New Releases for August 3, 2018
>CDs + Vinyl:

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MC Paul Barman – (((Echo Chamber))) CD/LP+7”+MP3 (Mello Music Group)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. “MC Paul Barman is the most ambitious type of rapper. He is rhyming art. If your ears are open, MCPM is gonna plug your brain in at voltages to which you are unaccustomed. He's a social critic with a searing conscience that makes your comfortable bourgeois house of lies tremble with each jagged line on the PB Richter scale. His rhymes are original in the sense of ‘no one has ever used that word like that before...but we will now.’ Not that
(((Echo Chamber))) is hard work. It is perfectly pleasurable to bop your head along to great tracks laid down by ?uestlove (six tracks), James Poyser, Mark Ronson, Prince Paul, Kenny Segal, Memory Man, and MF Doom. Not to mention scratches by DJ Yoda and features from Masta Ace and Open Mike Eagle to boot.”
>Big Big Train
– Merchants Of Light 2xCD/3xLP (Plane Groovy)
New live release from the acclaimed modern prog rock outfit.

>Apollo Brown & Locksmith
– No Question CD/LP+MP3 (Mello Music Group)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. West Coast Berkeley grad, battle rapper and musician Locksmith has hammered out a reputation as one of hip-hop's most enlightened no punch pulling emcees, always bringing cutting lyricism that not only questions the status quo but offers deep truths for reflection. Meanwhile Detroit's Apollo Brown has built his illustrious career on emotive productions that draw the best out of already legendary mic kings. From his work with Ras Kass and OC, Skyzoo to Ghostface Killah, Apollo repeatedly creates eyes shut, head nodding, soul stirring perfection for our greatest storytellers to lay their truth bare.

>Kev Brown
– Homework CD/LP+7” (Redefinition)
Hailing from Palmer Park in Landover, Maryland specifically, after a 13-year hiatus, the producer/MC has finally prepared the sophomore sequel to 2005's influential cult classic,
I Do What I Do. Though Brown is known as one of hip-hop's elite producers from heavyweights like Diamond D, Pete Rock, Busta Rhymes, Peter Rosenberg, 9th Wonder and Jazzy Jeff, he is a man of many hats. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Peabo Bryson
– Stand For Love CD (Caroline)
Stand For Love showcases legendary recording artist, Peabo Bryson's broad vocal range and musical skill. Counted among the world's most dynamic and gifted vocal talents, Peabo is a world-renowned balladeer with a career that includes two Grammys, two Oscars, multiple gold albums, multiple No. 1 songs and chart-topping singles in R&B, pop and contemporary jazz. [Vinyl edition due September 14.]
>Campdogzz
– In Rounds CD/LP (15 Passenger)
Campdogzz is a 5-piece band from Chicago - propelled by pile-driving rhythms, insistent dual guitars, and the haunting, evocative voice of Jess Price.

>Chanti Darling
– RnB Vol. 1 CD/LP (Tender Loving Empire)
Chanticleer Trü would like you to know that “RNB ain’t no joke.” As frontman of Portland, OR retro-futurist electro-soul adepts Chanti Darling, Trü drinks deeply from the sacred founts of disco, boogie funk, and the dizzying universe of house music.

>Commanche Moon
– Country Music Deathstar CD (Edgewater Music Group)
Rooted in tradition but willing to push the limits, folk-rock and Americana band Comanche Moon is known for delivering expansive soundscapes that convey the desolation and toughness of the band's native Texas Panhandle and often slip effortlessly into upbeat rock and roll.

>Convictions
– Hope For The Broken CD/LP (Invogue)
New album from the Christian metalcore quintet. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Shemekia Copeland
– America’s Child CD (Alligator)
“On her eighth album,
America's Child, produced by Will Kimbrough, a Nashvillian with quite the resume, who's played guitar in Emmylou Harris' band in recent years, Copeland offers a true hybrid of simmering, real-talking spirit and emphatic, folkie- and soul-style statement-making. The array of guest performers convened by Kimbrough and Copeland — including Harris, John Prine, Mary Gauthier and Rhiannon Giddens — signal Copeland's belonging within their rootsy ranks.” – NPR
>Ronnie Davis and Idren
‎– Come Straight [Reissue/1996] CD (Omnivore)
Remastered roots reggae classic featuring two bonus tracks – part of Omnivore’s ongoing Nighthawk Records reissue campaign.

>Down By Law
– All In CD/LP (Kung Fu)
From the newly revitalized punk rock label Kung Fu Records comes the 2018 album from influential punk band Down By Law, the outfit founded by Dave Smalley (Dag Nasty, All).

>Earth Girl Helen Brown Center For Planetary Intelligence Band
– Four Satelittes Vol.1 CD/2xLP (In The Red)
The Earth Girl Helen Brown Center For Planetary Intelligence Band (E.G.H.B.C.F.P.I.B.) present the first vinyl release of their proto-lanetary series
Four Satellites Vol. 1. -- a compilation of Heidi Alexander's (The Sandwitches) space psychedelic folk project's cassette releases that features a huge cast of guests, including Ty Segall, John Dwyer, Kelley Stoltz, Mikey Young, Lars Finberg, Tim Presley, Mikal Cronin, and many, many more.
>Forma
– Semblance CD/LP (Kranky)
New release from the Brooklyn electronica trio.
Semblence continues Forma's mission to "broaden the idea of what an electronic music ensemble can sound like."
>Gabe Gurnsey
– Physical CD/LP (PIAS America)
If you want to know what Gabe Gurnsey's debut LP sounds like, the first thing you should do is put aside Factory Floor, the group he co-founded 13 years ago. Gone are the cold, lengthy, stripped back deconstructions of no wave electronica and industrial techno, abandoned in favor of something altogether warmer, torrid and succinct.

>Helena Hauff
– Qualm CD/2xLP (Ninja Tune)
A former resident of the Golden Pudel club in her hometown Hamburg, Helena's profile and global standing has grown exponentially since the release of
Discreet Desires in 2015, purely on the strength of her authenticity and her expertly curated DJ sets spanning acid, electro, EBM, techno and post punk. Gigging incessantly (and still lugging a box of records across the world) Helena's reputation earned her an invitation to join the BBC Radio 1 Residency, she was the subject of cover features for Crack Magazine and DJ Mag, she played headline sets at Sonar and Dekmantel, and at the end of 2017 Crack Magazine declared Helena "The Most Exciting DJ In The World (Right Now)" and her ballistic BBC Essential Mix was voted the best of 2017.
>Steve Hauschildt
– Dissolvi CD/LP+MP3 (Ghostly International)
In search of the sublime, contemporary electronic musician Steve Hauschildt has designed grids and panoramas of sound across multiple releases through the rise and dissolution of his former band, Emeralds, an American touchstone of 2000s home-recorded psychedelic noise music. Consistent with his solo work is Hauschildt’s ability to coil his craft in precise, varied, and distinctly physical forms. Gently spinning arpeggios converse with post-industrial decay. Sonic fibers sway like pendulums from static melancholy to motorik bliss.

>Ted Hawkins
– Watch Your Step CD/LP (Craft Recordings)
With his rough-edged soul/country voice and simple acoustic guitar, Hawkins brings you into his moody world, full with the life of a street singer. His dark and often quirky songs, rooted in the firmament of American country music and rhythm and blues, are balanced with a surprisingly upbeat sense of humor.

>Monk Higgins
‎– Extra Soul Perception [Reissue/1968] CD/LP (Real Gone Music)
ax session man on records by Bobby "Blue" Bland, Barbara Acklin, the 5 Dutones, Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band, Alvin Cash, Otis Clay, and just about any soul artist who cut for Chess in the mid-‘60s, Milt Bland aka Monk Higgins is not what you would call a household name, but hip hop crate diggers know him well. Higgins recorded as a bandleader for the Dunhill, United Artists, and Buddah labels, but without a doubt the most hotly sought after album he ever made was
Extra Soul Perception, the one-off record he cut in 1968. Backed by a crack band consisting of guitarist Arthur Adams and drummer John Guerin (probably best known for his work on Joni Mitchell's Court And Spark) among other accomplished session cats, Higgins' warm, earthy tenor tackles a mixture of originals and funk-infused covers. [Limited edition translucent blue vinyl pressing also available.]
>Houndmouth
– Golden Age CD (Reprise)
New Albany, Indiana-based rock band Houndmouth, famous for their heartfelt, introspective storytelling and rich instrumentality, make their welcome return with a new record.

>Immortal
– Sons Of Northern Darkness [Reissue/2002] CD/2xLP/Cassette (Nuclear Blast)
On the heels of their recently released new album
Northern Chaos Gods, the pioneering Bergen, Norway black metal outfit reissues their seventh album on CD, vinyl and cassette. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Integrity / Krieg
– Integrity / Krieg [Split] CD/LP (Relapse)
Metallic horror trailblazers Integrity join forces with cult US black metal horde Krieg for an unearthly split recording.

>James
– Living In Extraordinary Times CD/2xLP (BMG)
Mancunian outfit James returned in May 2018 with the
Better Than That EP and follow it up with their fifteenth studio album, Living In Extraordinary Times. The sessions were overseen by Mercury Prize-winning producer Charlie Andrew and rising star Beni Giles. “Hank”, which appeared on the EP and opens the record, is further evidence that James have no inclination to shy away from politics. Tim Booth is an Englishman in America, and that particular perspective on Donald Trump's American carnage couldn't help but have an impact on the record. As well as biting social commentary, Living In Extraordinary Times also sees Booth speak frankly about deeply personal issues. On “Coming Home (Pt. 2)” (featuring long-time collaborator Brian Eno), he writes about the pain of being a father on tour away from a young child. It also features EP title cut “Better Than That”’ where Booth urges the universe to do its worst, like a man squaring up to life itself.
>Winston Jarrett and The Righteous Flames
‎– Jonestown [Reissue/1989] CD (Omnivore)
Remastered roots reggae classic – part of Omnivore’s ongoing Nighthawk Records reissue campaign.

>Kissin’ Dynamite
– Ecstasy CD/LP (Metal Blade)
Pure, no-frills rock & roll from Germany.

>Lambchop
‎– What Another Man Spills [Reissue/1998] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Merge)
What Another Man Spills (1998) represented a milestone in Lambchop's career, but not in the modern sense of a ‘landmark' release. Building on foundations that had once sounded almost literally creaky, it expands upon the tentative maneuvers they'd undertaken with the previous year's Thriller (1997) and gestures confidently towards its brassy successor, Nixon, which would arrive in 2000 to wild acclaim and previously unimaginable commercial success. Indeed, it sits at a crossroads between the band that Lambchop first emerged as, and the band that they would later become. [Limited deluxe colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Jim Lauderdale
– Time Flies CD/LP+MP3 (Yep Roc)
Classic Americana distinctively infused with striking notes of country and soul.

>LFZ
– Name Plus Focus CD/LP (Castle Face)
New release from the deep improvisational and experimental band, with guitar at its heart, manipulated by electronics. For fans of JD Emanuel, Edgar Froese, Syrinx, Michael Rother, and Wendy Carlos.

>Lovelytheband
– Finding It Hard To Smile CD/2xLP (Century Media)
Following-up their promising 2017 EP,
Everything I Could Never Say..., Finding It Hard To Smile is the catchy, synth-driven full-length debut effort from sleek L.A.-based indie-pop trio Lovelytheband featuring vocalist/guitarist Mitchy Collins, guitarist/keyboardist Jordan Greenwald and drummer Sam Price. The inviting 16-track, double-LP collection is ushered in by the infectious MGMT-esque hit single "Broken". [Limited autographed vinyl copies also available.]
>Lucero
– Among The Ghosts CD/LP (Liberty & Lament)
Lucero’s ninth studio album,
Among The Ghosts, was recorded at the historic Sam Phillips Recording Service, the studio built by the legendary producer after outgrowing his Memphis Recording Service/Sun Studio. Captured primarily live, it eschews the Stax-inspired horns and Jerry Lee Lewis-style boogie piano featured on some of the band’s past recordings for a streamlined rock & roll sound that pays homage to their seminal influences as it seeks to push that legacy into the future. For a band who carried the torch of the alt-country movement back in the ‘90s and helped pave the way for what is now called Americana, Lucero have re-discovered what inspired them in the first place. The ten-song LP’s title is both a tribute to the spirits which roam the streets of their fabled city of Memphis, as well as the hard road the determinedly independent band set out on 20 years ago. Among The Ghosts has a dark palette that includes tales of a haunting (“Among The Ghosts”), a drowning (“Bottom Of The Sea), a reckoning with the devil (“Everything Has Changed”), a divorce (“Always Been You”), and a shootout (“Cover Me”). And that's just Side A.
>Tunde Mabadu
– Viva Disco [Reissue/1980] CD/LP (Mondo)
CD and vinyl reissue of an ultra-rare Nigerian disco-boogie album from 1980. Tunde Mabadu recorded two albums in the 70's -
Viva Disco and Bisu - as Tunde Mabadu & His Sunrise. Perfect examples of golden-era Nigerian disco and boogie, that still hold their own today.
>Marlowe
– Marlowe CD/LP+MP3 (Mello Music Group)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. A triumph of ambition,
Marlowe is a rap bricolage blending prohibition and civil rights-era samples with Asian psychedelic rock flourishes.
>Mac Miller
– Swimming CD (WB)
Introduced by the sonically laid-back and funk/R&B-heavy tracks "Self Care," "Small Worlds" and "What's The Use?",
Swimming is the latest exploratory offering from shape-shifting rapper/singer/producer Mac Miller and follow-up to 2016's The Divine Feminine. Serving as his fifth full-length studio effort overall, it includes contributions from fellow rapper/producer J. Cole, British singer/songwriter Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) and composer/instrumentalist John Brion. Miller told Zane Lowe that the album is focused on space and "what it means to be inside of a record." [Vinyl edition tentatively scheduled for October 26.]
>Michael Nesmith & The First National Band Redux
– Live At The Troubadour CD/2xLP (7A)
live release from the veteran singer/songwriter and former Monkee. [Limited opaque gold colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Nigeria Fuji Machine
- Syncho Sound System & Power CD/2xLP (Soul Jazz)
Syncho Sound System & Power features the music of Nigeria Fuji Machine, which includes some of the country's finest Fuji master drummers and singers, and is newly recorded by Soul Jazz Records in Lagos, Nigeria. Fuji is the heavily percussive and improvisational style of Nigerian popular music, at once modern and yet deeply rooted in the traditional Islamic Yoruba culture of Nigeria, a hi-energy street music which evolved out of the Islamic celebration of Ramadan.
>NOFX
– Ribbed: Live In A Dive CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
The eighth edition of Fat Wreck Chord’s
Live In A Dive series features the legendary L.A. punk band NOFX’s performance of their 1991 classic Ribbed.
>Amanda Shires
– To The Sunset CD/LP (Silver Knife)
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/violinist Amanda Shires' follows up her critically acclaimed 2016 release
My Piece Of Land with her highly anticipated fifth album, To The Sunset. It serves as Shires' second album with Grammy award-winning producer Dave Cobb and represents an adventurous move with an edgier sound and attitude. Shires continues to push herself artistically and sonically, but the spotlight always shines brightly on her unmistakable songwriting style and emotive and distinctive vocals. To The Sunset is a compelling collection of narratives often told from a female perspective. The themes range from grappling with self-esteem in “Mirror, Mirror” to mental illness and addiction in standout track “Wasn't I Paying Attention?” and the power of a changed perspective with a dash of her signature wit in “Break Out The Champagne”. Shires has a penchant for delivering her stories in ways that are intelligent and poetic yet thoughtful and warm, feeling as if coming from a good friend. One of the boldest and most honest traits about Shires is her fearless way of approaching subjects and plots within her songs. Features special guest Jason Isbell on guitar.
>Sims x Air Credits x ICETEP
– Arteria Verité CD/LP (Doomtree)
Rap music from the near and bleak future; or more aptly, from next week’s dystopia.
Artería Verité is a concept album that ended up being more future-realist than conceptual.
>Spider Bags
– Someday Everything Will Be Fine CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Recorded in Memphis at Bunker Audio by Andrew McCalla (who also engineered Spider Bags' seminal 2012 rock and roll party record
Shake My Head), Someday Everything Will Be Fine leverages the limitations and glory of the Tascam 388, a vintage recording/mixing device that's acquired a mythos via its association with legendary records by Dinosaur Jr., East River Pipe, the Black Keys, Ty Segall, and Thee Oh Sees to name a few. [Deluxe colored vinyl pressing also availbable.]
>Spirit Animal
–Born Yesterday CD (Atlantic)
On Spirit Animal's 2018 full-length debut,
Born Yesterday, the band not only proves 808s and guitars can coexist in harmony, they also craft airtight songs that would delight in any era.
>The Temperance Movement
– A Deeper Cut CD (Spinefarm)
Third studio album by the British blues rock band. [Vinyl edition due September 14.]

>Trophy Eyes
– The American Dream CD/LP+MP3 (Hopeless)
This Australian quintet blends punk influence with mainstream rock.

>Ultraphonix
– Original Human Music CD/LP (earMUSIC)
Ultraphonix is the new creation of Corey Glover (Living Colour) and George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) alongside the great rhythm section of drummer Chris Moore and bassist Pancho Tomaselli. The core and value of Ultraphonix lies in the songwriting and the quality of the songs.
Original Human Music is an album where Glover’s profound and thoughtful lyrics sound loud, together with the warm and heavy wall of sound created by Lynch. To quote Lynch, “The album sounds like a fusion of early Chili Peppers meets King Crimson meets Judas Priest! It's a super fun band.” Drawing on (very heavy) rock, funk and jazz influences, Ultraphonix celebrates social consciousness through great rock songs.
>White Ring
– Gate Of Grief CD (Rocket Girl)
Blending heavy, distorted electronics with eerie, unsettling vocals,
Gate Of Grief, created over the course of seven years, pushes the boundaries even further, subverting genre ideas and mashing them all together, with industrial, metal, rave, chopped and screwed, rap, grunge, neo folk, post punk and new wave all in the mix. [Vinyl edition due August 10.]
>YG
– Stay Dangerous CD (Def Jam)
Third album from the Compton rapper. Includes "Big Bank", YG's summer banger featuring Nicki Minaj, 2 Chains and Big Sean. [Vinyl edition due August 17.]


DVDs + Blu-ray:
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Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky [Reissue/1982] Blu-ray Audio (Real Gone Music)
35
th Anniversary reissue featuring 5.1 Surround Sound Mix (2017) and stereo HD version.
>Midnight Oil
– 1984 DVD (Madman Films)
the story of the sweat soaked, hard-working rock n roll band whose music galvanized a generation of young Australians.


This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>A.G.
– The Taste Of AMBrosia LP (Slice Of Spice)
“A full meal serving for mature rap devotees who've grown tired of contemporary rhymesayer laziness.” [Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Daniel Avery
– Song For Alpha Remixes – One 12” (Mute)
On the first remix EP born of Daniel Avery’s transcendent sophomore album,
Song For Alpha, three contemporaries of modern techno offer diverse interpretations.
>Blockhead
– The Art Of The Sample LP (Young Heavy Souls)
New York hip-hop producer Blockhead was given access to sample de Wolfe's music library and create his own library record. In his own words "These are not typical Blockhead songs. They're more stripped down and focused for the purpose of being used in TV and film. For those who are unfamiliar with de Wolfe, they are a music library that has been doing music for film, radio and television for nearly 100 years. They make original music that gets plugged into all sorts of things and has been heard around the world. If you're a producer, you have very likely sampled them and not even realized it. I was fortunate enough for them to allow me to make an album entirely out of their back catalogue.”

>Blu & Shafiq Husayn
– The Blueprint 2xLP (Nature Sounds)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. In recent years, Los Angeles rapper Blu has become one of hip-hop's most prolific artists, releasing more than a dozen acclaimed projects. The gifted lyricist often joins forces with a single producer for an entire collection, leading to classic collaborative releases with Exile, Nottz, Madlib, and more.
The Blueprint is a new mixtape produced by Shafiq Husayn, known as one third of visionary production team Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Shafiq has produced for the likes of Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Andre 3000, John Legend, Anderson Paak, Thundercat, Bilal, Ty Dolla $ign, Ice T, and many more
>Bluestaeb
- Everything Is Always A Process LP (Jakarta)
A smooth neo soul-induced epic with guest appearances by Noah Slee, Harleighblu and Melodiesinfonie.

>Jeff Buckley
‎– Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk [Reissue/1998] 3xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Jeff Buckley ‎– Mystery White Boy: Live '95 - '96 [Reissue/2000] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissues now available. Buckley was dissatisfied with material recorded in the summer of 1996 and early in 1997 and continued working on demo recordings to refine his sound. The album was to be titled
My Sweetheart, The Drunk, but was never finished, as the rest of the band were traveling to meet Buckley at the time of his death on May 29th 1997.
>The Byrds
‎– Sweetheart Of The Rodeo [Reissue/1968] LP (Friday Music)
Limited audiophile 180gm translucent green and blue swirl colored vinyl pressing.

>The Cranberries
– Something Else LP (The End)
Released last year on CD – now available on limited green colored vinyl. “
Something Else by The Cranberries is a strange sort of greatest hits compilation. On one hand, it does collect the Irish band’s most popular songs, dutifully released to mark the 25 years since their first formal musical release: the ethereal, fresh-faced 1992 single ‘Dreams.’ But Something Else isn’t a mercenary cash grab, bloodlessly assembled to fulfill a contractual obligation. For one, it features three brand-new songs. Every old song on it was also re-recorded in 2016 acoustically and with string accompaniment (provided by the Irish Chamber Orchestra). Rather, Something Else is a veteran band’s attempt to celebrate their own canon by reimagining and extending it. While The Cranberries’ previous and only conventional greatest hits album, Stars: The Best of 1992-2002, showcases the band’s rockier side, the only heavy song on this project is (obviously) ‘Zombie.’ Here, the swooping strings and finger-plucked guitars supply ‘Zombie’ a somber gravitas that the grungy, stricken, and occasionally grating original never offered. It’s a mood that feels apt for reflection on the Troubles in Ireland, two decades on.” – Mr. Bill Brazil
>The Doobie Brothers
‎– Southbound [Reissue/2014] LP (Friday Music)
Limited 180gm translucent gold swirl vinyl LP pressing of The Doobie Brothers’ star-studded 2014 album comprised re-recorded versions of their biggest hits. Includes contributions by Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Casey James, Charlie Worsham, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, Johnnyswim's Amanda Sudano Ramirez, Love and Theft, Sara Evans, Toby Keith, Tyler Farr, and the Zac Brown Band.

>Deli & Blue In Green
– Flowers b/w Rainy Streets (Emapea Re-Works) 7” (Cold Busted)
The mix-and-match methodology goes into overdrive at Cold Busted HQ as this single combines universally lauded beat maker Emapea with fiery tunes from Blue In Green and The Deli.

>The Doors
– Hello, I Love You b/w Love Street 7” (Elektra)
"Hello, I Love You" became The Doors’ second #1 hit when it topped the Billboard singles chart for two weeks beginning on August 3, 1968. Now, exactly 50 years later, Rhino releases a new 7" version of the single with its B-side "Love Street". For this anniversary release, Rhino used mono radio mixes of the songs that were given exclusively to radio stations for airplay in 1968.

>Earth
‎– The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull [Reissue/2008] 2xLP (Southern Lord)
This new 2018 reissue contains the exclusive bonus track "Junkyard Priest" (featuring Milky Burgess on slide guitar). The audio was specifically mastered for vinyl, the lacquers were cut by Bob Weston (Shellac) and the double-LP set comes housed in a beautiful "old style" Stoughton gatefold jacket.

>Electric Light Orchestra
– Time [Reissue/1981] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Electric Light Orchestra – Secret Messages [Reissue/1983] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissues of ELO’s ninth and tenth albums.

>Free Cake For Every Creature
– The Bluest Star LP (Double Double Whammy)
Free Cake For Every Creature is a soft pop band currently based in Philadelphia, PA. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Fugees (Refugee Camp)
– Bootleg Versions [Reissue/1996] LP (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissue of the R&B and reggae fusion group’s 1996 remix album.

>Marvin Gaye
– Midnight Love [Reissue/1982] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissue of the 17th and final studio album by the R&B/soul legend.

>Hampton Grease Band
– Music To Eat [Reissue/1971] 2xLP (Real Gone Music)
In the 47-some years since its release, the Hampton Grease Band's
Music To Eat has steadily ascended the list of Greatest Cult Records of All Time so that now it resides at the tippety-top. Indeed, modern-day jam bands genuflect at the sight of the trippy cover art alone (Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit was an early ‘90s fixture in the movement), as the jazz/prog/psych guitar licks of Glenn Phillips and Harold Kelling gives such famous duos as Betts/Allman, Verlaine/Lloyd, and Bloomfield/Bishop a run for their money. Add a generous dollop of Pop Art surrealism delivered by Hampton's dada-ist, Beefheart-ian roar and you're left with an album that inhabits a rarefied realm somewhere between Trout Mask Replica, Anthem Of The Sun, Hot Rats, Happy Trails, and maybe The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East. Limited peach colored vinyl pressing.
>Have Mercy
– The Earth Pushed Back [Reissue/2013] LP (Topshelf)
Five years old and now in its seventh pressing,
The Earth Pushed Back has aged beautifully, sounding every bit as timeless as it did when it came out, while still remaining in step with contemporary acts within the genre. To celebrate the album's anniversary, Have Mercy will be hitting the road for a full US tour all summer 2018 and Topshelf put together this one-time deluxe edition pressing that comes in a gatefold jacket with new and expanded artwork.
>King Diamond
– The Spider’s Lullabye [Reissue/1995] LP (Metal Blade)
King Diamond – The Graveyard [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (Metal Blade)
Picture disc vinyl reissues of the heavy metal band’s sixth and seventh albums.

>The Koreatown Oddity
– A Beat At The Table LP (The Koreatown Oddity)
A Beat At The Table is an instrumental project by Koreatown Oddity conceptualized from Solange's A Seat At The Table album. A deep dive into the black sounds and messages reinterpreted into 19-mins of raw beat energy as heard through the ear of KtownOdd. Limited Coke bottle clear vinyl LP pressing.
>La Coka Nostra
– A Brand You Can Trust [Reissue/2009] 2xLP (Suburban Noize)
Making its vinyl debut in 2018,
A Brand You Can Trust is the 2009 debut album from hip-hop supergroup La Coka Nostra comprised of an all-star cast of House of Pain alumni (Everlast, Danny Boy and DJ Lethal) along with Ill Bill (Non Phixion) and Slaine (Special Teamz). Additional contributions come from such hip hop elite as Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Immortal Technique, Bun B and The Alchemist.
>L’Rain
– L’Rain LP (Astro Nautico)
Time is twisted on L'Rain's (Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, tape manipulator and vocalist Taja Cheek) eponymous debut. Rising on a wave of synths and breathy sax, the album unfolds with electric guitar arpeggios and undulating vocal swells, unwrapping a dense psychedelic arrangement grounded by clattering acoustic drum patterns and the ephemeral soars of Cheek's voice.

>Lykke Li
– So Sad So Sexy LP (RCA)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “It’s rare that an album title can summarize the essence of a musician, but ‘so sad so sexy’ has been Lykke Li’s MO since the release of her debut album
Youth Novels in 2008. However, this time round, instead of dinky indie songs that contain a twee frailty, Li dives right into a pool of Tumblr-stylised depression that echoes within a spacious electronic soundscape, leaving us with nothing else to do but doggy-paddle behind her in support. In the sad pop and R&B era of Drake, The Weeknd, Lana Del Rey and SZA, Lykke Li has long worn the crown, and her fourth album plays into the self-inflicted misery of dead-end relationships and blind devotion, all the while owning the title of a Bad Woman.” – The Irish Times
>Little Ugly Girls
– Little Ugly Girls LP (Chapter Music)
Legendary Australian punk band Little Ugly Girls formed in Hobart, Tasmania in the very early ‘90s, but have never released a record until now.

>The Love Language
– Baby Grand LP+MP3 (Merge)
You may not be able to see the gorgeous landscapes behind
Baby Grand, Stuart McLamb's fourth record as The Love Language, but they're so essential to the picture you'll feel them in every note. Yet so much lies in the shadows behind these tracks: other states, other lives, other dreams, other relationships – fogged over, perhaps, but there nonetheless. Yes, Baby Grand has its share of breakup songs – nobody writes those better than McLamb – but this time, even as something is being mourned, something else is being worked through; as lovers have been left behind, so have places and a time in life. Listen as the heartbreak and yearning of “New Amsterdam” come crashing down into the beautiful stasis of “Southern Doldrums” (the former was inspired by Cyndi Lauper and Joy Division, McLamb claims, while the latter draws upon John Cale's meditative solo records), or as the beautiful lift of the startling sequence of songs that make up Baby Grand's propulsive midsection gives way to a moody instrumental called “Rain/Delay”, a collection of distant plinks and plonks struggling to assemble themselves into melody. The song “Juiceboxx” is what you'd get if Mick Jagger crooned his “Emotional Rescue” falsetto over a backing track by the Style Council, and “Let Your Hair Down” impressively suggests what “Caroline, No” might have sounded like if only it had been written by George Michael. [Deluxe colored vinyl pressing also available. CD edition due August 10.]
>Nas
– Nastradamus [Reissue/1999] 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Since the release of the landmark
Illmatic in 1994, Nas has proven himself to be one of hip-hop's most potent, durable, and abiding forces. 1999's Nastradamus served as the rapper's fourth of eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums. Issued on the cusp of the millennium, it finds him waxing poetic about the future and spirituality bolstered by beats from the likes of DJ Premier, Havoc, Timbaland, L.E.S., Dame Grease and Rich Nice.
>Otis
– Eyes Of The Sun LP (Purple Pyramid)
Released last year on CD – now available on vinyl. New album from southern blues rock champions. The band has earned accolades from ZZ Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons who hailed the band's "fine singing, authentically talented harp work, sweet guitar tones... all around enjoyable listening!"

>Augustus Pablo
– Live At The Greek Theater, Berkeley, 1984 LP (Cleopatra)
Spectacular live performance by the melodica master featuring his greatest hits including "East Of The River Nile," "Cassava Piece," "Earth's Rightful Ruler (Java)" and more. Limited yellow colored vinyl pressing.

>Elvis Presley
– His Hand In Mine [Reissue/1960] LP (Friday Music)
Limited white and silver swirl colored vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve.

>The Rationals
– The Rationals [Reissue/1969] LP (Rouge)
A cornerstone band in Detroit's ever-storied rock history, The Rationals have been cited as an influence by the likes of Bob Seger, Ted Nugent and Brownsville Station. Coming out of Ann Arbor in 1964, the group put an authentic R&B twist on the new rock ‘n’ roll styles of the British Invasion.

>Rosalie
– Trouble Anyway LP (Scissor Tail)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Philly-based musician Rosali (Long Hots, Wandering Shade) wrote the songs for her second album,
Trouble Anyway, seeking empowerment by sharing openly on love, power, aging, suffering, confusion, self-doubt, and anger. The result is a full-bodied record that is at once sweeping and intimate - a vulnerable and powerful exploration of emotional narratives and a cohesive collection of lush, intimate rock songs, featuring Rosali's warm, natural vocals and powerful riffing and rhythm guitar.
>Soundtrack
– Le Cercle Rouge [Reissue/1970] LP (We Release Jazz)
Vinyl reissue of Eric Demarsan's jazzy hypnotic original soundtrack to Jean-Pierre Melville 's 1970 film noir classic
Le Cercle Rouge.
>Sweet
– Level Headed Tour Rehearsals 1977 LP (Rouge)
In 1977 Sweet signed a new recording deal with Polydor and were on the cusp of touring the U.K. and Europe in support of their sixth album Level Headed. Released in January of 1978, it was the last album the band would record as the original four piece that had achieved so many Top 20 hits. [Limited translucent blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Sweet Valley
– Eternal Champ LP (Ghost Ramp)
Sweet Valley – Eternal Champ II LP (Ghost Ramp)
“Sweet Valley is a Bermuda Triangle-like place, where cannabis crumbs, spilt beer, record dust and that mysterious sh*t you had to blow out of game cartridges all collect as if pulled by some gigantic junkyard magnet. Sweet Valley is a blood pact between two brothers, Nathan (WAVVES) & Joel Williams (Spirit Club), gone awesomely off the rails. Ghost Ramp is proud to present the reissue of 2012's incredible record
Eternal Champ for the first time on any physical format. The album is a benchmark for the duo and an absolute fan favorite. Sample-heavy, tripped out beats pull the listener into a psychedelic, 16-bit wonderland. Floating somewhere between video game nostalgia, cutting edge hip-hop obsession and sludged out California stoner-ism, Eternal Champ sets the standard for instrumental beat records.
>Swing Out Sister
– Almost Persuaded LP (Miso)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Swing Out Sister is back with a self-assured swagger to their signature cinematic jazz sound. Dipping in and out of their influences from hip-hop and neo soul to Blue Note and Motown with underlying scores that touch on blaxploitation and half remembered French films, Corinne Drewery and Andrew Connell show how their songwriting versatility has developed over the three decades since they first hit the charts.

>The Way We Live
– A Candle For Judith [Reissue/1971] LP (Ozit)
Tractor – Tractor [Reissue/1972] LP (Ozit)
Limited colored vinyl reissues. Tractor is a band founded in Rochdale, Lancashire, England by guitarist/vocalist Jim Milne and drummer Steve Clayton in 1971. Both had been members of a beat group, The Way We Live since 1966. They are notable for their appreciation by John Peel and Julian Cope. John Peel bought the band recording equipment and a stereo PA system.

>Various Artists
– Lotta Love: Sounds California 2xLP (WB)
Warner Bros. Records is celebrating 60 glorious years with a series of double vinyl compilations highlighting the greatest hits of six decades. The first collection is
Lotta Love: Sounds California. The album features 21 singer-songwriter classics including hits by Emmylou Harris, Randy Newman, Gram Parsons, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor and Brian Wilson.
>X Ray Spex
– Germ Free Adolescents [Reissue/1978] LP (Real Gone Music)
Clear vinyl repressing of one of the signature albums of the early British punk movement.
New Releases for July 20, 2018
>CDs + Vinyl:
>The Agony Scene – Tormentor CD/LP (Cooking Vinyl)
The metalcore veterans return with their first album since 2007.

>Alborosie
– Unbreakable: Alborosie Meets The Wailers United ‎CD (Greensleeves)
Enlisting The Wailers United (former members of Bob Marley and The Wailers with the addition of Aston Barrett Jr.) for instrumental backing,
Unbreakable upholds the tradition of roots-rock reggae. While honoring traditional reggae sounds, the inclusion of Alborosie’s re-visioning of the Metallica classic “The Unforgiven” featuring Raging Fyah adds an edge to the album that addresses contemporary issues with a thoroughly modern feel. [Vinyl edition due August 24.]
>The Apocalypse Blues Revue
– The Shape Of Blues To Come CD/LP (Provogue)
While The Apocalypse Blues Revue’s sophomore album may be the latest project for a couple of guys from Godsmack, it’s also much more than that. There is a grand tradition in the pantheon of blues rock greats, that of the second album that literally defines a band:
Led Zeppelin II, Beck-Ola, and Nantucket Sleighride, to name but a few.
>Mulatu Astatke
– Afro-Latin Soul CD (Strut)
Mulatu Astatke – Afro-Latin Soul [Volume 1] LP (Strut)
Mulatu Astatke – Afro-Latin Soul [Volume 2] LP (Strut)
Strut continue their essential work with the godfather Of Ethio jazz, Mulatu Astatke, with the first official reissues of his early classics
Afro Latin Soul Volumes 1 and 2 from 1966, recorded as The Ethiopian Quintet. Arriving after Astatke's life-changing years studying at Berklee College in Boston, MA the albums were the first experiments in his pioneering sound, fusing Ethiopian cultural music with Afro Latin and jazz forms.
>Rick Astley
– Beautiful Life CD/LP/Cassette (BMG)
Rick Astley follows-up his comeback album
50 (2016), which found the '80s icon topping the UK chart for the first time in almost 30 years. Similar to that platinum certified album, Rick wrote, produced, and played all of the instruments on Beautiful Life which is ushered in by the shimmering title track. “In the midst of all this madness, I just went back into my little home studio because that's what I love to do,” Astley notes. “It’s my refuge really. I was tinkering about with bits and pieces and before you know it, I was making a new record.” [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions.]
>Boy Azooga
– (One) (Two) (Kung Fu) CD/LP (PIAS America)
Debut album from Boy Azooga, the psych-flecked musical vehicle for Cardiff's Davey Newington. This multifarious musical mission takes inspiration from the likes of Sly & The Family Stone, Caribou, Black Sabbath, Outkast, Van McCoy, Ty Segall and The Beastie Boys. Boy Azooga is a reverent ensemble churning out rave-tinged rock that hints at a progeny of both Can and the Happy Mondays. Limited edition pink colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>George Benson
– In Flight [Reissue/1977] CD (Friday Music)
In Flight successfully consisted of six soul/jazz workouts with an array of funk. Check out his amazing delivery on the Nat Cole classic "Nature Boy" which opens this masterwork. His vocal prowess & intricate guitar tones are second to none, as he continues the soulful trek with the much sampled and much revered War classic “The World Is A Ghetto”. Includes two bonus tracks.
>Chicago
– Hot Streets [Expanded & Remastered/Reissue/1978] CD (Friday Music)
Remastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso from the original Chicago Records tapes with the supervision of the legendary Lee Loughnane of Chicago,
Hot Streets is a truly one of the most important albums in their highly enduring catalog of classic rock releases. Filled with smash singles like "Alive Again", "No Tell Lover", "Hot Streets", and "Little Miss Lovin'" which features The Bee Gees.
>Covet
– Effloresce CDEP/12” (Triple Crown)
Debut EP from the Bay-area post-rock project.

>Dentist
– Night Swimming CD (Cleopatra)
New album from New Jersey's buzziest indie surf rock band named one of the top 10 bands at this year's SXSW by Mercury News and a darling of critics at NPR, Stereogum, Flood Magazine and more.

>Al DiMeola
– Elegant Gypsy & More (Live) CD (earMUSIC)
Last fall, jazz fusion guitarist Al DiMeola went out with his electric group for a 40th anniversary tour celebrating his explosive 1977 sophomore outing,
Elegant Gypsy. “Mr. Di Meola has managed to age very gracefully. His guitar playing is just as breathtakingly fluid and brilliant as ever. And given the scope of the performance, it seems as though he is just getting warmed up as an artist” (IndieMusic.co). A bona fide guitar hero, Di Meola has been recognized internationally over the past four decades as virtuoso of the highest order. A prolific composer, he has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on more than a dozen others with the likes of the fusion super group Return To Forever, the celebrated acoustic guitar trio featuring John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Stanley Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.
>DJ Seinfeld
– DJ-Kicks CD/2xLP (!K7)
Armand Jakobsson aka DJ Seinfeld approached his DJ-Kicks with the intention of representing all the things that made him fall in love with dance music more than a decade ago, as well as showing some of the progression that has occurred in that time and "reflecting the simultaneous fear of leaving something safe behind as well as the excitement of venturing into unknown territories, musically and emotionally." In order to make it as personal as possible, he called upon the many talented people around him making music.

>Epica
– Vs Attack On Titan Songs CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Featuring eight tracks from the popular anime show
Attack On Titan, the new EP from the symphonic metal masters is a fresh take on some of the show’s most popular tracks.
>Finnr’s Cane
– Elegy CD (Prophecy)
Third album from the Canadian atmospheric black metal stalwarts.

>Frontline Assembly
– WarMech CD (Artoffact)
The veteran industrial band present their soundtrack for Carbon Games’ latest creation,
WarMech, which ranges from industrial to ambient to techno.
>The Internet
– Hive Mind CD/2xLP+MP3 (Columbia)
The Internet follow-up their breakthrough Grammy-nominated third album,
Ego Death (2015) with Hive Mind. After a lengthy world tour, the band members encouraged each other to explore their identities as solo artists; incredible albums from all five members emerged to rapturous response throughout 2017. Feeling the unity of coming back together, however, created the foundation for what became Hive Mind. Syd (vocalist/songwriter), Matt Martians (producer), Steve Lacy (guitarist/vocalist/songwriter), Patrick Paige II (songwriter/bassist), and Christopher Smith (songwriter/drummer) present kaleidoscopic, neo-soul, future sounds here that reveal the growth in their creative chemistry. It's light years beyond their previous output, and even in its slower moments, the LP is both intricate and minimal, giving each member's contributions the space to shine.
>Jungle Rot
– Jungle Rot CD/LP (Victory)
Tenth album by the death metal band from Kenosha, WI.

>Khôrada
– Salt Black CD/2xLP (Prophecy)
Rising from the ashes of Agalloch and Giant Squid, Khôrada create colossal, textured, and emotionally powerful music. At once atmospheric, aggressive and apocalyptic, the album's emotion is driven by the band members' view of today's world. [Limited edition clear cvinyl pressing also available. Limited box set edition due August 10.]

>Kyle
– Light Of Mine CD (Atlantic/Independently Popular)
“The carefree California rapper’s debut is an exceedingly joyous and self-aware slice of pop rap.” – Pitchfork

>Liars
– Original Soundtrack To The Film 1/1 CD (Mute)
Originally recorded in 2015,
Original Soundtrack To The Film 1/1 marks the last recording of Liars’ core team of Angus Andrews and Aaron Hemphill. The film submerges the audience into the mind of Lissa, a twenty-year-old girl trapped in rural Pennsylvania, who grapples with sex, drugs, love and loss. Liar’s daring soundtrack follows the release of 2017’s acclaimed TFCF (Theme From Crying Fountain), an album Pitchfork said “couldn’t be a more appropriate marker of the irrepressible project’s evolution, nor a more fitting testament to Liars’ legacy.” [Vinyl edition due August 10.]
>The Lion’s Daughter
– Future Cult CD (Season Of Mist)
This is what the most frightening, violent, and disturbing scenes from a good midnight movie might sound like.
Future Cult, the harrowing second album from St. Louis, MO's The Lion's Daughter, is the epitome of horror put to sound. It compellingly blends harsh and unforgiving modern metal with creeping synths inspired by ‘70s and ‘80s horror and sci-fi scores.
>Lori McKenna
– The Tree CD/LP (CN)
The sing-songwriter’s previous album, 2016’s
The Bird And The Rifle, netted three Grammy nominations, along with Americana Music Association nods - all firsts for McKenna as an artist. Produced by Dave Cobb, The Tree takes one of McKenna’s signature themes family and builds a tapestry of experiences she has lived and overheard, been told and dreamed up, to create a stunning ode to life’s defining relationships.
>Meg Myers
– Take Me To The Disco CD/LP (300 Entertainment)
Take Me To The Disco is a relentless and brutally honest record, and the raw result of Meg Myers' own personal journey. She co-wrote most of the songs on the album with producer/collaborator Christian “Leggy” Langdon, and enlisted the help of Victor Indrizzo, who has played with Depeche Mode, to play drums on the record. Meg also used a live string section for the first time - The Section Quartet appears on six songs. On lead single “Numb”, a haunting look at the pressures of the music business and life in general, Meg's “mysteriously shape-shifting” (Entertainment Weekly) vocal acrobatics are in full force as she alternates between seductive verses and a no-holds-barred chorus. Other album highlights include the dreamy, atmospheric title track and the driving “Tourniquet”, an eerie yet poignant song that details the trials of being trapped in an unhealthy relationship. The thunderous rocker “Jealous Sea” is “a walk on the darker side,” says Meg, “but it also shows the beauty in the darkness.” With each song on Take Me To The Disco, Meg fearlessly bares her soul with an intensity only she can convey.
>Nav
– Reckless CD (XO)
Debut studio album by the Canadian rapper. features guest appearances from Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, and Gunna, and features production from Nav himself, Wheezy, Ben Billions, Rex Kudo, Charlie Handsome, and Foreign Teck, among others.

>Obtained Enslavement
– Soulblight CD/LP (Soulseller)
CD and vinyl reissue of Obtained Enslavement's 1998 Norwegian death/black metal classic – the band’s fifth release overall.

>Izaak Opatz
– Mariachi Static CD/LP (Mama Bird)
As leader of Missoula, MT band the Best Westerns, Opatz dabbles in off-kilter country and roadhouse rock.
Mariachi Static is Opatz's solo debut, buoyed by wry tunes that bring twangy, back-porch pop into the 21st century.
>Mike Patton
– 1922: Original Score CD/2xLP (Ipecac)
1922 is based on Stephen King's 2010 novella of the same name, from his horror anthology Full Dark, No Stars, which tells the story of a man's confession of his wife's murder. The tale is told from from the perspective of Wilfred James, the story's unreliable narrator who admits to killing his wife, Arlette, with his son in Nebraska. But after he buries her body, he finds himself terrorized by rats and, as his life begins to unravel, becomes convinced his wife is haunting him. Presented on CD and double-vinyl, Mike Patton's (Faith No More, Dead Cross, Tomahawk) heavily orchestral original score follows his acclaimed work on the 2012 film The Place Beyond The Pines and is equally haunting and dissonant.
>Powerwolf
– The Sacrament Of Sin CD/2xCD/LP (Napalm)
One of Germany's most successful metal band is back with their bold and adventurous seventh manifesto. [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions.]

>Public Image Limited
- The Public Image Is Rotten (Songs From The Heart) 5xCD+2xDVD/6xLP (Virgin)
New boxset released to coincide with the career-spanning documentary film about Public Image Ltd. titled
The Public Image Is Rotten. The set includes a PiL singles collection, B-sides, rarities and radio sessions, 12” mixes, unreleased mixes and tracks + a live concert from New York Ritz in July 1989. The DVD includes PiL promo videos + some live footage from the BBC’s Top Of The Pops and Old Grey Whistle Test as well as the first Tallinn Rock Summer Festival in Estonia 1988 and the 2013’s Enmore Theatre in Australia.
>Punch Brothers
– All Ashore CD (Nonesuch)
Punch Brothers' first self-produced album,
All Ashore, includes nine original songs written by the contemporary bluegrass quintet featuring guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, mandolinist/lead singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher. As Thile says, the album is “a meditation on committed relationships in the present day, particularly in the present political climate. We were hoping to create something that would be convincing as a complete thought, in this case as a nine-movement, or nine-piece, thought. Though it’s rangy in what it's talking about, and in the characters who are doing the talking...” Punch Brothers returned to the same room at United Recording Studios in Hollywood (formerly Ocean Way) where they had recorded both 2015’s The Phosphorescent Blues and their 2010 Jon Brion-produced Antifogmatic. Thile says they felt they had “established a rapport” with the space; the same “level of trust and love that breeds confidence” also led them to produce the album themselves, for the first time. [Vinyl edition due September 7.]
>Ranger Doug with Riders In The Sky
– Sings… Songs Of The Frontier CD (Rural Rhythm)
Eleven traditional Americana roots classics performed by Ranger Doug lead vocals and rhythm guitar with plenty of help from Riders In The Sky: Too Slim vocals and string bass; Woody Paul vocals and fiddle and Joey The Cowpolka King vocals and accordion.

>Nathan Salsburg
– “Third” CD/LP (No Quarter)
Third album by one of his generation’s most gifted and idiosyncratic acoustic guitarists – his first strictly solo guitar record—no singing, no guests. The songs, as others have before them, distill a love of old-time dance music and rural ragtime; the melody-centric compositions of American guitarists Peter Lang and William Ackerman; and the work of Scottish and English folk-revivalists like Dick Gaughan, Dolly Collins, and especially Nic Jones, whose monumental arrangement of the pipe tune Planxty Davis has been adapted here in turn.

>Ty Segall & White Fence
– Joy CD/LP/Cassette (Drag City)
“Ty Segall and White Fence are AS ONE again. Six years after their fun favorite
Hair collaboration, and jeez, almost four years after Ty produced the last White Fence record For The Recently Found Innocent, they're back at it. But the second time around, it's no Hair 2 - Joy is its own reward. Tim Presley and Ty take it up a notch, with 15 wild tracks that share space in an effortless fashion, dispersing doses of the fabled vintage obsessions, but threading them together instead with their own sound of today. Joy, indeed!”
>Skeletonwitch
– Devouring Radiant Light CD/LP (Prosthetic)
The fifth full length and first to feature vocalist Adam Clemans, who debuted on the band's 2016 EP
The Apothic Gloom, picks right up where the EP ended, mixing their classic blackened thrash attack with atmospheric, post rock soaring melodies [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Soul Asylum
– Say What You Will…Everything Can Happen [Reissue/1984] CD (Omnivore)
Soul Asylum – Made To Be Broken [Reissue/1986] CD (Omnivore)
Soul Asylum first hit the Minneapolis music scene in early 1981. Core members Dave Pirner, Dan Murphy, and Karl Mueller met at local punk rock shows. Coming up in the shadow of formidable bands like Hüsker Dü and The Replacements, who they were all big fans of, was daunting but, ultimately, it inspired them to make a name for themselves. Soul Asylum stood out immediately because of their work ethic and smart, punky hard rock sound. These expanded reissues feature a wealth of bonus tracks, new art, liner notes, plus rare ephemera.

>Thy Feeble Savior
– And Darkness Fell CD/LP (Hells Headbangers)
14 tracks of utterly blasphemous black/death metal.

>Trash Boat
– Crown Shyness CD/LP (Hopeless)
New album from the UK-based post-hardcore band.

>Trouble In The Wind
– Lefty [Reissue/2016] CD/LP (In Your Neighborhood)
Trouble In The Wind – Hammer On CD/LP (In Your Neighborhood)
Trouble In The Wind has been labeled as folk, Americana, alternative, country, surf rock, etc., but the Southern California quartet likes to call themselves "rock and roll". The band's stripped-down organic sound is a multi-instrumental collective fronted by songwriter Robby Gira, whose staggering powerful voice creates the center of attention of their songs.

>Ume
– Other Nature CD/LP (Modern Outsider)
Meshing guitar-based hard rock with the raw passion of punk rock and the melodic sophistication of pop, Ume is an Austin, Texas-based trio who've earned a growing following for their relentless touring schedule, explosive performances, and clever but unpretentious music. [Limited edition green colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Vokonis
– Old One Ascending CD/LP (Ripple Music)
Ethereal yet punishing new album from the Swedish stoner/doom metal band.

>Kanye West
– ye CD/LP (Def Jam)
Kanye’s eighth album,
Ye, features guest vocals by Ty Dolla Sign, PartyNextDoor, Kid Cudi,
Jeremih and 070 Shake, among others. It is the second of five seven-track albums produced by West in what have been referred to as the "Wyoming Sessions". West explained the album title, which is a diminutive of his own name commonly used in his songs, by stating: "I believe ‘ye’ is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible it means ‘you’. So, I'm you, I'm us, it's us. It went from Kanye, which means "the only one," to just Ye - just being a reflection of
our good, our bad, our confused, everything. The album is more of a reflection of who we are."

>While She Sleeps
– You Are We 2xCD (Sharptone)
Special double-disc edition of the British metalcore band’s 2017 album, expanded with eight tracks consisting of demos and album outtakes.

>Wild Pink
– Yolk In The Fur CD/LP+MP3 (Tiny Engines)
On their new album,
Yolk In The Fur, Wild Pink again take themselves and their listeners to a place of sonic placidity. Songwriter John Ross and his bandmates trade what sparing crunch they did use on their debut album Wild Pink for lush, balmy synths that lift their sound upwards and out, rather than forward and down. Any traces of slowcore and grunge are gone here, replaced by the angelic airiness of Cocteau Twins and Red House Painters, but with the modern crispness of Lake or Japanese Breakfast. Sporadic splashes of electronic drums and emphasized basslines add fascinating new dimensions to their already-diverse palette, but no instrument or tone ever feels shoehorned in.
>Marty Wilde
- Abergavenny: The Philips Pop Years 1966-1971 CD (Teensville)
Expanded reissue of the ‘60s British pop sensation’s 1969 album
Diversions.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Amorphis
‎– The Karelian Isthmus [Reissue/1992] LP (Relapse)
Amorphis ‎– Tales From The Thousand Lakes [Reissue/1994] LP (Relapse)
Animating elements of modern metal, '70s progressive rock and fusing them with a superb sense of melody and structure, Finland's Amorphis have dared to defy preconceptions with every groundbreaking release. Formed at the height of the European death metal explosion of the early-90s, the creative core of Amorphis was, from the very beginning, distinctly different. Their first two albums are now back in print on vinyl. A perfect combination of heavy metal, doom, death metal and progressive rock.

>Anti Cimex
‎– Scandinavian Jawbreaker [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (Back On Black)
1993's
Scandinavian Jawbreaker is Anti Cimex's raw and raging swan song which finds the pioneering group entering metallic d-beat territory. Anti Cimex "always regarded themselves as raw punk, even when they found the laurels of Scandinavian hardcore heroes thrust upon them...[They] made an indelible mark on the language and legacy of punk's nastier permutations (and, in a way, on extreme metal's as well – the band veered down a more metallic path in its later material)." – Noisey [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>MC Paul Barman
– (((Echo Chamber))) LP+7”+MP3 (Mello Music Group)
“MC Paul Barman is the most ambitious type of rapper. He is rhyming art. If your ears are open, MCPM is gonna plug your brain in at voltages to which you are unaccustomed. He's a social critic with a searing conscience that makes your comfortable bourgeois house of lies tremble with each jagged line on the PB Richter scale. His rhymes are original in the sense of ‘no one has ever used that word like that before...but we will now.’ Not that
(((Echo Chamber))) is hard work. It is perfectly pleasurable to bop your head along to great tracks laid down by ?uestlove (six tracks), James Poyser, Mark Ronson, Prince Paul, Kenny Segal, Memory Man, and MF Doom. Not to mention scratches by DJ Yoda and features from Masta Ace and Open Mike Eagle to boot.”
>Chuck Berry
– Berry Is On Top [Reissue/1959] LP (Friday Music)
Limited audiophile 180gm translucent red colored vinyl reissue; gatefold sleeve.

>Big Pun
– Capital Punishment [Reissue/1998] LP (Sony Legacy)
Limited vinyl picture disc reissue of the late thug rapper’s debut (and only) album.

>Boston
– Boston [Reissue/1976] LP (Friday Music)
Limited audiophile 180gm red colored vinyl reissue; gatefold sleeve.

>Apollo Brown & Locksmith
– No Question LP+MP3 (Mello Music Group)
West Coast Berkeley grad, battle rapper and musician Locksmith has hammered out a reputation as one of hip-hop's most enlightened no punch pulling emcees, always bringing cutting lyricism that not only questions the status quo but offers deep truths for reflection. Meanwhile Detroit's Apollo Brown has built his illustrious career on emotive productions that draw the best out of already legendary mic kings. From his work with Ras Kass and OC, Skyzoo to Ghostface Killah, Apollo repeatedly creates eyes shut, head nodding, soul stirring perfection for our greatest storytellers to lay their truth bare.

>Byla + Jarboe
‎– Viscera [Reissue/2007] 2xLP (Translation Loss)
Kevin Hufnagel and Colin Marston (both of Dysrhythmia and Gorguts), collectively known as the New York ambient noise outfit Byla, teamed up with ex-Swans siren Jarboe for 2007's Viscera, an album of noise and acoustic soundscapes utilizing epic guitar work as its main sound source while complemented perfectly by Jarboe's stunning vocal accents.

>Eric Clapton
– Life In 12 Bars 4xLP (UMe)
Recently released on CD, the official soundtrack to the new Eric Clapton documentary,
Life In 12 Bars (also available on DVD and Blu-ray), is now available on vinyl. The documentary about the legendary 18-time Grammy winner premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before Showtime bought the US TV rights. The 32-track double CD features four previously unreleased songs, and includes tracks by Clapton, Yardbirds, Derek & The Dominoes, Cream, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin and Muddy Waters.
>Jonathan Davis
– Black Labyrinth LP (Sumerian)
Recently released on CD, the debut album from the KoЯn frontman. is now available on vinyl. “I've always got to be different,” he notes. “Once again, I’m doing something I haven't heard before. This is my swan song. It's my f**king masterpiece up to this point.” [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Death
– Leprosy [Reissue/1988] 2xLP (Relapse)
Death – Individual Thought Patterns [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (Relapse)
Death – The Sound Of Perseverance [Reissue/1998] 3xLP (Relapse)
Limited anniversary-themed colored vinyl reissues (milky clear, silver, and emerald/olive green, respectively) of the death metal band’s second, fifth and seventh albums.

>Dens
– No Small Tempest LP (Facedown)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Dens have found a perfect niche in the space between energetic rock and contemplative ambience. They create an experience that drowns the listener in guitar-driven post-rock and vocal hooks while leaving plenty of room for lyrical exploration. From a wide view Dens is a rock band, although the nuances in their sound send tendrils out into shoegaze, ambient, post-rock, and indie rock concepts.

>Diamond D
– Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop [Reissue/1992] 2xLP (Mercury)
Vinyl reissue of the debut album from the hip-hop producer/emcee. Features some of the earliest appearances from future rap legends Big L and Fat Joe.

>Dorothy
– 28 Days In The Valley LP (Roc Nation)
Released last March on CD – now available on limited edition white colored vinyl. Rolling Stone deemed L.A.-based band Dorothy “a [band] you need to know,” and named them #14 on their 50 Best New Artists of 2014 list.

>Eisley
– I’m Only Dreaming…Of Days Long Past LP (Equal Vision)
A collection of the indie rock band’s acoustic and re-depicted versions of tracks from their 2017 album
I'm Only Dreaming.
>The Essex Green ‎
– The Long Goodbye [Reissue/2003] LP+MP3 (Merge)
The Essex Green ‎
– Cannibal Sea [Reissue/2006] LP+MP3 (Merge)
The Essex Green is a neo-psychedelic pop outfit from Brooklyn, NY via Burlington, VT. The band specializes in a classic sound inspired by '60s/'70s pop and folk in the tradition of bands like The Left Banke and Fairport Convention. On the heels of their recently released new album
Hardly Electronic, their second and third albums are both available for the first time on vinyl. [Limited colored vinyl pressings are also available.]
>Five Finger Death Punch
– And Justice For None 2xLP (Prospect Park)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The seventh full length studio album from Five Finger Death Punch,
And Justice For None, features their smash cover of The Offspring's “Gone Away” alongside such rock radio staples as “Sham-Pain,” “When The Seasons Change,” “Blue On Black” and “I Refuse.” One of the most successful groove metal bands of the 2010s, Five Finger Death Punch have been a staple of the Billboard charts since their formation in 2005. The Los Angeles-based outfit formed around the talents of former U.P.O. guitar player Zoltan Bathory, former W.A.S.P. guitarist Darrell Roberts, vocalist Ivan Moody (Motograter/Ghost Machine), bass player Matt Snell (Anubis Rising), and former W.A.S.P. drummer Jeremy Spencer.
>John Fogerty
‎– Eye Of The Zombie [Reissue/1986] LP (BMG Rights Management)
John Fogerty ‎– Deja Vu All Over Again [Reissue/2004] LP (BMG Rights Management)
Singer/songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty has signed a deal with BMG to release a new solo album and reissue his solo catalog. Only his second solo release in an 18-year span,
Deja Vu (All Over Again) finds Fogerty offering up a low key yet assorted jukebox which touches on all of his signature influences from rockabilly and swamp rock to old school rock 'n' roll and country. Eye Of The Zombie is Fogerty's fourth solo effort and was his last studio release for nearly a decade. An apocalyptic departure from his swamp rock glory days buoyed by its menacing cover art, the album leans on a more synthesized production and finds an indignant Fogerty coming down on consumerism and the music business.
>Dana Fuchs
– Love Live On LP (Get A Long)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Dana Fuchs is a Jagger blues-jammer, Otis soul-sister, juke-joint Janis and Sexy Sadie all rolled into one passionate performer and compassionate world class singer-songwriter.

>Hecate Enthroned
‎– The Slaughter Of Innocence, A Requiem For The Mighty/Upon Promeathean Shores (Unscriptured Waters) [Reissue/1995/1997] LP+12” (Back On Black)
Back in 1993, Jon (vocals), Marc (guitars) and Nigel formed a death metal band known as Daemonium. The band played a mixture of styles, crossing the styles of both death and black metal. After some extensive touring played both locally and non, the British act saw the departure of Jon as he joined the more notorious band Cradle Of Filth. The remaining members found new recruits and eventually successfully renamed themselves to Hecathe Enthroned. This vinyl reissue combines the band’s 1997 sophomore album with their 1995 debut 12”.

>Dave Holland
– Uncharted Territories 3xLP (Dare2)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Uncharted Territories brings together a quartet of some of the best players in forward-thinking jazz. Joining Holland on this recording are saxophonist Evan Parker, drummer Ches Smith and pianist Craig Taborn. The epic-length album finds the group breaking off into various permutations and coming back together again for quartet performances.
>Hypnos
– GBG Sessions LP (The Sign)
Eight-track live session from one of the strongest live acts from the contemporary Swedish rock scene.

>J.K. & Co.
– Suddenly One Summer [Reissue/1968] LP (BeatRocket)
Taking cues from the best of the late '60s rock scene, with a special nod to the Beatles, S
uddenly One Summer is a mature work seemingly years beyond its young creator, 15-year-old Jay Kaye. With a vocal style very similar to George Harrison, Kaye is in command from the start, guiding the listener through the album's rich sonic journey. Limited edition translucent orange colored vinyl pressing.
>Wilko Johnson
– Blow Your Mind LP+MP3 (Chess)
Recently released on CD – now available on 180gm vinyl. Wilko’s first album of new material in 30 + years was recorded at Rockfield Studios, where Wilko and the Feelgoods famously parted company back in ’77. Guests include Mick Talbot on keyboards and Steve Weston on harmonica, both of whom were featured on Wilko’s last recorded with Roger Daltrey.

>Knxwledge
‎– Gladwemet 7” (Stones Throw)
Knxwledge (pronounced “knowledge”) is a beat maker raised in central New Jersey and Philadelphia, now in Los Angeles. Standing out in a sea of producers rising from the L.A. beat scene, the prolific artist and record collector produces his sound by creating a pastiche of soul, jazz and hip-hop that melts together in a style uniquely his own. He has produced for hip-hop powerhouse Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp a Butterfly, for Joey Badass on 1999, and has released dozens of remix and beat tape collections.

>The Left Banke
‎– Walk Away Renée / Pretty Ballerina [Reissue/1967] LP (Sundazed)
The Left Banke's 1967 album
Walk Away Renée / Pretty Ballerina is widely regarded as one of the greatest debuts of the '60s, thanks to frontman Steve Martin's evocative lead vocals, the haunting harmonies of band members Tom Finn and George Cameron, the ambitious songwriting of keyboardist Michael Brown, and exquisite, classically-influenced arrangements that were unlike anything else in popular music at the time. Limited edition gold colored vinyl pressing.
>Lurker Of Chalice
– Lurker Of Chalice [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (Nuclear War Now)
Like Leviathan, Lurker Of Chalice is a project conceived of and executed by multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Jef Whitehead, who is generally referred to as Wrest in the context of his music. For nearly 20 years, through his work with Leviathan, Lurker Of Chalice, and many other projects, Whitehead has consistently recorded and released music that has unquestionably left permanent scars on the face of the USBM scene.

>LWW
– 3PE LP (Leaf)
3PE is the first in a series of releases by Portland, OR, based Luke Wyland under his new LWW moniker. In contrast to his previous work as AU, these are spontaneous, otherworldly explorations in repetition, alternate tuning systems and, for the most part, tempered minimalism.
>Masta Ace Incorporated
‎– SlaughtaHouse [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (Craft Recordings)
Masta Ace Incorporated ‎– Sittin' On Chrome [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (Craft Recordings)
Vinyl reissues of the only two albums from the hip-hop group comprised of Ace, Lord Digga, Paula Perry and Leschea.

>Thelonious Monk
– Nutty 7” (Gearbox)
From the forthcoming, previously unreleased
Monk LP (due September). To many people this is the definitive Thelonious Monk Quartet line up, recorded at their peak, for a Danish radio broadcast in 1963. Charlie Rouse (sax) Frankie Dunlop (drums) and John Ore (bass) deliver a truly outstanding version of “Nutty”. Ore and Dunlop really dig in and swing. Simultaneously driving and laid back, Monk's masterful use of space and melody in Charlie Rouse’s solo is a clear demonstration as to why Monk is considered by many to be the best accompanist in jazz history.
>Mouse On The Keys
– Tres LP (Topshelf)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Tres is, you guessed it, the third album from Mouse On The Keys – a singular Japanese act known for blurring genres. The album traverses dark and avant-garde electronica, minimalist neo-classical, whilst also continuing to develop on their math-rock tendencies with rapid-fire time signature changes, angular rhythms and melodic yet frenetic piano work.
>Nevermore
– This Godless Endeavor [Reissue/2005] 2xLP+MP3 (Century Media)
Limited silver colored and standard black vinyl reissues of the prog/thrash titan’s sixth studio opus.

>The Oak Ridge Boys
‎– Boys Night Out [Reissue/2014] LP (Cleopatra)
Limited 180gm vinyl LP reissue of the crossover country music legend’s live hits album, recorded on their 2013 tour.

>ODESZA
– Summer’s Gone [Reissue/2013] LP (Foreign Family Collective)
ODESZA – My Friends Never Die [Reissue/2013] 12” (Foreign Family Collective)
Seattle-based production duo ODESZA (Harrison Mills & Clayton Knight) began their meteoric journey in 2012 with Summer's Gone. The following spring, they released the five-song EP
My Friends Never Die - a harder-hitting complement to the lush sounds of their debut - and began to build their reputation as a ground-breaking live act.
>Ovlov
– Tru LP (Exploding In Sound)
Newtown, CT based band Ovlov is a glimmer of hope for all that is pure in rock and have become one of the East Coast’s more beloved indie bands.

>Gram Parsons
‎– Another Side Of This Life [Reissue/2000] LP (Sundazed)
13 demo recordings of Gram Parsons, country-rock pioneer and former member of the Byrds and founding member of the Flying Burrito Brothers – repressed on colored vinyl.

>Pedro The Lion
– Winners Never Quit [Reissue/2000] LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Following a critically acclaimed debut album for Made In Mexico, singer-songwriter David Bazan returned to his Seattle home studio to craft the bulk of 2000's
Winners Never Quit (remastered and reissued on vinyl for the first time in over half a decade) – a haunted collection of material that traces the fictional story of a man who vows to maintain his good name despite a slew of devious activity and malicious intent. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Pendulum
– The Reworks 2xLP (Earstorm)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. New remixes of Pendulum classics by Skrillex, Moby, Devin Townsend, Noisia, Knife Party, DJ Seinfeld, ATTLAS and others.

>The Pharcyde
‎– Labcabincalifornia [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (Craft Recordings)
Vinyl reissue of the hip-hop group’s second album.
Labcabincalifornia was produced by The Pharcyde themselves and Jay Dee, with additional help from Diamond D and M- Walk.
>Powerman 5000
– Copies, Clones & Replicants [Reissue/2011] LP (Cleopatra)
Limited edition vinyl repress of the covers project by platinum-selling electro-metal superheroes. Features electrified versions of Devo's "Whip It", Van Halen's "Jump", David Bowies' "Space Oddity", T Rex's "20th Century Boy", INXS's "Devil Inside" and more.

>R+R=Now
– Collagically Speaking 2xLP (Blue Note)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. R+R=Now is a collective of like-minded boundary-breakers featuring Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin and Justin Tyson. The R+R in the band's name stands for Reflect+Respond and was inspired by Nina Simone who said an artist's duty is to reflect the times. With
Collagically Speaking, the band presents an urgent musical hybrid that is distinctly of the now.
>Sonic’s Rendezvous Band
– Live ’78 LP (Easy Action)
Originally released on limited transparent blue colored vinyl for RSD 2018 – standard black vinyl edition now available. Archival live set from the band made up of members of legendary Detroit bands such as MC5, Rationals, and The Stooges.

>Tone-Lōc
‎– Lōc'ed After Dark [Reissue/1989] LP (Craft Recordings)
The debut album by West Coast emcee features two collaborations with a pre-fame Young MC that would rocket the artist to the top of the pop charts: “Wild Thing”, the first Top 10 Pop hit for a black rapper, and the follow-up smash, “Funky Cold Medina”. The net result was a #1 album, making it only the second rap album to top the charts at the time (the
Beastie Boys’ License To Ill was the first).
>Uniting Of Opposites
‎– Ancient Lights LP (Tru Thoughts)
Debut album from the new musical venture from Tim Liken, Clem Alford and Ben Hazleton, bringing to life a melting pot of cultures and inspiration; using new technology as an opportunity to explore and merge aspects of jazz, electronica and traditional Indian musical styles.

>Seth Walker
– Live At Mauch Chunk Opera House LP (The Royal Potato Family)
Released last February on CD – now available on vinyl. Live set from the revered roots music troubadour, recorded in May 2017 at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PA.

>Wire
– Pink Flag [Reissue/1977] LP (Pink Flag)
Wire – Chairs Missing [Reissue/1978] LP (Pink Flag)
Wire – 154 [Reissue/1979] LP (Pink Flag)
Released last May on expanded double-CD, deluxe audiophile single-disc editions of the highly influential art-punk band’s first three albums are now available on vinyl.

>Yardbirds
– 1966: Live & Rare LP (Repertoire)
Yardbirds – Live In Stockholm & Offenbach 1967 LP (Repertoire)
Archival live recordings on orange colored vinyl.

>Young M.C.
‎– Stone Cold Rhymin' [Reissue/1989] LP (Craft Recordings)
Latest in Craft Recordings recent spate of reissues of Delicious Vinyl’s early pioneering hip-hop releases.
Stone Cold Rhymin’ features Young M.C.’s chart-topping “Bust A Move”.
>Frank Zappa
– Chunga’s Revenge [Reissue/1970] LP (Zappa Music)
Zappa's first effort of the 1970s marks the first appearance of former Turtles members Flo & Eddie on a Zappa record, and signals the dawn of a controversial epoch in Zappa's history.
Chunga's Revenge represents a shift from both the satirical political commentary of his 1960s work with The Mothers of Invention, and the jazz fusion of Hot Rats.
>Zephyr
– Zephyr [Reissue/1969] LP (Purple Pyramid)
Remastered vinyl reissue of the 1969 recorded debut of guitar legend Tommy Bolin performing with his first major act, blues rock outfit Zephyr. Includes four bonus tracks of rare live material and studio improvisations.
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5 Seconds Of Summer – Youngblood CD/LP (Capitol)
On their third studio album
Youngblood, Australian band 5 Seconds Of Summer (hailed as the “biggest new rock act in the world” by Rolling Stone) expands its musical parameters while retaining the hooks and trademark DNA that's always been a massive part of the group's appeal. Vocalist/guitarist Luke Hemmings explains, “Growing up is what we had to do on Youngblood. Seven years as a band may seem like a long time, but we were teenagers when we started. We had to look at each other and say, ‘Are we going to stop now, or do this forever? Because if we continue, then we have to go farther than we ever have before.’” On lead single “Want You Back”, Hemmings' passionate yearning for lost love finds him breaking into a searing falsetto on the infectious chorus. The soaring production and upfront bass line, meanwhile, finds the band exploring grooves and emotions in fresh new ways.
>Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra
– Lageos CD/2xLP (Ninja Tune)
Producer Darren Cunningham aka Actress, joined by the London Contemporary Orchestra, premiere new material as well as expanded arrangements of their dark and brooding electronica. On this new collaboration, commissioned and curated by Boiler Room and the London Contemporary Orchestra with support from Arts Council England, the London Contemporary Orchestra bring a new dimension to Cunningham's choice of sounds. With the producer in effect using them as a new instrument, matching his electronic loops with precise manipulation of their acoustic instruments, together they form a heightened kind of chamber music.

>Christina Aguilera
– Liberation CD (RCA)
The eighth studio album by pop/R&B vocalist and her first in six years.
Liberation finds her having her way with R&B and hip-hop (Kanye West produced two tracks). The first single "Accelerate" features Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz. The album's second single "Fall in Line" features Pop vocalist Demi Lovato.
>The Allman Brother’s Band
– Cream Of The Crop 2003 4xCD (Peach)
Four-disc collection features 36 tracks in all, culled from live performances recorded between July 25 and August 10, 2003 in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Darien Center, NY, Hartford, CT, Charlotte, NC, and Raleigh, NC. The 2003 lineup of the group included founding members Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, plus Warren Haynes, Marc Quiñones, Oteil Burbridge and Derek Trucks.

>Ammar 808
– Maghreb United CD/LP (Glitterbeat)
Deep TR-808 bass meets pan-Maghreb beats, timeless voices, and futurist visions.

>Marissa Anderson
– Cloud Corner CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
On her Thrill Jockey debut, acclaimed guitarist Marisa Anderson’s music is boundless. Anderson is undeniably a master of the North American traditions of country, folk, and blues on guitar. On
Cloud Corner, Anderson expands on those styles as well as instrumentation. Written and recorded in a period of political and personal upheaval, the album is intended as a refuge, an ode to stillness in an era of ceaseless noise. The results are an album of remarkably intimate beauty.
>Apostille
– Choose Life CD/LP (Upset The Rhythm)
Alongside running his own acclaimed DIY record label Night School Records, Glasgow native Michael Kasparis has spent the last few years making forays into the realm of hardcore punk with his groups Anxiety and The Lowest Form. Throughout all this, his solo electronic venture, Apostille has continued to evolve with each twist and turn of the world.

>Arthur Buck
– Arthur Buck CD/LP+MP3 (New West)
Sometimes the catalyst for creating great art is simply being in the right place at the right time. For Arthur Buck, the new collaboration between singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and guitarist Peter Buck, that place was Mexico, and that time was the fall of 2017. Specifically, a little town off the Baja coast named Todos Santos, with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the east and the bright blue Pacific stretching out infinitely to the west. It is here that Buck has, for the last several years, held the Todos Santos Music Festival, which he created with his wife in 2012, shortly after R.E.M. called it a day. Among the many artists who have played the festival is Arthur, who also happened to leave behind a guitar – a Dobro, specifically – after his last appearance there. And so last year he made the trek down to Todos Santos to pick up the instrument. Which is where he ran into Buck. That was the beginning of Arthur Buck. The creative result of this relationship is a vibrant 11-song collection that captures the spontaneity at the heart of the project – right down to the 1-2-3-4 count off from Buck that opens the record – with sounds and styles meshed together in an easy, almost playful manner.

>ASG
– Survive Sunrise CD/2xLP (Relapse)
North Carolina riff-rockers re-emerge with their sixth full-length and first new album in five years.
Survive Sunrise further expands upon ASG's trademark blend of heavy, southern-fried, alt-rock fury and infectious, hook-centric accessibility.
>Derek Bailey & Company
– Klinker 2xCD (Confront Recordings)
“In publishing the entire performance from start to finish, this release allows us to experience these much-missed artists at work with a degree of intimacy and familiarity absent from (for example) prestigious festival performances. Of course, any new addition to the Bailey discography is an exciting development, but I feel I must also mention just how well Will Gaines plays on this gig. For those who might be unsure why Derek was always so happy to play with Will, listen to how Will uses his strongly idiosyncratic technique with invention, flexibility and imperturbability in the Company context.” – Mark Fell

>Jan Bang/Sidsel Endresen
– Hum CD (Confront Recordings)
Electronics whizz, studio producer and Punkt co-director Jan Bang teams-up with vocalist Sidsel Endresen on Hum, an album released as part of Confront Recordings' Core Series. Recorded live in Oslo in 2016, Hum focuses on atomized gestures quarried from mutant combinations of voice and corrupted circuitry. Personnel: Sidsel Endresen - voice; Jan Bang - sampler, Dictaphone. Composed by Sidsel Endresen and Jan Bang. Copyright control (TONO). Recorded by Asle Karstad at Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene, Oslo.

>The Beat
– Here We Go Love! CD/LP (Here We Go)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling return with their first studio album since 1982. Wakeling's ability to create a nagging pop hook is undimmed, as too is his political edge. Blending wit and wisdom, and of course ska, punk, soul, reggae, pop and anything else that came to hand in the melting pot that was late ‘70s Birmingham, The English Beat were ahead of the time and creating a hybrid sound that came in part to define their times.

>Big Blood
– Operate Spaceship Earth Properly CD/LP (Feeding Tube)
With
Operate Spaceship Earth Properly, Big Blood return to the vast universe of strangeness they explore inside their own skin. Now fully incorporating the vocals and guitar of their daughter Quinnisa (previously a “secret weapon” unveiled mostly at live shows, as the Dictators once did with Handsome Dick Manitoba), Big Blood sound nutsier and wilder than ever.
>Black Rainbows
– Supermotherfuzzalicious!! [Reissue/2011] CD (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Black Rainbows – Holy Moon [Reissue/2013] CDEP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Black Rainbows – Hawkdope [Reissue/2015] CD (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Black Rainbows' sound has oozed between classic '90s-style stoner fuzz and deep-cosmos psychedelia, drawing on the best of hard-driving space rock to conjure a vibe totally tripped-out and all its own. All include bonus tracks.

>Carl Bley
- Armadillo World Headquarters Austin Texas March 27 1978 CD (Hi Hat)
As a founder and leading light of the Jazz Composers' Orchestra, as well as being a superb keyboardist, Carla Bley was at the cutting-edge of American jazz in the 1970s. Originally broadcast on WBUR 90.9 FM, this remarkable performance is a vital document of her band on its first North American tour and features renowned players such as Mike Mantler and Gary Windo. The entire broadcast is presented here, digitally remastered, together with background notes and images.

>Gui Boratto
– Pentagram CD/2xLP (Kompakt)
Gui Boratto's breakthrough full-length debut
Chromophobia was released in 2007. As to what its title suggests, he shook up the techno game with a contrast of lushly colored minimal grooves and melody. Four albums in and countless EPs and remixes under his belt, the Brazilian producer's unique savoir-faire in carving out a functional album out of diversely routed singles and features is back at it on his fifth studio album, Pentagram.
>Calpurnia
– Scout CDEP/12” (Royal Mountain)
Calpurnia is a Vancouver, Canada-based quartet led by singer/guitarist Finn Wolfhard, best known for his breakout performances in
Stranger Things and It, and also including lead guitarist Ayla Tesler-Mabe, bassist Jack Anderson and drummer Malcolm Craig. “It's like a four-way Venn diagram,” Anderson says of the band's coalescing musical tastes that seamlessly come together on their six-song debut EP, Scout, a giddy rock riot that sits comfortably at the intersection of classic rock, punk and angsty blues. It takes no more than 25 minutes, or roughly one spin though the EP to understand just exactly how well their sophisticated, diverse taste congeals into something so effortlessly powerful. From “Greyhound,” a slacker anthem recalling vintage Pavement to “Louie,” all Exile On Main Street-style country-blues slide guitar and choirboy harmonies, to the spaced-out closing opus “Waves,” Calpurnia's songwriting craft belies not only their age but their experience as a collective unit.
>Ben Caplan
– Old Stock CD/LP (Rhyme & Reason)
Combining timeless melodies with a contemporary folk-rock twist, singer-songwriter Ben Caplan explores the immigrant experience with profound understanding and wry humor on his latest album,
Old Stock. Adapted from the New York Times' Critic's Pick music-theater piece Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, the captivating, genre-warping concept album reflects on modern issues from immigration, loss, and darkness to love, sex, and God through his "darkly funny and moving" songs (The New Yorker). The sound is rooted in Caplan's resonant baritone voice, at times sounding like a lamb's wool blanket, and in another moment like a steel wool scouring pad. Caplan's voice is supported with the sounds of piano, accordion, organ, clarinet, saxophone, violin, drums, and the occasional acoustic guitar.
>Olivia Chaney
– Shelter CD/LP (Nonesuch)
London-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney follows-up her 2015 Nonesuch debut,
The Longest River, with Shelter. The album was produced by Thomas Bartlett (David Byrne, Nico Muhly, The Magnetic Fields, Sufjan Stevens, The National, St. Vincent, Father John Misty) and features eight original songs, along with Chaney's interpretations of Purcell’s “O Solitude” and Frank Harford and Tex Ritter’s “Long Time Gone,” first recorded by the Everly Brothers. Chaney describes her time writing songs for Shelter: “I had been on the road a lot and was struggling with the grit and loneliness of urban life. I think I’d been questioning what home, belonging, a sense of purpose, and my own culture even meant. I’d been craving wilderness and a return to essentials for a long time. Then, while touring in the US, I realized the place I needed was already in my life. It was ancient, barely habitable, and remote. Thus, a crumbling 18th-century cottage in the austere but magical hills of the North Yorkshire Moors – a family retreat since my teens, with no electricity or plumbing, where the only water comes from a spring – became the home for my work on Shelter. We brought out an Arts and Crafts Bechstein piano and an old wood burner to the house; and as summer’s end turned to autumn’s shorter, colder days, the room with the upright and stove fueled my stay.”
>Don Cherry
– Home Boy, Sister Out [Reissue/1985] CD/LP (Wewantsounds)
A unique soundbite of Paris in the early '80s at its coolest when funk, jazz, and new wave were mingling with sounds from Africa, Jamaica, and Latin America.

>Chromeo
– Head Over Heels CD/Cassette (Atlantic)
Chromeo is an electro-funk duo from Montreal, Quebec. Formed in 2002 by childhood friends Dave 1 and P-Thugg, the widely-renowned Funklordz grooved their way to fame after the release of their sophomore album
Fancy Footwork, which was nominated for a JUNO in 2008. A decade later, the inseparable drops their fifth record, Head Over Heels. “It’s our most collaborative and funk-centric album to date,” explains Dave 1, born David Macklovitch, the singer and guitarist of the group. “It has the most muscular, concept-driven songwriting. At the same time, we hear other voices and other musicians. In a way, it’s doubling down on the funk thing but also expanding the collaboration thing.” The album’s collaborators include an eclectic mix of modern day pop artists as well as some admired stars from the era of 1970s funk, including: Jesse Johnson, guitarist of The Time, as well as Pino Palladino, who has offered bass duties for artists such as D’Angelo, John Mayer, Elton John, and the Who. Modern day stars who appear on the album include D.R.A.M., French Montana, and the-Dream.
>Gene Clark
– Gene Clark Sings For You CD/2xLP (Omnivore)
Gene Clark's musical legacy is most certainly assured as a singer, songwriter and member of some exclusive company as an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a founder of The Byrds, and collaborator in groups such as Dillard & Clark, Gene Clark and the Gosdin Brothers, McGuinn Clark & Hillman and later as the duet partner of Carla Olson (The Textones). As well documented as Clark's career has been, there have been remarkable discoveries over the years, but now the holy grail of Clark's post-Byrds career sees the light of day with this archival collection,
Gene Clark Sings For You. Since word first spread in the 1980s about the discovery of these 1967 recordings on a rare acetate in Liberty Records' vaults, fans have come to regard Gene Clark Sings For You as nothing less than the Holy Grail of the singer/songwriter’s extraordinary body of work. In addition to the eight tracks from the Gene Clark Sings For You acetate, recorded in 1967 after he famously left The Byrds, the set includes five previously unknown tracks from a further 1967 acetate given to the band, The Rose Garden, for recording consideration. This new compilation also includes a previously unissued demo rescued from a tape in the collection of John Noreen, member of The Rose Garden.
>Brent Cowles
– How To Be Okay Alone CD (Dine Alone)
In the midst of intense change and a series of hardships, Brent Cowles went through a period of self-examination that resulted in his solo debut
How To Be Okay Alone - a raucous yet reflective 10-song collection that deals with love, loneliness and community. [Vinyl edition due July 6.]
>Culture Abuse
– Bay Dream CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Carlos de la Garza (Paramore, Jimmy Eat World, M83),
Bay Dream follows Culture Abuse's 2016 debut Peach and elevates the band's melody-heavy garage punk to new levels, while drawing inspiration from artists as eclectic as Sly and the Family Stone, Paul Simon, and reggae legend Billy Boyo. [Limited edition yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>The Cure
– Mixed Up [Reissue/1990] CD/3xCD/2xLP (Elektra)
The Cure – Torn Down 2xLP (Elektra)
Digitally remastered single disc and expanded three CD editions. Triple-CD includes additional remixes circa 1982-90 as well as
Torn Down which is comprised of16 new remixes by Robert Smith. [Stand-alone vinyl edition of Torn Down is also available.]
>Rhodri Davies/David Sylvian/Mark Wastell
– There Is No Love CD (Confront Recordings)
Additional contribution from Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixer) recorded by Steve Bates and David Sylvian, Montreal. Tubular bell and concert bass drum recorded by Matthew Sansom, Surrey University, 2006. Original text by Bernard Marie Koltès. Compositional structure by Mark Wastell. Mixed and mastered by Rupert Clervaux. Personnel: Rhodri Davies -- lap harp, table harp, vibraphone, radio; David Sylvian -- voice, vocal treatments, electronics; Mark Wastell -- tam tam, cracked ride cymbal, chimes, Indian temple bells, singing bowls, metal chain, tubular bell, concert bass drum. Voice recorded by David Sylvian, Los Angeles, USA. Instrumental parts recorded by Rupert Clervaux at Studio 3, London.

>Dead Girls Academy
– Alchemy CD/LP (Victory)
Los Angeles, CA dark rockers Dead Girls Academy is the new band from Vampires Everywhere’s Michael Orlando. Signed to Victory Records, their debut
Alchemy was written and produced by Ronnie Radke (Falling In Reverse) and mixed by Elvis Baskette (Slash, Sevendust, Trivium). Orlando explains, “Split personalities, fake friends, hangers-on, social-climbing and attention-hunting whores are all ingredients I wanted to exploit with this project.” Emotionally driven pop/punk single “I’ll Find A Way” is about conquering your inner demons. Recommended for fans of Falling In Reverse, Black Veil Brides, Bring Me The Horizon, and Motionless In White.
>DJ Richard
– Dies Iræ Xerox CD/2xLP (Dial)
With the chaos of the Berlin club scene an increasingly distant memory, DJ Richard’s sophomore album is enriched with a contemplative, brittle tone, equally informed by film soundtracks and literature as the pulse of city living. On
Dies Iræ Xerox, the artist finds the space to write "the records I really want to play", and each suggests a template for genuine dancefloor transcendence.
>Eartheater
– Irisiri CD/LP (Pan)
Eartheater (aka Queens based artist Alexandra Drewchin) distills foley-filled digital production, a three-octave vocal range, and classical composition into works suspended between obsessively detailed sonic tapestries and almost recklessly romantic and gestural electronica. Modular synth staccato plucks hammer out in arrhythmic spirals over a carefully muzzled grid of pumping kicks -- unleashed in unpredictable disruptions. Technoid stabs mingle with crushed black metal.

>Eligh
– Last House On The Block CD/LP (Eligh Music)
Eligh, one of the founding members of the Living Legends crew, returns with his first official solo record since 2010's
Grey Crow. During the eight-year gap he has put out three collaborative albums as well as a triple-disc album with his Living Legends counterpart, The Grouch. On Last House On The Block, Eligh taps into some sounds and textures from his past and sat behind the boards for the majority of the album. He also tapped contributions from The Grouch, Zion I, Reverie, Evidence, R.A. The Rugged Man, and more.
>Emanative
– Earth CD/2xLP (Jazzman)
Orbiting somewhere between the interplanetary funk of Sun Ra and the cinematic experimentation of Floating Points lies the new album from spiritually awakened Brit-jazz collective Emanative.

>Fantastic Negrito
– Please Don’t Be Dead CD/LP (Cooking Vinyl)
There is desperation and urgency in Fantastic Negrito’s new album
Please Don't Be Dead. The record sees the Devil around the corner, and each song is a plea to make you aware of what's waiting for you. The artist is screaming at you because he knows what comes next. The album art features a real-life photograph of Fantastic Negrito (real name Xavier Dphrepaulezz) waking up from a three-week coma. His body is shattered, his eyes are staring past you. They're staring at the darkness that awaits. But with his new album we hear the voice of an artist who put that darkness in the rearview. Now he's asking America to do the same. Like Negrito in that photograph, our country is driving off a cliff. We’re letting our worst inclinations lead us: hate, division, greed, superficiality. It is going to be a fight to pull ourselves from this toxic mire, and this album is a roadmap by an artist who survived the same journey...battered, scarred, but determined to wake us all up. Please Don't Be Dead is a man standing over something wounded. Something he cares about. He's looking around, and he's saying: “do something.”
>Fink, Marcher & Gleaves
– Shout & Shine CD (Community Music)
Grammy winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer join forces with Appalachian artist Sam Gleaves in a roots music hoot & holler celebrating diversity, moonshine, mentors, trad sounds and contemporary issues.

>John Foxx
– Metamatic [Reissue/1980] 3xCD (Metamatic)
Expanded Deluxe edition of the former Ultravox singer’s debut solo album. Includes the 2014 remastered version of the album, sourced from analogue tapes, as well as every B-side, outtake and unreleased track from the era.

>Gaslight Anthem
– The ’59 Sound Sessions CD (SideOneDummy)
The Gaslight Anthem celebrates 10 years of their seminal album,
The '59 Sound, with this collection of rare, unreleased, and alternate takes recorded during the album’s sessions. [Vinyl edition due July 13.]
>Buddy Guy
– The Blues Is Alive And Well CD/2xLP+MP3 (RCA)
The first album in three years from the blues legend. Features guest appearances from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck and James Bay.

>Hatchie
– Sugar & Spice CD/LP (Double Double Whammy)
Hatchie is the world of Harriette Pilbeam. To hear her music is to step inside her mind; a dreamy landscape where cascading synths, jangling guitars, propulsive rhythms and white noise undulate beneath undeniable and irresistible pop melodies. Rather than focusing on the external world of her daily life in Brisbane, Pilbeam instead turns her gaze inwards, making a soundtrack out of her daydreams, setting her emotional life to song. [LP pressed on one-sided vinyl with a B-side etching.]

>Here Lies Man
– You Will Know Nothing CD/LP (Riding Easy)
The L.A. band comprised of Antibalas members follow their auspicious debut.
You Will Know Nothing expands upon the band’s exploration of heavy riff-based rock and psych within the ancient rhythmic formula of the clave.
>Jackson Sisters
– Jackson Sisters [Reissue/1976] CD/LP (Mondo)
CD and vinyl reissue of an album considered by many to be a genuine 'holy grail' of soul and funk. Features “Miracles” as sampled by Public Enemy, Basement Jaxx, Arrested Development and many more. Originally from Compton, Los Angeles, the Jackson Sisters were one-hit wonders who briefly shone and made some noise in the early 1970s before quickly fading into obscurity.

>Andy Jenkins
– Sweet Bunch CD/LP (Spacebomb)
“For many years Richmond-based Andy Jenkins toiled behind the scenes of Spacebomb, the powerhouse indie folk studio and label that has helped launch Matthew E. White, Bedouine, and Natalie Prass among others. Now Jenkins shares his own homespun melodies. [Title track] ‘Sweet Bunch’ was produced by Spacebomb founder Matthew E. White; its intermittent sing-talking and indie twang somewhat resemble a stripped-down Beck.” – Stereogum

>Wilko Johnson
– Blow Your Mind CD (Chess)
Wilko’s first album of new material in 30 + years was recorded at Rockfield Studios, where Wilko and the Feelgoods famously parted company back in ’77. Guests include Mick Talbot on keyboards and Steve Weston on harmonica, both of whom were featured on Wilko’s last recorded with Roger Daltrey. [Vinyl edition due July 20.]

>Konrad Kraft
– Antarctica [Reissue/1987] CD/LP (Tal)
Pioneering production from the Düsseldorf mid- '80s electronic underground world, transferred for the first ever time from the original cassette to vinyl and CD. Konrad Kraft (Detlef Funder) is one of the still overlooked producers of Düsseldorf's fertile electronic music scene.

>Lizzy Borden
– My Midnight Things CD (Metal Blade)
Lizzy Borden, one of theatrical rock's top front-men, issues his first album in 11 years. [Vinyl edition due June 29
th.]
>The Love Unlimited Orchestra
– The 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979) 2xCD/3xLP (Mercury)
Love Unlimited – The UNI, MCA And 20th Century Records Singles 1972-1975 CD/2xLP (Mercury)
The Love Unlimited Orchestra can be seen as the bold gesture of Barry White’s grand vision of love. The Orchestra’s singles between 1973 and 1979 are a joyous complement to White’s work as a solo artist, and as the producer behind Love Unlimited. Featuring all 14 of Love Unlimited Orchestra’s US 7” singles released between 1973-1979, as well as the 12” single disco versions of a further 7 tracks,
The 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979) is the first compilation to pull together all the group’s A- and B-sides. The UNI, MCA And 20th Century Records Singles 1972-1975 features all 10 of Love Unlimited’s US 7” singles released between 1972-1975.
>Lunatic Soul
– Under The Fragmented Sky CD/LP (Kscope)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. Following on from 2017's Fractured, which covered content about grieving, hope and a fractured society, companion release Under the Fragmented Sky rebuilds Lunatic Soul as we know it, with dark and haunting atmospheres coming to the forefront, taking its name from the lyrics of the 12-minute epic "A Thousand Shards of Heaven" from Fractured. [Limited 180gm colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Madball
– For The Cause CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Madball’s ninth album – a signature collection of lionhearted, groove-laden, street-level New York hardcore.

>Mad Caddies
– Punk Rocksteady CD (Fat Wreck Chords)
Over the past 20 years, the Mad Caddies have made music that slipped between genre lines, and with
Punk Rocksteady, they offer up a record of punk covers that shows the band is more than capable of taking all that piss and vinegar and turning it into something beautiful. [Vinyl edition due July 13.]
>Mansun
– Attack Of The Grey Lanten [Reissue/1997] CD/2xLP (Kscope)
Mansun is regarded as one of the most innovative British bands of the late 1990s and released three classic albums -
Attack Of The Grey Lantern (1997), Six (1998), Little Kix (2000), a retrospective compilation, Kleptomania, and a popular series of EPs during its existence. The Kscope label has acquired the band's impressive catalogue and are creating a deluxe reissue series that delves into a treasure trove of previously unreleased audio and visual material. [Limited purple colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Johnny Marr
– Call The Comet CD (New Voodoo)
Recorded with his band in Manchester at Johnny Marr's Crazy Face studios, Call The Comet is the third solo record from the Smiths guitarist and follows 2013's critically acclaimed The Messenger and 2014's Playland. "
Call The Comet is set in the not-too-distant future" says Marr, "and is mostly concerned with the idea of an alternative society. It's my own magic realism." [Vinyl edition due July 6.]
>Mayday Parade
– Sunnyland CD/LP (Rise)
Sixth full-length effort from the Tallahassee, FL-based emo pop/rock outfit. [Limited bone colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Buck Meek
– Buck Meek CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Keeled Scales)
Buck Meek's songs are for the lost dogs of honest mechanics, good guys and girls born into a life of crime, runaways, snow spirits, the ghosts of Central Park, unsung diving-board stars, the affection shared through gambling, and so on. Bred in Texas, more bread in New York City, Meek spins outlaw ballads and quotidian fairy tales into a yarn, with Adam Brisbin on guitar (Jolie Holland, Sam Evian, Katie Von Schleicher), Mt. Davidson on bass (Twain, The Low Anthem, Spirit Family Reunion), and Austin Vaughn on drums (Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple, Sam Evian).

>Melodies Echo Chamber
– Bon Voyage CD/LP (Fat Possum)
Made up of seven expansive tracks, Melody's Echo Chamber’s second album marries Melody Prochet's breathless soprano to the wildest sonic excursions, always pinned to an emphatic, clattering groove as she delivers her fables of spiritual search and emotional healing in multiple tongues (French, English and Swedish).
Bon Voyage is a collaborative record between Prochet and Dungen's Reine Fiske and The Amazing's Fredrik Swahn with Melody sculpting and producing the sessions as well as encouraging the players around her to experiment, often with instruments that might be less familiar to them. It also features special guests Gustav Esjtes and Johan Holmegaard (both from Dungen) and Nicholas Allbrook (Pond). The album arrives more than five years after Melody's Echo Chamber's debut, and it is the soundtrack to a trip back from the brink, the sound of spiritual renewal, and a pilgrimage to the sonic outer limits.
>The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
– While We’re At It CD/LP (Big Rig)
Boston’s ambassadors of ska return with their tenth album of unique brass-infused punk rock. While We’re At It is the final part of a musical trilogy that began with
Pin Points And Gin Joints in 2009 followed by The Magic Of Youth in 2011.
>Jason Charles Miller
– In The Wasteland CD (Century Media)
11 tracks that blur the line between Southern rock, classic country, and the outlaw attitude.

>MOURN
- Sorpresa Familia CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
Catalonian quartet MOURN stormed onto the scene with their 2014 self-titled debut - a work of angular indie rock and pointed lyricism delivered with confidence well beyond their teenage years. Chock full of tension and pent up frustration, their new third album,
Sorpresa Familia, feels tonally right at home within MOURN's catalog. But it also feels distinctly separate - more refined, more intentional. Railing against greedy businesses, exploitation, fake friends, dishonest figures of authority, and ever complicated global politics, it's an album of decidedly higher stakes than their past outputs, delivered with the newfound poetic grace of a band rising up out of the ashes of those who stood in their way.
>Mystic Bowie
– Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads CD (BFD)
Reggae artist Mystic Bowie (real name Fitzroy Campbell) releases his debut album which features classic Talking Heads songs, and more, reggae-style. As a former member of the Tom Tom Club, a band that included former Talking Heads founders Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, Mystic Bowie infuses fresh life into Talking Heads’ classic catalog with his high octane mix of roots reggae, ska and lover's rock. The
Talking Dreads album features a lineup of legendary reggae figures including singer Freddie McGregor; ska guitar master Ernest Ranglin (Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Monty Alexander); Soul Train Award nominated Tarrus Riley (“Start Anew,” “Good Girl Gone Bad”); and saxophone great Dean Fraser. The album also features drummer Kirk Bennett and Lincoln Thomas, McGregor's longtime guitarist. Cindy Wilson of the B-52s special guests on a duet with Mystic for “Heaven.” [Vinyl edition due June 29.]
>nobigdyl.
– SOLAR. CD (Capitol)
Debut album from the Christian rapper with a distinctive flow that's laid-back but committed. With 12 tracks and several guest features from artists such as WHATUPRG, John Givez, and Sarah Juers,
SOLAR is an introspective dialogue that attempts to navigate the challenging obstacles of pursuing healthy relationships; both with others and with the world.
>Onyx Collective
- Lower East Suite: Part Three CD/LP (Big Dada)
New York City’s Onyx Collective present their debut studio album. The record features de-facto band leader Isaiah Barr on alto and tenor saxophone, Austin Williamson on drums, Walter Stinson on upright bass, Spencer Murphy on bass, and Roy Nathanson as guest saxophone on four tracks. Whereas previous Onyx Collective projects capture NYC's more romantic facets, Lower East Suite Part Three has a much more ominous sound, reflective of the dissonance that accompanies life in the city.

>Orange Goblin
– The Wolf Bites Back CD/LP (Candlelight)
Orange Goblin – Frequencies From Planet Ten [Reissue/1997] CD (Rise)
Orange Goblin – Thieving From The House Of God [Reissue/2003] CD (Rise)
Diehard exponents of the noble art of heavy metal since 1995, the London-based quartet have spent the last two decades steadily but surely establishing themselves as one of the UK's most loved and respected bands. Emerging from the stoner rock explosion of the mid ‘90s, the group led the way for that scene on British shores, kicking off with classic debut album
Frequencies From Planet Ten in 1997 and continuing with a steady stream of critically acclaimed albums that boldly and gleefully blurred the lines between stoner, doom, black, crust and southern rock, while always fervently saluting the old school heavy metal flag and the sacred Sabbathian code. The Wolf Bites Back is a flat-out triumph for a band that refuses to deviate from their stated mission of bring joyous, blood 'n' thunder metal to the masses. [Limited edition translucent blue colored vinyl pressing of The Wolf Bites Back also available.]
>John Parish
– Bird Dog Dante CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
The twice Ensor nominated composer and Mercury Prize winning producer delivers a new collection of songs which includes a duet with his longtime musical partner, PJ Harvey. Parish records songs as they come to him, often with the intent of just capturing the idea. "Like all of my records,
Bird Dog Dante was recorded all over the place in odd situations, because I'll have an idea somewhere and want to record it, then I actually end up liking the sound of that specific recording and want to incorporate it," says Parish. While a few of the tracks began with the band in Toybox in Bristol, often they were then deconstructed in Parish's home studio. John's producer's ear can focus on a small detail that captures his imagination, which then becomes the foundation to build the song around.
>William Parker
– Voices Fall From The Sky 3xCD (Aum Fidelity)
Currently deep into his fifth exceptionally active decade as an essential jazz artist, William Parker needs no introduction. However, one of the intrinsic aspects of his oeuvre that bears repeated mention is the vast range thereof. From era-defining statements of free music to soul-jazz organ quartet; from his seamless incorporation of indigenous folk forms to his exhilarating work for jazz orchestra; from the joyous accessibility of his Quartet to his nuanced scoring for dance and film. A treasure box abounding with gems,
Voices Fall From The Sky is an expansive triple-CD box set comprising three distinct and complementary albums whose focus is on the voice: the singers, 17 of whom are featured herein, and the songs, all composed (and produced) by William Parker.
>Petal
– Magic Gone CD/LP (Run For Cover)
Pennsylvania’s Petal release
Magic Gone, a 10-song declaration of personal liberation and a look into the mind and soul of singer/songwriter Kiley Lotz. “Magic Gone is the physical and sonic representation of me fighting for my right not only to survive but live all while coming to terms with encroaching adulthood,” says Lotz. “I was a closeted queer person struggling with chronic mental health disorders; terrified that if I tried to deal with these two major issues in my life I would lose everyone and everything I loved. Coming out was the beginning of a long and continuing process of self-actualization, of taking a hard look at myself and the problems I had and how I could fix them. This record is the result of being the most honest I have ever been in my life, and the constant battle of overcoming the thought that, ‘maybe if I were just someone else completely, everything would be better.’ Magic Gone is about letting go of the anger induced by all the paranoia, anxiety, guilt and pain, and embracing the magic of your own endurance and hoping for the best.”
>Prefuse 73
– Sacrifices CD (Lex)
Following his detour into fractured, kaleidoscopic hip-hop with Fudge, electronic music pioneer Prefuse 73 has become progressively interested in injecting a sense of space into his characteristically complex productions. The resultant 17-track collection,
Sacrifices, is akin to watching an old photograph deteriorate in one's hands, as otherwise dense beats disintegrate into airy expanses of emotionally resonant electronics. Its effect is not unlike attempting to recall a murky memory of a dream of Guillermo Scott Herren's earliest works, imbibed with an increased interest in the subtlety of contemporary minimalism. [Vinyl edition due July 6.]
>Billy Price
– Reckoning CD (VizzTone Music Group)
Acclaimed soul singer Billy Price teamed with award-winning guitarist and producer Kid Andersen to create
Reckoning, Prices first solo studio recording in five years. For the sessions at Andersens Greaseland studio in San José, California. they brought together an all-star collection of West Coast musicians and singers to back Prices vocals. The album features Price originals along with songs previously recorded by such artists as Bobby Bland, Otis Redding, J.J. Cale, and Swamp Dogg.
>Protomartyr
– Consolation CDEP/12”+MP3 (Domino)
An EP of brand new material recorded in collaboration with Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Mike Montgomery (R. Ring, Ampline),
Consolation’s four songs capture the breadth of mood and stylistic variety of a full-length Protomartyr album: from the short sharp shock of the opener “Wait”, through the mutant pop of “Same Face In A Different Mirror”, the epic “Wheel of Fortune”, to the beautiful closer “You Always Win”. [Limited yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>R+R=Now
– Collagically Speaking CD (Blue Note)
R+R=Now is a collective of like-minded boundary-breakers featuring Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin and Justin Tyson. The R+R in the band's name stands for Reflect+Respond and was inspired by Nina Simone who said an artist's duty is to reflect the times. With
Collagically Speaking, the band presents an urgent musical hybrid that is distinctly of the now. [Vinyl edition due July 20.]
>Rebelution
– Free Rein CD/LP (Easy Star)
While still rooted in the Jamaican inspiration that Rebelution's songs and sounds have always paid homage to, Rebelution’s sixth studio album
Free Rein takes experimental leaps and new adventures too. The musicians collaborated with Jamaican artists on three of the twelve new tracks: Don Corleon (Sean Paul, Rihanna) produced “Rise On Top”, a pointed reflection on celebrity and ambition; and Winta James, producer for Damian Marley and Chronixx, worked with the band on “Settle Down Easy” and “City Life,” two songs that reflect a more confessional perspective. Opener “Celebrate” nods to the classic Rebelution sound. It has special meaning for the band too. In their long months on the road they’ve met fans with health struggles who've said that their music has helped them get through tough times. “Patience”, a reggae-R&B hybrid, is another hymn to human connection, a haunting message from the well of romantic love. Other tracks take a wider perspective including the uptempo “City Life” which speaks on the solitude and beauty of mother nature while “Take On Anything” notes that being different is actually a beautiful thing.
>Steve Reich
– Drumming [Reissue/1971] 2xCD (Superior Viaduct)
Steve Reich's
Drumming is regarded as one of the most important musical works of the last century. Distilled through his studies of African percussion in Ghana during 1970 and Balinese gamelan music, Reich revolutionized our understanding of polyrhythms, sculpting a new sonic territory to illuminate the radical potential of minimalism. Divided into four sections, performed without pause, Drumming is written for eight small tuned drums, three marimbas, three glockenspiels, piccolo and voice. [Vinyl edition due July 6.]
>Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
– Hope Downs CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
It’s rare that a band's debut album sounds as confident and self-assured as Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever's
Hope Downs. To say that the first full-length from the Melbourne quintet improves on their buzz-building EPs from the last few years would be an understatement: the promise those early releases hinted at is fully realized here, with ten songs of urgent, passionate guitar pop that elicit warm memories of bands past, from the Go-Betweens' jangle to the charmingly lo-fi trappings of New Zealand's Flying Nun label. But don't mistake Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever for nostalgists: Hope Downs is the sound of a band finding its own collective voice. The album is as much about the people that populate the world around us – their stories, perspectives, and hopes in the face of disillusionment – as it is about the state of things at large. It’s a record that focuses on finding the bright spots at a time when cynicism all too often feels like the natural state. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are here to remind us to keep our feet on the ground – and Hope Downs is as delicious a taste of terra firma as you're going to get from a rock band right now.
>The Rose Garden
– A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection CD (Omnivore)
Expanded for the very first time, The Rose Garden’s sole eponymous album gets the deep-dive examination it deserves with
A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection. Beyond the original album’s twelve tracks released in 1967, this newly restored and remastered CD adds 14 previously unissued tracks. They include five live tracks recorded in August of 1967 at Chaminade High School in Canoga Park plus studio outtakes, acetate tracks, and a special rehearsal. This collection is released at the same time as Gene Clark Sings For You, which serves as a companion piece (Clark was involved with The Rose Garden after leaving The Byrds and furnished them with an acetate of songs to choose from for their self-titled album).
>Sango
– In The Comfort Of CD/2xLP (Last Gang)
“Sango makes beats. At least, that's how he sees it. The rest of us know the truth: the 26-year-old Seattle DJ/producer conducts symphonies. And not just in the way he conjures a singularly fluid sound out of all manner of ancient rhythms, worldly strains, and progressive notions – from heady jazz to heartfelt gospel, jittery club music to combustible baile funk, uncanny future-bass to mellow trap-soul.”

>Sepultura
– Arise [Reissue/1991] 2xCD/2xLP (Atlantic)
Newly remastered reissue of the fourth studio album by the Brazilian heavy metal band. The double-CD edition includes the original album along with 28 bonus tracks; the double-vinyl LP version includes the original album plus ten bonus tracks.

>Mike Shinoda
– Post Traumatic CD (WB)
In the months since the passing of Linkin Park vocalist and bandmate Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda has immersed himself in art as a way of processing his grief. With no agenda, Shinoda hunkered down alone in his Los Angeles home and began writing, recording, and painting. In January, he released a teaser EP consisting of three deeply personal songs - each one a powerful, stream-of-consciousness expression of unvarnished grief - accompanied by homemade visuals that Shinoda filmed, painted and edited himself. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with New York Times stating, “The tracks are reverberant electronic dirges; the rhymes, heading into sung choruses, testify to bewilderment, mourning, resentment, self-pity and questions about what to do.” Following the EP release, Shinoda continued to create, and the result is a transparent and intensely personal album that, despite its title, isn't entirely about grief, though it does start there. [Vinyl edition due August 10.]

>Slaughter & The Dogs
– The Slaughterhouse Tapes CD/LP (Cleopatra)
A compilation of rare tracks from one of the UK's most legendary punk acts. [Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Soundtrack
– Uncle Drew CD (RCA)
Features tracks by G-Eazy, Yo Gotti, YBN Nahmir, A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, London On Da Track, Khalid, A$AP Ferg, Tone Stith, 2 Chainz, GoldLink, Logic, French Montana, Remy Ma, Wiz Khalifa, Leikeli47, Grace and others.

>Spock’s Beard
– Noise Floor CD (Inside Out U.S.)
13th studio album from the progressive rock band.

>Stuart A. Staples
– Arrhythmia CD/LP+MP3 (City Slang)
Staples first solo album in thirteen years,
Arrhythmia is immersive and experimental, both recognizably the work of the Tindersticks frontman and simultaneously a stand-alone, unique piece of work. It is a provocative album where electronic experimentations and rare multi-instrumentations interweave, wrapping themselves around unconventional but utterly spellbinding song structures Written when he describes as a lost year, Arrhythmia began on Christmas day 2016 when he was drawn to the studio to record the beginnings of “A New Real”, the album’s hypnotic opener of glitchy electronic loops with a sly nod to disco. The second track, “Memories Of Love”, is indicative of Arrhythmia’s time-less experimentation and musical exploration.
>State Champs
– Living Proof CD/LP (Pure Noise)
Third album from the NY-based pop-punks.

>Syclops
– Pink Eye CD/2x12” (Running Back)
Written and produced by Maurice Fulton. "An Original Dr. Scratch Mix'" Published by Buttrubb Music. Players: Karo Brandi, leader of all of what you see, plus all of the artwork; Hanna Sarkari, all guitars; Mim Suleiman, all drums and percussion; Maurice Fulton, all keyboards, bass, and drum programming. Recorded and mixed at BubbleTease Communications Sheffield UK.

>Talos
– Wild Alee CD (BMG Rights Management)
Blending elements of electronic pop and soulful R&B with hypnotizing synthscapes and haunting vocals, each track on Talos’ 2017 album,
Wild Alee, offers its own vivid sense of space, conjuring up an immersive journey that blurs the lines between dreaming and waking, between reality and fantasy, between the ordinary and the extraordinary. This expanded version includes a new four-track bonus EP Then There Was War. [Vinyl edition due June 29.]
>Tangents
– New Bodies CD/LP (Temporary Residence)
New Bodies continues Tangents' rummage through countless varieties of electronics, rock, dub, noise, and free improv jazz that defines the group's acclaimed aesthetic. The spacious dub of a plucked cello gives way to a minimalist breakbeat tableau resting over rhythmic prepared piano; a staid electronic groove is gradually absorbed into washes of frenzied improv; staccato synths are woven into tumbling avant-rock; and shimmering free drums phase over static loops of piano, guitar and cello. To quote FACT Magazine, "The quintet are so comfortable working with jazz, folk music, post-rock and electronic music that it comfortably hangs in a space between them all."
>The Thing
– Again CD/LP (The Thing/Trost)
“If you count The Thing’s collaborations with Joe McPhee, James Blood Ulmer, Ken Vandermark, Neneh Cherry, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore and DKV Trio too,
Again is their 20th album (including the compilation Now and Forever and the split album The Music of Norman Howard with School Days, another Gustafsson project). Literally speaking, The Thing have done it again. After 17 years in the same line-up (Mats Gustafsson on saxes, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on acoustic and electric bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums) you might think that the band’s music has become predictable, that their mélange of free jazz, blues, rock and noise is actually a cul-de-sac because the musical options are exhausted. However, it isn’t.” – The Free Jazz Collective
>Julie Tippetts/Mark Wastell
– Unravelling The Waterfall CD (Confront Recordings)
Strikingly sparse and meditative percussive duo from esteemed vocalist Julie Tippetts and Mark Wastell. Both equipped with a wealth of percussion but perfectly restrained, the pair are near-still, bright and clear at first, until the surface of their glistening sound begins to prickle and rush with an unseen current. Tippett's voice effortlessly matches the bellows of the Wastell's shruti box, and its gentle drone highlights her natural vocal warmth. Intimate, explorative and intuitive, each note struck or sung is turned over gently, explored, and put back down to rest -- like a rare find in a rock pool.

>Hugh Tracey
– Listen All Around: The Golden Age Of Central And East African Music 2xCD (Dust-To-Digital)
Legendary ethnomusicologist and field-recording pioneer Hugh Tracey founded the International Library of African Music (ILAM) in 1954. Today, ILAM preserves thousands of historical recordings and has become the greatest repository of African music in the world. Dust-To-Digital partner with ILAM to present Listen All Around: The Golden Age of Central and East African Music -- a compilation of newly-transferred and remastered recordings that Hugh Tracey made between 1950-1958. The recordings presented here were made in central and eastern Africa -- specifically, the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), Kenya, Tanganyika, and Zanzibar (now Tanzania).

>Mika Vainio
– Lydspor One & Two CD/LP (Moog Recordings Library)
Mika Vainio visited the Moog Sound-Lab in April 2015. He made one his last known solo studio recordings in the form of two vinyl-sized, side-long pieces entitled
Lydspor, Danish for "soundtrack". Mika worked almost exclusively with the lab's Moog Modular System 55. This UK sound-lab instrument is the sole prototype model (containing several golden filters) of Moog's sold-out reverse-engineered edition (only 55 units) recreating the 1970s classic. On completion of his sessions Mika announced: "I could work with this machine for the rest of my life... I would need nothing else." A second Moog session was planned but tragically Mika died in an accident in April 2017, shortly after he had approved the vinyl mastering.
>Various Artists
– Chébran- Volume 2: French Boogie CD/2xLP (Born Bad)
The French in the '80s were not faint-hearted: as some threw themselves heart and soul into music or business, others wouldn't mind going bottomless to get themselves noticed. While Bernard Tapie soon realized his own fortune was rather to be found in business, many music-loving dreamers already imagined themselves in the sun, in an enchanting world made of funky rhythms and synthesizers. Features Phil Barney, JM Black, Ettika, Sammy Massamba, Shams Dinn, Alfio Scandurra,Philippe Chany, Nordine Staiffi, Brigitte Et Michot, Alec Mansion, Marie Jose Fa, Hamidou, Ganawa, Creole Star, Manu, Ethnie, and Joel Ferrati.

>Various Artists
- Interferencias Vol. 2: Spanish Synth Wave 1980-1989 CD/2xLP (Munster)
In the early '80s, futuristic music existed that triumphantly anticipated another musical era for a number of groups that worked on alternative circuits in Spain. Tradition, trajectory and future: these three words sum up a movement that was castrated at birth and sought to bring plurality and nuance to a monolithic cultural scene that was too predictable, commercial and stale. The musical texture of synth pop, experimental electronic music, and the incipient primitivist industrial sound of groups like Esplendor Geométrico or Orfeón Gagarin came up against a lack of social participation that supports a popular and broad-based culture. Both volumes of Interferencias seek to do their bit in the odyssey to disseminate rarities from the Spanish musical heritage dating from the '80s, when the dictatorship was over.

>Various Artists
- King Size Dub Special: Dubmatix CD (Echo Beach)
Canada: this is where the genre's busiest, most talented and possibly cleverest producer hails from: Dubmatix. Not only a studio virtuoso, but also an incredibly profound artist and perfectionist whose sure-fire instinct for the ultimate groove productions defines the current state of the art in the genre. Heavy bass for heavy dancing. Features Tenor Fly, Linval Thompson, Tippa Irie, Cornell Campbell, U Roy, S'Kaya, Horace Andy, Ranking Joe, Mykal Rose, Kulcha Ites, Eek-A-Mouse, Earl 16, and Micah Shemiah.

>Various Artists
– Remembering Joseph Hill CD (VPAL)
Remembering Joseph Hill is a tribute album to the influential lead singer of Culture - 40 years after the group created a stir with the song “Two Sevens Clash”. Featured artists include Queen Ifrica, Buju Banton, Etana, Richie Spice, Marcia Griffiths, Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Duane Stephenson and more.
>Various Artists
– Tribute: Delmark’s 65th Anniversary CD (Delmark)
Delmark's current roster of artists pay tribute to founder Bob Koester and the blues artists that he recorded for the label in the 1960s & ‘70s. Jimmy Johnson & Dave Specter pay tribute to Magic Sam, Omar Coleman to Junior Wells, Lil' Ed to J. B. Hutto, Corey Dennison to Sleepy John Estes, Jimmy Burns to Big Joe Williams, and Ken Saydak to Roosevelt Sykes. Lurrie Bell & The Bell Dynasty pay tribute to their dad Carey Bell. Linsey Alexander & Billy Flynn pay tribute to Jimmy Dawkins.

>Leon Vynehall
– Nothing Is Still CD/LP+MP3 (Ninja Tune)
Leon Vynehall's debut sees him digging deeper into the family history that has always inspired his most iconic tracks, whilst returning to his own musical roots.
Nothing Still is defiantly atmospheric and textural and finds him harnessing his passion for early contemporary minimalist composers such as Gavin Bryars as well as records like Philip Glass' Koyaanisqatsi and Terry Riley's A Rainbow In Curved Air. [Deluxe vinyl edition includes a novella and poster.]
>Waak Waak Djungi
- Waak Waak Ga Min Min CD/LP (Efficient Space)
Little-heard recordings of three Yolngu songmen from Northeast Arnhem Land -- Bobby Bunnungurr, Jimmy Djamunba, and Peter Milaynga (d. 2007) -- working in collaboration with Victorian musician Peter Mumme.

>Tom Waits
– Bastards CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Tom Waits – Brawlers CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Tom Waits – Bawlers CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Previously released in 2006 as a triple-CD/seven-LP set entitled
Orphans: Bastards, Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, each volume of that collection has been remastered and is now available separately. Taken as a whole, the collection of 56 songs went far beyond a simple career retrospective. It dipped back as far as 1984 with the bulk of its songs hailing from the mid-nineties onward. Over 2/3 of the material had never been heard when originally released in 2006 and had 30 newly recorded songs.
>Buster Williams
– Audacity CD/2xLP (Smoke Sessions)
New album from intrepid bassist Buster Williams. Whether supplying eminently tasteful but strong-as-steel backing for singers like Nancy Wilson and Sarah Vaughan or venturing into uncharted new territory as a member of Herbie Hancock's groundbreaking Mwandishi band, Williams' playing has always evidenced that fearless willingness to leap without hesitation into the unknown. With his new recording, Audacity, Williams marks another chapter in that ongoing history.
Audacity finds Williams stepping into the studio as a leader for the first time since 2004's Griot Liberte, leading his long-running all-star quartet Something More with saxophonist Steve Wilson, pianist George Colligan and drummer Lenny White.
>Yuno
– Moodie CDEP/12”+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
Sub Pop found Yuno via Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces and Digable Planets fame, who’s on the A&R staff for the label. He stumbled upon Yuno on Soundcloud and kept a close eye on him. Similar to Butler, Yuno is encouraged by the genre-bending age of melody we’re living through, citing Lil Uzi Vert and Young Thug as sources of influence. The multiple flavors of sound also reflect the breadth of feeling that he’s chasing in the writing. “With such soothing reverb and balmy guitars, ‘Why For’—the first single from producer/songwriter Yuno’s debut EP,
Moodie—seems to flirt with chillwave. But unlike Small Black or Washed Out, Yuno’s honeyed delivery has a neurotic edge that is refreshingly unchill. ‘It’s been a year/I'm still stuck in this hole,’ he sings, his voice melting like surf wax in the sun. ‘It’s not your fault you found another home.’ With a backbone of pop-metal guitars and dream pop drums, Yuno’s wide and weird influences on “Why For” range from skate video soundtracks and Weezer's radio-friendly harmonies to left-field hip-hop like Digable Planets and Shabazz Palaces.” – Pitchfork
>Frank Zappa
– Live In Sweden 1967 CD (Keyhole)
Live at the Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden on September 30th, 1967. In the last week of September 1967, Frank Zappa and the Mothers played a week of shows in Europe. This remarkable performance, broadcast from the Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden on national FM radio, features favorites such as "It Can't Happen Here" from
Freak Out! (1966), "Big Leg Emma" (which had recently appeared as a 45 in Sweden), and an epic rendition of "King Kong" (in its first known live recording), as well as a couple of Elvis classics.

DVDs + Blu-ray:
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Grace Jones – Bloodlight & Bami DVD/Blu-ray (Umbrella Entertainment)
A journey through the performance, private and public worlds of a pop cultural icon. Larger than life, fierce and androgynous - Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we discover her as lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask. Australian/Region Free pressing.

>Norah Jones
– Live At Ronnie Scott’s DVD/Blu-ray (Eagle Vision)
Norah Jones plays an exclusive sold-out show at the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London accompanied on stage by drummer Brian Blade and bassist Chris Thomas to form a classic jazz trio.

>The Neal Morse Band
- The Similitude of a Dream Live In Tilburg 2017 2xDVD+2xCD/Blu-ray (Metal Blade)
The Neal Morse Band's triumphant double-album,
The Similitude of A Dream, is the most acclaimed release that Morse has helmed to date. The 2017 tour was their largest, and at the O13 in Tilburg, Holland, the stars aligned for the most commanding performance of the run, captured for live release.
>Sleaford Mods
- Bunch Of Kunst: A Film About Sleaford Mods by Christine Franz DVD+CD (F&F Production)
“Excellent documentary portrait of the band who are the voice of zero-hours Britain. We know about British bands making it big in their 20s – but what about in their 40s? Christine Franz’s excellent documentary about Sleaford Mods shows us three middle-aged men whose dedication, creativity, productivity and relative lack of success helped them keep it real until they blew up – as they say – in the last few years. Refreshingly, even gloriously, they’ve got the maturity and sense of humor to get a handle on it all.” – The Guardian


This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Joshua Abrams
– Excavations I LP (Feeding Tube)
“The Chicago-based string genius Joshua Abrams first talked to us about the idea of this album a while back. It took a couple of years to get together, but in a way, it's cool that it's being released in 2018 -- the 50th anniversary of the recording of the first free bass solo LP, Barre Phillips'
Journal Violone. Abrams' work here is about pushing against accepted precepts of melody and rhythm, freeing the bass from its accepted role, and allowing it to scream for real." -- Byron Coley
>Acid Mothers Temple & Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
- Hallelujah Mystic Garden Part One LP (Important)
Two long sides of blissed-out, super tight Acid Mothers Temple jams that somehow stretch into the future while staying strongly rooted in the group's celebrated psychedelic history.

>Bernard Allison
– Let It Go LP (Ruf)
Released in February on CD – now available on vinyl.
Let It Go was recorded at Bessie Blue Studio, Stantonville, Tennessee, with legendary music producer Jim Gaines. Recalls Bernard, "we made the decision to not flood the CD with keyboards or horns, to go back to the true basic rhythm section sound - and to show more mature songwriting."
>Oren Ambarchi/Kassel Jaeger/James Rushford
– Face Time LP (Black Truffle)
The second release from the trio of Oren Ambarchi, Kassel Jaeger, and James Rushford, following on from their 2016 debut
Pale Calling. Recorded at the GRM studios in Paris in June 2017, the record immediately returns to the idiosyncratic sound-world of the trio's first release, a simmering stew of electronic smears, pitched-down animal moans, and mysteriously emotive microtonal organ chords.
>Brendon Anderegg
– June LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
The music of Brendon Anderegg is a hall of mirrors, multilayered and self-obscuring. Largely filtered through Mountains, his pioneering electronic project with Koen Holtkamp, Anderegg emerged as a solo artist in the late ‘90s. He returns now with
June, a vinyl-exclusive release. The music on June is a complex network of layers, paradoxically a calm and soothing listen. Collapsing history into its own contemporary sonic movements, Andregg’s methodically created work falls in the lineage of electronic pioneers like Bernard Parmegiani, early ambient projects like Tangerine Dream, Popul Vuh, and Cluster, and puts his solo work in the realm of new age figures like Michael Stearns and JD Emmanuel.
>Aquabats
– The Fury Of The Aquabats [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Kings Road)
Limited red vinyl colored vinyl LP pressing, expanded with four additional tracks and an etching on the D-side. One-part punk, one-part ska, one-part Devo.

>Tim Armstrong
– A Poet’s Life LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
First-time vinyl edition. Tim Armstrong, guitarist and frontman of Rancid, took a different path on his 2007 solo debut,
A Poet’s Life. With able backing from L.A. reggae revivalists the Aggrolites, Armstrong crafted a grooving, fun-filled modern reggae album, influenced by ska, rock steady, roots reggae, and dancehall and filtered through a modern pop-punk attitude.
>At The Gates
– Slaughter Of The Soul [Reissue/1995] LP (Earache)
Originally issued in 1995, Swedish death metal dealers At The Gates'
Slaughter Of The Soul is universally regarded as one of the most important and influential metal albums of all time ranking aside landmark efforts by the likes of Metallica, Slayer and Iron Maiden. Limited red colored pressing.
>Daniel Avery
– Projector 12” (Phantasy/Mute)
Leaning further towards the rhythmic and propulsive intent behind his recent, marathon DJ sets, Avery’s new EP serves to delve further still into his unfolding, ever-deepening sound. Expanding on the delicate core ideas at the center of his creative ethos,
Projector invites listeners on a further excursion of transient, psychedelic bliss.
>Bad Religion
– No Substance [Reissue/1998] LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Remastered vinyl reissue. Seen as a return to form for the band after the transitional
The Gray Race, No Substance offers up tight and heady punk which touches on societal ills and world politics and still remains catchy as hell.
>BELP
– Hippopotamus LP (SVS)
Born in Munich, Sebastian Schnitzenbaumer, aka BELP, partially grew up on the Seychelles Islands off the coast of East Africa. Blending jazz, dub, and noise, an emphasis on darkness in his broken beat-oriented works evolved as a reaction to a rather hedonistic society preferring warm and uplifting sounds.

>Big Black
– Headache [Reissue/1987] 12”+MP3 (Touch & Go)
Originally released in 1987, this 4-song EP is the fourth Big Black vinyl title to be remastered by Steve Albini and Bob Weston. We liked to think we were ahead of our time," says Albini. "Now that time has caught up with us – well, this isn't such a swell place, and having gotten here first doesn't make it any nicer."

>Blue Heaven
– Volume One LP (No Sleep)
Limited edition colored vinyl pressing. Growing is a running theme for Blue Heaven. Not only is it the powerful first single from the debut LP
Volume One, it also represents a state of mind for the indie rock quartet hailing from Maryland. Volume One is a 12-track journey through frontman Levi Miller's mind as he deals with heartache, regret, and passion.
>Blue Öyster Cult
– Fire Of Unknown Origin [Reissue/1981] LP (Culture Factory)
Limited translucent blue vinyl LP pressing. The album, which included the Top 40 hit "Burnin' for You" represented a resurgence of the group's commercial standing after two albums with disappointing sales.

>Bolt Thrower
– Realm Of Chaos [Reissue/1989] LP+MP3 (Earache)
Originally released in 1989, Bolt Thrower's
Realm Of Chaos immediately took up residency as a death metal/grind masterpiece, mixing an incredibly heavy sound with war-based themes and imagery that the band still employ to this day. Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.
>Peter Brötzmann Octet
– Machine Gun [Reissue/1968] LP (Cien Fuegos)
Peter Brötzmann Octet – Machine Gun – Alternate Takes [Reissue/1968] LP (Cien Fuegos)
Vinyl reissue of of the most important albums of European free jazz along with a version of alternate takes.

>Donald Byrd
– Byrd In Hand [Reissue/1959] LP (Jeanne Dielman)
Recorded in 1959 at the legendary Van Gelder Studios in Hackensack, New Jersey,
Byrd In Hand is considered one of Donald Byrd's finest LPs. The then 27-year-old trumpeter had many LPs under his belt already, but this was his second on Blue Note, where he would stay for decades and release the best music of his career. Byrd had a fruitful run in the late '50s with the great baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams and here they are joined by long-time Thelonious Monk Quartet tenor-man Charlie Rouse, and a great rhythm section. After a rousing take on Sinatra's "Witchcraft" the record features three strong Byrd originals and two compositions from the group's pianist, Walter Davis, Jr. A hard bop classic from one of the strongest players of the era.
>Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
– Kings: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP (Milan)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. In recent years Cave and Ellis have become a force to be reckoned with in the world of soundtracks, thanks to their impressive work on films like
Hell Or High Water, Wind River, and the National Geographic series Mars. Cave and Ellis pull from their rich history in the music world to deliver an unexpected score that immediately transports the listener to the hot, angry streets of Los Angeles in the summer of 1992.
>Johnny Clarke
– Don’t Stay Out late [Reissue/1977] LP (Kingston Sounds)
Kingston Sounds present a reissue of Johnny Clarke's Don't Stay Out Late, originally released in 1977. Johnny Clarke stands tall as one of the great vocalists that ruled the Jamaican reggae scene from the mid- ‘70s to the early ‘80s dancehall period.

>Clem Beatz
– Wabi Sabi LP (Diggers Factory)
New album from the French beatmaker and musician. From the oriental exotic vibes of "Wabi Sabi" to the hazy and soulful Afro vibe of "Hymne", he shows there is plenty of variety in his sonic repertoire with the smooth R&B vibe of "Out Your Mind" featuring the spectacular rhyming of Mr J Medeiros. Evidence of his influential trip to Asia is evident on the ethereal and seductive closer "Arashiyama" featuring other worldly vocals, pan-pipes and evocative string arrangements over his incredibly crafted beats. Limited edition white colored vinyl pressing.

>The Ornette Coleman Quartet
– This Is Our Music [Reissue/1961] LP (Jeanne Dielman)
The fifth album from the brilliant free-jazz saxophonist, Ornette Coleman, was released in 1961, a mere three years after his first title as a leader. Coleman burst on the scene with his fiery playing and strong compositional statements.
This Is Our Music is a brilliant statement of purpose, a youthful declaration of power and innovation, and one of the cornerstones of early American free-jazz.
>Alice Cooper
– Trash [Reissue/1989] LP (Friday Music)
Limited 180gm red colored vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve. His first hit album in years,
Trash yielded the signature singles "Poison" and "Bed of Nails", and includes guest performances from Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Steve Lukather.
>Buck Curran
– Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas LP (ESP-Disk’)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Side A, all solo acoustic instrumentals, seems to have fallen out of a wormhole emanating from Takoma Records in the 1970s. There's some of that on Side B as well, but there are also vocals and other instruments, sometimes overdubbed, and the dedication of "Taurus" to Peter Green, guitarist extraordinaire of the original lineup of Fleetwood Mac (when they were a blues band), hinting at the breadth of Curran's influences.

>Karen Dalton
– The Karen Dalton Archives Box 3xLP+4xCD+DVD (Megaphone UK)
Includes for the first-time ever on vinyl: the 1962 double live album
Cotton Eyed Joe remastered (on two LPs) and the 1963 home recordings album Green Rocky Road, also remastered. The set includes three CDs of the same material along with a disc of unreleased home recordings, a 52-page book with scans of Karen Dalton Personal Archives (writings, photographs, memos) disclosed here for the first time, and a double-sided DVD (NTSC and PAL formats) of a film interview of Greenwich Village Folklore Center founder (1957-1973) Izzy Young.
>Def Leppard
- Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980-1995) [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (Mercury)
Vinyl reissue of Def Leppard’s first greatest hits album.

>Don Broco
– Technology LP (Sharptone)
Released in February on CD – now available on vinyl. The English band’s sophomore album filters their charismatic ‘80s pop-inflected rock seamlessly, almost restlessly, through metal, funk and electronics.

>Disciples
– Almighty Dub b/w Zion Rock Dub 10” (Mania Dub)
Produced in 1988 by The Disciples, “Almighty Dub” is one of the most distinctive instrumental dubs produced in that era. The Disciples were formed in 1986 by brothers Russ and Lol. They were given the name by Jah Shaka, after producing exclusively for him.

>Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
– Stranger Things 1 2xLP (Lakeshore)
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things 2 2xLP (Lakeshore)
Limited double interdimensional blue colored vinyl LP pressings.

>Driftmachine
– Shunter LP (Umor Rex)
The new album by the Berlin-based duo features their trademark kosmische and avant-garde sounds and presents a new journey into abstract and hallucinatory worlds. Filled with eerie textures, their electronic visions are darker and more vaporous than ever.

>Dusk
– Dusk LP (Don Giovanni)
New album from the Appleton, WI rock & roll ensemble, informed by soul music, country, jazz, and beyond.

>Eric’s Trip
– Forever Again [Reissue/1994] LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Eric’s Trip – Purple Blue [Reissue/1995] LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Hailing from Moncton, New Brunswick, indie rockers Eric's Trip formed in 1990 when musicians Rick White and Christopher Thompson of The Forest joined Julie Doiron and Ed Vaughan (who was later replaced by Mark Gaudet of Purple Knight). The first Canadian band signed to Sub Pop Records, White described their sound as "sappy melodic pop music on top of thick distortion." Their second and third albums are back in-print on vinyl.

>Serge Gainsbourg
‎– Théâtre Des Capucines 1963 [Reissue/2001] LP (Jeanne Dielman)
Vinyl reissue of one of the earliest live documents of the legendary French singer. Recorded in a brilliant small group setting, featuring only the instrumentation of the fantastic Hungarian guitarist Elek Bacsik and French journeyman bassist, Michel Gaudry, this is Gainsbourg at his cool and minimalist best.

>Garotas Suecas
- Futuro Do Pretérito LP (Vampisoul)
On their third album,
Futuro Do Pretérito, Garotas Suecas begin a new phase as a four-piece where the four musicians also share the lead vocals: Irina Bertolucci (vocals, keyboards), Tomaz Paoliello (vocals, guitar), Fernando Perdido (vocals, bass), and Nico Paoliello (vocals, drums). The album deals with a wide range of issues, from thorny political matters to sentimental troubles and even tropical fruits.
>Hawkwind
- Victim Of Sonic Attack! - London, December 30th,1972 2xLP (Cleopatra)
Double vinyl LP pressing in a gatefold jacket with full-color inner sleeves and a commemorative silkscreen 12"x12" flat (hand-numbered for authenticity) all housed in a special linen bag. A limited edition pressing of Hawkwind’s complete legendary 1972 London concert.

>Igorrr
– Savage Sinusoid LP (Metal Blade)
Electronic manipulations, accordion, saxophone, sitar, harpsichord, mandolin and strings sit comfortably alongside ruthless blastbeats, chunky riffs, death grunts and soaring operatic vocals. Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.

>Inchindown
– Inchindown LP (Blank Editions)
A powerfully mournful and beautifully stark work, the soundtrack to walking through a storm of ash only to realize that the city is on fire whilst viewing this incredible spectacle from afar.

>Mat Kearney
– Crazytalk LP (Tomorrow Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. On his fifth album,
Crazytalk, Mat Kearney mixes his most timeless songwriting to date with a wide, genre-bending set of interests. There are organic instruments, electronic samples, chill house grooves, tropical sounds, and collaborations with DJs like AFSHeeN, Filous, and RAC all glued together by an emphasis on ageless hooks and thought-provoking lyrics. The result is one of the most adventurous, nuanced albums of his acclaimed career, filled with EDM drops one minute and acoustic guitars the next. It's a sound that nods to Kearney's history as a melody-driven songwriter, even as it pushes him into new territory.
>The Killers
– Career Box 10xLP (Island)
Vegas rockers The Killers' nearly 15 year-long discography is celebrated in one place with this seven-volume, ten 180gm disc box set complete with a slip mat featuring the "K" from the band's logo and inspired by the vintage lights of the Las Vegas Strip. This career retrospective marks the first time that all seven of the band's albums have been collected in one complete box set including:
Hot Fuss (2004), Sam's Town (2006), Sawdust (2007), Day & Age (2008), Battle Born (2012) and Wonderful Wonderful (2017), plus Live From The Royal Albert Hall (2009) which makes its vinyl debut.
>King Coya
– Tierra De King Coya LP (ZZK)
“Gaby Kerpel has spent nearly two decades pushing traditional music forms from South American toward electronic music, recontextualizing styles like Colombian cumbia and Andean huayno with inventive club rhythms. It makes sense that the Argentine musician, who makes club work under the name King Coya, was embraced by the electro-cumbia adherents behind Buenos Aires’s ZZK label. Unlike many of his labelmates, Kerpel has steadfastly retained the sound of traditional music in his creations, making prominent use of sweet-toned native string instruments like the charango and ronroco as well as plaintive wooden flutes such as the tarka. At the same time, his deft production skills extend beyond the beats of South America to include heavy infusions of Jamaican dancehall and Angolan kuduro.” – The Chicago Reader

>King Diamond
– The Dark Sides [Reissue/1988] LP (Metal Blade)
King Diamond – Conspiracy [Reissue/1989] LP (Metal Blade)
King Diamond – The Eye [Reissue/1990] LP (Metal Blade)
Three picture disc vinyl reissues from the Danish heavy metal band’s back catalog.

>The Legendary Tigerman
– Misfit LP (Munster)
The Legendary Tigerman is all about roots, the essence of things, always keeping it real, gritty and true. From 2001 to 2006 he recorded three records that established him as one of Europe's best kept secrets, playing festivals from Japan to Brazil. Touring extensively across Europe, Brazil, Mexico, or China, The Legendary Tigerman took on the rock & roll ride full on, no more a one-man-band, now touring as an amazingly powerful trio with drums and baritone sax. The story of The Legendary Tigerman's awaited sixth album,
Misfit, starts with a road movie, How To Become Nothing, a three-head project by Paulo Furtado, Rita Lino, and Pedro Maia. In May 2016, the trio landed in LAX to film a psychedelic adventure in the form of a road movie between Los Angeles and Death Valley, about the philosophically disturbed journey of a man searching to become nothing.
>Nick Lowe
– Tokyo Bay/Crying Inside 2x7” (Yep Roc)
Nick Lowe is back and has re-discovered his rockin' side on his first new release in half a decade. Tokyo Bay/Crying Inside is a four song EP featuring two Nick originals, the ship-rockin' "Tokyo Bay" and introspective "Crying Inside", plus covers of the Bee Gees' "Heartbreaker" and Cliff Richard's "Travellin' Light". Nick's recent tour mates, Los Straitjackets, are his backing band on this record, contributing to the sounds of Nick rocking his hardest in decades.

>Thurston Moore
– MX Liberty b/w Panik 7”+MP3 (Blank Editions)
Limited edition 7” with A4 xerox insert and download code. Risograoph printed 170gsm card covers, 25mm MX Liberty pin badge.

>Muslimgauze
– Maroon [1995] LP (Staalplaat)
First-time vinyl pressing. Separated from both its reputation and its sleeve art, the music of Muslimgauze explores the relationship of visual sensations - space, color, depth, illusion - to the listening experience. The music on 1995’s
Maroon is dub-like inspired techno music, laidback with voices appearing randomly in the mix. The thick drums and rich found sounds that densely populate the soundscapes on Maroon give materiality to the warm presence of the synth washes.
>Nevermore
– Enemies Of Reality [Reissue/2003] LP+CD (Century Media)
Nevermore – The Godless Endeavor [Reissue/2005] 2xLP+CD (Century Media)
180gm vinyl reissues of the fifth and sixth studio albums by Seattle-based progressive metal band. Limited silver colored pressing of
The Godless Endeavor also available.
>Nilüfer Yanya
– Do You Like Pain? 12” (ATO)
Nilufer Yanya, London’s 22 year-old effortlessly smooth new soul star, releases a new EP
Do You Like Pain?. It features “Baby Luv” (number 18 in Pitchfork’s 100 Best Songs of 2017) – and its psychedelic remix by ALASKALASKA plus current jazz pop cut “Thanks 4 Nothing” and the Jazzi Bobbi Remix. “Thanks 4 Nothing” details the darker thoughts surrounding a break up, a poignant look at a crumbling relationship that can’t be fixed.
>Palberta
– Roach Goin’ Down LP (Wharf Cat)
Roach Goin’ Down’s twenty-two tracks combine Palberta’s signature frenetic instrumentation with a thoroughly developed pop sensibility that fans merely glimpsed on previous releases. A brilliantly constructed work of beauty and bile.
>Charlemagne Palestine
- Aa Sschmmettrroossppecctivve LP (audioMER.)
Composer, musician, visual artist, and performer, Charlemagne Palestine is a legendary figure in the New York underground scene. At the piano or on his electronic oscillators, this outsider of skillful music experiments with the principles of resonance and repetition in a quest for the "golden sound": the ultimate harmonic vibration. Published on the occasion of Charlemagne’s
Aa Sschmmettrroossppecctivve exhibition, audioMER. present historical piano recordings dating from circa 1974.
>Paul Panhuysen
– Long String Installations 3xLP (Edition Telemark)
After two LPs in 2014 and 2017, Edition Telemark now turns to the group of works that is probably the most well-known within the vast oeuvre of Dutch sound and visual artist Paul Panhuysen (1934-2015): his long string installations. Unlike other artists working with long strings around the same time, e.g. Ellen Fullman and Terry Fox, Panhuysen's strings were instruments or performative material only secondarily. Rather, his installations can be considered sculptural and sounding events in space, operating in between two lines of tradition, constructivism and situationism, that are evident also in many other parts of his oeuvre.

>Papa Lord God
– The Sheik Of Downfall Creek LP (Feeding Tube)
“Debut LP by Brisbane's brilliant Greg Hilleard, who we first heard when he was part of the incredible Lost Domain. The Sheik is a solo album that makes us think of a summit between the Gibson Bros and Parachute-era Eugene Chadbourne (or something equally far-fetched). Pretty amazing by any yardstick.” – Byron Coley

>Pennywise
– Never Gonna Die LP (Epitaph)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Never Gonna Die is the twelfth full-length effort from Pennywise and the legendary Southern California punk institution's first of new songs with singer Jim Lindberg, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, drummer Byron McMackin, and bassist Randy Bradbury in over a decade.
>The Rolling Stones
– Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016 20xLP+MP3 (UMe)
Limited individually numbered vinyl box set containing 15 albums across 20 vinyl LPs. Every album has been painstakingly remastered and cut at revelatory half-speed at Abbey Road Studios, from vinyl specific original tape transfers designed to get the very best possibly sound from the format. Includes the albums
Sticky Fingers (1971), Exile On Main Street (1972), It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (1974), Black And Blue (1976), Some Girls (1978), Emotional Rescue (1980), Tattoo You (1981), Undercover (1983), Dirty Work (1986), Steel Wheels (1989), Voodoo Lounge (1994), Bridges To Babylon (1997), A Bigger Bang (2005) and Blue & Lonesome (2016).
>Sir Rosevelt
– Sir Rosevelt LP+MP3 (Elektra)
Released last year on CD – now available on vinyl. Sir Rosevelt sees Zac Brown, Niko Moon and Ben Simonetti uniting to create a thoroughly original new sound marrying pop, dance, acoustic instrumentation, and a distinctive Southern sensibility.

>Slayer
– Repentless [Reissue/2015] 6x6.66” (Nuclear Blast)
Celebrate the International Day Of Slayer with this limited six-disc (each 6.66”) gold vinyl box set version of the legendary California thrash metal band’s 2015 album.

>Soundtrack
– Napoleon Dynamite [Reissue/2015] 2xLP (Lakeshore)
Laden with sound bites of inimitable movie dialogue and pieces of John Swihart's score, this album also offers the movie's smart choice of pop tunes.

>The Space Lady
– The Space Lady’s Greatest Hits LP (Mississippi)
The Space Lady began her odyssey on the streets of San Francisco in the late ‘70s, playing versions of contemporary pop music an accordion and dressed flamboyantly, transmitting messages of peace and harmony. Following the theft of her accordion, The Space Lady invested in a then-new Casio keyboard, birthing an otherworldly new dimension to popular song that has captured the imaginations of the underground and its lead exponents ever since, with the likes of John Maus, Erol Alkan and Kutmah being devotees.

>Spacemen 3
– For All The F**ked-Up Children Of The World We Give You The Spacemen 3 [Reissue/1995] LP (Superior Viaduct)
In 1984, Spacemen 3 made their first-ever recording session and sold a few cassettes at now-legendary, incendiary gigs. Growing out of the dual guitar attack of Jason Pierce and Pete Kember, the band’s three-piece line up with Natty Brooker on drums offered a liturgical take on ’60s psychedelia, bare-knuckle blues and stunning feedback.
For All The F**ked-Up Children remains the perfect introduction to Spacemen 3. Not only do these demos reveal the auspicious beginnings of two teenagers born on the same day in Rugby, England, but also compelling clues that point toward the exploration and eventual refining of their signature sound.
>Spotlights
– Hanging By Faith 12” (Ipecac)
The Brooklyn-based trio who released their Ipecac debut,
Seismic, late last year, return with a five-song EP featuring remixes from Void Manes and ISIS/Palms’ Aaron Harris.
>¡Súbelo Cuba!
- Havana Cultura: ¡Súbelo, Cuba! LP (Brownswood)
This new project, led by Gilles Peterson and rum maker Havana Club, shines a light on Cuba's fast-mutating, rhythmically-adventurous underground. It's a scene where old ideas are transplanted into new contexts, and like-minded scenes are brought together in new dialogues.
Havana Cultura: ¡Súbelo, Cuba! Showcases an extended network of like-minded, forward-thinking musicians driving Cuba's music forward. Following repeated trips to connect with venues, collectives and DJs, Peterson and Will LV - one half of LV, who've released on Hyperdub and Keysound amongst others - linked up with DJ Jigüe, a much-respected producer and DJ, whose Guampara label has charted new directions for Cuban music. It was recorded across two weeks in Havana in early 2018. It features leading musicians on the scene: Yissy García, Yasek Manzano, Negro WadPro, Kamerum, and Sigrid. The album speaks to the unique circumstances shaping music-making in Cuba, combining traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms with influences ranging from hip-hop, to kuduro, UK funky and the Caribbean's ubiquitous dembow beat.
>Matthew Sweet
– Tomorrow’s Daughter LP (MRI)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Seasoned singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Matthew Sweet is currently in the midst of a personal musical renaissance that's seen him produce some of the most compelling and ambitious music of his three-decade career. That certainly applies to
Tomorrow's Daughter, on which such instantly memorable new tunes as “Belong,” “Run Away,” “Lady Frankenstein” and "Out of My Misery" demonstrate his uncanny ability to tap into a bottomless well of pop history to craft music that's effortlessly catchy yet deeply personal. The follow-up to the artist's acclaimed 2017 set Tomorrow Forever is a persuasive testament to the enduring qualities of Sweet's adventurous, emotion-charged songcraft. The 12 new songs abound with the punchy melodic sensibility, playful sonic experimentalism and introspective lyrical insight that have been constants in his expansive catalog.
>Thee Hypnotics
– Righteously Recharged 4xLP (Beggars Arkive)
Four LPs including the debut album
Come Down Heavy (1990, on violet colored vinyl), follow-up Soul, Glitter & Sin (1991, on red colored vinyl) and the Chris Robinson, Black Crowes-produced third album The Very Special Speed Machine which was never released in the UK (1994, on clear vinyl). A fourth disc, In A Trance (on white vinyl), features their very first single “Love In A Different Vein” plus early demos and Peel Sessions.
>Tiamat
– A Deeper Kind Of Slumber [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Century Media)
Swedish experimentalists Tiamat's
A Deeper Kind Of Slumber is back in-print on vinyl after nearly a decade. It found band mastermind Johan Edlund largely working solo and moving further away from traditional heavy metal with synthesizer-based arrangements and crooning vocals. Limited edition gold colored vinyl pressing also available. Both pressings are 180gm and feature an etching on Side-D.
>Trentemøller
– The Last Resort: The Complete Album 3xLP (Poker Flat)
Special vinyl reissue of Trentemøller's groundbreaking debut album. Includes all of the 13 songs on vinyl for the first time.
The Last Resort remains one of the few genre-defining and groundbreaking albums in many regards. It's still being praised for its composition and sound design alike and sounds as fresh and breathtaking today as it did when it was originally released in 2006. The album’s 13 instrumental tracks form a wordless musical story, almost like the soundtrack of a movie. It manages to capture a whole range of emotions in subtle melodic miniatures, dreamy ambiences, dusty beats, deep dub-tracks, and driving groove-excursions.
>Frank Turner
– Love Ire & Song: Tenth Anniversary Edition 2xLP (Xtra Mile)
First-time vinyl LP pressing of the second solo album by British singer-songwriter Frank Turner, originally released in 2008.

>Various Artists [Michael Cooper]
– Balance 030 2xLP+MP3 (Balance)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Max Cooper’s blend of the artistic and scientific schools of thought have steadily built him up to become one of the standout electronic musicians of his generation. His left-of-center approach makes for a truly timeless mix for the 30th edition of the
Balance series.
>Various Artists [James Zabiela]
– Balance 029 2xLP +MP3 (Balance)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. This abridged vinyl edition features a handpicked selection of Zabiela's favorite tracks from the CD version. Includes his own acid-charged "X-Ray", alongside a re-work of "Vines", his other original track from the mix, as well as tracks from Earlham Mystics, Pye Corner Audio, Lanark Artefax, James Zabiela, HOLOVR, Eco Foul, John Beltran, Davis, Grandbrothers, and Sine Sleeper. Includes a download of the full-CD edition.

>Various Artists
– The Best Place To Go! Go! Go! Vol. 2 2xLP (Sonic Rendezvous)
An outstanding, two record-set presenting the very best bands and artists that performed at Amsterdam BeatClub from 2003-2018. You'll find the best in garage, rock ‘n’ roll, surf, beat, etc. ever to be combined on one record.

>Various Artists
- The Emotional, Cosmic & Occult World Of Joe Meek LP (Mississippi)
A trip through the productions of pioneering genius Joe Meek. Here we have a mix of hits that have appeared on comps before and real out-there obscurities. Never a dull moment amongst these songs that cover subjects close to Joes' heart such as Vampires, Love (and the lack of it), Death, Outer space, the Human soul, Buddy Holly, and more.

>Various Artists
- The Graveyard Tramps Eat The Forbidden City Dog Food 2x10” (Stag-O-Lee)
In the late '80s, a now legendary LP by the name of
Forbidden City Dogfood was unleashed on an unsuspecting public. What few folks knew was that Forbidden City Dogfood was actually less than half of the compilation made by Cramps frontman Lux Interior. Here, for the very first time, the entire recording is now available. Features J Buck & The Blazers, The Kingpins, Florence Pepper, Jack Costanzo, Rick McGuire, Homer Denison Jr., Rod McKuen,The Dynamos, The Phantoms, The Sliders, Wes Dakus & The Rebels, The Rivingtons, The Sparkles, The Merced Blue Notes, Grady O'Neal, Andre Williams, The Crystals, Kenny Henkle's Friends, The Invictas, Buddy Miller, and J.J. Jackson.
>Various Artists
– Looking Back LP (Cairo/Mississippi)
Compilation of Sam Cooke’s great production work for his independent SAR label. This compilation features Gospel side by side with soul and R&B songs. Classics by RH Harris, The Simms Twins, The Womack Brothers, The Valentinos, The Soul Stirrers, and more.

>Various Artists
– Prince In Jazz: A Jazz Tribute To Prince LP (Wagram)
A collection of some of jazz music's most beloved luminaries at their purplest, covering some of Prince's most iconic songs. Includes Nina Simone, Bob Belden Project, Clotilde Rullaud, Angela Galuppo, Ray Lema & Laurent de Wilde, Herbie Hancock, Bob Belden Project featuring Cassandra Wilson & Dianne Reeves, Heath Brandon, Viktoria Tolstoy featuring Lars Danielsson & Jacob Karlzon, and Osunlade.

>Various Artists
– S&S Presents: Dreams 2xLP+MP3 (Cascine)
Featuring an array of important contemporary artists like Bing & Ruth, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Julie Byrne, Yumi Zouma, Mutual Benefit and more, this new compilation assembled by Stadiums & Shrines collects 18 original ambient, experimental and electronic tracks across a beautiful double LP. The vinyl is packaged in a premium gatefold jacket, with a 20-page booklet of original collage (by visual artist Nathaniel Whitcomb) and prose (by writers Dave Sutton and Matthew Sage) stitched to the interior.

>VNV Nation
– Empires [1999] LP (Metropolis)
First-time vinyl pressing of the third studio album by the alternative electronic band. Aggressive and driving with an absolutely huge electronic sound,
Empires combines trance, dark wave, synthpop and EBM. [Limited edition clear vinyl pressing also available.]
>Wintersleep
– Wintersleep [Reissue/2003] LP+7” (Dine Alone)
Wintersleep – Untitled [Reissue/2005] LP+7” (Dine Alone)
Wintersleep – Welcome To The Night Sky [Reissue/2008] LP+7” (Dine Alone)
180gm vinyl reissues of Halifax-raised, Montreal-based modern rock band Wintersleep's highly sought after and critically-acclaimed first three albums. These new reissues have updated and expanded artwork include a bonus 7" featuring previously unreleased demos, B-sides or bonus tracks from the album's recording sessions.

>Dustin Wong + Takako Minekawa + Good Willsmith
– Exit Future Heart LP (Umor Rex)
Recorded live at home in Chicago over the course of one night when Wong and Minekawa passed through on tour,
Exit Future Heart showcases a program of spontaneous compositions that flow through mutated tropes of rock music, focused ambient/kosmische synthesis, and expanses of raw textural sculpting. The singular performance styles and improvisatory gestures of each member of the quintet fuse into a delicate interplay charged more by open spaces and deep listening than by overload or abandon.
>X-Altera
– X-Altera LP+MP3 (Ghostly International)
Across two decades, Tadd Mullinix has amassed himself a veritable arsenal of aliases, exploring nearly as many styles and sounds from the willfully weird EBM he makes as Charles Manier, to the acid-inclined house and techno of JTC, or the freeform electronics released under his given name, Mullinix carves a distinctive niche with his music. But inspiration comes in waves, and the creative surge resurrected Mullinix's acclaimed hip-hop project, Dabrye, and, as might be expected from such a multifaceted producer, it also gave life to the latest alias in his arsenal: X-Altera. Detroit meets London, deep techno meets drum & bass, old meets new.
New Releases for June 1, 2018
>CDs + Vinyl:
>Shantel Acda & Bill Frisell - Live At Jazz Middelheim CD (Glitterhouse)
Dutch/Belgian chanteuse Chantal Acda in a duo-setting with Grammy award winning guitarist extraordinaire Bill Frisell.

>Alien Weaponry
– Tū CD/LP+7” (Napalm)
This trio of teenagers from a tiny town in New Zealand serve a unique blend of thrash metal in their native language of Te Reo Māori.

>Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore
- Downey To Lubbock CD/LP+MP3 (Yep Roc)
A collection that takes on a diverse range of American music spanning nearly one hundred years. Along with ten covers, Alvin wrote two originals for the record: the autobiographical title cut and the fantastical "Billy The Kid and Geronimo." The latter sees the duo trade verses as their folk heroes have a prescient bar room debate on morality, oppression and injustice. Elsewhere, they explore the musical pipeline between their home states, taking on the work of Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie McGhee and Johnny "Guitar" Watson.

>Âme
– Dream House CD/2xLP (Innervisions)
In the world of electronic dance music, Âme stand apart. Since 2003, the duo of Frank Wiedemann and Kristian Beyer have cut a singular path through techno, house, minimal, ambient, and more with their anthemic singles and mixes. Features Matthew Herbert, Gudrun Gut, Planningtorock, Jens Kuross (ex-drummer for RyX), and Roedelius.

>American Aquarium
– Things Change CD/LP (New West)
In the lush tobacco fields of North Carolina where BJ Barham was raised, people work hard. Families stay nearby, toiling and growing together. BJ loves those farms and his tiny Reidsville hometown, but he had to spread his wings. He couldn't stay, but he couldn't really leave, either: he's still singing about the lessons, stories, and lives that define rural America. Recorded at 3CG Records in Tulsa, OK, American Aquarium's seventh album,
Things Change was produced by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John Fullbright and features cameos from John Moreland and Jamie Lin Wilson. Stacked with BJ's signature storytelling – always deeply personal but also instantly relatable, it questions and curses current events, shares one man's intimate evolution, and leaves listeners with a priceless gift: hope.
>Stef Animal
– Top Gear CD (Occultation)
Even if you didn't grow up with Atari video games and have no idea either what Acorn and Commodore computers are or what acronyms like PCM and MIDI stand for, you'll still appreciate
Top Gear's intricate universe of sound, full of adventure, wonder, human emotion, and melancholic heft. Yet there's a playfulness here too, and not just in the title. An electronic duck caller is hacked to produce one track and elsewhere children's Casio keyboards and entry-level MIDI synth modules deliver darkly sophisticated, progressively experimental dream-pop mini-symphonies.
>Areski
– Un Beau Matin [Reissue/1970] CD/LP (Souffle Continu)
Only those who read all the credits on record liner notes will know the full details: Areski is of course Brigitte Fontaine's partner in life, but also her creative alter ego, and the composer of the music of most of her songs. Even though it was his wife Brigitte and not him who wrote the lyrics, Areski is a poet in his own right. Furthermore, he is polyvalent: composing, arranging, singing, improvising, playing every possible instrument, and even acting. Areski, to sum up, is the perfect mix of the tradition of Munir Bashir with the European "sophistication" of someone like Jean-Claude Vannier, one foot permanently in Versailles (where he was born) and the maghreb. Areski, is left bank French songs without the stylistic effects, revised and updated through contact with Arab-Andalusian music. He is a Living Theatre style happening with a dose of cosmic free jazz; surrealist poetry viewed through the prism of Kabyle culture.

>The Beginning Of The End
– Funky Nassau: The Complete Recordings CD (Strut)
T
he Beginning Of The End – Funky Nassau [Reissue/1971] LP (Strut)
T
he Beginning Of The End – Beginning Of The End [Reissue/1976] LP (Strut)
Definitive reissues of two all-time classic Caribbean soul and funk albums:
Funky Nassau (1971) and Beginning Of The End (1976).
>The Black Dog
– Post-Truth CD/LP (Dust Science)
The Black Dog – Black Daisy Wheel CD/LP (Dust Science)
The Black Dog's two new albums translate their growing horror into some of their most accessible and impactful music, translating our manufactured reality into high-energy dancefloor constructions on
Post-Truth, and reflective ambient excursions on Black Daisy Wheel.
>Nicki Bluhm
– To Rise You Gotta Fall CD/LP (Compass)
After nearly a decade spent with the Gramblers, recent high-profile collaborations (Phil Lesh, Infamous StringDusters, Ryan Adams), and a split from her husband and musical mentor, vocalist and songwriter Nicki Bluhm is stepping out on her own with her new album. Recorded in Memphis, TN at legendary Sam Phillips Recording, Bluhm brought in producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell), for these live band, analog sessions.

>Blutengel
- Live Im Wasserschloss Klaffenbach 2xCD (Out Of Line)
The German goth-pop band performs a 2-hour-plus set comprised of hits and fan-favorites. [Stand-alone Blu-ray edition also available.]

>The Brian Jonestown Massacre
– Something Else CD/LP (A. Recordings)
Something Else is the first full-length offering from The Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2018. A self-titled full-length album is to follow in the fall of 2018. The style is less experimental and returns to a more traditional sound of the band. [White colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>James Brown
- You've Got The Power: Federal & King Hits 1956-1962 3xCD/LP (New Continent)
Early singles - both A & B sides - James Brown made for the Federal and King labels between 1956 and 1962.

>Neko Case
– Hell-On CD/2xLP (ANTI-)
An indelible collection of colorful, enigmatic storytelling that features some of her most daring, through-composed arrangements to date,
Hell-On is rife with withering self-critique, muted reflection, anthemic affirmation and the beloved singer/songwriter's unique poetic sensibility. Neko enlisted Bjorn Yttling of (Peter Bjorn & John) to co-produce six tracks with her in Stockholm, Sweden where she mixed the twelve-track album with Lasse Mårtén. Hell-On features performances by Beth Ditto, Mark Lanegan, k.d. Lang, AC Newman, Eric Bachmann, Kelly Hogan, Doug Gillard, Laura Veirs, Joey Burns and many more. “Neko Case’s eighth solo album is her most conceptually diverse... The Lynchian atmospherics are at an all-time high, as is her creative ambition. Following a tragic house fire and some deeply disturbing personal legal dramas, Case’s first self-produced album is one of her finest.” – The Line Of Best Fit
>Cheap Trick
- Cheap Trick: The Epic Archive Vol. 2 1980-1983 CD (Real Gone Music)
16 more lost tracks from Rockford, Illinois’ finest.

>Luke Combs
– This One’s For You Too CD (Sony)
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.

>Phil Cook
– People Are My Drug CD (Southland Sounds)
Transforming pain and injustice into love and compassion is a rendering that has been universal to poets and prophets for centuries. In present times, choosing to amplify community and positivity through art can seem like a radical act. With the arrival of
People Are My Drug, Phil Cook is taking the spark from lights left on by musical heroes and offering a torch for listeners as they navigate their own dark corners. [Vinyl edition due June 22.]
>Cowboy
– Boyer & Talton [Reissue/1974] CD (Real Gone Music)
Cowboy – Cowboy [Reissue/1977] CD (Real Gone Music)
Cowboy was a country/southern rock band from Jacksonville, Florida who released four albums through legendary Capricorn Records label in 1970s. They are probably best remembered from the song “Please Be With Me” which Eric Clapton covered in his 461 Ocean Boulevard album. With the recent passing of producer Johnny Sandlin and the even more recent passing of Scott Boyer himself, now is a good time to circle back to the last two Cowboy records.

>Cuasares
– Afro-Progresivo [Reissue/1973] CD/LP+MP3 (Pharaway Sounds)
A wild, esoteric mix of psychedelic funk, Afro-Latin grooves, jazz, and Italian/French-styled library sounds courtesy of Cuasares, an enigmatic studio project created by pianist/arranger/visionary Waldo Belloso. Acid fuzz guitar, cosmic synth splashes, distorted organ, flute, vibraphone, and trippy studio effects.

>Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar
- Ragas Abhogi & Vardhani CD/2xLP (Ideologic Organ)
Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar - Ragas Yaman CD/2xLP (Ideologic Organ)
"Around ten years ago, deep into a cozy and hazy night following a concert with my sound brothers Daniel O'Sullivan and Kristoffer Rygg in London (as Æthenor), they graciously introduced me to a recording of rudra veena (a kind of noble deeper bass relative to the sitar, in a way) as performed by dhrupad master Zia Mohiuddin Dagar. Dhrupad, for those who do not know, is a branch of Hindustani classical music said to 'show the raga in its clearest and purest form.' It's pacing concentrates heavily on the slow, contemplative alap section and works with specific microtonal gestures and deep characteristics of resonance…” – Stephen O’Malley

>Roger Daltrey
– As Long As I Have You CD (Republic)
New release from the legendary front man of The Who -- Roger Daltrey’s first solo album since 1992.
As Long As I Have You features new tracks and covers of songs originally by Steve Stills, Parliament, Nick Cave, Stevie Wonder and Dusty Springfield. Additionally, Pete Townshend makes a cameo on guitar.
>Eddie Daniels
– Heart Of Brazil CD (Resonance)
Clarinet icon Eddie Daniels pays tribute to the world-renowned Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist, Egberto Gismonti.
Heart Of Brazil features Daniels with the top-shelf trio of pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Kevin Axt and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli, plus the Grammy Award-winning Harlem Quartet. Includes new arrangements by Ted Nash, Kuno Schmidt and Josh Nelson.
>David Davis & The Warrior River Boys
- Didn't He Ramble: Songs Of Charlie Poole CD (Rounder)
There is a rich and varied Charlie Poole legacy, and David Davis and the Warrior River Boys are taking that legacy another step further.
Didn't He Ramble is eagerly anticipated in traditional bluegrass circles, but also more widely among fans of folk and acoustic music.
>Death And The Maiden
– Wisteria CD/LP (Occulation)
Dunedin trio Death And The Maiden return with a second album of hypnotic post-punk dream-pop.

>Def Leppard
– CD Collection Volume One 7xCD/8xLP+7” (Caroline)
This initial volume of the band's complete recorded output comes features Def Leppard's first four studio albums along with some choice bonus live and studio material. [The vinyl box set
includes a replica 7” of the The Def Leppard E.P.]
>Detroit Swindle
– High Life CD/2xLP (Heist Recordings)
This Amsterdam duo’s sound merges references from multiple decades into one smooth aesthetic -- quickly rose to popularity for its careful blend of soul and rhythm, taking cues from their passion for obscure records, with influences ranging from house and funk to Afrobeat and soul.

>DJ Sprinkles & Hardrock Striker
– Skylax House Explosion 2xCD (Skylax)
New mix from DJ Sprinkles and Hardrock Striker – a 28-track double-CD comprised of productions released on Skylax Records and its associated sub-labels, which Hardrock Striker founded in 2004. Artists such as Lady Blacktronika, Octo Octa and Chez Damier feature alongside a suite of soon-to-be-released productions curated by DJ Sprinkles and Hardrock Striker under the alias S.H.E., a reference to Sprinkles's K-S.H.E. alias.

>Richard Edwards
– Verdugo CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
Richard Edwards felt almost human when he returned to Los Angeles to record songs for what became
Verdugo. It's the follow-up to the Indiana singer's 2017 album Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset, a beautiful, personal release that was deeply unpleasant to make. Not only was he afflicted at the time by an intestinal ailment that often left him unable to stand, let alone sing, his marriage fell apart midway through making the album. If Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset ended up being a record about letting go, Verdugo is the album where Edwards pulls himself up. Also, it showcases his new way of singing: Edwards’ chronic pain meant finding a vocal approach that didn't make him feel sick. His new style deepens the air of melancholy on the atmospheric “Strange,” takes on a wistful cast on “Beekeeper” over subtle drums and distinctive guitar and is lifted aloft on a soaring blend of guitars, drums and backing vocals on “Minefield.” “They kind of disappear in this weird sky sonically now, because of this range,” he says. “They don't feel rooted anymore, they fly all over, and that falsetto – if you're looking at it as a picture, it goes higher up in the room than it used to.”
>Sam Evian
– You, Forever CD/LP+MP3 (Saddle Creek)
You, Forever is the second studio album from Sam Evian, the project of New York-based musician, songwriter, and producer Sam Owens. Fueled by a desire to escape from the glow of screens and to embrace a sense of limitation, Owens developed a new set of instrumental songs written and recorded on a four-track cassette recorder in his parents' house in North Carolina. Inspired by these limiting techniques, Owens borrowed an eight-track reel-to-reel tape recorder from a friend, rented a house in Upstate New York, and took his band there to record the new album in July of 2017. That sensibility is both practice and theory on You, Forever. Dreamy album opener “IDGAF” provides suitable exposition with its notion of embracing one's passions and pursuing one's goals no matter the impositions in their path. “Health Machine” is a crunchy, slow-burning but deliberate stomper glowing with warm electric guitar noodling, saxophone wailing, and Owens’ reverb-laden lyrics that he says detail an abstract version of how he relates to his own physical form. The song was the last recorded in the summer session, with Owens playing acoustic guitar through a heavily distorted microphone.
>Father John Misty
– God’s Favorite Customer CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Written largely in New York between the summer of 2016 and winter of 2017, Josh Tillman's fourth Father John Misty LP,
God's Favorite Customer reflects on the experience of being caught between the vertigo of heartbreak and the manic throes of freedom. The album reveals a bittersweetness and directness in Tillman's songwriting, without sacrificing any of his wit or taste for the absurd. From “Mr. Tillman,” where he trains his lens on his own misadventure, to the cavernous pain of estrangement in “Please Don't Die,” Tillman plays with perspective throughout to alternatingly hilarious and devastating effect. “We're Only People (And There's Not Much Anyone Can Do About That)” is a meditation on our inner lives and the limitations we experience in our attempts to give and receive love. It stands in solidarity with the title track, which examines the ironic relationship between forgiveness and sin. Together, these are songs that demand to know either real love or what comes after, and as the album progresses, that entreaty leads to discovering the latter’s true stakes.
>Faze Action
- Under the Influence Volume Six: A Collection of Rare Soul and Disco CD/2xLP (Z Records)
Robin and Simon Lee, aka Faze Action, were championing disco and all its Afro off-shoots back in the mid- '90s when it certainly wasn't the latest trend to do so.

>Marcus Fischer & Simon Scott
– Shape Of Memory CD (12k)
Shape Memory is the first full-length recording made through a collaboration between 12k label mates and friends Marcus Fischer and Simon Scott. In the fall of 2017, on a free day between US tour dates for Slowdive (for which Simon is the drummer), the pair managed to conceptualize and record an album at S1/Synth Library in Portland, OR. Shape Memory unfolds as a 36-minute piece (divided into three movements) rich in texture and deep connections. Fans of both artists' solo works will recognize shadows of their unique aesthetics, but the beauty lies in the new direction they chose to take it together.
>The Flaming Lips
– Greatest Hits 1 3xCD (WB)
This is the first time The Lips have presented singles from
Transmissions From The Satellite Heart (1993), Clouds Taste Metallic (1995), The Soft Bulletin (1999), Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002), At War With The Mystics (2006), Embryonic (2009) and their current album Oczy Mlody (2017). [Single-disc vinyl edition is comprised of eleven tracks. The triple-CD version significantly expands the concept of their "hits" and gathers some of their best-loved album tracks from the aforementioned albums plus deep cuts from their WBR album debut, Hit To Death In The Future Head (1992), along with music from, Zaireeka (1997), The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends (2012) and The Terror (2013). Also includes a generous hatful of international single B-sides, studio outtakes and several previously unreleased tracks.]
>Ryo Fukui
– Scenery [Reissue/1976] CD (We Release Jazz)
Ryo Fukui – Mellow Dream [Reissue/1977] CD (We Release Jazz)
Unquestionably one of the most important Japanese jazz albums ever recorded, Scenery reveals Ryo Fukui as a miraculously brilliant self-taught pianist fusing modal, bop, and cool jazz influences for a very personal, dexterous, and game-changing take on classic standards made famous by Bing Crosby and John Coltrane among others. As its title suggests, 1977 follow-up
Mellow Dream ventures into slightly mellower, more soulful, and sometimes more contemplative territories.
>Gatherers
– We Are Alive Beyond Repair CD (Equal Vision)
Gatherers' third studio album is a bleak, brutal, nihilistic record that's shrouded in despair and anguish. "We wanted this album to be as ugly and as horribly truthful as possible," explains vocalist Rich Weinberger. "It has this very human but flawed connotation to it. It's very pessimistic. I was reading a lot of Sylvia Plath at the time we were writing this record and I just like that the fabric of our existence is very meek and it's dull and, no matter what, nothing will ever get better. That was the angle I wanted to explore with this record. It's the idea of just being completely unfulfilled, that no matter how much time we put into this band it'll never be self-fulfilling."

>Ghost
– Prequelle CD/LP/LP+7” (Loma Vista/Concord)
Grammy Award-winning rock band Ghost unleash their highly anticipated fourth sacred psalm,
Prequelle. Previous efforts have dealt with broad themes like impending doom (Opus Eponymous, 2010), the antichrist and the Inquisition (Infesstimum, 2013), humanism and avarice (Meliora, 2015), Prequelle delves into the plague, the apocalypse, and dark ages. It’s a snapshot of the world in which we currently live, brought to life through an emotive, enlightening, and riveting body of songs. In an interesting twist in the Ghost saga, Cardinal Copia takes over vocal duties here, introduced by the epic lead single “Rats.” [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe includes lenticular cover and two bonus tracks. Limited clear vinyl pressing with a bonus 7” featuring covers of the Pet Shop Boys’ “It’s A Sin” and Leonard Cohen’s “Avalanche” also available.]
>Golden Dawn Orchestra
– Children Of The Sun CD/LP+MP3 (Nine Mile)
"Ever wish Sun Ra, Sergio Mendes, Os Mutantes, Sly Stone, Sweden’s GOAT, and Up With People were all in a band together? Texas collective Golden Dawn Arkestra fill that niche pretty well." – Brooklyn Vegan

>Goodnight Moonshine
– I’m The Only One Will Tell You, You’re Bad CD/LP (Keep The Spark)
On Goodnight Moonshine's
I'm The Only One Who Will Tell You, You're Bad, the duo delivers a funny, smart, explicit, raw, honest, mature, witty collection of folk-pop songs that reflect the messiness of 'partnership' (in its many forms), parenthood and growing up, while evoking the emotionally resonant aesthetic of Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin.
>Grateful Dead
- Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 2: April Fools' '88 [Reissue/2011] 3xCD (Real Gone Music)
Recorded live at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ March 31
st and April 1st, 1988. Originally released in 2011 as part of Grateful Dead’s Road Trips four-volume series (which 17 live archival releases total). Unlike Dick's Picks, which mostly featured complete or near-complete single concerts, Road Trips was billed as a series in which two-CD releases would each survey tours or periods in the band's performing career that had not been previously well-represented in archival releases.
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Gruesome – Twisted Prayers CD/LP (Relapse)
Less than four short years into their career, death metal defenders of the old Gruesome (featuring current and former members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation) return with their second full-length sermon,
Twisted Prayers - eight songs and 40+ minutes of unholy hymns with lurid melodies and vulgar atmospheres. The album follows Death’s paradigm shift during the Spiritual Healing era, incorporating more cerebral, melodic instrumentation with elements of thrash and thought-provoking, socially conscious lyrics. The band once again teamed up with the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Atheist, Massacre) for Twisted Prayers’ blasphemous cover art, in addition to legendary Death guitarist James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Testament) for a pair of special guest guitar solos.
>David Hillyard and The Rocksteady 7
– The Giver CD/LP (ORG Music)
Based out of New York but relying on a global cast of musicians, David has been directing The Rocksteady 7’s mix of Jamaican roots music with American jazz, soul, and R&B since 1997. [Limited edition white colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Ben Howard
– Noonday Dreams CD (Republic)
New album from British singer-songwriter. Thus far in his career, Howard has earned an Ivor Novello Award nomination, the UK's most prestigious songwriting accolade, in addition to two Brit Awards in 2012 for British Breakthrough and British Solo Male Artist.

>Jethro Tull
– 50 For 50 3xCD (Rhino/Parlophone)
Jethro Tull – 50th Anniversary Collection CD (Rhino/Parlophone)
50 For 50 is a triple-CD career-spanning set that features 50 songs - chosen by Ian Anderson - from all 21 of the band's studio albums. 50th Anniversary Collection is a pared-down, 21-track single-disc version that gathers key tracks from all 21 albums. [Vinyl edition of 50th Anniversary Collection due August 31.]
>Karen Jonas
– Butter CD/LP (Yellow Brick)
As rich as its name suggests, Butter mixes the textured twang of Karen Jonas's folk and country roots with the diverse influences of ragtime, blues, jazz and barroom soul.

>JPattersson
– Folks & Fanfare CD/LP (Acker)
It's been around three years since JPattersson opened up a whole new horizon of formerly unheard possibilities between the worlds of dub and techno with
PROGaDUB (2015). A lot has been happening ever since, and that's very noticeable on his second album, Folks & Fanfare. It still has all the signature elements of JPattersson: There's his dreamy, virtuous trumpet play and his witty vocals, there's his dubby delays and heavyweight beats which often line up in a downbeat rhythm.
>Kataklysm
– Meditations CD+DVD/LP/Cassette (Nuclear Blast)
13
th album from the Montréal based melodic death metallers. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Inigo Kennedy
– Strata CD/2xLP+CD (Token)
The new album from the techno pioneer delves into a thoughtful series of classically-inspired electronica suites. His classic rock style is apparent not only in his delivery, but his songwriting and self-taught musicianship.

>Jesse Kinch
– I’m Not Like Everybody Else CD/LP (Curb)
At just 23, Jesse claims as influences unique vocal stylists the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder and Dave Grohl.

>Joan Of Arc
– 1984 CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
Remarkably, so much of the cluttered sound of earlier Joan of Arc LPs has largely fallen away on
1984, as has Tim Kinsella’s voice. At first it’s genuinely shocking. But the songs here are a revelation, as profound and plainspoken as parables. (Just caught your eyeroll.)
>King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
- Polygondwanaland (Fuzz Club Version) CD (Fuzz Club)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. Features alternate cover art.

>Lump
– Lump CD (Dead Oceans)
Lump was born of good timing and predestined compatibility. It began one night in mid-June 2016, when Mike Lindsay – founding member of Tunng and Throws, and a prolific, Mercury prize-winning producer – was introduced to Grammy-nominated, Brit award-winning singer-songwriter Laura Marling. On meeting, Lindsay and Marling discovered they had long been admirers of each other's work. Lindsay had been busy for some months composing an intricate, ambitious new sound cycle. His compositional style had evolved over the course of years of musical experimentation with Tunng, and during his time spent producing other people's records while living in Iceland. He had arrived at a remarkably visual, colorful sound – a heady blend of wonked-out guitars, Moog synths and pattering drums, set against droning, coiling clouds of flutes and voices. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Maps and Atlases
– Lightlessness Is Nothing New CD/LP (Barsuk)
The title of Maps and Atlases' new album serves to foreshadow an emotionally and musically dynamic collection of songs that contemplates the jolt of loss and the strain of longing to music that, against our better judgment, makes us want to dance. In the brooding yet playful vein of The Talking Heads and Peter Gabriel, Maps and Atlases embrace the paradox of what it is to be human - constantly searching and, forever un-satiated, returning again and again with everlasting hope to the ever-darkening fray.

>Albin Lee Meldau
– About You CD/LP (Astralwerks)
When you distill the 13 songs on Albin Lee Meldau's debut
About You down to their essence, you'll arrive at the Swedish singer/songwriter's motivation: "Storytelling," he says. His voice connects a rich history of rhythm and blues – Al Green, Van Morrison – to contemporary innovators like James Blake, Sam Smith and Hozier. The music does that too, swelling from spare guitar or piano-backed ballads, to Ronson-like mashups of hip-hop beats and sweeping strings, to hands-in-the-air soul-soaked dance-pop.
>Morcheeba
– Blaze Away CD/LP (Fly Agaric)
The British trip-hop pioneers return with their first new album in over five years.

>Near Future
– Ideal Home CD/LP (Blanc Check)
Near Future is the collaboration between Blancmange's Neil Arthur and solo electronic artist Bernholz. Files were swapped, sounds, and lyrics re-wired, and
Ideal Home is the gloriously minimal result. The album is icy and detached; beautiful and otherworldly; Bernholz's spoken word monolog on "Dawn" sounding like a warning signal from the subconscious, while digitized electronics usher in some of Neil Arthur's most intimate vocals.
>The Nectars
– Sci-Fi Television CD/LP (7hz Productions)
Born in the shadow of New York City in late 2016, New Jersey alternative-rockers The Nectars release their debut album – a ferocious, euphoric, sarcastic, brilliant slice of sleazy pop genius. A nine-song collection of short, sharp bangers, each with their own individual sound delving into art-rock debauchery.

>Tami Neilson
– Sassafrass! CD/LP+MP3 (Outside Music)
For the past decade, Canadian-born, New Zealand-based singer/songwriter Tami Neilson has been the queen of her adopted homeland's country and roots music scenes. On this 11-track knock-out, she places a heavier emphasis on soul music without abandoning her country and rockabilly roots. Neilson conjures up a wonderfully retro style that sounds like it could be a lost gem from the late '50s or early '60s; however, beneath the classic veneer are frank, highly relevant lyrics. [Colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Nervosa
– Downfall Of Mankind CD/LP (Napalm)
Brazilian all-female thrash commando unit Nervosa is synonymous with raw aggression and untamed power!

>Pieter Nooten
– Stem CD/LP+MP3 (Rocket Girl)
Rumored to be one of the most intriguing collaborations of 2018, Rocket Girl presents Pieter Nooten's fourth solo album Stem as Nooten teams up with legendary producer/mixer/sound-artist Stephen W. Tayler (Kate Bush, Underworld) at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios

>Nurse With Wound
– Sinister Whimsey For The Wretched 2xCD (Dirter Promotions)
Sinister Whimsy For The Wretched contains the long out-of-print albums, Sugar Fish Drink (1992) and Large Ladies With Cake In The Oven (1993). Both discs are remastered by Andrew Liles.
>Oneohtrix Point Never
– Age Of CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
A tapestry of disparate musical histories - early music, country and folk balladry, melodic pop, computer music and much, much more.

>Oiseaux-Tempête And The Bunny Tylers
- The True History Of The Tortoise & The Hare According To Lord Dunsany CD (Ruptured)
The Bunny Tylers is a duo from Lebanon whose core consists of two prominent musicians from the Beirut scene: singer-songwriter and guitarist Charbel Haber and multi-instrumentalist and producer Fadi Tabbal. The music of French free-rock collective Oiseaux-Tempête is bred from places in turmoil. Embracing the freedom of improvisation, theirs is a secular music that crosses boundaries and cultures, embodying an intersection where post-rock, jazz, Arabic music, punk, and experimental electronic music find common ground and refuge.

>Petyr
– Smoyk CD/LP (Outer Battery)
Coming hot the heels of last year’s debut LP,
Smolyk continues the band’s mash up of heavy psych and skate sensibilities.
>Michelle Phillips
– Victim Of Romance [Reissue/1977] CD (Real Gone Music)
During the 1960s as an original member of The Mamas & The Papas, the lovely Michelle Phillips enjoyed singing lead vocal on that supergroup's smash rendition of "Dedicated to The One I Love." In 1976 Michelle took a brief break from her rising acting career (
Dillinger, Valentino, Knots Landing, and a beloved Manwich commercial) to return to the recording studio as a solo performer following a pair of singles produced by her ex-husband and Mamas & Papas leader John Philips and A&M Records co-owner Jerry Moss. Working with legendary producer-arranger Jack Nitzsche (Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, and many others), Michelle enjoyed collaborating on an album that evoked the Phil Spector sound which Nitzsche helped to invent while also creating a modern '70s pop sound.
>Natalie Prass
– The Future And The Past CD (ATO)
Natalie Prass had her new album written, her band ready, the recording studio booked. Then the 2016 election happened, and out of her despair and disappointment in those results came an impulse she could not ignore: she rewrote the album to reflect these swirling emotions. The result is
The Future And The Past, a stunning snapshot of a musician in a state of personal rediscovery and surging femininity. The celebratory and defiant collection also signals a significant artistic leap for Prass on the heels of her 2015 breakthrough debut. It finds Prass tapping into deep, dancey grooves that glisten with ‘80s pop and ‘90s R&B, nestled alongside quivering, lushly orchestrated ballads. “Short Court Style” dials the tempo into the aforementioned ‘90s R&B territory, punctuated by handclaps, sampled “woos,” and a Dr. Dre-esque whistling synth line. Lyrically she wields a sharp knife as well on the love torn “Lost” and the empowering feminist anthem “Sisters”. [Vinyl edition due July 8.]
>Purgatory
– Cold Side Of Reality CD/LP (Unbeaten)
The metallic hardcore wrecking crew deliver one of the year's heaviest beatdowns.

>Pyramid
– Pyramid CD/LP+MP3 (Mental Experience)
33 minutes of pure, unadulterated, psychedelic krautrock courtesy of Pyramid, an obscure studio project produced by Toby Robinson, aka The Mad Twiddler, recorded circa 1975-76 in Cologne for the underground Pyramid label.

>The Quick
– Mondo Deco [Reissue/1976] CD (Real Gone Music)
The Quick were the crucial link between the glam and punk eras in Los Angeles. Like The Runaways, they were brought to the Mercury label by local impresario Kim Fowley, but The Quick proved much less pliant than their distaff peers, resisting Fowley's demands for "more boogie" on their 1976 debut album and instead pursuing a power pop sound influenced by Sparks (ex-Sparks guitarist Earle Mankey engineered). The Quick's intricate harmonies, heavy guitar solos, sophisticated/sardonic lyrics and hooky melodies (both courtesy of songwriter Steven Hufsteter) deserved a much wider audience than they got

>Michael Ray
– Amos CD (Warner Music Nashville)
New album from the country music singer-songwriter.
Amos is named after Ray's grandfather, Amos, who was a huge influence on him not just musically - also in fueling his love for country music. In fact, Ray first began singing and performing in his grandfather's band when he was only nine years old. To this day he still plays Amos' hand-me-down guitar, a 1978 Les Paul, as a reminder of the time they spent together sharing stories, learning songs and making memories.
>Steve Roach
– Molecules Of Motion CD (Projekt)
On his first studio album since his recent Grammy nomination, Roach calls upon an expansive 35-year legacy at the forefront of electronic music creation.
Molecules Of Motion is a masterful album with roots in the Berlin School and a foot in the transcendent unknown of the future flowing into now.
>Ruen Brothers
– All My Shades Of Blue CD (Ramseur)
Whether it's their collaboration with the legendary producer Rick Rubin, kudos from the likes of Zane Lowe and the BBC, or a string of memorable performances from the hills of Glastonbury to the deserts of Coachella, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter siblings Henry and Rupert Stansall, known by their amalgam-created moniker Ruen Brothers, are making a mark with throwback rock and roll sound that intersects the early days of the genre with a dynamic present-day act. [Vinyl edition due June 22.]

>Craig Safan
– Sirens (Music Inspired By Homer’s Odyssey) CD (Varese Sarabande)
Acclaimed composer Craig Safan’s newest album was inspired by the classic tales of Homer’s
The Odyssey. The tracks that make up Sirens were enhanced by live players as well as sonic elements Safan recorded while exploring the mythical landmarks of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands, and environs.
>Pharoah Sanders
- Juan Les Pin Jazz Festival '68 CD (Hi Hat)
Live radio broadcast from the Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival, Antibes, France on July 20th, 1968. Having made his name playing with John Coltrane as of 1965, Pharoah Sanders soon came to be recognized as one of the most innovative jazz players of his generation.

>Pierre Sandwidi
- Le Troubadour De La Savane - 1978/1982 CD/LP (Born Bad)
Nicknamed "the troubadour from the bush", Pierre Sandwidi stands as one of the finest Voltaic artists from the 1970s. He belonged to an unsung elite of Francophone artists such as Francis Bebey, G.G. Vickey, André-Marie Tala, or Mamo Lagbema. His entire released output consists of less than ten 7"s, two LPs, and a bunch of cassettes. Along with his friends Jean-Bernard Samboué, Abdoulaye Cissé, Oger Kaboré, Joseph Salambéré, or Richard Seydou Traoré, he was part of the "vedettes en herbe" movement.

>The Saxophones
– Songs Of The Saxophones CD/LP (Full Time Hobby)
The Saxophones’ debut album was inspired by 1950s exotica and Hawaiian albums (Edhen Abhez, Buddy Fo, and Martin Denny), 1970s Italian songwriter Vittorio Impiglia, and a host of third-stream and West coast jazz records.

>Kyriakos Sfetsas
– Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol. 1 CD/LP+MP3 (Teranga Beat)
A progressive-jazz fusion masterpiece comprising complex and intriguing compositions, and performed by Athens's best musicians of the day.

>Paul Simon
– Graceland: The Remixes CD/LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Paul Simon's iconic 1986 album receives a reworking from the likes of MK, Richy Ahmed, Paul Oakenfold, and Groove Armada, all spinning their own unique interpretations across the release - the first time a classic album has been reimagined in its entirety.

>Slapshot
– Make America Hate Again CD/LP (Bridge Nine)
The Boston hardcore veterans Slapshot return with a new album. [Vinyl reissue of
Digital Warfare also released this week.]
>Keely Smith
‎– Sings The John Lennon - Paul McCartney Songbook [Reissue/1964] CD (Real Gone Music)
Lots of pop vocalists have tackled the vaunted Lennon-McCartney songbook, but this 1964 release from the late, great Keely Smith was the first album by an artist of her ilk devoted to the lads from Liverpool. with sparkling arrangements by Ernie Freeman and Benny Carter, and production from Keely's soon-to-be husband Jimmy Bowen, the record alternately seduces and swings, and Keely's voice-with its bluesy phrasing and lilt patented on The Strip-is the perfect instrument to interpret these Fab tunes.

>Strafe F.R.
– The Bird Was Stolen CD (Touch)
Based in Düsseldorf, Germany, Strafe Für Rebellion, or Strafe F.R., is a long-term collaboration between the artists Bernd Kastner and Siegfried M. Syniuga, which started in 1979. After a long period of hibernation, The Bird Was Stolen marks their return to Touch following four previous releases in the '80s and early '90s. From their early connection with the local scene, centered around the Ratinger Hof in Düsseldorf, Strafe went on to develop a unique and influential form of sound sculpture that pioneered the use of field recordings alongside home-made instruments and the use of the studio as a performance space.

>Surgeon
– Luminosity Device CD/2xLP (Dynamic Tension)
Surgeon's new full-length takes Bardo Thödol -- the Tibetan Book of the Dead -- as a starting point for a rhythmic journey into those interstitial spaces where body, mind, and soul no longer seem like distinct categories.

>Foster Sylvers
– Foster Sylvers [Reissue/1973] CD/LP (Mr. Bongo)
The Sylvers – II [Reissue/1973] CD/LP (Mr. Bongo)
The Sylvers were a family from Los Angeles who were very successful during the '70s and into the early '80s with chart hits - deep into pop-disco territory by then.

>Samba Touré
– Wande CD/LP (Glitterbeat)
Wande is just as direct and powerful as Touré's previous work, but everything moves with a bright, danceable sensibility. Gone are the intense guitar and ngoni duels, replaced with short, incisive guitar solos and a solid, laid-back groove.
>Tower Of Power
– Soul Side Of Town CD/LP (Artistry Music)
One of the most dynamic and distinctive bands in soul music roars into its 50th anniversary with an LP of all new material.

>TWINS
– That Which Is Not Said CD/LP (2MR)
TWINS (the acronym from which the album derives its title, if one's curious about the order of origin) is the mutant machine-pop project of Atlanta producer, label operator, and all-around aesthete-visionary Matt Weiner. Having spent the better part of a decade reveling in a moody murk that intersects seductive synth-pop with Featureless Ghost and grotesque industrial-dance grooves in his own right as TWINS, Weiner has more than proved his sincerely sinister and auspiciously artful finesse of synth-based music.

>Conway Twitty
– Icon LP (MCA Nashville)
11 hits from the country singer.

>Various Artists
– African Screams Contest CD/2xLP (Analog Africa)
Gut-busting yelps, lethal horn sections, and irresistibly insistent rhythms add up to a record that takes you into its own space with the same electrifying sureness of your favorite blues, soul, funk or punk samplers.

>Various Artists
– Chébran- Volume 2: French Boogie CD/2xLP (Born Bad)
The French in the '80s were not faint-hearted: as some threw themselves heart and soul into music or business, others wouldn't mind going bottomless to get themselves noticed. While Bernard Tapie soon realized his own fortune was rather to be found in business, many music-loving dreamers already imagined themselves in the sun, in an enchanting world made of funky rhythms and synthesizers. Features Phil Barney, JM Black, Ettika, Sammy Massamba, Shams Dinn, Alfio Scandurra,Philippe Chany, Nordine Staiffi, Brigitte Et Michot, Alec Mansion, Marie Jose Fa, Hamidou, Ganawa, Creole Star, Manu, Ethnie, and Joel Ferrati.

>Various Artists
- Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by William Ferris 3xCD+DVD+Book (Dust-To-Digital)
This watershed release represents the life's work of William Ferris, an audio recordist, filmmaker, folklorist, and teacher with an unwavering commitment to establish and to expand the study of the American South. It includes a 120-page hardcover book in full color edited by William Ferris Writings by Scott Barretta, David Evans, and Tom Rankin; three CDs -- two of the CDs feature blues and gospel recordings (1966-1978), and the final CD features interviews and storytelling (1968-1994); and one DVD featuring documentary films (1972-1980). Transcriptions and annotations are provided for each track. Comes in a cigar box.

>Wheel
– The Divide CDEP (7hz Productions)
Second EP release from Finnish Prog rockers.

>Kamaal Williams
– The Return CD/LP (Black Focus)
Whether re-defining experimental fusion sounds with the hugely acclaimed Yussef Kamaal, or his catalogue of 12”s for imprints such as MCDE, Eglo, and Rhythm Section as Henry Wu, South London’s Kamaal Williams has been a key figure in his thriving international scene for the past few years.
The Return is a natural evolution from the Yussef Kamaal project, mining the influence of visionary jazz but blended with all kinds of texture, sounds and signals from the over-saturated London streets. At times the keyboard work evokes the classic 70s fusion work of Lonnie Liston Smith or Roy Ayers, but underpinned by rhythms more reminiscent of blunted hip-hop and arrangements subliminally laced with the cut-ups of pirate radio. Progressive, funky, cosmic, exploratory and effortlessly musical, this is the sound of a musician honing their craft into thrilling new shapes.
>Witchskull
– Coven’s Will CD/LP (Rise Above)
Channeling the spirit of the metal gods and injecting every last moment of their rampaging anthems with a jolting dose of lysergic menace, Witchskull is the unstoppable real deal.

>XXXTentacion
- ? CD (Caroline)
Controversial rapper Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (aka XXXTentacion) plays fast and loose when it comes to genres, often incorporating elements of punk rock, hip-hop, R&B, and heavy metal. His sophomore album,
XXX, includes guest appearances from PnB Rock, Travis Barker and Joey Badass, among others. [Vinyl edition due July 20.]
>Pete Yorn/Scarlett Johansson
– Apart CDEP/12” (Capitol)
The Apart EP marks the duo of Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson's first collaboration since their 2009 album, Break Up. Ushered in by the shimmering lead single "Bad Dreams," the EP features four brand new recordings and a new version of "Tomorrow," a song that originally appeared on Yorn's last album, 2016's
Arranging Time.

DVDs + Blu-ray:
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Blutengel - Live Im Wasserschloss Klaffenbach Blu-ray (Out Of Line)
The German goth-pop band performs a 2-hour-plus set comprised of hits and fan-favorites.


This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>The Album Leaf
- Torey's Distraction: Original Soundtrack [Reissue/2012] LP (Eastern Glow)
Vinyl release of The Album Leaf's original score to the 2009 documentary, performed by Jimmy LaValle (The Album Leaf). Filmmaker Tisha Blood follows three girls with a rare craniofacial anomaly called Apert Syndrome over the course of 10 years providing an intimate glimpse into the transforming powers of science, family, humor, hope and compassion. Standard weight “starburst cream & burnt orange” marbled vinyl in a custom die-cut jacket.

>Amorphous
– Silent Waters [Reissue/2007] 2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Vinyl reissue of the prog metal band’s 2007 album.

>Azambuja & Cia
- Azambuja & Cia [Reissue/1975] LP (Far Out)
A reissue of Azambuja & Cia's self-titled album, originally released in 1975. In 1975. Azambuja & Cia was the prolific and multi-talented Brazilian comedians Chico Anysio and Arnaud Rodrigues. Each side ends with a comedy monolog, complete with live audience laughter, but before that you get seven tracks of weird and wonderfully emotive Brazilian groove music.

>Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos
- Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos [Reissue/1974] LP (Far Out)
Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos was a band formed by prolific and multi-talented Brazilian comedians Chico Anysio and Arnaud Rodrigues. Satirizing Brazil's tropicalia movement in the 1970s, the duo took a friendly crack at the likes of Caetano Veloso and psychedelic rockers Novos Baianos, with their righteous tropicalista alter-egos "Baiano" and "Paulinho Boca de Profeta" poetically denouncing the dictatorship while simultaneously mocking those who took themselves too seriously.

>Beach Skulls
– Las Dunas LP (Pnkslm Recordings)
Manchester trio Beach Skulls are back with their second album, the follow-up to their acclaimed 2016 debut
Slow Grind. Summery garage pop mixed with psych and dream pop influences.
>The Beat
– Here We Go Love! LP (Here We Go)
The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling return with their first studio album since 1982. Wakeling's ability to create a nagging pop hook is undimmed, as too is his political edge. Blending wit and wisdom, and of course ska, punk, soul, reggae, pop and anything else that came to hand in the melting pot that was late ‘70s Birmingham, The English Beat were ahead of the time and creating a hybrid sound that came in part to define their times. [CD version due June 15.]

>Behemoth
– Messe Noire 2xLP (Metal Blade)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New live collection from the Polish black/death metal overlords recorded at Progresja in Warsaw, Poland on August 8, 2016.

>Biffy Clyro
- MTV Unplugged Live At Roundhouse, London 2xLP+CD+DVD (WB)
Deluxe heavyweight black vinyl edition. Includes a 12” double-sided art print featuring setlist, signed by the band, a DVD featuring the MTV Unplugged set, a CD album of the set, an LP-size 6-panel booklet, all packaged in a custom gatefold sleeve. Although their live shows are best known for their electrifying and explosive energy, Biffy Clyro have often demonstrated that their songs possess an added poignancy when stripped back to their essence.

>Blind Melon
– Nico [1995] LP (Analog Sparks)
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold jacket. Blind Melon’s third album,
Nico, was released after lead singer Shannon Hoon's cocaine overdose that resulted in his death in 1995. This marks the firs-time the release has been available on vinyl. [Limited clear pressing also available.]
>Mary Chapin Carpenter
– Sometimes Just The Sky LP (Lambent Light)
Released last March on CD – now available on vinyl.
Sometimes Just The Sky is not a greatest hits endeavor or a remastered compilation. It's not a celebration or a souvenir. It is a reimagining of a most unusual nature. It is a collection of songs written across the decades, recorded in bucolic western England at Real World Studios with the great producer Ethan Johns. Carpenter sat with new and old friends who circled together in a wooden room and made music, in real time. What we hear is precisely what was played and sung, all at once. There's a song originally recorded for each of Carpenter's original studio records, and then there's a new song, which was aided and abetted by hillside contemplation and a punk poet's advice.
>Catch Up
– Vol. 1 [Reissue/1975] LP (Sommor)
Vinyl reissue of one of the best jazz-funk-fusion albums from the '70s Euro scene

>Guigou Chenevier and Sophie Jausserand
- A l'Abri Des Micro-Climats [Reissue/1984] LP (Megaphone/Knock ‘Em Dead)
Vinyl reissue of a concept-album based on a series of non-conventional "songs", composed by Guigou Chenevier (drummer for French prog-rock band Etron Fou Leloublan) and his wife Sophie Jausserand.

>Ché-SHIZU
– A Journey [Reissue/1994] 2xLP (Black Editions)
Ché-SHIZU is one of the most original and mystifying groups to ever emerge from the Tokyo underground. Founded by master improviser Chie Mukai in 1981 the group has been guided by her singular vision for nearly 40 years. Throughout its history Ché-SHIZU has challenged traditional notions of song structure and improvisation.

>The Coathangers
– Live LP (Suicide Squeeze)
In their thirteen years of existence, Atlanta, GA's garage punks The Coathangers have cranked out five full-lengths and over a dozen singles, splits, and EPs. And while every Coathangers record has captured their buoyant turbulence and jagged euphoria, there's always some degree of magic that gets lost when bands go into the studio. Whatever the source of that magic, The Coathangers have always wrangled a replication of that sweaty and sticky live feeling, but the time had come to properly document it. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Control Denied
– The Fragile Sound Of Existence [Reissue/1999] 2xLP (Relapse)
Control Denied was started by Chuck Schuldiner to create a European-style power metal/progressive metal band mixed with elements of death metal recognizable in his earlier band, Death, but combined with a slightly more melodic style. Schuldiner died in 2001.

>Digable Planets
– Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (Modern Classics)
At a time when hip-hop was determined to snap your neck, a young, hip trio from Brooklyn (by way of Seattle, Philly, and Brazil) conspired on an uncommonly smooth new sound and freaky way of speak, a titanically chill expression of Black bohemia loaded with jazz idiom and a subversive Marxist bent-and pushed it worldwide via an undeniable crossover hit. Digable Planets' 1993 debut,
Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space), unexpected to all involved, produced a massive radio hit in "Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)".
>Dissection
– The Past Is Alive: The Early Mischief [Reissue/1997] LP (Hammerheart)
Vinyl reissue of the esteemed Swedish melodic black metal band’s first two demos,
Into Infinite Obscurity and The Grief Prophecy, along with other rare tracks.
>Luc Ferrari
- Atelier de Libération de la Musique LP (Alpha Marghen)
Improvisations recorded in February and March 1975 during the rehearsals for the Concerts Électrovisuels at Cesi Pont F and Musée Galiera in Paris.

>Five Finger Death Punch
– A Decade Of Destruction 2xLP (Prospect Park)
Released last December on CD – now available on vinyl. A compilation of the band's biggest radio singles from the past ten years along with two newly recorded songs.
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Miguel Flores – Primitivo LP (Buh)
Miguel Flores is a self-made musician, composer and producer born in 1951 in Lima, Perú.
He began by playing drums at 13 in a school band: The Loop's (1965-1968). He moved onto Thee Image (1968-1970) and then jumped to fame as drummer for PAX (1971-1975).
Then he founded Ave Acústica (1975-1978) and La Orquesta Integral del Sol (1979) to fuse Peruvian folk music and modern concepts. He has composed music for theatre, dance, ballet and movies.

>Foom & Foam
– Foom & Foam LP (Feeding Tube)
“By using previously recorded sounds as source, the artists eradicate both the ability and the necessity of trying to identify the instruments or objects producing the noise here. These are just sounds, freed from their original sonic context by the initial act of recording, now existing as naught-but-signals, to be interpreted by our brains as they see fit to interpret them. And it allows them to manipulate the surface representations of previously-captured events in ways that recall
Dennis Duck Goes Disco (1977), Steve Fisk's 448 Deathless Days (1987) and even Orchid Spangiafora's Flee Past's Ape Elf (1979).” -- Byron Coley
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Jerry Garcia – Run For The Roses [Reissue/1982] LP (ATO)
Recently released as a limited pressing for RSD 2018 – now available as a standard vinyl reissue. Originally released in 1982,
Run For The Roses is Garcia's fourth and final solo studio album.
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Margaret Glaspy – Born Yesterday 12” (ATO)
Written on the road, in her hotel, on the plane and at soundcheck, these songs were the product of the little time she had to herself – three songs about different sides of love: love gone wrong, love gone right, and love at a distance.

>Johnny Griffin
– The Man I Love [Reissue/1967] LP (ORG Music)
Teamed up with pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Niels Pedersen and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath for a club date at Copenhagen's Montmartre in 1967, the great tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin really stretches out on
The Man I Love. Remastered for vinyl from original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman and pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany. [Limited white colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Mickey Hart
– Ramu LP (Verve)
Released last November on CD – now available on vinyl. While most albums function as a snapshot of a place and time,
Ramu is more like a photo album, containing samples and recordings from around the globe, originating between 1944 and 2017. Mickey’s life ambition has always been to record and preserve the music of the world using the most innovative and high-quality equipment possible. Through the making of the album, that goal has grown to be something more. It’s about creation through collaboration, through combination, and through inclusion. Ramu acts as a reunion of like-minds, of a musical family torn apart by time, expanding to include the sounds and influences of the modern era.
>Mel Henke
– 77 Sunset Strip-per [Reissue/1977] LP (Modern Harmonic)
Mel Henke was a guerrilla in the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Think Ward Cleaver meets Hugh Hefner: an upstanding, tax-paying, white collar, tie-and-sports coat-wearing middle class, middle aged guy with the heart and mind of a horny 17-year-old.

>Vance Joy
– Nation Of Two LP+MP3 (Atlantic)
Released last February on CD – now available on vinyl.
Nation Of Two is the keenly awaited second album from Melbourne-turned global folk-pop superstar, Vance Joy (James Gabriel Wanderson Keogh). Following on from his ARIA #1 debut Dream Your Life Away, Nation Of Two carries the listener on an exquisite 13 track journey across new terrain.
>Jeffrey Lee/Cypress Groove Pierce
– Anarchic Blues 2xLP (Bang!)
Extended version of vinyl edition of this magnificent recording from Jeffrey Lee Pierce & Cypress Grove, all pure acoustic blues, recorded in Slovenia in 1994 for a radio show. Here Jeffrey Lee Pierce took a break from The Gun Club in order to focus on his passion for traditional blues.

>Living Colour
– Stain [Reissue/1993] LP (Megaforce)
Like it’s predecessors (platinum 1988 debut
Vivid and gold 1990 sophomore effort Time's Up), Stain exhibits Living Colour's high-temperature mix of hard rock energy and funkinflected rhythm, social conscience and unfettered emotion.
>Seán Mac Erlaine
– Music For Empty Ears LP (Ergodos)
Seán Mac Erlaine is a Dublin-based woodwind instrumentalist, composer and music producer, recognized as one of Ireland's most forward-thinking creative musicians. Mac Erlaine works in a variety of settings from free improvisation, contemporary jazz, folk music and experimental theatre.

>Dave Matthews
– Under The Table And Dreaming [Reissue/1994] 2xLP (RCA)
Dave Matthews Band's 1994 major label debut
Under The Table And Dreaming introduced the Virginia-based quintet to a national audience with an alternative, folk-tinged approach to pop/rock music that resonated in a post-grunge world. Back in-print on vinyl.
>Mazozma
– Stark Joy LP (Feeding Tube/Mystra)
New project from Kentucky ex-pat Mike Turner aka Mikey T. (Warmer Milks). “There is something very special about the sound of a bummed-out smart person alone in a room somewhere (studio or not) with just their guitar for solace. Many killer examples of the form exist -- Skip Spence's
Oar (1969), Pip Proud's Adrenaline And Richard (1968), Roy Montgomery's 324 E. 13th Street #7 (1999), and so on. All of these records shine with very special darkness. To this list, I submit the new Mazozma LP, Stark Joy.” -- Byron Coley
>Mazzy Star
– Still 12” (Rhymes Of An Hour)
Mazzy Star, the ethereal co-writing duopoly of guitarist David Roback and husky-voiced Hope Sandoval, returns with a new EP, their first release since 2013's
Seasons of Your Day and the death of longtime drummer Keith Mitchell.
>Mette Rasmussen/Tashi Dorji
- Mette Rasmussen/Tashi Dorji LP (Feeding Tube)
Mette Rasmussen is a Danish saxophonist, based in Norway, who has recorded with Chris Corsano, Alan Silva, Mats Gustafsson, Ace Farren Ford, etc. Here she performs with Asheville-based guitarist, Tashi Dorji.

>Mobb Deep
– Murda Muzik [Reissue/1999] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony)
Mobb Deep – Infamy [Reissue/2001] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony)
Vinyl reissue of the hip-hop duo’s fourth and fifth albums.
Infamy was released after Jay-Z dissed Prodigy and Nas on his song "Takeover," from Jay-Z's 2001 album, The Blueprint, which caused Prodigy to strike back on the track "Crawlin".
>Modeselektor
- Modeselektion Vol. 4 #1 12” (Monkeytown)
Modeselektor - Modeselektion Vol. 4 #2 12” (Monkeytown)
Modeselektor - Modeselektion Vol. 4 #3 12” (Monkeytown)
Modeselektor - Modeselektion Vol. 4 #4 12” (Monkeytown)
A collection of free-thinking and boundary-pushing tracks from exciting upstarts such as rRoxymore, Skee Mask and Sarah Farina to exalted visionaries Peder Mannerfelt, Vatican Shadow and Modeselektor themselves who present their first new track since 2015. (Total artists/tracks spread across four EPs.)

>The Neighborhood
– The Neighborhood 2xLP+MP3 (Sony)
Released last March on CD – now available on vinyl. Eponymous third album from the critically acclaimed L.A. based alternative rock band.

>New Parents
– Transient Response LP (Feeding Tube)
Debut album by this Turners Falls-based quartet led by Adam Langellotti of Sore Eros and widely hailed for his engineering work. The sound on Transient Response is languid ruralist prog-pop, with help from Gary War, Ma Turner, Shannon & Beverly Ketch, and other Valley travelers.

>Now, Now
– Saved LP (Trans)
Minneapolis duo Now, Now return with their long awaited follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2012 album
Threads. Boasting the most direct songwriting and transparent lyrics the band have ever written by a mile, the record comes preceded by a pair of well received singles including "SGL", which landed at No. 1 and No. 7 on "Best Songs of 2017" lists for Idolator and NPR Music respectively, and "Yours", on which Pitchfork say Now, Now accomplished "a hallmark of a great pop song," on account of "its ability to inflate the most unassuming feelings into towering sound."
>The O’Jays
– Ship Ahoy [Reissue/1973] LP (Sony Legacy)
Conceived as a theme album built around the title track, Ship Ahoy includes socially relevant tracks and love songs under a cover that is itself notable for its serious subject matter.
Ship Ahoy was the highest selling R&B album on the Billboard Year-End chart for 1974.
>Augustus Pablo
– Live At The Greek Theatre, Berkley, 1984 LP (Radiation Roots)
Standard vinyl pressing of the 2018 RSD release. Electrifyingly atmospheric live recording of the melodic maverick.

>PMS & The Mood Swings
– PMS & The Mood Swings LP+MP3/Cassette (Burger)
“Hold on to your rumps, chumps! It’s time for PMS and the Moodswings! The new gang on the block serve up sticky pop candy with a classic Bowery punk beat, Coney Island surf guitars, and that uptown sax sound!”

>Damien Rice
– O [2002] 2xLP (WB)
An expanded double-LP version of Damien Rice's 2002 album. This is the first time
O will be available on vinyl and this extended 16-track edition includes four additional recordings: "The Professor & La Fille Danse" and "Moody Mooday," which were both originally B-sides to the "The Blower's Daughter"; "Lonelily," which appeared also appeared alongside the track "Moody Mooday" as a limited edition 7" single in 2004; and "Woman Like A Man," which was recorded live in a session at Galway Bay FM and was the lead track for the song's single release.
>Günter Schickert
– Labyrinth LP (Marmo)
Günter Schickert, four decades of multi-instrumental cosmic explorations, under Berlin's sky, above genres, and compromises. Marmo present on his seventh album to date.

>Silverstein
– When Broken Is Easily Fixed [Reissue/2003] LP (Victory)
Vinyl reissue of the debut studio album by Canadian post-hardcore band.

>Slapshot
– Digital Warfare [Reissue/2003] LP (I Scream)
Digital Warfare served as the first full-length release in over seven years from Boston, MA's longest running hardcore band.
>Spacemen 3
- Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To [Reissue/1990] 2xLP (Superior Viaduct)
Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To casts Spacemen 3 alongside the mid-80s cadre of UK front-line rockers, contributing a distinct variation of high pop shining through layered noisy guitars. Ultimately, this collection serves to exalt the strength of Spacemen 3's songwriting over the atmospherics and production assemblage that would permeate their later efforts.

>t.e.s.o.
- Construzione 04 LP (Aperature)
Italian duo t.e.s.o. present their second full-length album. As the title suggests,
Construzione 04 centers around an underlying theme of construction, inspired by radical architecture, brutalism, and collages from Superstudio. The concept and title evolved from the nature of the album and the process of building up tracks from a number of separate samples, much like the singular elemental materials used to assemble a structure.
>Jacques Thollot
- More Intra Musique 2xLP (Alga Marghen)
Produced in collaboration with the legendary Jac Berrocal's label d'Avantage,
More Intra Musique is the second LP in Alga Marghen's series dedicated to previously unreleased recording by the drummer and experimentalist Jacques Thollot.
>Various Artists
– Kerrang Legends 2xLP (Rhino)
Bringing together some of the most legendary Kerrang! bands from all ends of the rock spectrum,
Kerrang! Legends features 40 tracks: from the pop punk of Fall Out Boy and Sum 41, to emotional anthems from My Chemical Romance and Funeral For A Friend, to the heaviness of Slipknot and Machine Head, together with the chart smashing crossover hits of Nickelback and Biffy Clyro.
>The Word Alive
– Violent Noise LP (Fearless)
Limited clear vinyl LP pressing.
Violent Noise is The Word Alive's fifth studio album and the follow up to 2016's Dark Matter, hitting #1 on the iTunes Metal Chart, and 2013's REAL., debuting at #4 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart.
>ZZ Top
– Cinco No. 2: The Second Five LPs 5xLP (Rhino)
Five studio albums pressed on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl, presented in a box the design of which has been inspired by the custom suits made for guitarist Billy F Gibbons' by Hollywood's Jaime Castaneda AKA "Jaime The Tailor."
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>CDs + Vinyl:
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3MA – Anarouz CD (Six Degrees)
3MA is the meeting of three string-instrument virtuosi, emblematic of their countries in Africa, but also of generous artists who share a musical passion, a reciprocal dialogue and a beautiful friendship. The group is comprised of Ballaké Sissoko (kora), Driss El Maloumi (oud), and Rajery (valiha).

>Alkaloid
– Liquid Anatomy CD/2xLP (Season Of Mist)
With a pedigree including current and former members of Blotted Science, Obscura, Necrophagist and more, Alkaloid have spent decades advancing extreme, forward-thinking metal.

>Amorphous
– Queen Of Time CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
13
th album from the Finnish metal band. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Joan Armatrading
– Not Too Far Away CD (BMG Rights Management)
19
th album from the British singer-songwriter and Ivor Novello award winner. For fans of Rickie Lee Jones, Janis Ian, Suzanne Vega and Joni Mitchell. [Vinyl edition due May 23.]
>Armored Saint
– Symbol Of Salvation [Reissue/1991] CD/LP (Metal Blade)
CD and Colored vinyl reissue - part of the Metal Blade Originals series. In July/August 2018, Armored Saint will embark on a North American tour, commemorating this 1991 classic. On this special run, the band will perform
Symbol Of Salvation in its entirety, with select shows to be recorded for a live DVD.
>Ash
– Islands CD/LP (Liberator Music/Infectious Music)
Islands is Ash's seventh studio album since their inception in 1992. The title of the album alludes to the unique environments in which its constituent songs were birthed. In the spring of 2016, following a whirlwind Japanese tour to close out the touring cycle for 2015’s Kablammo! album, Ash frontman Tim Wheeler undertook a visit to the picturesque island of Naoshima, renowned worldwide for its modern art installations, architecture and sculptures. Wheeler found the island’s tranquil, meditative atmosphere conducive to both reflection and creativity, and as he immersed himself in his craft, new song ideas began to ferment and flow. Islands is a cathartic collection for the singer, inspired, says Wheeler, ‘by me trying to get my head around a break up that didn’t make any sense to me.’ Self-produced, and recorded at the band’s own Atomic Heart Studio, where every Ash release since Twilight Of The Innocents has been committed to tape, the album cycles through the full Kübler-Ross grief model – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – with Wheeler laying bare his emotions in unflinching detail.” – Vinyl Radar
>At The Gates
– To Drink From The Night Itself CD/LP (Century Media)
The Swedish melodic death metal pioneers unleash their indomitable spirit, ceaseless ingenuity, and raw power on their sixth full-length effort. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>David Axelrod
– Song Of Innocence [Reissue/1968] CD (Now-Again)
Celebrated as psychedelic, the birth of jazz-fusion, the harbinger of hip-hop,
Song Of Innocence is a hybrid that no one, not even Axelrod himself, could describe. Grounded by Wrecking Crew vets Earl Palmer and Carol Kaye’s funk, torn between the juxtaposition of musical elements, put at ease, Axelrod’s sweeping arrangements, which utilize brass and strings in a way that no one of his era did. It’s both violent and sublime.
>The Kurt Baker Trio
– Let’s Go Wild! CD/LP (Wicked Cool)
While continuing in the tradition of the power pop sound Baker has been known for, the Combo also brings in elements of pub rock, garage and no holds bar wild rock 'n' roll a la The MC5, The Remains, Eddie and the Hotrods and Redd Kross.

>Courtney Barnett
– Tell Me How You Really Feel CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Mom + Pop Music)
The Grammy and Brit nominated Courtney Barnett returns with her second album
. Tell Me How You Really Feel follows her critically acclaimed 2015 debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit and recent collaborative record, Lotta Sea Lice, with Kurt Vile. One of the most distinctive voices in music, Courtney is known for mixing witty observations with unflinching self-assessment - fast forward to now and although all of the cleaver turns of phrase and an eye for story telling are still there; this new collection of songs sees a more serious and outwardly tone capturing the current social landscape yet still retaining moments of intimacy and warmth. [Deluxe CD edition with expanded booklet and red colored vinyl pressing also available. All formats include digital download.]
>Thomas Bartlett & Nico Muhly
- Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music CD (Nonesuch)
Nine songs written by Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) and Nico Muhly plus three gamelan transcriptions by ethnomusicologist Colin McPhee, which inspired the new songs. Bartlett and Muhly play pianos and keyboards on the album, and Bartlett sings, joined by other musicians on strings and metallic pitched percussion. McPhee recorded a suite of Balinese ceremonial music with Benjamin Britten in 1941. Muhly says: "The project is named after Peter Pears, who was Britten's partner and also an observer and collaborator of a larger community of musicians, writers, and thinkers."

>James Bay
– Electric Light CD/LP (Republic)
A singer/songwriter with a penchant for crafting moving and evocative folk-pop, James Bay hails from the North Hertfordshire market town of Hitchin in England.

>Bombino
– Deran CD/LP (Partisan)
On his new album,
Deran, Bombino and crew have conjured up a roving mystery tour of contemporary Saharan sounds across10 songs of rare maturity and power that mark a turning point in the career of a guitarist and songwriter who was born in the shade of an acacia tree about 80 miles north west of the ancient town of Agadez, and has since risen to forefront of the new Tuareg guitar generation. Highlights include the raw diesel rock of the opener “Imajghane” (‘The Tuareg’), the camel gait lope of “Tenesse” (‘Idleness’), the tender lilt of “Midiwan” (‘My Friends’) and the ‘Tuareggae’ style that is Bombino’s unique contribution to desert music on the song “Tehigren.” All the desert is there, harsh and gentle, tragic and playful. But more than anything Deran had to be honest and true. The pressure to be the authentic voice of his culture and his home on the world stage weighs heavy on Bombino. “You have to begin with the question of who you are,” he says. “You're a Tuareg. With all the travels, all the experience of world, it’s as if I'm making myself remember where I come from. Where I come from will always be my home, my memory.” Simple, raw, true, that was the brief. “We wanted him to take a deliberate step out of the shadow of the celebrity producer,” says Bombino’s manager, and Deran producer, Eric Herman. “Apart from that, the idea was to take this raw, spontaneous, unadulterated approach to capturing his songs.”
>Joe Bonamassa
– British Blues Explosion Live 2xCD/3xLP (J&R Adventures)
Guitarist extraordinaire Joe Bonamassa’s salute to the icons of British blues features the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Joe recently paid tribute to his heroes during a short but very sweet tour of Britain – five performances only. This show, presented across a variety of formats, was recorded at Greenwich Music Time at The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London on July 7, 2016. As one of the world's leading guitarists and a passionate devotee to the sacred form of art that is the British Blues, there is no person more qualified to preach this music than Bonamassa. For the first time, with this unforgettable performance, he was able to give special homage to the British guitarists who inspired him the most. [Stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray editions also available.]

>The Brokedowns
– Sick Of Space CD/LP (Red Scare Industries)
This foursome is a little weirder, a little smarter, and a little heavier-sounding than your average punk band.

>BTS
– Love Yourself: Tear CD (Bright Entertainment)
New release from South Korean seven-piece pop boyband BTS (aka The Bangtan Boys).

>Burn The Priest
– Legion: XX CD/LP (Epic)
A full-length covers album that reflects on the greatness of classic punk, hardcore, crossover and noise – rock subgenres by the Lamb Of God side-band. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Matt Costa
– Santa Rosa Fangs CD/LP (Dangerbird)
Santa Rosa Fangs is a stirring, stunning, and cinematic look and listen into the sometimes autobiographical, sometimes fictional journey of the venerable California musician Matt Costa through the tangled groves and grapevines of his home state. Produced by Peter Matthew Bauer (The Walkmen) and Nick Stumpf (French Kicks), the songs on Santa Rosa Fangs center around a fictional young woman named Sharon, her two brothers Ritchie and Tony, and their story of love, loss and coming of age in California, replete with long distance love affairs and nostalgic romances. Rather than setting out to create a specific narrative, Costa began noticing a theme in the new songs as he wrote them: an unconscious embodiment of the surroundings in which he himself had grown up. “I’ve interwoven my own stories into a fictional idea of what Santa Rosa Fangs is, from my own time spent living in Northern and Southern California and years driving up and down the coast, seeing the landscape and where life can pull you within one state,” Costa explains. “It’s the characters’ story and my story, too, contemporary but still tortured by the past. It’s a window into a time period but spoken as if it’s the present. The beauty of love and loss doesn’t have a date on it; it’s timeless.”
>The Dark Red Seed
– Becomes Awake CD/LP (Prophecy)
The Dark Red Seed is the musical outlet of Tosten Larson, guitarist for Seattle dark folk musician King Dude. Larson notes that the three albums that most inspired
Becomes Awake are Spiritualized's Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and No Quarter: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Unledded.
>Elder Brother
– Stay Inside CD/LP (Pure Noise)
Sophomore album from the indie-rock duo. “Considering that Elder Brother by themselves are very much small fries within an enormous emo pond, you certainly won’t be able to tell. Dan Rose and Kevin Geyer’s experiences in Daybreaker and The Story So Far respectively might have laid down the foundations, but on its own, this is the sort of side project that could go blow for blow with any number of established acts.” – The Soundborard

>Elina Duni
– Partir CD (ECM)
After two highly acclaimed albums with her jazz quartet, Elina Duni issues an intimate recording of love, loss and leaving. An entirely solo affair,
Partir features the Tirana-born vocalist accompanied by her own piano, guitar and frame drum, interpreting songs from very diverse sources, from folk songs and chansons to songs of singer-songwriters.
>Eternal Summers
– Every Day It Feels Like I’m Dying… CD (Kanine)
Fifth album from the Roanoke, VA based indie rock band. Specializing in anthemic dream pop and post punk, with colors of new wave and 90's guitar fuzz, the band has broken their release-a-year clip to take some time to live a little. With a tempered songwriting process that has spanned over two years, the group finds themselves documenting the many ways that one can cope with disappointment, fear, loss of control, loneliness and depression. The result is
Every Day It Feels Like I'm Dying... [Vinyl edition due June 29.]
>Family Of The Year
– Goodbye Sunshine, Hello Nighttime CD/LP (WB)
Goodbye Sunshine, Hello Nighttime represents a turning point for L.A.-based indie rockers Family Of The Year as the last few years have proved to be simultaneously maddening, marvelous, and ultimately majestic. Led by siblings Joe and Sebastian Keefe, the group made writing retreats to Mount Washington and Bear Valley Springs in order to craft the new music during 2016. However, pressure increased, communication eroded, a once defined creative identity became obscured, and Joe and Sebastian endured the passing of their mom. However, the turmoil led to a breakthrough for the band; Reinvigorated and re-inspired, they rebuilt their friendships and finished writing and recording with a new creative clarity, going deeper than ever before. Produced by Greg Wells (Adele, Dua Lipa, The Greatest Showman), the 12-song set is earmarked by heartfelt introspective storytelling and rich instrumentality, re-emerging with their most hypnotic and heartfelt body of work to date, awash in dreamy hummable harmonies and robust percussion.
>Fister
– No Spirit Within CD/LP (Listenable)
New release from the St. Louis, MO-based doom metal band.

>Five Finger Death Punch
– And Justice For None CD (Prospect Park)
The seventh full length studio album from Five Finger Death Punch,
And Justice For None, features their smash cover of The Offspring's “Gone Away” alongside such rock radio staples as “Sham-Pain,” “When The Seasons Change,” “Blue On Black” and “I Refuse.” One of the most successful groove metal bands of the 2010s, Five Finger Death Punch have been a staple of the Billboard charts since their formation in 2005. The Los Angeles-based outfit formed around the talents of former U.P.O. guitar player Zoltan Bathory, former W.A.S.P. guitarist Darrell Roberts, vocalist Ivan Moody (Motograter/Ghost Machine), bass player Matt Snell (Anubis Rising), and former W.A.S.P. drummer Jeremy Spencer. [Limited deluxe autographed CD in a digipak sleeve with three bonus tracks also available. Vinyl edition due June 15.]
>Forest Swords
– DJ-Kicks CD/2xLP (!K7)
Like much of his own output, Forest Swords'
DJ-Kicks dances around pristine electronics to embrace more organic textures: 80s post punk (Anna Domino, Dead Can Dance), classic 90s British electronica (Orbital, Disjecta), and smokey digi-dub (Rhythm & Sound), all rub up alongside some of the most forward-facing producers working today (Demdike Stare, Laurel Halo) and avant garde explorers (David Toop, Kara-Lis Coverdale). The compilation shifts through rhythms and emotions: from pop icon Neneh Cherry's primal thudding to the zombified throb of exclusive Forest Swords track "Crow."
>Frog Eyes
– Violet Psalms CD/LP (Paper Bag)
Seventeen years after their teetering debut, Vancouver band Frog Eyes unveil their eighth and final album Violet Psalms - a giddy lament; a gnashing jubilee; a rain-drenched allocution on hope vs. horror, paradise vs. pride, Marx and Brexit and bad acid trips. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Gas
– Rausch CD/2xLP+MP3 (Kompakt)
Wolfgang Voigt’s sixth album under his Gas moniker,
Rausch, starts almost how we’d expect it to. Following last year’s Narkopop, Voigt continues down a similar path with a rich, cinematic effort of blooming ambient music. Voigt masterfully plays with textures and sound on Rausch and incorporates them precisely, which is one of the fascinating things about his new music as Gas. His earlier work is relatively static: unchanging, hypnotic loops that begin how they end. On Rausch, Voigt gingerly adds bits and pieces that temporarily change that idea that can break the listener’s concentration. In its brief seven tracks, Rausch barely makes it over an hour mark, but in that time frame, Voigt gives his listener a lot to unpack and offers the idea that he still has a lot more to say.” – The Line Of Best Fit
>Gomez
– Bring It On [Reissue/1998] CD/4xCD/2xLP (Virgin)
20
th Anniversary Edition of the Mercury Prize winning debut album by Gomez. Bring It On has been re-mastered and reissued as a single CD and as a Super-Deluxe four-CD set which contains the original, classic album and 35 previously unreleased tracks including 25 demos (recorded between January 1996 and August 1997) - 13 of which are appearing on an official Gomez release for the first time.
>Tim Green
– Her Future Ghost CD (Cocoon)
Her Future Ghost is effectively composed similar to an electronic romantic film soundtrack: “My concept and direction for Her Future Ghost was to write a film score for a film that doesn't actually exist.” says Tim. “As an avid film score lover, I wanted to create a body of work that took certain traits from common film score practices. For example, different themes that repeat throughout, like character themes that evolve and mutate. As well as a narrative and story that develops through the music.”
>Jonny Greenwood
– Bodysong [Reissue/2003] CD/LP (XL)
Greenwood's first original score for a film, back in-print on CD and vinyl. Simon Pummell's BAFTA winning 2003 documentary
Bodysong tells the story of an archetypal human life using images taken from all around the world and the last 100 years of cinema. The images span the microcosm (inside the body), through the individual (the first cry of a new-born baby), to the macrocosm (accumulated archive footage of ritual celebration and the carnage of war). The editing, music, and the mythic narrative arc of the material is designed to take the viewer on a roller coaster tour of the human body and life cycle. Every possible depiction of the human life from microscopic medical to portraits and newsreels, from births to deaths, are cut to a music track by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood to create a mythic narrative of the arc of a single life.
>John Wesley Harding
– Greatest Other People’s Hits CD (Omnivore)
First hitting the scene in the late ’80s, Wesley Stace, professionally known then as the singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding, scored some early musical success, especially on the college radio airwaves with songs like “Here Comes The Groom,” “The Devil In Me” and an unlikely cover of Madonna’s “Like A Prayer.” Over 20 albums and collections later, he tends a multi-faceted career as a novelist, singer-songwriter, festival curator, University teacher, and variety show host.
Greatest Other People’s Hits is a collection of covers of songs by artists as varied as Bruce Springsteen, George Harrison, Roky Erickson, Madonna, Pete Seeger, and Serge Gainsbourg among others. In addition to Harding’s renditions of songs by those great composers, the new version adds tracks originally recorded by The Velvet Underground and Conway Twitty as well as performances with Lou Reed and Rob Wasserman, Kelly Hogan, Rick Moody, and Elizabeth Barraclough joining the LP’s collaborations with The Minus Five, Fastball, Eric Bazilian, The Universal Thump, and Bruce Springsteen. [Vinyl edition was released on Record Store Day 2018.]
>Trent Harmon
– You Got ‘Em All CD (Big Machine)
Debut album from the American Idol champion and country music singer-songwriter.

>Hekate
– Totentanz CD/LP (Prophecy)
Hekate was formed in 1991 and is one of the foremost protagonists of German neofolk. Over the course of five albums, the group has combined folk, medieval and classical music with striking percussion and electronic elements to create a distinctly individual style, which reaches its temporary climax on their sixth record
Totentanz ("dance of death").
>Mayuko Hino
– Lunisolar CD (Cold Spring)
The second solo album from the “Queen Of Japanese Noise.”

>Hunee
– Hunchin’ All Night CD/3xLP (Rush Hour)
Hunee, aka Hun Choi, is a Korean Berliner who has been drawn in music since a very young age.
Hunchin’ is a collection of his favorite dancefloor cuts from the '70s to modern times. Features Carlos Maria & Nuno Canavarro, Aby Ngana Diop, Michael Ozone, Stanislas Tohon, Raphael Top-Secret, Don Laka, Ron Trent, Villa Abo, and Hunee.
>Sean Khan
- Palmares Fantasy Feat. Hermeto Pascoal CD (Far Out)
For his new album,
Palmares, London-based multi-instrumentalist and one of Europe's finest saxophonists Sean Khan ventures to Rio de Janeiro to collaborate with iconic Brazilian polymath Hermeto Pascoal. Taking its title from the escaped slave settlement Palmares in the Northeast of Brazil during the 1600s, Palmares Fantasy is Khan's utopian jazz message for the world, and it features Azymuth drummer Ivan “Mamao” Conti, bassist Paulo Russo, guitarist Jim Mullen, and guest vocals from Brazilian chanteuse Sabrina Malheiros, and Cinematic Orchestra frontwoman Heidi Vogel.
>Ray LaMontagne
– Part Of The Light CD/LP+MP3 (Columbia)
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne returns with his seventh studio effort,
Part Of The Light, which was wholly written and produced by the artist. With a voice that recalls a huskier, sandpapery version of Van Morrison and Tim Buckley, Ray LaMontagne joins such artists as Iron & Wine in creating folk songs that are alternately lush and intimately earthy. Each release from his catalogue over the last 13 years carries its own character and feel. Having worked with producers Ethan Johns, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Ray’s vast sonic catalogue has been called everything from “a perfect throwback to the lost art of the album-length format,” from Entertainment Weekly to “epic and magical,” from Rolling Stone and “gorgeous and ambitious,” from Esquire. NPR’s All Things Considered said that Ray throughout the course of his career “has continued to push himself in different directions,” while People called Ray a “marvel of nature.” [Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.]
>Landing
– Bells In New Towns CD/LP (El Paraiso)
Landing’s sound has always been multi-textured, alluding to many different genres at once. There's the heavy oscillating drones and the fuzzy, motoric psychedelia, the lush ambient soundscapes and shimmering, dreamy vibes -- all tied together by that characteristic sense of fluid progression. On this record the ethereal components of their sound are firmly anchored by a tight, steady low-end.

>Meyhem Lauren
– Glass CD (Srfschl)
A staple of the modern underground hip-hop scene, Queens rapper Meyhem Lauren owes much of his sound to that of the halcyon days of the 90s East Coast scene. Over the years Meyhem Lauren has worked alongside veterans and revered figures as DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill, Madlib, Freddie Gibbs, Czarface, Sean Price, Roc Marciano, J-Love, and his childhood friend Action Bronson, with whom he frequently appears in the Vice TV program F**k, That's Delicious. Now he and producer and frequent collaborator Harry Fraud have teamed up to release
Glass, their nine-track collaboration which includes guest appearances by Action Bronson, Westside Gunn, Conway, Big Body Bes, and Hologram.
>Okkyung Lee
– Cheol-Kkot-Sae Steel.Flower.Bird CD (Tzadik)
Okkyung Lee's newest project has her delving deep into her Korean roots to create an amazing long-form piece combining electronics, improvisation, composed melodies and noise with Korean traditional music. The piece unfolds like a ritual, making these disparate and unusual pairings seem totally organic and natural. Performed by an all-star international ensemble of musicians from Korea, Norway, Britain and the United States (Song-Hee Kwon, Jae-Hyo Chang, John Butcher, John Edwards, Ches Smith, Lasse Marhaug), this is one of the most compelling fusions of Korean traditional and contemporary music ever created. Shamanistic, primal and astonishing.

>Fenne Lily
– On Hold CD/LP (INgrooves)
Debut album from the UK singer-songwriter. Raised in the wilds of rural Dorset to punk and Queen-loving parents, Fenne Lily first picked up the guitar aged 15. Just one year later and she'd written the delicate but powerful "Top To Toe," which deftly tackled social anxiety over softly picked guitar; a song about bleak adolescence that almost everyone could relate to. Self-released, it saw the young unknown attract global attention for her sublime songwriting ability and sharp emotional intelligence, as well as her gifted way with melody, drawing comparisons to the likes of Laura Marling as well as the swooning sounds of Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten and underground 1960s psychedelic greats like Linda Perhacs.

>Lords Of Acid
– Pretty In Kink CD/2xLP (Metropolis)
New album
Pretty In Kink features all the best attributes of Lords Of Acid: the raw techno-carnality of their debut Lust to the experiments and electro-thrash later albums like Voodoo-U and Farstucker. New singer Marieke Bresseleer joins LOA mastermind Praga Khan and longtime collaborator Erhan Kurkun.
>Low Cut Connie
– Dirty Pictures (Part 2) CD/LP (Contender)
This little act from South Philly continues to dig in their corner of the sandbox, looking for something useful and real to offer their fans. Low Cut Connie is the hardest-working band in show business -- no matter what the pay, what size the venue, no matter what definition of success is applied, Adam Weiner and the rest of the crew try to light the fire at every show and with every record.
Dirty Pictures (Part 2) reminds all of us, all the little people, to keep our fires lit at any cost.
>Colin Macleod
– Bloodlines CD (BMG)
The debut album from the Scottish singer-songwriter,
Bloodlines is a heartfelt assortment of songs that delve deep into his ancestry, background and lifestyle from the rugged landscapes, to the fishing villages and remote Gaelic-speaking communities that go back 600 years - a land full of mystery and magic tucked away in the Hebrides ‘Isle of Lewis’ which is home for this multi-faceted artist and renaissance man. It’s the perfect backdrop and setting for stories to be whisked up, imagination provoked running wild, thus creating a massive amount of inspiration. Comprised of eleven gorgeously woven songs that bear many emotions from dreamy, to moody and exhibit a wide range in musicality that’s both modern and epic, Bloodlines was produced by the revered Ethan Johns (Kings If Leon, Ryan Adams). It’s folk music in one aspect of Scottish folklore with the makeup and appeal for a wide audience. Close your eyes and you see the landscapes, rolling hills, wide open space and cinematic settings.
>Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks
– Sparkle Hard CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Sparkle Hard is light ’n’ breezy, head-down heavy, audacious, melancholic and reflective, goodtime and bodacious, and it pulls off the smartest trick: it’s both unmistakeably The Jicks and – due to the streamlining of their trademark tics and turns, plus the introduction of some unexpected flourishes (Auto-Tune! A fiddle! Guest vocalist Kim Gordon! One seven-minute song with an acoustic folk intro!) – The Jicks refashioned.
>Ziggy Marley
– Rebellion Rises CD/Cassette/LP (Tuff Gong)
Eight-time Grammy award winning musician and reggae icon Ziggy Marley releases his seventh full-length solo studio album,
Rebellion Rises. Fully written, recorded and produced by Marley, this passionate and indelible collection of music encourages people to stand together in activism through love. “The rebellion begins in the mind, the melody, and the music,” assures Ziggy. “We are a conduit of that. The rebellion is consciousness. Now the consciousness starts spreading, we become aware and we rise”" No track embodies this message better than the album's title track and official first single “Rebellion Rises.” A manifesto with a chant-like chorus, the song emboldens its listeners to use the power we all have as instruments of positive change around the world. “The better side of humanity, cannot let the side of humanity that push negativity and hatred be more willing,” Marley explained in a recent interview. “It cannot happen. It's a battle of wills. We've got to have more will.”
>Paul McCartney
– Thrillington [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (Capitol)
Wings – Greatest [Reissue/1978] CD/LP (Capitol)
Paul McCartney – Chaos And Creation In The Backyard [Reissue/2005] CD/LP (Capitol)
Paul McCartney – New [Reissue/2005] CD/LP (Capitol)
Digipak CD and 180gm vinyl reissues now available.

>Nellie McKay
– Sister Orchid CD/LP (Palmetto)
Conjuring the image of a lonely all-night truck stop along Highway 1 on the California coast, all but lost in the fog that comes creeping along the shoreline...
Sister Orchid speaks of the night, the outsider, the plaintive wail of those lost at sea. The album was conceived in solitude, executed in darkness. It comes from a place of quiet, a world of low lights and cool drinks, up against a hard wall. An oasis of hungry eyes and easy promises, warm as a biscuit, the kind of place your mother warned you against.
>Dave McMurray
– Music Is Life CD (Blue Note)
On Dave McMurray's Blue Note-debut, the Detroit native delivers a cohesive program of modern jazz that bristles with unalloyed soul.

>Brad Mehldau Trio
– Seymour Reads The Constitution! CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Seymour Reads the Constitution! finds pianist Brad Mehldau and his longtime trio, which includes drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier, performing three Mehldau originals combined with interpretations of pop songs (Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson), jazz tunes (Elmo Hope, Sam Rivers), and one work from the American songbook (Frederick Loewe's "Almost Like Being in Love").
>Alice Merton
– No Roots CD (Mom + Pop Music)
At the age of five English/Canadian singer-songwriter Alice Merton started taking classical piano lessons, four years later she was introduced to vocal training. After spending many years being classically trained, Alice discovered the art of songwriting through one of her high school courses in Germany. She then went on to study songwriting and pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer/songwriter. During her studies she started working with various producers. Finding the right producer is like finding a missing puzzle piece, you know it's there somewhere, but it takes a really long time to find. However, after being introduced to Nicolas Rebscher, a Berlin-based producer, she knew she had found her match. Creating a very analog and organic pop sound, going back to the basics of drum and bass driven music, they combined their individual styles to develop a style of their own. Nicolas Rebscher's arrangements were the perfect addition to Alice's melodies, combining the depth and softness in her voice, with his energetic and charismatic sounds. [Vinyl edition due June 8.]

>Mos Generator
– Shadowlands CD/LP (Listenable)
Mos Generator formed during the Winter of 2000 in Port Orchard, Washington from the ashes of a decade-long on-again-off-again collaboration between its three members, all of which are long time veterans of the road and studio. The need to strip down to the basics of hard rock was apparent from the start and continues to be the foundation for the band's recent material.

>NDE
– United (Through Iron And Blood) CD (Cold Spring)
Deranged black metal vocals over uncompromising, blood-soaked death industrial, rhythmic power noise, and claustrophobic power electronics.

>Nocturnal Graves
– Titan CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Australian war machine Nocturnal Graves make their long awaited return with the vicious, Titan. Their first new album in five years, Titan sees the veteran band (featuring current and former members of Destroyer 666 and Denouncement Pyre) unleash hell once again with their brutish take on razor-wire, Satanic death metal.

>Nytt Land
– Ođal CD (Cold Spring)
Ođal is inspired by the traditional music of the indigenous peoples of Siberia, the Old Icelandic epic and the atmosphere of classic Norwegian black metal.
>Obliterate
– Impending Death CD/LP (Unique Leader)
Pushing the Canadian death metallers abilities to new levels and creating a sound that explores a greater level of extremity,
Impending Death maintains Obliterate’s deathcore roots while bringing a more intense and crushing death metal approach.
>oOoOO and Islamiq Grrrls
– Faminine Mystique CD/2xLP (Nihjgt Feelings)
Faminine Mystique is an allusion to the Betty Friedan book Feminine Mystique (1963) that inspired the second wave feminist movement in the US. The album’s 13 songs are framed by fragments of lost, forgotten, or discredited 20th century artists and genres: the well-crafted guitar solos of '80s metal; jazz guitarist Barney Kessel; the "Ashley's Roachclip" drum break; Milli Vanilli; a Kool DJ Red Alert radio show barely audible on some bedside clock radio in some blue collar town on the outskirts of Manhattan; a freeform saxophone solo over a two minute, feminist juke-punk anthem; The elusively simple but dreamy vocals of a France Gall or Astrud Gilberto. All blended into the compressed sounds of modern pop and RnB.
>Overkill
– Live In Overhausen 2xCD+Blu-ray/2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Recorded and filmed in the German town of Oberhausen, Germany, Overkill performed two of their classic records live. The first half of the release contains the band performing their entire 1991 classic,
Horrorscope; the second half contains the band performing their 1985 debut, Feel The Fire. [Limited orange with green & yellow splatter colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Parquet Courts
– Wide Awake CD (Rough Trade)
Parquet Courts’ fifth record since their formation eight years ago is about independence and individuality but also about collectivity and communitarianism. Love is at its center. There’s also a freshness here, a breaking of new territory that’s testament to the group’s restless spirit. In part, this may be attributed to the fact that it’s produced by Brian Burton, better known as Danger Mouse, but it’s also simply a triumph of their songwriter’s art. “An urgent, fantastic return that sees the band at the very top of their game, and more together than ever.” – DIY Mag [Deluxe vinyl edition featuring dual booklets of original artwork by the band's Andrew Savage also available.]

>Quiet Slang
– Everything Matters But No One Is Listening CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
There's something almost cheeky about the title of James Alex's new project: Quiet Slang. As the name implies, Alex is embracing minimalism, smothering the fuzz in favor of a cello, a piano, and his voice.
Everything Matters But No One Is Listening is a collection of 10 Beach Slang covers. [Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.]
>Rat Scabies
- P.H.D. Prison Hospital Debt CD/LP (Cleopatra)
Debut solo album from legendary co-founder and former drummer of punk rock icons The Damned.

>Max Rault
– It’s A New Day Tonight CD/LP+MP3 (Wick)
Michael Rault's second full-length, It's A New Day Tonight, has its home in the darkness, like much rock and roll – many of its songs look at nocturnal activities, particularly sleep.
It’s A New Day Tonight has the loose-limbed feel of a lost album by '70s bands that bridged the gap between folk-rock's open-hearted strumming and power pop's crisp, melody-forward confections – Wings, Badfinger, Big Star, 10cc – yet possesses an energy shot through with 21st-century optimism.
>Otis Redding
– Dock Of The Bay Sessions CD/LP (Atlantic)
The 12-song
Dock Of The Bay Sessions collection was compiled with input from Roger Armstrong of Ace Records and Otis biographer Jonathan Gould and has the Redding family’s full endorsement. Although the individual tracks have been previously released across a smattering of posthumous albums and compilations, this marks the first time they have been assembled to resemble what this album could possibly have been. In the liner notes, musician-journalist Bob Stanley writes: “This album is the first indication of a new Otis Redding, one that has slayed audiences in Europe, one which won him a whole new crowd at the Monterey International Pop Festival.”
>Red Hare
– Little Acts Of Destruction CD/LP (Dischord)
Like their debut
Nites Of Midnite (2013) and their stop-gap 7”, Lexicon Mist (2016), Little Acts Of Destruction was recorded and mixed by longtime collaborator and friend J. Robbins. These 14 songs are a heady/hearty mix of the familiar and new that bristle with the energy of Washington D.C. sound they helped shape. [The CD version of this release includes the tracks from Red Hare’s Lexicon Mist 7” single.]
>Ike Reilly
– Crooked Love CD (Rock Ridge)
Crooked Love is Ike Reilly's eighth studio album, produced by Reilly and his longtime collaborator and guitarist Phil Karnats (Secret Machines, Tripping Daisy, Polyphonic Spree). Informed by Reilly’s colorful life experiences, his gallows humor and the current political landscape, the songs are poetic, greasy, topical, lustful, self-deprecating and hilarious. Karnats had witnessed Reilly writing and recording demos in hotels, dressing rooms and tour buses and knew he wanted a production that allowed for confident, relaxed takes. In order to provide the most intimate and comfortable environment possible, Reilly and Karnats created a dark, live room vibe with ancient microphones positioned in covert places that allowed the whole band to be in the same space, unencumbered by headphones and isolation booths. The production is decidedly not slick, yet the improvisational nature of the playing is sophisticated in its simplicity. [Vinyl edition due June 22.]
>Remember Sports
– Slow Buzz CD/LP (Father/Daughter)
New album from the Philly via Ohio indie punks.

>Rotten Sound
– Suffer To Abuse CDEP/12”” (Season Of Mist)
Rotten Sound have firmly established themselves as one of the leading acts of the grindcore scene. Expertly wielding the fierce brutality and massive aggression of their genre, the Finns add intelligent songwriting, effective arrangements, and musical proficiency as well as subtle death metal elements to their sound. Their new EP Suffer to Abuse, which is not to be confused with their latest full-length album,
Abuse To Suffer (2016), embodies those aforementioned virtues to the point. [Limited 12” vinyl pressing with etched B-side also available.]
>Saweetie
– High Maintenance CDEP (WB)
“The “ICY GRL” rapper’s debut EP is a low-stakes but gratifying listen, full of witty one-liners and cheeky quotables.” – Pitchfork

>The Sheepdogs
– Changing Colours CD/LP (Dine Alone Music Inc.)
New album from the Canadian-based five-piece guitar-driven rock band. "This album has a much wider range of sounds on it: trombone, clarinet, Latin percussion, pedal steel, fiddle and banjo all make an appearance," the band said in a statement. "The title Changing Colours really lends itself to these different sounds on the record... We were also lucky to work with newcomer Jim Bowskill whose guitar wizardry is almost outshone by his fine mandolin playing and singing."

>She Spread Sorrow
– Midori CD (Cold Spring)
The third album by Italian artist She Spread Sorrow (Alice Kudalini),
Midori tells a story - the escape from a harsh reality that becomes an echo of nightmares and visions, a house that is the scene of fear and anguish, a soul that is lost in pain to an epilogue of death and purification. The gloomy, intense, dream-like sound, sometimes distorted, sometimes angelic is the soundtrack of a dramatic story, but also of relief.
>The Sidekicks
– Happiness Hours CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
The Sidekicks – Runners In The Nerved World [Reissue/2015] CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Nearly three years in the making,
Happiness Hours follows The Sidekicks' acclaimed 2015 album Runners In The Nerved World (which has been reissued on CD and vinyl). Produced, engineered, and mixed by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile), Happiness Hours features some of the sunniest, most ebullient songs the Ohio-based band have ever recorded – all adorned with ringing guitars, charging drums, and soaring vocals. That dynamic is more than apparent on the infectious lead single “Twins Twist.” With its warm harmonies and shining melody, bouncing groove and bittersweet lyrics, “Twins Twist” also reveals the more narrative-driven direction that The Sidekicks pursued in creating Happiness Hours. As vocalist/guitarist Steve Ciolek explains, those narratives reach squarely toward a kind of universal experience. “They are relative to my life, but they aren't just about me,” says Ciolek, whose bandmates include drummer Matt Climer, guitarist/vocalist Toby Reif, and bassist/vocalist Ryan Starinsky. “Unlike when you're a kid, when every song has to be about falling in love or breaking up – about me, me, me – you get to a point when you really want your art to be inclusive. You want everyone to be able to locate themselves somehow in your songs.”
>Örvar Smárason
– Light Is Liquid CD (Morr Music)
Eight precious electronic pop songs that show Smárason (múm, FM Belfastb) both as a gifted songwriter and producer. It's an update of the sound that made múm one of the most revered Nordic acts since the 2000s, but it's also slightly reminiscent of Boards Of Canada's pastoral beats or even the transcendental tracks of Arca and Björk.

>Sonologyst
– Silencers (The Conspiracy Theory Dossiers) CD (Cold Spring)
Eerie drones, oscillations from the ether, distorted dark matter, signals from other dimensions... The music of Sonologyst fluctuates between scientific sonic documentaries and psychedelic abstraction, illuminated by early experimentation of the '50s and '60s, as well as future possibilities of the electronic and electro-acoustic.

>Matthew Sweet
– Tomorrow’s Daughter CD (MRI)
Seasoned singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Matthew Sweet is currently in the midst of a personal musical renaissance that's seen him produce some of the most compelling and ambitious music of his three-decade career. That certainly applies to
Tomorrow's Daughter, on which such instantly memorable new tunes as “Belong,” “Run Away,” “Lady Frankenstein” and "Out of My Misery" demonstrate his uncanny ability to tap into a bottomless well of pop history to craft music that's effortlessly catchy yet deeply personal. The follow-up to the artist's acclaimed 2017 set Tomorrow Forever is a persuasive testament to the enduring qualities of Sweet's adventurous, emotion-charged songcraft. The 12 new songs abound with the punchy melodic sensibility, playful sonic experimentalism and introspective lyrical insight that have been constants in his expansive catalog. [Vinyl edition due June 15.]
>Steve Tibbetts
– Life Of CD (ECM)
One-of-a-kind guitarist and record-maker Steve Tibbetts has an association with ECM dating back to 1981, with his body of work reflecting that of an artist who follows his own winding, questing path. The BBC has described his music as an atmospheric brew… brilliant, individual.
Life Of, his ninth album for the label, serves as something of a sequel to his 2010 release, Natural Causes, which JazzTimes called music to get lost in. Like the earlier album, Life Of showcases the richness of his Martin 12-string acoustic guitar, along with his gamelan-like piano and artfully deployed field samples of Balinese gongs; the sonic picture also incorporates the sensitive percussion of long-time musical partner Marc Anderson and the almost subliminal cello drones of Michelle Kinney.
>Nedelle Torrisi
– Only For You CD (Frenchkiss)
Los Angeles-based Nedelle Torrisi has been a musician since the day she was born. And while her early years focused on jazz, her career - from her previous solo albums to her work with Cryptacize (her band with Chris Cohen) - has always contained more of a ‘90s R&B sensibility. That appreciation is evident on her new album,
Only For You. There is a sonic thread between this album and Torrisi's last release, 2015's Advice From Paradise, but the writing on the new album is intentionally tighter, and the production cleaner. She co-produced the album with Billy Uomo of the band Babes who also played and programmed drums. Jeremy Gara of Arcade Fire lent his skills along with many other talented L.A.-based musicians. “Good Love” was produced by the band Inc., Kenny Gilmore (Ariel Pink) produced “Show Me Your Face” and “Vision Of Love.” David Greenbaum (Beck) and Gilmore mixed the album. Beyond her own work, Torrisi has contributed and played with a number of artists and bands whose ranks include Ariel Pink, Dev Hynes and Sufjan Stevens.
>Trrmà
– Trrmà CD (Auand)
Trrmà, an instrumental duo formed by Giovanni Todisco (percussion) and Giuseppe Candiano (synths), present a record composed of five movements that mix acoustic percussion with synthesis. Symphonic and Mediterranean percussion built polyrhythmic structures to create primitive and ancient imagery connected to synthesizers, which draw dystopic and sci-fi soundscapes.

>TT (Warpaint)
– LoveLaws CD/LP (Caroline)
TT, also known as Theresa Wayman, vocalist and guitarist of Warpaint, releases her debut solo album,
LoveLaws. The 10-track collection reflects Wayman’s personal growth and growth as a musician over the past fourteen years, as well as enabling her to explore ideas that are otherwise difficult in a band setting. The album was written by a mother of a twelve-year-old son “coming from a position of what it's like to have and to get unconditional love.”The record is also about the ups and downs of romance, viewed through Wayman's experience as a traveling musician, where the routine can be maddening in its loneliness and where relationships are difficult. The songs were her way of processing this loneliness. The result is an album that, in Wayman's words, is: “down tempo, pretty sexy, and a bit emotional. I'm a romantic person in a world where a relationship is difficult. But I also needed to be on my own and not force having a relationship.”
TT plays bass, guitar, and synth on the album, and programmed the drum beats on most of the tracks. She also had a little help from Warpaint bandmates Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass) and Stella Mozgawa (drums).

>Various Artists
- Flowers From The Ashes: Contemporary Italian Electronic Music CD (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
There is a sensibility of decadence and corroded grandeur etched within the album, reminding you that historically "decadent" times have nonetheless resulted in some of the boldest acts of individual and collective creativity. Includes tracks by Silvia Kastel, Andrea Belfi, Marco Shuttle, Ninos Du Brasil, Alessandro Adriani, Chevel, Lucy, Lory D, Caterina Barbieri, and Neel.

>Various Artists
- Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s CD (Sony)
Willie Nelson. Waylon Jennings. Kris Kristofferson. Jessi Colter. Bobby Bare. Jerry Jeff Walker. David Allan Coe. Cowboy Jack Clement. Tom T. Hall. Billy Joe Shaver. Guy Clark. Townes Van Zandt. Tompall Glaser. Today, all names synonymous with the word "outlaw," but 40 years ago they started a musical revolution by creating music and a culture that shook the status quo on Music Row and cemented their place in country music history and beyond. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's upcoming major exhibition, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s, will explore this era of cultural and artistic exchange between Nashville, TN and Austin, TX, revealing untold stories and never-seen artifacts. The exhibition, which opens May 25 for a nearly three-year run, will explore the complicated, surprising relationship between the two cities.

>Various Artists
– Sea For Yourself CD+DVD/2xLP+DVD (Modern Harmonic)
CD and vinyl reissue of a legendary surf/funk/psych soundtrack. Created by an incredible aggregation of California music royalty including Rick Henn, Dennis and Daryl Dragon, plus other friends - this ultra-scarce, in-demand soundtrack for Hal Jepsen's 1972 film
A Sea For Yourself features an astounding journey of styles from funky, freeform workouts to homegrown, back-porch rock to breezy, bossa-tinged instrumentals. A fine blend of surfing and music, the film put together the world's best surfers practicing their art in France, Australia, California, and Hawaii with a powerful original soundtrack. Includes a DVD of the original feature film. [Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Various Artists
– This Is Trojan Rocksteady 2xCD (Trojan)
Even though the rock-steady era only lasted a couple years (right before reggae arrived in full force), that short window produced a wealth of classic, influential sides.
This Is Trojan Rocksteady is comprised of 50 cuts from that golden age of Jamaican music.
>Various Artists
- Warsaw's Jewish Mermaid: Syrena Recordings From The Orvomaa Archive 1909-1933 CD (Renair)
Until its destruction during the War, Warsaw, together with Berlin, was at the cultural and intellectual intersection of East and Western Europe. Known as the Paris of the East, its musical, literary, artistic, and theatrical flourishing was in no small part due to its extraordinary ethnic and cultural diversity. Most traces of this period vanished in the devastation of the 1940s but thanks to the survival of some precious recordings made in this period you can hear echoes of that rich culture. The Syrena (Mermaid) label covered all aspects of musical activity in Poland between 1909 and the end of the 1930s. All human life is on this CD. You will hear people arguing, soldiering, going bankrupt, and praying. They also dance to Klezmer bands, meet the devil, fail to have sex, complain about modern girls, and of course, eat.

>Ryley Walker
– Deafman Glance CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
“I was under a lot of stress because I was trying to make an anti-folk record and I was having trouble doing it. I wanted to make something deep-fried and more me-sounding. I didn't want to be jammy acoustic guy anymore. I just wanted to make something weird and far-out that came from the heart finally. I was always trying to make something like this I guess, trying to catch up with my imagination. And I think I succeeded in that way.”

>Kelly Willis
– Back Being Blue CD (Premium)
New album from the Austin-based singer-songwriter.

>YFN Lucci
– Ray Ray From Summerhill CD (Think It’s A Game)
Debut album from the Atlanta rapper. Features a respectable roster of guests including T.I., Dreezy, Wale, Offset, Meek Mill, and YFN Trae Pound.


DVDs + Blu-ray:
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Jeff Beck – Silo On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story DVD/Blu-ray (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
The story of the legendary guitarist’s career, from early days learning guitar solos with his friend Jimmy Page, through The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group and his multifaceted solo albums. Contributors include Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Jan Hammer, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Slash, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and more.

>Joe Bonamassa
– British Blues Explosion Live DVD/Blu-ray (J&R Adventures)
Guitarist extraordinaire Joe Bonamassa’s salute to the icons of British blues features the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Joe recently paid tribute to his heroes during a short but very sweet tour of Britain – five performances only. This show, presented across a variety of formats, was recorded at Greenwich Music Time at The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London on July 7, 2016. As one of the world's leading guitarists and a passionate devotee to the sacred form of art that is the British Blues, there is no person more qualified to preach this music than Bonamassa. For the first time, with this unforgettable performance, he was able to give special homage to the British guitarists who inspired him the most. [Stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray editions also available.]


This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Against All Logic
– 2012-2017 2xLP (Other People)
Much like Kerrier District did to disco, A.A.L. (Against All Logic) borrows heavily from the samples and sounds ingrained deep within Nicolas Jaar's listening habits and evidently a record collection packed to the brim with classic soul, house, and most importantly, funk hooks. Keenly twisting these sounds and filtering them through a studio set up that's leaning heavily on the beefed-up kick drums and reverb units to make a well-executed homage to these sounds, pieced together with the inherent idea of making the listener unable to resist the urge to move, be it in a bedroom, basement, or just sat in work staring at a computer screen.

>Kevin Ayers
– Joy Of A Toy [Reissue/1969] LP (4 Men With Beards)
Vinyl reissue of the debut solo album from the bassist and principal songwriter of the Soft machine originally released in 1969. With Ayers playing an impressive list of instruments and bandmate Robert Wyatt on drums for most of the songs, much of
Joy Of A Toy recalls early Soft Machine, and features Ayers prog-pop songwriting sensibilities in full force. Reissued on limited edition opaque yellow vinyl in a deluxe tip-on jacket, gatefold sleeve.
>The Black Dahlia Murder
– Unhallowed [Reissue/2003] LP (Metal Blade)
The Black Dahlia Murder – Ritual [Reissue/2011] LP (Metal Blade)
The Black Dahlia Murder – Everblack [Reissue/2013] LP (Metal Blade)
Limited colored vinyl reissues of the death metal band’s first, fifth and sixth albums.

>Blackfoot
– Strikes [Reissue/1979] LP (Friday Music)
1979's
Strikes is the long out of print, platinum-certified third full-length effort from heavy Southern rock band Blackfoot, formed at the onset of the '70s by Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlock.
>The Breeders
– Pod [Reissue/1990] LP (4AD)
The Breeders – Last Splash [Reissue/1993] LP (4AD)
The Breeders – Tittle TK [Reissue/2002] LP (4AD)
The Breeders – Mountain Battles [Reissue/2008] LP (4AD)
In October 2017, The Breeders announced their return to 4AD, along with a new album,
All Nerve, released in March 2018. The label is also reissuing their previous four albums on vinyl including Pod (1990), Last Splash (1993), Title TK (2002) and Mountain Battles (2008).
>The Brian Jonestown Massacre
– Hold That Thought 10” (A. Recordings)
“Hold That Thought” announces The Brian Jonestown Massacre's forthcoming two albums to be released in 2018 (June and September, respectively). White-colored 10" vinyl.

>Peter Brötzmann
– Machine Gun [Reissue/1968] LP (Cien Fuegos)
Peter Brötzmann – Machine Gun / Alternate Takes [Reissue/1968] LP (Cien Fuegos)
Vinyl reissue of the second album by jazz saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, released on the Bro label in 1968, later reissued on the FMP label in 1971.
Machine Gun was an octet recording often listed among the most notable free jazz albums. Also available: an album of alternate takes.
>Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell
– Naptown Blues [Reissue/1973] 1929-1934 LP (Yazoo)
As the classic sound of blues developed in the pre-World War II years, numerous individual artists found success performing and recording throughout the deep South, but relatively few groups and duos. The combination of Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell bucked this trend, attracting audiences with their intricate marriage of Carr's pleasant blues piano to Blackwell's proto-jazz guitar melodies.

>Celldöd
- Fragmenterade Minnen LP (DKA)
Industrial funk with flares of body music and techno.

>The Cranberries
– No Need To Argue [Reissue/1994] LP (Plain)
Limited 180gm vinyl reissue of the Irish rock band’s second album. Assorted pressings on clear and colored vinyl.

>The Daysleepers
– Drowned In A Sea Of Sound [2008] LP (Clairerecords)
Imagine the sounds of the Cure, Cocteau Twins, The Chameleons and Slowdive rolled into one.

>Division Of Laura Lee
– Hollow Pricks 7” (Lovitt)
A musical tornado from Gothenburg, Sweden.

>Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard
– Perfectly Unhappy LP (Rune Grammophon)
Espen Eriksen Trio was formed in 2007 and released their first album in 2010. Their music relies on highly melodic and lyrical instrumentals and a "less is more" approach and is often credited for its unique voice within today's jazz scene by the international press. The aptly named
Perfectly Unhappy features eight new songs by the pianist, all written with this collaboration in mind.New
>The Fuzztones
– Dark Zone [2009] 2xLP (Bang)
New York City legends The Fuzztones released this collection of their darkest sounds only on CD in 2009 and it had come the time to put it out on vinyl. Rare tracks focusing on their shadiest material. Dark psychedelic and fuzzed-up songs.

>The Garden
– Mirror Might Steal Your Charm LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Taking the audience away into a still unfathomed sound world and bringing back some of the scuzzier elements of their earlier work, the duo's more guitar focused third album is another sublime slice of post-modern pop. Welcome back to a land that's familiar, slightly out of sync, and a little bit unnerving.

>G-Eazy
– The Beautiful & Damned 2xLP+MP3 (RCA)
Released last year on CD – now available on vinyl. Third album from the Oakland-based rapper includes the single "No Limit" featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B. The album also includes collaborations with Halsey, Kehlani, E-40, Charlie Puth, Anna of The North and others.

>Anthony Green
– Studio 4 Acoustic Session LP (Memory Music)
To celebrate the release of his 2016 album Pixie Queen, Anthony Green (renown singer of Circa Survive and Saosin) performed a number of songs from his catalog at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

>Guru
– Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 [Reissue/1993] 3xLP (Blue Note)
Deluxe triple vinyl reissue of the debut solo studio album from Guru, one half of the hip-hop duo Gang Starr. includes the original album, the instrumentals and a third bonus LP of rare remixes and a 12-page booklet that features rare images from the original
Jazzmatazz photo shoot.
>Hawkwind
– Hawkwind [Reissue/1970] LP (4 Men With Beards)
Hawkwind’s 1970 debut is the perfect introduction to what was going to be a long and peculiar journey. A galactic blues-rock sound rightfully compared to Pink Floyd's early work: hippie rock grooves and interplanetary guitar rides, echoed vocals and nonstop instrumental voyages. This is where it all began: (as original ads for the album proclaimed) “Hawkwind Is Space Rock.” In a gatefold sleeve on limited edition opaque blue vinyl.

>Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
– The Ode LP (Tape Time)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. After seven years, three albums, innumerable sold out shows, and countless beers, bluegrass mavericks Horseshoes & Hand Grenades appropriately consider themselves a "family" on a wild, wonderful, and often whacky roller coaster. The bond between the quintet fuels their creativity and chemistry on stage and in the studio.

>Insomnium
– One For Sorrow [Reissue/2011] 2xLP+CD (Century Media)
Vinyl reissue of the fifth studio album by Finnish melodic death metal band.

>Gregory Isaacs
– Roxy Theater 1982 2xLP (Cleopatra)
Reggae legend Gregory Isaacs blows the roof off of Hollywood's Roxy Theatre with the help of a superstar backing band The Roots Radics.

>Kansas
– The Best Of Kansas [Reissue/1984] LP (Friday Music)
Limited red colored audiophile vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve.

>King Diamond
– Fatal Portrait [Reissue/1986] LP (Metal Blade)
King Diamond – Abigail [Reissue/1987] LP (Metal Blade)
King Diamond – “Them” [Reissue/1988] LP (Metal Blade)
Limited edition picture disc vinyl reissues of the Danish heavy metal band’s first three albums.

>Lenny Kravitz
– Greatest Hits [Reissue/2000] 2xLP (Virgin)
First-time US vinyl pressing. Originally issued in 2000, the triple platinum compilation showcases the many strengths inherent in the grooves of Kravitz's first five albums – 1989's
Let Love Rule, 1991's Mama Said, 1993's Are You Gonna Go My Way, 1995's Circus, and 1998's 5 – by assembling 15 of the best tracks from the first stage of his celebrated career.
>Steve Lacy/Yuji Takahashi/Takehisa Kosugi
– Distant Voices [Reissue/1976] LP (Aguirre)
Renowned for remarkable solo concerts that confirmed his mastery of the soprano horn and that carried its instrumental language into previously unexplored regions, Steve Lacy loved to collaborate with musicians who could inspire him to stretch the boundaries of his own artistry. During the summer of 1975 Lacy toured Japan, and that June he entered a Nippon Columbia studio in Tokyo with Yuji Takahashi and Takehisa Kosugi, two adventurous kindred spirits, guaranteed to fire Lacy's creative imagination. The fascinating outcome of that dynamic session is
Distant Voices, an album without parallel in Lacy's extensive discography.
>The Steve Miller Band
– Children Of The Future [Reissue/1968] LP (Capitol)
The Steve Miller Band – Sailor [Reissue/1968] LP (Capitol)
The Steve Miller Band – Brave New World [Reissue/1969] LP (Capitol)
The Steve Miller Band – Your Saving Grace [Reissue/1969] LP (Capitol)
The Steve Miller Band – 5 [Reissue/1970] LP (Capitol)
The Steve Miller Band – Rock Love [Reissue/1971] LP (Capitol)
The Steve Miller Band – Recall The Beginning… A Journey From Eden [Reissue/1972] LP (Capitol)
The Steve Miller Band – The Joker [Reissue/1973] LP (Capitol)
The Steve Miller Band – Fly Like An Eagle [Reissue/1974] LP (Capitol)
The Steve Miller Band – The Complete Albums 1 9xLP (Capitol)
Fifty years after the Steve Miller Band's first two Capitol Records albums were released in 1968, the acclaimed group's first nine studio albums have been remastered.

>Michael Nesmith & The First National Band
– Magnetic South [Reissue/1970] LP (Sundazed)
Michael Nesmith & The First National Band – Loose Salute [Reissue/1970] LP (Sundazed)
Michael Nesmith & The First National Band – Nevada Fighter [Reissue/1971] LP (Sundazed)
Limited edition colored vinyl reissues. The heralded solo debut of Michael Nesmith,
Magnetic South features the artist's hybrid of cowboy-'n'-western country music and rock sensibilities, highlighted by "Joanne," one of the earliest singles with the California-country sound to become a major hit record. The second LP from Michael Nesmith and the First National Band, Loose Salute features the country-rock pioneer's hit single "Silver Moon" alongside dreamy, near-psychedelic studies on western motifs and melodies, funky swamp sounds, and straight-up country readings in the inimitable Nesmith style. Nevada Fighter completes a trilogy of LPs by the one-time Monkee and again, the First National Band, augmented by members of Elvis' ‘70s touring band and other Wrecking Crew heroes.
>New Found Glory
– Makes Me Sick Again LP+MP3 (Hopeless)
Limited pink with yellow splatter colored vinyl LP pressing with printed inner sleeve and digital download. Pop-punk stalwarts New Found Glory return with
Makes Me Sick Again, the deluxe follow-up to 2017's Makes Me Sick, featuring two b-side tracks, alternative artwork and new vinyl colors
>Pennywise
– Never Gonna Die LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Never Gonna Die is the twelfth full-length effort from Pennywise and the legendary Southern California punk institution's first of new songs with singer Jim Lindberg, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, drummer Byron McMackin, and bassist Randy Bradbury in over a decade.
>Pink Floyd
– Relics [Reissue/1971] LP (Pink Floyd)
Pink Floyd – Pulse (Live) [Reissue/1995] 4xLP (Pink Floyd)
Relics (subtitle: A Bizarre Collection of Antiques & Curios) is a 1971 compilation album by Pink Floyd. The album was released in 1971. Originally released in 1995, Pulse (Live) was compiled by James Guthrie, using various performances from the band's 1994 Division Bell tour across the UK and Europe featuring David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The album includes The Dark Side Of The Moon performed in full live, as well as a whole side dedicated to the show's encore. The four-LP set includes four different inner sleeves, each inside individual outer sleeves, plus a 52-page hardback photo book, all encased in a thick card slipcase.
>Redd Kross
– Oh Canada! [2016] LP (Bang)
Originally self-released in 2016 on CD, Redd Kross now present this live album recorded in Canada in 1997 during their
Show World American tour on vinyl. Redd Kross expose themselves here at their peak of glammest rocking attitude. Melodies, electricity, choruses... Redd Kross at their best.
>Segregates
– Burston LP (Cleopatra)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Debut album from the UK power trio inspired by Motörhead.

>Jesper Siliya
– Giant Steps [Reissue/1978] LP+CD (Shadoks Music)
This album by Jesper Siliya was released originally on the same label as Chrissy Zebby Tembo's My Ancestors. Jesper Siliya used to play with the Ngozi Family and most likely, they played with him here.
Giant Steps is his sole album as a band leader, and it's a great one -- very catchy, simple but beautiful compositions, you'll find yourself singing these songs in your sleep. Heavy fuzz-guitar is all over the album -- Fuzz guitars all over with African beats and political lyrics.
>Bruce Springsteen
– The Album Collection Vol. 2 1987-1996 10xLP (Sony Legacy)
Collects remastered editions of the five studio and live albums recorded and released by Bruce Springsteen for Columbia Records between 1987 - 1996 plus remastered editions of the EPs
Chimes Of Freedom (1988) and Blood Brothers (1996) (available for the first time on vinyl). Albums included: Tunnel Of Love (1987), Human Touch (1992), Lucky Town (1992), In Concert/MTV Plugged (1993), and The Ghost Of Tom Joad (1995).
>Taj Mahal Travellers
– August 1974 [ Reissue/1975] 2xLP (Aguirre)
Vinyl reissue of a monumental work by the Japanese experimental music ensemble.

>Tenniscoats
– Music Exists Disc 4 LP (Alien Transistor/Afterhours)
Alien Transistor and Tokyo-based label Afterhours release the vinyl-version of
Volume 4 of Tenniscoats' masterpiece Music Exists - a magical quadruple release by the Japanese experimental folk luminaries.
>Michal Turtle
– Return To Jeka LP (Music From Memory)
Delving further into the archives of British musician Michal Turtle,
Return To Jeka brings together eight previously unreleased works recorded between 1983 and 1985. Drawing extensively on the use of percussion and electronics, these songs bring together elements which were not only in many aspects visionary but also sound like little else.
>Various Artists
- Heads Records - South African Disco-Dub Edits 12” (Soundway)
Off the back of the recent Gumba Fire compilation, Soundway releases a four-track, dancefloor-orientated EP drawing from the short-lived Heads label out of South Africa, which lasted a brief two years between 1982 and 1984.

>Waveless
– As One More Folded Paper Crane LP/Cassette (Moniker)
Waveless has been touring the DIY circuit of damp basements and abandoned warehouses for the last three years. Cutting their teeth as a fast-paced punk band, Waveless has shifted into something that is dense and buzzy, and also melodic and melancholy. The trio take notes from bands like H
üsker Dü, Sonic Youth, and the Pixies, capturing the energy and sound of the underground as they reshape it.
>Wax Idols
– Happy Ending LP (Etruscan Gold Ltd.)
Oakland four-piece Wax Idols reinvigorate the mutated aesthetics of varying strains of post-punk, post-hardcore, and classic pop-rock. Hether Fortune’s powerful voice (as songwriter, arranger, producer, singer, and guitarist) is at the center, but the group’s work together is what makes Wax Idol’s energy so vital. Their fourth album
Happy Ending is an exploration of the abstraction and finality of death from philosophical, political, and personal perspectives. Despite the heavy subject matter, Hole drummer Patty Schemel notes the collection’s 'amazing pop melodies [found] inside dark, soulful soundscapes' and the Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala calls it 'a glacial invocation of anthemic horizons.
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>CDs + Vinyl:
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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids – An Angel Fell CD/2xLP (Strut)
New album from cosmic jazz travelers The Pyramids, led by saxophonist Idris Ackamoor. Produced by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics,
An Angel Fell was recorded during an intense week at Quatermass studios in London and is one of the deepest, richest works yet from a band reaching their highest creative peak since the early '70s.
>Arctic Monkeys
– Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Arctic Monkeys return with their sixth album, entitled Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. Produced by longtime collaborator James Ford and frontman Alex Turner, the highly anticipated 11-track effort was recorded in Los Angeles, Paris and London. “The first Arctic Monkeys album in five years is lush and claustrophobic at the same time – it calls to mind a guy going a little nutty in a small room in a nice house on a hill, constructing a fantasy world in his head and setting his visions to piano” (Rolling Stone). “The album’s title is a fitting one: this record feels a lot like gazing into the night sky. At first it’s completely overwhelming – you’ll be trying to connect the scattered dots on this initially impenetrable listen, and maybe even despairing when it doesn’t all come together. But when the constellations show through, you’ll realize that it’s a product of searingly intelligent design” (NME). [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Bad Wolves
– Disobey CD (Eleven Seven Music)
From their massive cover of The Cranberries “Zombie”, driving anthems like “No Masters” to the syncopated Faith No More-worthy rocker “Better The Devil,” Bad Wolves’ new album
Disobey showcases elements of rock, metal, hip-hop and progressive rock into a unique amalgam of music that is infectious. [Vinyl edition due May 25.]
>Beach House
– 7 CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Beach House released
B-sides And Rarities in 2017, which served as a proverbial “cleaning out the closet” to pave way for a new creative process. Their approach in the creation of 7 was rebirth and rejuvenation. “Looking back, there is quite a bit of chaos happening in these songs, and a pervasive dark field that we had little control over. The discussions surrounding women’s issues were a constant source of inspiration and questioning. The energy, lyrics and moods of much of this record grew from ruminations on the roles, pressures and conditions that our society places on women, past and present. The twisted double edge of glamour, with its perils and perfect moments, was an endless source (see ‘L'Inconnue,’ ‘Drunk In L.A.,’ ‘Woo,’ ‘Girl Of The Year,’ ‘Last Ride’). In a more general sense, we are interested by the human mind's (and nature’s) tendency to create forces equal and opposite to those present. Thematically, this record often deals with the beauty that arises in dealing with darkness; the empathy and love that grows from collective trauma; the place one reaches when they accept rather than deny (see ‘Dark Spring,’ ‘Pay No Mind,’ ‘Lemon Glow,’ ‘Dive,’ ‘Black Car,’ ‘Lose Your Smile’).” – Beach House
>Jean-Michel Blais
– Dans ma main CD (Arts & Crafts)
The sophomore release by pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais is an expansive album of post-classical piano with strands of electronic detail. Blending his conservatory skill and precise pop sensibility with synthetic accompaniment, Blais creates unique environments where the piano's intimacy can be subtly disrupted at any time.
Dans ma main weaves together expressive piano with austere synths in a double-helix of acoustic and electronic arpeggiation, tethering techno, industrial, ambient, and new age music to Blais' solo piano essence. The album explores an everyday life awash in spirituality, stemming from Blais' interplay with music as therapy. Compelled by the cathartic air that audiences exude in his pin-drop performances, Blais considers how music has served as a tool of wellness in his own life. From his prior career in special education, to the role classical and ambient music played soothing the Tourettic symptoms he experienced as a child, Jean-Michel's new compositions subconsciously call upon these periods of his life, reimagining a serenity he had only experienced seated at the piano. [Vinyl edition due June 8.]
>The Body
– I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer. CD/LP+2xMP3 (Thrill Jockey)
With each release, the duo of Lee Buford and Chip King continue to defy the constraints of what it means to be a “heavy” band, seamlessly combining composition or production approaches from hip hop, pop, classical, as well as rock and electronica resulting in a rich and utterly singular sound. On
I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer The Body challenged themselves again by turning their compositional approach on its head, choosing to build the record on their own samples rather than recording the basic tracks of drums and guitars and processing those. The results carry the listener towards the brink of emotional and musical extremes. I Have Fought Against It... conjures the sublime from an unexpected and incomparable variety of sounds.
>Brent Cobb
– Providence Canyon CD/LP+MP3 (Atlantic)
Named after a Georgian gully that Dave Cobb often visited as a teenager, the singer/songwriter's sophomore release
Providence Canyon is an evocative, electrified album about a life lived on the run. There are road songs, half-lit drinking tunes, tributes to friends and family, and nostalgic nods to one's younger years. There are songs about returning home and songs about getting the hell out of dodge. Gluing everything together is the unforced country croon and sharp songwriting of Cobb, who credits his recent touring history for inspiring the album's quicker pace. On the drawling, guitar-driven “Mornin's Gonna Come” and “Sucker For A Good Time,” Cobb battles against the temptations of the road, where the drinks are free and the nights are long. He doubles down on his commitment to his wife and daughter with “Ain’t A Road Too Long,” whose mix of Bible Belt boogie-woogie and Southern rock channels influences like The Band. Then, on the album’s breezy title track, he casts his mind back to his teenage years, when a trip to Providence Canyon was enough to remind him of life's fleeting, precious nature.
>Ry Cooder
– The Prodigal Son CD/LP (Fantasy)
Recorded in Hollywood, CA, and produced by Ry Cooder and his chief collaborator, drummer Joachim Cooder,
The Prodigal Son is all America - our spiritual, hopeful voices, our raw cries and our sly provocations, voiced through the songs of the Pilgrim Travelers, The Stanley Brothers, Blind Willie Johnson, and Ry Cooder himself. The album’s 11 tracks, including three Cooder originals and a carefully selected collection of his favorite spirituals of the last century, share a particular resonance in this time and place, forming an unflinching look at the state of play in modern America. “I do connect the political/economic dimensions with the inner life of people, since people are at risk and oppressed on all sides in our world today,” Cooder states. “There's some kind of reverence mood that takes hold when you play and sing these songs. ‘Reverence' is a word I heard my granddaughter's nursery school teacher use, a Kashmiri woman. She said, ‘We don't want to teach religion, but instill reverence.’ I thought that was a good word for the feeling of this music.”
>Del + Amp Live
– Gate 13 CD/2xLP (Iot)
Del The Funky Homosapien and Amp Live – two of the most innovative and respected names in hip-hop – unite for one of the most anticipated albums of 2018. The 16 tracks on Gate 13 mix hip-hop, funk, and electronica, and feature Goapele, Eligh, Simi, Zyme, Adult Karate, Mr. Micro, and James Melo, creating a portal into something progressive, futuristic, and fun.

>Denmark Vessey
– Sun Go Nova CD/LP (Mello Music Group)
Denmark Vessey
is a Detroit rapper and cult rap hero currently living in New York City, named after a brilliant 19th century slave-turned-carpenter who was convicted and executed for planning what would've been the largest slave revolt in North American history. He's funnier than most political rappers, more political than punch line spitters, and too imaginative for regressive underground stereotypes.
>Glenn Frey
– Above The Clouds: The Very Vest Of Glenn Frey CD/3xCD+DVD (Geffen)
Frey’s major chart hits after The Eagles break-up, including the
Beverly Hills Cop smash "The Heat Is On,” the gritty, slide-guitar-driven gutbucket groove of “Smuggler’s Blues,” the epic Miami Vice ballad “You Belong to the City,” the inward-looking poignancy of “Soul Searchin’,” and much more. [Available as a stand-alone disc and box set. Box set adds two CDs of deeper cuts and a live DVD culled from his performance at the National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, on September 15, 1992.]
>Jerry Garcia
– Before The Dead 4xCD/5xLP (Caroline)
A rare collection of the earliest known performances by Jerry Garcia. From an informal and intimate 1691 performance of simple folk songs at a birthday party with future songwriting partner Robert Hunter to more polished coffeehouse gigs with old-timey and bluegrass bands through 1964,
Before The Dead showcases Garcia’s deep study of the folk music tradition and its influence on his musical journey leading to the formation of the Grateful Dead.
>Ghost-Note
– Swagism 2xCD (Ropeadope)
Snarky Puppy members Robert "Sput" Searight and Nate Werth return as the duo Ghost-Note. Kamasi Washington guests on “No More Silence”.

>Françoise Hardy
– Personne D’autre CD (Arts Music)
The French singer-songwriter and fashion icon releases her 24th studio album.

>Dave Holland
– Uncharted Territories CD (Dare2)
Uncharted Territories brings together a quartet of some of the best players in forward-thinking jazz. Joining Holland on this recording are saxophonist Evan Parker, drummer Ches Smith and pianist Craig Taborn. The epic-length album finds the group breaking off into various permutations, and coming back together again for quartet performances. [Vinyl edition due July 20.]
>Illuminati Hotties
– Kiss Yr Frenemies CD/Cassette (Tiny Engines)
Despite the pluralized nom de guerre, Illuminati Hotties is the creative outlet of Sarah Tudzin - a producer and engineer hailing from the sprawl of Los Angeles. Lauded as local tenderpunk pioneers, Illuminati Hotties has perfected the blend of sweetness and ferocity, of celebration and despondency on debut album
Kiss Yr Frenemies. At first listen, it is a sun-drenched, irreverent volley with the onset of adulthood, but as the listener dives deeper, they will find an earnest consideration of musical phrasing and deliberately crafted wordplay regarding the complexity of love, loss, and skateboarding.
>Kassin
– Relax CD/LP+MP3 (Luaka Bop)
A not-so funny thing happens when you get divorced: your friends ask for advice on how to deal with their own relationship struggles. Maybe that's why Alexandre Kassin's new album,
Relax, has two songs about this incredible heartbreak. First there's "A Paisagem Morta," a dark bossa nova tune about those initial moments once the breakup is final, when you begin to rediscover yourself. "The lyrics are about trying to keep things happening," says Kassin, a leading producer and instrumentalist in Brazilian music.
>Mark Kozelek
– Mark Kozelek CD (Caldo Verde)
The first of two albums Kozelek has planned for 2018,
Mark Kozelek is comprised of 11 songs that were recorded in hotel rooms around San Francisco, including the previously released “This Is My Town” and “My Love For You.”
>La Luz
– Floating Features CD/LP (Hardly Art)
Los Angeles has often been described as a “dream factory” – both a mecca where dreamers converge to pursue long-held aspirations, and a topography of hallucinogenic contradictions: enchanting tangerine sunsets diffused by smog, crystal-clutching spiritualists mingling with deep-pocketed narcissists, rows of scenic palms competing with garish billboards for commuters’ attention. It was against this backdrop that La Luz conceived their third studio album. References to dreams abound on
Floating Features. “Loose Teeth” catalyzes nightmare fuel into a propulsive, intentionally-disorienting collision of honeyed harmonies and Takeshi Terauchi-esque jetstreams of distorted surf guitar. “Mean Dream” unsurprisingly mines dreamstate imagery, and the lyrics and melody for “Walking Into the Sun” actually came to Cleveland during a particularly-vivid night of deep sleep. Looming over the album's coterie of surreal figures (gargantuan cicadas, a monstrous “Creature,” The Sun King, aliens, the titular "Lonely Dozer") is the magnificent “Greed Machine,” a skulking, insatiable engine of consumption - Nathanael West’s “business of dreams” fearsomely manifested. Only La Luz could conjure up Floating Features’ Leone-on-LSD vibes, and the album finds the L.A. band at the height of their powers - golden rebels in a golden dream.
>Domenico Lancellotti
– The Good Is A Big God CD/LP+MP3 (Luaka Bop)
The Good Is A Big God, by singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Domenico Lancellotti, features contributions from Nina Miranda, Moreno Veloso, Pedro Sá and Sean O’Hagan.
The Good Is A Big God is a collection of reflective samba partially inspired by a trip taken to a Brazilian national park called The Serra dos Órgãos.
>Las Rosas
– Shadow By Your Side CD (Greenway)
“Quoted as being recorded ‘during the night shifts of an enormous life dismantling’, Brooklyn rock trio Las Rosas have materialized yet again for a sophomore full-length.
Shadow By Your Side brims with irresistible garage psych pop melodies and hooks delivered with authority and muscle, undoubtedly a huge step in their growth since their 2017 debut Everyone Gets Exactly What They Want. Lead single ‘Christa’ throbs with jangly glam rock tremors, strutting along Jose Boyer’s uniquely unkempt vocal delivery and some dirty guitar riff tones that’ll make those chest hairs sprout their own chest hairs. Can’t wait to the whole shebang in its entirety.” – Sly Vinyl
>Little Junior
– Hi CD/LP (Grand Jury)
Much of Little Junior's full-length debut Hi sounds like a clear combination of Pixies' lo-fi basement punk with Weezer and Carly Rae Jepsen's penchant for cheery sing-along melody.

>Sarah Louise
– Deeper Woods CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
On
Deeper Woods, the verdant forest that surrounds Sarah Louise's North Carolina home can be felt with each note. Louise's poetic depictions of nature both lyrical and musical are animated and reverent. Lauded for her work as an accomplished 12-string solo guitarist, Deeper Woods is the first album to prominently feature her voice. Louise enriches her warm singular vocal sound with a lush variety of instruments as well as layers of harmonies that together create a tapestry of texture. Steeped in Appalachian folk traditions, Louise's influences are much broader with shades of psychedelia and experimentalism, pushing her beyond genre constraints. Incorporating both traditional and modern methods of composition, the album is a reflection on the struggle between peaceful isolation and the need for community.
>Mad Professor
– Electro Dubclubbing!! CD (Ariwa Sounds)
The dawn of the new dub, Mad Professor is back with a new series of releases. Recorded in London at Ariwa Studios,
Electro Dubclubbing!! features an all-star class including Sly and Robbie, Aisha, U-Roy, Black Steel and Lloyd Parks. [Vinyl edition due May 25.]
>Marian Hill
– Unusual CD/LP (Photo Finish)
Platinum-selling electronic duo Marian Hill return after over a year's absence with their sophomore album,
Unusual. Over 10 taut tracks including lead single "Subtle Thing," the act solidifies their position as a singular voice in modern pop - each song a unique journey into a very particular world. Samantha Gongol's vocals are more effortlessly precise than ever as she sculpts the sound of every word with power and attitude. Jeremy Lloyd's meticulous minimalism has grown harder and more propulsive - each beat dares you not to dance with surprises around every corner, pulling on diverse influences from jazz, electronic and hip hop while bringing to mind ‘00s Timbaland updated for the 23rd century.
>Loreena McKennitt
– Lost Souls CD/LP+MP3 (UMe)
Loreena McKennitt’s first release of original material since 2006,
Lost Souls is a rich tapestry of contemporary thoughts woven with threads from the Celts to the Bedouins, stitched with the sounds of a diverse collection of musical voices, including nyckelharpa, a military band and flamenco guitar.
>John Mellencamp
– Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theatre CD+DVD/CD+Blu-ray (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
“Try to keep it as plain spoken as possible…” those are some of the first words the viewer hears in
Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theatre. A self-narrated musical journey, the film encapsulates the sound and soul of John Mellencamp. Stepping outside the boundaries of a concert film or documentary, Plain Spoken blends highly personal voice-overs from Mellencamp with live footage of him performing with his full band at the historic Chicago Theatre, just 250 miles from his native Indiana. He tells us the story of his Midwestern upbringing, the trials, turns and triumphs of his career, and his overall outlook on life while the music plays, supporting his stories. The result is the essence of John Mellencamp, delivered fully on-screen.
>The National Reserve
– Motel La Grange CD/LP (Ramseur)
Founded and fronted by singer-guitarist Sean Walsh, The National Reserve mine an archetypal musical seam, marrying gutbucket R&B, Laurel Canyon lyricism, New Orleans funk workouts, late night soul, and boozy rock ‘n' roll to create their own timeless brand of American music.

>Newcleus
– Teknology: The Third Millennium Remixes CD (Jam-On Recordings)
New compilation of remixes of the Newcleus electro classic "Teknology". Features the classic original recording, as well as remixes from Phill Moffa, Intelligentsia, Binalog Frequency, Gods Of Technology and many more.

>The Nonce
– 1990 CD/LP (Family Groove)
Reissue of an important milestone recorded during the Golden Age of Hip-Hop.

>Organectomy
– Domain Of The Wretched CD/LP (Unique Leader)
Organectomy’s unique brand of slamming brutal death metal incorporates aspects of old school death metal, melodic death metal, brutal death metal, atmospheric death metal, technical death metal, and slam into a twisted amalgamation of pure, sickening brutality.

>Our Solar System
– Origins CD/LP+MP3 (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
Swelling, Swedish cosmic collective Our Solar System's third full-length is perhaps their most transparent and revealing, unobstructed by anything beyond the group's now-masterful commitment to eclipsing the expected. On
Origins, the music is at once rapturous, intense and mysterious.
>Buck Owens and The Buckaroos
– The Complete Capitol Singles: 1967-1970 CD (Omnivore)
Newly remastered, and featuring liner notes from Scott B. Bomar,
The Complete Capitol Singles: 1967–1970 presents the golden age of Buck Owens in an entirely new way. This is the second in a series chronicling every one of Buck’s historic Capitol singles from the ’50s, ’60, and ’70s. Taken from the original mono and stereo masters, The Complete Capitol Singles: 1967–1970 collects the A- and B-side to all 18 singles from that period, including 14 Top Ten hits, in their original, chronological form. These are the records that made Buck Owens a legend and defined the Bakersfield Sound. “The reason my Capitol records sounded the way they did—real heavy on the treble—was because I knew most people were going to be listening to ’em on their AM car radios. At the time, nobody else was doing anything like that, but it just seemed like common sense to me. And it was one more reason that you knew it was a Buck Owens record as soon as it came on the radio—because it just didn’t sound like those other records…” – Buck Owens
>Potatohead People
– Nick & Astro’s Guide To The Galaxy CD (Bastard Jazz)
Comprised of Vancouver producers and multi-instrumentalists Nick Wisdom and Astrological, Canadian duo Potatohead People boast a number of noteworthy accolades thanks to a their signature sound drawing influences from ‘90s boom-bap, future soul, classic jazz, deep house and boogie/funk. [Vinyl edition due May 25.]

>Phill Pratt / Bobby Kalphat
– The War Is On - Dub Style [Reissue/1982] CD/LP (Pressure Sounds)
Phil Pratt had an illustrious career in Jamaica stretching back to the rocksteady years of the '60s, but by the '80s was increasingly working on productions in London. Easy Street was a low budget studio with professional but fairly limited equipment - a Soundcraft TS24 mixing desk, a Roland RE301 Chorus Echo, an AKG BX5 reverb, and an MXR flanger/doubler - and a speedy way of working which suited the incoming rush of reggae producers. A sought-after dub album unavailable since its early 1980s release, it typifies Phil's working methods in those days, with the backing tracks recorded at Joe Gibbs' Studio in Jamaica, and overdubs and mixing done in London.

>Charlie Puth
– VoiceNotes CD (Atlantic)
VoiceNotes is the sophomore studio album from American pop singer-songwriter and producer Charlie Puth. “Charlie Puth’s silky falsetto made him a global star with the pop ballad ‘See You Again’, but his roots, he is quick to point out, are in jazz. Puth spent a year and a half writing and revising his second album, VoiceNotes, [which has finally been released after a delay]. Despite warnings that it was not commercially viable, he found himself repeatedly turning to jazz. But it’s not as if his fans will think he’s gone in a drastic new direction. Instead, Puth hears jazz in the warm chord progressions of the keyboards hidden under the pop texture. VoiceNotes — whose first single, ‘Attention’, is driven by a gently strummed guitar line and funky bass — harks back to the retro production of songwriters such as Babyface and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who Puth sees as heirs to the jazz tradition. ‘The whole album is jazz disguised as pop music,’ Puth told a news conference in Los Angeles. ‘I’ve established a vibe where my music, it might lean adult in a way, but I still have 12-year-olds, teenagers, pre-teenagers — they are all singing the music.’” – Gulf News Music
>RSO
– Radio Free America CD (BMG)
Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer Richie Sambora Teams with Female Guitar Goddess Orianthi (who has shared stages with the likes of Michael Jackson, Santana, Prince, and ZZ Top, and was the first female member of Alice Cooper’s band) for a collection of new music mixing blues, pop, rock, country and many more genres. Sambora and Orianthi’s voices and guitars effortlessly blend together, and their indelible melodies and uplifting lyrics create an album filled with warmth, heart and a whole lot of rock 'n' roll. Most of
Radio Free America was recorded with legendary songwriter/producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Bon Jovi) at Sambora and Orianthi’s Los Angeles home over the past two years, where they have built a recording studio in their kitchen, complete with studio-size speakers, keyboards, computers, and mics. There are amps in the dining room, the living room overflows with racks of guitars, and the home theater has been converted into a drum room. At home, the two have created an inviting world filled with love, friendship, laughter, and passion for music that seeps into these songs.
>The Sea And Cake
– Any Day CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
The Sea And Cake deliver a refreshingly intimate collection of elegantly arranged, singular pop songs.
Any Day is testament to the group’s artistry, song craft, and utterly unique sound. The heart of the album’s instrumentation is Prewitt’s intriguing choice of guitar effects, sparingly used to enhance his counter melodies. The combinations create a wealth of textures from surprisingly few instruments.
>Sevendust
– All I See Is War CD/LP (Rise)
Twenty-four years into their career and still with all of their original members intact, veteran heavy rockers Sevendust offer up their twelfth studio album.

>Simian Mobile Disco
– Murmurations CD/LP+MP3 (Wichita)
Simian Mobile Disco return with their fifth album and, never a pair of men to rest on their laurels, James Ford and Jas Shaw have switched things up this time by choosing to collaborate with London's all-female, Deep Throat Choir. The end result is lush and sumptuous.
Murmurations combines SMD’s unparalleled production talents across layers of synths and percussion with Deep Throat Choir's unique brand of choral vocals.
>Skinless
– Savagery CD/LP (Relapse)
Death metal veterans Skinless return with their pulverizing sixth studio offering, aptly titled
Savagery. Recorded by Tom Case at Doomsday Bunker Studio in New York and by Dave Otero (Primitive Man, Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage) at Flatline Audio in Colorado, Savagery embodies ten slabs of rotting, aural remains across 37 minutes of titanic slams, untouchable grooves, mauling riffs and blood-thirsty, bestial growls. It sees Skinless at the top of their game, more than 25 years into an untouchable reign of terror. Features stunningly sick cover art by renowned tattoo artist Jesse Levitt. For fans of Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Broken Hope, Devourment, Gatecreeper, Aborted and Obituary.
>Strung Out
– Black Out The Sky CDEP/12” (Fat Wreck Chords)
While Strung Out has made their name on intense, frenetic slabs of metal-influenced tech-punk, there is more to the band than meets the eye. It might come as a shock to learn that the band's new eight-song EP,
Black Out The Sky, is an acoustic affair, but as vocalist Jason Cruz explains, it's not nearly as surprising for the band members. “Every song starts on an acoustic guitar for the most part,” Cruz notes. “If it's a good song, it can be played acoustic. For about the past five years, I've been pushing the band to release a record in this format.”
>Tents
– Deer Keeps Pace CD (Badman)
Debut release from the Portland, Oregon based comfort-pop quartet.

>U-Roy
– Talking Roots CD/LP (Ariwa Sounds)
Toasting pioneer U-Roy has re-united with the Ariwa production team to record and release the new studio album
Talking Roots which features production from Mad Professor and contributions from Sly & Robbie, Lloyd Parks, Black Steel, Leroy Mafia, Nadine Sutherland, Carroll T and Aisha.
>Gin Wigmore
– Ivory CD/2xLP (Interscope)
Ivory is the fourth album from New Zealand folk-pop singer-songwriter and follow-up to 2015's acclaimed Blood To Bone, her third straight chart-topper on the Official New Zealand Music Chart. All adorned with Gin's trademark soulful rasp, the album is preceded by the compelling singles “Hallow Fate,” “Beatnik Trip,” “Dirty Mercy,” “Cabrona” and “Girl Gang.”
>Jess Williamson
– Cosmic Wink CD/LP (Mexican Summer)
Williamson's sophomore album
Heart Song marked a dramatic departure from debut Native State, bristling beyond the confines of folk to question the comforts of home. On Cosmic Wink, her third album and first for Mexican Summer, Williamson emerges with another self, part of an even wider consciousness. A self that bears wise evidence of past lives, but also feels new and unfamiliar, if at times from a different artist entirely.
>Luke Winslow-King
– Blue Mesa CD/LP+MP3 (Bloodshot)
Luke Winslow-King’s new album is an example of craftsmanship at the highest level, radiating a warmth and timeless elegance. Adept at mixing country, blues, R&B, rock 'n' roll, and folk influences intuitively and masterfully, Luke shapes a mood from many sources and shepherds it to a unifying place of acceptance and hope.
Blue Mesa is both stately and approachable, manifestly proficient but deeply personal. “The record opens with a bluesy track featuring gospel backup singers. ‘You Got Mine’ was co-written with Lissa Driscoll who was a fixture in New Orleans and sadly, passed last year after her diagnosis with cancer. This track and the other track co-written with Driscoll, ‘Chicken Dinner’, are beautiful memories of Luke’s musical relationship with Lissa. These tracks perfectly display the warmth that he brings to his music and highlight the importance of his collaborations. By the time you get to the third and title track, ‘Blue Mesa’, you’ve already experienced the richness and diversity that comes with the album.” – Get It On Vinyl

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Nik Bärtsch's Ronin
– Awase 2xLP (ECM)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Awase, a term from martial arts, means "moving together" in the sense of matching energies, a fitting metaphor for the dynamic precision, tessellated grooves and balletic minimalism of Nik Bärtsch's Ronin. Six years have passed since the last release from the Swiss group. In the interim, trimmed from quintet to quartet size and with new bassist Thomy Jordi fully integrated, Ronin has become a subtly different band. Bärtsch speaks of a new-found freedom and flexibility in the approach to the material, with "greater transparency, more interaction, more joy in every performance."
>Bicep
– Opal 12”+MP3 (Ninja Tune)
A fresh remix by Four Tet, plus exclusive new B-side “Helix”.

>Carla Bozulich
– Quieter LP (Constellation)
An enchanting collection of previously orphaned and one-off tracks, a couple left over from the bountifully productive
Boy sessions, others featuring collaborations with the likes of Marc Ribot, Sarah Lipstate (Noveller), Freddy Ruppert, Shahzad Ismaily and more.
>Miles Davis
– Miles Davis’ Greatest Hits [Reissue/1969] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Limited vinyl LP repress including digital download. This
Greatest Hits collection checks in with Davis in 1969 and collects career highlights recorded from 1955 to 1965 including landmarks like "So What," "'Round Midnight," "E.S.P.," "All Blues" and "Someday My Prince Will Come" among others.
>Jerry Granelli feat. Robben Ford, Bill Frisell, and J. Anthony Granelli
– Dance Hall LP (Justin Time)
Released late last year on CD – now available on vinyl. Featuring guitar greats Robben Ford and Bill Frisell, the material on
Dance Hall reflects Jerry Granelli’s deep gratitude to the artists who originally wrote and recorded these great songs, and at this point in his life the sheer joy of playing the drums. “The key was not doing covers, but finding songs that were personal to my journey. We kept it as open and spontaneous as possible; it’s about the joy of finding the freedom in the form.”
>J Dilla
– Dillatronic 2xLP (Vintage Vibes)
Over 40 rare instrumentals that showcase Dilla's undeniable electronic influences.

>Eminem
– Revival 2xLP (Aftermath/Interscope)
Released last December on CD – now available on vinyl. Eminem’s ninth album features guest contributions from Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, X Ambassadors, Skylar Grey, Kehlani, P!nk, and Phresher.

>Enigma
– MCMXC a.D. [Reissue/1990] LP (Vertigo)
Enigma – The Cross Of Changes [Reissue/1993] LP (Vertigo)
Enigma – Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi! [1996] LP (Vertigo)
Enigma – The Screen Behind The Mirror [2000] LP (Vertigo)
Enigma – Love Sensuality Devotion (The Greatest Hits) [2001] 2xLP (Vertigo)
Enigma – Voyageur [2003] LP (Vertigo)
Enigma – A Posteriori [2006] LP (Vertigo)
Enigma – Seven Lives Many Faces [2008] LP (Vertigo)
Enigma – The Fall Of A Rebel Angel [2016] LP (Vertigo)
Limited import-only color vinyl pressings.

>Everlast, Damien Marley, DJ Muggs
– Jump Around 25 Year Remix 12” (Soul Assassins)
To commemorate the 25-year anniversary of House Of Pain's hit single "Jump Around", the song has been re-recorded with a new verse from HOP's Everlast with guest appearances from Damian Marley and Meyhem Lauren.

>Grateful Dead
– Cornell 5/8/77 5xLP (Grateful Dead Production)
The forces aligned for the Dead on May 8, 1977, at Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; for what many hail the pinnacle performance of their 30-year career. So revered is the performance, that an audience recording of this show joined Prince’s
Purple Rain and Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors as 2012’s inductees into the National Recording Registry of the US Library Of Congress, an honor bestowed upon music/songs that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.”
>Grimez
– Absolute Existence LP (Chiefdom)
Grimez has dug deep into what made the classic instrumentals of soul, funk, rock and dub music so good of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Applying those simple, but overlooked recording technics and sonic passion of live instrumentation, to create surreal realms of melodies, chunky grooves and hard hitting original drum breaks.

>Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?
– From Finland With Love 2x7” (Sympathy 4 The R.I.)
This double-7" contains four tracks (one exclusive to this single) of insanely glorious and deeply infectious commotion that just may give you something to smile about and we all could use something to smile about.

>Hollywood Undead
– Swan Songs [2008] 2xLP (Interscope)
In 2008, Hollywood Undead's explosive, platinum selling debut album
Swan Songs rose from the streets of Tinseltown, delivering a raw, edgy mix of rock, hip-hop and metalcore. First-time vinyl pressing.
>Alice Ivy
– I’m Dreaming LP (Last Gang)
Few artists arrive with a debut album as fully formed as Melbourne-based beat-maker and electrifying musical force Alice Ivy's.
I'm Dreaming is the product of a life spent playing and studying music – a life that has turned the 24-year-old, née Annika Schmarsel, into something of an auteur, self-reliant but with a love of collaboration. Playing guitar in soul bands in her formative years, it was only when she moved to Melbourne that she started mastering the editing suite. From producing beats, writing music and lyrics and to singing on the record, Alice pulled all the strings for this shimmering album.
>Alan Jackson
– Precious Memories Collection 2xLP (EMI Nashville)
Originally issued on CD in 2015 and available on vinyl for the first time as a double-LP set, Alan Jackson's
Precious Memories Collection gathers his pair of beloved traditional gospel albums Precious Memories (2006) and Precious Memories Volume II (2013), along with a pair of unreleased songs.
>King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
- Polygondwanaland (Fuzz Club Version) LP (Fuzz Club)
Priding themselves on high-quality vinyl pressings, Fuzz Club has created a must for audiophiles and record collectors alike. The lacquer was cut at half-speed by engineer-extraordinaire Miles Showell (The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who) over at Abbey Road Studios, which means that every tiny little detail of King Gizzards wonky, hedonistic sonic prowess has made its way into the record's grooves. With alternative artwork, the limited colored LP is housed in a deluxe tip-on gatefold jacket with printed inner-sleeves and glued-in 16-page booklet featuring lyrics and a bunch of reworked illustrations taken from the original artwork provided by the band. [Fuzz Club CD edition due June 1.]

>Tory Lanez
– Memories Don’t Die 2xLP (Mad Love/Interscope)
Memories Don't Die finds Tory Lanez reflecting on his past – ruminating on the death of his mother and exploring how success has changed his life – as well as looking to the future and promising the world to his newborn son. With features from 50 Cent – an homage to the part of his adolescence spent in Jamaica, Queens – Future, Wiz Khalifa, Fabolous, NAV and more, the album highlights Lanez's versatility, as quick to croon a chorus as he is to deliver a rap verse.
>MC5
– Kick Out The Jams Motherf**ker! LP (Cleopatra)
Limited edition red, white & blue splatter vinyl pressing of this stellar compilation of career highlights from the baddest Motor City quintet of all-time.

>Mount Kimbie
- Love What Survives Remixes: Part 1 12”+MP3 (Warp)
Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives Remixes: Part 2 12”+MP3 (Warp)
After a stellar 2017 return with
Love What Survives, Mount Kimbie hand the reigns of the album over to a stacked lineup of dance floor favorites for a pair of 12"s that belong in the must spin bag of any proper selector. Nina Kraviz, Ellen Allien, Marcel Dettmann and Gerd Janson lend their talents to the tracks and expand the collaborative universe of Mount Kimbie in the process.
>Mr. Airplane Man
– I’m In Love b/w No Place To Go 7” (Sympathy 4 The R.I.)
After a 13-year break legendary two-woman garage blues combo Mr. Airplane Man is back with their sexiest, most sublime, soul-bending grooves yet.

>Night Beats
– Fuzz Club Sessions LP (Fuzz Club)
Seattle garage-rock outfit Night Beats' brand of bluesy, psychedelic rock & roll has seen them achieve a cult-like status at an unfathomable pace. The trio is seen by many as cutting edge garage rock innovators, which is quite a feat when it's so common to see modern garage-rock bands fall into the trap of being overly nostalgic to their R&B forefathers, to the point of unoriginality. London imprint Fuzz Club invited the band to spend a day at Lovebuzz Studios, an analogue studio in South London, and record a live session. The result is the first installment in the Fuzz Club Session series. Raw, unkempt rock, recorded straight to tape in one take using totally analogue equipment.

>Parallax
– Depth Perception 12” (Ill Adrenaline)
Parallax is a conscious rapper/producer from Winchester, UK. Being an East London native since a teenager he has been immersed and driven to push the art form, focusing on powerful lyrical content and hard-hitting beats with a jazzy and soulful touch. He has already received credit from legendary artists such as Raekwon, Afu-Ra, La Coka Nostra and Lewis Parker as well as supporting artists such as Rodney P & Skitz, Skinnyman, Split Prophets, and many more.

>John Prine
– The Tree Of Forgiveness LP (Oh Boy)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Produced by Grammy Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson)
The Tree Of Forgiveness serves as legendary singer/songwriter John Prine’s first album of all original material since his 2005 release ÓFair & Square. Recorded at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A, the album includes ten new songs written by Prine along with co-writers Pat McLaughlin, Roger Cook, Dan Auerbach, Keith Sykes and Phil Spector. In addition to Prine (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Cobb (acoustic guitar, mellotron, claps, kazoo) and Prine’s longtime band, the album features special guests Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. The highly anticipated collection is introduced by the heartfelt “Summer's End” which is classic Prine.
>Ras_G
– My Kinda Blues LP (Ghetto Sci-Fi Music)
A staple of the Los Angeles left-field scene as one of the founders of Poo-Bah Records and a member of the Brainfeeder Records clique, Ras G's innovative beatmaking falls into the same stony, psychedelic style of instrumental hip-hop as fellow L.A. DJ/producers Madlib and Flying Lotus.

>Rhi
– Reverie LP (Tru Thoughts)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Reverie is the debut album from Canada-born, London-based producer, singer and songwriter Rhi aka Rhiannon Bouvier. She finds influence in electronic fields near and far, experimenting with gothic sound beds and woozy hip hop beats, and pushing electronic frontiers by melding lo-fi effects and contorting her own glimmering vocals as part of honing a sophisticated, minimal style. Limited purple colored vinyl pressing.

>Rejjie Snow
– Dear Annie 2xLP+MP3 (BMG)
Debut album from the Brooklyn-based, Irish-born rap sensation. Produced by Rahki (Kendrick Lamar).

>Soundtrack
– Black Panther: The Album (Music From & Inspired By…) 2xLP (Interscope)
Released in February on CD – now available on vinyl. Soundtrack to the Marvel film, curated by & featuring Kendrick Lamar on five tracks plus SZA, James Blake, Schoolboy Q, Vince Staples, Anderson Paak, The Weeknd and more.

>Soulive
– Cinematics Vol. 1 12” (Soulive Music Inc.)
These five dynamic new tunes from Soulive are guaranteed to turn the backs of your eyelids into a vibrant, action-packed movie screen as the band transforms their infectious blend of soul-jazz, hip-hop, funk and rock into a series of soundtracks for the movies of your mind.

>Spacemen 3
– Playing With Fire [Reissue/1988] LP (Superior Viaduct)
Spacemen 3 – Recurring [Reissue/1990] LP (Space Age/Superior Viaduct)
Spacemen 3 – Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To [Reissue/1990] 2xLP (Superior Viaduct)
Proper artist sanctioned vinyl reissues of Spacemen 3’s third and fourth albums, along with a repress of the collection
Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To. [These titles have also been reissued by Space Age on CD.]
>Stasis
– Fromtheoldtothenew [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (Peacefrog)
Growing up as a teenager in East London, break-dancing and writing graffiti with B12's Mike Golding, Steve Pickton's musical education moved along a familiar path, from hip-hop to electro and onto techno. Schooling himself in music theory and purchasing a sampler, Pickton set about making his own music.
Fromtheoldtothenew saw him slip off his earlier techno shackles and head for uncharted electronic waters.
>Paul Thorn
– Don’t Let The Devil Ride LP (Perpetual Obscurity)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Don't Let The Devil Ride collects soulful songs originally cut by black southern gospel groups, and features guests Blind Boys Of Alabama, the McCrary Sisters, the Preservation Hall Jazz Horns, and Bonnie Bishop.
>Tom Waits
– The Heart Of Saturday Night [Reissue/1974] LP (ANTI-)
Tom Waits – Night Hawks At The Diner [Reissue/1975] 2xLP (ANTI-)
180gm vinyl reissues. Limited colored pressings also available.
The Heart Of Saturday Night is Waits’ second studio album. Recorded in front of a live audience at the Record Plant recording studio in Los Angeles in 1975, Nighthawks At The Diner debuts some of Waits' greatest classics like "Warm Beer, Cold Women" and "Eggs And Sausage" with a crack jazz ensemble
backing him up and some of the greatest stage patter ever committed to record.
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>CDs + Vinyl:
>
Arild Andersen/Paolo Vinaccia/Tommy Smith – In House Science CD (ECM)
Norwegian master bassist Arild Andersen s trio with big-toned tenorist Tommy Smith and powerhouse drummer Paolo Vinaccia is one of the most viscerally exciting jazz small groups of the present moment.

>Daniel Avery
– Song For Alpha CD/2xLP (Mute)
It's enlightening to discover that Daniel Avery's second album –
Song For Alpha, the absorbing follow up to 2013's Drone Logic – was inspired largely by his transient life spent between nightclubs, flights, the passenger seats of cars and rented rooms, cementing a worldwide reputation as one of the defining techno DJs of the decade. While Drone Logic was mainly created for and honed by countless DJ gigs, Song For Alpha revels in exploring different spaces. As Avery's surroundings have changed, so has the sound of the new recordings.
>Bambara
– Shadow On Everything CD/LP (Wharf Cat)
The third LP by Bambara represents a decisive step forward for the NYC-via-Georgia trio. Frontman Reid Bateh, drummer Blaze Bateh, and bassist William Brookshire have always been adept students of noise rock and post-punk, mining the work of bands like Swans and the Birthday Party to construct what NPR called their “beautifully dynamic nightmares.”

>Barren Earth
– A Complex Of Cages CD/LP (Century Media)
Fourth album from the Finnish metal band. “A Complex of Cages doesn’t break open Barren Earth’s sound to be something dashingly new. Rather, it shows these Faroe-Finns rocking out mid-paced death riffs, offsetting it with cleaner parts and littering the heaviest sections with borderline orchestral black metal.” – Angry Metal Guy

>Jeff Beck
– Live At The Hollywood Bowl 2xCD (Rhino)
In the summer of 2016, guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck celebrated 50 years of his musical career with an extraordinary concert at the famous Hollywood Bowl. Beck set the stage ablaze with incredible live versions of "For Your Love," "Beck's Bolero," "'Cause We've Ended As Lovers," "Big Block," "Over Under Sideways Down," "A Day In The Life," "Blue Wind" and more. The night also included a legendary list of special guests including Steven Tyler, Billy F. Gibbons, Jan Hammer, Beth Hart, Jimmy Hall and Buddy Guy. [Vinyl edition due May 25.]

>Rafiq Bhatia
– Breaking English CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
The debut album from New York composer/guitarist Rafiq Bhatia seeks to shatter preconceptions about how much can be said without a word – and, for that matter, who can say it. Bhatia's audacious first album as a producer sets out to challenge existing musical vocabulary with a language of its own. It ruptures the hermetic vernacular of ambient sculpturalism with the emotional intensity of avant-garde jazz, using the techniques of the former to achieve the feeling of the latter.

>Blackberry Smoke
– Find A Light CD/2xLP (3 Legged/Thirty Tigers)
Within Blackberry Smoke's catalog,
Find A Light is distinctive in several notable ways. The record sounds heavier than other albums; in fact, vocalist/lead guitarist Charlie Starr characterizes the churning, scorched-blues album opener, "Flesh And Bone," as "maybe the heaviest song we've ever recorded." And its title has deep significance to the record's overarching themes. "Most of our albums have been named either for a song on the album or a lyric, and this time I didn't want to do that," Starr says. "I thought, ‘What headspace is humanity in as a whole?' That's pretty hard to argue with that. I think everybody is hoping and looking for something better right now."
>Jakob Bro/Palle Mikkelborg/Thomas Morgan/Jon Christensen
– Returnings CD (ECM)
Danish guitarist Jakob Bro creates magical music, impossible to categorize, wrote Downbeat recently. On Returnings the magic is intensified as Bro and musical soul-mate Thomas Morgan reconnect with two living legends of European jazz, trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg and drummer Jon Christensen.

>Cabbage
– Nihilistic Glamour Shots CD/LP (BMG)
Faced with a band as explosive as Cabbage, it's disturbing if unsurprising that untruths have clouded the positivity of their intent. Here are some certainties among the drama: Cabbage is a band to believe in. Compromises will not be considered. And the group's music is the most thrilling way imaginable to convey their message. Equally drawn to socialist politics and titting about, they're devotees of both big choruses and anarchic totems like GG Allin, Genesis P Orridge and Butthole Surfers. It’s a mixture writ large throughout
Nihilistic Glamour Shots, from the frenetic opening salvo of “Preach To The Converted,” “Arms Of Pleonexia” and “Molotov Alcopop,” via “Perdurabo's” swampy blues and wild funk of “Exhibit A” to the devastating seven-minute finale “Subhuman 2.0.”
>Camarão
- The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie 1964-1974 CD/LP (Analog Africa)
Fantastic forro from the Brazilian scene of the 60s.

>Johnny Cash
– The Total Johnny Cash Sun Collection 2xCD (Curb)
Every classic song Cash released between 1955 and 1964 on Sam Phillips' legendary Sun Records. 62 songs in all,
The Total Johnny Cash Sun Collection is newly remastered and includes the career defining Johnny Cash hits “I Walk The Line”, “Cry, Cry, Cry”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Ballad Of A Teenage Queen”, “Guess Things Happen That Way” and many more.
>Michael Chapman
– Live VPRO 1971 CD/LP (Blast First Petite)
For a self-confessed "journeyman" musician who has spent most of his 50-year career on the road live, Michael Chapman albums are curiously rare items and it's even harder to find one his earlier years. This one, recorded by Dutch "hippie" station "VPRO" in May 1971 is the earliest known live recording so far discovered of Michael Chapman after he started releasing records on the legendary Harvest label in 1969. A beautiful clear, warm and intimate recording of Chapman duetting with long-time collaborator Rick Kemp on electric bass of which documents material from all three albums in a free-flowing improv-inflected style.

>Chicago
– VI Decades Live 4xCD+DVD (Rhino)
The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers celebrate their live legacy with a collection of previously unreleased concert recordings, which includes several deep cuts that have never appeared on any of the band's live albums, all recorded between 1969 and 2014.

>Crisix
– Against The Odds CD/LP (Listenable)
Fourth full-length studio album from the Barcelona-based thrash band.

>The Dead Daisies
– Burn It Down CD/LP (Steamhammer)
The Dead Daisies are: Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink). A muscular tour-de-force,
Burn It Down is a tornado of pounding drums, pulverizing bass, screaming guitars and in-your-face raw vocals, all of which evoke the best of ‘70s rock, with moments of Birmingham's finest, blended with the early works of Boston's best. [Limited edition vinyl picture disc pressing also available.]
>Mark Deutrom
– Value Of Decay [Reissue/2011] CD/2xLP (Season Of Mist)
The second solo release from veteran noisemonger/ex-Melvins bass player/producer Mark Deutrom,
The Value of Decay's bizarre passages are alive with creepy, quirky and off-kilter anti-riffage over its fifteen-track cerebral assassination. Originally issued in 2011 and long out-of-print, this reissue features a bonus track as well as expanded art and packaging.
>Diet Cig
– Over Easy [Reissue/2015] CDEP/12” (Father/Daughter)
Diet Cig is a pop rock band from New Paltz, NY, fronted by Alex Luciano with Noah Bowman of Earl Boykins on drums. The five charming songs on their 2015 debut EP
Over Easy, written by Alex in the comforts of her bedroom, capture the innocence of adolescence and infatuation with consistent sing-a-long lyrics and thrashing drums.
>Die Wilde Jag
– Uhrwald Orange CD/LP+CD (Bureau B)
The Uhrwald ("Clockwood") -- a place of dreams and sounds, with its own sense of time. Channeled into his band Die Wilde Jagd, Sebastian Lee Philipp's obsession for this place unleashes a uniquely spellbinding project of minimalist, tenebrous intensity. Recorded in the studio which lends its name to the sophomore album,
Uhrwald Orange weaves a dense, atmospheric web of drama, romance, ecstasy, and melancholy.
>Dr. Octagon
- Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation CD/2xLP (Bulk Recordings)
Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation is the follow up album to the classic, critically acclaimed 1996 release Dr. Octagonecologyst, the inspired musical collaboration of Dan 'The Automator', MC Kool Keith & turntablist DJ Q-Bert. For the first time in 22 years, Moosebumps reunites the dream team in studio and on stage! Features appearance from frequent Automator collaborator Del The Funky Homosapien on “3030 Meets The Doc Pt.1.”
>Kevin Drumm
– Inexplicable Hours CD/2xLP+CD (Sonoris)
Despite Drumm's noisy reputation, his music can be overwhelmingly sensual even at its loudest, providing a form of minimalism replete with a delicate, melancholic motion. How wildly divergent emotions rise, hover, and fall using so little is a mystery that only Kevin Drumm can provide.

>Dusted
– Black Out Summer CD/LP (Polyvinyl)
As one of the founding members of the noisy electronic group Holy F**k, Brian Borcherdt has spent years making unhinged dance music. If Brian’s work in Holy F**k represents a reckless night out, Dusted is the somber comedown the morning after.
Blackout Summer winds through floating ambience and dark, moody rockers, but every disparate moment somehow feels connected. Dusted’s fuzzy landscapes, dream-like production and buzzing melodies all congeal, burying Borcherdt’s twisted take on pop under layers of that all-important haze.
>Eels
– The Deconstruction CD/2x10” (PIAS America)
The Eels' twelfth studio album and first in four years,
The Deconstruction, was performed by E (Mark Oliver Everett) and longtime collaborators Koool G Murder and P-Boo alongside The Deconstruction Orchestra & Choir. It was produced by E, with some songs produced by Mickey Petralia for the first time since 1998's Electro-Shock Blues. Eels mastermind E says of the new album, “Here are 15 new Eels tracks that may or may not inspire, rock or not rock you. The world is going nuts. But if you look for it, there is still great beauty to be found. Sometimes you don't even have to look for it. Other times you have to try to make it yourself. And then there are times you have to tear something apart to find something beautiful inside.”
>En Vogue
– Electric Café CD (E1)
New album from R&B trio.

>Bernard Estardy
– Bernard Estardy’s Space Oddities 1970-1982 CD/LP (Born Bad)
A master of the mixing board from the late '60s until the '90s, Bernard Estardy was the wizard of French musical recordings. As head of CBE studios, he shaped everything from Gérard Manset's concept albums to Claude François's hit singles, Françoise Hardy's delicate tear-jerkers and Michel Sardou's soul-stirrers.

>Eve 6
– Horrorscope [2000] LP (Wargod)
Sophomore album available on vinyl for the first time. Remastered and manufactured on 180gm split orange/blue or blue splatter vinyl with a try-fold jacket.

>Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
– Cheek To Cheek: The Complete Dust Recordings 4xCD (Verve)
For the first time, all of Ella & Louis' classic duets are in one place. This four-CD set gathers their timeless three Verve albums newly remastered versions of
Ella and Louis, Ella and Louis Again and Porgy and Bess combining them with their eight Decca singles, live recordings from Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl plus several alternates & false starts from the Decca & Verve eras, illuminating their craft & good humor.
>Flatbush Zombies
– Vacation In Hell CD (Glorious Dead)
Produced primarily by Erick “Arc” Elliott, with guest production by Kirk Knight, Hector Delgado, and Tyler Dopps, the 19-song
Vacation In Hell hears emcees Elliott, Meechy Darko and Zombie Juice reflecting on their mortality in a introspective light never before heard from Flatbush Zombies.
>John Fogerty
– Centerfield [Reissue/1984] CD/LP (BMG Rights Management)
John Fogerty's classic
Centerfield album is back in print featuring two bonus tracks.
>Don Gibson
– The Best Of The Hickory Records Years (1970-1978) CD (Omnivore)
The most comprehensive collection of Gibson’s time at Hickory Records, features the #1 Country Hit, “Woman (Sensuous Woman).” By 1970 when Don Gibson signed to Hickory Records, he was already a weathered music industry veteran, successful songwriter and performer. Despite enormous success on the charts (he sent 22 songs into the Top Ten between 1956 and 1974) his album sales were dwindling. Gibson signed to Hickory at the invitation of Wesley Rose who had first signed Don to a publishing deal at Acuff-Rose in 1955. With Rose in the producer chair, Gibson was ready for a second act: 20 Country Chart Hits (included here along with five other key tracks) which galvanized his induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and in 2001.

>Goat Girl
– Goat Girl CD (Rough Trade)
Across 19 tracks in just 40 minutes, Goat Girl's self-titled debut creates a half-fantasy world out of a very dirty, ugly city reality. In the group's words: "Simply put, it's an album that comes from growing up in London and the first-hand experience of our city's devolution. We wanted to think of it as this place seen not necessarily just through our eyes, but someone who can't get past the abnormalities and strange happenings that exist in our city." It's a very English album (produced by Dan Carey) - full of sharp-eyed observations like The Kinks, louche rage like The Slits - but also swampy, swaggering guitars and singer Lottie's filthy drawl.

>The Golden Grass
– Absolutely CD/LP (Listenable)
A soulful mix of heavy-country-funk-boogie and progressive psychedelic freakbeat.

>Great Lakes
– Dreaming Too Close To The Edge [Reissue/2006] CD (Loose Trucks)
Great Lakes emerged from Athens, GA roughly two decades ago, but the band led by singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ben Crum has been based in Brooklyn since 2002. Formed in 1996, Great Lakes was initially part of the Elephant 6 Collective. The band's 2000 debut, mixed by Apples in Stereo honcho Robert Schneider, owed much to the psychedelic pop of the '60s, as did the band's second album,
The Distance Between. 2006’s Diamond Times, however, offered a significant stylistic progression. Drifting away from the psychedelic milieu, the band's sound took on country and folk leanings, with “Farther” reminiscent of both Wilco’s and Teenage Fanclub's more straight-ahead moments. With the band's sixth album, Dreaming Too Close to the Edge, Great Lakes returned with a record that feels both like a natural progression yet hearkens back a bit to the band's earlier work.
>Hinds
– I Don’t Run CD/LP+MP3 (Mom & Pop)
Hinds' breakout debut
Leave Me Alone (2016) was an album of party anthems drenched in metaphors. Follow-up I Don't Run is the Madrid-based band's return with an honest reflection on a period that changed their lives beyond their wildest imaginations. Co-produced by Hinds and Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Regina Spektor), and engineered by Grammy winner Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Perfume Genius, The War On Drugs, John Legend), the record shows a bigger, better, faster, funnier, more dexterous Hinds. With this second even more accomplished LP they continue their quest to own their narrative – one of sisters doing it for themselves. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Micah P. Hinson
– At The British Broadcasting Corporation CD/LP+MP3 (Full Time Hobby)
Micah P. Hinson
At The British Broadcasting Corporation collates Micah's Marc Riley sessions from 2004 through 2017. Remastered at Bent Leaf Studios, TX, these eleven tracks were picked from a wealth of cuts from Micah's visits to the BBC over the last 13 years. The compilation covers ground from his earliest output right up to last year's Presents The Holy Strangers.
>Hop Along
– Bark Your Head Off, Dog CD/LP+MP3 (Saddle Creek)
Self-produced and recorded at The Headroom in Philadelphia by guitarist Joe Reinhart and Kyle Pulley, Hop Along’s third album
Bark Your Head Off, Dog features the familiar sounds that have always made the band allergic to genre: grunge, folk, punk, and power pop all appear, with inspiration from ELO to Elvis Costello to ‘70s girl group vocal arrangements. This time around, they've added strings, more intricate rhythms, lush harmonies (featuring Thin Lips' Chrissy Tashjian), along with a momentary visit with a vocoder. In more than one place, Mark Quinlan drums like he's at a disco with Built To Spill. Most significantly, Bark Your Head Off, Dog shows the band at its strongest and most cohesive.
>Island
– Feels Like Air CD/LP (French Kiss)
Recorded all in one room in just two weeks with sparing use of overdubs and no click track, London-based Island's debut album is a sonic document that's all about feel, all about capturing four musicians at their most unprocessed and uninhibited. A combination of influences ranging from trad-folk to high-octane punk rock and encompassing everything in-between, Feels Like Air, with its hook-filled anthemic choruses and inventive drumming simultaneously deploys Island's rolling melancholy and bottles the lightening of the group's imperious live shows.

>Jan Jelinek
– Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records [Reissue/2001] CD (Faitiche)
Faitiche presents this long-lost album on CD. Since 2003, Jan Jelinek's
Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records, originally released in 2001 on ~scape, existed only as a download. Includes two bonus tracks, "Moiré (Guitar & Horns)" and "Poren", B-sides from Tendency EP (2000). "Don't be misled by the title, though for there isn't a finger-snapping rhythm bebop lead anywhere on the album. Instead, Jelinek chooses to explore the visual effect moiré - two shifting patterns creating an implied third dimension - in the audio realm." --Alternative Press
>Clarice Jensen
– For This From That Will Be Filled CD/LP (Miasmah)
Debut album by the artistic director of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).
For This From That Will Be Filled explores the variable differences between acoustic and electronic sound as well as depiction of the simulated and the unconscious.
>Ragnar Johnson and Jessica Mayer
- Music From Yemen Arabia: Sanaani, Laheji, Adeni And Samar 2xCD/2xLP (Sub Rosa)
a reissue of both
Music From Yemen Arabia: Samar and Music From Yemen Arabia: Sanaani, Laheji, Adeni, recorded by Ragnar Johnson and Jessica Mayer. These songs originate from the city of Sanaa, the sheikdom of Lahej and the port of Aden. These songs originate from the city of Sanaa, the sheikdom of Lahej and the port of Aden. Samar is the delicious, luxury time when people gather for relaxation, refreshment, and music. This record contains oudh playing, percussion, and singing from Yemen. The three Kawkabani brothers sing traditional poems and play oudh (lute), double drums, tambourine, and, occasionally, the kanoun (zither). They were recorded in Sanaa in 1973. The oudh player Hassan al Zabeede and his double drum playing brother sing songs in the Lahej style and were recorded in Taez in 1973.
>Jungle Rot
– What Horrors Await [Reissues/2006] CD (Victory)
CD reissue of the sixth studio album from the American death metal band.

>Kalmah
– Palo CD (Spinefarm)
“A piece of unbridled all-consuming wildfire of melodic death metal mastery.”

>Kamelot
– The Shadow Theory CD/2xLP (Napalm)
Deeply intrigued by analytical psychology, Kamelot's new album The Shadow Theory leans on three pillars: The Shadow Empire (The global mind), The Shadow Key (The Resistance) and The Shadow Wall (The veil that blinds us from the truth). It's a dystopian glimpse at the complexity of the human mind and its place in an oppressive society and most of all a fascinating and eerie backdrop for 13 lush and artsy songs that boast Kamelot's trademarks; yet the band steps out to add new and modern elements along with bringing in some amazing emotions that harken back to their earlier days. [Deluxe digipak CD and limited edition white colored vinyl pressings are also available.]

>King Tubby
– Never Run Away/Dub Plate Specials CD/LP (Jamaican Recordings)
This collection brings together sixteen B-sides and dubplates cut by Tubby, largely over rhythms built by Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee.

>Le Galaxie
– Pleasure CD/LP (Red River Ent.)
Recorded in their own studio with ultra-producer Blende, Le Galaxie's third studio album Pleasure points to the band's evolution from purveyors of dance floor bangers to creators of well-crafted songs. The affecting, almost master and servant like vocal exchange between Michael Pope and longtime collaborator and new full-time member May Kay (Fight Like Apes), demonstrates a self-confidence and maturity of a band in full control of their abilities.

>Lil Xan
– Total Xanarchy CD (Sony)
Debut album from the breakout rapper. HypeBeast claims "Lil Xan is now one of if not the hottest new rapper of this year so far," and named him "one of the ten rappers you need to know." The New Yorker calls Lil Xan "just one member of a cohort of young musicians who, by embracing a morose sound, have transformed from underground curiosities into stars in the past year."

>Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas
– Sound Prints/Scandal CD (Green Leaf)
Scandal marks the first time that trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Joe Lovano have recorded a full studio album of material together, revealing a passionately adventurous band for whom no territory is off-limits. As on their live debut recording, Sound Prints features pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Joey Baron.
>Love
– Forever Changes [Reissue/1967] 4xCD+DVD+LP (Elektra)
Super Deluxe box set edition of the psychedelic folk-rock pioneers’ finest achievement. The set features a few firsts for the album, including the CD-debut of a remastered version made by its original co-producer and engineer Bruce Botnick, as well as the first-ever release of the mono version on CD. Disc three offers alternate mixes of every track on the album, and CD 4 delivers a selection of rare and unreleased singles and studio outtakes. Botnick's stereo remaster of the original album makes i's vinyl debut on the LP included with this set. It was cut from high resolution digital audio by celebrated audio engineer Bernie Grundman. The DVD that accompanies the anniversary collection includes a 24/96 stereo mix of the album version of the original album remastered by Botnick. Also featured is "Your Mind And We Belong Together," a rare promotional video directed by Elektra producer Mark Abramson that was originally released in 1968. [Vinyl edition due May 4.]

>Mellow Mood
– Large CD/LP (La Tempesta Dub)
Large stands out from the crowd and rather calls for a more conscious way of life, more sober, non-subjugated by market rules, freer. In the end, that's indeed the true spirit of reggae music.
>Kylie Minogue
– Golden CD/LP/CD+LP (BMG)
14th album from the award-winning singer-songwriter.
Golden was mainly recorded in Nashville, which was a first for Kylie, a fact which couldn't help but inform the sound – albeit in Kylie's superlative pop style. The album opens with lead single "Dancing," which sets the tone for what is to come on the album. Kylie says: "You've got the lyrical edge, that country feel, mixed with some sampling of the voice and electronic elements, so it does what it says on the label. And I love that it's called ‘Dancing', it's immediately accessible and seemingly so obvious, but there's depth within the song." [Available on CD, vinyl, Deluxe CD (which adds four bonus tracks) or Super-Deluxe edition: the album on vinyl, the deluxe-edition CD and a 12" x 12" hardback book with photos and handwritten lyrics by Kylie.]
>Mipso
– Edges Run CD/LP (Antifragile Music)
Mipso brings a distinctly unique sound – full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes. Venturing ever-further from its string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition, Mipso's music is lush and forward moving, with lyrics that sear and salve in turn.

>Tom Misch
– Geography CD/2xLP (Beyond The Groove)
Geography is the debut album from 22-year-old South-East Londoner and singer-songwriter/DJ/producer Tom Misch. His music is an intrepid and invigorating adventure in sound, bursting with inventiveness. “Geography builds on DIY elements employed in previous projects, namely his Beat Tape 1 and 2, Out To Sea and the ambitious, multi-layered 5 Day Mischon.
The love of J Dilla consistently apparent in his work is most clearly heard on ‘Tick Tock’, which harkens back to his beginnings as a bedroom beat-making adolescent before quickly showing more of a new-found funk influence. This in itself is indicative of the multi-layered nature of Misch as an artist today, and his ability to seamlessly and organically combine genres. Given his grand musical repertoire, it’s easy to forget that Misch is only 22 years old.” – The Line Of Best Fit

>Elizabeth Mitchell and Suni Paz
- Tú Eres Mi Flor: Songs for Children en Español CD (Smithsonian Folkways)
A sunny collection of songs sung in Spanish by beloved children’s artists Elizabeth Mitchell and Suni Paz.

>David Lee Murphy
– No Zip Code CD (Reviver)
New release from the veteran country singer/songwriter.

>Paddy & Rats
– Riot City Outlaws CD/LP (Napalm)
“With enough to cause an international incident being a Hungarian version of an Irish Celtic punk band – right down to their names like ‘Paddy O’Reilly’ and ‘Seamus Connelly’ – nothing could prepare me for the awesome songs on this excellent album.” – Battlehelm

>Panopticon
– Scars Of Man On The Once Nameless Wilderness Part 1 CD/2xLP (Nordvis)
Panopticon – Scars Of Man On The Once Nameless Wilderness Part 2 CD/2xLP (Nordvis)
A two-part album that musically explores the two separate musical sides of Panopticon.
Part 1 harkens back to melodic black and death metal influences and Part 2 focuses entirely on Americana, folk and country music from North America.
>Rick Parfitt
– Over And Out CD/LP (earMUSIC)
Ever since their early beginnings, singer and guitarist Rick Parfitt had been a pivotal member of legendary British rock band Status Quo. Standing abreast of Francis Rossi, the two made up the creative core of the band and therefore birthed more than 60 UK chart hit singles and 32 studio albums. Prior to his death in 2016, and unknown to almost anyone, Rick had almost completed his first solo album whilst undergoing a period of recuperation after his heart attack in July of that year.
Over And Out features ten brand new songs, including the title track that was played at his funeral.
>Pestilence
– Hadeon CD/LP (Hammerheart)
The Dutch death metal legends are back with a brand-new album.

>Elvis Presley
– The Searcher – Original Soundtrack CD/3xCD/2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Soundtrack to the new multi-part documentary
Elvis Presley: The Searcher, directed by Thom Zimny and airing on HBO on April 14, that pushes past the larger-than-life image of The King of Rock and Roll, portraying him instead as a man and an artist “who wanted to heal, to find that thing that was always felt to be missing, and to do it through the music.” Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Standard edition features 18 tracks, while the triple-CD deluxe edition box set offers an expanded 55-track overview of Elvis' career; all as heard in the film.
>Rainbow Kitten Surprise
– How To: Friend, Love, Freefall CD/LP+MP3 (Elektra)
With chilling harmonies, dynamic instrumentation, and introspective lyrics, Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s genre-defying sound takes influence as much from artists like Modest Mouse and Kings of Leon as it does from Frank Ocean and Schoolboy Q. [Limited edition purple colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Renee Rosnes
– Beloved Of The Sky CD/LP (Smoke Sessions)
Beloved Of The Sky’s nine pieces ruminate on pleasures and inspirations that don't come with a price tag – the splendor of nature, the mysteries of the universe, the comforts of home, the treasured memories of lost loved ones, the simple warmth of an inside joke. The album also celebrates the chemistry and discovery made possible by a band of truly remarkable musicians, each one a master of their instrument: saxophonist Chris Potter, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lenny White.
>Âmes Sanglantes
- Chindia Tower Impalements [2015] 3xCD (Hospital Productions)
Triple CD reissue -- originally released as a triple cassette of only 66 copies. A definitive document revealing the cruelty of the Wallachian landscape myths and realities. Dracula vs. Vlad Tepes... Caustic, brittle, and eerie, the six long-duration tracks secure Âmes Sanglantes as one of the most original and overlooked extreme electronic monikers of the '90s North American cassette underground.

>Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
– Years CD/LP+MP3 (Bloodshot)
Years solidifies the point: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers have moved from getting people's attention to commanding it. The bands' new album-with its sharpened songwriting, unique perspective, deepened sound and roll-up-your-sleeves attitude-will grab you by the collar and put a defiant finger to your chest. It is resolute, blunt, and unflinching.
>Frank Sinatra
– Baby Blue Eyes CD/2xLP (Capitol)
Frank Sinatra's daughter Tina has curated a collection of some of his most fondly-loved recordings for a special compilation for children and parents alike.

>Sloan
– 12 CD/2xLP+MP3 (Yep Roc)
“That title isn't just some random number.
12 is indeed the 12th album from Canadian power-pop perennials Sloan, which means it's as good as Led Zeppelin IV, Black Sabbath's Vol. 4, and Chicago 4 all put together. But seriously: not only are Sloan the rare band to make it to their 12th record, and not only are Sloan the rare band to make it to their 12th record with all four original members, and not only are Sloan the rare band to make it to their 12th album with four original members who are equally prolific songwriters, they're arguably the only band to make it to their 12th album with four original members who are both equally prolific songwriters and all still working at the top of their respective games, sounding utterly ageless in the process.” [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Sonido Gallo Negro
- Mambo Cósmico CD/LP+MP3 (Glitterbeat)
Hailing from Mexico City, Sonido Gallo Negro's exhilarating third album,
Mambo Cósmico, continues their exploration into the psychedelic richness and rhythmic pulse of Amazonian cumbia while at the same reaching for new sounds and textures -- such as mambo, cha cha, porro and danzon.
>Son Volt
– Search [Reissue/2007] CD/2xLP (Transmit Sound)
Son Volt was one of the most instrumental and influential bands in launching the alt-country movement of the 1990's. Originally released in 2007, and out of print for the past several years, this deluxe reissue of
The Search features bonus content. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Spiders
– Killer Machine CD (Spinefarm)
Spiders weave a wild web of reckless and rip-roaring riffs, spellbinding vocals, seductive rhythms, sticky hooks, and punk soul.

>Lisa Stansfield
– Deeper CD/2xLP/2xLP+CD (earMUSIC)
Hearing Lisa Stansfield sing takes you back. In the late ‘80s and throughout the ‘90s, the smiley singer with the Elsie Tanner accent was the coolest pop star on the planet. Her seductive, soulful vocals and timeless dance-pop songs saw her top the charts on both sides of Atlantic, duet with George Michael and Queen. On
Deeper, Stansfield challenges herself without compromising her signature blend of pop, jazz, dance, Motown and Northern soul. It showcases some new signature songs, like the club-oriented “Everything” but at the same time reveals the British queen of white soul in a more melodic light with tracks such as “Billionaire.” The smoothly interlocking collection is carried by Stansfield's bulky and multifaceted voice throughout. Deeper features funky groovy disco tracks, well-tempered soul-pop ballads, as well as laid-back easy-listening songs and it all comes together to form a well-crafted blend which sounds as strong-willed as Lisa Stansfield has proven to be. [Also available as a limited-edition box set featuring the album on both CD and vinyl formats and a t-shirt, poster and photo cards.]
>Will Stewart
– Country Seat CD/LP (Cornelius Chapel)
County Seat nods to a number of songwriters who sing about the beauty of their homeland without glossing over its imperfections. There are electrified moments influenced by Neil Young, guitar arpeggios suited for R.E.M., turns-of-phrase worthy of Bob Dylan, and the modern-day folksy charm of Hiss Golden Messenger.
>Ebo Taylor
– Yen Ara CD/LP (Mr. Bongo)
New album from the Ghanaian music legend. The 81-year-old composer, arranger, guitarist and vocalist has been a key figure in the evolving Afro-funk sound since the ‘70s.

>Thirty Seconds To Mars
– The New Album CD (Interscope)
Fifth album from the multi-platinum selling band. "The album is, I think, going to be very surprising to people," frontman Jared Leto told Rogue Magazine. "There's quite a lot of different musical styles on the album, it's a very modern album and a break from the past – we are incredibly excited about it. It has a lot of energy and we've spent years working on it, exploring new ideas." [Vinyl edition due June 8.]

>Triptides
– Visitor CD/LP (Requiem Pour Twister)
On their sixth album, the L.A. band digs deep into fifty years of psychedelic pop music with their trademarked pristine and charming melodies. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>The Turbans
– The Turbans CD (Six Degrees)
The Turbans are an international musical collective that combine traditional, Near-Eastern and Eastern-European styles with original compositions, to create modern and energetic performances that remain faithful to their ancient roots. This extraordinary project has grown in just a few short years, from humble beginnings into a respected name on the London music scene. Members come from such diverse locales as Turkey, Bulgaria, Israel, Iran, Greece, Spain and England. [Vinyl edition due April 20.]

>Underøath
– Erase Me CD/LP (Fearless)
Underøath return with their first new album in eight years – the Matt Squire-produced (Panic! At The Disco, 3OH!3)
Erase Me. Right out of the gate, “It Has To Start Somewhere” burns like a rail dragster achieving top speed before hurling itself straight into the sun. “Wake Me” is almost pop that overshadows whatever manufactured nine-person co-writing session is currently being marketed on streaming-service playlists. “Rapture” feels like prog rock that traverses generations near and far, while Chris Dudley's electronics drive “No Frame” into universes unknown. Even the first single, “On My Teeth,” seemingly sends a warning to listeners to protect their necks. Underøath may have tempered the punishing riffage of their previous releases, but they doubled-down on the urgency. Erase Me is the apex where melodic heft, indefatigable power, spatial resonance and arcane electronic textures converge to reveal a band that's positively fearless. [Limited edition 180gm colored vinyl in special packaging also available.]
>Unknown Mortal Orchestra
– Sex & Food CD/LP+MP3 (Jagjaguwar)
The fourth album from Ruban Nielson’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra project is a delightfully shapeshifting affair that filters these real-deal serious themes through a vibrant sonic lens that spans battered drum-machine funk, doomy and thrashing rock, and pink-hued psychedelic disco. [Limited edition pink colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>The Vaccines
– Combat Sports CD/LP (Capitol)
The Vaccines return to their roots with an album of songs ranging from pure rock and roll to power-pop.

>Christina Vantzou
– No4 CD/LP (Kranky)
Belgium-based composer Christina Vantzou’s fourth full-length for Kranky ventures further into the uniquely elusive and evocative mode of ambient classical minimalism which has become her signature: a fragile synthesis of contemplative drift, heady silences, and muted dissonance. In regards to the new album she speaks of focusing particular attention on the effects of the recordings on the body, and of “directing sound perception into an inner space.”

>Various Artists
– Johnny Cash: The Music – Forever Words CD/2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Johnny Cash: Forever Words is a collaborative album consisting of 16 songs created from Johnny Cash's unknown poetry, lyrics, and letters set to music by an astounding array of contemporary artists including Chris Cornell, Ruston Kelly & Kacey Musgraves, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Brad Paisley, Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello, and more.
>Various Artists
- Revamp: The Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin CD (Island)
Various Artists – Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin CD (MCA Nashville)
Some of the world’s biggest pop, rock and country artists are celebrating Elton John’s most beloved and legendary catalogue of hits with two albums:
Revamp and Restoration. The superstar lineup features artists both new and iconic reinterpreting the timeless songs of the over 50-year writing partnership that Elton and Bernie Taupin share. Restoration contains thoughtful interpretations by Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris, Miley Cyrus, Vince Gill and Don Henley, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton and Lee Ann Womack. Revamp refracts Elton John’s most iconic pop hits through the voices of the industry’s hottest talents, including: Pink, Logic, Coldplay, Alessia Cara, Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Mary J. Blige, Q-Tip, The Killers, Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Queens Of The Stone Age.
>Andreas Varady
– The Quest CD (Resonance)
The Quest is guitar virtuoso Andreas Varady’s debut on Resonance Records and his clarion call statement as an artist. Discovered by the legendary producer Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2012 at a mere 15 years of age, Varady has gone on to wow established music icons such as George Benson and Marcus Miller.
>Dan Weiss
– Starebaby CD/2xLP (Pi Recordings)
Starebaby is the upshot of drummer Dan Weiss's long-running dream to bring together some of the most accomplished players on the jazz scene to play music that combines jazz with the power of heavy metal and electronic new music.
>Western Centuries
– Songs From The Deluge CD/LP (Free Dirt)
With
Songs From The Deluge, honky-tonk supergroup Western Centuries brings country music home to it's eclectic and unpretentious origins. Recorded and co-produced by acclaimed Cajun musician and Grammy-winning producer Joel Savoy at his Eunice, L.A. studio, this fresh set of songs spans psychedelia, boogie-woogie, and quixotic tales of love.
>Winter
– Ethereality CD/LP (Lolipop/ORG Music)
Winter is the project of songwriter Samira Winter, who’s love for guitar music and nostalgic imagery inspired the dream pop/indie rock four piece. Samira grew up in Curitiba, Brazil listening to her American father’s punk records, and her Brazilian mother’s MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) tunes. [Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Winterfylleþ
– The Hallowing Of Heirdom CD/2xLP (Spinefarm)
Winterfylleþ is a pagan black metal band from Manchester UK, concerned with themes of England's history/heritage, poetry and folklore. Winterfylleþ (which translates into Winter Full Moon from the Old English language) represents the first full moon in October, as well as the Anglo-Saxon festival of the arrival of winter.

>Alison Wonderland
– Awake CD/LP (Astralwerks)
A mix of digital-pop and incendiary beats,
Awake finds Sydney-born, L.A. based singer-songwriter, producer and DJ Alison Wonderland blazing new territory – sonically, vocally and emotionally. "I just wanted to go bigger and really push myself," Wonderland explains. "Vocally, I can hear a massive difference. I'm a lot more comfortable with my voice now and I'm not afraid to get on the mic and just go for it." Underneath its vibrant pop pulse, soaring synth-pop single "Church," is the sound of Wonderland emerging from her own darkness.
>The Wonder Years
– Sister Cities CD/LP (Hopeless)
The Philadelphia natives return with their new studio album of testimonials on love, loss, and finding commonalities in the human experience despite cultural differences.

>Royal Wood
– Ever After The Farewell CD/LP (Outside Music)
New album from one of the most accomplished singer songwriters in Canada. Recorded in London, UK, with Jamie Scott (known for his work with renowned artists like Rag'n Bone Man, Michael Kiwanuka, Niall Horan and Ed Sheeran), Royal's album is not only deeply inspired by both loss and love, but is an ode to the classic styles of both Tin Pan Alley and Laurel Canyon.

>Wye Oak
– The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Wye Oak’s fifth album pursues a litany of modern malaises, each track diligently addressing a new conflict and pinning it against walls of sound, with the song’s subject and shape inextricably and ingeniously linked. A gripping and powerful set of songs built with melodies, movement, and emotions that transcend even the best of their catalogue. [Limited pressing on beige/blue colored vinyl also available.]

>XYZ
– Artificial Flavoring CD/LP (Mono-Tone)
XYZ = a Trans-Atlantic American/French project featuring Ian Svenonius (Chain & The Gang, Make-Up, Escape-ism, et al.) on vocals and Memphis Electronic (of the groups NON!, Dum Bum Boys, Die Idiots, et al.) on instruments. Twelve dancefloor rockers and sexy glam numbers with fuzz guitars, drum machines, and analog synths on this irresistible plastic platter.


This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Jhené Aiko
– The Trip LP (ARTium/Def Jam Recording)
“Written during a period of grief, Jhené Aiko’s 22-track LP turns her methods of survival—enlightenment, drugs, music itself—into an epic concept album. Some of Aiko’s most honest writing occurs here.” – Pitchfork

>Alessandro Alessandroni
- Lost & Found LP (Four Flies)
15 forgotten soundtracks and library music treasures spanning 1972-1978.

>Louis Armstrong And The All Stars
‎– Satchmo At Symphony Hall [Reissue/1954] LP (Vinyl Passion)
>Derek Bailey
– Lot 74: Solo Improvisations [Reissue/1974] LP (Honest Jon’s)
Derek Bailey/Tristan Honsinger – Duo [Reissue/1976] LP (Honest Jon’s)
Two vinyl reissues of forward-thinking guitar improv, both originally released on Incus in the mid- ‘70s

>Robbie Basho
– Live In Forli, Italy 1982 LP (ESP-Disk’)
Released in January on CD – now available on vinyl. Robbie Basho (1940-1986), who died young after a stroke, never got his due in the culture at large, but steel-string guitar enthusiasts have known for decades that he was one of the greats of "American Primitivism". Technically adept and compositionally imaginative, fusing the music of many cultures into a mesmerizing solo style, he has been an inspiration for many; his music has generated a surge of interest in recent years. This 1982 concert was part of a four-show Italian tour.

>David Bazan/Sean Lane
– Rare Coins LP (15 Passenger)
The
Rare Coins Series spotlights an established artist who, in turn, chooses an up-and-coming artist they’d like to share a split release with. Fans not only receive new music from the artist they love, but also get a chance to hear music chosen by this artist. David Bazan was the lead singer for Pedro The Lion and a member of the band Headphones. Sean Lane is a drummer/percussionist. He’s played in bands such as Perfume Genius, and with David Bazan and Noah Gundersen. Limited gold colored vinyl pressing.
>Burnier & Cartier
- Burnier & Cartier [Reissue/1974] LP (Mr. Bongo)
Vinyl reissue of a sought-after Brazilian LP from 1974 that touches on MPB, soul, jazz, disco and boogie.

>Between The Buried & Me
– Automata I LP (Sumerian)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New release from the progressive metal band - the first two parts and eighth album overall.
Automata is a concept album that revolves around the concept of being able to view the dreams of others.
>The Black Sun Ensemble
– The Black Sun Ensemble [Reissue/1985] LP (San Jacinto)
Vinyl reissue of an “absolutely stunning psych LP, first released in limited edition in 1985 on Pyknotic label and reissued on CD in 2000 by Camera Obscura (instantly sold out). Stunning fuzzy guitar, Eastern tunes, chanting, some horns here and there.... absolutely spacey psychedelic music”—Mutant Sound

>Blue Cheer
– Vincebus Eruptum [Reissue/1968] LP (Sundazed)
Long out-of-print mono version sourced from the original Philips reels. Blue Cheer's landmark 1968 debut is widely regarded as Ground Zero of the heavy metal explosion.

>Bonga
– Angola ’74 [Reissue/1974] LP (Lusafrica)
Vinyl reissue of the legendary Angolan singer José Adelino Barcelo de Carvalho’s second album.

>Steve Bug & Langenberg
– Paradise Sold 2xLP (Poker Flat)
The irresistible pairing of Steve Bug and Langenberg present a full vinyl album of exquisitely crafted house music on Bug's own Poker Flat Recordings.

>Bulletboys
– From Out Of The Skies LP (Frontiers/Vinyl Eck)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New release from the veteran hard rockers.

>Casual Hex
– Zig Zag Lady Illusion LP (Water Wing)
Drawing influence from a variety of genres (post-punk, no-wave, noise rock), Casual Hex relies on the contrast of heavy, catchy, minimal, and dissonant. It’s difficult to draw a direct lineage, but flashes of Pylon, The Contortions or early Sonic Youth come to mind.

>Charnel Ground
– Charnel Ground LP (12XU)
Charnel Ground is a meeting of Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine, The New Year) on electric guitar, James McNew (Yo La Tengo, Dump) on bass, and Kid Millions (Oneida, Man Forever, etc.) on drums, dedicated to exploring the outer and inner regions of instrumental rock music.

>Chrome Sparks
– Sparks [Reissue/2013] 12”+MP3 (Future Classics)
Chrome Sparks – Goddess [Reissue/2014] 12”+MP3 (Future Classics)
Chrome Sparks – Parallelism [Reissue/2015] 12”+MP3 (Future Classics)
Chrome Sparks is the project of Brooklyn-based producer Jeremy Malvin. The 2013
Sparks EP features the internet phenomenon "Marijuana" and "Send The Pain On," and positioned him as an in-demand collaborator and tour artist (supporting the likes of Flume, Bonobo and XXYYXX). His 2014 follow-up Goddess is a tightly-structured six-track EP made in Malvin's bedroom and built on expansive landscapes and his love of percussion and synthesizers.
>Come Holy Spirit
– Asters And Disasters LP (Water Wing)
Formed in 2012 in Pittsburgh PA, Come Holy Spirit wields the age-old trifecta of guitar, bass, and drums in unexpected configurations. The songs embody a complex aggregate of musical influences, ranging from the angular deconstructivism of early experimental anarcho-punk (think Dog Faced Hermans and Poison Girls) to the tender repetition of far-flung folk music.

>The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band
– Chinese Butterfly 3xLP (Concord Jazz)
Chinese Butterfly is a reunion of two musical titans, a creative partnership that dates back to the early days of Return To Forever with Chick Corea when Steve Gadd was one of the first drummers.
>The Crown
– Cobra Speed Venom LP (Metal Blade)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Extreme speed and aggression mixed with classic heavy metal and rock ‘n’ roll from the Swedish death metal band.

>Deathrow
– Riders Of Doom [Reissue/1986] LP (Noise)
Deathrow – Raging Steel [Reissue/1987] LP (Noise)
Deathrow – Deception Ignored [Reissue/1988] LP (Noise)
Deathrow was a West-German thrash metal band from Düsseldorf formed in 1984. Their second, third, and fourth albums have been reissued on vinyl.

>Decry
– Falling: The Best Of Decry LP (Cleopatra)
Limited purple vinyl pressing – 16 bone crushing tracks from the ‘80s punk revivalists.

>Jean Dubuffet
– Musical Experiences [Reissue/1973] LP (Etats-Unis)
The legendary French painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet exalted naivety and spontaneity in visual art, and his brazenly experimental recordings on Musical Experiences evince the same spirit through sound.

>John Duncan
– Organic [Reissue/1979] LP (Etats-Unis)
The inter-disciplinary maverick John Duncan emerged in 1970s Los Angeles as a confrontational performance artist and, as the decade progressed, aligned himself with the experimental-music collective Los Angeles Free Music Society. His sound art appeared on various self-released cassettes and alongside artists such as Jim Pomeroy and Yoshi Wada on the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art's influential compilation Sound. Duncan's debut album,
Organic, released in a tiny edition on the artist's own AQM imprint in 1979 and distributed through LAFMS, collects some of his earliest and most absorbing noise experiments.
>Bob Dylan
– The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan [Reissue/1963] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissue of Dylan’s second studio album.

>Freak Heat Waves
– Beyond XXXL LP (Telephone Explosion)
In the two years since their last release, Freak Heat Waves have continued a perpetual process of transformation. Shedding familiar influences from the heavily excavated histories of post-punk and krautrock, the band has now beamed into uncharted territory with the otherworldly sound of their third album,
Beyond XXXL. Beyond XXXL is 11-song excursion, alien strains of synth-pop and glam-rock are sandblasted with smooth guitar solos, eerie electronics, and pulsating drum machines propelled into skull-shattering breakbeats.
>Galactic Explorers
– Epitaph For Venus LP (Mental Experience)
Vinyl reissue of another album from the Pyramid label shrouded in mystery and produced by Toby Robinson in Cologne, circa 1974. Kosmische and head sounds with plenty of Minimoog, analog synths/keyboards, effects, loops, tape manipulation, treated percussions, etc., courtesy of Galactic Explorers, an electronic, minimal, ambient krautrock trio featuring Reinhard Karwatky (Dzyan). RIYL: Terry Riley, Popol Vuh, Sand, Peter Michael Hamel, Tangerine Dream, Baba Yaga, Cluster, Cozmic Corridors, Brainticket.

>Geld
– Perfect Texture LP (Iron Lung)
Swirling psychedelic D-Beat madness from Melbourne, Australia. Acidic fuzz guitars and wild distorted vocals snarling out eleven songs about suffering, vulnerability, paranoia and banality are what make up the perfect texture of living in today's doomed world.

>Girlschool
– The Singles [1979-1984] LP (Real Gone Music)
If your knowledge of hard-rockin’, all-female bands from the late ‘70s is limited to The Runaways, friend, it is time to broaden your horizons and cast your eyes across the pond to the British rock institution that is Girlschool. Limited orange colored vinyl pressing.

>Gitkin
– 5 Star Motel LP (Wonderwheel)
Debut album from multi-instrumentalist and producer Brian Gitkin, inspired by his mysterious uncle - a travelling salesman who crisscrossed the US in the late ‘70s selling knockoff Gibson guitars to the diverse groups of immigrants from all four corners of the globe who were coming to the States during the second great migration. Recycling and filtering the sounds he encountered through his own psychedelic lens, he created a sound rooted in the disparate sounds he was encountering from places like Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru, and North Africa.

>Miles Goodwin And Friends Of The Blues
– Myles Goodwin And Friends Of The Blues LP (Linus)
Myles Goodwyn's passion for the blues began in '60s when he started listening to American blues artists like BB King, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. Although the blues songs he wrote over the years never made it onto an April Wine album, he kept saving them for the blues album he knew he was going to make one day.
Myles Goodwyn And Friends Of The Blues is the result of these sessions. Some of the Friends joining Goodwyn are Jack de Keyzer, Garret Mason, David Wilcox, Amos Garret, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Joe Murphy, Frank Marino, Shaun Verreault, Bill Stevenson, Rick Derringer and more.
>Hawkwind
– At The Roundhouse 3xLP (Cherry Red UK)
On Friday, May 26, 2017, Hawkwind returned to London's legendary Roundhouse venue in Chalk Farm for the first time in 40 years. It was also some 45 years after the band famously performed at the venue (captured for posterity on the
Greasy Truckers Party album), where they recorded the hit version of “Silver Machine”. Six months on, this amazing, historic show is captured for posterity within a deluxe vinyl box set which boasts audio versions of the entire performance.
>His Name Is Alive
– Black Wings 2xLP (Happy Happy Birthday To Me)
Black Wings was originally designed as a collection of outtakes, demos and experiments, combining beautifully layered acapella vocal harmonies with heavy fuzz riffs and sci-fi soundtrack synths, and was included in the Patterns Of Light limited edition super set (2016) but quickly grew in stature and attracted attention as a fundamentally unique stand-alone release. Black Wings is a 30-song cosmic double album housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve and collages an insane variety of styles including psychedelic rock, new age meditation, medieval choral, and the protometal prog of early Rush and Hawkwind, while lyrically covering heavily researched creation myths, visionary theology, particle physics, dragons and some feelings about the fundamental forces of nature and witchcraft.
>J.C. Satàn
– Centaur Of Desire LP (Born Bad)
You can count on the fingers of one hand the bands you've loved up until their fifth album like J.C. Satàn -- almost ten years after falling in love. There are dudes who have “seen them too much”, heard them too much, and stopped expecting anything from them anymore. The Satàn crew did not deliver a fifth album just for the hell of it, just to justify their next tour: they got together to seek the rare fuel, the miraculous current able to galvanize our sleeping senses, the electroshock forcing us to revive the urgent impression of being alive.

>Warner Jepson
– Totentanz [Reissue/1972] LP (Etats-Unis)
Limited clear vinyl LP pressing. Considered as the first piece of electronic music to accompany a ballet,
Totentanz is the arrestingly abstract and mightily expressive result of Warner Jepson's experiments with tape and Don Buchla's groundbreaking synthesizer, the Buchla 100. Totentanz, originally self-released in 1972, reveals a composer relieved of convention.
>John’s Children
– Desdemona 7” (Munster)
"Marc Bolan was only a member of John's Children for a few short months, but the experience would have an indelible impact on the future trajectory of his music. The group's first single for Track would be a Bolan composition, 'Desdemona'. The next single, 'Midsummer Night's Scene', was scheduled for release in July but was cancelled at the last minute. Bolan departed [...] but John's Children recorded one more of his songs, 'Mustang Ford', which they repurposed as 'Go-Go Girl'." -- Mike Stax, Ugly Things

>Jack Kerouac featuring Al Cohn And Zoot Sims
– Blues And Haikus [Reissue/1959] LP (Real Gone Music)
Just like its predecessor,
Poetry For The Beat Generation, legendary beatnik writer Jack Kerouac’s second album, Blues And Haikus, teamed him with producer Bob Thiele and came out on Thiele’s Douglas label in 1959. But this time around, instead of the debut’s dilettante-ish jazz piano jazz flourishes from Steve Allen, Kerouac insisted on bona fide jazz musicians to accompany his stream-of-consciousness prose.
>Killer Of Sheep
– Scorned LP (Taang!)
Vinyl reissue of the explosive debut album by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania political-hardcore outfit Killer of Sheep (named after the 1978 cult film of the same name) and featuring scene veterans Oyo Ellis, Greg Mairs, Ollie McClellen and Keith Smallwood. The album contains a dozen blistering tracks in the spirit of Poison Idea, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Slapshot, and Bad Brains.

>Light The Torch
– Revival LP (Nuclear Blast America)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. New album from the metal band featuring former Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones.

>The Litter
– Emerge [Reissue/1969] LP (Purple Pyramid)
Vinyl reissue of the 1969 album by garage rock heroes. Nine classic cuts of guitar driven, fuzzed-out psychedelia.

>Annea Lockwood
– Glass World [Reissue/1970] LP (Etats-Unis)
New Zealand-born sound artist and composer Annea Lockwood received formal training at various institutions before exploring the sonorous potential of glass in a series of performances in the late 1960s. With plates of wired glass, glass discs, chunks of green cullet glass, glass tubing,
sheets of micro-glass, glass jars and other incarnations of the material, Lockwood elicited a staggering array of sounds, some subtly uncanny and others as outlandish and alien as anything emitted from the era's early synthesizers. Clear vinyl reissue.

>Lorde
– Melodrama LP (Republic)
Two vinyl pressings of Lorde’s 2017 album are now available: Standard and Deluxe 180gm translucent royal blue colored vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket, double sided record sleeve, and bi-fold lyric booklet with six double-sided photo inserts.

>Morbid Angel
– Heretic [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (Earache)
Originally released in 2003,
Heretic is the seventh full-length studio album from Florida's death metal titans.
>Gerry Mulligan/Ben Webster
‎– Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster [Reissue/1959] LP (Analog Production)
200gm vinyl LP reissue of a classic album from two giants. From the first to last note of this velvety 1959 collaboration, you'll hear what made jazz what it is: communication and interaction. Mulligan and Webster devoted the sessions to six relaxed numbers performed in an atmosphere of mutual respect where neither attempted to blast away the other. Soulful and melodic, the selections all come from the Duke Ellington songbook or the pen of Mulligan himself while a swinging West Coast Jazz rhythm section provides supple backing throughout.

>Mike Ness
– Cheating At Solitaire [Reissue/1999] 2xLP (Craft Recordings)
Mike Ness – Under The Influences [Reissue/1999] LP (Craft Recordings)
Originally released in 1999,
Cheating At Solitaire is the first solo release from Social Distortion frontman, Mike Ness. The album incorporates the raw power and social relevance that has always marked Ness' music, while embracing many of the defining styles in American rock 'n' roll history. His second LP, Under The Influences, is a compilation of country, rock, and bluegrass covers released just six months after his first solo effort.
>Okkre
– Épica LP (Modern Obscure Music)
Okkre (Uge Pañeda) is producer of the Spanish duo LCC, who have released two albums on Editions Mego. This is the soundtrack to a very special performance named
Épica. Directed by Aimar Pérez Galí, it was premiered at Sonar 2017. Épica brings clubbing culture inside the theater, to deliver a highly energetic performance, joining bodies, sound and voices of historic and political dissidence.
>Pere Ubu
- Les Haricots Sont Pas Sales 1987-1991 4xLP+MP3 (Fire)
Third box set featuring
The Tenement Year (1988), Cloudland (1989), Worlds In Collison (1991) and The Lost Album (1989). Another crucial era for the band unraveled, Pere Ubu’s journey charted new undulating territory and so began a three-album escapade that retooled our understanding of what pop music is. The third in the four-part boxed set series, Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés 1987-1991 sits between The Architecture Of Language 1979-1982 and Drive, He Said 1994-2002.
>Physique
– Punk Life Is Sh*t LP (Iron Lung)
By now people know that most of the music coming out of Olympia WA is important in some way, be it artistically or politically. Physique manages to hit both points by channeling the classic Discharge / Kawakami (RIP) model of poetic, simplistic sloganeering and carefully crafted, noise fueled D-Beat punk music.

>Bud Powell
‎– The Essen Jazz Festival Concert [Reissue/1960] LP (ORG Music)
Recorded live in April of 1960 at The Essen Jazz Festival, this masterful nine-track collection finds pianist Bud Powell leading a top flight bebop trio backed by bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Kenny Clarke while tenor saxophone giant Coleman Hawkins joins the proceedings for three of the nine selections, highlighted by an incredible take on his own composition, "Stuffy."

>Elvis Presley
– Elvis’ Gold Records Volume 5 [Reisue/1984] LP (Friday Music)
Limited edition 180gm colored vinyl LP pressing, housed in a gatefold sleeve. Originally issued posthumously in 1984,
Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5 is the final installment in RCA's Elvis Presley's Gold Records series which began in 1958.
>Steve Roach
– Dreamtime Return [Reissue/1988] 2xLP (Telephone Explosion)
Steve Roach’s 1988 double-disc is back in production for the first time in 30 years.
Dreamtime Return was inspired by multiple visits to the Australian Outback. The tales told over two LPs touch on the Earth's origins, and the role humans have to play in it. Inspired by the stories of Australia’s first people, Roach used a combination of synthesizers and Aboriginal instruments to create the album’s signature sound.
>Remko Scha
– Machine Guitars [Reissue/1982] LP (Etatis-Unis)
Gnashing, thrashing and teeming with enchanting microtones,
Machine Guitars is the definitive recorded work of Remko Scha, although the late Dutch artist didn't play a single note himself. Rather, Scha arranged a motorized, rotating wire brush and saber saw in front of suspended electric guitars and let these metallic torrents flow. Limited clear vinyl LP pressing.
>Scientist And Prince Jammy
– Scientist And Jammy Strike Back! [Reissue1982] LP (Real Gone Music)
Jedi dub riddims from King Tubby protégés Scientist and Prince Jammy, bringing their mastery of the studio Force to tracks written by Lee “Scratch” Perry acolyte Linval Thompson, and backed by the Roots Radics band, no less. This 1982 album is about as good as early ‘80s dub gets, and the artwork, which pays a gleeful tribute to all sorts of sci-fi tropes, from
Star Wars to Star Trek to Ming the Merciless, is just a bonus. First-ever Stateside vinyl reissue, in yellow-green “lightsaber” vinyl.
>Andy Sheppard Quartet
– Romaria LP (ECM)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Andy Sheppard’s quartet extends the musical explorations begun on the 2015 release
Surrounded By Sea, an album praised by Télérama for its poignant serenity. In this new program of compositions by Sheppard (plus the title track by Brazilian singer-songwriter Renato Teixeira), the drones and washes of Eivind Aarset’s guitar and electronics aided by the generous acoustics of Luganos Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI help to establish a climate in which improvisation can take place. There’s a highly atmospheric, ambient drift to the music which Sheppard clearly finds liberating, as do Michel Benita and Seb Rochford, free to move in and out of conventional rhythm section roles and to make impassioned statements of their own.
>Skenet
– Morsning LP (Subliminal Sounds)
On their new album
Morsning, Skenet establish their sound and reputation as one of Sweden's premier folk rock band and offer a unique mix of dirty riffs and Swedish fiddler traditions.
>Sly & The Family Stone
– There’s A Riot Goin’ On [Reissue/1971] LP (Sundazed)
Since it took almost two years to make, the fifth album by now bonafide superstars Sly & The Family Stone found the Bay Area-based genius getting funkier than before, even as his artistic vision becomes darker. Limited red colored vinyl reissue.

>Son House
– Father Of Folk Blues [Reissue/1965] LP (Analog Prod.)
200gm vinyl LP pressing at 45rpm. Mississippi's Son House was already legendary for a small collection of live field recordings made by folklorist Alan Lomax in 1941 and 1942, and for having taught some important licks to both Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, before he was rediscovered by a new generation of college-age fans after many years of musical dormancy in 1964.

>The Streets
– Original Pirate Material [Reissue/2002] 2xLP (Warner Bros. UK)
Import vinyl reissue of the debut album by English rapper and producer Mike Skinner, under the name The Streets. In March 2003, NME placed
Original Pirate Material at number 46 on their list of the 100 Best Albums of All Time.
>Tiny Tim
– God Bless Tiny Tim [Reissue/1968] LP (Real Gone Music)
Limited edition 50
th Anniversary pink colored vinyl repress. If you think, based on “Tiptoe Thru’ The Tulips with Me” and his nationally televised marriage to Miss Vicki on The Tonight Show, that Tiny Tim was a mere novelty act, think again. Behind that ukulele, pasty white make-up, falsetto, and prominent proboscis was a serious scholar of American music, perhaps the only performer of the ‘60s (and certainly the only performer of his age group) keeping the torch alive for songs from vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley.
>The Toasters
– Dub 56 [Reissue/1994] LP (Jump Up)
The Toasters – 2 Tone Army [Reissue/1996] LP (Jump Up)
Two classic ‘90s album from American ska pioneers are back in-print on limited grey color marbled vinyl.

>Various Artists
– Buried Country LP (Flipping Yeah/Mississippi)
A compilation of Aboriginal Australian country music. All of the material presented here has never been reissued on vinyl before.

>Various Artists
– I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats 2xLP+MP3 (Merge)
Double-LP cover album and companion piece to the podcast debut of I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats.
I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats contains the full All Hail West Texas covers collection, introduced over the course of podcast season one, pressed to opaque pink & opaque blue vinyl.
>Various Artists
– Songs From Under The Floorboard Vol. 1 LP (Accident Prone)
From truly humble beginnings—believing it would simply be a show documenting the origin years of post-punk (1977-1983) that DJ Dave Cantrell lived through in San Francisco and London—radio show Songs From Under the Floorboard on Portland's XRAY FM very quickly evolved onto one of the world's premier sources giving focus to the hyperactive, current-day post-punk synthwave and darkwave scene across the globe. From that weekly blast has come
Songs From Under the Floorboard Vol. 1, a compendium featuring rare and exclusive cuts from ten bands. This is the first of a yearly series benefiting LBGTQ and fem-fronted service organizations—this initial release residual profits being funneled to Planned Parenthood.
>Sarah Vaughan
– In The Land Of Hi-Fi [Reissue/1955] LP (Vinyl Passion)
1955's
In The Land Of Hi-Fi is one of Sarah Vaughan's finest albums; the songs are terrific, the arrangements dynamic, the orchestra a blast, and the recording quality first-rate. Accompanied by an all-star orchestra arranged by Ernie Wilkins and featuring J.J. Johnson on trombone, Roy Haynes on drums and altoist Cannonball Adderley (who was near the beginning of his career), the great singer is in superior form during these performances.
>Victor Wainwright
– Victor Wainwright And The Train LP (Ruf)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The name of Victor Wainwright's new band - and the sleeve image of their debut album - is also the most fitting of metaphors. In music folklore, the train might have associations with the freight-hopping bluesmen of yore, but with this restless boogie-woogie innovator stoking the furnace, this project is a charging locomotive - surging forward, crashing through boundaries of genre, sweeping up fresh sounds and clattering headlong past the doubters.

>Zola Jesus
– Okovi LP (Sacred Bones)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl. Nika Roza Danilova has been recording music as Zola Jesus for more than a decade. For the majority of that time, she’s been on Sacred Bones Records, and
Okovi marks her reunion with the label. Fittingly, the 11 electronics-driven songs here share musical DNA with her early work on the label.
30 march 2018
New Releases for March 30, 2018
>CDs + Vinyl:

>
Amen Dunes – Freedom CD/LP+MP3 (Sacred Bones)
Over the course of 10 years, Damon McMahon aka Amen Dunes has transformed continuously, and Freedom is the project's boldest leap yet. On the surface, it's a reflection on growing up, childhood friends who ended up in prison or worse, male identity, McMahon's father, and his mother, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the beginning of recording. The characters that populate the musical world of
Freedom are a colorful mix of reality and fantasy: father and mother, Amen Dunes, teenage glue addicts and Parisian drug dealers, ghosts above the plains, fallen surf heroes, vampires, thugs from Naples and thugs from Houston, the emperor of Rome, Jews, Jesus, Tashtego, Perseus, even McMahon himself. Each character portrait is a representation of McMahon, of masculinity, and of his past.
>Eric Andersen
– The Essential Eric Andersen 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
Eric Andersen is one of the greatest singer-songwriters to emerge from the fabled Greenwich Village folk scene of the '60s. But the one thing that was missing from his catalog is a true, career-spanning anthology chronicling every phase of his multi-faceted career.
The Essential Eric Andersen, is a double-CD, 33-track set that spans 45 years, 10 different labels, and 19 different albums.
>Anna & Elizabeth
– Comes To Us CD/LP (Smithsonian Folkways)
Praised by many well-known musicians and widely loved for their moving minimalist arrangements, Anna & Elizabeth pioneer new ways of presenting old songs and stories to modern audiences. Co-producer Benjamin Lazar Davis (Cuddle Magic) and legendary avant-rock drummer Jim White (The Dirty Three, Xylouris White) assist in the duo's vision of breathing life and new perspective into the crackling and disintegrating recordings and artifacts of the past. Rarely does an album based on traditional folk music resonate so strongly in modern times.

>Ayreon
– Ayreon 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/3xLP+MP3 (Music Theories)
After creating rock operas in the studio for more than 20 years, prog mastermind Arjen Lucassen, aka Ayreon, finally took his Universe to the stage in September 2017. The best of these shows,
Ayreon Universe is a full-on rock extravaganza, featuring songs from all Ayreon albums. Guests include Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Damian Wilson (Threshold), Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian), Tommy Karevik (Kamelot), Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gentle Storm), Marco Hietala (Nightwish), Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), Mike Mills (Toehider), Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion), Irene Jansen, Robert Soeterboek (Star One), John Jaycee Cuijpers (Praying Mantis), Edward Reekers (Kayak), Jay van Feggelen, Maggy Luyten (Nightmare) and Lisette van den Berg (Scarlet Stories). [Stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray editions are also available.]
>Barbarossa
– Leir CD/LP (Memphis Industries)
Picking up where 2015’s
Imager left off, Lier is further electronic wizardry from Barbarossa (London-born James Mathé) - one of the UK’s finest song writing talents. This time, his vocal is at the forefront on some of the most accessible pop songs he’s ever written.
>Apollo Brown & Ghostface Killah
– The Brown Tape CD/LP (Mello Music)
The official reissue of Apollo Brown’s re-imagining of Ghostface Killah's striking 2013 release
Twelve Reasons To Die. The legendary Detroit producer was asked to record an alternate album at the same time as Adrian Younge created Twelve Reasons To Die. Keep in mind, Brown was given access to Ghostface's original recordings and constructed beats around the rapper's work. Cinematic and nasty, this is hip-hop at its most raw.
>Cabbage
– Nihilistic Glamour Shots CD/LP (BMG)
Faced with a band as explosive as Cabbage, it's disturbing if unsurprising that untruths have clouded the positivity of their intent. Here are some certainties among the drama: Cabbage is a band to believe in. Compromises will not be considered. And the group's music is the most thrilling way imaginable to convey their message. Equally drawn to socialist politics and titting about, they're devotees of both big choruses and anarchic totems like GG Allin, Genesis P Orridge and Butthole Surfers. It’s a mixture writ large throughout
Nihilistic Glamour Shots, from the frenetic opening salvo of “Preach To The Converted,” “Arms Of Pleonexia” and “Molotov Alcopop,” via “Perdurabo's” swampy blues and wild funk of “Exhibit A” to the devastating seven-minute finale “Subhuman 2.0.”
>Camp Lo
–On The Way Uptown & The Get Down Brothers 2xLP (Vodka & Milk)
In celebration of 20+ years since their classic 1997 debut
Uptown Saturday Night, Bronx duo Camp Lo present a On The Way Uptown & The Get Down Brothers. On The Way Uptown is a collection of demos and unreleased songs made between '94 - '95, leading to their official debut in early 1997. On The Get Down Brothers, Camp Lo completely pivot away from their '90s nostalgia into a much more futuristic and experimental sound. Although the production is different, their signature tongue-twisting and hype flows remain, creating a unique and seamless fusion packed into 10 dynamic tracks.
>Mary Chapin Carpenter
– Sometimes Just The Sky CD (Lambent Light)
Sometimes Just The Sky is not a greatest hits endeavor or a remastered compilation. It's not a celebration or a souvenir. It is a reimagining of a most unusual nature. It is a collection of songs written across the decades, recorded in bucolic western England at Real World Studios with the great producer Ethan Johns. Carpenter sat with new and old friends who circled together in a wooden room and made music, in real time. What we hear is precisely what was played and sung, all at once. There's a song originally recorded for each of Carpenter's original studio records, and then there's a new song, which was aided and abetted by hillside contemplation and a punk poet's advice. [Vinyl edition due May 4.]
>The Cars
– Shake It Up [Reissue/1981] CD/2xLP (Rhino/Elektra)
The Cars – Heartbeat City [Reissue/1984] CD/2xLP (Rhino/Elektra)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts The Cars in April 2018, honoring the legendary band's incredible musical legacy and enormous commercial success. Rhino kicks off the celebration early with remastered and expanded editions of
Shake It Up and Heartbeat City. [180gm vinyl editions also available.]
>Critical Mess
– Human Prey CD (Metalville)
Critical Mess formed around ex-Cripper vocalist Britta Görtz,
Human Prey shows that they have remained faithful to the old-school death metal with which they grew up on. Featuring a blistering guitar solo by Jeff Waters (Annihilator).
>Czarface & MF DOOM
– Czarface Meets Metalface CD/LP (Silver Age)
Blending DOOM's trademark abstractions and Czarface’s in-your-face lyrical attack,
Czarface Meets Metalface is ripe with cartoon violence, societal observations and pop culture musings. Over banging beats provided by The Czar-Keys, the armored team give you the witty unpredictable treats any hip-hop fan can sink their fangs into. Expect beats, rhymes, and metal as Czarface controlled by Wu-Tang Clan powerhouse Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric team up with everyone's favorite villain, MF DOOM.
>Ramin Djawadi
– A Wrinkle In Time [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] CD (Walt Disney)
The soundtrack to the 2018 motion picture includes a score composed by Ramin Djawadi and songs by Sade, Sia and others.

>Eagle Twin
– The Thundering Heard (Songs Of Hoof And Horn) CD/LP (Southern Lord)
Salt Lake City-based duo Eagle Twin release their long-awaited third LP,
The Thundering Heard (Songs Of Hoof And Horn). Eagle Twin's commanding sound delivers like a tectonic force, where doom and blues collide. Gentry Densley's dominating low-end vocal tone is like an instrument in itself, rumbling alongside towering riffs, and Tyler Smith's powerful rhythmic propulsion. It's a compelling combination, particularly when you add melodious bluesy romp to the equation.
>Entourage
- Ceremony Of Dreams: Studio Sessions And Outtakes, 1972-1977 3xCD (Tompkins Square)
30 unreleased tracks by Entourage. Sampled by Four Tet and revered in underground circles for their two ‘70s Folkways LPs, The Entourage Music And Theater Ensemble was an ambient folk music group active from 1970-1983. The primary members were Joe Clark saxophones/keyboards, Rusty Clark viola/guitar, Michael S. Smith drums/percussion and Wall Matthews guitars/keys/ percussion.

>Frankie Cosmos
– Vessel CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
Frankie Cosmos has taken several different shapes since their first full-band album, 2014's
Zentropy, erupted in New York's DIY music scene. For Vessel the band's lineup comprises multi-instrumentalists David Maine, Lauren Martin, Luke Pyenson, and Greta Kline. The album’s 18 tracks employ a range of instrumentations and recording methods not found on the band’s prior albums, while maintaining the succinctly sincere nature of Kline’s songwriting. The album’s opening track, “Caramelize,” serves as the thematic overture for Vessel, alluding to topics like dependency, growth, and love, which reemerge throughout the record. Although many of the scenarios and personalities written about on Vessel are familiar territory for Frankie Cosmos, Kline brings a freshly nuanced point of view, and a desire to constantly question the latent meaning of her experiences. Kline's dissonant lyrics pair with the band's driving, jangly grooves to create striking moments of musical chemistry.
>Gang Of Youths
– Go Farther In Lightness CD/2xLP (Red Music)
Second studio album by Australian alternative band. James Clements of Rolling Stone Australia said
Go Farther In Lightness “poetically explores the human experience in all its bleakness and triumph, confusion and clarity, heartbreak and joyousness” adding it's a “remarkable odyssey of an album that'll engulf you, leaving a bewildered smile on your face, a tear in your eye and a heart that's full.” [Limited white colored double-vinyl pressing in gatefold jacket also available.]
>The Garden
– Mirror Might Steal Your Charm CD (Epitaph)
Taking the audience away into a still unfathomed sound world and bringing back some of the scuzzier elements of their earlier work, the duo's more guitar focused third album is another sublime slice of post-modern pop. Welcome back to a land that's familiar, slightly out of sync, and a little bit unnerving. [Vinyl edition due May 18.]

>The Guess Who
– So Long, Bannatyne [Reissue/1971] CD (Iconoclassic)
Digitally remastered and expanded edition. The Guess Who proved they could weather a significant personnel change with 1970's triumphant
Share The Land. The 1971 follow-up, So Long, Bannatyne saw the band branching out, embracing more eclectic and less polished and commercial material, much of it with a considerably darker hue than the band's earlier material and heavily influenced by John Lennon's visceral Plastic Ono Band.
>Mary Halvorson
– Code Girl CD (Firehouse 12)
“Guitarist Mary Halvorson is part traditionalist and part avant-gardist. Probably more the latter. She is a busy collaborator as well, having worked with Taylor Ho Bynum and many other creative band leaders recently. Halvorson has also been playing in projects with other extraordinary guitarists like Noel Akchote and Marc Ribot and the equally innovative pedal steel player Susan Alcorn. Halvorson’s new album,
Code Girl, is her first to have lyrics and vocal melodies written by the guitarist.
>Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
– No Mercy In This Land CD/LP (ANTI-)
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite join forces once again for
No Mercy In This Land, the first new music from the pair since the 2013 release of their collaborative album Get Up! which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Blues Albums Chart and won a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album. A musical expression of the kinship between the two, No Mercy In This Land is a blues record which recounts both Ben and Charlie's personal stories and adds to the sonic history of American struggle and survival. “That first record happened in the studio,” Charlie says, “But then we toured together for nearly two years and it just kept getting better and better, the musical rapport, the band, the two of us personally. When we finally headed back into the studio we were just charged, ready to go, the songs were jumping out like wild horses ready to run.” Harper adds, “Everything I've ever done has had one foot in the blues. There has never been any doubt in my mind that if Charlie and I are on the planet together, we are going to be making music. The last record kicked the door open, but it was just the beginning. At this moment, I don't think I could make a better record than this. I mean that.” [Limited 180gm pressing also available.]
>Hexed
– Netherworld CD (ViciSolom)
Hexed is a Swedish metal band fronted by the amazing vocalist Tina Gunnarsson. Their music is a blend of thick driving rhythms, melodic guitars and are sometimes progressively orientated, but always with catchy chorus lines and strong powerful female vocals.

>Holy Wave
– Adult Fear CD/LP (Levitation Partners)
Holy Wave's third albumsees the Austin, TX quintet forging deeper into hazy synths and expansive melodies, coalescing their myriad of influences into a signature sound.

>Insanity Alert
– Insanity Alert [Reissue/2014] CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Austrian party-thrashers Insanity Alert exploded out of the underground in 2014 with their blistering and irreverent crossover thrash attack. Their self-titled debut album is a fast, fun, and filthy affair that highlights their devotion to raging, skating, and ripping '80s thrash metal. The group features vocalist Amirtha Kidambi.” – Hartford Courant [New album due this year.]

>Jukebox The Ghost
– Off To The Races CD/LP (Priority)
A giddy, vibrant fifth album from the long-running trio of piano pop wizards. Every generation has a band that puts a fresh twist on piano-rock, and
Off To The Races serves as a memorably vivid and kaleidoscopic step forward for the genre.
>King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
– Gumboot Soup CD/LP (ATO)
Domestic issue of the Australian psychedelic rock band band’s 13
th studio album, Gumboot Soup, originally released last December. In an interview with Consequence Of Sound, the band's Stu Mackenzie described their final record of 2017 as a “place for us to put a lot of different ideas that we're trying to experiment within the song, rather than within the whole record. And for me, some of my favorite songs of the year are on the fifth record. It's more song-oriented than album -oriented.”
>Hayley Kiyoko
– Expectations CD (Atlantic)
Placed among a list of Rolling Stone's “10 New Artists You Need To Know,” Hayley Kiyoko is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, director, and actress.

>Bettye LaVette
– Things Have Changed CD/2xLP (Verve)
For her tenth album and first album on a major label in nearly fifty years, legendary soul singer Bettye LaVette takes on the songs of Bob Dylan with the grit and experience that makes her one of the greatest soul singers alive.
Things Have Changed is a masterpiece of interpretation of one of the greatest songwriters alive, by one of the greatest soul singers alive. Produced by Steve Jordan, the album spans Dylan's catalogue and features guest appearances by Keith Richards and Trombone Shorty.
>The Lawrence Arms
– We Are The Champions Of The World CD/2xLP (Fat Wreck Chords)
In honor of The Lawrence Arms' almost 20 years in the game, Fat Wreck Chords presents a 29-song best-of collection that chronicles the band's steady evolution over the past two decades.

>Light The Torch
– Revival CD (Nuclear Blast America)
New album from the metal band featuring former Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones.

>The Lonely Biscuits
– The Universe In You CD/LP (Soundly Music, LLC)
The Lonely Biscuits is an alternative rock band hailing from Nashville, TN. With a sound reminiscent of early ‘90s slacker rock, the band continues to mature by leaps and bounds here while still showcasing their playful and lighthearted musical personality.

>The Manhattan Transfer
– The Junction CD (BMG Rights Management)
The legendary vocal group release their first new studio album in 10 years.

>Ashley McBryde
– Girl Going Nowhere CD (Warner Music Nashville)
Ashley McBryde's
Girl Going Nowhere is a collection reflective of her authentic, take-no-prisoners honesty and willingness to not just look at life, but live it, and reflect that experience in her music. Produced and mixed by award-winner Jay Joyce, the album showcases an artistic vision that proves her to be one of the genre's keenest working storytellers, bringing unwavering honesty back into a pop-preoccupied genre. [Vinyl edition due April 13.]
>Geoff & Maria Muldaur
‎– Pottery Pie [Reissue/1968] CD (Omnivore)
Geoff & Maria Muldaur ‎– Sweet Potatoes [Reissue/1972] CD (Omnivore)
In the early '60s, Maria Muldaur could be found performing in the Village in NYC, playing alongside regulars like Bob Dylan, Stefan Grossman, David Grisman, and many others. Geoff Muldaur was a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band which Maria later joined. After the Kweskin Jug Band broke up the Muldaurs produced two albums together. This is the first time both of those albums are available on CD in the US.

>Kacey Musgraves
– Golden Hour CD/LP (MCA Nashville)
Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves returns with her reflective third full-length studio album,
Golden Hour. Recorded at Sheryl Crow's Nashville, TN studio, Musgraves told EW that the LP has a “trippy twist” and cites the Bee Gees, Sade, and Neil Young as influences as well as her recent marriage to fellow musician Ruston Kelly. “I was thinking about how there are different masks that we wear that represent different sides of us,” she says of the album's theme. “None of the masks are solely us, but they're all us. On this record, there's the lonely girl, the blissful girl, the new wife, the girl that's missing her mom, the angry girl, the sarcastic girl, the ‘60s-sequined Cruella de Vil with the beehive, the shy girl, the life of the party, the winner, the loser – they're all characters. None of them alone are me, but the golden hour is when they all come together, and you see me as a whole.” [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Musta Paraati
– Peilitalossa [Reissue/1983] CD (Cleopatra)
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the 1983 debut album from Finland's premiere post-punk/goth rockers.

>Naked Giants
– Sluff CD/LP (New West)
Sluff is the debut release from the Seattle, Washington band, Naked Giants. The specific goal here was to capture “that live energy” in a recording, but as the energies of the studio processes began to mingle, the album became an entity unto itself. Bassist Gianni Aiello explains, “We played our very best on this album, but there are still a good amount of mess-ups and rough edges that give it that ‘first album' character. The album gets its personality in large part from the play between the planned and unplanned. With producer Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Low, Damien Jurado, The Posies), we could carefully craft some sonic signatures just as easily as stumble upon some random noise or mic technique. There’s no underlying concept for the album, but it's this sort of order and chaos attitude which gives it a cohesive feeling.” Sluff is a rock and roll record for the modern rock and roller. Some songs are long, some are short, and some are even shorter than that. It's full of hooks and plenty of guitar solos. The most important thing is that everything hits you all at once, feeling like it could all happen in a matter of seconds.
>Octopus
– Supernatural Alliance CD/LP (Rise Above)
Supernatural Alliance is the debut album from Detroit's turbo-powered psychedelic rock experience, Octopus. Featuring members of Big Chief, Speedball, Electric Six and Seduce, amongst others, the rock & roll pedigree on display here is massive. If the music on Supernatural Alliance tells you anything, it’s that the spirit of low-slung and bowel-rattling psych rock is alive and well. Veering from thunderous, Sabbath-fueled rampages like “Beyond The Center” and the album's mighty title track to the piano-driven, old school rock 'n' roll clatter of “Strike (While The Iron is Hot)” and the woozy, kaleido-blues of the wryly titled “Fleetwood Mac,” it’s a bold and supremely confident opening salvo from a band that seems destined for big things. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Lindi Ortega
– Liberty CD/LP (Soundly Music, LLC)
New release from the country music singer/songwriter. Lindi wrote half of the 12 tracks on her fifth studio album, working with co-writers Aaron Raitiere, Bruce Wallace and John Paul White (formerly of the Civil Wars). Liberty is what Ortega calls "a three-part concept album reflecting loss, seance, resurrection and freedom."

>Primordial
– Exile Amongst The Ruins CD/2xLP (Metal Blade)
Hitting home with what vocalist A.A. Nemtheanga describes as “a direct energy” and wielding an urgency that is undeniable, the veteran Irish quintet once again effortlessly blend elements of Celtic folk and black metal on their ninth full-length,
Exile Amongst The Ruins. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Red Sun Rising
-Thread CD (Razor & Tie)
Produced by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI, Porno For Pyros) and mixed by Jay Ruston,
Thread continues to expand on Red Sun Rising's concept of mixing different genres and influences to create a unique sound.
>Kim Richey
– Edgeland CD/LP (Yep Roc)
Since appearing on the Nashville music scene in the mid-'90s, Kim Richey has been nominated for two Grammy awards, recorded seven studio albums, and collaborated with everyone from Trisha Yearwood to Jason Isbell. After a nearly five-year hiatus, Richey returns with her eighth studio album,
Edgeland. Richey teamed up with producer Brad Jones at his studio Alex the Great Recording in Nashville during the summer of 2017, where she created a 12-track collection of work showcasing her Americana roots, songwriting prowess, and musical adaptability. Special guests on the record include Chuck Prophet, Robyn Hitchcock, Pat Sansone, and more.
>Saxon
– Saxon [Reissue/1979] CD/LP (Union Square)
Saxon – Wheels Of Steel [Reissue/1980] CD/LP (Union Square)
Saxon – Strong Arm Of The Law [Reissue/1980] CD/LP (Union Square)
CD and vinyl reissues of the NWOBHM pioneers’ first three albums.

>The Shacks
– Haze CD/LP (Big Crown)
“The Shacks were recently featured in an iPhone 8 commercial, but they could have popped up in nearly any era by the sound of their wonderful new album
Haze. They’ve made huge waves in 2018, but the tunes could be pure ‘68. Rotary organ like a lost Kingsmen joint? Check. A pouty, teen-drama vocal like the Shangri-Las? Oh, yeah. These anachronistic twentysomethings are proud to be the odd men and women out of the digital-recording rat race.” – Billboard
>Red Shahan
– Culbertson County CD/LP (7013)
Some artists from Texas take the obvious blacktop roads and make country music with the typical Lone Star buzzwords, like bluebonnets and longhorns. Others, like Red Shahan, prefer to ride the Texas dirt roads and blend in some rock, Americana and blues with their country while touching on the grittier side of life in Texas. The sounds on
Culberson County range from soft and subtle to hard and twangy. His lyrics jump the typical Texas songwriter tracks and deal with everything from the struggles of a traveling musician missing his family and paying the bills, to the dark methamphetamine fueled corners of society.
>Shotgun Rider
– Palo Duro CD (Torrez Music Group)
A mix of country twang and guitar-fueled rock & roll stomp, as epic and darkly cinematic as the Texas landscape that inspired it.

>Sons Of Kemet
– Your Queen Is A Reptile CD/2xLP (Impulse)
Sons Of Kemet is the iconoclastic mix of tenor sax, tuba and double drums. On this third studio album, they bring a genre defying approach that celebrates the restless exploration of identity within the Caribbean diaspora within the UK.
Your Queen Is A Reptile was recorded in London with a host of guests spanning the breadth of the U.K. scene including jungle legend Congo Natty and poet Joshua Idehen.
>Soundtrack
– Isle Of Dogs CD (Abkco)
Includes Academy Award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat's original score, compositions from acclaimed Japanese films Seven Samurai and Drunken Angel, The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band's brand of American psychedelia, and The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra's eccentric euphonies. [Vinyl edition due June 1.]

>Romain Virgo
– LoveSick CD (VP)
Reggae star Romain Virgo takes listeners through a cornucopia of emotions on his new album. The 16-track album explores the ups and downs of romantic relationships, and stages such as yearning, heartache, lust, and love, and includes a cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.”

>The Voidz
– Virtue CD/2xLP (Cult Recordings/RCA)
The Voidz (formerly Julian Casablancas + The Voidz) return with
Virtue, their first new album in nearly four years. “When Julian Casablancas looks at the modern world, he sees the increasingly blurry distinction between lies and truth. On Virtue, his second album with the Voidz, the New York rocker ponders whether it's possible to, as he told Vulture, ‘make complex truth sexy.’ He attempts this feat with a more eclectic approach than on the Voidz's frustratingly abrasive 2014 debut, Tyranny. With Virtue, Casablancas casts a wide sonic net—from death-metal growl to chirpy falsetto, effects-laden synth-pop to lo-fi garage-punk—and doubles down on the Voidz's fiercely political focus.” – Slant
>Zeke
– Hellbender CD/LP (Relapse)
Seattle punk legends Zeke return with their first new album in over 14 years. Short, fast, loud, and to the f**kin' point,
Hellbender contains 15 tracks laced with Zeke's signature mix of hyper speed thrash-punk and Motörhead possessed, hard as nails, rock n' roll.
>Rob Zombie
- Astro-Creep: 2000 Live CD/2xLP (Geffen)
1995’s
Astro-Creep: 2000 (Songs Of Love, Destruction And Other Synthetic Delusions Of The Electric Head) was the final studio album by White Zombie and is performed front-to-back here by Rob Zombie at the Riot Fest in September 2016. [Vinyl reissues of the Rob Zombie back catalog are also available.]

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Auri
– Auri 2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. Nightwish leader/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen has joined forces with his wife, Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela, as Auri. Auri celebrate a kind of epic-romantic ethno pop that seems to float in quaint spheres, which are intangible yet unleash multi-faceted sounds capes filled with powerful imagery. These sound cascades are based on Celtic traditional sounds, atmospheric-cinematic dream sequences, melancholic melodies and a touch of transfigured mysticism; beautiful instrumentation yielding an unfathomable depth.

>By The Grace Of God
– Above Fear 12” (State Of Mind)
Limited pink and black and limited purple and black colored vinyl pressings of a new EP by the seminal hardcore band.

>Caveman & Bam Bam
– Early Man 12” (Jett Plastic Recordings)
Ten high quality punk/stone age stompers.

>Chromatics
– Tick Of The Clock [Reissue/2012] 12” (Italians Do It Better)
Limited edition 180gm ultra-clear dipped in icy blue colored vinyl repress. “Tick Of The Clock” is a 2012 single featuring the Drive soundtrack number along with Visione's “Stroke Of Midnight” remix version and an “Extended Overdrive” mix.

>Corrupted
– Felicific Algorithim LP (Cold Spring)
Corrupted is a mysterious Japanese doom metal band, formed in 1994. Immensely down-tuned guitar and crushingly slow bass are shrouded under deep layers of feedback.

>Count Five
– Psychotic Reaction LP (Craft Recordings)
Limited 180gm vinyl reissue of the first and only album by the American garage rock band. It
features the hit single of the same name which reached #5 in the Billboard charts in 1966.

>Cut Chemist
– Die Cut 2xLP (Cold Busted)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. On his long-awaited second full-length solo album
Die Cut, the trailblazing DJ and producer underwent a creative birth reflected in its 17 tracks. The artist augments his signature approach famously earmarked by impeccable sample selection, searing scratching, and big-screen worthy arrangements with the inclusion of A-list musicians, songwriter structure, and a whole lot of team spirit including Los Angeles producer, curator and purveyor of culture, Carlos Nino.
>Damnation Of Adam Blessing
– The Damnation Of Adam Blessing [Reissue/1969] LP (Exitstencil)
Damnation Of Adam Blessing – Second Damnation [Reissue/1970] LP (Exitstencil)
One the biggest and best Ohio bands of the era, Damnation (taking their name from a pulp novel) recorded three LPs on United Artists, 1969,1970,1971, then changed name to Glory for one LP in 1973. The band started from a breakup of two popular local bands, the Purple Haze (formerly The Alarm Clocks) and The Society.

>The Damned
– Stiff Singles 1976-1977 5x7” (BMG Rights Management)
Limited edition 7” vinyl singles including the first-ever punk single “New Rose” and all the other early hits from the impressively chaotic punk quartet. All singles have been recreated with their original artwork, including the ultra-rare, previously fan club only “Stretcher Case Baby”. Also included is a Damned embroidered patch.

>Donovan Wolfington
– Waves LP+MP3 (Topshelf)
“Genre-bending, styles-mixing, mood-shaking, tune-crashing and all things in between. On
Waves, Donovan Wolfington manage to ascend above the youthful naivety of their past work with bold new instrumental outbursts, blood-pumping energy and memorable song-writing, while still staying true to themselves with the general genre theme of a blasting heavy indie (with as much emo and pop-punk stacked into it, as possible).” – Sputnik Music
>Elephant Gym
– Balance [2013] 12”+MP3 (Topshelf)
Elephant Gym
– Angle [2014] LP+MP3 (Topshelf)
Elephant Gym – Work [2016] LP+MP3 (Topshelf)
“It takes a fair bit for any band to rise above the constant white noise of new music, but Taiwanese three-piece math rock collective Elephant Gym did just that. And more astonishingly, they have garnered a large, devoted following in both Eastern and Western spheres of the globe, with less than an hour’s worth of recorded music to their name through their five years of existence. Comprised of siblings Tif Chang Kai-ting (or, KT) and Tell Chang Kai-hsiang on bass/ vocals and guitar respectively, and Tu Chia-Chin on drums, Elephant Gym helms an infectiously groovy and dreamy take on math-rock.” – Bandwagon

>Glassjaw
– Material Control LP (Century Media)
Seminal Long Island, NY post-hardcore band Glassjaw make their long-awaited return with first full-length effort in 15 years. Limited 180gm pressing in a gatefold jacket.

>Good Lovelies
– Shapeshifters LP (Good Lovelies/Fontana North)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Toronto based group has, over the course of their decade-plus career, covered plenty of stylistic ground, adding tinges of pop, roots, jazz, and even hip-hop to their country folk core.

>Gulfer
– Dog Bless LP+MP3/Cassette (Topshelf)
“One of the last revival-style emo bands standing sings about boredom and getting older on their frankly audacious second album.” -- Pitchfork

The Idiot Kids – Skeleton Boy b/w Bonfire 7”+MP3 (Jett Plastic Recordings)
The Idiot Kids represent the new age of Detroit rock 'n' roll. Limited white 7” vinyl single.

>Weldon Irvine
– The Sisters LP (Nature Sounds)
Keyboardist and composer Weldon Irvine is among the most celebrated jazz-funk artists of all time. He was Nina Simone's bandleader for years and wrote the lyrics for her iconic civil rights anthem "To Be Young, Gifted and Black". Throughout the 1970s, Irvine released a series of seminal albums full of deep, soulful, funky grooves. The Sisters is a collection of lost tracks and demos from his late-1970s studio sessions with fellow jazz-funk luminary Don Blackman.

>Isis
– Mosquito Control [Reissue/1998] 12” (Hydrahead)
Vinyl reissue of the first studio release by the post-metal band.

>Fumio Itabashi
– Watarase [Reissue/1982] LP (Mule Musiq)
Vinyl reissue of the second solo piano album of the Japanese jazz pianist Fumio Itabashi, remastered from the original recordings. While diving deep into the seven compositions on
Watarese, any sensible listener finds out, that the instrumental piano pieces are somehow soulfully connected to what Keith Jarrett plays on his legendary live album The Köln Concert (1975). Like Jarrett, Itabashi does not play his notes in an academic sense. He lets them fly, gives them some kind a life of their own, hits the piano keys deeply emotional and injects his compositions and interpretations some kind of nervous human soul. In terms of style, some call his Watarase recordings post-bop, others contemporary jazz.
>Kooley High
– Never Come Down LP (Mecca)
Kooley High has seen many acts come and go since their inception in 2008. This perseverance has led to several acclaimed releases, and the opportunity to craft their newest album with the assistance of Grammy award winning producer 9th Wonder.
Never Come Down is a testament to Kooley's growth sonically while MC's Charlie Smarts and Tab-One have elevated their wordplay along with DJ Ill Digitz' scratch work.
>Lifted Bells
– Minor Tantrums LP (Run For Cover)
Full-length debut from Chicago, IL's Lifted Bells which features members of Their / They're / There, Braid, Hey Mercedes and Stay Ahead of the Weather.

>Jeremy Loops
– Critical As Water LP (Yebo Music)
Juxtaposing booming city rhythms with lilting folk, Jeremy Loops perfectly captures the duality of his South African life on his highly anticipated new album.

>The Music Machine
– (Turn On) The Machine [Reissue/1966] LP (Craft Recordings)
While their West Coast brethren were slipping flowers into their hair, these ahead of their time L.A. proto-punkers were dyeing their hair black and exploring the dark side of psychedelia.
(Turn On) The Machine, the Music Machine's legendary 1966 debut album, is home to the group's signature hit "Talk Talk" and fellow single "The People in Me" plus innovative covers of Neil Diamond's "Cherry, Cherry," George Harrison's "Taxman," and Rudy Martinez's "96 Tears." 180gm vinyl pressing.
>The Pandoras
– Hey! It’s The Pandoras LP+MP3/Cassette (Burger)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. New mini-album from Los Angeles garage-gals, their first in 29 years and the first with guitarist Kim Shattuck (The Muffs).

>Rod Picott
– Out Past The Wires [2017] 2xLP (Welding Rod)
Rod Picott's eye for the revealing detail and sense of empathy has brought praise from music critics since his debut. Those quantities, as well as a potent defiance, is on full display across
Out Past The Wires, the latest and one of the most potent pieces of work from Picott since he left his hammer to rust and sharpened a new set of tools all those years ago.
>Ryan Porter
– The Optimist 3xLP (World Galaxy)
West Coast Get Down's Ryan Porter ushers in an instrumental body of work that encompasses the respite of Los Angeles jazz music.
The Optimist pulls together veterans of the L.A. music scene, including West Coast Get Down alumni Kamasi Washington (tenor saxophone), Miles Mosley (upright bass), Cameron Graves (piano, fender rhodes), Tony Austin (drums), Jumaane Smith (trumpet), Edward Livingston (upright bass), Aaron Haggerty (drums), Brandon Coleman (fender rhodes), Dominic Therioux (electric bass), Robert Miller (drums), and Lyndon Rochelle (drums). [CD edition due April 6.]
>Steve Reich
– Pulse/Quartet LP (Nonesuch)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Pulse (2015) is performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) – an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced – and Quartet (2013) is played by the Colin Currie Group, an ensemble led by percussionist Colin Currie that specializes in the music of Steve Reich; these are also the ensembles that gave the world premiere performances of the respective works.
>Max Richter
– Hostiles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2xLP (Deutsche Grammophon)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The latest film score by the award-winning composer evokes with beauty and restraint the wild landscapes of a world in which individuals collide with forces beyond their control.
Hostiles is set in the American West of the early 1890s, when the Second Industrial Revolution was fast changing society and the native population had finally been defeated after decades of war with the US Army. Echoing the compelling human drama of the film, the score for this period Western, performed by the Air Lyndhurst Orchestra, combines the haunting stillness and elegiac beauty of Richter's Waltz with Bashir score with the noir-like intensity of his recent soundtrack for the BBC TV series Taboo.
>Steppenwolf
– Live [Reissue/1970] LP (Friday Music)
Limited edition 180gm audiophile edition.

>C.W. Stoneking
– Jungle Blues [Reissue/2008] LP (King Hokum)
Recently reissued on CD – now available on vinyl. The fourth album by Australian Hokum Blues musician C.W. Stoneking. In 2009, Stoneking received five ARIA Award nominations, Best Blues and Roots Album, Best Independent Release, Best Male Artist and Best Album Cover Art, eventually winning Best Blues and Roots Album for
Jungle Blues.
>Torae
– For The Record [Reissue/2011] 2xLP (Internal Affairs)
15 tracks worth of high-caliber production and impeccable rhyme. Limited colored vinyl pressing.

>George Thorogood & The Destroyers
‎– Bad To The Bone [Reissue/1982] LP (Capitol)
George Thorogood & The Destroyers
‎– Born To Be Bad [Reissue/1988] LP (Capitol)
George Thorogood & The Destroyers ‎– Greatest Hits: 30 Years Of Rock [Reissue/2004] 2xLP (Capitol)
Limited 180gm vinyl reissues of the blues-rock band’s fifth and seventh albums, plus a first-time vinyl pressing of the 2004 hits collection.

>The Vaccines
– Combat Sports LP (Capitol)
The Vaccines return to their roots with an album of songs ranging from pure rock and roll to power-pop. [CD edition due April 6.]

>Various Artists
– Night Palms LP (Hobo Camp)
Night Palms explores the vibes of AOR, G-Funk, jazz, boogie, and soul; synthesizing these genres to a form more loaded and laid-back (perhaps on a careless night time stroll, returning from the dispensary or watering hole, to the jacuzzi, houseboat, or waterbed). A smoother approach to funk, similar in production ethos to many classic G-Funk tracks (where producers created or sampled the smoothest yacht-rock and jazz-funk moments to create bass heavy rap), Night Palms takes it one step further, offering original tracks that return more to the inspiratory sources of G-Funk... sonically and chillingly cruising at the perfect tempo.
>Rob Zombie
– Hellbilly Deluxe [Reissue/1998] LP (Geffen)
Rob Zombie – American Made Music To Strip By [Reissue/1999] 2xLP (Geffen)
Rob Zombie – The Sinister Urge [Reissue/2001] LP (Geffen)
Rob Zombie – Educated Horses [Reissue/2006] LP (Geffen)
Rob Zombie – Zombie Live [2007] 2xLP (Geffen)
Rob Zombie – Spookshow International Live [Reissue/2015] 2xLP (Geffen)
Vinyl reissues of the White Zombie frontman’s first three albums, the remix album
American Made Music To Strip By, and two live shows.
23 march 2018
New Releases for March 23, 2018
>CDs + Vinyl:

>
American Pleasure Club – A Whole F**king Lifetime Of This CD/LP/Cassette (Run For Cover)
Released last week on vinyl and cassette – now available on CD. The longtime project of Baltimore's prolific Sam Ray (Ricky Eat Acid, Julia Brown) has never been weighed down by expectations of genre, fidelity or album length. 2016 gave us the 26-song epic
It's the Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir the Honeypot and the more concise follow up Bonus EP, but on this album, a striking amount of balance provides the groundwork for A Whole F**king Lifetime Of This.
>Courtney Marie Andrews
– May Your Kindness Remain CD/LP (Fat Possum)
Although
May Your Kindness Remain was predominately written on the road it's not a road record like its predecessor. That is, it's not so much inspired by Courtney Marie Andrews' life on the road so much as it is by the people she's met along the way. It's an inward reflection on the connectivity of their stories and her own. The album is full of vivid depictions of complex people and places with all too common struggles. Every instrument and sound have their proper place, across diverse styles: proud piano ballads (“Rough Around The Edges”); easygoing, country-tinted rock (“Kindness Of Strangers”); and biting, sarcastic folk gems (“I've Hurt Worse”). Gospel singer C.C. White adds backing vocals throughout, including on the stunning title track, a striking statement of purpose that blooms at the end thanks to layers of soulful harmonies. Andrews’ own vocals are notably more powerful and soulful - especially on the organ-heavy blues number “Border,” with a ragged weariness that honors the immigrant's resilience in the face of blatant thoughtlessness and racism; and “Took You Up,” a take on accepting love as a simple offering before any illusion of wealth or success. Her vocal performances reflect her recent listening habits, which include Motown and soul, as well as albums by the eclectic rock band Little Feat. They also point to her confidence and growing range as a live vocalist.
>Army Gideon
– Forsake Not CD (Uhuru Boys)
High-energy reggae fusion with lyrical content advocating equal rights, justice, universal love and Rastafari awareness through a militant persona.

>The Art Of Lovin’
– The Art Of Lovin’ [Reissue/1968] CD (Early Dawn)
A reissue of The Art Of Lovin's one and only album, originally on the legendary US label Mainstream in 1968. An album full of interesting and imaginative female-fronted psychedelic folk rock. For fans of Jefferson Airplane, Fort Mudge Memorial Dump, Yankee Dollar, etc.

>Auri
– Auri CD (Nuclear Blast)
Nightwish leader/keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen has joined forces with his wife, Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela, as Auri. Auri celebrate a kind of epic-romantic ethno pop that seems to float in quaint spheres, which are intangible yet unleash multi-faceted sounds capes filled with powerful imagery. These sound cascades are based on Celtic traditional sounds, atmospheric-cinematic dream sequences, melancholic melodies and a touch of transfigured mysticism; beautiful instrumentation yielding an unfathomable depth.

>Alice Bag
– Alice Bag CD/LP (Don Giovanni)
Based in Los Angeles, Alice Bag is a punk rock singer, musician, author, educator and feminist archivist. She was lead singer and co-founder of The Bags, who were among the first wave of punk bands to emerge from that city during in the mid-1970s. Recorded last year,
Alice Bag includes a revolving cast of friends and Los Angeles-based musicians, including the members of Bags’ current backing band, as well as guest vocals from Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin), Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Sex Stains), Francisca Valenzuela, and Teri Gender Bender.
>Baloji
- 137 Avenue Kaniama CD/2xLP (Bella Union)
Congolese-born Baloji's music stands at the crossroads of traditional African music and Afro-American music (hip-hop, soul, funk, jazz). Growing up in Belgium – which he describes as, "a land of surrealism and multiple identities" – Baloji discovered the culture of sampling in electronic music. The result is a record combining African rhythms – not only Congolese, but also Nigerian, Zimbabwean, and Ghanaian – with 808 productions and funk-influenced synths. By placing his resilience at the center of his work, Baloji reconciles all these influences to enrich his projects.

>Karl Berger
- In a Moment: Music For Piano & Strings CD (Tzadik)
Founder of the Creative Music Studio and a close collaborator of Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Gato Barbieri, Anthony Braxton and so many more, Karl Berger is a master musician and one of the pioneers of creative music. The third and final CD in his trilogy for Tzadik features fourteen tracks spanning a wide variety of moods. Karl’s gorgeous string arrangements are highlighted here in this beautiful and soulful suite of music for piano and strings.

>Bibeau
– Bibeau CD (Fade To Silence)
New album from the Texas based progressive rock band.

>Bichkraft
– 800 CD/LP (Wharf Cat)
Kiev’s Bichkraft returns with another entry in their unique take on the shoegaze and post-punk traditions.

>Blessthefall
– Hard Feelings CD/LP (Rise)
The sixth studio album by the Arizona metalcore band is both heavy and melodic with the vocals pairing up perfectly with the soaring melodies and emotional screams.

>Bonny Doon
– Longwave CD/LP (Woodsist)
Arriving in the early months of 2017, Bonny Doon’s self-titled debut was a warm introduction to the band for many. Hazy and bright, the album’s woozy melodies and swirling webs of summery guitar textures were easily ingested as low-key slacker pop. But the nonchalant breeziness belied a serious attention to songcraft and hinted at depths yet unexplored. Lo and behold, before the ink was even dry on the first record, work had already begun on its follow-up
Longwave, a conscious about-face from the sonic experimentation of the first album, and a journey inward.
>Borealis
– The Offering CD (AFM)
Young Canadian melodic metallers Borealis are return with their fourth studio album.

>Brother JT
– Tornado Juice CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Brother JT, aka the enigmatic John Terlesky, has returned with a mind-palace of an album. On his second album for Thrill Jockey, JT feverishly concocts songs drawing from influences like gutbucket blues to power-pop, classic rock to garage-psych.

>Bulletboys
– From Out Of The Skies CD/LP (Frontiers/Vinyl Eck)
New release from the veteran hard rockers.

>Calamita
– Calamita CD (Ruptured)
Calamita is the free-rock powerhouse trio of Lebanese musicians Sharif Sehnaoui and Tony Elieh on electric guitar and bass respectively, and drummer Davide Zolli from Italian psych rock collective Squadra Omega.

>Cornell Campbell
– Boxing [Reissue/1982] CD/LP (Kingston Sounds)
A reissue of one of Cornell Campbell's great dancehall, early '80s set of songs. Dancehall was when the beat slowed down to that classic one-drop style that suited his voice so well. The album includes the title “Boxing” which was a massive hit for Cornell on its initial release in 1982. It also includes a dancehall reworking of “Queen Of The Minstrel” and a fantastic dancehall cut to Bob Marley's “Natty Dread”. This was a new chapter in reggae's sound that saw the rhythm slowed down and seemed to add even more emphasis to the songs meanings.

>Carpenter Brut
– Leather Teeth CD (Caroline)
This is the story of Bret Halford, an introverted science student. He likes a girl who doesn't like him and much prefers the team's star quarterback. Bret gets mad. He tries to create a concoction that will allow him to control them all, but ends up disfigured and decides instead to become a rock star. This is how he will seduce the girl, and all other girls: by becoming
Leather Teeth, singer of Leather Patrol. Featuring 8 tracks wrapped in 32 minutes of cinematic sound, it's a pure feeding frenzy not unlike Master of Puppets, or any of the good ole metal albums of yore. This is the story of French synthwave artist Carpenter Brut. [Vinyl edition due April 20.]
>Cave Bastard
– The Bleak Shall Devour The Earth CD/LP (Accident Prone)
San Diego-based metal quintet Cave Bastard—comprised of members of Cattle Decapitation, Gutrot, Ritual Torture, Bridge Jumper, Tremblad, and others—unleash their debut album. Three and a half years in the making, the dark vision of Cave Bastard combines the band's bleak imagery and outlook with devastatingly brutal riffs and earth-moving rhythms, which set the tone for a voyage into the apocalypse.

>The Cavemen
– Nuke Earth CD/LP (Slovenly Recordings)
“New Zealand's The Cavemen are back, ready to drink, fight, f**k and play some goddamn rock 'n' roll. Pure, primitive mother**kin' garage punk like you lust after every night when you're licking your sexiest leather record jackets, or '77 punk steeped in a moldy stack of bootleg Motörhead outtake LPs.”

>Cavern Of Anti-Matter
– Hormone Lemonade CD/LP+MP3 (Duophonic)
Hormone Lemonade sees Cavern Of Anti-Matter heavily utilizing the sounds of modular synths and home built drum machines, yet still keeping the loose, improvised sound familiar to fans of their first two albums, with minimal guitar melodies and live drum kit helping to build hypnotic layers of texture. The album's genesis was in the self-constructed rhythm machines of band member Holger Zapf, the Taktron Z3 and Taktron Z2, being recorded to tape during three one-hour sessions. These sessions also included the use of 70s Hohner and Eko drum machines. Holger played his parts in a free-form way and the bpm varied wildly as it was not possible to sync it to any outside controllers. Tim Gane (Stereolab) edited these initial jams into useable chunks and proceeded to overdub each new rhythmic "chunk" with some basic musical ideas, keeping in tune to the hum of the machines and retaining the "feel" of the inherent pulse. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>The Chapparrals
– Shake Your Head [Reissue/1978] CD/LP (Everland)
Shake Your Head is the only known album by this super-hot Atlanta, Georgia band. The Chapparrals were known for wild onstage antics, deep funky sounds, and for taking no prisoners when they opened for any of the numerous recording acts they had the pleasure of working with back in the '70s. These guys are a perfect summation of popular funk groove as their rare 1978 album is a blistering blend of bassy rhythms and tight instrumentation.
>Coilguns
– Millennials CD/LP (Hummus)
Millennials is a violent and over-the-top distorted record, born in a completely saturated scene and produced by four hyperactive fellows, who for obscure reasons decided few years ago not to work a full time boring job but to invest their money, time and mental health in heavy underground music. One can notice they are eventually older now; their hardcore got lazier, fatter and darker. There is even a new tribal feel to it, just like if those guys were still naïvely dreaming of building a parallel society somewhere in a cursed country where deviance and free self-expression would matter as much as business skills and communication concepts.
>Crowded House
– Crowded House [Reissue/1986] 2xCD (Capitol)
Expanded reissue of Crowded House’s 1986 debut album featuring17 bonus tracks including demos & live versions.

>Holger Czukay
– Cinema 5xCD+DVD/5xLP+DVD (Grönland)
Following legendary musician Holger Czukay’s death in 2017,
Cinema explores his extensive back catalog of music he made as a solo artist and also features several high profile collaborations with artists as iconic and diverse as Brian Eno, Jah Wobble and Karlheinz Stockhausen, alongside previously unreleased music. The set is being released to coincide with what would have been his 80th birthday and Can's 50th anniversary. Cinema guides you chronologically through Holger's recording career, one that spanned five decades. Both CD and vinyl editions include a DVD of a film that was made for German television in the '80s starring Holger as the main character; he also made the soundtrack for the movie.
>Dabrye
– Three/Three CD/2xLP+MP3 (Ghostly International)
Dabrye makes his long-awaited return with a razor-sharp rap album that brings to completion a prophetic trilogy. Mullinix's incisive productions provide the backdrop for equally acute rhymes that run the gamut from intergenerational observations and being your best self to back alley deals and having fun in the ride. Guests include indie rap legend DOOM, whose previous collaboration with Dabrye remains a point of reference for many, Wu Tang storyteller Ghostface Killah, L.A word fanatic Jonwayne, and Long Island's rugged surrealist Roc Marciano. Additional guests include Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, Kadence, Quelle Chris, Danny Brown, Shigeto, Clear Soul Forces and more.

>Caroline Davis
– Heart Tonic CD (Sunny Side)
When Caroline Davis found out that her father had heart arrhythmia the news prompted her to do detailed research on the physical aspects of the human heart. It was with all of this in mind that Davis decided to compose pieces relating to the heart, whether it was an emotional connotation, or the utilization of rhythms derived from heartbeats. Composing really helped to get her through much of her emotional transition.
Heart Tonic finds Davis employing more standard jazz elements than much of her previous work, including formal harmonic changes and shifting meters.
>Jordan Davis
– Jordan Davis CD (MCA Nashville)
Debut album from the country music singer/songwriter. Known for his unique songwriting talent, Jordan co-wrote every track on Home State and teamed up producer Paul DiGiovanni for the entire 12-song collection.

>Miles Davis & John Coltrane
– The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 4xCD (Sony Legacy)
Miles Davis & John Coltrane – The Final Tour: Copenhagen, March 24, 1960 LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
The latest entry in the award-winning
Miles Davis Bootleg Series focuses on the final chapter in the landmark collaboration between Davis and saxophonist John Coltrane: their last live performances together, in Europe in the spring of 1960. Includes concerts recorded in Paris, Copenhagen and Stockholm. [The Copenhagen concert is available as stand-alone 150gm single-disc vinyl edition.]
>Detroit Rising
– Detroit Rising: A Cosmic Jazz Funk Adventure CD/LP+MP3 (Down Jazz)
An unprecedented project created by universally respected musicians, including current and original members of the archetypal funk band Parliament-Funkadelic, along with a selection of world class talent from across the country. [Limited green colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Pat DiNizio
– This Is [Reissue/2006] 2xCD (Sunset Blvd)
Expanded two-CD edition of this 2006 album from the late Smithereens frontman includes a bonus CD containing an additional 18 tracks. On
This Is, DiNizio leaves his guitar in the case and croons pop classics in a smooth, low-key style. While he tackles a couple bone fide standards here, for the most part the set list is made up of tunes familiar to anyone who came of age in the 1960s covers of the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Henry Mancini, Bacharach/David, Jimmy Webb, and more.
>DJ Platurn
– Breaking The Ice 2xCD (Needle To The Groove)
An extended mix of rare—mostly never before heard—Icelandic tracks that are heavily underscored with funk, soul, disco, and in-the-pocket rhythms, all of which are expertly mixed by renowned DJ and turntablist, DJ Platurn.

>Craig Duncan & The Appalachian Orchestra
- Smoky Mountain 50s CD (Green Hill)
Pop hits of the 1950s featuring hammered dulcimer. Craig Duncan is no stranger to the Nashville music community. His talents on violin, fiddle, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, guitar, bass, and viola can be heard on numerous Nashville recordings. A graduate of Appalachian State University and Tennessee State University, Craig is a member of the North American Fiddler's Hall of Fame

>Sally Eaton
– Farewell American Tour [Reissue/1971] CD (Early Dawn)
A reissue of Sally Eaton's
Farewell American Tour, originally released in 1971. Sally Eaton's solo album is a unique mixture of rock, folk, pop, and swing. The album is very well arranged, and Sally's powerful lyrics made this album even better. Recommended for fans of Melanie Safka.
>Kurt Elling
– The Questions CD (Masterworks)
The Questions, co-produced by Kurt Elling and Branford Marsalis, presents Elling's interpretations of songs written by some of music's most influential composers, including Bob Dylan ("A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall"), Leonard Bernstein ("Lonely Town"), Rodgers & Hammerstein ("I Have Dreamed" from The King and I), plus a powerful revisit of Paul Simon's "American Tune."
>Entourage
- Ceremony Of Dreams: Studio Sessions And Outtakes 1972-1977 3xCD/LP (Tompkins Square)
Sampled by Four Tet, their name whispered in reverence through the decades, Entourage forged bold musical ideas on their two rare '70s Folkways LPs. Now, collected for the first time, on three CDs are 30 previously unreleased tracks from their archives. LP version features a selection of the CD tracks.

>Eryn Non Dae.
- Abandon Of The Self CD (Debemur Morti)
Since forming in 2001, gifted French band Eryn Non Dae. has created a uniquely claustrophobic universe and this stellar fourth opus is a monumental wave of melancholy and despair - a fascinating combination of post-apocalyptic fury and vast ambient passages.

>The Ex
– 27 Passports CD/LP (Ex.)
There are some remnants of their African adventures, but most of all, this is a return to the power of The Ex as a unit that effortlessly juggles noisy/disjointed guitar parts, trance-like grooves, defiant chanting and a relentless, infectious drive. Colorful and fierce at the same time,
27 Passports once again expands their horizon and enriches their sound, while remaining true to the core of their philosophy: forward in all directions.
>George Ezra
– Staying At Tamara’s CD/LP+CD (Columbia)
Three years after the release of his 4x platinum No. 1 album
Wanted On Voyage, English singer/songwriter George Ezra returns with a collection of songs written, created and inspired by his travels: from a pig farm in Norfolk and a former cornflour shed in Kent to a converted cow shed in north Wales and an Airbnb in Barcelona owned by the Tamara of the album's title. The result is a finger snapping, brass-blaring, wind in the hair album that shines with positivity and encouragement, alongside moments of more subdued reflection.
>Fickle Friends
– You Are Someone Else CD/LP (Polydor)
“On their long-awaited debut Brighton-based quintet Fickle Friends bring unabashed pop aplenty. Oozing summer vibes and with choruses that’ll hit you harder than a tsunami, [
You Are Someone Else] is like an alcopop: sweet and unashamed, the ideal dancefloor tipple.” – NME
>Field Report
– Summertime Songs CD/LP (Verve)
New release from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based folk band. Centering around the narrative songs of Chris Porterfield (formerly of DeYarmond Edison with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon), this is Field Report's third and most expansive album, following in the vein of Wilco, The National, and The War On Drugs.

>Dom Flemons
– Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys CD (Smithsonian Folkways)
Known as “The American Songster,” Dom Flemons’ musical repertoire covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. A music scholar, historian, record collector, and a multi-instrumentalist, Flemons is an expert player on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, percussion, quills, and rhythm bones. He has performed with Mike Seeger, Joe Thompson, Martin Simpson, Boo Hanks, Taj Mahal, Old Crow Medicine Show, Guy Davis, and others.
Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys pays tribute to the music, culture, and the complex history of the golden era of the Wild West.
>Freedom Hawk
– Beast Remains CD/LP (Ripple Music)
New album from the Virginia Beach heavy rockers.

>Steve Gadd Band
– Steve Gadd Band CD (Varese Sarabande)
Eponymous follow up album to the 2016 Grammy-nominated
Way Back Home. Contains mostly original, groove-oriented tracks written by the band and produced by the legendary drummer, Steve Gadd. Steve Gadd Band is Walt Fowler (trumpet/flugelhorn), Kevin Hays (keyboard), Jimmy Johnson (bass), Michael Landau (guitar) and of course, Steve Gadd (drums).
>Rory Gallagher
– Deuce [Reissue/1971] CD/LP (Universal)
Rory Gallagher – Rory Gallagher [Reissue/1971] CD/LP (Universal)
Rory Gallagher – Live! In Europe [Reissue/1972] CD/LP (Universal)
Rory Gallagher – Blueprint [Reissue/1972] CD/LP (Universal)
Rory Gallagher – Tattoo [Reissue/1973] CD/LP (Universal)
Rory Gallagher – Irish Tour ‘74 [Reissue/1974] CD/2xLP (Universal)
Rory Gallagher – Against The Grain [Reissue/1975] CD/LP (Universal)
Rory Gallagher – Calling Card [Reissue/1976] CD/LP (Universal)
Rory Gallagher – Photo-Finish [Reissue/1978] CD/LP (Universal)
Rory Gallagher – Top Priority [Reissue/1979] CD/LP (Universal)
Rory Gallagher – Stage Struck [Reissue/1980] CD/LP (Universal)
Rory Gallagher – Jinx [Reissue/1982] CD/LP (Universal)
Rory Gallagher – Defender [Reissue/1987] CD/LP (Universal)
Rory Gallagher – Fresh Evidence [Reissue/1990] CD/LP (Universal)
Rory Gallagher – Notes From San Francisco [Reissue/2011] CD/LP (Universal)
One of the most influential guitarists of all times. Gallagher was a master on his Fender Stratocaster in playing the blues (as a born Irishman). He was also a stage “beast” (proof of which the various great live albums). A musical purist who refused to release singles or music videos and turned down the opportunity to join The Rolling Stones in the 1970's. A rumoured chronic alcoholic, Rory became ill on tour in Holland and later died in London, June 14
th,1995 due to complications arising from a liver transplant.
>Gary
– Chilling Out [Reissue/1983] CD/LP (Everland)
In his late teens Rev. Gary Hairston wasn't only serving the Lord, he was also a member of funk outfit Opus 7 that recorded the great album
Thoughts in 1979. Although it was distributed nationwide, the group album was not very successful. In 1983, the Winston-Salem, North Carolina native Gary Hairston delivered the now mega rare private press album Chilling Out, his debut solo-album under the moniker Gary and a well sought-after electro, funk, and boogie classic.
>Grateful Dead
– The Very Best Of The Grateful Dead Live Volume 1: 1969-1977 2xCD/2xLP (Grateful Dead Production)
Made for die-hard Dead Heads and new fans alike,
The Best Of The Grateful Dead Live is the ultimate live collection. Includes recordings selected from the band's official live albums on Warner Bros. And Arista, plus a few tracks from their many archival live releases, beginning with "St. Stephen" from the group's first official live album, 1969's Live/Dead - and ending with the poignant "So Many Roads," taken from the band's final concert at Chicago's Soldier Field in July of 1995.
>Greyhaven
– Empty Black CD (Equal Vision)
“In a metalcore scene which is saturated and bereft of growth, Greyhaven show how younger bands can take the sound of the founding fathers of the sub-genre and build upon it, to scale new heights. While one can find influences ranging from Norma Jean to Every Time I Die to Converge, Empty Black sees them take this mixture of sounds and amp it up to reach to a level that is truly their own.” -- Itdjents

>Guided By Voices
– Space Gun CD/LP (GBV Inc.)
In 2018, Guided By Voices will release precisely one new album,
Space Gun. Once you hear it, you will know why. With a renowned work ethic and a daily pot of coffee, Robert Pollard continues to outclass younger generations of come-and-go rock bands. After 20+ years, 100+ albums, 2000+ songs, Pollard still can’t really explain (or doesn’t want to explain) his secret: “The songs just come to me.”
>Harumi
– Harumi [Reissue/1968] CD (Early Dawn)
A reissue of Harumi's self-titled album, originally released on Verve in 1968.
Harumi is a classic double album of obscure “Japan meets Greenwich Village” psych with legendary producer Tom Wilson (Velvet Underground, Zappa, Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel) at the helm, desperately trying to reign in the talents of this enigmatic Japanese artist on the outer fringes of an east/west freak out. All songs are sung in English.
>Hawthonn
– Red Goddess (Of This Men Shall Know Nothing) CD/LP+MP3 (Ba Da Bing!)
The music of Hawthonn is dense and atmospheric, but not inaccessible. Experimental electronic techniques fuse with doom-laden organ riffs, crystalline piano, elemental drones and haunting vocals. Largely guided by their own unconscious muse, the band’s chief inspirations lie outside of music, in Romantic poetry, dreams and reveries, esoteric symbolism, the history of magic and witchcraft, folklore and the English landscape.

>Hell
– Hell CD (Gilead Media)
The eponymous, fourth full-length by Hell is a descent into the deepest pits of oppressive sludging doom. This self-titled album presents a discernible shift in tone without abandoning the unique style of melancholy.

>Hot Mulligan
– Pilot CD/LP (No Sleep)
The youthful and relentless Hot Mulligan is a four-piece rock band from northern Michigan. Beginning in 2014, they have built a profile by touring country-wide incessantly. Spanning hundreds of out of town shows over the last few years, they've gained the attention of a larger fan base combining elements of emotional rock and fierce pop-punk riffs. “With
Pilot, Hot Mulligan have delivered the impossible. At a time when the last death rattle of 2011’s pop-punk revival was beginning to reach their late career stage, this five-piece from Michigan has delivered the next soundtrack to your life. Not just your life, however, but our lives. Pilot is the sound of growing up and knowing your worth in a world that never seems to agree, of taking that chance because the moment may never come again, of seizing the goddamn moment and squeezing it for all that it’s worth. Things may go awry, and they often do, but that’s just life. Hot Mulligan didn’t make the rules, so why live by them?” – Substream Magazine
>Mark Huff
– Stars For Eyes CD (Exodus Empire)
Mark Huff's new compositions - and one Leonard Cohen classic - reinforce his reputation as a heralded Americana song craftsman and poignant vocalist while expanding his sonic vision with the support of a superlative cast.

>Kasbo
– Places We Don’t Know CD/LP+MP3 (Counter)
Debut album from Swedish producer Carl Garsbo aka Kasbo. From its minimalist cover to its flurry of endorphin-flooding melodies,
Places We Don’t Know is a widescreen example of how buoyant beats can make you move and cry. Kasbo actively explores juxtaposing ideas here, constructing tracks which are complex yet relatable, melancholic while still beautiful.
>Kellarissa
– Ocean Electro CD/LP (Mint)
An entanglement of femme psych-electronica with driving synth-pop. Citing influences as diverse as Vi Subversa, Pulp, Christopher Isherwood, Visage, and an entire poem by Sylvia Plath,
Ocean Electro features sophisticated and ethereal vocals that bring to mind Molly Nilsson or the West Coast experimental pop of White Poppy.
>Kino
– Radio Voltaire CD (Inside Out U.S.)
New release from the prog rock supergroup, arriving 13 years after the band's much-loved debut
Picture back in 2005.
>L.A. Guns
– Made In Milan CD+DVD/2xLP (Frontiers)
“If you want to hear a classic Sunset Strip band at their 2018 best,
Made In Milan is just what you are looking for.” – Shockwave [Stand-alone Blu-ray edition also available.]
>Mélissa Laveaux
- Radyo Siwel CD/LP (No Format)
April 2016, Canadian singer Mélissa Laveaux heads to Haiti, her parents' homeland. 20 years have gone by since she last stepped foot there. Here she is today, still a stranger to a country that is very much an intricate part of her identity. She discovers an extraordinary heritage: the folk songs that have bred and nourished Haitians artists for decades. Returning from Haiti with sounds, melodies, moods and stories of distant times, upon which Mélissa built the musical backbone to
Radyo Siwèl. A re-interpretation, sometimes from scraps, sometimes from a few phrases in a book, from traditional tunes to vaudou anthems, sewn together like a patchwork of intersecting identities. Draping them in her indie rock aesthetic, percussive and sinuous guitars, Mélissa's voice booms and unfurls to give the music its distinct sound.
>Led Zeppelin
– How The West Was Won [Reissue/2003] 3xCD/4xLP/3xCD+4xLP+DVD (Rhino)
Led Zeppelin continue their reissue campaign with a new edition of their celebrated live album
How The West Was Won, originally released in 2003, featuring newly remastered audio, which was done under the supervision of Jimmy Page. How The West Was Won highlights the best performances from Led Zeppelin's legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972. Melded together and sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end, the collection captures the band at the height of its formidable powers. [Also available: Super deluxe box set featuring three CDs, four 180gm vinyl LPs and a DVD in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo, plus photo gallery. Stand-alone Blu-ray edition also available.]
>Lissie
– Castles CD/LP (Lionboy)
A powerful combination of heartfelt introspection and contemporary dream-pop, Lissie's fourth studio album marks the return of a singular voice in the modern American scene. Written predominantly from Lissie's new home in northeast Iowa,
Castles represents a spiritual, as well as musical development: it's a portrait of an artist who has always been on the move and is finally creating a sense of permanency; a chance to catch her breath and reflect.
>Liziuz
- Geshichten Des Lebens 2xCD (Hospital Productions)
After a series of committed live performances in Germany, Berlin-based producer Liziuz delivers his stunning debut album for Hospital Productions. Presented on two discs with two interpretations of the same epic track with one in ambient form and one in techno form,
Geschichten Des Lebens is an album that requires patience with deep rewards.
>The Lyman Family with Lisa Kindred
– The American Avatar: Love Comes Rolling Down CD (Omnivore)
The American Avatar: Love Comes Rolling Down album released on Reprise Records in 1969 and hadn’t made it to a CD release until now. Primarily a blues covers album, with contributions from members of Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band including Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur, and Mel Lyman himself, the family grew out of a Boston suburb underground newspaper called Avatar. By 1970 the family was about 100 people strong and are an ongoing concern to this very day.
>Deva Mahal
– Run Deep CD (Motema Music)
A rare combination of masterful songwriting and breathtaking vocal talent, Deva Mahal steps into the spotlight on her debut,
Run Deep - an album of pulse-pounding soul with a decidedly modern edge. Taking inspiration from the idea of strength through vulnerability, Deva powerfully connects with her audience with raw honesty, rich musicality, and emotionally searing songs of love and loss, and the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity. [Vinyl edition due June 1.]
>Wynton Marsalis Septet
– United We Swing: Best Of The Jazz At Lincoln Center Galas CD/2xLP (Blue Engine)
The most memorable performances from Jazz at Lincoln Center's historic gala concerts available for the first time. Recorded between 2003 and 2007,
United We Swing: Best Of The Jazz At Lincoln Center Galas finds an unparalleled array of music talent that collectively boasts 94 Grammy Awards joining Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis (a nine-time Grammy winner) and some of the world's top jazz musicians to perform blues-inflected versions of iconic American repertoire. They include Lenny Kravitz performing Marsalis’s hypnotizing, New Orleans-inflected arrangement of Kravitz’ own song, “Are You Gonna Go My Way”; Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks uniting for a stirring, infectious take on Civil Rights anthem “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”; Bob Dylan adding harmonica licks to a deeply felt, in-the-pocket rendition of “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry”; and Ray Charles taking the stage for one of his final performances to play “I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town.” The collection also includes performances featuring Blind Boys Of Alabama, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton, John Legend, Lyle Lovett, John Mayer, Audra McDonald, Natalie Merchant, Willie Nelson, Carrie Smith, and James Taylor.
>Don McLean
– Botanical Gardens CD (BMG)
Botanical Gardens is enduring singer-songwriter Don McLean’s (“American Pie”) nineteenth studio effort overall and first in eight years. One of his most reflective, the concept of intimacy can be found at the heart of the record, with McLean penning personal numbers looking back on a life well lived, as well as his observations on youth and love. Recording at Watershed Studios in Nashville also allowed a different kind of intimacy for Don and his band, as they were made to “play close and feel the music,” resulting in a raw, yet tight sound throughout. He proves his prowess at writing timeless sounding songs once again, as the album weaves country, Americana, folk, and boot stomping rock. “The inspiration for the project started years ago when I would walk in the beautiful gardens in Sydney Australia near the Opera House,” McLean explains. “I would dream young dreams and it was a comfort and an inspiration. I was always young inside, like we all are, and I felt it again there. The whole album really revolves around the title song. Later on, I realized that the gardens are really a metaphorical heaven, and there's a kind of death and rebirth.” [Vinyl edition due April 6.]
>Memoriam
– The Silent Vigil CD/Cassette (Nuclear Blast)
Memoriam was primarily developed to fill the void that was left following the tragic death of Martin ‘Kiddie' Kearns, the drummer from Bolt Thrower back in September 2015. Bolt Thrower subsequently placed all activity on hold for the foreseeable future which gave Karl Willetts an opportunity to develop a new project with friends that had expressed interest in forming a band for some time. Memoriam is an old school death metal outfit that maintains the standards set by previous bands that the members have played with, focusing on the themes of death, loss and war. [Vinyl edition due April 20.]

>The Messthetics
– The Messthetics CD/LP (Dischord)
The Messthetics is an instrumental trio featuring Brendan Canty (drums), Joe Lally (bass), and Anthony Pirog (guitar). Brendan Canty and Joe Lally were the rhythm section of the band Fugazi from its inception in 1987 to its period of hiatus in 2002. This is the first band they’ve had together since then. Anthony Pirog is a jazz and experimental guitarist based in Washington, D.C. One half of the duo Janel & Anthony, he has emerged as a primary figure in the city’s out-music community. The trio’s debut includes nine songs recorded at Canty’s practice space throughout 2017, live and mostly without overdubs. It’s a snapshot of a band dedicated to the live ideal, where structure begets improvisation.

>Monster Magnet
– Mindf**ker CD/2xLP (Napalm)
Monster Magnet put the pedal to the metal with
Mindf**ker, their tenth studio effort which mastermind Dave Wyndorf stated is “full-ahead Detroit-style, early ‘70s, MC5 and Stooges type of rock.” In terms of power driven stoner rock these gentlemen from New Jersey belong to the measure of all things. But Mindf**ker is different, a step forward and a step back at the same time to the almighty roots of beat music. Wyndorf seeks and finds timeless songs here, kindled by the unpretentious protopunk era and manipulates his guitar with rich virility and the drive of his shifty soul throughout. Pumping and scratching at every turn, all things are in constant motion with a sound of groovy straightforwardness, always heading for the essence of the song. Up tempo, savage in both sound and spirit, Mindf**ker is the real deal. The album has the potential to surprise and to whip up the love for the genre, while still giving the sludgies and stoner freaks exactly what they wish for in a new Monster Magnet album. [Vinyl edition includes bonus tracks and an etching on Side D. Limited silver colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Moody Blues
– Days Of Future Past Live 2xCD/2xLP (Eagle)
The Moody Blues' classic 1967 album
Days Of Future Passed is regarded as one of the foundation stones of the progressive rock genre. In 2017, the band headed out on the album's 50th Anniversary Tour including the wonderful show captured at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto accompanied by a full orchestra. The concert begins with the band by themselves performing a selection of classic Moody Blues tracks before they are joined by the orchestra to perform Days Of Future Passed in its entirety plus a couple of fantastic encore tracks. [Stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray editions also available.]
>Mournful Congregation
– Incubus Of Karma CD/2xLP (20 Buck Spin)
Australia’s stone pillar of funereal dirge presents their regal fourth full-length.

>The Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band
- The Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band [Reissue/1967] CD (Early Dawn)
A reissue of The Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band's self-titled album, originally released in 1967. L.A. psychedelic rock outfit from the late '60s -- Sitar, baroque sunshine psych pop at its best. Musically ranging from Beach Boys, over
Sgt. Peppers to The Seeds. Imagine a soft version of Max Frost & The Troopers' Wild In The Streets (1968) soundtrack. Includes bonus tracks.
>Nale
– Death. Skulls. Satan CD/LP (Black Lodge)
Sweden's hottest underground metal act breaks through and releases their album. With a vicious blend of metal in the likes of Panera and the Haunted with the fast-paced rock of Danko Jones and a punk fueled in-your-face attitude of Motörhead, Nale delivers a high octane album with massive drive, heavy riffs, brutal vocals and groove that will leave necks, and hips, sore for days.

>Nebula
– To The Center [Reissue/1999] CD/LP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Nebula's first non-EP full-length release, 1999’s
To The Center, is a retro-psychedelic heavy rock platter long on stripped-down riff muscle and surprisingly technically adept guitar jams. [Limited splatter colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Nightmarer
– Cacophony Of Terror CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Nightmarer deploy a harsh and unrelenting battery of dissonant death on their aptly-titled new album. Building off the foundation laid by their 2016
Chasm demo, the international trio (featuring ex and current members of The Ocean, War From A Harlots Mouth and Gigan) offers up loose state-of-the-art extremity here that's as nuanced and articulate as it is intense. World-class, modern death metal.
>Of Feather And Bone
– Bestial Hymns Of Perversion CD/LP (Profound Lore)
Emerging from their Rocky Mountain crypts, Of Feather And Bone spread their virulent strain of cryptic death metal. Invoking the claustrophobia of Autopsy and the visceral disgust of Incantation and Bolt Thrower, this band’s relentless death-assault serves as the soundtrack to mankind’s fall.

>Palace Of The King
– Keep Right With Your Maker CD/LP (Golden Robot)
Although the Australian rock scene isn't exactly short on incredible talent, Palace Of The King has managed to attract a lot of fans since they started in Melbourne in 2012, amongst them Joel O'Keeffe (Airbourne vocalist): “They are the real f**kin' deal!”

>The Pandoras
– Hey! It’s The Pandoras CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Burger)
New mini-album from Los Angeles garage-gals, their first in 29 years and the first with guitarist Kim Shattuck (The Muffs).

>Axel Rudi Pell
– Knights Call CD/2xLP+CD (Steamhammer)
17
th studio album from the German power metal guitar virtuoso. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Porcupine Tree
– Arriving Somewhere [Reissue/2005] 2xCD+Blu-ray (Kscope)
First-time CD and Blu-ray edition. In 2005, Porcupine Tree toured the release of
Deadwing to an adoring audience. It was their Park West show (October 11-12, 2005) in Chicago that was filmed for the eventual DVD release. This became known as Arriving Somewhere. It was made available in downloadable audio formats as well but was never released outside the confines of the DVD and digital download realms.
>Preoccupations
– New Material CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Jagjaguwar)
Preoccupations' songs have always worked through themes of creation, destruction, and futility, and they've always done it with singular post-punk grit. The textures are evocative and razor-sharp. The wire is always a live one. But while that darker side may have been well-explored, that's not quite the same as it being fully, intensely lived. This time it was, and the result is
New Material, a collection that broadens and deepens Preoccupations to a true mastery of their sound. In it lies the difference between witnessing a car crash and crashing your own, between jumping into an ocean and starting to swallow the water.
>The Price Sisters
– A Heart Never Knows CD (Rebel)
At just twenty-three years old, twin sisters Lauren and Leanna Price are poised to become the torchbearers for traditional bluegrass. While their playing is thoroughly rooted in the classic style of Bill Monroe, their smooth, polished sibling vocal harmonies infuse the music with a fresh, contemporary appeal.

>Mark Pritchard
– The Four Worlds CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
Mark Pritchard returns with an eight-track collection further exploring the sonic worlds first encountered on his critically acclaimed 2016 opus
Under The Sun. The ambient feel and engrossing cinematic soundscapes are mirrored by the artwork and visuals of beloved visual artist Jonathan Zawada. Having already collaborated on his last record with Thom Yorke, Bibio and Linda Perhacs, as well as touring with James Blake, The Four Worlds features Pritchard working with a collection of underground poets and musicians including Colorado's psychedelic heroine Space Lady on "S.O.S", and eighties cult radio artist Gregory Whitehead on "Come Let Us."
>Banyen Rakkaen
- Lam Phloen World-Class: Essential Banyen Rakkaen CD/LP (Em)
A collection from pioneering Thai molam idol Banyen Rakkaen, featuring her most thrilling performances from the early to mid-‘70s, with innovative genre-bending arrangements and production from Thepphabut Satirodchomphu. These tracks, all originally released on 7” vinyl, showcase her powerful yet alluring voice, revolutionary yet rooted in tradition.

>Blaine L. Reininger
– Blue Sleep CD (Crepuscule)
New studio album by the Colorado-born composer and founder member of avant-garde music group Tuxedomoon. "These days the music plays me," explains Blaine. "The unifying principle behind the songs on
Blue Sleep is the method of composition. I apply fine old aleatory techniques - John Cage, William Burroughs, Tristan Tzara - and filter these through my instinctive knowledge of melody and harmony. Lyrics are generated algorithmically (I work with programs which assemble phrases according to mathematical rules) and then edited by me, with phrases suggested by the random output. That's pretty much my modus operandi in the 21st century."
>The Residents
– Fingerprince pREServed Edition 2xCD (Cryptic Corporation)
Produced with The Cryptic Corporation, and with full access to The Residents' extensive tape archive, this package explores and expands the classic third album and related 1976-1977 material, as well as the album's evolution on the live stage. Includes the album restored to its original conceptual running order, plus long-forgotten unreleased material, live-in-the-studio tracks and concert recordings.

>Steve Roach
– Dreamtime Return [Reissue/1988] 2xCD (Projekt)
This magnum opus is one of the most important, widely known and highly respected release in Steve Roach's vast body of work, and serves as an essential benchmark within the electronic-ethno-atmospheric genre.

>Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse & David Mcguinnes
- What News CD/LP (Drag City)
For his twelfth solo album,
What News, and his fourth album focused exclusively on the performance of traditional songs, Alasdair Roberts has chosen a typically unusual and eclectic pair of collaborators: Amble Skuse and David McGuinnes.
>Jeff Rosenstock
– POST- CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Polyvinyl)
Jeff Rosenstock was an anxious kid who grew into an anxious adult and has also made a bunch of music along the way, with a bunch of bands, most notably Bomb The Music Industry! who apparently pioneered giving shit away for free on the internet—or at least got some of the credit for it. Now he plays with his bi-coastal band of rad musicians, mixing punk energy with diverse instrumentation and occasional accuracy. [Limited 180gm light blue vinyl pressing also available.]

>Sacrifice Theory
– Infected CD (Bret Hard)
Heavy American-inspired thrash from Germany.

>Salty Dog
– Lost Treasure CD (Escape Music)
Great American rock inspired by Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith and early blues.

>Hiroshi Sato
– Orient [Reissue/1979] CD/LP (Wewantsounds)
A reissue and the first international release of Hiroshi Sato's ultra-rare synth masterpiece, Orient, originally released in 1979 on Kitty Records in Japan only. This highly sought-after album is a superb breezy mix of Japanese synth-pop with a subtle touch of mid-‘70s Herbie Hancock-style funk and AOR.

>Skin Crime
– Ghosts I Have Been CD (Hospital Productions)
The first album from the supreme atmospheric noise band since their colossal 20-CD box set collection on Hospital Productions in 2015.

>Sol Invictus
– Necropolis CD/2xCD/LP (Prophecy)
Sol Invictus is one of the most prolific and influential bands associated with neofolk or apocalyptic folk, a form of experimental music which emerged in punk rock circles in the 1980's, blending elements of folk and industrial music with dark themes of decay, decline, and/or the destruction of Western civilization. More than 30 years after their inception, they return with
Necropolis - possibly their final release. [Limited double-CD hardcover book edition including 18-track bonus tracks also available.]
>Squirrel Nut Zippers
– Beasts Of Burgundy CD/LP (Southern Broadcast)
"It's not a reunion, it's a revival" has been the battle cry for Mathus since reforming Squirrel Nut Zippers in 2016. With an all-star cast of New Orleans musicians, the band breathed new life into the old material, and inspired Mathus to return to the studio to reignite the band's unique, enigmatic sound. The result, is the first Squirrel Nut Zippers studio album in eighteen years titled
Beasts Of Burgundy. A return to form, the album embraces the city that first inspired the group.
>J. Stalin
– Avatar CD (Livewire)
The rapper channels his inner R&B side on an album for the ladies.

>Sunflower Bean
– Twentytwo In Blue CD/LP/Cassette (Mom + Pop)
Sophomore album from the NY-based alt-rock band. While the trio remains a guitar band at its core, new and different textures shine on
Twentytwo In Blue. Sunflower Bean's diverse sound has allowed them to tour alongside DIIV, Best Coast, Pixes and Wolf Alice. "New York is still home to bands as varied as Sunflower Bean, whose music suggests what might have happened if psychedelia had emerged after punk and the Police rather than before." – The New York Times
>Sun Ra
– God Is More Than Love Will Ever Be [Reissue/1979] CD/LP (Cosmic Myth)
Somewhat of a rarity in the Sun Ra catalog - a cohesive album, with none of the stylistic eclecticism and patchwork personnel characteristically found on Saturn LPs. The album's five tracks were recorded at Variety Studios in one session by a solid jazz trio. Drummer Samarai Celestial (Eric Walker) recalls this being his first recording date with Ra; bassist Hayes Burnett had been with Ra since 1976 and would remain until 1982 or '83. Celestial continued recording and performing with the Arkestra beyond Ra's '93 departure, being a mainstay in the band under the directorship of Marshall Allen until the drummer's premature death in 1997 at age 43. Existing copies of the LP are known by several titles, including
Blithe Spirit Dance, Days Of Happiness, and Trio. Many Sun Ra records were not formally titled. In their haste to prepare limited pressings for sale at concerts, often someone in the band simply wrote the title of the first (or last) track title on the label (if blank) or on the generic sleeve, and that became an alternate album title.
>The Sword
– Used Future CD/LP+MP3 (Razor & Tie)
The Sword's sixth studio album,
Used Future, was recorded in Portland, Oregon with producer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Modest Mouse) and features twelve new Sword compositions. A giant leap forward for the band dominated by heavy grooves, soaring hooks, and epic instrumental interludes, it’s The Swords’ modern version of a classic ‘70s rock album in the tradition of masterpieces by The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd. It also sees the band utilizing synths more than ever before adding a whole new layer of cinematic color to its dynamic sound. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Paul Thorn
– Don’t Let The Devil Ride CD (Perpetual Obscurity)
Don't Let The Devil Ride collects soulful songs originally cut by black southern gospel groups, and features guests Blind Boys Of Alabama, the McCrary Sisters, the Preservation Hall Jazz Horns, and Bonnie Bishop. [Vinyl edition due May 11.]
>Sidi Touré
– Toubalbero CD/2xLP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Acclaimed Malian musician Sidi Touré returns with his fourth album. Named after the large traditional drum used to gather people in the Malian region of Gao,
Toubalbero is a danceable, dynamic, and despite the region’s significant political challenges, joyous album. The album was recorded in Mali’s legendary Studio Bogolan where Ali Farka Touré, Toumani Diabate, and Björk have recorded.
>Ungfell
- Mythen, Mären, Pestilenz CD (Eisenwald)
“Ungfell's second full-length presents Helvetic black metal deeply rooted in medieval lore and tales of pestilent witchcraft. Ghastly ghouls and sinister sorceresses rejoice in these utterances and sounds, gathered as one around the towering witch's pyre... as the hangman plays the last lead, the crimson night is not far.”

>Various Artists
- Death Row Chronicles: Original Soundtrack CD (Death Row)
Companion album to BET's hit TV show
Death Row Chronicles. This 15-song album is a good mix of front line hits like "Murder Was The Case" and hard to find rarities like Sam Sneed's "Drug Related". [Vinyl edition due April 20.]
>Various Artists
– Eccentric Soul: The Saru Label CD/2xLP (Numero)
The 20th volume of Numero’s flagship
Eccentric Soul series has all the boxes checked: Gun-toting, skip-tracing record producers, child stars, rip-offs, the "World's Greatest Bail Bondsman," swindles, soaring falsettos, and a dwindling rust-belt cityscape offering mere glimpses of hope before the record industry escaped for the coasts. Helmed by the O'Jays Bobby Massey, Saru was a creative vortex that pulled Cuyahoga County's greatest talent in, making a strong case for Cleveland to contend with Detroit, Philly, and Memphis as America's soul music's capital. Includes obscure and unknown sides from the Out of Sights, the Elements, Pandella Kelly, David Peoples, Sir Stanley, the Ponderosa Twins + 1, Ba-Roz, Bobby Dukes, and of course, the O'Jays.
>Various Artists
– The Thousand Incarnations Of The Rose: American Primitive Guitar & Banjo 1963-1974 CD/LP (Craft Recordings)
The Thousand Incarnations Of The Rose celebrates the groundbreaking, inventive approach to traditional music brought forward by a collection of maverick artists whose interpretations of folk, blues, and traditional song gave rise to one of American music's most unique and singular styles. Features John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Robbie Basho, and more.
>Tom Waits
– Closing Time [Reissue/1973] CD (ANTI-)
Tom Waits – The Heart Of Saturday Night [Reissue/1974] CD (ANTI-)
Tom Waits – Nighthawks At The Diner [Reissue/1975] CD (ANTI-)
Tom Waits – Small Change [Reissue/1976] CD (ANTI-)
Tom Waits – Foreign Affairs [Reissue/1977] CD (ANTI-)
Tom Waits – Blue Valentine [Reissue/1978] CD (ANTI-)
Tom Waits – Heartattack And Vine [Reissue/1980] CD (ANTI-)
Digitally remastered editions of singer-songwriter, musician, composer and actor’s classic, quintessential first seven albums.

>The Waxidermist
– Origami Case CD/2xLP (Sound Sculpture)
“To find Lawkyz, follow the beat. It is here, in this vital part, this lighthouse which guides the route of the other instruments, which it prints in depth the low notes of his four strings. Riveted on the drums. Linking with it a rhythmic pact, ensuring the propulsion of the groove on stage with Erik Truffaz or Guts; on records with UHT, Anna Kova, or Versus, his hip-hop project with full live band. When he puts his fetish instrument, when he lets cool his amp, then wakes up his evil twin: The Waxidermist.”

>Erika Wennerstrom
– Sweet Unknown CD/2xLP (Partisan)
There's something somewhat frightening, yet utterly freeing when leaving the confines of a successful band to venture solo – especially a band whose latest record was called “effortlessly brilliant” by critics. But, such is the case with Erika Wennerstrom who is taking a brief vacation from her Cincinnati-based rock band, Heartless Bastards, to deliver her solo debut
Sweet Unknown. But fans of Heartless Bastards need not worry. The band has not broken up. “We'd been going for so long and everyone in the band was just ready for a little break. But I had songs in me that needed to come out. I didn't think it was fair to push them to keep going and I didn’t want to do it without them under the Heartless Bastards name,” explains Wennerstrom, who enlisted the help of HB's Jesse Ebaugh to play bass on 8 of the 9 tracks on Sweet Unknown. While Wennerstrom has always been honest on all of the Heartless Bastards songs she's written, the Sweet Unknown material is even more personal and reflective, and for her, quite transformative as well. [Limited white colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Jack White
– Boarding House Reach CD/LP (Columbia/Third Man)
Boarding House Reach is the eagerly anticipated new album from Jack White, his third solo LP and first all-new album in nearly four years. Written and conceived while holed up in a spartan apartment with no outside distractions, Jack replicated the identical environment and used the same gear as when he was a 15-year-old (a quarter-inch four-track tape recorder, a simple mixer, and the most basic of instrumentation) to pen sketches of the songs. The album explores a remarkable range of sonic terrain - crunching rock 'n' roll, electro and hard funk, proto punk, hip-hop, gospel blues, and even country - all remapped and born anew to fit White’s matchless vision and sense of restless experimentation.
>Will Haven
– Muerte CD (Minus Head)
New release from the noise metal legends. Formed in Sacramento, CA in 1995, Will Haven has existed on the fringe of extreme music ever since.
Muerte, which is Spanish for 'death', is the band's six full-length album.
>Kip Winger
– Solo Box Set Collection 5xCD (Frontiers)
A box set collecting all the solo works from the bassist/songwriter/composer into one collection. Includes:
This Conversation Seems Like A Dream (1997) Down Incognito (1998) Songs From The Ocean Floor (2000) From The Moon To The Sun (2008) and a bonus disc featuring unreleased, bonus, rare and demo tracks.
>Young Hu$tle
– Bag Talk CD (X-Ray)
After self-releasing several mixtapes that quickly became underground hits, the Long Beach rapper delivers his long-awaited debut. Includes guest appearances by AD, Slim 400, Tray Dee, and a remix from Riff Raff.

>Your Food
– Poke It With A Stick CD/LP (Drag City)
A sui generis gem of the American underground, now faithfully reissued for the first time by Drag City. Recorded in 1983 by four scarecrows from Kentucky subsisting largely on cheap beer and baked beans,
Poke It With A Stick is a burbling burgoo of hypnotic rhythm, uncoiling tension, and sharp invective—a proud bastard of post-punk royalty.

DVDs + Blu-ray:
>
L.A. Guns – Made In Milan Blu-ray (Frontiers)
“If you want to hear a classic Sunset Strip band at their 2018 best,
Made In Milan is just what you are looking for.” – Shockwave
>Led Zeppelin
– How The West Was Won [2003] Blu-ray (Atlantic)
Led Zeppelin continue their reissue campaign with a digitally remastered edition of their celebrated live album
How The West Was Won, originally released in 2003, featuring newly remastered audio, which was done under the supervision of Jimmy Page. How The West Was Won highlights the best performances from Led Zeppelin's legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972. First ever Blu-ray Audio edition (containing hi-res 5.1 surround sound).
>Moody Blues
– Days Of Future Past Live DVD/Blu-ray (Eagle)
The Moody Blues' classic 1967 album
Days Of Future Passed is regarded as one of the foundation stones of the progressive rock genre. In 2017, the band headed out on the album's 50th Anniversary Tour including the wonderful show captured at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto accompanied by a full orchestra. The concert begins with the band by themselves performing a selection of classic Moody Blues tracks before they are joined by the orchestra to perform Days Of Future Passed in its entirety plus a couple of fantastic encore tracks.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Against Me!
– White Crosses [Reissue/2010] LP (Total Treble)
Vinyl reissue of Against Me's fifth studio album. Produced by Butch Vig,
White Crosses is the first (and only) Against Me album to feature George Rebelo, drummer of Hot Water Music, following the departure of previous drummer Warren Oakes.
>Andrew W.K.
– You’re Not Alone 2xLP (Red Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. To party is to exist. And to exist is to party. On
You're Not Alone, Andrew W.K.'s first album of new rock songs in nearly twelve years, the party is reborn as he delivers a set of high octane, full throttle rock 'n' roll powered by buoyant, infectious, and triumphant melodies. Limited colored pressing also available.
>The Apostles
– Banko Woman [Reissue/1977] LP (PMG)
Heaven-sent from Nigeria's tumultuous east, The Apostles have been preaching a particular blend of funky psychedelic soul/rock fusion for over forty years. On
Banko Woman they threw a little Afrobeat into the mix, creating an Afro-funk disco bomb that has been energizing dance floors ever since.
>Autopsy
– Critical Madness: The Demo Years LP (Peaceville)
Critical Madness: The Demo Years compiles the earliest recordings by the kings of sickness. Chronicling the band's formative years, the collection contains Autopsy's first demo from 1987 as well as 1988's legendary Critical Madness demo (which quickly resulted in the group inking a deal with Peaceville and the subsequent release of the genre staple debut, 1989's Severed Survival). This special archive release is completed by the rare track "Christ Denied" and a selection of raw rehearsal recordings from 1987 and 1988, most of which would later feature on the band's studio debut.
>Daniel Avery
– Slow Fade Remix 12” (Mute)
Following the release of his
Slow Fade EP last month, Daniel Avery now presents a collection of remixes from Surgeon, Actress, and Inga Mauer.
>François Bayle
– Tremblements… LP (Recollection GRM)
François Bayle on
Tremblement De Terre Très Doux (1978); first performance on March 19, 1979 at the Grand Auditorium of RadioFrance, Ina-GRM's Cycle Acousmatique: "The familiar generates the strange. These rolls, these hums, these sudden rushes; this song, these peaceful circlings; these sudden outbursts, these returns to quiescence - what do they remind us of? This piece's trajectory could also be a representation of the dramatic unfolding of a day - of a life - from sunrise ('Climate 1') to night-time ('Landscape 4') via restless encounters, transitions ('Transit 1', '2', and '3') that announce the drama climaxing in 'Landscape 3', before reaching its denouement in "Climate 4"... A whole concrete 'story'. The subterranean properties inherent to listening gently shift our ideas..."
>Burnis
– Light My Fire [Reissue/1983] LP (PMG)
A beautifully produced slice of Nigerian disco boogie by a guy who could write catchy songs, sing like a sex god and look good in a shiny purple suit.

>Casual Hex
– Zig Zag Lady Illusion LP (Water Wing)
Casual Hex is a three-piece formed in Seattle, WA, in 2015. Drawing influence from a variety of genres (post-punk, no-wave, noise rock), The band relies on the contrast of heavy, catchy, minimal, and dissonant. It’s difficult to draw a direct lineage, but flashes of Pylon, The Contortions or early Sonic Youth come to mind.

>Childs
– Yui [2006] LP (Pocket)
Childs' electronic post-rock 2006 debut, remastered for vinyl with special arrangements by Fernando Corona aka Murcof. Limited white colored pressing.

>Choir Boy
– Passive With Desire LP (Team Love)
The music on Choir Boy's debut album,
Passive With Desire, is deeply rooted in postpunk pop and articulate productions that take their queues from the likes of Bryan Ferry, Kate Bush, OMD and Fleetwood Mac.
>Chromatics
– Tick Of The Clock [Reissue/2012] 12” (Italians Do It Better)
Limited edition 180gm ultra-clear dipped in icy blue colored vinyl repress. “Tick Of The Clock” is a 2012 single featuring the Drive soundtrack number along with Visione's “Stroke Of Midnight” remix version and an “Extended Overdrive” mix.

>Come Holy Spirit
– Asters And Disasters LP (Water Wing)
Formed in 2012 in Pittsburgh PA, Come Holy Spirit wields the age-old trifecta of guitar, bass, and drums in unexpected configurations. The songs embody a complex aggregate of musical influences, ranging from the angular deconstructivism of early experimental anarcho-punk (think Dog Faced Hermans and Poison Girls) to the tender repetition of far-flung folk music.

>Currituck Co
. - Sleepwalks In The Garden Of The Deadroom LP (Feeding Tube)
“The operating handle of guitarist Kevin Barker, one of the best players to emerge from the Mid-Atlantic völk underground of the early ‘00s, Currituck Co. cut five albums between 2000 and 2005, all of which are gorgeous. There's always been a Jansch-ian vibe to Kevin's work, which is made explicit here by a great cover of Bert's 'Silly Woman.' More often it's Kevin's guitar picking that sounds haunted by Jansch, with cleanly complex melodies and slippery string shifts. But the way he blends shards of electric amp squeal into the background is uniquely his own.”

>The Cyrkle
– The Minx: Soundtrack LP+DVD (Modern Harmonic)
The Minx, an intriguing and plush soundtrack from the Cyrkle, is laden with the band's trademark three-part harmonies, intricate arrangements, and paisley-psychedelic sounds. Recorded in 1967 – following the Cyrkle's pop chart success with Paul Simon's "Red Rubber Ball" and their own "Turn-Down Day" – and shelved until the film's release two years later, The Minx has eluded the grasp of even the most dedicated Cyrkle fan. This legitimate, deluxe colored vinyl reissue (created from the master reels, with full participation of the band members) includes bonus tracks, extensive notes, and features an accompanying DVD with the original, outrageous film.
>Dabrye
– Instrmntl [2002] LP+MP3 (Ghostly International)
First-time vinyl pressing. 2002's
Instrmntl is a continuation of the beat experiments Tadd Mullinix aka Dabrye began with One/Three and a bridge to the diverse textures that would define Two/Three four years later. About half of its nine tracks (ten if you lived in Japan) were created at the same time as One/Three while the rest were newer or made specifically for the album. Once again Mullinix looked outside of hip-hop to techno, house, and drum & bass for stylistic and technical ideas while embracing the blissful minimalism of a good hip-hop instrumental and the rhythmic nuance of Detroit.
>Diablo String Orchestra
– Pacifisticuffs LP (Spinefarm)
Released last December on CD – now available on vinyl. New album from the Swedish avant-metallers.

>DsorDNE
- È Un Sole [Reissue/1990] LP (Dark Entries)
DsorDNE (pronounced Disordine) is a project from Torino, Italy that evolved as group out of the electronic experimental post punk project Novostj in 1987. At the core of DsorDNE is Marco Milanesio, musical engineer and co-founder of the HAX record label, joined by a revolving cast of musicians. Their spectrum ranged from experimental to structured electro-poetry and soundtrack-like instrumental electronic music. In 1987 they released their first track on a split-single with The Legendary Pink Dots. Between 1987 and 1994 they released six full length albums, three split-EPs and appeared on various cassette compilations.
È Un Sole (It’s a Sun) was the group’s only vinyl full length originally released in 1990 on HAX. It’s eight tracks of electro-beat poetry and experimentation.
>Bob Dylan
– 1962: The Witmark Demos LP (Wax Love)
In the spring of 1962, folk music manager Albert Grossman began to take an active interest in Bob Dylan. He proposed that Dylan sign with the prestigious publisher M. Witmark & Sons. Dylan signed a contract with Witmark on July 12 and immediately recorded a demo of what would become his breakthrough song, "Blowin' in the Wind". Four months passed before Dylan returned to record another song, "Ye Playboys and Playgirls", but the next month, in December, he showed up with many new compositions, including three that would become classics of his, "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall", "Ballad of Hollis Brown", and "Tomorrow Is a Long Time".

>Bob Dylan
– Folksinger’s Choice Radio Broadcast LP (Wax Love)
Cynthia Gooding was a folk singer best known for her radio show, which was broadcast on New York's WBAI. It was on this show in early 1962 that she recorded an interview and performance with the then unknown Bob Dylan, whose first album had yet been released. A stunning and clear performance featuring covers and many of his earliest canonical songs, an important document in the nearly 60-year career of an American icon.

>Ecostrike
– Voice Of Strength LP (Triple B.)
Vegan straight edge hardcore in the vein of Strife, Trial, Earth Crisis or Bane.

>Nadah El Shazly
– Ahwar LP (Nawa Recordings)
The debut album by Nadah El Shazly. Starting out singing Misfits covers in a local punk band, then moving on to producing her own electronic tracks and making a name for herself in Cairo's underground scene, Nadah El Shazly's backstory is not that unusual. Her debut album on the other hand, is an entirely unexpected story. Two years in the making,
Ahwar (Arabic for “marshlands”) is an otherworldly record, not unlike an abstract mythological story-tale.
>Fatboy Slim
– You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby [Reissue/1998] 2xLP (Skint)
Fatboy Slim's 1998 global smash
You've Come A Long Way, Baby tore a hole into pop music with its big beats, revolutionary samples and deadly hooks, taking the English producer to new heights in the process. Yielding four inescapable hit singles ("The Rockafeller Skank," "Praise You," "Right Here, Right Now" and "Gangster Trippin’") the paradigm shifting album helped kick start the big beat/electronica boom of the late '90s and pushes all the right buttons with nods to funk, old-school hip hop and disco. Long out-of-print, You've Come A Long Way, Baby has been reissued on double vinyl in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
>Fazer
– Mara LP (Fazer)
Debut album from the Munich-based jazz group Fazer. The young musicians combine African and Latin rhythms with dubby basslines and melancholic melodies. Imagine the worlds of Nico, Björk, and Annette Peacock with the Arabic language as their mother tongue, re-approached through acoustic avant-jazz harmony and re-constructed with a dash of Kamilya Jubran's modern styling of Arabic maqam and you may be somewhere close.

>Fever Ray
– Plunge 2xLP+MP3 (Mute)
Deluxe gatefold double-LP edition with blood red gel outer sleeve and two posters. Karin Dreijer (one half of the electronic duo The Knife along with her brother, Olof Dreijer) makes her long awaited return as Fever Ray with the project's second album
Plunge, the first release since 2009's celebrated Fever Ray. Featuring lead single “To The Moon and Back,” Plunge was largely recorded in Dreijer's Stockholm studio in collaboration with the producers Paula Temple, Deena Abdelwahed, NÍDIA, Tami T, Peder Mannerfelt and Johannes Berglund. “Fever Ray's Plunge...is Karin Dreijer at her most vulnerable and powerful, a righteous reclamation of kink that extends a knowing invitation,” writes NPR. “Across 11 tracks of coquettish synth-pop cut with neon, Dreijer is not just frank about her sexual desires, but how she desires them – with consent, with trust, with pain, with love.”
>The Flu
- Patsy: A Collection Of Absolute Insanity By The Flu [1988] 2xLP (Artoffact)
Between 1986 and 1989, cEvin Key (Skinny Puppy) and the late Alan Nelson (Hilt) spent countless hours recording out of Nelson's apartment as The Flu. The music they produced in those sessions is quite remarkable, blending electronics, guitars, live drums, drum machines, live singing by cats, and recordings from tele-personals, all with Al's inimitable lyrics and vocals. Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.

>Ceasar Frazier
– Hail Ceasar! [Reissue/1972] LP (Tidal Waves Music)
Hailing from Indianapolis, Caesar Frazier (spelled 'Ceasar' from time to time) was a funky soul-jazz organist who recorded several albums for the Eastbound/Westbound label family during the '70s. In 1972 Frazier cut his first album,
Hail Ceasar, which featured musicians commonly associated with the Prestige label's jazz-funk outings - Melvin Sparks (guitar), Houston Person (tenor), and Idris Muhammad (drums). Those names alone should give you a clear idea what's going down on this album: slick wa wa guitar lines, the crisp ultra bumpin' conga rhythms, Idris's slick funk beats, screaming sax solos and last but not least Caesar's trademark Hammond organ sound.
>Geography Of Hell
- Hiroshima 1945 / Nagasaki 1945 2xLP (Hospital Productions)
After a series of cassette-only releases detailing the major natural and manmade disasters of the world, Geography Of Hell, a mysterious collective with an international cast of members completes their debut and arguably most immersive work yet,
Hiroshima 1945 / Nagaskai 1945. Two LPs ranging from insane martial loops to the most distant rumblings and shore breeze – a master work of one of most true contemporary industrial collectives that easily fits into cinematic compositions as well as contemporary avant-garde electronics and even the nether regions of neoclassical punk.
>Beverly Glenn-Copeland
- Beverly Glenn-Copeland [Reissue/1970] LP (Super-Sonic Jazz)
A vinyl reissue of Beverly Glenn-Copeland's self-titled debut album, originally released on the Canadian GRT imprint in 1970. The debut release by Afro-Canadian singer, songwriter, and cult figure within new age experimental sounds, has been long been sought after. Written when she was 26, the album is a testament to Copeland's stand-out songwriting and earnest, beautiful vocal talents, fitting into the realms of spiritual folk.

>Goat
– New Games/Rhythm & Sound LP (Em)
Five tracks compiled from Goat’s debut album
New Games (2013) and their second album Rhythm & Sound (2015). With guitar, bass, drums and saxophone, Goat create music which is unlike most rock bands, utilizing harmonics outside standard tonality, as well as clever muting, to craft intricate, driven, forceful compositions by Koshiro Hino, aka YPY. Goat is currently going through a period of new development and further exploration of intertwining patterns of rhythmic repetition; this compilation is the bedrock.
>Harms Way
– Posthuman LP (Metal Blade)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Harms Way's metallic hardcore has won them fans on four continents with their reputation for delivering blistering sets. Limited white colored vinyl pressing also available.

>Juliana Hatfield
– Hey Babe [Reissue/1992] LP (American Laundromat Records, Inc.)
This exclusive limited-edition pressing in a single-pocket gatefold jacket was remastered from the original 1/4-inch analog tapes and pressed by hand at Burlington Record Plant in Burlington, VT.
Hey Babe was produced by Gary Smith (Pixies, Throwing Muses, Blake Babies), and was originally released on Mammoth Records back in 1992. The album features a bevy of guest players, including Mike Watt, Evan Dando, John Wesley Harding, Clay Tarver, Chick Graning, and Todd Philips.
>Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
- At Home With Screamin' Jay Hawkins [Reissue/1958] LP (Wax Love)
By far one of the most outrageous performers of the early years of rock, prone to emerging from coffins on stage, with a flaming skull named Henry as his constant companion, Screamin' Jay was an insanely theatrical figure long before it was even remotely acceptable. His 1958 debut,
At Home, featuring his legendary "I Put A Spell On You," along with surreal hits like "Hong Kong," "Take Me Back To The Boot And Saddle," or his wild-ass reinventions of old standards like "I Love Paris" and "Deep Purple" is a carefully arranged yet gritty, Ray Charles-gone-crazy styled, full band rhythm, and blues masterpiece, filled with enough howls and groans to send chills down your spine.
>Hide
– Castration Anxiety LP (Dais)
Started in 2014 as a collaboration between visual artist Heather Gabel and percussionist Seth Sher, the Chicago based industrial duo known simply as Hide was formed. The following three years have seen Hide crash through with a number of aggressively rendered singles and EP’s while quietly collecting the shattered pieces that would form their debut full length album on Dais,
Castration Anxiety. Those familiar with Hide’s provocative live performances will already be accustomed to the hypnotic low-end and sinister vocal delivery that has become the band’s signature.
>Hilt
– Minoot Bowl Dropped The Ball 2xLP+MP3 (Artoffact)
Hilt was a collective group of Vancouver musicians, usually referred to as a side project of the group Skinny Puppy. The group comprised Alan Nelson, a seminal member of many local Vancouver rock & punk groups, on vocals, with cEvin Key and D.R. Goettel on instruments. For the first time, Artoffact Records presents Hilt's third album on beautiful gold-brown colored double vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve.

>Insanity Alert
– Insanity Alert [Reissue/2014] LP (Season Of Mist)
Austrian party-thrashers Insanity Alert exploded out of the underground in 2014 with their blistering and irreverent crossover thrash attack. Their self-titled debut album is a fast, fun, and filthy affair that highlights their devotion to raging, skating, and ripping '80s thrash metal. [CD edition due March 30. New album due this year.]

>Fumio Itabashi
– Nature [Reissue/1979] LP (Mule Musiq)
The legendary Japanese jazz pianist's first solo record ever,
Nature was recorded at Nippon Columbia's first studio in Tokyo from March 13-15, 1979. It features Itabashi making feverish love with the piano and he shares the studio with the great bass players Hideaki Mochizuki and Koichi Yamazaki, drummers Kenichi Kameyama and Ryojiro Furusawa, soprano saxophonist Yoshio Otomo, and vibraphone wizard Hiroshi Hatsuyama. They all joined him to perform his very own songs, composed by Itabashi himself and produced by Ryonosuke Honmura, who also produced Japanese jazz heroes, like saxophonist Keizo Inoue, during his career. Nature is fresh, propulsive, twitchy, and melodious from the first to the last tone.
>The Jam
– This Is The Modern World [Reissue/1977] LP (Vinyl Lovers)
Vinyl reissue of The Jam's second album, originally released in 1977 just after their debut record. Despite generally bad reviews from critics at the time, the album does have its shining moments ("Life From A Window" and "The Modern World", for example). But it is also interesting as a piece of history for its lyrical content, which, as the album's title promised, is a snapshot of a day in the life of the declining British Empire during the late 1970s. Includes eight bonus tracks from the BBC sessions.

>Lee Chubby King
– Yo’Pusface [1987] 10” (Artoffact)
First-ever reissue on vinyl of this very rare project from cEvin Key (Skinny Puppy) & friends.
This Beastie Boys-inspired record originally released on Revolving Records in1987 is one of the rarest pieces of cEvin Key lore. Limited yellow colored pressing also available.

>The Klitz
– Rocking The Memphis Underground 1978-1980 LP (Mono-Tone)
All girl band from Memphis who happened to be Alex Chilton's protégés; primal, loose rock n' roll à la Chilton/Jim Dickinson/Tav Falco in a wild and primitive no wave/DIY punk style. Whether you like Charlie Feathers or Kleenex, The Cramps or Lydia Lunch, you will adore The Klitz, the unadulterated sound of the Memphis underground. One side studio, one side live, both sides frantic, chaotic, and electrifying.

>Bryan Maclean
‎– Ifyoubelievein LP (Sundazed)
Ethereal and exquisite songwriting from one of the forces behind the legendary band Love. Across 14 tracks, former Love guitarist, singer, and songwriter Bryan MacLean is undeniably mesmerizing, his soaring falsetto and euphoric guitar weaving through performances that showcase his distinctive talent. Long out of print, and a must-have for fans of the legendary L.A. band, Sundazed proudly presents this essential collection on colored vinyl, featuring extensive liners from David Fricke and the late MacLean himself.

>Merzbow
– Noisembryo [1994] 2xLP (Hospital Productions)
Hospital Productions present a vinyl reissue of Merzbow’s
Noisembryo, originally released on CD by The Releasing Eskimo in 1994. A holy grail of the '90s noise movement. High-speed loops, roving automotive bass, and cacophonic drum machines gel together with the surprising inclusion of a sound rarely heard within Merzbow's many years – Masami Akita’s own voice.
>Joe Moks
– Boys And Girls [Reissue/1979] LP (PMG)
Calling all students of late '70s Nigerian boogie. Class is in and you're about to get schooled by music professor Josephine Mokwunyei, aka Joe Moks. Spotted by legendary producer, Odion Iruoje, and nurtured by his protege, Alex Tony Okoroji, Joe Moks pioneered a wonky, hi-tech style of funk that would become the sound of '80s Nigeria.

>Mouse On Mars
– Radical Connector [Reissue/2004] LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Mouse on Mars return to Thrill Jockey in 2018 with a brand-new studio album coming in April and a series of their classic albums reissued on vinyl.
Radical Connector was originally released in 2004 and is now back on gorgeous colored vinyl.
>Neon
– Neon In The Box 4xLP (Spittle)
Neon is undoubtedly one of the most influential and enduring bands of the Italian new wave. From the beginning, the band's music was perfectly aligned with continental trends - integrating the attitude of early post-punk with certain types of electronic music that had timidly begun popping up on the club circuit, and an aesthetic that was a cross between late romanticism and decadentism. Inimitable bands like Neon breathed new life into even the most disagreeable and angular rock ‘n’ roll, flirting with war-like dance music, and creating musical scenarios that were unheard of up until that point, placing them in harmony with some of the most talked-about British and German bands of the time, in fact anticipating the advent of EBM. This four-piece vinyl boxed-set contains the following releases:
My Blues Is You (1983), Dark Age (1984), Rituals (1985), and Red Light (1986). These are the finest examples of work from one of the '80s Italian scene's finest groups.
>Michael Nesmith & The First National Band
– Magnetic South [Reissue/1970] LP (Sundazed)
Michael Nesmith & The First National Band – Loose Salute [Reissue/1970] LP (Sundazed)
Michael Nesmith & The First National Band – Nevada Fighter [Reissue/1971] LP (Sundazed)
The heralded solo debut of Michael Nesmith,
Magnetic South features the artist's hybrid of cowboy-'n'-western country music and rock sensibilities, highlighted by "Joanne," one of the earliest singles with the California-country sound to become a major hit record. The second LP from Michael Nesmith and the First National Band, Loose Salute features the country-rock pioneer's hit single "Silver Moon" alongside dreamy, near-psychedelic studies on western motifs and melodies, funky swamp sounds, and straight-up country readings in the inimitable Nesmith style. Nevada Fighter completes a trilogy of LPs by the one-time Monkee and again, the First National Band, augmented by members of Elvis' ‘70s touring band and other Wrecking Crew heroes. Limited edition colored vinyl reissues.
>Orchestra Of Constant Distress
– Distress Test LP (Riot Season)
In the field of music or any contemporary cultural terrain, concepts like development dynamics and progression are used as aesthetic judgement. To any musician or composer, the idea of musical build up comes with a crisis, any attempt towards formal pleasure calls for suspicion that this desire is never one's own. In the case of Orchestra Of Constant Distress, this deadlock manifests itself in an impulse of refusal directed against any evolution and the result is the extreme generic and the absolute distress of normative noise and improvisation.

>Paradise Lost
– Host [Reissue/1999] 2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. Remastered edition of the chameleonic alt-metal band’s 1999 album. “With the
Host album we wanted to take the One Second concept further and make a very dark album with even more subtlety. It was a bold leap from all our previous albums, a leap too far some would say, but for me, the new remastered version really shows it’s still one of the bands strongest albums in terms of song writing, atmosphere and sheer misery.”
>Jordan Perry
– Jordan Perry LP (Feeding Tube)
“Much needed reissue of the extremely limited 2017 debut LP by Virginia guitarist, Jordan Perry. Although there are some basic völk sonorities in his playing, Mr. Perry's brunt combines these with more avant garde note selections and compositional gambits, as well as a string attack with classical qualities. While there's a gentleness to the melodies at which he eventually arrives, Perry's journey crosses prickly patches of tone clusters, and has a circular logic that defies pop logic.”

>PlatEAU
– Spacecake [1999] 2xLP+MP3 (Artoffact)
For the first time, the brilliant second album from PlatEAU, i.e. Cevin Key (Skinny Puppy) and
Phil Western (Download), with guest appearances from Tim Hill and kaRIN (Collide), is available on vinyl. Limited orange colored pressing.

>The Pointed Sticks
– Perfect Youth [Reissue/1980] LP (Sudden Death)
A reissue of the 1980 album from white-hot but short-lived Vancouver rockers The Pointed Sticks. A bright, fresh, and fun mix of punk, pop, and rock sounds produced by the legendary Bob Rock.

>Prurient / Hanged Mans Orgasm
– Unknowns LP (Hospital Productions)
Originally released as a bonus cassette to Prurient’s
Rainbow Mirror, Unknowns appears here on vinyl as two side-long collaborative tracks from Dominick Fernow, joined by longtime producer Kris Lapke (Alberich) with Patrick O’Neal (Skin Crime). Hanged Mans Orgasm was the earliest project from O'Neal starting in the late '80s and early '90s that could be a rural American counterpart to England's Nurse With Wound middle period.
>Cliff Richard
– 21 Today / Listen To Cliff [Reissue/1961/1961] 2xLP (Vinyl Passion)
This double-LP set presents the British singer's fourth and fifth albums.
21 Today, released in 1961 on Cliff Richard s 21st birthday, features him with backing by the Shadows tackling rock 'n' roll covers and well-known standards. It was Richard's first album to reach no.1 on the UK charts. Its predecessor, Listen To Cliff, also from 1961, features mainly pop standards and such covers as Ray Charles's “What'd I Say” and the big Righteous Brothers hit “Unchained Melody”. Includes eight bonus tracks.
>The Runaways
- Live At The Agora Ballroom, Cleveland July 19, 1976 LP (Vinyl Lovers)
The Runaways, recorded live at The Agora, Cleveland, Ohio.

>John Saint-Pelvyn
– Clerical Error In Shasta County Shouldn’t Have To Ruin A Saturday Night 2x10” (Seeland)
For years, the only way to hear the music of John Saint-Pelvyn was to search him out in one of Minneapolis's notorious underground venues or unearth one of his long out-of-print cassette releases. Finally, this set brings his idiosyncratic and very personal music out into the open air. Primarily a guitarist, the root of his playing is akin to traditional stride, but rich with quivering whammy bar wobble and shimmering feedback. He often plays the tailfin strings of his archtop like one would play harmonics or retunes seamlessly mid-stream to create a shifting temperament across the length of a piece.

>Simply Saucer
– She’s A Dog b/w I Can Change My Mind [Reissue/1978] 7” (Schizophrenic)
Formed in 1973 in the east end of Hamilton, Ontario, Simply Saucer crafted a distinct sound that combined kraut rock, prog rock, psychedelia and a heavy dose of power to create their unique proto-punk sound. By the time punk exploded, Simply Saucer had once again shapeshifted to include to tapping pop melodies while maintaining that hard driving beat. Released 40 years ago, Schizophrenic Records is pleased to reissue a limited edition of “She’s A Dog / I Can Change My Mind” 45 originally released via Pig Records, which was a NME single of the week in 1978.

>Klaus Schultze
- La Vie Electronique Volume 1.1 2xLP (One Way Static)
Available for the first time on vinyl, One Way Static Records presents the second volume in their archival series
La Vie Electronique. This volume focuses on the years 1970-1972 and is spread over two LPs containing +78 minutes of Klaus Schulze rarities.
>Soundtrack
– The Ballad Of Shirly Collins LP (Earth Recordings)
The soundtrack to
The Ballad Of Shirley Collins - though diverse - showcases just a fraction of the facets that make up an extraordinary career by anyone's standards. Limited pink colored vinyl pressing.
>Spacemen 3
– Dreamweapon [Reissue/1990] 2xLP (Superior Viaduct)
August 1988, Spacemen 3 embarked on one of the strangest events in the band's already strange history. Billed as An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music (although consciously omitting the sitar), the group would play in the foyer of Watermans Arts Centre in Brentford, Middlesex to a largely unsuspecting and unsympathetic audience waiting to take their seats for Wim Wenders' film
Wings Of Desire. Spacemen 3's proceeding set, forty-five minutes of repetitive drone-like guitar riffs, could be seen as the “Sweet Sister Ray” of '80s Britain. Their signature sound is at once recognizable and disorienting - pointing as much to the hypnotic minimalism of La Monte Young as to a future shoegaze constituency. [Vinyl reissues of Playing With Fire and Recurring due April 6.]
>Powell St. John
– Sultan Of Psychedelia LP (Friends & Family)
Powell St. John is unquestionably one of the true founders and innovators of the acid rock sound. A listen here will leave no doubt as to why he has earned the title "Sultan Of Psychedelia". Archival recordings of pure rootsy psychedelia by the obscure but iconic 1960's Austin, Texas musician/songwriter who not only wrote the timeless rock classic “Bye, Bye Baby,” but also four songs on the legendary first two 13th Floor Elevator albums,
Psychedelic Sounds (1966) and Easter Everywhere (1967).
>STS x Khari Mateen
– Better On A Sunday LP (Steel Wool/OBE)
New collaboration between rapper STS (who saw critical acclaim with his previous collaboration with producer, RJD2) and producer Khari Mateen.
Better On A Sunday draws upon their parallel childhoods in Atlanta and musical coming of age in Philly.
>Sworr.
– Sworr. LP (Fair Weather Friends)
Winner of Greece's Jumping Fish contest, Sworr. is ready to share their poignant blend of soulful electronica, alt-pop, and tripped-out guitar sounds. Their self-titled release leans on a moody atmosphere fueled by powerful vocals and intimate lyricism.

>Andrey Tarkovsky/Edward Artemiev
– Solaris. Sound And Vision LP+CD+Blu-ray (Song Cycle)
Song Cycle Records present the release of
Solaris. Sound And Vision, a collector's edition box set that includes the soundtrack realized by the great Russian composer Edward Artemiev for Andrey Tarkovsky's masterpiece film Solaris (1972). The box includes the soundtrack in two formats: 180gm, high-quality virgin vinyl and, for the first time, CD. The release is also accompanied by an exclusive, hardcover photo book with unreleased images of the movie set and essays about music and cinema of the duo Artemiev/Tarkovsky, and the Blu-ray version of the film, in original language with English subtitles; Blu-ray region free.
>Third Bardo
– I’m Five Years Ahead Of My Time + 5 10” (Sundazed)
The short-lived but much-loved Third Bardo only existed for a brief period, during which they released one now-rare single. The Third Bardo's entire recorded output amounts to six tracks, all cut on a single day in 1967, and produced, oddly enough, by former '50s singer Teddy Randazzo, best known for the hits he wrote for the decidedly non-psychedelic Little Anthony and the Imperials.

>Thirdstory
– Cold Heart LP (Verve)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Vocal trio and internet sensation Thirdstory has wrapped Chance The Rapper’s Be Encouraged Tour as members of his band, and are back with their debut album
Cold Heart. Produced by OAK (Demi Lovato, Rihanna), the album features hit single “G Train (feat. Pusha T)”, and a stunning duet with Chicago-based singer/songwriter Eryn Allen Kane.
>Various Artists
- Killed By Death # 15: New Zealand Rare Punk 77-82 LP (Redrum)
Another installment in this legendary series, this time centered in the obscure and extremely interesting early New Zealand punk rock scene. 13 tracks of pure Killed By Death mayhem by the likes of kiwi luminaries such as Suburban Reptiles, Scavengers, Toy Love, The Spelling Mistakes, and many more.

>Various Artists
– Radio Cramps: The Purple Knif Show [Reissue/1999] 2xLP (Munster)
Radio Cramps: The Purple Knif Show features the much talked about radio show of summer of 1984 that featured Lux Interior playing his favorites and obscure-sets 7" records while howling, buzzing, and raving about them. It includes such classic and influential stuff like Frantics, The Sparkles, Link Wray, Billy Strange, Mad Mike And The Maniacs, Vic Mizzy, The One Way Streets, The Swamp Rats, Deadly Ones, The Troggs, and many more. Absolutely entertaining and instructional especially by Lux's comments/noises between tracks.
>Various Artists
– The Voyager Golden Record 3xLP (Ozma)
In 1977, NASA launched two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, on a grand tour of the solar system and into the mysteries of interstellar space. Attached to each of these probes is a beautiful golden phonograph record containing a message for any extraterrestrial intelligence that might encounter it, perhaps billions of years from now. This enchanting artifact, known as the
Voyager Golden Record, may be the last vestige of our civilization after we are gone forever. Curated by a visionary committee led by Carl Sagan, the golden record tells a story of our planet expressed in music, sounds, images, and science. Etched on the record’s gold-plated aluminum jacket is a diagram explaining where it came from and how to play it. The golden record was a gift from humanity to the cosmos. But it is also a gift to humanity. It’s a reminder of what we can achieve when we are at our best—and that our future really is up to all of us.
>Wet Tuna
– Livin’ The Die LP (Feeding Tube)
“Utterly boo-licious debut slab by this new duo, made up of Matt 'MV' Valentine and Pat 'P.G. Six' Gubler, who have been in cahoots since the near-forgotten days of Memphis Luxure. The pair (mostly known for guitar-aktion) create a full band's worth of jams using percussion and keys and all-else. The results make for one of the more mind-melting platters to've hit the Valley in a good while.”

>XYZ
– Artificial Flavoring LP (Mono-Tone)
XYZ = a Trans-Atlantic American/French project featuring Ian Svenonius (Chain & The Gang, Make-Up, Escape-ism, et al.) on vocals and Memphis Electronic (of the groups NON!, Dum Bum Boys, Die Idiots, et al.) on instruments. Twelve dancefloor rockers and sexy glam numbers with fuzz guitars, drum machines, and analog synths on this irresistible plastic platter.

>Christian Zanési ‎–
Grand Bruit / Stop ! L'horizon LP (Recollection GRM)
INA-GRM’s Christian Zanési, artistic director behind the invaluable Recollection GRM archive reissues with François Bonnet and Editions Mego’s Peter Rehberg, cues up his own turn on the series with first ever vinyl editions of
Stop! L’horizon (1990); his absorbing debut of electro-acoustic process for the Parisian institute’s nonpareil label.
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>CDs + Vinyl:
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Casey Abrams – I Put A Spell On You CD/LP (Chesky)
The bassist and vocalist makes his Chesky Records debut with an album combining electrifying originals and compelling covers.

>The Alarm
– The Alarm [Reissue/1983] 2xCD/2xLP (Twenty First Century)
The Alarm – Declaration [Reissue/1984] 2xCD2x/LP (Twenty First Century)
Digitally remastered and expanded editions of the Welsh band's eponymous 1983 EP and 1984 debut album – both originally released on I.R.S.
Eponymous contains the band's first four singles and B-sides plus tracks from their North American debut EP originally released in 1983. Declaration includes the complete album, singles and B-sides plus rarities spanning the years 1984 and 1985.
>Randy Bachman
– By George – By Bachman CD (UMe)
Randy Bachman, co-founder and lead guitarist of Canada’s legendary Bachman-Turner Overdrive, offers a unique approach to songs written solely by the late George Harrison. Bachman, an ardent admirer of Harrison from the Beatles’ early days, pays tribute by reinterpreting and taking a few liberties with these landmark songs.

>Black Foxxes
– Reiði' CD/LP (Spinefarm)
“Reiði'” – the Icelandic word for rage – is a fitting title for the second full length record to come from Exeter's Black Foxxes. Born from a restless need to push creative boundaries, and a fear of stagnation in all its forms, the follow-up to their acclaimed 2016 debut album
I'm Not Well sees the three-piece pushing the vicious bite that fuels their band to new highs and experimenting with menacing shade and uplifting light alike.
>Black Wizard
– Livin’ Oblivion CD/LP (Listenable)
Second album from the Vancouver, BC heavy metal and hard rock band. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>The Bonnevilles
– Dirty Photographs CD/LP (Alive)
Northern Ireland rockers The Bonnevilles are renowned for both their incendiary live shows and soulful song-writing skills. Their music is full of heart, smart, and always fun. On
Dirty Photographs they display their love for gritty blues, primitive rock ‘n’ roll and Irish folk.
>Caroline Says
– No Fool Like An Old Fool CD/LP (Western Vinyl)
Sophomore LP from Austin via Alabama musician, Caroline Sallee aka Caroline Says. Moving beyond the surf-folk foundations of her debut, here Sallee loosens her earthly tether, allowing her songs to float to ever higher altitudes on clouds of loops, immaculate melodies, and hypnotic harmonies, as she sings about aging, the daily grind, and hometown stymie.

>Creep Show
– Mr. Dynamite CD/LP+MP3 (Bella Union)
Creep Show brings together John Grant with the dark analogue electro of Wrangler (Stephen Mallinder, Phil Winter, Benge) to create
Mr. Dynamite – a debut album packed with experimental pop and surreal funk. Recorded in Cornwall with a lifetime's collection of drum machines and synthesizers assembled by Benge and explored by every member of Creep Show, there's a real sense of freedom in the shackles-off grooves, channeling the early pioneering spirit of the Sugarhill Gang through wires and random electric noise. This sense of adventure is also part of the interplay between the two vocalists, John Grant and former Cabaret Voltaire frontman Stephen Mallinder, who switch between oblique wordplay to sinister humor as Phil Winter and Benge continue to man-handle the machines.
>Crescent
– The Order Of Amenti CD/LP (Listenable)
Crescent (the metal band, not the post-rock band) was formed in 1998 by Ismaeel Attallah and Amr Mokhtar in Cairo, Egypt. It started as a black metal band influenced by the Swedish black metal scene. They released their first demo in 1999, making it one of the oldest heavy bands of its kind in the region. In the following years, Crescent shifted towards a more melodic black/death metal sound with a murderous old school death metal vibe. Their new album
The Order Of Amenti is based on Egyptian mythology; it lyrically and musically manifests the divine nature of
the ancient Egyptian gods' attributes. [Limited edition bronze colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>The Crown
– Cobra Speed Venom CD (Metal Blade)
Extreme speed and aggression mixed with classic heavy metal and rock ‘n’ roll from the Swedish death metal band. [Vinyl edition due April 6.]

>Current Joys
– A Different Age CD/LP/Cassette (Danger Collective)
Current Joys is the enigmatic solo project of 25-year-old Henderson, Nevada-born songwriter Nicholas Rattigan. In addition to his minimal two-piece band with Jacob Rubeck, Surf Curse, Rattigan has been releasing a prolific catalog of heart-wrenching no wave ballads via Bandcamp under a handful of names (including The Nicholas Project and Tele/Visions), eventually choosing Current Joys as the permanent moniker, based on a song by folk-artist Liam the Younger of the same name.

>The Decemberists
– I’ll Be Your Girl CD/LP/Cassette (Capitol)
The Decemberists explore a new sound with a new producer on their inspired eighth studio album
I’ll Be Your Girl. The acclaimed Portland, Oregon-based band worked with producer John Congleton and embraced influences such as Roxy Music and New Order to spark a new creative path as evidenced on synth-driven lead single “Severed.” “The songs tend to the darker, more absurdist side of things and feature a lot of nice vintage synth work by Jenny and Chris, some heavy drumming from Mr. Moen and, of course, the sort of baroque bass work you've come to expect from Nate Query. All in all, everyone acquitted themselves quite nicely,” explains the band. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Defecto
– Nemesis CD/LP (Black Lodge)
Second album from the Danish metal band. [Limited edition black/red splatter colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Dorothy
– 28 Days In The Valley CD (Roc Nation)
Debut album from the L.A.-based band. Rolling Stone deemed them “a [band] you need to know,” and named them #14 on their 50 Best New Artists of 2014 list.
28 Days in The Valley was recorded live.
>Earthless
– Black Heaven CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Earthless has a surprise for you. Whereas the band's three previous albums featured anywhere from two to four completely instrumental space rock jams, the California trio's fourth and latest,
Black Heaven, is nothing like that. “It's quite different,” drummer Mario Rubalcaba explains. “It has six songs, and most importantly it has vocals on about 70 percent of the record. There goes being pigeonholed as an instrumental band, I guess...” [Limited edition colored vinyl pressings are also available.]
>Elk City
– Everybody’s Insecure CD/LP (Bar None)
Record producer and session drummer Ray Ketchem along with vocalist and songwriter Renée LoBue have been making music together since the early ‘90s. At the heart of Elk City is LoBue's sterling voice and unique vision that adds a bit of magic to the stuff of everyday life. Her sense for airy but immediate melodies propels the band over Ketchem's studio wizardry. Meanwhile the musical conversation is fleshed out by fellow band members guitarist Sean Eden (of Luna fame), keyboardist Carl Baggaley, and bassist Martin Olson.

>Foo Fighters
– The Colour And The Shape [Reissue/1997] CD (RCA)
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of Foo Fighters’ second album.

>The Fratellis
– In Your Own Sweet Time CD/LP (Cooking Vinyl)
Irrepressible Scottish trio The Fratellis follow-up the success of their critically acclaimed Top 20 album
Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied (2015) with fifth full-length effort which finds the indie rock legends maturing into a chameleonic powerhouse with a sound that is bigger, bolder, and still shot through with a whip-smart, pitch-black sense of humor.
>Bill Frisell
– Music IS CD (OKeh/Sony Masterworks)
A full album of solo-guitar music from the ridiculously prolific guitarist known for his impressive jazz, surf, fusion, roots, Americana and folk-jazz chops. “The whole process—choosing the tunes, playing the gig, tracking in the studio—ended up feeling like an investigation into memory. There was no planned concept, but what materialized almost felt like an overview. The focus of
Music IS is on the telling of musical stories from Frisell’s original and inimitable perspective: some of the interpretations being naked, exposed and truly solo, while others are more orchestrated through overdubbed layering and the use of his unparalleled approach to looping.” – Guitar Player
>Green Druid
– Ashen Blood CD/LP (Earache)
Brooding. Atmospheric. Isolationist. With weighty riffs summoning the Lovecraftian horrors of the cosmos, Green Druid's music is ordained at the allowed altars of Sleep, Electric Wizard and all things THC. Hailing from the land of Denver, Colorado - the first US city to legalize marijuana - Green Druid worships at the feet of the monolithic amplifier and performs holy communion with the thunderous onslaught of murky tones that emanate from its maw.

>Hogjaw
– Way Down Yonder CD (Spinefarm)
Hard hitting southern fried electric guitar rock from Arizona.
>Hot Snakes
– Jericho Sirens CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
After a 14-year hiatus from the studio, Hot Snakes kick down the door with their new album,
Jericho Sirens. The record blasts out of the speakers with the furious “I Need A Doctor,” inspired by Rick Froberg's experience needing a doctor's note in order to miss an important work function. Throughout Jericho Sirens, Froberg commiserates with the frustration and torrential apathy that seems to be a fixture in our daily lives, while also reminding us that we have no fucking clue.
“Songs like ‘Death Camp Fantasy' and ‘Jericho Sirens' are about that,” he says. “No matter where you look, there're always people saying the world's about to end. Every movie is a disaster movie. I'm super fascinated by it. It is hysterical, and it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. It snowballs, like feedback, or my balls on the windshield.”

>Durand Jones & The Indications
– Durand Jones & The Indications [Reissue/2016] CD/LP+MP3 (Dead Oceans)
Bayou-born soul sensation Durand Jones creates fiery original soul music, pairing soaring vocal work with dusty drums, slinking guitars and screaming organs. Certain to satisfy fans of Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, Aloe Blacc, and Leon Bridges. [Limited edition red colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Junkie XL
– Tomb Raider [OST] CD (Sony Masterworks)
Original soundtrack to the 2018 action adventure featuring original music composed by Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL).

>Levellers
– We The Collective CD/LP (On The Fiddle)
Levellers decided they wanted to do something a bit different with their back catalogue to kick off their 30
th anniversary year in 2018. They brought in a string section and enlisted legendary producer John Leckie (Radiohead, The Stone Roses) to assist in the development of new acoustic arrangements for eight of their previous singles and as well as the recording of two new songs - all straight to tape at Abbey Road Studios.
>Scotty McCreery
– Seasons Change CD (Red Music)
New release from the country music vocalist and American Idol winner. With
Seasons Change, McCreery takes a huge creative step forward, co-writing all 11 songs on the album, and working with finest songwriters in Nashville to express a wide range of emotions and musical styles. [Vinyl edition due April 12.]
>Monotheist
– Scourge CD/LP (Prosthetic)
New album from the progressive death metallers. “While the band follow in the footsteps of the more progressive track of death metal from the early Florida scene, the harsh and heavy, sometimes Azagothian guitar work can herald back to mid-career Morbid Angel, coupled with the blistering, destructive heft of early Suffocation. There are blackened elements here as well, fitting in seamlessly with the swirling, start-stop nature of the album’s more progressive sections, adding a razor-sharp edge to the proceedings. Jazz elements, as is tradition, also find their way into multiple tracks, with Prophet’s saxophone and the flute work of Lamentations’ Danny Jacob flute peppering these compositions with a rich and varied sonic flair.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

>Murs
- A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable CD (Strange Music)
With stellar production by Michael “Seven” Summers, Murs brings personally introspective and socially conscious lyricism to the fold while still maintaining his unique sense of humor, creating an album that s truly one of a kind.

>Meshell Ndegeocello
– Ventriloquism CD (Naïve Pop)
Some albums are testimony, some confessions, and some are escape.
Ventriloquism, the latest album from Meshell Ndegeocello, is a place, like its process, to take refuge from one storm too many. Musically, Ventriloquism has the hallmarks of all of Ndegeocello’s work: lush and investigative, subversive and sublime. As always, she pays tribute to her diverse influences and in these eleven covers, we hear them layered over one another. [Vinyl edition due April 13.]
>NRBQ
– NRBQ [Reissue/1969] CD/LP (Omnivore)
The New Rhythm And Blues Quintet formed over 50 years ago, and after playing together for a few years, the band began recording with Eddie Kramer and inked a two-record deal with Columbia Records. Their eponymous debut appeared on shelves in 1969, featuring the band’s wide-ranging originals peppered with versions of songs from artists like Eddie Cochran and Sun Ra, plus a co-write between the band's Terry Adams and jazz experimentalist Carla Bely. It was, and is, a wildly original and influential release. Combining elements of the original, with additional photos and new liner notes from Jay Berman, the package has never looked, nor sounded better. As Berman says in his notes: “This historic and monumental recording has been remastered, and finally authorized for re-release. This album is a great reminder that NRBQ is on a mission, one that holds steady to its original inspiration to this day. For those fans who missed it the first time around, it hasn't aged a bit.”

>The Oak Ridge Boys
– 17th Avenue Revival CD (Lightning Rod)
New album featuring songs penned by Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe, Jamey Johnson, and Brandy Clark. Recorded at Studio A on 17th Avenue in Nashville. RIYL: Cracker Barrel.

>Paradise Lost
– Host [Reissue/1999] CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Remastered edition of the chameleonic alt-metal band’s 1999 album. “With the
Host album we wanted to take the One Second concept further and make a very dark album with even more subtlety. It was a bold leap from all our previous albums, a leap too far some would say, but for me, the new remastered version really shows it’s still one of the bands strongest albums in terms of song writing, atmosphere and sheer misery.”
>PRhyme
– PRhyme 2 CD (PRhyme)
Sophomore album from the collaborative project between Detroit rap artist Royce da 5'9" (Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil) and legendary hip-hop producer DJ Premier (Gangstarr).

>Rivers Of Nihil
– Where Owls Know My Name CD/2xLP (Metal Blade)
Whereas
The Conscious Seed of Light (2013) and Monarchy (2015) were thematically centered around spring and summer, respectively, 2018's Where Owls Know My Name represents the fall. And although that season is usually associated with death, for Rivers of Nihil, the autumn serves as a rebirth. Now rounded out by guitarist Jon Topore and drummer Jared Klein the Reading, PA quintet delivers an album which is often just as punishing as its predecessors while assimilating ingredients from musical genres as varied as electronica, jazz, alternative, folk, and the golden age of Shrapnel Records. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Shenandoah
– Reloaded CD (BMG Rights Management)
New release from the veteran country music band.

>Snoop Dogg
– Snoop Dogg Presents: Bible Of Love CD (RCA)
The pop culture icon and platinum selling hip-hop artist makes his first foray into the gospel world – “a passion project filled with the musical influences and sounds that have privately fueled and encouraged him for a lifetime.”

>Soundtrack
– Love, Simon CD/LP (RCA)
Rob Simonsen’s score to the heartfelt teen comedy in the vein of John Hughes, about a young man figuring out how he’ll come out to his family and friends, and trying discover the true identity of a person he’s fallen for over the Internet.

>Starchild & The New Romantic
– Language CD/LP+MP3 (Ghostly International)
“Black boys have a whole world of complexity that society makes us stomp out of ourselves.” Language, Bryndon Cook's full-length debut as Starchild & The New Romantic, communicates his refusal to do so. Describing himself early-on as a “young romantic boy from Maryland,” Cook has long been a dreamer, a student of black music's rich lineage and its intersection with pop. On
Language, Cook refines his phonics for funk, electro, and R&B, and arrives at a revelation, best summarized by a single motto: “my sensitivity is my strength.”
>Stone Temple Pilots
– Stone Temple Pilots (2018) CD (Rhino)
Stone Temple Pilots new self-titled album marks the band’s first release with new lead singer, Jeff Gutt. Despite being one of the best-selling bands of the 1990s with platinum records and a Grammy to its credit, guitarist Dean DeLeo says, “We are thrilled about what lies ahead. The best way for us to honor our past is to keep making new music.” The band does just that on
Stone Temple Pilots. Lead single “Meadow” (currently Top 10 at rock radio) and “Never Enough” channel the gritty guitars and swaggering rhythms that STP perfected on Core (1992), Purple (1994), and No. 4 (1999) while “Roll Me Under” glides along a nimble bass line before slamming into the chorus, where Gutt’s baritone digs in. [Vinyl edition due May 25th.]
>Sun Ra
– “Of Abstract Dreams” CD/LP (Strut/Art Yard)
Strut and Art Yard present another exclusive from the vast catalogue of cosmic jazz pioneer Sun Ra: a previously unreleased radio session most likely recorded at the WXPN FM radio studios in Philadelphia, 1974-75.

>Susperia
– The Lyricist CD (Agonia)
On
The Lyricist, Susperia has gone back to its black origin in many ways, one of which is a more grimmer expression. The characteristic melodic twist the band is known for is still present, and an additional layer of variety has been added thanks to new vocalist Bernt 'Dagon' Fjellestad.
>Three Man Cannon
– Three Man Cannon CD/LP (Lame-O)
Three Man Cannon is an alternative and indie rock band who make slow-burning, lonely tunes about self-discovery.

>Thundercat
– Drank CD/2xLP (Brainfeeder)
Brainfeeder presents a special “chopped not slopped” mix of Thundercat's incredible album
Drunk (2017) by DJ Candlestick and OG Ron C of legendary Houston DJ collective The Chopstars. Slowed down and chopped up, the mix has been appropriately re-titled Drank. It appeared online last year as an unofficial homage to the virtuoso bassist, songwriter and producer's third and universally acclaimed album and received hearty approval from Thundercat. [Limited edition purple colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Troll
– Troll CD/Cassette (Shadow Kingdom)
Reissue of the Portland doom metal band’s cult self-titled debut album, which quickly sold-out upon its original release last year. Reverently within the doom spectrum, there’s a particularly swampy groove to their thundering chunder that’s less like something rooted in the American South and more like primordial ooze that’s been bubbling eerily since time immemorial. Likewise, Troll largely steer clear of regular rock-rooted verse/chorus structures and instead build rolling, rumbling epics that nod to classic prog more often than not.

>Various Artists
– My World Of Make Believe: Sunshine, Soft & Studio Pop 1966-1972 CD (Teensville)
Another stone-cold gem in a series of turned-on compilations from Teensville Records that examines the late ‘60s (and in a few cases, very early ‘70s) pop scene featuring 32 tracks that span sunshine, soft and studio pop sounds. The CD is jam-packed with 80 minutes of glorious full productions, engaging melodies and witty lyrics.

>Various Artists
– Real Delusions: The Finnish Speed & Thrash Metal Explosion 1987-1991CD/2xLP (Svart)
Long before death and black metal took over the extreme metal scene in the ‘90s, denim-clad teenagers were making a racket across basements and rehearsal spaces across Finland. The Finnish speed and thrash metal genres were at their most vital from 1987 to 1991, and this definitive compilation collects together both the biggest hits like Stone, Airdash and Prestige and the most remarkable underdogs from the demo scene of the time, such as Necromancer, Oppression and D.I.E.

>Lauren Ruth Ward
– Well Hell CD (SME)
“From L.A. comes a fiery, country-tinted, rock and roll and punk and folk inspired debut that's blazing with energy and amazing vocals. In nine songs clocking in at just over half an hour, Ward and her band swing from ambient, echoing alternative to explosive rock to acoustic folk and more shades in between.” – Pop Dust

>Dean Ween
– rock2 CD/LP (Schnitzel)
Second official “solo” album from Ween co-founder Dean Ween - aka The Deaner. The new album, which follows up last year’s
The Deaner Album, was recorded in Melchiondo’s studio situated near his hometown of New Hope, PA, with help from his Ween bandmates Dave Dreiwitz, Claude Coleman Jr. and Glenn McClelland, along with the Dean Ween Group lineup of Mike Dillon, Bill Fowler, Ray Kubian and Scott Rednor. “I’m pretty proud of this one,” Melchiondo says of the album. “It represents the first time that I was able to take what we do onstage and put it on a record. 2017 is a strange time to be a musician, live music is really your main outlet for making a living. I never thought at this stage of my career that I would be putting in this much time on the road and in the studio, but I am, and I’m enjoying it more than I ever have.” [Limited edition red colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Kim Wilde
– Here Come The Aliens CD (earMUSIC)
The first studio album in seven years from pop icon Kim Wilde. Produced by Ricky Wilde, it contains 12 brand new songs recorded at RAK Studios in London - the very same recording studios where a big number of albums that changed pop and rock music were born - and where Kim began her career back in 1981 with such seminal hits as “Kids In America,” “Chequered Love” and “Cambodia.” Another milestone in Kim Wilde's incredible career,
Here Come The Aliens masterfully combines her pop roots with her love for rock music, propelled by Kim’s distinct vocals, great guitar riffs and driving drum beats. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Yo La Tengo
– There’s A Riot Going On CD/2xLP (Matador)
There’s a riot going on. You don't need Yo La Tengo or anyone else for that matter to tell you that. These are dark times, in our heads as much as in the streets. It's easy to lose contact with the ground. Confusion and anxiety intrude into daily life and cause you to lose your compass. There are times that call for anthems, something to lift you out of your slump and put fire in your feet. And sometimes what is needed is a balm, a sound that will wrap around you and work out the knots in your neck.


DVDs + Blu-ray:
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Robert Glasper Experiment – Live DVD (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
The two-time Grammy-winning band in their element, live on stage from New York and Los Angeles to Shanghai and Rotterdam.


This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>American Pleasure Club
– A Whole F**king Lifetime Of This LP/Cassette (Run For Cover)
The longtime project of Baltimore's prolific Sam Ray (Ricky Eat Acid, Julia Brown) has never been weighed down by expectations of genre, fidelity or album length. 2016 gave us the 26-song epic
It's the Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir the Honeypot and the more concise follow up Bonus EP, but on this album, a striking amount of balance provides the groundwork for A Whole F**king Lifetime Of This. [CD version due March 23.]
>Courtney Marie Andrews
– No One’s Slate Is Clean [Reissue/2010] LP (House Arrest)
Recently reissued on CD – now available on vinyl. For a decade or so Courtney Marie Andrews was a session and backup singer and guitarist for nearly 40 artists – from Jimmy Eat World to Damien Jurado - but she never stopped writing her own material. Picking up admirers like Ryan Adams (who called her “a phenomenal songwriter”) along the way, she quietly earned a reputation as a songwriter's songwriter. Her fourth solo effort, 2010's beautifully crafted
No One's Slate Is Clean, bridges country, pop, alternative folk and even prog-rock, all anchored with her signature majestic melodies and raw honesty.
>Bassnectar
– Reflective Part 1 & 2 LP+MP3 (Amorphous Music)
Limited edition double vinyl set includes the first two parts of Bassnectar’s
Reflective series pressed on 180gm colored vinyl. Gatefold packaging with silver foil stamping inside and out.
>Marco Benevento
– Invisible Baby LP (Royal Potato Family)
Marco Benevento's debut studio album Invisible Baby turns ten in 2018. In celebration of that decade milestone, Royal Potato Family is reissuing the album on colored vinyl.

>Blackbear
– Deadroses [2015] LP (Beartrap)
A lot has changed for Blackbear, the Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter, since
Deadroses was first issued on CD in 2015. At that time, he'd already worked with such mavericks as Justin Bieber, G-Eazy, Pharrell Williams, Mike Posner and Childish Gambino and was also one of the largest independent artists on Soundcloud and YouTube. He's since moved on to a major deal with Alamo/Interscope who reissued his Digital Druglord full length and the all new Cybersex. Now Deadroses makes its vinyl debut. Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.
>Cocteau Twins
– Head Over Heels [Reissue/1983] LP (4AD
Cocteau Twins – Treasure [Reissue/1984] LP (4AD)
Vinyl reissues of the Cocteau Twins’ second and third albums.
Head Over Heels was their first album as a duo of Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie. It features the band's signature sound of Guthrie's lush guitars under Fraser's mostly wordless vocals and is considered an archetype of early ethereal wave music. With their 1984 follow-up, Treasure, the band settled on what would, from then on, be their primary lineup: vocalist Elizabeth Fraser, guitarist Robin Guthrie and bass guitarist Simon Raymonde.
>Helena Deland
– There Are A Thousand/Perfect Weather For A Crime: From The Series Of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol. 3 LP/Cassette (Luminelle Recordings)
Montreal's Helena Deland writes songs that are a testimony of a given time or place, converting her memories to something that sounds, in a word, unforgettable. A myriad of influences filter in and out of her writing, from '60's Parisian pop to indie folk to fuzz rock. She describes her songwriting as a collection of 'unsent letters,' perhaps fueling her self-coined genre, 'sincere pop.' Helena captures the unapologetic aspects of womanhood the world needs today, highlighting powerful femininity in her vocals and refined writing in her unique lyrical choices.

>Dungen/Woods
– Myths 003 12” (Mexican Summer)
An EP of all-new songs written and recorded by Stockholm's psychedelic masters Dungen and adventurous Brooklyn indie-folk pioneers Woods.

>The Dwarves
– Lick It: 1983-86 2xLP (Burger)
The Dwarves – Free Cocaine 1986-88 2xLP (Burger)
The Dwarves' 34-track 2xLP extravaganza
Lick It: 1983-86 chronicles punk rock's reigning over-the-hill bad boys' incredible teenage psychedelic years when they were called the Suburban Nightmare and worshiped The Cramps. Hear the early paisley garage Dwarves tear through their first LP (Horror Stories) and early singles that predate their rebirth as punk icons with plenty of tambourines, Farfisa organs and background vocals with attitude. Free Cocaine: 1986-88 collects material from the band's F**k-You-Up-And-Get-High Years. The pus-charged and violently dripping assemblage of scum from punk rock's reigning over-the-hill bad boys includes compilation cuts, the Toolin' For A Warm Teabag 12”, the Lucifer's Crank 7", the That's Rock'n'Roll 7", the I Wanna Kill Your Boyfriend 7", the She's Dead 7" and the Sex & Violence 7" plus 15 unreleased tracks.
>Ace Frehley
– Space Invader [Reissue/2014] 2xLP (E1)
Double picture disc vinyl LP pressing featuring album art by legendary Kiss cover artist Ken Kelly (
Destroyer, Love Gun).
>Gang Of Youth
– Go Farther In Lightness 2xLP (Red Music)
Second studio album by Australian alternative band. James Clements of Rolling Stone Australia said the album “poetically explores the human experience in all its bleakness and triumph, confusion and clarity, heartbreak and joyousness” adding it's a “remarkable odyssey of an album that'll engulf you, leaving a bewildered smile on your face, a tear in your eye and a heart that's full.” Limited white colored vinyl pressing in gatefold jacket.

>Eddie Harris
– Plug Me In [Reissue/1968] LP (Get On Down)
Saxophonist Eddie Harris – a favorite sample staple of jazz-leaning hip-hop producers of the ‘90s – was a very busy man in the '60s, releasing albums at a brisk pace since his first as a leader in 1961. By the late ‘60s he had fully hit his stride, as both a performer and an innovator. A case in point is heard very clearly on this gem from Harris' expansive catalog – 1968's
Plug Me In, which features his pioneering use of the Varitone saxophone effects processor unit (first heard on his 1967 album, The Tender Storm).
>Mississippi John Hurt
– 1928 Sessions [Reissue/1979] LP (Yazoo)
13 of Hurt’s 1928 recordings, justifiably legendary, with gentle grace and power on these understated vocal and fingerpicking masterpieces.

>Nabihah Iqbal
– Weighing Of The Heart LP+MP3 (Ninja Tune)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Debut 2017 album from the UK electronica maven previously known as Throwing Shade. Blissed-out post-punk 'n' psychedelic synth-pop, for fans of New Order and Slowdive.

>The J.B.’s
– Hustle With Speed [Reissue/1975] LP (Get On Down)
Another top-notch vinyl reissue from Get On Down’s long-running series of collaborations with James Brown's famed '70s funk label People Records. As the decade wore on, the classic funk sounds that had defined James Brown's backing band, The J.B.'s, gave way to the rise of disco music. Fred Wesley and his collective of musicians couldn't resist the chance to make their mark, releasing Hustle With Speed in 1975, with Charles Bobbit and Don Love producing, and the godfather himself, James Brown co-writing and providing arrangements.

>Judas Priest
– Defenders Of The Faith [Reissue/1984] 3xLP (Sony)
Judas Priest – Priest… Live! [Reissue/1987] 2xLP (Sony)
Judas Priest - Ram It Down [Reissue/1988] LP (Sony)
Digitally remastered and expanded vinyl reissues from the iconic British heavy metal band.

>Keane
– Under The Iron Sea [Reissue/2008] LP (Interscope)
Keane – Perfect Symmetry [Reissue/2008] LP (Interscope)
Limited edition 180gm vinyl reissues of the Keane’s second and third albums.

>King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
– Polygondwanaland LP+MP3 (ATO)
Standard black vinyl edition now available. Following
Flying Microtonal Banana, Murder of the Universe and Sketches of Brunswick East, Polygondwanaland finds the Australian psychedelic rock band journeying into the depths of the mind and the limits of the universe once again. “The stirring, quiet percussion of ‘Inner Cell’ tiptoes into ‘Loyalty’ for a slow buildup, before it splashes into the punctuated vocals of ‘Horology,’ a sea of guitar tapping and rich, warm woodwinds,” writes Pitchfork. [Domestic issue of the band’s 13th studio album Gumboot Soup – originally released last December and their fifth album of 2017 – is due March 30.]
>The Lightmen Plus One
– Fancy Pants 2xLP (Now Again)
Drummer, bandleader and activist Bubbha Thomas had toured America with R&B revues, served as a session musician for Peacock and Back Beat Records, and played straight ahead jazz with legends before the political and social upheaval of the late- ‘60s led him to a path first charted by John Coltrane. 1971's
Fancy Pants is his second LP with his Lightmen band and, like the deep-set, maverick jazz issued by the likes of Tribe and Strata East, is amongst the best of the '70s jazz underground, a collective voice of resistance to the musical and cultural status quo. This is the first time that Fancy Pants has seen reissue, and it's presented in both the issued stereo and previously unissued mono mixes as a double-LP.
>Tim Maia
– Disco Club [2013] LP (Mr. Bongo)
Recorded in 1978,
Disco Club is a latter-period gem from the larger than life legend, combining the glitz and glamor of disco's heyday with Maia's raw funk and soul roots.
>Nightwish
– Decades 3xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. Comprised of 22 tracks,
Decades is a compilation spanning the Finnish symphonic metal band’s prolific 20-year history.
>Carlos Niño & Friends
– Going Home LP (Leaving)
Revered producer/musician Carlos Niño issues the fifth album in his ongoing
& Friends series with Going Home, a definitive six-song odyssey in tribute to “passing from the earthly realm” featuring Deantoni Parks, Dexter Story, Jamael Dean, Josh Johnson, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, SK Kakraba, and new age legend Iasos.
>Oceans Of Slumber
– The Banished Heart 2xLP+CD (Century Media)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Although still proudly channeling the melancholy spirit of the late ‘80s/early ‘90s UK death/doom scene, Oceans Of Slumber has evolved and expanded in myriad new directions, embracing a more grandiose aesthetic in tandem with an enhanced sense of emotional volatility and rawness.

>Onra
– Nobody Has To Know 2xLP (All City)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The versatile French producer on the various aspects of a secret relationship pulling from R&B, new jack swing and funk to soundtrack the passions of attraction.

>Charlie Patton
– Founder Of The Delta Blues [Reissue/1971] LP (Yazoo)
As the most popular blues craftsman of the Mississippi Delta, Charley Patton had a resounding influence on many of the musicians that passed through the region during the '20s and '30s. Following his initial session for Paramount in 1929, he recommended both Son House and Willie Brown, as well as his mistress Louise Johnson and common-law wife Bertha Lee, to legendary talent scout H.C. Speir for recordings of their own. Furthermore, casual acquaintances like Tommy Johnson, Ishmon Bracey, and Kid Bailey acquired Patton themes, adopting them to suit their own style and playing ability, emerging with a handful of country blues classics in the process.

>Persefone
– Spiritual Migration [2013] LP (ViciSolum)
First-time vinyl edition of the Andorran progressive death metal band’s 2013 album.

>Remo Drive
– Greatest Hits LP (Epitaph)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Conceived in suburban Minnesota, Remo Drive delivers a high-energy punky brand of indie rock. For fans of Title Fight, Joyce Manor, The Promise Ring and Weezer

>Roxy Music
– Roxy Music [Reissue/1972] LP (Virgin)
Digitally remastered 180gm vinyl reissue of Roxy Music’s ground-breaking debut album to mark its 45th anniversary.

>Soundtrack
– Lady Bird: Soundtrack From The Motion Picture 2xLP (Legacy Recordings)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. With her directorial debut
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig revealed herself to be a bold new cinematic voice, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Gerwig disclosed that she'd written personal letters to artists she had in mind for the film – including Dave Matthews and Alanis Morissette – to expressly ask for their blessing to use their songs. “The soundtrack,” wrote Billboard's Tatiana Tenreyro, “plays a big role in showing protagonist Lady Bird's turbulent adolescent years. The film is set in 2002, and Gerwig wanted it to feel as authentic as possible with a soundtrack that transports viewers to the era.”
>They Might Be Giants
– I Like Fun LP (Idlewild)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. They Might Be Giants' remarkable new album jumps with surprises, vitality, and the startling point of view of these Brooklyn originals. Over a year in the making, songwriters and band founders John Linnell and John Flansburgh draw on themes of dread, death, and disappointment and set them to their driving, hyper-melodic music.

>Until The Ribbon Breaks
– Until The Ribbon Breaks LP (1405)
Over the past six years, Until The Ribbon Breaks (AKA UTRB) has honed a signature mix of electronica, experimental rock, and luscious orchestrations enveloped in sound and vision via projections and films.

>Verbal Kent & Superior
– Half My Life LP (Below Systems)
Released last year on CD – now available on vinyl. Chicago wordsmith Verbal Kent (Ugly Heroes) and Spanish-German beat maker Superior have joined forces for the collaborative album.

>John Williams
– Star Wars: The Last Jedi [OST] 2xLP (Walt Disney)
Double vinyl LP pressing of Williams’ soundtrack to the cultly, underground 2017 film.
02 march 2018
>CDs + Vinyl:
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Andrew W.K. – You’re Not Alone CD (Red Music)
To party is to exist. And to exist is to party. On
You're Not Alone, Andrew W.K.'s first album of new rock songs in nearly twelve years, the party is reborn as he delivers a set of high octane, full throttle rock 'n' roll powered by buoyant, infectious, and triumphant melodies. [Vinyl edition due March 23.]
>Apathy
– Widow’s Son CD/2xLP (Dirty Version)
The Demigodz/Army of the Pharaohs MC maintains a hardcore vibe with surgically-precise writing and has brought along a who's who of legendary hip-hop heavyweights to contribute. Conceptually, the album is steeped within the mysteries of Freemasonry, showcasing songs that touch upon subject matter that only a Master Mason could craft. Guests include Pharoahe Monch, M.O.P., Celph Titled, A.G., Locksmith, Ryu and Diabolic. Production by DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Buckwild, Nottz, Stu Bangas, Chumzilla and more.

>Axe
– Rock ‘N’ Roll Party: The Complete Atco Recordings CD (Real Gone Music)
Formed from the ashes of Babyface, this Florida five-piece led by guitarist Bobby Barth signed with MCA in the late ‘70s for two albums, but really put the pedal to the metal when they brought in Wayne Haner as bassist and inked with Atco in 1981. At their peak, Axe offered a uniquely American answer to period Brit-rockers like Judas Priest and Motörhead with melody to burn.

>Joan Baez
– Whistle Down The Wind CD/LP (Concord)
The singer, activist, musician and cultural icon returns with her first new studio album in a decade.
Whistle Down The Wind finds Baez offering up peerless renditions of songs by artists she holds dear including Tom Waits, Josh Ritter, Anohni, Joe Henry, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Zoe Mulford, Eliza Gilkyson and Tim Eriksen.
>The Breeders
– All Nerve CD/LP (4AD)
The Breeders’ first record in a decade features the classic line-up of Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson – the configuration behind their smash 1993 album
Last Splash. Includes the infectious lead single “Wait in the Car.”
>Buffalo Tom
– Quiet And Peace CD (Scrawny/Schoolkids)
Having first made their mark with a raw, raucous approach that put the band at the forefront of the '90s alt-rock explosion, Buffalo Tom has consistently revealed new layers of musical and emotional depth, as manifested in the bittersweet ballads, soul-searching songcraft and rousing rock tunes that make up new album
Quiet And Peace.
>Camp Cope
– How To Socialise & Make Friends CD/LP (Run For Cover)
Camp Cope's new album
How To Socialise & Make Friends follows-up their 2016 self-titled debut and kicks off with the instantly remarkable bass line of “The Opener,” an explosive diatribe against the sexist double standards of the music industry at large. What follows the lead single are a collection of songs that anchor on the cycles of life, loss and growth through resilience and those moments of finding and being yourself. Throughout the album’s nine songs it becomes clear that if their debut was the flame, this is Camp Cope rising from the ashes, stronger and more focused than ever. For fans of Modern Baseball, Hop Along, Tigers Jaw and Waxahatchee. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Celtic Thunder
– Celtic Thunder X 2xCD (Sony Legacy)
The multi-platinum Irish group celebrated their 10
th anniversary with a show in Dublin, recorded on October 30th, 2017. [DVD edition also available.]
>Cut Chemist
– Die Cut CD (Cold Busted)
On his long-awaited second full-length solo album
Die Cut, the trailblazing DJ and producer underwent a creative birth reflected in its 17 tracks. The artist augments his signature approach famously earmarked by impeccable sample selection, searing scratching, and big-screen worthy arrangements with the inclusion of A-list musicians, songwriter structure, and a whole lot of team spirit including Los Angeles producer, curator and purveyor of culture, Carlos Nino. [Vinyl edition due March 16.]
>Lucy Dacus
– Historian CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
This remarkably assured 10-track statement of intent finds Lucy Dacus unafraid to take on the big questions – the life-or-death reckonings, and the ones that just feel that way. It's a record full of bracing realizations, tearful declarations and moments of hard-won peace, expressed in lyrics that feel destined for countless yearbook quotes and first tattoos. An outward flowering of dynamic, living, breathing rock and roll.

>Jackie DeShannon
- Stone Cold Soul: The Complete Capitol Recordings 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
All 25 sides DeShannon recorded for Capitol, including her 1971 album
Songs and all of her Memphis material featuring five previously unreleased tracks.
>Enslaved
– Hordanes Land [Reissue/1993] CD (By Norse Music)
Remastered reissue of the Norwegian metal band’s debut EP. Features the bonus track “Enslaved”, from their
Yggdrasill split with Satyricon, released in 1992. [Vinyl edition due April 20.]
>Fanny Walked The Earth
– Fanny Walked The Earth CD/LP (Blue Elan)
New release from this band made up of former members of pioneering female rock band Fanny.

>Felt
– Crumbling The Antiseptic Beauty [Reissue/1982] CD+7”/LP (Cherry Red)
Felt – The Strange Idols Pattern And Other Short Stories [Reissue/1984] CD+7”/LP (Cherry Red)
Felt – The Slendour Of Fear [Reissue/1984] CD+7”/LP (Cherry Red)
Felt ‎– Ignite The Seven Cannons And Set Sail For The Sun [Reissue/1985] CD+7”/LP (Cherry Red)
Felt – The Seventeenth Century (Let the Snakes Crinkle Their Heads to Death) [Reissue/1986] CD+7”/LP (Cherry Red)
Limited edition CD+7” box set and single-disc vinyl LP remastered reissues now available. The box sets include the original album on CD in a special gatefold sleeve, a long deleted 7" vinyl single pertaining to the relevant year of release, reproduced gig flyers, a double-sided wall poster, and four button lapel badges.

>The Fleshtones
– Budget Buster: Just The Hits! CD (Yep Roc)
Released last November on limited edition colored vinyl – now available on CD. A compilation of some of The Fleshtones’ finest singles and rarities over the last 10 years, many of which are out-of-print and difficult to find (plus two unreleased tracks).

>Sue Foley
– The Ice Queen CD (Stony Plain)
Sue Foley is the Ice Queen, and it’s not just because she’s cool and detached, as she sings in the title track to her first solo album in more than a decade. It’s also because she’s Canadian, born and raised in Ottawa, which automatically makes her a Northerner to friends and colleagues in her adopted hometown of Austin, Texas. What’s more, she considers the late, legendary Albert “The Iceman” Collins a key influence on her bluesy guitar style. Like the Iceman, Foley plays a Fender Telecaster electric guitar. Her own quest for one perfect note is explored in the highs and lows of the new album, written after the demise of a long relationship, recorded in Austin. The tunes were recorded in the same studio as her first album (1992’s
Young Girl Blues) and produced by her old pal, Hammond B3 master Mike Flanigin. Also noteworthy is the list of Texas guitar greats who made guest appearances, including Charlie Sexton, Jimmie Vaughan, and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.
>Good Lovelies
– Shapeshifters CD (Good Lovelies/Fontana North)
Toronto based group has, over the course of their decade-plus career, covered plenty of stylistic ground, adding tinges of pop, roots, jazz, and even hip-hop to their country folk core. [Vinyl edition due March 30.]

>Katy Guillen & The Girls
– Remember What You Knew Before CD (VizzTone)
By adding a contemporary twist to the straightforward blues-rock that’s long resonated among midwest audiences, guitarist Katy Guillen, bassist Claire Adams and drummer Stephanie Williams have become one of the most reliably entertaining groups in Kansas City.

>Gwenno
– Le Kov CD/LP (Heavenly/PIAS America)
Written entirely in Cornish,
Le Kov is an exploration of the collective subconscious, the myths and drolls of Cornwall, and the survival of Britain’s lesser known Brythonic language – explored via sumptuous electronic indie pop a la Broadcast, Cate Le Bon, and Death and Vanilla.
>Hibou
– Something Familiar CD/LP+MP3 (Barsuk)
Something Familiar addresses Hibou’s (Peter Michel) ongoing battle with anxiety and depersonalization the latter a disorder distinguished by feeling disengaged from the mind and body, as if someone is an outsider looking in at their own self. As a result, Something Familiar has a decidedly darker tone. Although the core elements of Hibou remain intact reverb-soaked guitars, plush keyboards, and Michel's dreamy croon the record exudes melancholy.
>Hunger
– Strictly From Hunger [Reissue/1969] CD/LP (Now Again)
The definitive reissue of a late ‘60s psych-rock classic, overseen by Hunger band members: the group's preferred, unedited, fuzz-guitar heavy version of the album, restored and remastered from a rare test press.

>Ilsa
– Corpse Fortress CD/LP (Relapse)
Horror-obsessed, underground cult ILSA weave together tales of depravity and devil worship on their Relapse debut. Nine tracks forged in filth with dense layers of emotionally draining sludge, murky, primordial doom and feedback-laden, crusty death metal.

>Iron Reagan/Gatecreeper
–Gatecreeper/Iron Reagan [Split] CD (Relapse)
East Coast crossover titans Iron Reagan and rising Sonoran death metallers Gatecreeper unite for a split recording of cranium crushing proportions. Across eight new tracks (five from Iron Reagan and three from Gatecreeper) of auditory and lyrical venom, both bands showcase why they're two of the most talked about groups in extreme metal today.

>Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette
– After The Fall 2xCD (ECM)
Joined by improvising partners Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, Keith Jarrett glides and soars through classics of the Great American Songbook.

>Jethro Tull
– Heavy Horses (New Shoes Edition) [Reissue/1978] 3xCD+2xDVD (Rhino/Parlophone)
2018 marks 50 years since progressive folk-rock band Jethro Tull jumped onto the British music scene. The kick off of this exciting anniversary year is the 40th anniversary New Shoes Edition of
Heavy Horses. This anniversary edition features the original album with nine additional bonus tracks, seven of which are previously unreleased. The New Shoes Edition also contains a live concert from May 1978, and two DVDs which feature the original, bonus and live tracks all mixed to surround sound by Steven Wilson and Jakko Jakszyk. A 96-page booklet covers a history of
the album and corresponding tour, complete lyrics, rare photos and exclusive interviews.

>Kristoff Krane
– Kairos Part Two CD/LP+MP3 (Fake Four Inc.)
Kristoff Krane is a Minneapolis-based rapper known for his stream-of-consciousness approach to writing, freestyling and performing.

>Tory Lanez
– Memories Don’t Die CD (Interscope)
Sophomore release from the Toronto rapper/singer. Features the Future-assisted “Real Thing” as well as the rapper's previously released singles “Shooters” and “I Sip.”

>Vivian Leva
– Time Is Everything CD/LP (Free Dirt)
Vivian Leva's voice is the sound of living tradition. Raised by parents who paid visits to old-time legends like Tommy Jarrell and Doug Wallin, she grew up steeped in the Appalachian and country music of her Lexington, VA home. With her debut solo recording
Time Is Everything, Leva earns a spot in the lineage of great neo-traditional songwriters like Gillian Welch and Sarah Jarosz.
>Lucius
– Nudes CD/LP+MP3 (Mom + Pop)
This 10-song acoustic album is a collection of reimagined fan favorites including “Until We Get There” and “Tempest”, as well as several new songs and covers, all recorded at the famed Electric Lady Studios. The album features guests Nels Cline (Wilco) and Roger Waters, and includes covers of songs originally recorded by Gerry Rafferty and Tame Impala.

>Jackson MacIntosh
– My Dark Side CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
Jackson MacIntosh may be an alien figure to most, but his resume pinpoints him as near the epicenter of the recent explosion in fantastic pop music currently being forged in the city of Montreal and exported the world over. He spent 2016 and 2017 recording and deploying funky, percolating bass lines on the road for indie pop outfit TOPS. He recorded and engineered the last two albums for labelmate Homeshake at his now-defunct home Montreal studio and venue, Drones Club. He has collaborated with cherished L.A. weirdo Drugdealer as well as Montreal's Bernardino Femminielli, all in addition to fronting the masterfully hooky power pop band Sheer Agony.

>Johnny Mathis
– Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head [Reissue/1970] CD (Real Gone Music)
Johnny Mathis ‎– Johnny Mathis Sings The Music Of Bacharach & Kaempfert [Reissue/1970] (Real Gone Music)
Expanded reissues – the first in an ongoing series celebrating the legendary vocalist’s classic albums of the 1970s and onward, some available for the first time on CD in the US.

>The Men
– Drift CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
Drift is the seventh full-length by New York City rock polymaths The Men. The album’s 9 songs veer in a number of directions, but almost none of them feature a prominent electric guitar as the band brought synths, strings, sax, steel, harmonica, and tape loops into the mix. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Moaning
– Moaning CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Moaning is a band defined by its duality. The abrasive post-punk trio comprised of L.A. DIY veterans, Sean Solomon, Pascal Stevenson, and Andrew MacKelvie, began nearly a decade after the three started playing music together. Their impassioned debut album comes born out of the member's experiences with love and distress, creating a sound uniquely dark and sincere. Although the band is just breaking out of their infancy, Moaning's sleek and cavernous tone emphasizes the turmoil of the era they were born into. One where the endless possibility for art and creation is met with the fear and doubt of an uncertain future. As a whole,
Moaning drifts from sentimental to catastrophic, hiding meek and introspective lyrics within powerful droning dance songs, giving sonic nods to some of the band's musical heroes like, New Order, Broadcast, and Slowdive. The band's youthful attitude is met with the weight of topics like loss, routine, and mental health, reflecting the anxiety towards the status quo that much of their generation faces today.
>Moby
– Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt CD/2xLP (Mute)
Moby’s new album is a glowing tapestry exploring spirituality, individuality and the brokenness of humanity and finds the veteran electronica artist returning to his orchestral, soul, trip-hop and gospel roots. The title
Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt is a reference to Billy Pilgrim's epitaph in Kurt Vonnegut's 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five. Featuring L.A.-based soulstress Raquel Rodriguez, the album's first single “Like A Motherless Child” is a re-work of the well-known spiritual with origins in the slavery of the American South.
>Mt. Joy
– Mt. Joy CD/LP (Dualtone Music Group)
Steeped in folk-rock tradition and powered by the intuitive creative connection between Matt Quinn (vocals, guitar) and Sam Cooper (guitar), the songs on Mt. Joy's eponymous debut depict the former wrestling with his own conscience, where the mundane and the fantastic collide as he processes tragedy, society, and love.

>Night Viper
– Exterminator CD/LP (Listenable)
New release from the Swedish thrash metal band. Night Viper is gloriously churning out a unique blend of incisive thrash riffage through catchy hooks and stunning melodic vocals. For old school aficionados, the whole listening experience is not remote from
Kill 'Em All-era Metallica and punching '80s heavy metal in terms of musical arrangements and attitude.
>The Oak Ridge Boys
– When I Sing For Him: The Complete Columbia Recordings & RCA Singles 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
Collects The Oak Ridge Boys’ three Columbia Records LPs circa 1974-1976 (
The Oak Ridge Boys, Sky High, and Old Fashioned, Down Home, Hand Clappin', Foot Stompin, Southern Style, Gospel Quartet Music.) – all of which have never been released on CD - along with singles and compilation-only tracks from that period, plus overlooked 1990-93 RCA singles.
>Onra
– Nobody Has To Know CD (All City)
The versatile French producer on the various aspects of a secret relationship pulling from R&B, new jack swing and funk to soundtrack the passions of attraction. [Vinyl edition due March 16.]

>Pet Shop Boys
– Actually: Further Listening 1987-1988 2xCD (Rhino/Parlophone)
Pet Shop Boys – Introspective: Further Listening 1988-1989 2xCD (Rhino/Parlophone)
Pet Shop Boys – Please: Further Listening 1988-1989 2xCD (Rhino/Parlophone)
Digitally remastered and expanded two CD editions. Each includes a bonus CD containing additional tracks including B-sides, edits, demos and more. [Stand-alone vinyl reissues of
Actually, Introspective, and Please also available.]
>Prism Tats
– Mamba CD/LP+MP3 (-ANTI)
South Africa-bred L.A.-based artist Garett van der Spek aka Prism Tats' sophomore album
Mamba offers a moody but melody-driven strain of psych-inflected post-punk. It explores themes of self-inflicted isolation, working-class hopelessness, and the emotional damage of technology addiction. “Most of these new songs came from taking in what's going on in the world today, and being afraid of the future we're headed toward,” notes van der Spek. With its sonic complexity and understated emotional depth, Mamba has a double meaning to its title. “It’s the name of a venomous snake, and in my hometown it's a slang term for the biggest or meanest of something,” van der Spek points out. The word ‘mamba’ ultimately embodies the sense of fear and defiance threaded throughout the record especially evident in its epic title track. “The song is partly about letting go of that fear,” he adds. “When I say ‘Give me the mamba,’ I mean ‘Give me the whole experience’: the good and the bad and everything else that might exist in between.”
>Michael Schenker Fest
– Resurrection CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
New album from the former Scorpions and UFO guitarist featuring collaborations with all of his previous vocalists.

>Ed Schrader’s Music Beat
– Riddles CD/LP+MP3 (Carpark)
On
Riddles, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat (Ed Schrader & Devlin Rice) begins their new life. In search of a fresh direction, the group invited their close friend, electronic-pop maestro Dan Deacon, to expand their sound and experiment with them as the album's producer, arranger, and co-writer. Working steadily in Dan's studio for two years in total collaboration, the three evolving musicians pushed through an intense period of personal tumult and found purpose in the sounds they were committing to record. The result: a polished and passionate masterpiece of nuanced alt-rock. From driving opening track “Dunce” and the soaring single “Riddles” to the disarmingly gorgeous closer “Culebra,” the Music Beat unapologetically channel a personal pantheon of pop and rock Gods while growing into the band – and people – they'd previously kept caged inside.
>Slugdge
– Esoteric Malacology CD/2xLP (Willowtip)
“A band that writes songs exclusively about murderous, hyper-violent slugs from space should not be successful, but the Lancaster, UK-based band Slugdge has become one of the critical darlings of the underground metal world,” writes Invisible Oranges. Expanding on the experimental death metal duo's (Kev Pearson (guitar/bass) and Matt Moss (vocals)) technical, melodic, and progressive metal sound,
Esoteric Malacology showcases brilliant, catchy songwriting rarely seen in the genre. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Sonny Smith
– Rod For Your Love CD (Nonesuch)
Produced by Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach and recorded in Nashville,
Rod For Your Love roots itself in old-school, guitar-fueled rock & roll. These are love songs built for the garage and the dance floor, with big-hearted melodies and thick harmonies. It's the stuff you might've heard in the '60s, back when groups like the Kinks and the Velvet Underground were making left-field pop songs that celebrated the form while still bending the rules.
>Soccer Mommy
– Clean CD/LP (Fat Possum)
Sophie Allison aka Soccer Mommy's debut
Clean is an emotional album, heavy on themes of growth, isolation, and change, but balanced by a lightness of touch, and with hooks to spare. “Still Clean” is a stunner of an opening track, with the signature warmth of Allison’s voice coupled with one of her best refrains. Her growth as a lyricist is most evident on “Cool,” a sharply observed character study describing an aloof stoner girl, so cool and untouchable, and the agony she inflicts on her boyfriend. “Flaw” is the comedown from a song like “Cool.” A melancholy ode to lovesick self-loathing that finds ecstasy in sadness. “Scorpio Rising” crystallizes these themes of identity, jealousy, and the desire to be someone else. Clean – the cohesive record Allison dreamt of making – is a true step forward, a strong and mature album from an artist just coming into her power.
>Dick Stusso
– In Heaven CD/LP (Hardly Art)
With his sophomore LP
In Heaven, Dick Stusso’s numbered human days are on his mind. Without stumbling into pomposity, Dick has taken back the wheel on his life and is doing a bit of hotdogging. The album sounds so assured, you’d never guess the whole endeavor was almost completely down the tubes. “I was about 75% done with the album and then my apartment got burgled,” Stusso explains. “They took it all.” Having laid it almost exclusively to tape, there weren't even files to pull from. But what seemed like another sour turn for Dick ended up being a little lemon zest in his G&T. He ended up teaming with psych visionary producer Greg Ashley in a defunct old church, making for a leap in fidelity on In Heaven. The new peacock strut to Dick’s vague longing and malaise suits his countrified T. Rex sound quite well. Exhibit A: album standout “Modern Music” is a sort of State of the Union and State of the Soul all set over a warm, gauzy glam bass line. Employing deft songcraft, which includes a wide open ambient midsection to really get you thinking about The Void, Dick manages to take down both capitalism and the bullshit conditions of human mortality without sounding all that put out by either.
>Superorganism
– Superorganism CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Superorganism is a sprawling, multi-limbed collection of international musicians and pop culture junkies. They number eight in total - recruited from London, Japan, Australia and New Zealand - seven of whom now live together in a house/DIY studio/band HQ in East London. Self-produced, written and recorded, their spectacularly confident debut record beams with a sense of wonky fun, a kaleidoscopic riot of sound and visuals. Influenced by the world-building depth of artists like Devo, Beck and The Avalanches, Superorganism soundtracks the band's rapid trajectory from shared house side project to global audiovisual powerhouse and features previous singles “Something For Your M.I.N.D.” and “It's All Good / Nobody Cares” as well as their brand new single “Everybody Wants To Be Famous.”
>Suuns
– Felt CD/LP (Secretly Canadian)
“As alluded to by its title and neon-warm album art, Suuns'
Felt is gonna make you feel things. You're gonna learn something about your body listening to cuts like on DJ Shadow-leaning, head-bobber "Look No Further" or "Make It Real," which could be a radio signal of a lost Silver Apples cut - that is, before it becomes a doomsday siren breakup song. These four gentlemen could be making beats for 21 Savage or Migos. But for now, lucky for you, they're ruthlessly set on being one of the planet's finest, bravest bands.”
>Tech N9ne
– Planet CD (Strange Music)
Eleventh album from the rapper. Includes features from fellow Strange Music artists Mackenzie Nicole, Krizz Kaliko, Darrein Safron and Joey Cool. A Deluxe CD edition featuring three bonus tracks and a pendant is also available.

>Tracey Thorn
– Record CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
As ever, the personal has often been political in Tracey Thorn's work. Across four decades, her songs and writing have offered up a clear-eyed woman's view of the immediate world around her, from the acerbic teen love songs of her first early ‘80s band Marine Girls through sixteen years as one-half of articulate duo Everything But The Girl, to her recent acclaimed memoirs and journalism. On her new solo album,
Record, the synth-driven tracks arrive and leave with a punchy sub-three-minute directness. f the album is in part about freedom and disenthrallment, “Queen” is the opening broadside, all personal fire and desire. “Air,” featuring backing vocals and synths from Shura, addresses identity and gender stereotypes, while “Smoke” looks at Tracey's fear that her love of London and its freedoms are being eroded. “Guitar” is a celebration of that instrument as a tool of a teenage girl's liberation. Ewan Pearson peppers them all with fizzing analogue synths and smart mirror-ball beats. For all its no-fuss pop brevity, the album revolves around “Sister,” a dubby nine-minute Compass Point-style disco jam featuring an all-female crew as Tracey is backed by Warpaint's rhythm section and joined by Corinne Bailey Rae on glorious backing vocals. [Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Titus Andronicus
– A Productive Cough CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
In a move that may infuriate the black-denim-and-PBR set,
A Productive Cough finds Titus Andronicus setting aside the leadfooted punk anthems of yesteryear in favor of a subtler, more spacious approach that pushes Stickles' soul-baring songwriting to the fore, creating a conversational intimacy between artist and audience with which previous Titus Andronicus efforts had only flirted. This new restraint sacrifices none of the band's singular intensity, from the merciless lyrical onslaught of “Number One (In New York)” to the blistering guitar solos which accompany the swaggering horseplay of rock band workouts “Real Talk” and “Home Alone” to the disarmingly passionate commuter hymn “Mass Transit Madness (Goin’ Loco’).” Even the surprisingly groovy “Above the Bodega (Local Business)” hides, beneath its loose and spontaneous facade of zesty brass and propulsive congas, a pained admission of secret shame, despairing the challenge of keeping the dark side concealed before the ever-judgmental eye of the big city.
>Turbonegro
– Rocknroll Machine CD/LP/Cassette (Burger)
It's been over six years now since the word got out that the titans from Oslo, Norway were re-resurrected for a second time since their grimy beginnings back in 1989. Of Turbonegro’s ninth album,
Rocknroll Machine, vocalist Tony Sylvester had this to say: “We've spent the past years honing our skills. The music we are releasing now is more distilled, more refined, more pointed, more powerful; we traveled to the future and this is what we heard on the radio!”
>UB40
– Real Labour Of Love CD (UMe)
New covers album featuring Barrington Levy's “Here I Come”, Ken Boothe's, “Moving Away”, Gregory Isaac's “Hush Darling” and more.

>Various Artists [Charles Maurice]
– French Disco Boogie Sounds 3 CD/2xLP (Favorite)
The third edition of its acclaimed
French Disco Boogie Sounds compilation series. Like on prior volumes, the complete track list is selected by label head honcho, Charles Maurice (aka Pascal Rioux), who's unearthed 13 more forgotten and hidden tracks, all produced either in France, in French, or by French artists between 1977 and 1987. With most of these titles now very hard to find in their original edition, and unknown by many, this compilation is a must have for any disco boogie-funk music lover and collector.
>Various Artists
– Tani Disco: Rumba & Flamenco Boogie 1976-1979 CD/LP (Pharaway Sounds)
Various Artists – Rumbita Buena: Rumba Funk & Flamenco Pop CD/LP (Pharaway Sounds)
Tani Disco: Rumba & Flamenco Boogie 1976-1979 features 12 disco-rumba-flamenco-boogie
bombs, a time machine to the Spanish boîtes and discotheques of the late '70s and the perfect soundtrack to an imaginary "Kinki" cinema soundtrack. From the archives of the legendary Belter and Discophon labels, essential to understand the birth of the Catalan rumba and flamenco-pop genre in Spain,
Rumba Funk & Flamenco Pop features 14 dance-friendly tracks taken from overlooked LPs and 45s.
>Anna von Hausswolff
– Dead Magic CD/LP+MP3 (City Slang)
With the stately sound of Copenhagen's Marmorkirken church organ as its center piece,
Dead Magic calls upon an unlikely array of influences and inspirations - including Yma, Sumac, Sunn O))), Gyorgi Ligeti, Swans and Nils Frahm.
>Whiskey Wolves Of The West
– Country Roots CD (Rock Ridge)
Debut album from the Nashville-based country/Americana outfit.

>Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
– Soul Flowers Of Titan CD/LP+MP3 (Bloodshot)
Titan is the largest moon orbiting Saturn, a planet which astrologically symbolizes pain, struggle and hard knocks on the human path to wholeness, and liberation among many other things. It is a forbidding, poisonous place with mountains, rivers and oceans of methane and ammonia, cloaked in a dense shroud of gases. The kinds of flowers that would grow there would be the hardy beasts that survived to make this strange bouquet.
Soul Flowers Of Titan is a collection of songs representing cosmology, struggles and influences. People shooting guns, separating, coming home (someday), in love, running around, leaving this earth, going crazy, drinking coffee, and thinking about Sun Ra. It’s a wild, electric phantasmagoria of blues, rock, garage, and soul; it blasts off into diverse orbits only to come back together into a singular Savage cosmology.
>Jonathan Wilson
– Rare Birds CD/2xLP (Bella Union)
Jonathan Wilson describes
Rare Birds as a “maximalist,” high-density album more influenced by ‘80s British production than anything to do with Southern California in 1970s. It's a dynamic new approach for Wilson that calls to mind one of Peter Gabriel's early solo albums or even mid-period Kate Bush. “This album is a hell of a lot more Trevor Horn than anything, you know, Laurel Canyon-related,” he notes. Of Rare Birds as a whole, Wilson adds, “I want my music to hit people like an emotional tidal wave. With my songwriting it's never about a clever couplet or smug turn of phrase, it’s about the intensity, the impact. Besides, we're all fishing downstream from Townes Van Zandt anyway, so the only thing left to do is go BIG.” The set features backing vocals from Lana Del Rey, Father John Misty, fellow Roger Waters backing band member Lucius, and Brian Eno collaborator Laraaji.
>Charles Wright
- The Best Of The Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band LP (Varese Sarabande)
Charles Wright headed one of the great funk groups of the late '60s and early '70s, behind the pop and soul classics, “Do Your Thing,” “Love Land,” and “Express Yourself” (one of the most sampled funk tracks ever for hip-hop and rap groups). He oversaw this new hits collection, which also includes two recently recorded bonus tracks.


This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Alessandro Alessandroni
– Romance and Drama LP (Transversales Disque)
Alessandroni at his best: very refined Italian cinematic sound, tense 12-string guitar themes, synth sequences, beautiful sound of chamber classical music mixed with psych choir.

>The Beach Boys
– Sounds of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys [2003] 2xLP (Capitol)
30 tracks - nearly every US Top 40 hit of The Beach Boys’ career.

>Blackfoot
– Train Train: Southern Rock Live! LP (Purple Pyramid)
Limited edition vinyl LP pressing of a concert event by multi-gold and platinum-selling southern rockers.

>Milano Constantine
- The Way We Were LP (Slice Of Spice)
Milano Constantine has made a name for himself showcasing his art alongside other great NYC emcees such as Big Pun and the D.I.T.C. camp. Since 2000, the Harlem native has released a handful of solid projects, but now the time has finally arrived for his anticipated full-length,
The Way We Were. The album was produced by two of the dopest and most consistent producers in today’s hip-hop landscape; Marco Polo (Masta Ace, Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli etc) and DJ Skizz (M.O.P., Your Old Droog, Roc Marciano). Both producers give Milano the backdrop needed to tell his stories in head-nodding, scrunchy-face fashion.
>Current Joys
– A Different Age LP (Danger Collective)
Current Joys is the enigmatic solo project of 25-year-old Henderson, Nevada-born songwriter Nicholas Rattigan. In addition to his minimal two-piece band with Jacob Rubeck, Surf Curse, Rattigan has been releasing a prolific catalog of heart-wrenching no wave ballads via Bandcamp under a handful of names (including The Nicholas Project and Tele/Visions), eventually choosing Current Joys as the permanent moniker, based on a song by folk-artist Liam the Younger of the same name. [CD and cassette editions due March 16.]

>Phyllis Dillon
- One Life To Live [Reissue/1972] LP (Real Gone Music)
As the only album ever released by the leading female singer of the entire rocksteady movement,
One Life To Live is a crucial document of the era and genre. Limited colored vinyl reissue.
>Fred Eaglesmith
– Standard LP (Independent Label Services)
Released last year on CD – now available on vinyl. Eaglesmith is known for his songs about hard working folks and his endless touring. Country superstars Miranda Lambert, Alan Jackson, and others have had hits recording Fred's songs.

>The Faceless
– In Becoming A Ghost LP (Sumerian)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. A tasteful blend of eerie melodies and harmonies combined with fast-paced drums and blast beats.

>INXS
– Kick [Reissue/1987] 2xLP (Atlantic)
INXS – The Very Best Of [2011] 2xLP (Atlantic)
Vinyl reissue of INXS’s sixth studio album,
Kick, remastered and cut at half speed over two LPs which play at 45rpm.
>Iron Butterfly
– Live At The Galaxy 1967 LP (Purple Pyramid)
Limited 180gm colored vinyl LP pressing. A live document of the early days of the great Iron
Butterfly recorded live at the historic Galaxy Club located in the heart of the Sunset Strip during it's heyday.

>Janis Joplin
– Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits [Reissue/1973] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissue of the 1973 compilation of hit songs by legendary rock vocalist.

>Legend Of The Seagullmen
– Legend Of The Seagullmen LP (Dine Alone)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Legend Of The Seagullmen is a genre-destroying supergroup featuring Danny Carey of Tool, Brent Hinds of Mastodon, director Jimmy Hayward (
Jonah Hex, Horton Hears A Who) on guitar, and Pete Griffin of Zappa Plays Zappa and Dethklok on bass, and a few other rippers. Joining forces to make cinematic psychedelic rock, The Seagullmen sing of shipwrecks and giant mutant squid, crafting conceptual rock ‘n’ roll hymns of epic proportions on their self-titled full-length debut. Engineered by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business) and mastered by Gavin Lurssen (Queens Of The Stone Age), Legend Of The Seagullmen sees the band unveil massive sonically pulverizing slabs that decimate expectations since Rolling Stone excitedly leaked two demos back in 2015.
>Annie Lennox
– Diva [Reissue/1992] LP (RCA)
Annie Lennox – Medusa [Reissue/1995] LP (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissues of the first two solo albums by the Eurhythmics member.

>Necrophobic
– Mark Of The Necrogram LP (Century Media)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Eighth album from the Swedish extreme blackened metallers.

>The Nomads
– Showdown! (1981-1993) 3xLP (Bang)
Singles and rarities spanning 1981-1993, originally released in 1994 as a double-CD, now available as a remastered deluxe triple-LP edition.

>Roy Orbison
– Sings Lonely And Blue [Reissue/1961] LP+MP3 (Monument)
Roy Orbison – Crying [Reissue/1962] LP+MP3 (Monument)
Roy Orbison – In Dreams [Reissue/1963] LP+MP3 (Monument)
Vinyl reissues of Orbison’s first three albums.

>Pastel Ghost
– Abyss [2015] LP (Cleopatra)
Limited purple colored vinyl LP pressing of the debut album from the Bay Area dreamrave artist.
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Luis Pérez - Ipan In Xiktli Metztli 2xLP (Mr. Bongo)
A precursor to a new musical genre followed by a generation of young Mexican musicians - ethno-rock, ethno-jazz, ethno-experimental and the like.

>Pet Shop Boys
– Please [Reissue/1986] 2xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Pet Shop Boys – Actually [Reissue/1987] 2xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Pet Shop Boys – Introspective [Reissue/1988] 2xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Remastered vinyl reissues of the Pet Shop Boys’ first three albums.

>Erik Phillips
– One LP (Joy Void)
10 songs about nameless characters, equal parts real and fictional, and things Erik has seen or imagined seeing over the last two years. Included is everything from tulips growing on the side of the road between Fredericksburg and Richmond to tractor trailer cabs burning a few miles north along the same road (which did happen on two separate occasions, by the way).

>Ryuichi Sakamoto
- async remodels LP (Milan)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. A dozen remixes of
async tracks by a who’s-who of experimental giants - everyone from late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (Arrival, Sicario) to Oneohtrix Point Never (composer of Good Times) to Arca (producer of Bjork’s numerous releases) and Andy Stott - have gotten their hands dirty remixing Sakamoto’s work. Even reworks by the Canadian synthpop duo Electric Youth and Austin-based synthwave legends S U R V I V E are included.
>Septic Flesh
– The Great Mass [Reissue/2011] LP (Season Of Mist)
Limited red colored vinyl LP pressing of a symphonic masterpiece that constitutes a quantum leap in the art of amalgamating orchestral music with heavy metal.

>Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra
– Sun Embassy LP+MP3 (Roaratorio)
Consisting of recordings from Sun Studios (aka Ra's house in Philadelphia) from 1968-1969,
Sun Embassy features nine tracks: six compositions which have never been heard before in any form, plus fresh coats of paint on such 1950s classics as "Sunology" and "Ancient Aiethiopia", and an early rendition of "Why Go To The Moon".
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>CDs + Vinyl:
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American Nightmare – American Nightmare CD/LP (Rise)
American Nightmare is a dark hardcore record that pays homage to groups who have always influenced the band ranging from Negative Approach, SSD, and The Cro-Mags to Joy Division and Siouxsie And The Banshees.
>Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet
– Landfall CD/2xLP (Nonesuch)
Inspired by Laurie Anderson's experience of Hurricane Sandy,
Landfall is the first collaboration between the iconic storyteller/musician and the groundbreaking Kronos Quartet. Landfall juxtaposes lush electronics and strings with Anderson's powerful descriptions of loss, from water-logged pianos to disappearing animal species to Dutch karaoke bars.
>Angra
– Omni CD (earMUSIC)
“If there is any band that put South American heavy metal on the world stage, it's Brazil's Angra. Formed better than a quarter century ago by guitarist Rafael Bittencourt, Angra has dropped eight albums and toured the world extensively, sharing the stage with many of their European counterparts. Now, Angra returns with their ninth album,
Omni. Their sound and arrangements are expansive and technical, bombastic and soaring. By example, a song such as ‘Insania’ begins with a brash opening only to drop into a bass and drum line that sounds like jazz rock fusion. This juxtaposition of heaviness and fusion continues throughout but allowing for a ripping guitar solo in the center. Somewhat similar is ‘Magic Mirror,’ where the large majestic riffage leads to Fabio Lione's voice lilting over a fusion of drums and light electric guitar. But this then yields to more aggressive power metal, getting heavier and leading to a middle solo. Then at the 4:30 mark the power metal bluster abruptly ends, allowing for a breakdown of piano, symphonic synths, and a smooth bass line. Omni is another exceptional album of melodic progressive power metal from this seminal band. I would expect nothing less. Get it. Easily recommended.” – Dangerdog Music Reviews
>Ataraxy
– Where All Hope Fades CD (Dark Decent)
“Ataraxy are a Spanish death metal band and this is their second album. The band combine their death and doom metal influences well across these tracks.
Where All Hope Fades comes across as a real old-school treat, so much so that you can easily imagine it being a lost gem from the ‘90s.” – Wonderbox Metal
>Belle and Sebastian
– How To Solve Our Human Problems CD/3x12” (Matador)
This CD release combines the tracks from three vinyl EPs. The
How To Solve Our Human Problems EP project is the latest installment in a career that has always pursued a singular and delightful vision of what pop represents and what it can achieve, a career that has seen them triumph against the odds to win a Brit award, be one of the first bands to curate their own festival, and play at the London residence of the US ambassador. Belle and Sebastian's new music has the timeless blend of joy and melancholy that has always characterized them. [Stand-alone vinyl pressing of Part 3 is also available this week.]
>Born Ruffians
– Uncle Duke & The Chief CD/LP+MP3 (Yep Rock)
Produced by Richard Swift (Foxygen, The Shins),
Uncle, Duke & The Chief is a record less concerned with what sounds hip than what feels good. In the Ruffians case that meant shedding some of their artier influences (the Pixies, Talking Heads) and reconnecting with the sounds they first heard on their parent’s turntables as kids: Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, and pre-psychedelic Beatles. It’s about going back to the deepest, most satisfying itch to scratch, says lead singer Luke Lalonde. And in doing so, the album takes you back to a time when the Ruffians sounded less like a band and more like a gang, raising a wild ruckus and speaking in telepathic tongues. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Calibro 35
– Decade CD/LP (Record Kicks)
The sixth studio album form Italian super cult combo.
Decade marks 10 years of Calibro 35's first release and it's the very first album recorded by Calibro with an orchestral-inspired enlarged line-up that features horns, strings and various percussion instruments.
>Brandi Carlile
– By The Way, I Forgive You CD/LP (Atlantic)
Brandi Carlile's highly anticipated new album was helmed by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and acclaimed musician Shooter Jennings, and was recorded at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A.
By The Way, I Forgive You includes 10 new songs written by Carlile and longtime collaborators and bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth. Of their close relationship, Brandi comments, “The Twins and I have been in a band for so long now. And not just a band, we are literally a family. When you create art with twins, it becomes unclear when I end and where they begin.” In addition to Carlile (vocals, guitar, piano), Tim Hanseroth (vocals, bass), Phil Hanseroth (vocals, guitar), Cobb (guitar, percussion) and Jennings (piano, organ), the album features Chris Powell (drums), Josh Neumann (cello), John Mark Painter (French horn) as well as string arrangements and conducting by the late Paul Buckmaster (Elton John, The Rolling Stones).
>Car Seat Headrest
– Twin Fantasy CD/2xLP+MP3 (Matador)
Will Toledo always knew he would return to 2011’s
Twin Fantasy. He never did complete the work. Not really. Never could square his grand ambitions against his mechanical limitations. Listen to his first attempt, recorded at nineteen on a cheap laptop, and you'll hear what Brian Eno fondly calls “the sound of failure” - thrilling, extraordinary, and singularly compelling failure. Will's first love, rendered in the vivid teenage viscera of stolen gin, bruised shins, and weird sex, was an event too momentous for the medium assigned to record it. Now Toledo releases a new version of Twin Fantasy on Matador Records. “It was never a finished work," Will says, "and it wasn't until last year that I figured out how to finish it.”
>The Choir
– Artifact: The Unreleased CD (Omnivore)
Unreleased material from Cleveland legends, whose members would eventually form Raspberries. The Choir’s first release was an acclaimed single on Canadian-American Records (eventually picked up by Roulette). It gained them opening spots for The Who and The Yardbirds among others, but the group eventually dissipated and morphed into other bands including the James Gang, and eventually, Raspberries.
Artifact: The Unreleased Album showcases 10 tracks, recorded in 1969, making their first appearance anywhere. They resonate with the original Choir vibe, adding in post-British Invasion influences like Procol Harum. Recently unearthed by Suma Recordings operator Ken Hammon’s son, they have been lovingly restored by Tommy Allen and Ducky Carlisle, whose work has been universally lauded after their work on Raspberries’ Pop Art Live.
>Barbara Dane
- Hot Jazz, Cool Blues & Hard-Hitting Songs 2xCD (Smithsonian Folkways)
This double-CD retrospective reflects over 60 years of Barbara Dane’s eclectic musical history in folk, blues and jazz. The 38 tracks include 14 never-before-released recordings, featuring collaborations with Lightin’ Hopkins, the Chambers Brothers, Doc Watson, Pete Seeger, Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon, Art Hodes, and more.

>Dark Funeral
– Where Shadows Forever Reign CD (Century Media)
Reissue of the sixth album from the Swedish black metal band.

>Lee DeWyze
– Paranoia CD (Shanachie)
Singer/songwriter Lee DeWyze broke through as the winner of the 2010 American Idol season but has been one of the few Idols to achieve a successful post-Idol career that has evolved musically into the alternative music realm. As a result, his music has been featured in many television shows including
The Walking Dead, Elementary, Suits, Nashville and others, as well as NASCAR commercials and the national campaign song for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His previous album, Oil & Water, debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Folk chart.
>Ektomorf
– Fury CD/LP (AFM)
New album from the Hungarian heavy metal band. [Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>Emapea
– Zoning Out Volume 1 CD/LP (Cold Busted)
Emapea, the renowned beat-maker from Poland, burst upon the scene with multiple compilation appearances on Cold Busted, an inclusion on Mark Farina’s
Mushroom Jazz 8, and his stunning debut album Seeds, Roots & Fruits. Fans and headz worldwide have been clamoring for a follow-up, but all Emapea wanted to do was just ‘zone out.’ And that’s what happened, with the release of Emapea’s twenty song album Zoning Out, Volume 1.
>Esbe
– Bloomsday CD/2xLP (Cold Busted)
Esbe is an multi-genre music producer from Los Angeles, California. He is known for his atmospheric instrumental production which incorporates sound elements from extensive use of jazz and soul samples. His latest release is a collection of 19 essential instrumentals.

>Extinction A.D.
– Decimation Treaty CD (Good Fight Music)
The Long Island metal vets return with another unrelenting and ferocious thrash explosion.

>Eyes Set To Kill
– Eyes Set To Kill CD (Century Media)
New release from the Phoenix, Arizona-based post-hardcore band.

>For The Fallen Dreams
– Six CD (Rise)
New album from the Lansing, MI melodic metalcore band.

>Geowulf
– Great Big Blue CD/LP (PIAS America)
Geowulf's new album elegantly cruises through glittering guitar lines and melodies as soft as sand, calling to mind the poise of Lana Del Rey, and the ethereal beauty of Mazzy Star.

>Solomon Grey
– Human Music CD (Mercury)
A collection of intricately crafted songs, delving into themes of choice, love and loss - written by the band at the time singer Joe Wilson's mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Human Music was influenced by her passing. Solomon Grey explain, “The album is fundamentally about exploring loss and finding out how integral it is to life. That's where it started for us but as with all of these things it can mean whatever you want it to.” [Vinyl edition due March 9.]

>Tigran Hamasyan
– For Gyumri CD/LP (Nonesuch)
For Gyumri, the third Nonesuch recording from pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan, is a companion to 2017's
An Ancient Observer. Hamasyan named the album in tribute to his hometown of Gyumri, Armenia. “These songs are musical observations about the world we live in now,” he says, “and the weight of history we carry with us.”
>Heavatar
– Opus II: The Annihilation CD (earMUSIC)
A side venture for those who don’t quite get Van Canto’s a cappella metal (we do), Heavatar features lead VC throat Stefan Schmidt, alongside drummer Jörg Michael (ex-Stratovarius and literally 85 other bands), lead guitarist Sebastian Scharf and bassist Daniel Wicke. The idea, in effect, is to take those multi-layered, dominant choral choices out of Van Canto and place them into a regular metallic context. The band’s 2013
Opus I – All My Kingdoms certainly passed the muster; so does the aptly-named Opus II: The Annihilation. Heavatar has scattered about enough true-form metal riffs and power metal basics that they fit comfortably aside the style’s most explosive and prancing acts. And look at it this way: If Van Canto ever goes belly-up, Schmidt can land quite comfortably in Heavatar and not lose a dash of pomp.
>Imperial State Electric
– Anywhere Loud CD/2xLP (Psychout)
Live album from the Swedish rockers recorded between 2014 and 2016.

>I’m With Her
– See You Around CD/LP (Rounder)
I'm With Her, the band of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan, offer up their collaborative full-length debut. Co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney) and the band and recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath, England -
See You Around is a warmly textured, yet stripped down twelve track affair filled with fine-spun narratives, breathtaking harmonies, and layers of lush guitar tones. The album is comprised of 11 originals, penned by the band in Los Angeles and Vermont, plus the never before released Gillian Welch-penned “Hundred Miles.” With each member playing guitar and handling various aspects of the instrumentation – including fiddle and ukulele for Watkins, mandolin and banjo for Jarosz, piano and synth for O'Donovan – the band cut most of the album live, performing just a few feet away from each other in the tracking room. All through See You Around, I'm With Her exhibits a refined musicality that reflects their deep musical roots.
>Jinjer
– Cloud Factory [Reissue/2015] CD/LP (Napalm)
Beauty and the Beast - Jinjer unify both worlds, as they flare up the time-honored contrast of good and evil. This is extremely groovy, disharmonic Djent - technically tricky like progressive death metal with a flip side of sensual jazz, tumbling delightfully between nu metal and metalcore. [First-time vinyl edition also available.]

>Barney Kessel
– Live At The Jazz Mill 1954, Vol. 2 CD/LP (Modern Harmonic)
More unearthed tape from a jazz icon! This second volume of Jazz Mill recordings shows Barney Kessel firmly at the top of his game. Once again, Kessel and the Jazz Millers (pianist Pete Jolly, drummer Art Kile, and bassist Gene Stoffell) interpret a variety of standards from The Great American Songbook and each arrangement serves to demonstrate the group's superb chops and collective creativity. This is Barney in his salad days when he was topping all the major jazz polls and emerging as one of the most important guitarists of that or any subsequent era. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>LARS
– Last American Rock Stars CD (Majik Ninja)
Detroit natives Bizarre of D12 fame and horrorcore legend King Gordy team up for a brand-new rap project.
Last American Rock Stars features Majik Ninja labelmates G-Mo Skee and Twiztid as well as Chicago fast rapper Twista.
>Elise LeGrow
– Playing Chess CD/LP+MP3 (S-Curve)
Elise LeGrow's debut album is a sublime collection of dramatically reimagined songs from the Chess Records catalog.

>Loma
– Loma CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Loma's enigmatic debut feels beautifully adrift in time and space. It's an album that takes you to a place you've never been, with a rare confidence in the strength of its own vision. Though it was recorded off a dirt road in rural Texas, there's no hint of country here: from the first airy notes of “Who Is Speaking?” to the decaying choir of “Black Willow,” Loma create a hypnotic world of their own, where rustling leaves, fuzzed-out bass, panting dogs, prepared pianos, and a wilderness of percussion form a backdrop for Emily Cross' translucent voice. She is a steady, clear-eyed presence throughout, even among the heart-pounding pulses of “Relay Runner,” the skittering drums of “Dark Oscillations” and the galloping release of “Joy”; in sparer songs like “Shadow Relief” and the haunting “I Don't Want Children,” she's a fearless ally, swimming calmly with you against a powerful undertow. There's something here for lovers of Nina Nastasia or Broadcast, but also Linda Thompson, or The Silver Apples – even early Pink Floyd. But most of all, this arresting and mysterious album marks the arrival of a band whose first steps already feel timeless.

>Nicolas Masson/Colin Vallon/Patrice Moret/ Lionel Friedli
– Travelers CD (ECM)
After two ECM albums with the cooperative trio Third Reel, Swiss reedman Nicolas Masson presents a quartet for which he is the sole composer. The group has existed for a decade with unchanged personnel, touring as Nicolas Masson’s Parallels, and the leaders writing for it always encourages creative responses from the players. Amid the changing musical landscapes in which these travelers move, you will encounter some of Colin Vallon’s prettiest ballad playing, richly melodic bass from Patrice Moret, and subtle drum commentary from Lionel Friedli. Plus, of course, plenty of Masson’s pure-toned saxophone and elegant clarinet.

>MAST
- Thelonious Sphere Monk CD (World Galaxy/Alpha Pup)
MAST’s
Thelonious Sphere Monk is a cosmic journey reinterpreting the great Thelonious Monk Song Book in celebration of his 100th birthday. MAST tackles sixteen Monk compositions, including the acclaimed “Round Midnight,” “Blue Monk,” “Straight No Chaser,” “Epistrophy” and “Well You Needn’t.” As well as more obscure titles like “Misterioso,” “Pannonica,” “Friday The 13th” and “Bemsha Swing.” MAST, aka Tim Conley, pays homage to the significant history of Thelonious Monk and his esteemed compositions while bringing them into the future using modern electronic bleeps, bloops, and beats.
>Monophonics
– Mirrors CDEP/12” (Transistor Sound)
Monophonics are back with a six-song EP that fuses the complimentary and explosive soul, rock and funk influences, proving themselves to be the rightful inheritors of the Bay Area’s impressive psychedelic soul sound. [Limited coke bottle clear vinyl pressing also available.]

>Neil Morse
– Life & Times CD/LP (Metal Blade)
Now in his mid-50s and his children grown up, there is a sense on his new album,
Life & Times, that Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard) is looking around and taking stock. “I've come through a lot of difficult times and I'm in a fairly content place now,” he says. “You can feel that on some of the songs.” Much of this ‘acoustic-orientated, singer/songwriter' album was written while he was travelling around the world on The Road Called Home tour in 2017, with some of the songs being inspired by the places he visited, while others are from spending time with his family. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>David Murray feat. Saul Williams
– Blues For Memo CD (Motema Music)
Released just in time for Black History Month,
Blues For Memo is a new album by saxophonist David Murray and poet Saul Williams. Williams and Murray met in 2014 at the funeral of the revolutionary poet Amiri Baraka, at which Williams performed a poem and Murray (who worked with Baraka in the past) was in attendance. The chance encounter led to a collaboration between the two artists, with Williams sending Murray a collection of poems to set to music.
>Nipsey Hussle
– Victory Lap CD (Atlantic)
Debut album from the Los Angeles rapper featuring guest appearances from YG, Diddy, Kendrick Lamar, The-Dream and CeeLo Green and Marsha Ambrosius, among others.

>Onra
– Nobody Has To Know CD/2xLP (All City)
The new album from the versatile French producer reflects on the various aspects of a secret relationship pulling from R&B, new jack swing and funk to soundtrack the passions of attraction. The album digs into late '80s and early '90s jams for smooth and rich sounds.

>The Orielles
– Silver Dollar Moment CD/LP (PIAS America)
The Orielles is a close-knit unit of two sisters and their best mate - Esme on vocals and bass, Sidonie on drums and Henry on guitar. Their debut album,
Silver Dollar Moments, announces itself as a proper slice of indie pop goodness right from the jangling, sunshiny chords of the opening track. It takes all kinds of turns, into ESG-ish yips and funk, dreamy-playful harmonies, disco synth-pows, stoner bongos and unsettling submerged vocals. This young British band's sound flows from the fountain of indie pop - fresh, catchy and altogether enjoyable.
>Ought
– Room Inside The World CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
On
Room Inside The World – Ought's third album – growing up doesn't mean mellowing out so much as it means learning to pay attention, listening carefully and openly, staying somewhere long enough to really understand where you are. Recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Silver Jews), Room Inside The World explores themes that have always concerned the band – identity, connection, survival in a precarious world – but with a bolder, more nuanced sound palette. Vibraphone, justly intonated synthesizers, drum machines, and a 70-piece choir suffuse the precise post-punk breakdowns that spangled Ought's first two albums, giving rise to an emotional complexity that pushes their characteristically taut sound to greater depths. Together, they constructed a (digital) moodboard to set their intentions: Brian Eno and Stereolab synths, the Mekons' 1985 album Fear and Whiskey, and Gerhard Richter and Kenneth Anger's sexy, fluorescent hyperreal all made it into the melting pot.
>Penthouse Penthouse
– Cruise Control CD (Alpha Pup)
Right in time for Valentine’s Day,
Cruise Control is a smooth and sultry nine-tracker of R&B-tinged pop songs. In the short time since the group’s formation, they have collaborated with the likes of Djemba Djemba, Mr. Carmack, Stwo, Chloe Martini, Marvel Alexander & Promnite and have been billed with acts such as XXYYXX, Sweater Beats, Salva, and the Glitch Mob.
>Perverted Ceremony
- Sabbat of Behezaël CD/LP (Nuclear War Now)
Following their self-titled EP, The Brussels band return with their uniquely abominable variety of black metal on their full-length debut.

>Pianos Become The Teeth
– Wait For Love CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
The Baltimore indie post-hardcore band release their new album. Produced and engineered by Will Yip,
Wait For Love shows the band reconciling their aggressive past with the atmospheric turns of Keep You. The album eschews stylistic traps in order to focus on songwriting and feels like a full-realization of what the band have hinted at in the past.
>The Plot In You
– Dispose CD/LP (Fearless)
The fourth full-length effort from The Plot In You finds the Ohio outfit offering up their unique take on modern rock and transcending genres from metalcore to alternative. [Limited clear smoke translucent vinyl LP pressing also available.]

>Pop Evil
– Pop Evil CD/2xLP (Entertainment One)
Pop Evil smashes through the odds like a battering ram, weathering the trials and tribulations of paying dues with a steadfast resilience owing much to their blue collar and middle class backgrounds, and building a worldwide audience one fan at a time. As the moniker promises, Pop Evil conjures aggressive riffs and hard charging sing-a-longs with emotional heft and melodic power in equal measure. It's music by the people, for the people.

>Ryan Porter
– Spangle-Lang Lane CD/LP (World Galaxy/Alpha Pup)
Running in parallel with the powerful wave of transformation that occurred with the advent of recording technology in the 1800s, children’s music has been a critically important part of the evolving pace of modern culture. Through the entire body of children’s music, few have truly deviated from the normal harmonic and melodic structures of past composers. West Coast Get Down co-founder Ryan Porter presents
Spangle-Lang Lane, a collection of music that revamps and puts a facelift on some of the world’s most beloved children’s songs.
>Richard Russell
– Everything Is Recorded CD/LP (XL)
Everything Is Recorded is the full-length debut solo album from record producer and XL Recordings co-founder Richard Russell featuring vocal contributions from Sampha, Giggs, Ibeyi, Obongjayar, Infinite and Wiki & Syd plus instrumental contributions from Kamasi Washington, Damon Albarn, Rachel Zeffira, Peter Gabriel and Owen Pallett. The 12-track collection follows up the accomplished Close But Not Quite EP and is ushered in by the raw and emotional lead single “Show Love” with R&B singers Syd and Sampha.
>Jamie Saft
- Solo A Genova CD/LP+MP3 (RareNoise)
Solo A Genova is Saft's highly emotive take on jazz standards and other uniquely American compositions. Recorded at the beautiful Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Italy in an acoustically marvellous space, the album showcases Saft on a 9-foot Steinway Model D piano in the service of a number beguiling piano arrangements of tunes by Curtis Mayfield, Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis, John Coltrane, ZZ Top, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Charles Ives, Miles Davis and Bill Evans.
>Ryuichi Sakamoto
- Async Remodels CD (Milan)
As one-third of Yellow Magic Orchestra and an Academy Award-winning composer for his work on the soundtrack for The Last Emperor, synth pop innovator Ryuichi Sakamoto is among the most groundbreaking artists to have emerged since the late ‘70s. A musician’s musician, Ryuichi Sakamoto has created intriguing musical unions with artists such as David Sylvian, Iggy Pop, Tony Williams, Bootsy Collins, Jacques Morelenbaum and many others. Following the massively successful release of the electronic masterpiece async in 2017, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s first studio album in eight years, Milan is proud to announce the remix compilation async remodels. async remodels features a dozen remixes of async’s tracks by a who’s-who of experimental giants - everyone from late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (
Arrival, Sicario) to Oneohtrix Point Never (composer of Good Times) to Arca (producer of Bjork’s numerous releases) have gotten their hands dirty remixing Sakamoto’s work. Even reworks by the Canadian synthpop duo Electric Youth and Austin-based synthwave legends S U R V I V E are included [Vinyl edition due March 2.]
>Senses Fail
– If There Is Light It Will Find You CD/LP (Pure Noise)
The seventh full-length album from the New Jersey-based post hardcore band.

>Shannon & The Clams
– Onion CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Oakland-based, indie garage punk quartet Shannon & The Clams, known for a diverse sound that incorporates elements of doo-wop, early rock & roll, classic R&B, garage psych, and surf rock as influences, releases their fifth album,
Onion, this time working with producer Dan Auerbach and Easy Eye Sound. The song “Backstreets” is guitarist Cody Blanchard response to the Ghost Ship fire, and particularly the issues of artist housing and being forced to make your own way in a society that is not arranged to accommodate artists. Album closer “Don't Close Your Eyes” is Shannon's response, an inspirational ballad urging those suffering through loss to not give up in the midst of tragedy. “It's Gonna Go Away,” is the album's biggest stylistic departure, mixing elements of soul, disco, R&B, psychedelia, the Zombies, chanting and baroque while opener “The Boy” is quintessential Clams, a heavily’ 60s rock inspired track with a mournful hook.
>Andy Sheppard Quartet
– Romaria CD (ECM)
Andy Sheppard’s quartet extends the musical explorations begun on the 2015 release
Surrounded By Sea, an album praised by Télérama for its poignant serenity. In this new program of compositions by Sheppard (plus the title track by Brazilian singer-songwriter Renato Teixeira), the drones and washes of Eivind Aarsets guitar and electronics aided by the generous acoustics of Luganos Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI help to establish a climate in which improvisation can take place. There’s a highly atmospheric, ambient drift to the music which Sheppard clearly finds liberating, as do Michel Benita and Seb Rochford, free to move in and out of conventional rhythm section roles and to make impassioned statements of their own. [Vinyl edition due March 2.]
>Shinya Fukumori Trio
– For 2 Akis CD (ECM)
An ECM debut for a unique Japanese-French-German trio, with a lyrical sound of its own. Drummer-leader Shinya Fukumori, also the principal composer for the band, is an imaginative melodist at several levels, and the attention to timbre and detail and space which distinguishes his drumming is also reflected in the color-fields of his free-floating ballads. The spaciousness of the music leaves room for expression to tenorist Matthieu Bordenave and pianist Walter Lang.

>The Skids
– Burning Cities CD/LP (Nobad)
Four decades after they formed – in the white-hot summer of 1977 – The Skids are back. The post-punk pioneers, currently on a hugely successful comeback tour, release their fifth album
Burning Cities. The album was produced by Verve and Primal Scream studio legend Youth, re-unites founding members Richard Jobson (vocals) and Bill Simpson (bass) with Mike Baillie (drums). Stepping in for the late Stuart Adamson is his long-time Big Country band mate Bruce Watson.
>Superchunk
– What A Time To Be Alive CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
After the shocking, and for many, demoralizing result of the 2016 election, “I didn't buy the silver lining some were promoting that ‘well, at least art and music will be great now!’,” says Superchunk co-founder and frontman Mac McCaughan. “Obviously, any sane person would gladly trade four to eight years of terrible music for not having our country dismantled to satisfy the whims of a vengeful child and his enablers.”
What A Time To Be Alive is Superchunk's first album in over four years. It features more guest backing vocalists than any previous Superchunk album, including Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog, Sweet Spirit), Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee), Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields), Skylar Gudasz, and David Bazan. It's a record, says Mac, “about a pretty dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen to.” Indeed, like so much of Superchunk's music in the band's nearly three decades together, the songs on What A Time to Be Alive meet rage and anxiety head-on with the catharsis and exhilaration of loud punk fire and vulnerable pop energy. Like 2013's I Hate Music, which focused on death, loss, and the role of music in an aging life, the new record brings spirit to the frontlines of pain – it's as defiant as it is despairing, as much a call to arms as a throwing up of hands.
>Tal National
– Tantabara CD/LP (Fat Cat)
Tantabara is the latest installment of Tal National's attempt to make a global audience dance. The album was recorded in their hometown of Niamey, Niger, again with Chicago engineer Jamie Carter at the controls. The band have always carved a huge sound out of limited resources, which means using a remote recording rig in a dusty makeshift studio and working with minimal recording equipment and musical instruments on the verge of disrepair. This all adds to the band's communal spirit, though, and opening their home up as a studio means that everybody gets to be involved in the process. Over the 8 tracks on Tantabara, there are 8 different vocalists - 7 of whom are full time members of the band.
>Robert Earl Thomas
– Another Age CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
There are a million songs dressed in white t-shirts and American denim, songs that drift through open spaces in some busted sedan, over lost highways that become tributaries to eventual static, crawling traffic and stifling density. There are a million more songs about being wild and green in the cities and outside them: a song about love for every person on this earth.
Another Age, the debut album from Robert Earl Thomas, avoids inhabiting these clichés even as it embraces their personal influence: this is an album about small moments with big emotional footprints, told humbly and honestly. There are stylistic nods to Bruce Springsteen and Dire Straits, Arthur Russell's more folk-leaning output, and the various collaborations of Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.
>Umii (Reva DeVito + B. Bravo)
– This Time CD (Fresh Selects)
The debut release from a new duo made up of Portland singer, Reva DeVito, and Cali funk producer/musician, B. Bravo. The project is equal parts summer dance party BBQ vibes and ‘90s R&B slow jam inspired for the after party make-outs.

>U.S. Girls
– In A Poem Unlimited CD/LP+MP3 (4AD)
Meg Remy's second release for 4AD,
In A Poem Unlimited, was tracked in collaboration with Toronto-based instrumental collective the Cosmic Range, and features arrangements by long-time contributors Maxmilian Turnbull and Louis Percival. The dizzying buffet of live grooves represent an inversion of the dusty, sample-based minimal textures of Half Free, Remy's euphoric 4AD debut.
>Vision Of Atlantis
– The Deep & The Dark CD (Napalm)
New album from the Austrian symphonic metal masters. The varied and fascinating voice of Clémentine Delauney provides for hauntingly beautiful duets with Siegfried Samer's classic power metal infusions, embodying the symphonic metal cake: From the grandiose album title track “The Deep & The Dark”, folklore elements in “Ritual Night” to the up-tempo juggernaut “Return To Lemuria”, Visions Of Atlantis bring all their assets in this mystical adventure.

>Jim White
– Waffles, Triangles & Jesus CD/2xLP (Joyful Noise)
Released in 2017 as import-only – now available stateside. Jim White gets around. When he's not releasing his own critically acclaimed solo albums he splits his time producing records for other songwriters, exhibiting his visual art in galleries and museums across the US and Europe and publishing award winning fiction. His sixth solo studio album, the bizarrely titled
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, is a mind-bending joy ride of sonic influences featuring a bevy of his hometown Athens' roots musicians, plus west coast indie darlings Dead Rock West, and rock and roll maverick Holly Golightly.
>Wild Beasts
– Last Night All My Dreams Came CD/2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
Wild Beasts will play their final ever shows in February of 2018, and Domino bids the band a bittersweet farewell with
Last Night All My Dreams Came True – a live studio album/career-spanning collection which features songs from each of Wild Beasts' studio efforts with an emphasis on Boy King. Looking back on Wild Beasts' back catalog and the themes they tackled, there is a sense of prescience – toxic masculinity, gender fluidity, the conflicts surrounding class, politics and art were no bandwagon jumps, often becoming hot topics in the media several years after they'd been eloquently dealt with on record.
>J.D. Wilkes
– Fire Dream CD/LP (Big Legal Mess)
A sense of place has long permeated the music of J.D. Wilkes. He's a native of Paducah, KY, a city located at the confluence of various rivers and cultures – an area where musical variety is in the air and in the blood memory of its people. “Of course, there's bluegrass and hillbilly songs, but also blues, jazz, old time fiddle music, jug band music, even swamp rock,” says Wilkes. “It's a great intersection there. I think I epitomize that in the way that I write and perform.” Wilkes' solo debut,
Fire Dream, represents the apotheoses of that vision: a hillbilly-gypsy epic, it's an album of art damaged cabaret music, leavened by Latin rhythms and high lonesome hollers. Call it boho bluegrass – maybe what Tom Waits would sound like if he were a Kentucky Colonel (a title that Wilkes happens to hold).
>Marlon Williams
– Make Way For Love CD/LP+MP3 (Dead Oceans)
Known for his effortlessly distinctive voice,
Make Way For Love marks New Zealand singer/songwriter Marlon Williams' exponential growth as an artist. Throughout 11 originals, he explores new musical terrain and reveals himself in an unprecedented way in the wake of a fractured relationship. While Make Way For Love draws on Marlon's own story, it captures the vagaries of relationships we've all been through: the bliss (opener “Come To Me”); ache (“Love Is a Terrible Thing”); nagging questions (“Can I Call You”); and bitterness (“The Fire Of Love”, whose lyrics Williams says he "agonized over" more than any). [Limited white colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Windhand / Satan’s Satyrs
– Satan’s Satyrs / Windhand [Split] CD/LP (Relapse)
Two of Virginia's finest heavy bands team up for an amp-worshipping, acid trip from hell. Includes two brand new songs of smoldering gloom and grief from Windhand paired with three tracks of devilish, fuzz-drenched metal/punk from Satan's Satyrs. [Limited gold colored vinyl pressing also available.]

>George Winston
– Winter Into Spring [Reissue/1982] CD (Valley)
Expanded CD reissue of the third solo album by pianist George Winston, originally released in 1982.
Winter Into Spring was inspired by the transition of the seasons and was the follow-up to his 1980 album, Autumn. Includes the bonus track “(Love Echoes In The) Pine Hills”.
>Norma Winstone
– Descansado – Songs For Films CD (ECM)
A creative journey into the world of cinema with new arrangements - by Klaus Gesing and Glauco Venier - of music by Nino Rota, Michel Legrand, William Walton, Bernard Herrmann, and Ennio Morricone for the movies of Scorsese, Godard, Wenders, Jewison, Zeffirelli, Olivier and more. Several of the arrangements incorporate new words by Norma Winstone who, in addition to being one of the great jazz singers, has long been a sensitive lyricist. For this project, her acclaimed trio with Gesing and Venier is augmented by two special guests: Norwegian improvising percussionist Helge Andreas Norbakken and Italian classical cellist Mario Brunello.