tracks. With gritty, grizzled vocals, brazen songwriting talent and one hell of a live show, Combs stormed onto the country music scene with his debut single "Hurricane" quickly became a staple anthem for country fans.
Cody Jinks - Less Wise: Modified Reissue 2017 LP (Cody Jinks Music)
Released late last year on CD - now available on vinyl. A remixed and remastered version of Jinks' 2010 album, which includes a couple of alternative takes of original songs and a cover of Hank Jr.'s "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound."
Kelsea Ballerini - Unapologetically [Deluxe Edition] LP (Black River Ent.)
Originally released last year (and recently reissued on CD with four bonus tracks), the second studio album by the country music artist is available for the first time on vinyl.
Robert Earl Keen - A Bigger Piece Of Sky [Reissue/1993] LP (Dualtone Music Group) Limited-edition sky-blue vinyl of Keen's first breakthrough album.
The Band Of Heathens - A Message From The People Revisited LP (Bosh)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Americana stalwarts The Band Of Heathens recently went into their hometown studio in Austin, TX and recorded their own version of the classic Ray Charles album A Message From The People. In a time where the downtrodden need a voice again, the Heathens have delivered the message paying homage to one of the most important voices in American song history.
Crooked Still - Shaken By A Low Sound [Reissue/2006] LP+MP3 (Signature Sounds) Originally released digitally and on CD in 2006, Shaken By A Low Sound cemented Crooked Still's reputation as one of the premiere alternative bluegrass groups of the mid-aughts, shattering preconceptions of how traditional music was played. The album received rave reviews from publications like Interview Magazine, No Depression, and USA Today, the latter proclaiming, "Aoife O'Donovan. Remember that name, because with a sultry voice that makes her sound like a bluesier Alison Krauss, she's about to become the newest darling of the Americana set...Shaken is stirring." The LP package also includes a bonus CD of a previously unreleased Crooked Still set from The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in 2006.
Boogarins - Desvio Onírico (Live 2016) LP (OAR)
A collection of four extended live tracks culled from the Brazilian psychedelic rock band's extensive worldwide 2017 tour.
Primus - Pork Soda [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (Interscope)
Primus - Brown Album [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Interscope)
Primus' third and fifth studio albums are reissued on double-LP, each newly remaster from the original analog tapes.
Eurythmics - We Too Are One [Reissue/1999] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Eurythmics - Peace [Reissue/1999] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
180gm vinyl reissues of the British duo's seventh and eighth albums.
Billy Idol - Vital Idol: Revitalized 2xLP (Capitol)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Billy Idol's 1985 remix collection, Vital Idol, gets a modern-day upgrade. Revitalized features 11 brand-new remixes of his most classic and enduring hits. Lending their hands to the proceedings are electronic dance luminaries Moby, The Crystal Method and Paul Oakenfold as well as current innovators Tropkillaz, Shiba San, Juan Maclean, CRAY and RAC.
Frankie Valli And The 4 Seasons - Anthology: Greatest Hits [Reissue/1988] 2xLP (Friday Music)
From 1962 to 1978, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons sold more than 100 million records, even before the invention of the compact disc prompted Seasons collectors to buy the hits all over again. For decades after their heyday, Frankie and the Seasons continued to be a top concert draw, and radio constantly played their classics, not to mention the new remixes that kept popping up on the charts. 1988's Anthology: Greatest Hits collects all of their classics and more.
Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz - Mona Lisa LP+MP3 (Mello Music Group)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Detroit producer Apollo Brown has made a name for himself as one of hip-hop's most legendary new producers while maintaining a golden era sound. His production credits are a who's who of greats from Danny Brown to Ghostface Killah, Ras Kass to Westside Gunn. Brooklyn's Joell Ortiz started on none other than Dr. Dre's Aftermath label and built a huge buzz in the industry. He's worked with legends like Just Blaze, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Akon, and Big Daddy Kane. Now the pair team up for their first collaborative album.
Gucci Mane - Trap House [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (Big Cat)
Widely ranked among the most gifted rappers of his generation, Atlanta, GA emcee Gucci Mane emerged on the scene in 2005 with his trend setting debut album, Trap House. Never a stranger to controversy, it was preceded by a highly publicized beef with Young Jeezy over the rights to lead single Icy, and a murder charge. Gucci's breezy flow and hard lyrics are perfectly suited to the equally uptempo and catchy trap beats from Zaytoven, Shawty Redd and Nitti as heard on fellow creative classics like "Trap House", "Black Tee", "That's All" and "Go Head".
Imamu Amiri Baraka - It's Nation Time - African Visionary Music [Reissue/1972] LP (Motown)
It's Nation Time - African Visionary Music features poetry by Imamu Amiri Baraka, one of the most respected writers of his generation, as well as an ensemble cast of musicians including Lonnie Smith, Gary Bartz, James Mtume, Gwendolyn Guthrie, Reggie Workman, and Idris Muhammed.
James Booker - The Lost Paramount Tapes LP (General General)
James Booker was one of America's most stunning piano players. He was born, and died, in New Orleans, and in his 43 short years created an approach to the piano that has not been matched since. His music defies classification. It's not exactly the blues, it's not exactly jazz, it's not R&B, it's not classical; it's a synthesis of all those. In a rare alignment of some forces that could never possibly be replicated, The Lost Paramount Tapes features James Booker leading a band comprised of New Orleans' greatest underground monster musicians recording overnight in a studio after playing a gig in Los Angeles in 1973.
Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave LP+CD (Lilith)
By the time this album was released, Antonio Carlos Jobim was already an international superstar. Having recently won a Grammy (1965) for "The Girl From Ipanema", by 1967 all the big name stars from up north were breaking down his door to work with the new "Gershwin of Brazil." In fact, Jobim had just finished working on an album with Frank Sinatra when he went into the studio to record this album. Recorded in 1967, Wave is actually one of the lesser known masterpieces of Brazilian music, and undoubtedly one of Jobim's greatest. Here Jobim and the great Claus Ogerman lead a top-flight cast on hidden classics like Batidinha, Triste and Wave.
Cerrone - Afro II 12" (Because Music)
Cerrone - Supernatural (Instrumental 12" (Because Music)
Through a handful of hit songs (Love in C Minor, Supernature, Gimme Love), French disco maestro Marc Cerrone made the entire American club culture pulsate, along with the hedonists from the pre-Regan era. Like a revolving disco ball, in 2016 he issued Afro which found the producer/drummer going back to the source with a passionate tribute to Africa and it's syncopated, spontaneous and original rhythms. Afro II, the second chapter of his Afro series, presents the two new cosmic roots nuggets Papa Oye and African Voodoo.
Yumi Zouma - EP III 10" (Cascine)
Effortless atmospheres, winsome hooks and stadium-ready finishes.
Stranded - Celine's Dilemma 12" (Optimo Music)
Optimo Music presents a five-track EP, the debut release from Atlanta-via-Nashville's Stranded, who has a longing appreciation for the dance-centric cities throughout the world, hence the moniker. Sweeping and droning synths, jagged guitars, rolling bass, yearning and weary vocals, and disco beats propel the music and ideas showcased in the project. While using the backdrop of post punk, disco, and synth pop, the music is a call to places where people are gathering, working, and dancing.
Spontaneous Overthrow - All About Money [Reissue/1984] LP (Numero)
Synth chutes, synth ladders, popcorn 808 beats, dirge-y chants and busted sub-woofer hums from inner-galactic soul pioneers Nathaniel Woolridge and Anthony Freeman intertwine to create this hypnotic, mythical 1984 LP from Newark, New Jersey. The most damaged party record ever set to black, or the most partied cry of the heart ever howled into personal space. Probably both.
Moritz Simon Geist - Robotic Electronic Music LP (Sonic Robots Records)
Geist presents the world's first techno record played entirely by self-made futuristic robots: small motors that beat on metal, futuristic 3D-printed robo-kalimbas, salvaged parts from old hard drives that click and cut. For this quest, he teamed up with Mouse On Mars and dug into the history of mechanical music and experiments of early electronic music, and the productions range from bassy club music played on automated thumb pianos with a psychdelic twist, to slow hypnotic stompers, to a track inspired by Terry Riley's "In C," slowly adding elements over time. Geist: "When you listen to robots playing, you realize, that they sound precise, but in contrast to digital sounds they transport an immense organic feeling. No beat is like the other, everything is played with actual acoustic physicality and thus actual error."
Irmin Schmidt - 5 Klavierstücke LP (Mute)
With the passing of Jaki Liebezeit and Holger Czukay in 2017 - and Michael Karoli in 2001 - Irmin Schmidt is now the last living founding member of Can. 5 Klavierstücke (translated: "5 Piano Pieces") was recorded in Irmin's home in Southern France using two pianos - one of which was prepared to alter the piano's typical tone and timbre. Throughout his new LP, Schmidt employs contemplative piano motifs and pairs them with improvisational percussive elements and ambient noise. The result is a subdued yet engaging atmosphere.
Coil - The Ape of Naples 2LP (Important Records)
2018 re-cut from original Peter Christopherson approved masters. The Ape Of Naples is Coil's highly celebrated final album, completed by Peter Christopherson following the tragic death of Jhonn Balance in 2004. Often noted for being a fan favorite, The Ape Of Naples uses Balance's final recordings and material recorded at Trent Reznor's studio in New Orleans to create a deep, heavy masterpiece. Printed inner sleeves. Side D is printed with all three original etchings. Lyrics are included.
Sunn Trio - Fayrus LP (Unrock)
Described as deep spirited, Arabic-music-tinged free jazz-punk and harsh exotica, Sunn Trio's ever-evolving ensemble digests a number of genres, spitting them back out in creative destruction. Carrying on a long tradition of sun-beaten Phoenix punk, Sunn Trio evokes the sweltering and hallucinatory Arizona desert. "Wielding Indo-Arabian saz and white lightning six-string shrapnel amidst an alligator snapping turtle's rhythm section, this trio-quartet-sextet may also sprout horns, flutes, animal skins, or shadow gamelan to faithfully demolish that whiny and predictable listening experience of today's tepidly lazy, underachieving experimental music scene." - Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls
Demdike Stare - Passion 2LP (Modern Love)
Passion is an asymmetric re-imagining of UK club styles, taking in frenzied drum trax, shortwave jungle, pinging dancehall and clipped, post-punk riddims. Demdike's latest release continues a process begun on their Testpressing series of dismantling lines between analog and digital realms, between urban realism and fantasy, between experimental, pop and soundsystem cultures. An outlandish configuration of avant-garde and ultimately functional club weapons designed and honed for the weightiest bassbins, it's also their most direct and f***ed up record to date -- a raucous, joyful 9-track smash that comes off like a night on a glamorous, neon-lit bender.
Mkwaju Ensemble - Mkwaju LP (We Release Whatever The F**k We Want)
"Over the past couple of years the We Release Whatever The F**k We Want label have formed a strong bond with Japanese composer Midori Takada. As well as giving new life to Takada's Through The Looking Glass and Lunar Cruise LPs the label has also taken a shine to the work of Takada's Mkwaju Ensemble group. After reissuing the band's 1981 record KI-Motion back in June WRWTFWW have now come through with a new edition of Mkwaju (also 1981). The record sees the group collaborating with a young Joe Hisaishi, an artist you may well know from his work scoring several of the Studio Ghibli films. This music is a busy, rhythmically-driven offshoot of Takada's vibrant post-minimalist xylophone explorations. Well worth a listen." - Norman Records
Motohiko Hamase - Reminiscence CD/LP (Studio Mule)
A re-recording of Motohiko Hamase's Remiscence, originally issued in 1986. Reminiscence is his second work for the celebrated defunct Japanese New Age record label Shi Zen, follows in a fresh shape on Studio Mule. As does the original, it features deeply touching moments of sheer pristine perfection and distributes Hamase's inner emotional landscape with a bewitching bass performance. A soothing beauty of an album, it reflects Hamase's search for spaces of melancholy, a rhizome of soundscapes that capture, settle and sound elusive while simultaneously being awe-inspiring.
I-LP-ON - ÄÄNET LP (Editions Mego)
Ilpo Väisänen returns to Editions Mego with ÄÄNET, an immense tribute to Pan Sonic, the outfit he played in alongside his friend and former creative partner Mika Vainio. The album is made up of a series of miniatures that harness the many shadows this legendary act absorbed: industrial, ambient, dub and club all figure into this edgy slow burning menace of a release. Featuring recordings made on the 2000 Pan Sonic world tour, Väisänen has crafted a unique homage to the outfit that redefined experimental electronic music by embracing pulsing club aesthetics coupled with more abstract avant-garde tendencies.
Foudre! - Kami 神 LP (Gizeh Records)
Kami 神 is the fourth opus of Foudre!, a telluric drone quartet who meets punctually for sessions of ritual improvisation where they invoke noise and drone and the deities of chaos. Improvised and recorded live, Kami 神 extends the cosmogony and the sound of the band by taking excursions into the invisible and ambiguous side of nature. In this orgiastic and surprising mix of sonic textures and rhythms, one may hear strange phenomena, summoning of animistic spirits, shamanic calls, siren yellings and growls. Kami 神 delivers an immersive soundscape for abstract clubbers, where Kosmiche electronic, power ambient and industrial punk music are freely invited to commune.
Terrorizer - Caustic Attack LP (The End)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. A violently explosive album for increasingly turbulent times, Caustic Attack is the sound of a world nearing apocalypse. The songs conjure images of warplanes on bombing runs, giant tanks obliterating small villages and the endless rattle of machine guns mowing down everyone in sight. Pete Sandoval has long been known as one of the fastest players in death metal - the pioneer of blast beats - and he certainly doesn't hold back here.
Memphis May Fire - Broken LP (Rise)
New album from the Dallas, Texas metalcore outfit.
Silent Planet - When The End Began LP (Solid State)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. When The End Began captures the band's aggressive live sound while retaining their more exploratory ambient elements.
Funeral Chic - Superstition LP (Prosthetic)
Charlotte, NC's Funeral Chic is one of the most dangerous and explosive bands in the underground circuit. On Superstition, the band splinters and reshapes black metal's more caustic sounds into the tangible furor of hardcore, crust punk and dirty rock and roll.
Mindforce - Excalibur LP (Triple B)
Ten tracks of blistering cross-over influenced hardcore in the vein of Cro-Mags, Leeway, and Burn.